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Class Notes

Richard A. Kiman DEN ’43 is an associate professor in New York University’s College of Dentistry. He celebrated his 90th birthday in 2009.

Jack Young CBA ’50 is retired and living in Hilton Head Island, S.C., where he has been writing poetry as a hobby. He recently wrote “Terrible Towel” in memory of the late sports broadcaster and Pitt alumnus Myron Cope (A&S ’51).

Cyril Wecht A&S ’52, MED ’56, LAW ’62 was named chair of the American Board of Forensic Medicine of the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute in October. That same month, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s primary laboratory was named the Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science as a tribute to his history as a coroner with the department.

Arnold B. Silverman LAW ’62✪ was named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer in 2009. As an attorney with Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott in Pittsburgh, he specializes in intellectual property law. He is the author of more than 90 law articles and is a member of the British Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys.

Penina Kessler Lieber A&S ’63, ’73G, LAW ’86 ★ was reappointed to the Pennsylvania Interest on Lawyers Trust Account Board, which raises money to provide civil legal services to disadvantaged people. She’s an attorney with the Pittsburgh office of the Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel law firm.

Marvin J. Rudnitsky LAW ’67 was named a Liberal Arts Centennial Fellow by Penn State’s College of the Liberal Arts. He’s a managing partner of Rudnitsky & Hackman law firm in Selinsgrove, Pa., where he specializes in business, trust, and estate planning.

Gary Reiswig EDUC ’68G, ’73G wrote The Thousand Mile Stare: One Family’s Journey Through the Science and Struggle of Alzheimer’s (Nicholas Brealey Publishing). It includes a section on his family’s participation in an Alzheimer’s study at Pitt. He resides in East Hampton, N.Y.

Constance M. Carroll A&S ’69G, ’96G ★ was named a Remarkable Leader in Education by the University of San Diego’s School of Leadership and Education Sciences. She’s chancellor of the San Diego Community College District, which includes three community colleges and six adult education centers. She’s also a board member of the American Council on Education.

David W. Busija A&S ’72 was awarded the Doctorem Medicinae Honoris Causa from the University of Szeged Medical School in Hungary. The honorary degree, awarded in November, recognized his collaborations with the school’s faculty and scientists. He’s a professor of physiology and pharmacology at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in North Carolina.

Michael D. McDowell LAW ’73, an attorney, arbitrator, and mediator based in Pittsburgh, was elected to the National Academy of Arbitrators.

Steven E. “Tim” Riley Jr. A&S ’75, LAW ’78 ✪ was named a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers in October. He’s a partner in the firm of Conner Riley Friedman & Weichler and has been practicing in Erie, Pa., since 1978. He serves on the Board of Governors of the American Association for Justice. Kathryn Simpson KGSB ’75, LAW ’78 was named one of the top attorneys in Pennsylvania by Super Lawyers magazine. She practices with Mette, Evans & Woodside in Harrisburg, Pa. She is a frequent speaker and author of continuing legal education course materials for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute.

Robert Kocent SOC WK ’76, ’78G, GSPH ’86 was appointed executive administrator of the Baptist Homes retirement community in Mt. Lebanon, Pa. Michael F. Marmo A&S ’76, GSPIA ’78 was sworn in as a judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, after being appointed by Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell. He was assigned to the court’s Family Division.

Patricia Rogus KGSB ’78 was recognized as a “Best in Client Satisfaction Wealth Manager” in the July 2009 issue of Pittsburgh Magazine. She’s a financial advisor with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in Pittsburgh. Donald J. Ryan CGS ’78 is president and majority owner of R-Tech, a manufacturer of electro-mechanical products in Gadsen, Ala. The firm contracts with companies like Lockheed Martin and AT&T. “My experience at Pitt and the base that it gave me to pursue my career have given me and my family a great life,” he says.

Norm Kerr CGS ’84 is a principal in the health and productivity practice of Buck Consultants, an employee benefits consulting firm in Pittsburgh. He also coaches youth soccer, basketball, and baseball.

Majdi Abulaban ENGR ’85 ✪ was named president of Delphi Asia Pacific, a global supplier for the automotive and computing industries. He’s also continuing in his position as president of Delphi China. Read more about him in the Fall 2008 issue of Pitt Magazine.

