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1934
Louise Foote died Aug. 28, 2010 in Carlsbad, CA. Louise grew up in Alfred where she attended grade and high school and graduated from AU with a bachelor of science degree in applied art. She went on to become an elementary, secondary and high school teacher for the blind. Louise focused her teaching career on tutoring the visually handicapped in Corona del Mar, the South Coast School of Special Education, and 17 years in the Port Hueneme School District-Special Education. In 1967, she was honored Teacher of the Year for Ventura County School District. Following her retirement, she remained active as a world traveler, accomplished organist, family historian, and volunteer. For many years, she served as a docent at the Ventura Museum of History and Art. She was also a member of the Ventura County and California State Teachers' Retirement Association, the Ventura County Historical Society, and the American Association of University Women.
1940
Lew Blackmer reports that he and his wife, Ruth, are active in their retirement village, where he serves on the Finance Committee where he says he is "keeping the CEO honest."
Ginny McCune is in her fifth anniversary of retirement at the Kendal community in Ithaca, NY where, unfortunately, her husband, Homer, passed away in 2008.
1950
Robert J. Hawkins died Sept. 15, 2010. Robert is survived by a sister, nine children, and numerous grandchildren and great- grandchildren. He served in the Marines and Navy during WWII and earned a Purple Heart. He received his undergraduate degree from Alfred University and a master's degree from Ohio University. He worked as a ceramic engineer and was a professor at Hocking College. Robert was very active in the community, with the Catholic Church playing an important role in his life. He was a deacon and a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was a member of the Rotary for many years, as well as a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society. Condolences may be left at www.fortmyersmemorial.com .
1956
Gilbert Chollick, 76, an AU Life Trustee, died Oct. 12, 2010, at home in Holmdel, NJ. Gil was elected to the board of trustees in 1982 and named a Life Trustee in 1999. For a time he was also a member of the Alumni Council. He was married to the former Carol Fisher, a member of the AU class of 1957. The University inducted the couple into the Founders Society. Gil began his career in advertising at William Chollick Associates. He was promoted to vice president in 1964, executive vice president in 1966, and served as president from 1970-79. In 1979 he sold the firm to Bozell & Jacobs Inc. but remained the executive vice president until 1982. He then moved on to serve as president of the Hearing Laboratory, Inc., Avenel, NJ, until 1991. In addition to his wife, Gil is survived by two sons, Peter, and his wife Caroline, of Colts Neck, NJ; Richard, and his wife Laura, of Frisco, TX; and a daughter, Jane Waggoner of Dallas, TX; four grandchildren; and a brother, Jay Chollick, of Jamaica Estates, NY. Condolences may be sent to Carol Chollick at Two Fox Hunt Road, Holmdel, NJ 07733
1960
Sandra Z. Bruney of Wadesboro, NY recently published the novel, "Angels Unaware." The heroine, Kat Knightly, is diagnosed with a serious illness and finds that during a time of crisis the rest of her world tumbles down around her. For the first time in her life, Kat must fight not only for her health, but also for a new life where she is her own leading lady. Find out more at www.sandrazbruney.com
1961
Dennie (Were) Pinardi writes: "It takes a long time to grow old friends. The Alfred University Nursing Class of 1961 met once again to strengthen our bonds first established in the late '50s at Alfred University. This year, we got together during the weekend of May 18-20. Nurses and their partners met at the beautiful home of Nancy (Howes) and Jeff Durborow near Brattleboro, VT. for conversation, fun and mostly healthy food and drink. A tribute to Nancy, whose planning included a lovely day in Old Deerfield spent at the Craft Show and included lunch at the Deerfield Inn, plus a private showing of two primitive family portraits by Erastus Salisbury Field donated to the Museum by Nancy. A high point of the weekend was finding our lost class member, Connie (Pashley) McDade. We sorely missed the members of our class who could not attend. They were there in spirit and we do hope they will be able to attend the next gathering, our 50th, in June 2011." Dennie adds: "The interesting thing about this group of Alfred women is that many met, married and have stayed with the partners they met in college. So it is more than a reunion of just Alfred classmates. Some of these guys have haven with us since college time. New people have been included with open arms. We meet in small groups, large groups and keep in touch with those who can't meet in person. We have nurses with doctorates, a nurse with a career in the Army, a nurse who was the only medical person for about 3,000 (mostly indigenous) people off the coast of Alaska, nurses who changed careers (highly respected antique dealer, social worker with Hospice, a computer person)… "
