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Your classmates want to know about — and see — the milestones in your life. Send us news about weddings, births, new jobs, new publications, and more — along with hi-res photos — to: Alumni News & Notes, UConn Foundation, 2384 Alumni Drive, Unit 3053, Storrs, CT 06269.

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dingbat-arrow At age 97, Hugo DeSarro ’50 (CLAS) has just published his first book of poetry, Stone Steps, and was appointed Poet Laureate by the town council in his hometown of East Hampton, Conn. DeSarro, who attended UConn after WWII on the G.I. Bill, has published poems, stories, and essays in a wide variety of publications throughout the U. S., Canada, Australia, and Europe. DeSarro also writes a weekly column for the Rivereast News Bulletin, his daughter, Doreen DeSarro ’69 (ED), reports.


dingbat-arrow  Len Simoni ’65 (ENG) of East Windsor, Conn., retired from Westinghouse Electric Co. in 2014 and is currently performing consulting engineering services. Previously, he worked for Combustion Engineering and United Technologies.

dingbat-arrow  Nelson Wikstrom ’65 MA, ’69 Ph.D. was recently designated professor emeritus of political science at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he taught for 45 years. He is the author or co-author of five books and a score of referred journal articles focusing on local politics and intergovernmental relations.

dingbat-arrow  Richard Pirozzolo ’67 (SFA) co-authored a debut
novel with Michael Morris. Escape from Saigon tells the story of the final 30 days of the Vietnam War through the lives of journalists, French expats, Vietnamese civilians, diplomats, CIA operatives, and double agents. Much of the novel is based on Pirozzolo’s experience in Saigon as a United States Air Force public information officer and a spokesperson for 7th Air Force.

dingbat-arrow   Janet A. Myder ’68 (CAHNR) of Mount Pleasant, S.C., cofounder of the Low Country Myasthenia Gravis (MG) Support Group, was honored as Volunteer of the Year by the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America (MGFA) in May. A former member of the MGFA Board of Directors, she has been involved with MGFA for 19 years, starting in Maryland and continuing her advocacy and dedication in South Carolina since 2009. In 2010, she co-founded the Low Country MG Support Group in Mount Pleasant, S.C., the first MG support group established in the state, and is editor of the MGFA quarterly e-update.


dingbat-arrow  Joe Wocoski ’73 (CLAS) won the 2016 Little Tokyo Short Story Competition, sponsored by the Little Tokyo Historical Society in Los Angeles. His winning entry, “The Last Master of Go,” is published in the science fiction and fantasy short story anthology The Last Master of Go and Other Strange Tales by J.B. Wocoski.

dingbat-arrow  Paul F. Pizzo ’76 (CLAS), after 16 years with Travelers Life and Annuity and MetLife, has established a freelance voiceover business called Paul Christopher Voiceover Associates in West Hartford, Conn. Paul Christopher was his air name as an announcer and news director at WHUSFM on campus.


dingbat-arrow   Dan Delventhal ’80 (BUS) ), who owns and operates a carbon-neutral lawn care company called MowGreen in Fairfield, Conn., was named Townvibe’s Greenest Individual in Litchfield and Fairfield Counties for 2016. Delventhal, who uses no-gas push mowers, is also a sales manager at LANStatus of Trumbull, Conn

dingbat-arrow  Robert Kanehl ’81 (CLAS) reports that his sixth young adult book, Guiding Spirit, has been released by Cambridge Books. Kanehl writes historical mysteries and paranormal books for the middle school level reader, including Murder in the Newsroom, Haunted Past, Hannah’s Ghost, Lost Spirit, and Facing the Fire.

dingbat-arrow Thom Parrino ’83 (CLAS) ), who has been practicing family law for more than 27 years, has been selected an America’s Top 100 Attorneys Lifetime Achievement member for Connecticut. Principal and co-founder of Nusbaum & Parrino P.C. of Westport, Conn., he is past president of the Connecticut Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

dingbat-arrow Suzanne Schwertman ’85 (BUS) ) of Frederick, Md., has joined Maryland Public Television as the station’s vice president and chief financial officer. Previously, she had been chief operating officer and chief financial officer for the Maryland School for the Deaf for nearly 17 years.

dingbat-arrow   Tom Sciuto ’85 (CLAS) and Kazuko Sciuto are excited that their son, Justin Sciuto ’19 (BUS), has begun his sophomore year in the UConn School of Business, majoring in finance. He is a ZBT member and a football team intern.


dingbat-arrow Stephen C. Pikiell ’90 (BUS) has been hired by Rutgers University in New Jersey as its men’s basketball coach. He was captain of the 1990 team that won the Huskies’ first Big East title and most recently had been coach at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, N.Y.

dingbat-arrow Autumn (Backman) Sutherland ’91 (CLAS) designed, built, and manages Matterhorn Mini Golf in Canton, Conn., which was named one of the 10 Great Courses Across the USA by USA Today in August. She writes that she is thrilled to be honored nationally in what is only her second year of business.

