HOMECOMING PITT'S SCHOOL OF DENTISTRY—THE OWL, 1950 A Section of Welcome News and Events for Alumni and Friends A Section of Welcome News and Events for Alumni and Friends Arts and Sciences Charles Foster, '23, of Gainesville, Florida, professor emeritus of education at the University of Florida, still attends faculty events and hopes to make it back for Pitt's Homecoming festivities next month. Foster, 95, was the first awardee of the George Wharton Pepper scholarship at Pitt, and his name is engraved in the stone walkway known as "Scholar's Walk" near the Cathedral of Learning. Foster would appreciate hearing from his classmates at 504 NE 9th Avenue, Gainesville, Florida, 32601. Paul H. Baldwin, '50, of New Brighton, Pennsylvania, has had his book Peace for the 21st Century published. Irving Rothman, '67, '59, Education '57, has been named Outstanding Professor in English at the University of Houston for 1995. Rothman is a former editor of The Pitt News. William Slomanson, '67, professor of international law at Western State University in San Diego, California, has had his book Fundamental Perspectives on International Law (Second Edition) published. Gerald A. Tuttle, '69, and his wife, Cheryl Gerson Tuttle (Education '68), have published Challenging Voices, an anthology of essays and poetry about those living with learning disabilities. Davydd Greenwood, '70, Goldwin Smith Professor of Anthropology at Cornell University, writes that he has been elected to the Spanish Royal Academy of Moral and Political Sciences. "The [Academy] was founded in 1857 by royal decree, and membership is for life," he says. Greenwood, who has authored five books, is married to Pilar Fernandez-Canadas, '67, a tenured faculty member at Wells College in Aurora, New York. Dennis Schatzman, '72, has co-authored The Simpson Trial in Black & White with newsman Tom Elias. Schatzman, of the Los Angeles Sentinel, and Elias, of Scripps- Howard News Service, shared a seat in the courtroom during the Simpson trial, which led to the collaboration on the book. Helen Sophia Polatajko, '75, of Pittsburgh, has been named as one of 1996's top 100 women in computing by Computing Magazine. Mark Kessler, '77, associate professor of political science at Bates College, Lewiston, Maine, has co-authored a textbook on US politics entitled The Play of Power: An Introduction to American Government. Kevin George, '78, a lawyer with the American Postal Workers Union, received the Sargent Shriver Award for Humanitarian Service for his work as president of a small group of US citizens dedicated to helping war-torn Liberia. Lewis Stern, '84, '76, has had his book Imprisoned or Missing in Vietnam published by McFarland & Company. Stern, of Arlington, Virginia, has been the country director for Indochina, Thailand, and Burma in the office of the Secretary of Defense since 1990. Roy R. Robson, '87, an assistant professor of history at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina, has published Old Believers in Modern Russia. Marty Levine, '88, is manager of corporate and foundation grants at Chatham College in Pittsburgh. Anthony Crofton, '91, writes, "I was hired by the Department of Juvenile Justice as an assistant resource coordinator for the state of Maryland, and I am executive director of investigations for Paul W. Tolle and Associates, Inc." April Fallon, '91, has earned a doctorate in creative writing from the University of Southwestern Louisiana. Her chapbook The Ice King has been accepted for publication by Cripes! Press. Cathleen Karlsson, '91, of Oakton, Virginia, won the Ms. Petite Virginia title and competed in the national pageant . "It was an interesting experience and allowed me to meet some great women from around the country." Jane Birkofer, '92, senior consultant at Andersen Consulting in Phoenix, was recently married in Sedona, Arizona. Amy Linsebigler, '95, of Clifton Park, New York, has joined the GE Research and Development Center as a chemist. Business Stanley Wynett, '52, of Flushing, New York, reports that his book Cover Letters That Will Get You the Job You Want is in its third printing. He says, "I'm 80 percent finished with Performance-Driven Resumes." Al Grigaliunas, '65, Engineering '64, of Bridgewater, New Jersey, has been inducted into the Benedictine High School (Cleveland, Ohio) Athletic Hall of Fame. He was captain of the 1963 Panther football team. Bibiana Boerio, '76, is finance director for Ford Motor Company's Jaguar subsidiary based in Coventry, England. She is Ford's highest-ranking