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1933 Max Kaplan (see ’58).

1947 John Arthur Baynes ’48W (EdM) (see ’75).

1951 Mario Sparagana ’55M (MD) writes that he has published his fourth book of poetry, Reverie (Peppertree Press).

1955 William Scouler (see ’85).

1956 Mary Ann Paliani writes, “I succeeded in doing a technical climb of the Second Flatiron in July 2022 at the ripe old age of 87. This is just a warm-up for the Third Flatiron climb, which I hope to do in the fall. The Second Flatiron is one of five striking slanted formations that make up a portion of Boulder, Colorado’s foothills on the west side of town and that rise up hundreds of feet over the city.” . . . The son of Donald Schaet sends a remembrance of his father: “My father was very proud of the University and the friends he made there,” writes Will Schaet. “His classmates were lifelong friends. Dad enjoyed returning to the University as often as possible. He also took great pride in the contribution he was able to make to his 50-year Class Reunion, reaching out to as many of his classmates as possible.” A lifelong athlete, Don captained his high school and collegiate soccer teams and continued to play soccer into his late 40s. “Of all the things he liked about coming back, he especially relished being able to play in the alumni versus varsity soccer match,” writes Will. Don attended Rochester on a Naval ROTC scholarship and retired as a colonel after 25 years in the US Marine Corps. His medals and citations include the Bronze Star with Combat V and the Meritorious Service Medal. After retiring from the Marines in 1980, Don joined the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation as executive vice president and was instrumental in creating the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. He later returned to Rochester and was an associate director of development in the University’s Office of Alumni Relations for a time. Don decided to travel the world for a year, and along the way he met fellow traveler Gail Teplin. They were married in 1987 and eventually settled in Atlanta. Don died in March 2020 at age 87. He’s survived by Gail, four children, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The family welcomes remembrances sent to them through the alumni relations office. . . . Carol Greenwald Scouler ’54N (see ’85).

1958 Martha Beck Burton ’60 (MA) “passed away on Easter morning at the age of 84,” writes her son, Edward. “She was the 1958 valedictorian and earned an MA in mathematics in 1960.” Martha met her future husband, the late David Burton ’61 (PhD), while they were both students at Rochester. Edward adds, “Thank you for all that Rochester has done for us!” . . . Ed Kaplan reports that a fourth generation from his family has joined the University’s student body, extending a legacy that began nearly a century ago. Ed’s uncle, Max Kaplan ’33, was the first family member to graduate from Rochester. Ed enrolled in 1954 and met Irene Colle Kaplan ’58 during their first year; they have been married 63 years. Ed’s cousin David Kaplan ’66 (Max Kaplan’s son) and Irene’s nephew Marion Maneker ’86 are also graduates. And this fall, Ed’s grandson, Max Gjevre ’26, began his first year at Rochester. The Minneapolis resident plans to pursue an engineering degree and swim for the varsity team. “We think Rochester is a perfect fit for Max,” Ed says. “He’s had to listen to stories about the good old days for years. Our class was about 400—so small that you knew pretty much everyone on campus. Irene and I still keep in touch with many of them.” One of those classmates is Ed Hajim ’58, University board chair emeritus, who lived next door to Ed in Hoeing Hall when both were first-year students. “When my grandson visited campus, he imitated the statue of Ed (on the Hajim Science and Engineering Quadrangle) with his hands held up. He looks like Moses on Mount Sinai giving the Ten Commandments” (see photo). Ed is a retired physician and professor emeritus at the University of Minnesota Medical School, and Irene taught English for more than 50 years. In 2013, the two established the Edward L. and Irene Colle Kaplan Scholarship Fund, which supports students pursuing an undergraduate liberal arts degree in the School of Arts & Sciences, with preference for students with financial need.

1959 Robert Scaer ’63M (MD) died in November 2021 at age 83, writes Roberta Brush Mylan ’60, his former wife. A board-certified neurologist, Robert had a long career in neurology and rehabilitation, which led to another career as a pioneer in traumatology. He lectured nationally and internationally and published three books on the topic. He is also survived by their four children and eight grandsons.

1960 Michael Blumenfield, a professor emeritus of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at New York Medical College, writes that he’s in private practice part time, and he and his wife are living in Los Angeles near their children and grandchildren. His 2021 book, ShrinkTalk (ShrinkTalk Publishing), is available on his website . . . Roberta Brush Mylan (see ’59).

1961 Michael Cohen (see ’84). . . . Dick Crowell writes that he and his wife, Carol, celebrated their “60th wedding anniversary in July with a family reunion highlighting great memories gained from raising a diverse and wonderful family.” In the early 1970s, they adopted an infant African American girl and a Hispanic baby boy to join their two biological children, he says. “This has proven to be an informative, exciting, and rewarding experience.” Dick and Carol are pictured surrounded by their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren and their spouses.

1962 Gloria O’Toole Ulterino writes, “With an advanced degree in recent American history, I taught US and European history for over three years on the high school level. After marrying Eugene Ulterino ’63 and raising our three children, I returned to school to study theology in the 1980s and delighted in parish ministry. Currently a preacher, adult storyteller, and founder of the storytelling team Women of the Well, I have had three books published. The latest, What Time Is It? A Deep Reading of Our Lives throughout the Liturgical Year (Cascade Books), expresses the fruit of my ministry.”

1964 John Denison ’69W (MA) writes, “Longtime friends from the Class of ’64 met the final weekend in July for the latest ‘Geezerfest’ at the lakeside home of Sue and Dave Noonan in West Chester, Ohio. In attendance were Hank and Tina VanRensselear Allen, Charlie Rathbone, and my wife, Martha, and me. A tour of downtown Cincinnati, spirited discussions of current affairs, plenty of good food and drink, and, of course, reminiscing about long-ago days at the River Campus comprised a great reunion weekend.” From left to right in the photo are John and Charlie in front and Dave, Tina, and Hank in back. . . . Judith Lehman Ruderman ’66W (MA) sends a photo and writes, “Members of the Class of ’64 traveled together to four Balkan countries in spring 2022. From left: Robert Witherspoon, Neil Cullen (accompanied by Betsey Weingart Cullen ’66; not pictured), me, and Naomi Schwartzman Silvergleid. It was a wonderful trip and reunion!”

1965 Richard Rice sends a photograph of himself (on left in photo) with squash partner Jim Zug Sr. They won the 75-plus division at the US National Doubles Squash Championships in Philadelphia in March.

