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Class Notes

1949 Elizabeth Lewis ✪ SOC WK ’46G received the Mary Rosa McDonough Award, a distinguished alumni award given by Connecticut’s Saint Joseph College, for her service as a social work practitioner and teacher. She’s professor emeritus of social work at Cleveland State University in Ohio.

1950 John M. Jacecko ✪ A&S ’50, ’51G wrote a children’s book, Wedding Gifts of Diana and Prince Charles (Xlibris). He’s a retired educator who resides in Exton, Pa.

1952 David J. Armstrong ★ A&S ’52, an attorney who’s practiced law for more than 50 years, was named in The Best Lawyers in America guide. A shareholder with Pittsburgh’s Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote law firm, he specializes in civil litigation, criminal defense, antitrust law, and commercial litigation.

1959 Julius Pegues ✪ ENGR ’59, the first Black basketball player at Pitt, was inducted into the Tulsa Hall of Fame by the Tulsa Historical Society in Oklahoma for his work as a human- rights and equal-education advocate. He’s an engineering consultant with the Federal Aviation Administration.

1962 Milana Karlo Bizic ✪ EDUC ’62, ’67G received the Person of the Year Award from the Pittsburgh-based Serb National Federation for her dedication to preserving Serbian culture. She is a contributing writer to Srbobran, an American Serbian newspaper, and has been a lifelong member of the federation. She is retired after a 40-year career as an elementary school teacher and librarian.

1965 Ralph Proctor Jr. A&S ’65, ’79Greceived a lifetime achievement award from the Pittsburgh YWCA for his commitment to promoting racial justice throughout the city. He’s chair of the Ethnic and Diversity Studies program at the Community College of Allegheny County.

1968 Abraham Singer ★ A&S ’68joined the board of directors of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, Michigan Chapter, as well as the advisory board of the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan. An attorney, he heads the litigation practice in the Detroit office of Pepper Hamilton.

1970 Harold Mowl Jr. EDUC ’70G, ’85G,superintendent of the Rochester School for the Deaf in New York state, was featured in a USA Today Veterans Day article that commemorated his son, Kevin Mowl. An Army specialist, Kevin died in February 2008, six months after he was injured by a roadside bomb in Iraq. Carlos Reisen ✪ A&S ’70 was named president of Ascent Advisors, a management consulting firm in West Chester, Ohio.

1972 J. Kaye Cupples ★ A&S ’72, ’73G, ’88G, EDUC ’76Gwas appointed a visiting associate professor of special education in the Education Department at Point Park University.

1973 Michael D. McDowell LAW ’73,a Pittsburgh-based attorney, arbitrator, and mediator, spoke at the Association for Conflict Resolution Conference in Austin, Texas, in September 2008. His talk was titled “Decision Making and Award Writing in Labor and Employment Arbitration: Advanced Concepts.”              Carmelle Nickens Phillips A&S ’73, SIS ’74G, was named vice president for development and communications with YWCA Greater Pittsburgh. She’s also an advocate with the Pennsylvania Black Conference on Higher Education.

1974 James E. Schoenfelder EDUC ’74Gwas recertified as a licensed professional counselor by the National Board for Certified Counselors. Through his private practice in Duncansville, Pa., he specializes in helping people to overcome suicide survivor loss and to deal with multicultural issues.  Peter J. Vuljanic A&S ’74 joined Murray Energy Corp., a coal mining company based in Pepper Pike, Ohio.

1975 Michael Botta CGS ’75, GSPIA ’05 was appointed assistant professor of criminal justice and intelligence studies at Point Park University in Pittsburgh. John C. Conti A&S ’75, who has practiced law for more than 25 years, was named in The Best Lawyers in America guide. He serves as an adjunct professor at Pitt’s School of Law and is a shareholder with Pittsburgh law firm Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote.

1976 Luke Ruppel CGS ’76 was named the interim women’s head basketball coach at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. He has 14 years of experience as a head coach. He also will serve as assistant director of athletics and business manager at the college.

1977 Mark Belinky ★ LAW ’77 was elected judge of the Probate Court of Mahoning County in Ohio for a six-year term.

1978 David W. Lampl LAW ’78 was named one of the Top 50 lawyers in Pittsburgh by Law & Politics magazine. He’s a partner at the Leech Tishman Fuscaldo & Lampl law firm, where he chairs the bankruptcy and creditors’ rights practice group.

