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1970s Classnotes

Scott Champney, Ph.D. 1970, has received the 2000 distinguished faculty award in research from East Tennessee State University (ETSU). A faculty member since 1982, he is a professor in the department of biochemistry and molecular biology within ETSU's James H. Quillen College of Medicine. He is noted for his research into antibiotics used for treating infectious bacteria, like Staphylococcus aureus, that are resistant to conventional drugs. His studies have revealed a new way in which a class of commonly prescribed antibiotics kills infectious bacteria. He has received funding from several major pharmaceutical companies, as well as from the National Institutes of Health.

Israel Gonzalez, M.S.W. 1971, was named executive director of Hispanics United of Buffalo by its board of directors. A recent New York State Board of Parole commissioner, Gonzalez has an extensive career history in social services and youth programming, and was selected for this position because of his strong fiscal skills and leadership and managerial abilities.

Yvonne W. Hargrave, Ed.M. 1971 & B.A. 1968, was appointed the new associate superintendent of the Buffalo Public School system. She lives in Snyder, NY.

Judith Mack Marks, Ed.M. 1972 & B.A. 1969, is a high school guidance counselor at Lakeside High School in Atlanta, GA, where she currently resides.

Marcella Klein, B.A. 1973, a publisher, has put together two guides designed especially for Buffalo area gardeners. "A Pocket Guide to Buffalo's Favorite Perennials" and "A Pocket Guide to Buffalo's Favorite Annuals and Bulbs" answer questions about selecting, planting and caring for the most popular perennials, annuals and bulbs as suggested by Buffalo area nurseries and garden stores. She lives in Rochester, NY.

David G. Rosner, B.S. 1973, director of finance of Brothers of Mercy Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Clarence, NY, was installed as treasurer of Rotary District 7090 in June 2000. The district, with nearly 80 Rotary Clubs and 3,400 members, encompasses the area between Hamilton, Ontario, and Jamestown, NY. He resides in West Seneca, NY.

Philip Fanone, Ed.M. 1974 & B.A. 1968, has retired from teaching in the Maryvale School System and is now serving on the board of directors of Southline Athletic Association Inc. He lives in West Seneca, NY.

Morton J. Merowitz, M.A. 1974, who retired from the University at Buffalo facilities staff in 1999, has published a review of Peter Novick's book, The Holocaust in American Life, in The Journal of the Historical Society.

Arthur A. Herdzik, J.D. 1975 & B.A. 1972, a member of the law firm of Chelus, Herdzik, Speyer, Monte & Pajak PC, was selected by the New York State Bar Association to serve as statewide chair of a professional seminar presented this fall throughout the state. The seminar, entitled "The Basics of Discovery in New York-Statutes, Case Law and Practical Pointers," addressed issues of particular interest to trial attorneys relating to the development and disclosure of information and evidence in preparation for trial. In addition to serving as state chair, he was one of the speakers and authored a segment of the written course materials.

Ronald Blaird, M.S. 1976 & B.A. 1973, has been named associate director, contract manufacturing, supply chain operations, at Rich Products Corporation of Buffalo, NY, the nation's largest privately owned frozen-food manufacturer. His responsibilities include directing the management of 25 different suppliers, partners and alliance relationships that supply finished products to Rich Products for sale. Prior to his promotion, he served as manager, contract operations, supply chain operations. Previously, he was employed at Conagra in Charlotte, NC, where he held the position of plant manager. He lives in Buffalo.

Robert Bosselman, B.A. 1976, is professor and chair of hospitality administration at Florida State University. He resides in Tallahassee, FL with his wife, Paula.

Walid S. Daham, B.S. 1976, is the owner of Buffalo Engineering PC, a consulting company that designs lighting, heating and air conditioning, sound, and mechanical and electrical systems.

Warren Krutchick, D.D.S. 1976 & B.A. 1972, has a full-service dental practice specializing in reconstruction and cosmetics. His practice utilizes cutting-edge technology-such as the Air Abrasion machine, which offers an alternative to the dental drill-to ensure the highest possible level of patient comfort. He maintains his practice in West Seneca, NY, where he also resides.

Charles A. Matlach, D.D.S. 1976, was elected secretary of the University at Buffalo Dental Alumni Association. He practices general dentistry in Boston, NY, and is coeditor of the UB Dental Report. He is also a UB clinical assistant professor in restorative dentistry.

Barry R. Fertel, J.D. 1977, has been named partner at the New York, NY-based law firm of Goetz Fitzpatrick Most & Bruckman LLP, a full-service firm with capabilities in a variety of fields. He has extensive experience and a proven track record as a litigator. He also brings expertise in real estate and is an authority on education law. He has more than 20 years' experience focusing on commercial litigation, arbitration, entertainment law and education law.

James Frank, B.S. 1978, has been promoted to partner for tax services for the Buffalo office of Ernst & Young's upstate New York practice. In this capacity, he will be responsible for providing tax services to Ernst & Young clients throughout upstate New York and Southern Ontario. He has 22 years' experience serving clients in the industrial and commercial sector, with expertise in addressing tax issues of international corporations, companies involved in multistate businesses, inventory valuation, and mergers and acquisitions. He also has extensive tax experience working with organizations that have multiple locations throughout the U.S. and internationally. He lives in Alden, NY.

James C. Viggiani, Ed.D. 1978, works as a special school principal for Prince William County Schools in Manassas, VA. He is also an adjunct associate professor at Old Dominion University, working out of the Quantico Marine Corps Base, where he teaches a graduate course in special education. He will represent Virginia in the National Senior Games in Baton Rouge, LA, in July 2001 in 3/3 basketball, volleyball, tennis and softball.

Mark Hoeflschweiger, B.A. 1979, has been promoted to senior account executive at Warren-Hoffman Associates Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of First Niagara Bank. He joined Warren-Hoffman in 1996 to provide consulting assistance to clients in the areas of property and casualty insurance. He brings more than 10 years' experience to this new position, previously serving as an account executive/vice president for Marsh & McLennan Inc. He resides in West Seneca, NY.

Lillian S. Williams, Ph.D. 1979, M.A. 1973 & B.A. 1966, has had a new book, Strangers in the Land of Paradise: The Creation of an African American Community, Buffalo, New York, 1900-1940, published by Indiana University Press. (See description in our Winter 2000 issue, "Read On!" column.) The Buffalo News said the book "offers a timely look at the evolution of a city's black community." Choice magazine commented that "Williams brings a fine balance to her work, revealing a group composed of people whose lives, institutions and struggle for acceptance, achievement, and advancement mirrored the struggles of so many others."

Williams is currently an associate professor of history in the Women's Studies Department and director of the Institute for Research on Women at the University at Albany.

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