Fred W. Chesson ’52 (CLAS) has published two short story collections, Winter Tales and Twilight Tales, and is working on a Cold War novel and a historic study of Civil War communications.
Richard G. Fisher ’55 MD was appointed Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He retired after serving 43 years in radiology and interventional radiology.
Bruce Thompson ’55 (ENG) and Patsy Thompson celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on June 18. They live in Wethersfield, Conn.
Lewis Turco ’59 (CLAS) published a new book, The Hero Enkidu, through Bordighera Press.
Stephen Ellerin ’67 (CLAS) has been named national director of Recreational Boating Safety (RBS) Outreach of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. He taught in the Department of English at UConn Stamford. He founded and remains director of The Great American Publishing Society.
Don LaCasse ’68 (SFA) retired in May after 24 years at the School of Theatre and Dance at Illinois State University where he served as head of the MFA directing program and was co-founder of the Illinois Shakespeare Festival. He is a chair and professor emeritus at Ball State University. A stage director for nearly 50 years, his students have included John Malkovich, Gary Cole, Terry Kinney, Laurie Metcalf and numerous professional directors, including Gary Griffin and Janet Allen.
Miriam Erick ’70 (CLAS) has published an e-book, Take Two Crackers and Call Me in the Morning! A Real-Life Guide to Surviving Morning Sickness. She is a registered dietician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital Boston.
Nancy Glazer ’72 (CLAS), ’74 (NEAG), was given the 2015 Educational Testing Service (ETS) Assessment Development and Design Award for her outstanding contributions in assessment development. Nancy lives in Highland Park, N.J. with her husband, William Swift ’72 (CLAS), ’75 (NEAG).
Col. Raymond Willcocks ’73 (ENG), USAF (Ret), has been elected to the Society of American Military Engineers’ (SAME) National Board of Directors. He retired in 2012 and lives in Peachtree City, Ga.
Paul H. Glotzer ’73 (BUS) CPA, of Newington, an instructor-in-residence at UConn, will represent the CTCPA on its Advisory Council.
Robert T. Egan ’74 (CLAS) was named chair of the business litigation group of Archer & Greiner PC law firm.
William Kohlhepp ’74 (CLAS) of North Haven has been promoted to Dean of the School of Health Sciences at Quinnipiac University.
Frank P. Longobardi ’77 (BUS) was elected CEO of CohnReznick, one of the top accounting, tax, and advisory firms in the U.S. He is currently a member of the Executive Board and Regional Managing Partner – New England. Prior to that, Longobardi was responsible for all of J.H. Cohn’s industry groups, bringing standardization to the marketing, leadership development, and continuing education efforts of each practice. Longboardi is a member of the UConn Foundation Board of Directors.
Patricia M. Poli ’77 (BUS), CPA, of Newtown, an associate professor of accounting at Fairfield University will represent the CTCPA on the Advisory Council.
Patricia C, Bouffard ’79 (NUR), MS. was given the Vera Keane Award for Outstanding Service to the Connecticut Nurses Association.
Robert J. Card ’79 (ENG) is the 2015 recipient of the Stephen D. Bechtel Pipeline Engineering Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers. Card is chief pipe engineer with Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam.
Alan Codkind ’80 (BUS) recently relocated his marketing consultancy to Mazatlan, Mexico, where he works on U.S. start-ups, spin-offs and turn-arounds.
Mark S. DeFrancesco ’80 MD is the 66th president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), based in Washington, DC. DeFrancesco is managing partner at Westwood Women’s Health, a division of Women’s Health Connecticut, in Waterbury, Conn.
Colleen Delaney ’80 (NUR), ’98 MS, ’03 Ph.D, associate professor at UConn School of Nursing, received the Virginia Henderson Award for Outstanding Contributions to Nursing Research from the Connecticut Nurses Association.
Steve Kemper ’80 Ph.D published his third book of nonfiction, A Splendid Savage: the Restless Life of Frederick Russell Burnham (W. W. Norton).
Susan J. Lacerte ’80 (CAHNR), of New Rochelle, N.Y., was given the Ram’s Horn Award by the Farmingdale State College in N.Y. on Sept. 27 for her leadership in horticulture. Lacerte, executive director of Queens Botanical Garden in Flushing, is noted for leading the transformation of the garden into a model of cultural expression and sustainable design.
Edward Nusbaum ’80 (CLAS) and Thomas Parrino ’83 (CLAS), co-founders and principals of the Westport-based family law firm, Nusbaum & Parrino P.C., have been named to the 2015 list of Connecticut Super Lawyers.
