| 1970s Classnotes
A. Bloom, M.D. 1971, has been appointed associate dean for
faculty affairs at the University of Michigan medical school,
where his responsibilities include the development and coordination
of initiatives in the area of faculty affairs that are designed
to improve educational and research environments for medical school
faculty. He is a professor of surgery and chief of pediatric urology
at the University of Michigan, as well as a clinical professor
of surgery at the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic
Medicine. His research interests lie in neurology, laparoscopy
and historical research.
L. Pranikoff, D.D.S. 1971, was elected international secretary
of Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity, one of the world’s
largest dental associations. A resident of Daytona Beach, FL,
he maintains a private practice specializing in endodontics in
Ormond Beach and in Port Orange, FL. In addition to his private
practice, he maintains hospital affiliations at Memorial Hospital
in Ormond Beach and Atlantic Medical Center in Daytona Beach.
He also serves on the visiting faculties of several schools, including
the departments of endodontics at the University of Florida School
of Dental Medicine and the University at Buffalo School of Dental
R. Besecker, B.A. 1972, has been elected chair of the Construction
Exchange of Buffalo and Western New York Inc. for a one-year term.
A resident of Wheatfield, NY, he has been a district representative
for Lovell Safety Management Co., New York, NY, since 1990.
A. Chaykin, B.A. 1972, best known for his appearances in films
such as Dances With Wolves and Entrapment, plays detective Nero
Wolfe in the A&E original movie The Golden Spiders, which is adapted
from the mystery novel of the same name by Rex Stout.
D. Garz, B.A. 1972, was recently promoted to manager of the
Central Region of STV Incorporated, an STV Group engineering,
architectural, planning, environmental and construction management
firm, where he will be responsible for the region’s operations
and administration. Now a vice president, he was the central region
director of design operations before his promotion. A member of
the American Institute of Architects, Pennsylvania Society of
Architects and the Foundation of Architecture, he is a trustee
and chairman of the Center for Literacy. He resides in Philadelphia,
PA, with his wife, Sandra, and their two children.
A. Gautille, Ed.M. 1972, a regional vice president for Rolls-Royce
and Bentley Motor Cars Inc., is responsible for operations in
the eastern region of the United States. He resides in Manasquan,
NJ, with his wife, Karen Hendry.
M. Tompkins, J.D. 1972 & B.A. 1968, has joined Fox, Rothschild,
O’Brien & Frankel LLP, as special counsel in the tax and estates
department, where he will concentrate his practice in estate planning,
tax and trust and estate administration, including Orphans’ Court
litigation. He will be based at the firm’s Philadelphia office.
Before joining Fox Rothschild, he practiced trust and estates
law with another Philadelphia law firm, was associated with a
national accounting firm and served as an estate and gift tax
attorney in the Philadelphia District Office of the Internal Revenue
Service. He resides in Wayne, PA.
James W. Kosnik, M.A. 1973 & B.F.A. 1971, has been awarded
a Golden Ear Award for best recording in 1999 by The Absolute
Sound: The High End Journal of Audio & Music. He is currently
an associate professor of organ and music history at Old Dominion
University in Norfolk, VA.
C. Madubuike, Ph.D. 1973, has written four books that are
used as textbooks in colleges and universities in Nigeria and
other institutions abroad. Before returning to Nigeria, Madubuike
taught at what is now the Department of African American Studies
at the University at Buffalo and taught African literature at
Ohio State University. He also did research work at the University
of Paris, Sorbonne; and the University of Dakar, Senegal. In addition
to these scholarly achievements, he has held several key political
positions in Nigeria, including minister of education and minister
B. O’Mara, M.B.A. 1974 & B.A. 1967, was promoted to vice president/asset,
liability and risk manager at First Niagara Bank. He serves on
the board of directors of CASA—Voices for Children, an advocacy
group for children in the court system. He resides in East Amherst,
NY, with his wife, Kathleen.
A. Sherer, M.S. 1975, associate professor of management at
Lehigh University, has received the Carl R. and Ingeborg Beidleman
Research Award, which recognizes high-quality applied research
and refereed scholarship in business and applied economics. She
is the author of numerous papers, articles and book reviews relating
to software risk, testing, maintenance and implementation. In
1998, she was one of two recipients of the Christian R. and Mary
F. Lindback Foundation Award for teaching. Kit F. Burr, M.B.A.
1976 & B.S. 1969, has joined the Baptist Life Association of Buffalo,
NY, as director of operations. Baptist Life provides insurance,
annuities and other benefits to its membership and operates in
Dohrman, B.S. 1976, has taken command of the 200th Engineer
Battalion, Alabama Army National Guard. The battalion controls
two bridge companies and is based in Linden, AL. During the week,
he works for the Corps of Engineers in Huntsville, AL, where he
is Huntsville’s lead engineer for the design and construction
of two plants that will safely destroy lethal chemical weapons.
