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Vol. 62, No. 3

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Edward Paxson (Mas) sends an update: After the sudden death of Catherine, his wife for 54 years, he moved to a retirement community in Clearwater, Fla. He sold the house in July, giving away what he didn't need in the new apartment. ("Catherine would have applauded that," he notes.) He writes: "I do know that 1999 has seen my life change in many ways. Sincere best wishes for an interesting end to the 20th century."


Masatoshi Koshiba (PhD), professor emeritus at the University of Tokyo, has earned a share of the 2000 Wolf Prize in physics, considered second only to the Nobel Prize in prestige, for his work in discovering that the subatomic particles known as neutrinos have mass. Koshiba, and Raymond Davis, Jr., of the University of Pennsylvania were presented with the $100,000 award from the president of Israel during a May 21 ceremony.


Maxine Lurie (MA), assistant professor of history at Seton Hall University, is co-editor of the forthcoming Encyclopedia of New Jersey. The reference book, featuring 3,000 entries on New Jersey history, culture, geography, wildlife, and other topics, is scheduled to be published in 2002 by Rutgers University Press.


Herbert Shapiro (PhD) is the editor of African American History and Radical Historiography: Essays in Honor of Herbert Aptheker, available from MEP Press of Minneapolis.


Alan Friedman (PhD), professor of English at the University of Texas, has published a new book that looks at Samuel Beckett's early work as a translator. Beckett in Black and Red: The Translations for Nancy Cunard's Negro is part of a series
on Irish literature, history, and culture from the University of Kentucky Press.


John Michaels (PhD) e-mails that he is project editor and a contributing author to Handbook of Discrete and Combinatorial Mathematics, which is due for publication this year from CRC Press.



Roy Dexheimer W, vice president of institutional advancement at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, was awarded the 1999 Distinguished Service Award by the New York State Council of School Superintendents. A former council president who worked as an educational administrator in New York State for more than 40 years, Dexheimer joined Hobart and William Smith in January 1999. . . . Charles Dowd S (MBA) has been named president of a group of companies under the umbrella of Masco Corp., a manufacturer of home improvement and building products headquartered in Taylor, Mich.


Joseph Amato (PhD) (see Alumni Gazette, Settling the Dust).


Jon Allen (PhD), a senior staff psychologist who specializes in trauma research and therapy, was named Helen Malsin Palley Chair in Mental Health Research at the Karl Menninger School of Psychiatry and Mental Health Sciences in Topeka, Kans., for the 1999-2000 academic year. . . . Edward Meltzer S (MBA) has joined McGettigan Partners of Philadelphia as senior vice president and chief financial officer. McGettigan Partners is a management services firm. . . . Peter Palermo S (MBA), founder, president, and CEO of the consulting firm Strategic Triangle, Inc., has been named to the board of directors of Applied Science Fiction. The Austin, Tex., company specializes in the development of imaging enhancement and correction technologies.


José Scheinkman (PhD) is a member of the economics faculty at Princeton University. . . . Richard Thaler (PhD), a finance professor at the University of Chicago, advises a small-growth fund, Undiscovered Managers Behavioral Growth. The fund posted a 33 percent gain in 1998, according to a feature on Thaler that appeared in The Detroit News.


Richard Leo S (MBA) was named to the board of directors of WebGalaxy, Inc., a telecommunications and Internet service provider. Leo is vice president and general manager of the Xerox Business Services operation of New York State.


Ellen More (PhD) (see Alumni Gazette, Restoring the Balance).


Peter Reiss (PhD) has been named the M.B.A. Class of 1963 Professor of Economics at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Reiss joined the Stanford economics faculty in 1982.


Ujjal Kohli (MS) has been named to the board of directors of, an online resource that allows visitors to identify and compare wireless and other telecommunications products and services. Kohli is a general partner and co-founder of MKS Ventures, a venture capital fund focused on information technology start-ups.


Claudio Fernandez (PhD) e-mails that he is dean of the mathematics faculty and professor of math at Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile in Santiago, Chile.


C. Jack Chapman S (MBA) has announced that he will be retiring from his post as director of finance for Eastman Kodak Co.'s Imaging Materials Manufacturing group this spring. . . . Carlos Noriega (PhD) has been appointed Mexico's deputy finance minister.


