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Class Notes

Aldo Icardi A&S ’43, LAW ’48 returned to Pitt in May 2009 for an event commemorating alumni who served during World War II. His book, Aldo Icardi, American Master Spy (Stalwart), published in 1954, recounts some of his espionage encounters during the war. He currently resides in Florida.

Chris DeSalvo ENGR ’57G wrote God? (Pithy Publishing), a book in which he examines major arguments for and against the existence of a higher being. He lives in Boulder, Colo.

John Malcolm Dowling A&S ’62, ’63G, ’68G, an economics lecturer at the University of Hawaii, has written several books examining economics, poverty, and public choice in Asia. They include Future Perspectives on the Economic Development of Asia and South Asia: Rising to the Challenge of Globalization (both from World Scientific Publishing). He says he spends his leisure time “practicing his freestyle stroke while observing turtles on the windward side of Oahu.”

Roger L. Wise A&S ’67, LAW ’73 gave a lecture titled “Maintaining Professionalism in a Dog Eat Dog World” at a May conference in Columbus of the Ohio Association for Justice. He’s founder of Roger Wise & Associates, a law firm in Sewickley, Pa.

Norman M. Shulman A&S ’69 is a psychologist who treats patients with hospital-based traumas and chronic illnesses. He resides in Lubbock, Texas.

Michael D. McDowell LAW ’73 gave a presentation titled “Can a Labor Agreement Compel Employees to Arbitrate Statutory Discrimination Claims: A Discussion of the Case of 14 Penn Plaza” at a March 2009 seminar hosted by the Labor and Employment Law section of the Allegheny County Bar Association. He’s a Pittsburgh-based attorney, arbitrator, and mediator.

Ronald Baillie EDUC ’74 was named codirector of Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Science Center in April. He’s also a founding partner of the Pittsburgh Regional Center for Science Teachers. David Szarell DEN ’74 retired from the Pennsylvania Army National Guard at the rank of Brigadier General after 37 years of military service and 31 years with the guard, including one tour of duty in Iraq. He maintains a solo dental practice in Carmichaels, Pa.

Paul Iurlano ENGR ’76, GSPIA ’80, A&S ’81, LAW ’83 was elected president of the Fox Chapel Authority Board, which regulates the municipality’s water. He’s an associate legal counsel with the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh.

Michael Staab A&S ’78 was named Coach of the Year at York Catholic High School in York, Pa. He also was inducted into the school’s Sports Hall of Fame. He’s a golf coach and English teacher at the school.

Russ Kaufman A&S ’79, ’80 plays percussion with Abba Loco, a Baltimore-based band that performs traditional Jewish songs with some modern twists. The band recorded and released its first CD in March. Rosemary Mendel A&S ’79 was appointed vice president of business development with VELOCITY Broadcasting, a high-definition television network in Pittsburgh. She’s a board member of the Western Pennsylvania chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. William Zagorski A&S ’79, ’91G was named the “Father of the Marcellus” by the Pittsburgh Association of Petroleum Geologists. The title recognizes his accomplishments in the initiation and development of natural gas production at the Marcellus Shale resource in the Appalachian Basin. He’s vice president of geology with Range Resources in Pittsburgh.

David J. Hickton LAW ’81, a founding member of the Burns, White & Hickton law firm in Pittsburgh, was named a Super Lawyer in Pennsylvania in June 2009. The honor is awarded to only five percent of attorneys practicing in the state.

Rhonda Taliaferro EDUC ’82G, ’05G is managing the Culturally Responsive Arts Education program with the Pittsburgh Public Schools. She’s also a liaison to the school district’s equity advisory panel.

Edward Gentilcore A&S ’84, LAW ’87 was named a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. He’s vice chair of the Construction Group in the Pittsburgh office of law firm Duane Morris.

Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu GSPIA ’86, ’89, the first elected governor of Niger State in Nigeria, was honored with the 2008 Zik Prize for his work as a public leader. Some of the programs and policies he has implemented include mass housing strategies and free, compulsory education for all children. The award was conferred on him in Lagos, Nigeria, in May 2009. Roger N. Morris PHARM ’86, LAW ’89 was recognized by Southwest Super Lawyers magazine as among the top five percent of attorneys working in Arizona and New Mexico. He practices health care law with Quarles & Brady and lives in Scottsdale, Ariz. Anthony Sundae Panepinto A&S ’86, GSPH ’88 received the Professional Recognition for Individual Sustained Mastery (PRISM) Award from his employer, Procter & Gamble. He was honored for his “technical mastery” and for serving as a role model since he joined the manufacturer 15 years ago. He’s a global health, safety, and environment leader for chemical safety and occupational health.

