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n Feb. 26, 2013, Allegheny

College honored two leading U.S. senators

with the second annual Allegheny College Prize for Civility in Public Life. Allegheny President James H. Mullen, Jr., above right, and former Pennsylvania Governor and Allegheny advisor Tom Ridge, above left, awarded the 2013 prize to U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) during a ceremony at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. “Allegheny College is honored to award its 2013 Prize for Civility in Public Life to Senator Dianne Feinstein and Senator Lindsey Graham,” said President Mullen. “Two proud partisans, who strive for civility in America’s most difficult political battlefields. And in doing so, challenge all of us to reflect more seriously about what civility really means.” Students attending the ceremony, pictured in the bottom photo with Gov. Ridge, were, from left, Aurley Morris ’15, Annamarie Morino ’13, Katie McHugh ’13, Aurora Arop ’15, Paul Roveda ’13, and Jesikah Leeper ’16.


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Eddie Taylor, Jr. ’87, Chair Earl W. Adams, Jr., Ph.D. Christian L. Allison ’83 Bishop Thomas J. Bicker ton Alice Sturgeon Bierer ’59 Gladys Mullenix Black ’54 Edward J. Borkowski ’81 Willow Brost ’74 William H. Brown, Jr. ’80 Mark R. Campbell ’82 Jane Miriam Earll ’80, Esq. Gar y M. Elliott ’72 Mar y H. Feeley ’78, Ph.D. Kimberly Tillotson Fleming Judith Thomas Horgan ’68 Steven D. Levinsk y ’78 Richard W. Maine Isabelle Crabb Moss ’67 James H. Mullen, Jr., Ed.D. Herbert H. Myers ’61 Christine Scott Nelson ’73 Jerome V. Nelson ’83 James C. New ’67 John H. Niles, Jr. ’59, M.D. Mar tin Pfinsgraf f ’77 Timothy L. Reeves ’83 Mar y E. Sceiford ’54, Ph.D. Rev. Dr. Yvonne Reed Seon ’59, Ph.D. Dag J. Skattum ’84 Thomas N. Slonaker Rober t L. Smith, Jr. ’73 William P. Stef fee ’57, M.D., Ph.D. Hayes C. Stover ’62, Esq. John F. Sutphen ’78 Bruce R. Thompson ’86 Lawrence M. Thompson, Jr. ’74 William H. Timbers ’72 Douglas F. Ziegler

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2 Making a Difference in the Classroom and the Board Room Gator Graduates Work to Transform Public Education in Buffalo

On the Hill


Class notes


Vital Statistics 29

The Last Word 40

Trustees Emeriti

Bishop George W. Bashore Ann Simakas Degenhar t ’71 J. Tomlinson For t ’50, Esq. Thomas T. Frampton ’70, Esq. Samuel Hellman ’55, M.D. William I. Jack ’57, Esq. The Hon. Jack K. Mandel ’58 Silas R. Mountsier III ’52 John C. Phillips, Jr. ’56 James F. Pomroy ’56 Thomas M. St. Clair ’57 Ferd J. Sauereisen ’57 M. Peter Scibetta ’54 Henr y B. Suhr, Jr. ’55 Ar thur Tepper ’58 Patricia Bush Tippie ’56 Rober t A. Vukovich ’65, Ph.D. John D. Wheeler ’61, Esq.

6 Year of Transforming Education Catalyst for Change


Richard D. Stanley Contributors

Diana Brautigam ’80 Patrick S. Broadwater ’93 Heather L. Grubbs Aimee Knupsky James Kramer Stephanie Mar tin Patricia Bush Tippie ’56 Bernadette Wilson



Lights, Camera, Action!

Jonathan Miller Design P r i n c i pa l P h o t o g r a p h e r

Bill Owen ’74

Longtime Allegheny Professor, Film Journal Editor Keeps His Passion Alive


Commercial Printing, New Castle, PA Cover Photo

Bill Owen ’74


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M aking a Dif f er e n c e in the C l a s sr o om a nd the B oa r d R o om

Amy Hornbake Friedman ’81 was so dissatisfied with public education she helped to create a new school from scratch. Lou Petrucci ’87 is so committed to strong urban schools that he has served one of New York state’s largest districts for six years. Willow Wilcox Brost ’74 so strongly believes in the importance of educational opportunity, she chairs the board of an organization dedicated to helping children from underserved backgrounds achieve success at some of the best schools in the region.

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hree Allegheny College alumni, with no previous connections among them, each has engaged in a struggle to improve public education in the same city. They don’t always see eye to eye, but they agree that public education is not all that it can be, particularly in their hometown of Buffalo, N.Y. The city’s population peaked in 1950 with a count of 580,132 residents, but dropped sharply as shipping and manufacturing jobs left town. Today, Buffalo is the 70th largest metro area in the United States with just over 260,000 residents. It stands third, behind Rust Belt brethren Detroit and Cleveland, in the Census Bureau’s list of most impoverished cities in the nation. The fateful combination of a declining population base and poverty is reflected in the Buffalo public school system. More than 70 percent of students in the district qualify for a free lunch, approximately 11 percent of students are not native English speakers, and many student households don’t have computers, Internet access, or reliable transportation. The Buffalo public school system accepts all students within its boundaries and is responsible for providing the best possible education for those who have special needs, are homeless, or even those who are incarcerated.


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“ I tell people that whether it’s public or private or charter, my goal is to keep middle-class families in the city of Buffalo. Having those options is what’s going to keep Buffalo strong.” — Lou Petrucci ’87

District enrollment has plummeted in the past decade, dropping from 45,721 students in 2000 to 31,590 in the fall of 2010. Meanwhile, the Buffalo public schools’ four-year graduation rate stood at 54 percent in 2011, higher than both Rochester (45.5) and Syracuse (48.4) but well behind the statewide figure of 74 percent. However, in a region dotted with well-regarded private and parochial schools, as well as strong suburban districts, the top Buffalo public schools consistently rank among the best in Western New York. And City Honors High School is ranked among the top 25 schools in the country, according to both the Washington Post and U.S. News & World Report. Perhaps the district’s dichotomy is best summed up in the fact that, of the district’s 57 schools, the same number (16) rank in the state Department of Education’s lowest category — “Restructuring (advanced) Comprehensive” — as in its highest category, “In Good Standing.” “It’s very difficult for the Buffalo public schools to be any one thing,” said Petrucci, a South Buffalo resident who was elected to Buffalo’s Board of Education in 2007 and served as board president in 2012. “One day we can be the best district in all of Western New York, and we can be the worst district in Western New York. “If you want to come and learn, we will do the best for you. We will prepare you. If you don’t want to come and don’t want to learn, then that’s the big struggle.” For Petrucci, whose four daughters attended public school, the decision to run for the school board was extremely personal. A Russian and international studies major at Allegheny who works in Buffalo City Hall as assistant director of permits and inspection services, Petrucci saw serving on the board as a way to give back to the community that has provided so much to him. During his tenure as board president, the Say Yes to Education program, a joint venture offering free college tuition to all qualifying district students who graduate high school, and the innovative Promise Neighborhood K-12 educational support program were introduced. But he realizes that much hard work remains to transform the Buffalo public schools into a successful model for a large urban district. “All of us realize the importance of education and the need to improve the present system. We are all working toward that goal but in our own distinct way,” Petrucci said. “I tell people that whether it’s public or private or charter, my goal is to keep middle-class

families in the city of Buffalo. Having those options is what’s going to keep Buffalo strong.” The downside of a huge system, of course, is when a student gets lost in the shuffle or doesn’t get the individual attention she needs. Friedman, a native of Beaver, Pa., and a history major at Allegheny, moved to Buffalo with her husband, Kenneth, 27 years ago. They settled into an old home in the eclectic Elmwood Village, got involved in cultural philanthropy, and began raising a family. Friedman’s focus changed when the oldest of her three children had a difficult sixth-grade year in one of the city’s public schools. Frustrated with the lack of response from the teachers and the school’s administration, the Friedmans decided to transfer their daughter to a private school. They then met with the Buffalo public schools superintendent, his staff, and the school’s administration to discuss what had happened. “They denied everything that transpired,” Friedman said. “They basically said I made it up. I thought, ‘I cannot believe this is happening.’ They didn’t see it as an opportunity to improve or do better. I really wanted to fix that, and about that time, the idea of this school started.” Allegheny Magazine

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“ We looked at what was broken in public education in our estimation and two things stood out pretty strongly. One was lack of community, and the arts were missing. We felt that those were really important pieces that needed to be put back in the schools and not as special subjects, but as part of the core curriculum. ”

— A m y H o r n b a k e F r i e d m a n ’ 81

That idea ultimately became Tapestry Charter School. Charter schools, independent public schools that are opened to provide additional choices to the traditional public school education, typically receive less funding than other public schools, but in exchange for meeting stricter performance benchmarks set forth in their charter are afforded more freedom and flexibility. Friedman joined the group pursuing a charter, and they received state permission to open Tapestry in 2001. It began operating in grades K-4 with 105 pupils in a tiny building it shared with the administration of Bryant & Stratton College. The charter gradually expanded to K-12, and by 2011 the school had outgrown its shared spaces and moved into a state-of-the-art facility in a former bowling alley in North Buffalo. Tapestry is distinct for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the curriculum. It’s an Expeditionary Learning school — a model that emphasizes high achievement through active learning, character growth, and teamwork. It focuses on mastery of subject mat4

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ter but gives equal weight to how well students develop their habits of work. “We started with a very definite idea of what we wanted the school to look like. Everyone had to buy into the concept, even parents,” Friedman said. “We looked at what was broken in public education in our estimation and two things stood out pretty strongly. One was lack of community, and the arts were missing. We felt that those were really important pieces that needed to be put back in the schools and not as special subjects, but as part of the core curriculum, integrated and woven into everything that children do here.” While charter schools brand themselves as an alternative to traditional public education, their small size means there are very few spots available. Tapestry’s K-12 enrollment was 548 in 2010-11, and last year it received approximately 1,200 applications for fewer than 200 openings. “There are always parents who want more of a traditional education because it’s what they’re used to. This is not what people are used to,” Friedman said. “This isn’t an experiment any more. This is working. And it’s working for a really needy population.” Tapestry’s performance on state assessments would seem to back that up. Those scores are in line with New York state public school averages and even fare a little better at the secondary school level. Friedman left the Tapestry board a few years ago, but she has not entirely walked away from public education. She stops by Tapestry once a week with her therapy dog to work with a group of struggling second-grade readers. And she joined the board of Buffalo ReformED, a nonprofit education advocacy group, and has also been working with a group of community members to push for the closing of low-performing Buffalo public schools so that they can be reopened as charter schools. Choice is also a key component of the work Buffalo Prep does. A privately funded nonprofit, Prep is not a school, but an educational enhancement program for underrepresented students that prepares them for their next educational stage. The program has three components — Middle School Prep, High School Prep, and College Prep. In each, accepted students undergo intensive training after school, during the summer, or both. Buffalo Prep then helps the student find the ideal fit at the high school and/or college level and, if needed, offers tuition assistance. “Kids come in at different levels. This isn’t to fix,

“ We can only help so many at a time. We know we’re helping a drop in the bucket, in a sense, but on the other hand, we have to be realistic. Going forward, maybe we can figure out a way to broaden our abilities to work with more kids, because we have many more applications than spots in the program.”

necessarily, what’s broken in them academically; it’s to make sure that these bright young kids are able to have academic opportunities that they may not get at the school they attend,” said Willow Brost, president of the Buffalo Prep board and a member of Allegheny’s Board of Trustees. “It would be nice if we did not need to exist, but for the foreseeable future we’re here to do what we can.” Buffalo Prep started in 1989 with a high school prep program modeled after a similar program in New York City. Students must apply and be accepted. They visit Buffalo Prep — located on the University at Buffalo’s South Campus on afternoons and Saturdays throughout eighth grade and for summers before and after their eighth-grade year. They are then graduated to one of the program’s partner high schools, which includes Western New York’s top private, independent, and parochial schools, as well as public schools such as City Honors and Hutch Tech. A decade later Buffalo Prep added the college prep program, which guides students through the college application process, prepares them for the SAT, helps them complete the FAFSA, and even takes them on college visits. During this period, students in the program also receive tutoring and public speaking lessons, take field trips, and do internships and community service. Buffalo Prep expanded to include middle-school preparation, an enrichment program for sixth and seventh graders, in 2001. About 300 students take part in the various programs each year. “We can only help so many at a time,” Brost said. “We know we’re helping a drop in the bucket, in a sense, but on the other hand, we have to be realistic. Going forward, maybe we can figure out a way to broaden our abilities to work with more kids, because we have many more applications than spots in the program.” A native of Jamestown, N.Y., Brost isn’t a trained teacher, but she is a dedicated educator. She was a pre-med student at Allegheny, then decided after her junior year that she didn’t want to be a doctor. She instead became a critical care nurse, earned a master’s in nursing education, and began teaching college nursing classes. She did in-service training, quality control — both of which shared traits with teaching — and has been a longtime volunteer at Allegheny. Even when she

— Wi l l ow Wi l c ox B r o s t ’74

volunteered at her local library, she was soon asked to instruct new volunteers. Her latest endeavor is teaching flute under the direction of her son, Ian, a 2009 Allegheny graduate. As part of his job with a social services organization in the city, Ian operates a program that provides free weekly music instruction to more than 40 children and adults. In need of someone who could teach the flute players in the program, Ian enlisted his mother’s help, even though it’s been years since she played and she has never taught the instrument before. “The reason that’s really important — as important as Buffalo Prep — is that those other types of activities really get short-shrift,” said Brost. “We’re so test-driven academically now, but those are important components to building the whole person. That’s why I’m committed to that music education piece. “That’s what we’re called to do: think about others and not ourselves,” she said. “To do anything but would be denying what my faith tells me to do.” = Allegheny Magazine

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Y ear


By Aimee Knupsky and Stephanie Martin

Tr a nsfor ming

Bill Strickland tells the audience how he “made the impossible possible” with a passionate discussion in Ford Chapel in January 6

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Our Year of Transforming Education speakers have been passionate advocates for the importance of education, the thoughtful transformation of educational structures, and the need for major intervention.

Educ ation —

C a t a l y st f o r C h a n g e


hen we proposed that the annual theme for 2012-13 be the Year of Transforming Education, we had several goals. First, we wanted to explore the structural and systemic inequities in the American education system, not just at the elementary and secondary school level, but in higher education as well. Second, we wanted to identify speakers and events that would present a range of approaches for broadening educational access for all students. Third, we wanted the Year Of programming to engage our community in a conversation about the purpose and value of a liberal arts education and about the role we have to play in supporting the educational excellence of all students. Along with these thematic goals, we also were guided by the desire to include diverse perspectives and voices in our conversations. We wanted to transcend the stereotypical “town versus gown” divide and to bring the Allegheny and Meadville communities together to engage in these debates. This commitment started by including not only students, staff, and faculty in our annual theme steering committee, but community members as well. As we considered speakers and events for the year, we tried to identify those who would create conversation among our communities by exploring common-ground issues and concerns. In fact, our kickoff event for the year, cosponsored by ACCEL and Partners in Education (PiE), was a celebration of educational collaborations among the various Allegheny and Meadville communities. When developing schedules for our speakers, we made sure to include more intimate, hands-on workshops to which students, staff, faculty, and community members would be invited. For example, in the fall semester, three concurrent book groups brought together representatives of each of these communities to read and discuss Fire in the Ashes, in preparation for Jonathan Kozol’s visit, with a culminating meeting of all three groups at the Meadville Area Middle School. In the spring semester, for Bill Strickland’s visit, we arranged a luncheon that brought together local business leaders and school teachers to explore the development of innovative educational partnerships. Allegheny Magazine

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has been the place where our student ambassadors And, since reflect on events as they unfold, providing a “behindthe beginning the-scenes” look at the programming for the year. of the spring semester of 2012, we have o fa r , our Year of Transforming Education speakers collaborated have been passionate advocates for the importance with 23 Anof education, the thoughtful transformation of educanual Theme tional structures, and the need for major intervention. student am For example, our first keynote speaker, Jonathan bassadors who Kozol, relayed an emotionally powerful narrative about have been the reality of inequality in education, and the structural intimately Strickland interacts with students in the Campus Center factors that make it impossible for most poor children involved with to learn and graduate. Kozol has led an incredible life the planning, in which he has become deeply intertwined in the marketing, and organizing of events and who have met lives of families in poor communities in the Bronx. His with us weekly to reflect on what we have learned as narrative described the desperate state of education in the year has unfolded. In these ways, and many others, these neighborhoods. Overall, Kozol’s experiences tell we hoped that the conversations inspired by our Year us that there are structural deficiencies not only in our Of programming would help to bring our communities educational system, but also pervading all aspects of the closer together in our shared educational pursuits. lives of poor families. In order to address these crippling Finally, another guiding principle for our Year Of deficiencies, Kozol argued passionately for increasing programming has been to have fun and be creative. We public-school funding, putting an end to the rampant wanted to engage our community in serious conversations, racial and class segregation in our but to do so in a way that would generate a buzz on campus and in the At his facilities, Bill Strickland surrounds public schools, incentivizing the innovation and passion of our community at large. So, for example, students with beautiful and inspirational principals and teachers, and ending for the first time ever we have a Year Of Passport Challenge. As a part of spaces, tools, and instructors that show the standardized testing as an indicaof student and teacher success. that challenge, students, staff, faculchildren and adults enrolled there that they torOne of our three alumni ty, and community members received have great value. speakers, Andre Perry ’93, prepassports that can be stamped at a sented another perspective on select number of Year Of events. In the development and trajectory of education. Perry addition to generating excitement about the events regaled a packed auditorium with stories about New this year, the challenge has served to highlight key Orleans, his experience through Hurricane Katrina, programs and emphasize the connection among and his work running four charter schools. Perry spoke them. We also have created a Year Of Facebook page most passionately about the importance of reformwhere we post daily educational articles that anticiing education policy. He held a clear disdain for the pate upcoming speakers or extend the conversation current argument that policy should focus on “closabout topics related to our theme. We also post phoing the gap,” because there are many ways to close a tographs of our events, commentary about events gap, including dragging the top down instead of pullfrom The Campus, and encourage our fans to post ing the bottom up. Rhetoric in reform has become articles they find as well. Similarly, our Year Of blog the focus instead of discussing the real ways that the system is a complete failure, such as its inability to provide even basic skills to many poor students. Perry argued that the focus on standardized testing masks the real issues in our education system and emphasized the inextricable link between location, income, and educational success. He argued that changing the school system is only a small piece of the puzzle because a child’s neighborhood is a powerful determinant of not only educational outcomes, but also of health, life expectancy, incarceration, and employment outcomes. The former president of Bates College, Donald Harward, shifted our conversation toward the role Jonathan Kozol delivers an emotional address of higher education in shaping the education of the



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student. Harward argued that liberal arts colleges like Allegheny are best equipped to provide educational experiences and context that produce graduates ready for the challenges of our increasingly complex world. He argued that colleges should place more emphasis on engaged learning and facilitate institutional change that integrates all aspects of learning for the whole student. Harward stressed the importance of focusing on integration — integrating student experience and learning, integrating engaged learning across all aspects of the curriculum, integrating institutional motivations for change with institutional Kozol holds a discussion group with students narrative and culture, and integrating campuses and communities in positive ways. Liberal arts colleges our educational system was in. I knew it should be fixed are uniquely positioned to take on this challenge. but I had no relationship with the problem; I saw it Also, Bill Strickland showed us how he “made the as another political issue. Kozol seemed to light a fire impossible possible” with a passionate discussion of the in me; a fire to relight the education of America.” creation of Manchester-Bidwell arts and training center In the end, passion has been an overarching and where students are encouraged to pursue artistic enunifying theme to our Year Of events. The passion our deavors. He argued that the inability of the educational speakers bring to their work has been inspirational and system to reach and educate inner-city poor children is contagious. Students have commented on their renewed due in large part to our tendency to treat students in interest in teaching, faculty have huddled together to public schools like prisoners instead of respected human formulate ideas, and combeings. At his facilities, he su r rou nd s st udent s wit h Author and educator Jonathan Kozol argued passionately munity members involved in educational initiatives beautiful and inspirational for increasing public-school funding, putting an end to the have excitedly discussed spaces, tools, and instrucrampant racial and class segregation in our public schools, potential applications in tors t hat show t he children and adults enrolled incentivizing the innovation and passion of our principals and our community. We hope that the Year of Transformthere that they have great teachers, and ending standardized testing as an indicator of ing Education will convalue. More importantly, student and teacher success. tinue to challenge all our the spaces Strickland has audiences to rethink their created ignite the passion own futures and their role in educational change and for learning in students that motivates them to expect that, moving forward, these conversations will be susand achieve more beyond the walls of his training tained in the Allegheny and Meadville communities. = center. Strickland shared the unique business and community partnerships that have provided this educational Aimee Knupsky is associate professor of psychology. Stephanie experience, without having to charge tuition. His stories Martin is associate professor of economics. For more information illustrated the transformation of these students’ souls on the Year of Transforming Education, go to www.allegheny. edu/yearof. and challenged us to engage in that transformation.


v er a ll , the Year of Transforming Education speakers and events have led to important conversations about key educational issues, but they also have transformed the dialogue in our community. The challenges from our speakers have brought Allegheny students, staff, and faculty, from across all disciplines, into common spaces with our Meadville community members to discuss shared, urgent, realworld challenges. These enriched interactions have the potential to transform the issues we face within our education system from theoretical debates into concrete, multi-faceted, and solvable challenges. As Patrick Miley ’15, a student ambassador, reflected, “Before hearing Kozol speak I was aware of the trouble

The audience reacts during Strickland’s Ford Chapel discussion

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Lights, Camera, Action!