George Frank Verbanic III ENGR ’86 was honored by the American Red Cross with the 2009 Good Samaritan Award for successfully performing CPR on a man who suffered a heart attack while golfing. As a mechanical engineer and safety director of the Canonsburg, Pa., office of Paul Wirth, Inc., he oversees Red Cross CPR and First Aid classes at the company.

Arlie Nogay LAW ’87 was one of 10 professionals nominated for the national 2009 Corporate Secretary of the Year award given by Corporate Secretary magazine. A corporate secretary with BNY Mellon in Pittsburgh, he was the only nominee from a financial services firm.

Frank Treu A&S ’88, SIS ’97G was named vice president of technology for Authoria, a company based in Waltham, Mass., that offers human resources management services.

Yvonne Potts Hudson A&S ’89G ✪ was named director of development for The Harbour School, a special education institution that has campuses in Baltimore and Annapolis, Md. She’s also an actress who works on dramatic projects, including a one-woman show based on the life of Shakespeare’s wife. Kelly Miller Quintanilla UPG ’89 was appointed dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. She’s also a professor of communication and theater at the university. Steven Walton A&S ’89 was named an associate with Leech Tishman Fuscaldo & Lampl in Pittsburgh. He’s a member of the law firm’s corporate, employment, and immigration practice groups and has represented clients in hearings before the U.S. Department of Labor.

Robert L. Ciervo A&S ’90 ★ is campaigning to become a representative for the 31st legislative district of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. The district is in Bucks County, Pa. He’s a township supervisor in his hometown of Newton, Pa., and the director of the Rutgers-Camden Learning Center at Rutgers University in New Jersey. Tammy Singleton-English LAW ’90 was re-elected to serve as a council member of the Solo and Small Firm Practitioners section of the Allegheny County Bar Association. She offers estate planning services through her Singleton-English Law Office in Bethel Park, Pa. This summer, she’s planning to serve as a parent volunteer coordinator for a People to People Student Ambassador trip to Australia.

Mark A. Ellebie A&S ’93 is an assistant vice president/application developer with JPMorgan Chase Global Customer Care Technology and Securities Services in Tampa, Fla. Amy Kerr Parker A&S ’97, LAW ’01, a commercial litigator with the Pittsburgh office of Fox Rothschild, was elected to the board of directors of Lydia’s Place, a nonprofit agency that helps female offenders and their children in Allegheny County. Anita Pytlarz Ponchione A&S ’97 ✪ and her husband, Marc, announce the birth of their daughter Madeline Rose. She was born in September 2009 in Washington, D.C. Matthew Yanni KGSB ’97 founded Yanni & Associates Investment Advisors in Wexford, Pa., in 2007. The business is growing—he’s been establishing new client relationships and hiring new staff.

Neilesh Bose A&S ’98 received a PhD in history from Tufts University in 2009. He also edited a book, Beyond Bollywood and Broadway: Plays from the South Asian Diaspora (Indiana University Press) and coedited and cotranslated The Rights of Man (Seagull Books India). He’s now an assistant professor of history at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. Tyson Erlewine SHRS ’98G was selected as one of the Best and Brightest 35 and Under by Greenville Business Magazine, which honors young leaders for their professional and community contributions in Greenville, S.C. He’s a supervisor of therapies at Hillcrest Memorial Hospital and he created a health education program for seniors at the Golden Strip Emergency Relief and Resource Agency. He also coaches youth baseball and football on a volunteer basis. Deborah Sales Garver KGSB ’98 was named president and chief operating officer of Fragasso Financial Advisors in Pittsburgh, where she’s worked for 16 years. Mark A. O’Neill A&S ’98 ✪ was named one of Forty Under 40 award recipients by the Central Penn Business Journal in October for his professional leadership in the Harrisburg region. He was serving as executive director of Lancaster Gastroenterology, a colon cancer treatment center, but was recently called to duty with the Navy Reserve. A lieutenant and medical service corps officer, he has been deployed to the Army’s Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany to serve as chief of patient affairs.

Michael C. Bosco Jr. EDUC ’99G, a physical education teacher at Brashear High School in Pittsburgh, was honored with the American Red Cross’s Educator Award for using CPR to save a student in cardiac arrest. He’s a volunteer CPR instructor with the Red Cross.

