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Twins Ettore and Angelo Rossetti (both’92 NEAG) set a new Guinness World Record for longest tennis volley at 30,576 hits.
UConn Nation at the wedding of Michael Bogatz ’08 (BUS) and Sapora Turenshine ’08 (CLAS) in Brookfield, Conn.
Capt. Matt Marcella ’08 (CLAS) shared his pride from Afghanistan with a little help from Sgt. William Evola.
Newly hatched members of UConn Nation, twins Owen and Elliot Marie, showed their spirit this April at UConn Health.
A photo of Lois Greene Stone ’55 (CLAS) in the Smithsonian National Museum of American History has been selected to represent teenage culture in the U.S. from the 1940s and ’50s. In the photo, Stone, then a teenager, is wearing a felt skirt with horse appliques that her father had commissioned to be designed and made for her, and a silk blouse she made. The snapshot was taken at UConn in her dorm room, although the Smithsonian superimposed the picture in a typical room of that time period. Stone is a writer and poet and has been syndicated worldwide. Collections of her personal items, photos, and memorabilia are in major museums, including 12 different divisions of the Smithsonian. She is married to Gerald E. Stone, and they have 15 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Francis “Tony” A. Manning ’59 (CLAS) has retired from political cartooning for the Southington News and The Record Journal after 50 years. He created cartoons of the football team for the campus newspaper while at UConn. He was a vice principal and history teacher in the Plainville, Conn., public schools.
Wilma Bor Davidson ’65 (CLAS) announces that St. Martin’s Press has published the third edition of Business Writing: What Works, What Won’t, a book that offers wit and wisdom about writing quickly and well in the workplace.
John Surowiecki ’67 (CLAS), MA ’78 has won the Encircle Publications (Farmington, Maine) Chapbook Contest for Missing Persons, his eleventh book of poems. He has won a number of poetry prizes over the years, including the Poetry Foundation Pegasus Award, the Pablo Neruda Prize, the Washington Prize, the White Pine Prize, and the Sunken Garden National Competition. His work has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Carolina Review, Mississippi Review, Poetry, Prairie Schooner, Southern Review, West Branch, and other journals.
Len Yannielli ’67 (CLAS) has published his fourth book, Hurry Down Gunntown. His third book, Moon Shadow of War, incorporates some of his time at UConn when he lived in the Towers during the Vietnam War.
David D. Perry ’69 (CLAS) has retired as a public high school principal and professor at the University of New Haven and is now an author. Perry, who lives in Florida with his wife, Carmen, has written Bluff, Bluster, Lies and Spies: The Lincoln Foreign Policy 1861–1865.
James Szerejko ’70 (CLAS) has been named to the 2015 Super Lawyers List, a nationally accredited rating service of lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.
Charlie Horan ’73 (CLAS) was recently named to the Worcester Athletic Hall of Fame in Worcester, Mass. Horan was a three-year starter on the UConn baseball team and was a tri-captain of the ’73 team. The 1972 team went undefeated in the Yankee Conference, won the District 1 New England title and finished fourth at the College World Series.
Michael Maslin ’76 (SFA) published a biography, Peter Arno: The Mad Mad World of The New Yorker’s Greatest Cartoonist, in April 2015.
Patricia Giordano Horstman ’77 (CLAS) is the owner of the Frederick Inn Bed and Breakfast in Buckeystown, Md., which opened in August 2015.
Lynn Skene Johnson ’79 (NEAG), who is director of the Connecticut Birth to Three System (early childhood intervention), has received her Doctor of Education EdD in Educational Leadership from the University of Hartford.
Andy Young ’80 (CLAS) reports that Young Ideas, his collection of essays that have appeared in Maine newspapers, has just gone into its fifth printing. Young is a high school literacy teacher in Kennebunk, Maine, and the father of a 9th, a 7th, and a 4th grader. Anyone interested in obtaining a copy of the book can contact him directly at Harrybright13@gmail.com
Jane Dewey ’81 (SFA) was recently named 2015 Arts Citizen of the Year by the Danville-Boyle County Arts Commission. She has been the director of Arts Education for the Danville Independent School District since 2000 and currently serves as the facilitator for the Kentucky Coalition for Arts Educators. She lives in Danville, Ky., with her husband and two sons.
