University of Rochester

Rochester Review
September-October 2009
Vol. 72, No. 1

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River Campus Undergraduate 1960s


Roger Rochat has joined the board of directors of Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health. Roger is a research professor and director of graduate studies at the Hubert Department of Global Health at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. He has worked in rural Pakistan for the Centers for Disease Control, advised several state health departments on epidemiological matters, and served as a consultant for international health organizations including USAID and the World Health Organization. He is also the founder of the Global Elimination of Maternal Mortality from Abortion (GEMMA) Fund, which supports graduate students’ research into ways to reduce maternal deaths from unsafe abortions. . . . Matt Young ’67 (PhD), a senior lecturer in the department of physics at the Colorado School of Mines, has coauthored Why Evolution Works (and Creationism Fails) (Rutgers University).


George Wingate, an artist and teacher, showed a selection of his paintings in an exhibition in May called The Imaginary Life of Adam and Eve at the Preston Cutler Gallery of Christ Church in Hamilton, Mass., north of Boston. George lives in Wenham, Mass.


Richard Cavagnol remembers Rochester’s lacrosse team from spring 1964. He writes that he and the late Bruce Geiger started the team as a club in the spring of 1963, “with $600 from the college club fund.” He adds: “We were able to secure a coach (a physics graduate student) who taught us the fundamentals. We scheduled scrimmages with other colleges (Cortland, Brockport, among others) and got some game experience. In the spring of 1964 we played about six games using Genesee Park as our home field. Other members of the team included Charlie Rech, the late Bill Lanham ’65, and others (sorry, faded memory!). Ray Bell, the football trainer, helped us with the equipment and towel rolls. We had a great time! “I have also attached a picture from the fall of 1960 of the running backs (Class of 1964) for the freshman football team, the Baby Yellowjackets. From left to right: Lance Klinger, John Denison, Warren Lucker, Fred Kirk, and me. Warren died of cancer in the spring of his junior year. This is a tribute to him.”


John Major has been appointed an independent director to the board of directors of Vantrix, a software company that specializes in products and services for converged wireless, broadband, and cable networks. John will provide strategic advice on growth strategies. . . . Edward Markowski ’69 (MS) received the Alan Rufus Tonelson Faculty Award at Old Dominion University in recognition of his “outstanding achievements in teaching.” Edward is the E. V. Williams Teaching Fellow and University Professor in the Department of Information Technology and Decision Sciences at Old Dominion.


Kenn Harris writes that he is working on his third opera quiz book. He adds that he is losing the use of his legs due to a nerve disease, and probably will not be able to attend the 40th class reunion in October. He would be happy to receive e-mails at . . . John Vinci received the Jimmy Fund Award in recognition of his 25 years of leadership in the West Haven Youth Soccer League in New Haven, Conn. As president of the league, a role he has had since 2000, John introduced a program for players with physical and mental disabilities.