female financial officer. John Schmitz, '89, writes that he has been hired as manager of profitability and pricing for the Business Forms Division at the Reynolds & Reynolds Company in Dayton, Ohio. He and his wife, Erin, recently welcomed their first child. "As an alumni located outside my hometown of Pittsburgh, I thoroughly enjoy every issue of Pitt Magazine. Great job!" Martha Nelson, '90, was awarded tenure as associate professor at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Dental Medicine Richard Kiman, '43, writes, "After 52 years, I have retired from my private practice of general dentistry. However, I am continuing my affiliation with the New York University College of Dentistry as a part-time faculty member." James H. Meyers, '87, of Pittsburgh, recently completed a two-year term as president of the Pittsburgh Academy of Periodontology. Education S. Trevor Hadley, '52, '41, of Pittsburgh, says his book Only in Pittsburgh is into its third printing. The book is a collection of essays about important events, people, and places that shaped Pittsburgh's past and present. Hadley, former vice president at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, says he's had a 70-year love affair with the city. "I hope [my book] will help others to appreciate [the city] as I do." Julia Clemens Ghetian, '53, '41, of Elizabeth, Pennsylvania, writes to say, "I graduated in 1937 and was awarded a Pitt scholarship. Tuition in 1937 was $10 a credit; that meant $150 a semester, and my scholarship was for $75. Somehow my mother and dad made up the remainder at $25 a month, and the school accepted that. I don't know what would have happened to me if I hadn't gone to Pitt!" Edward L. Florak, '70, '66, president of Jefferson Community College in Steubenville, Ohio, was one of America's "community heroes" carrying the Olympic torch during ceremonies this summer. Peter Lorain, '71, personnel director of Tigard-Tualatin School District in Oregon, has been named president-elect of the National Middle School Association. William Penn, '72, has been named director of the Bureau of Special Education for the state of Pennsylvania. Mary Ann Nobers, '74, is deputy secretary for elementary and secondary education for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Helaine Scholl, '81, Arts and Sciences '77, has been honored by the Pennsylvania Art Education Association with its Outstanding Elementary Art Educator award. Paul Munyofu, '84, an educational research associate for the Pennsylvania Department of Education, spent eight months in Turkey as a consultant to the Ministry of National Education. David Rubino, '88, Arts and Sciences, '81, president of Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania, has been asked to participate in the Educational Leadership Program, a New York City-based program for college and university presidents. Philip Burlingame, '89, is vice president of student affairs at the State University of New York Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome. Engineering Vincent Lopardo, '51, '48, was honored at the US Naval Academy when a lecture hall in its engineering building was dedicated to him. Lopardo, a mechanical engineering professor emeritus, taught for 34 years at the academy. Richard Woodward, '60, of DuBois, Pennsylvania, has been recognized for 35 years of service with Rockwell Manufacturing/Rockwell International/Equimeter. James Gindlesperger, '63, has published Escape from Libby Prison. He writes, "The National Park Service at the Richmond National Battlefield Park is using my [book] as their main source of information on the escape, and there are negotiations underway to bring the book to life as a made-for-television movie." Richard Semenick, '82, principal engineer for the Long Island Rail Road, reports that he is a professional engineer in New York and his wife, Bernadette Schmitt Semenick (Nursing '82), is a nurse in the intensive care unit at St. Francis Hospital, Roslyn, New York. Sandra L. Napolitan, '86, writes to say: "I have been elected chairman of the Society of Manufacturing Engineering for Chapter 15 in Philadelphia. I am also the first woman to serve as chairman since the chapter was founded in 1938." Lincoln Leaman, '92, an engineer/estimator for Penhall International in San Francisco, says, "I enjoy reading Pitt Magazine. It helps to keep me connected to my alma mater. Also thought you'd like to know that Pitt's name is very well known and respected on the left coast." Ivan Dzombak, '94, '84, writes, "I have accepted