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1930s

Martha B. Agler, KP '30, trustee emeritus of Columbus State Community College, has been recognized by the college for her contributions to preschool education and quality child care in Ohio.


1940s

Dr. Edward Sprague, BS '41, a general surgeon and obstetrician in Athens, received the Phillips Medal of Public Service at the 20th annual Convocation Ceremony of the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. The medal is the college's highest honor.



1950s

Florence Berman Blager, AB '50, has been promoted to professor in the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver. She is
a specialist in paradoxical vocal cord dysfunction and is called to consult at national and international meetings. Last year, she lectured at the University of Tel Aviv, the Allergy and Clinical Immunology Society in Israel, and the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil.

Jeanette Grasselli Brown, BS '50, HON '78, was presented with the Directors' Choice Award by the National Women's Economic Alliance in December in Washington, D.C. The award honors outstanding women directors for their corporate leadership and efforts to increase career opportunities for women.

Gordon W. Keller, AB '57, vice provost for regional campuses at Kent State University, has been elected district governor of Rotary International for Northeastern Ohio. His wife is Carole S. Keller, BSED '58, MED '63.

Fred Malloy, BSCOM '57, is president of Consolidated Coatings, Corp. of
Brunswick. He formerly was vice president of sales and marketing for 20 years. Malloy is a past president of the Youngstown Advertising Club and Sales and Marketing Executives of Cleveland.

William J. Schlauch, BS '57, received the Special Achievement Award from General Motors' North American Operations Manufacturing Center for developing a parts management system that was considered highly significant in its real and potential impact at GM. Schlauch is chairman of the training committee on process controls and project manager at the General Motors Technical Center in Warren, Mich. He has been an engineer at GM for the past 40 years.

Vincent A. DiGirolamo, BSCOM '59, has been elected vice chairman of National City Corp. in Cleveland. He will remain chief executive officer of National City Bank, Indiana, and will be responsible for all National City banking units.

Layne Longfellow, AB '59, is profiled in the current editions of Marquis' Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the World. A social commentator with an extensive performing career, his "Modern Musings" column is a regular feature of Expose magazine. He has designed and conducted training seminars for major corporations, and has delivered more than 2,000 speeches and seminars internationally.



1960s

Ronald L. Patrick, BSEE '60, has been elected president of the Aviation Distributors and Manufacturers Association for 1996. He is vice president of distribution strategy and development at Aviall Inc. of Dallas.

Steven J. Krekus, BFA '61, a long-time active Mason and veteran DeMolay leader from Aurora, has been named executive officer of Ohio DeMolay. He is president of Steven J. Krekus Architect Inc., Kai Corp., a con-struction management and development company, and Kai Management Inc., a property management firm.

John Dew, AB '62, was promoted to president and chief operating officer of Inn Ventures Inc., an independent hotel development and management company based in Bellevue, Wash.

Robert C. Hughes, BBA '65, has been named president of the Identification Systems Division of Acton, Mass.-based LAU Technologies, which provides software and services for the digital imaging technology industry. Hughes has 30 years of senior-level product and account management experience in information systems and services.

Patricia A. Ackerman, BA '66, is the newest member of the Ohio University Board of Trustees. Currently executive director of curriculum and instruction for the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City Schools, she brings more than 25 years of experience in education to the board. She is a former president of the National Alliance of Black School Educators, the largest organization of African American educators in the country.

Mary Abel, BSED '67, MS '70, Ohio's 78th District state representative, received the Phillips Medal of Public Service at the 20th annual Convocation Ceremony of the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. The medal is the college's highest honor. Her husband, Ric Abel, BBA '67, took office as Athens mayor in December.

Larry Starr, BSED '68, MED '71, has worked as head trainer of the Florida Marlins major league baseball team for the past three seasons. Formerly head trainer of the Cincinnati Reds for 21 years, he has been named National League trainer for the All-Star game four times. He lives in Coral Springs, Fla., with his wife, Linda M. Starr, BSED '71, and two daughters.

Tom White, BSED '68, MED '70, is group vice president of American Express Financial Advisors in the Cleveland metro market. He supervises 250 employees for the financial planning and investment division.

Joseph B. Gerwood, BSJ '69, received his Ph.D. from the University of Toledo in December.
He currently works as a psychology resident with Summit Psychological Associates Inc. in Napoleon.

Allan Goldner, AB '69, was re-elected executive partner in the Cleveland office of the law firm of Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff.

Joseph R. Scaletta, BSED '69, MED '76, is president of Scaletta Development Corp. and Investment Professionals Inc., in Avon. The corporations specialize in land development and construction, and sales and marketing, respectively.


1970s

Alfred G. Arndt, BBA '70, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the American Heart Association in Central Ohio. He is a chartered life underwriter and chartered financial consultant associated with McCloy Financial Services in Columbus.

Michael E. Ervin, AB '70, is president and founder of Wright Health Associates, a multi-specialty physician group/health maintenance organization in Dayton.

