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dingbat-arrow Ed Satell ’57 (BUS), a philanthropist, entrepreneur, and community leader, received an honorary doctorate from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel, in June. He is executive chairman of Progressive Business Publications.


dingbat-arrow  Robert Bagg ’61 MA, ’65 PhD reports that he and his wife, Mary Bagg, have written a biography of Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Richard Wilbur, Let Us Watch Richard Wilbur: A Critical Study, to be published by University of Massachusetts Press in February 2017. Bagg taught in the UMass English department from 1965 to 1996, serving four years as graduate director and six as department chair. He has also published translations of nine plays by Sophocles (Harper Perennial) and Euripides (UMass Press) and six books of poetry.

dingbat-arrow  Helen Brown ’63 (NUR) has been nominated by VNA Community Healthcare to receive a 2016 Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing.


dingbat-arrow  Edward Donovan ’75 MS, an adjunct professor of biology and physical science at the University of South Carolina Upstate, participated in NASA’s “Lunar Workshop for Educators” program in June at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD. A retired science teacher from Spartanburg County School District Five, Donovan was trained as a NASA Educator Workshop educator and has been actively involved with NASA, the Mars Exploration Program, and now Earth’s moon studies and research.

dingbat-arrow  Kent P. Ljungquist ’72 MA, professor of literature in the Humanities and Arts Department, received the Board of Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Teaching in April 2016 during the Honors Convocation at Worcester (Mass.) Polytechnic Institute. Ljungquist teaches the works of Edgar Allan Poe and other authors of supernatural fiction, surveys the broad spectrum of American literature, and introduces students to realism and regional authors.

dingbat-arrow  Alan A. Taffel ’72 (CLAS) reports that his second novel, Maxwell’s Guide to Heaven and Hell, has been published by Blairmont Publishing and is available at amazon.com.

dingbat-arrow  Paul H. Glotzer ’73 (BUS), of Newington, Conn., an instructor-in-residence at UConn, was recently named chair of the Accounting and Reporting Standards Interest Group of the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants.

dingbat-arrow Frank Shor ’74 (CLAS) was elected to his fourth term as a trustee for the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District. The board of trustees also elected him to serve as president of the board.

dingbat-arrow Rose Jung-Gaggero ’75 (SFA), of Fort Myers, Fla., was recently selected as an artist to participate in the 30th Annual All Florida Juried and Berne Davis Center Juried Exhibits. She completed her seven continents goal when she visited Antarctica this year.

dingbat-arrow Eva M. Ogens ’75 (CLAS) was promoted to associate professor of teacher education, math/science methods at Ramapo College of New Jersey. Her recent article on the next-generation science standards was featured in the New Jersey School Boards Association’s journal School Leader.

dingbat-arrow Tom Ingrassia ’75 MA won a 2016 National Indie Excellence Award in the music category for his second book, Reflections of a Love Supreme: Motown Through the Eyes of Fans (MotivAct Publications). The book also is a finalist for the Forward Reviews’ Book of the Year awards. Reflections presents 150 photographs — most taken by fans from around the world and many never before published — that tell the story of the people and places that made Motown the music that inspired a generation.

dingbat-arrow Lisa C. Taylor ’79 (CLAS), ’81 (ED) has a debut collection of short fiction, Growing a New Tail, (Arlen House/Syracuse University Press, 2015), going into a second printing. Lisa has four published collections of poetry, and her fiction and poetry have been widely published in literary magazines and journals. She lives with her husband, Russ Taylor ’80 (CLAS), in Mansfield, Conn., and she teaches at Nichols College in Dudley, Mass.


dingbat-arrow  Marianne Barbino Dubuque ’80 (CLAS), ’83 JD, ’11 MBA recently received the Waterbury Bar Association’s 2016 Young Lawyers Award for outstanding service to the community and for perpetuating a positive image of the legal profession.

dingbat-arrow  Scott Winslow ’83 (BUS) reports that his company, Winslow Technology Group LLC, was named one of the 50 fastest-growing, privately held companies in Massachusetts by the Boston Business Journal.

dingbat-arrow Lisa (D’Amadio) Cropper ’85 (NEAG) and her U.S. Masters Field Hockey team took home the bronze medal in Australia in April 2016, a first for any U.S. Masters team, male or female. She reports that being a part of UConn’s first field hockey national championship team back in 1981 will always be her best memory as an athlete, but said the biennial tournament in Canberra was a unique experience that she wanted to share.

