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Arts and Sciences

Thomas Harrington ’46 has written Reflect and Rejoice about his experiences as a Presbyterian minister. Harrington served in churches in the Midwest and Florida and as pastor of the Protestant congregation in Kathmandu, Nepal. He lives in Ormond Beach, Fla. Martin Richard Gluck ’53G, ’50G, ’48 retired in 1996 from his position as associate director of the graduate program in clinical psychology in the Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He is a vice president on the board of directors of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra and spends time working in the archives of the Dallas Historical Society. He and his wife, Susan Baer Gluck ’53, also volunteer at their local Public Broadcasting System stations. Susan retired in 1995 from her position in the Child Development Division of the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas.

Scene in Bangkok

Dan Eldridge (CAS ’98) pauses for a few moments during his travels in Thailand to sit with the local monks and share the peace and serenity of Pitt Magazine.

Nicholas George Demas ’61G is running for the sixth district of Tennessee seat in the U.S. House of Representatives after a career in research, business, and teaching and seven years of retirement. James P. O’Brien ’64 has written his 18th book, Always a Steeler. He and his wife, Kathleen Churchman O’Brien (SOC WK ’67), live in Pittsburgh. Pat Fabiano ’66, director of prevention and wellness services at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash., accepted an award from the state’s Lt. Gov. Brad Owen on behalf of the university’s WE CAN Works program, an environmental problem-solving approach to support students who abstain from drinking. David Marrangoni ’74 has joined the Pittsburgh image development and strategic communications firm Desbrow and Associates as director of business development. He was vice president of regional sales for Crown Castle International. Richard W. Hooper ’76 is director of operations of Progressive Foam Technologies in Beach City, Ohio. Sharon DePue Sherban ’78 has been honored in the National Women’s Hall of Fame’s The Book of Lives & Legacies. She lives in Lancaster, Pa. Russell Martin ’86, associate professor of history at Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pa., is vice president and president-elect of the Association for the Study of Eastern Christianity. Martin is writing a chapter in the association’s volume on the history of Russian Orthodoxy. He appeared on A&E Biography as an expert on Ivan the Terrible and has been an expert witness in a Canadian civil trial about the Russian royal family. Terri Sokoloff ’86, a restaurant broker, was honored as one of "40 under 40" by Pittsburgh Magazine and PUMP. The award recognizes young people who have passion, vision, and commitment to the area. Stacy Sweeney ’86, president of the New England Institute of Art, was honored as one of "40 Under 40" by the Boston Business Journal. Andrew Emanuel Finkle ’88 and Heather Finkle announce the birth of their daughter, Julia Hannah, on April 17, 2003, in Trenton, N.J. Paula Radon ’91 graduated from the Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1995, completed residency training in ob/gyn at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and is working as an ob/gyn physician in Annapolis, Md. Debra M. Price ’92 is district sales manager at FedEx in the Pittsburgh area. Brent Saunders ’92 is senior vice president of global compliance and business practices for Schering-Plough Corporation in Kenilworth, N.J. Corey Eckert Camerato ’95 and John Camerato announce the birth of their son, Ian Kenneth, on March 15, 2003, in Voorhees, N.J. Lisa M. Ferraro ’97 is director of social work and admissions at Our Lady of Mercy Life Center in Guilderland, N.Y. Kelly Pryke Rodland ’97 and her husband, Jeffery, are expecting a baby. She is involved in theater and works at the Department of Homeland Security. Rachel F. Resinski Evans ’98 received a $4,800 fellowship from the Surdna Arts Teachers Fellowship Program. Evans is a teacher at Middlesex County Vocational and Technical High School. She lives in New Brunswick, N.J. Claire Edwards ’99G and Sam Armstrong announce their engagement. The wedding will take place this spring. James Hardy ’01 has a financial planning practice with American Express Financial Advisors, located in the North Hills of Pittsburgh. Mark Andrew Affeltranger ’02G, ’93 has joined Bethany College in Bethany, W.Va., as a visiting assistant professor of psychology. Brooke Werner ’03 is an account coordinator at Pittsburgh-based Think Communications.

College of General Studies

Donald L. Kersten ’69 is vice president and director of the CV-32 U.S.S. Leyte. The Leyte was a decorated Essex Class carrier during the Korean War and later an antisubmarine attack carrier. Kersten is retired from the former Pittsburgh-Des Moines Steel Company. Fran Gargotta ’79 is executive vice president, chief executive resources officer of MARC USA in Pittsburgh. Gargotta was also named a finalist for the 2003 Greater Pittsburgh Athena Awards. She has worked for MARC since 1996. Nathan S. Pusateri ’97 earned his Certified Public Accountant license from the Pennsylvania State Board of Accountancy. He is employed by Croft, Drozd and Company in Exton, Pa.

