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College Arts, Sciences & Engineering

1941 Elizabeth Fisher Scharffenberger died in June. “She was proud of her association with the University,” her son, Dallas, writes. Elizabeth graduated with Highest Distinction in Fine Arts. Her prize-winning essay, “The Civic and Ecclesiastical Architecture of the Genesee Country, 1785–1850”—which consists of three bound volumes and more than 500 plates—is housed in the River Campus’s Art Library. Elizabeth also donated to Rare Books and Special Collections her correspondence with elderly residents of Monroe and surrounding counties who shared information and photographs of 18th- and early 19th-century town church buildings. After graduation, Elizabeth earned a master’s degree from Columbia, and in 1951, married William Scharffenberger. Elizabeth and William raised two children and remained married for 61 years, until William’s death in 2012. Elizabeth worked for multiple organizations, including the American Field Service and the Grace Church School in Manhattan.

1953 John Schottmiller won the Legacy Award from the School of Nursing. (See “Honoring Alumni and Friends,” page 56.)

1956 Donald Schaet writes that Harold (Hall) Galloway died in July. “Hall was my brother in DKE. We went through NROTC together. The day of graduation, we both became 2nd lieutenants in the Marine Corps. Hall stood next to me at my wedding along with my brother, my cousin, Paul, and my best high school friend, Brad.” After a medical discharge from the Marines, Hall went to law school. He served 40 years on the bench, first as a Rochester City Court judge, and then as an elected New York State Supreme Court justice for the Seventh Judicial District. Hall remained a justice until he reached the mandatory retirement age of 76. Hall’s wife, Jo-Anne, worked as a court reporter. They had two children and four grandchildren.

1957 Dick Leger writes: “Three Alpha Delta Phi brothers from the Class of 1957 enjoyed visits this summer in the San Francisco Bay Area. These Alpha Delts are still traveling to visit with each other after 63 years of friendship.” Dick and his wife, Dianne, live in San Rafael. In June, they welcomed Bob Mumford and his fiancée, Christine, traveling from Darnestown, Maryland. In July, they welcomed Jeff Oshlag and his wife, Becky, from Batavia, New York. Dick adds: “Bob is a renowned photographer (you can order his gorgeous book, The Exquisite Birds of Ecuador, on Amazon), but lo and behold, neither he nor I took pictures together. Jeff and I did far better.” From left to right are Jeff, Becky, and Dick.

1960 Terrence (Terry) Willcox writes that he and Elaine Burpee Willcox ’61N met up with Sydne Weiner ’65 “just coincidentally” on a two-week tour of Croatia. “It was wonderful that we had an opportunity to recall our time and experiences as undergraduates at the U of R.” Terry sends a picture of himself, Elaine (left), and Sydne in the walled city of Dubrovnik.

1964 Donna Lake Wright and her husband, Ken, have published a book together: Suddenly Alone: A Practical Guide to Prepare Yourself and Your Loved Ones for When You Are Suddenly Alone (Authorhouse). Donna writes: “I found the notebook that my stepfather prepared so helpful when I was the executrix of his and my mother’s estate, that Ken and I wanted to share our experiences with others so that they can put together a personal operating manual that can assist their family and heirs.”

1965 Ronald Epp has published a book, Creating Acadia National Park: The Biography of George Bucknam Dorr (Friends of Acadia). He’s a library and archival consultant and the former director of Southern New Hampshire University’s Shapiro Library. . . . Sydne Weiner (see ’60). . . . Mark Weinstein ’69M (MD) won the Humanitarian Award from the School of Medicine and Dentistry. (See “Honoring Alumni and Friends,” page 56.)

1966 Marc Holzer has been given the title Distinguished University Professor at Rutgers University. In 2006, Marc became the founding dean of the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers, and held that position until last June.