a position as engineering manager with Montronix, Inc., and will be moving with my wife (Paula Penrod, '84) and three children to the Ann Arbor, Michigan area." He hopes other EE grads will contact him at idzombak @montronix.com General Studies Lynette Talak, '84, of Jacksonville, Florida, is finance manager at Barnett Banks. Scott Campbell, '90, of Washington, Pennsylvania, recently graduated from the Municipal Police Academy at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Carol Cantini, '90, associate director of Career Services at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh and principal of CareerLife Associates, has been included in the 1996-97 edition of Who's Who in Executives and Professionals. Kimberly Guseman, '90, was appointed assistant officer at Mellon Bank, Pittsburgh. Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Pat Croce, '77, will join with Comcast Corporation, a cable company, in a joint venture that will own and operate Philadelphia's professional hockey and basketball teams and the city's arenas. Stephen Fuzie, '86, director of rehabilitation services at Shadyside Hospital in Pittsburgh, served as chief athletic trainer for the Olympics water polo competition. Daniele Wilson, '89, of Raeford, North Carolina, writes that she is now self-employed, doing contract work for various home health agencies, dialysis centers, and nursing homes. David Lecce, '93, is an occupational therapist at St. Francis Medical Center North in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania. Law J. Bruce Johnston, '55, Arts and Sciences '52, of Cohen & Grigsby, was elected chair of the board of trustees at Robert Morris College in Pittsburgh. David C. Cannon, Jr., '77, vice president of environment, health, and safety for PPG Industries in Pittsburgh, has been elected to a three-year term as a director of the American Corporate Counsel Association. Marlee S. Myers, '77, Arts and Sciences '74, has joined Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP to head the firm's new office in Pittsburgh. Barbara A. Rizzo, '83, Arts and Sciences '80, a partner in the firm of Peacock Keller Ecker & Crothers of Washington, Pennsylvania, was elected president of the Pennsylvania School Solicitors' Association. Jeffrey Pollock, '87, writes, "I have become the first ever Allegheny County Bar Association Young Lawyer to be elected to a second term as chair of the Young Lawyers Section." SCHOOL OF Information ScienceS Charlotte Chung-Sook Kim, '68, assistant commissioner of neighborhood services for the Chicago Public Library, has been elected to the North Central College board of trustees. Gary D. Wolfe, '72, a librarian and former teacher, has been named commissioner for commonwealth libraries for the state of Pennsylvania. Celestine S. Cox, '80, a student at Union Theological Seminary in Virginia, has been named a Thompson Fellow. Frank Lucente, '86, associate professor of computer technology at Westmoreland (Pennsylvania) County Community College, was a recent recipient of the school's Outstanding Teaching Award for 1996. Jill Hackenberg, '90, Arts and Sciences '89, e-mails: "I recently left my position at the University of Houston for a job at the SUNY University at Buffalo. I am now coordinator of reference and electronic services at the Science and Engineering Library. When I left Houston, I ended my five-year tenure as co-moderator of the PACS-L discussion list, the largest library-related listserv on the internet." Gail Giroux, '93, is archivist at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst for the papers of the late United States Representative Silvio O. Conte. "There was tremendous social, political, economic, and cultural change in this country during Conte's time in office (1950-1991)," says Giroux. "The papers chronicle those changes." Medicine Alexander M. Minno, '47, Arts and Sciences '43, was named the 1995 recipient of the Allegheny County Medical Society's Nathaniel Bedford Award for outstanding dedication to the physical and psychological needs of his patients. Joseph Marasco, Jr., '57, Arts and Sciences '53, of Pittsburgh, received the American College of Radiology's prestigious Gold Medal. Bert W. O'Malley, '63, Arts and Sciences '59, was named a Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science for outstanding contributions to the mechanisms of steroid hormone action. Carol Zinn Congedo, '76, says, "Despite having to retire from clinical practice due to systemic lupus erythematosis, I have been appointed to the board of