Category: 1970s

Tim Bireley, ’77, business owner, sports fan

Tim Bireley, BCHS Class of 1977, sends us greeting from his home in Wisconsin. Tim is a semi-retired business owner and proud father of 4 daughters and grandfather of 5. He has been married for 38 years and is a big Packers and Badgers fan. He also enjoys woodworking, travel, golf and hot yoga.

Congratulations Tim on a rich and rewarding life.

Doug Jones, ’78, continues acting roles

Doug Jones, BCHS Class of 1978, continues his 37 year acting career with his popular roles as “Baron Afanas” in WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS (Season 5 just finished; all seasons available on FX/Hulu) and “Saru” on STAR TREK: DISCOVERY (Season 5 coming early 2024; all other seasons on Paramount+).

Mike Buting, ’79, retires from banking career

Mike Buting, BCHS Class of 1979, retired after a 38-year career as a federal banking regulator with the U.S. Treasury Department.

Mike spent his entire career living and working in California, with extensive travel throughout the U.S. Thus, Mike plans to spend most of his time enjoying his retirement years with his wife Rina and two children in sunny Southern California.

Congratulations on a long career and best wishes in your retirement!

Andy Howard, ’79, in Butler U. Athletics Hall of Fame

Andy Howard, BCHS Class of 1979 was inducted into the Butler University Athletics Hall of Fame as a member of their Class of 2022. While at Butler, Andy was a four-year starter at running back, and led the Bulldogs in rushing each of those four years. Andy finished his career at Butler as the second all-time leading rusher with 2,691 yards. Andy was an All-Conference player and was twice named team MVP.

At Bishop Chatard, Andy was a three-year starting running back, two-time All-State player, and led the Trojans to an undefeated season in 1978. Today, Andy and his wife reside in the Denver area, and he is the owner of a dentistry practice.

Class of 1971 Alums travel again

Sherri Otto McCleod and Nina M. Ray (both of the class of 1971) reconnected thanks to their 50th reunion in September 2021 and decided to go on a Viking River Cruise together on the Duoro River in April 2022. They were old traveling buddies in high school, and after not really being in touch for 50 years, they immensely enjoyed the traveling experience together again. They visited wineries, old castles and buildings and just relaxed and watched the views. They even got lost a time or two (especially in Lisbon) but did make it on time for mass in a lovely very old local church, as the country was preparing for Easter.

Carl Henn, ’76, publishes book

After a career fighting infectious diseases in Africa, Carl Henn, BCHS Class of ’76, has just published a book, My Two Centuries in Africa : How a Funny-Looking Kid from Indiana Wound Up on an Endless African Adventure, available now as an eBook on Amazon Kindle, print version and audiobook to follow. Carl sends a tip of the hat to his BCHS high school teachers: Mlle. Kerestes, French class, and Miss Moss, junior year English.

View his book on Amazon

Gary Hessel, ’76, enjoyed the reunion!

Gary Hessel, BCHS Class of ’76 writes the following:

“My wife (Brenda) and I had a great time at this years’ 45 year reunion.

We split our time between our homes in Whitestown, IN and Santa Clara, Utah. We have 3 grandkids in Firestone, Colorado – 3 in St. George, Utah and 2 in Brownsburg, IN.”

David Dessauer, ’76, author

David Dessauer, BCHS Class of 1976, debuts with his first book, Harper Lee and Me, the result of 5 years of study into the ‘secrets’ found within Harper Lee’s book, To Kill A Mockingbird.

The screenplay of this book won best screenplay and best writer at the 2021 Christian Online Film Festival. Congratulations David.

Interested in reading his book? Find out more at

Carl Henn, ’76, returns from Africa

Carl Henn, BCHS Class of 1976, sends us these greetings, as he returns to the US from Africa:

“Greetings! I’m back in the US after working for many years in Africa. I’ve just been asked to manage Afghan refugee recruitment at Fort Bliss near El Paso TX on behalf of the US Catholic Conference (USCC). I leave on August 29, 2021, for a first month there.”

Pictured is Carl with schoolgirls in Africa.

Welcome back Carl, and thank you for your service to those in need.