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1970s Classnotes

Walter R. Capell, B.A. 1970, has become a partner of the law firm of Davidson, Fink, Cook, Kelly and Galbraith LLP in Rochester, NY. He is a member of the Monroe County Bar AssociationÕs family law section and fee arbitration committee and serves on the New York State Bar AssociationÕs family law section. He resides in Brighton, NY.

Howard H. Covitz, M.A. 1970, was nominated for the National Association for the Advancement of PsychoanalysisÕ 1998 Gravida Book of the Year Award for Oedipal Paradigms in Collision: A Centennial Emendation of a Piece of Freudian Canon (1897Š1997).

Warren B. Gelman, J.D. 1970, has been elected to the board of trustees of Nichols School in Buffalo, NY, for a three-year term. He is a law partner of McGee Gelman, as well as a member of the Buffalo General Hospital Foundation, the Greater Buffalo Hall of Fame, JCCAÕs Athletic Wall of Fame and the Nichols Wall of Fame. He resides in Snyder, NY.

Donald M. Kathke, B.A. 1970, is the assistant office manager of BeachÕs Motorcycle Adventures LTD in Grand Island, NY. The company conducts motorcycle tours in Europe and New Zealand.

Dennis B. Reding, B.A. 1970, head of AceÕs Atlanta-based Westchester Fire Insurance Co. and AceÕs top-ranking U.S. officer, will move to Philadelphia, PA, as chief executive of AceÕs U.S. operations.

Michael A. Veteramo, B.A. 1970, has been a Latin teacher since August 1997 at Skyline High School, part of the Dallas, TX, public schools. He teaches Latin I, II and III honors.

Lawrence S. Lewis, B.A. 1971, is president of the law firm of Lewis & Lewis P.C. in Buffalo, NY. He concentrates his practice in the areas of plaintiffÕs personal injury and insurance law. He is a member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America and the Erie County Bar Association and serves as an arbitration panelist for the American Arbitration Association.

Jerry McLaughlin, B.S. 1971, left his position as vice president of sales and marketing at Diagnostic Products Corporation [DP-NYSE] to cofound the Great Circle Consulting Group, a global medical products consulting firm in Palos Verdes, CA.

Alan C. More, M.A. 1971, was recently appointed deputy director for national security, Office of the Secretary, U.S. Treasury Department. In his position, he provides support to senior Treasury Department policymakers on a range of global financial and economic issues.

Oscar E. Rayford, B.A. 1971, is the owner of Rayford Enterprises, a real estate development company in Buffalo, NY. Among the firmÕs current projects is the American Anglian Environmental Technologies office building on Exchange St. in Buffalo, the first commercial project undertaken by an African American builder on city urban renewal property.

Irving Rosenbaum, B.A. 1971, is the assistant vice chancellor of the health professions division of Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Joseph R. Rice, B.A. 1972, is a technical sales specialist for the Bayer Corporation specializing in the sale of iron oxide pigments to color concrete manufacturers and architectural firms in the southwestern United States. He is a member of the marketing committee of the National Tile Roof Manufacturing Association and treasurer of the Committee for Fire-Safe Dwellings.

Garrett L. Cronin, B.A. 1973, is now entering his 20th year with the U.S. Postal Service. He recently gathered his 2,000th career hit playing modified fast-pitch softball.

Harvey M. Jacobs, B.A. 1973, recently published a book entitled Who Owns America: Social Conflict over Property Rights. He is professor and chair in the department of urban and regional planning and professor in the institute of environmental studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Lynne M. Shuster, M.A. 1973, has been named Humanitarian of the Year by Daemen College in Amherst, NY. The award recognizes her work as an advocate for those with serious mental illness. She is the founding president of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill in Buffalo and Erie County, an affiliate of NAMI, a national organization of families and friends working to improve the care and treatment of individuals with severe neurobiological disorders, such as schizophrenia and manic-depression.

Thomas G. Toles, B.A. 1973, a Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist whose work now appears in more than 200 newspapers in the United States and Canada as well as the New Republic and U.S. News & World Report, gave a speech entitled ŅEconomics Made Simpler Than Economists Make ItÓ as part of the invited speaker series of the new UB masterÕs program in applied economics.

Beth M. Weiss, B.A. 1973, has joined the staff at Georgia State University in Atlanta as a program officer with the School of Policy Studies. She manages the universityÕs service learning initiative through the Office of Community Outreach and Partnerships.

Frank R. Woodbeck, B.S. 1973, is the vice president of ABC Radio Affiliate Marketing. He recently returned to UB for a presentation before students in the Department of Communication, at which time he described his rise to the top ranks of the information industry.

Stephen J. Cavuoto, M.S. 1974 & B.S. 1972, has joined the architectural firm of Foit-Albert Associates as director of the structural engineering team in Buffalo, NY.