L o n g t i m e A l l e g h e n y P r o f e ss o r , F i l m J o u r n a l E d i t o r K e e p s H i s Pa ss i o n A l i v e

by Heather L. Grubbs

Professor Lloyd Michaels knows films. As the editor of Film Criticism, an Allegheny international journal of film scholarship, Michaels has been reading and editing manuscripts for 37 years. But if you ask this film scholar to tell you his favorite movie, he simply smiles. “I have seen thousands of films, so I find that question impossible to answer,” says Michaels, who has been a professor in the “ T he cr i t ic a l a na l ys i s fou nd i n t he ess ay- English department teaching American leng t h a r t icles i s of a pa r t icu la r l y h ig h literature and film q ua l i t y… Resea r cher s w i l l pr of i t f r om studies for 41 years. t he excel lent b o ok r ev iew se ct ion .” “The easier question is, ‘What movie have I seen the most? ’ Katz’s Magazines for That answer is Jules Libraries of Film Criticism and Jim, which I have probably watched about 65 times. Like all the films I study, it is beautiful and profound.” Michaels began studying film when completing his graduate work at the University at Buffalo. While writing his dissertation, he would end his day watching the foreign films being shown in the student union. When he arrived at Allegheny in 1972, he decided he wanted to share this passion with his students. Despite having no formal film studies training, he developed the College’s first film course, “Film is Narrative Art.” His film courses have remained popular ever since. “Each semester, I always begin my film classes by saying, ‘This is a course designed to change your life,’” Michaels says. “Film is already a part of their lives, but my goal is to illustrate for them how to look at this part of their lives in a different way.” One year after joining Allegheny, an aspiring film journal editor in Edinboro, Pa., contacted Michaels to see if he would assist with a publication he was starting titled Film Criticism. He welcomed the opportunity and assisted with the first two issues. “In those days, we had to cut and paste the articles with X-ACTO ® knives,” he explains. “It was a lot of work.” By the third issue, the original editor had moved on, 10

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leaving Michaels at the helm. He continued to publish the journal out of Edinboro until 1984, when the address changed to Allegheny College. His goals for the journal back then remain the same today: To produce a consistent publication three times a year, and to submit a detailed report back to each author – within three months – citing specific feedback and stating whether or not the submission had been accepted for publication. “I read every submission and determine if it should be passed on to other members of the journal’s editorial board for a second and third read,” he says. “Based on their reports, I send the feedback and decision back to the author. “When I read a manuscript, I am looking for the best writing about film that we can find,” he continues. “All of our articles are grounded in the close reading of particular films. I always thought that as long as we kept the articles focused on that, the journal would continue to grow.” And grow, it did. Film Criticism is now one of the oldest academic film journals in continuous circulation in the country. It is distributed to approximately 600 academic libraries, national film institutes, and individuals worldwide, and its articles are cited and anthologized regularly in various publications. The majority of the journal still is printed through Allegheny’s in-house print shop. “Each issue, I receive about 20 submissions from novice and experienced film historians, theorists, and critics from around the world. The articles represent many different disciplines, cultures, and critical perspectives,” he explains. “We end up publishing three to four of the submissions each issue. We also regularly publish singletheme issues, extensive interviews, book reviews, and international festival reports. “The journal’s articles often are used for classroom study,” he adds. Throughout the years, Film Criticism has published the work of such international scholars as Dudley Andrew, David Bordwell, David Cook, Robin Wood, Janet Staiger, Ann Kaplan, Andrew Horton, Wheeler Winston Dixon, Marcia Landy, and Peter Lehman. Some of these well-known scholars now serve on the journal’s editorial board. One of the board members is Harry Kloman ’79, who also serves as Film Criticism’s book review editor. As one of Michaels’ former students, Kloman wrote the first film studies senior project at Allegheny and went on to head the journalism program at the University of Pittsburgh. He is proud that Michaels has kept the journal alive. “Film Criticism survives solely because of Lloyd’s commitment to it,” says Kloman, who has regularly reviewed movies for several Pittsburgh papers over the past two decades. “He has had collaborators along the way, but they have always worked under his strong leadership and dedication to the journal.”

“I started reading Film Criticism in the early 1990s when I worked as an editorial assistant for the journal and have continued to read it after joining the editorial board in graduate school,” adds Kristen Whissel ’91, associate professor of film and media at the University of California, Berkeley. “The range of topics covered by Film Criticism over the years is truly impressive. The longevity of the journal has given it remarkable breadth and depth. But really, the consistent high quality of the scholarship found in Film Criticism is Lloyd’s true accomplishment.” Former students are not the only ones contributing to Film Criticism’s success; Michaels involves current students in the process, as well. Each semester, he hires one or two students to serve as assistants. The students work behind the scenes completing data-entry, businesscorrespondence, and copy-editing tasks and occasionally are asked to evaluate manuscripts. “I am very proud of the student assistants I have had,” he says. “They are among the best students I have taught.”

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Michaels also involves one more key individual in the process: his wife, Mary. “She designs the journal covers,” he explains. “She also has served as my movie companion all these years.” With the advent of electronic reading materials, many wonder whether hard-copy publications can survive. Michaels recognizes this trend but has no immediate plans to transition Film Criticism to an e-journal. “I am sure the future will bring electronic publication of the journal, but that transition will be the task of a different editor,” he says with a smile. “To me, there is something to be said about holding a hard copy in your hands. And I like the artwork on the covers.” With all the work that goes into producing a reputable publication – on time –three times a year, how does Michaels balance editing with each semester’s teaching workload? “I consider this to be my primary scholarship. After a while, you just find time to fit it in,” he says. “Film Criticism has been my way of opening a discourse with other film scholars. It is by far the most rewarding accomplishment of my professional life.” To read more about Film Criticism, visit Filmcriticism. = Allegheny Magazine

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On the H i l l Pennsylvania Department of Revenue in Harrisburg. He also was a trial lawyer for Allison and Pyfer in Lancaster, Pa. Thompson has served as a volunteer for a number of community organizations. He has been a member of the Campaign Committee of the Delta Tau Delta Alpha Chapter Sesquicentennial Campaign at Allegheny for the past year. He and his wife, Sally, are directors of the Seatreat Foundation and the parents of two children, Jennifer Meller and Marshall. Allegheny sponsored an execut ive roundt able discussion about our nation’s economic future at the Bank of America headquarters in Manhattan in October 2012. Among those participating were, from left, Marc Schmittlein ’82, Gil Ha ’86, Tom Dudeck ’75, President James H. Mullen, Jr., Sean Mathis ’65, Bruce Thompson ’86, Mike Long ’82, Gary Beyer ’82, Michael Young ’78 and Bill Fertig ’78.

Two Elected to Board of Trustees The Allegheny College Board of Trustees has added two members: John F. Sutphen ’78, P’09, of Syracuse, N.Y., and Lawrence M. Thompson ’74 of Fort Myers, Fla. Sutphen is the co-general counsel and secretary for O’Brien & Gere Li m ite d, a n engineering and project deliver y compa ny wit h more t h a n 850 employees across the United States. Before joining O’Brien & Gere in 1996, Sutphen worked for the law firm of MacKenzie Smith Lewis Michell & Hughes. Sutphen and representatives from O’Brien & Gere have done careerbased presentations and panel discussions at Allegheny; offered summer internships for students; recruited Allegheny graduates for jobs; and offered a scholarship for rising juniors who plan to pursue careers in environmental geology at Allegheny. Sutphen has hosted alumni events in the Syracuse region and served 12

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in leadership roles for the College’s annual giving office. In addition, he established the Allegheny College New York Scholarship, an endowed scholarship for prospective students from the central New York area. Sutphen and his wife, Jamie Sansone Sutphen ’79, have two daughters: Christina ’09 and Liz, who is in the master of music program at the Juilliard School. Thompson retired as vice chairma n of Sovereig n Ba nk in Wyom i s si n g, Pa., i n 2 0 0 7. B e g i n ning in 1986, he held va r iou s senior a nd executive positions at Sovereign Bank, including general counsel, chief operating officer and president of consumer finance. His career in banking began at Penn Savings Bank, a predecessor of Sovereign, where he was general counsel a nd secretar y. Earlier in his career, he was employed by the Office of General Counsel of the

Board Member Joins Financial Panel Kim Tillotson Fleming P’11, P’15, Allegheny College Board of Trustees member and chairman and CEO of Pittsburgh-based financial services firm Hefren-Tillotson Inc., has been appointed to the board of the Securities Industry and F i n a n c i a l M a rkets Association (SIFMA). “It i s a g re at honor for u s to be invited on the SI F M A b o a r d ,” Fleming said. “Not many firms our size are represented, and this will provide an opportunity to add a voice at a national level. I look forward to helping SIFMA extend its leadership role to support the financial industr y while building trust and confidence in the financial markets.” He f r e n-Ti l lot s o n, fo u nd e d i n 1948, is an independent investment advi sor y a nd fi na ncial pla n ni ng firm. It was 17th among the Pittsb urgh Bu sin ess Tim es’ list of t he largest Pittsburgh-area investment services firms, as ranked by local registered representatives. In addition to downtown Pittsburgh, Hefren-Tillotson has offices in Wexford, Butler, Upper St. Clair and Greensburg. Fleming also was featured as the

CEO profile in the winter 2013 issue of Pittsburgh Quarterly. The article focused on a speech she delivered at the quarterly CEO speakers series hosted by Pittsburgh Quarterly and Robert Morris University. The article discusses her leadership and the principles that drive Hefren-Tillotson. Call Him Mr. President A very familiar face is leaving Allegheny. O n July 1, Executive Vice President and Treasurer David McInally will become Coe College’s 15th president. Gene Henderson, chair man of Coe’s presidential search committee, announced the appointment last October but McInally agreed to remain at Allegheny until the end of the 2012-13 academic year. McInally will succeed current Coe President James Phifer, who has led that school since 1995. The applicant pool included approximately 100 p e o ple f r o m 34 states, Washington and Canada. McInally “had the broadest and d e e p e s t ex p e r ience, the kind of experience we’re looking for to guide us into the next years at Coe,” Henderson said. At Allegheny since 1986, McInally also has served as the assistant dean of students, dean of students, secretary of the College and vice president for finance and planning. His wife, Janice, is Allegheny’s assistant director of donor relations, and their children, Will and Susannah, attend the College. “There were probably only a few schools that could take me away from Allegheny,” McInally said. “Coe is such a powerful magnet for me. … Coe is exactly where I want to be.” Allegheny will bid farewell to the McInallys, but plans for those events are not complete.

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re c e i ve d a $ 25,0 0 0 g r a nt f ro m th e T h o m a s L o r d Charitable Trust, which will suppor t faculty-student collaborative research in the Chemistr y Depar tment and assist students from the depar tment who travel to present their work at professional meetings. This is the most recent of many generous grants the Trust has awarded to Allegheny in suppor t of our chemistr y program. Allegheny’s relationship with the Thomas Lord Charitable Trust and the Lord Corporation has its roots in the College’s earliest years. Samuel Lord, a Meadville settler in 1793, was a char ter trustee of the College, and he gave Allegheny the five-acre site that remains at the hear t of the campus today; the Lord Gates, at the Nor th Main Street entrance to Brooks Walk, bear his name. In 1924, his great-grandson, Hugh C. Lord, founded the Lord Corporation, today a major manufacturer of adhesives, rubber chemicals, primers and coatings, among other products. Allegheny awarded Hugh Lord an honorar y degree in 1948. Samuel Lord’s great-great-grandson, Thomas Lord, began managing the company in 1932, holding several progressively more responsible positions in subsequent years. Upon his death in 1989, Thomas Lord bequeathed to Allegheny $ 250,000 for suppor t of selected research, teaching and education programming in chemistr y, physics, engineering and industrial management topics. Thomas Lord’s successor as Lord Corporation chairman, Donald M. Alstadt, conceived of the Lord Lecture in 1990 as a means of direct corporate suppor t for science education in the area. It was Alstadt’s development of Chemlok ®, one of the world’s leading rubber-to-metal adhesives, that propelled the company into the chemical business in the 1950s. Allegheny awarded him an honorar y degree in 1991. Each year, the Lord Lecture brings one of the nation’s most distinguished chemists to Allegheny.

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M a x K a d e Fo u n d a t i o n, w h i c h s p o n s o r s p ro g r a m s to encourage the exchange of academic ideas among universities and colleges in the United States and German-speaking countries and which promotes international understanding through programs in those countries, has provided generous suppor t to Allegheny ever y year for many years. The foundation recently awarded Allegheny a $14,000 grant in suppor t of our Ma x Kade Writer-in-Residence, Ruth Johanna Benrath, who spent the fall 2012 semester on campus. We also received a Max Kade travel grant of $ 8,800, which provided $1,100 each to eight students who studied during the 2012-13 academic year either in Allegheny’s Cologne exchange program or in Tübingen, Germany. The Ma x Kade Foundation also awarded Allegheny a $ 6,000 grant in suppor t of programming at the Ma x Kade International Wing of our Nor th Village residence hall, a special interest area that promotes cross-cultural communication and exploration.

= Allegheny received a grant of $11,250 from the Internal Revenue Ser vice in suppor t of the Volunteer Income Ta x Assistance program. T hrough this program, Allegheny students assist low-income and elderly residents of Craw ford County in preparing ta x returns. The College collaborates with United Way of Western Crawford County and Meadville Public Librar y on the project. Stephanie Mar tin, associate professor of economics, directs the project. Thir t y-one percent of the $ 36,150 cost of the project will be covered by federal funds; the remaining $ 24,900, or 69 percent of the cost of the project, is covered by Allegheny matching funds.

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Class Notes ’44

classmates to hang in there!

’49 Edward Wellejus and his wife, Alice,

Barbara Chadsey says that since retiring from the Manatee County School District administration, the Manatee County government as an evaluation contractor and her adjunct work as professor of exceptional student education for USF and Nova Southeastern Universit y, she is ser ving as the chair of the School Advisory Committee for the Just for Girls Academy Charter School in Bradenton, the first charter school for girls in the state of Florida.

James Rhinesmith celebrated his 90th bir thday on Feb. 24 with family and friends. He is a late-blooming poet, publishing three volumes. As a golden age bridge master, he taught two classes of bridge at Rosemont Presbyterian Village, Rosemont, Pa. celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on Oct. 1, 2012. Edward married the former Alice White while he was still an Allegheny student. He is retired after 50 years at the Times Publishing Company in Erie, Pa. He and Alice have three children, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.


Phyllis Rosen Hollander sends her regards. She and her husband, Zander, are still living in New York City. Pierre D. Poux retired as a program manager for sof tware marketing in the White Plains, N.Y., office of IBM. He is the first vice president of the board of directors for Sheltering the Homeless Is Our Responsibility, a housing organization in White Plains. Deenie Rassas Schlosser reports that she and her husband, Sid, are doing well. Sid received a new heart valve and two bypasses last February and is doing fine. They spend summers in Chautauqua, N.Y., and winters in Delray Beach, Fla., and are at home in Morristown, N.J., in between. Five of their six grandchildren will graduate in the spring — one with a master’s, two from college and two from high school. The sixth grandchild graduated last year and is interning at Sotheby’s in Barcelona, Spain.

’51 Jinney Sceiford has returned to the

snowy north from North Carolina, where she had been for 20 years, to North East, Pa., where her daughter Emily lives with Jinney’s three grandsons ages 9, 6 and 4. “Living in an independent living community and love it, snow and all. Would love to hear from old (?) friends,” she writes.



Dr. Peter Heber t is now living in Taupo, New Zealand, where he says he enjoys hunting. “Hello to all my college friends!” he says.


Ben Benson and Mary Benson ’58 are living permanently in Florida enjoying the warmth and sunshine. Their address and email are 3624 Heron Point Cour t, Bonita Springs, Fla. 34134, ben3benson @ gmail. com. Alex Hill shares that he and his wife, Barbar a Bell Hill ’58, enjoyed a Caribbean cruise as a reunion of Barb and her siblings, including Beverly Bell Minnigh ’60 (Barb’s sister) and Wendell Minnigh ’59. On the cruise, they met Kelly Coursey Gray ’92, who was the travel guide on board.

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dip in the nearby Gulf of Mexico while enjoying a growing collection of grandchildren on family visits with his children Keri, Cassy and Jos gathered in their garden of delights so carefully cultivated by wife Zulfitri. He enjoys contact with former colleagues around the world from his career in the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN.

Fred Ernst continues his medical consumer advocacy work with national speaking and radio / T V appearances. He also continues to teach anatomy and physiology at the local community college and does screening physical exams for Social Security disabilities. “Maureen and I keep busy visiting the grandkids in Atlanta and Dothon, Ala. We hope all of you are enjoying the benefits of the golden years,” he says.

’60 Karen Klomp has moved from Flor-


’62 John Clarke is still relishing his daily

’59 Arlene Busse Grubbs was awarded

’54 Jim Lyons and his partner, Mary Ann

D r. P a u l R o t h h a s b e e n e l e c te d to th e Beaufort County, S.C., Board of Education. He is looking forward to the 60th Reunion of the Class of 1954 in 2014 and reminds

Don Nelson repor ts that he and his wife, Marigene, are on the edge of celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary (June 15, 2013). “Our memories of Allegheny are vivid, as we often look at our pictures from graduation and other good times. How fortunate I feel to have achieved great teaching, knowledge and social life from Allegheny, which carried me through a ver y happy and successful career of teaching chemistr y and a life of happiness,” he says.

Dennis Ehrenberger lives in Sierra Vista, Ariz. He serves on the City Environmental Affairs Commission, is a member of the Fort Huachuca Retiree Council and completed a two-year term as treasurer for the Winterhaven HOA.

Fred Brown’s P’77 memoir has been published on Lulu Books. My Family, My Life includes family history, Depression days and life as a foreign correspondent. Fred and his family have lived in Japan, Nigeria, Lebanon and India. Green Olson, divide their time between his home in Palo Alto, Calif., and her home in Lansing, Mich. They regularly attend Chautauqua and will be there weeks three and four this summer. “If anyone is there during those weeks, give us a shout so we can get together,” he says.

Amy Short Hnatko has set up a Facebook page for her newest Giclée prints on canvas – “These are a distinct departure from my more traditional Giclée prints –”

R ut h A nn Peter son Ver ell repor ts that her husband, T. Jackson Verell, Sr., passed away Jan. 28, 2013. They were married 46 years. Jack was a 1957 graduate of Virginia Tech but loved visiting Allegheny. “He was always ama zed at how friendly ever yone was,” she says. the Jefferson Award for her 20 years of work with homelessness and affordable housing. She was cited in particular for her work with HEARTH, a transitional housing facility for homeless women with children. Arlene was instrumental in the founding of HEARTH and was its first board president. She continues as a board member emeritus and serves on a number of committees, as well as on the board of Benet Woods Housing. Arlene is one of 50 volunteers from the Pittsburgh area selected for the Jefferson Award honor.



William deGraw, emeritus professor of biology at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, retired in May 2012 after 43 years of teaching. Bill and Marge Billard ’61 live in Omaha.

ida to Georgia. Her new address is 121 Ashland Place, Eatonton, Ga. 31024.

Bet t ye Myer is living in Titusville and is teaching one French class at the local branch of the University of Pittsburgh. E li S il ver m an’s latest book, T h e C r i m e Numbers Game: Management by Manipulation, has brought him to presentations in the United States and abroad, including Paris, Berlin and Australia.

Marty Goldberg P’89 has been named one of five finalists for the Andy Bakjian Outstanding Official Award for 2012 from the U.S. Track and Field Association. The Andy Bakjian Award is given annually to an official who has given outstanding service throughout a career of dedication to running sports and helping to take officiating to a higher level. The winner will be announced at the annual meeting in Daytona Beach, Fla. Marty has officiated track and field throughout the country for 50 years. Wendy Rosenkilde says that for a number of years she has played keyboard for the Livermore VA Chapel and for the memorial services. She is vice chairperson for music for

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the Northern California DAR. At Las Positas College, she is studying harmony and theory and performance. She says keyboard, flute and voice all keep her very involved in the community. As a member of the Chaplaincy Service, she encourages support for the VA, its patients and dedicated staff.


Linda Alvarez has been volunteering in the Lakeland, Fla., schools for many years. She and her husband were named volunteers of the month at Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine (LVIM) for February 2013. LVIM is a clinic for the working uninsured that provides free medical services and prescription assistance. Linda has been on nine short-term missions to places like Belize and Peru. Susan Bartlett continues to manage Sun Valley Graf fiti Busters, a graf fiti removal program funded by the City of Los Angeles, and stays busy with Neighborhood Council, Chamber of Commerce and Community Police Advisory Board activities. Larry Booth retired from mountain climbing in 2007 and from teaching in 2011.

Herb Niles ’59 says that “The Falmouth Five” is an eclectic group of Allegheny alums: Bob Silberfarb ’58, common cause volunteer; Bob Lamoree ’59, semi-retired manufacturer’s representative; Frank Feigert ’59, retired college professor; Harry Blaney ’59, senior fellow, Center for International Policy and Herb Niles ’59, OB/GYN and Allegheny College trustee. The group meets for lunch four or five times a year in Falmouth, Va. Falmouth is of historical note for being the headquarters of Union General Ambrose Burnside, prior to and during the ill-fated Battle of Fredericksburg in December 1862. “Our group’s comings and goings will not be noted in the history books but is known to other Amy’s Restaurant patrons for sometimes overly loud, long and intense discussions of world affairs, politics and religion,” Herb says. “The meetings are marvelous reminders of similar sessions some 55 or so years ago as students of our beloved College.”

Linda Hollister Crocker P’93 and her husband enjoy three months in southern California each year. They also spend time in Maine and traveled to Florence last summer. Linda can be reached at Lewis F. Fisher has authored a book titled No Cause of Offence: A Virginia Family of Union Loyalists Confronts the Civil War (San Antonio: Maverick Press, 2012). S a m H a r r ison P’86 was feature d in the Meadville Tribune for writing a book titled Meandering Through Saeger town Histor y on the history of Saegertown, Pa. Sam, a retired professor from the geology department at Allegheny, also has authored You Star t With Your Left Foot: The Amazing History of Saegertown’s First School Marching Band, released in 2010. Catherine Hull Maxwell says she has great memories of her two years as a member of the Class of ’63 and hopes all who attend the reunion have a wonderful time.

Jean Boice Schaeffer ’63 (pictured left) says, “What a ‘find’ I made on the beach this week! Dorothy Smith Case ’66, who just moved to the ‘Big Island’ of Hawaii, joined the same outrigger canoe club that I’ve paddled with for the last 15 years! She’s also a sorority sister, worked as a medical technologist, same as I did, and we’re both into carving gourds using an ancient Hawaiian method! My husband and I are snowbirds here in Kona, as we’ve moved to Brainerd, Minn., but we’re looking forward to sharing 50-year-old stories of Allegheny with Dorothy and her husband. It really is a small world! ”

Becky Myton reports that after Allegheny, she went to the University of Maryland and got a master’s and Ph.D. in ecology. She joined the Peace Corps in 1971 and was sent to Honduras to establish a Biology Majors program at the Honduran National University. After the Peace Corps, she stayed on teaching at the University of Honduras for 30 years. She then started working for CARE in 2000 as program director/natural resources and climate change coordinator for 10 years in various posts including Honduras, Tajikistan, Bolivia and Mozambique. Her daughter, Jenny, and her husband, Ian, environmental engineers working in Roatan, Honduras, to conser ve the Mesoamerican Coral Re ef, wanted her closer to home (Honduras), so she is working for Save the Children in the Dominican Republic. Her email is

Gerry Romig Seedyke retired after 31 years of administration, counseling and teaching at Capitol Hill Day School in Washington, D.C. She is living in Charlottesville, Va., near her daughter’s family (2331 Glenn Court, Charlottesville, Va. 22901). She is enjoying three grandsons and would love to hear from any classmates in the area at (202) 297-3769. Sue Steane Wielesek retired from her law practice. She was widowed in 2003 and lives with her partner, Bob Wright, a retired architect, in Eugene, Ore. She has four children, two stepchildren and seven grandchildren.


Carol Fetcko Barndollar has served as president of the Board of Advisors for Incarnate Word Academy (IWA) for the 201213 school year. IWA is celebrating its 139th year as the oldest downtown Houston allgirls high school. In addition, Carol and Jim Meadowcroft ’64 P’99 will be co-chairing the Allegheny Class of 1964 50th Reunion in June 2014. William Brown says that after retiring from Continental Airlines as an international DC10 captain, he was able to fulfill yet another dream by becoming a full-time farmer. On 100 acres in Rehrersburg, Pa., (in Dutch Country), he and his wife, Nancy, built a farmstead and raise sheep, lambs, hay and occasionally a few beef cattle. Henry Mathis is still working and not retired. He has a son just graduating this spring from UPenn and a daughter who is a freshman at the Kent School in Kent, Conn. His wife, Florence, is a furniture designer and the author of several books. They live in Litchfied, Conn.