Paul W. Catanese ’83 (CLAS) has published a new novel, Donny’s Inferno, the story of a 12-year-old boy who must prevent the new, kinder, gentler underworld from returning to its previous terrifying incarnation. He has written eight other novels for middle school readers, including The Books of Umber trilogy, which was nominated for six regional book awards and translated into multiple languages. As a UConn student, he wrote a cartoon strip called “Bedlam Hall” for The Daily Campus. He and his wife, Lisa Stenza Catanese ’83 (CLAS), live in Columbia, Conn.
Barbara Solomon Josselsohn ’83 MA released her first novel, The Last Dreamer, in December 2015.
Thomas Parrino ’83 (CLAS), co-founder and principal of Nusbaum & Parrino, a Westport, Conn., family law firm, has been selected as a Connecticut Top 50 Super Lawyer. This marks the third year that Parrino, of New Canaan, has earned this designation.
Robert J. B. Lenhardt ’84 (CLAS) was elected to the board of directors of Houlihan Lokey, a worldwide investment bank, upon its IPO on the New York Stock Exchange in August 2015. In November 2014, he was named deputy general counsel of its affiliate, ORIX USA. Active in pro bono work, he was also elected secretary general of the World Boxing Council in 2014.
Capt. Angela M. Martinelli ’85 MSN recently retired from 30 years of service (active and reserve) in the U.S. Air Force, Army, and Public Health Service. She is currently a clinical professor at Sacred Heart University in the College of Nursing in Fairfield, Conn.
Allen Gary Palmer ’85 (CLAS) and Andrew Schaffer ’88 (CLAS) were included in the 2015 Super Lawyers List, a nationally accredited rating service of lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.
Peter LaPorta ’86 (CLAS) published a sixth book, Normandy Nights, a historical romance based on a true story that takes place during the invasion of Normandy. He is president of LaPorta Enterprises, a global consulting firm.
Dr. Allen R. Jones Jr. ’87 (CLAS) owner of Dominion Physical Therapy & Associates and Dominion Pediatric Therapy, has been elected vice president of the Virginia Board of Physical Therapy. He also received the Distinguished Public Service Award from the Virginia State University Alumni Association, Peninsula Chapter.
Dr. Peter Oettgen ’87 MED was recently named EBSCO Health DynaMed editor in chief. DynaMed is a clinical reference tool designed to provide health care providers with the latest information from medical experts in a concise format.
Joseph Dec ’88 (CLAS), ’04 MBA has accepted a position as corporate controller at Voalte, Inc., a health care communications company headquartered in Sarasota, Fla.
Philip L. Dukes ’91 (CLAS), ’99 MBA was recently named senior policy advisor and counsel to the New York City Mayor’s Office of Pensions and Investments.
Andy Heidel ’91 (CLAS) reports that after a 10-year career in publishing as a publicist, he started his own business. The Way Station bar and music venue, in Prospect Heights, N.Y., is in its fifth year of operation.
Scott D. Camassar ’92 (CLAS) was made partner of the law firm now known as Stephen M. Reck & Scott D. Camassar, LLC, a personal-injury firm based in North Stonington, Conn.
Tim Crader ’94 (BUS) was recently promoted to vice president of sales for North America at Trilliant Networks.
Jim Jinks ’94 (CLAS) was recently named vice president of business development at Mediabids, a direct-response advertising company. In December 2015, he was appointed to the Cheshire (Conn.) Planning and Zoning Commission, and will complete a master’s degree in public policy from Trinity College in May 2016. He lives with his wife and four children in Cheshire, Conn.