Sheila Beasley CGS ’87 received a Pittsburgh Progressive Woman Award from the Langston Hughes Poetry Society of Pittsburgh. She’s an outreach director for Pitt’s community-based Family Support Centers.

Samuel R. Colucci Jr. ENGR ’91 is a shareholder with Integrated Project Services, an engineering firm in Conshohocken, Pa., where he also works as director of engineering and design services. Stephen C. Goldblum A&S ’91 joined the commercial and employment law departments at Semanoff, Ormsby, Greenberg & Torchia in Huntington Valley, Pa.

John W. Arnold A&S ’92, an English as a Second Language teacher at Centennial High School in Ellicott City, Md., was among 15 teachers selected by the U.S. State Department to travel to Ukraine in April. There, he shared his experiences in U.S. education with teachers at a host school and learned about their teaching methods and curriculum designs. Derek Willis A&S ’92 wrote “One Who Did It Best Tells How To Pick ’Em” for a March 2009 New York Times sports blog about how he achieved the highest score in the newspaper’s 2008 NCAA college basketball bracket tournament. He works with the newspaper’s interactive news technology group.

Debra Aisenstein A&S ’93 has joined three sister companies—James DeCrescenzo Reporting, Trial Technologies, and Digital Reporting Service—as vice president of client development. The companies provide technology support for legal firms. She resides in King of Prussia, Pa. Christiaan Brokaw KGSB ’93 was promoted to senior consultant at Yanni Partners, an investment advisory firm based in Pittsburgh. Carmen Robinson CGS ’93, an attorney, received a Pittsburgh Progressive Woman Award from the Langston Hughes Poetry Society of Pittsburgh. She holds a judicial clerkship with Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Dwayne D. Woodruff and serves as general counsel with the Professional Limousine and Transportation Service.

Scott Kenney KGSB ’94, GSPH ’94 is chief financial officer of Nuwell Companies/Exclusive Physician Group in Ferndale, Mich.

Natalie J. Lawrence CGS ’95 was elected president of the Palmetto chapter of the Society for Marketing Professional Services. She’s a regional business development director for WPC Engineering, Environmental & Construction Services in North Charleston, S.C.

Melissa Pearlman A&S ’96 was appointed principal of the new Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts 6-12 School in Pittsburgh.

David Clevenger A&S ’99 was recognized for the third consecutive year by Supply & Demand Chain Executive magazine as a “Pro to Know” for the supply chain management strategies he developed to adapt to the changes in the global economic climate. He serves as vice president of Corporate United in Cleveland, Ohio. Natalie A. Solomon A&S ’99, GSPH ’06, is a scholar and public health analyst with the U.S. Health Resources & Services Administration in Rockville, Md.

Leonard Lloyd Hayhurst A&S ’01 received an honorable mention from the Associated Press Society of Ohio for Feature Writer of the Year for stories he’s written as a reporter with the Coshocton Tribune. He’s also a reporter with the Zanesville Times Recorder.

Nicholas Greer A&S ’02, EDUC ’03G was named Teacher of the Year in Baltimore for his service with the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute’s biology department. His colleagues have credited him with the high pass rate that the school’s students have achieved on the biology state graduation exam.

Wendy L. Kunkle A&S ’02 joined the Burns, White & Hickton law firm of Pittsburgh as an associate in May 2009. She deals with legal issues arising from Medicare and workers’ compensation claims.

Curt Friehs CBA ’03, SIS ’05G is a business librarian with the Kansas City, Kansas Public Library. In July, he gave a presentation at the Reference Research Forum at the American Library Association’s annual conference in Chicago. La’Tasha D. Mayes CBA ’03, A&S ’04 was awarded the Choice USA 2009 Excellence in Leadership Award. She’s the founder, director, and community organizer of New Voices Pittsburgh: Women of Color for Reproductive Justice, a human rights and social justice organization serving women of color in Pittsburgh. Amy C. McMunn A&S ’03 and Wesley Brink were married in a Williamsport, Pa., ceremony in June 2009.