Cynthia Scott Amerman has been president of the Association of Late-Deafened Adults (Rockford, Ill.) for the past three years and is on the board of directors of the Adult Loss of Hearing Association in Tucson, Allegheny Magazine

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I am managing to keep busy with consulting work in the profession,” he says. He and his wife, Gaye, have two daughters who are elementary school teachers in San Antonio and Round Rock, Texas. Contact him at don.

’67 Alison Barnet writes a biweekly col-

umn for a local newspaper. She is the author of Extravaganza King, the story of playwright Robert Barnet, her great-grandfather.

Suzy Spence Miller ’66 reports that 26 ladies from the Class of 1966 got together at the Pink Shell Resort in Fort Myers Beach, Fla., for four fun-filled days recalling memories of Allegheny, enjoying a fantastic eco boat trip, the beach, great restaurants and time shared together. Pictured are Linda Murphy Becker, Pat McCarthy Benninghoff, Norma Blouch, Susan Slater Blythe, Anne DeLaCroix, Dian Christman Flach, Betty “B.J.” Wood Gray, Carol Dahlbom Hagert, Ellanie Kaufman Hershberger, Mary Lou Carlson Hodgson, Connie Matz Kevil, Bev Arrowsmith Kinego, Kenna Quine Kinsey, Toni Swain Marwitz, Helen Broxton Miller, Suzy Spence Miller, Janis Elliott Morrison, Vicki Wolfram Muckinhaupt, Chris Olson, Linda Allison Palmiero, Barbara Holmes Pearson, Cherie Sebald Pfetsch, Anne Hinnebusch Rowe, Jeanne Whitney Smith, Judy Bechtel Soto and Barbara Sindberg Uhr.

Ariz., where she and her husband moved in 2007 to be near their daughter. She has been appointed to the City of Tucson Commission on Disability Issues. She also has received the 2012 Hamilton Relay Better Speech and Hearing Recognition Award for the state of Arizona. Jackson Blair P’01 met Bertie Ahern, threetime prime minister of Ireland and one of only five people ever to be invited to address both the Houses of Parliament and the U.S. Congress. The prime minister was the guest of honor at the Clover Club dinner in Boston, Mass., in January. Howard Kessler serves as the county commissioner in Wakulla County, Fla. He also is volunteering as an or thopedic surgeon in indigent and children’s clinics in Tallahassee. If any alumni visit the Tallahassee region, Howard says to give him and his wife, Anne Van Meter, a call at (850) 228-9641.

Committee. Gale is serving a second term on the school board of the Grantham Elementary School. Carole Barnes Williams P’97 says that after 12 years of quiet retirement living on Lake Chautauqua in Western New York, she and her husband, Stu ’65, P’97, have relocated to 5439 Slater Ridge, Westerville, Ohio 43082, where they are enjoying city life for a change and being closer to their children and grandchildren. Contact them at (614) 719-9256.

’66 Dorothy Smith Case and her hus-

band, David, have moved to Kailua Kona, Hawaii, after living 38 years in Anchorage, Alaska. “We enjoy outrigger canoe paddling and snorkeling,” she says. “I play ukulele and duplicate bridge and am learning mahjong. David is involved in the coffee farming community.”

Percival Park retired in spring 2010 from his civilian job with the Army in Alexandria, Va. He returned to the Charlottesville, Va., area, where he has lived in the Lake Monticello community since August 2010.

Andy Schmidt and Gale Bunce Schmidt ’66 are first-time grandparents. Liliss Marguerite Barreault was born Dec. 14 in Toulouse, France. Andy is serving a second term in the statehouse as a New Hampshire state representative. He is a member of the Education

Donald Zuris retired from the Corpus Christi Muse um of Scie nc e a nd Histor y, having worked in the museum profession for 40 years. During those years he worked in museums in Missouri, Florida and Texas. “Although I am officially a ‘gentleman of leisure,’

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Diane Skinner has retired from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences as professor and associate dean emeritus.

’68 Carolyn Carr Balmer retired in June

as teacher/librarian in Ridgefield, Conn. She resides in Broomfield, Colo., and is adjusting to retirement. She would love to hear from friends and classmates at

Pam Blair, a longtime teacher and academic leader at the Winchendon School in Massachusetts, has been named assistant head of School For Teaching Excellence at the Winchendon School. According to the Winchendon headmaster, Pam has set the standard for teaching in the classroom while mentoring hundreds of students and young teachers.

Dave Eigenrauch and his wife, Betty, are living in the Centennial Mill community in Voorhees, N.J. They are both semiretired, with Dave actively involved with the Battleship New Jersey as a docent and Betty giving tours at the historic Barclay Farmstead in Cherry Hill.

Barbara J. Raut ner repor ts that following graduation, she worked as a short-term dome stic mis sionar y with the Methodist church, earned her MSW and enjoyed a career in psychiatric social work. She is living in Pittsburgh where her book, To Walk With Thee, Songs of the Spirit, was published in September 2012. To Walk With Thee (RoseDog Books, Dorrance Publishing Co. Inc.) is written in poetic form and reflects on spirituality and psychology.


G r eg or y Bent z , M.D., Ph.D., F. A . A .F.P., F.A.C.P.E., was named interim chief medical officer of the Loudoun Community Health Center in Leesburg, Va. The center provides comprehensive primary care services to the uninsured and underinsured. Gregor y received his master’s degree from Kent State University and his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. After earning his M.D. from UACJ Mexico, he completed his residency in family medicine at Por tsmouth Family Medicine, Portsmouth, Va. Previously, he was CMO at Inova Loudoun Hospital in Leesburg.

Bill Stoeckert ’67 (left) and Ken Kolson ’67 got together in Washington, D.C., in September for the first time in 45 years. Bill lives in Cape Cod, Mass., and Ken lives in Alexandria, Va.

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B ill K loeblen was ele cte d as the 2013 president of the El Dorado, Kan., Chamber of Commerce. This is his second term as president, having ser ved in that role in 2005. He also is the president of the El Dorado Library Board. His regular position is senior manager of human resources and community relations at HollyFrontier’s refinery in El Dorado.

Janet Fee Van Zuiden ’67 says that members of the Theta Class of 1967 joined for a reunion in Santa Fe, N.M., in June 2012. Those who attended the event were, sitting, left to right : Clarice Bauknight Roth, Janet Kratovil Prichard, Jackie Riley Del Negro and Andrea Ammann Parker ; first row, standing: Karlene Arnold Darby, Janet Fee Van Zuiden, Susan Bennett Cruikshank, Cathy Parsons MacGregor, Margo Anderson Faulhaber, Kay McAdams Kennedy and Pat Grimwood Frew and back row: Mimi Boyd McGriff, Sandra Millard Gold, Sue Urquhart-Brown, Dana Williams Toedtman and Carol Barbero.

Andy Evriviades says, “Lots of water has gone under the bridge, and the feeling of gratefulness is over whelming. Thank you, Allegheny, for my education, and thank you, classmates, for your kindness and generosity. I have been teaching math for 41 years at Boston University, Northeastern, Milton Academy and now at Newton Country Day. My wife, Marge, and our four children live in the Boston area. There is always an empty bed and a meal for any Alleghenian at our home in Belmont, Mass. I am so grateful for all your kindness during my year s at Allegheny.” Steve Gauly and his spouse, Pat, both retired, moved to Naples, Fla., but travel back to Greencastle, Ind., for several months each summer. Nancy Reiss - Hinz , a contract technical writer, and her husband, Gary, a landscape architect, are mostly retired now. They travel and do church work. She waterpaints and takes her therapy-assisted dog, Jasmine, to an assisted living facility and libraries for story hour and READS. She says to visit her critical-thinking brick on campus (the plus means gratitude for that skill that extended past graduation), or if passing through New Hampshire, contact her at nreisshinz@juno. com.

Gary Mead has retired from the practice of public health d e n ti s t r y w i t h t h e s t a te of Virginia as of July 1, 2012. He is anticipating a move to Texas to be close to his two sons, two daughters-in-law and three grandchildren (all boys !) and also fishing on the Gulf Coast.

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family, friends, love and life. I’d love to hear from old friends,” he says. His email is jim@ Jean Deily Goodman has retired as executive director of the Guilford County Partnership for Children. Jean and her husband, Gary (Ohio State, 1968), live in Greensboro, N.C. Jean can be reached at jean.goodman@ Barbara Smith is retiring this spring from St. Luke’s Health System in Boise, Idaho. Barbara has been a registered nurse for 42 years. She went from Allegheny into a nursing program and spent 25 years at the bedside working on med-surg, critical care and her main love, emergency nursing. Barbara obtained her master’s degree in education and has been a nurse educator for emergency services for the last 17 years.

E r ne s t E . M o o r e, M.D., re ceive d the Lifetime Achievement Award in Cardiac Resuscitation Science by the American Heart Association at its annual meeting in Los Angeles in November.

Ray Odiorne has retired from parish ministr y but is still in private practice as a psychotherapist. He and his wife, Bonnie ’71, live in Waterbury, Conn. Alan Popp has been named CEO of Colony Care at Home Inc., a senior and family respite care company serving Connecticut and Western Massachusetts. Colony Care is an affiliate of Mason Wright, a senior living community, where Alan also serves as CEO. He can be reached at


Jim Estep owns and operates Estep Realty Service, Ebensburg, Pa., specializing in land development, land sales and commercial sales and leasing. He shares that he took a trip down memory lane, visiting campus and also the former Erie-Lackawanna Railway Company yard where he was injured. “I got a second chance at life that fateful day and have been blessed with

Judith Thomas Horgan ’68, center, was recognized by Gov. Tom Corbett and First Lady Susan Corbett as one of eight outstanding women named 2012 Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania during a ceremony at the governor’s residence in Harrisburg on Oct. 11. Judith founded Child Watch of Pittsburgh in 1992, which has made great strides in mobilizing the community to focus on the needs of at-risk young people. Her work has won the Sen. John Heinz Award of the United Way in 1998, the Pittsburgh Foundation’s Isabel P. Kennedy Award in 2001 and the League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh’s Good Government Award in 2002. Judith has served on the boards of a number of agencies that promote programs for girls and boys. She received her bachelor’s degree in English literature at Allegheny and has served on the College’s board of trustees since 2003.

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T. Anderson ’71 & N. Wilkins ’68

J. Bailey ’71

Karen Patterson Wise and her horse, Black Magnum, won a blue ribbon at the September 2012 Northwest Pennsylvania Arabian Horse Association Fun Show in the Western Class. This was Karen’s first time back in the show ring following an absence of several decades.

Patricia Dawson reports that in June 2012, she celebrated the opening of the True Family Women’s Cancer Center at the Swedish Medical Center Cancer Institute ( SCI ) in Seattle. She is the medical director of the True Center and of the SCI Breast Program. The new center is the result of many years of planning and program coordination and is housed in a beautiful new clinic.

’70 Paul Ross has earned a “glowing

reputation as an Alleghenian who stays in touch with many of the members of his class via the Internet.” He says when he read Pam Schmitt O’Brien’s ’70 third chapbook, Acceptable Losses, he sent it to Robert Murphy ’70, editor-in-chief of Ohio-based Dos Madres Press. Robert and his wife, Elizabeth Hughes Murphy ’74, started the poetry press in 2004. Robert liked Pam’s chapbook and emailed her to suggest she might publish with Dos Madres. The Answer to Each Is the Same was released in September 2012 by Dos Madres and is available from Amazon, Dos Madres or the author.

’71 Dr. Tom Anderson retired after 40

years in public school education, the last 27 of which were in the position of curriculum director in the Collingswood, N.J., public schools. He and his wife, Nancy Wilkins ’68, met in Glenville High School in the Cleveland Public School District; they are the proud parents of three sons: Christopher, a professor in the City University of New York; Tom, a chemical engineer for Braskem International, and Matthew, an online journalist.

Jack Bailey has lef t his staff position at Pittsburgh’s PMI after nearly 25 years to offer freelance soundtrack design, instruction and production services. He can be contacted at Baileysound Productions, bailjack7@gmail. com and soon via Deborah Green Chandler says that after 30 year s of working with weaver s in the Unite d State s, she move d to Guate mala and immersed herself in the world of Mayan weavers. Last year she retired from being the Guatemalan director of Mayan Hands, a nonprofit that provides fair trade work for women living in rural pover ty throughout the Highlands. The trail from Allegheny (for which she continues to be grateful) to Guatemala (for which she also is grateful) has taught her one thing above all else: “Life is full of surprises.” Jim Cohen has been named an adjunct professor at the University of New Mexico Taos. His appointment is in the ar t depar tment, where he teaches jewelry and art metal. In addition, Jim continues his studio practice out of Santa Fe, N.M., specializing in judaica. 18

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D. Green Chandler ’71

Dan Henninger was the project manager for the creation of the website for the F.C.V.C. He continues to work to protect and preserve the streams and rivers in the area. “We are looking for funding to create media to tell the story of French Creek, one of America’s most pristine waterways. We also continue to assist ‘Friends of the Cheat’ in their efforts ( See you at the Cheat Festival!” Jordan N. Shames, president and CEO of Neighbors Home Care, received the prestigious Edna A. Lauterbach Member of the Year Award by the New York State Association of Health Care Providers (HCP). This award was established to recognize an HCP member who has shown dedication and demonstrated excellence in furthering the goals and objectives of HCP. Jordan was honored at HCP’s Annual Awards Luncheon on Oct. 18, 2012 in Huntington, N.Y. Jordan has lived in Great Neck for the past 17 years with his wife, Joni. His son, Rob, is in his last year at Columbia Law School, and his daughter, Rebecca, is working as a registered nurse at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City. Richard C. Tully, DVM, received the 2012 EQUUS Humanitarian Award on Jan. 19 in Louisville, Ky.

’72 Gary Astles has been enjoying retire-

ment after 37 years in New York State public education, 32 as building administrator. He now serves on the Board of Education for Trumansburg Central School District and as an adjunct professor of educational leadership at Cortland State University.

Ben Cares has moved his commercial photography /graphic design busines s, Pho tographic A r ts, to 9 02 Market St. in the renovated historic Kepler Hotel next to the Market House in Meadville. His work has been published in People , Time , USA Today, Cigar Aficionado and the New York Times Magazine. His Web address is www. He and his wife, Mary Jo, reside in Meadville. David Gallop retired in 2009 from the Bureau

P. Dawson ’71

D. Henninger ’71

of National Affairs Inc., where he was a legal editor for 32 years. He and his wife have spent the inter vening years traveling and cruising. Kathy Kristy Keller has been living in New York City for the last 24 years. She is on the staff of Redeemer Presbyterian Church, which she helped to start with her husband, Tim, the author of The Reason for God. That book, The Prodigal God and a book they co-wrote, The Meaning of Marriage, all have been on the New York Times nonfiction bestseller list. Kathy’s e-book, Jesus, Justice, and Gender Roles, was released in December. Their sons have married, and they have two granddaughters, Lucy and Kate. Fred Krebs retired in 2011 after 20 years as president of the Association of Corporate Counsel. Now he consults, does a little speaking and writes a monthly column for Canadian Lawyer magazine. He also became a senior fellow at the Center for the Study of the Legal Profession at Georgetown University Law School. Gail Humphries Mardirosian has achieved investiture into the College of Fellows of the American Theatre Spring 2013. The college is an autonomous, nonprofit organization that holds its annual meeting and investiture of new members each April under the auspices of the Education Department of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. N ancy Parker was chosen as Citizen of the Year for the City of Manchester, Mo., in September 2012 for her work as a volunteer in the community. In January 2013, she was elected president of the board of directors of the Circle of Concern, a large food pantry and charity serving west St. Louis County. She also works as an intake and caseworker there, as well as tutors immigrants in English as a second language for the school district. She and her spouse of 40 years, Bill Parker ’71, have three grown children and two grandchildren. The Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson delivered the opening reading at the inaugural interfaith prayer service in front of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, along with many other distinguished guests. During a visit to campus last year, Dr. Wilson led services at Ford Chapel with several students and staff in attendance.


Dianne Clarke-Kudless completed her years as president of Greenville, S.C.,

B. Cares ’72

D. Clarke-Kudless ’73

J. Kudless ’73

M. Noble ’73

with United Way and as a board member of the Greenville Rotar y. Additionally, she is working on assignments with the Society for Psychologists in Management and with ITAP International, helping to restructure international consulting business to meet various countries’ needs for improved cultural training and cross-border performance.

Linda Knepper Watson ’73 says she, Steve Lanier ’73 and Bill Watson ’73 visited South Africa this past fall. The three friends get together several times each year.

Sister Cities with a well-attended annual meeting and reports from youth diplomats and People2People Ambassadors, as well as the announcement of the 2012 delegation trip to reinvigorate the relationship with Bergamo, Italy. She also is involved in community work

James Kudless has completed his seventh year as vice president, business development and process excellence, with US Titles Solutions based in Lebanon, N.J. In December 2012, Jim was elected to be Worshipful Master of Host Lodge No. 6. He has been preparing for this and looks forward to his 2013 year of service. The men of his wife’s Loch/Clarke family were involved in Masonic and Scottish Rite membership, so this connects him with family tradition, as well as being a great personal honor. Mark F. Noble, his wife, Deirdre, and their two children are beginning their third year in Richterswil, Switzerland. They are enjoying exploring Europe from their home just south of Zurich. Mark is heading the global service business for Schindler Elevator, based in Luzern. “Gators are always welcome to visit in either Switzerland or Colorado,” he says.

B. Scot Smith was inducted into the 20th class of the Boulder County Business Hall of Fame in May. The hall of fame reco g nize s f i ve to s i x businesspeople each year for their favorable impact on the community and to civic, professional or charitable associations. In November, he was the recipient of the first Dean Callan Award in memory and in honor of a Boulder commercial real estate icon. The award was based upon integrity, hone st y, profe s sionalDebra Daugherty Schneider ’76 reports that several members and ism and community friends of the Allegheny Chamber Orchestra in the mid-1970s enjoyed a involvement. A donaspecial reunion in November. Steve Phillips ’77 played a brilliant piano tion from the Callan recital at Debbie’s home. Music-loving attendees included, left to right, family was made at Steve Phillips ’77, Lia Crede ’76, Joanne Kozlowski Finn ’76, Karen Scot’s request to the Elmeier Perry ’76, P’05, P’08, P’12, Dan Perry ’77, P’05, P’08, P’12, Jim Boulder Community Constable ’74, Ellen Schantz ’76 and Debra Daugherty Schneider ’76. Hospital Foundation. Also attending was George Bradley ’76.

’74 J im Gardner

B. Smith ’73

A. Lubin ’74

moved from the north side of Jamestown to the south side. His new address is 423 South Ave., Jamestown, N.Y. 14701-9560. Aimee A. Toth Krzton was named the first deputy secretary of banking for securities by Gov. Tom Corbett on Oct. 9, 2012. The position was created to replace the former securities commission. S per o Lappas P’11 has retired from the active practice of law and has returned to school after 35 years of practicing constitutional law and criminal defense. He is a doctoral candidate in the American studies program at the Pennsylvania State Universit y, where his research investigates the inte r se c tions and relationships bet we en American law and broader issues of American culture and politics. At Penn State he is a university graduate fellow and a lecturer in American studies. Andrew Lubin says that following seven embeds with Marines in Afghanistan, he is producing the documentary Bootsteps for PBS. In between, he writes for Leatherneck and the Marine Corps Gazette and has returned from covering USMC-Japanese joint amphibious operations off the California coast. This winter he spoke at Brandeis University’s Conflict & Coexistence Program, Harrisburg World Affairs Council and St. Anselm’s Institute of Politics.

’75 Janet Schmidt has relocated to the

San Francisco area after 25 years in Washington, D.C., to work with the VA in Palo Alto. Contact her at

Sue Steven sent this message in the middle of a Meadville winter: “My husband and I were shipwrecked in October 2012 during Hurricane Paul. We were for tunate to be rescued by the Mexican navy and hosted for two weeks on Isla Margarita, Baja, Mexico, until we could hire a ship to pull our boat off the beach and tow us to Cabo. Our boat, Seasilk, was repaired, and we are currently sailing near Mexico for the winter.”

’76 Blaine F. Aikin, CFP, has been elect-

ed to the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. Blaine is the president and CEO of fi360. He was previously the chief knowledge officer and director of training at fi360. He writes the “Fiduciary Corner” column for InvestmentNews and before coming to fi360 served in leading roles in financial services firms. In addition to his CFP certification, Blaine also holds the AIFA and the CFA designations. He received his master’s

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J. Dacales ’76

N. Capretto ’77

degree in public management and policy from Carnegie Mellon University. Jeffrey Dacales says it has been 20 years since his Citicorp life, and he can still say teaching is as rewarding and challenging as ever. He has taught at Stowe Elementary School the last 17 years and in kindergarten the last seven. A few years ago, he was keynote speaker at Stowe High School’s commencement ceremonies for students he taught his first year there in 1996. He also lives in Stowe, which is “a paradise to live in, with a cohesive community, natural beauty, ar ts and ready adventures to be taken.” Contact him at Larry Levine is a law professor at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, in Sacramento, Calif. He says he is startled by questions about plans for retirement. “This is too good a gig to leave voluntarily. I just had an article published in the McGeorge Law Review about Justice Kennedy and the struggle for marriage equality,” he says. Dr. William Sonnenberg P’06 is presidentelect of the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians (PAFP). He will begin his term as president in May 2013 in an inauguration ceremony at Bedford Springs, Pa. The PAFP represents the 4,500 family physicians and residents of the state of Pennsylvania in matters of advocacy and continuing medical education. Robert Spencer was appointed executive director of the Windham Solid Waste Management District in Brattleboro, Vt., a parttime position that allows him to continue his environmental consulting business. Vermont has enacted legislation to become the first state in the United States to require that food waste be recycled, and Bob has started composting food waste from the first residential curbside organics collection program in the state in Brattleboro.

’77 N e il C a p r e t t o, D.O., F. A .S. A .M.,

medical director for Gateway Rehab, was selected as Psychiatrist of the Year by the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Pennsylva nia , a le ading Pe nnsylva nia me ntal health alliance. Neil, also a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, was named as a Best Doctor ( Pittsburgh Magazine, May 2012), as well. He is board certified in psychiatry and addiction psychiatry and is a fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. Carol Evans reports that after a rewarding 20

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M. King ’77

M. Quinio Negri ’77

career as a hematologist/oncologist, she has retired from the practice of medicine and will be starting a consulting company in 2013. Margaret King attended law school after more than 20 years performing as a clown. She became interested in alternative dispute resolution in law school and has been working as a mediator at Family Court in Las Vegas for about six years. She still clowns for events with CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate), etc. “If any Gators are in Las Vegas, I’d love to meet up for lunch.” Mar y Quinio Negri is the director of development for Student Success at Arizona State University (ASU). She is celebrating 10 years with the ASU Foundation. Her daughter Jessica graduated from Nor thern Arizona University in 2010, her son, Adam, graduated from Arizona State University in 2012 and her daughter Emma is entering ASU in fall 2013 as a freshman. She welcomes contact from any Gators visiting the Phoenix area. Ray E. Sharretts, D.O., F.A.C.N., has been named medical director for inpatient psychiatric services at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, Pa. He is a board-certified fellow of the American College of Neuropsychiatrists and a faculty member at Temple University School of Medicine and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He served his psychiatric residency at Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia. David Truesdale left Citizens Bank of Michigan and has accepted the position of director of loan review for Fulton Bank in Lancaster, Pa. He and Peg ’77 have relocated to Manhiem, Pa.