Graduate School of Public
and International Affairs

Jack Exler ’81, chief of administration for the Community Development Block Grant program at the Allegheny County Department of Economic Development, serves on the board of directors of the National Association for County Community Economic Development. Exler lives in the Pittsburgh area. Harry Colin ’86 is consulting vice president of Cunneen Fundraising Services in Hamden, Conn. Kerry Lee Haynie ’88 is an associate professor of political science at Duke University in Durham, N.C. She was previously employed by Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, as an associate professor of political science. Howard R. Norris ’74 is deputy director, information technology solutions, at the General Services Administration in Chicago.

Graduate School of Public Health

Ralph W. Hingson ’70, a professor of social and behavioral sciences and associate dean for research in the Boston University School of Public Health, was honored with Mothers Against Drunk Driving’s new National President’s award, the Ralph W. Hingson Research in Practice Award. Hingson is an expert on community and legal interventions to reduce alcohol-impaired driving.

Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business

John G. Krah ’81 serves on the board of directors of the American Association of Medical Society Executives. He is executive director of the Allegheny County Medical Society in Pittsburgh. Mohammed Shaffi Mather ’93 received the British Chevening Senior Scholarship in Globalization and Leadership at the London School of Economics.

Scene at the Grand Canyon

Robin Shepherd Riglin (CAS ’89) and her dad, Robert Shepherd (KGSB ’65), take a break on their hike to the bottom of the Grand Canyon for something truly awe-inspiring: Pitt Magazine.

(Should you have a photo of yourself caught reading your favorite magazine in an interesting locale, please send it to us.)

School of Dental Medicine

Eric M. Katch ’86 is president of the Lancaster County Dental Society in Lancaster, Pa.

School of Education

Justin James Antonini ’65G (CAS ’63) is principal of Euclid High School in Ohio. His has also been an English teacher, department chair, and school administrator. Ronald C.L. Conant ’81G, retired principal for the Pittsburgh Public Schools, has relocated to Boothbay, Maine, where he is involved with all things nautical. Michael R. Wholihan ’00G is a full-time instructor in the business program at Stautzenberger College in Toledo, Ohio. He and his wife, Karey Klinzing Wholihan (CAS ’96), live in Toledo.

School of Engineering

Aldo Zini ’75 is president and CEO of robotics manufacturer Aethon, Inc., in Pittsburgh. In his previous position as vice president of sales for Aethon, Zini was involved with the introduction of the Tug, a mobile robot for hospitals. He and his wife, Kathryn Shearer Zini (NURS ’77), live in Venetia, Pa. James J. Pingor ’88 is an associate with the Cleveland law firm of Tucker Ellis and West, where he is a member of the intellectual property group. Angelitha Daniel ’98 is assistant director of minority programs in the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University. Previously, she served as a recruiter for Pitt’s minority engineering program. Christopher L. Wells ’03 received his commission as a naval officer after completing Officer Candidate School at Naval Aviation Schools Command, Naval Air Station, in Pensacola, Fla. Arthur G. Hoffmann Jr. ’83 is governor of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Geo-Institute. Based in Pittsburgh, he is vice president at Gannett Fleming, a consulting engineering and construction management firm. Ed Russavage ’89 is an associate at Lowrie, Lando and Anastasi, an intellectual property law firm in the Boston area.

