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At a 1954 reception for members of the Heinz Chapel Choir, the ice sculpture of the chapel was one of the main attractions. It must have been giving off amorous vapors for the two couples standing beside the host. The couples ended up getting married (and the two grooms became Lutheran ministers!). From right to left: Ed (SOC WK ’71, CAS ’55) and Shirley Kappeler; Jean and Tom (CAS ’54) Cooper.

Can anyone guess the identity of the famous host standing next to the ice sculpture? Winner gets the Heinz ketchup bottle (clue!) stashed away in the refrigerator of our creative director.

Arts and Sciences

J. Calvin Holsinger ’55G, ’48, and his wife, Adena Seguine Holsinger, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in May 2004. The couple resides in Springfield, Mo. Thornton Smith ’57 and Veronica McKinney were married last fall and live in Jersey City, N.J. Al Primo ’58, who created the original Eyewitness News format, has broken new ground as originator and producer of Teen Kid News, which is broadcast on stations nationwide. Frederick Franck FAS ’63 (Honorary), DEN ’42, has published Ode to the Human Face, the culmination of his career as a painter, sculptor, writer, and mystic. The book offers a sequence of photographs of his clay sculptures of the human visage. He has authored about 30 books, and his work is represented in permanent collections around the world. Janelle Barlow ’66G published her seventh book, Customer Service: The New Competitive Edge. Emanuel Rubin ’68G is author of The English Glee in the Reign of George III: Participatory Art Music for an Urban Society. It is an exploration of the vocal ensemble music of Georgian England. Rubin once was director of the Pitt Men’s Glee Club and now is professor of music history and Judaic studies at the University of Massachusetts. J. Matthew Simon ’69G received the biennial Distinguished Alumni Award from Pitt’s chemistry department. Simon is a distinguished service professor of chemistry and former president at Point Park University. At Pitt, he serves as an adjunct professor in the Department of Administrative and Policy Studies in the School of Education and as institute associate in the school’s Institute for Higher Education Management. Daniel L. Rosenthal ’78, a Richmond, Va., lawyer, is chair of the Virginia State Bar Association’s standing committee on lawyer advertising. He also is part-time host and producer for Richmond’s WCVE public radio station and contributes to National Public Radio news. Patrick D. Hurley ’79 is vice president at March of Syracuse, an office of insurance-brokerage and risk-advisement companies. He is responsible for managing the identification and development of new commercial business opportunities. Hurley resides in Manilus, N.Y. Lynn Vogel ’88 is a geologist with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection in the Site Remediation and Waste Management Program and lives in Morrisville, Pa. She obtained master-level certification as a hazardous material manager. Vogel also volunteers with MentorPower, an environmentally focused mentoring program for teens in the Trenton, N.J., area, and as a farmer at Howell Living History Farm, also in New Jersey. Anthony J. Brookover ’89 joined the John Buck Co. as senior vice president and director of property management. John Buck is a management and leasing company in the Midwest. Brookover also is pursuing a master of jurisprudence in corporate law at Loyola University in Chicago. Thomas E. Hanson Jr. ’93 and his wife, Sophia Joppy Hanson ’93, traveled to Eleuthera, Bahamas, in summer 2004 and purchased a home called Seascape. Toni Crary Robinson ’93 is vice president of merchandise planning at Limited Brands, which owns Victoria’s Secret, Bath and Body Works, Express, and The Limited stores. Dana Richell Schultz ’93 completed a National Endowment for the Humanities seminar for teachers in Dublin, Ireland, and Washington, D.C. The five-week event was titled “Famine: Irish Immigrants and Their Children.” Michael E. Bertin ’95, an associate in the litigation department at Philadelphia-based Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel, was elected to the Council for the Family Law Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. Bertin specializes in family law. Sean-Michael Green ’98 is author of Marching to College: Turning Military Experience Into College Admissions and a military education consultant to companies, universities, and government entities. The book is designed to help service members and veterans. Brett Taylor ’99 and Stephanie Huszar ’99 were married on September 4, 2004. The couple met while on staff at The Pitt News and resides in Brooklyn. Tatiana Zadony ’01 has joined Robert Falls & Co. Public Relations in Cleveland as assistant account executive. She works with consumer and industrial clients. Colleen (McCarthy) van Lent ’02G, ’99G, spent the summer of 2004 at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., as part of her NASA faculty fellowship. She is an assistant professor of computer engineering and computer science at California State University, Long Beach. Thomas Watkiss ’03 was chosen to be part of the CuratorLab program at Konstfack Fine Arts Institution in Stockholm, Sweden. He was an American Scandinavian Foundation trainee after graduation and has served as press officer for “The Snow Show” in Lapland, Finland. Maureen A. Albertson ’03 completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill. In the program, she learned about naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety, and survival. Ronald J. Campana ’04, Alisha L. Fleming ’04, and Michael Murphy ’04 have been accepted into the Pennsylvania College of Optometry’s Doctor of Optometry Program.

