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Class Notes

1940, 1948, 1951

Three Pitt alumni were inducted into the inaugural class of Pittsburgh’s Allderdice High School Hall of Fame. Bernard Fisher A&S ’40, MED ’43, a Distinguished Service Professor of Surgery at Pitt, was honored for his pioneering accomplishments in developing treatments for breast cancer. Herbert Douglas EDUC ’48, ’50G, a Pitt trustee, was honored for his success as a sales executive with Pabst Brewing Co. and Schieffelin and Somerset Co., as well as for winning the bronze medal in the long jump in the 1948 Olympics. Myron Cope A&S ’51, inventor of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ “Terrible Towel,” was posthumously honored for his work as a sports broadcaster and writer. He died in February 2008.


Charles W. Enlind A&S ’56, a retired economist for the U.S. Department of Labor, was appointed vice president of the Potomac River Jazz Club in Washington, D.C. Frank G. Helman A&S ’56 delivered a baccalaureate address at Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio, in May 2009. The address was titled “Learning How to Live” and focused on the importance of a spiritual quest in life. He also received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree in recognition of his work in international law and business. He currently maintains an independent legal practice in Boothbay Harbor, Me.


Robert A. Honeygosky A&S ’59, ’70G is an arts critic who has traveled to Argentina, Australia, Italy, and Russia to review performing arts groups. He’s also a nominations panelist with the American Theater Hall of Fame in New York, N.Y.


Richard H. Galloway LAW ’65 was elected president of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s board of directors. He’s a partner in the law firm Galloway Monzo in Greensburg, Pa. He’s also a member of the House of Delegates of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.


Sibyl Masquelier A&S ’67 of Cape Elizabeth, Me., was appointed to the board of the Press Institute for Women in the Developing World, an international nonprofit organization that promotes journalism education for women. She’s president of Executive Resource Group, a recruiting firm that serves the communications and energy industries.

Joseph P. O’Donnell A&S ’67, DEN ’70 recently authored two novels, both of which were named Editor’s Choice books by the publisher, iUniverse. Fatal Gamble was released in December 2008, followed by its sequel, Deadly Codes: A Gallagher Novel in February 2009. The books are thrillers that follow the investigations of a Boston private detective.


Rob Byer A&S ’73, LAW ’77 was appointed to the Appellate Court Procedural Rules Committee of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. He’s head of the appellate litigation group of law firm Duane Morris in Pittsburgh. Kathleen Kappel A&S ’73, SIS ’76G was appointed by Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell to the Advisory Committee for the Blind, a panel that advises the Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation on important issues affecting visually impaired people. She’s director of Pittsburgh’s Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, which has won numerous awards under her leadership, including the 2007 Network Library of the Year Award from the Library of Congress.


Robert A. Del Greco EDUC ’74, ’79G, ’00G was appointed head of the Department of Elementary Education at Robert Morris University in Moon Township, Pa.


Robert S. Bernstein A&S ’76 spoke at the 2009 Pumper and Cleaner Environmental Expo International, an annual trade show for environmental service professionals, in Louisville, Ky. His presentation was titled “Get P.A.I.D: A Guide to Getting Paid Faster (and What to Do if You Don’t!).” He’s a partner with the Bernstein Law Firm in Pittsburgh.


Kathryne King Smith SHRS ’82, at age 88, became the oldest person ever to graduate from the Community College of Allegheny County when she earned a degree in child and family studies in May 2009. She plans to continue taking classes—to learn guitar.


Ronald Smutny A&S ’84, EDUC ’95G joined the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force as a development associate.


John W. Beiter SIS ’85G, a clinical psychologist and sex therapist in Pittsburgh, recently developed an online communication tool, the Beiter Sexuality Preference Indicator, to help couples learn more about their sexuality.

Scott D. Rosenberg ENGR ’85 was selected as a finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award program in New Jersey. He’s the founder and CEO of Miro Consulting in Fords, N.J., which assists companies in managing software licensing.


Muazu Babangida Aliyu GSPIA’86, ’89, governor of Niger State in Nigeria, was awarded the Society for Peace Studies and Practice Fellowship.

Rory G. Ritrievi A&S ’86 was appointed board member, president, and CEO of Mid Penn Bank in Millersburg, Pa. He serves on the Harrisburg Area Community College Foundation Board.


David Carey A&S ’87G, ’89G received the George Ball Award for Excellence in Advising from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash., where he’s an emeritus professor of philosophy. He was commended by students for teaching with the “true Socratic spirit.” Patrick A. Worms A&S ’87 was promoted to group chief information officer of Carmeuse Lime & Stone, North America, a global producer of lime. Based in the company’s Pittsburgh office, he will be responsible for Carmeuse’s worldwide information technology operations.


Vincent Michael Paterra CGS ’88, ENGR ’08G, and his wife, Jennifer, announce the April 2009 birth of their third child, Milena Grace.


Denis Collins KGSB ’90 wrote Essentials of Business Ethics: Creating an Organization of High Integrity and Superior Performance (John Wiley & Sons). He’s a business professor at Edgewood College in Madison, Wis. Elizabeth Galderise Sturga SIS ’90 was promoted to national director of administration with Angelica Corporation in Atlanta, which provides linen services to health care organizations.


Kevin Brickner ENGR ’92, KGSB ’96 was promoted to vice president of technical services with US Airways. Thomas R. Carnahan CGS ’92 received a Master of Business Administration degree from Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pa.


Michelle Lea Whitman CGS ’93, principal agent of the Michelle Lea Whitman Agency in Beaver Falls, Pa., achieved “On Your Side” certification from Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company.


Irene Bretzin SOC WK ’95 received a master’s degree in library and information science from Pitt in August 2009. While obtaining her degree, she also studied in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. She plans to combine her experience in social work, interest in international development, and knowledge of library science to promote children’s literacy. Matthew R. Druciak ENGR ’95 joined SECO/WARWICK Corp., a manufacturer of industrial heat processing equipment, as a project sales engineer. He’s a member of the Association for Iron and Steel Technology, where he serves on the Energy and Utilities Operation Committee.


Chris Fedeli A&S ’96 wrote an article, “Carpool Lanes on the Internet: Effective Network Management,” which was published in the July 2009 issue of Communications Lawyer. He’s an associate with the law firm of Davis Wright Tremaine in Washington, D.C.


Jacquelyn Stacey (Raphael) Hall GSPIA ’97 is director of external affairs at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, N.M. She also serves on the board of the Monte del Sol Charter School. Andrew James Kennedy LAW ’97 and his wife, Nicole, announce the July 2009 birth of their daughter, Maureen Kelly.


Richard R. Harris LAW ’98 taught a continuing legal education course for the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in June 2009 titled “Federal Grand Jury Practice: How to Effectively Respond When a Client Receives a Grand Jury Subpoena.” He’s a partner with the Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel law firm in Philadelphia. Peter Lerner KGSB ’98 wrote an academic text titled Microstructure and Noise in Financial Markets (VDM Verlag).Mark P. Rarrick DEN ’98, ’01 and Katherine M. Harbay Rarrick DEN ’01 announce the March 2009 birth of their daughter, Lauren Elizabeth.


Megan J. Duryea LAW ’00 was named a “Lawyer on the Fast Track” for 2009 by The Legal Intelligencer and Pennsylvania Law Weekly. She’s a partner in the Blue Bell, Pa., office of the Fox Rothschild law firm and serves on the executive board of the Young Republican Attorneys Association of Montgomery County.


Kenneth Michael Shamus CBA ’01 and his wife, Dianna, announce the 2009 birth of their daughter, Allison Claire. J. Michael Vozniak PHARM ’01 was elected secretary of the Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association. He’s a hematology/oncology clinical pharmacy specialist with Philadelphia’s Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He’s also an active member in the Philadelphia Pitt Club.


Lettie Alyse (Hampton) Gabriele A&S ’02 announces the birth of her second daughter, Anya Lynn, in June 2009. Her eldest daughter, Ava Leigh, was born in 2006.


Phi Huynh Do GSPH ’04 is working at a private medical clinic in Saigon, Vietnam, after completing three years of service with the Harvard Medical School AIDS Initiative in Vietnam.


