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This looks like a day in the life of Pitt students on their way to class in 1961. Campus styles were slightly more formal then. What else was different at Pitt in the pre-Beatles, Kennedy Camelot era? Let us know. Best response wins a frozen TV dinner.


Alumni Spotlights

Lizard Lady: Ellen J. Censky
Second Wind: Frederick S. Humphries
Newsworthy: Lynette Clemetson
Natural Wonder: Michael A. Gross


Arts and Sciences

Ray Cristina ’55 ’51 received the James Jones First Novel Fellowship for his manuscript, Tracking Ginger, about a Vietnam veteran’s search for his stolen dog. The James Jones Literary Society and the humanities department of Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, have given the $5,000 award annually since 1992. Cristina, a former writing instructor and information specialist at Pitt, was cited for capturing “the spirit of unblinking honesty, determination, and insight into modern culture exemplified by James Jones,” the author of From Here to Eternity and The Thin Red Line. Cristina’s manuscript was selected from among 432 submissions. The National Board of Trial Advocacy certified Richard Serbin ’70 a trial advocate. Ronald Rozensky ’74 ’73 spent three weeks last year as a visiting professor teaching clinical psychology at the University of Oxford Harris Manchester College. In addition to giving lectures, he conducted clinical rounds at the university’s training sites. Rozensky, who is chair of the college of health professions’ Department of Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Florida at Gainesville, was also the keynote speaker at a conference of clinical psychology trainers from the United Kingdom hosted by Oxford. Joseph Covelli ’77, founder of Pittsburgh-based Covelli Law Offices, celebrated his firm’s 20th anniversary with a daylong open house. Brent Jones ’89 is president of Chester Springs Consulting, providing quality, technology and regulatory consulting to Philadelphia area pharmaceutical companies. Lou Grieco ’90 is a staff writer covering law enforcement for the Dayton Daily News. As part of a three-reporter team last year, he produced a series on Ohio’s lax gun laws, which led to a comprehensive review by the state governor and won several awards, including first place for investigative journalism from the Associated Press Society of Ohio. Gary Joyce ’92 writes to say he is director of laboratory and diagnostic services at the new Outer Banks Hospital in Nags Head, North Carolina. Thaddeus Pope ’92, an attorney with Arnold & Porter in Los Angeles, writes to announce the birth of his son, Phineas. Karen Bove ’94 is an associate at the Pittsburgh law firm Pietragallo Bosick & Gordon. Her practice focuses on commercial, employment, and workers’ compensation litigation. Krista Haag ’96 recently completed her MA in public administration at Penn State University in Harrisburg, and works in the office of Pennsylvania State Senator Charles Lemmond Jr. Anthony Sunseri ’97 is an associate with Pittsburgh law firm Burns White & Hickton’s insurance defense section. Jennifer Pacyna ’00 writes that she has received an MS with distinction from Royal Holloway, University of London. Her dissertation was in the area of cellular molecular biology.

Ann Dykstra, Arts and Sciences ’88, is executive assistant to the president and secretary of Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Dykstra served in Pitt’s Office of Government Relations for 12 years, including seven years as Director of Commonwealth Relations. Beginning in 1990, she was Co-Director of the Institute of Politics internship program at Pitt.

De Sayles Grey, Arts and Sciences ’86, authored Acknowledgment: A John Coltrane Legacy, published by IndyPublish. The book examines the jazz great’s career within the historical and social context of the 1960s. Grey, a saxophonist, was a member of Pitt’s Jazz Ensemble and has taught here.

Julian Neiser, Arts and Sciences ’96, is an associate with the Pittsburgh law firm Meyer Unkovic & Scott. Neiser, a former journalist, has won several awards as an attorney, including the International Association of Trial Lawyers Student Advocacy Award.

