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Rochester Review
November–December 2013
Vol. 76, No. 2

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Dave Ocorr ’51 writes that Richard Garnish died last April. “He was a teammate and friend who holds a likely unreachable record in Rochester athletics history. He won 12 varsity letters, four each in football, basketball, and baseball from 1945 to 1949. As a 17-year-old freshman, Dick was a halfback on the Yellowjacket football team, and as a basketball backcourt man, he played against NYU in Madison Square Garden. In 1949, he was catcher and captain of the baseball team. He’s a member of the University’s Athletics Hall of Fame along with his younger brother, Jack Garnish, and his father, the late Lysle (Spike) Garnish. Dick spent his entire career as a family doctor in Clifton Springs, N.Y.”


Jack Garnish (see ’49). . . . Dave Ocorr (see ’49).


Joseph Bagnara, professor emeritus in the department of cell biology and anatomy at the University of Arizona’s College of Medicine, has published a memoir, Unfinished Business: A Biologist in the Latter Half of the 20th Century (Wheatmark). He adds that he was born and raised in Rochester and earned his doctorate in zoology at the University of Iowa before embarking on his 50-year career at Arizona.


Harold (Hal) Taback, an environmental consultant in Carlsbad, Calif., has coauthored a book, Environmental Ethics and Sustainability: A Casebook for Environmental Professionals (CRC Press).


Tim Long, professor emeritus of geophysics at Georgia Tech, has published a book, Acquisition and Analysis of Terrestrial Gravity Data (Cambridge University Press).


Daniel Goldberg, a law professor at the University of Maryland, has written The Death of the Income Tax: A Progressive Consumption Tax and the Path to Fiscal Reform (Oxford University Press).


Gene Alpert sends an update. In September, he retired as senior vice president of the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars. He received the honorary title of senior vice president emeritus of the organization, which he joined in 1993, after 17 years teaching political science at Texas Christian University. Gene adds that in recognition of his almost 40 years in higher education, Texas Sen. Wendy Davis introduced a resolution, later passed by the full Texas Senate, honoring him for his achievements and service, “including founding one of the only national academic programs for college students at the national political conventions.”


Stephen Eisenberg (see ’06). . . . John Newton has written the third volume in his A Pen Named Man series of philosophical and inspirational books. A Pen Named Man: Our Destiny (Resource Publications) explores the path to social fulfillment “through the establishment of universal institutions designed to enable man to serve as God’s representative on Earth.”


David Gregorka has joined the venture capital group of Baird Capital. Working out of Baird’s Ann Arbor, Mich., office, he specializes in investments in the health care sector. David was a cofounder of HealthMedia, now called Wellness & Prevention. . . . New age pianist Richard Shulman has released Bliss of Being (RichHeart Music) as part of the five-member Pure Heart Ensemble.


Richard Epstein has been elected to the board of First National Bank of Pennsylvania. Richard is managing partner of the law firm Ekker, Kuster, McCall & Epstein, in Sharon, Pa. . . . Anthony Gringeri ’89M (PhD) has been named senior vice president of strategic resources at ImmunoCellular Therapeutics, a Los Angeles–area company that develops therapies for treating brain and other cancers. . . . Marc Rosenwasser has been named executive producer of the newly launched weekend edition of the PBS NewsHour. Marc has been at PBS for five years, most recently as executive producer of Need to Know. He welcomes story ideas that are “original and consequential” at


Bob Dardano writes that he “enjoyed an evening at Frontier Field and a Rochester Red Wings baseball victory” with classmates Mitch Chait and Steve Abbamonte in July. Pictured from left to right are Mitch, Bob, and Steve.


Lisa Goldberg has joined the investment management firm Aperio Group as director of research. She also serves as director of research for the Center for Risk Management Research at the University of California, Berkeley.


Anthony Albanese, vice president of defense and environmental solutions at the Syracuse, N.Y., based research and development company SRC, has joined the board of directors of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo. . . . Sharon Porcellio has joined the Syracuse, N.Y., law firm of Bond, Schoeneck & King.


Pam Lein Novak has published a novel, In the Midst of Wolves (Abbott Press), a coming-of-age tale of a homeless pickpocket and an orphan in late 19th-century New York City.


Jay Reiff has coedited Encyclopedia of Radiation Oncology (Springer-Verlag). Jay, who earned a doctorate in chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, is a professor and chief of medical physics in the radiation oncology department at Drexel University.


Eric Richardson has been appointed by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal as a state court judge in Fulton County, which includes Atlanta. . . . Glenn Stambo was inducted as a member of the “wall of honor” of Rockville High School, near Washington, D.C. Glenn is an interventional radiologist in Tampa, Fla., and specializes in treatments for liver tumors, fibroids, blood clots, and aneurysms. . . . Tom and Lisa Fiutem Winchell send an update. “We’re proud to announce our middle son, Calvin, returned this fall to Rochester as a sophomore. Our oldest son, Ethan, is a senior at Harvard University, and our youngest son, Dylan, is a junior at Canton High School in Massachusetts.”


Craig DeLancey has published a science fiction novel, Gods of Earth (47North).


