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John G. Brosky A&S ’42, LAW ’49, a retired judge for the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, wrote an article, “The Army Manual and 300 Mules,” which was published in Voices of My Comrades: America’s Reserve Officers Remember World War II (Fordham University Press).


Lenore McComas Coberly KGSB ’47 published a novel titled Sarah’s Girls: A Chronicle of Big Ugly Creek (Swallow Press/Ohio University). She also is the author of The Handywoman Stories (Swallow Press) and coauthor of Writers Have No Age (Haworth Press).


Carol Adele Consavage Kelly A&S ’53, a project officer and copy editor for The Officer magazine, edited Voices of My Comrades: America’s Reserve Officers Remember World War II (Fordham University Press). The book is a collection of essays from The Officer magazine, which was founded by Norman S. Burzynski A&S ’53. The essays selected for the book were published during his tenure as editor of the magazine.


John F. Delaney Jr. A&S ’60, MED ’64, GSPH ’92, ’00G was installed as vice president of the Allegheny County Medical Society. He’s chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the Western Pennsylvania Hospital.


David L. Katz MED ’61 was awarded the Frederick M. Jacob Outstanding ACMS Service Award by the Allegheny County Medical Society for serving the society since 1962 through membership, committee, and leadership roles. He’s a gynecologist affiliated with Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC. Ann M. Ruben EDUC ’61, ’66G, ’69G is president of the Women Are Wonderful Foundation, which raises awareness of women’s issues.


Bill Slomanson A&S ’67, a professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, was the only American invited to speak at Moscow State University’s Centennial Tunkin Conference. His speech was titled “Alien Detainee Cases and Responsive Legislation: U.S. Balance of Power Struggle Between the President and Congress versus the Supreme Court.” Bernard Zahren KGSB ’67 was elected to the board of directors of U.S. Energy Systems.


Huseyin Sonmez Atesoglu A&S ’68G, ’72G, an economics professor at Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y., published a paper in the Journal of Post Keynesian Economics proposing a new federal funds rate to increase U.S. levels of employment and the gross domestic product. Roger Bey KGSB ’68 is professor and chair of the finance and operations management department at the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma. He also directs a student exchange program for the University of Zurich in Switzerland.


Donald L. Kersten CGS ’69, was elected president of the USS Leyte CV-32 Association and Air Group, a group for military veterans who served on the Leyte aircraft carrier from 1945 to ’59. He is also on the board of directors of the Pittsburgh Council of the Navy League of the United States.


Nora Faires A&S ’70, ’72G, ’81G was awarded a Fulbright Distinguished Chair by the U.S. Department of State for a four-month residency at York University in Toronto to study clubs founded by American women living abroad. She’s a history professor at Western Michigan University who focuses on American history, gender, and women’s studies.


Patrick DiSante A&S ’73 retired from his position as chief information security officer of the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry in Harrisburg, Pa.


Gary L. Evans A&S ’76, senior vice president and director of Supply Chain Management for the PNC Financial Services Group, was voted chair of the board of directors of the Pittsburgh Regional Minority Purchasing Council. Joseph A. Macerelli A&S ’76 was named president of the Pennsylvania Defense Institute. He’s a shareholder and trial attorney with Grogan Graffam law firm in Pittsburgh, specializing in medical malpractice and professional liability defense. He also chairs the firm’s professional liability practice group. Gary A. Runco ENGR ’76 joined engineering firm STV as vice president. He is office manager for the Pittsburgh operations of the firm’s highway and bridge group.


Donald C. Bell A&S ’77 was named chief operating officer of the Pittsburgh Transportation Group. Christine McHenry MED ’77, a former trustee of Hood College in Maryland, donated funds to create a dean of the chapel position at the college. She’s an adjunct professor of clinical pediatrics and director of medical ethics at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.