1979 Stanley Battle ★ GSPH ’79, SOC WK ’80G is chancellor of North Carolina A&T State University, which was awarded Engineering Research Center status by the National Science Foundation in September 2008, becoming the first historically Black university to earn the distinction. The new center received an $18 million grant that will be used to collaborate with Pitt and other institutions on biomedical engineering research and teaching projects. Joanne Cecchi EDUC ’79G retired from the New Kensington-Arnold School District in Pennsylvania after 32 years of service. For the past 15 years, she worked as the district’s assistant superintendent. Throughout her career, she also worked as a high school principal, assistant principal, business teacher, and student teacher.

1981 Patricia Walter Ray A&S ’81G, an attorney with the U.S. State Department, was honored with the Duquesne University Mind, Heart & Spirit Award in September 2008 for her international legal work. She has helped to rebuild Kosovo’s legal system, negotiated agreements to increase foreign investment in Kosovo, and established a copyright office in Albania, among other projects.

1982 Thomas K. Hyatt LAW ’82 was recognized for the fourth consecutive year in The Best Lawyers in America guide for his work in health law. He’s an attorney in the Washington, D.C., office of Ober|Kaler.

1985 Scott E. Haluska ✪ A&S ’85, DEN ’88 completed a certificate program in pediatric dentistry at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, in June 2008. He’s now a pediatric dentist at the Naval Medical Center San Diego in California.

1987 Jeffrey Pollock LAW ’87, a Pittsburgh-based attorney and mediator, was recognized as an Allegheny County “Legal Leader” for the second consecutive year by the Pittsburgh chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Carl Redwood Jr. SOC WK ’87G, chair of Pittsburgh’s One Hill Community Benefits Agreement Coalition, received a community engagement award from Pittsburgh’s YWCA on behalf of the coalition for the organization’s role in improving racial equality and empowering women.

1988 James Garboden A&S ’88 was elected treasurer of the board of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity. He’s a cofounder of RFC Staffing & Solutions, an information technology company in Pittsburgh.

1989 Rae Squilla Keane A&S ’89 and Paul M. Keane ENGR ’94 own Zeetlegoo’s Pet and People Store in Southport, N.C. Recently, the store was named the Best Pet Store in Brunswick County.

1990 Tammy Singleton-English ★ LAW ’90, owner of Singleton-English Law Offices, was reelected to the board of directors of the Estate Planning Counsel of Pittsburgh.

1991 Rico Gagliano A&S ’91 cocreated and cohosts “The Dinner Party Download,” a news and culture radio broadcast that airs on KPCC-FM in Los Angeles and online.

1992 N. Catherine Bazan-Arias ★ ENGR ’92, ’94G, ’99G was installed as the at-large director of the American Society of Civil Engineers. She’s an editor of the society’s Geo-Strata magazine and a senior staff engineer with DiGioia, Gray & Associates in Pittsburgh, where she specializes in geotechnical and structural engineering projects. E. Lindsey Maxwell II CGS ’92, a former Pitt football player and track athlete, is the founder and managing partner of The Intersect Law Group in Washington, D.C., where he practices labor, sports, and entertainment law. His wife, Letty E. Maxwell SOC WK ’93, EDUC ’95G, also a former Pitt track athlete, is the founder and managing partner of The Intersect Consulting Group, an education consulting firm in D.C. that specializes in international education standards and curriculum development. Terri Imbarlina Patak LAW ’92, an attorney practicing employment and labor law, holds the position “of counsel” with Pittsburgh law firm Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote.

1993 Jennifer Wiley A&S ’93G, ’96G,an associate professor of psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago, received an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Fellowship to conduct research in Germany. She is collaborating with scientists at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich to study the psychology of how the number of people in a group can affect problem solving and learning.

1994 Eddie Ifft CGS ’94, a comedian, recorded his third live CD in November 2008 in San Francisco, Calif. Alexander Prokhorov A&S ’94G, ’02G, an associate professor of Russian at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., received an Alumni Fellowship Award from the college’s alumni association for outstanding teaching. He teaches Russian and Soviet visual culture, primarily through the study of films.

1995 Kelly Matyas Magyarics A&S ’95 was elected regional director of chapters for the Kappa Kappa Gamma fraternity, which has 134 collegiate chapters in the United States and Canada.