Business

Banwari Mittal ’82, a professor of management and marketing at Northern Kentucky University, writes that he has co-authored Value Space: Winning the Battle for Market Leadership (McGraw-Hill). The book, based on a study of 10 of Fortune’s “Most Admired Companies,” was sponsored by the nonprofit Marketing Science Institute, and features interviews with more than 100 senior executives. Mittal’s ideas on “creating customer value” and more information on the book may be found on his Web site: www.MyValueSpace.com. Yogesh Malhotra ’98, who counts both Pitt and Carnegie Mellon University among his previous employers, joined Syracuse University as an assistant professor in the school of management. Mark Barton ’00, a staff auditor in Ernst & Young’s Pittsburgh office, is among 200 employees from across the US and Canada chosen to participate in “Your Master Plan,” a program that sends promising new hires to earn their master’s degree in accountancy. Barton attended the University of Virginia under the intensive 14-month program, which paid for his expenses plus a stipend, while working for the company.

Education

Judy Reynolds Brueckman ’63 received the Quality Keeper Award from the Simmons chapter of the YMCA in Charlotte, North Carolina, writes her husband, Charles (BUS ’58). The award honors a part-time employee who has demonstrated commitment to the mission of the YMCA. A fitness instructor at the Y for eight years, Brueckman is also a full-time counselor with the Charlotte Mecklenburg School System. Lucie Young Kelly ’66 (CAS ’57) (NUR ’47) was designated a “Living Legend” by the American Academy of Nursing. She is currently professor emerita at Columbia University and continues to be an advocate for health care-related issues. Hui-Yin Hsu ’95 is an assistant professor in the social sciences department of DeSales University in Center Valley, Pennsylvania. She was previously a teaching assistant and fellow at the University of Pittsburgh. Brian Horvath ’01 heads Horvath Performance Fitness, a Pittsburgh-based company specializing in personal and team training for high school athletes. In addition to training, the company offers Web-based virtual training support, academic support, and consulting services to school administrators and coaches.

Engineering

Lawrence Tavlarides ’68, ’65, ’64 is professor of chemical engineering and material science in the LC Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science at Syracuse University. Tavlarides, who holds five patents dealing with removing metals from aqueous streams, was recently profiled in the college’s bi-annual publication, Synergies, which highlights his ongoing research in solving environmental problems. Jeffrey Platt ’79 is vice president in charge of operations in Latin America for Tidewater Inc. Barbara Shelton ’79 is mid-Atlantic regional administrator for the US General Services Administration, a federal procurement and property management agency. She formerly served as deputy secretary for administration in Pennsylvania’s Department of Labor and Industry.

General Studies

Erias Hyman ’71 is a member of the board of trustees of the National Conference of Bar Examiners. He recently retired as senior counsel at the US Department of Commerce, but is still active as a private attorney and educational consultant, and serves on the committee on admissions of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.

Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

Judith Lukaszuk ’99 ’94, an assistant professor in the School of Family, Consumer and Nutrition Sciences at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, was a guest lecturer at last year’s US Open. She spoke to tennis coaches on proper nutrition for elite athletes, such as Andre Agassi and Venus Williams, recommending a high carbohydrate diet. Lukaszuk, a tennis player herself, also spoke on nutrition to the Midwestern Chicago Tennis Club.

Information Sciences

Elliot Shelkrot ’66 received the 2001 Wyck-Strickland Award, presented to him by the Wyck Association for his “outstanding contributions to the cultural life of Philadelphia.” Shelkrot, who has been president and director of the Free Library of Philadelphia since 1987, was honored for “transforming the library into a dynamic organization that serves the needs of all the city’s neighborhoods.” He is credited with leading an ambitious renovation plan, and using technology to bring the library’s resources to a broader audience.