Fred Siegel A&S ’78G wrote “Not-So-Macho Mailer,” an editorial about a memorable encounter he had as a Pitt graduate student with controversial author and political activist Norman Mailer, who died last year. Siegel’s editorial appeared in City Journal, a national urban-policy magazine. He’s a history professor at Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City.


Marcia Barr ENGR ’79 was appointed director of environmental stewardship at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Angele Ellis A&S ’79 received an Individual Creative Artist Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts to support her work as a poet. Mauria McPoland A&S ’79, GSPIA ’81 was named a volunteer resources officer with the American Red Cross of Greater Los Angeles. She also was recently elected chair of the board of directors for the YWCA of Greater Los Angeles. A book written by Phillip Sigal A&S ’79G, who died in 1985, is being republished: The Halakhah of Jesus of Nazareth according to the Gospel of Matthew (Society of Biblical Literature). He served as director of Pitt’s Jewish University Center from 1972 to ’75.


Deborah Brannick Lafky SIS ’80G, an analyst at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology in Washington, D.C., received a doctorate in management information systems from Claremont Graduate University in California. Alhaji Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko EDUC ’80 is governor of Sokoto, a state in northwest Nigeria.


Paula Davis A&S ’81, ’85G was appointed assistant vice chancellor for diversity in Pitt’s schools of the health sciences.


Audrey Guskey KGSB ’82, ’90, a marketing professor at Duquesne University, was recognized as the Distinguished Educator of the Year by the Pittsburgh chapter of the American Marketing Association. She was also inducted into the association’s Marketing Hall of Fame.


Joyce Katheryn Faulkner ENGR ’83 coauthored Sunchon Tunnel Massacre Survivors (Red Engine Press), which tells the stories of American prisoners of war in Korea. In 2006, she received a gold medal for historical fiction from the Military Writers Society of America for her novel In the Shadow of Suribachi (Red Engine Press). John J. Rusnak A&S ’83, a singer/songwriter and pianist living in Danville, Ky., released his debut album, Algorithms. He’s also a web design consultant. Beth Stamp SHRS ’83 owns Allied Therapy and Consulting Services in North Little Rock, Ark., which provides physical, occupational, and speech therapy to pediatric patients with disabilities. Her company has received several gold awards from the Arkansas Governor’s Family Friendly Employer program.


Ellen Dorsey A&S ’84, ’88G, ’92G was appointed executive director of the Wallace Global Fund, a foundation that supports environmental, human rights, and civic engagement projects. The foundation commemorates Henry A. Wallace, who served as Franklin D. Roosevelt’s vice president from 1941 to ’45.


Robert C. Funderlich KGSB ’85 was named chief financial officer of Emerald Innovations, which sells holiday decorations and accessories. It’s headquartered in Butler, Pa., and has operations in Erie, Pa., and in Asia.
L. Dade Lunsford A&S ’85G received the Ralph C. Wilde Award from the Allegheny County Medical Society. It’s the most prestigious award presented by the society. Lunsford, chair of Pitt’s Department of Neurological Surgery in the medical school, has served as program director of Pitt’s Neurological Residency Program for more than 10 years. Walt Schrepel A&S ’85G, an adjunct professor at Kansas City (Kansas) Community College, published a paper, “The Ethical Limits of Military Necessity: Algiers 1957,” in the college’s e-journal. He also teaches at Park University in Missouri and Fort Hays State University in Kansas and serves as an army training analyst.


Nina Girard UPJ ’87, EDUC ’02G, associate professor of mathematics education at Pitt-Johnstown, received the Distinguished Service Award from the Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of Mathematics for serving as chair of the council’s annual conference in 2006. Jeffrey L. Pollock LAW ’87, a lawyer in the Collaborative Law Association of Southwestern Pennsylvania, was honored as a Legal Leader by the Pittsburgh chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association.


Lawrence A. Powell EDUC ’88G is board chair of Transitional Services, a nonprofit organization devoted to helping people with mental health and mental retardation disabilities transition to community settings. It’s based in Homestead, Pa., a suburb of Pittsburgh.