dingbat-arrow Flutist Suzanne Bona ’85 (SFA) and pianist Brenda Moore Miller performed a recital at Deerfield Academy in Deerfield, Mass. on April 10, 2016. The concert was co-hosted by New England Public Radio, which broadcasts Bona’s nationally syndicated radio program, Sunday Baroque.

dingbat-arrow Corliss J. Montesi ’86 (BUS), of Wallingford, Conn., a vice president and corporate controller at Stanley Black & Decker in New Britain, was recently named advisory council member of the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants.

dingbat-arrow  Lou Pellegrino ’87 MA has written a book about the Litchfield Hills Road Race, which celebrated its 40th running in June. The book, A History of the Litchfield Hills Road Race: In Smallness, There Is Beauty, tells the story of the race’s origins during the running boom of the 1970s and its development through the years into one of the most beloved road races in New England.


dingbat-arrow  Lynn Rapsilber ’91 (NUR), ’98 MSN graduated with a doctorate in nursing leadership from Quinnipiac University in May 2016 and received the Benjamin and Juliette Trewin Award for Professional Leadership in Nursing. She currently works as a GI nurse practitioner at Connecticut GI in Torrington, Conn.

dingbat-arrow 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.

dingbat-arrow 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.

dingbat-arrow Tom Carroll ’92 (CLAS), ’00 (LAW) has been promoted to associate principal counsel in ESPN’s legal department.

dingbat-arrow Leslie A. Zoll ’93 (BUS) of Newington, Conn., a principal with BlumShapiro in West Hartford, will chair the Governmental Accounting and Auditing Interest Group of the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants.

dingbat-arrow  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.

dingbat-arrow Tim Crader ’94 (BUS) was recently promoted to vice president of sales for North America at Trilliant Networks.

dingbat-arrow Carlos J. Rodrigues ’95 (BUS), co-founder, COO, and CFO of the hedge fund firm, Tourmalet Advisors, L.P., graduated from the MIT Sloan School of Management with an MBA. He also serves on the UConn Investment Advisory Board for the Student Managed Fund.

dingbat-arrow  Chris J. de Pascale ’96 (ENG), a senior civil engineer, was promoted to associate vice president of Dewberry, a privately held professional services firm headquartered in Fairfax, Va.


dingbat-arrow Hillary Lewis ’00 (CLAS), ’02 MA Audiology received her Doctorate in Audiology from Salus University in 2009. She has been practicing audiology at the Masonicare Health Center in Wallingford, Conn., since 2002. She and her husband, Christopher Fryer ’98 (CLAS), were married in Mystic, Conn., in August 2012 with many UConn alums in attendance. They live in Portland, Conn.

dingbat-arrow Elizabeth Roth ’00 (CAHNR) received the GSUSA appreciation pin from the Girl Scouts of America on April 24, 2016. The pin is awarded to an adult volunteer who has delivered outstanding service to the Girl Scouts. She resides in Cheshire, Conn., with her husband, Ryan ’99 (CLAS), ’02 JD and their children, Patrick, 8, and Samantha, 5.

dingbat-arrow Michael P. Jordan ’01 (BUS), ’02 MS, of Glastonbury, Conn., with BlumShapiro in West Hartford, was named an advisory council member of the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants.

dingbat-arrow  Mary K. Wisenski ’02 MSA, of Manchester, Conn., a senior manager with Fiondella, Milone & LaSaracina LLP in Glastonbury, was selected to be the Board of Directors’ Member-at-Large/Advisory Council Chair of the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants.

dingbat-arrow Chris Lebonitte ’02 (BUS) and Alison Lebonitte of Southport, Conn., are proud to announce the birth of a baby boy in April 2016. He was welcomed home by his two-year-old brother.

dingbat-arrow Johanna Rincón Fernández ’03 (CLAS) graduated from the Connecticut Commission on Children’s Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) in June 2016.

dingbat-arrow Oliver Hays ’04 (CLAS) has been hired as the new communications and proposal manager at Phillips Lytle LLP, a regional law firm based in Buffalo, N.Y.

dingbat-arrow  Michael G. Maksymiw Jr. ’05 MS, of Plainville, Conn., a tax manager with Filomeno & Company, P.C., in West Hartford, was named advisory council member of the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants.

dingbat-arrow Tim Murray ’06 (CLAS) married Erica Pachlhofer ’06 (BUS) on April 29, 2016. Nearly 30 fellow alums attended the wedding.

dingbat-arrow Matthew Biron ’06 (CAHNR) and Caitlyn Willox-Biron ’06 (CLAS) are celebrating five years of marriage.

dingbat-arrow Megan Gillespie ’08 (CLAS) graduated from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine with a doctor of osteopathic medicine degree in May 2016. She returned to Philadelphia in July to start training in the combined emergency medicine and family medicine residency program at Aria Health.

