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James M. Baker, M.D. 1970, is currently with the large multi-specialty group Gig Harbor Medical Clinic in Gig Harbor, WA, which has more than 100 physicians. He spent 18 years in a two-person family practice and had his own family practice for a short time. He resides in Poulsbo, WA, with his wife.

Jeffrey A. Kramer, B.A. 1971, a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, has been named director of the newly created department of academic affairs at the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons in Rosemont, IL. Under his leadership, the department will serve as the focal point for resident and fellowship training, advocacy, clinical scientist research activities and practice issues; it will also support the newly created council on academic affairs and its six committees. A retired Commander in the Medical Service Corps of the United States Navy, Kramer resides in Westmont, IL.

Michael L. Thal, B.A. 1971, has left teaching to write full time. His first novel, The Light: An Alien Abduction, was published by Adventure Books. His newest book, The Legend of Koolura, will be published this spring. He resides in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Carol Goodson, M.L.S. 1972 & B.A. 1970, had her second book, Providing Library Services for Distance Education Students, published by Neal-Schuman in 2001. She is head of library access services at the State University of West Georgia.

John G. Lane, B.A. 1972, advertising account executive of The Tennessean, the Nashville, TN daily, has been named to the adjunct faculty/staff of the Lipscomb University School of Business in Nashville, where he resides.

Daniel J. Ward, J.D. 1972, was reelected to a four-year term on the Amherst Town Board in Amherst, NY. He was the top vote-getter in a field of eight for three available board seats. He is a practicing attorney who also serves as majority counsel to the Erie County Legislature.

Charles L. Anderson, M.D. 1973 & B.A. 1967, has been named to the board of directors of the Alfred State College Development Fund Inc. The group promotes the mission of the college; raises funds from individuals, corporations and organizations; manages and disburses funds to maintain the college’s margin of excellence; increases opportunities for students and allows for continuous improvement of Alfred State’s educational programs and services. In addition to his current practice in family medicine, Anderson is heavily involved in community and outreach programs. He is a member of the National Medical Association, the American Medical Association, chair of the board of the National Association of Jamaican and Supportive Organizations, chair of Buffalo Independent Physicians and a member of the Committee of New York State Medical Society Medicaid Program.

Tom Toles, B.A. 1973, the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist for the Buffalo News, is joining the Washington Post, where he will succeed the legendary political cartoonist Herbert L. Block (known as “Herblock”), who died last year.

Toles, who earned his UB degree in English magna cum laude, was reportedly reluctant to leave Buffalo, but simply could not pass up the opportunity to draw his distinctive political cartoons—usually made of several panels with small characters commenting on the story line—in the nation’s capital. “As editorial cartooning goes, Washington is kind of the center of the bull’s eye,” Toles told the Buffalo News. “It provides so much of the subject matter I draw about every week.”

In 1990, Toles won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning for a series of ten cartoons on national issues drawn in 1989. He has published five collections of cartoons as well as a children’s book, My School is Worse Than Yours. His cartoons are now syndicated in 200 newspapers, and he has served as staff cartoonist for both the New Republic and U.S. News and World Report.

Toles got his start at the Spectrum, where he was graphic arts editor from his freshman year through graduation, producing news and feature illustrations, caricatures and political cartoons. In 1973, he joined the Buffalo Courier-Express, where his work covered all facets of newspaper artwork, with special emphasis on interpretive news illustration and editorial cartooning. In 1979, he was appointed graphics/design director for the Courier-Express and was named the paper’s full-time editorial cartoonist the following year. In 1982, Toles became editorial cartoonist for the News after the Courier folded.

His many awards and honors include the H. L. Mencken Free Press Award, the John Fischetti Award, a Global Media Award and the UB Alumni Association’s 1983 George W. Thorn Award.

Kenneth E. Kendall, Ph.D. 1975 & M.B.A. 1970, professor of management at the Rutgers University School of Business at Camden, has become the first educator at a New Jersey university to be inducted as a fellow of the Decision Sciences Institute (DSI). A resident of Voorhees, NJ, Kendall has become one of only 94 scholars worldwide to be granted this distinction, which honors exceptional contributions to the theory and practice of decision sciences. The field includes management science, information systems and e-commerce. Kendall’s research appears in such leading journals as Decision Sciences, Management Science, MIS Quarterly and Operations Research, and has led to several awards, including the Silver Core from the International Federation for Information Processing.