Robert Finsterwalder (MS) married Barbara Manieri on August 14, 1999, in Webster, N.Y. He is a material scientist in manufacturing technology at Xerox Corp. in Webster. . . . Karl Haltiner (MS) was inducted into Delphi Automotive Systems' Innovation Hall of Fame. . . . Janina Pawlowski S (MBA), co-founder and former president of E-Loan, Inc., was named chairman of the board of directors for the company. (See Features, Banking on a Revolution.) . . . Thomas Pianko S (MBA) has been named senior vice president of sales and business development at, an Englewood, Colo., provider of online healthcare computer applications.


Lance Drummond S (MBA), chief operating officer of Eastman Kodak Co.'s Professional group, was named to a list of the top 50 black executives in February's Black Enterprise magazine.


Daniel Smith (MS) was inducted into Delphi Automotive Systems' Innovation Hall of Fame. . . . Peter Wehrle S (MBA) (see '85 undergraduate). . . . Karen Kaplan Weissman W (Mas) (see '84 undergraduate).


Ajay Kela (PhD) has been named executive vice president of research and development at Concur Technologies, Inc., located in Redmond, Wash. Concur specializes in electronic commerce applications. . . . Gregory Parrinello S (MBA) (see '85 undergraduate).


Karen Smith-Pilkington, vice president of Eastman Kodak Co.'s camera and battery business, won a 1999 CEO's diversity award from Kodak. She is credited with successfully mentoring and promoting women.


Sondra Wellmerling S (MBA) has been named senior vice president for marketing and new product development at A.T. Cross Co., manufacturers of fine writing instruments, headquartered in Lincoln, R.I. . . . Kim Zerr-Dye S (MS), associate director for marketing research at ViaHealth of Rochester, writes that she gave a presentation titled "Setting Realistic Goals" at the "Success 2000" Patient Satisfaction Conference in Chicago. Healthcare professionals and organizations from throughout the United States attended the conference.


Daniel Krill (MS) (see '87 undergraduate).


Arunas Chesonis S (MBA) is chairman and CEO of PaeTec Communications, Inc., a Fairport, N.Y.-based company that sells local and long-distance telephone, Internet, data, and Web hosting services nationwide.


Wanda Humphrey S (MBA) (see '84 undergraduate).


Ian Gordon (PhD) (see Alumni Gazette, Zowie! Comics Sellout?). . . . Kathleen Mulryan (MS) (see '89 undergraduate). . . . Tolga Soyata's (MS) company, Soyata Computers, received the "Best of the Web" award presented by the Rochester Business Journal in the top small-business site category in September. The site,, logs about 2,700 page views a day, according to the newspaper.


James Kirch S (MBA) married Gail Stokoe on June 12, 1999, in Scottsville, N.Y. Kirch is manager of the contact lens division at Bausch & Lomb, Inc. . . . Jeff Weisberg (MS) (see '92 undergraduate).


Terry Eberhart S (MBA) married Angela Iocolano on August 28, 1999, in Perinton, N.Y. Eberhart is a financial analyst for Eastman Kodak Co. in Rochester. . . . Laurie Maffett S (MBA), director for regulatory and operator services at Frontier Communications, was named as one of the Rochester Business Journal's "40 Under 40" award winners for her superior performance on the job and in the community. . . . Lisa Hardy Norwood '86, W (MS) (see '85 undergraduate).


David Pomonti (MS) (see '96 undergraduate). . . . Suzanne Schafer W (MS) married Michael Skalski on July 24, 1999, in Brighton, N.Y. She is director of college counseling at Morristown-Beard School in Morristown, N.J. . . . Charles Spiteri S (MBA) (see '87 undergraduate). . . . Kristen VanderVeen (PhD) has joined the faculty of the Dana Hall School in Wellesley, Mass., as a chemistry teacher. Dana Hall School is an independent day and boarding school for girls in grades 6-12.


Joseph Bailey (MS) (see '90 undergraduate). . . . Wendy Clay S (MBA) has been named chief operating officer of the Stanley Home Products direct selling business. Stanley Home Products is part of CPAC, Inc., a specialty chemical manufacturer in Leicester, N.Y.


Renee Bailey (see '90 undergraduate). . . . Rajeev Raman S (MBA) has been named the western region vice president for Questra Corp. of Rochester. Raman founded and developed the eStrategy group at Questra, a company that helps clients integrate the Internet into their businesses.


Tracy Sullivan W (MS) married Marc Check on October 30, 1999, in the Interfaith Chapel on the University campus. Tracy is an assessment counselor at Career Systems Development in Rochester.

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