Lori Ann Shorr A&S ’89G, ’97G was named chief education officer and advisor to Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter. In this position, she’s working to lower public school dropout rates and raise the number of city residents with college degrees. Gustavo Fares A&S ’89G is professor and chair of the Spanish department at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis. He’s also a painter. Last summer, he had a gallery showing at Fine Line Designs Gallery in North Ephraim, Wis.


Robert L. Ciervo A&S ’90 was elected township supervisor of Newton Township in Bucks County, Pa. He will serve a six-year term. He’s also director of the Rutgers-Camden Learning Center at Rutgers University in Camden, N.J. Ronald T. Tomasko LAW ’90 was named a shareholder in Mette, Evans and Woodside, a law firm in Harrisburg. He focuses on employment law.


Rico Gagliano A&S ’91, a reporter and producer for the public radio program Marketplace, has traveled the globe to report on stories. He also has written an episode of Hero 108, a TV show on the Cartoon Network. Jeffrey A. Mills A&S ’91, LAW ’94, KGSB ’94 was named partner in the Pittsburgh office of the Pepper Hamilton law firm. He has served the firm for 10 years and focuses his practice on real estate law.


Mohammed Shaffi Mather KGSB ’93 was named a Mason Fellow in Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Madelaine N. Baturin LAW ’93 is an attorney with the Baturin and Baturin law firm in Harrisburg, which is celebrating its 90th anniversary.


Harry M. Baturin A&S ’95, LAW ’98 is a partner with the Baturin and Baturin law firm in Harrisburg, which is celebrating its 90th anniversary. Adam J. Gordon MED ’95, GSPH ’00 was installed as the 143rd president of the Allegheny County Medical Society. He’s an internal medicine physician who specializes in addiction medicine with the Veterans Administration Pittsburgh Healthcare System. He’s also an assistant professor in Pitt’s School of Medicine.


Christine McIntosh SIS ’99G was hired as library director of Bethel Park Public Library in Bethel Park, Pa., a suburb of Pittsburgh.


K.C. Kuntz A&S ’00 was promoted to buyer with Macy’s East in New York City. Romy Shinn Piccolella UPG ’00 published a chapbook of poetry titled Tether (Pudding House Publications). She has also published poems with The Fourth River, The Externalist, and The Cherry Blossom Review. She and her husband are expecting their second child this spring. George Zboyovsky KGSB ’00, GSPIA ’00 was elected borough manager of Brentwood, a suburb of Pittsburgh.


Kenneth Michael Shamus CBA ’01 received his Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. Gusphyl Justin A&S ’01, ENGR ’04G, ’07G is a postdoctoral
fellow in the Center for Bioelectronics, Biosensors and Biochips at Clemson University in South Carolina.


Dan Woodske CBA ’03 filmed a documentary, Where is the Joe Namath Memorial?, which debuted in January. In the film, he asks residents of Beaver Falls, Pa., why there are no signs, statues, or streets honoring former NFL quarterback Joe Namath, who grew up in the town. Namath is known for being named the Most Valuable Player after leading the New York Jets to victory in the 1968 Super Bowl. Nathaniel Morley SOC WK ’03G was appointed southwest division chair of the National Association of Social Workers, Pennsylvania Chapter. He has 10 years’ experience in the social work field and is now a child advocacy specialist for KidsVoice in Pittsburgh.


Megan Balsley CBA ’04 is a campus minister with the Coalition for Christian Outreach. She’s based at Chatham University in Pittsburgh. Asaf Hanish A&S ’04, GSPH ’06 is a statistical programmer with the Biostatistics Analysis Center at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Sarah Kura Justin CBA ’04 is a senior associate in the Greensville, S.C., office of KPMG International, an accounting firm. Michele Rizzo CBA ’04 and Andrew Hutelmyer CGS ’03, ENGR ’03, ’05G were married in Johnstown, Pa., in October 2007. Michele is a marketing specialist with PNC Bank in Pittsburgh. Andrew is a process engineer with Medrad, a medical-device manufacturer in Indianola, Pa. Molly Krichten A&S ’04, SIS ’05G was named an Emerging Leader by the American Library Association. She will collaborate with other Emerging Leaders to research and present information about library and information science schools across the country.