1996 Rachael L. Baturin A&S ’96, GSPH ’98, an attorney, was honored by the American Psychological Association Practice Organization for her success in advocating for the Senate Mental Health Parity Bill. She’s a professional affairs associate and federal advocacy coordinator for the Pennsylvania Psychological Association.

1997 Sean Aden Gill A&S ’97 and his wife, Heather Marie Gill, announce the October 2008 birth of their first child, Graci Catharine Gill.

1998 Abbie Gail Lukon Jemmott ★ CGS ’98 and Matthew Jemmott CGS ’99 announce the August 2008 birth of their son Joshua Paul in Fort Belvoir, Va. Andre S. Watson A&S ’98 competed in judo at the 2008 Paralympics Games in Beijing in September 2008. In 2007, he became the first blind athlete to win a gold medal at the Pennsylvania State Judo Championships. He’s a psychologist with the Philadelphia Consultation Center.

1999 Melissa Black McLeod A&S ’99 and her husband, Stephen McLeod, announce the September 2008 birth of their daughter, Marin Elizabeth. Carol Guerrero Shreiner A&S ’99 received the Paul E. Martin Award from Hiram College in Ohio for her outstanding contributions to academic programs and educational life. Through her leadership as advisor of the college’s chemistry club, the organization was named the “Most Improved Student Organization” in 2008.

2000 Deena Marie Dominick Bortz UPJ ’00 married Karl Bortz in October 2008 at the United Church of Christ in Greensburg, Pa. Several Pitt alumni and Delta Zeta sorority sisters attended the wedding. The couple resides in Norfolk, Va.

2001 Faith Renee Myden Campbell GSPIA ’01 married Timothy Campbell in June 2008 in Thompson, Ohio. They reside in Bedford, Texas. Timothy J. Lyon A&S ’01, LAW ’05 began a judicial clerkship with Joseph F. Weis Jr. LAW ’50, judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Pittsburgh.

2002 Robert Lee Skertich ★ GSPIA ’02 was named an assistant professor of public administration in the School of Business at Pittsburgh’s Point Park University. He’s also a doctoral candidate in the public administration and policy program in Pitt’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.

2003 Gary J. Schaub GSPIA ’03 was named a visiting research fellow with the Air Force Research Institute at the Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base in Montgomery, Ala.

2004 Sarah Kura Justin CBA ’04 and Gusphyl Justin A&S ’01, ENGR ’04G, ’07G announce the November 2008 birth of their first child, Quentin Edwin Justin. Vicki Krimbel SIS ’04 joined Elias/Savion Advertising in Pittsburgh as a software engineer. She has more than 10 years of experience in software and database development.

2005 Melissa D. Wade A&S ’05 received a Juris Doctor degree from the Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville in Kentucky.

In Memoriam

Judith Reynolds Brueckman EDUC ’63, a retired guidance counselor, died in October 2008 at age 68. She worked for 15 years in the alternative schools program of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in North Carolina. She also taught aerobics for 14 years at a local YMCA and regularly volunteered with Friendship Trays to deliver meals to elderly and handicapped people.

Charles H. Gaut ★ ENGR ’53 died in October 2008 at age 78. He had a long and successful career with the Pennsylvania Railroad and the Long Island Railroad. He also served as a captain in the U.S. Army Reserve.

Jesse Gloster A&S ’47G, ’55G, who was among the first African American bank owners in Houston, died in September 2008 at age 93. He was a founder of Riverside National Bank and of TSU Finance Corporation. He also taught economics at Texas Southern University for more than 30 years.

David E. Johnston MED ’81, a retired gastroenterologist, died in August 2008 at age 55. During his career, he practiced at The Everett Clinic in Washington and was a fellow of the American College of Physicians.

Alvin B. Kingsley CBA ’58 died in July 2008 in Boca Raton, Fla., where he retired after a 35-year career with Kaufmann’s department store in Pittsburgh. He was a senior vice president and general merchandise manager at the store.

Keiko McDonald, a Pitt professor of Japanese literature and cinema, died in September 2008 at age 68 during a fishing trip in Indiana County, Pa. A renowned scholar in her field, she wrote more than six academic books and received the Tina and David Bellet CAS Teaching Excellence Award, as well as three Fulbright Research Fellowships and a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend.