Classnotes



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40s
Francey Heytow Gecht (BS45) of Chicago and her husband, Martin, donated prints and drawings to the Art Institute of Chicago in 2003 for an exhibition titled "Graphic Modernism: Selections from the Collection of Francey and Dr. Martin Gecht."

William F. Gustafson (BS48, MA49) of Aptos, Calif., professor of human performance emeritus at San Jose State University, enjoys activities and travel with his partner, Lori Lindquist.

Theodore T. Kane (BS48, 50) of Bristol, Wis., retired after a 20-year career as a high school teacher and principal. He was named the June 2003 artist of the month by the Kenosha County (Wis.) Community Library, where his petroglyphs from around the world were displayed.

50s
Genevieve Mahre Alexander (BS50) of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, retired after 35 years of teaching business subjects to high school students in South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois. She fulfilled a childhood dream, relocating to Water Island, where she is a member of many organizations, including the League of Women Voters and the Water Island Civic Association.

Joseph R. Newton III (BS51, MA52) of Huntley, Ill., a long-time head cross-country and track coach at York High School in Elmhurst, Ill., was inducted into the National High School Hall of Fame.

Ann Kelly (BS54) of Phoenix retired from teaching learning-disabled and seriously ill children in a homebound program.

Sally Ann Hausken (SESP56) of Detroit lakes, Minn., retired from a career in secondary school counseling at Minnetonka, Minn. A master gardner with a specialty in native plants, she helped purchase a parcel of the Minnesota postglacial maple basswood forest that became a natural woods preserve and an environmental learning lab for students and visitors.

Stanley Krippner (MA57, PhD61) of San Raphael, Calif., was the 2003 recipient of the Ashley Montagu Peace Award, presented to him in St. Petersburg, Russia, by the U.S. Common Bond Institute and Harmony Institute of Russia.

Michael Bakalis (BS59, G62, 66) of Darien, Ill., chairs Illinois' Education Accountability Task Force.

60s
Sybil Kastner Meindl (BS61) of Elmwood Park, Ill., retired from the Chicago Public Schools in June 2003, ending a 42-year career. In May 2001 she received Phi Delta Kappa's Educator of the Year award. She has also taught at several universities, including Loyola Chicago, Concordia, Chicago State and Northeastern Illinois. Meindl appeared as the Spanish teacher in the movie Rites of Winter.

Elaine Cotsirilos Thomopoulos (BS61) of Burr Ridge, Ill., is co-project director of the Berrien County (Mich.) Historical Society's oral history and research project on the Greeks of Southwestern Michigan. She is also an officer on a committee that established the nonprofit Greek American Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Wheeling, Ill.

Nancy Copeland Firfer (BS67) of Glenview, Ill., former village president, oversaw the redevelopment of the former Glenview Naval Air Station into the Glen, a community of homes, shops and open space. She and her husband, Richard (WCAS64, L71) are parents of Holly (C89), Brandon (C96) and Brett.

David Miller (MA67) of Lake Bluff, Ill., retired from 37 years of teaching and working in the telecommunications field. Lake Forest High School named its theater after him, and he now manages two theaters in the district.

Donald Mrozek (BS69) of Burr Ridge, Ill., was elected to another three-year term as chairman of the law firm Hinshaw & Culbertson.

70s
Wendy Chamberlin (BS70) of Geneva, Switzerland has stepped down from her position with the U.S. foreign service. She is now the United Nations' deputy high commissioner for refugees.

Henry Bangser (PhD71) of Winnetka, Ill., was named to the board of trustees of the Hadley School for the Blind in Winnetka.

Sandra Denise Hill (WCAS71, MS74) of Evanston is director at Family Focus Our Place Center in Evanston.

Grace Newcomb DeLottinville (BS72) of Oakville, Ontario, is executive director of the Oakville Arts Council, representing more than 4,000 artists, musicians and actors in the community. She earned a master's degree in drama from the University of Toronto in 1997 and since 1990 has sung with the Opera Ontario Chorus.

Sharon Elliott (BS73, MA74) of Woodcliff Lake, N.J., was named senior vice president of human resources at Ingersoll-Rand. She is married to Russell (KSM75).

Mary Jo Potter (BS73) of San Francisco was named to the board of directors of Ocular Sciences Inc.

Joan Hagood-Norris (MA74) of Mauldin, S.C., retired after a 29-year career in school administration in Chicago and South Carolina. She is listed in Who's Who in Education, 2003-04.

Scott Siegel (BS74) of Evanston is president of R.S. Owens, the family-owned company that produces Oscar statuettes for the Academy Awards.

Robert Boone (PhD75) of Glencoe, Ill., wrote Inside Job: A Life of Teaching (Puddin'head Press, 2003). The book describes his career as an English teacher in the United States and Germany and as a freelance teacher and writer. He also founded young Chicago Authors, a scholarship program for young adult writers.

Lamont Change (BS75) of River Forest, Ill., is senior vice president and senior banker in LaSalle Bank's Wealth Management Group.

Robert Lupo (BS75) of Palatine, Ill., is superintendent of Ridgewood Community High School District 234 in Norridge, Ill.

Julie Danis (BS77) of Chicago married Paul Donahue February 14.

Jerry R. Dill (BS77) of Naperville, Ill., was named to the board of directors of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce.

Billy McKinney (BS77) of Seattle is executive vice president and broadcast game analyst for the Seattle Supersonics.

Deborah Fagen Lee (BS78) of Highwood, Ill., a licensed social worker, is the hospice clinical coordinator for the Lake County office of Palliative Care Center and Hospice of the North Shore in Evanston.