1966 Betsey Weingart Cullen (see ’64 College). . . . David Kaplan (see ’58).

1967 Robert Lewy sends a photo of “three U of R alumni from the Class of ’67. We were also suitemates in our senior year, and we got together with our wives in July in Brattleboro, Vermont.” From left are Paul Stein, Barry Gelber, and Robert. Seated are their wives: Barbara Lewy, Sharon Stein, and Rona Gelber.

1968 University Trustee Cathy Minehan, an honorary trustee and former chairman of the board at Massachusetts General Hospital, has joined McLean Hospital’s board of trustees. She is currently a director of Bright Horizons Family Solutions and a trustee of the MITRE Corporation and of the Brookings Institution. An elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Cathy retired from the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston in 2007 after 39 years with the Federal Reserve System. Located in Belmont, Massachusetts, McLean is the largest psychiatric affiliate of Harvard Medical School and a member of Mass General Brigham. . . . Chuck Smith writes that in May, Dominion Stage of Arlington, Virginia, did a reading of his Romantic Comradery, which was a winner of their one-act play competition. In October, Northport Plays on Long Island scheduled a performance of Chuck’s Meeting Acute as part of the “Halloween Edition” of the program’s One-Act Play Festival.

1969 John Levey has published Right for the Role (Legacy Launch Pad Publishing), in which he documents his career as a casting director. He is a four-time Emmy Award–winning casting director and has cast such iconic television shows as China Beach, ER, The West Wing, and Shameless as well as dozens of other television series, miniseries, TV movies, digital series, video games, and feature films. John is also a five-time winner of the Casting Society of America’s Artios Award and the recipient of its Hoyt Bowers Award, given for excellence in casting and outstanding contributions to the casting profession.

1970 Paul Trainor writes: “The 50th Class of 1970 reunion originally scheduled for September 2020 was canceled due to COVID and again canceled in September 2021 and finally combined with other reunion classes and took place in June of this year. At the June reunion, the many events, presentations, dinners, and participating organizations did an incredible job. I think that a good number of my class, all around age 73, have not retired, especially those who are medical doctors. I wish more of my class had attended.” In the photo are (front row, left to right) Paul, Cynthia Rauker Rigby, Kathleen Thomas Grenier ’75W (EdM), Priscilla Greene, Judith Skinner Straw, Michael Kaufman ’72 (MS), Elliot Richman ’75 (PhD), and Dale Stewart; (back row) Carl Helmers, Ralph Singh Rakieten, Mark Westcott, Judith Wagner DeCew, Spencer Soohoo, Jeanne Crane, Candace Geyer Cowan, Charles Cowan, Ron Rigby, Keith Knox ’75 (PhD), and Eugene Kowaluk.

1972 Claire Buchanan writes, “After a COVID-19 hiatus, we were finally able to pick up our tradition of getting ‘Da Gang’ together every few years to visit memory lane, share current news, and explore new places.” The suitemates held their minireunion in Asheville, North Carolina, in May. Pictured (left to right) are Ann Curtin-Knight, Claire, Barb Thorne Benkwitt, Patty Trombly Pogue, Cindy Cuddeback Smith, Paula Fearer Rauscher, and Jane Hunter Imber. . . . James Collins, a professor of history at Georgetown University, writes that he has published The French Monarchical Commonwealth, 1356–1560 (Cambridge University Press), in which he “explores the relationship between everyday politics and political theory in France between 1356 and 1651, in the first of two volumes on the practical origins of the concept of the State.” . . . Carl Filbrich has published his second mystery novel, No One’s Daughter: A Mike Ramsey Novel (Level Best). Carl describes the book as a story about a woman who disappears shortly after becoming instantly famous on the internet when she is arrested for doing something few people would consider a crime: kissing another woman in public. . . . Katherine (Kathy) Salazar-Poss writes that she has retired after 24 years as general counsel for the American Academy of Ophthalmology in San Francisco. A graduate of the UC Berkeley School of Law, she is helping to publicize Antonio, We Know You (Wyatt-MacKenzie), a memoir written by her husband, Antonio Salazar-Hobson. . . . Joe Smith writes that he moved from Houston to St. Louis in 2018 to be close to his daughter and her family. When not being “Grandpa” to his two granddaughters, says Joe, he does some environmental science consulting and is busy with science outreach activities sponsored by the St. Louis section of the American Chemical Society. During the 2021–22 academic year, he presented chemistry demonstrations and talks to more than 1,000 students in second- and fifth-grade classes.

1973 Len Joy ’74S (MBA) writes that his new collection of short stories, Casualties and Survivors (Hark! New Era Publishing) became available in ebook and paperback in August. “Most of these stories,” he says, “were published in literary journals in the last 10 years. They have, as the title would suggest, a common theme.”

1974 Linda Rosenzweig writes, “I moved to the Wagner Law Group, continuing to practice in the areas of employment law and employee benefits law. In addition to practicing law, I spend time with my three grandchildren and my husband of 43 years, splitting my time between the DMV and Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.” She was elected to the board of directors of the Olney Theatre Center in Olney, Maryland, in 2020 and she has served as chair as well as president of the American Jewish Committee’s Washington region since 2021.

1975 John Baynes wrote in April, “I want to thank the University and the sports information folks for the support given to Marquel Slaughter and the Democrat and Chronicle for the article (‘How a team from upstate NY transfixed the nation during dark days of WWII’) last Christmas regarding the WWII wartime basketball teams of my father, John Arthur Baynes ’47, ’48W (EdM). Our son, John Andrew Baynes ’18 (PhD), earned his PhD in economics from UR. We are a UR family. I am retiring from a 46-year career as an English teacher in Rochester-area high schools: Aquinas Institute (1976–78), Fairport High (1978–2017), and Our Lady of Mercy (2017–22). The accompanying picture (see page 42) was taken at Our Lady of Mercy on Decision Day in 2018. These four women were students in my Advanced Placement literature class, and all four are graduating from the University. In addition to my teaching career, I serve as a member of the Monroe County Legislature representing Perinton and East Rochester. Meliora!” Pictured from left to right are Ramitha Jonnala ’22, Isabella Barbagallo ’22, Summer Mills ’22, and Catherine (Kate) Giugno ’23. . . . Howard Stein, chair of the real estate practice group at Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman, was honored at Long Island’s Mansion at Oyster Bay in June as a member of the 2022 Long Island Press PowerList. . . . Jane Weintraub sends news: she has been inducted as the 51st president of the American Association for Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Research. She holds the Rozier Douglass Distinguished Professorship and is a former dean of the dentistry school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Jane adds that she is “happily married to Chris Barker ’76, now retired after his career on the cutting edge of genomics and biotechnology.”