School of Law

Jack Olender ’57 was honored with the Champion of Democracy Award by D.C. Vote, a group dedicated to securing full voting representation in Congress for Washington, D.C., residents. Louis B. Kushner ’67, a member of the Pittsburgh firm Rothman Gordon, has completed a four-year term as cochair of the employment rights and responsibilities committee of the American Bar Association. Kevin Clark Forsythe ’84 (CAS ’80) has published three novels in his Pittsburgh River Trilogy: Stardust on the Allegheny, Murder on the Mon, and Twilight on the Ohio. Forsythe is a Pittsburgh-based attorney. H. William Devitt III ’85 is general counsel at Aircast in Summit, N.J. Previously, he was employed as treasurer and in-house counsel at Myron Corp. Phyllis T. Procopio ’85, a member of Rothman Gordon, chairs the Workers’ Compensation Section of the Allegheny County Bar Association for the 2003-04 term. Penina Kessler Lieber ’86 (FAS ’73, CAS ’63), of the Pittsburgh office of Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell and Hippel, is on the editorial board of Judges’ Journal, a quarterly publication of the Judicial Division of the American Bar Association. Lieber is also an adjunct professor of law in Pitt’s School of Law and was founding director of the school’s Global Nonprofit Law Program. Joseph W. Lazzaro ’89 lectured on the role of the tax collector in bankruptcy for the annual state conference of the Pennsylvania Earned Income Tax Officers Administrators and Collectors Association and on local taxation fundamentals and practice at the Pennsylvania Chapter of the Tax Professionals Association. He is an attorney with Kratzenberg and Lazzaro in White Oak, Pa. Ed Wojnaroski ’90, a major in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, returned from Operation Iraqi Freedom, having served in Iraq and Kuwait as the commanding officer of Military Police Company, 1st Force Service Support Group, Marine Expeditionary Force. In 2002, he authored the portfolio 805-2nd Private Annuities and Self-Canceling Installment Notes for BNA Tax Management. He lives in Pittsburgh and is an attorney for the firm Williams, Coulson, Johnson, Parker, Lloyd, and Tedesco, specializing in estate planning. Beth Lazzara ’91 (CAS ’88), a partner in the Pittsburgh firm Goodrich, Goodrich and Lazzara, received the 2003 Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association’s Community Service Award for her volunteer work in improving the lives of injured victims. Lazzara is also founder of the Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association’s President’s Challenge 5K Run, Walk, & Wheel, which benefits the Pittsburgh Steelwheelers, a group of wheelchair athletes. Laura LeDuc ’95 is assistant coach of women’s soccer at Emory University in Atlanta.

School of Library and Information Sciences

Wendy Bethune ’94G is manager of the Sanger Branch Library within the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library System in Toledo, Ohio.

School of Medicine

Rosemary Edwards ’84 was one of two recipients of the 2003 College of American Pathologists Foundation Humanitarian Grant Award. The award supports her creation of a laboratory in Fondwa, Haiti, which will serve more than 40,000 individuals and increase the level of healthcare available to the local residents. Her organization, Partners in Progress, promotes and advances community-based models of sustainable, rural development in Haiti.

School of Nursing

Barbara M. Jones ’66G received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Cleveland General and Saint Luke’s Nurses’ Alumni Association. A pediatric specialist and nursing administrator, she retired in 1995 as vice president of nursing at Chicago’s Swedish Covenant Hospital. Pat Wehrheim Affe ’70 is the commander of the 4220th United States Army Hospital in Shoreham, N.Y., the first nurse to assume command of this unit. She has been a member of the U.S. Army Reserves for 28 years. Five alumnae were honored last fall at the University’s School of Nursing Cameo of Caring Awards: Clare Cornell ’76, Forbes Regional Hospital (advanced practice nurse category); Nancy Matta ’90, The Western Pennsylvania Hospital (bedside nurse category); Tracy Ann Pasek ’91G, ’85, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC (advanced practice nurse category); Michele Prior ’80G, Allegheny General Hospital (advanced practice nurse category); and Linda Rhoades ’84G, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (bedside nurse category).

School of Pharmacy

Franklin Manios ’57 is vice president of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association, a nonprofit association of citizens of Greek heritage. He is president and owner of Franklin Pharmacy and Health Care in Warren, Ohio. John L. Colaizzi ’60 is acting university vice president for academic affairs at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. He had been dean of the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers since 1978. Randy Schad ’71 received the 2002 Pharmacist of the Year Award from the Michigan Society of Health System Pharmacists. He is senior assistant director of pharmacy with the Beaumont Hospital Pharmacy in Royal Oak, Mich. Lindsay J. Pell ’01G is a specialty practice pharmacist in critical care and rehabilitation at the Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus.

School of Social Work

Grady H. Roberts Jr. ’65G (EDUC ’74G, GSPH ’71G) received the United Cerebral Palsy Foundation’s Gertrude Labowitz Lifetime Achievement Award. Roberts is the retired associate dean of the School of Social Work.

In Memoriam

Chester W. Adams EDUC ’51G, EDUC ’49 died in October 2003 at the age of 86. Drafted into the Army in 1941, Adams was among thousands who, on D-Day, landed on Omaha Beach in Normandy, France. He worked for 29 years as a physical education teacher at Beechwood Elementary School in Pittsburgh and retired in 1978.

