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dingbat-arrowEverett Hyland ’52 (CAHNR), a Stamford, Conn., native and survivor of Pearl Harbor, reports that he is living in Honolulu, Hawaii. At age 93, he is still an active volunteer at the Memorial. He has fond memories of his four years in Storrs, where he attended the School of Agriculture and was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity.

dingbat-arrowNorman Freyer ’58 (CAHNR) was recently awarded a lifetime membership in the Citrus Watercolor Society. He is a past president of the society and the only lifetime member. He is also a member of the Nature Coast Painters art critique group and The Art Center of Citrus County, and is an associate member of the Florida Watercolor Society. His work can be seen on his website.


dingbat-arrow Theodore Pisk ’65 (CLAS) and his father, Stan Pisk, were inducted into the Connecticut section of the Professional Golfers’ Association of America’s Hall of Fame in November during a ceremony at Foxwoods Resort Casino. Stan Pisk, a WWII vet who fought in the Normandy invasion and Battle of the Bulge, was awarded posthumously. Both Pisks worked for many years as golf professionals at the A.W. Stanley Municipal Golf Course in New Britain. Ted Pisk, who majored in political science and minored in economics at UConn, did not play on the University’s golf team because he was already a professional golfer by then.

dingbat-arrow  John Strom ’65 (CLAS), ’76 MA published a new book, Maximizing Your ROPI—Return on Your People Investment. It focuses on how to attract and retain the “best people” by creating the “best job” in the “best organization,” says Strom, who has more than 30 years of experience in management training, coaching, and consulting. He was sports editor and editor-in-chief of the Connecticut Daily Campus when he was an undergraduate.

dingbat-arrow John Harrington ’66 (CLAS) published a novel in 2016 with Archway Books, The Year of the Lieutenant. He wrote it in the mid-’70s, then rewrote it in recent years. He tells us it is the story of United States Air Force personnel serving in Thailand during the time of the Vietnam War.

dingbat-arrow   Robert Nicoletti ’67 MA, ’68 Sixth Year reports that his book Parenthood : A Life Sentence? A Journey from Womb to Tomb has been released by Outskirts Press. Nicoletti is a retired school superintendent and is currently on the faculty in the Graduate School of Education at Quinnipiac University.

dingbat-arrow Carol Milardo Floriani ’68 (NUR)
reports that she is currently “retired” in Easley, S.C., but continues to work as a hospice nurse, visiting patients in their homes. Her previous careers were in nursing education and management of hospices and home health agencies in California. “I am ever grateful for Dean Widmer and Jo Henderson for my great UConn education!” she says.

dingbat-arrow  Arno Zimmer ’68 (CLAS), of Bridgeport, Conn., has released Return to Parlor City, the sequel to his first 1950s mystery novel, The Parlor City Boys. The novel follows a master con artist on the run who can’t resist the opportunity to return to the scene of his earlier crimes. Zimmer also has written three children’s books and a business textbook.


dingbat-arrow  Getulio P. Carvalho ’71 MA, ’76 Ph.D, a member of the board of directors for the Government Accountability Project (GAP), has funded the Carvalho Fellowship for International Research, which will be awarded each summer. The GAP is a nongovernmental organization and law firm in Washington, D.C., that works to protect and defend whistleblowers in the U.S. and around the world. The 2016 fellow is Keith Henderson, who teaches law at American University and specializes in whistleblower-protection legislation.

dingbat-arrow Ann I. Weber ’74 (CLAS), ’85 JD, of Shatz, Schwartz and Fentin, was recently selected to the 2016 Massachusetts Super Lawyers List in the field of elder law. Weber, who lives in Granville, Mass., concentrates her practice in the areas of estate planning, estate administration, probate, and elder law.

dingbat-arrow  Arthur Horwitz ’76 (CLAS)was elected in February as board chair of Detroit Public Television, the 10th largest PBS affiliate. He recently concluded a four-year term as commissioner and chair of the nonpartisan Michigan Civil Rights Commission, which in 2016 received more than 2,000 claims of housing, employment, and public accommodation discrimination and completed an extensive investigation into alleged civil rights violations centered on the Flint water crisis. He is president of Renaissance Media. His wife,  Gina Wesler Horwitz ’78 (CLAS), is a senior major gift officer for Wayne State University in Detroit.

dingbat-arrow  Gregory S. Woodward ’77 (SFA) has been named the new president of the University of Hartford in Connecticut effective July 1. Woodward, who graduated magna cum laude from UConn with a bachelor of music, becomes the sixth president of the liberal arts school, which houses The Hartt School of music. Woodward, a composer, musician, scholar, and athlete, has been president of Carthage College in Kenosha, Wis., since 2012 and was formerly dean of the school of music at Ithaca College. He grew up in West Hartford, Conn., and attended Hall High School.

