Gus Zuehlke '80 | Sept. 12, 2013 | Notre Dame Magazine
Editor’s note: John Dunne, CSC, ’51 recently experienced a fall at the Detroit airport from which he has not yet fully recovered. Friend Gus Zuehlke reflects on the weeks since and the lasting impression Dunne has made on ND students.
Like thousands of members of the Notre Dame family who have taken a class with John Dunne, CSC, ’51 over the past six decades, I was shocked to hear that John had been injured from a fall at the Detroit airport on July 1. My good friend, Father Paul Doyle, CSC, called me with the news. John had sustained a head injury and had undergone surgery to relieve pressure on his brain. The surgery was successful, and John was recovering in the intensive care unit at Memorial Hospital in South Bend.
At the time of the accident, I had just finished reading John’s latest book, Eternal Consciousness, which summarizes what he has been saying for the last 10 years and recently received first place award by the Catholic Press Association in the spirituality genre. Coincidentally or providentially, I had also just finished Pope Francis’ first encyclical, Lumen Fidei (Light of Faith). As I read the encyclical, I was amazed at how much Francis’ teaching shared themes with John’s theology.