Sharon Healy-Yang ’95 PhD reports that her first novel, Bait and Switch, was published in December 2015 by Touchpoint Press. The novel blends humor and suspense against the backdrop of a World War II New York City rife with Nazi Fifth Columnists.
Lynne Bourassa ’96 (CLAS) married Anthony Bittues on Halloween 2015. The couple currently resides in Picayune, Miss.
Julienne Carey ’98 (CLAS) was recently named director of marketing for Michelle & Company at William Raveis Real Estate in Westport, Conn.
Kristy (Rebello) Murray ’00 (CLAS) was married on Oct. 4, 2014, to Christopher Murray. They are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Isabella Juliet, in Nov. 2015.
Theresa Cramer ’03 (CLAS), editor of EContent magazine, has published a new book, Inside Content Marketing, about how to create meaningful content marketing strategies.
Matthew Necci ’03 (CLAS) and Brian E. Tims ’05 (BUS), ’08 LAW were selected as Rising Stars on the 2015 Super Lawyers List, a nationally accredited rating service of lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.
Melanie Dykas ’04 (CLAS), ’10 LAW has been chosen as a member of the Connecticut Law Tribune’s New Leaders in the Law, an honor that recognizes her qualities as a forerunner in the areas of firm leadership, bar association efforts, casework, publications, pro bono work, and peer recognition.
Christophe Pane ’05 (BUS) has joined the strategy practice of KPMG as a director in its New York office. He helps corporations and private equity firms with issues related to corporate strategy and due diligence.
Devon (Martin) Tiani ’07 (NEAG) and Timothy Tiani ’07 (BUS) are proud to announce the birth of a baby girl, Taylor Elizabeth. She was born in May 2015.
Matthew Allen ’08 (CLAS) received a master of arts in geography from the State University of New York at Buffalo and has accepted a position as an urban planner for the town of Groton, Conn.
Rebecca Auger ’08 (CLAS), of Hampstead N.H., and Robert Ryan McHardy ’09 (CLAS), of Bentonville, Ark., were married on June 27, 2015, at St. Christopher’s Church in Chatham, Mass. Many UConn alumni were present, including groomsmen Robert Slattery ’09 (CLAS), Ryan Krompinger ’06 (CAHNR), and Benjamin Lavoie ’07 (ENG)and maid of honor, Natasha Nejdl ’11 (NEAG). The couple currently resides in Norwalk, Conn.
Mike Berka ’08 (CLAS) was promoted to director of sales for the West Coast for Invoke Solutions’ entertainment research business unit. He has been with the company for four years, having started as project manager at the company’s Boston headquarters.
Michael Bogatz ’08 (BUS), whose last name was Connerty when he graduated, and Sapora Turenshine ’08 (CLAS) were married on Oct. 11, 2015, in Brookfield, Conn. In attendance were Debbie Bogatz ’74 (NEAG), mother of the groom; Rabbi Dana Bogatz ’84 (CAHNR), wedding officiant and cousin of the groom; Dr. Jay Sher ’72 (CLAS) uncle of the bride; and many friends from UConn.
Kelly Pielech ’08 (CLAS) and Sean Lawler ’08 (CLAS) were married June 21, 2015 in Topsfield, Mass. Kristijan Begic ’08 (CLAS) was the best man and several UConn alumni were there to celebrate.
Lauren (Foster) Tenenhaus ’08 (CLAS) and her husband, Brian, welcomed a baby girl named Mila Grace in Sept. 2015.
Jennifer Mathieu ’09 (CLAS) and Patrick Murphy ’08 (BUS) were married Aug. 1, 2015, in Connecticut.
Richard Kremer ’10 (CAHNR) was named assistant superintendent at the Hop Meadow Country Club in Simsbury, Conn.
Jordan Bennett ’11 (CLAS) was recently promoted to deputy press secretary for Muriel Bowser, mayor of Washington, D.C.