J. Gaines, B.A. 1976, has joined bestroute.com LLC, as an
online technical support expert. Bestroute is a new business-to-business
e-commerce firm that is developing a national-scale online stocking
distributorship of hard-to-find trade products.
E. Kornstein, B.A. 1976, has joined the law firm of Harris
Beach & Wilcox LLP, as a partner in the firm’s labor and employment
law practice group. He has a comprehensive labor and employment
law and litigation practice that includes discrimination, collective
bargaining, wage and hour issues, and counseling for private,
not-for-profit and public organizations. He represents a wide
variety of clients, including Fortune 500 corporations and private
employers, in the personal care, trucking and amusement industries,
in litigation matters and administrative proceedings. He resides
in Scarsdale, NY.
R. Pyszczynski, M.D. 1976 & B.A. 1972, associate professor
of medicine at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and director
of the Pulmonary Function Laboratory at Truman Medical Center,
will be one of six Kansas City investigators to join a five-year
asthma research endeavor funded by the American Lung Association
of Western Missouri. As part of the Asthma Clinical Research Center
at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine,
he will join researchers at 18 other centers across the country
in the search for a greater understanding of the chronic—and sometimes
C. Quincey, B.S. 1976, is a pastor at St. Mark’s Lutheran
Church in Allentown, PA.
W. Schulz, Ph.D. 1976, is president of Applied Behavioral
Sciences, a professional corporation in Littleton, CO.
V. Baehre, Ph.D. 1977 & M.A. 1973, president of Harrisburg
Area Community College in Harrisburg, PA, received the 2000 Carolyn
Desjardins Presidential Award from the American Association of
Women in Community Colleges during the group’s annual conference
in Washington, DC. She was recognized for her achievements and
outstanding leadership as president of her institution and for
her support of the American Association of Women in Community
Colleges and its sister organization, the National Institute for
D. MacDonald, B.A. 1977, was named the 1999 School Psychologist
of the Year by the Washington State Association of School Psychologists
at the organization’s annual meeting in Yakima, WA.
R. Wagner, B.P.S. 1977, has been named laboratory architect
and firm principal of O’Brien/Atkins Associates PA, a 70-person
design service firm in Research Triangle Park, NC, which provides
architectural, interior design, engineering, landscape architecture
and construction administration services to corporate, high technology
and institutional clients. He has been with O’Brien/Atkins for
13 years and is a key team member in the delivery of laboratory
T. Anderson, M.B.A. 1978 & B.S. 1977, has been promoted to
principal of Camp Dresser & McKee Inc., a global consulting, engineering,
construction and operations firm in Cambridge, MA. Anderson is
a senior environmental engineer and management consulting specialist
with more than 21 years’ experience, specializing in water, wastewater,
storm water and solid waste rate studies; water and wastewater
capital cost recovery studies; special assessment studies; and
bond feasibility studies. He is a registered professional engineer,
a diplomate of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers,
and a member of the American Water Works Association.
Hansen-Moyes, Ed.M. 1978, was named interim executive director
of United Cerebral Palsy of Western New York Inc. She joined the
organization in 1975 as a program aide and has served as associate
executive director for several years. She resides in Buffalo,
Amadori, B.S. 1979, has been appointed director of education
for ITT Technical Institute in Getzville, NY, where he will be
in charge of the faculty, curricula and student body.
S. Breslauer, M.A. 1979 & B.A. 1977, has been elected partner
at Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads LLP, a law firm in Philadelphia,
PA. He is a member of the firm’s litigation department and focuses
his practice on commercial litigation, including class action,
antitrust, products liability and intellectual property litigation.
He has extensive experience in the defense of nationwide class
action litigation, including several cases involving the performance
of computer operating systems, hardware, and application and development
C. St. Mary, B.S. 1979, has been promoted to associate marketing
manager for Europe, the Middle East and South Africa by Rich Products
Corporation, the nation’s largest privately owned frozen food
manufacturer and headquartered in Buffalo, NY. Previously, she
served as an inventory planner, demand planner and member of Rich’s
international marketing group. She also worked for the American
Red Cross in Washington, DC, and in Buffalo as the manager of
the National Inventory Management System. She is affiliated with
the SPCA of Erie County, AIDS Family Services and the Shea’s Buffalo
Center for the Performing Arts Spotlight Committee. She holds
an M.B.A. from Canisius College of Buffalo, NY.