dingbat-arrow  Glen Mourning ’09 (CLAS), who played UConn football from 2005 to 2009, reports that he has self-published a book, Dreams Interrupted: Fourth and Long, about a young man who is the first in his family to go to college and struggles with success and life lessons as a college football player.

dingbat-arrow Heather L. Heenehan ’09 (CLAS) defended her doctorate in marine science and conservation on April 5, 2016. She studied the soundscape ecology of Hawaiian spinner dolphin resting bays at the Duke University Marine Laboratory in Beaufort, N.C. She also received the 2016 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in March. After graduation, she moved back to the Northeast in June to work with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center in Woods Hole, Mass.

dingbat-arrow Katherine A. Donovan ’09 (BUS), of Bloomfield, Conn., a senior audit associate with Whittlesey & Hadley, P.C. in Hartford, was named an advisory council member of the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants.


dingbat-arrow Leah K. Goldberg, RN, BSN ’11 (NURS) earned her Certified Nurse Operating Room designation. She was elected vice president of the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses’ Connecticut Chapter 1.

dingbat-arrow Irene Cheng ’12 (CLAS), of Niantic, Conn., a fourth-year neuroscience graduate student, has received a “Double Hoo” research grant at the University of Virginia. These grants pair a graduate student and an undergraduate student together to collaborate on a common research project. Cheng and undergraduate Lucy Jin are investigating the role of destructive cues in the early development of sensory systems.

dingbat-arrow Katherine M. McNair ’12 MS, of Wethersfield, a manager with PKF O’Connor Davies, LLP in Wethersfield, will be chair of the New and Young Professionals Cabinet on the Advisory Council of the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants.

dingbat-arrow Philip V. Guay ’14 (CLAS), of Watertown, Conn., has become a media assistant for the Mintz + Hoke advertising agency of Avon, Conn.

In Memoriam

Below is a list of deaths reported to us since the last issue of UConn Magazine.

Please share news of alumni deaths and obituaries with UConn Magazine by sending an email to: alumni-news@uconnalumni.com or writing to Alumni News & Notes, UConn Foundation, 2384  Alumni Drive Unit 3053, Storrs, CT 06269.


dingbat-arrow  Margaret “Dink” Laudieri ’42 (NEAG)
April 11, 2016

dingbat-arrow  Harold J. Lowe ’43 (CLAS)
Dec. 27, 2015

dingbat-arrow  Frederic W. Casioppo Sr. ’43 (PHARM)
June 6, 2016

dingbat-arrow Laura Andisio Belfiore ’44 (CLAS)
Jan. 10, 2016

Laura Andisio Belfiore ’44 (CLAS), a psychiatric social worker and nationally ranked archer, died Jan. 10, 2016. The daughter of Italian immigrants, she grew up on the family farm and graduated from the University of Connecticut, where, among various distinctions, she was a nationally ranked archer. After earning a master’s from Fordham University and working in New York City as a psychiatric social worker, she returned to Connecticut to help start one of the first hospital-based outpatient psychiatric clinics in the country. The clinic at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford served, among others, World War II soldiers suffering from what would later become known as PTSD.

dingbat-arrow Elinor Y. Moquet ’46 (CLAS)
Jan. 9, 2016

dingbat-arrow Mary Ann Dowd ’47 (CLAS)
Feb. 20, 2016

dingbat-arrow Hayden Leavenworth Griswold Jr. ’47 (ENGR)
Dec. 2, 2015

dingbat-arrow Theodore S. Hrubiec ’47 (CAHNR)
Feb. 25, 2016

dingbat-arrow Alvin Bogin ’48 (CLAS)
Feb. 16, 2016

dingbat-arrow Paul R. Barbuto ’48 (ENG)
Jan. 23, 2016

dingbat-arrow Chester Adams Willard ’48 (CAHNR)
May 15, 2016

dingbat-arrow Edward J. “Raf” Raftery ’49 JD
March 16, 2016

dingbat-arrow Seymour “Sy” Rothenberg ’49 (CLAS)
April 10, 2016

dingbat-arrow Esmond Marshall Kronick ’50 (CLAS)
May 5, 2016

dingbat-arrow Robert C. “Bob” Popp ’50 (BUS)
May 6, 2016

dingbat-arrow George W. Ripley II ’50 (CLAS)
May 27, 2016

George W. Ripley II ’50 (CLAS), ’55 JD, a retired Superior Court judge, died May 27, 2016. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was stationed in Guam-Pacific Theatre with the Seabees. After earning his bachelor and law degrees at UConn, he practiced law in the Hartford area from 1955 until 1981, when he was appointed as a judge. He served until 1996 and then became a state referee, a position he held until he retired in 2013.

