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hen President Kermit Hall joined UAlbany in February, he hit the ground listening. He knew that, even before he could bring new ideas to our campus, it would be important to thoroughly understand the UAlbany community — its alumni, students, faculty, staff and, perhaps greatest of all, its culture.
40-plus chapters of the DAR. Susan Seabury Smith experienced several hurricanes in Florida last year. Bill Allard and Connie take long walks in the Virginia countryside, play bridge and stay in touch with their children and grandchildren. We note with sorrow the passing of our classmate, Guy Enfanto. Guy had devoted a lifetime to teaching and administration.
Zaven M. Mahdesian, 21 West Neck Court, Huntington, NY 11743, (631) 427-6299 Co-councillor: Edna Wright Smith
CLASS OF ’40 REUNION PROJECT: Instruction Laboratory in the University Libraries, supporting the Libraries’ information literacy program and giving students a hands-on experience using the Libraries’ information systems
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Janet Thomas Rubin passed away recently in Oakland, Calif.
President Hall has reminded us at the Alumni Association that, although we try to stay current with alumni trends for events and programs, there is no greater teacher than our 130,000-plus graduates themselves. The listservs help us do our job, and so does the occasional conference, but without exception, we serve you all best when we listen to what you have to say.
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Please send us your news!
Carolyn Fonda Viall, 131 Shaker Rd.,
Albany, NY 12211-2033, (518) 434-6584
We continue to hear you and will work hard to serve you. We know it is important to our alumni to have a tent in front of Draper Hall during Alumni Weekend to give you more time to celebrate the downtown campus. Your athletics constituent group, the Varsity Club, is now available for you to join fellow Great Dane supporters at events prior to games. We have listened to young alumni and now provide test prep courses so that you will be better prepared for graduate school. We have heard you, and we want you to know you can call on us to continue working to perpetuate a sense of pride in and commitment to the outstanding qualities of the University. We are here for you: to listen and to serve you, to promote a positive image of the University and its alumni. Give us a call at (518) 442-3080.
Co-councillor: Harold Shapiro, Apt. 3223, 5240 S. Shalom Park Circle, Aurora, CO 80015
Edith Cutting is still writing and publishing.
Hy and Rose Meltz are in Sarasota, Fla., in an independent living facility. They enjoy their apartment, going to dinner and being active. Hy’s new e-mail is email@example.com. Vince and Peg Gillen are planning a bus tour to Branson, Mo., this spring. Norm Baldwin’s new address is 235 Cristo Del Rey Drive, Cupertino, CA 95014. He has moved to a retirement home.
Lee Serravillo, Executive Director
Living almost precisely where Florida’s hurricanes came ashore last year, Cay and Neil Fogarty endured a hectic three weeks that included evacuations. Fortunately, the hurricane shutters on their apartment windows saved them from the brunt of the storm damage. Betty (Hulka) Clark enjoyed lovely weather and gorgeous foliage at Lake George for five months last year.
Vincent Gillen, 140 Sunset Road, Blauvelt, NY 10913-1311, firstname.lastname@example.org Robert Patton, 40 Autumn Dr., Apt. 258, Slingerlands, NY 12159, (518) 435-0788, email@example.com
Virginia Chalison, who is 93, has lived in Arcadia, Calif., for the past 55 years. She walks one mile daily with her quad cane and loves to read, play Scrabble and attend church. Virginia looks forward to receiving UAlbany magazine in the mail. ALUMNI WEEKEND June 3-5, 2005
the annual convention of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She is phasing out her duties at the New York State Library where, for ten years, she has chaired the committee to gather and preserve genealogical records of
If you did not receive a copy of January’s class letter, phone or write Jim Spence so we can keep ’39 mailing addresses accurate.
Dr. James R. Spence, 5333 SW 75th St., #T-117, Gainesville, FL 32608, (352) 3774410, firstname.lastname@example.org
At our business meeting during last year’s 60th reunion weekend, we voted unanimously to direct Annual Fund donations to the New York State College for Teachers Downtown Campus Fund. When you receive your Annual Fund phone call this spring, your individual donation will go toward that project unless you designate something else.
Helen Brucker Martin, 16 Market St., Rotterdam Junction, NY 12150, (518) 887-5359 Eunice Baird Whittlesey, 118 Acorn Dr., Scotia, NY 12302-4702, (518) 399-0863
Please e-mail information regarding your personal and professional life to: email@example.com. Or send it by regular mail to: Class News and Notes Editor, Alumni House, UAlbany Alumni Association, 1400 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12222, or to your class councillor. For your class councillor, call the Alumni Association, (518) 442-3081.
We made it to the year of this very special reunion! We are now officially nonagenarians, and will celebrate our 70th reunion this June. Any takers?
Edna Wright Smith recently attended
CLASS OF ’45 REUNION PROJECT: Greatest Generation Fund for the University Libraries, providing funds for the Libraries’ arts and sciences collections
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We hope that you are making plans to
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join us for our 60th reunion June 3-5. Please make a special effort to come to the Saturday afternoon buffet, where our class meeting will take place and the class picture will be taken. If you started out with the Class of 1945 but had to leave because of the war or for any other reason, we hope you will join us. We still consider you one of us! If you are not getting our mailings, call Helen, Martha, or the Alumni House. See you in June!!
Helen Rhode Brown, 17947 NYS Route 177, Adams Center, NY 13606, firstname.lastname@example.org Martha Gardiner Slingerland, 1483 Delaware Turnpike, Delmar, NY 12054
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Calvin Zippin, a recipient of the 1969 Distinguished Alumnus Award and a member of Kappa Beta fraternity, has received the National Cancer Institute’s Lifetime Achievement and Leadership Award. Zippin is professor emeritus of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of California School of Medicine in San Francisco. Arthur Collins took part in the 27th annual hike up Monument Mountain at Tanglewood, Mass., commemorating the first meeting of Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville there Aug. 5, 1850.