1976 Joanne Doroshow, the founder and executive director of the Center for Justice and Democracy at New York Law School, writes, “I am featured in the new Netflix limited series Meltdown: Three Mile Island as lead counsel for [the community advocacy group] TMI Alert 40 years ago.” The documentary series was released in May. . . . Kevin McDermott has coauthored Paragraph 3: Conversations about Prepared Leadership in the Age of Perpetual Uncertainty (Page Publishing), a book kindled by the lack of leadership response to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. . . . Joy Wiltenburg ’78 (MA), a professor emerita of history at Rowan University in New Jersey, writes that her new book, Laughing Histories: From the Renaissance Man to the Woman of Wit (Routledge), a study of laughter in relation to power, aggression, gender, sex, class, and social bonding, “has received high praise from several famed historians.”

1977 John (Jack) Carmola, Gary Thal, Jeff Tischler ’78S (MBA), Rick Rosenblum, Neal Vorchheimer (see ’79).

1978 Diane Marshall Ennist, senior vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary for Carey International, “was recently honored by the Washington, DC, Association of Corporate Counsel National Capital Region (ACC NCR) Chapter with the chapter service award,” writes her husband, Dave Ennist, who also sends a photograph of the two of them at the awards reception in July 2022. Diane is a board member and the chapter’s first vice president of engagement, leadership, and community as well as a former cochair of its corporate scholars program.

1979 The family of Andrew Libo, who died in October 2011, has established two scholarships in his memory: the Andrew L. Libo, Esq. ’79 Scholarship in the School of Arts & Sciences and the Libo Meyerowitz Family Scholarship to Promote Study in Neuro Oncology in the School of Medicine and Dentistry. . . . Ricky Peltzman writes, “Yes, Gary Thal ’77 really exists and is doing well!” Ricky sends a photo taken this summer at Gary’s Fire Island house. Pictured are Jeff Tischler ’77, ’78S (MBA), Gary, Ricky, Harwin (Bone) Goldman ’78, John (Jack) Carmola ’77, Neal Vorchheimer ’77, and Rick Rosenblum ’77.

1981 Fred Guterl (see ’14).

1982 Peter Antonucci writes that his second book in his Billionaires at Sea series, Scandal at Sea: Billionaires in the Deep (self-published), was released in July. The book follows his 2019 novel Billionaire’s Paradise: Ecstasy at Sea (Willow Street Press). . . . Kim Buster Turner writes that she graduated from Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health in May with a concentration in health management. While at Harvard, she received additional certifications in leadership; Harvard peer coaching; and equity, diversity, and inclusion. She plans to be a chief health officer for a consulting company. Kim has worked as an executive in public health for more than 20 years and was instrumental in COVID-19 community outreach and response. She adds that she has three children and enjoys playing golf and tennis.

1984 David Bertoni, a partner in the Portland, Maine, law firm Brann & Isaacson, writes that he is joining the University of Maine Law School in the fall of 2022 as an adjunct professor teaching advanced civil procedure. . . . Amy Zaslow Cohen sends a photo and writes, “Bill Cohen and I enjoyed watching our son, Ben Cohen ’22, graduate in May from the Hajim School. Ben’s grandfather Michael Cohen ’61 was also there. From left to right are four alumni from three generations: Bill, Ben, Mike, and me.” . . . Scott Evans writes that his poems “Liesl’s Sonnet” and “All Clouds Are Beautiful” will be published by Poetry Salzburg at the University of Salzburg, Austria, in Poetry Salzburg Review 39. His poem, “Write Your Words in the Sand” will be published in the fifth issue of the ezine Straight on Till Morning (Lost Boys Press). . . . Bill Hayes (see ’88E). . . . Brian Neff (see ’86). . . . Scott Rummler, founder and CEO of the financial technology company BooleanGrid, writes, “I’ve developed an algorithm that uses quantum supercomputers to accurately predict the outcome of complex ‘random’ phenomena. We’re crushing the benchmarks for Bitcoin, equity markets, and NBA spreads (sports fans know what I mean). Hedge fund managers at Latham & Watkins suggested I start my own hedge fund—so I’m looking for partners and investors.” . . . Kurt Wittneben (see ’86).

1985 Forrest Strauss writes, “After more than 33 years of practice, including five years as a Brooklyn assistant DA and 28 years as a principal court attorney engaged in the investigation and prosecution of attorney misconduct cases, I finally retired at the end of December 2021 from my position as a principal attorney for the New York State court system. Since then, I’ve continued to serve as Monroe Village’s part-time elected village justice while preparing to open a small attorney and judicial grievance defense law practice sometime later this year.” Forrest adds, “In the meantime, I’m enjoying playing more piano and guitar, searching for a hot rod to wrench on so I can road rally more with my son, using my hands to work on my house, and finally enjoying the absence of the full-time work stress that was taking so much from me until now. Retirement is good!” . . . Bonnie Scouler Wojciehowski writes to share that her parents, both alumni, have died in the last few years: William Scouler ’55 in February 2020 and Carol Greenwald Scouler ’54N, ’56 in January 2022. Bonnie adds, “They were both huge supporters of Rochester and were very involved. I remember growing up and seeing my father do U of R interviews in our house. I knew I was destined for Rochester, even as a young child.”

1986 Marion Maneker (see ’58). . . . Emily Swartz Silva sends a photo and writes, “My husband Curt ’85 and I went skiing at Vail, Colorado, in March 2022. We had a great time connecting with Brian Neff ’84 and Kurt Wittneben ’84. Brian, Curt, and I skied, and Kurt snowboarded throughout the back bowls of Vail, and we enjoyed many drinks and some nice meals together.” . . . Glenn Stambo, chief of interventional radiology at AdventHealth Carrollwood, writes, “I was accepted into the fellowship of the Society of Interventional Radiology. This is the highest honor for our society. After 25 years in interventional radiology practice, it was well worth the wait. I am in practice in Tampa, Florida.”

1987 John Geraci ’89S (MBA), founder and president of the market research agency Crux Research, has written POLL-ARIZED: Why Americans Don’t Trust the Polls—and How to Fix Them Before It’s Too Late (Houndstooth Press). The book, writes John, “is a provocative examination of what has gone wrong with US pre-election polls.” . . . James Husson has been named vice president of development and alumni relations at the University of Pennsylvania, where he will head a division devoted to fundraising and to nurturing relationships with the university’s more than 290,000 living graduates. James was previously with Boston College, where he served as senior vice president for university advancement and led the planning and execution of the largest campaign in its history. . . . Julie Taddeo ’97 (PhD), a research professor of history at the University of Maryland–College Park, writes that she has published two books in 2022. She coauthored Rape in Period Drama Television: Consent, Myth, and Fantasy (Lexington), and she coedited an academic collection of essays, Diagnosing History: Medicine in Period Drama Television (Manchester University Press).