dingbat-arrow Neal Joseph Brundage ’50 (CLAS)
Jan. 19, 2016

dingbat-arrow George K. Bleuher Jr. ’50 (BUS)
April 2, 2016

dingbat-arrow Edwin Rabinowitz ’50 (BUS) ’77 DPE
May 27, 2016

Edwin Rabinowitz ’50 (BUS) ’77 DPE, the first of three generations of UConn grads, died March 12, 2016. A member of the 1944 UConn football team, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and later returned to UConn in 1948. He became an instructor at Thames Valley State Technical College and retired as dean of instruction in 1989. He is survived by his wife, Miriam, children, Stuart Rabinowitz ’73 (BUS), ’85 MBA and wife, Jenny (Markiewicz) Rabinowitz ’73 (BUS); Ruth Gordon and husband, Alfred; and Jerry Rabinowitz and wife, Nancy Pawlowski, along with grandchildren Michelle Rabinowitz ’01 (CLAS), ’06 MSW and Aaron Rabinowitz, and Dana and Erica Gordon.

dingbat-arrow Herman H. Glassman ’50 (CLAS)
June 4, 2016

dingbat-arrow Michael E. Dunay Sr. ’51 (Ratcliffe)
Jan. 19, 2016

dingbat-arrow Earl W. Gledhill ’51 (BUS)
Jan. 12, 2016

dingbat-arrow John W. Marcisin ’51 (ENG), ’65 MBA
Jan. 6, 2016

dingbat-arrow Robert H. Johnson ’57 (BUS), ’90 MBA
April 3, 2016

dingbat-arrow Charles G. Karanian ’53 JD
March 1, 2016

dingbat-arrow David Hannon Comins ’54 (BUS)
June 20, 2016

dingbat-arrow Caroline Elizabeth Neborsky ’55 (BUS)
March 25, 2016

dingbat-arrow Carl “Buzz” Peters ’55 (CLAS)
April 13, 2016

dingbat-arrow Paul Alan Tibbitts ’55 (CLAS)
Jan. 6, 2016

dingbat-arrow James John Toner ’56 MA
April 7, 2016

dingbat-arrow Arlene Judith (Czarzasty) Grochowski ’56 (NURS), ’82 (MS)
Feb. 13, 2016

dingbat-arrow Sarah Brody ’56 (NURS)
Jan. 11, 2016

dingbat-arrow Janet (Nicewicz Kuczenski) Euskavech ’56 (CLAS)
Jan. 8, 2016

dingbat-arrow Peter Alvah Hamm Sr. ’56 (Ratcliffe)
Jan. 12, 2016

dingbat-arrow John R. “Jack” Sherman ’58 (ENG)
April 30, 2016

dingbat-arrow Lawrence B. Rasie Jr. ’58 (CLAS)
Feb. 13, 2016

dingbat-arrow Richard Mayer Rittenband ’58 JD
June 6, 2016

Richard Mayer Rittenband ’58 JD, who had a passion for law, politics, and writing and was a Superior Court judge, died June 16, 2016. He served in the special intelligence division of the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and graduated from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Later, after graduating from the University of Connecticut School of Law, he worked for a while as a sports broadcaster, doing color commentary and play-by-play announcing for the Hartford Charter Oaks and the Hartford Knights. He also served as South Windsor’s town attorney and Republican Town chairman. He owned and operated a law practice in Hartford and then in South Windsor and was a special consultant for the U.S. Department of Transportation. He was appointed to serve as a judge in 1993. In addition to these accomplishments, he published two books and was a political speech writer for Ann Uccello and others.

dingbat-arrow Kathleen Elenora (Moran) Makoul ’59 (BUS)
March 22, 2016

dingbat-arrow John L. Daigle ’59 (BUS), ’70 MBA
Feb. 18, 2016

John L. Daigle ’59 (BUS), ’70 MBA, of Vernon, who barely escaped the famous Hartford circus fire as a child and went on to build a career at the Travelers, died Feb. 18, 2016. Daigle, who was a hard worker, picking potatoes on his family’s farm, was only 10 when he escaped the 1944 circus fire a year by sliding down a rope with his brother and sister. Later, after a semester of college, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. Once discharged, he worked at the American Dye Mill at night and attended UConn during the day pursuing a BS degree in business. He then began his long career at The Travelers Companies while earning his MBA. A strong believer in civic duty, he was elected to the board of selectmen and later the town council, and was appointed town treasurer, Deputy Registrar of Voters, and director of Greater Hartford Transit Authority.