Dennie (Were) Pinardi writes: "It takes a long time to grow old friends. The Alfred University Nursing Class of 1961 met once again to strengthen our bonds first established in the late '50s at Alfred University. This year, we got together during the weekend of May 18-20. Nurses and their partners met at the beautiful home of Nancy (Howes) and Jeff Durborow near Brattleboro, VT. for conversation, fun and mostly healthy food and drink. A tribute to Nancy, whose planning included a lovely day in Old Deerfield spent at the Craft Show and included lunch at the Deerfield Inn, plus a private showing of two primitive family portraits by Erastus Salisbury Field donated to the Museum by Nancy. A high point of the weekend was finding our lost class member, Connie (Pashley) McDade. We sorely missed the members of our class who could not attend. They were there in spirit and we do hope they will be able to attend the next gathering, our 50th, in June 2011." Dennie adds: "The interesting thing about this group of Alfred women is that many met, married and have stayed with the partners they met in college. So it is more than a reunion of just Alfred classmates. Some of these guys have haven with us since college time. New people have been included with open arms. We meet in small groups, large groups and keep in touch with those who can't meet in person. We have nurses with doctorates, a nurse with a career in the Army, a nurse who was the only medical person for about 3,000 (mostly indigenous) people off the coast of Alaska, nurses who changed careers (highly respected antique dealer, social worker with Hospice, a computer person)… "
Dennie (Were) Pinardi writes: "It takes a long time to grow old friends. The Alfred University Nursing Class of 1961 met once again to strengthen our bonds first established in the late '50s at Alfred University. This year, we got together during the weekend of May 18-20. Nurses and their partners met at the beautiful home of Nancy (Howes) and Jeff Durborow near Brattleboro, VT. for conversation, fun and mostly healthy food and drink. A tribute to Nancy, whose planning included a lovely day in Old Deerfield spent at the Craft Show and included lunch at the Deerfield Inn, plus a private showing of two primitive family portraits by Erastus Salisbury Field donated to the Museum by Nancy. A high point of the weekend was finding our lost class member, Connie (Pashley) McDade. We sorely missed the members of our class who could not attend. They were there in spirit and we do hope they will be able to attend the next gathering, our 50th, in June 2011." Dennie adds: "The interesting thing about this group of Alfred women is that many met, married and have stayed with the partners they met in college. So it is more than a reunion of just Alfred classmates. Some of these guys have haven with us since college time. New people have been included with open arms. We meet in small groups, large groups and keep in touch with those who can't meet in person. We have nurses with doctorates, a nurse with a career in the Army, a nurse who was the only medical person for about 3,000 (mostly indigenous) people off the coast of Alaska, nurses who changed careers (highly respected antique dealer, social worker with Hospice, a computer person)… "
1963
Don Reitz gave a gallery talk at the Anna Lamar Switzer Center for Visual Arts at Pensacola State College during the 2010-11 Lyceum Series.
1965
Harvey Rich retired at the end of the 2009 fall semester after 38 years of working as a professor of sociology at California State University-Northridge. He is now working on some back research, written in as an evaluator in two NSF grants, doing considerably more reading and enjoying his second home in Portland, OR. He and his wife vacationed in Maine and the Maritime Provinces of Canada in the summer of 2010 setting foot on the most eastern point of North America, Cape Spear in Newfoundland.
1967
Dr. Richard Kellogg, a professor of psychology at Alfred State College, is the author of an article appearing in the most recent issue of the New York Review of Science Fiction. Richard's article is titled, "Philip Wylie and the Atomic Age."
1970
Harry W.C. Oberg III completed his year as Grand Master of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of Wyoming with the 136th Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of Wyoming in Evanston, WY Aug. 8-10. Harry joined the Masonic Fraternity in 1970 during his senior year at Alfred University as a member of Downsville Lodge No. 464, Free and Accepted Masons of New York in Downsville, NY. He served as an Infantry Officer in the U.S. Army after graduation. He moved to Evanston in 1978 after receiving a bachelor of science degree in pharmacy from the University of Wyoming. He became active in Evanston Lodge No. 4 and was elected to the office of master in 1985. He has been active on the local and state level since that date. He was elected to serve as Deputy Grand Master/Grand Master-elect in August 2008. He became grand master at the conclusion of the 135th Annual Communication held in Casper, WY in August 2009. During his year, he represented Wyoming Freemasons in several states from Alaska to New York. This included all member state of the Rocky Mountain Conference of Freemasons. He participated in the Biennial Session of the Ancient, Accepted Scottish Rite and the Conference of Grand Masters in Washington, D.C. He is also active in many related Masonic organizations. While serving as Grand Master, he also maintained a full-time job as pharmacy manager at the Evanston Jubilee Pharmacy. He also worked at Evanstom Regional Hospital as a staff pharmacist.