Friday, June 3
Saturday, June 4
Sunday, June 5
Tours of Albany Nanotech, the Science Library and Life Sciences Research Building Presentations: Aging in the 21st Century: Encouraging the Evolution of Aging-Prepared Communities All-Alumni Welcoming Reception and Wine Tasting Gala Awards Dinner honoring:
Jack M. Richman, Ph.D. ’72 ’74 Robert W. Schwartz Norman E. Snyder, Jr. ’83 L. Oliver Robinson, Ph.D. ’94 ’96 Alan P. Fiero, Ph.D. ’74 ’77 ’93 Abraham Sherer, Ph.D. ’47 Libby Post ’82, ’84 Alice P. Green, Ph.D. ’67 ’73 ’79 ’83 Daniel W. Fitzpatrick ’71 ’77 James F. O’Sullivan ’87 John H. Laub, Ph.D. ’76 ’80 Paul S. Grondahl ’84 Philip Wallace Shepherd ’60 ’61 Rebecca L. Rogers, Ph.D. ’95 ’96 ’98 ’00
All-Alumni Breakfast, Half Century Club Celebration and Alumni Association Annual meeting Sorority Coffee Hours UAlbany Uptown and Downtown Campus Narrated Bus Tour All-Alumni Picnic Class Dinners
All-Alumni Farewell Breakfast All-Alumni Memorial Service Class of 1950 Brunch Walking Tour Through the Downtown Campus
Donald Langsley passed away Jan. 13, 2005. He was affiliated with the American Board of Medical Specialties, the Illinois Psychiatric Society and the Medical Licensing Board for the State of Illinois. Bob Foster’s major in foreign languages at the College for Teachers is coming in handy in his second career: nursing. He has been a vol-
Presentations: ■ What You Need to Know About Estate Planning ■ Photo by Brady: A picture of the Civil War ■ Social Security Reform: The Policy and the Politics ■ Feature Film Screening and Page Hall Film and Culture Program ■ MYSKANIA presents: Silent Generation, Student Activism ■ UAlbany’s Greatest Generation
FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CALL THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION AT (518) 442-3080
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Nancy Smyth, B.A.’81, M.S.W.’86, Ph.D.’91, has been named dean of the School of Social Welfare at the University at Buffalo. Smyth, previously an associate professor, joined the UB Social Work faculty in 1991. Robert Blau, B.A.’81, has
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been named vice president and managing editor of The Sun in Baltimore. He was previously associate managing editor for projects and investigations at the Chicago Tribune. During his six years in that role, Blau edited seven Pulitzer Prize finalists, including Robert Blau The Tribune’s landmark investigation of the death penalty and the Pulitzer Prize-winning series, “Gateway to Gridlock,” about air travel in America.
EOP Reunion Weekend May 6-8, 2005!
To reserve your place, contact Tyshena Hunter at (518) 442-5198 or e-mail her at email@example.com. unteer for 18 years at a Sarasota, Fla., senior clinic, where he is an interpreter for the growing Hispanic population. George Frank reports that, after teaching for 32 years, being retired is a fulltime job. He and Lois will have been married 57 years in August and have four children, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Since 1987, Jean Ineson Ebbert has been a volunteer for the Women in Military Service for America (WIMSA) Memorial Foundation in Washington, D.C. Lately, she has been interviewing women veterans for WIMSA’s Oral History Project. In December, she interviewed a 107-yearold woman who served in the Navy in World War I. Jean is writing her fifth book, tentatively titled Steady As She Goes: What’s a Nice Girl Like Me Doing In a Navy Like This? Bob Kloepfel recently celebrated 53 years of marriage and has two grandchildren. He volunteers at a local hospital. Lucy Lytle Merrill is a volunteer in the Salem, N.Y., public library. Mary Odak Fowler reports one of her four grandchildren has a master’s degree from Niagara University, one is a history teacher at Spencerport High School and the two youngest are learning to read. Anna Olin Bucher is enjoying retirement in Richmond, Va., and participates in the elementary school Grandparent Reading Program. Patricia Rourke Olden has taught in Warrensburg, N.Y., Central School for 38 years, has been married 53 years and has three grandchildren. Mary Jane Peris Fredericks, widowed in 1982, has four daughters and seven grandchildren ranging in age from two to 30. Mary Jane is a trustee of the Gloversville Library and of her church, and a member of Literacy Volunteers. Jerry and Estelle Reisner celebrated 55 years of marriage last August and have a daughter who is an Appellate Court judge in New Jersey. They both still substitute teach in their middle and high schools. Dolores Stocker Eklund and her husband, Durant, are selling their Long Island home of 49 years and moving to an independent living facility about 20 miles away. Anne Sulick Raser celebrated 54 years of marriage with a family reunion in Lake Tahoe, Calif. She has three sons and six grandchildren, and she keeps busy as a Great Books discussion leader and participant in the Women’s Health Research Initiative. After recovering from triple bypass surgery, Arline Zeilengold Dinkoff toured Australia, New Zealand and the Fiji Islands. She serves as a trustee and district clerk for Nassau County BOCES and as secretary for the Rockville Center Retired Teachers Association. Leslie Hervey
Dierdre Sanders, B.A.’86, M.A.’88, was selected one of Massachusetts’ “Superlawyers” in a recent issue of Boston Magazine. She is a Dierdre Sanders partner in the intellectual property law firm of Hamilton, Brook, Smith and Reynolds in Concord, Mass. Larren Nashelsky, B.S.’88, has been named one of
three firm-wide managing partners at Morrison & Foerster, one of the world’s largest law firms with 1,000 lawyers in 19 offices. Nashelsky, who works in the New York office, previously chaired the firm’s bankruptcy and restructuring practice.
David Catalfamo, B.A.’88, is Gov. George Pataki’s director of communications. Catalfamo served previously as senior vice president and senior deputy commissioner at the Empire State Development Corp. He has also been a key member of Pataki’s economic development team.
L. Oliver Robinson, M.S.’94, Ed.D.’96, has been named superintendent of the Shenendehowa Central School District near Albany, one of the largest suburban districts in New York State, with 9,500 students and a $113.6 million budget. He is one of the youngest administrators to head a public school system in upstate New York.
L. Oliver Robinson
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We are looking forward to our 55th reunion and hope you have saved June 3-5 so that you can attend.
The Class of ’64 at Port Jefferson, N.Y., High School has dedicated a school roadway as Prochilo Way in memory of Anthony Prochilo, who passed away in January 2002. He was principal of the high school for many years. Anne Natoli Thomas spent December with her daughter and family in Dallas.
Edith Minch Noeltner, 220 Noeltner Rd., Amsterdam, NY 12010, (518) 922-6393 Anne Natoli Thomas, 87 Eileen St., Albany, NY 12202, (518) 458-2704
Theodore Bayer, a member of the School of Education faculty at UAlbany from 1956 to 1993, recently received the “Golden Apple” Excellence in Teaching Award Theodore Bayer from the school for his dedication to students. Paul and Midge Kirsch spent three weeks last summer driving cross-country, viewing landmarks and historic sites, visiting friends, and touring art museums in six cities.