Tanja C. Bekhuis SIS ’05G is teaching online healthcare informatics and statistics courses to graduate students at Drexel University in Philadelphia. She also is a writer for the Centre for Reviews & Dissemination at the University of York in the United Kingdom. Djehane Hassouna A&S ’05G, a poet who writes in both English and French, has published 12 poems in poetry anthologies.


Kelly Stephenson UPJ ’06 joined Pittsburgh-based accounting firm Horowitz, Rudoy and Roteman as an accounting and assurance team member.


Daron Christopher A&S ’07 is a Peace Corps community development volunteer in Cape Verde, a republic on an archipelago off the western coast of Africa. Daniel E. Armanios ENGR ’07, A&S ’07 was one of 18 U.S. Truman Scholars who visited the United Arab Emirates through the Emirates Foundation, which aims to broaden Americans’ understandings of the Arabian Gulf area. The scholars learned about the country’s society, industry, and government. Mary Beth Heaton A&S ’07 is a Peace Corps science education volunteer in Malawi, Africa. Sahr N. Nyandemoh SIS ’07 is living in Stuttgart, Germany. He and his wife are expecting a baby in June.



Book ’Em

Fanning themselves in 100-degree heat, a stream of people parade into a gabled, stone building that looks like a lofty ski lodge. At the door, Ahmed Tabib (SIS ’77G) shakes hands, welcoming generations of folks to the town’s new library. He can’t believe how many have come. Several thousand children and adults—including parents, grandparents, and young professionals—arrive to tour the library that Tabib, a library manager, helped to design.

Inside the airy, new building, guests check out the café—the latest trend in libraries nationwide—and the teen lounge. One notable feature that elicits oohs and aahs is the technology lab, which houses some of the 96 computers spread about the library. Music lovers linger near a jazz quartet, enjoying a mix of flowing sounds. And, of course, plenty of people browse the stacks of 90,000 books.

The Twin Hickory Area Library is the third new library that Tabib has helped to create for Virginia’s Henrico County library system. After graduating from Pitt, he planned to return to his home country of Libya, but then a professor recommended him for a librarian position in Richmond, Va. Tabib took it. Six years later, he launched a small community library, which led to another one in 1992, and now Twin Hickory in 2007. Tabib’s goal for all the libraries has been to create community hubs for education and fun.

With this successful grand opening, the Twin Hickory library is already living up to his ideal. While Tabib shakes hands with visitors, he considers this 100-degree day the most rewarding of his career ... so far. —Lauren Mylo

Distinguished Deeds

Walking through the Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children for the first time, a young Pitt graduate is amazed by her surroundings—and nervous. As she tours the school’s beautifully green campus, the busy hallways full of children, and the classrooms led by enthusiastic educators, she knows this is the place where she really wants to work. The tour is part of her job interview for a teaching position, and she hopes she’s making a good impression on the staff.

She is. Soon after her visit in 1968, Janet Simon (EDUC ’68, ’78G) is hired and begins teaching. Day after day, she guides her students’ fingers over braille letters and encourages them to listen to the world around them. Within a few years, she takes on administrative duties and eventually becomes the school’s executive director and superintendent. During the next several decades, she raises funds, develops curricula, and expands opportunities for the school. In 2001, under Simon’s leadership, the school is named a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, becoming the only school for blind children in history to receive the honor from the U.S. Department of Education.

