In Memoriam

Myron I. Alpert ('52)

Myron Alpert, of Highland Beach, FL, passed peacefully on September 10, 2012 at the age of 87. He was born on May 21, 1925 in Detroit, Michigan to Benjamin and Ida Alpert. After serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, Myron became a graduate and avid supporter of the University of Michigan-GO BLUE! He continued his education and received his law degree at the University of Detroit, then joined his father's law practice, Alpert & Alpert. Myron and his wife, Doris, retired to Florida 27 years ago enjoying their beach residence. He was a generous supporter of his alma mater, Detroit Mercy Law. Everyone who knew Myron has a story to tell of this joyous "one of a kind" man. The world will be a sadder place without him but his legacy will live on with our fond memories and humorous stories. Myron is survived by his devoted wife, Doris; loving father to Michael (Lynn), Jay (Kathy), Cheryl (John) and predeceased by Steven; cherished grandfather of Lauren (Brian), Sarah, Brian, Garrett, Caroline and Keeley. He is also survived by his sister Elaine Stern and niece Deborah Stern.


Casey K. Ambrose ('53)

Casey Ambrose, age 88 of Bloomfield Hills and Fort Myers Beach, FL, went to be with his beloved wife, Irene, in heaven on August 18, 2012. Born March 2, 1924, he was the wonderful father of eight children: Casey (Christy), Mark, Christopher, Eileen ('83) (James), Laura, Vera, Renee and Daniel. He was the dearest grandfather of Nichole, Alexandria, Harrison and Casey Robert. He filled the world with music by playing his saxophone, for family and friends, or playing professionally with his trio. He was a well-respected attorney who had a passion for helping his clients and fellow attorneys.


Edmund M. Brady, Jr. ('66)

Edmund Brady, Jr., 71, died on November 9, 2012 in Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan. He was born in Detroit, Michigan to Thelma and Edmund Brady. He graduated from Austin High School, received a Bachelor of Science from John Carroll University, and earned his J.D. from the University of Detroit School of Law. Mr. Brady was an avid golfer, reader, and traveler. He was a lifelong fan of local sports teams, especially the University of Michigan football team. Mr. Brady was also a long time member of the Detroit Athletic Club and the Country Club of Detroit.

He was a former Trustee (1980-1989) and President (1989-1993) of the Village of Grosse Pointe Shores. Most dear to Mr. Brady's heart was the legal profession. He served as President of the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association (1990-1991), Director of the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel (1980-1981), and President of the Association of Defense Trial Counsel (1980-1981). He also served various roles for the State Bar of Michigan, including President (1997-1998). He was chosen as Alumnus of the Year for University of Detroit Mercy School of Law in 2003. He is survived by his wife Marie Pierre, children Edmund III (Holly), Meghan (Robert), and Timothy (Michelle). He was predeceased by daughter Kathleen. He is also survived by grandchildren Blake, Brady, Alex, Hayden, Henry and Frances.


Michael G. Cruse ('85)

Michael Cruse, a partner with Warner Norcross, died at age 56 on August 3, 2012. While at Warner Norcross he concentrated his practice in business reorganization, bankruptcy and debtor-creditor relations, and commercial law and litigation. In 2010, Mr. Cruse was named one of Michigan Lawyers Weekly's 25 "Leaders in the Law." Loving husband of Jane, and the cherished father of Aaron and Natalie Cruse, he is survived by his mother Mary A. Cruse, and predeceased by his father Walter Elvis Cruse, Jr. Dearest brother of Walter Elvis III (Judy), Elena (Ron), and Jeffrey (Laurie). Dear uncle of Lauren (Shane), Adam, Evan, and Nathaniel. Also survived by many loving family members and friends.


George P. Dakmak ('55)

George Dakmak, age 83, passed away on February 17, 2012. Born in Detroit, Michigan in 1928, Dakmak would become an expert on backruptcy and corporate reorganization. He joined the firm of Fitzgerald & Walker in 1978. Today that firm is Dakmak Peurach, P.C. During his career he was a member of such organizations as the Detroit Bar Association, the Committee on Bankruptcy Rules, the Federal Bar and State Bar of Michigan, and the American Bankruptcy Institute. Loving husband of Mary Ellen, and devoted father of John (Penni), Anne (Curt), Peter, and Mark. Proud grandfather of Mary, Sara, Luke, and Grace.