Rick Mastracchio ’82 (ENG), a NASA astronaut and veteran of four spaceflights, visited military troops at bases in Greenland, Guantanamo Bay, and Puerto Rico this fall.
Tom Laffey ’83 (CLAS) recently retired as a colonel from the U.S. Air Force, having completed a successful 30-year career.
James “Tim” Shearin ’83 (CLAS), ’86 JD, recently received the Lifetime Achievement award from the Connecticut Law Tribune.
Emily Stauffer ’83 Ph.D, a professor of English at Franklin College, received the Faculty Steering Committee Distinguished Service Award. Stauffer, who also received the award in 1997, retired at the end of the 2014-15 academic year after 32 years at Franklin.
Michael Paul ’84 (BUS) recently accepted a position at Timex Group in Middlebury, Conn., as corporate controller.
Richard Stoelzel ’89 (SFA) joined the faculty at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, as chair of the brass area and tenured associate professor of trumpet.
David Schejbal ’84 MA (CLAS) ’91 Ph.D is the 2015-2016 president of the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA). Schejbal is the dean of Continuing Education, Outreach, and E-Learning at University of Wisconsin-Extension.
Harold Robinson ’85 (CLAS), ’89 MS, ’90 Ph.D, a physicist at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) in Newport, R.I., is a winner of the 2014 Assistant Secretary of the Navy (ASN) Top Scientists and Engineers of the Year Award for his groundbreaking work on the use of piezoelectric single crystals for innovative sonar transducers and transducer array applications.
Corliss J. Montesi ’86 (BUS) CPA, of Wallingford, vice president and corporate controller with Stanley Black & Decker in New Britain, was named Advisory Council Member of the CTCPA.
James M. Czapiga ’90 (BUS) has been appointed as president and chief executive officer of CATIC.
The LaurelRock Company, owned and operated by Burt DeMarche ’90 (CAHNR) has been awarded a 2015 Top Workplaces honor by Hearst Media Services.
Douglas Rozman ’90 (CLAS), senior vice president and head of communication at HSBC Bank USA, N.A., has been appointed to the board of directors of Junior Achievement of New York.
Brian Koberlein ’91 (CLAS), ’92 MS, ’94 Ph.D, a senior lecturer in the Rochester Institute of Technology School of Physics and Astronomy, was chosen by the National Science Foundation as one of nine ambassadors in the Astronomy in Chile Educator Ambassadors Program.
Debra Baer Fiske ’92 (CAHNR), associate athletic director at the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, has been named athletic director at Kingswood Oxford School. The starting point guard on the UConn women’s basketball team from 1988 to 1992, Fiske has worked at St. Joseph’s for 22 years.
Michael Sears ’92 (ENG), a senior associate at Dewberry Engineers, was recently elected branch president of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ North Jersey Branch.
Leslie A. Zoll ’93 (BUS), CPA, of Newington, a director with BlumShapiro in West Hartford, will represent the CTCPA on its Advisory Council.
Daniel Blanchard ’93 (CLAS), a social studies teacher at New Britain High School in New Britain, Conn., is the author of the Granddaddy’s Secrets teen leadership book series and was chosen as the subject of chapter 6 of January Jones’ book Priceless Personalities.
Robert Norton ’94 (CLAS) is now a partner in Fox Rothschild’s intellectual property practice group in the firm’s New York office.
Renee Fournier ’95 (CLAS) joined Chelsea Groton Bank as assistant vice president/marketing manager.
Norm Schriever ’95 (CLAS) has published South of Normal, his second book. His first was Pushups in the Prayer Room.
Karen (Wilken) Braun ’96 Ph.D, associate professor of accountancy and undergraduate accounting program director at Case Western University in Cleveland, Ohio, was given the 2015 Luther Distinguished Service Award.
Michael Carlon ’96 (CLAS) has published his second novel, Return to Casa Grande.
Z. James Chen ’96 Ph.D has been appointed a new independent director at China Finance Online Co., Limited.
Ronit Shemtov ’97 Ph.D has been promoted to full professor of sociology at Northampton Community College.
Brian Schulz ’97 (CLAS) produced the movie Brooklyn Castle, which was recently released by FilmBuff pictures.
Robin Carr ’98 MFA, associate professor of voice and acting in the Department of Theatre at the University of Southern Mississippi, recieved the Mississippi Higher Education Award Day: Working Towards Academic Excellence Award and the College of Arts and Letters Teacher of the Year Award.
Mark Dynder ’99 (BUS), a financial advisor with Ameriprise Financial in Milldale, Conn., has earned the designation Chartered Financial Consultant.