William Lee Sharp (BS78) of Fishers, Ind., is a professor of educational leadership at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind. He had two educational administration textbooks published in 2003, Winning at Collective Bargaining and The Principal as School Manager (Scarecrow Press).

80s
Helen Tenney Smith (BS80) of Nashua, N.H., is a consultant with the Reading First Grant in Massachusetts and New York.

John Hussman (WCAS83, MS85) of Ellicott City, Md., is manager of the Hussman Strategic Growth fund.

Nancy Sutherland Melsheimer (MS85) of Wilmette, Ill., is executive director of Family Service of Glencoe, Ill.

Melinda A. Cavicchia (BS87) of Clarksville, Tenn., has served in the US Army for 13 years. Recently she was deployed to Iraq for 10 months with the 101st Airborne Division, serving as the division preventive medicine physician. She was promoted to lieutenant colonel in June 2003.

Elaine Gottlieb (BS88) of Glencoe, Ill., serves on the board of directors of the Terry Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation.

Jenny Fanning (BS89) of Grand Rapids, Mich., is president of CPR Computer Products and Resources, a company founded by her father.

Jeff Robinson (BS89) of Shakopee, Minn., is coordinator of professional personnel for
the Minnesota Vikings.

90s
Sarah Huck Bilthuis (BS91) of Highlands Ranch, Colo., graduated from the Medical College of Wisconsin in May 2002, and is currently a family practice resident physician at Rose Medical Center in Denver.

Daniel G. Gill (WCAS91, MS99) of Evanston served foster children from 1997 to 2003 as a family therapist with the Jewish Children's Bureau in Chicago before moving his practice to Northbrook, Ill., to specialize in adolescents in a private practice.

Brian Bilcer (BS92) of Chicago is an associate of a class action defense group that joined Sidle Austin Brown & Wood. He is married to Diane King (WCAS93) Bilcer.

Amy B. Dickson (BS92) of New Orleans married Gregory Kolenovsky June 14, 2003. She is an assistant professor at Louisiana State University's School of Medicine and also has a clinical psychology practice.

Mai Lin Petrine Noffke (BS92) of Glenview, Ill., became director of program review at Northwestern in 2002. She had been an attorney at Lord, Bissell & Brook in Chicago. Her husband is Timothy (McC92).

Jennifer A. Reinish (MS94) of Santa Barbara, Calif., coproduced and directed the feature documentary The Aphrodite Project, which had its world premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in February 2004.

Jill K. Wachholz (BS94) of Chicago is a facilitator/consultant of leadership and team development for GroupStir, where she guides leaders and teams to be more aware, focused and effective. She also designs and produces creative learning events.

Kimberly Collier Kopetz (BS95) of Portland, Ore., is an account executive at the marketing communications agency Creative Media Development. She is married to A. Chase (McC95).

Diane Littlefield-Lanham (BS95) of Brookfield, Ill., social science teacher at Maine West High School in Des Plaines, Ill., developed the interdisciplinary course European Studies. In summer 2003 she received a fellowship for a National Endowment for the Humanities seminar in Nottingham, England.

Steven Schnur (BS96, GJ97) of Evanston has joined Duke Realty Corporation's Chicago group as vice president for office leasing and development. He is married to Jennifer DeRoo (McC97) Schnur.

Jason Wendland (BS96) of Jersey City, N.J., is an options trader with Prime International Trading.

Diane Brzezinski (BS97, MS02) of Chicago is director of placement at Robert Morris College.

Lisa Kagan Rapoport (BS97, MS98) and Mark (C97) of Oak Park, Ill., are parents of Abigail Rose, born July 25, 2002.

Rebecca Clark (BS98) of Chicago is manager of reenrollment in the dropout prevention and recovery unit at the Chicago Public Schools Office of High School Programs.

Evan Eschmeyer (BS98) of Oakland, Calif., plays center for the NBA's Golden State Warriors. He was traded to the team in August by the Dallas Mavericks.

Peter Lehman (J98, BS98) of Chicago is founder and president of Lehman Racing, a drag racing team.

Roderic M. Williams (BS98) of Chicago was admitted to the Illinois Bar in Nov. 2002, and has joined the litigation and business regulation practice group of Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal.

00s
Matthew Underwood (BS00) of Somerville, Mass., has begun a master's program in school leadership at Harvard University.

Angela K. Nielsen (BS01, MS02) of Boston is engaged to marry Eugene Park (WCAS01) July 31.

Austin King (BS03) of Cincinnati plays football for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Matthew Sonstein (MS03) of Evanston is in his first year of teaching art at Whitney Young High School in Chicago. He previously taught at the Art Institute of Chicago and Valparaiso University, and has worked for a variety of museums and galleries.

Class Codes
AF Air Force Commission
C Communication (formerly Speech)
CB Chicago Business
D Dental
EB Evanston Business
FSM The Feinberg School of Medicine
G Graduate (Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences or University College)
GC Graduate Communication
GD Graduate Dental
GJ Graduate Journalism
GL Graduate Law
GFSM Graduate Feinberg School of Medicine
GMcC Graduate McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science
GMu Graduate Music
H Honorary
J Medill School of Journalism
KSM Kellogg School of Management or Graduate Business
L Law
Mu Music
N Nursing
Nav Naval Commission
SCS School of Continuing Studies (formerly University College), Continuing Education, Evening Divisions
Tns Transportation Center
Trf Traffic Institute
WCAS Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, Liberal Arts