E. Joseph Gidcumb

Attorney E. Joseph "Joe" Gidcumb, age 55, died Thursday, December 12, 2013. Joe was born July 10, 1958, in Flint, Michigan, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry and Velma (Anderson) Gidcumb. He was a longtime Flint attorney. Joe cherished his grandchildren and enjoyed spending time with family and friends, playing tennis and hockey, working, playing paintball, skeet shooting, photography and fishing. Left to cherish his memory are his beloved twin daughters, Sarah and Jodie; two grandchildren, Carly and Taylor; mother, Velma; two brothers, Bob (Marycatherine) and Dwayne; sister, Laurie (James) Green; nieces and nephews, Brianne, Kallie, Steve, Tucker, Keegan, Daniel and Cady; and good friend, Alan Kennedy. Joe was preceded in death by his father, Harry Gidcumb.


Gary W. Gomoll ('74)

Gary Gomoll passed away suddenly on Friday, October 19, 2012, at his home. He was the loving son of the late Estelle and Franklin Gomoll, and is survived by many friends. Gary was born in Detroit, Michigan on December 25, 1944. He graduated from Western Michigan University and Detroit Mercy Law. He also received a Master of Laws in Estate Planning from the University of Miami. He began his career at Manufacturers National Bank in Detroit and followed his parents to Florida in the 1970's. At the time of his retirement in 2006, he was Vice President and Estate Manager at JPMorgan in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. One of his greatest passions was golf. His sense of humor will be missed by all who knew him.

Thomas C. Mayer ('55)

Thomas Mayer passed away in September 2012 at the age of 82. He was the beloved husband of 57 years of Nancy (nee Downey) (C & F '54), loving father of Mary Beth (Jim), Margaret (Parker), Sarah (Patrick), and Ellen (Jim), and dear grandfather of 12. Brother of the late Edward (C & F '49), Margaret, and John. A member of the Catholic Lawyers Society, Mr. Mayer was a practicing attorney in the Penobscot Building for 50 years. In 1998, he was honored as the Detroit Mercy Law Alumnus of the Year.

Joanne Fitzgerald Ross ('83)

Joanne Ross passed away January 27, 2014 at her home in Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan. Beloved wife of Bert Ross ('83), loving mother of Katherine, sister of Jane Fitzgerald, and sister-in-law of Ronald Bladen, Joanne was born in Lakeview, Michigan to Gerritt and Josephine Fitzgerald. She received her B.A. from Michigan State University in 1978 and her J.D. from the University of Detroit in 1983. She was a long-time member and past president of the Junior League of Detroit, and active member of First Church of Christ Scientist, Grosse Pointe Farms.

John Peter "Jack" Scallen, Jr. (Liberal Arts '39, Law '42)

John Peter Scallen, Jr., WWII Army veteran and former Ford Motor Company labor negotiator, passed away on January 8, 2014. He was 97 years old.

Scallen, born September 17, 1916, was of full Irish descent and known to all as "Jack". The oldest of six children, he raised his own family of six in Detroit with his wife and college sweetheart, the late Mary Jane (Schwarz) Scallen. His grandfather, Peter Scallen, was an engineer for the Michigan Central Railroad for 55 years, and his father, Judge John P. Scallen, was a Recorders Court judge for 36 years.

Jack Scallen graduated from the University of Detroit (U of D) High School in 1935, and went on to earn degrees from the University of Detroit and U of D School of Law. The family has a rich history with U of D. Jack Scallen's father, Judge John P. Scallen, was a dean at U of D Law School in 1925. His portrait currently hangs in Dowling Hall. Jack's son Timothy Scallen ('76) is also a U of D Law alumnus, and currently serves as a Federal Administrative Law Judge with the Social Security Administration.

Jack Scallen enjoyed a 42-year career in labor relations at Ford Motor Company, during which time he developed long-standing respectful relationships with the union officials sitting on the other side of the bargaining table. He was also a World War II veteran, having served with the U.S. Army Air Corps in Northern Africa and Italy. He had strong memories of being sent off to war with two of his brothers, departing from the Michigan Central Railroad Station. Scallen's name is registered with the Battle of Normandy Foundation in Normandy, France, designating him as one of the "courageous Americans whose sacrifice and commitment led to the liberation of the continent of Europe during World War II."