dingbat-arrow Joyce (Yukins) Pasco ’60 (NURS)
June 23, 2016

dingbat-arrow Raymond J. Vitelli ’60 MA, ’73 PhD
April 6, 2016

dingbat-arrow James J. Zapatka ’61 (ENG)
April 24, 2016

dingbat-arrow David G. Assard ’62 (ENG)
Jan. 22, 2016

dingbat-arrow James J. Rizza ’62 (ENG)
March 31, 2016

dingbat-arrow Stuart Cowan Woodruff ’62 PhD
Feb. 26, 2016

dingbat-arrow Raymond James Devlin, Jr. ’62 JD
March 8, 2016

dingbat-arrow Allen I. Cohen ’63 MSW
Jan. 2, 2016

dingbat-arrow Cecelia “Cele” (Calarese) Deschler ’64 (NEAG)
March 22, 2016

dingbat-arrow Vincent J. Allen ’64 (BUS)
March 23, 2016

dingbat-arrow Carl H. Bernhardt ’65 (ENG)
April 18, 2016

dingbat-arrow Willard M. McRae ’65 MSW
Feb. 18, 2016

dingbat-arrow Jackson T. King Jr. ’65 (CLAS), ’68 JD
June 6, 2016

dingbat-arrow Paul Everett Arnold ’66 (PHARM)
March 12, 2016

dingbat-arrow James “Jay” Beausoleil ’66 (ENG)
May 21, 2016

dingbat-arrow Lillian Clark Sandford ’66 MA
March 11, 2016

dingbat-arrow Carol (Campbell) Forand ’67 (NURS)
April 14, 2016

dingbat-arrow Penelope “Penny” (Pepek) Murphy ’67 (NEAG)
June 8, 2016

dingbat-arrow Ralph Edward Sluis ’67 JD
Dec. 1, 2015

dingbat-arrow Gerald P. Kiernan ’68 (CLAS)
Feb. 7, 2016

dingbat-arrow Donald Kenneth Kuehl ’68 MS
Jan. 29, 2016

dingbat-arrow Gerald “Gerry” Olmsted ’68 (CLAS), ’71 JD
March 21, 2016

Gerald “Gerry” Olmsted ’68 (CLAS), ’71 JD who was police chief in East Windsor and New Milford, Conn. and Media, Pa., died March 21, 2016. Olmsted served in the U.S. Marine Corp and earned his law degree at the UConn School of Law. He also held a range of other jobs during his lifetime, working as a Coventry police officer, a lawyer in Connecticut and Maine, a legal advisor to the UConn and Hartford police departments, the owner/operator of the Bear Mountain Village Camping and Cottage Resort, a deputy court administrator, and the broker and manager of Century 21 Lakeside in Melrose, Fla.

dingbat-arrow Bradley J. Beeler ’68 (CAHNR), ’73 MS
Feb. 12, 2016

Bradley J. Beeler ’68 (CAHNR), ’73 MS, who owned and operated Tamarack Farm, a 200-head dairy farm in Pomfret Center, Conn., with his brother-in-law, John McLaughlin, died Feb. 12, 2016. After operating the farm for 18 years, he joined Ohio State University as a faculty member and began a 20-year career in international agricultural development, focusing on agricultural development programs in many different countries, including Ukraine, Russia, Tajikistan, and Afghanistan. He returned to the U.S. six years ago and had been semi-retired, owning a small farm in Pomfret.

dingbat-arrow Lloyd E. Webb ’69 JD
March 7, 2016

dingbat-arrow Richard Murray McAdam ’69 (BUS)
May 18, 2016

Richard Murray McAdam ’69 (BUS), of Cape Coral, Fla., formerly of Lewisberry, Pa., and Manchester, Conn., died May 18, 2016 at age 68. He was a devoted foster parent to 268 children over the course of 21 years. He also served in the US Army and became a dedicated store manager with the Ahold supermarket corporation until he retired 49 years later.

dingbat-arrow Jacob Samuel Sobotka ’70 (CLAS) ’73 JD
Dec. 12, 2015

dingbat-arrow James Burton Walton ’70 (CLAS)
June 19, 2016

dingbat-arrow Sally Claire Wisniewski ’70 MSW, ’80 6th Year
April 30, 2016

dingbat-arrow Albert “Bud” Deming Griswold, III, ’70 (CLAS)
May 27, 2016

dingbat-arrow Joachim Edward Pengel ’70 PhD
Feb. 26, 2016

Joachim Edward Pengel ’70 PhD, professor emeritus at the University of Hartford, where he taught and mentored school guidance counselors for more than 40 years, died Feb. 26, 2016. Originally from Minnesota, he traveled east to go to college at Trinity College and Springfield College and complete his doctorate at the University of Connecticut. In 2009, he retired from teaching and closed his part-time practice as a psychotherapist. A life-long fisherman and wildfowl hunter, he lived in Simsbury for most of his life but spent his last year in a cottage on the property of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in New Canaan, Conn., where he lived with his wife, the Rev. Martha Klein Larsen.

