UBToday Online Alumni Magazine -Spring 1997
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Alumni Profiles
Pamela Benson -'76
Charles Baxter -'74
Seymour Gitin -'56
Alan Zweibel -'72
Dave Dealney -'77
Jackie Felix -'81
James O. Horton -'64

1950s Classnotes

Mary Northington, Cert. 1951, of Covington, Ky., is a founder of the Northern Kentucky African-American Heritage Task Force. As a volunteer she is using her social work skills in community organization toward the development and maintenance of the Task Force, a 13-county regional nonprofit organization whose purpose is to encourage the recognition and inclusion of the contributions of African-Americans in the recorded history of Northern Kentucky.

Don Wiesnet, M.A. 1951 & B.A. 1950, of Vienna, Va., served as a delegate to the National Silver-Haired Congress (NSHC), held in Arlington, Va. in February 1997. NSHC is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to the concerns of older Americans. Wiesnet, a volunteer advisor to U.S. Rep. Tom Davis ( D-Va.) on senior affairs, previously served as a delegate to the 1995 White House Conference on Aging.

Erich Bloch, B.S. 1952, recipient of the university's 1986 Distinguished Alumni Award and 1996 Clifford C. Furnas Alumni Award, has received the M. Eugene Merchant Manufacturing Medal of ASME International (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. A Distinguished Fellow at the Council of Competitiveness in Washington, D.C., Bloch was previously director of the National Science Foundation.

Hans S. Falck, M.S.W. 1953, retired in 1993 from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. In 1995-1996, he was a visiting professor and member of the Research Institute for Humanistic and Social Science Studies at the University of Siegen, Germany. He travels to Europe frequently to lecture and do research and publishes frequently in the U.S. and abroad. His wife is a psychiatrist in private practice; the couple has three grown daughters and four grandchildren.

Ken Jasnau, M.S.W. 1955, is the president of Learning in Retirement at Georgia College and State University. He is also the executive director of Meals on Wheels and chair of the selection committee for Habitat for Humanity, among his various volunteer activities.

Raymond M. Kaminski, M.S.W. 1956 & B.A. 1949, retired from his position as the principal officer of psychiatry for the Buffalo-area office of the New York State Supreme Court. He is also a board certified diplomate, currently emeritus, of the American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work.

Robert F. Wesser, M.A. 1956 & B.A. 1954, retired from his position as professor of history and public policy at SUNY Albany in the spring of 1995. He taught there and at UB for 36 years. He served two terms as chair of the Albany history department and published several books and articles on New York State and U.S. history.

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