Blake Baxter reports that the past year has been memorable, as he returned from FOB Salerno, Khost, Afghanistan, after a one-year deployment as an Army contracting officer in May 2012. He returned to TVA in July and then did a shor t tour with the Army and graduated from the Army Contracting Command Senior Leadership Course in November. “Nancy and I got to spend the holidays together for the first time in our new home in Ooltewah, Tenn.,” he says. Lynn McUmber received the Sheridan Humanitarian Award from Women’s Services Inc. (WSI) in Meadville. The award is named after Nancy Sheridan, a longtime WSI board member and retired College employee. Lynn was recognized for her 30 years of advocacy and support for the agency and their consumers, most recently for the last 15 years

R. Sharretts ’77

B. Baxter ’78

as executive director of CHAPS, the Crawford County Mental Health Awareness Program.


Carolyn Claypool Armistead says that her bachelor’s degree in English has led to an enjoyable career writing for newspapers and magazines such as the Chicago Tribune

JacqueLyn Battersby Bond ’80 shares this photo of herself with her daughter, Marissa, and Eric Turner ’80 with his daughter, Elizabeth, at their nursing school pinning ceremony in December 2012. The ceremony took place at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Melbourne, Fla., where Eric serves as the rector. “Our daughters became friends, and we did not even realize we were Allegheny classmates until our families got together for a Memorial Day cookout at Eric and Charlene’s home,” JacqueLyn says. “What a small world! ”

and SHAPE. Her first work of fiction, a teen novel titled Being Henry David (published by Albert Whitman & Co.), was released March 1, 2013. Visit her website at Cal lives in Acton, Mass., with her husband, Tedford Armistead ’79, who works at Biogen-Idec in Cambridge. She invites all Allegheny alumni to contact her at John Houston says another winter season means another Fir st LEGO League ( FLL) season for his family. “As an FLL coach and the assistant director of Hudson Valley FLL, I am constantly busy with this fast-growing robotics program for kids,” he says. The family also is engaged in FLL: his daughter Elaine is coaching an FLL team in Pittsburgh; his daughter Claire is participating in FIRST Tech Challenge, coaching Jr. FLL and helping out at FLL tournaments and his daughter Joanna is on an FLL team and helping out at FLL tournaments. His wife, Toni ’81, tries to keep up with everyone and helps out whenever possible at FLL tournaments.

C. Claypool Armistead ’80

S. Armstrong ’81

Fields Jackson, founder and CEO of Racing Toward Diversity magazine, served as a presenter in a series on ethics and leadership at the University of Notre Dame in November. Chuck Lanigan is acting director at Advanced Labor & Cultural Studies ( ) . He writes and presents live and spoken-word events in Pittsburgh. “In December 2012 and January 2013, we staged an original live radio adaptation of The Thin Man (with my wife, Jeannine) at the Carnegie Library of Homestead and the Brew House. So my time on stage at Allegheny wasn’t wasted!” he says. Lisa Simons says that after raising Zach ’08, Jeanne Marie (College of Wooster Class of 2010 ) and Lindsey Grace (Susquehanna University Class of 2014 ) in the beautiful hunt country of Ligonier, Pa., she is happy to be back in Western New York, dancing a lot, hosting parties as a Silpada Designs jewelr y rep and welcoming friends at 87 Liber ty Terrace, Buffalo, N.Y. 14215-1909. Her personal email address remains lisa., and her Silpada address is


Stuart H. Armstrong began a threeyear term in January 2013 on the national board of directors of the Financial Planning Association, the largest member association of financial planners in the United States. He’s been a practicing financial planner since 1986 in the greater Boston area and lives with

G. Hilse ’81

J. Speak ’81

his partner, Mike, in Milton, Mass., with their two cats, Tom and Geo. Gina Hilse has retired from a 28-year career in the corporate world to launch her own business as a developmental fiction editor ( She is a professional vocalist, singing with Bella Voce and other classical choral ensembles. Her recent performance was in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s (CSO’s) Chamber Music Series at the Art Institute of Chicago. Gina is engaged to CSO cellist Gary. Valerie Ramos reports that after the devastation of the Jersey Shore caused by Hurricane Sandy, she was moved to start Sand Aid NJ with two friends. Sand Aid NJ is a nonprofit relief organization that financially supports groups such as food banks and rescue squads that offer direct services to the local communities that were hardest hit by the super storm. Their fundraising efforts are primarily organized around concert events. Visit, Sand Aid NJ on Facebook and Valerie’s website, for more information. “Please spread the word, Gators!” she says. Jon Speak is in grad school at Cornell University Johnson School of Business pursuing his MBA. “It is a balance of life to have a family, be in grad school and continuing to work as a marketing director at a Danaher company. … Living on the coast, north of Boston, provides plenty of oppor tunity to be outdoors and go surfing,” he says.


Lynne Bowerman Wilgucki ’84 reports that Alpha Chis from the Classes of ’83, ’84 and ’ 85 met at the Reunion Resort in Orlando, Fla., to celebrate a few milestone birthdays. Seated at Roy’s Restaurant are Brette Rupert Gillman ’84, Lynne Bowerman Wilgucki ’84, Cyndi Miles Baily ’85, Stephanie Pleva Chirigos ’83, Lisa Fiedor Baird ’84, Theresa Ryan Jehle ’84, Shawn Johnson Posway ’85, Lee Tepper McCargar ’85 and Natasha Swan Aque ’84. The event was so successful they plan on returning in 2015. “Many more are welcome! ” she says.

Lori A . Buehler is e xe c u t i ve d i r e c t o r of B re athe A me r ic a in Columbu s, O hio ( Son Zach is at ASU in Tempe studying political science and philosophy. Daughters Emily (age 14) and AnnieRose (almost age 12) keep her young, or at least she’d like to think so. Lori misses c olle ge days whe n she had time to read great literature and think deep thoughts!


Marty Barclay and

W. Demchak ’84

D. Lutz ’84

Lorraine Barclay ’83 are happy to pass along that their third son, Nick, will follow his twin brothers, Matt ’11 and Eric ’11, to Allegheny. Nick will major in economics and play baseball. The family has lived in Harborcreek, Pa., since 1988. Marty is a partner with Procure Inc. (a strategic sourcing and esourcing software provider), and Lorraine is a quality manager with BASF Catalyst Division. Mat t is in the Management Development program at PNC in Pittsburgh, and Eric is a sourcing specialist for UPMC in Pittsburgh. David Dworakowski lives with his wife and five children in Laguna Beach, a small beach community in Southern California. He has spent the past 25 years practicing law in the Orange County Public Defender’s Office. In his spare time, David enjoys scuba diving and just hanging out with the family. Michael L . S idor, M.D., was the invited speaker by the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Chapters of the International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals’ 13th Annual Conference held in Atlantic City, N.J. Sidor is board cer tified in or thopedic surger y, specializing in arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery of the shoulder and elbow and joint replacement for the knee, shoulder and elbow. He is in private practice with offices in Havertown, Pa., and Mount Laurel, N.J.

’84 William S. Demchak, president of

PNC Financial Services Group, succeeded Chairman James E. Rohr as president and chief executive officer, effective April 23, 2013. William joined PNC in 2002 as chief financial officer. In 2005, he became head of Corporate & Institutional Banking. He was promoted to senior vice chairman in 2009 and named head of all PNC businesses in 2010. He was elected PNC president in April 2012.

Dan Lutz has left his law firm, Kropf, Wagner, Lutz & VanSickle LLP, where he had practiced for 15 years. He has accepted an appointment as the Wayne Count y, Ohio prosecutor to complete the unexpired fouryear term of his retiring predecessor. In November 2012, Dan was elected to a new four-year term that commenced in January 2013. He also serves in the Reserve component of the U.S. Navy, where he holds the rank of captain. In addition, Dan is a certified general court-martial military judge, and his job in the Navy Reserve is sitting as an appellate judge on the Navy & Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals in Washington, D.C. Dan and his wife, Theresa, live in Orrville, Ohio, with their youngest son, Reagan. Their other Allegheny Magazine

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NYC-based site The Fix (, a news magazine about addiction and recover y, and her work appears on Salon and other news sites. Jen also teaches writing at the University of Pittsburgh. Catch up with her on Facebook or Twitter @Guinevere64.

’87 Chris Brussalis has been Karen Rhen Hirsh ’86 shares this photo that was taken in Chicago in 2012 during one of the group’s biyearly reunions. Pictured left to right are Kelly Platt O’Leary ’86, Karen Rhen Hirsh ’86, Gail Huffman Roach ’86, Alissa Turner Boleky ’86, Maria Sisley McTarnaghan ’86 and Lynne Rowan Belko ’86.

son, Ken, is a freshman at Asbury University in Wilmore, Ky.

’85 Timothy J. Downing has been rec-

o g nize d a s o n e of th e 2013 O hi o S u p e r Law yer s . Only 5 percent of Ohio law yers are chosen as Ohio Super Lawyers. Tim is a partner at Ulmer & Berne LLP in Cleveland. Anne Rumsey Gearan joined the Washington Post as diplomatic correspondent last year, after more than 20 years with The Associated Press. She travels heavily with the secretar y of state and would love to hear from Allegheny friends overseas or at home.

’86 Sean Audley P’16 is a candidate for

magisterial district judge in the South Hills of Pittsburgh. He has joined Mark Tranqilli ’89 on the campaign trail. Sean is being helped in his campaign by his daughter, Serena ’16. The Rev. Dr. Mark Hecht P’13 is serving as senior pastor of Park United Methodist Church in North East, Pa., and as adjunct professor of religious studies at both Gannon University and Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pa. Ellen Stephens Johns started a new dental practice in Indianapolis last year after 22 years of working for another dentist and raising four children. Keith Johns ’86 leads the U.S. insulin business for Eli Lilly & Company in Indianapolis. “If you are ever in Indy, please look us up,” she says. J e n n i f e r M a t e s a wa s awa r d e d a ye a rlong fellowship from the Substance Abuse and Me ntal Health Se r vice s Administration, a division of the Federal Department of Health and Human Ser vices, to foster her journalism, blogging and public speaking about addiction and recovery. She was one of just eight selected nationwide. She owns a popular blog called Guinevere Gets Sober (, offering news, reviews and stories about addiction and healing. Her features can be read at the 22

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elected to the Phi Delta Theta Inte r national Frate r nit y’s G ene ral Council (the organization’s board of directors). Chris, a Pittsburgh resident, will serve a two-year term as a member-at-large of the board. In addition to volunteering for Phi Delta Theta, he is president and chief executive officer of The Hill Group Inc., a national management consulting firm.

Joe Demmler has joined Pricewaterhouse Coopers Advisory Services as a managing director in financial ser vices. He resides in Boulder, Colo., with his daughter, Chloe, who is 6. David Gilson has been appointed the artistic director of the Western Reserve Chorale in Cleveland. In addition, he continues as associate dean of the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he also serves as faculty in the areas of eurhythmics and choral conducting. He serves as the director of music for the United Methodist Church of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, as well. Visit Thomas Purnell has been appointed senior vice president, northeast region manager, for Selective Insurance Company of America. Thomas joined Selective in 1988 as a corporate trainee and has held a variety of regional leadership positions. Claudia Davis Reshetilof f graduated in Februar y from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York. She is now a health coach ( Last summer her family also moved onto their boat (a 43-foot ketch), and at the end of October, they cast off the dock lines for good – heading south to the Caribbean for the winter. “We signed a two-year lease on our house, so we will be homeschooling our children, Max, 9, and Anya, 7, and I’ll continue health coaching from wherever we are.” They are documenting their adventure at www.svdemeter. Craig Stanley has star ted his own commercial real estate solutions company called Broadwing Advisors.

’88 David Mountain says that he has joined BlueStripe Software as vice president of marketing communications. He is living in Durham with his wife, Carol, and sons, Jack, Ben and Nick.

T. Downing ’85

J. Matesa ’86

Susan Scheuring is working as a senior systems analyst for Wildblue Communications in Englewood, Colo. Steven Witmer has been cast in the role of Bill Bobstay in Capitol Opera of Richmond’s production of H MS Pi n a fo r e and will be covering the role of Sir Joseph Porter. His wife, Virginia ’88, and daughters Katherine and Lauren also appear in the chorus of Pinafore. Steve served as counsel to the Governor’s Task Force on School and Campus Safety. He also serves as co-director of Rider Alert, which won the 2012 Governor’s Transportation Award in the category of motorcycle safety.

’89 D av i d H . C o ok ha s joine d T hor p

Re e d & A r mstrong LLP ( T hor p Re e d ) a s an associate attorney in the Commercial & Corporate Litigation Practice Group. David focuses his practice on spor ts law, white collar criminal defense, complex civil litigation, appellate matters and corporate law. David graduated first in his class, summa cum laude, from Duquesne University School of Law and received his master’s in history from Boston College.

Jose Rodriguez was selected by his peers as the 2012 NEAC Coach of the Year after guiding the Penn State Abington Nittany Lions to a pair of first-place finishes and five top-five finishes overall on the season. He also coached his first NEAC overall men’s conference champion - Alex Kane. In addition, he was featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer for the work he is doing as an educator at Penn State Abington. He earned his master’s in education administration at the University of Pennsylvania. Mark V. Tranquilli says that after 20 years as a prosecutor and deputy district attorney of homicide in Pittsburgh, he decided to run for Allegheny County Common Pleas Court judge in the primar y election on May 21. More details can be found at


Douglas Casa was inducted into the University of Florida Hall of Fame (where he got his master’s) in 2012 as a tribute for the influence his work is having in the spor ts medicine community with changing health and safety policies for athletes /laborers / soldiers. He serves as the chief operating officer of the Korey Stringer Institute (ksi. at the University of Connecticut, where they conduct research, educate and advocate for changes to promote health and safety issues.

C. Brussalis ’87

J. Demmler ’87

B e r n a d e t t e Ks i a zek G eye r ’s fir st fulllength collection of poetry, The Scabbard of Her Throat, was published by The Word Works. She is employed as a senior copy e ditor at Mic ro Str ate g y, whe re she a ls o

D. Cook ’89

J. Rodriguez ’89

conducts user acceptance testing of mobile applications. She currently lives in northern Virginia with her husband and daughter. Her personal website is Bernadettegeyer.

M. Tranquilli ’89

D. Casa ’90


Lisa Noel Blau is the founder and CEO of LNB Consulting LLC, a leadership d eve l o p m e n t p r a c t i c e w i t h ex p e r t i s e i n organizational and individual consulting. The organization specializes in strategic

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Circling the globe to give back As a teenager, Staci Orie Summers, left in photos, loved taking summer mission trips with her church youth group. So in college, when a friend asked her to participate in Hut-A-Thon – an event where students build a hut on the Allegheny campus to raise awareness and funds for homelessness — Summers, a sophomore at the time, jumped at the opportunity to give back. She never realized that this event would reignite her passion for helping others — and would eventually lead to her career in international development. “As an art history major, I was unsure of what I wanted to do upon graduation,” Summers said. “This experience at Allegheny inspired me to pursue my passion for connecting with other cultures and partnering with people in need.” Summers first acted upon that passion in 1994, when she traveled to India as a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity International, an organization dedicated to eradicating substandard housing. One year later, she officially turned her professional efforts to making the world a better place, serving Pittsburgh Habitat for Humanity as an AmeriCorps VISTA representative in fundraising and community leadership development. She then went on to earn her master’s degree in international training and education from American University in Washington, D.C. Throughout the years, Summers’ desire to, in her words, “dive into unfamiliar worlds,” has been a driving force. In addition to being a wife to her husband, Jason, and a stay-at-home mother to their children, Caton and Ainsley, Summers now serves as a volunteer team leader with Habitat’s Global Village Program, which facilitates shortterm international house-building trips. Since 1994, she has traveled to 29 countries and is planning her next trip to Malawi in September. Summers says that when she arrives at a site, the homes can be in any stage of construction. She and the team typically work alongside the future homeowner and members of the community for one to two weeks performing a

variety of tasks that range from making and laying bricks to constructing a home out of bamboo. On her most recent trip to Nepal, Summers and her team worked alongside a woman named Sharmila Pariyar to construct a home for Pariyar and her son, Uttam. “Our team, with help from the community and a few hired technicians, built Sharmila’s bamboo-style house in just eight days,” Summers said. “Working alongside the Nepalese was every bit as amazing as I had expected. And just like with all of my trips, the language barrier didn’t matter. The feelings of compassion and love translate to any language.” In addition to serving as a Habitat volunteer, Summers donates her time and resources to her alma mater. Since graduation, Summers has served as a Gator Greetings volunteer, as co-chair of her 10th Reunion Committee, and as an Alumni Council member. She also is a member of the Timothy Alden Council. “Allegheny gave me the skills and confidence to do anything I wanted to do,” Summers said. “I give back because I know I wouldn’t have been able to attend Allegheny if it weren’t for the generosity of others. I want to give current students those same opportunities. I also know that Allegheny has been managed well and will put my funds to good use.” — H e a t h e r

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planning, busines s development, human capital strategies, executive coaching and team development. LNB Consulting LLC is located in Charlotte, N.C. S e a n C. D e n t wa s p ro m ote d to d e p u t y general counsel for the Federal Housing Finance Agency, where he manages ethics, contracts, per sonnel and fraud mat ter s. His wife, Alane R. Dent, is vice president of federal relations for the American Council of Life Insurers. Eric Lechman has been inducted into the Ce nte r High School 2012 A lumni Hall of Fame. Eric is an associate researcher at the Ontario Cancer Institute, where he is studying RNA’s role in controlling a specific type of normal and malignant stem cells. He earned a master’s degree in molecular virology and biochemistry and a Ph.D. in human genetics from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Paula Pow Soto was featured in a Huf fington Post interview for her yoga service work. Paula, who maintains a psychotherapy practice in Beaver, Pa., founded Intersections Wellness to strengthen the community by sharing skills to manage stress, practice physical and mental self-care and form suppor tive connections with others. To learn more or to contact Paula, visit or www.Facebook. com/IntersectionsWellness. Natalie Tarr reports: “I’m either a mom or doing seven things at the same time. Our girls are now 10 and 8 years old, and I am back – working two jobs, back in school and doing two ‘just for fun’ things – and continuing being a mom. Who would have thought? Also, I’m back in hometown Basel after 20 years. Who will visit? Email me: natalie.tarr@” Eric K . Thiele has been appointed PPG Industries treasurer and a company officer. He is based at the company’s headquarters in Pittsburgh. Eric joined PPG in 1995 and advanced through positions of increasing responsibility, such as director, financial services, aircraft transparencies; director, financial reporting, coatings businesses; director, finance and planning, automotive coatings; and director, finance, and chief financial officer, PPG Asia Pacific. He also served as assistant treasurer and credit director. He earned his master of business administration from the University of Pittsburgh. Rebecca Miller Wise has been promoted to director of admissions for LECOM School of Pharmacy. She also is on faculty and working as a consultant in the MTM Services Pharmacy at LECOM. In addition, she is on the board of directors at Boro Women’s Services in Edinboro, Pa., is a founding administrator of Support NWPA Business in Erie and writes 24

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a column for called Wise Words.

’92 Melinda Cronk was named by Tarvin Realtors as salesperson of the month in September, with sales in excess of $2.9 million. She also reached her membership in the Tarvin Multi-Million Dollar Sales Club in her first year with the firm. Additionally, in January, Tarvin recognized Melinda for her outstanding year in sales, in which she exceeded $11 million in 2012. Prior to joining Tarvin Realtors, she spent 15 years in the corporate communications field at several leading financial services companies. Melinda holds a master’s degree in public relations from the S.I. Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University. She resides in Ridgewood with her husband, Doug, and her two children, Ethan and Audrey.

Roz Lipsey has been promoted to chief executive officer of Jokake Construction. Roz joined the company in 1998 as a project manager and was promoted to president in 2005. As CEO, she will execute the company’s long-term vision for growth. She received a master of business administration from Kent State University.

’93 Alex Schulman Isaly says he still

lives in southern California, and his family has grown since his last post. “Michele and I are blessed with two princesses, Abby and Maddie,” he says. He continues to follow his passion in fitness and has shared the stage with top fitness pros in the industry. In 2008, he created the international fitness program called R.I.P.P.E.D. His programs have been featured on CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX and SHAPE magazine. Visit

Michael John Ryan P’13, Cleveland Municipal Court judge, was elected to the position of judge at Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas-Juvenile Division. Michael had just concluded his first six-year term as Municipal Cour t judge and was beginning his second when he was tapped by his party to run for Juvenile Court. He defeated the appointed judge by more than 128,000 vote s. Michael’s constitue ncy incre a se s from 400,000 to 1,400,000. He becomes the youngest (41 years old) and only the second African-American male jurist to be elected at the Juvenile Court. Also, his daughter Lauren ’13 is graduating this spring.

’94 Amber Blasingame earned her juris

doctorate from Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver in December 2010. She passed the Colorado Bar and was sworn in as a licensed attorney on May 24, 2011. On May 25, 2011, her birthday, she began practicing as an immigration attorney for Joseph Law Firm PC. She is the associate attorney overseeing their new satellite office in Colorado Springs, Colo. On July 20, 2013, Amber will wed her longtime sweetheart and partner,

Alec Marchitello, in Manitou Springs, Colo. A my Dav ison has L. Noel Blau ’91 moved from Madison, Wis., to Indianapolis. She is still in-house counsel, but she is at Simon Property Group instead of Trek Bicycle Corp.

’95 Jennifer Check, a dentist, is hap-

pily practicing in Pittsburgh after a career redirection. She returned from a dental mission trip to Jacmel, Haiti, sponsored by her employer, Aspen Dental.

Jen Firek FitzPatrick, associate director of college counseling at Columbus Academy in Gahanna, Ohio, has been selected by Colleges That Change Lives (CTCL) for inclusion in the “Counselors That Change Lives” program. This award recognizes those whose dedication to the college counseling profession reflects the mission of CTCL. She also participated in a post for The Choice, a blog that features two New York Times reporters as they explore the many facets of the college admissions process. In the post, titled “November College Checklist for Seniors,” Jen gave admissions advice for the Class of 2013. Eleftherios Fylaktos says that in October 2012, he completed his master’s in visual and media anthropology at Freie Universität Berlin with his latest film, Café-Finovo. In 2012, he joined the Korsakow Institute for the production of the non-linear Web documentary, The Money and the Greeks. That same year, he also joined the INPUT and Prix-Europa teams. In 2013, he is teaching an introduction course to non-linear editing for the master’s in visual and media anthropology at Freie Universität Berlin. Dr. John Means used a da Vinci robot to remove a diseased gallbladder from a Montana woman through an incision in her naval, leaving a small incision that will be virtually invisible. This surger y, per formed in July, was the fir st of its kind in nor thwe ste r n Montana with only 123 hospitals and 143 surgeons nationwide trained in performing a cholecystectomy (surgical removal of the gallbladder) using a single incision technique with the robot.