1971
Steve Prisco has been hired as a principal by the executive talent solutions firm JBK Associates, Inc., Englewood, NJ.
1973
Todd D. Flaherty was named president and CEO of the College Crusade of Rhode Island, a college-readiness and scholarship program for middle and high school students in low-income, urban school districts. Todd joined The College Crusade as part-time, interim president and CEO in August 2009 after serving as senior policy adviser for the National High School Center and deputy-in-residence for the Council of Chief State School Officers, both based in Washington, D.C. From 1995 to 2007, he was the Rhode Island deputy commissioner of education. Todd has also served as president of the Rhode Island Superintendents Association, principle of Narragansett High School and visiting associate professor at Brown University focusing on educational leadership in urban and diverse settings.
1975
Lance Shaner was celebrated as Penn State's 2010 Renaissance Fund honoree. Lance is president and CEO of State College-based Shaner Hotels, and co-founder and chairman of the board of Rex Energy.
1976
Anderman Ceramics Inc., Kidderminster, Worcestershire, United Kingdom, recently appointed Jeffery Brundage to the position of new business development director.
Scott Chamberlin had a fellowship in New Zealand in 2009, where he spent a year as a visiting professor and artist in-residence in the contemporary crafts program at Unitec in Auckland. His fellowship was capped by an exhibition of his ceramic sculptures, "Fertile Matters," a body of artistic work influenced by New Zealand's culture and history.
Steve Rabe was promoted to vice president of sales and marketing of American Technical Ceramics, a Division of AVK Corp. where he has worked since 1983. He and his wife Jan have relocated to the new AVX corporate headquarters in Greenville, SC. Steve has three children, a daughter who is married and resides in Murrells Inlet, SC, a son who graduated in engineering from the University of Georgia and is attending graduate school at Duke University, and a son who is a junior in medicine at the College of Charleston.
1979
Timothy Giedlin died Aug. 27, 2010. While a longtime resident of Virginia Beach, Tim was born and raised in Alfred. He was the leading scorer on both his soccer and basketball teams during his senior year at Alfred-Almond Central School, from which he graduated in 1974. Recently, he was inducted into the Alfred-Almond Sports Hall of Fame. Tim graduated with a bachelor of arts degree from Alfred University, were he was a member of the AU football team, golf team, and Delta Sigma Phi fraternity. After 21 years of being an elementary school teacher and computer programmer in Virginia Beach, he had recently moved to the Orlando area where he worked as a computer consultant. He is survived by his son and daughter, parents, four brothers, and former wife, Beth. He is also survived by his companion of nine years.
1981
Nancy Burgess-Whitman recently joined KJT Group in Honeoye Falls, NY as director of qualitative methods and analytics, a market research firm specializing in Pharmaceutical and Health Care research.
1984
Richard Dolan, world-renowned historian and author on UFOs, spoke and signed books at The Rabbit Hole in Fitchburg, MA.
Todd Paden was featured in "'Neon bender' masters the elements," an article on NOLA.com. Todd owns Neomatrix, a neon glass business on Bourbon Street in New Orleans.
1987
Nitin P. Padture is founding director of the Center for Emergent Materials (a National Science Foundation Materials Research Science and Engineering Center) and College of Engineering Distinguished Professor at the Ohio State University. He was elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
1990
Cortegra, Fairfield, NJ, appointed Scott Kruger to the position of quality systems manager.
1991
Work by Mark Boguski, ceramics teacher at Sacramento City College, was featured in an art exhibit presented by new art faculty members at the college.
1992
Paul O'Brian writes, "I participated in a half-ironman triathlon in New Hampshire in June along with two graduates, Jeff Hanrahan '01 and Todd Striker '01. Although we never attended Alfred at the same time, our entry was really the result of our mutual connection with Alfred Men's Swimming and our past friendly 'competitions' at alumni swim meets. "The three of us converged upon Newfound Lake, NH for the race. Todd came up from Albany and Jeff came out from San Jose, CA. I joined up with them from Burlington, VT. The race was a great experience. "Despite a torrential downpour which started midway through the swim and lasting throughout the day, all three of us completed the event and finished respectably well within our age groups. Even better, each of us completed the swim within the top wave of our age group and managed to have a great first race. Despite all having been members of the Alfred Swim Team, it was the first time that the three of us had ever competed in the water together (me having graduated a 'few' years earlier!) The event was a memorable one and gave us the opportunity to spend the weekend talking about our experiences at Alfred. It also provided a common bond along the 70.3 miles of the course (we passed each other a lot). After a weekend of recovering, we all returned home but we've already come up with another event for Saxon Swimmer alumni and Todd and Jeff are busy training for their next race. "On a side note, in July I competed in the Lake Placid Ironman in the Adirondacks and raised money as part of the Janus Charity Challenge."