Gregory P. Cofano CGS ’05 received a Doctor of Chiropractic degree in June 2009 from the Palmer College of Chiropractic in Florida, graduating cum laude. Aaron Duffey A&S ’05 coproduced and acted in Three Priests, a contemporary Western film that was released in June. He works in Portland, Me., with Gum Spirits Productions.

Carol L. S. (Sedor) Trent CGS ’05 earned a master’s degree in criminology from the University of South Florida. The title of her thesis was “State Dominance and Political Corruption: Testing the Efficacy of an Alternate Configuration of Institutional-Anomie Theory Cross-Nationality.” She’s now pursuing a PhD at Indiana University.


Ashley Lee Mittelmeier A&S ’06 married Todd Mittelmeier in April 2009 at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Pittsburgh. More than nine Pitt alumni attended the wedding. She’s a communications assistant in the Office of Public Relations at Adrian College in Michigan. Her husband is director of the college’s Arrington Ice Arena.


Greg Burdette A&S ’08 joined the Coalition for Christian Outreach, a nonprofit organization, through which he’s serving as director of the Graduate & Young Adult Ministry at Bellefield Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh.


Leanne Aurich CGS ’09 was selected to be a leadership consultant with Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity. She will visit 30 collegiate chapters of Kappa Kappa Gamma during the 2009-10 school year to aid in chapter organization and programming.

In Memoriam

Daphne Kamaras Black EDUC ’48 died in February 2009 at age 83. She taught math and Spanish for 33 years in the Hayward Unified School District in Oxnard, Calif.

John “Jack” Philip Brandt Sr. MED ’43, an ophthalmologist and otolaryngologist, died in April 2009 at age 90. After earning his Pitt medical degree, he served as a captain in the Army Medical Corps during World War II. Then he established a medical practice in Lock Haven, Pa., where he also served as a board member of the Lock Haven YMCA and a trustee of the Great Island Presbyterian Church.

Jack E. Foley A&S ’46, a former manager of Pitt’s basketball team, died in September 2009 at age 87. His experiences as a paratrooper in World War II were chronicled in the Emmy-winning HBO series Band of Brothers. He later had a career with Pittsburgh-based aluminum producer Alcoa.

Jacques Kozub GSPIA ’64 died in May 2009 at age 77. He worked in Washington, D.C., as an official with the Inter-American Development Bank and the World Bank and was a longtime member of the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church.

Edward S. Mash ENGR ’62 died in June 2009 at age 69. He worked at the General Electric Silicones plant in Waterford, Pa., for 33 years until his retirement. He also was a member of the Corpus Christi Church in Ushers, Pa.

Mary M. Merman LAW ’53, the first female president of the Western Pennsylvania Federal Bar Association, died in July 2009. She was employed as a regional counsel with the U.S. Small Business Administration for nearly 40 years. She also served as chair of the Federal Women’s Program of the Pittsburgh Federal Executive Board.

Nestor M. Nisperos GSPIA ’70 died in April 2009 at age 80. A renowned expert on strategic and international policy, he served as a chair and professor at the University of the Philippines and as president/trustee of the National Defense College Foundation.

Heidi L. Smith A&S ’01 died in September 2009 at age 30 while backpacking in Yellowstone National Park. She was a professional ski instructor at the Jackson Hole Ski Resort in Wyoming, as well as a river guide who led rafting trips on rivers in Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

Judith M. Van Horn EDUC ’67, ’70G, SIS ’78G, a former vice president of the Greater Houston Pitt Club, died in August 2009 at age 66. She worked as a research librarian with Gulf Oil and Chevron. She was a member of the American Association of University Women and the Malaysia Singapore Association.

Kurt Weil ENGR ’48 died in July 2009 at age 81. As a child, he emigrated from Germany to the United States to escape Nazi persecution. During his career as an industrial engineer, he worked in the steel, automotive, mattress, and clothing industries in Pennsylvania and Ohio. He also served three terms as president of the American Institute of Industrial Engineers, taught at Cuyahoga Community College, and was on the advisory committee of Lorain County Community College.