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1940s
Elsie Fetterman with her Family

arrow dingbat Elsie Blumenthal Fetterman ’49 (ED), ’60 MS, ’64 MA, ’66 Ph.D. wrote to fill us in on what she’s been up to all these years. Most recently Fetterman, who is 93 and lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, has been assisting on a new documentary about her synagogue, Temple Beth Israel, in Danielson, Connecticut. She wrote a successful grant proposal to the Massachusetts Humanities Council to win funding to distribute the documentary in schools. Produced by Amherst Media, “A House Built by Hope: A Story of Compassion, Resilience, and Religious Freedom” tells the heartwarming story of how the Danielson community welcomed Holocaust survivors and gave them support, compassion, and hope. She is now helping to write a curriculum guide for it. Fetterman was on UConn’s faculty from 1966 to 1979 as the consumer education specialist for the Cooperative Extension Service. She also served on intergovernmental assignment in 1976 to open a national office of consumer education through U.S. Health and Human Services. More recently, she was the director of Cooperative Extension at the University of Massachusetts from 1979 until she retired in 1992.

1950s

arrow dingbat Congratulations to Lois Greene Stone ’55 (ED), who celebrated her 64th wedding anniversary to Dr. Gerald E. Stone in June. Artifacts from that wedding are being preserved in museums around the country. She reports that her wedding album is in the American Jewish Historical Society, her wedding gown is in The Strong Museum, and the gown’s lace gloves are in the Smithsonian’s Division of Costume. The writer and poet has 15 grandchildren and “so far” eight great-grandchildren.

arrow dingbat The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) named Arved Plaks ’56 (ENG) an emeritus member. Plaks lives in Houston, retired from Boeing in 1995, and was named an AIAA associate fellow for his work on wind turbines and the International Space Station.

1960s

arrow dingbat Congratulations to Bruce R. Brown ’69 (CLAS) and Margaret J. L’Estrange Brown ’70 (CLAS) of Leland, North Carolina, on their 50th wedding anniversary!

1970s

arrow dingbat Patrick Moore’s ’70 (CLAS) podcast “Stand Up Citizen” provides a citizenship refresher for the 2020 election. He is an adjunct professor of political science and history in northeastern Ohio.

arrow dingbat Kudos to Edward Nusbaum ’70 (CLAS), a Westport-based family law attorney, who was named to the top 1% of attorneys in 2020 by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel.

arrow dingbat Bill McGee ’71 ED, ’76 JD reports that he is enjoying (semi) retirement in beautiful San Diego County, where he still arbitrates commercial and investment matters and was elected to the board of directors of the Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation, where he is a nature center host on Thursdays. He invites anyone in the area to come walk or jog the lagoon’s scenic trails with him and enjoy the serenity and occasional wildlife that he and his late daughter, Emily, came to cherish during their many trips to the Del Mar races every summer years ago. McGee says that during the 1980s, he became the first director of adjudications in the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection and spent the next 28 years in the Washington, D.C., area in his arbitration practice. He also managed a Thoroughbred racing and breeding partnership for more than 25 years. He and his wife Sandy, another ex-snowbird originally from Minnesota, enjoy their new citrus “orchard” and nearly perfect climate. He says he eagerly awaits next summer’s return of the Mets to Petco Park and the day a progeny of his beloved mare, Quick Shift, wins the Derby. He would love to hear from friends.

arrow dingbat Steve Fournier ’73 (CLAS), ’78 JD celebrated 50 years as a civilian this spring. This fall, he and Ruth Tomasko Fournier ’72 (CLAS) will celebrate the 50 years since they met in the back row of Professor Blackwell’s “Black Writers” course. They live in Hartford and welcomed their seventh grandchild in August.

arrow dingbat William R. Kinlock ’73 (CLAS) retired after a long career practicing law and set up a website based on his lifelong study of the American Civil War. The virtual tour at draftriotwalkingtour.com focuses on four important sites of the 1863 New York City Draft Riots. He and his wife, Barbara, live in Cheshire, Connecticut.

arrow dingbat Colleen Palmer ’75 (ED), ’07 Ph.D. was selected head of school for the Mountain School at Winhall in Winhall, Vermont.