Kev in G a ll a g he r, a mathematic s teacher at Keystone Oaks High School in Pittsburgh, became the first teacher in the district’s 45-year history to meet the standards necessary to attain the National Board Certification set by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. National Board Certification is an advanced teaching credential that is valid for 10 years and is available nationwide to teachers at all levels, K-12. Fewer than 100,000 teachers nationwide have earned the distinction.

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C.J. Morgante is one of 10 major league soccer linesmen from the United States appointed to the FIFA (the Fédération Internationale de Football Association) International Panel of Assistant Referees. At the top level for nine years, he has officiated two Major League Soccer Cup Finals, many World Cup Qualifiers and more than 200 professional soccer games over four continents. He is eligible to be a referee at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. C.J. is a real estate investor, owner of Enviro Seeds Wetland Seed Company, Emlenton Self Storage and a volunteer track and field coach at Slippery Rock University. He lives with his wife, Holly, and two daughters, Aleah and Arianna, in Grove City, Pa. Bret Woolcock was selected for promotion to lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army. His next assignment will be as the U.S. Army attaché at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India.

’97 Luke H. Ballard became a certified

civil engineer in December. He also married Danielle Bradford in Phoenix, Ariz., on Dec. 28. Luke is the grandson of the Rev. Harry Conroy ’45 and Louise Schweitzer Conroy ’45.

A. Anthony ’98 D. Veschi ’98 A. Benhameda Anthony ’00 the faculty lead for strategic initiatives and operations at the MGH Learning Laboratory. He is a faculty member of Harvard Medical School, Harvard Macy International, the Center for Medical Simulation and the American College of Surgeons. Sammy Rado is a special education teacher in Arlington, Va., at Wakefield High School. He also has been coaching the offensive and defensive lines for the varsity football team the last four years. He is finishing his doctorate in education policy at George Mason University. He says anyone in the D.C. area can get in touch with him through email at Jason Ramsey was featured in the Meadville Tribune in January for the foot-high, footand-a-half-wide model of Allegheny’s historic Bentley Hall that he built out of LEGOs in 2010. The structure has garnered attention via social media. Jason is the assistant director of administrative information services at Allegheny.

Becca Dietrich got engaged to Zack Howe over the Thanksgiving break and has moved to Douglasville, Ga.

David Veschi, who has 15 years of service in the U.S. Army under his belt, has decided to switch gears. He is attending the Interservice Physician Assistant Program at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. It’s a 2 1/2-year master’slevel program with an additional duty service obligation of five years. “Looks like 20 years won’t be enough for this former grunt,” he says. “Many moons ago, I was one of many aspiring pre -med students at Allegheny. Everything eventually circles back to where you started.”

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Jennifer Bogo signed on as articles editor at Popular Science magazine, where she oversees feature stories “about the future of, well, pretty much everything.”

eda Anthony ’00 are living in Indianapolis with their two children, Sophia, 5, and Isaac, 18 months. Alvin is a seventh grade language arts teacher, and Amal is a disability case manager. Alvin invites you to check out his blog at, on Twitter @acjlist or at blog.php?uid=163, a social network for dads.

Darcy Kucenic was featured in the Pittsb urg h Tr ib une Review for organizing the Highmark First Night Pittsburgh celebration. Darcy earned her master’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University. She is the director, Highmark First Night Pittsburgh, and manager of education and operations, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Roy Phitayakorn is a general/endocrine surgeon at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston. He has been promoted to director of surgical education research and

McNeill ’03 were featured on interview blog Yinzpiration. The blog aims to interview 100 Pittsburghers. Jennifer is a member of the senior leadership team of McGinnis Sisters Special Food Stores, her family’s business, and Shannon is the children’s librarian/assistant director/all-around librarian at the Green Tree Library. In addition, Jennifer has been named a recipient of the 2013 Business Women First winners by the Pittsburgh Business Times. She also is serving as national vice president of Alpha Chi Omega and as a member of the Leadership Pittsburgh board of directors. Dr. Erin McAdams joined the faculty in the political science department at Presbyterian College ( South Carolina ) in fall 2012. She previously taught at College of Charleston ( S o u th Ca ro lin a ) a n d D i c k in s o n C o lle g e (Pennsylvania). She and her husband, Justin Lance (also a political science professor at

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Presbyterian College), live near Greenville, S.C., and published a journal article together in Politics and Religion. Contact them at Joshua P. Rubin has been elected as a new partner in the Buffalo, N.Y.-based law firm Rupp, Baase, Pfalzgraf, Cunningham & Coppola LLC. Formerly an associate at the firm, Joshua’s practice has primarily involved all aspects of civil tort litigation, where he has tried more than 35 cases and handled numerous appeals. He graduated from the International Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy and has become active in both coaching and judging moot court competitions. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the Erie County Bar Association and the Defense Research Institute. He received his J.D. from the University of Baltimore. Jennifer Weigold has been named manager of community relations for northern tier markets for UPMC Health Plan. Prior to joining UPMC Health Plan, Jenny served as manager of special events for UPMC Hamot in Erie, Pa., for four years. In her new position, Jenny is responsible for helping to organize sponsorships and community events in the Erie area. She also provides support for UPMC Health Plan’s marketing initiatives.

’00 Robert Bartell and Timothy Crum ’00 have combined to start a research and investment firm specializing in competitive analytics. Their work primarily focuses on intercollegiate extracurricular and professional franchise event-based outcomes. Follow Rob (@bartells) or Tim (@tmattcrum) on Twitter.


Bernie Clark has been appointed to the board of directors for the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Marketing Association. He will lead the chapter’s Marketing Excellence Certificate Program. Bernie holds master’s degrees in business administration and marketing management from the University of Maryland. Casey L. Timer has joined Goose Creek, S.C.-based KLM Environmental LLC as director of sales and marketing. Previously, she was director of sales and marketing for CarePoint Inc.


Laura Littler King completed her Ph.D. in criminology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in May 2012. She and her husband, Eric King ’00, reside in Boise, Idaho, where Laura is an assistant professor of criminal justice at Boise State University. Allegheny Magazine

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Tackling the issue of financial literacy Gene Natali Jr. is a big believer in literacy, not just the recognition and understanding of words and pictures, but the comprehension of facts and figures. He calls it financial literacy. Since graduating from Allegheny in 2001, he has made it his mission to teach people about money, its impact on their lives, and how to manage it. “Financial literacy is, in my opinion, the single most important subject facing recent and soon-to-be college graduates, their parents, and sadly, even their grandparents in many cases,” says Natali. In his job as senior vice president of McKee Investment Managers in Pittsburgh, Natali has a captive audience. He is looking to reach beyond the scope of those clients who seek out his services and investment knowledge. So he has co-authored a book with Matt Kabala called The Missing Semester. The book “provides a short course on the essentials for making wise financial decisions and gaining financial freedom,” according to its website. “With seven out of 10 families in America living paycheck to paycheck, and 1.7 million students graduating from college in 2013, the obvious question is: Why aren’t we better preparing our students so that they, too, don’t become statistics? Broadly speaking, these 1.7 million students face high debt burdens, lack the necessary financial know-how and aren’t willing to make short-term sacrifices. This is a ticking time bomb if not addressed,” says Natali. “Every student who graduates from Allegheny and every other college should be prepared to make good financial decisions with no excuses. This isn’t rocket science,” he says. “The goal of this book isn’t to shame, preach, or overwhelm our audience with boatloads of information. Our readers must take ownership of the idea. The analogy I like to use is, you can lead a horse to water, but you

M a t t h e w We a v e r a n d h i s w i fe, J e n n i fer Graczyk Weaver ’03, along with their 3-year-old son, have relocated to Erie, Pa. Matthew is an assistant professor of psychology at Mercyhurst University. Jennifer is practicing veterinar y medicine at North East Animal Hospital and Twinbrook Veterinary Hospital.

’03 Christine Herb completed a fellowship in geriatric medicine at UPMC in June 2012 a nd pa s se d he r ge r iatr ic me dicine boards in November 2012. She is practicing at West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh and acts as the geriatric education coordinator for the West Penn Allegheny Internal Medicine


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can’t make it drink. We want our audience to be thirsty, thirsty to start making good financial decisions.” “Gene approached me about two years ago with an idea for a book that eventually became The Missing Semester,” says co-author Kabala. “Needless to say, it didn’t take him long to convince me that it was a great idea. Financial literacy is a topic that is largely ignored by most young Americans. We’re hoping that we can reverse that trend.” Natali credits his years at Allegheny as an “important time in my life. In addition to the education, the discipline, the comfortable atmosphere, and my four years on the swim team, I had the good fortune of meeting a lot of influential folks who were kind enough to spend time with me outside of the classroom.” Two members of the College community, David W. McInally, executive vice president and treasurer, and Donald Goldstein, professor of economics, were particularly helpful and inspirational, Natali says. “I consider myself blessed to have met the people I did at Allegheny, and not just because they were good people, but because they believed in me and they invested in my future with their time. I try to do the same today.” Natali serves as an alumni volunteer, visiting the campus and advising students on, what else, financial literacy – how to manage their money. Visit the book’s website at

Residency program. She lives with her husband and twin sons in the northern suburbs of Pittsburgh. Louis David Klein is engaged to Nicole Andrea Caparanis. Lou received a juris doctorate from the Dickinson School of Law and is an attorney with K&L Gates LLP in Pittsburgh. They will be married May 11, 2013. Ta m a r a P a v a s o v i c T r o s t r e c e i ve d h e r Ph.D. in sociology from Harvard University in May 2012. Tamara and her late husband Rok Trost’s daughter, Sofia, turned 1 last year. Tamara and Sofi are living in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

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Sams Fletcher and Adam Fletcher ’03 have two sons, Max, 3, and Lincoln, 1. Nory is in her eighth year of teaching Spanish and multiculturalism at the middle school level in Woodstock, Va. She also has earned her master’s degree in teaching from Mary Baldwin College and was awarded the honor of Teacher of the Year for both her school and her county for the 2008-09 school year. Adam is in his ninth year working for the City of Harrisonburg and has been promoted to city planner. He also earned his master’s degree in public administration from James Madison University last fall. The Fletcher family continues to enjoy life in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia where they have lived for nine years.

Carter and I moved back north this past June. We are living i n W e b s t e r, N .Y. , and I am working A. Fletcher ’03 at Siena Catholic Academy as a s c h o o l c o u n s e l o r. We a re exc i te d to b e close to family and my amazing friends from Allegheny!”

’05 Phil Denman and his wife, Christy

Angela Ginette DiSanti ’04 completed her juris doctor degree at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in May 2012. She resides in her hometown of Erie, Pa., where she is an associate attorney with the law firm of Segel & Solymosi. Angela works closely with senior partner and Gator Hall of Famer Tibor Solymosi ’77, P’03.

Dr. Chad Griffith has joined the emergency medicine medical staff at Allegheny Valley Hospital in Harrison Township, Pa. Chad received his doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, W.Va., and a bachelor’s degree in biochemistr y from A lle gheny. He complete d his emergency medicine residency at Memorial Hospital in York and worked at York Memorial Hospital before moving to Brackenridge. He will be assistant medical director. He is with Emergency Medicine Physicians Ltd. Chris Kabana completed his Ph.D. in chemistry in May 2012. The focus was in aviation fuels and oxidation. He immediately moved to Chicago, where he star ted a job as an R & D chemist working for a company that produces aftermarket products for gasoline and diesel engines. Emily P. Reichgott plans to marry Michael Jame s Ta r r, a f inancial advisor in L ake wood, Ohio. Emily, a human resources business partner in downtown Cleveland, is the daughter of Timothy and Elaine Reichgott of Asheville, N.C. An August 2013 wedding is planned full of Alleghenians and Alpha Chis. J oh n R eill y appeare d in both T h e D a r k K n ig ht R i s e s ( 2012 ) and Pr o m i s e d L a n d (2012) directed by Gus Van Sant and starring Matt Damon, John Krasinski and Francis McDormand. He will next appear in Foxcatcher (2013) starring Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo and Steve Carell. Abigale Terrana reports: “After six years of living in South Carolina, Gary, Addison,

Workman Denman ’07, relocated to San Diego, Calif., with their 3-year-old son and future Alleghenian, Zachar y Brooks Denman, whose middle name pays homage to the place on campus where the couple first met. Phil completed his master’s degree in education in 2012 and left UC Berkeley to take a management position at the University of San Diego, where he leads the university’s academic technology department. He also sits on the board of trustees for a higher education nonprofit organization, regularly ser ves as a technology consultant and is in the process of launching a new startup. “Christy is an amazing full-time mom who graciously and selflessly put her career and continued education on hold until Zack enters school,” Phil says. Joseph R. Knupp received a Congressional appointment as a foreign service officer in the U.S. Department of State on May 21, 2012. He will be serving his first tour abroad as third secretary, representing the United States to the Republic of Sudan. Joseph R ibaudo, assistant professor of physics at Utica College, is part of a team of researchers that has discovered large quantities of cool gas surrounding modern galaxies. The research is exciting, Joseph says, because gala xies are forming stars over extended periods of time, but until now the fuel for that star formation had proven difficult to locate or analyze. Joseph earned his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Notre Dame. He joined Utica College in 2011. Carolyn Roncolato, a graduate student at Chicago Theological Seminary, was featured in a New York Times ar ticle in November title d “A S c hola r ly Af fa ir With a S ide of Activism.” Carolyn is in her third year as a volunteer for the local Unite Here, a union that represents housekeepers at the Hyatt hotels in Chicago. Sgt. Robert Taylor took time off from his duties in For t Wainwright, Alaska, to visit with an Allegheny news writing class through Skype. Although he spent his recent years in Afghanistan and Alaska, he says, his roots remain deep in the Allegheny campus. Robert enlisted in the Army at age 28. In 2013, he will finish his assignment in Alaska and plans to make a career with the Army. He and

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his wife, Liza Jane, are expecting their first child this spring.

’06 Hillary Bennett completed her mas-

ter’s degree in international development from American University in Washington, D.C., in May 2012. Her research focused on youth education and development, and her thesis was an analysis of youth HIV/AIDS education programs in South Africa. She serves as the manager of conservation and education philanthropy for the National Wildlife Federation in Reston, Va.

Emily Brown has accepted the position of research associate with the International Economic Development Council in Washington, D.C. She is a 2012 graduate of the master’s degree program of the School of City and Regional Planning at Georgia Institute of Technology, where she focused her studies in economic development. Tiffany Firko will be marrying Claudio Guglielmelli on May 26, 2013, on the island of Barbados. Steven Huszai is a reporter at the Daily Record newspaper in Wooster, Ohio. He covers stories across Wooster as the city beat writer since 2010. Steven’s stories are online at


Marco Dozzi, a former All-American runner at Allegheny, won the men’s halfmarathon in the 22nd edition of the Marathon Oasis and 1/2 Marathon de Montréal held in Montreal, Canada. K a t h e r i n e R e s t o r i g r a du a te d f r o m th e Pennsylvania State University on Dec. 22, 2012, earning a doctorate in integrative biosciences with a focus on immunology and infectious disease. A manuscript of hers was accepted for publication in the Journal of Clinical and Vaccine Immunology. The paper is titled “Immunization with pneumococcal polysaccharide PPS3 and lipopolysaccharide modulates lung and liver inflammation during a virulent Streptococcus pneumoniae infection in mice.”

’08 Lisa Coleman and Shane Sullivan

’08 plan a fall 2013 wedding in Buffalo, N.Y. Lisa is a physician assistant at a private dermatology practice, and Shane is an account manager at Ainswor th Pet Nutrition. They reside in Pittsburgh.

B r ya n Dav is re ceive d his doc tor of osteopathic medicine on June 2, 2012, from Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Allegheny Magazine

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Ecological Society of America in Portland, Ore., in August. Andrew Parise has been promoted to Ltjg. in the U.S. Navy. He is serving as the electronic warfare officer onboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman. He has been deployed to the Mediterranean Sea and Arabian Sea for 2013. He hopes to return for the Class of 2008 Fifth Year Reunion. Nathan M. Sekely, Air National Guard Airman 1st Class, graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

’09 Matthew Chiricosta has joined CalBret Silvis ’08 and Hillary Kosnac ’08 are engaged to be married this fall after seven amazing years of adventures nationwide. This September, they will make the trip back to Pennsylvania from their home in San Diego to celebrate their wedding with family and friends.

Blacksburg, Va. He is employed as an internal medicine resident with Pinnacle Health System in Harrisburg, Pa. Lacey Funair graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Education, Department of Health and Physical Activity, on Aug. 12, 2012, obtaining her master’s degree in health, physical activity and chronic disease education. L acey says, “Throughout this master’s program, I truly realized and was grateful for the ‘Allegheny Advantage’ I had over the majority of my classmates who did not come from a liberal arts undergraduate education, particularly in my reasoning, research and paper composition abilities.” In late August, Lacey began an additional threeyear master’s program in clinical dietetics and nutrition with the University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. She will be a registered dietitian upon completion. Amanda Klemmer published a paper with biology and environmental science professor Scott Wissinger and biology professor Milt Ostrofsky P’11 titled “Nonlinear Effects of Consumer Density on Multiple Ecosystem Processes” in an issue of the Journal of Animal Ecology. The paper is based on Amanda’s senior project and on collaborative summer research funded by her Harold State Fellowship. This research and followup experiments by Emily Thornton ’10 were presented at the 97th annual meeting of the 28

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fee, Halter & Griswold LLP in the Cleveland office. Matt is an associate in the litigation practice group and focuses his practice on assisting publicly traded and privately held companies in a wide range of business disputes, including contract, business tort, commercial and insurance coverage claims. He earned his J.D., summa cum laude, from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University in 2012.

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offices. She also continues to write for MANIAC magazine and Pittsburgh Grapevine, providing event coverage, inter views and other features. She previously worked as a talent agent for the Talent Group and has done various on-camera and behind-the-scenes work in Pittsburgh’s entertainment industry since graduating from Allegheny. Chelsea is very excited about her new career endeavor with SAG-AFTRA. Katie Donahoe began working at Peoples Library in New Kensington and Lower Burrell, Pa., in November as the children’s librarian. Her work earned her a feature in the local paper, the Valley News-Dispatch. Sylvia Kauffman reports that she has hit the halfway mark in her service as a Peace Corps volunteer in Peru. In the year that she has spent in the coastal fishing town of La Cruz, Tumbes, she has had the opportunity to work with youth groups in sexual health education, organized the start of a latrine construction project, helped train a group of volunteer community health promoters, led yoga classes and started a pen pal program.

Kaitlin Hilinski accepted the position of community adoptions counselor at Animal Friends in Pittsburgh last year. Since then she has been bringing adoptable pets out into the community and raising awareness about puppy mills, animal abuse and pet overpopulation. William F. Jones and Allegheny computer science professor Gregor y M. Kapfhammer ’99 published a paper in the Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Software Engineering and Data Engineering. Titled “Ask and You Shall Receive: Empirically Evaluating Declarative Approaches to Finding Data in Unstructured Heaps,” the paper repor ts on experience with the engineering and empirical evaluation of data management software that stores objects in collections like the ArrayList or Vector. More information about this and other research papers is available at w w w.cs.allegheny. edu/~gkapfham/research. Amy Negley and Jonathan Arbogast are pleased to announce their engagement. Amy received her bachelor’s degree in American history and is pursuing a doctoral degree, as well as teaching at the University of Rochester. The couple plan an August 2013 wedding in Prospect, Pa.

’10 Chelsea Danley is the contract administrator for the SAG-AFTRA Ohio-Pittsburgh

Christopher Cuadros ’12, a former Marine who worked in the Sept. 11 relief effort, proposed to Molly Guest ’08 in front of the new Freedom Tower (seen in the background of the photo). Christopher says, “We are big travelers and scuba divers; in the last three years, we’ve been to Australia, Trinidad and the Bahamas.” Molly graduated from NYU with a master’s degree in social work and works as a clinical social worker, and Christopher works for a private military contractor. The couple plan to marry in late 2013/early 2014.

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Benjamin Eyer ’10 became engaged to Stephanie Bojarski last summer. Benjamin is finishing his master’s in organic chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh, after which he has a temporary harvest position as an assistant winemaker in Chile. Stephanie is a 2010 graduate of Lehigh University and is working on her Ph.D. in materials science and engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. The couple plan a June 2014 wedding in Pittsburgh.

Erica Lombardo is in her third year of law school at Duquesne University and is a member of Duquesne’s National Trial Team. This November, she and her team competed in the 2012 National Civil Trial Competition held in Santa Monica, Calif. After several months of preparation, the team advanced to the final round. Erica and her teammates are preparing to face off with other schools for Erica’s third and final competition this spring. Greg Waples completed work as the regional field director for President Obama’s re-election campaign in Northwest Pennsylvania and as the lead state organizer for the Presidential Inaugural Committee.

’11 Lauren Kristofco reports that after

Allegheny, she started her master’s degree in environmental science at Baylor University, and she is about to transition into a Ph.D. in biomedical studies. Her first co-authored publication has been released, a second is under review and she is working on her own publications. In addition, she attended her first Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) North American meeting in November, where she won the SETAC/EA Engineering Jeff Black Fellowship and took home a second place presentation award for her poster. With the funds from the awards she received, she will be flying to Glasgow, Scotland, in May to attend the SETAC Europe meeting, where she’ll be presenting a poster.

Sara Longo was featured in an article titled “Some standout 20-something Pittsburgh entrepreneurs” on The ar ticle talks about Sara and a colleague, Andrea Wetherald, who are about to launch Share Closet, an app and website that will let people upload images of their clothes, shoes and accessories to share with their inner circle and to trade or sell to other Share Closet friends.

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M oll y M c H olme was featured in the Pit t s b u r g h C i t y Pa p e r for her work as a garden educator for urbana g r i c u l tu r e n o n p r of i t Grow Pit tsburgh. As a Keys A meriCorps m e mb e r, s he ha s b e e n wo r k ing at lo c a l schools teaching kindergarten and element a r y stude nts how to pla nt a nd c a re for gardens, as well as how to cook the food they grow. Molly says her senior project at Allegheny changed her own life when it came to food: For three months, she ate only food grown within a 100-mile radius of Meadville. Yun Zhan is a language arts coach/teacher in the Rochester School District. She also is a third grade lead teacher in Rochester’s EnCompass Learning after-school program. She spends her time planning lessons, grading, horseback riding and exploring Rochester with her husband, Sam Knarr ’12.

’12 N at alie DiNunzio began working at Morgan Stanley as a wealth advisory associate. She successfully passed her FINRA series 7 and series 66 licenses, as well as her Ohio insurance license, and is working with the advisors in northeast Ohio as a financial planning specialist.