College of Business Administration

Lynn M. Whelan ’04 is staff accountant at Lumsden & McCormick, LLP, certified public accountants and advisors. She is responsible for services to commercial businesses, nonprofit organizations, governmental entities, and individuals. She lives in Tonawanda, N.Y.

College of General Studies

Arthur B. Fox ’88, ’75, is author of Pittsburgh During the American Civil War 1860–1865. Fox teaches world and U.S. geography and U.S. history at the Community College of Allegheny County and Pittsburgh history at Duquesne University. Ozias A. Moore Jr. ’93 earned a Master of Science degree in engineering in technology management from the University of Pennsylvania in May 2004. He completed the executive master’s degree in the Technology Management Program, run jointly by Penn’s Wharton School of Business and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Clayton E. Swisher ’99 wrote The Truth About Camp David, his account of President Clinton’s 2000 summit to address Arab-Israeli relations. He is an associate with a Middle East consulting firm and lives in Washington, D.C.

Graduate School of Public and International Affairs

Colonel Robert G. Anisko ’77 retired from the U.S. Army Reserves in November 2003 after 34 years of military service. He is a Vietnam veteran and a retired member of the Pennsylvania State Police. Mark Bittinger ’93, of Harrisburg, Pa., presented a lecture titled “The 9/11 Commission Report: The Future of Intelligence” at Pitt in September 2004. Bittinger served as a professional staff member with the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, also known as the 9/11 Commission, and assisted in the writing of its report to the president, Congress, and the public.

Graduate School of Public Health

Trenza M. Ezzati-Rice ’77, CAS ’71, director of the Division of Statistical Research and Methods at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, was named a fellow of the American Statistical Association, of which she has been a member since 1990. The award recognizes outstanding service to and leadership in the field of statistical science. Artis Hall ’93 was appointed district executive director for the Southwest District Office of the Pennsylvania Department of Health. She also served as program administrator for the Pittsburgh/Allegheny Healthy Start Program.

Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business

Stephen E. Gansman ’64 is vice president of investments at Smith Barney, a division of Citigroup. His Pennsylvania license plate reads PITT 64. Mark Sevco ’91, GSPH ’91, CAS ’89, is president of UPMC Braddock. He has worked for UPMC since 1992.

School of Education

Atlas Laster Jr. ’76G, ’73G, published Psychology, Astrology and Religion Revisited: Removing the Veil in the End Times. The text is based on more than three decades of research. David A. Squires ’78G teaches a doctoral program for educational leadership at Southern Connecticut State University and published a book, Aligning and Balancing the Standards-Based Curriculum. The text demonstrates how district-developed curriculum can improve test scores. Kathleen M. Huebner ’80G, ’71G, and Diane P. Wormsley ’79G, ’73G, codirect the new National Center for Leadership in Visual Impairment under the Pennsylvania College of Optometry’s Department of Graduate Studies of Vision Impairment. The college received a $6.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to establish the center, which develops a student-oriented leadership training program for visually impaired students.

School of Engineering

Harish B. Rao ’89 earned an MBA degree from Penn State University.