dingbat-arrow Joseph Herbert Marks ’71 (NEAG)
Jan. 24, 2016

dingbat-arrow Constance Lyford Colt ’71 (CLAS)
March 20, 2016

dingbat-arrow Francis Joseph Duff ’71 (NEAG)
Dec. 25, 2015

dingbat-arrow William John Benson ’72 (BUS)
Jan. 19, 2016

dingbat-arrow James P. Coleman Sr., ’72 MBA
Feb. 28, 2016

dingbat-arrow Gary Bruce Youell ’72 (NEAG)
May 14, 2016

dingbat-arrow Paul Dominick Console ’73 (CLAS)
Jan. 15, 2016

dingbat-arrow Robert S. “Lazz” Lazzerini, of Manchester, ’73 (CLAS) ’76 (BUS) ’92 MBA
Jan. 2, 2016

dingbat-arrow John W. Casey, ’74 JD
April 26, 2016

dingbat-arrow Anne Randall Gustafson ’74 (CLAS)
Nov. 28, 2015

dingbat-arrow Susan Nelson Berzinis ’75 (CLAS)
March 30, 2016

dingbat-arrow Harold F. “Red” Lawson Sr. ’75 (NEAG), ’77 6th Year degree
Jan. 9, 2016

dingbat-arrow Streeter Roy Seidell ’76 MSW
March 12, 2016

dingbat-arrow Robert Henry Horton ’77 MA
June 22, 2016

dingbat-arrow Scott M. Ziegler ’77 (BUS)
June 5, 2016

dingbat-arrow Buddy Kathleen (Donovan) Waltein ’79 (CAHNR)
June 12, 2016

dingbat-arrow Mark P. Coville ’79 (BUS)
Dec. 10, 2015

Mark P. Coville ’79 (BUS), a 2013 inductee into UConn’s School of Business Hall of Fame, died Dec. 10, 2015. Coville, who was a direct descendant of William Bradford from the Mayflower, was a managing director in BlackRock Inc.’s trading and liquidity strategy group and had a long and successful career in financial services. Coville was an active and strong member of UConn’s Investment Advisory Board, which oversees the Student Managed Fund. He served as a speaker and mentor to many students over the years.

dingbat-arrow Arthur C. Forst Jr. ’80 PhD
Dec. 16, 2015

dingbat-arrow Joseph Patrick Patterson Jr. ’80 MBA
April 21, 2016

dingbat-arrow Constance (Penberthy) Harmon ’81 (CLAS), SSW ’83
Dec. 2, 2015

dingbat-arrow Richard “Dick” Sadosky ’81 MSW (CLAS)
April 28, 2016

dingbat-arrow Christine M. Stoj ’82 MA
Feb. 18, 2016

dingbat-arrow Kevin S. Frank ’83 DMD
April 2, 2016

dingbat-arrow Amy Denise Giroux ’84 (SFA)
Feb. 14, 2016

dingbat-arrow Christopher A. Italia ’85 (BUS)
May 22, 2016

dingbat-arrow Richard H. Miller ’85 CCS
Feb. 2, 2016

dingbat-arrow Michael E. McDonough ’86 (CLAS), ’89 MA, ’97 JD
Jan. 24, 2016

dingbat-arrow Diana (Pooley) Hurwitz ’87 (CLAS)(SFA)
Sept. 9, 2015

dingbat-arrow Helena (Archambault) Lundberg ’89 CCS
Dec. 23, 2015

dingbat-arrow Michael W. Soracchi ’91 (CLAS), ’03 MBA
May 23, 2016

dingbat-arrow Roxanne Duffy Feeney ’91 MSW
April 8, 2016

dingbat-arrow Gaylord Gray Horn ’91 MBA
Jan. 18, 2016

dingbat-arrow Margaret “Muffi” Lavigne Plum ’93 (CLAS)
Feb. 29, 2016

dingbat-arrow Janusz S. Podlasek ’97 JD
Feb. 7, 2016

dingbat-arrow Connie (Margotta) Dabate ’99 CLAS
Dec. 23, 2015

dingbat-arrow Erich Henry Gaston ’01 Master of Laws
Jan. 17, 2016

dingbat-arrow Thomas J. Fitzpatrick ’09 (CLAS)
May 7, 2016

dingbat-arrow Lisa Radke Carver ’09 MPA
Feb. 10, 2016

Lisa Radke Carver ’09 MPA, former executive director of the Connecticut Republican Party and chief of staff for former New Britain Mayor Timothy Stewart, died Feb. 10, 2016. She had been finance director for the town of Old Saybrook and had been very active in state and local politics.