Lynsey-Lyn Genauer ’13 Pharm.D, a pharmacy manager for CVS, has been selected for the CVS Emerging Leaders Program for pharmacy supervisors.
Below is a list of deaths reported to us since the last issue of UConn Magazine.
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Aaron Anderson ’87 (CLAS)
Feb. 7, 2015
Donald W. Linskey Sr. ’60 (BUS)
March 12, 2015
Fred Charamut ’54 (BUS)
Aug. 15, 2015
Patricia Grace (Ingraham) Vinsonhaler ’74 (CLAS), ’79 MFA
Sept. 8, 2015
Stanley Perkowski Jr. ’72 (ENGR)
Dec. 17, 2015
Robert G. Feller ’50 (ENGR)
Dec. 23, 2015
Paul J. Lombardi Sr. ’63
Dec. 24, 2015
Paul Alan Tibbitts ’53 (CLAS)
Jan. 6, 2016
Linda Y. Dods ’69 PhD
Jan. 7, 2016
Leon C. Kirk ’53 (ENGR)
Jan. 9, 2016
Ernest A. Moeckel ’68 (BUS)
March 23, 2016
Susan Quenk Lehr ’49 (CLAS)
March 1, 2016
Susan Quenk Lehr ’49 (CLAS) died March 1 in Austin, Texas, at age 88. A long distance swimmer, she swam competitively in Long Island Sound, in Japan, and elsewhere. She earned her bachelor’s in Philosophy and Sociology at the University of Connecticut. In 1952, she worked for the U.S. Army in Japan as a civilian. She married Marvin Lehr in 1956 and eventually moved to Ohio, where they raised four sons. She later became a program director for the Battered Women’s Shelter in Akron, Ohio, and later served as director of rehabilitation at the Akron Child Guidance Center.
Elizabeth (Burckley) Hoffmann
March 25, 2016
Elizabeth (Burckley) Hoffmann, who returned to UConn in 2005 at age 82 to finish doctoral work she had begun in 1969, died March 25, 2016, at age 92. She retired in 1984 as an administrator at the Boards of Cooperative Education in New York, overseeing the nursing, aeronautics, veterinary care, baking, culinary, and fashion design programs. Earlier in her career, she taught at Hicksville High School in Hicksville, N.Y., after graduating from Cornell University—New York Hospital School of Nursing.
Faculty & Staff
Carroll Osborne “C.O.” Bennett
Jan. 9, 2016
Carroll Osborne “C.O.” Bennett, a UConn Engineering professor for 23 years, who coauthored one of the fundamental texts of chemical engineering, died on Jan. 9, 2016, in Paris. He started his teaching career at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., as a professor of Chemical Engineering and, later, built the Chemical Engineering department from the ground up at the University of Nancy in France. Together with Purdue colleague Jack Myers, he wrote Momentum, Heat and Mass Transfer, a textbook that has become a worldwide standard classroom and reference work. In 1964, he became a professor at the UConn School of Engineering, where he did pioneering work in unsteady state kinetics and catalysis studies and built a unique high pressure research facility. In 1980, he was selected for the Warren K. Lewis Award, the American Institute of Chemical Engineering’s highest award for chemical engineering education.
Charles Owen Woody Jr.
Feb. 13, 2016
Charles Owen Woody Jr., of Storrs, Conn., died Feb. 13, 2016, at age 85. He was an associate professor at UConn starting in 1968, teaching courses in reproductive physiology, lactation physiology, and elementary genetics. Later, he established and was the first head of the Transgenic Animal Facility. Woody became a full professor in 1981 and retired in 1992 as a professor of Animal Sciences. He continued to work part-time at the Transgenic Animal Facility until 1995.
Gaston Eduardo Hernandez Diaz
June 13, 2015
Gaston Eduardo Hernandez Diaz, known as Gaston Hernandez, an associate professor of Mathematics at UConn, died June 13, 2015, at age 64. He leaves his wife, Eliana D. Rojas, a faculty member in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in UConn’s NEAG School of Education.
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