dingbat-arrow Susan (Rutherford) Orred ’93 (CLAS) is director of development at the Hill-Stead Museum, a Colonial Revival home and National Historic Landmark in Farmington, Conn., that holds some of the most important Impressionist paintings in the world. Hill-Stead recently hosted a visit from the Right Honorable Countess of Carnarvon, who resides at Highclere Castle, where “Downton Abbey” was filmed.

dingbat-arrow Jennifer (Royal) Whelan ’95 (ED) was selected to umpire the NCAA D2 National Championships for Women’s Lacrosse in Denver, Colo., on May 21, 2016.

dingbat-arrow Nicole Blake ’98 MFA and Mark Adams ’98 MFA, who met at UConn as graduate students and have been together for more than 20 years, are engaged. They met when they were cast romantically opposite each other in their first show, “The Three Musketeers.” The epic marriage proposal was an all-day affair that involved the help of 43 “elves” at Disney World and the Four Seasons Orlando. It ended at the Hollywood Studios Launch Bay, where Chewbacca gave a celebratory wookiee victory cheer after she said yes. The couple resides in Edgewater, N.J.

dingbat-arrow Lisa Feingold-Buckland ’99 (MBA) of Los Angeles, Calif.,is excited to be moving her biopharmaceutical market research and consulting company, Collective Acumen, Inc., to Stamford, Conn., in January 2017.


dingbat-arrow Danielle (O’Leary) Muir ’01 (CLAS) and her husband, Ryan, of Southington, Conn., are proud to announce the birth of their twins, Sophie Rose and Henry William, in August 2016. These future Husky fans are ready for basketball season.

dingbat-arrow Matthew Applebaum ’07 (CLAS) and Bethany Angiolillo ’06 (CLAS) are engaged. Matthew, who was on UConn football’s offensive line from 2002 to 2007, is currently an offensive line coach at Davidson College in Davidson, N.C. Bethany is director of advising for the School of Education at the University of Miami. A July 2018 destination wedding
is planned.

dingbat-arrow Matt Fleury ’07 MBA has been named the new chairman of the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education. Fleury is currently the president and CEO of the Connecticut Science Center. He also serves as a board and executive committee member of the International Association of Science and Technology Centers and as a board member of the MetroHartford Alliance.

dingbat-arrow  Krista (Forte) Tarasovic ’08 (ED), ’09 MA and Nicholas Tarasovic ’06 (CLAS) are proud to announce the birth of their son, Nicholas Joseph, born July 2016. Nicholas joins big sister, Ava.

dingbat-arrow Maria E. Marcuccio ’08 (CLAS), an insurance defense paralegal for Halloran & Sage LLP in Hartford and a licensed Realtor, announces that she is marrying Nhel Theam on May 7, 2017, in Waterbury, Conn.


dingbat-arrow Dimitri Pan ’11 (CAHNR) was recently promoted to financial planner with The Vanguard Group in Charlotte, N.C., where he manages portfolios and creates financial plans.

dingbat-arrow Samantha D’Angelo ’12 (SFA and ED) of Putnam, Conn., is pursuing a master’s in teaching from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn. She recently received the Freeman Graduate School Award from The Rectory School in Pomfret, Conn., where she is director of instrumental music. She is happy to announce her engagement to Alexander Wiegel.

dingbat-arrow Patrick B. Lee ’14 MS, of Winfield, Kan., was named in the CPA Practice Advisor’s 40 under 40 Accounting Professionals Leading the Profession.

dingbat-arrow Jeff Jorczak ’14 MBA of South Windsor, Conn., recently published a novel under the pen name Cody Leet. Spheria is about a computer simulation and the humans who play God there. A good portion of the techno thriller takes place at the UConn Health Center in Farmington, Conn.

dingbat-arrow Salman Alzayani ’15 Ph.D. has been appointed assistant professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the College of Medicine and Medical Sciences in the Arabian Gulf University in the Kingdom of Bahrain. He also was elected as a member of the College Council for the current academic year.

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  Martin James Lewis ’79 (ENGR)
June 2, 2016

dingbat-arrow  Donald J. Chadwick ’62 (BUS)
July 2, 2016

dingbat-arrow  Donald Kasden Deitch ’48 (CLAS)
July 13, 2016

dingbat-arrow  Edward C. Keough, Sr. ’56 (ENGR)
July 16, 2016

dingbat-arrow  Frank Wuest ’82 (BUS)
Aug. 13, 2016

dingbat-arrow  Norman D. Sills ’49 (CAHNR)
Aug. 28, 2016

Share your news with UConn Nation!

Your classmates want to know about the milestones in your life. Send news about weddings, births, new jobs, new publications, and more to: alumni-news@uconnalumni.com

Submissions may be edited for clarity or length.


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