UB Today Alumni Magazine Online - Fall 2002
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People of Note
Pamela S. Benson, B.A. 1976
Gary D. Lessord, M.F.A. 1979
Margaret I. Wooster, M.U.P. 1988 & Ph.D. 1978
Clotilde Dedecker, Ed.M. 2000


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1960s Classnotes

Matthew H. Winick, B.S. 1960, NBA vice president of scheduling and game operations, is the recipient of the 2002 Splaver/McHugh Tribute to Excellence Award, conferred annually by the NBA Public Relations Directors Association to a current or former member of the NBA public relations staff who has demonstrated an outstanding level of performance and service during his or her NBA career. It memorializes Marc Splaver and Howie McHugh, two of the most highly respected public relations executives in NBA history. Winick has been with the NBA for 26 years, beginning in 1976 when he was director of media information for the association. In his current position, he is responsible for all regular season and playoff scheduling, overseeing the administration of NBA officials and the NBA pre-draft camp. Winick resides in Baldwin, NY.

Dorothy H. Pappas, M.S.W. 1964, is a recipient of the new “Governor’s Tribute to African American Leaders of Excellence in State Service,” one of the state’s highest honors. Currently chief of social work at the Buffalo Psychiatric Center in Buffalo, NY, Pappas received the award at the annual New York State African American History Month kick-off celebration in February. She lives in Buffalo.

Mira T. Cantor, B.F.A. 1966, a professor in the department of visual arts at Northeastern University in Boston, MA, recently showcased her artwork in a solo exhibition entitled “Skin” at the Genovese/Sullivan Gallery in Boston. Cantor focuses her artwork on the investigation of the human body. Her new work examines the layers of flesh as a metaphor for the stages of life. Her work has been displayed in exhibitions throughout New England, Europe and Japan. In October 1998, she was one of 50 Fulbright artists whose work was featured in a celebratory exhibition in Washington, DC, for the Fulbright Association’s 20th anniversary. Cantor’s artwork is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University. She lives in Boston.

Frank J. Clark, J.D. 1967, is Erie County District Attorney and a prominent figure in the Western New York community. Clark has spent his career working for the interests of the public, except for a brief stint in private practice in the early 1980s. A decorated veteran of the Vietnam conflict who served in the U.S. Marine Corps and is a graduate of Niagara University, Clark spent the first seven years of his career as assistant district attorney in Erie County; he also served as assistant U.S. attorney. During his career, he has overseen more than 50 homicide cases. Clark resides in Buffalo, NY.

Michael F. Chelus, J.D. 1968 & B.S. 1965, president and CEO of the Cheektowaga, NY, law firm of Chelus, Herdzik, Speyer, Monte & Pajak PC, has been listed in Who’s Who in Insurance and Risk Management 2002/2003. Before joining the firm, he served in the U.S. Army and was commissioned as a second lieutenant combat engineer in 1969. In 1970, he was assigned as officer in charge of courts and boards, later serving as trial counsel and defense counsel in court-martial and board proceedings in Vietnam. He coauthored “Chapter 27: Fire and Property Insurance” in the New York Bar Association’s insurance law practice, and has also authored Disaster Awaits: Workers’ Compensation Liens vs. No-Fault First Party Benefits and Liquor Liability of Fire Companies and Municipalities. He is an active member of the Buffalo-Niagara Partnership, the St. Thomas More Guild and the American Legion. Chelus resides in Orchard Park, NY.

Thomas N. Vacca, B.A. 1968, following the events of September 11, was mobilized by the U.S. Army Reserve. He has been assigned to the 902D MI group, located at Fort Meade in Maryland. In 2001, he retired from his job as a teacher at Fulton Junior High School, having taught science there for 28 years.

Irving B. Mink, M.S. 1969 & B.A. 1948, formerly a medical research scientist, is now a well-known muralist, painter, illustrator and lecturer on the arts. He has been exhibiting his paintings and drawings for more than 40 years, and has won a number of best of show and first-place awards in local and national shows. Mink’s works have been represented in more than 400 private galleries and institution collections, including the members’ gallery at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the Burchfield-Penney Art Center, both in Buffalo, NY. He is a member of the Buffalo Society of Artists and resides in Williamsville, NY.

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