arrow dingbat Jeff Duffany ’77 (ENG) writes that after 43 years away, he visited UConn to see his mentor and advisor, electrical engineering professor Faquir Jain, and to get an ice cream at the Dairy Bar. “I could not even find the Electrical Engineering building. Things have changed so much,” he wrote. Jain wasn’t there, so he left him a note. “The very next morning I received an email from him! That is dedication!” Duffany worked for Bell Laboratories in New Jersey and received an MSEE from Columbia University and a Ph.D. from Stevens Institute in Hoboken, New Jersey. In 2003 he joined the faculty for electrical and computer engineering at Ana G. Mendez University in Gurabo, Puerto Rico. Since then he has been a visiting scientist and faculty member at several government and military research labs, including Sandia National Labs Center for CyberDefense, Navy SPAWAR Research, and the University of Southern California Information Sciences Institute. He received the Albert N. Marquis lifetime achievement award in 2019 for his teaching and research in A.I. and cybersecurity.

arrow dingbat All rise for Justice Richard Palmer ’77 JD, who retired from the Connecticut Supreme Court after 27 years. He was involved in several high-profile decisions, including cases that legalized same-sex marriage and effectively ended the death penalty in Connecticut. He plans to continue working as a judge trial referee on Connecticut’s superior and appellate courts.

1980s

arrow dingbat Congratulations Henry A. Carpenter II ’80 (BUS). The founder of Bucks County Elder Law earned the 2020 Excellence in Elder Law award from the Pennsylvania Bar Association. A member of the Elder Law Section’s leadership group, the Elder Law Council, for more than 10 years, Carpenter has been named one of the top 3% of Elder Law attorneys in the U.S. by Super Lawyers, a Top Elder Law Attorney by Philadelphia Magazine, and a Super Lawyer. He is a frequently published author, a sought-after speaker, and hosts the radio show “Senior Legal Strategies” on WBCB, 1490 AM.

arrow dingbat Rosanne M. Shea ’80 (SFA) was appointed chair of the visual arts department at Holy Cross High School in Waterbury, Connecticut. She has taught there since 1996, the year she received her MFA from Vermont College. She also has been an adjunct professor of studio art at Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury since 1991. She lives in Waterbury with her husband Wayne Levandoski and her son Wyatt, a student at Naugatuck Valley Community College. She recently became a grandmother to Jaxson, her son Matthew’s first child

arrow dingbat Pamela Bukowski- Klapproth ’85 (BUS) was named CEO and executive director of Kendal on Hudson in Sleepy Hollow, New York. She has spent more than 20 years as an executive senior living professional.

arrow dingbat Mark L. Boxer ’87 MBA, executive vice president of Cigna, was named one of the Hartford Business Journal’s Power 50.

arrow dingbat Andy Goldstrom ’87 (BUS), ’90 MBA, a two-time Inc. 500 business owner and professor of entrepreneurship at Georgia State University, published a book titled “Grow Like A Pro.”

arrow dingbat Kudos to Judy Hartling ’89 (CLAS), who has been named to the board of directors for the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy. She has been at Cigna for 19 years and is a lead analyst in civic affairs.

1990s

arrow dingbat William H. Steinberg ’91 (BUS) joined The Hartford as head of wholesale property for the Navigators brand. He leads the strategic direction and underwriting for wholesale property products.

arrow dingbat Kristin Connors ’92 JD joined Stockman O’Connor PLLC as a named partner, changing the firm’s name to Stockman O’Connor Connors. She specializes in defending medical malpractice claims and representing health care providers and facilities before government agencies.

arrow dingbat Tracey Lenox ’93 JD was named the top public defender in the newly created Prince William County Public Defenders’ Office in Virginia.

arrow dingbat Congratulations to Jen Palancia Shipp ’93 (CLAS), who was recently appointed to the board of directors of the Legacy of Life Foundation in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where she lives with her husband and four children. She earned her master’s in higher education administration from North Carolina State and a law degree from Campbell University and holds a license to practice law in North Carolina.

arrow dingbat Jill (Chmieleski) Sharif ’93 (CLAS) was elected 2019–20 president of CREW Boston, which promotes the advancement of women in the commercial real estate industry.