dingbat-arrow Paul Agrimis ’79 (ENG), of Portland, Ore., recently received the Distinguished Practitioner award from the Oregon Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

dingbat-arrow  Clifford A. Lange ’79 (CLAS) was recently promoted to executive vice president-chief financial officer and chief actuary of Boston Mutual Life Insurance Co. in Canton, Mass. Lange and his wife,  Cindy Lange ’87 (CLAS)moved to Mattapoisett, Mass., in 2016 now that their three daughters have “grown up and left the nest.” In 2016, Lange completed 120.7 miles in a three-day footrace called “Across the Years” in Glendale, Ariz. In 2015, he completed 61.1 miles in a 24-hour footrace called “24 Hours Around the Lake” in Wakefield, Mass.


dingbat-arrow Chris Gedney ’81 (ED) was hired by Arizona State University (ASU) after receiving her Ph.D. in social work from the University of Utah in May 2017. Gedney was the first UConn women’s basketball scholarship athlete and retired from the Air Force with the rank of lieutenant colonel. Her dissertation, the first randomized controlled trial of a military sexual assault intervention, revealed major shortfalls and significant areas for improvement. She presented her findings to several members of Congress and is currently developing curriculum for a military social work concentration at ASU.

dingbat-arrow LeeAnn (Landrigan) Coleman ’83 (BUS), controller of the Boston Redevelopment Authority, was promoted in 2016 to deputy director of financial services. She was honored by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh as an Innovation Excellence Award winner, which recognizes innovative ideas, hard work, and commitment by Boston city employees. Her team was selected for the role they played in launching the Authority’s new web-based Property Management Solution to proactively manage its commercial real estate portfolio.

dingbat-arrow Eric T. Johnson ’84 (CLAS), of Pomfret Center, Conn., recently published a book, From Park Ranger to Conservation Police Officer, which chronicles his career in conservation law enforcement.

dingbat-arrow Susan Brillhart ’84 (NUR), of Hoboken, N.J., a pediatric nurse practitioner for 30 years, was recently honored for her commitment as a volunteer for neglected and abused children in the Hudson County court system. She was given New Jersey Monthly magazine’s Seeds of Hope Award for her commitment as one of the state’s most dedicated volunteers.

dingbat-arrow Flutist Suzanne Bona ’85 (SFA) was the featured guest performer in a chamber music concert Oct. 15, 2016, at the University of Guam in Mangilao. She also gave a master class for flute students. Her nationally syndicated radio program, “Sunday Baroque,” is broadcast via KPRG, the local public radio station in Guam.

dingbat-arrow Leslie Imse ’87 MA, chair of the music department for Farmington public schools, was presented the Departmental Arts Program Excellence Award by the Connecticut Arts Administrators Association. “My education at the University of Connecticut has served me well in the field of music, and I am a proud Husky!” she said.

dingbat-arrow Heather Sherman Somers ’88 (CLAS) was elected to the Connecticut State Senate in November 2016.

dingbat-arrow Flutist Sharon Buchta Rizzo ’88 (SFA) is a professional cellist and music educator in Big Bear Lake, Calif. She is responsible for the first strings program in the community and founder of MountainTop Strings of California, a youth orchestra and camerata that plays throughout the region. The camerata performed March 13, 2017 at Carnegie Hall as part of the National Youth Concert.

dingbat-arrow Dr. John Thomas Marcoux ’89 (CAHNR) of Sudbury, Mass., a foot and ankle surgeon practicing as program director for podiatric medicine and surgery residency at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Brighton, Mass., received the 2017 American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons’ Distinguished Service Award, one of the college’s highest honors. He was presented with the award at the ACFAS Annual Scientific Conference in Las Vegas in February 2017.


dingbat-arrow Don Langer ’90 (BUS), the CEO for the UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Texas, has been elected to the board of directors of Special Olympics Texas.

dingbat-arrow Erin Sherman Pezqueda ’91 (CLAS), 6th Year recently received her UConn Administrator Preparation Program diploma from UConn.

dingbat-arrow Kathleen (Szewczyk) Kenney ’93 (ED) received the 2016 Pennsylvania State Association of Health Physical Education Recreation and Dance Professional Honor Award.

