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Kenn Hubel writes: “At a time when most relevant class notes for the Class of 1950 appear in In Memoriam, I thought classmates might enjoy reading evidence of continuing survival. Dwight Hotchkiss and I last saw each other on graduation day in 1950. We had met the first day of school, had adjacent rooms in Burton, and were brothers in Theta Chi. Both of us became MDs: he a hematologist/oncologist, and I an academic gastroenterologist. We’ve stayed in touch over the years through Christmas letters and the occasional note. Now, both retired, and at their invitation, my wife, Jan, and I joined him and his wife, Maryann, at the Atlanta Jazz Party in late April, then visited at their home in western South Carolina. With many common interests it was easy to take up where we left off 64 years before. And we were not surprised that Dwight and Maryann also like Manhattans. That’s me with the beard.”


Bob Mumford writes that he’s the photographer for the new Field Guide to the Natural World of Washington, D.C. (Johns Hopkins University Press). The book contains 97 of Bob’s photographs.


Nancy Kelts Rice was honored by Lifespan of Rochester at its annual Celebration of Aging luncheon in March. Nancy volunteers as a hospice chaplain and works with patients in hospice care. Nancy was one of five honorees at the event, attended by about 1,400 people, and headlined by Grammy Award–winning country singer Naomi Judd.


Anne Loveland has published Change and Conflict in the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps Since 1945 (University of Tennessee Press). Anne is the T. H. Williams Professor Emerita at Louisiana State University.


George Kimeldorf, a retired mathematics professor at the University of Texas at Dallas, writes that he’s published From Seeker to Finder: Discovering Everyday Happiness (Newlog Publishing). . . . Robert McCaughey has published A Lever Long Enough: A History of Columbia’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Since 1864 (Columbia University Press). Robert is a professor of history and the Janet H. Robb Chair in the Social Sciences at Barnard College.


Bill Kaplin, professor of law emeritus at Catholic University, writes that he’s had new editions of two of his books published: The Law of Higher Education (Fifth Edition) and its companion, The Law of Higher Education (Fifth Edition): Student Version (Wiley).


David Rosenbloom writes that he’s been appointed to the board of directors and medical review board of an organization contracted by Medicare to provide oversight for 37,000 dialysis patients in Southern California. The organization is called FMQAI ESRD Network 18 for Southern California. David battled end-stage kidney disease before receiving a successful transplant in 2008. The following year, he left the business he’d started, producing custom wood furniture and cabinetry, to work full time as a kidney patient educator. Working with the kidney transplant team at the University of Southern California’s University Hospital, he mentors pre- and post-kidney transplant patients.


Anne Scholl Moore ’74M (MD) is founding director of the pediatric hospitalist program at the Wyoming Medical Center in Caspar, Wyo. She adds: “I’m also assisting in establishing a pediatric hospitalist program in Cheyenne. My daughter, Laura, is finishing her PhD in nanotechnology in May, and on to finishing her MD at Northwestern University. Go, Laura!”


Alexandra Jackiw has been named president of Milhaus Management, a multifamily property management company in Indianapolis. Alexandra is a certified property manager and licensed Indiana real estate broker. Previously, she was a managing director with a Michigan-based real estate company.


Len Joy ’74S (MBA) has published a novel, American Past Time (Hark! New Era Publishing). In addition, he’s been competing in triathlons, including his first Ironman competition, in which he placed 33rd in his age group.


Jim Grubman has published Strangers in Paradise: How Families Adapt to Wealth Across Generations (FamilyWealth Consulting). Jim is a psychologist who counsels individuals and families who’ve acquired or inherited wealth.


Dennis Minchella sends an update. He writes that he’s the associate dean and a professor of biological sciences at Purdue University. His wife, Lindsey Wilson Minchella ’75N, has been selected as a fellow of the National Academy of School Nurses. “She’s the first individual to receive this honor from the state of Indiana,” Dennis writes. Lindsey serves as a consultant for school nurses working with special needs students.


Andrew Conway has published a limited edition photographic book commemorating the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey team. All 100 copies of the book Gold: A Celebration of the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team (21st Editions) include personal autographs from each member of the team, recollections of each team member, 17 iconic images, a foreword by play-by-play announcer Al Michaels, and an afterword by then President Jimmy Carter. . . . Bob Dardano writes that he and Terry Gurnett, the associate director of athletics for University Advancement, presented a plaque to Juliene Simpson and Billie Moore at an event commemorating Title IX and honoring Jane Possee, associate director of athletics for recreation. “Moore coached the 1976 U.S. women’s Olympic basketball team and Simpson was a team member. The Olympic team practiced in the Palestra for one week in July 1976 before heading to Montreal where they won a silver medal in the inaugural women’s Olympic basketball tournament. The plaque will be displayed in the University’s trophy case in Goergen Athletic Center.”