Jacquelyn Mann Gavryck, 103 Middlefort Rd., Middleburgh, NY 12122
Virginia O’Connell Franks passed away Jan. 14; we will
A wonderful thing happened at our 50th reunion! Theo Rieck Feeney and Jim Bennett began dating and are now engaged! Beverly (Buz) Weiner Neumetzger keeps busy with Brandeis study groups, water aerobics and concerts. She would love to hear from anyone in the south Florida area. Her number is (561) 451-3635. Classmates affected by Florida’s hurricanes include Beverly, John and Dolores Granito, Phil Weaver, Sylvia Semmler Thomas, and Pat Byrne Manning. Pat visited Rome in October, reviews children’s books for the School Library Journal and is on the Selection Committee for titles to be included in the H.W. Wilson Children’s Catalog. Frances Bethea Grant has received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Saint Rose. She is listed in the 20042005 Who’s Who of American Women. Richard Hannis, upstate New York SCORE district director, attended the 40th SCORE Anniversary in the White House in April 2004. In July he was once again a White House guest when President Bush recognized the officers of SCORE. Joan Hartman continues volunteering with the Prejudice Reduction Program. Sally Gerig MacLachlan volunteers as a certified state ombudsman and also teaches at a domestic violence shelter. Ken Schoonmaker has successfully gone through treatment for prostate cancer. As part of their 50th wedding anniversary, Marlena
Martoni Dolan and husband traveled to Gavelli, a hamlet in Italy’s Umbria area, and to Rome and Sicily. Frank Mayer’s Band, Swing Docs Big Band, co-sponsored a tsunami relief benefit with the proceeds, $27,330, donated to the American Red Cross. Frank is on the Executive Committee of the New York State Retired Teachers Association, vice president of the Eastern Zone of the Retired Teachers Association, and chairman of the Finance Committee of the Rensselaer County Teachers Association. Ed Osterhout and his wife, Carol, travel and volunteer with VIM teams; they recently participated in seven missions, including Brazil, North Carolina, Maine, and a few local areas. Diane Wheeler Ozkum is retired after being a teacher, artist, financial adviser, writer and real estate broker. Classmates celebrating their 50th wedding anniversaries are Marie Sejersen, Louise Eggleton, Alyce Wainwright Littlefield, Frank Mayer, and Norma deRoos Stotz. Sven Sloth and his wife, Ingrid, traveled to Italy to sing with their Jacksonville, Fla., church choir at St. Mark’s in Venice and St. Peter’s in the Vatican during High Mass. Afterward, they spent a week in Tuscany. Joe and Madeline Payne Stella’s travel plans include Hawaii, Russia and a visit to the West Coast with Fran Hopkins Freeman and Jack. Mary Ann Reiling Webb participated last fall in an Elderhostel program in Sorrento, Italy, pursuing her interest in archaeology with visits to Pompeii, Herculaneum and other ancient sites. Isabel Martin Tagliabue traveled to Hawaii and also visited family in Massachusetts. Sally Gerig MacLachlan visited Egypt. Joan Hartman did a garden tour of the Lake District of England. Joan Mackey Stronach traveled to Australia and New Zealand. Norma deRoos Stotz and husband traveled to Florida and Branson, Mo. Bonnie Dodge Brousseau and her
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Jack Henion, Ph.D. ’72: Chemistry, Business Pioneer
ohn D. (Jack) Henion may have been a “late bloomer,” but his career has been coming up roses. Since earning a Ph.D. in analytical/organic chemistry from UAlbany in 1972, he has been out on the cutting edge of research for new drugs. He now uses nanotechnology to seek biological markers for diseases, such as ovarian cancer, as well as for other forward-looking studies.
John D. Henion
husband visited Scotland. John and Dolores Granito took a trip on the Danube from Budapest, Hungary, to Constant, Romania, on the Black Sea, and then to Bucharest and Transylvania. Bunny Gunsberg Shoobe went to Ireland; Walt and Ann Columbe Rehder took a Rhine cruise. Laura and Frank Giannone visited Prague, Vienna and Budapest. John and Rose Mary Bradt Zongrone visited their children in Arizona. CLASS OF ’55 REUNION PROJECT: Class of 1955 Scholarship, supporting a financially needy student who plans a career in teaching
O’Connor traveled to Ecuador to visit the Galapagos Islands and the Andes; later in the year, she traveled with a small group to Normandy, Brittany and the Loire Valley. Carole Hughes Summer’s life continues to be enriched by her violin students. Mary Smith and Bob spent January in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Barbara Maaloe Kelly-Yerdon is our representative to the Council of Classes.
With an M.S. from Rochester Institute of Technology, Henion began his doctoral studies at UAlbany in 1967. He greatly enjoyed the personal attention from the dedicated faculty in the small department. “I was a late bloomer, but what I lacked in the classroom I made up for with hard work,” he said. At the time, UAlbany’s new chemistry doctoral students had three years to pass eight “hellish” monthly cumulative exams. The first year, only one of the 20 students passed one of them. It took Henion three years to clear the brutal battery. Then a fortuitous equipment buy propelled him into exciting new areas of research. After UAlbany acquired a newly developed mass spectrometer, he had it virtually to himself. When his adviser, Assistant Professor David Kingston, went to the University of Virginia, the remaining faculty adopted Henion. Kingston returned for Henion’s successful thesis defense. “Albany did not drop the ball on me, and I’m forever grateful,” said Henion, now the holder of nine patents and author of 200 scientific journal articles. Originally hired to direct mass spectrometry research at Cornell University, Henion worked his way up to professor of toxicology. In 1993, he ventured into the business world by starting Advion BioSciences, Inc., (www.advion.com) in Ithaca, N.Y. His company helps major pharmaceutical firms, such as Merck and Pfizer, develop new drugs. When a drug is in trials, Advion analyzes thousands of blood and urine samples to determine how the compound breaks down in the body. With 150 employees and 23 mass spectrometers in three labs, Advion is one of the largest and best companies of its type in the world. Henion’s wife, Karen McCarthy, received her undergraduate and master’s degrees in business education at UAlbany.
— RICHARD CHADY
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The Class of 1960 invites us to join in their activities during Reunion Weekend. Please sign up for the class event the evening of Saturday, June 4. It’s time for longterm planning! Just two years from June we’ll be celebrating our 50th reunion! Plan now to be in Albany for a wonderful gathering.
Do begin thinking about our 50th reunion, to be celebrated June 2-4, 2006 on the downtown campus. When you contribute to our alma mater, please designate your gift to the “Class of 1956 Scholarship Fund.”
Anne Benedict Dopey and Marlene Fox Frill met in Paris in April for a two-week stay, which included a sevenday canal barge cruise through the Burgundy region. Anne also spent about six weeks last summer in Maine; the visit included a family reunion. Jane Ide Hutchins and Jack welcomed Bryn Rose, whom they thought was their eighth grandchild, July 19, 2004, but as it turned out, she is the ninth. August Jade Kin Hutchins, born April 7, 2004, in Seoul, South Korea, arrived in the States with his parents Nov. 30. “T” Ladd and Bev, who live in South Florida, escaped the devastation of the 2004 hurricanes. They spent 15 days in London last summer and were able to see three stage shows, take high tea at Fortnum and Mason’s, and visit art and history museums. Marilyn House
Arthur and Nancy Louprette Knowlton’s daughter was married in October. Jan Champagne McGrath continues to work at Hawaii Pacific University and also is adapting a screenplay to the stage. She traveled to Stratford, London and Canterbury for three weeks in July, and in August directed her Marlowe and Shakespeare play, “By Any Other Name.” Beth Beehler Stefano of Interfaith Quilters will have more than 350 quilts ready for this year’s sale, the profits of which go to two charities. Sheila Lister Bamberger and her husband, Rabbi Henry Bamberger, have been selected coexecutive vice presidents of the National Association of Retired Reform Rabbis (NAORRR), with responsibilities for arranging the organization’s annual convention, communication with members, and its financial well-being. Please note Sheila’s new e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Members of the Class of 1960 invite us to participate in their
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class activities during Reunion Weekend. Please sign up for the class event the evening of Saturday, June 4.
The picture of Shirley Blowers Weiermiller and Ev (’57) with their seven grandchildren, ages six to 24, was great. Since two of their grandsons play basketball, they are in great demand to attend games.
Susanne Russell Williams, 98 Lincoln Avenue, Albany, NY 12205
CLASS OF ’65 REUNION PROJECT: New York State College for Teachers/ Downtown Campus Campaign: To preserve and renovate buildings on the downtown campus
Mark your calendars...
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Homecoming/ Family Weekend
October 7-9, 2005!
Featuring the Class Reunions of ’70,’75,’80,’85,’90,’95,’00,’05
appointed director of governmental relations for the New York State Bar Association. Robert Ours has been Glenn Lefebvre named pastor of St. Rita’s Parish in Chenango Forks, N.Y., and continues to teach full time at Seton Catholic Central High School in Binghamton. Catherine Bertini has retired as under-secretary-general for management at the United Nations. Bertini will continue as chairperson of the U.N. Committee on Nutrition, as well as chair of the board of trustees for the U.N. International School in New York City. In 1992, Bertini became the first woman executive director of the World Food Programme; she spent 10 years heading the agency. David Van Slyke has joined the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University as assistant professor of public administration with a dual appointment to the College of Arts and Sciences. He is also a senior research associate in the Campbell Public Affairs Institute at the Maxwell School.
The Class of 1960 invites us to join them for their activities during Reunion Weekend. Please sign up for the class event the evening of Saturday, June 4.
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The Class of ’65 has spirit that will never die! Sing it loud and clear — at Alumni Weekend June 3-5. Celebrate 40 years by throwing back a few brews at our class dinner at the WT! Go to www.judyandstu.com//1965/index.html to keep track of updates regarding the reunion, read about our classmates (please provide information), and view pictures from prior reunions.
Judy Koblintz Madnick, 310 Shaker Run, Albany, NY 12205, (518) 456-2066, email@example.com Ira Paul Rubtchinsky, 7 Harding Street, Albany, NY 12208, (518) 489-0308, firstname.lastname@example.org
Fay McMore Graham, a social worker with the Washington County, N.Y., Department of Social Services, is retiring in May. Terry Kerwin Lehr is an instructor at SUNY-Brockport. She has written four books featuring local histories of century-old institutions and is working on her fifth.
Kathleen Tanner was recently honored with an award for her volunteer work with Equinox, a community organization in Albany that deals with domestic violence. She is a founder of Equinox and is on its board.
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The Class of 1960 invites us to join them for their activities during Reunion Weekend. Please sign up for the class event the evening of Saturday, June 4.
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The Class of 1960 invites us to join them for their activities during Reunion Weekend. Please sign up for the class event the evening of Saturday, June 4.
Terry Mathias was elected to the board of directors of the National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi last October. Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell has appointed John Cronan, M.P.A. ’70, to a Superior Court judgeship.
Victor Looper, 252 Old Country Rd., Mineola, NY 11501, (631) 969-3628, email@example.com John Michalke, Colonie Center Station, P.O. Box 5367, Albany, NY 12205 (518) 459-5978, Jmichalke@aol.com
The Class of 1960 invites us to participate in their activities during Reunion Weekend. Please sign up for the class event the evening of Saturday, June 4.
Suzanne Warren, M.L.S.’71, has been named director of the
John G. McCullough Free Library in North Bennington, Vt. Robert Gottfried, an attorney with Hodgson Russ Robert Gottfried in New York City, has been named in the 11th edition of The Best Lawyers in America, an important legal referral guide. Paul Werner is a fellow of the American College of Dentists. He practices pediatric dentistry in Boca Raton, Fla. Marilyn Zatt Joyce is a library media spet at Brewer High School in Brewer, Maine, and a part-time online instructor for the School of Library and Information Science, University of North Texas, Denton. She serves on the advisory committee for the Laura Bush Foundation, which awards grants for library books to needy schools. Joyce also serves on the planning committee for the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress in Reading. Susan Leedecke Piepke received the Ben and Janice Wade Outstanding Teaching Award at Bridgewater College in April 2004. She is professor of foreign languages (Spanish and German) and department chair at the college, where she has taught since 1988. Patricia Campbell has been named vice president for finance and administration at WGBH in Boston. For the past eight years, Campbell has served as executive associate dean of the School of Dental Medicine at Tufts University. Glenn Lefebvre has been
Timothy Abeel, a partner at Rawle & Henderson, was a speaker at the American Trucking Association’s Forum for Motor Carrier General Counsels in Vail, Colo., in July 2004. Abeel leads a group of 20 attorneys who focus on defending commercial motor vehicle carriers and their insurers.
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Helga Karker, M.S.’75: School Psychologist, Environmentalist
elga Karker, M.S.’75, has reinvented herself several times during her life. Now that she’s 75, she’s still at it, focusing her considerable energies on aging well, the environment and the dog world. A native of Munich, Germany, Karker emigrated to Brooklyn in 1941 when she was 11. She was a lab technician, teacher and school psychologist before Helga Karker retiring from the Averill Park, N.Y., school system in 1988 and settling in Mount Washington Valley in New Hampshire. But retirement hasn’t meant slowing down for Karker, who on a typical day might be found hiking or cross-country skiing with her Gordon setter, teaching fitness classes to older adults, or organizing community events for other dog owners. She also collects data and anecdotes about the healthiest lifestyles for seniors. “If I could have one more career, it would be in environmental studies,” she confessed recently. With so much work to be done in this area, Karker has established a gift annuity and, most recently, a scholarship to support students in UAlbany’s Biodiversity, Conservation and Policy Program. “I have the pleasure of taking care of this while I can actually see it happening. And I can feel secure that the money will go where I want it to go. At the same time, I can receive some regular income from the gift annuity,” she said. Karker, who earned her bachelor’s degree at St. John’s University, was briefly an elementary teacher in Montgomery County while she earned a master’s degree at the State University College at Oneonta. She earned a certificate in school psychology in 1964 and her master’s degree in educational administration at UAlbany. In all, she spent 33 years in education and school psychology, including 17 years with the Albany School District and 13 more in Averill Park. She is a charter member of the National School Psychologists Association.
—CHRISTINE HANSON MCKNIGHT
William Hasselbarth, senior vice president and chief financial officer at Albany Medical Center for the past six years, is now executive vice president and chief financial officer at AMC. John Lowe has joined Hiscock & Barclay’s Rochester office as a partner. Edward Northwood, an John Lowe attorney with Hodgson Russ in Buffalo, has been named in the 11th edition of The Best Lawyers in America, a pre-eminent legal referral guide.
Rick Cobello, M.S.’77, has been named director of FultonMontgomery Community College’s Spatial Information Technology Center in Mohawk, N.Y. Abraham Lackman, M.A.’77, president of the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities in Albany, has been appointed to the board of directors of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. Barbara Evans, an information services spet in the Rome Campus Library of Mohawk Valley Community College, has been promoted to assistant professor at the college.
CLASS OF ’75 REUNION PROJECT: UProgress Fund for the Greatest Needs, providing unrestricted support for the University
Gary Swatling has joined the Daystar Financial Group as a sales agent specializing in life and disability income insurance. Seth Marvin has been appointed an acting justice in the Criminal Division of Bronx Supreme Court.
REUNION Homecoming ’05 Victor Giulianelli, B.A.’75, M.P.A.’77, has been named president and CEO of St. Mary’s Hospital in Amsterdam, N.Y. He joined St. Mary’s in 1980 as an administrator in the mental health unit.
John Finch has received his law degree from the Roger Williams University Ralph R. Papitto School of Law. Clark University’s Hillel director, David Coyne, was profiled in the Fall 2004 issue of David Coyne MassInc.’s CommonWealth magazine. Coyne, who began working at Clark, in Worcester, Mass., in 1997, was described as a “constant and recognizable presence on the campus” who is also active in social and political causes both on and off campus, and a “vital cog in Worcester’s civic wheel.”
Gloversville City School District Superintendent Dan Connor, M.S.’79, has been elected to the board of directors of the Fulton County Economic Development Corp. M. Joan McDermott, Ph.D.’79, is the new director of the women’s studies program at Southern Illinois UniverLaura Wyeth sity-Carbondale. Laura Wyeth has been named managing director of PricewaterhouseCoopers’ tax practice in Hartford, Conn. Master Sgt. Mike Rhett of the Georgia Air Force National Guard successfully Mike Rhett defended his doctoral dissertation in August 2004. He is a member of Turner Chapel AME Church in Marietta, Ga., and also a teacher at Griffen Middle School in Cobb County.
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Betty Devine, B.A. ’73, M.S.W. ’78: Supporting the Future of Social Services
CLASS OF ’80 REUNION PROJECT: Class of 1980 Scholarship, supporting annual scholarships to financially needy undergraduate students who have at least a 3.0 GPA John Finch received his J.D. from the Roger Williams University Ralph R. Papitto School of Law.
REUNION Homecoming ’05 Class of 1980 25th Reunion – Homecoming Weekend – October 2005! Start calling old friends you’d like to see in Albany. If you want to help with the event, please contact class councillors. Please support our class scholarship by giving to the UAlbany Fund in this reunion year! Frederick Avila has joined Blank Rome as a partner in the Financial Services Practice Group in the firm’s New York City office.
Diane Digiorgio, 11 Johns Lane, Castleton, NY 12033, (518) 479-7168
After Gina Emdin Abend and Jeffrey Emdin ’83 lost their sister and sister-in-law, Diane, to lung cancer a few years ago, they organized the Diane Emdin Sachs Memorial Walk to benefit the American Lung Association of New York State. The event last October at Jones Beach was a huge success, attracting family and friends, including many UAlbany alumni. Marcia Leventhal Meyers and her husband, Roger, have a new son, Kyle Steven, born May 26, 2004. He joins brother Jake. CLASS OF ’85 REUNION PROJECT: Class of 1985 Scholarship, supporting annual scholarships to financially needy undergraduate students who have at least a 3.0 GPA
or Betty Devine, B.A.’73, M.S.W.’78, supporting the University at Albany is a way to support social service programs that help America’s children and families.
“The social service field is losing ground right now, in terms of resources,” says Devine. “Social services are in a Betty Devine state of crisis. We need hard data to justify our programs, to show that they make a difference.” Always an active alumna, Devine recently volunteered to chair alumni giving for the School of Social Welfare (SSW) Library Fund established in honor of the late Professor William Reid. By supporting the SSW Library Fund, Devine hopes to give students access to the most current research, and therefor help them conduct new research that will reveal the positive impact of the nation’s social service programs. “Society expects to see immediate results (from its social service programs),” Devine explains. “By producing empirical data that supports social service programs, the University can promote the value of social work and keep social work a major force in society.” Devine’s interest in research and evaluation is based on her nearly 20 years of policy and program planning experience with New York State’s Office of Children and Family Services. In 2001, Devine moved to San Francisco, where she works today as a research coordinator with Education Training Research Associates, a not-for-profit organization that evaluates the effectiveness of various social service and preventive health programs for children and families. “The kinds of programs I work on are the first to be looked at for cutbacks,” says Devine. “I think that’s shortsighted, because children are society’s most important resource. Children need to be helped to succeed in school now if they’re going to contribute to society later.” Devine says UAlbany has been crucial to her life’s work. A native of rural Cambridge, N.Y., about an hour’s drive northeast of campus, she credits the University with making a college and graduate education accessible and affordable for her. “I owe my career to the University at Albany,” she says. “I hope to make the University a better place for current students. And I’d like to see the University grow even further. I’m proud to be a UAlbany alum.”
— DAN DIPIRO
Laura Deutsch Vitale is associate managing editor of GQ Magazine.
Anthony Giardina, 403 Vincent Dr., Schenectady, NY 12303, (518) 356-1045, Agiardina@yahoo.com Co-councillors: Marc Gronich, Seth Starr
Paul Turner was the headliner cabaret artist in December at Java Jim’s in Natick, Mass. He has also appeared at the Encore Piano Lounge in the Tremont Hotel in Boston; Frank’s Steakhouse, Cambridge, Mass.; Kennedy’s Midtown, Boston; and the Center for the Arts in Natick. He is a member of the Boston Association of Cabaret Artists. Doug Hamlin, B.A.’82, M.R.P.’88, is president and CEO of Albany-based VersaTrans Solutions, which develops transportation software for school districts.
REUNION Homecoming ’05 Ross Honig joined the New York office of Winston & Strawn as a partner in the real estate department. Craig Benkman, Ph.D.’85, has been named the first University of Wyoming Robert B. Berry Distinguished Chair in Ecology. Benkman is an evolutionary ecologist and is an expert on crossbill birds.
Steven Lichtenstein was the recipient of the 2004 Outstanding Service Award from Queens Borough President Helen Marshall. He was recognized for his community service.
Stephanie Hoffman is the training manager and a business counselor for the Jefferson Economic Development Institute in northern California. She teaches Stephanie Hoffman people how to start or expand a business.