Law

Stanley Greenfield ’59 is chairman of the Jewish Association on Aging, an organization that provides home and community-based services to Pittsburgh seniors. Greenfield, with the law firm Greenfield Brewer & Kay, is also chairman of TriState Israel Bonds and adjunct law professor at Duquesne University. Mark Schwartz ’79 has a successful law practice, in addition to the acting gigs highlighted in last March’s issue. Jeffrey Pollock ’87 is chair of the Lawyer Referral Service Committee for the Allegheny County Bar Association. In addition, Pollock, who also practices mediation, serves on the association’s judiciary committee. Margaret Diamond ’90 (CAS ’87) is director of organizational development for Southwestern Pennsylvania Human Services, which provides an array of health and human services to residents in Washington, Greene, Westmoreland, and Fayette counties. Diamond is also corporate legal counsel for the agency, a position she has held since 1997. Thomas Shumaker ’94 serves on Allegheny County Council, representing the suburban communities north of Pittsburgh that make up the third district. Shumaker also serves on several of the elected legislature’s committees. An attorney in the employment and labor law group of Pittsburgh law firm Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, Shumaker is also a major in the US Marine Corps Reserves and a board member of the Pine-Richland Opportunity Fund and Pre-Arts Culture Foundation. Robert Brown ’01 is an associate in the general liability and commercial litigation sections in the Pittsburgh firm Burns White & Hickton. E. Richard Ogrodowski ’01 is an associate with Burns White & Hickton in the firm’s occupational illness litigation section.

Medicine

Ralph Miller ’52 (CAS ’50) writes that his first book, Doctor in Jeopardy, is now available at the University Book Center. The book deals with Miller’s efforts to raise the standards of a community hospital while dealing with reluctant hospital officials and lawyers seemingly motivated by the ethics of business. The Miller family’s bloodlines have long ties to Pitt. Miller’s father Ralph graduated from Pitt’s dental school in 1919, and one of his twin sons, also named Ralph, graduated from the School of Medicine in 1984. Gilbert Fuld ’62, a pediatrician in Keene, New Hampshire, is chairman of the board of trustees at Crotched Mountain, an organization that provides programs and services to children and adults with disabilities in the New England and New York region. Fuld recently retired from the Keene Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic after 30 years, but is still an adjunct professor of pediatrics at the Dartmouth Medical School, and was honored as “Pediatrician of the Year” in 2000 by the New Hampshire Pediatric Society. Margaret McDonald ’93, assistant vice chancellor for academic affairs in health sciences at the University of Pittsburgh, is vice-chair for public relations of the Association of American Medical Colleges Group on Institutional Advancement. McDonald, who is also an assistant professor of epidemiology in Pitt’s Graduate School of Public Health, and a clinical instructor in the School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry, coordinates the med school’s Mini-Medical School program, and was co-coordinator of Science2001, a University-wide research festival.

Pharmacy

George Buerger Jr. ’57 is 13th district representative and secretary for the board of trustees of the Pennsylvania Medical Society. Buerger is an ophthalmologist and oculoplastic surgeon with Pittsburgh Oculoplastic Associates. In this position, Buerger represents physicians from Allegheny County in matters affecting patient care.

Public Health

Ted Stryker ’83 is president and chief executive officer of AtlantiCare Behavioral Health, the largest provider of behavioral health and family-care services in southern New Jersey. Nicholas Baron ’96 is director of post-acute care at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown, Ohio. In his new position, he is responsible for operating the hospital’s rehabilitation services, developing strategic and operating plans, and developing and implementing patient care standards.

Public and International Affairs

Nathan Maryn ’62 (CAS ’58) recently retired from his position as director of information systems at the US Department of Commerce. His career with the federal government spanned more than 40 years, including five at the National Institutes of Health.