1988 Jackie Millard Kramer writes, “In June I was promoted to managing attorney of the Maryland staff counsel office for Selective Insurance Company.” . . . Kenneth Slater Jr. has been named managing partner of Halloran Sage, a law firm with more than 80 attorneys and six offices across Connecticut and Massachusetts and a branch in Washington, DC. Ken practices municipal law, land use and environmental law, real estate, and civil litigation. He cochairs the firm’s environmental and land use practice group.

1989 Michael Chang ’96 (PhD) sends a photo from a May 2022 minireunion in Istanbul (see page 43). “I was on vacation visiting Turkey with my wife and planned ahead to meet up with these three Turkish alumni. It was great catching up and learning about their success stories,” he writes. Clockwise from left are Arif (Tanju) Erdem ’90 (PhD), Michael and his wife, Sue, Mehmet Ozkan ’92 (PhD) and his wife, Hatice, and Tanju’s wife, Cigdem Fidan Erdem ’20W (PhD).

1990 Lisa Mui sends a photo of “Class of 1990 KDs together on the Jersey Shore.” From left are Erin O’Rourke Fuller, Lisa Chapman Clay, Brenda Gingalewski Smith, Lisa, and Stacey (Nicole) Schaeffer Orlov.

1992 “Coyotes, flyfishing, rivers, and wheelchairs,” writes Andrew Gottlieb. “My first full-length collection of poems, Tales of a Distance: Poems (Trail to Table Books), came out in May and examines landscape, the natural world, and our humanity among the same.” His work has appeared in American Fiction, Arts & Letters, Best New Poets, Denver Quarterly, Ecotone, the Fly Fish Journal, Mississippi Review, Orion, and other journals. He’s been the writer-in-residence at wilderness locations, including the H. J. Andrews Experimental Forest and three US national parks: Denali, Everglades, and Isle Royale. . . . Valery Perry, a researcher and consultant and senior associate for the Democratization Policy Council in Sarajevo, was a guest on WXXI-AM’s Connections with Evan Dawson in Rochester in May. Valery discussed her research on political violence and extremism in Europe and Central Asia and what can be done to address the issue of far-right, white supremacist extremism both abroad and in the US. . . . Shail Mithani Rajan has published her second book, The Recipient (self-published), featuring romance and suspense in a small-town setting.

1993 The husband of Gail Speakman shares news that Gail died unexpectedly in May. Peter Cavallo writes that Gail earned an MBA from LaSalle University and an MS from Temple University and worked in biochemistry before transitioning to clinical trials data management. For the last eight years she operated Speakman Data Services as an independent contractor to Pfizer. Peter adds that while Gail was a student, she was a member of Delta Zeta sorority, the Pep Band, and the Symphonic Wind Ensemble.

1994 Alvaro Navarro, an adjunct professor of entrepreneurship at IE University in Madrid, Spain, has published a collection of 80 free-verse poems written in English, Words in the Storm (Letrame Editorial). Alvaro writes that the poems, inspired by quotes from 50 contemporary and classical writers, “capture my thoughts and reflections about life.”

1996 Daniel Dardani writes, “After spending nearly 20 years at MIT’s technology licensing office as a technology transfer executive, I have joined Duke University’s Office for Translation and Commercialization as its director of physical sciences and digital innovation licensing and corporate alliances.”

1998 Jennifer Barsamian has been appointed assistant to the director of the University’s Arezzo Lisio Italian Studies program. One of the first graduates of the Italian studies program, she attended the Arezzo program in its inaugural year, 1994, as well as in 1995 and 1996. She has a master’s degree in Italian language and culture from Middlebury College. Jennifer taught Italian in public schools for 17 years, forming an exchange program with Liceo Vittoria Colonna—a linguistic high school in Italy—and has traveled to Arezzo with dozens of students.

2000 Meghan Brown, a partner with the law firm Goldberg Segalla, has been named a vice chair of the firm’s national civil litigation and trial practice group. In addition to counseling and representing clients, Meghan provides mentoring support to newer attorneys as part of the firm’s women’s initiative.

2001 Joseph Brennan ’05S (MBA) has been named senior vice president, commercial and industrial banking market executive for Northwest Bank’s upstate New York region. He also serves on the Board of Governors Construction Exchange of Buffalo and Western New York and the board of directors of the Construction Finance Management Association. . . . Emily Zeman Eddy, an assistant professor at MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston, writes that she has been promoted to program director of the entry-level occupational therapy doctoral program. Emily moves from her role as associate director of clinical education in the department. She continues to mentor research advisees and teach pediatric-based coursework while also serving the department in her new role.

2002 Jarlath McGuckin, the deputy director of the Monterey Initiative in Russian Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California, and Adam Kurtz ’01 have formed a band called Kino Proby. The group is a tribute to Soviet rock group Kino, founded by influential songwriter and singer Viktor Tsoi. The band performed a campus concert in September as part of a Department of Modern Languages and Cultures symposium “Viktor Tsoi, Rock & Roll and the Soviet State.” “Adam and I have been playing Tsoi’s music since 2004, bringing together Russian speakers (and non-Russian speakers) with a fierce live show that highlights this musical genius,” Jarlath writes. Professor Rita Safariants and Professor John Givens (thesis advisor for Jarlath and Adam) organized the event. “Having worked in international education for almost 20 years, I have visited campus many times for study abroad fairs and to give talks to students in the Russian department.” . . . Elizabeth Strychalski, the founder and leader of the cellular engineering group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, has been named a 2022 Outstanding Young Scientist by the Maryland Academy of Sciences and the Maryland Science Center. Elizabeth conducts research in engineering biology, synthetic biology, nano- and microelectromechanical systems, and policy to provide a foundation of measurements needed to support the design and control of engineered function in living systems. In the accompanying photo, Elizabeth (center) received her award from Mark Potter, president and CEO of the Maryland Science Center, and Mollie Mulherin Thompson, vice chair of the center’s Science and Education Advisory Council.

2006 Alec Immerman, a financial analyst in Ithaca, New York, has written his third novel, The Lost Timepiece (self-published), a surrealist story, he says, that “blurs lines between past and present, romance and reality, poetry and prose.” The ambitious narrative is a departure for him, he says, as he is best known for the “sci-fi cerebrum trilogy.” Alec adds that his economics degree from Rochester “still comes in handy” at his day job. . . . Jonathan Lax has been appointed deputy chief of the business and securities fraud section in the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York.