Katie Love ’00 (NUR), ’04 MS, ’09 Ph.D received the Josephine A. Dolan Award for Outstanding Contributions to Nursing Education from The Connecticut Nurses Association.
Mary K. Wisenski ’02 MS, CPA, of Manchester, was named CTCPA Board of Directors member-at-large and advisory council chair. She is a senior manager with Fiondella, Milone & LaSaracina LLP in Glastonbury, Conn.
Johanna Rincon Fernandez ’03 (CLAS) accepted a position as assistant director of the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program in Amherst, Mass.
Laura (Molnar) Catino ’04 (NEAG) and Robert Catino ’03 (CLAS) are proud to announce the birth of a baby boy, Joseph Robert. He was born in November 2014.
Andrew Kaufteil ’04 JD recently joined Cooper, a global user experience design and strategy consultancy, as its first director of engagement.
Mary Wallace ’05 (CAHNR), a veterinarian at Torrington Animal Hospital in Torrington, Conn., was recently promoted to Chief of Staff.
Jennifer (Mitrano) Huntington ’05 (PHR), ’07 Pharm.D and Daniel Huntington ’04 (CLAS) are proud to announce the birth of a baby girl, Avery Grace, on April 6, 2015. Avery was welcomed home by her 2-year-old big sister, Ella Mae.
Michael G. Maksymiw Jr. ’05 (MS), CPA, tax manager with Filomeno & Company, P.C. in West Hartford, is an Advisory Council Member of CTCPA.
Stephanie Bealing ’06 MS made the Hartford Business Journal’s “40 Under Forty” 2015 list. Bealing founded Replacement Lens Express (RLE), a prescription eyeglass lens replacement company.
Mandy Dollar ’06 (SFA) was named Director of Marketing & Community Relations at the Women’s Humane Society, which was the first animal shelter in the U.S., near Philadelphia.
John Albanese ’06 (BUS) accepted a position at Voya Financial located in Windsor, Conn., as vice president of corporate special investigations.
Jean Coffey ’06 Ph.D was named director of Nursing Research and Innovation at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center as part of the Center for Nursing Excellence. She is a member of the UConn School of Nursing’s Alumni Board and owner of Anam Cara Siberians, a husky kennel dedicated to recreational mushing, breed conformation, and rescue.
Niamh (Cunningham) Emerson ’06 (CLAS) and Paul Emerson ’08 (BUS), both of Branford, Conn., were married on Oct. 3, 2015, at St. Mary Church in Branford.
Charlie Emerson ’06 (NEAG) was the best man, Orlaith Cunningham ’08 (NUR) was the maid of honor, and a generous group of UConn alumni, including several from the men’s and women’s track and field teams, attended.
Grant Welker ’06 (CLAS) and Daniel Korschun authored We Are Market Basket: The Story of the Unlikely Grassroots Movement that Saved a Beloved Company, published by Amacom.
Mitchell Jackson ’07 (BUS) was appointed Chair Elect of Hartford Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs (HYPE). Jackson is an associate project manager at UnitedHealth Group and managing partner of Northeast Payments, LLC.
Rob Kreager ’07 (CLAS) was recently named the 2014 Rookie Sales Executive of the Year at CS STARS, a business unit of the Marsh & McLennan Companies.
Jacquelynn Garofano ’09 MS, ’12 Ph.D, is on the Hartford Business Journal’s “40 Under Forty” 2015 list. Garofano, a senior research scientist at United Technologies Research Center, solves technical challenges and develops new technologies for the aerospace and building industries.
Lauryn Wendus ’09 (BUS) recently published her first children’s book, Oliver Poons and the Bright Yellow Hat, while recovering from Lyme disease.The book was inspired by her rescue cat, Oliver.
Alexandra (Cavanagh) Hartman ’09 (CLAS), ’15 MA, ’16 MS and Robert Hartman ’08 (CLAS) are happy to announce their marriage on Sept. 13, 2014, in Hampton, N.H. They live in Manchester, Conn.
Annie Straus ’09 (CLAS) and Eric Simpson ’05 (CLAS) were married on May 30, 2015, in Ghent, N.Y.
Katherine A. Donovan ’09 (BUS), CPA, of Suffield, was named Advisory Council Member at the CTCPA. She is a senior audit associate with Whittlesey & Hadley, P.C. in Hartford.
Mitchell R. Insero ’10 (BUS), CPA, senior auditor with CohnReznick LLP in Hartford, will represent the CTCPA on the Advisory Council.