Social Work

Lota Mitchell ’80 writes that she had a busy 2001. “I was featured in the February 1 issue of Family Circle magazine,” she notes, adding that the article dealt with her volunteer work with Prader-Willi syndrome, a birth defect that affects her 31-year-old daughter. Mitchell also appeared with her daughter on a Houston, Texas, talk show dealing with rare diseases and disorders, and in June she took office as president of the national Prader-Willi Syndrome Association. Mitchell, who helped initiate the Prader-Willi syndrome treatment program that is offered by The Children’s Institute in Squirrel Hill, adds that the association’s Web site can be found at www.pwsausa.org. Paul Caldwell ’84, associate professor of social work at Syracuse University, published an article entitled “Drinking Levels, Related Problems, and Readiness to Change in a College Sample” in Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly.

In Memoriam

Hubert Camp DEN ’55 died in his home in Deltona, Florida, on August 7, 2001, after an extended illness. The Sharon, Pennsylvania, native was 73. A veteran of the US Army, Camp practiced dentistry in Camden, New Jersey, for 38 years. After his career shifted from dentistry to interior decorating and journalism, he retired to Deltona in 1993. Among Camp’s survivors are his daughter Kimberly, also a University of Pittsburgh graduate.

Shun-hsin (S.H.) Chou, retired University of Pittsburgh professor of economics, died October 8, 2001, one day before his 86th birthday. Chou, a native of Shanghai, China, joined Pitt’s economics faculty in 1957. He was chair from 1970-1975, and retired from the University in 1985. Before coming to Pitt, Chou was a Rockefeller Foundation research fellow at Columbia University, and an associate professor of business administration at the College of William and Mary. Along with his wife, Julia, Chou endowed a graduate fellowship for Pitt economics students, and encouraged many Chinese graduate students to come to Pitt.

Annabelle Ferguson EDU ’48, CAS ’44, an educator for 34 years, died July 7, 2001, after a brief illness. Ferguson, a Duquesne, Pennsylvania, native served as a US Navy WAVE during WWII. She resided in Severna Park, Maryland, since 1959, and retired from her position as assistant superintendent of schools of the central area office of the Prince George’s County Board of Education in 1982.

Charles Glatz CAS ’32, PHAR ’28 died June 7, 2001, of congestive heart failure. The Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania, resident, a retired salesman for Abbott Laboratories, was 93. A former pharmacist, Glatz served in the US Army Medical Corps during WWII and participated in the Allied occupation of Germany, often employed as a German-language interpreter. His son Lawrence writes that Glatz was proud to have his name placed in the School of Pharmacy brick walkway and returned to Pitt in 1978 for his 50th class reunion. Glatz is survived by two sons and a daughter and their families.

Mata Barack Jaffe CAS ’79, ’70, ’67 died July 8, 2001, at her home in Boca Raton, Florida, from ovarian cancer. A well-known speech pathologist, Jaffe worked at the facility now known as the Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh for 17 years. One of her most recognized projects was “Project Thousand Kids,” an Appalachian Commission grant that allowed Jaffe to help very young disabled children in rural areas. A Pittsburgh native, Jaffe moved to Florida 17 years ago, where she continued her work on speech pathology and communications disorders. The 63-year-old grandmother is survived by her husband, son, daughter, and extended family.

Michael Francis Jimenez, a professor of history at the University of Pittsburgh, died September 1, 2001, of renal cell cancer at the age of 53. A teacher and scholar known for his charismatic story-telling ability, Jimenez was a Californian by birth, but grew up in Bogota, Colombia. His classes on Latin America were so popular, many students who weren’t even registered would attend. Jimenez’s first wife died shortly after the birth of their daughter, and his life as a single father was profiled in a book called Some American Men. Jimenez’s own book, Struggles on an Interior Shore, about a small town in 19th century Colombia, will be published posthumously by Duke University Press. Jimenez is survived by his wife, Lynn Sanborne, a family therapist at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, and three children.

Eugene Johannesmeyer ENG ’48 died in a private plane crash in Florida on July 31, 2001, on his 80th birthday. The Glendale, Ohio, native retired from the Beryllium Corp. of Reading, Pennsylvania, after 25 years as an electrical engineer. His brother, Charles, says Johannesmeyer “had always wanted to fly… he died doing what he wanted to do.”