arrow dingbat Ismael García-Colón ’94 MA, ’02 Ph.D., associate professor of anthropology at CUNY in Staten Island, published “Colonial Migrants at the Heart of Empire: Puerto Rican Workers on U.S. Farms,” an in-depth look at the experiences of Puerto Rican migrant workers in continental U.S. agriculture in the 20th century.

arrow dingbat G. Duncan Harris ’94 (CLAS) was named CEO of Capital Community College. Harris lives in Windsor, Connecticut, and has worked for the state’s community college system for 24 years, leading its strategic reorganization, fundraising, and enrollment management. His extensive civic and community leadership includes serving on the boards of the Urban League of Greater Hartford, Foodshare, Capital Workforce Partners, and Windsor Federal Savings. He is founding director of the Connecticut State Colleges and University’s Student Success Center.

arrow dingbat Jennifer (Toelke) Bourret, CFA ’94 (BUS) has transitioned to the role of investment strategist with the Global Portfolio Strategies team at Prudential Retirement. Bourret has been with the company since 2013.

arrow dingbat Westfield State University has appointed Maggie Balch ’94 MA as Dean of Students. She will oversee student activities and leadership, student conduct, residential engagement, and the career center. Balch served in a similar position for the past five years at Rhode Island School of Design. Prior to that, she held progressively advancing positions in student life at Brandeis University for 12 years. She earned a B.S. in elementary education from Penn State and also has held positions in residence life at Washington University in St. Louis, Indiana University, and UMass Dartmouth.

arrow dingbat Robert Daniel Irwin ’95 (CLAS), a singer, songwriter, and guitarist, just released a debut album, “Nature vs. Nurture,” an acoustic blend of vocals, guitars, violin, and piano with rock, folk, country, and blues influences. He teaches high school English in Meriden, Connecticut, and previously worked as a book publicist and editor. He lives with his wife, Shelby Z. Irwin ’95 (CLAS), and their two daughters in Hamden.

arrow dingbat Felice Gray-Kemp ’96 JD was named senior vice president and global general counsel at Cyient. She will provide legal and strategic guidance on corporate transactions and oversee corporate governance, compliance,
and employee matters.

arrow dingbat Leinani Walter ’96 JD has been appointed assistant deputy director for service access and equity at the California Department of Developmental Services. Walter was director of program operations for the Association of Regional Center Agencies and client’s rights advocate for Disability Rights California.

arrow dingbat Art Salvadori ’97 (BUS) was promoted to partner of audit services at Crowe, a public accounting, consulting, and technology firm. Based in Hartford, he specializes in financial and insurance audit services.

arrow dingbat Vincent Pace ’98 JD, ’08 ML received his doctorate in juridical science after completing a dissertation comparing renewable energy law in Germany and the U.S. He’s an assistant general counsel for Eversource and resides in Berlin, Connecticut, with his wife and two children.

arrow dingbat Julie Rancourt ’98 (CLAS) is the new communications manager for the Connecticut Council of Family Service Agencies in Rocky Hill. She and her husband David have four children. She loves reading and writing and is working toward the goal of running a road race in each of the state’s 169 towns.

arrow dingbat Rebecca M. Allen ’98 MSW has joined the volunteer board of directors of CASA of Southern Connecticut, an organization that recruits, trains, and supports volunteers to advocate for the best interests of children who have experienced abuse or neglect. Allen is senior program officer at the Melville Charitable Trust based in New Haven. She has more than 25 years of leadership experience in the nonprofit and public sectors with a focus on homelessness and behavioral health. She is a foster parent, living in New Haven with her husband and their two young adult children.

arrow dingbat Kudos to Rodney A. Butler ’99 (BUS), chairman and CEO of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, who was named to the Power 50 list by Hartford Business Journal.

2000s

arrow dingbat Marja S. (Cutter) Barr ’00 (BUS) was promoted to associate director in the contracts department of UnitedHealthcare in Hartford.

arrow dingbat D. Matthew Olsen ’00 MBA was named chief underwriting officer for surety at Sompo International.

arrow dingbat Danielle McGrath Braun ’01 (CLAS), ’05 JD was promoted to counsel at Shipman and Goodwin LLP in the firm’s Hartford office. Braun practices public finance and municipal law and serves as bond counsel and underwriter’s counsel in tax-exempt and taxable financings and represents borrowers under the State of Connecticut Clean Water Fund Program.

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