Frederick A. Hetzel, who guided the University of Pittsburgh Press to national literary distinction during his 30 years as director, died in September 2003 at the age of 73. In addition to enhancing the press’ output of books for general readers, Hetzel launched the Drue Heinz Literature Prize, now one of the literary community’s most prestigious and lucrative competitions.

Pearl J. Noechel EDUC ’42 died in October 2003 at the age of 94 in Sharpsburg, Pa. She was a retired social worker and a member of the Pennsylvania State Employees Retirement Association.

Rex Shepherd, a professor in the University of Pittsburgh Department of Chemistry, died in September at the age of 57. Shepherd began working at Pitt in 1975.

Rhoten A. Smith, who served as University of Pittsburgh provost in the 1970s and early 1980s, died in September 2003 at the age of 82. Smith’s higher education career as a classroom professor of political science and as an administrator spanned parts of five decades—taking him from the University of Kansas to New York University to Temple University to Northern Illinois University before his arrival at Pitt in 1971. He served as the University’s chief academic officer until retiring in 1983. He lived most recently in Greeley, Colo.

Bruce Anthony Terrell CAS ’79 died in January 2003 at the age of 46 from a pulmonary embolism following a fall. Terrell was the first Black homecoming king at the University and was active in Phi Beta Sigma. He spent his last 10 years working as a contracts staff analyst for IBM in Raleigh, N.C.

Ted Windt, professor emeritus of political rhetoric and former chair of Pitt’s Department of Communication, died in October 2003 at the age of 67. Windt was the author or editor of numerous books and articles on political rhetoric. He received many awards for his work in the classroom, including the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award. He was also a well-known political campaign consultant, providing analysis and commentary for KDKA television and KQV radio.

Albert L. Zupon, ENGR ’58 died in February 2003. A native of North Fayette Township, he worked for the Army Corps of Engineers for 35 years, retiring in 1997 after 15 years as chief of operations. Until shortly before his death, he was municipal engineer for four Western Pennsylvania municipalities. He was also a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, having started with ROTC at Pitt.

Overthrowing Violence

In Logan, Utah, an abused mother of eight children sneaks out of her house while her husband works in the fields. With seven of her children in tow (one stayed behind), the woman walks three miles to a neighbor’s house, where the neighbor calls the local women’s shelter.

"I still remember the hollowness reflected in those children’s eyes," says Diane Stuart (CAS ’87), who was the shelter’s director a decade ago. The stories told in the shelter—a 20-bed facility which also serves as a rape crisis center—stood in stark contrast to Stuart’s own family life, with a supportive husband and 10 children and stepchildren. Stuart’s husband would "trim the shelter’s bushes, mow the lawn, whatever we needed."

As director of the shelter, Stuart realized she had a talent for helping people work together. Her staff sought out community resources a woman might need, from financial counseling to ongoing emotional support. They also formed one of the nation’s first mobile crisis teams, sending victim advocates directly to assault scenes.

Stuart went on to work for Utah’s governor, gathering information from shelter workers, police officers, and judges to help form state policy decisions. Today, she heads the Office on Violence Against Women after being nominated by President Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. The office sets policy and administers $400 million in grants to state and local organizations for programs aimed at reducing violence, attacks, stalking, and sexual assaults. Although she now works on a national scale, her goal is the same one she had in Logan: "Keep victims safe and hold offenders accountable."
—Amy Sousa

Nursing a Business

Jackie Johnson likes "making something out of nothing." Two decades ago, when she worked as a nurse, she applied for MBA tuition reimbursement from her employer. Although it was one of the company’s benefits, she was denied funding because she only worked 20 hours per week. An administrator suggested that she go "on call" for six months to increase her eligibility.

Six grueling months later, after this mother of four had been called to work at 3 a.m., 5 p.m., midnight—all hours of the day—the same administrator threw up his hands and said, "Sorry," the tuition reimbursement wasn’t going to work out. Johnson turned her frustration into energy, applying for an Associate’s Fellowship from Pitt. She was awarded full-tuition assistance and a monthly stipend. "I did what I do with most things in life—figure out a way to get what I want," she says. "That’s the spitfire in me."

Johnson (KGSB ’86) was the only nurse out of 209 students in her class, and she earned her MBA in 11 months as a full-time student. For the next eight years, she worked as the executive director of the cardiovascular program at the Mercy Heart Institute. Today, she runs the Pittsburgh-based firm Corazon Consulting, which guides hospital cardiovascular programs in business planning and development. Founded in February 2001, Corazon has grown from 10 to 20 employees, and last year Johnson won the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for entrepreneurial excellence in Western Pennsylvania.
—Cara J. Hayden

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