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Class Notes

1954 Nicholas Kayafas CBA ’54, KGSB ’60 has written Welcome to the Poverty Class (RoseDog Books) about the growing problem of unemployment and underemployment.

1958 Bernard J. Berg ENGR ’58 wrote an article in the Allentown, Pa., Morning Call encouraging new graduates to relax as they embark on their postcollege lives.

1961 Edward W. Harbay A&S ’61 is proud of his family of Panthers. His three daughters have followed his example and earned their degrees from Pitt, too. They are: Katherine M. Harbay Rarrick DEN ’01, Julie A. Harbay SIS ’05G, and Marla J. Harbay DEN ’07.

1962 Rosemarie Rizzo Parse NURS ’62G, EDUC ’69G received the 2008 New York Times Nurse Educator Award. She is a visiting scholar and consultant in the New York University College of Nursing and a former dean of the nursing school at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. She’s founder and editor of Nursing Science Quarterly as well as the author of nine books, two of which have been selected for the “best picks” list of nursing theory texts by the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

1968 Barbara Radin Fox A&S ’68, EDUC ’69G is an adjunct professor of social work at the University of South Carolina. She also runs a private social work practice through the Body & Soul Therapy boutique in Charleston.

1972 Kenneth R. Balkey ENGR ’72, ENGR ’80G received a Melvin R. Green Codes and Standards Medal from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers for his leadership in promoting the society’s industry codes and standards. He is a consulting engineer with Westinghouse Electric Company in Monroeville, Pa. Richard Utley A&S ’72 retired in December from his position as deputy auditor general for the state of Pennsylvania.

1973 Michael D. McDowell LAW ’73, a Pittsburgh attorney and arbitrator, was appointed to the Employment Disputes Panel of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution. He will mediate employment and business debates. Jeffrey I. Pasek A&S ’73 edited the 2009 edition of the Pennsylvania Human Resources Manual published by the American Chamber of Commerce Resources and the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry. An attorney with the Cozen O’Connor law firm in Philadelphia, he focuses his practice on employment-related litigation.

1974 Mark Laskow LAW ’74 is CEO and managing director of Greycourt & Co., a financial firm in Pittsburgh. Eric Rieseberg GSPH ’74G received the District of Columbia Hospital Association Presidential Award of Excellence. He is president of Specialty Hospitals of America as well as chair and president of United Medical Center, both in Washington, D.C. Sandra Pflueger Thomas A&S ’74 is president of the Ace Lock security company in Pittsburgh.

1975 Al Condeluci SOC WK ’75G, EDUC ’84G edited the Spring 2009 issue of the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation. He is CEO of United Cerebral Palsy of Pittsburgh.

1976 J.D. Stahl A&S ’76G received the 2008 William E. Wine Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Virginia Tech Alumni Association. He’s an English professor at Virginia Tech and established the university’s children’s literature program.

1977 Thomas A. Tangretti GSPIA ’77, a former legislator in Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives, was recognized by REACH (Road to Educational Achievement through Choice Foundation) for his work to support charter schools and school choice.

1978 Carolyn Kent Hall A&S ’78 is the managing editor of She resides in Rockville, Md. George J. Omiros A&S ’78 was named national senior vice president of field development for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in White Plains, N.Y.

1979 Joseph H. Bucci CGS ’79, an attorney with Pittsburgh’s Houston Harbaugh law firm, joined the board of the Spina Bifida Association of Western Pennsylvania. He’s also an opinion editor with the Pittsburgh Legal Journal.

1980 Aliyu Wamakko EDUC ’80, governor of Nigeria’s Sokoto State, was named Man of the Year by a coalition of the Igbo Traders Forum, Woman Liberation Movement, and Society for Better Education.

1985 Frank Brown A&S ’85G was named one of the “Nifty Fifty” leading scientists in San Diego by the San Diego Science Festival. He’s a pioneer in cheminformatics, an emerging science that applies computer technology to chemistry. He’s a chief science officer and senior vice president with Accelrys, a company that develops software to manage scientific data.