J uli a K lin g was feature d in the B u f f a l o News for being a guest ser vices super visor at Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours. The article highlighted her experience working with the approximately 100,000 people who come for rides at one of the three Jet Boat locations. In the article, Julia referenced her Allegheny senior comp, titled “To Realize Niagara,” which was a documentar y about Niagara Falls tourism. Nicholena Moon hosted her first gallery exhibit Oct. 31 to Dec. 1, 2012, in the Kiernan Gallery in Lexington, Va. She has had artwork featured in several student exhibits at Allegheny, but this show was her first outside of academia. Heather Neylon spent a month campaigning in Colorado to overturn Citizens United (the Supreme Court ruling upholding corporate personhood), which passed during the fall election while she spent time re-electing President Obama in November. In between Colorado campaigns, she worked as a director in the Ann Arbor canvassing office to achieve national goals such as passing ENDA for the Human Rights Campaign and urging Congress to pass a comprehensive Farm Bill for PIRG. Travis Wilkins was featured in Pittsburgh Magazine as a student who benefited from the Pittsburgh Promise, which provides students with up to $40,000 as a scholarship to pursue higher education. Travis is an account analyst at BNY Mellon.

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’56 Mary Lou McCracken married Dr. Al Sharon on Dec. 28, 2009, in Madison, Ohio. They are living in Madison, though Mary Lou has kept her last name. Both are retired from teaching – Mary Lou from eighth grade and her husband from college. Mary Lou received her master’s from Kent State and in addition to teaching was a Madison Ohio Township trustee for 12 years.

’84 Andra D. Rivers and Tyrone R. John-

son were married Sept. 3, 2011, at the Atlanta Airport M a r r i ot t H ote l i n Atl a n t a , Ga. Two matrons of honor, t wo b r i d e s m a i d s , o n e j u nior bridesmaid, a best man, three groomsmen and one junior groomsman (Shamarr Jones, the bride’s son from a previous marriage who is p i c tu re d wi th th e c o u p l e ) helped the bride and groom celebrate their nuptials. The celebration took place during the 2011 Labor Day Weekend. Joining the festivities were Lorraine Dixon-Jones ’84 and husband Craig Jones ’80, and Ellenore Huebner ’84.

’85 Caroline Heiple married her “ballroom dance partner and wonderful man” Joseph Sokol on June 9, 2012. Ca roline says : “Raising three wonde r ful boys as well in Hudson, Ohio, and working as a private pediatrician in Stow. Enjoying life and living it to the fullest. Teaching NEOMED medical students and pediatric residents from Akron Children’s Hospital and occasionally having students from Allegheny’s mentor program shadow me for their education as well.”


Stephen Andrews repor ts that in 2 012, h e w a s p r o m o te d to lead nurse practitioner with his hospitalist group. He and his wife, Kelly, were married, they moved into their new house and both enrolled in school. He is enrolled in a master of jurisprudence in health law with the goal of earning his J.D. in a few years. They live on the eastern shore of Maryland with their dog, Kona. They love to travel, see old friends and work on remodeling their home. “Gators are always welcome,” he says. Allegheny Magazine

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A Kenneth A. Ross married Gail L. Bradach on Oct. 20, 2012. The wedding and reception were held at The Lodge in Genevaon-the-Lake, Ohio.


B Michelle Hamilton married Brock Williamson on the beach of Deep Lake in Lake Villa, Ill., on Sept. 10, 2011. They are celebrating the birth of their newest family addition, Cedar Rose Williamson, on Jan. 13, 2013.


Julianne Bello and Giuseppe Leone, married in November 2011, are celebrating their first anniversar y ... and then some ! Fellow Gator Amy Blazewick Anderson ’95 served as bridesmaid. Julianne is a middle school assistant principal and adjunct professor of education. They reside in Morristown, N.J.

’96 C Lisa Beggs reports that she mar-

ried “the most amazing man,” Dennis Cole, on Oct. 8, 2012. “We are happily living our lives in Las Vegas, with my son, Tyler, who is now 12! I hope to bring them both up to the Allegheny campus sometime soon to show off what a beautiful school I attended (and to start the encouragement process for Tyler to choose a college of his own).”

’97 D Liz Feronti married Todd Woodin

on Oct. 16, 2010, in an outdoor ceremony on the ninth green at the Jackson Valley Golf Club in Warren, Pa. Liz is the first assistant district attorney of Warren County, and Todd is self-employed as a general practice attorney in the Warren area. The couple also welcomed their first child, Eric John, on Sept. 2, 2012. He weighed 7 pounds, 9.5 ounces and was 21 inches long.

E Jennifer L. Smith married Charles R. Weber on May 27, 2012, at Porter on the Lake in Porter, N.Y. Eta Beta Sisters in the wedding party included Mary Pittek Andrews ’96, Erin Nappe Bellavia ’96, Rachel Schwartz Fending ’99, Stephanie Seeley Hathaway ’98, Jennifer Russo Lowery ’97 and Shannon Kearney MacCormack ’98. In the photo are, top row, left to right: Stacy Carr-Poole ’96, Mary Pittek Andrews ’96, Jennifer Russo Lowery ’97, Shannon Kearney MacCormack ’98, Christina Graff Eckenroth ’99, Erin Nappe Bellavia ’96, Susan Jewell McLaughlin ’97, Karen Shearer ’96, Holly Olson Paz ’96, Stephanie Seeley Hathaway ’98, Paul Lehnen ’99, Caren Fruth Chaffee ’96, Tim Smith, AnnMarie Sabovik ’96 and Tracy Stih Stockard ’97. Bot tom row, left to right: Rachel Schwartz Fending ’99, Charles Weber, Jennifer Smith Weber ’97, Shannon Martin McMahan ’00, Michael 30

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McMahan ’00 and Daniel Schreiber ’99. Kerri Zawadzki and Matthew Wyatt were married in Buffalo, N.Y., on Nov. 10, 2012.


G Rose Mantella and John Maier were married Oct. 6, 2012, in Pittsburgh. Allegheny alumni in attendance included, from left to right, Mark Fenner ’99, Barbara Murray Fenner ’98, Matthew Paat ’98, Tara Gilroy ’98, John Maier, Rose Mantella ’98, Lynn Janczukiewicz ’98, Kirsten Youngren ’98, Mary Beth Berardi Thomas ’98 and Melinda Repko ’98.


’99 F A l i c i a Ko g e r a nd R i c k L o g u e

’00 were married Jan. 19, 2013. Allegheny alumni in attendance included Brittany Mazur Leahy ’99, Amanda Zarecky Stokes ’99, Jim Stokes ’98, Sarah Hardner Magilson ’99, Ann Jaworowicz Linn ’99, Arwen Vermeulen ’98 and Jason Baranski ’98.

H Jason Miller married Jenna Smith on July 7, 2012, in an outdoor ceremony in Bermuda on a cliff overlooking the ocean. They shared their special day with their friends, family and fellow Gators. Pictured first row, left to right, are: Michael Wilson ’01, Christina Wilson, Jenna Smith Miller, Jason Miller ’99, Brian Peterson ’02 and his fiancée Michelle; second row, left to right, are: Tim Solomon ’79 (who officiated the wedding), Blake McGourty ’99 and Rachel McGourty; third row, left to right, are: Nic Gambino ’02 and his fiancée Olya. The newlyweds celebrated their wedding on a honeymoon in Costa Rica and are living in Reston, Va.



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Jeff Fromknecht and Anne George were married Dec. 31, 2012, in Singer Island, Fla. Anne is a graduate of the University of Florida. The couple met while in graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh. Pictured left to right are: Tiffany Abbate Arment ’05, Marco Arment ’04, Jeff Fromknecht ’04, Anne George Fromknecht, Nick Kock ’04 and Lauren Marsh ’08. The newlyweds live in West Palm Beach. Jeff is a lawyer and president of Side Project Inc., and Anne is a research associate at NCJJ.

J Bettina Panseri married Justen Aprile on Dec. 2, 2011. In attendance were Alleghenians (back row, left to right) Julie Langsdale Van Alstine ’04, Justen Aprile, Chris Kabana ’04, Valerie Wolenter ’04, (front row, left to right) Erin Dubich ’04 and Bettina Panseri Aprile ’04. Bettina and Justen reside outside of Cleveland, where Bettina is a family medicine physician/geriatric fellow and Justen is a pediatric hospital medicine fellow.




K Molly Beth Seremet and Brad Sampey tied the knot in a self-uniting ceremony in Latrobe, Pa., on Sept. 22, 2012. Gators in at te nda nc e include d Jon Poli ’0 4, D oug M c G i l l ’0 4 a n d A l ex a D u c s ay ’0 5. T h ey honeymooned in bonny Scotland in February. The groom is a nightclub manager, and the bride is an artist and writer. The happy couple reside in New York City, where they visit Coney Island as often as possible and spoil their cat.


’05 L M ike Flanik and Lindsey Kline


were married Aug. 27, 2011, and relocated to Charlotte, N.C. Mike is a licensed geologist for AMEC. The Flanik family has started the process of domestic adoption and has set up a page at to share their story.


M Adam Homoki and Phoebe ChadwickR ivinus ’05 were married July 14, 2012, in Bristol, R.I., Phoebe’s home state. The couple say they were lucky enough to have 20 Allegheny alums attend ! Pictured from left to right, front row, are: Nick Johnson ’07, Matt Wilson ’05, Sarah Wilson ’05, Heather Kozlosky ’06, Christian Gass ’06 and Robert Clark ’06. Pictured left to right, back row, are: Emily Meyer ’05, Ashlee Ackelson ’05, John Dingess ’73, Kim Donaldson Dingess ’75, Phoebe Chadwick-Rivinus ’05, Adam Homoki ’05, Lisa Timbers ’05, Nick Girard ’04, Andrew Rielly ’05, Emily Reichgott ’04, Maria Moyer ’05, Laura Cord ’06 and Richard Seward ’04. Adam and Phoebe are living in Boston and purchased their first house. Phoebe is working as a nurse practitioner at a large retirement facility north of Boston, and Adam works in cardiac intensive care at Boston Children’s. They also rescued a black lab mix named George.


N Kaitlin McCormick and Joseph White were married Sept. 14, 2012, in Orchard Park, N.Y. Kaitlin and Joe are living in Baltimore. Q


O Meredith McDonough and Thomas Waligora were married in front of their family and friends on July 28, 2012, at the historic St. Ann Catholic Church in West Palm Beach, Fla. It was followed by a reception at The Colony Hotel on Palm Beach. “T he fair y tale night include d dancing, delicious cuisine and divine company, including several Gators!” she says. The newlyweds reside in Orlando. Nicole Ann O’Sullivan and James Robert Skelton, both of Buffalo, N.Y., were united in marriage on May 19, 2012, at Trinity Episcopal Church in Buffalo. After a honeymoon in Walt Disney World, the couple are living in Buffalo.

’06 P Heather Kozlosky and Christian S


Gass ’06 tied the knot Aug. 27, 2011, in Oakmont, Pa. The joyous affair was attended by the following Gators: Front row, from left:

Christian Gass ’06, Heather Kozlosky ’06 and Jim Scriven ’05. Second row, from left: Elyssa Prince ’06, Jodie White ’06, Gilliane McShane ’07, Sarah Wilson ’05, Phoebe Chadwick-Rivinus ’05, Jinelle Crosser ’07, Heidi Hamilton Scriven ’06, Katie Selby ’06 and Andrew Pugliese ’06. Back row, from left: Dave Stainbrook ’07, Jayson Loeffert ’08, Matthew Kohan ’06, Nick Johnson ’07, Rober t Clark ’06, Mark Steehler ’07, Erin Ham ’09, Rick Seward ’04, Matt Wilson ’05, Andrew Rielly ’05, Adam Homoki ’05, Nick Girard ’04, Lisa Timbers ’05, Mike DiSantis ’05, Kate Flood ’08 and Sean Flynn ’06. Not pictured: David Kozlosky ’08 and Eleonor Rongo ’06. Q Chris Morgan married Kristina Mazzone June 9, 2012, in Erie, Pa. The couple reside in Sewickley. Chris is pursuing a cardiovascular disease fellowship at Allegheny General Hospital, and his wife is a cardiothoracic nurse at Shadyside Hospital. Pictured, from left to right, are Mark Dobish ’07, Dave Roberts ’06, Katie Bradshaw Roberts ’05, Maureen Bradley ’08, Nathan Haines ’07, Julie Reisz Haines ’07, Daniel Cephas ’08, Sean Galletta ’07, Molly Schaefer ’07, Jodie White Schmidley ’06, A.J. Quahliero ’07, Meghan Cole ’07, Jordan Pallitto ’06 and Suzan Stein ’07. R A ndr ew Per ego and Jennifer Walton were married July 14, 2012, in Richmond, Va. Pictured, from left to right, are: Geoffrey Walton, Megan Cottam, Dave Longo, Kara Schultz, Marko Fonzi ’06, Beth Berry, Andrew Perego ’06, Jennifer Walton Perego, CJ Perego, Andrea Kirby-Perego, Matt Gelles ’06 and Stefanie Deisner. Also in attendance were Eric Rupp ’0 6, Sean Foley ’0 6 and James Trembulak ’06. The wedding party entered the reception with Terrible Towels waving and hearts breaking all across America.


S J e s s i c a A d l e r a n d S t e p h e n Gerring ’08 were married Aug. 18, 2012, in Bemus Point, N.Y. Gators in attendance were Jessica Yoos ’07, Ford Morgan ’11, Matt Cummings ’08, Tony Schumacher ’08, Luke Brungo ’08 and Andrew S. Robinson, Jr. ’97. Jess and Steve reside in St. Louis, Mo., where Jess is an independent marketing consultant and Steve works as an attorney for the Millan Law Firm. J o h n B o u g h e r a n d A l ex a n d r i a D u h a n ’07 began their happily ever after on Aug. 10, 2012. In attendance were Jenifer Gunther Yeadon ’07, Paul Juette ’10, Amanda Sheppard ’09, Evan Sheppard ’08, Amanda Ca r g o ul d M a r z a n o ’0 8, J o e M e s l ey ’0 8, Drew Peterson ’07, Matt Grashoff ’08, Liz Duhan ’09, Alexandria Duhan Bougher ’07, John Bougher ’07, Meg McConnell ’07, Amy Weisgerber ’06. Also, Chris DeSante ’05 and Melissa Spas ’03. T Ja mie C h a n and Glenn Malone were Allegheny Magazine

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married Aug. 25, 2012, on their four-year anniversary together in West Palm Beach, Fla., at the Madison Green Country Club. To see photos, visit http://moonstruck.zenfolio. com/p959900155. A Julie Reisz and Nathan Haines ’07 were married Sept. 29, 2012, at Saint Barbara Catholic Church in Harrison City, Pa. Gators celebrating with the bride and groom included, left to right: Colin Gibbs ’07, Christopher Morgan ’06, AJ Quahliero ’07, Matthew Morehead ’07, Molly Schaefer ’07, Ryan Jordanhazy ’06, Julie Reisz Haines ’07, Nathan Haines ’07, Katie Pankowski Heckman ’07, Lindsay Svetlak ’07, Michelle Corkum ’07, Carley Latus ’09, Hanna Hamilton Parry ’09, Joshua Parry ’07, Jaime Nemeth ’05 and Nathan Shively ’07. Also present were Jordan Pallitto ’06 and Meghan Cole ’07. Julie and Nathan live in Winston-Salem, N.C.

’08 B Brandon Bouchard and Rachel

Fodi ’09 were married June 30, 2012. In the photo are Tom Kierzkowski ’08, Jason Bittel ’06, Jessica Durst Bittel ’06, Barbara Dunlap ’09, Rebecca Kosnik ’08, Chris Fekos ’04, Jessica Middleton ’09, Meg Hiestand ’09, Dan Kleinman ’09, Justin Kaszonyi ’04, Lee Neuber t ’06, Michael Bourgeois ’06, Shaun Pronto ’06, John Williams ’09, Josh Suen ’08, Dave Curran ’80, Jessica Santillo ’08, Kate Paul ’12, Will Hartnett ’11, Chris Elnicki ’10, Arthur Musarra ’08, Brian Long ’08, Eddie Mattock ’08, Chris Lockman ’04, Morgan DeLapa, Brandon Bouchard ’08 and Rachel Fodi ’09. Gators also in attendance were Julie Agostinelli ’08, Steve Hor vath ’08, Blythe Horvath ’08, Nathan Thomas ’04, Matt DeDiana ’08, Adam Duncan ’06, Aric Logsdon ’10, Mark Receski ’05 and Jen Rioja ’06. Additionally, in December 2012, Rachel graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with her master’s in neuroscience. Her thesis work involved using transneuronal tracers to analyze circuitry in the spinal cord that integrates sensory information to alter physiological changes in the body.

C Jess Heuer and Andrew Stutzman ’08 were united in marriage on Oct. 15, 2011. The wedding took place at St. Louise de Marillac, Pittsburgh, with the reception held at Bella Sera, Pittsburgh. Those pictured in the photo, left to right, are first row: Yusufu Sulai ’08, Allison Whitermore ’08, Jess Heuer Stutzman ’08, Andrew Stutzman ’08, Daniel Carik ’07 and Dave Recker ’06; second row: Nicole Trerotola ’09, Ryan Kelly ’07, Jarrod Meehleib ’00, Bobby DelGreco ’08, Laurie Hanniford Sloan ’08, Patrick Bowman ’08 and Eric Sloan ’08; third row: Ben Montgomery ’05, Courtney Holland Montgomery ’05, Chris Fedele ’07, Liz Smith ’08, Ryan Larkin ’08, Devin Fackenthal ’08 and Marc Sciulli ’05; four th row: Mackenzie Mosher ’07, Robin Bunch ’07 and Matt Hogya ’08 and fifth row: Meghan Borden ’08 and Dani Brigham ’08. 32

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Summer Mayers and Robert Anderson were married Oct. 6, 2012, at Beechtree Union Church in Brockway, Pa. In 2009, she received her master’s degree in communication studies from Edinboro University. She is the executive assistant to the vice president of Paris Healthcare Linen Services in DuBois, Pa., where the couple reside. D Mindy Milby and Brad Tuttle ’06 were married Sept. 17, 2011, at Ford Chapel on Allegheny’s campus. Gator friends and family in attendance included K-lee Bowman ’08, Erin Frye Marron ’08, Liz Malerba ’07, Libby Coletta ’08, Laura Jones ’08, Steve Orkis ’08, Lindsay Baxter ’05, Erika Almquist ’05, Tim Gorton ’06, Alison Helfrich ’08, Erik Smith ’06, Paul Hoffman ’07, Chris Whiteside ’06, Jeremy Rex ’03 and Andrew Hazi ’06. Not pictured is the father of the groom, Robert “Bob” Tuttle, friend and longtime Allegheny employee. The couple reside in Washington, D.C.

’09 E Michelle Krems married Nicholas

Hudak Sept. 17, 2011, in Cleveland. Many Gator friends were in attendance and had a great time celebrating together, including (top row, left to right) Erica Sullivan ’12, Kristy Darling ’11, Michelle Krems ’09, Mary Kate Murphy ’11, Arthur Martinucci ’88, (bottom row, left to right) Ambria Diaz ’11, Cecily Jacinto ’11, Michelle Welker ’11 and Caitlin Wilson ’10. Michelle and Nicholas reside in Parma, Ohio.

F Ashlee Lang married Ryan Sydlik June 30, 2012, in Pittsburgh. Many Gator friends were in attendance and had a great time celebrating together. Pictured in the back row, from left, are: Megan Sullivan ’11, Tory Miller ’08, Tabitha Novosat ’08, Meghan Perry ’08, Jamie Havens ’11, Alison Bruckner ’09, Jessica Sarkis ’08, Hillary Doerfler ’09, Julia McManus ’11, Gina Santonastaso ’12, Ashleigh Welko ’09, Carolyn Baloh ’09, Angela Ames ’09, Ashlee Lang Sydlik ’09 and Betsy Rohr Thompson ’09. Pictured in the front row, from left, are: Shane Downing ’11, Brandon Tirpak ’09, Grant Rozich ’09, Xun Li ’09 and Corey Thompson ’06. Also in attendance but not pictured: Zachary Best ’09, JP Russell IV ’09, Emily Ricotta ’09, Nicola Flynn ’10 and Ashley Barr Knaus ’96. Ryan and Ashlee live and work in Falls Church, Va. G A n d r e w M i h a l c i n a n d B a h a r N o o r bakhsh ’09 were married July 14, 2012, in Slippery Rock, Pa. They celebrated their day with many fellow Gators. Pictured in the back row, from left, are: Hayes Gatie ’09, Devin Cruea ’07, Sean Jozwiak ’09, Doug Maloney ’09, Bob Somplatsky ’09 and Doug Macik ’11. In the middle row, from left, are: Lynn Stinson ’08, Robin Davis ’08, Laura Erbelding ’09, Brittany Pierce ’09, Ali Perryman ’09, Danielle Calaway ’09 and Ellie Boron ’09. Pictured next to the groom are Rob Recker ’09 and Kelly Rogers ’09. In attendance but

not pictured were Alynn Maginness ’09, Drew Cervone ’08, Livia DeLallo ’11, Joe Bennett ’08, Anna Tsivina ’09, Sarah Guidi ’08, Jesselyn Terrill ’12 and Christopher Arnold ’00. H Crystal Swesey and Gary Ashley were married Aug. 11, 2012, in New Castle, Pa. Michelle Ramos ’09 served as a bridesmaid in the wedding ceremony. The couple reside in Winchester, Va., and Crystal teaches at John Handley High School.

’11 I Robert Carlisle and Miranda Por-

ter ’11 were married Sept. 2, 2012, at Boardman United Methodist Church in Boardman, Ohio. They are both at tending Nor theast Ohio Medical University ( NEOMED ) – Miranda for pharmacy and Robert for medicine. Numerous Allegheny Gators were a part of their special day. Pictured from left to right, third row: Molly Strawser, Cheryl Carlisle, Brennan Porter and Will Woicehovich; second row: Sydney Veon, Patty Pesicek, Amber Russomanno, Jayde Veon, Daniel Ray, Keith Beach ’11, Bucky Piper ’11 and David Strawser ’11; first row: Kylee Tofani Lewis ’12, Bridget Donnelly ’11, Melissa Shaw ’11,




Kennedy Por ter ( maid of honor), Miranda Porter ’11, Robert Carlisle ’11, Kent Biscan (best man), Derek McMahan ’11, T Hartford ’11 and Tom Heines ’11.




J Yun Amy Zhan married Samuel Henry Knarr ’12 on Aug. 11, 2012, at the Harvard Arboretum in Boston. Several Allegheny alumni attended the festivities. Pictured left to right are: Julie Start, Karen Yen, Cat Chen, Felicia Li, Brandi Harris, Maria Simon ’11, Suzan Neda Soltani ’11, Yun Amy Zhan ’11, Samuel Knarr ’12, Robert Knarr III ’11, Robert Knarr II P’11, P’12, Samuel Finder ’12, Robert Pettit ’12, Michael Hajduk ’13, Adam Johnson, Christopher Baekstrome and Peter Budzowski ’10. Amy reports that her husband, Sam, has been accepted to the physics Ph.D. program at University of Rochester. He is a lab TA. Her brother-in-law, Robert Knarr ’11, is in Paris pursuing an international master’s degree in chemistry. Their friend Maria Simon ’11 is in the master’s program for high school English at D uque sne Unive r sit y. Samuel Finder ’12, friend and third-generation Gator, is at the Teacher School in Columbia Universit y pursuing a master’s degree in education. Suzan Soltani ’11 has spent the last year working with special-needs students at Eliada in North Carolina. She is an aide in the Philadelphia school system and is looking to teach Spanish in North Carolina. Peter Budzowski ’10 graduated from Boston College with a master’s degree in histor y and is teaching English in Seoul, Korea. “We are all very excited to see what else we can report in the next few years from our large Allegheny family!” she says.