directors of the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the Lupus Foundation of America and facilitate a lupus support group which meets monthly." Frank Vertosick, '81, Arts and Sciences '76, a neurosurgeon in Pittsburgh, has recently published When the Air Hits Your Brain (W. W. Norton & Co.), a sometimes serious, sometimes humorous look at neurosurgical training. Mark L. Hoch, '88, writes that he and his family moved to Arizona last year to join a holistic medical practice in Phoenix. Nursing Suzanne Lego, '63, of Sewickley, Pennsylvania, is editor of Perspectives in Psychiatric Care: The Journal for Nurse Psychotherapists. Her latest book is entitled Psychiatric Nursing: A Comprehensive Reference. Pearl Moore, '74, '68, executive director of the International Oncology Nursing Society, is the recipient of the Achievement Award for Outstanding Contributions to Cancer Care by the Association of Community Cancer Centers. Kathleen Hays, '77, '69, of Pittsburgh, was recently named to the national board of trustees of the Leukemia Society of America. Pharmacy Ruth E. Haring, '91, of Glen Riddle, Pennsylvania, has been appointed assistant professor of clinical pharmacy at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science. Public Health Mary Ellen Fennessy, '83, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences '79, has been appointed vice president of business development at Frontier Rehabilitation of Boston, Massachusetts. James M. Collins, '87, Arts and Sciences '81, is senior vice president for managed care and network development for the Western Pennsylvania Hospital in Pittsburgh. Public and International Affairs Richard Mattern, '60, is senior vice president, marketing, for Seimens Rolm Communications in Santa Clara, California. Kenneth A. Knight, '73, Arts and Sciences '72, a director with the Goleta (California) West Sanitary District, received a certificate of completion in special district board management. Lee Cutrone, '74, is head of corporate banking at ABN Amro Bank, N.V., in London. John E. McAllister, '76, '72, is deputy secretary for administration in the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. Elizabeth O'Connell, '90, works as deputy director, institutes, for the National Italian Foundation in Washington, DC. Sundaa A. Bridgett, '95, is a presidential management intern at the US Agency for International Development located in Washington, DC. Social Work Linda Barbanel, '67, Arts and Sciences '62, of New York City, writes to say her new book, Sex, Money & Power, has just been published by Macmillan Spectrum Books: "It's being called the 'definitive' book on helping people recognize and cope with everyday money issues that are the leading causes of conflict in relationships." Thelma Lovette, '72, of Pittsburgh, joined with such notables as former President Jimmy Carter, country music superstar Garth Brooks, and basketball center Shaquille O'Neal to bring the Olympic flame to Atlanta this year. She was one of 5,500 "community heroes" who participated in the torch relay, which passed through 42 states. Mary Ann Griffin, '81, of Washington, DC, chief operating officer at Hospice of Northern Virginia, writes to say she has been elected to the Penn State University College of Health and Human Development Alumni Board and has been accepted into the American College of Healthcare Executives. LIFE AT THE (BIG) TOP V alerie Plish (Arts and Sciences '94) of West Mifflin, Pennsylvania, graduated from college, thought about the nine-to-five routine, then ran away with the circus. "Just before graduation," says Plish, "a friend told me Barnum and Bailey was auditioning for dancers, and I decided to try out. When I told my mother what I was going to do, she said, 'Are you crazy?' But now the whole family loves it!" When Plish went to audition, she saw what the term "three-ring circus" really means: "There were clowns, trapeze artists, animals—it all looked so exciting," she recalls. "I knew it was the one thing I really wanted to do." Although she loves her work, life on the road is hectic. The circus travels 50 out of 52 weeks, with each two-year tour covering 100 cities. Plish lives on a train and has her own room, which, she says, gives her a little point of stability in an otherwise frenetic existence. "It's a chore just finding post offices, laundromats, and grocery stores in all the new cities," she says. Although she auditioned as a dancer (and is one this year), she started out as an aerialist performing a routine known as "The Web" on a rope 34 feet in the air. "And I was afraid of heights!" she laughs. She also rode the elephants, which she admits was a little scary but also the most fun part of the show. The circus is really one big family. "We have 150 performers," Plish says, "so we often have circus weddings." The circus is putting together a world-wide tour. "I'll definitely do that one," she says. "As far as I'm concerned, it's been the opportunity of a lifetime!"