Margaret Best Krizan ’91W (MS) writes that after having taught in the Rochester City School District, she’s begun her own consulting firm. She earned a PhD from Union Institute & University in educational leadership and wrote her dissertation on “Correlates of Effective Schools.” She also earned a certificate of completion from SUNY Oswego’s superintendent development program and a certificate of advanced studies in educational administration from SUNY Brockport.


John Sotomayor writes that he’s begun hosting a weekly radio show called Ocala Magazine Radio on WOCA The Source, in Ocala, Fla. John is executive editor of Ocala Magazine and won three awards this year in the magazine division of the annual Sunshine State awards of the Society of Professional Journalists.


Allison Bially writes that she’s published a book, Booby Trap (Smashwords), “a humorous look at breast cancer” which “chronicles my experience with the disease, and compares it to the experience of being pregnant and raising infants.” She adds: “The book was edited by Erica Cranston Rimlinger ’94. While we never met in college our network of friends introduced us as I was going through treatment and Erica was completing her own course of breast cancer treatment. The teaming of our shared experiences, shared sense of humor, and writing styles resulted in a funny, matter-of-fact look at cancer.” . . . Emily Filler Kahn has joined the energy law practice group at the New England law firm of Bernstein Shur. She works in the firm’s Portland, Maine, office.


Erica Cranston Rimlinger (see ’93).


Jessica Reddington Fox (see ’10).


Darria Long Gillespie ’06M (MD) is an emergency physician at Emory University Hospital and the executive vice president of clinical strategy at ShareCare. As part of her role at ShareCare, she answers health and wellness questions on her blog, “Ask Dr. Darria,” at


Rahuldeep Gill was named Cultural Diversity Professor of the Year for the second time at California Lutheran University. An assistant professor of religion and associate director of the university’s Center for Equality and Justice, Rahuldeep is an expert on Sikh institutions and the relationships among Sikhs, Muslims, and Hindus. He teaches courses on Christianity as well as on religion in South Asia. . . . Joseph and Courtney Meade Jukic welcomed a second son, Joseph Jr., last October (see photo, page 53). Courtney writes: “Big brother Peter is enjoying his new baby brother. I’m a middle school English teacher and Joseph is a vice president at the insurance brokerage PIE Facilities in New York City.”


Joseph Hamway writes that he and his wife, Jane, welcomed a son, Lachlan. . . Justin Lamontagne sends an update. He writes: “I was recently named the 2013 Maine Commercial Association Realtor of the Year. I’m happily living in Portland, Maine, with my wife, Marycelina, daughter, Katherine, and dog, Fenway.” He welcomes correspondence at


Gina Dominijanni-Samaniego writes that Norah Samaniego was born in March. She includes a photo of Norah at four months. . . . Carmen Lemoine ’03E, ’11E (DMA) performed at the Budapest International Flute Competition in September. Carmen teaches at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music as well as Skyline College. . . . Kiesean Riddick ’12S (MS) has won a 2013 QS Leadership Scholarship, which he’ll use to pursue an MBA at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, from Quacquarelli Symonds, a global career and education network. Kiesean was awarded the scholarship based on his work with the Brooklyn, N.Y., nonprofit Groundwork, which provides academic enrichment and support to at-risk children. QS noted that 80 percent of Kiesean’s students who had reached young adulthood had graduated high school and gone on to higher education. Kiesean began tutoring at-risk children while at Rochester. . . . Bernadette Marino Spencer writes that she and her husband, Kenneth, welcomed their second son, Frank Anthony, in June. She writes: “Big brother Donald is very excited! I’m a dentist at Vicaretti Dental Care in Rochester and Kenneth is a pilot for JetBlue.”


Sarah Walker Brandt (see ’10). . . . David Selby writes that he got engaged to Alissa Beker in Atlanta.


Colin Brown ’07 (T5) writes that he married Allie Winer in June in Lexington, Mass. Pictured from left to right are Elise Peterson Lu ’07, Jill Warejko ’07, ’11M (MD), David Lu ’07 (T5), Katherine Shen ’05, Becky Phillips ’07, ’08 (T5), Katie Fry, Allie, Colin, Dan Perlmutter ’05, Emily Hickey ’05, Brad Taylor ’07, Madeline Woo ’08, and Ryan Accetta ’05. Also in attendance was Sharon Barney ’08. . . . Dana Eisenberg writes that he’s been appointed to, and named chairman of, the Jersey City Parking Authority. He adds that he’s the son of Stephen Eisenberg ’72.


Colin Brown (T5) (see ’06). . . . Tarah Mitchell, a captain in the Air Force and a bodybuilder, writes that she won first place in July in the 2013 NPC Team Universe bodybuilding competition’s figure division. She adds that this award earns her a “pro card,” classifying her as a professional athlete in the International Federation of Body Building.


Nicole Ruszczak completed a doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.


Erin Bollacker writes: “Four Rochester and American Sign Language majors and minors have found themselves working together at the Children’s Center for Communication at the Beverly School for the Deaf in Beverly, Mass.” Pictured from left to right are Jessica Reddington Fox ’99, Sarah Walker Brandt ’04, Erin, and Megan Braun ’13. Erin teaches music and runs early intervention groups for a parent-infant program, Sarah is a deaf education specialist, and Jessica is the school’s program director.


Megan Braun (see ’10).