Lauren Kodiak ’10 (CLAS) and Andrew Sottile ’08 (CLAS) were married on Aug. 15, 2015, in Ridgefield, Conn.
Mindyleigh Dols Vail ’10 (BUS), CPA, was promoted to manager at the Hartford-area accounting firm, Nicola Yester.
Meredith Fichman ’11, ’13 MS earned a degree from the American Museum of Natural History’s Richard Gilder Graduate School Masters of Arts in Teaching Program.
The Connecticut Nurses Association honored Abby Baecker ’12 (NUR) and Mallory Mangan ’12 (NUR) with its Excellence in the Workplace Award.
Yanyue Ning ’12 (CLAS) received a master of science in Data Science from New York University Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences.
Katherine M. McNair ’12 MA, CPA, a supervisor with O’Connor Davies, LLP in Wethersfield, Conn., is an Advisory Council member at the CTCPA.
Kristy Belton ’14 Ph.D was awarded an international prize for best dissertation on statelessness from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
Justis Lopez ’14 (CLAS) ’15 MA of Manchester, has been honored by the Alma Exley Scholarship Program, which promotes greater diversity in the teaching profession. He was a familiar figure at UConn sports events, performing as Jonathan the Husky. Lopez has worked in an inter-university initiative with the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education to broaden the demographic makeup of the teacher workforce.
In Memoriam Spring 2015
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John F. Gajda, ’65
March 18, 2015
John F. Gajda, ’65 (ENG) died March 18, 2015 in his home in Baton Rouge, LA. He was a process engineer for 35 years for ICI and Rubicon. He loved to sing in the church choir and was an avid photographer. He was 71.
Robert C. Ryan ’58 MA
April 15, 2015
Robert C. Ryan ’58 MA, a Herman Melville scholar who taught English for 40 years, 30 of them at Boston University, died April 15. He was 80. Prior to joining Boston University, he taught at Defiance College in Defiance, Ohio. He practiced and taught the rural values he was raised on, was a voracious reader and was an author of fiction and non-fiction and was fixture on area tennis courts.
Cynthia (Clarke) Tribelhorn ’52 (NEAG)
May 6, 2015
Cynthia (Clarke) Tribelhorn ’52 (NEAG), an embroidery expert who led trips to Europe and South America and served as national president of the Embroiders Guild of America, died in Montana in May 6, 2015. She was 83.
Tribelhorn, who grew up on a dairy farm in Lebanon, taught eighth grade in Canterbury, Conn., before starting her family. She became addicted to embroidery and planned seminars and led group tours to meet with embroiderers and view old embroideries in England and other countries.
Reino Manninen ’59 (BUS)
June 15, 2015
Reino Manninen ’59 (BUS), a member of UConn’s championship football team, passed away after a long illness on June 15, 2015 in Massachusetts.
Frank L. Rainaldi ’60 (BUS)
June 30, 2015
Frank L. Rainaldi ’60 (BUS) passed away at his home in Mendham, N.J. on June 30, 2015, after a long battle with cancer. As one of the leading educators in the insurance industry and the author of The Kugler System, he was the first life insurance professional to be elected into the Hall of Fame of the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils.
Lewis Rome, ’54 (CLAS)
July 1, 2015
Lewis Rome, ’54 (CLAS) ’57 (LL.B.) former chairman of the University of Connecticut Board of Trustees died July 1 at age 81. He founded three law firms and served as Bloomfield mayor in 1965 before being elected to the state senate in 1970. He spearheaded the founding of UConn’s medical school and was instrumental in the passage of the UConn 2000 legislation, the 10-year, $1 billion initiative to renew the University’s infrastructure.
Robert A. Fischer Jr. ’51 (NEAG), ’64 MA, ’72 Ph.D
Aug. 19, 2015
Robert A. Fischer Jr. ’51 (NEAG), ’64 MA, ’72 Ph.D. died Aug. 19, 2015. He was a sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Corp and boxed while in the service and, afterwards, professionally, before becoming a teacher in Waterford and Greenwich, Conn. He was 88.
Abraham Krayn ’63 (CLAS)
Aug. 21, 2015
Abraham Krayn ’63 (CLAS), who earned a BA in economics, died Aug. 21, 2015.
Joy Golden ’51 (CLAS)
August 29, 2015
Joy Golden ’51 (CLAS), a pioneering woman in advertising known for her award-winning, funny radio spots for Laughing Cow Cheese in the 1980s, died Aug. 29, 2015 at age 85.