2008 Allison Goldstein, a self-employed writer and editor, has coauthored Inclusalytics: How Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Leaders Use Data to Drive Their Work (independently published) with Victoria Mattingly and Sertrice Grice. The book is a guide for leaders of internal diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives to reliably gather, measure, track, and use data to determine their strategy and measure its effectiveness. . . . Jennifer Mikels has been promoted to director at Goulston & Storrs in Boston, where she represents clients in commercial disputes and legal malpractice matters. Jennifer writes that she has deep experience trying cases in federal and state courts and arbitration, helping obtain many pretrial judgments, and guiding her clients through complex settlement negotiations.

2009 Amanda Ziegler ’10 (KEY) writes that she earned her PhD in community health and health behavior from the University at Buffalo in 2022.

2013 Grace Czechowski and Gert Llojaj ’09 were married in Isle of Palms, South Carolina, in March 2022, surrounded by close friends and family, writes Grace. They live in Washington, DC, where Gert works for the Department of Energy, and Grace works for Piper Companies as a technical recruitment account executive. . . . Jason Silverstein is the social strategy editor for the audience team at the New York Times. Before joining the Times in March, Jason was a social media manager and video producer covering national politics at CBS News, where he also worked on several documentaries.

2014 Julia Sklar has written The Brain: Discover the Ways Your Mind Works, a single-topic special “bookazine” issue of National Geographic Magazine on neuroscience. “I credit this opportunity in many ways to my time at Rochester and connections made through the alumni network,” she writes. As a sophomore majoring in brain and cognitive sciences, Julia says she spent many hours working on the Campus Times and thinking about what she wanted to do after college. A profile in Rochester Review of Fred Guterl ’81, then executive editor of Scientific American, sparked an idea for how she could reconcile her interests in journalism and brain and cognitive sciences. “A science journalist. I’d never heard of such a job, but I thought, ‘this person is doing what I want to do.’ I reached out to Fred in search of a mentor, and he was the first person to point me in the right direction.” Julia later got a master’s degree in science journalism at Boston University, worked for several years at MIT Technology Review, and built a successful freelance career over the last four years, encountering many Rochester connections and support along the way. “I joke often that science journalism is the natural career for a Rochester graduate: a perfect marriage of the sciences and humanities and a life path made for someone who doesn’t want to pick only one interest. Ultimately, my major, opportunities, and alumni connections coalesced to bring me to this National Geographic issue.”

2015 Anansa Benbow has been named a lexicographer for the Dictionary of African American English published by Oxford University Press. Anansa founded and hosted the Black Language Podcast, which ran in 2020. . . . Kevin Carr writes that he has published his first book, The Musician’s Guide to Digital Marketing (self-published), which presents practical digital marketing strategies for musicians. . . . Victoria Le writes, “I got married last November to Eric Burkett in Houston and had a mini–U of R reunion at our wedding. The photo (see page 46) was taken after our surprise lion dance performance during our reception. In the photo, we are both wearing traditional Vietnamese wedding attire.” Pictured, from left, are Samay Kapadia, Runyu Bi, Kyle Abram, Kristina Souders-Medvescek, Eli Medvescek, Ashley Dockham ’17M (MS), Ashok Kamani ’16, Victoria, Eric, Khoa Nguyen ’89, ’94M (MD), Nicholas Hill, Thanh Hoang ’13, Thomas Doser ’13, ’13E, Erick McNair ’17, and Javier Dominguez.

2016 Siyavush Saidian has been promoted to managing editor at LSI Solutions, a medical device manufacturing company in Victor, New York, which he joined in 2020 as a technical writer. . . Abby Wentworth and Isaac Sheinkopf ’15 send a photo (see page 46) from their January 2022 wedding. The sizable group of guests are “all U of R alumni!” writes Abby.

2017 Rachel Wadsworth has been admitted to practice law in New York State and has joined Bousquet Holstein, a firm with offices in Syracuse and Ithaca. She graduated from Albany Law School in 2021, where she served as the managing editor for submissions of the Albany Government Law Review journal during her third year. Rachel worked with the Federal Public Defenders of Northern New York and Legal Assistance of Western New York’s Pro Se Divorce Clinic during law school.

2022 Ben Cohen (see ’84). . . . Isabella Barbagallo, Ramitha Jonnala, and Summer Mills (see ’75).

2023 Catherine (Kate) Giugno (see ’75).

Arts, Sciences & Engineering


1959 The son of Richard Weeks (PhD) writes with a remembrance of his father, who died in July. Richard received a master’s degree and a PhD from the Institute of Optics. Writes Dan Weeks: “During a long career, he contributed to the Apollo space program and worked with early lasers. At Polaroid Corporation, he headed the team that designed the optics for the iconic Polaroid SX-70, the world’s first folding single-lens reflex camera. For this he and a colleague earned the Richardson Medal from the Optical Society of America, of which he was a fellow, for distinguished contribution to applied optics in 1980. Later, NASA asked him to chair a blue-ribbon panel of scientists and engineers charged with overseeing the metrology in fabricating the optics of the Chandra x-ray observatory.”

1960 Martha Beck Burton (see ’58 College).

1961 David Burton (see ’58 College).

1963 Maxine Neustadt Lurie (MA), a professor emerita of history at Seton Hall University, has published Taking Sides in Revolutionary New Jersey: Caught in the Crossfire (Rutgers University Press), an overview of how the American Revolution played out in New Jersey that concentrates on the sides taken by residents. She writes, “The book argues that this was a nasty civil war in which everyone paid a price.”

1972 Michael Kaufman (MS) (see ’70 College).

1975 Keith Knox (PhD) and Elliot Richman (PhD) (see ’70 College).

1978 Joy Wiltenburg (MA) (see ’76 College).

1979 Clinton Parker (MS) writes, “I retired after 31 years as senior software engineer with Parker-Hannefin in Charlotte, North Carolina. We moved to our family farm in Delaware after my retirement. I have been married to Deborah McCord for 28 years, and we have four grown daughters: Chelsea, Vanessa, Alexis, and Marissa. I’m enjoying rural living after 30-plus years of suburban living and looking forward to traveling soon. We raise and show purebred Tonkinese cats as a hobby and now have a working farm.”

1982 Clive Diefenbacher (MS) was a recipient of the American Chemical Society’s 2021 Heroes of Chemistry Award for his work at Novartis as a member of the research team that discovered Entresto, a medication for the treatment of heart failure.

