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arrow dingbat Roland Boucher ’54 (ENG), who bought his first plane in 1952 when he was still a sophomore at UConn, reports that he is still flying and is now a retired engineering manager in Irvine, Calif. After college, he earned a master’s degree at Yale University, then worked for Hughes Aircraft Co. in Culver City, Calif., where he designed satellites for communication, navigation, and weather observation. After leaving Hughes in 1973, he obtained a patent for an electric-powered aircraft and developed both the first electric-powered battlefield drone aircraft and the first high-altitude, solar-powered, electric aircraft. A fan of the study of ancient civilizations, he recently presented an article he wrote on the use of the pendulum in the creation of a number of measurements during the Aerospace Systems and Technology Conference.


arrow dingbat David S. Salsburg ’67 Ph.D., recently released a new book, Errors, Blunders, and Lies: How to Tell the Difference, the first in a planned series on statistical reasoning in science and society, sponsored by the American Statistical Association. Salsburg shares that upon graduation, “I was the first statistician hired by Pfizer, Inc., and was involved in the development of new drugs for almost 30 years. Before that, I taught at the University of Pennsylvania and, while at Pfizer, taught courses at the University of Connecticut and Connecticut College. Since retiring, I have taught at the Harvard School of Public Health and have been an adjunct professor at Yale. My book on the history of statistics, The Lady Tasting Tea: How Statistics Revolutionized Science in the Twentieth Century, has been widely used as a supplemental text in high school and college statistics courses.”

arrow dingbat Perry Zirkel ’68 MA, ’72 Ph.D., ’76 JD, professor emeritus of education and law at Lehigh University, was honored with the 2016 Steven S. Goldberg Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Education Law, given by the Education Law Association. Zirkel’s research currently focuses on empirical and practical studies of special education law, with secondary attention to more general education law and labor arbitration issues.

arrow dingbat Bill DeWalt ’69 (CLAS), ’76 Ph.D. was named chair of board of trustees of the Pennsylvania chapter of the Nature Conservancy. During his long and distinguished academic career, DeWalt authored or coauthored many books and articles about the relationship between humans and natural resources, advised many Ph.D. students, and won teaching and research awards at the University of Kentucky and University of Pittsburgh. He served as director of the renowned Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, where he was also Distinguished Service Professor of Public and International Affairs. He then became director of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and, in 2007, he was founding president and director of the new $250 million Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, Arizona. In 2014, he became executive vice president and museum director of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate in Boston. Now retired, he lives in Fox Chapel, Pa.


arrow dingbat Ed Nusbaum ’70 (CLAS), of Weston, Conn., has been selected an America’s Top 100 Attorneys Lifetime Achievement member for Connecticut. Less than one-half of a percent of active attorneys in the United States will receive this honor. He is principal and co-founder of Nusbaum & Parrino P.C., a family law firm based in Westport, Conn.

arrow dingbat Steve Maguire ’75 (CLAS), ’76 MA, has just released a Vietnam War novel, Mekong Meridian. Much of the story is drawn from Maguire’s experience as an Airborne-Ranger Infantry officer with the 9th Division in 1969.

arrow dingbat Tom Morganti ’76 (CAHNR), a veterinarian living and working in Avon, Conn., has just published a first novel, Totenkopf, a thriller set in Germany in the final days of WWII.

arrow dingbat Richard Boch ’76 (CLAS), who was the bouncer at the notorious Mudd Club, a new-wave club in New York’s Greenwich Village during the late ’70s, reports that his memoir on the club was published this summer. The book, The Mudd Club, describes his life two years after graduating from UConn when he lived in Greenwich Village and worked at the door of the famous club with its eclectic core of regulars, including Johnny Rotten, Frank Zappa, Talking Heads, and John Belushi. The ultra-hip club attracted no wave and post-punk artists, along with musicians, filmmakers, and writers.

arrow dingbat Robinson+Cole lawyer Dennis C. Cavanaugh ’78 (CLAS) has been named the Best Lawyers 2017 “Lawyer of the Year” in Connecticut for construction law. He is a member of the firm’s construction group, where he focuses his practice on construction and surety law, including transactional work and litigation. He has more than 35 years of experience handling complex construction matters involving contract procurement, negotiation, financing, and commercial-related dispute resolution and litigation.