dingbat-arrow Shan Hu ’12 MS, ’12 PhD
March 7, 2016

dingbat-arrow Michael S. Burlhis ’13 (ENGR)
May 27, 2016

Faculty & Staff

dingbat-arrow Elizabeth Hanlon Beebe, a faculty member in the Department of Social Work at the University of Connecticut’s West Hartford campus, died on March 14. After earning two master’s degrees at Columbia University, in childhood education and social work, she spent several years as a psychiatric social worker for the Veterans Administration in San Bernardino, Calif., and as program director for the Washington State Agency for the Blind. She returned to Connecticut to become a psychiatric social worker at the Norwich State Hospital and subsequently joined the faculty at UConn, where she worked for 20 years.

dingbat-arrow Robert Clayton Church, retired University of Connecticut professor and horse extension specialist, died on April 13, 2016. Church grew up in Ontario, Canada where his family owned farms and businesses between Canada and the U.S. After graduating from high school, he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force during WWII and was a fighter pilot from 1941 to 1943. While stationed with the British forces, he transferred to the U.S. Army Air Force Eagle Squadron into the famed 4th Fighter Group. His tour of duty ended in 1945. Bob went on to earn degrees in animal husbandry from the University of Massachusetts and animal breeding and genetics from Montana State University. In 1956, he began an extension career with the Pennsylvania State University Cooperative Extension Service. In 1966 Bob joined the faculty of the Animal Industries Department at the University of Connecticut where he worked until his retirement in 1982.

dingbat-arrow Adele (Kennon) English ’73 (CLAS), ’82 MS, an assistant professor of clinical dietetics, died June 26, 2016. After graduating from University of Connecticut with a bachelor’s in food and nutrition, she began as a staff dietician in the Dietetics Department at Hartford Hospital. She expanded the registered dietician role in several new areas, including pediatric neonatology, a multi-specialty nutritional support team, dialysis and the medical intensive care unit, and was appointed chief clinical dietician. She was a consultant for area convalescent homes and served as a speaker for numerous in-service education presentations. She was an assistant professor of clinical dietetics at UConn’s School of Allied Health eventually became director of nutrition services at Hartford Hospital.

dingbat-arrow John A. Facey Jr., a math professor at the University of Connecticut, died at his home in West Hartford on March 2, 2016. He joined the V12 United States Naval Air Pilot Program and was assigned to their Officer Training Program at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., and graduated in 1947. He earned a master’s degree from Boston University and became a math professor at UConn and the University of Maryland before accepting a position in the Connecticut General Life Insurance Companies’ actuarial program in 1952.

dingbat-arrow John M. Glasgow of East Haven, Conn., who was recruited to the original faculty of the School of Medicine at the University of Connecticut Health Center in 1968, died Feb. 4, 2016.
Combining academic and practical interests in health administration, he served in a variety of leadership roles, including associate vice president of health affairs. He returned to the Department of Community Medicine and Health Care as professor and chair before he retired in 1992.

dingbat-arrow Dana M. (Sibrinsz) Husereau, a grant manager at the University of Connecticut, died April 19, 1962.

dingbat-arrow Ellen C. Lichanec, of Willington, Conn., a secretary in the Patho Biology Department at the University of Connecticut, died March 1, 2016.

dingbat-arrow Beatrice Heap Oulton, who worked at the University of Connecticut until she retired in 1981, died May 5, 2016.

dingbat-arrow Esther B. Pellizari, who retired as a maintenance worker from the University of Connecticut after 28 years died March 1, 2016.

dingbat-arrow Mathematics Professor Emeritus George Neal Raney died Sept. 13, 2015. Born in Portland, Ore., he served from 1944 to 1946 as a navy radio engineer, and drove in a truck convoy on the Burma Road from India to China in 1946. He earned a bachelor’s of art from Queens College 1943 and a doctorate in mathematics from Columbia University in 1954. He taught math and engineering at MIT, Columbia, Penn State, and finally settled at the University of Connecticut in 1963, becoming emeritus 1984. He made contributions in the field of lattice theory, automata, and infinite series of functions and vectors. The Raney theorem became useful in computer science decades later. Raney also enjoyed studying botany and geology and taking hikes.