1984 Patrick Scanlon (PhD), a professor emeritus of communication at Rochester Institute of Technology, has published Casting and Mending: How Therapeutic Fly Fishing Heals Shattered Minds and Bodies (RIT Press).

1986 William Creasy (PhD) has published Making a Happy Society: Group Selection and Culture (independently published), a collection of essays from the newsletter of Washington Area Secular Humanists, a nonprofit educational organization in Maryland that promotes secular humanist activities.

1988 Randi Minetor (MA) has written the seventh book in the nonfiction Death in the National Parks series: Death in the Everglades: Accidents, Foolhardiness, and Mayhem in South Florida (Lyons Press). She writes that the book “tells gripping tales of mysterious deaths, clandestine crimes, and disasters in Everglades history. Body dumps and murders, commercial airline crashes, hurricanes, alligator attacks, smuggling shootouts, airboat accidents, and more crowd this epic page turner.”

1992 Mehmet Ozkan (PhD) (see ’89 College).

1996 Michael Chang (PhD) (see ’89 College).

1997 Julie Taddeo (PhD) (see ’87 College). . . . Lynn Vavreck (PhD), the Marvin Hoffenberg Professor of American Politics and Public Policy at UCLA and a professor of political science and communication, has coauthored The Bitter End: The 2020 Presidential Campaign and the Challenge to American Democracy (Princeton University Press), released in late September.

2007 Jennifer Ailles (PhD) writes, “In August 2021 I was promoted to professor III, the highest rank at Palm Beach State College. I have taught literature and English at the Palm Beach Gardens campus since 2016.”

2018 John Andrew Baynes ’18 (PhD) (see ’75 College).

Eastman School of Music

1930 Robert Freeman, who directed the Eastman School from 1972 to 1996, and his brother Jim are keeping alive the story of their remarkable family and its connections to Eastman. Their grandfather Harry Freeman was a trumpeter in John Philip Sousa’s band and the first trumpet professor at Eastman. Their parents Henry and Florence Knope Freeman met as students at Eastman and went on to notable careers in music—Henry as principal bass in the Boston Symphony; Florence as a teacher of violin, viola, and chamber music. The sons have edited and published Henry’s autobiography, American Dream Realized: From the Tenements of New York City to the Eastman School of Music to the Boston Symphony Orchestra (self-published), and they commissioned a recording, Three Tributes (Innova), in their parents’ memory. Among the composers contributing to the CD is Pulitzer Prize winner Kevin Puts ’94, ’99 (DMA). Robert received an honorary degree from the University in 2015, when the atrium of the Sibley Music Library was dedicated in honor of the Freeman family. Jim was a member of Swarthmore College’s faculty for nearly 40 years and founded and conducted Philadelphia’s Orchestra 2001, with which he made recordings of new American music. [Note: Robert Freeman died in October, a few months after submitting this note—Editor.]

1968 Bill Cahn writes that Nexus and Sō Percussion have released a new album, Steve Reich, which features four works composed by Reich. Bill and Bob Becker ’69, ’71 (MM) are members of Nexus, and Jason Treuting ’99 is a member of Sō Percussion.

1969 Joel Suben, executive vice president and artistic director at Save the Music, writes, “I am pleased to announce the commercial release of an album of my orchestral music, Orchestral Works, 1976–2008 (Coeles).”

1970 Geary Larrick (MM) has published writing citations in Books in Print, Music Index, RILM Abstracts, WorldCat, and Google Scholar. A percussionist and retired music professor from the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point, Gary lives in Glenview, Illinois.

1971 Bob Becker (MM) (see ’68).

1972 Ted Piltzecker, a professor emeritus of composition at SUNY Purchase, writes that he is enjoying more time to perform as a vibraphonist. Appearances include the Hungarian House in Manhattan, Dazzle Jazz Club in Denver, the Muse in Boulder, North Street Cabaret in Madison, Wisconsin, and the Blue Bamboo Arts Center in Orlando as well as college dates at the University of Wisconsin–Duluth, University of Colorado, Boulder, and the University of Central Florida. His March recording was released in the summer, and he was scheduled to do another in October. Ted adds that he is also a first pilot for the US Coast Guard Auxiliary and still rides his unicycle regularly.

1975 Andrea Kapell Loewy writes, “I retired this spring term from my job as a professor of flute/theory at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette after 37 years. I was appointed professor emerita and will be happy to continue to be involved in music making with colleagues as well as helping with committee work as needed. I will continue to play principal flute with the regional orchestra, Acadiana Symphony, and have been asked to perform a concerto with the orchestra this coming season.”

1978 David Starkweather, a professor of cello at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia has written Johann Sebastian Bach Six Suites for Violoncello Solo (self-published), for which he received the University of Georgia’s Albert Christ Janer Creative Research Award in 2022. David writes, “Most likely written in 1720, the original manuscript in Bach’s hand is lost. The lack of a clear primary source is an interpretive challenge for cellists. This comprehensive 614-page PDF edition compares the six sources line-by-line by vertically aligning them. Differences between these sources are clearly marked, thus greatly facilitating comparison.”

1979 Elizabeth (Bettie) Bankhead Buccheri (DMA), a retired senior lecturer at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music, is chair of the artistic and awards committee of the Solti Foundation US. She writes, “Our mission is to support young American conductors. In the past 20 years our foundation has given over $1 million to these worthy young musicians.” In 2018, the foundation named its opera residency program for Bettie.

1984 John Cipolla, a music professor at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, has been named a University Distinguished Professor. He writes, “Being named a University Distinguished Professor is among the highest honors a WKU professor can achieve at the university.” The program is designed to recognize faculty members who have served Western Kentucky with distinction and have compiled an outstanding record of achievement in teaching, research, and service. John’s music career has taken him across the globe, including engagements throughout Europe and South America, along with a decades-long career in New York City as a woodwind specialist.

1985 Donald Kendrick (DMA) writes: “I was the first DMA conducting student at the Eastman School of Music when the program was initiated. I started with Dr. James G. Smith, and halfway through my program, he left to teach at George Mason University, so [then Director] Robert Freeman asked me to take over the choral music department for the next year while they did a national search. I was also the early recipient of the Louise Rogers Goucher scholarship that included a work project under the guidance of my advisor, Dr. Alfred Mann. I was fortunate to conduct the Eastman Sing in the early years, also. I have such happy memories of my time at Eastman. I retired after 33 years as the director of choral activities at Sacramento State School of Music, where I initiated the graduate degree program in conducting. I have continued my post as the music director for Sacramento’s Schola Cantorum of Sacred Heart Church and as music director for the Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra.” Donald sends a photograph of himself “conducting that ensemble in a performance of the Verdi Requiem in May after over two years of silence due to the pandemic. We had a sold-out theater of over 1,500 people.”