arrow dingbat Susie Bisulca Beam ’80 (CLAS) wrote a book, He’s Not My Husband, published by Xlibris Publishing.

arrow dingbat Everyone in the Myers family is a Husky through and through. Peggy (Walsh) Myers ’86 (CLAS) played on the women’s basketball team, and her husband, Norm Myers, 1985 (CLAS), was a football player at UConn. Their daughter, Kelly Myers ’15 (CLAS), who earned her undergraduate degree in psychology and is earning her master’s in school counseling, was on the UConn track and field team. Their son, Tommy Myers ’17 (CLAS), graduated with a communication degree and is currently on the football team. He plans to earn his master’s in sports management.

arrow dingbat Pamela Hackbart-Dean ’87 MA, director of the Special Collections Research Center at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, was inducted as a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) during a ceremony at the SAA annual meeting in Portland, Ore., in July. The distinction of Fellow is the highest honor bestowed on individuals by the SAA and is awarded for outstanding contributions to the archives profession. Hackbart-Dean, who earned a master’s degree in history and archival management at UConn, was nominated for distinguishing herself as a thoughtful leader and a skilled teacher.

arrow dingbat Marikate Murren ’89 (CLAS), ’96 MA was recently named vice president of human resources at MGM Springfield in Springfield, Mass., which is due to open in September 2017.

arrow dingbat Attorney Michael I. Flores ’89 (CLAS), of Orleans, Mass., was elected president of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Massachusetts Chapter, for a two-year term starting in September. The national organization has about 1,200 of the most distinguished divorce and family law attorneys in the United States.


arrow dingbat Vladimir Coric, MD ’92 (CLAS) rang the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange on May 9, 2017, after the company he founded, Biohaven Pharmaceutical Holding Company Ltd., went public. He reports that Biohaven raised $195 million in its IPO and was the largest biotech IPO at the time.

arrow dingbat Jennifer Kaysen Rogers ’93 MA was promoted to associate director of employer relations at the University of St. Thomas Career Development Center in St. Paul, Minn.

arrow dingbat Leighangela (Byer) Brady ’94 (Neag) ’95 MA was selected as superintendent of the National School District in San Diego, Calif., starting in the 2016–’17 school year.

arrow dingbat Rob Carolla ’94 (CLAS) was named president of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) for the 2017–’18 academic year at the organization’s annual convention in Orlando. CoSIDA is a 3,000-plus-member association for college athletics communications professionals. Carolla had served as an officer there for the past three years.

arrow dingbat William Rice ’94 (ENG) has been appointed assistant executive director for schools and curriculum at Area Cooperative Educational Services (ACES), a regional educational service center in New Haven, Conn. He oversees ACES schools and programs and works closely with ACES administrators and teachers to support innovative learning initiatives. Prior to ACES, Rice was the director of mathematics for Hartford Public Schools.

arrow dingbat Jasmine Alcantara ’95 (CLAS), ’99 MBA, owner of JLA Group, was awarded the 2017 U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce Innovation & Performance Award at the National Small Business Federal Contracting Summit in Washington, D.C., on March 30, 2017.

This prestigious award recognizes female small business owners who exhibit outstanding innovation and/or performance on a key contract that will significantly bolster their ability to secure future opportunities.

JLA Group provides a wide range of consulting and advisory services — such as strategic planning and communications, project management, change and performance measurement, acquisition strategy and execution, and proposal and grant development — to government clients and commercial industries.

arrow dingbat Stefanie (Pratola) Ferreri ’97 (PHARM) was recently promoted to clinical professor at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy in Chapel Hill, N.C. She is also the current president of the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists and recently received the National Community Pharmacists Association Leadership Award. She lives in Durham, N.C., with her husband, Eric Ferreri ’95, and their 9-year-old twins.

arrow dingbat John O’Hara ’97 MBA has joined ProHealth Physicians in Farmington, Conn., as a finance director. Previously, he had been director of Medicaid financial and business performance at Tufts Health Plan in Watertown, Mass.