1990 Matthew McMullen A&S ’90, EDUC ’96G, LAW ’04 was named program director with the Office of Education Abroad at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va.  Lisa Scherfel Catanzarite A&S ’90 published her first children’s book, What the World Is Like to Bea Moore: The Treasure (Trafford), about a seashell-collecting girl who learns from a wise fisherman about the importance of being grateful.

1991 Kimberly M. Hopbell Metzger A&S ’91 was appointed senior associate director of development with Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore, Md. She also serves on the board of the Maryland chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

1992 Derrick Darby A&S ’92G, A&S ’96G, an associate professor of philosophy at the University of Kansas, received a grant from the Spencer Foundation to support a research study titled “Philosophy and the Racial Achievement Gap.”  Mike Metlay A&S ’92G is associate editor of Recording Magazine, a monthly magazine for professional and home-recording musicians and engineers. He’s an electronic music artist who records with his band, mindSpiral. He also hosts a weekly Internet radio show about electronic music on

1993 Rodney K. Odom KGSB ’93 resided at Mepkin Abbey in Moncks Corner, S.C., for the month of February to prepare for entrance into the monastery. Suzanne Traub-Metlay A&S ’93G is the operations director for Secure World Foundation, a foundation that promotes space security. She says that the foundation briefs members of Congress on “space traffic management for satellites” and “what to do about potentially hazardous asteroids.” The foundation also has permanent observer status with the United Nations’ Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space. Stephanie H. Bacin Winegrad A&S ’93 joined the Cozen O’Connor law firm in West Conshohocken, Pa., as an associate. She focuses her practice on family law.

1994 Eric C. Shiner A&S ’94 was appointed the first Milton Fine Curator of Art at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh.

1995 Elizabeth S. Campbell A&S ’95, LAW ’99 is “of counsel” at Pepper Hamilton law firm in Philadelphia. She’s part of the firm’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group and the White Collar and Corporate Investigations Practice Group. Rebecca Kukla A&S ’95G and Mark Lance A&S ’87G, ’88G coauthored ‘Yo!’ and ‘Lo!’ (Harvard University Press), a philosophy text that examines how ordinary, nondeclarative phrases in everyday conversation can be useful for philosophical analysis. Kukla is professor of philosophy at the University of South Florida, and Lance is professor of philosophy and professor of justice and peace at Georgetown Univ.  in Washington, D.C.

1996 Thomas Cormac McCarthy A&S ’96 was elected director of the Houston Harbaugh law firm in Pittsburgh. Scot Withers LAW ’96 was named a partner with Lamb McErlane law firm in West Chester, Pa. He also serves as a deputy legal counsel to the Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

1998 Cheryl Lynn Cheatle Cummings ENGR ’98 and her husband, Scott Cummings, announce the November 2008 birth of their daughter, Corina Lynn Cummings. They also have a 3-year-old son, Evan.

2000 Travis Smith LAW ’00 was named a Rising Star in Pennsylvania by Super Lawyers and Law & Politics magazines. He’s an attorney with Burns, White & Hickton law firm in Pittsburgh. Michael Gill LAW ’00 was named to the Chester County Mental Health/Mental Retardation Advisory Board. He’s an associate attorney with Buckley, Brion, McGuire, Morris & Sommer law firm in West Chester, Pa.

2001 Eddie Edwards Jr. LAW ’01 was named a Rising Star in Pennsylvania by the publishers of Super Lawyers and Law & Politics magazines. He’s an attorney with Burns, White & Hickton law firm in Pittsburgh. Leona Marie Kozuch Morales UPJ ’01 is a communications specialist with the parking and transit services department of Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz. She promotes alternative transportation options because it’s “quite a challenge to have 55,000-plus students with only 19,000 parking spaces.”

2002 Stephanie C. Luff A&S ’02, joined Pittsburgh’s Thomas, Thomas & Hafer law firm, where she focuses her legal practice on the defense of workers’ compensation claims. Katherine Weeks A&S ’02 was named an associate with the Litigation Group of Burns, White & Hickton law firm in Pittsburgh. She focuses her legal practice on health care and professional liability cases.