School of Law

Paul R. Jackson ’77, a partner at Warner Norcross & Judd, was elected to the tax council for the State Bar of Michigan’s taxation section and also serves the American Bar Association’s taxation section. Jackson is active with the Muskegon County United Way, Muskegon Economic Forum, Muskegon Country Club, Muskegon Civic Theater, and Muskegon Rotary Club. Steven E. “Tim” Riley Jr. ’78, CAS ’75, of the Erie law firm Conner Riley & Fryling, is vice chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Judicial Evaluation Commission, which investigates, interviews, and rates candidates for state appellate court judgeships. He has served on the commission since 1998. Tom Crawford ’80 is president and CEO of Cyber-Ark Software Inc. in Dedham, Mass. He oversees the daily operations of the company, which provides vaulting solutions for securely connecting enterprises over the Internet. Samuel R. Grego ’81 spearheads the expanded bankruptcy practice group at the Pittsburgh law firm Dickie McCamey & Chilcote. He has more than 20 years of commercial bankruptcy experience. James C. Warmbrodt ’84 has joined the litigation and defense department in the Pittsburgh office of Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., a creditors’ rights law firm. Kim M. Watterson ’91, FAS ’88, CAS ’81, has joined the appellate practice of Reed Smith, a top-25 international law firm. She also serves as a cooperating lawyer for the ACLU and law fellow at the University of Pittsburgh. Peter Cohen ’93 of Portland, Maine, will be featured in a PBS documentary and has been the focus of several articles and television interviews. He suffers from dystonia, a neurological disorder that causes involuntary muscle spasms and tremors. In 2003, he had experimental surgery, which helped him regain the ability to move with ease. Neil Boyden Tanner ’97, a senior associate in the Philadelphia office of Pepper Hamilton, has been elected by the Association Internationale des Jeunes Avocats to be its national representative from the United States. The organization promotes cooperation and friendship among young attorneys around the world. J. Jason Elash ’97, CAS ’93 has been appointed city solicitor for McKeesport, Pa. Benjamin D. Kerr ’04, Stacey M. Noble ’04, and Jason M. Yarbrough ’04 are associates at the Pittsburgh firm of Meyer Unkovic & Scott. Kerr serves in the business litigation and tort litigation groups. Noble is part of the firm’s business litigation group. Yarbrough works in the construction law, tort litigation, and business litigation groups.

School of Medicine

Howard K. Rabinowitz ’71, a member of the faculty in Jefferson Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, has written Caring for the Country. The book chronicles the work and lives of 10 graduates of the school’s Physician Shortage Area Program, which helps to ease doctor shortages in rural areas. Kirk E. Dineley ’02, of Pittsburgh, has joined Francis Marion University in Florence, S.C., as an assistant professor of biology.

School of Nursing

Kathleen Rayman ’78, an associate professor in the department of professional roles/mental health nursing at East Tennessee State University, has received the Joyce R. Bassham College of Nursing Faculty Fellowship for the 2004-05 academic year. The award provides a three-year stipend to support research activities. Rayman’s research focuses on diabetes in Latinos.

School of Pharmacy

Raymond B. Seastead ’48, of Warren, Pa., writes to say he is proud of his service in the U.S. Navy, in which he enlisted in 1942. After graduation, he served as a registered pharmacist for many years, opening Seastead Pharmacy in 1961 and retiring in 1982.

In Memoriam

Joseph L. Boerio LAW ’50 died in August 2004. He was business manager at Torrence State Hospital in Westmoreland County, Pa., until his retirement in 1983.

Bonka Boneva FAS ’98 died in September 2004. A Bulgarian who came to the United States in 1988, Boneva was an instructor in the University’s psychology department, taught at Robert Morris University, and conducted research at Carnegie Mellon University.

Mary Newton Bruder FAS ’79, ’69, died in August 2004. She taught in public schools before moving to Pittsburgh to teach linguistics at the University and Chatham College. She came to be known as “The Grammar Lady” after establishing the Grammar Hot Line and writing a syndicated newspaper grammar column.

Frank Caputo EDUC ’56G, ’42G, ’36G, ’34, died in December 2003. He was a choir singer, jazz band director, and music teacher. He was a teacher and assistant principal in junior high schools in Miami and also taught at the collegiate level.

William A. Cornell FAS ’49 died in October 2004. A writer of Pennsylvania’s history, he penned two high school textbooks, Our Pennsylvania Heritage and Understanding Pennsylvania Civics. He worked at Edinboro University and the Pennsylvania State Education Association before retiring in 1981.

Hector Correa, a professor in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, died in August 2004. He was an amateur bullfighter in Quito, Ecuador, and later worked in the United Nations and the World Health Organization.

