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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

1970s Classnotes

Barry Solof, B.A. 1970, is currently the medical director of the outpatient chemical dependency service of the New Beginnings Hospital in Lakewood, Calif.

Mary E. Donovan, B.S. 1971, recently completed a certification program in gerontology and was inducted into Sigma Phi Omega national academic honors society in gerontology at Canisius College, Buffalo.

Lawrence A. Johansen, B.S. 1971, was elected to the board of directors of the American Academy of Actuaries in Washington, D.C. In 1973, he was hired by the New York State Teachers' Retirement System; since 1989, he has headed their Actuary's Office, while also serving as the retirement system's liaison with its investment consultants.

Uszer A. Teigman, M.B.A. 1971, was appointed manager of strategic planning of the Commercial Markets and Systems division of the Eastman Kodak Co. in Rochester. The division delivers commercial products and services to meet the needs of customers across all levels of government, including aerial systems and law enforcement.

Michael D. Gatz, B.A. 1972, was recently promoted to vice president of STV Architects in Douglassville, Pa., where his responsibilities include managing operations, project scheduling, staff assignment, quality of service, resource management and budgeting.

Francis M. Landis, B.A. 1972, of Amherst, N.Y., is teaching music at the Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart.

Jacob Staub, B.A. 1972, dean of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and director of its medieval civilization department, has been named the college's vice president for academic affairs. He was previously an assistant professor at Lafayette College and a Mellon Fellow in Jewish philosophy at Washington University in St. Louis.

J. Robert Adams, M.A. 1973 & B.A. 1971, professor of voice at Alabama State University in Montgomery, was the bass soloist in a performance of Haydn's oratorio, The Creation, in UB's Slee Concert Hall May 2. He also earned a D.M.A. from the University of Illinois, where he was a student of William Warfield. He has appeared in the U.S. and Europe in oratorio and opera roles that include Mephistopheles (Faust), Don Alfonso (Così fan tutte) and Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte). Active in the National Association of Teachers of Singing, he recently completed a term as president of its Alabama chapter.

Mary C. Kaplan, B.S.W. 1974, is a professor in the department of gerontology at the University of South Florida, Tampa. She has published a work called Clinical Practice with Caregivers of Dementia Patients and coedited Special Care Programs for People with Dementia.

David Witten, M.F.A. 1974, recently released an album, Piano Music of Manuel M. Ponce, under the Marco Polo label, and also edited a book of music criticism, Nineteenth-Century Piano Music: Essays in Performance and Analysis. He has toured Europe, South America and Russia from his home base of Cambridge, Mass.

John Brown Childs, Ph.D. 1975, professor of sociology at the University of California-Santa Cruz, has received the prestigious Fulbright Thomas Jefferson Chair Award for 1997-98 in recognition of his academic achievement and community work. He will be traveling to the University of Amsterdam as an "academic ambassador" to lecture on issues of urban community and the state of race and ethnic relations in the U.S.

Ian C. Smith DeWaal, J.D. 1975 & B.A. 1972, is a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. He and his wife, Caroline, have a new son, Ethan Maxwell, born on September 9, 1996.

William F. Savino, J.D. 1975, chair of the business litigation and insolvency department at Damon & Morey, Buffalo, was chosen as a moderator for the American Bankruptcy Institute's annual spring meeting in Washington, D.C.

Joseph R. Stetter, Ph.D. 1975 & B.A. 1969, writes that he has spent the last ten years building Transducer Research, a small high-tech company that manufactures toxic gas sensors used in safety and environmental products. After selling the company to TSI Inc. of St. Paul, Minn., he began teaching chemistry at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago as an adjunct professor. "Living in Naperville, Ill., with three children is fun and life is good," he writes. "Best wishes to UB and the Alumni Association."

Thomas J. Connelly, M.B.A. 1976 & B.A. 1972, of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., has been named senior vice president of the Forecast Group, a diversified real estate company.

Hilary Himpler, M.A. 1976, has been named vice president of marketing, detergent specialties and personal care, for the Oleochemicals & Derivatives Group at Wito Corporation in Greenwich, Conn.

Kevin J. Parker, B.S. 1976, associate professor of electrical engineering and radiology at the University of Rochester and director of the Rochester Center for Biomedical Ultrasound, invented-with graduate student Dan Phillips-a new "phantom," a device used to test the accuracy of ultrasound machines. This digitally encoded plastic transparency is more accurate, faster and less expensive than today's phantoms, which are cumbersome hand-built blocks.

Ruth Littner Shaw, B.A. 1976, has been named executive director of Ozone Health Services, a home health-care agency serving the greater Philadelphia area.

Michael C. Swan, B.A. 1976, recently purchased the Armor Box Company, a manufacturer of custom containers for electronic equipment in Bloomfield, Conn.

Rhonda Schechtman Aliouat, B.A. 1977, has been appointed regional attorney of the National Labor Relations Board in Buffalo.

Jan Reicis, M.B.A. 1977 & B.A. 1975, was promoted to director of corporate human resources at Graphic Controls, a manufacturer of disposable medical products, headquartered in Buffalo. He returned to the company in 1994, following a five-year career at Moog Controls as manager of human resources.

Paul M. Ziegler, B.S. 1977, having recently returned from a six-month overseas deployment to the Western Pacific, Indian Ocean and the Persian Gulf with Tactical Air Control Squadron I1, embarked aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Tarawa. Early in the deployment, Ziegler's squadron participated in a joint exercise involving U.S. forces and royal forces from Thailand. In late August, the USS Tarawa remained on call in the Persian Gulf after Iraqi military forces invaded the Kurdish safe-zone in northern Iraq.

Richard Fantasia, M.S. 1978, was promoted to the rank of full professor of sociology at Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

Steven Giannas, B.S. 1978, is employed as a program manager, following several years of work as an engineer. He lives in Monrovia, Md., with his ten-year-old daughter and six-year-old son. He writes, "I don't get back to upstate New York often, as I've been 'southernized' and enjoy not having to deal with much snow."

Geraldine Leitl Orton, Ph.D. 1978, associate professor and director of the undergraduate program in mental health counseling at Gannon University in Erie, Pa., published a textbook, Strategies for Counseling with Children and Their Parents (Brooks/Cole). It is a practice-oriented book, geared to university students studying to be counselors. She lives with her husband, Guy, on an apple farm overlooking Lake Erie and enjoys collecting antiques, especially children's toys and books.

Jim Viggiani, Ed.D. 1978, is currently the principal of a special education school for the Prince William County Schools of Manassas, Va. He is also teaching a graduate class for Old Dominion University in the Military Careers Transition Program at the Quantico Marine Corps Base. He has won a number of medals in the Senior Olympics for team basketball and volleyball, tennis and swimming. In 1995, he participated in the national senior sports competition in San Antonio, Texas and represented Virginia in the national games in Tucson, Az. in May 1997.

Ralph R. Watkins, Ph.D. 1978, was promoted to full professor of the Africana and Latino Department and History Department of SUNY College-Oneonta. Since joining the faculty in 1974, he has received five National Endowment for the Humanities grants for his work on William Faulkner, and slavery and race in American literature. His most recent papers have focused on the African diaspora, theory and pedagogy in African-American studies, and African-American women in the Harlem Renaissance.

Annette B. Nicosia, M.S.W. 1979, a social worker at Monroe Community Hospital, owns a financial planning and income tax preparation business.

Barry A. Wolfman, B.S. 1979, is the vice president of Southern California operations under the newly merged Tenel Health Services Corp. His responsibilities include hospital operations for South Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Diego Counties.

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