During his retirement years, Scallen volunteered at numerous places including a local district court probation office, Gesu Church in Detroit, Mt. Carmel Hospital, and U of D high school. He was also active with the Kiwanis.

"Our dad was not only loved by everyone, but also loved life and loved Detroit," said son John P. Scallen III.


With deepest sympathy to the family and friends of…

Ruben Acosta ('88) – 03/17/2012

Myron Alpert ('52) – 09/10/2012

Casey K. Ambrose ('53) – 08/18/2012

Warren E. Avis, Jr. ('78) – 02/03/2012

Ray E. Barrett ('67) – 09/14/2012

Robert L. Bemben ('51) – 03/25/2013

Edmund M. Brady, Jr. ('66) – 11/09/2012

John P. Connolly (J.D. '63, Lib. Arts '64) – 06/28/2012

Michael G. Cruse ('85) – 08/03/2012

James G. D'Alessandro ('50) – 05/07/2012

George P. Dakmak ('55) – 02/17/2012

Edward Brady Denton, Jr. ('71) – 03/01/2013

Robert J. Diehl ('47) – 07/15/2012

Edmond J. Dilworth, Jr. ('60) – 05/02/2012

Robert W. Easterly ('76) – 04/03/2012

Charles F. Ebert (C & F '51, J.D. '57) – 07/31/2012

Bernard Lynn Enderby (Eng. '55, J.D. '59) – 10/31/2012

George A. Fanning ('51) – 04/22/2013

Betty J. Dunn Farwell ('49) – 12/29/2012

Thomas C. Fitzpatrick ('82) – 06/20/2013

Hon. James G. Fleming ('54) – 12/09/2012

Hon. Rolf V. Gadebusch ('50) – 02/22/2013

Hon. Kalem E. Garian ('48) – 04/15/2012

Stanley L. Gates ('67) – 10/05/2012

John B. Geller ('54) – 02/25/2013

Richard T. Gieryn ('49) – 02/18/2013

Gary W. Gomoll ('74) – 10/19/2012

Christine M. Hewlett ('88) – 05/21/2012

Donald J. Housey (C & F '64, J.D. '71) – 02/16/2012

Charles W. Jennings ('70) – 06/04/2013

Raymond L. Keller, Sr. ('53) – 01/11/2013

Jerome C. Kole ('50) – 02/24/2012

Martin P. Krohner ('71) – 06/07/2012

William A. Krzisnik ('54) – 01/05/2012

Robert J. Lech ('74) – 07/13/2012

Martin D. Leshman ('63) – 04/04/2013

Hon. Frederick G. Mather ('58) – 07/14/2012

Thomas C. Mayer (Lib. Arts '52, J.D. '55) – 09/26/2012

Hon. George M. Mihaiu ('42) – 02/16/2012

Brennan N. Mitchell ('07) – 08/20/2012

Richard A. Novak ('58) – 01/29/2013

Aloysius B. O'Mara (Lib. Arts '46, J.D. '48) – 10/29/2012

Armand A. Palombo ('55) – 10/04/2012

Vincent L. Pflieger (Lib. Arts '36, J.D. '38) – 04/06/2012

Hon. Robert H. Pytell, Sr. ('51) – 02/20/2012

Fred E. Reichel ('51) – 03/08/2012

Leonard R. Remick (C & F '52, J.D. '55) – 04/05/2013

Verlyn E. Richards ('80) – 12/17/2012

Irving Rose ('49) – 07/21/2012

Mark A. Rousseau (Lib. Arts '66, J.D. '69) – 04/01/2013

George M. Saad ('54) – 11/30/2012

Hon. William J. Sanphilip ('51) – 07/13/2012

John J. Schuchmann ('54) – 02/11/2013

Daniel R. Sheahan (Lib. Arts '55, J.D. '58) – 02/07/2012

Patrick J. Span (Eng. '51, J.D. '54) – 06/17/2012

John H. Stenger (Lib. Arts '61, J.D. '64) – 12/19/2012

Hugh J. Sutherland ('72) – 05/05/2013

Hon. George J. Theut ('52) – 02/18/2012

George W. Tobias ('43) – 04/19/2012

Hon. Richard E. Valois ('51) – 03/08/2012

Richard A. Wierzbicki (J.D. '51, Lib. Arts '65) – 06/17/2013

Walter J. Williams ('42) – 11/03/2012

Daniel J. Wright ('73) – 07/31/2012