I suppose by now all of you know that Brother Nivard died this spring. He was one of my favorite teachers at ND, despite the detentions.
Remember how Ernie Persley used to sabotage his physics demonstrations? One little car that was supposed to explain something about action-reaction sailed right out the classroom window.
I reminded Brother, when I was doing graduate work at USC that he once suggested that we pray for Notre Dame to beat God's Trojans. He, at first, denied that he had said it. Then he said sheepishly, "Well, when Notre Dame wins, it brings glory to our Blessed Mother's name."
My response was that, at the time, there were more Catholics on the USC team than ND. With that look between a smile and bewilderment, Nivard said, "Well, God works in mysterious ways."
Brother Nivard Meichtry was born in 1914 and died in March of 2007. He entered the Congregation of Holy Cross (CSC) in 1934 and made his perpetual vows in 1938. For awhile, after we had left, he was the principal of NDHS in Sherman Oaks.