Robert McCabe CAS ’80 died October 6, 2001, from complications of leukemia. The 58-year-old McCabe served 34 years with the Pittsburgh Police Bureau, 21 of them with the homicide squad. He was well known for his ability to convince criminal suspects to confess, but was recognized as a fine sculptor and marathon runner. He was also a member of the Blue Knights, a motorcycle club for law enforcement officers.

Kevin Marlo CAS ’95, BUS ’95 was killed in the September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City. An associate director of Sandler O’Neill Partners, located on the 104th floor of Two World Trade Center, Marlo was 28. While attending Pitt, the West Chester, Pennsylvania, native served as an executive officer of his fraternity, Delta Tau Delta, and was university-wide chairman for the Annual Greek Week campaign, which raised significant contributions for local charities. He is survived by his mother, father, and two sisters.

Charles Nathan CAS ’49, ’42 died September 26, 2001, in Houston, Texas, at the age of 81. A veteran of the US Navy, Nathan served during WWII and participated in the atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll in 1946. His career included stints as a chemical engineer with Monsanto, Texaco, and Betz Laboratories, and he published many articles on corrosion and related topics.

Ludwig Picarro CAS ’79 was killed September 11, 2001, in the World Trade Center attacks in New York City. A New Castle native, Picarro, 44, moved to Basking Ridge, New Jersey, several years ago, and was working for Zerok American Insurance Co. as senior vice president for diversified products. His wife, Susan, and two sons, Andrew and Matthew, survive him.

Robert Pittenger BUS ’52 died January 26, 2000, at his home in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. A WWII Army veteran of the occupation of Japan, Pittenger had retired from Bethlehem Steel’s metallurgical department, but, according to his wife, his chief source of pride was in the accomplishments of his three daughters, all of whom are graduates of the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown campus.

Walter Riley ENG ’39 died May 18, 2001. He was well-known for his significant structural engineering projects, such as the Wells Fargo Arena and Terminal 2 at Sky Harbor Airport, both in Arizona. He is survived by his daughter, Dorothy.

Stanley Ruttenberg CAS ’37 died March 28, 2001, at his home in Bethesda, Maryland. A union organizer and consultant for more than 40 years, Ruttenberg, 84, served as assistant secretary of labor under President Lyndon Johnson. His wife, Gertrude, a daughter, and two sons survive him.

Chester Zmudzinski SOC ’42, CAS ’38 died March 25, 2001, in Madison, Wisconsin. He was 87. Born in Pittsburgh, Zmudzinski moved to New Orleans upon graduation, then served a stint in the US Army Air Force. He returned to Pittsburgh after the war, but moved to Madison in 1949. There he held a number of positions before becoming a social worker for the Madison Public Schools, from which he retired in 1985. Surviving are his wife, Florence, a daughter and a son.


Scene on the Subway in NYC

DJ Case photo of Debbie Unger waiting for subway in New York City.

While waiting for the “C” train, Debbie Unger, CAS ’74, reads one of her favorite magazines. (Photo by DJ Case. Click photo to enlarge.)


Alumni Spotlights



Lizard Lady

Students learn about classroom distractions. But what if those distractions are drug smugglers, and the classroom is an uninhabited island? Just ask Ellen J. Censky.

Censky (CAS ’94) earned her PhD studying lizards that live on small islands in the West Indies. Uninhabited Dog Island, near the resort island Anguilla, served as her base. Says Censky, who now heads the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History at the University of Connecticut, “I spent a lot of time camping alone, and had lots of close calls with drug runners. Pretty scary stuff.”

Still, Censky persisted, despite repeated requests from Anguilla authorities to flee Dog Island for her own safety. Five years later, in 1998, she made international headlines by writing an article for Nature based on something she discovered during her Caribbean research.