dingbat-arrow Arthur D. Roberts, professor emeritus of the University of Connecticut’s School of Education, died June 27, 2016. Roberts received his master’s from the University of Idaho and his doctorate from the University of Florida, and taught at UConn for 26 years. He served as president of both UConn’s Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi and the Connecticut Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. He collaborated with his wife, Christina, in writing the book World Cultures and headed Teacher Corps, a federal program, in Willimantic in the 1980s. He was also an active member of the Company of Military Historians and was interested in the art of military miniatures. Referred to as “a gentle giant” by many, he took great pride in his punning, often competing with his wife.

dingbat-arrow R. Jack Schultz, professor emeritus of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Connecticut, died Feb. 2, 2016. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s from Michigan State University and received his PhD from the University of Michigan. He served during the Korean War and in 1963 moved to Storrs, where he did research and taught courses in ecology, biology of fishes, evolutionary biology, general zoology, and scientific writing for 30 years. He was internationally known for his discovery of the role of hybridization, unisexuality, and polyploidy in evolution and ecology of fishes. He was also recognized for research conducted with his wife, Mary, on the genetics of cancer and the genetics of the thermal stress response in fish receiving several grants. The University of Connecticut Alumni Association awarded him The Faculty Excellence Award for research in 1995.

dingbat-arrow Harold Spencer, an artist and former art and art history professor at the University of Connecticut, died March 5, 2016. A merchant marine navigation officer during WWII, he earned his bachelor’s and master’s from the University of California, Berkeley, and a PhD in art history from Harvard University. He taught art and art history at Blackburn College in Illinois, and at Occidental College in Los Angeles before finishing his teaching career at UConn. He was the author of numerous art history publications and curated exhibitions at several Connecticut museums. He participated in the founding of Weir Farm Trust and National Historic Site dedicated to American painting and served on its board of directors for many years. An accomplished artist, he exhibited in shows across the U.S. He loved the outdoors, and in 1954 took his family on an 8,000-mile tent camping trip around the U.S. with a trailer/kitchen he built himself.

dingbat-arrow Richard Matheson Stockwell died 28, 2016 at the University of Connecticut John Dempsey Hospital in Farmington, where he was a physician and teacher for many years.

dingbat-arrow Sara (Bass) Thal, who worked in medical research and medical education at the University of Connecticut Health Center, died on April 22. After graduating from Washington University in St. Louis, she and her husband lived in London, where she worked at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical medicine for two years before settling in Connecticut. During her 27-year career at the Health Center, she earned a Master of Science degree from UConn in Adult Education. After she retired she served as an event planner for three years at UConn School of Law. She loved to travel and once took a three-month, 18,000-mile automobile trip from Connecticut to Alaska and back, staying on blue highways and visiting friends and relatives along the way.

dingbat-arrow John Clair Thompson, a former professor at the UConn School of Business, died April 5, 2016. He received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Illinois in 1954, earned an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1956, and a PhD in economics from the University of Illinois in 1961. He began teaching at the University of Louisville’s College of Business in 1960. He left in 1967 to join the faculty of the UConn School of Business, focusing on economics and business environment and policy until he retired in 1996. He founded John Clair Thompson & Associates, a consulting firm, working primarily on real estate development projects in Kentucky and Connecticut. He listened to classical music every day, was an inquisitive reader enjoyed writing poems in birthday and holiday cards to family and friends. Always an elegant dresser, he was also a skilled sportsman, could play tennis ambidextrously, and completed New York Times crossword puzzles in ink.

dingbat-arrow Joseph Michael Verdon, a University of Connecticut engineering professor and aerodynamics researcher, died June 24, 2016. He received a bachelor’s degree from Webb Institute of Naval Architecture and a PhD in Engineering Science from the University of Notre Dame. He taught Mechanical Engineering at UConn from 1968 to 1972 and spent two summers as a faculty fellow at NASA’s Langley Research Center. From 1972 to 1999, he conducted research on turbomachinery aerodynamics at the United Technologies Research Center and was a pioneer in the fields of supersonic unsteady flows in fan rotors and linearized unsteady aerodynamics. He wrote many articles and lectured extensively in the US and abroad.

dingbat-arrow Gail Ann L. Voit, the budget administrator and scholarship coordinator at the University of Connecticut’s Graduate School, died June 14, 2016. Born in Springfield, Mass., she earned an associate’s degree in accounting from Manchester Community College 1992, and bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Political Science from Charter Oak College in 1996.

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