Rosalia J. Costa-Clarke LAW ’91, CAS ’88, died in September 2004. She was an assistant deputy general counsel for labor and employment at Wachovia Bank in Philadelphia. She also was on the board of the Philadelphia Flag Day Association and worked with the Philadelphia Hero Scholarship Fund.

Robert B. Crawford CBA ’41 died in August 2004. In addition to owning Crawford Tire Co. in the Pittsburgh suburbs, Crawford was volunteer director of the North Hills Food Bank and assisted in programs to give free winter coats and holiday gifts to the poor.

Edgar Kenneth Critchfield CBA ’50 died in September 2003. During his career, he served five years as a U.S. Treasury agent, was assistant controller of the University, and opened his own public accounting firm.

Vincent A. DeFalice CAS ’75 died in September 2004. A civil litigator in the Pittsburgh firm of Feldstein Grinberg Stein & McKee, he was a member of the Allegheny Academy of Trial Lawyers, a past president of the Duquesne Law Alumni Association, and president-elect of the American Inns of Court.

Charles P. Fetterman ENGR ’50 died in January 2004. During his career, he worked for a number of large defense and space contractors and later became an inventor of dispensing systems and wrote about the U.S. economy.

Thomas G. Forsyth III LAW ’51 died in August 2004. Forsyth led the FBI’s organized crime unit in Pittsburgh until 1975, when he retired, and later began careers teaching criminology, running a private investigation agency, and serving as a special investigator for the U.S. State Department.

Robert S. Grigsby CBA ’50 died in August 2004. He founded the Pittsburgh law firm Cohen & Grigsby, and was voted one of America’s best attorneys for 20 consecutive years. He was an adjunct professor in Pitt’s law school.

Fred H. Hilton FAS ’49, EDUC ’35, died in May 2004. He was an interim principal and was for many years a teacher at the U.S. Senate Page School in Washington, D.C.

Marshall “Smokey” Hynes CGS ’76 died in October 2004. Hynes retired in 1995 after a 27-year career with the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, including four years as president of the city’s police union.

Jerome Bernard Lieber LAW ’44, CBA ’41, died in September 2004. Lieber practiced law at Klett Rooney Lieber & Schorling in Pittsburgh. He also served on the boards of the United Jewish Federation and the Salvation Army.

Charlotte L. “Lindy” Mady EDUC ’36, ’33, died in August 2004. Mady was a dance instructor who performed in the 1940s with the Pittsburgh Ballet, and she taught health and physical education in the Pittsburgh Public Schools.

Milton D. Margolis LAW ’39, CAS ’36, died in August 2004. He practiced law in Uniontown, Pa., for almost his entire 60-year career.

John E. “J.B.” Mason CBA ’99 died in July 2004. He was an accountant for PNC Bank in Pittsburgh and managed Fox’s Hotel, his father’s hotel and restaurant, in Upper Burrell.

John N. Mouganis KGSB ’49 died in October 2004. He founded Gateway Pension Planners and Gateway Financial Group, a Pittsburgh financial services firm.

Eli M. Rebich PHARM ’50 died in September 2004. A retired pharmacist and president of the Beaver County Pharmaceutical Association, Rebich was also a former president of the Aliquippa School Board in Beaver County, Pa.

Howard I. Scott LAW ’49, CBA ’45, died in October 2004. Scott pitched minor league baseball for the Pittsburgh Pirates before winning a football scholarship to the University. Scott was a founding partner and longtime managing director at Meyer Unkovic & Scott in Pittsburgh before his retirement in 1990.

J. Karl Stark CAS ’40 died in September 2004. He owned the former Penn Overall Supply Co., once Pittsburgh’s biggest industrial laundry. He helped underwrite the Stark Listening Center in Hillman Library in honor of his parents.

Regina A. Stern EDUC ’43 died in September 2004. Stern decorated many movie theaters in a chain owned by her husband. She was a founding member of the American Cancer Society’s Women’s Auxiliary.

Annette Wehner EDUC ’64G died in September 2004.

Harry R. Zeller MED ’47 died in September 2004. He played center for two seasons on the Panthers basketball team and later became an anesthesiologist. He is honored in the Western Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame and Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.

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