1986 Clara O’Brien (MM) has released Das stille Leuchten (Ablaze Records), a recording of songs by Swiss composer Othmar Schoeck. Clara is a voice professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and is codirector with her husband, Lance Hulme ’98 (MM), of À la carte, a concert series of eclectic music.

1988 Tom Nazziola writes, “After several years in the making, I am pleased to share the first album by my ensemble, the BQE Project, featuring excerpts of my original scores for silent films and early talkies. From the comedies of Buster Keaton to early science fiction (The Golem by Paul Wegener), Music for Film Volume 1 (Goju Records) is a compilation of diverse soundtracks flawlessly performed by musicians of the BQE Project, many of whom are Eastman alumni.” The ensemble includes Dan Willis (Daniel Wieloszynski) ’90, Bill Hayes ’84RC, Conrad Harris ’91, Gregg August ’87, Joe Tompkins ’92, and Greg Chudzik ’06. Tom adds that his 2021 release, Distant Places (Goju Records) includes the Grammy-nominated piece “Cat and Mouse.” . . . Paula Santirocco (MM) wrote an article published in the May 2022 Bulletin of the Rochester Academy of Science. In “Inscrutable Smile of the Universe: DaVinci in Space,” she compares the shape of the spiral galaxy NGC 7172 to the smile captured in Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. Paula is a member of the astronomy section of the academy and continues her career as an artist and jewelry creator. She adds that she is the former principal flutist in the Cleveland Opera and Cleveland Ballet orchestras.

1990 Robin Holtz Williams (DMA), a music professor at the University of New Orleans, released A Piano in the House: On a Winter’s Eve (Mockingbird Press), the third CD in her Piano in the House series. Robin writes, “The series looks back to a time when the piano, and someone playing it, often underpinned the daily currents of home life. Such works, some by composers whose names have largely been forgotten, deserve to be preserved. They collectively reveal the surprising truth that some of the world’s most beautiful music resides comfortably in this smaller-scale world.”

1991 Conrad Harris (see ’88).

1992 Joe Tompkins (see ’88).

1993 Violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins sends an update from a busy first half of the year. In March, her nonprofit organization, Music Kitchen—Food for the Soul, presented at Carnegie Hall the world premiere of “Forgotten Voices,” a composite song cycle that sets comments written by homeless-shelter clients to music. In April, Kelly was part of another Carnegie Hall debut, when she served as concertmaster for the Gateways Music Festival Orchestra’s performance. And in May, she received an honorary degree and was commencement speaker at Adelphi University, the first musician to receive such recognition from Adelphi. Kelly was a featured artist of the McKim Commission Series for violin soloists at the Library of Congress in June. She has also made her debut as a published author by contributing a chapter to a new Routledge International publication on music and human rights. In June she was preparing for upcoming performances of the Wynton Marsalis Violin Concerto with the Las Vegas Philharmonic and the Elgin Symphony. “I am honored to be the first violinist to perform this monumental piece after the original dedicatee. I think it is one of the most important violin concertos of the 21st century, and it feels like being reacquainted with an old friend.”

1999 Kevin Puts (see ’30). . . . Jason Treuting (see ’68).

2004 Gregory Hershberger sends news: “Gonzaga [University] and WSU [Washington State University] both accepted me into the music program, you are loved, and go Cougs!”

2006 Greg Chudzik (see ’88).

2007 Guitarist Simon Fletcher, who grew up in Rush, New York, writes that he has released his first self-published record of original compositions and hosted a live premiere at the newly renovated Avon Park Theater in Avon, New York, as part of the theater’s reopening on the eve of its 84th anniversary. Simon’s Soundtrack to the Seasons: Upstate New York (self-produced) features 12 songs reflecting the cyclical nature of the seasons.

2008 Tiffany Ng (MM) writes that she has been appointed chair of the University of Michigan’s organ department, a year after her promotion to tenure and receipt of the Henry Russel Award, the university’s highest honor for early-to-mid-career-stage faculty. Her most recent album is Dark Matters: Carillon Music of Stephen Rush (Innova).

2019 Blaire Koemer (DMA) writes that she and Rosanna Moore (DMA) as part of their duo Hats + Heels, have developed an all-female and nonbinary commissioning project. Their Women Are . . .project features collaborations with artists to create new interdisciplinary bassoon and harp repertoire that incorporates women-related figures, characters, topics, or ideology.

School of Medicine and Dentistry

1955 Mario Sparagana (MD) (see ’51 College).

1962 Charles Halsted (MD) sends an update: “Since my graduation in 1962, I performed my military service at the US Naval Medical Research Unit No. 3 in Cairo, Egypt, where I cared for military personnel as well as several sick Egyptian children with tropical diseases. Subsequently, I returned to Baltimore, Maryland, where I obtained specialty training in gastroenterology at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. In 1968, I moved to Davis, California, where I established my career at the UC Davis Medical Center with a new specialty of clinical nutrition. During my medical career, I published more than 200 original scientific articles and several book chapters. Following my retirement in 2015, I established a new career as a poet, publishing in more than 40 poetry journals as well as publishing four books of poetry with three more in progress.”

1963 Robert Scaer (MD) (see ’59 College).

1968 Stuart Bauer (MD), a urologist at Boston Children’s Hospital and professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School, writes, “Last November I received the 2021 John W. Duckett Jr., MD Pediatric Urology Research Excellence Award from the Urology Care Foundation of the American Urological Association for my contributions to pediatric urology over my career.” He notes, “The ceremony was delayed six months due to the COVID pandemic and its impact on the AUA’s annual meeting last spring.”

1974 Lionel Cudzinowski (Pdc) sends an update: “I was a full-time professor at the dental faculty of the Université de Montréal in pediatric dentistry for 42 years. I also worked at the pediatric hospital attached to the faculty. I am fully retired, but I still give lectures at the university in pediatric dentistry. I am married to my wife of 43 years, and we have two children; both are established in their respective professions.”

1981 David Nash (MD), the founding dean emeritus and the Dr. Raymond C. and Doris N. Grandon Professor of Health Policy at Thomas Jefferson University’s Jefferson College of Population Health in Philadelphia, has coauthored How Covid Crashed the System: A Guide to Fixing American Health Care (Rowman & Littlefield).