Aaron Duffey A&S ’05 is a coproducer and film actor with Gum Spirits Productions in Portland, Maine. He’s been involved with the company’s productions of Sundowning and Three Priests. Sally M. McCombie EDUC ’05G was named the 2009 Teacher Educator of the Year in the field of Family and Consumer Sciences by the Community of Teacher Educators in Higher Education. She’s a professor of human development and environmental studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Matt Shtrahman A&S ’05G, MED ’07 was named one of the top 50 scientists in San Diego by the San Diego Science Festival for his research on the physics of the brain. He says: “People hear ‘physics’ and they think about the Big Bang, black holes, and rarely much else. However, understanding physics provides unique insight into much of biology and medicine.” He’s a resident in the Department of Neurology at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. He’s also the founder of the Initiative for Collective Neuronal Dynamics and Epilepsy, an educational and scientific nonprofit organization.

William M. Eibeck A&S ’06 earned his Pennsylvania State Teacher Certification in the field of music education. Shaun J. Palmer ENGR ’06, a geotechnical designer in the Pittsburgh office of Gannett Fleming, participated in the remodeling of a Pittsburgh home through the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition television series in October 2008. During the filming, he advised safety and coordination efforts for the project and participated in the home’s construction. The show aired in January.

Johnathan M. Clow CGS ’07 graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Recruit Training Center in Cape May, N.J. The training program, lasting eight weeks, emphasized practical instruction, physical fitness, and a regimen honing the Coast Guard’s core values of honor, respect, and devotion to duty. Marla J. Harbay DEN ’07 and Andrew H. Thompson DEN ’08 are happy to announce their engagement. A 2010 wedding is planned.

Travis A. Ling CGS ’08 completed U.S. Navy basic training with honors in April. The eight-week program consisted of classroom instruction, physical fitness, and a capstone boot camp course designed to develop the Navy’s core values of honor, courage, and commitment in new recruits.

In Memoriam

Richard C. Bollinger EDUC ’54, A&S ’57G, ’62G, a math professor at Pennsylvania State University for 35 years, died in March 2009 at age 77. He also was a birdwatcher and musician.

Virgil D. Cantini, a founder and chair of Pitt’s Department of Studio Arts, died in May 2009 at age 90. His distinctive metal sculptures—including the landmark Cantini man displayed on Parran Hall—remain a vital part of the campus and the city.

Donald Cefaratti Jr. A&S ’40 died in January 2009 at age 90. He was a clarinetist with the Pitt marching band and a brother of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. After serving in the navy during WWII, he earned a law degree and started his own legal firm in Washington, D.C., where he practiced for 30 years.

Margaret M. Cornelius EDUC ’73, ’74G, SIS ’81G died in September 2008 at age 65. During her career, she served as a special education teacher with Pittsburgh’s Allegheny Intermediate Unit and later as a telecommunications manager with Consol Energy. After retiring in 2003, she taught religion classes at Holy Child Parish in Bridgeville, Pa.

Chester Warren Duck Jr. ENGR ’36 died in Eden Prairie, Minn., in March 2009. He was 95. He worked as a sales engineer with Graybar Electric Co., serving at offices in Pittsburgh, Buffalo, and Youngstown.

Andrew N. Farley LAW ’61, GSPIA ’64 died in May 2009 in The Woodlands, Texas, at age 74. He practiced corporate and banking law for more than 30 years, often authoring articles for legal journals, including a monthly column called “You Be the Judge” for the Pittsburgh Legal Journal. He was a senior partner with the Pittsburgh law firm of Reed Smith until his retirement in 1992.

Benjamin M. Lewis DEN ’47, a longstanding member of the New River Dental Society, died in Raleigh, N.C., in March 2009 at age 88. He practiced dentistry in West Virginia until his retirement in 1984.

Cheryl Paule McCahon NURS ’69, an associate professor and director of the undergraduate nursing program at Cleveland State University, died in August 2008 at age 65. Her clinical and academic work focused on gerontological and community nursing. In 2005 she was recognized with the Memorable Educator Award for Excellence in Ohio from Ohio Magazine.

Ivan J. Novick A&S ’49, a real estate developer, died in March 2009 at age 81. He was an international leader in Jewish causes, serving as president of the Zionist Organization of America and as an advisor to former presidents Jimmy Carter and the late Ronald Reagan. In 1982, he received the Israel Knesset Medal from the Israeli government’s legislative body for his advisory efforts. He also was active in the Pitt Alumni Association and established the association’s Ivan and Mary Novick Award for Young Alumni Leadership.