2004 Michael Brodzinski CGS ’04 is a specialty products account executive with Zurich North America, an international insurance company. He’s based in Green Tree, Pa. In December 2007, he earned his MBA from Regis University in Denver; in October 2008 he married Jessica Spray. Omar A. Jalloun EDUC ’04G was inducted into the Golden Key International Honour Society, a collegiate honor society that recognizes top-performing college and university students around the world. He’s a doctoral student in Pitt’s School of Education.

2005 Gwendolyn O. Armstrong A&S ’05 is volunteering in Burkina Faso with the Peace Corps to train entrepreneurs in business and marketing skills.

2007 Jessica Anne Schaberl ENGR ’07 is a student at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, W.Va.

In Memoriam

Nicholas F. Cerminaro CBA ’49, a sergeant in the Army Air Corps during WWII, died in September 2008 at age 85. He was employed as a metal buyer for more than 40 years, working at Allegheny Ludlum, Steelmet/ELG Metals, and Keywell, all metal manufacturers in Western Pennsylvania. When he retired from Keywell, he was vice president of buying and selling specialty scrap metal.

Montgomery M. Culver A&S ’49, A&S ’50G, a retired Pitt professor of English, died in February 2009 at age 80. He began his Pitt career in 1953 as a fiction-writing instructor, eventually becoming the director of the writing program. His short stories were published in The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, and The Saturday Evening Post, among other publications. In addition, he served as editor of the Bulletin of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law.

Justin Joseph Falgione KGSB ’96 died in October 2008 at age 43. He was a procurement consultant with the Pittsburgh office of Ariba, a company that specializes in helping other businesses to manage spending. During his business career, he was also employed by PNC Bank and UPMC in Pittsburgh.

Ovais Ghaznavi A&S ’63G, an adjunct professor of mathematics at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania, died in October 2008. A native of Pakistan, he had a successful teaching career in the United States, where he also taught at Kalamazoo College in Michigan and Widener University in Wilmington, Del.

Paul Florent Gibson ENGR ’40 died in August 2008 at age 89. Beginning his engineering career as a missile and aircraft designer during WWII, he later cofounded Spar Engineering and Development Corp. and served as an engineer with RCA. He also was an active volunteer with the Meals on Wheels program.

Harry McLean A&S ’55G died in December 2008 at age 83. He had a successful career in Washington, D.C., working for the Redevelopment Land Agency and later with the Consumer Credit Counseling Service. He also served in the Army during WWII and was an active member of the Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church.

Eric Mendlow SOC WK ’07G died in October 2008 at age 33. He was a social worker with Ursuline Senior Services in Pittsburgh and a pianist who entertained at nursing homes and assisted living centers throughout the Pittsburgh area. As a gerontology student at Pitt, he helped to create the Student Interest Group on Aging and also served with the Journal of Neurophysiology.

James Thomas Mitchell ENGR ’55G, a former engineering instructor at Pitt, died in August 2008 at age 84. He served as an engineer for 41 years with Westinghouse Electric Corp. near Pittsburgh, where he designed parts for aircraft engines, resulting in five patents. After his retirement, he was a consultant with Sundstrand Aerospace and a substitute teacher for school districts in Ohio.

Vaughan Peters MED ’55, a doctor who resided in Brookline, Pa., died in September 2008. He was a supporter of the Friends of Music group at Mt. Lebanon United Methodist Church.

Clyde W. Powell III A&S ’52 died in August 2008 at age 78. He served as a Navy officer and was a member of the Orange Beach United Methodist Church in Alabama.

Betty Ann Allison Squires SOC WK ’46G died in June 2008 at age 86. During her career as a social worker and teacher, she worked for the Red Cross and the Girl Scouts of the USA and taught fifth and sixth grades at the Plainfield Public Schools in New Jersey.  In her retirement, she volunteered with the Literacy Volunteers of America.

John G. Roberts Sr. ENGR ’51, a retired steel executive and manager, died in November 2008. He worked as an engineer and manager at several plants of Bethlehem Steel Corp. and eventually as president and CEO of CSC Industries. He also volunteered with the International Executive Services Corp. to advise managers at steel plants in Poland. He was the father of four children, and his son John G. Roberts Jr. is chief justice of the United States.