Marine Corps 1st Lt. David Kim has been assigned to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, which
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Fabian Carrillo, B.S. ’86: Latino Martial Arts Action Hero
recently deployed to Iraq. Sue Caulfield, M.A.’87, Ph.D.’88, is the team and business manager for Spraker Racing Enterprises, which races cars in the NASCAR Busch Series and sells highperformance race car parts. 10, 2004. Judie Zuckerman Frantz and her husband, Larry, have a daughter, Rayana Ivy, born May 5, 2004.
t’s a long leap from growing up in a tough Bronx neighborhood to being a movie star. But, after using UAlbany as a springboard, Fabian Carrillo, B.S.’86, appears to have done it. As skillfully as any Jackie Chan move, he is parlaying his business, acting and martial arts abilities Fabian Carrillo into becoming the “First Latin Martial Arts Action Hero.” Carrillo stars in and co-produced “Latin Dragon,” (www.latindragon.com) in which his heroic loner character single-handedly fights off a gang threatening an East Los Angeles neighborhood. Carrillo’s own story could be a movie script. He moved to the Bronx from Ecuador with his mother and sister when he was three. Because Carrillo idolized the legendary Bruce Lee, his mother, a seamstress, enrolled him in a martial arts school when he was eight in order to resist gangs. He fought so well they left him alone, Carrillo says. After the Educational Opportunity Program brought Carrillo to UAlbany, he began a martial arts school in the UAlbany gymnasium, charging students $35 per semester. He cleared more hurdles to succeed in business school, with a double major in Spanish and marketing. “I had people who took the time to say they believed in me,” said Carrillo, who now lives in southern Orange County in California. “The power of a teacher is amazing.” He cites such mentors as EOP counselor Ed Thomas and now-retired Professor William Bray of the School of Business. After graduating from UAlbany, Carrillo broke new ground in the health care field, becoming a senior vice-president of a national insurance company. His five black belts and martial arts skills, meanwhile, landed him roles in nine films and various commercials and music videos. He also began shaping his image as the first Latino martial arts action star, appealing to that enormous market of 39 million. Last year he produced “Latin Dragon” with friends Gary Busey, Lorenzo Lamas, Robert LaSardo (Nip Tuck) and Pepe Serna (Scarface). To market the film, Carrillo avoided expensive theaters and went directly to video stores. In the first six weeks, the English-language DVD with Spanish subtitles sold 40,000 units in 62 countries.
— RICHARD CHADY
Melissa Groveman earned her master’s of library science
Michael Schaffer has become a partner at the Mineola, N.Y., law firm of Meltzer, Lippe & Goldstein, specializing in estates and trusts. Andrew Fox has joined WHS Kennys as vice president of finance. The New York City firm is a wholesaler of secondarymarket merchandise to closeout retailers. Richard Braden is senior counsel at Bond, Schoeneck & King. He is a labor and employment law attorney in the firm’s Buffalo office.
from Indiana University in August 2004 and is now a reference librarian and trainer for the Greene County Public Library in Xenia, Ohio. Alyssha Schiering Miro and her husband, Paul, are the parents of a daughter, Eliana, born June 17, 2004. Frank Rees, M.L.S.’92, has been named assistant director of the Howland Public Library in Beacon, in New York’s Dutchess County. Ray Feliciano and his wife Kimberly have launched a monthly government-focused publication in Albany County called The Informed
Constituent. Feliciano, a rhetoric and
Please send us your news! communication major, said he hopes his nonpartisan tabloid will be as inspiring to readers as the lectures of a favorite UAlbany professor, Richard Wilke, now retired.
Beth van Bladel, 239 Craven Rd., Delanson, NY 12053, (518) 475-5773 New e-mail: Bethvanbladel@cogentrix.com
REUNION Homecoming ’05 Brendan Fox has been named a partner at the Dechert law firm, practicing out of its Washington office. Jeffrey Jacobson and his wife, Shari, are the parents of a son, Samuel Philip, born Aug. 24, 2004. Mike Moscatiello is chef/co-owner of Moscatiello’s family restaurant in North Greenbush, N.Y. He majored in finance at UAlbany. The works of oil painter Louise Schellenberg, M.F.A.’90, were recently exhibited at the Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts in New Castle, N.Y.
Kelly McCann, a spet in pediatrics and internal medi-
cine, has joined the Main Street Clinic in Lebanon, Ore. James Marco, M.B.A.’93, has been appointed vice president and chief human resources officer at Saratoga Hospital. Paul Vosteen has become an accountant in the audit department of Edwards, Williams, McManus and Ricciardelli, C.P.A. Previously, Vosteen worked as a state tax auditor. In addition to his bachelor’s degree in accounting from UAlbany, he earned a degree from Western New England College of Law.
Eric Silverman has joined the law firm of Sahn, Ward & Baker. He works in real estate law and transactions, commercial litigation, zoning and land use planning. Joan Singer and Michael Friedman were married Oct.
Mark Basil is a member of the U.S. Secret Service and a
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Johannes Ullrich, M.S. ’92, Ph.D. ’95: Internet Storm Chaser
uniformed federal officer assigned to the vice president’s residence in Washington, D.C. He was on duty at the vice Mark Basil president’s home Sept. 11, 2001, during the terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington. Basil is a New Jersey native who majored in political science at UAlbany. The Bush administration has appointed Joseph Grogan executive director of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. Brian Kressin has been sworn in as a foreign service officer with the Department of State. His first post is a consular position at the American Institute in Taipei, Taiwan. ’92, a freelance sports TV producer and editor, and the husband of Monica Scherzer, also a member of the Class of ’98. Army Capt. Daniel Meyers has been deployed to Iraq, where he has been assigned to help rebuild that nation’s infrastructure. Meyers was an ROTC cadet while he studied urban planning at UAlbany. Erin Smith and Kenneth Fay were married Nov. 13, 2004.
ttention, online traffic managers worldwide: When a nasty virus or a marauding worm attacks your online computer system, who you gonna call? These days, many of the harried cyber-execs who run major e-mail and Johannes Ullrich e-commerce systems around the world are calling physicist Johannes Ullrich, M.S.’92, Ph.D.’95. Why? Ullrich’s special skill is helping clients fend off rapid-fire assaults by computer-invaders intent on stealing sensitive data or otherwise wreaking havoc along the ’Net. Like the fabled “Ghostbusters” of movie fame, the 36-year-old Ullrich — a network security expert who specializes in detecting and de-fanging electronic predators — has grown accustomed to fielding urgent phone calls from spooked online traffic managers with reports of “something strange” in the electronic neighborhood. As the chief technology officer of the Internet Storm Center near Washington, D.C., the German-born Ullrich collects firewall and detection-system logs and then aggregates and analyzes them. “By reviewing the data quickly and getting the word out to users, we can help them defend against Internet worms and viruses, sometimes within a few hours of an attack,” he explains. Ullrich, who says he fell in love with computers while using them in his Ph.D. research at UAlbany, credits now-retired University physicist Walt Gibson with awakening his passion for cyberscience. Launched four years ago, Ullrich’s Storm Center has grown increasingly visible of late — and for good reason. At last count, more than 90,000 different computer viruses and worms were reportedly zooming around the ’Net in search of victims. So how bad will it get, as identity thieves and Web-clogging spammers spread chaos along the Information Superhighway? “If you think of the Internet as a big road, you realize that there will be some accidents, but we probably won’t see one big enough to close the road,” says Ullrich. “The ’Net is too big and too important for that to happen.”
— TOM NUGENT
Craig Kimmelblatt and Rachel Matzkin were married May 29, 2004. Michelle Lawrence and Zachary Lesser ’00 were married June 21, 2003. Graig Harr and Samantha Harr have twin daughters, Madison Simone and Eliana Jewel, born Aug. 8, 2004.
REUNION Homecoming ’05 Julie Maney, C.A.S.’95, M.A.’96, and Heinz Windzio were married July 31, 2004. Erin Bolton Stam and her husband, Marcel, have a son, Alexander James Bastian, born July 6, 2004. Adam Kramer has been appointed to the planning board in Clifton Park, N.Y.
Michael Angelo has been appointed vice president of MEM Financial Solutions, a major mortgage broker in New York and Florida.
Jonathan Scherzer is vice president of communications and also the radio broadcaster for the Albany River Rats of the American Hockey League. An English major with Jonathan Scherzer minors in journalism and business, he began his career as an intern with the River Rats during his senior year at UAlbany. Scherzer is the brother of David Scherzer, Class of
REUNION Homecoming ’05 Andrea Fox is a special assistant to Schenectady Mayor Brian Stratton. Robert Bonaker has been named assistant superintendent for business of the Mohonasen Central School District. Colleen Kehoe-Robinson was promoted to assistant professor at Mohawk Valley Community College. She has been an information services spet at the college’s Utica Campus Library since 2001. Rosemary Grasso and Matthew Nichols were married July 11, 2004. Allison Renno and Jeffrey Clark were married Sept. 25, 2004. Jennifer Bauder and Jon Roland were married July 5, 2003.
Mary Cutter has been inducted into the Manchester Who’s Who Executive and Professional Registry. Amy Lutz has joined the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University as an assistant professor of sociology with a dual appointment to the College of Arts and Sciences. Kevin O’Neill and Shannin Addison were married Sept. 4, 2004. Jennifer Hommey
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Kendall Birr, Retired Professor of History
Dorothy Kent Purchase ’37, Jan. 14, 2005 I. Harold Losee ’38, July, 11, 2004 Anne Subko ’38, Dec. 10, 2004 40s Anne Fitzpatrick ’40, Jan. 5, 2005 Elizabeth Kennedy Dolan ’41, Sept. 22, 2004 Douglas Manley ’41, Jan. 27, 2005 George Pearson ’41, Nov. 20, 2004 Henrietta Gold Stoler ’41, Jan. 2, 2005 Dorothy Peak VanBuren ’41, Sept. 20, 2004 Gladys Klug ’42, Dec. 27, 2004 Marie Luberda Sidelko ’43, Dec. 21, 2004 Kathleen Martin Tripp ’43, July 30, 2004 Winfield Tyler ’43, Dec.13, 2004 Charles Capel ’44, May 21, 2004 Lois Dann De Wahl ’44, Oct. 30, 2004 Joseph Radez ’44, Jan. 23, 2005 George Yamin ’45, Nov. 3, 2004 Elizabeth O’Neil ’46, Nov. 13, 2003 Doris Quinn ’47, Jan. 9, 2005 Mary Cooper ’48, Oct. 26, 2002 50s Leonard Amlaw ’50, Jan.16, 2005 Richard Gutta ’52, Nov. 6, 2004 Virginia O’Connell Franks ’53, Jan. 14, 2005 Elfrieda Thiebe Textores ’53, Nov. 1, 2004 Sonia Bush Mansbach ’54, Dec. 8, 2004 Lenore Hughes Farrell ’57, Oct. 27, 2004 Charlotte Schaperjahn ’58, Nov. 16, 2004 60s Robert Hogan ’60, Jan. 18, 2005 Marit Jentoft-Nilsen ’60, Jan. 16, 2005 Anna Lange ’60, Oct. 23, 2004 Joan Novak ’61, Sept. 28, 2004 Gary Moore ’65, Jan. 25, 2005 Marian Reilly ’65, Dec. 2, 2004 Charles Mitchell ’66, April 8, 2003 Frederick Albrecht ’67, June 18, 2004 Charles Dematteo ’67, Feb. 3, 2005 Frederick Fontaine ’68, Nov. 7, 2004 Barbara Mowitt Kunsela ’68, Dec. 29, 2004 70s Derilda Smith ’70, Jan. 12, 2003 Thomas Calautti ’72, Nov. 28, 2004 Mary Heiser ’72, Sept. 1, 2004 Barry Nathanson ’72, July, 27, 2004 Helen O’Brien ’72, Feb.12, 2005 Robert Russell ’72, Mar. 10, 2003 Barbara Plecan ’73, Feb. 5, 2005 David Hewitt ’74, Nov. 26, 2004 Tom Nattell ’74, Jan. 31, 2005 Peter Porco ’74, Nov. 15, 2004 James Carhart ’77, Nov. 1, 2004 John Sulzman ’77, Dec. 13, 2004 Louanne Carter Sperbeck ’78, Dec. 30, 2004 80s Leonard Holman ’82, May 22, 2003 Susanna Neeves ’85, Dec. 18, 2003 Jeffrey Fink ’87, Aug. 26, 2003 Mona Biederman ’88, Nov. 18, 2004 90s Marianne Amrhein ’90, Jan. 24, 2005 Patricia Grogan ’90, Nov. 4, 2004 Shirley Barros ’92, April 25, 2002 Brenda Endres-Dame ’97, Feb. 6, 2005 Michael Stevens ’98, Oct. 30, 2004 00s Alta King ’02, Sept. 12, 2003 Timothy Nazarian ’03, Dec. 29, 2004 FACULTY/STAFF John Coonley, plant utilities engineer, 1977-2004, Jan. 19, 2005 Jack Deeringer, professor/dean, Academic Affairs, 1961-1970, Jan. 11, 2005 Alton Hajeck, technical spet, Earth and Atmospheric Science, 1968-1981, May 22, 2004 Rollins Hotchkiss, adjunct research professor, Biology, 1980-2001, Dec. 12, 2004 William Katz, lecturer, School of Information Science, 1966-2000, Sept. 14, 2004 Edward Lecomte, professor, English, 1964-1981, Oct. 23, 2004 James McGurn, staff assistant, University Advancement Support Services, 1990-1998, Oct. 21, 2004 Paul Premsaga, clinical physician, Health Center, 1977-1998, Oct. 26, 2004 Norman Reed, counselor, Counseling Center, 1968-1973, Nov. 21, 2004 Barbara Rotundo, associate professor, English, 1962-1989, Dec. 24, 2004 Anne Whipple, library technical assistant, University Libraries, 1984-1990, Nov. 27, 2004
rofessor Emeritus of History Kendall Birr passed away December 26, 2004. He was 80. A native of Illinois, Birr earned degrees at Michigan State, Cornell College in Iowa, and the University of Wisconsin. He joined the UAlbany faculty in 1952 and was named a Collins Fellow in 1985. Kendall Birr The author of several books, including A Tradition of Excellence: The Sesquicentennial History of the University at Albany, State University of New York 1844-1994, Birr retired from teaching in 1990, but remained an enthusiastic supporter of both the Department of History and the University Libraries. In 1993, he received UAlbany’s most prestigious award, the Citizen of the University, in recognition of his many contributions to the institution. Survivors include a son, Christopher.
and Christopher Labella were married Sept. 20, 2003. Eric Skiff, B.A.’01, M.A.’03, and Agnes Elizabeth Kapusta were married July 3, 2004.
20s Esther Gordon ’26, Dec. 21, 2004 Laura Greene ’27, Jan. 6, 2005 Mildred Schmitter Ladd ’27, Oct. 16, 2004 Sarah Law Coons ’28, Aug. 2, 2003 30s Ethel Moore ’30, Sept. 30, 2004 Helen Whitney Kingsbury ’31, Oct. 15, 2003 Elizabeth Corr Mead ’31, Jan. 10, 2005 Robert Floody ’32, Sept. 20, 2004 Helen Burgher Stern ’32, Dec. 11, 2004 Dorothy Brown Freeman ’34, Oct. 27, 2004 Marion Nelson Lavanchard ’34, Dec. 14, 2004 Helen Danahy Pease ’34, Jan. 16, 2003 Beatrice Tompkins Fazzio ’35, Jan. 10, 2005 Helen Foley ’35, Dec. 27, 2002 Florence Pearson ’35, Dec. 29, 2004 Ruth Gillespy Anker-Bashaw ’36, Oct. 26, 2004 Alice Dinneen ’36, Jan. 19, 2005 Dinah Kopp Gelson ’36, Aug. 1, 2004 Jane Jones ’36, Nov. 28, 2004 Thomas Barrington ’37, Nov. 6, 2004
Ryan Cool and his wife, Michelle, are the parents of Ashlyn Marie Cool, born June 25, 2004. Sean Petrie and Christa Kuzmich were married Sept. 4, 2004. Deshawn McGarrity has been appointed director of Clarkson University’s Higher Education Opportunity Program, which works to provide equal access to higher education for educationally and economically disadvantaged students. Alan Chace of the Engineering Technologies and Trades Department was promoted to assistant professor at Mohawk Valley Community College. He is a state-licensed surveyor and teaches surveying and photogrammetry. Kelly Greppo and Eric Donovan were married July 5, 2004. Kacey Grey Sheehy and Bradley Scott Feldman were married Aug. 27, 2004.
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Frances Bethea Grant, B.A.’54, author of There is More to Tell and Something to Believe In, has published a new collection of poetry, Waiting to Blossom. For more information, go to www.blossomingbooks.com. Emil J. Polak, B.A.’57, Ph.D.’70, a professor at the City University of New York, has edited A Medievalist’s Odyssey: Helene Wieruszowski, Scholar. The study recounts Wieruszowski’s flight from Hitler Germany, Spain and Italy to the U.S., where she became the first full-time woman historian at CUNY and an internationally recognized Medieval and Renaissance historian. Bob Calimari, B.A.’63, is
high school. The book culminates with her achievement of earning a degree from UAlbany. Childers, an English major who went on to earn a Ph.D. at the University at Buffalo, is a former director of equal opportunity and affirmative action at Dartmouth College and now lives in Hanover, N.H. The author’s sister, Deborah Childers, graduated from UAlbany in 1976 with a bachelor’s degree in rhetoric and communication.
Nancy J. Smyth, B.A.’81, M.S.W.’86, Ph.D.’91, has edited Women and Girls in the Social Environment: Behavioral Perspectives, examining women’s behavior in the context of social stages and situations throughout life. Smyth is dean at the Graduate School of Social Work at the University at Buffalo. For more information go to www.HaworthPress.com. Nancy Levine, B.A.’82, is the co-author, with
to publish Industry Research Using the Economic Census, a comprehensive guide for researchers and librarians on how to use information in the Economic Census. For more information, go to www.Greenwood.com.
Mark Reinfeld, B.A.’89, is the co-author of Vegan World Fusion Cuisine, a deluxe cookbook featuring over 200 vegan and live food recipes from around the world. For more information, go to www.veganfusion.com. Founder and executive chef of the Blossoming Lotus restaurant on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, Reinfeld reports that he was originally a finance and philosophy double-major at UAlbany. He switched to a philosophy major and business minor after spending his junior year at the London School of Economics and Political Science. After graduating summa cum laude from UAlbany, he briefly attended law school before deciding that he “preferred Walt Whitman to Whittier on Contracts” and eventually settling in Hawaii. Robert Kurkela,
the author of Forget the Novocaine, Doc — I Was a Teacher (Author House), 44 vignettes and anecdotes about his 33 years of high school teaching and coaching in central New York. It begins with a section on his days at the New York State College for Teachers.
Dennis Phillips, M.A.’71, has written Golfing
Communities in the Southeast, offering details on golf communities in more than 50 cities in six southeastern states.
Sherry Penney, Ph.D.’72, is the co-author of A
Wilson the Pug, of Homer for the Holidays: The Further Adventures of Wilson the Pug, the story of a Pug puppy who has escaped from a puppy mill and is left to fend for himself. Levine and Wilson previously authored The Tao of Pug, ranked No. 1 for Barnes and Noble’s dog breed genre for about 24 weeks last year. Levine resides in Berkeley, Calif., with Wilson and Homer.
Rod Thorn, B.A.’82, is the
Very Dangerous Woman: Martha Wright and Women’s Rights, a biography of a 19thcentury feminist and abolitionist who spent most of her life in Auburn, N.Y.
Mary Childers, B.A.’73, is
co-author, with Bob Cioppa, of Waiting for Goldberg (Spirit Press), a personal memoir about the role education plays in preparing individuals for the world.
the author of a memoir, Welfare Brat (Bloomsbury Press, 2005) about her childhood years in a poor Bronx family in which five out of seven children dropped out of
Arthur Vidro, B.A.’84, has edited Dr. Paggioli:
Criminologist, a collection of short stories written by Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist T.S. Stribling.
Leonard M. Gaines, M.B.A.’85, and Jennifer C. Boettcher,...