Golden began in the steno pool at the BBDO advertising agency and rose through the ranks at several agencies, writing ad copy for Maidenform Bras, Fleer Dubble Bubble chewing gum, and the Maine sardine industry, as well as for various brands of clothing, perfume and cosmetics. But she won five Clio Awards for her humorous Laughing Cow spots, which featured a variety of characters, including a New York woman named Enid.
Faculty & Staff
Donald I. Tepas
Jan. 9, 2015
Donald I. Tepas, professor emeritus of psychology, died Jan. 9. He was internationally known for his scholarly work in the field of shiftwork, occupations health and safety, and transportation safety. At UConn, he was critical to the development of the Ph.D. program in industrial-organizational psychology
March 13, 2015
Evarist Giné, department head in mathematics, died March 13. He was a distinguished mathematician who worked on mathematical statistics and probability in infinite dimensions. He wrote two books and more than 100 articles. He was recognized for his contributions to the field at a conference organized by friends and colleague honoring his 70th birthday at the Center for Mathematical Sciences at the University of Cambridge.
Catherine Havens ’74 MA
March 27, 2015
Catherine Havens ’74 MA, ’84 (L.LB), assistant professor of social work and associate dean, died on March 27. She was 67. She was the first director of the Women’s Center in Storrs and joined the faculty in the School of Social Work in 1976. She held several administrative leadership roles, most recent serving as associate dean for academic affairs and director of the Master’s in Social Work program.
Philmore B. Wass
April 6, 2015
Philmore B. Wass, former economic education professor at UConn for 23 years, died April 6 at age 97. He was director of the University’s Center for Economic Education and head of the department of Foundations and Curriculum. The son of a lighthouse keeper, he grew up on the Libby Island Light Station in Machiasport, Maine and he wrote about the hardship of living on the remote island in his book, Lighthouse In My Life.
Carl Schaefer ’64 Ph.D
April 29, 2015
Carl Schaefer ’64 (Ph.D), professor emeritus of ecology and evolutionary biology, died April 29 at age 80. Known for outstanding teaching ability, he was also active in the UConn community, serving as president of the faculty union and serving on the University Senate. He was also a member of the Mansfield Town Council and historical society.
May 16, 2015
Donald Crosby, professor emeritus of German studies and comparative literature, died May 16 while returning from a Danube river cruise. He was 88. His specialty was Romanticism and he drew on his personal passion for classical music to enliven standard courses. Prior to his academic career, he worked for the National Security Agency during the Cold War and used his remarkable memory for passages of German literature to help break codes used by East Germany.
George F. Cole
June 10, 2015
George F. Cole, professor emeritus of political science, died June 10 at age 80. He was known for his outstanding teaching and he published extensively on prosecution, courts, and corrections. He developed and directed a graduate corrections program at UConn and was granted Fulbright-Hays Program awards to do criminal justice research in England and the former Yugoslavia.
June 12, 2015
Richard Dempsey, professor emeritus of education, died June 12 at age 83. He was a nationally respected educator and author who taught educational leadership for more than 20 years. He was known as a practioner’s professor and had life-long relationships with many of students.
Gail A. Harkness
July 19, 2015
Gail A. Harkness, professor emeritus of nursing, died July 19. She was 76. She was an internationally known professor of nursing in education and research and had served in faculty and leadership positions at several universities, including UConn. Her research specialized in hospital-acquired infections and she influenced nursing and public policy standards through the American Nurses Association.
August 3, 2015
Sam Witryol, professor emeritus of psychology, who taught at the Storrs campus for more than 60 years, died Aug. 3. He was 93. His research specialty was children’s learning, particularly the development of curiosity in children, the role of motivation, and the effects of different incentives. He also received a National Institutes of Health grant in the 1960s for a graduate training program in the psychology of mental retardation.
Joseph J. Morrone
September 16, 2015
Joseph J. Morrone, the legendary UConn men’s soccer coach who led UConn to the NCAA Men’s Soccer National Championship in 1981, died Sept. 16, 2015 at age 79.
An academic and athletic leader at UConn for 45 years, he established a nationally elite collegiate program and led the Huskies to the NCAA Men’s Soccer National Semifinals for three consecutive seasons. He formed the “Friends of Soccer” support group, which raised more than $2 million for the program and helped build the UConn soccer facility in Storrs. After retiring as head coach in 1996, he launched a distinguished second career as associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology at UConn. He had a profound impact on the sport of soccer at UConn and around the world. He was presented with the 1995-96 National Soccer Coaches Association of American Honor Award, presented annually to the individual whose contribution to the sport of soccer has distinguished him to rank among the top names in American soccer circles.
Janina (Czajkowski) Esselen
October 2, 2015
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