dingbat-arrow Jessica McCauley ’97 (BUS), of Monroe, Conn., was recently named a partner in the accounting firm of Beers, Hamerman, Cohen & Burger. McCauley joined the firm in 2006 and specializes in providing accounting and auditing services to a variety of organizations including not-for-profits, manufacturing companies, and employee benefit plans. Outside of work, she serves as treasurer and board member of the Monroe Travel Basketball League and is a member of the finance and investment committees of the Kennedy Center.

dingbat-arrow Maura A. Power ’94 (CAHNR), a PE teacher and running coach at Trinity Catholic Academy in Southbridge, Mass., ran her first marathon, in Clonakilty, Ireland, in December. She says it took her six hours and was hard mentally in the middle of the trek, from miles 13 to 18. Her trip was sponsored by Vibram, an Italian company that produces rubber outsoles for footwear, and Team Hoyt Running Chairs, which makes running chairs for people with disabilities.

dingbat-arrow Jennifer Monahan ’95 MBA recently released her first book, This Trip Will Change Your Life: A Shaman’s Story of Spirit Evolution, which was selected as a finalist in the 2016 USA Best Book Awards in the Spiritual-Inspirational category.

dingbat-arrowCheryl (Dyson) Stephenson ’99 (CAHNR) was recently promoted to controller of MetroHartford Alliance.


dingbat-arrow Danielle (Beil) Nartowicz ’03 (BUS) recently was promoted to Group Vice President of Financial Planning at Macy’s. She has been with the company for more than 10 years.

dingbat-arrow Rebecca J. Pirozzolo-Mellowes ’04 JD has been elected to the partnership at Foley & Lardner’s Milwaukee office.

dingbat-arrow Jill (Curtis) Heslin ’04 (CLAS) and Kevin Heslin ’05 (CLAS) welcomed their first son, Brian Curtis Heslin, in October 2016. They were married in 2009.

dingbat-arrow  Brian E. Tims ’05 (BUS), ’08 JD, an attorney at Halloran & Sage LLP, was selected for The Connecticut Law Tribune’s “New Leaders in the Law Class of 2016.” A panel of judges chose him based on his efforts and achievements in development of the law, advocacy and community contributions, service to the bar, and peer and public recognition.


dingbat-arrow Barbara Jean Beck Beeching ’10 Ph.D. reports that she published a book, Hopes and Expectations: The Origins of the Black Middle Class in Hartford, through SUNY Press in January 2017. She earned her first degree in journalism in 1950 at the University of Missouri and returned to academia later in life, earning a master’s in American studies at Trinity College in 1996 and a doctorate in history at the University of Connecticut in 2010.

dingbat-arrow Ron Ciak ’11 (CLAS, ENG) married Collyn Seeger ’08 (CLAS), ’09 MS on Oct. 16, 2016, in Groton, Conn., at the Branford House on the grounds of UConn Avery Point.

dingbat-arrow Jordan Bennett ’11 (CLAS) recently took a job as senior public relations manager at The Berman Group, a marketing, public relations, and event-planning firm in New York City. Prior to that, he was a member of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign’s rapid response communications team and previously was associate director of communications for Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser.

dingbat-arrow Kelcie Reid ’13 (CLAS), ’16 JD, ’16 MPH has joined the law offices of John Q. Gale in Hartford as an associate attorney. She was admitted to the Connecticut Bar Association in November after earning her law degree and a master’s in public health degree from UConn in May.

dingbat-arrow Bayla Ostrach ’14 Ph.D., published a book, Health Policy in a Time of Crisis: Abortion, Austerity, and Access, in January 2017.

dingbat-arrow Shane Kelly ’14 (ENG), who is currently working on his doctorate in physics at the University of California Riverside, was selected as an inaugural recipient of the UC-National Lab In-Residence Graduate Fellowship. He’ll conduct research and get training at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in a project titled “Strongly Coupled Atomtronics.”

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  S. Robert (Bob) Dilworth ’50 (BUS)
July 27, 2016

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

dingbat-arrow  Edward B. Gill ’50 (CAHNR)
Jan. 15, 2017

dingbat-arrow  Terry S. Capshaw ’51 (CLAS)
July 27, 2016

dingbat-arrow  Sherrie Stratton Willows ’63 (NURS)
July 31, 2016

dingbat-arrow Christopher George Clark ’72 (CAHNR), ’73 MS
Sept. 9, 2016

dingbat-arrow  Amy Christine Anderson
July 17, 2016

Amy Christine Anderson, professor of Medicinal Chemistry and head of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences in the School of Pharmacy, died July 17.

A brilliant scientist, she used structural biology to study the shapes of protein molecules to guide drug design. She published more than 80 research papers and was an inventor on several patents.