’12 K Allison Burgess married Joshua



Clepper June 3, 2012, in Monroeville, Pa. The couple’s engagement lasted for Allison’s entire four years at Allegheny, and following her graduation in May, they married. Among the wedding guests were several of Allison’s Allegheny friends, including Jodi Apps ’12, Lacey Love ’12, Libby Frick ’12, Alicia Watts ’12, S a r a S a l i s b u r y ’ 12 , J a c q u i Reynolds ’12, Kristen Haase ’12 and Margo Blevins ’12. They met in Baldwin Hall as fre sh men and have been g o o d f r ie n d s eve r since. Also present at the wedding were Taylor ThrockmorI ton ’12 and Heather Wilson ’12. Allison wo r ks fo r Re m ote DBA Experts in Pittsburgh, and J o s h i s e m p l oye d at Emerson in RIDC Park. The couple reside in North HunJ K tington, Pa.

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Jeff Dulik and his wife celebrated the arrival of their first child, Benjamin Thomas Dulik, on Sept. 7, 2012. He says everyone is healthy. The family also has moved to Jacksonville, Fla., from Orange County, Calif. Jeff says to please let him know if you are in the Jacksonville area. His email is wexford1983@


Mary O’Leary Conroy says, “We are thrilled beyond measure to welcome a daughte r, A n n a C a t h erine, on Sept. 10 , 2 0 12 . P r i o r to Anna’s arrival, we’ve been lucky e n o u g h to h ave thre e wonde r ful foster children.”

’89 Mary Beth Davis and her husband,

Mark, are thrilled to announce the arrival of their first child. Lucas Abram Davis was born Oct. 26, 2012. “I am blessed to have had a smooth pregnancy with Mark’s and our family’s amazing support. Luke is truly the love of our lives!” she says. Donna Gfroerer Ramsden and her husband, Christopher “Spike” Ramsden, were ver y excited to welcome their first child, Perr y Charles, on Sept. 21, 2012. Donna says, “He’s healthy, happy and wonderful, and we are having so much fun being his parents!” The family is living in Gloucester, Mass. Donna is working as a school adjustment counselor at Salem High School supporting several special education programs.

’92 Andrew Drake and his wife, Allison,

welcomed their first child, Declan English Drake, on Saint Patrick’s Day 2012. Andrew is a principal scientist at Compugen Inc. in South San Francisco, and Allison is a senior research associate at AbbVie in Redwood City. The Drake family resides in Mountain View, Calif.

’94 Lisa Selnekovic Zar well and her h u s b a n d, To d d, a r e p r o u d to a n n o u n c e the birth of their third son, Aiden Thomas Zarwell, on Oct. 14, 2012. He joins big brothers Drew, 4, and Mason, 2.


Ryan Garrity and his wife, Pamela, welcomed two new additions Dec. 7, 2012. Kevin Grant and Kiera Jane will be keeping big sister Elizabeth “Paige,” 2, quite busy. “Life in Jupiter, Fla., has never been better,” he says.

’96 Megan Forbes says they are thrilled

to add another smiling face to their family. “Ryan Whitaker Rogers Forbes joined our

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happy clan last January 2012, and he and his big brother, Owen, keep my husband and me endlessly entertained.”

Adilia Mora, born July 28, 2012. The family resides in Hudson, Ohio.

’00 Susan Stanier Healey

Tim H e r n q uis t and his wife, Betsy, announce the birth of their second son, Charles William, born Sept. 29, 2012. Charlie joins big brother Jamie, who is 2. The family lives in Atlanta, Ga.

and her husband, Aaron, welcomed their son, James Avery, on March 20, 2012. The Healeys reside in Philadelphia, where Susan is a partner in the commercial real estate practice group of Cozen O’Connor.

Ellen Jackson Strobel, her husband, Brian, and daughter, Caroline, welcomed a son, Parker Joseph Strobel, in May 2012.















A Laura Atwater and Greg Ehrlacher, along with big sister Ann Rose, welcomed Jack Edward Ehrlacher to the family in July 2012. B B e c k y G a r l a n d a n d G re g o r Fe ig welcomed Evan Feig on Aug. 1, 2012, in Pretoria, South Africa. C Ray Kallner and Sara Weber Kallner ’97 welcomed their third daughter, Camille Anne, on June 7, 2012. She joins big sisters Olivia and Eliza.


Todd Stenhouse and Sandra Stenhouse welcomed twins Jack Robert and Avery Lee, born in Roseville, Calif., on Jan. 23, 2013.


Jennifer Cribbins Gauntner and her husband, Brian, are proud to announce the birth of their first son, Dominic James Gauntner, on Jan. 12, 2013. He joins big sisters Mary Grace, 7, Charlotte, 5, and Molly, 2. Matt Jacobson and Angela Mason Jacobson ’98 welcomed a new addition to their family, Kyle Andrew, on Oct. 28. D Megan O’Donnell and Ken Gavrity ’98 are thrilled to “start bragging about our little guy, Max, who – at 9 pounds and 22 inches – was born Dec. 3, 2012. We’re grooming this future Alleghenian!” they say. Jason Paulovich and his wife, Shannon, welcomed their second child, Luke Mason Paulovich, on Au g. 20, 2012. Luke joins his big brother, Jake Ryan, 3. Jason is the division manager of Land Development at G i b s o n -T h o m a s En g i n e e r i n g C o. I n c. i n Wexford, Pa. Kristi Dienes Reklinski and her husband, Christian, welcomed their first child, a daughter, Diana Nicole Reklinski, on May 10, 2012.

’99 Melissa Glick Erickson and Craig Erickson welcome d their daughter, Julia Isabel, on Nov. 7, 2012. She joins big brother Matthew, 4.

E Stephanie Mora Stonemet z and her husband, Mauricio Mora , along with big brother Logan, announce the birth of Mallory


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David Howell and his wife, Meagan, welcomed twin boys, Owen Carter and Porter Emerson, on Sept. 27, 2012. F Jennifer Scheller Neumann and her h u s b a n d, J e f f r ey, we l c o m e d t w i n s o n s , Christopher Franek and Joseph Ambrose, on Oct. 10, 2012. Jennifer is an attorney with the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. G Erin Hartong Sogal and her husband, Sham, welcomed their daughter, Sani Adriane, on Feb. 2, 2012. Sani’s namesake is Adriane Aul ’00, who lost her hard-fought battle with brain cancer in 2007. Erin says, “Sani is the love of our lives, and we know Adriane is smiling down on her!”

Alice Harper Suroviec and her husband, Mark, welcomed their first baby, Margaret “Peggy” Suroviec, on July 16, 2012. The Suroviecs live in Rome, Ga., where Alice is a professor of chemistr y at Berr y College and Mark is an experiential educator for the WinShape Foundation.

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Seth Ehrlich and Jennifer Frietsch Ehrlich ’01 welcomed their daughter, Isley Kate, on May 22, 2012, in Vail, Colo. Isley joins big brother Maclain. They say they are excited to be a family of four.

’02 Libby Wilson Casper and Ed Casper

’01 welcomed daughter Arden Bower Casper on June 3, 2012. Libby is a physician assistant in the general surger y depar tment at the Cleveland Clinic in Lorain, Ohio. Ed is the group health and safety leader at Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems in Elyria, Ohio. The couple reside in Amherst, Ohio.


Kristen Lauth Shaeffer and Kelly Shaeffer ’03 welcomed their daughter Robin on Sept. 27, 2012. Matthew Stairiker welcomed daughter June Katharine on Nov. 14, 2011. I S a r a h V i selli and he r husband, Karl Fulkert, welcomed their first child, a baby boy, Jack Joseph Fulkert, on Nov. 18, 2012. Jack measured 7 pounds, 15 ounces and 20 1/4 inches. Sarah and her family now live in Zionsville, Ind., and all are doing well.

’04 J Mike Burillo and Kristen Turi Burillo ’04 welcomed Nathan Michael on March 16, 2012.


K Bobby Jo Shank Klinepeter and Luke Songer welcomed Zander James Songer into their family on July 3, 2012, at 4:21 a.m. He weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces and was 20 3/4 inches long. Additionally, Bobby Jo and Luke became engaged on April 24, 2012. Their wedding date is set for spring 2015. Jim Scriven and Heidi Hamilton Scriven ’06 welcomed their first child, Wesley Shaw,

on Sept. 20, 2012. Jim teaches acting and musical theater at the Pittsburgh CLO Academy. Heidi received her master’s in special education from the University of Pittsburgh and teaches autistic support at Agora Cyber Charter School. L Elizabeth Lemley Stanley and Brian Stanley ’07 welcomed their first child, Benjamin, on April 2, 2012.

’06 Allison Terwilliger Soltesz and her

husband, Steven, welcomed their first child, Landon Frank, on Nov. 19, 2012. He weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces and was born in Erie, Pa., at UPMC Hamot Women’s Hospital.

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band, Dwayne, are excited to announce the bir th of their first child. Chase Eoin Lynn arrived Jan. 8, 2013. The Lynn Family lives in North Carolina, where both parents are middle school educators.

A n d r e w P e t e r s o n a n d R a n d i Pe te r s o n welcomed a son on Oct. 17, 2012. Jakob Joseph Peterson was born at 4:35 p.m. at 8 pounds, 4 ounces and 20 inches long. “Save some room in the Allegheny Class of 2035!” Andrew says.

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Hor vath and Bly the Denman Horvath ’08 are proud to announce the arrival of their second child, Stephen Richard Horvath, born Aug. 25, 2012. Baby and big sister Avery are doing well.

’09 Robyn Heilman Stojakovich and her

husband, Mike, welcomed their first child, Melody Ann, on Dec. 28, 2012. She was 7 pounds, 7 ounces and 21 1/2 inches long.

Betsy Rohr-Thompson and Corey Thompson ’06 welcomed Violet Lucille last summer. She was 9 pounds, 3 ounces and 20 1/2 inches long. The new family of three is living happily in Pittsburgh.

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Marie K. Briggs on Jan. 10, 2013. She attended Allegheny and Meadville Commercial College. Throughout the years, she was employed at NorthWest Rural Electric, the Enterprise News and the Meadville Tribune. Surviving are two sons, Terry and Tom Briggs; two granddaughters; three greatgrandchildren ; three step-grandchildren ; n i n e s te p - g r e a t- g r a n d c h i l d r e n a n d f o u r step-great-great-grandchildren.

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S a y l o r B o y e r o n O c t . 9, 2012. After graduating from Allegheny, he attended Concord College and the University of Virginia. He got his pilot and flight super visor license and taught and supervised the flight training of U.S. Army Air

Corps cadets stationed at Concord College during World War II. He later ser ved in the U.S. Army. When he ended his Army career, he became a teacher and eventually retired as a principal in the Richmond District School. Sur vivors include a stepson, William Kelly; four step-grandchildren; eight ste p - gre at- gra ndchildre n a nd four step-great-great-grandchildren. Donald E. Smith on Jan. 19, 2013. Af ter Allegheny, he graduated from the ( Case ) Western Reserve School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, and after receiving his law degree, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps and served with distinction in the Eighth Air Force, European Theater, from August 1943 through December 1945. He was assigned to the 92nd Bomb Group (H), “Fames Favored Few,” based in Podington, England, where he flew 43 combat missions over Nazi Germany and occupied Europe in B-17 Flying Fortresses. He was highly decorated for his service during World War II. After the war, he returned home to practice law. He is survived by his wife, Susan; his children, Timothy Smith and Roberta Shaw, and two sisters.

’40 Cora O. Kraus Ransford P’70 on

Dec. 29, 2012. Cora was awarded the Blue Citation and the Alumni Medal from Allegheny. While at Allegheny, she was president of Kappa Kappa Gamma (KKG) and since had been active with the KKG Alumni Association. She taught math at Baldwin High School. She is survived by her children, Herbert III “Chip” Ransford and Sherry Ransford-Ramsdell ’70; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren, and her brother, Lloyd Kraus.

Robert B. Wright on Oct. 28, 2012. After two years of graduate study at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, he earned a master’s of arts and an M. A .L.D. in 1942. During World War II he served in the office of the assistant chief of air staff intelligence, U.S. Air Force, in Washington, D.C. In 1945 he moved to the Department of State, where he worked on policy for trade and economic relations with the Soviet Union, the individual Eastern European countries and mainland China from the start of the Cold War until his retirement in 1976 as director of the Office of East-West Trade in the Bureau of Economic Affairs. He is survived by two sons, Michael and Anthony; six grandchildren and three great-grandsons.


John E. Caputo on Dec. 8, 2012. After graduating from Allegheny, he enlisted in the Army and trained as a tank destroyer and communication specialist. He ser ved overseas in the Asiatic Theater and commanded a reconnaissance unit during the invasion of Okinawa, Japan. After the war, he attended Harvard Law School, earning a doctor of jurisprudence degree in 1948. He opened his law practice in Beaver County Allegheny Magazine

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and also worked for the State Liquor Control Board as a prosecutor. He is survived by two sons, Jon and David ; two grandsons; three great-granddaughters and one great-great-grandson. Barbara Flick Kennedy P’69, P’71 on Jan. 18, 2013. She taught junior high school English and social studies for 20 years in Ohio and tutored students in English as a second language af ter her retirement. Barbara is survived by her husband, William, Sr. ’41; her children, W illia m, J r. ’69 and Jea n Wheelock ’71; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. David Shields Robertson on Oct. 23, 2012. At Allegheny, he was the president of Phi Delta Phi and president of his class. He annually assembled a group of his classmates at various sites around the country. He joined the Nav y af ter graduation and served as a PT boat captain in the Solomon Islands during World War II. After the war, he entered Yale Law School, graduating in 1947. He launched his law practice in Los Angeles and later Newport Beach. He also bought and operated businesses, developed real estate and was an investor in public and private companies. He was the son of the late Andrew W. Robertson, Class of 1906, who was a member of the Allegheny Board of Trustees and benefactor of the Robertson Athletic Complex. He is sur vived by two sons, David and Mark Robertson; three stepchildren; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

’42 Thelma Capper Caputo on Sept. 25,

2012. She retired from Litton Industries and was a longtime member of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. Her husband, John ’41, died shortly after her. She is survived by two sons, Jon and David; two grandsons and three great-granddaughters.

David D. First on Nov. 11, 2012. He received his bachelor’s degree in music. He was a World War II veteran, serving with the U.S. Army’s 90th Infantry Division. He resigned from Talon Inc. in July 1971 after successfully growing his piano technician business. He was still tuning pianos at Allegheny well into his 80s. He also worked as an adjunct associate professor in the music department at Allegheny. He is survived by a stepdaughter, Judith Morneweck; a stepson, James Dunn ; three step-grandchildren and four step-great-grandsons.

’43 Jean R. Aiken on Jan. 30, 2013. At

Allegheny, she earned Phi Beta Kappa. She obtained her master’s degree at the University of Pittsburgh, where she was the head librarian for many years. She was a distinguished alumni member of Kappa Kappa Gamma, where she served as chairman of the undergraduate scholarship committee and a member of the Philanthropic Educational


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Organization. She is survived by her husband, W. James Aiken, Jr., Esq. James D. McClimans on Jan. 9, 2013. After graduation, he served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy during World War II in both the European and Pacific theaters. After the war he joined the Talon Zipper Company. He then moved to Cleveland, where he was a financial executive for Joseph & Feiss Company, Gray Drug Company and Baker & Hostetler LLP. He is survived by his wife, Nancy; his brother, Don McClimans; his children, Jim, Don, Ellen and Bob McClimans; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Elizabeth A. Rooney on Jan. 29, 2013. She worked for many years as administrative assistant in the Department of Microbiology and Biochemistry at the University of Pittsburgh Medical School. Catherine H. Wingert on Oct. 23, 2012. She graduated from Allegheny with a degree in science and was a member of Gamma Omega. She was employed at the Maple Avenue Hospital. She is survived by her husband, Chester; her children, William and Carol Seldomridge, and four grandchildren.


Laura G. Jagels on Nov. 30, 2012. At Allegheny, she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. After working for several years as a preschool teacher, Laura worked for Burgdorff Realtors until her retirement. She is survived by four of her children, Patricia Wolf, Ward Jagels, Linda Ver y and Nancy O’Re ill y ; s eve n g r a n d c hil dre n a n d e ight great-grandchildren.

’46 Robert G. Manley on Oct. 14, 2012. He was a veteran of World War II, serving as a communication of ficer with the U.S. Maritime Service. He was self-employed for 42 years as an independent sales/marketing representative in the medical/surgical field. He is survived by three daughters, Virginia Schultz, Margie Urbas and Ellen McGuire; 10 grandchildren and a sister, Martha Moffitt.


Vir ginia L . McCoy DeWald P’72, P’78 on Jan. 13, 2013. She received her bachelor’s de gre e in e ducation from A llegheny, where she was a member of the Allegheny Singers and Alpha Chi Omega. She is survived by her children, Cynthia Doyle Avrigian ’72, Karen Johnson ’78 and Eric and Gary DeWald; 11 grandchildren, and her brother, James. Elizabeth D. Wilson on Jan. 27, 2013. Survivors include her children, Doug and Barb, and her sister, Virginia McCambridge.

’48 Gloria C. Allen Bernella P’79 on

Oct. 5, 2012. She graduated from Allegheny with a biology degree. She married in December 1950 and began her life outside of western Pennsylvania, living in several

places, including eastern Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Florida, Massachusetts and on the small tropical island of Kwajalein, located in Micronesia. She returned to North East, Pa., in the late 1980s. She is survived by her children, David Bernella and Susan Lee Herring ’79; one grandson, and a sister, Mary Hutchinson. Virginia Torok on Aug. 1, 2012. In addition to Allegheny, she also was an alumna of the Katharine Gibbs Secretarial School, Boston, Mass. She worked for many years at Union Carbide Corp. She is survived by her children, Janet Dewey and Scott Torok; one granddaughter; two step-grandchildren and six step-great-grandchildren.


Elgin Fleming MacConnell on Sept. 30, 2012. He was a veteran of World War II, graduated from Allegheny and New York University and retired from Oglethorpe University with 34 years of dedicated service. Surviving is his wife, Muriel Holland MacConnell.

’50 Henry W. Baldwin, Jr. P’76 on Jan.

4, 2013. A World War II veteran, he entered the U.S. Navy on June 13, 1945. He attained the rank of SI/c and served in the Pacific Theatre of Operations until his honorable discharge in 1946. At Allegheny, he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. He graduated from Kent State University in 1953 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. For more than 50 years, he owned and operated his own accounting business. During 39 of these years he also served as the Saegertown Borough tax collector, as well as the receiver of taxes for Penncrest School District for seven years. He is survived by his wife, Lea; her children, Leslie Latour ’76, Cheryl Buzzard, Clarica Stanish and Henry, Jeffrey and Todd Baldwin; 12 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren, and a sister, Sallie Baldwin Bam.

Donald W. Beard on June 16, 2012. At Alle ghe ny, he wa s a me mb e r of D e lt a Tau Delta. He did his graduate work at Carnegie Tech. He was a physicist with Picker X-Ray and later with Siemens Corp., where he worked in research and development on the use of X-ray diffraction applications for materials analysis and crystallography. He is survived by his wife, Patricia ’50; their children, James, Katherine Butters and Emily Christman; seven grandchildren and one great-grandson. E. Eugene Noble on July 28, 2012. A membe r of the U.S. A r my A ir Cor ps, he pa rticipated in the First Army of Occupation of Germany after World War II. After graduating from Allegheny, he obtained his master’s degree in economics from the Universit y of Pittsburgh. While at Allegheny, he was a member of Phi Delta Theta. Being an internal auditor for United States Steel, he worked his way through the ranks, retiring as the

corporate comptroller and a member of the board of the United States Steel Railroads and Barge Lines. He is survived by his wife, Gwyneth Owens Noble ’51; his sons, Jeffrey, Kent and Eric; four grandchildren and a brother, Loyal Moore ’51. Charles E. Norquist, Jr. on Nov. 24, 2012. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Allegheny and his master’s degree in business administration from the University of Pit tsburgh. Charles was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during World War II and was a recipient of the Purple Heart. He was the owner and operator of the former Music Box store in Jamestown, N.Y., for more than 30 years. In his early years, he had worked for the family business Norquist Products. Surviving are four daughters, Deborah Furr y, S a l l i e N o r q u i s t , M a r y M oy n i h a n a n d Ja n e t B a gli a ; 11 g r a n d c hil d re n a n d t wo great-grandchildren. James B. Pond III on Nov. 27, 2012. He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Allegheny. He served in the Army Air Force during World War II and joined the Chilton Company as the Midwest editor of Automotive Industries magazine in 1971. He worked his way up to editor-in-chief of Iron Age Metalworking International magazine before retiring in 1989. He also worked in a number of other publication editing positions. He is survived by his wife, Marguerite; his children, James and Christopher Pond and Jeanne Hepp; his sister, Jean Dever, and four grandchildren.

’51 Ralph L. Intorcio on June 29, 2012.

He was a member of the Allegheny Singers and Theta Chi. Ralph served in the 24th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He worked many years as a manufacturer’s representative for WMF Fraser and Bryce Crystal before serving as an aide at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Leeds, Mass. After retirement, he lived for 15 years in Sarasota, Fla. Ralph was a longtime member of Young at Heart Chorus in Northampton, Mass. He is survived by his son, John Intorcio, and two grandsons.

Nathaniel Richardson on Sept. 21, 2012. He was a teacher and guidance counselor in the Cleveland public school system for 28 years. He was a veteran, historian, writer and peace with justice advocate. He is survived by his wife, Ele ; four children, Rob and Harry Richardson, Cindy Alley and Barb Dottore; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Carol Sholle Schupp o n S e p t . 2 8 , 2 0 12 . She is sur vived by her husband, Alber t ; her children, Stefanie

Christian, M.D., and Karin Shinego, and five grandchildren.

’52 William Blackburn on Feb. 18, 2012.

He graduated from Allegheny, where he met his wife, the former Joann Dilley ’52, who survives. He received his master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh. William retired from the Bethel Park, Pa., School District after a long career in teaching. He also is survived by two daughters, Ann and Susan.

Board of Education for the Cassadaga Valley Central School District. He was a published a u th o r of t wo in - l a n g u a g e c o ll e g e - l eve l textbooks of chemistry and physics for the Latin American collegiate market. He is survived by his wife, Debbie; his children, Robin Guayasamin-Salerno, David Guayasamin and Tammy Guayasamin-O’Dell; nine grandchildren and his siblings, Carmen Guayasamin Wappman and Margarita, Manuel, Alvaro and Ivan Guayasamin.

’53 Mary Ella Faust on Oct. 25, 2012.

She served as the salutatorian of her graduating class at Allegheny. In her early years, she launched the preschool program at the Lakewood United Methodist Church where she taught for many years. She later served as an aging services specialist in the Chautauqua County Office for the Aging. She is survived by her children, Colleen Schroder and David, Tom, Debbie and Vicki Faust; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and her brothers, Doug and Leon Cable.