1970 Ed Riess writes that he’s “still working as a 71-year-old electrical engineer” in the space division of L-3/Cincinnati Electronics, “the company that recruited me to Cincinnati in 1972.” He adds: “I’m a research member of the International Association for Near Death Studies and have studied this field for over 40 years. About one year ago, I made a manuscript available as a book to be sold through” The book, published by Ed as an e-book, is called Implications and Applications of the Near Death Experience.

1973 Janet Reizenstein Carpman has coauthored Design That Cares: Planning Health Facilities for Patients and Visitors, Third Edition (Jossey-Bass). Janet is an architectural sociologist specializing in wayfinding, helping design or adapt complex facilities such as hospitals and large public institutions to be easily navigable. She’s a partner at Carpman Grant Associates.

1975 Merilee Karr, a science journalist, published an article in Metroscape, a magazine for urban planners, public health leaders, and elected officials. The article, “Is Housing Making People Sick?,” explores “the science and politics of how indoor air became so much more polluted than outdoor air.” Merilee includes links to her writings on her blog, True Science: Stories about the Health of People, Systems, and Societies, at

1976 Jill Sarnoff Riola lives in Orlando, Florida. She writes: “I am a shareholder with the national law firm of Carlton Fields, where I was head of the firm’s intellectual property and technology group for seven years. I have been recognized as a Florida Super Lawyer in intellectual property and by the World Trademark Review 1000 as one of the ‘world’s leading trademark professionals.’ I am also the national chair of the Jewish National Fund’s Lawyers for Israel program.”

1983 Katherine Chaurette ’84 (MS) has joined the Boston office of the New England law firm Verrill Dana as counsel in the health care practice group. Previously, Katherine was vice president of legal and head of health law at the pharmaceutical company Sanofi-US.

1984 Bob Glowacky ’85M (MS) writes: “Rocky joined my family and me for a trip to Iceland. It was an amazing week filled with hiking, horseback riding, volcano climbing, whale watching, and white-water rafting.” The family posed for a picture in front of Sólheimajökull Glacier on Iceland’s southern coast. Pictured with Rocky from left to right are Bob’s daughter, Alexandra, his wife, Janney, his son, Will, and Bob. . . . Michael Paradise has been named executive vice president and general counsel of Steven Madden Ltd., a footwear, accessories, and apparel company in Long Island City, New York. Previously, he was a senior partner at the New York City law firm McLaughlin & Stern.

1987 Jeffrey ’91M (MD) and Carolyn Palko Stone won the Wilder Award from the School of Medicine and Dentistry. (See “Honoring Alumni and Friends,” page 56.)

1994 Craig Patrick has released an EP under the name of his solo studio recording project, Giants of Diving. The self-titled EP includes five tracks of what Craig calls “guitar-driven, synth-tinged, multi-hyphenated, power-pop.” . . . Dennis Tucker, publisher at the numismatic specialty press Whitman Publishing, writes that eight of his authors won awards in the 2016 Numismatic Literary Guild writing competition.

1995 Robert Kerr sends a photo of Collier—“my third child, second son”—born in July. . . . Andy and Jill Robinson Spivak write that they welcomed a third child, Kate Irene, in December 2015 (see photo, page 51). “Kate joins big brother Ray, 5, and big sister Claire, 7, all potential future U of R grads!”

2001 Mahima Patnaik has joined the Cleveland office of the investment banking firm Brown Gibbons Lang & Co. as an associate.

2002 Scott Verbridge is an assistant professor at Virginia Tech–Wake Forest School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences, and the coeditor of Microfluidic Methods for Molecular Biology (Springer).

2006 Dan Bromfield and Eliza Kaye ’09 were married in October 2015 in Tucson, Arizona. Pictured are (back row, left to right) Meredith Lepore, Michelle Potash Brody, Matt Bonaccorso ’05, ’07S (MBA), Alex Brody ’05, Sam Frommer, Joel Webb, and Naomi Weinstock; (front row, left to right) Sarah Rogers Fischler ’09, Emily Stone ’09, Nora Larson ’09, Russell Wyner, Calley Beckwith ’09, Eliza, and Dan. . . . Allison Levin married Matthew Fisher in July at the Renaissance Hotel in West Harrison, New York. Pictured are: (back row) Brian Goldhagen ’05, Renata Schloss ’05, Matthew, Danielle Benally; (front row) Rebecca Kanter ’05, Allison, and Will Fullwood.