Navy Vice Adm. Sean Pybus has been nominated by President Barack Obama as deputy commander of U.S. Special Operations Command. Sean is now commander of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Special Operations headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. His nomination is pending approval by the U.S. Senate.


Alan Sheriff has been elected to the board of trustees of Delaware Valley College. Alan is founder and coexecutive officer of Solebury Capital Group and founder and executive director of Teach2Serve, a nonprofit to train high school students for careers in public policy and nonprofits.


Frank Egereonu ’84W (MS) writes: “I supervise a group of students in a business simulation program known as Virtual Enterprise. My student took third place in the 2014 Virtual Enterprise Business Plan Competition, held in April at McGraw-Hill in New York City. Each virtual enterprise replicates all the functions of real businesses in both structure and practice. Under the guidance of a teacher-facilitator and business mentors, students create and manage their virtual businesses, from product development and distribution to marketing, sales, human resources, accounting and finance, and web design.”


Jeff Stier was named a Top 25 Consultant in the media and communications category by Consulting magazine. Jeff, who was selected from among 400 nominees, is executive director of the advisory customer practice at Ernst & Young.


Mark Biermann ’91 (PhD) has been named provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Valparaiso University in Indiana.


Jennifer Donnelly has published her fifth novel, Deep Blue (Disney-Hyperion). It’s the first in a new fantasy series, the Waterfire Saga. . . . Paul Greenberg has joined the Portland, Maine, law firm of Preti Flaherty as director of the firm’s Boston office. Paul is a litigator specializing in the representation of physicians and health care facilities in medical malpractice suits.


Glenn Stambo, a Tampa, Fla., radiologist, coauthored an article, “Does Modern Ischemic Stroke Therapy in a Large, Community-Based, Dedicated Stroke Center Improve Clinical Outcomes? A Two-Year, Retrospective Study.” The article appeared in the Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases. . . . Rev. Demetrios Tonias has published a book, Abraham in the Works of John Chrysostom (Fortress Press). Demetrios is the pastor at Taxiarchae/Archangels Greek Orthodox Church in Watertown, Mass.


Louis Hansen, a reporter at the Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Va., has won a John S. Knight Fellowship to study new models for newspapers next year at Stanford University. Louis is one of 11 fellows selected nationally. . . . Bill Harcleroad ’92W (MS) has been named to the board of directors of the National Association for Campus Activities. Bill is director of campus activities at SUNY Oneonta. . . . Mark Zaid has been elected as a member of the board of trustees of Albany Law School of Union University.


Thomas Colis has been elected as a managing director of the law firm Miller Canfield. Thomas is a bond lawyer in the firm’s public finance group, and works in the Detroit office.


David Hollander has been named president of the Albany, N.Y., construction company Sano-Rubin. David represents the fourth generation of leadership in the family-owned company started by his great-grandfather.


Jeff Andrews, a partner at the Houston intellectual property firm Sutton McAughan Deaver, has been named to the Texas Rising Stars listing of up-and-coming attorneys for the second consecutive year. . . . Lisa Gravitz Weber has been appointed assistant superintendent for instruction for the Ramapo Central School District in Suffern, N.Y.


Brian Klebba was awarded the New Orleans Metropolitan Crime Commission’s 2014 Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement. Brian is the chief of the fraud division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Louisiana, and was recognized for numerous successful bribery and graft prosecutions in a major public corruption investigation.


Meredith Dank is a senior research associate at the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C. She was the lead researcher for the institute’s report on the underground commercial sex economy in the United States, released in March. Meredith appeared on the PBS NewsHour to talk about the report, which was widely covered in the news media. Her report, “Estimating the Size and Structure of the Underground Commercial Sex Economy in Eight Major U.S. Cities,” detailed the scale of the multimillion dollar industry and pointed to policies to combat it.


Alexander Conn has opened his own law office in Fairfax, Va. As a solo practitioner, Alexander specializes in civil litigation, personal injury, and criminal and traffic defense. . . . Art Kolasa has been named a consultant in the federal credit modeling and forecasting team of Summit, a data analysis firm in Washington, D.C.


Katie Schwertz and Dan McCormick were married last October in Tucson, Ariz. Pictured (see page 63) from left to right are Erin Phillips, Christiana Purvis, Meredith Brod, Brad Taylor ’07, Emily Hickey ’05, Katie Hasman ’09 (MS), Rebecca Mosher ’11S (MS), and Patrick Murray. Katie writes: “It was a beautiful evening out and we were grateful so many people from the East Coast could make the trip.”