1994
Jennison Bielemeier has been selected as an honoree for the 16th Annual Rochester (NY) Business Journal Forty Under 40 awards. Jennison is the director of financial development at Heritage Christian Services.
1996
Kurt Treeby visited the Rome, NY Art and Community Center from Aug. 2-7 as part of a $2,500 grant given by Target stores.
1997
Jane Y. Howe '97, '01 has been working at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Oakridge, TN, since graduating from Alfred University. Her team at ORNL won the prestigious R&D 100 Award of 2010.
Autumn Cipala had work featured in the ceramic exhibition, "Clay by Women: 4 from Maine," at Craft Gallery, Rockland, Maine. Autumn is interested in functional ceramics with historical connections. She maintains a studio practice in St. George.
Andrea Stanislav has been promoted from assistant to associate professor with tenure. She acquired the McKnight Fellowship for Visual Arts and also had two students receive the "Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award. Andrea had two recent public art commissions at the University of Oregon and Morningside College and has an upcoming solo installation project at Hunter College in New York City. She will also be a visiting artist this upcoming school year for the University of Calgary, Canada.
1998
Natalie Rae Krauser-McCarthy says, "Many changes took place in the year 2009. While six months pregnant, I took a part-time job as development associate at Cusack Care Center and within five weeks of delivering a baby girl, Madelyn Rhys McCarthy, joined The Arc of Union County as development and special events program manager. Nearly 10 months later, I recorded a 142 percent increase in event fundraising and I'm thrilled that the upcoming Step Up for The Arc 3-mile walk/ run is on track to be the biggest ever. Most importantly, our Ladybug was walking in her 10th month allowing for lots of practice before Step Up on Sept. 25, one day after her first birthday!"
1999
Cariann Colman writes: "Our (dad is Frank Harmon) son, Aidan Colman Harmon, was born Feb. 24, 2010, 8 lbs. 15 oz., 21 inches. We're having a blast being parents!"
2001
R.J. Dawson is now the St. Andrew's School, Boca Raton, FL, boys' varsity lacrosse coach on an interim basis
John Mauro is one of three Corning Inc. scientists to win Corning Inc.'s 2009 Outstanding Publication Award for a groundbreaking paper on the physics of glass. John, a native of Hornell, has worked at Corning Inc. since 2001.
Paul O'Brian writes, "I participated in a half-ironman triathlon in New Hampshire in June along with two graduates, Jeff Hanrahan '01 and Todd Striker '01. Although we never attended Alfred at the same time, our entry was really the result of our mutual connection with Alfred Men's Swimming and our past friendly 'competitions' at alumni swim meets. "The three of us converged upon Newfound Lake, NH for the race. Todd came up from Albany and Jeff came out from San Jose, CA. I joined up with them from Burlington, VT. The race was a great experience. "Despite a torrential downpour which started midway through the swim and lasting throughout the day, all three of us completed the event and finished respectably well within our age groups. Even better, each of us completed the swim within the top wave of our age group and managed to have a great first race. Despite all having been members of the Alfred Swim Team, it was the first time that the three of us had ever competed in the water together (me having graduated a 'few' years earlier!) The event was a memorable one and gave us the opportunity to spend the weekend talking about our experiences at Alfred. It also provided a common bond along the 70.3 miles of the course (we passed each other a lot). After a weekend of recovering, we all returned home but we've already come up with another event for Saxon Swimmer alumni and Todd and Jeff are busy training for their next race. "On a side note, in July I competed in the Lake Placid Ironman in the Adirondacks and raised money as part of the Janus Charity Challenge."