Mark A. Bartholomaei LAW ’00 joined the Cozen O’Connor law office in Denver as an associate in the global insurance group. He’s a member of the Defense Research Institute’s Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility.

Heather Kiraly Orkwis A&S ’02 earned a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in May 2009. She’s continuing her medical training at Lankenau Hospital in Wynnewood, Pa.

Lauren Comisky A&S ’04 earned a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in May 2009. She’s continuing her medical training with the Geisinger Health System in Danville, Pa.

Nicole E. Schwab A&S ’06 ★ is a reporter for U.S. News & World Report in Washington, D.C., and recently made her first television appearance—on Russian TV.

Rob Cartia KGSB ’08 ★ wrote “Moving Right Along,” an article about a new car manufacturing technique, for the October 2009 issue of the American Society for Quality Trade.

Jared Roach LAW ’09 was named an associate with the Leech Tishman Fuscaldo & Lampl law firm in Pittsburgh, where he is a member of the bankruptcy and creditors’ rights practice group.

G = Graduate Degree
H = Honorary Degree

★ = Alumni Association Member
✪ = Alumni Association Life Member

In Memoriam

Serafino Dante “Foge” Fazio A&S ’60, EDUC ’65G, ★ a former Pitt football coach and player, died in December 2009 at age 71. He played linebacker and center as an undergraduate, then became a graduate assistant coach while earning a master’s degree in education. He later held coaching jobs with Boston and Harvard universities and served as Pitt’s head football coach from 1982 to 1985. At the time of his death, he was starting a football program at Our Lady of Sacred Heart High School in Coraopolis, Pa.

Gertrude Blackwood Kelly A&S ’45, ’48G died in March 2008 at age 83. During her career, she served as an editor with the National Institutes of Health and with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, both in Bethesda, Md. She also edited physics textbooks and worked as an instructor of psychology at West Virginia University.

Judith Krug A&S ’62, a national leader who campaigned against banning information from libraries, died in April 2009 at age 69. She served as director of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom and executive director of its Freedom to Read Foundation. She cofounded Banned Books Week in 1982, which encourages libraries to hold annual readings of books that people have attempted to ban. In recent years, she also challenged censorship of the Internet.

Margaret Clara Matuschak Levin A&S ’37, a scientist, amateur pilot, and mother of seven children, died in July 2009 at age 92. After graduating from Pitt with a degree in chemistry, she worked at the Mellon Institute in Pittsburgh, researching the effects of fluoride on dental health. She also learned to fly small planes and raised five daughters and two sons. She volunteered with the Mon Valley Red Cross, Youth and Teen Association, Rostraver Women’s Club, and the Mon Valley Hospital Auxiliary.

Penelope Pappas Mahon GSPIA ’76 died in July 2009. She was an assistant to the president of the University of Hartford in Connecticut. She enjoyed cooking and gardening.

Rudolph Malandro KGSB ’49,’65 died in October 2009 at age 86. He was a retired professor and chair of the accounting department at Kent State University in Ohio. During World War II, he served in the military as a master sergeant.

Richard Paul O’Shea ENGR ’57, ’61G, ’63G died in October 2009 at age 74. He worked as a senior system engineer for U.S. Steel in Pittsburgh for 15 years and then became a Pitt professor at the University’s Pittsburgh and Johnstown campuses. In 1997, he retired as an associate professor from the Southern Polytechnic State University in Georgia.

Walter Teixeira GSPIA ’63 died in June 2009 in his native Brazil. He was president of TX Consultoria, a Brazilian consulting firm based in São Paulo. In October 2008, he attended 50th anniversary celebrations for Pitt’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.

Juanita Warman NURS ’96, ’00G died in the November 2009 mass shooting at Fort Hood army base in Killeen, Texas, while preparing to be deployed to Iraq. She was 55. Her military career spanned 25 years. She was a certified psychiatric nurse practitioner who specialized in caring for patients with post-traumatic stress disorder and brain injuries. In 2006, she received an Army Commendation Medal for her meritorious service at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, where she treated soldiers injured in Iraq and Afghanistan.