Her career was dedicated to the treatment of drug resistant pathogens, especially the so-called “superbugs.” She and her husband, Professor Dennis Wright, worked closely together for more than a decade with a team of students to develop a new class of experimental antibiotics to treat these infections. She developed a mathematical algorithm to help scientists identify drug resistant mutations and to synthesize compounds that can overcome the resistance.

She won the Connecticut Technology Council’s Woman of Innovation in Research award and the Provost’s Special Achievement Award and was elected to the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering. She was also an extremely effective educator in the classroom and in the laboratory. She was an inspiring mentor and an outstanding role model for young women in science.

dingbat-arrow  Louis L. Gerson ’48 (CLAS)
October 16, 2016

Louis L. Gerson ’48 (CLAS), a central figure in the post-WWII development of UConn and one of the college’s most popular professors, died on October 16, 2016.

Gerson was head of the head of the Political Science Department for a decade and served in almost every position in University governance. His academic interests focused on diplomatic history and U.S. foreign policy. He wrote three books—on Woodrow Wilson and the rebirth of Poland; hyphenated Americans and their influence on U.S. politics and foreign policy; and a biography of John Foster Dulles.

Born in Poland, he was one of the few Jews in his town to attend public high school. He and his mother escaped the impending Holocaust after he wrote a letter, in self-taught English, to the U.S. ambassador to Poland. He traveled alone by horse and carriage and train to Warsaw, met the ambassador and received rare visas to come to America. They emigrated the following year in 1938 when he was 17, shortly before many of his remaining relatives were killed by Nazis.

He earned his master’s and doctorate at Yale University. During his four decades at UConn, his work brought him recognition as a Ford Foundation fellow, a Rockefeller Foundation fellow, and a Guggenheim Fellow and Fulbright Scholar.

dingbat-arrow  Roy D’Andrade
Oct. 20, 2016

Professor emeritus Roy D’Andrade, a prolific scholar, cultural anthropologist, and a founder of cognitive anthropology, died Oct. 20, 2016.

dingbat-arrow  G. Michael Howard
Dec. 21, 2016

Professor emeritus of engineering G. Michael Howard died Dec. 21, 2016. Raised in Hastings-On-Hudson, N.Y., he graduated from the University of Rochester in 1957, obtained his master’s from Yale University and his doctorate from the University of Connecticut. In 1961, he began his 50-year affiliation with the Chemical Engineering Department at UConn, during which he served as a professor, associate dean, acting department head, and Professor Emeritus. Throughout his 50 years at UConn he was a student favorite and received numerous teaching honors and awards. He was inducted into the UConn School of Engineering Academy of Distinguished Engineers, and his peers and former student established the Mike Howard Educational Excellence Fund in Chemical Engineering upon his retirement.

dingbat-arrow  Bruce Marshall
Oct. 15, 2016

Bruce Marshall, who coached the University of Connecticut men’s ice hockey team for a quarter century, died Oct. 15, 2016 at age 54. Marshall was coach of the men’s team at Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire at the time of his death. Previously, he headed the varsity hockey program at Worcester Academy for two years. He became the UConn men’s hockey team’s third coach in 1988, just three years after graduating from the UConn hockey program himself. He remains the team’s winningest coach, with 339 career victories.

dingbat-arrow  Roger Lynn Crossgrove
died Dec. 14, 2016

Roger Lynn Crossgrove, professor of art emeritus, painter, and photographer, died Dec. 14, 2016, in Storrs, Conn. Raised on a family farm in Nebraska, he served in the Army in the Philippines for two years before earning his BFA at the University of Nebraska. He earned his MFA at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana then taught at the Pratt department of graphic art and illustration for 18 years. He was recruited to head UConn’s School of Fine Arts in 1968 and taught there until his retirement 20 years later. He produced watercolor monotypes for 50 years and his work was featured in traveling exhibits. He also took an interest in photography, exploring light exposure and penlight drawing. He was beloved by former students as a teacher and mentor.

dingbat-arrow  Emeritus Professor Jerome A. Shaffer
Nov. 17, 2016

Emeritus Professor Jerome A. Shaffer died on Nov. 17, 2016. He majored in philosophy at Cornell University and completed a PhD at Princeton in just two years. In 1953, he was a Fulbright Scholar at Magdalen College, Oxford, then went into the Army. After teaching at Swarthmore College, he was hired at UConn in 1967. He became department head in 1976, serving until he retired in 1994. He built UConn’s reputation as a serious research department. His 1968 book, The Philosophy of Mind, was well known in the field and was followed by his 1971 book, Reality, Knowledge, and Value. After retiring, he earned a degree in Marital and Family Therapy and started a therapy practice which he continued until just before his death.

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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

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