Dr. Thomas J. Mawn on Dec. 12, 2012. At Allegheny, he was a member of Phi Delta Theta. In 1969 he opened his private practice in Tampa, Fla.: Drs. Finney, Stevenson and Mawn. He earned a number of professional achievements, including chief of urology at St. Joseph’s Hospital and president of the Florida Urological Association, and served on several boards. He also was a Paul Harris Fellow. He is survived by his wife, Bettina Steinhauer; three sons, Thomas, Jr., Stephen and Michael; eight grandchildren, and his brother, William.

’55 John C. R . Biekarck on Dec. 30,

’57 Eugene Hays on Nov. 15, 2012. He

2012. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business. After serving in the Air Force from 1955 to 1957, he was employed by the J&L Steel Co. in sales. In 1960, he returned to Warren, where he was a third-generation owner of the Biekarck Music Store until his retirement in 1988. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Beck Biekarck; four children, Steven, David, Marie and Nancy Biekarck; two sisters, Valerie Lynde and Violet Biekarck Heise ’64, and 10 grandchildren.

Katherine Kuhn Rosati on Dec. 13, 2012. She began her theatrical career at the Erie Playhouse in Erie, Pa., as an actress, eventually becoming one of the directors of the Student Theater. A few seasons later, she performed in a summer stock company in upstate New York, which led to Niagara Falls, N.Y., where she opened a children’s theater. She also is credited with founding the Drama Workshop in Queens, N.Y., and the LPA Playhouse for teens in Lexington, N.Y. Her marriage to actor Alfonso Rosati took them to Boston, where she became one of the directors of the Boston Children’s Theater. The final move was to New York City, where she joined the faculty of the American Academy of Dramatic Ar ts. Later, she and another faculty member formed a touring company producing 12 bilingual plays a year. Surviving is her son, Dante Rosati.


Guido D. Guayasamin on Nov. 26, 2012. He graduated from Allegheny with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biochemistry. After Allegheny, Guido began his career teaching chemistr y and physics at Nor th Collins High School. He relocated to teach at Dunkirk Senior High School and retired as head of the science department. He also was elected to and served as president of the

graduated from Allegheny with a bachelor’s degree in biology and John Carroll University with a master’s in English. He was in the U.S. Army from 1957 to 1959, stationed in Germany. In 1960, he began his teaching career. He then worked at Ohio Rubber, the Home Shopping Network and Walmart. He is survived by his brothers, Murrell, William, Timothy and Terrence, and his sister, Patricia Hays McCallum.


Jackson A. Giddens on Dec. 3, 2012. Jackson went on to earn master’s and Ph.D. degrees from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He was a scholar of First World War propaganda. Following teaching at Allegheny and MIT, he was appointed a Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Studies. He is survived by his brother, Dr. Thomas Giddens, and his sister, Judith White. Col. Howard J. “Jack” Hazlett on Dec. 16, 2012. He was a loyal and active member of Pa Omega, holding several chapter leadership roles. He was the distinguished graduate of ROTC and received a regular commission in 1959. He served in the Air Force for 26 years, retiring as a colonel in 1985. As an adjunct professor, he taught flight safety and aircraft accident investigation at the University of Southern California for 10 years. He was a highly decorated pilot who flew more than 100 combat missions during the Vietnam War and served as the base commander in Izmir, Turkey. He is survived by his wife, Jill Thompson Hazlett; his daughters, Susan and Deborah Hazlett and Beck Starr; his brother, Chuck Hazlett, and four granddaughters. Harry D. “Bim” Wimer on Nov. 3, 2012. At Allegheny, he was a member of Sigma Alpha Allegheny Magazine

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Epsilon. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving at Fort Riley, Kan.; Fort Knox, Ky.; Sam Houston, Texas, and OCS at Fort Sill, Okla. He was a retired contractor from John F. Casey Company and Dravo Corporation, both in Pittsburgh. He also was the owner of Harry D. Wimer Company of Butler, Pa.


Ella Mae Mills Finney on Oct. 4, 2012. She was a Navy veteran, serving during World War II as a pharmacist’s mate. She earned her undergraduate teaching degree at Edinboro Teachers College and her master’s degree in education from Allegheny. Her teaching career took her from a one-room schoolhouse to Bradford Elementary, West Mead Elementar y ( Neason Hill ) in Meadville and to General McLane Elementary in Edinboro, Pa., from where she retired. She is survived by a brother, Larry Mills; a son, Robert Finney, and two granddaughters. Ramsey H. Frist on Dec. 4, 2012. He earned his bachelor’s degree in physics from Allegheny and his master’s and Ph.D. in biophysics from the University of Pittsburgh. He was awarded postdoctoral fellowships at th e V ir u s R e s e a rc h Uni t, Ca m b r i d g e, England, and at the University of Wisconsin. He held a faculty position for 33 years with the Department of Biology at West Virginia University, where he served as associate professor and associate chair, retiring in 2002. He joined Alpha Chi Rho while at Allegheny. He is survived by his partner, Lynne Porterfield; his children, Heidi and Jonathan Frist and Erica Cannfield; seven grandchildren; a sister, Lorraine Fought, and his former wife, Judith Riutort.

’62 Janeth Brown Saxman on Jan. 14,

2013. She attended Allegheny and graduated magna cum laude from Mary Baldwin College, Class of 2011. Prior to retirement, she was office manager of Shenandoah Corp. Survivors include her husband, William Saxman, Jr.; her children, Christopher and Katherine Sa xman and Elizabeth Sa xman Orgain ; a brother, David Brown; a sister, Martha Lisor, and six grandchildren.

retirement in 2007. He is survived by his wife, Sue; his children, David and Robin Howe and Cindy Johnson ; four grandchildre n, and his siblings, Wesley Howe and Clarice Howe-Johnson.


Ar t hur D. Brown, Jr. on Jan. 11, 2013. He received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Allegheny and his master’s degree from Farleigh Dickinson University. After Allegheny, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. Upon completion of his service, he was a scientist with the Schering Plough Corp., where he worked for 38 years before retiring in 2006. Survivors include his wife, Charlye; his children, Dana, Stacey and Laura Brown, and his stepsisters, Virginia Martin and Carolee Iltis. James T. Harrison on Dec. 11, 2012. He graduated with a psychology degree and was awarded an Air Force commission as a second lieutenant af ter completing the required Reserve Officer Training program. His 28-year Air Force career included assignments across North America, a two-year program at George Washington University, where he earned a master’s degree in hospital administration, and at Brooks Air Force Base in San Antonio. He attained the rank of lieutenant colonel and served in a variety of administrative capacities at Air Force hospitals. After leaving the Air Force, he was hired by a civilian corporation as a technical consultant. He also started a separately contracted operation, serving as its general manager, as well as being a senior advisor on committees dealing with Air Force strategic missions, base closure and retention studies. He is survived by his wife, Kimberley; his sons, James, Christopher and Sean Harrison; his siblings, William, Benjamin and Edward Harrison and Mary Kay Muller, and five grandchildren.

Nov. 1, 2012. She is survived by her husband, Harry; her children, Beth Marusi and R. Smith Blackwood; three grandchildren and her siblings, Kathy Kenny and William Gregory.

Stephen Taylor Marshall on Jan. 29, 2013. After more than 38 years, he retired from L o r d C o r p., S a e g e r tow n , w h e r e h e h a d been employed as a chemist. He served as a Saeger town Borough zoning of ficer for 25 years. He is survived by his wife, L. Lea Hough Carter; his children, Aaron and Shane Marshall and Kimberly Eaton; three stepchildren, Jeffrey, R. James and Jon Carter; 15 grandchildren, and his siblings, Chris, Peter and Bill Marshall and Rosalyn Terry.

’64 Herber t E . Howe, Jr. on Nov. 4,

’67 Rolf Arentzen on Oct. 26, 2012.

’63 Margaret Gregor y Blackwood on

2012. After graduating from Allegheny, he earned his doctorate in psychology from Penn State University. He went to UNL (University of Nebraska-Lincoln) in 1969 with a joint appointment in psychology and English. He served in the psychology department until 1988 and as chairman of the department between 1981 and 1988. He was appointed as interim associate to the chancellor in 1988 and served in the role of associate to the chancellor under four chancellors until his


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John Frank Orr on Oct. 8, 2012. He spent his working years as a financial executive in Pittsburgh. He is sur vived by his wife, Michele Pratt Orr; his children, John and Christine Orr, and his siblings, Joyce Orr Chowla and David Orr.

’72 Suzan L. Marquis Pysher on Jan. 21, 2013. She received her bachelor’s degree in history and master’s degree in education

from Allegheny. She earned her certification in special education for learning disabilities from John Carroll University. She also had a supervision certification from Edinboro University. While at Allegheny, Suzan did volunteer work at Bethesda Children’s Home and spent a summer as a counselor at Camp Marcella-the New Jersey Camp for Blind Children. She spent her entire career as a special education teacher and retired in 2007 from the Northwestern School District in Albion, Pa. Survivors include her husband, Dale; her parents, Edwin and Betty Marquis; a son, Matthew, and eight siblings, Cheryl, Craig, Jay, Jeff and David Marquis and Nancy McNeil, Linda Rohar and Lauren Eheman.


Ted L. Harriger on Nov. 17, 2012. He did his graduate work in Fredonia, N.Y. He moved to Texas after college for work as a geologist. He is survived by one son, Matthew Harriger; his parents, James and Betty Harriger; and his siblings, Daniel Harriger, Cheryl Ploucha and Penny Geer. Michael J. Hospodar P’07, P’11 on May 6, 2012. He was a physical scientist with NETL, the National Energy Testing Lab, of the U.S. Department of Energy, where he was responsible for groundwater and environmental safety issues. A passionate learner since his Allegheny days, he had continued to pursue photography, geology, archeology, collecting, reading, gardening, woodworking and political activism. Survivors include his wife, Stephanie Goloway ’76, P’11; his children, Kevin Hospodar and Elizabeth Tetlow ’07; three grandchildren; his stepchildren, Zeke and Jinnie Templin ’11; his brothers, Bob Hospodar and Dr. Mark Hospodar ’76, and his former wife, Leslie Simons Hospodar ’79, P’07.


George D. Templeton III on Nov. 25, 2012. He received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Allegheny, his Ph.D. from the University of New Hampshire and an MBA from the University of Tulsa. He served as the vice president of technology at Therma Tru Corp., leaving the company in 2004 to start his own company, AmerIPatent LLC. At the time of his passing he was a patent agent at Brooks Kushman, owner and CEO of Aptimise and Plastic Composite Company and Region 9 director of the American Society of Quality. Surviving are his wife, Cheryl; his children, Sarah Templeton Wilson and Allison and Glen Templeton; one granddaughter; his mother, Janet Templeton, and his siblings, Monty and Andy Templeton and Tracey Kranak.

’78 Kristan Blake on Oct. 19, 2012. A

progressive activist leader in the communities in which she lived, she organized/managed several legislative and congressional campaigns and was active in the Minnesota Rainbow and nationally on Jesse Jackson’s 1988 presidential bid. She also was Paul Wellstone’s first Senate campaign manager.

Dr. Rober t D. Cupper

Professor of Economics and Computer Science “The College has lost a great teacher, and many of us have lost a dear and cherished friend,” said Allegheny President James H. Mullen, Jr. of the late Dr. Robert D. Cupper, an economics and computer science professor. Dr. Cupper, or “Cup” as he was known to many, died Jan. 3, 2013, at Western Pennsylvania Hospital in Pittsburgh following a recurrence of acute leukemia Students, faculty, staff, and friends shared remembrances of Dr. Cupper online and during a memorial service held on campus Feb. 5. Some of those thoughts included: “Many of you knew Dr. Cupper as more than just a teacher and advisor — he was a friend, an advocate, a mentor, a role model, sometimes even a surrogate father,” said Bob Roos, associate professor, Department of Computer Science. “Cup was so much more than my professor when I was a student at Allegheny; he was also like a second father to me. If I had to pick a single person who had the biggest positive influence on my life as an adult, it would be him without a doubt,” said Jennifer Haddox-Schatz ’00. “As distinguished as his achievements were as a pioneer in computer science education, his real legacy was created in the classroom and in his office, where he mentored and counseled countless young men and women. They will never forget him, and neither will we,” added President Mullen. “Knowing Bob and Sandy has been a special joy for Mari and me during our time at Allegheny.” Dr. Cupper, 70, of Meadville, married Sandra Lovejoy in 1964. He received his bachelor’s degree from Juniata College in 1964 and his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in 1974. A professor of economics and computer science at Allegheny since 1977, Dr. Cupper was a tenured full professor of the College. He served as chairman of the computer science department from 1981 to 2005. Always known as an exceptional teacher and brilliant professor, Dr. Cupper was a kind, caring, and compassionate mentor and educator. He had authored numerous publications including the Fundamentals of Computing I and II and was a member of the Liberal Arts Computer Science (LACS) Consortium. The LACS Consortium consisted of one representative from each major liberal arts college. He authored A History of the LACS Curricula and Process and Device Scheduling (The Computer Science and Engineering Handbooks). He was instrumental in designing the computer science curriculum for liberal arts colleges. Dr. Cupper was a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) since 1963, served on the board of directors from 1980 to 1991, and was chairman of the ACM student chapters committee from 1980 to 1991. He served on numerous College committees including the finance committee for eight years and twice serving as chairman, the curriculum committee from 1996 to 1999 and as chairman from 1997 to 1999, and was the faculty sponsor, Allegheny College student chapter of the ACM, from 1979 to 2005. Dr. Cupper was the recipient of Allegheny’s Julian Ross Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2007, for which he was very proud, and he financially supported the College’s computer science digital library, which was a tremendous resource for students. Survivors, in addition to his wife, Sandy, include a daughter, Marina Parker; two grandchildren; a brother, James Cupper, and two sisters, Dr. Mary Lou Beers and Sally Lacey.

She earned a degree in communication and theater from Allegheny. She is survived by her husband, Paul Brown; her mother, Rosemary, and her sisters, Jennifer and Amy.


Sarah Muhlenberg Grace on Jan. 9, 2013. At Allegheny, she majored in English and played varsity basketball all four years. She was employed as an ESL teacher at Berks County Prison and Reading Area Community College and most recently served as an adjunct professor teaching English at the college. She is survived by her children, Benjamin, Fre derick, Gabriel and Naomi Grace; her sister, Martha Muhlenberg, and her former husband, John Grace.


John Emer y Isaly, Jr. on Oct. 8, 2012. He is survived by his wife, Rae-Jean; two sisters, Diane Winder and Linda Isaly Russell, and his stepmother, Elaine McCance. Lisa Fabian Lindberg on Dec. 2, 2012. She is survived by her husband, Eric Lindberg, Jr. ’80; her children, Jennifer, Jessica and Jillian Lindberg ’15; her parents, Dr. and Mrs. John J. Fabian; her brother, John Fabian, and her grandmother, Elizabeth Fabian.

’85 Chris Fultz Hassett P’12 on Sept.

8, 2012. Upon graduation from Allegheny, she became an assistant buyer of menswear for the May Company. Upon the birth of her first son she retired from the business world and became a stay-at-home mom/domestic engineer. Survivors include her four children, Timothy II ’12, Sarah, Daniel and Helen; her husband, Tim ’85; her parents, Dan and Helen Fultz, and her brother, Mark Fultz.

Frie nd s Vonnie (C. LaVonne) Cotterman on Jan. 17, 2013. Until her retirement, she was the secretary to Director of Athletics Norm Sundstrom. Martha L. Eubank on Nov. 7, 2012. In 1997, she retired from the bursar’s office, where she was responsible for loan collections. Retired USAF Lt. Col. Charles Spilman Jones, Jr. on Dec. 12, 2012. He served as an ROTC instructor at Allegheny. Dor ot hy Law S nyder on Nov. 14, 2012. Her career included secretarial work for Allegheny. Marjorie S. Spetz on Dec. 29, 2012. She worked part time as a staff member in the Allegheny Alumni Office. Ramona L. Vuksan on Nov. 29, 2012. She worked for the Allegheny College Infirmary. A l fr ed C. Wer ner on Jan. 10, 2013. He taught and coached at Allegheny. Allegheny Magazine

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The Last Word By Patricia Bush Tippie ’56

You hold the key to the College’s future y h a s been a m ajor pa rt of + A llmyeghl i feen since I was a freshman living in Caflisch Hall in 1952. As a student, I thought, “What can Allegheny do for my future?” For the past 25 years, I have turned that question around and have been asking, “What can I do for Allegheny’s future?” The answer that I feel most c om for t able w it h i s to support the College’s endowment fund. As a member of the board of trustees, I realize that the strength of our endowment will determine the success and security of our beloved alma mater well into its third century of educating young people. These Allegheny graduates will develop into community and world leaders who make a difference. T he College’s endowment currently hovers around $150 million. That compares favorably to some other institutions that call Western Pennsylvania home. However, when you compare that number with the endowments at schools we consider our main competitors for the best and brightest students, Allegheny’s total pales. (I’m not talking about the Stanfords and Harvards of this world who enjoy endowments in the billions of dollars. I’m using comparison schools such as Denison, Franklin and Marshall, and Gettysburg College, whose endowments far surpass that of Allegheny’s.) Why is it important to focus on endowment now? Endowment is the sum of Allegheny’s permanent invested capital that is used each year to help generate funds for the College. It is the College’s financial foundation. It is not like a checking account, however. The College’s endowment is invested and a portion of the earnings — about 5 percent — is drawn on to fund scholarships, professorships, and faculty support. The more the endowment grows, the less Allegheny must rely on other sources of revenue such as tuition and government and corporate grants to sustain its excellent faculty and programs. Allegheny graduates Deborah Watson ’72


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and her husband, John Frick ’72, successful entrepreneurs, support the College through the William Bentley Legacy Society. “None of the elite institutions can operate on a pay-as-you-go basis. They all need to get a substantial portion of their financial support from their endowments,” Frick says. The cost of providing a quality liberal arts education continues to increase and the popular practice of “discounting” tuition eventually will lead to fiscal problems. The College must find dependable sources of revenue to ensure that it can provide the best possible learning and research environment. That is why the College soon will embark on a public campaign called Our Al legheny: Our Third Century Quest to bolster its endowment. It could be the single most important initiative undertaken in the institution’s nearly 200-year history. My husband, Henry, and I have always been thankful for our college educations. They were a turning point in our lives and we have benefited from them every day. We knew when we were young adults that someday we wanted to help others have that same experience. I have always stayed connected and supportive of Allegheny. Sometime after graduation, I made my first gift to the College. I think it was $10. Eventually, Henry and I were able to fund scholarships and endow a professorship several years ago. You can’t imagine the joy we feel when we open letters from students and professors telling us about the opportunity or research breakthrough that was made possible from the funds we have established. It is extremely gratifying when you can see tangible results of your philanthropy and know that you helped transform a life. I can confidently share this personal observation: Our gifts to Allegheny count among the best investments we have ever made. = Patricia Bush Tippie lives in Texas and is a member of the Allegheny College Board of Trustees.

M. Smallwood, the team played eight games, winning four. Following a rocky start, one could assume that the 1898 season marked the permanent establishment of football at Allegheny.


The First Game On Oct. 7, 1893, the first game of football at Allegheny was played between the College team and members of the Meadville Athletic Club. Allegheny won the game, 18-0. After the initial win, Allegheny lost four straight to finish its inaugural season at 1-4, including a loss against Hiram in the program’s first intercollegiate contest on Nov. 11. The lack of success did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm for football on campus, evidenced by this excerpt from an article in the Dec. 9, 1893 issue of The Campus: “The rapidity with which that favorite Autumn sport, football, has taken such firm foothold on the affections of the lovers of untainted athletics, has far surpassed the expectations of its most enthusiastic supporters. In our own college, football has, during the season just drawing to a close, made greater progress than ever before. Teams have been organized in years gone by, but not until this fall have we had a team in active operation. True, we have suffered ourselves to taste the bitter gall of defeat, but we have risen from a state of innocuous desuetude and victory will, in the future, seem sweeter on this account. Experience has taught us and ere another season ends we prophesy many victories for our representatives.” The Ban Allegheny nearly lost its football program just two years after it began. Meeting little resistance, the College’s faculty banned football on campus due to the overwhelming sentiment that the sport was barbaric. The result of the faculty action immediately led to the creation of the Allegheny Athletic Advisory Board, the College’s first governing body for athletics. Football continued to be played at Allegheny, but for the next three years, the program floundered while noncooperation of the student body and faculty hampered its growth. In 1898, the cooperative efforts of the students and faculty attained favorable results. Playing under the tutelage of a faculty member, Professor

The Crown Jewel The most prominent of Allegheny’s seasons in 1990 began with uncertainty. A rookie coach, Ken O’Keefe, had taken over and just 11 starters returned. But nine straight wins and an NCAC championship later, the Gators were in the NCAA Division III playoffs. Allegheny’s improbable march to glory included a 31-23 win over defending national champs and previously unbeaten Dayton. In the championship, a nationwide ESPN television audience saw Allegheny rally from a 14-0 halftime deficit for a 21-14 overtime win over Lycoming in the Stagg Bowl. Perfect Regular Season Allegheny extended a winning streak which began after 1990’s opening-season tie to 24 games, the longest in the nation at that time across all NCAA divisions. A 10-0 regular season in 1991 marked the first time a Gator squad had finished a campaign unbeaten and untied. Dayton, though, exacted revenge for the previous year’s win with a 28-25 overtime victory in the second round of the playoffs and the Gators ended the year 11-1. =

500 V i c t o r i e s

n No v. 10, 2012, Alleghen y defe ated Hiram College, 13-0, and closed out the football season by becoming the 35th team in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III history to record 500 victories. The Gators, who have earned Top 10 national rankings in eight seasons since winning the NCAA Championship in 1990, have an outstanding tradition of excellence on the gridiron that includes 67 All-Americans and nine North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) titles. Since 1986, the Gators have finished the year at or above .500 in every season but one. What follows are a few of the program’s defining moments:

Founding Members of the NCAA Allegheny was vehemently opposed to the professionalism which had crept into college football by the late 1890s. Along with concerns sparked by high levels of violence in the game at that time, the College’s position on anti-professionalism in college athletics led to Allegheny joining with 38 other colleges across the nation as charter members of the NCAA in 1906. Twenty of the original 39 institutions compete at the Division III level, while the North Coast Athletic Conference is the only league in the country to boast six charter members.

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llegheny is poised to celebrate its Bicentennial on June 20, 2015, and is beginning its two-year commemoration of the historic event this year. This trip down memory lane looks at how music has connected members of the Allegheny family through the years, with many of the College’s well-known bands comprised of faculty, administrators, staff, students, and alumni. Examples include the hard-rocking Caraways (top), featuring Allegheny Executive Vice President and Treasurer Dave McInally (on the right side of the photo); the Cussewago Jazz Band (right), which was a fixture at Allegheny for approximately 15 years, especially at alumni events; and the Guitar and Mandolin Club, circa 1890.

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Allegheny Magazine-Spring 2013  

Magazine for Allegheny College alumni, parents and friends.

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