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In 2018, Adm. Christopher Grady ’84 became the first four-star general officer with a diploma from Notre Dame. He is now in a position to become the country’s second military officer after President Joe Biden appointed him in November to become vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The current commander of US Fleet Forces Command, Grady was appointed ensign after serving in the Naval ROTC program at Notre Dame. In nearly four decades of military service, he served as the Commander of the U.S. 6th Fleet and NATO Strike and Support Forces, as well as the Deputy Commander of the U.S. Naval Forces in Europe and the U.S. Naval Forces in Africa. . . . MacKenzie Isaac ’20 was appointed Rhodes Fellow 2022, one of 32 recipients selected from 826 applicants. After graduating with a sociology degree from Notre Dame, where she served as the Student Government Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Isaac spent a year with AmeriCorps in her native Indianapolis working on pedestrian safety and pedestrian prevention. chronic diseases. She is now a graduate student in health education at Teachers College, Columbia University. At the University of Oxford, Isaac will pursue a doctorate in population health. . . . Praise be to Hallow, the Catholic prayer and meditation app that topped one million downloads and announced in November that it had completed a $ 40 million fundraiser to bring its total to over 50 million in dollars for 2021. Led by the co-founder and CEO Alex Jones ’15, Hallow offers 3,000 guided meditations and free content rooted in the Catholic spiritual tradition. A paid option gives subscribers access to the full catalog of the application. With the new round of funding, according to Jones, Hallow will be able to make additional content available for free, introduce more languages and double its staff. . . . Classical architects have been thinking at least for millennia, so what’s a one-and-a-half-year delay? This is roughly the time that elapsed between the news that Gerald Bauer ’17M.Arch had received the 2020 award for Emerging Excellence in Classical Tradition and its public acceptance of the award in October 2021. The Milwaukee-based architect was selected from a global pool of applicants. The Prince’s Foundation, the International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture and Urbanism and the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art, which awarded the prize, praised Bauer’s research and construction work for their focus on “restoring beauty and sustainability in the global architectural discourse”. Accepting this honor, Bauer said: “As designers, I think we have an immense responsibility in shifting the emphasis of our contemporary discourse from egocentric and ephemeral to that of humanity, of permanence. and social responsibility. ” . . . Joe Donnelly ’77, ’81J.D. was appointed Ambassador to the Holy See. Pending confirmation in the United States Senate, the former Catholic senator from Granger, Indiana, would be the 13th American envoy to the Vatican since President Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II opened diplomatic relations in 1984.. . . In 2012, David Walker ’81 became President and CEO of the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes, which provides financial and other assistance to wounded veterans. Walker has been a volunteer and board member since the organization’s founding in 2004. His years of service earned him the inaugural Frank Prautzsch Lifetime Achievement Award from the United States Veterans Academy. “Sir. Walker’s actions inspire others to dream more, to learn more, to do more and to become more,” said Assal Ravandi, president of the organization. “Through his leadership, he has inspired our community an eternal hope of success. ”. Pat Byrnes ’81 always wanted to be a designer, but he studied aerospace engineering to appease his parents. He worked in the industry for about a year before entering advertising. He also dabbled in improv comedy and voiceover work, sidelining his cartoon ambitions for about a decade. Now it’s his livelihood, drawing for the Cagle Cartoons syndicate and appearing regularly in The New Yorker. Byrnes, Agaña, Guam’s brother Archbishop Michael J. Byrnes, recounted the long road to his initial dream in an October profile in Detroit Catholic, the archdiocese’s digital news service where he grew up. . . . The Michigan Historical Society has been in existence for 193 years. During that time, only eight people received the organization’s highest honor. Fawn Ryan Nelb ’75 is the latest, receiving the company’s History Hero Award in September. Archivist and author of five books and more than 50 articles on document preservation and other subjects of local history, Nelb told his hometown Midland Daily News that unearthing the past from documentary evidence is akin to detective work. “For me, it’s about telling a story,” added Nelb. “It’s life changing when you can bring this story to life. “. . . His stepfather restored vintage cars, including a 1906 Buick Model F that Alan Page ’67 and his late wife, Diane, inherited, and whom the Hall of Fame defensive lineman and former Minnesota Supreme Court justice still leads today. Page shared the unique challenges of the vintage automobile in a November article in The Wall Street Journal. “The fuel supply, for example, is on the steering column, with the spark advance,” Page told the newspaper. “You have to adjust the spark every now and then, so that the fuel ignites properly.” The car has two gears – a low speed and a “high” speed – and over time its two-cylinder charm won over Page, who says the car might not move as fast but takes time to move. to slow down. “To stop this car, you have to think well in advance,” he said. “If you were used to driving modern cars and driving this one, you would think it has no brakes at all.” . . . Jennifer Tooker ’91 was elected in November as the first woman elected from Westport, Connecticut, the city’s chief executive. Tooker spent four years as a second selectwoman, and the former insurance industry executive has been active in the community for many years. She and her Republican running mate Andrea Moore “understand that listening is one of the most important skills of a leader,” Tooker told a local newspaper. “We know that our job is to run a municipal government that works for you effectively and efficiently and that, above all, has your best interests and priorities at heart. “. . . And the Emmy goes to Liz Hynes ’17, who, along with other writers from Last week tonight with John Oliver won honors for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series at the Television Industry’s Top Awards in September.