When Simon retired last year, the Allegheny County Council declared that she had “done more for blind and multiple-disabled children of Pennsylvania than any other person in recent history.” Soon after, she was named a Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania by Governor Edward G. Rendell. At a reception at the governor’s residence, Simon received a gold medal for her four decades of service to the school. —Sam Ginsburg

In Memoriam

August M. Booth Jr. A&S ’68, A&S ’76G, a researcher in Pitt’s Department of Pharmacology for 25 years, died in November 2007 at age 72. In 1953, he moved to Pittsburgh to work in the theater industry and, in 1968, he served as the sound engineer for the cult-classic zombie flick, Night of the Living Dead. After earning science degrees from Pitt, he began his 25-year research career.

Myron Cope A&S ’51 See page 8

Glenn W. Ferguson LAW ’57, a pioneer in domestic and international volunteer organizations as well as a university leader, died in December 2007 at age 78. He was an ambassador to Kenya, the first Peace Corps director in Thailand, and the first director of Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA). He also served as chancellor of Long Island University and president of Clark University in Massachusetts, the University of Connecticut, and the American University of Paris.

Kenneth Warriston McCracken A&S ’35, EDUC ’39G, died in November 2007 at age 94. During his 42-year career in ministry, he was a pastor for Presbyterian churches in Pennsylvania, Florida, New Jersey, and Washington, D.C. He also served as a chaplain in the U.S. Navy Reserve for 30 years and retired as a captain. During his retirement in Atlantic Beach, Fla., he taught adult Sunday school, led a morning exercise group, and served as president of a lawn bowling club.

Clarence Arthur “Bud” Murray Jr. CBA ’52 died in Punxsutawney, Pa., in September 2007 at age 78. He managed his family’s business, Mahoning Hardware & Implement Company, for 40 years and was a lifelong member of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club Inner Circle, which decides whether the infamous “Punxsutawney Phil” sees his shadow on Groundhog Day.

Virginia Uhlman Nader KGSB ’52G, owner and board member of the former Uhlman’s department stores in Ohio, died in January 2008 at age 85. She also served as a Wood County Park District commissioner and was a member of Bowling Green’s Shakespeare Round Table.

Jeffrey J. Nee ENGR ’88 died in November 2007 at age 43. He was a civil engineer for Bustleton Services in Philadelphia and an avid Pitt Panthers and Steelers football fan.

Evelyn Page Parker GSPH ’69, a former nursing professor at Pitt and civil rights activist, died in January 2008 at age 86. In the early 1940s, she attended nursing school in Philadelphia, where she fought to integrate African Americans into the nursing program at Philadelphia General Hospital. She also helped to found the Community Nursing Services of Philadelphia. After moving to Pittsburgh, she taught at Pitt and Duquesne University. She also counseled African American college students, was a member of Black Nurses in Action, and was an active volunteer with the East End Cooperative Ministry.

Arthur William Rorabaugh A&S ’50 died in January 2008 at age 84. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge as an infantryman in World War II. After using the G.I. Bill to earn a bachelor’s degree from Pitt, he served as an engineer with U.S. Steel Corp. for 33 years. During his retirement, he bicycled cross-country twice and volunteered for Meals on Wheels.

Arthur R. Shirey Jr. CBA ’42, a certified public accountant and auditor for the Civil Aeronautics Board, died in July 2007 in Duluth, Ga. The former Navy officer and Boy Scout was an avid traveler.

Albert N. Thompson EDUC ’73G, a psychology professor at Texas Southern University for 50 years, died in April 2004 at age 84. Early on, as a fourth-grade teacher in Columbia, S.C., he and the NAACP legal council team successfully filed a civil rights suit to equalize teachers’ pay in Richland County, S.C.

Robert Garfield Wicks A&S ’52, DEN ’52, ’57G, an orthodontist, died in August 2007 at age 80. He practiced dentistry in Mt. Lebanon, Pa., for 33 years and was a member of the Dental Society of Western Pennsylvania for more than 50 years. He was also a passionate tennis player and skier.



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