Susan W. Holt, Ed.M. 1974, is a teacher at Williamsville East High School in Williamsville, NY. She was named the 1998 Outstanding Biology Teacher by the National Association of Biology Teachers, an honor received by only one educator in each state. Cofounder of BioShare, a group of local biology teachers who meet monthly to share ideas about improving biology education, she was one of six authors of a biology curriculum adopted by 60 districts across the state. She also helped develop a new core curriculum for biology that will be implemented statewide in two years.

James A. W. McLeod, J.D. 1974, was elected to serve a ten-year term on the City Court bench in Buffalo, NY. He was the first African American chief public defender at the Legal Aid Bureau and served as a confidential law clerk to State Supreme Court Justice Samuel L. Green. He is past president of the Minority Bar Association and the recipient of numerous community service awards.

Morton J. Merowitz, M.A. 1974, recently published book reviews of Rereading the Rabbis: A WomanÕs Voice by Judith Hauptman and No Way Out: The Politics of Polish Jewry by Emanuel Melzer.

John D. Ogden, Ph.D. 1974 & M.A. 1970, is the director of the study abroad program at SUNY at Cortland. In December, he received an honorary Doctor of the University degree from the University of North London. He is only the second American to receive an honorary degree from this British institution.

Jane M. Ford, Ph.D. 1975, is retired as a visiting scholar in the literature department of the University of California, San Diego. She recently published a book entitled Patriarchy and Incest from Shakespeare to Joyce.

Natalie A. LeVan, B.S. 1975, recently graduated from St. Bonaventure University in St. Bonaventure, NY, with an M.S.Ed. in community counseling. She is the occupational/speech therapy supervisor of the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Western New YorkÕs ChildrenÕs Clinic in Cheektowaga, NY.

Janet B. Weintraub, B.S. 1975, having completed a masterÕs degree in education media from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL, is working as a media specialist in the Dade County Schools. She is the proud mother of two girls: One is attending Florida State University, the other is a sophomore at Kilian High School.

Henry M. Bartkowski, M.D. 1976 & Ph.D. 1976, has been named chief of pediatric neurosurgery at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, MI, and William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, MI. His special areas of interest are brain and spinal cord tumors, spine instrumentation, and brain and spinal cord injury. His research work involves cerebral ischemia in children. He resides in Franklin, MI, with his wife and three children.

George R. Garrison, Ph.D. 1976, M.A. 1974 & B.A. 1969, is a professor in the Pan-African Studies Department at Kent State University in Kent, OH.

Janine M. Connors, B.A. 1977, received a masterÕs degree from Columbia University in New York, NY, and is a certified nurse midwife in Newark, NY.

Deborah A. Meadows, B.A. 1977, is on the faculty of the interdisciplinary general education program and liberal studies departments at California Polytechnic State University in Pomona, CA. Her poetry has been published in many literary reviews, including Colorado Review, Generator, Rooms, Spillway, CORE and Critical Matrix.

Arlene Kalish Schorr, B.A. 1977, is a senior database consultant doing work for Systems Integration Group Inc. in Houston, TX.

Paul E. Sokol, B.S. 1977, is currently a professor of physics at Penn State University, where he has been elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society. He was cited for his outstanding contributions to physics research as a result of his neutron scattering studies of 3He and 4He, the two stable isotopes of helium.

David M. Ascher, J.D. 1978 & B.A. 1973, was recently appointed vice president and general counsel of the Newark Group Inc. Based in Cranford, NJ, the Newark Group is a vertically integrated manufacturer of paperboard and related products from 100 percent recycled materials, with 4,000 employees in more than 60 facilities across the United States, Spain and France.

Sally Blitz-Weisz, M.A. 1978 & B.A. 1976, is currently working as a speech pathologist for the Los Angeles City Schools.

Michael F. Dlugosz, B.S. 1978, serves as vice president/PE of engineering for Cannon in Grand Island, NY.

Sharon Green, Ed.M. 1978, is a reading coordinator in the Office of Academic Support at Niagara University. She is also the author of SharonÕs Simple Study Strategies for College Success.

Kathleen M. Mehltretter, J.D. 1978, was named first assistant U.S. attorney in the Western District of New York. She has been with the Department of Justice for more than 20 years.

James J. Tyrpak, B.A. 1978, who works for Desmon, Kohnstamm & Tyrpak Inc. in Buffalo, NY, was recently awarded the National Quality Award conferred by the National Association of Life Underwriters to promote and recognize excellence in client and customer representation. He has also been named to the All-American Team of the American Funds Group of Mutual Funds.

George P. Waldheim, Ed.D. 1978, has been appointed dean of the College of Technology at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, MI.

Angel D. Betancourt, B.A. 1979, is the manager of operations at the financial institution Fondo de Credito Industrial in Caracas, Miranda, Venezuela.

William Dratler, B.S. 1979, serves as a certified public accountant. He started his own computer support company, CompCentral Inc., after working for ten years as a government auditor.

Daniel M. Hamblin, Ph.D. 1979, has based his consulting firm in Fort Wayne, IN, since 1996.

Gary Kanaley, J.D. 1979, M.B.A. 1975 & B.S. 1971, has joined the law firm of Falk & Siemer LLP in Buffalo, NY.

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