Kit F. Burr, M.B.A. 1976 & B.S. 1969, has been elected assistant vice president of the Baptist Life Association, a non-profit Christian fraternal benefit and membership association. Before joining the association as director of operations in March 2000, Burr spent 31 years with Praxair Inc. in Tonawanda, NY, where he held numerous engineering, business and management positions. He currently serves as athletic director for Christian Central Academy in Williamsville, NY. He and his wife, Kathy, live in Clarence, NY.

Warren R. Graham, B.A. 1976, is a partner in the law firm of Duval & Stachenfeld LLP, in New York, NY, where he resides with his wife, Shoshana, and two daughters. His practice is predominantly in the field of bankruptcy and corporate reorganization.

Henry Kopeck, Ed.D. 1976, Ed.M. 1967 & B.A. 1963, has been appointed as the interim district superintendent for the Addison Northwest Supervisory Union in Vergennes, VT. He also serves as a member of the board of directors of Cordilleran Corporation in San Francisco, CA, where he has been appointed vice chair of the board and chair of the board’s finance committee.

Douglas Cohen, B.A. 1977, an environmental attorney with Brown, Rudnick, Freed & Gesmer, has been selected for the most recent edition of The Best Lawyers in America published by Woodward/White Inc. All attorneys on the list were nominated by their peers as the best practitioners in their respective specialties. Cohen practices in the real estate section of Brown Rudnick’s Hartford, CT office, focusing on energy, environment and land use; he also chairs the firm’s environment and land use practice group. He is a Hartford resident.

Deborah J. Goodrich, B.S. 1977, director of admissions and enrollment management at Alfred State College, has been chosen for inclusion in Who’s Who in the 21st Century—First Edition, published by the International Biographical Centre of Cambridge, England. Goodrich serves on the Western New York Consortium of Higher Education as chair of the guidance counselor tour program committee. She is also a member of the SUNY College Admissions Professionals, New York State Transfer and Articulation Association, American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). She and her husband, Jeffrey, reside in Alfred Station, NY.

Rebecca Kassay, Ed.M. 1977 & B.S. 1972, is a probation officer with the Niagara County Probation Department in Niagara Falls, NY. She lives in Lewiston, NY.

Alan R. Koslow, M.D. 1978 & B.S. 1976, a surgeon at the Iowa Heart Center in Des Moines, was one of six people nationwide to receive the March of Dimes’ Distinguished Volunteer Service Award. Cited for more than three decades of volunteer work, Koslow was one of 10 students who organized the first March of Dimes walk in 1971 and has been involved in the organization ever since. Koslow serves on the boards of directors for seven non-profit organizations. He and his wife, Margie H. Koslow, B.A. 1977, reside in West Des Moines, IA.

James J. Tyrpak, B.A. 1978, has been elected to serve a three-year term on the board of directors for the Society of Financial Service Professionals, the nation’s oldest and largest organization of credentialed insurance and financial advisors, who provide counsel to individuals, families and businesses. He is a past president of the society’s Buffalo, NY chapter, and currently serves as liaison for the Buffalo and Toronto chapters. Tyrpak is president of Desmon, Kohnstamm & Tyrpak Inc., a wealth preservation and business continuity firm. He is also a charter member of the Professional Achievement in Continuing Education Program, cosponsored by the society and the American College in Bryn Mawr, PA.

David M. Waldinger, B.A. 1978, is a team member in the recently formed, nationally focused Design Division of S.R. Clarke Inc., an executive search firm headquartered in Fairfax, VA. Waldinger possesses 20 years of marketing experience—12 years in the architectural and engineering industry—and has worked with some top industry firms, including Parsons Brinkerhoff; Consoer, Townsend, Edwards & Kelsey; and STV. He will lead the division’s transportation efforts on a national basis and is manager of the Design Division’s southeast region.

Christ Gaetanos, J.D. 1979 & B.A. 1975, a partner with the Buffalo, NY law firm of Amigone, Sanchez, Mattrey & Marshall LLP, was the featured speaker at the meeting of the tax commission of l’Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA). He discussed the U.S. transfer pricing rules and delivered a paper entitled “U.S. Transfer Pricing: Basics, Intangible Property and U.S. Distribution Companies.” The UIA is the oldest worldwide bar association and is an accredited non-government organization to the United Nations, with which it participates in activities and deliberations. Gaetanos has been invited to speak on international tax issues concerning athletes and entertainers at next year’s UIA conference in Sydney, Australia.

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