—Sally Neiser CGS DEDICATES AIDS QUILT PANEL I t was Jaime Rakow's idea to make Pitt's first memorial quilt panel dedicated to College of General Studies (CGS) students who have died from AIDS. Then a student government council member, Rakow (General Studies '95) asked that student activity funds be set aside for the project after viewing part of the national AIDS memorial quilt. Her dream came true last year when the panel was dedicated at the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force center during United Way's Day of Caring. Dennis Donham, assistant vice chancellor for student affairs, said, "We think the Cathedral on the panel is a remarkable symbol, and we hope it can be a beacon of light and a symbol of the importance of diversity, compassion, tolerance, and education." Co-chair of the Pittsburgh Names Project, Tricia Nowalk, accepted the gift, saying: "Your panel is a living tribute. It is our hope it will encourage HIV prevention and stimulate compassion for those who died. Their lives as students are over, but their role as teachers is just beginning." The panel has now become part of the national Names Project AIDS quilt that will be exhibited in Washington, DC, on October 11, 1996. Myrtle Jordan, one of four CGS employees who fashioned the panel, said, "It is a very moving expression of our concern for the victims of this tragedy." Ellen Baylis, Nancy George, and Earlene Blackwell completed the CGS team. Rakow hopes the panel will inspire people to become volunteers at AIDS task force centers when they see the words of the poem that accompanies the quilt: "We remember. We care." —Marilyn Wempa I N M E M O R I A M Ronald Austin (Education '39) of Venice, Florida, died November 20, 1995. He had been a professor of business administration at Hanover College in Indiana for 35 years. H. Willard Byers (Engineering '55) died on October 28, 1995. A professional engineer, he developed a 450-ton ladle car turntable and was designing mechanical equipment for a twin shell electric furnace at the time of his death. George W. Easly (Arts and Sciences '35) died in July 1994. His wife, Willa, writes, "His [Pitt] degree served him well in his pursuit of his field." Easly was head chemist for the Great A&P Tea Company. Richard H. Gilmore (Dental Medicine '43), a longtime Saginaw, Michigan, orthodontist, died on February 11, 1996. Gilmore served in the US Army Dental Corps during World War II and practiced general dentistry with his father in New Castle, Pennsylvania, for several years. George Gleeson (Medicine '36) died in August 1995 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He was former president of the Polyclinic Medical Center and former chief of staff of its obstetrics and gynecology department. Dorothy (Dee) Bailie Harriger (Education '53) of Lower Burrell, Pennsylvania, died September 2, 1994. She was a teacher in the Burrell School District for 24 years. Lawrence L. Lucas III (Law '88) died February 10, 1996, at age 32. He was an attorney in Red Bank, New Jersey, and was a member of the Pennsylvania and New Jersey bar associations. Richard W. Marshall (Arts and Sciences '63), Eastern Michigan University professor of mathematics, died January 29, 1996. Joseph T. Mertinko (Dental Medicine '54, Arts and Sciences '49) of Rockville, Maryland, died January 13, 1996. James O'Day (Arts and Sciences '51) of Salem, South Carolina, died January 11, 1996. He was a research scientist with the University of Michigan. Megan Jean McVey Petrick (Arts and Sciences '86) died December 6, 1995, in Pittsburgh, after a lifelong battle with cystic fibrosis. She is survived by her husband, Bob (Library and Information Science '88), who works for Pitt's anesthesiology department. Emerson Venable (Arts and Sciences '33) of Pittsburgh died at age 84. During his career, he conducted secret research for the federal government, invented the gas mask used by the Navy in World War II, and was a pioneer in the control of air pollution. Joseph A. Zombek (Arts and Sciences '54) of McDonald, Pennsylvania, died of prostate cancer on January 13, 1996.