Lucia Getsi, MA '70, PHD '73, has been elevated to the rank of distinguished professor at Illinois State University in Normal. Getsi, winner of the 1995 Illinois Governor's Award for the Arts in the Individual Artist category, joined the English faculty at Illinois State in 1973. The Governor's Award recognized her work teaching comparative literature and creative writing, co-directing the Creative Writing Program at Illinois State, and her award-winning career as a writer of poetry, fiction, translations and critical essays.

James Schwartz, BSED '71, MA '75, PHD '77, associate professor of English at Wright State University's Lake Campus, has been appointed placement testing coordinator for the campus.

Greg Stricharchuk, BSJ '71, is a visiting professor and professional in residence at Ohio State University's Journalism School. The one-year appointment is funded by the Freedom Forum for Media Studies at Columbia University. Stricharchuk is on leave from the Dayton Daily News, where he was news manager-editor for business, lifestyle and entertainment coverage.

Samuel W. Moore, BSIT '72, was appointed president of Double G Coatings, the joint venture of Bethlehem Steel and National Steel corporations. Formerly operations manager, Moore joined Double G Coatings during its start-up in 1993 after more than 20 years with Empire-Detroit Steel. He is based in Jadison, Miss.

Susan Reimer, BSJ '73, is a nationally syndicated columnist based at the Baltimore Sun.

David L. Scheffler, BBA '73, is senior vice president of NCOT Accounting & Consulting Inc. of Toledo. Scheffler Scherer CPA Group Inc. merged with NCOT Oct. 1. Scheffler is based in Lancaster.

Robert Asik, BSJ '74, has joined the installment loan department of Lorain National Bank as a consumer loan officer.

Linda K. Disbennet, AA '74, BBA '80, is vice president of NCOT Accounting & Consulting. She joined Scheffler Scherer CPA Group in 1984.

Navy Cmdr. Larry A. McCullough, BBA '74, recently returned from a one month deployment to the Eastern Mediterranean and Black seas aboard the USS LaSalle, and had been involved with supporting the Sixth Fleet commander in Gaeta, Italy, with coordination of NATO air strikes over Bosnia.

Carol O'Connor, BSED '74, a schoolteacher in Palm City, Fla., attended the 11th Annual Highlights Foundation Workshop on writing for children held at the Chautauqua Institution in western New York state. O'Connor has been nominated for the Presidential Award for teaching math and science.

Ralph Fuhr, BSJ '75, has been promoted to consulting manager at the Greater Boston branch of Keane Inc.'s Information Services Division. He is responsible for project management and custom software for finance and manufacturing clients. Keane Inc. is a $350 million company that designs, develops and manages software for corporations and health-care facilities.

Penny Johnson Leake, MS '75, received the 1995 Distinguished Alumnae Award from the Pacific Lutheran University School of Nursing Alumni Association for her outstanding accomplishments in nursing. She is an associate professor and chair of the bachelor of science nursing program at Allen College of Nursing in Waterloo, Iowa.

Barbara A. Lucas, AB '77, was promoted to senior vice president of Long John Silver's Restaurants Inc. in Lexington, Ky. She is responsible for all non-traditional restaurant development.

Joseph Kretovics, BSED '78, has been named chair and associate professor in the Department of Education and Professional Development at Western Michigan University. He previously was coordinator of the North Carolina Model Clinical Teaching Network at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Vince Manfredi, BGS '78, is regional marketing director of the Boyd Gaming Corp. of Las Vegas. He has worked in casino marketing for 15 years.

Paul Miller, BSED '79, recently worked at the United States Olympic Festival as an athletic trainer with the field hockey venue in Boulder, Colo. He is a science teacher and athletic trainer at Gahanna Lincoln High School near Columbus.



1980s

Margaret Crosby, BSED '80, MA '86, is assistant professor of Spanish at Elmhurst College in Illinois. Crosby has taught Spanish at Trinity University in Texas, the University of New Mexico and Ohio University.

William A. Foley, MBA '80, of Hudson, has been elected to the board of directors of Alltrista Corp., a manufacturer of industrial and consumer products in Muncie, Ind. Foley is chairman, president, and chief executive officer of LESCO Inc., a Rocky River-based manufacturer and direct marketer of turf care products and equipment.

Susan Lawhead Wickline, BSED '80, won the Jesse Stewart Foundation's Award for Teaching Excellence for her work as a second grade teacher at Allensville Elementary. The foundation is based in Ashland, Ky.

Doreen Blischak, MAHSS '81, received a doctor of philosophy degree from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., and is self-employed as a speech-language pathologist in Southwestern Ohio.

Stephen Scott Johnson, BSJ '81, is participating in the 1996 class of Leadership South Carolina, a program administered by the University of South Carolina to identify and develop outstanding leaders in the state. Johnson is assistant news editor of The State in Columbia and chair of the Society of Professional Journalists' National Professional Development Committee.

Navy Lt. Cmdr. William T. Peterson, BS '81, took part in NATO air strikes on Bosnia during a six-month deployment aboard the aircraft carrier USS America, the lead ship of the USS America Battle Group. Peterson joined the Navy in 1981.