1993 Amy (Janai-Ami) Halikman (Flw), an ophthalmologist in California, writes that her artwork was included in the 21st International Japan Exhibition in April. The juried exhibition included the USA Exhibition, with representation of the American Contemporaries, many from the Los Angeles metropolitan area. “I had several contemporary florals in oil commenting on societal events that were juried into this year’s show. The exhibition opened during cherry blossom season at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, the first art museum in Japan opened to the public for their enjoyment and as such retains a unique position in arts and culture in Japan.” Amy also had two pieces juried into a September show at the Boomer Gallery in London.

1998 Laura Hirayama-Madrid (PhD) received an Outstanding Service Award in 2021 from the National Association of Medical Examiners in recognition of outstanding service and significant contributions to the advancement of the medicolegal investigation of deaths in the United States.

2000 Babur Lateef (Res), a board-certified ophthalmologist in northern Virginia, has been appointed chair of the Health System Board of the University of Virginia’s board of visitors. The board provides oversight for many constituents, including the UVA Medical Center, its schools of medicine and nursing, and UVA Community Health, as well as an affiliated physicians group.

2011 Catherine Yee (MD) writes, “I have been appointed medical director and CMO of Western Washington Medical Group as of April 2022. I’m excited to be serving the organization and the community while also continuing to practice interventional pain and physiatry. I am grateful for the SMD and URMC network as I take on this new role.”

School of Nursing

1954 Carol Greenwald Scouler ’56RC (see ’85 College).

1984 Beth Quinn Jameson, an assistant professor of nursing at Seton Hall University, was inducted as a fellow of the National Academy of School Nursing at the National Association of School Nurses’ annual conference in Atlanta, Georgia. She was one of only seven school nurses from around the country to receive the association’s highest recognition this year. For almost 30 years of her nursing career, Beth has advocated for children’s health, developing a program of research to advance the health of school-age children and to inform school health policy in academic and clinical practice environments. In 2021, Beth received a Seton Hall Faculty Researcher of the Year Award.

1994 Sandra Mitchell (Pmc) writes that she has been promoted to senior scientist at the National Institutes of Health’s cancer institute. She also serves as a program director in the institute’s outcomes research branch of the health care delivery research program. Sandra’s primary research focuses on the measurement and management of symptom distress and impairments in physical function, pediatric and adult cancer survivorship, and testing and implementation of novel approaches to cancer care delivery. A fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, Sandra maintains a clinical practice in survivorship care and conducts research as an adjunct investigator in the institute’s immune deficiency and cellular therapy program.

Simon Business School

1963 Bruce Hopkins is being remembered by his family and friends. His wife, Jane, writes that Bruce made a 20-year career of the Navy, serving in Vietnam, Cambodia, Spain, and Morocco before retiring in San Diego at the rank of commander. He met Jane while pursuing his MBA at Stanford University; they married in 1970 and remained inseparable for the next 52 years. Jane adds that they enjoyed traveling the world, musical theater, entertaining, movies, bridge, and fine cuisine. Bruce died in August at age 80. He’s survived by Jane, his sister Carol, son, Brent, daughter-in-law, Rebecca, and granddaughter, Charlotte.

1968 Robert Hesselberth (MBA), the retired founder and CEO of Spectracom Corporation (now part of Orolia), wrote in April that his new book had just been released. How to Manage Small Business Cash Flow (Artisan Quest Books) is a basic how-to book for those who need to keep the bank balance of a company or a nonprofit from dipping below zero.

1970 Donald Kingston (MBA) writes, “I was reelected in December 2021 as the mayor of the Town of Duck, North Carolina, now serving in my sixth consecutive term and seventh term on the town council.”

1971 Singer-songwriter Ron Gidron (MBA) writes that, due to the pandemic, for the past two years “we [have been] spending most of the time in our beach place in Alicante in southeastern Spain. Here I keep writing music and recently also a life journey book, teaching online classes to granddaughters, and hoping peace will return soon to Europe.”

1974 Len Joy (MBA) (see ’73 College).

1978 Jeff Tischler (MBA) (see ’79 College).

1989 John Geraci (MBA) (see ’87 College).

1992 Christopher Rossi (MBA), president and chief executive officer of Pennsylvania-based Kennametal, has been named to the board of directors for the National Association of Manufacturers, the largest manufacturing association in the United States.

1995 Dorothy Hunter Gordon (MBA) writes, “I am delighted to share that I changed jobs in November 2021 after 19-plus years at the same place. I now am the chief advancement and engagement officer for Mainstay Life Services [Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania].” Dorothy adds, “In this role, I spearhead fundraising and communications efforts to promote and support the Mainstay mission of providing lifelong, high-quality support services, ensuring that people with developmental disabilities lead fulfilling lives and realize their vision of a desirable future.”

2005 Joseph Brennan (see ’01 College).

Warner School of Education

1948 John Arthur Baynes (EdM) (see ’75 College).

1966 Judith Lehman Ruderman (MA) (see ’64 College).

1969 John Denison (MA) (see ’64 College).

1970 Richard Kellogg (EdD) has published the eighth book in his series of mystery books for children. In the latest escapade, Barry Baskerville’s Fishing Adventure (Airship 27), Barry and his friends use their powers of observation and deduction to identify the thief who has been stealing fish from successful anglers along Oxford Creek. The target audience of young readers ages 6 to 10 will learn about the methods of the legendary detective Sherlock Holmes while enhancing their own problem-solving skills.

1975 Kathleen Thomas Grenier (EdM) (see ’70 College).

1988 Anne Gardner (MS), an ordained minister currently leading the chaplaincy program at Harvard-Westlake in Los Angeles, has published her first book, And So I Walked: Reflections on Chance, Choice, and the Camino de Santiago (Adelaide Books). Anne says she used her walk across Spain on the famed 500-mile pilgrimage path as a backdrop for her memoir, weaving together her personal narrative with the physical, emotional, and spiritual challenges presented by the Camino.

1994 Don Gala (PhD) presented two sessions at the 59th annual meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences in Las Vegas, in March: a research paper, “School Safety and Firearms: Considering Alternatives,” and “Social Support: Conceptualizations & Misconceptualizations.” A member of the academy’s Affirmative Action Committee, Don sends a photo from the group’s presentation of a Student Travel Grant award to PhD student Iris Luo.

2001 Colorado landscape artist Michael Magrin (MS) was one of 10 artists featured in an exhibition of 100 skyscapes at the Museum of Western Art in Kerrville, Texas, earlier this year. The Heavens Declare! Celebrating the Glory of the Skies ran April 1 through July 9 and included 10 of Michael’s oil paintings. His work has been featured in several publications and exhibits since he moved to Colorado from New York in 2001.

2020 Cigdem Fidan Erdem (PhD) (see ’89 College).