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1970s Classnotes

Philip R. Day Jr., Ed.M. 1970, is the new chancellor of the City College of San Francisco, one of the nation's largest community colleges. Before accepting the position, he was the president of Daytona Beach Community College in Daytona Beach, FL. In 1997, he received the President of the Year Award from the Florida Association of Community Colleges.

Arthur M. Seigel, M.D. 1970 & B.A. 1966, has been named a fellow of the American Academy of Neurology. This past year he was elected president of Orchestra New England, which is based in New Haven, CT.

Charles Weeks, Ph.D. 1970, a senior research scientist at the Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute in Buffalo, NY, attended the 18th European Crystallographic Meeting in Prague, Czech Republic, from August 16–20.

Duane W. Albro, B.S. 1971, is the new operating vice president of the suburban market area of Bell Atlantic New York, which includes Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester Counties. Previous to that, he worked for nearly 30 years for New York Telephone, later NYNEX. He lives in Babylon, NY.

Beverly F. Druitt, B.A. 1971, senior attorney in the National Labor Relations Board's enforcement litigation division, office of appeals, was elected chair of the labor law section of the National Bar Association.

Susan R. Rakow, B.A. 1971, is a teacher of gifted education and English/language arts at Beachwood Middle School in Beachwood, OH.

John P. Walker, B.A. 1971, is the chair and chief executive officer of Axys Pharmaceuticals in San Francisco, CA. Chair of Signal Pharmaceuticals, he serves on the boards of directors of the Biotechnology Industry Organization, Microcide Corporation and Geron Corporation.

John Knipp, M.D. 1972, has been elected president of the Medical Society of the County of Orange, NY. He lives in Washingtonville, NY.

Ronald Fatoullah, B.A. 1973, is the founding attorney of Ronald Fatoullah and Associates in Great Neck, NY, concentrating in the field of elder law and estate planning. Recently appointed to the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys' board of directors, he is also a member of the advisory board and legal committee of the Alzheimer's Association, Long Island chapter. An ardent advocate for senior citizens, he currently cohosts a weekly talk show on WEVD-AM in New York City, in which he addresses the concerns of senior citizens from a legal perspective.

Leslie N. Shifrin, B.A. 1973, is the president of Shifrin Research, a market research company established in 1984. He lives with his wife and two children in Westchester, NY.

Jonathan C. Younger, B.A. 1973, is managing director of the Novations Group, a consulting firm that merged with several others to form Provant, which is traded on NASDAQ. He lives in Short Hills, NJ, with his wife, Carolyn T. Younger, B.A. 1973, who is currently a full-time mom to their sons, Josh and Aaron.

Bruce J. Donaldson, B.A. 1974, recently joined Applied Technology Solutions, a leading information technology company in McLean, VA, as a senior program manager. He will be managing the master environmental library project for the Department of Defense's Ocean Executive Agency. He recently retired from the U.S. Army, in which he served for 21 years in the Corps of Engineers, attaining the rank of lieutenant colonel.

Barbara B. Friedman, B.A. 1974, is the director of material management at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. She received first place in the 1998 chapter of the year award competition sponsored by the Association for Healthcare Resource and Materials Management.

Mary Kaplan, B.S. 1974, is coeditor of Behaviors in Dementia: Best Practices for Successful Management. This state-of-the-art resource features contributions from leading experts in Alzheimer's care, revealing the insights and practices that are propelling the field forward. A Tampa, FL, resident, she is an instructor in the department of gerontology at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

Sheila F. Painter, B.A. 1974, has been promoted to membership director of the Jewish Community Center in Toledo, OH.

Erica Feuer Cooper, B.A. 1975, is the deputy general counsel for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in Washington, D.C.

Phyllis C. Dubinsky-Klein, B.A. 1975, has joined the Los Angeles, CA, office of Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabaum, as senior associate and director of public and institutional marketing. She is currently president of the Westside Urban Forum and is an adjunct faculty member in the School of Architecture at Woodbury University in Los Angeles.

William D. Starkweather, Ed.D. 1975 & Ed.M. 1964, retired after 39 years in public education. For the past 18 years, he was superintendent of the Newark Valley (NY) Central District. In retirement, he will teach one course at Binghamton University and supervise administrative interns at SUNY College at Cortland. He is a resident of Owego, NY.

Elizabeth A. Dobbs, Ph.D. 1976 & M.A. 1973, is chair of the faculty at Grinnell College in Grinnell, IA. She teaches linguistics and courses on Chaucer and medieval literature. Her work regarding windows in Chaucer's “Troilus and Criseyde” was recently published in the Chaucer Review.

Lawrence M. Meckler, J.D. 1976, was named executive director of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, following a six-month national search. He has worked for the NFTA, in various positions, since 1977.

Richard H. Murphy, J.D. 1976, has been elected vice chairman of the Baptist Life Association board of directors. He has served on the board since 1984, and has been a principal at Sheffer, Murphy and White in Williamsville, NY, since 1979.

Joseph R. Wagner, B.P.S. 1977, has been named an associate of the firm of O'Brien/Atkins Associates, a 70-member multidisciplinary design firm in Research Triangle Park, NC. A laboratory planner, he has been with O'Brien/Atkins since 1986. He resides in Hillsborough, NC, with his wife, Reba, and children, Adrian and Claire.

Peter G. Hill, B.A. 1978, is vice president of public information and education at the Massachusetts Chiropractic Society. He is the coordinator of a program to ensure that all individuals have access to chiropractic services through their health insurance plans, including HMOs. He and his wife, Barbara, have two young daughters, Hannah and Melissa.

Richard J. Schrader, B.A. 1978, was recently appointed director of federal sales for TALX Corp. in Bethesda, MD.

James J. Tyrpak, B.A. 1978, attended the 1998 Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) annual meeting in Chicago, IL. Membership in MDRT, of which he is a seven-year member, is recognized internationally as the standard of sales excellence in life insurance-based financial services.

James G. Egnatchik, M.D. 1979, a board-certified neurosurgeon, has joined Buffalo Neurosurgery Group with offices in Amherst, West Seneca and Niagara Falls, NY. He is a clinical assistant professor of neurosurgery at UB and a member of the executive committee of the CGF Health System.

Christ Gaetanos, J.D. 1979 & B.A. 1975, of counsel with Griffith & Yost of Buffalo, NY, delivered the keynote address at the tax section meeting of the International Association of Lawyers Congress in Nice, France, in August 1998. The subject was the international taxation of income from electronic commerce.

David Levinson, Ph.D. 1979 & M.A. 1975, is a cultural anthropologist and a principal in Berkshire Reference Works. He is the author of Aggression and Conflict: A Cross-Cultural Encyclopedia, which Choice magazine selected as an outstanding academic book in political science for 1992-97. The work demonstrates “excellence in scholarship, relevance, and originality in serving the needs of undergraduate students,” according to Choice editors. He is a resident of Great Barrington, MA.

Ronald S. Ricotta, B.S. 1979, is the president of United Business Forms in Miami, FL, a forms and printing distributorship that also handles warehousing and Web site design. He lives in Plantation, FL, with his wife, Cathy, and two children, Nicholas and Christina.

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