Paul O'Brian writes, "I participated in a half-ironman triathlon in New Hampshire in June along with two graduates, Jeff Hanrahan '01 and Todd Striker '01. Although we never attended Alfred at the same time, our entry was really the result of our mutual connection with Alfred Men's Swimming and our past friendly 'competitions' at alumni swim meets. "The three of us converged upon Newfound Lake, NH for the race. Todd came up from Albany and Jeff came out from San Jose, CA. I joined up with them from Burlington, VT. The race was a great experience. "Despite a torrential downpour which started midway through the swim and lasting throughout the day, all three of us completed the event and finished respectably well within our age groups. Even better, each of us completed the swim within the top wave of our age group and managed to have a great first race. Despite all having been members of the Alfred Swim Team, it was the first time that the three of us had ever competed in the water together (me having graduated a 'few' years earlier!) The event was a memorable one and gave us the opportunity to spend the weekend talking about our experiences at Alfred. It also provided a common bond along the 70.3 miles of the course (we passed each other a lot). After a weekend of recovering, we all returned home but we've already come up with another event for Saxon Swimmer alumni and Todd and Jeff are busy training for their next race. "On a side note, in July I competed in the Lake Placid Ironman in the Adirondacks and raised money as part of the Janus Charity Challenge."
2002
Rob Winkky has been inducted into the Elmira Heights (NY) Sports Hall of Fame.
Anjali Srinivasan had her piece, "Mirror Painting #4," displayed in the Malleable Memory Exhibition at Aicon Gallery in New York City. Anjali's painting recalls the glass palaces of 17th century India.
2004
Dan Shutt served as offensive coordinator for New York in the Don Raabe Charities Classic on July 30, 2010.
2005
Joe Giguere, who works for Client Solution Architects LLC, successfully achieved the Project Management Institutes Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. Joe is a member of the PMI San Diego Chapter and was recognized for his accomplishment in September at the chapter's monthly dinner.
Harlan J. Brown-Shaklee graduated from University of Missouri-Rolla in May 2010 with a Ph.D.
2008
Jeffrey Acquino received a master of arts degree in museum studies from the University of Washington during commencement ceremonies June 11.
Katie Longinotti has recently completed a masters of arts degrees in teaching and art education, museum education track, both from the Rhode Island School of Design (June 2010). She has also recently been hired as youth program c\Coordinator at the Sawtooth School for Visual Art in Winston-Salem, NC.
Michael Butler and Erica Ernewein '10 are engaged to be married in June 2011. Erica is currently pursuing a master's of business administration degree at Alfred University while Michael is working to obtain a master's degree at the State University of New York at Fredonia.
Layla Marcelle Mrozowski organized and completed a 1,200-mile bicycle dance tour presenting her work throughout the Northeast.
Albert Garr was appointed production artist by Gilbert and Associates.
2009
The Montgomery News published an article featuring Jenna Efrein's private glass sculpting lessons at Hudson Beach Glass and Triumph Brewery, Beacon, NY.
Births
Cariann Colman '99 and Frank Harmon, a son, Aidan Colman Harmon, Feb. 24, 2010
Meghan (Welch) Addario '06 and Mike Addario, a son, Everett Michael Addario, Sept. 2, 2010
Deaths - Alumni
Laura Thompson Chouse '34, July 25, 2010
Louise Foote '34, Aug. 28, 2010
Howard T. Knapp '37, July 8, 2010
Florence (Ovenshire) Flemming '38, Sept. 15, 2010
R. Fenton '39, June 20, 2010
David J. Neil '40, July 21, 2010
Rebecca (Vail) Terry '40, Aug. 26, 2010
Freeman Joel Brown '41, 2010
Mary Talbett-Mapes '42, Aug. 12, 2010
Waldo R. Jones '42, Aug. 20, 2010
Ellen (Hodges) Rulon '43, July 29, 2010
Robert G. Wilson '48, July 8, 2010
Charles E. Hall '50, July 2010
G. Thomas Widger '50, Sept. 8, 2010
Robert J. Hawkins '50, Sept. 15, 2010
Ernest C. Schuenzel '51, Aug. 4, 2010
Matthew F. Melko '51, Aug. 9, 2010
Penelope (Fraser) Weiss, July 21, 2010
Gilbert Chollick '56, Oct. 12, 2010
Robert L. Corbin '56, Sept. 4, 2010
Roy E. Gorton '60, Aug. 26, 2010
Stanley Oransky '61, Aug. 27, 2010
Beth Wasson McDaid '63, Sept. 29, 2010
Neil W. Valois '64, Aug. 22, 2010
Gary Purdue '70, Oct. 3, 2010
Maureen (Hartigan) Cohn '72, Aug. 8, 2010
Timothy Giedlin '79, Aug. 27, 2010
Engagements
Michael Butler '08 and Erica Ernewein '10
Marriages
Tracy E. Suggs '93 and Michael Berry, June 12, 2010
Michael Shay '99 and Meghan Fitzgerald, July 23, 2010
Matthew E. Wendig '09 and Natalie A. Gilbert, June 19, 2010.