2008 Emily Paret posed with several Rochester classmates at her wedding last July. Pictured from left to right are Jonathan Lax ’06, Jennifer Balaban Lax, Dan Strauss ’09, Emily, Samantha Lewis, and Matthew Starr ’09.

2009 Eliza Kaye (see ’06).

2010 Shobha Kaushik and Hector Colon were married in June in Westchester County, New York. They met during their sophomore year. Pictured are (back row, left to right) Linda Clough ’11, Caitlin Rioux ’11, Eric Ottman, Kelly Sullivan, Diana Hartnett, William Crean, Patricia Dieter, Amanda Palo, Michael Kaiman (best man), Daniel Siegel, Miranda Uriell, Anjali Chandra ’09, Rebecca Knauff ’11W (MS), Dana Hilfinger ’11, Krista Lombardo, Matt Corsetti ’12; (front row, left to right) Raphael Benjamin ’11, James Corsetti ’13 (MS), Jamal Callender, Jonathan Welt, Brad Orego, Janaque Fernando, Di Pan ’11, Ed Cheung, Katlyn Mallory ’11 (MS), and Dan Korstvedt.

2011 Alex Dragnich and Andrea Welles ’12 (MS) were married last May at the Inn at Longshore in Westport, Connecticut. Pictured are Vanessa Rooney, Eli Goldfarb ’12, Dan Barbash, Jill Kulla ’12, Ramzi El Hassan ’10, Patrick Abt, Tom Dieringer, Olga Karlinskaya, Conor Willis, Dana Hilfinger ’11, Sarah Ackroyd ’16M (MD), Amanda Gurin ’10, Michael Feldman ’16M (MD), Andrea, Alex, Debra Saulnier, Rebecca Knauff ’10, ’11W (MS), Matt Corsetti ’12, Devin Denny, Travis Kroot, Kate Canny, and Brett Sternfield ’14 (MS). . . . Justin Rosati ’12 (T5) and Jamie Wilson ’13, ’14E (MA) were married last spring. Justin is a resident in pediatric neurology at Rochester’s Strong Memorial Hospital and Jamie teaches music. Pictured are (front row, left to right) Jonathan Firestone ’13, Kate Bredbenner ’13, Thomas Krasner ’13, James (J. T.) Gaskill ’13, Andrea Sobolewski; (back row) Bryan Brown ’10, ’15M (MD), Justin, Jamie, Allison Eberhardt ’15, David Bendes, and Hope Carmichael.

2012 Jessica Bagley and Michael O’Leary were married last May in Buffalo. Jessica writes that they moved to Rochester, where Mike started his residency in orthopaedic surgery. Pictured from left to right are Tom Dieringer ’11, Sara Shimmel, Chris Bethmann ’13, ’15W (MS), Hallie Cohn ’09, Scott Strenger, Jessica, Michael, Sean Savett, Jamie Bow, Priscilla Alabi, Benjamin Bovarnick, and Andrew Harris. . . . Conor Flynn married Ann Dillon in July at St. Louis Church in Buffalo. Pictured from left to right are Bill Campi, Nicole Karam, Andrew Breidigam, Cailyn Nylen, Tom Norman, Andrea Morrell, Byron Saggese, Samantha Crandall ’13, John Whiting, Conor, Ann, Conor McMahon, Meghan Liptak ’13, Adam Brinkman, Mindy Sutton, Peter Vercillo, Christie Sreniawski, Kyle Sreniawski, and Joe Cicero.

2013 Jamie Wilson ’14E (MA) (see ’11).