Censky and her colleagues theorized that lizards colonize new islands by “rafting” on debris from island to island. That revelation has since changed the way many scientists think about species distribution, and Censky is regarded as one of the nation’s foremost lizard experts.
—Jay Livingston


Second Wind

Having just left a dinner meeting, Frederick S. Humphries calls from outside the Capitol. “DC is tough,” he says, referring to neither crime nor politics. “You can’t find a parking space anywhere, and I end up running from one place to another. I’m going to have to start working out.”

Any fatigue is short-lived. At an age when people plan retirement, Humphries—who in 1965 received his PhD in chemistry at Pitt—left the president’s post at Florida A&M University to become president of the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education. The Silver Spring, Maryland-based group works on behalf of more than 100 historically African-American colleges.

“I’ve gotten a second burst of energy,” he says. He’s going to need it. Among the items on his agenda is helping member universities increase student financial aid, and boost black graduation rates.

Humphries wasn’t always so motivated. His parents pushed him to go to college; he earned a chemistry degree at Florida A&M. Later, while teaching chemistry there, he directed programs for getting more African-American students into college. He became president of Tennessee State University in 1974, and president of Florida A&M in 1985.

Under his leadership, Florida A&M’s enrollment and stature blossomed. His challenge at NAFEO, he says, will be convincing every minority college and university that they, too, can have the same success.
—Emily Tipping


Newsworthy

It all started with Cartoon Network in 1994.

After completing her MA in East Asian studies at Pitt, Lynette Clemetson jumped a plane to Hong Kong to put her knowledge and love of Asia to use. She began approving subtitles for cartoons. While it was a good job, it was somewhat unfulfilling to the undergraduate English major who specialized in journalism.

She was in Hong Kong at the perfect time. Great Britain was returning the island colony to China. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, she hoped to use this opportunity to catapult into print journalism. After writing a few stories for Newsweek, she was poised to capture this historic hand-over for the publication.

Her article, “Soul and Sushi,” about African-Americans living and working in Asia was one of several stories that cemented her status as a journalist. Now she’s a national correspondent at Newsweek’s Washington, DC, bureau, covering everything from politics to pop culture. A few years ago, she pursued a story on one of the most influential people in television: Oprah Winfrey.

“I was very nervous because it was very hard to get the interview with her. And her person told me she would try to get me 30 minutes, but it would go either shorter or longer depending on whether [Winfrey] liked me or not, which is very intimidating because you know if you go in and screw up you may only get 10 minutes.” She must have done well; Winfrey even granted her a follow-up interview.

Clemetson credits Pitt professors Mary Briscoe and Vernell Lillie for enabling her to take on such challenges: “It wasn’t so much what they gave me in terms of academics, but just by example, and their very strong support of me. They’re two of the most important women in my life.”
—Meghan Holohan


Natural Wonder

His handiwork is everywhere—from the approach ramps on the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Fort Pitt Tunnel to aluminum plants in Australia and Iowa. But these days Michael A. Gross, who retired from engineering in 1982, focuses his talents on another marvel: Mother Nature.

Gross—who graduated from Pitt with a civil engineering degree in 1930 and celebrates his 95th birthday in July—took up painting at age 55. It all began with a simple box of paints, a birthday gift from his son. Four decades later, he has become fascinated with natural wonders. His oil painting of the Rainbow Bridge rock formation in Utah hangs on the ninth floor of Benedum Hall. “I painted the bridge because of its age and its natural beauty,” he says. The rock formation is also one of the world’s biggest natural bridges, designed and created without a single engineer.

The University recently chose another work of Gross’s to adorn the engineering school’s student lounge. The lounge bears his name, and the nation’s Northwest is depicted in the painting. His artistic interests aren’t limited solely to natural engineering feats. He also creates realistic still-life pieces, and even some portraits of TV stars. Gross doesn’t sell his work, which creates a problem at his suburban Pittsburgh home: “I don’t have any more room to hang anything,” he says, laughing.
—JL


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