Elliot Rosen, MS '81, is vice president of Booz Allen & Hamilton Inc., an international management and technology consulting firm based in McLean, Va.

Diana Stemen, BSJ '83, has been named director of marketing for the investment firm staff of The Ohio Company in Columbus.

Rebecca Watkins, BFA '83, is communications manager for the Mid Atlantic Technology Applications Center in Pittsburgh, one of NASA's regional technology transfer centers.

John Battenburg, MA '84, was granted a Fulbright Senior Lecturing Award to teach in Tunisia this academic year. A Cal Poly English professor and administrator, Battenburg is teaching applied linguistics and American literature at the University of Tunis. He also is researching and advising on English-language policy and planning.

Andy Cargo, AB '84, has been named general counsel of MRK Technologies Ltd. in Independence, a former division of LDI. He is responsible for legal affairs of the personal computer equipment and software resale corporation.

Michelle Chippas, BSJ '84, is fund development/membership coordinator for the Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers. She is responsible for recruiting, lobbying and fund raising for the 2,500-member organization.

Paul Carringer, MBA '86, an account executive for Mills/James Productions, was named one of Columbus' "Forty Under 40 young business leaders" by Business First of Columbus newspaper. The honor recognizes those who make a commitment to professional excellence and contributions to the community.

Rebecca S. Kirschner, BSJ '86, has settled in the Chicago area with a new son and a job with State Farm. She is interested in Ohio University and community projects. Most recently, she was president of the Salt Lake City, Utah, Habitat for Humanity.

Karen Sackett, BBA '86, has been appointed audit officer for National City Bank in Cleveland. She is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors and the Mentor Harbor Yacht Club.

James C. Andrick, BSEE '88, is Nelsonville's first city manager. A registered engineer, he previously served as the Millersburg village administrator.

Dana Waldo, MBA '88, was named president of AEP West Virginia by American Electric Power. He is former Athens division manager for Columbus Southern Power.



1990s

Lori Bedell, BSC '90, MA '94, is an assistant professor of communication at Walsh University in North Canton. She is working toward a doctorate degree in mass communication at Ohio University.

Ryan D. Chadwick, PHD '90, was named an associate professor and director of theater performance at the University of Findlay. She joined the Findlay faculty last fall after serving as an assistant professor of theater arts at Juniata College in Pennsylvania since 1988.

Tom Edwards, BSC '90, took over as production manager for TCI's National Digital Television Center outside Denver late last summer. TCI is the world's largest multisystem cable TV owner. Edwards, formerly production manager for the NBC-owned TV station in Denver for 14 years, won his seventh Emmy last year. He won in the "Live Direction" category for directing an NFL football game in 1994. Edwards' wife, Alice Woods, BFA '70, is director of The Plains Conservation Center in Aurora, Colo.

Douglas Engle, BFA '90, has been working as a photographer for the Associated Press in San Salvador, El Salvador, since March 1995. He also has worked in Chiapas, Mexico, and Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Jill A. Bryan, BSJ '91, was named account coordinator at Lord, Sullivan & Yoder Marketing Communications in Columbus. Prior to joining LSY, Bryan was marketing coordinator and project administrator at Banc One Corp.

Anne Wainscott, BSJ '91, is assistant staff writer on the AT&T news staff in Basking Ridge, N.J. She has been with AT&T Global Information Solutions since 1992, when she joined the public relations staff as a writer. She has won several writing awards, including an IABC Bronze Quill Award of Excellence for feature writing.

Jeffrey T. Hamlin, BBA '92, is a vice president of MedSystems Management Inc. in Dayton. MedSy- stems specializes in receivables management for physicians and medical practices. He is married to Laurie Hamlin, BBA '92.

Thomas Hough, BSC '92, currently works overnights as an on-air personality at WBZX Radio, 99.7 FM "The Blitz," a rock 'n roll station in Columbus. He previously was a disc jockey for WAZU 102.9 FM, a classic rock station in Dayton, and WHOK 95.5 FM in Lancaster. Hough also has established his own CD distribution company called Happy Llama.

Cathy Priest, MSS '92, has been named Ohio's 1996 Teacher of the Year. Priest is a Coshocton High School social studies teacher. She will compete with 49 other state winners for the National Teacher of the Year title.

Terrance L. Reimer, BFA '92, had two color photographs featured as part of the Toledo Area Artist's 77th Annual Exhibition last summer at the Canaday Gallery in the Toledo Museum of Art. He is a photographer for the Sandusky Register.

Diane Dovell, BSJ '94, has been named media account manager at Lord, Sullivan & Yoder Marketing Communications in Columbus. She is responsible for the media planning for several agency clients.

Nancy Hodges, BSC '94, recently became operations coordinator for Nickelodeon Studios Florida. She previously served as a free-lance production assistant for the company for almost a year. Hodges lives in Orlando.

Josh Gold, BSJ '95, was named communications coordinator for the International Association of Convention & Visitor Bureaus in Washington, D.C. He is responsible for publications and media relations for the international trade association representing bureaus in 30 countries.


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