arrow dingbat Lynn M. Patarini, BGS ’97, released her fifth novel, Uncle Neddy’s Funeral, in May under the pseudonym L.M. Pampuro.

arrow dingbat Aimée Allaire ’98 (CLAS) reports that she recently passed the halfway mark of an intensive study on the importance of motherhood in the modern world. Her work has been indirectly sponsored by various Connecticut companies, including UTC Power and, currently, Bauer, Inc., in Bristol. She lives in Mystic with her husband, Keith Brainard ’98 (ENG), and their four children.

arrow dingbat Steven R. Jenkins, CPA, ’99 JD, ’12 MBA, ’15 MA has been appointed as a trustee to the Connecticut Laborers’ Pension, Health, and Annuity Funds. He is general counsel and compliance director for regional construction firm Manafort Brothers Inc., headquartered in Plainville, Conn.


arrow dingbat Michael Boecherer ’00 (CLAS), ’02 MA and his wife, Victoria, welcomed Nora Johnston Boecherer in June 2017. Baby Nora weighed in at 6 lbs., 6 oz. and measured 17 ½ inches long. Mom and baby are both healthy, and Papa is happy to be outnumbered two to one.

arrow dingbat Kate Moran Connolly ’03 (CAHNR) is a physician’s assistant in the Burn Unit at Bridgeport Hospital. After graduating from UConn, she worked as a registered dietician at Bridgeport Hospital for several years. She earned her master’s in physician assistant studies at Philadelphia University in 2010, recently became a mother, and just spent a year as Bridgeport Hospital’s Employee of the Year.

arrow dingbat Niamh (Cunningham) Emerson ’06 (CLAS) recently joined the Yale School of Nursing advancement team as associate director of development and alumnae affairs. She was most recently employed in Yale University’s Office of the Secretary as assistant secretary for corporation affairs, where she was responsible for the logistics of all aspects of Yale Corporation (board of trustees) and University Council meetings and was the staff liaison for the Corporation Honorary Degrees Committee.

arrow dingbat Dr. Ryan Denley ’06 (CAHNR) graduated from the School of Allied Health with a BS in diagnostic genetic sciences in 2006. He worked as a cytogenetic technologist for five years after graduation, then graduated from the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2015. He married Dr. AnnaMaria Arias in May 2016 and, most recently, was selected chief resident of internal medicine at Morristown Medical Center in N.J. Upon completion of his residency, he intends to pursue a fellowship in hematology/oncology.

arrow dingbat Jesse M. Krist ’08 (CLAS) and Kimberley A. Sadowski ’09 (BUS) celebrated their one-year wedding anniversary in April. They were married in Siena, Italy, in April 2016.

arrow dingbat Alphie Aiken ’08 MBA was honored at the Women in Business Summit on April 21, 2017. She is president of Junior Achievement Jamaica and previously spent 15 years at General Electric Co. Most recently, she was an eBusiness leader, overseeing $600 million in online sales annually. She has led the GE Women’s Network for Greater Hartford, as well as the GE African American Forum in the Northeast.


arrow dingbat Kerry (Coffey) Welton ’10 (CLAS) and Jeffrey Welton ’08 (BUS) are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Madeline Dina, in March 2017. “Born a Husky fan!” say her parents.

arrow dingbat Brien Buckman ’12 (CLAS) and Alicia (Kruzansky) Buckman ’12 (CLAS) were married Nov. 20, 2016, in West Hartford, Conn. They now live in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

arrow dingbat Nicole Lavoie ’12 (ENG) and Jordan Smith ’12 (ENG) were married June 4, 2017, in Bolton, Conn. surrounded by a large group of UConn friends.

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: or writing to Alumni News & Notes, UConn Foundation, 2384 Alumni Drive Unit 3053, Storrs, CT 06269.


arrow dingbat Robert David Mariconda ’73 (CLAS)
May 4, 2007

arrow dingbat Reena "Connie" Trunk Fink ’54 (CLAS)
Oct. 22, 2016

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