Syracuse University Magazine

Class Notes


Frances McCraney Straw ’38 (VPA) of Naples, Fla., a former Navy lieutenant who retired from the National Security Agency in 1970, celebrated her 101st birthday in March. She enjoys painting as a hobby. 


Robert Sugarman ’48 (A&S), an author and playwright, wrote Antibes 1950 (Puck Press), a novel about three Syracuse University graduates that is set in coastal France at a time when the country was attracting expatriate Americans and becoming an exciting hub for the arts.


Robert Bolton ’51 (A&S) is the author of People Skills: How to Assert Yourself, Listen to Others and Resolve Conflicts, originally published in 1979. The book was featured in 50 Psychology Classics (2006) by Tom Butler-Bowden, placing him in the distinguished company of such eminent psychologists as Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, and others.

Diana A. Forgione ’51 (SDA) was artistic director and producer of Avenue Players Theatre in Florida for 28 years. She now resides in San Antonio.

Edward F. Keene ’51 (WSM) wrote We Never Knew It: We Made It a Better World (Archway Publishing, 2015), an autobiographical account of his childhood and young adulthood, including his time at SU, that paints a vivid picture of life in the 1930s and ’40s.  

Will N. Graves ’52 (A&S) of Millersville, Md., who researches and writes about wolves and wolf-related diseases, co-founded the website Wolf Education International ( Now retired, he had a career that encompassed service with the U.S. Air Force and the National Security Agency, for which he received the Meritorious Civilian Service Award in 1983, and a post as assistant consular officer in the U.S. Embassy in Moscow from 1993-95.

Daniel Brook ’58 (WSM) of Arkansas City, Kan., is retired from a career that encompassed contracting projects in Greenland, North Dakota, Rhode Island, New York City, and Philadelphia; a nationwide construction program with Pepsi-Cola; and a “career-closing” position with Coca-Cola, managing production facilities near Washington, D.C., New York City, and Westchester County, N.Y.


John R. Shanebrook ’60, G’65 (E&CS) of Franklin, Tenn., wrote The History of the Hydrogen Bomb and Why it Should be Banned (AuthorHouse), his third book on nuclear arms control.

W. David Klemperer ’62 (ESF), professor emeritus of forest economics at Virginia Tech, is revising his textbook, Forest Resource Economics and Finance (W.D. Klemperer, 2003).

Alida Franklin Albert ’64 (VPA), a writer, professional interior designer, painter, and amateur landscape designer, wrote Jungle Baby: A Memoir of Ambition, Abandonment and Love (CreateSpace, 2014), about two years during her childhood when she lived in Nigeria.

Robert Cohen G’66, G’68 (A&S), a psychologist, educator, and administrator who resides in Sedona, Ariz., wrote Ferson’s Betrayal (Zharmae), the third mystery novel in a series about Marty Fenton, an SU psychology graduate student who moonlights as a private investigator. Set in Syracuse, the book involves a cold case from the 1960s’ civil rights movement.

Patricia Bayer Richard ’68 (A&S), G’72, G’75 (MAX), Trustee Professor Emerita at Ohio University, co-wrote Latin American Political Culture: Public Opinion and Democracy (Sage, 2015).


Nora Carrol ’71 (VPA), G’91 (EDU) is the owner of CarrolCreative in Chevy Chase, Md., a company that provides creative writing services for profit and nonprofit enterprises. She is also a board member of the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization Urban Ed and a participating consultant/project manager at the Taproot Foundation, which connects nonprofits and social change organizations with skilled volunteers who share their expertise pro bono.

Toni S. Sullivan ’71 (A&S) is a founding member of the Mercy Coalition of West Sacramento (Calif.), which feeds people who are homeless and hungry every weekday, averaging 1,000 free bag lunches a month—approximately 30,000 since September 2013.

Bob Herzog ’72 (NEW), an editor and senior writer in the sports department of Newsday since 1976, won first place in the Sports Feature Writing category in the 2015 New York Press Club competition for his story, “Tears for Tom,” about the death, during a game, of a 16-year-old Long Island high school football player. Also in 2015, Herzog was inducted into the Suffolk County (N.Y.) Sports Hall of Fame, honoring his writing career.

John D. Miller ’72 (NEW), chief marketing officer, NBC Olympics/NBCUniversal, received the 2016 PromaxBDA Lifetime Achievement Award in June recognizing his groundbreaking work at NBC and NBC Sports throughout his career. Previous honors include a Lifetime Achievement Award from CLIO Sports, being named a Sports Marketer of the Year by Cynopsis Sports, and receiving a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Commercial.

Martha J. Van Artsdalen ’72 (A&S/NEW), plant curator at Haverford College in Philadelphia, wrote Images of America: Haverford College Arboretum (Arcadia Publishing), which brings to life the story of the college’s park-like landscape.

Greg Ahlgren ’74 (A&S), a criminal defense lawyer in Manchester, N.H., wrote Fort Fisher: The Battle for the Gibraltar of the South (Pen-L Publishing), a historical novel about the Civil War.

Gerald A. Fill G’74 (MAX), of Alexandria, Va., is a freelance reporter with Connection Newspapers. He was formerly a management analyst with the U.S. Office of Management and Budget and also held various public service positions, including as personal services contractor to the Department of State, vice chair of the Fairfax County (Va.) School Board, and deputy associate administrator with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Barry R. Kogut ’74 (A&S), an attorney at Bond, Schoeneck & King law firm in Syracuse, is included in the 2016 Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business directory.

Ronald S. Shubert ’74 (A&S), G’75 (MAX), L’78 (LAW), a partner at Phillips Lytle law firm in Buffalo, and board president of the Williamsville Central School District, has been elected to the Upstate New York Super Lawyers list, 2007-2015; Best Lawyers, 2012-2015; and won Best Lawyers’ Lawyer of the Year-Litigation in 2014.

Howard R. Fox ’75 (A&S) composed Scenes in the Greenbelt, a tone poem inspired by the natural beauty of Staten Island and performed by the Staten Island Philharmonic last November.

Thomas A. Fantacone ’76 (A&S/ARC) is a principal at Posen Architects in West Orange, N.J.

Randy W. Moore ’76 (A&S/SWK) is a member of the sales team at Success Communications Group, an advertising and public relations firm in Parsippany, N.J. 

Suzy Szasz Palmer ’76 (A&S), G’78 (IST) retired as dean of Greenwood Library at Longwood University in Farmville, Va.

James Pendergast G’76 (MAX) is retired from University of New Mexico Hospitals, where he served as human resources administrator. In April, he received an appreciation award from the National Public Employer Labor Relations Association for creating a scholarship foundation in 1996 that has raised more than $155,000 and granted 53 scholarships to help fund the education of public sector labor relations graduate students. He teaches graduate courses at the University of New Mexico and is the owner of Penmar consulting in Albuquerque.

Steve Hammel ’77 (NEW), vice president and general manager of WRAL-TV and WRAZ-TV in Raleigh, N.C., was named General Manager of the Year (Markets 1-25) by Broadcasting & Cable magazine.

Anthony G.O. Yeh G’78, G’80 (MAX) received the Distinguished Research Achievement Award from the University of Hong Kong, where he is Chair Professor and Chan To-Haan Professor in Urban Planning and Design and director of the GIS Research Centre.


Geoffrey Cannon ’80 (WSM) is a partner at Cannon Heyman & Weiss, a boutique law firm with offices in Buffalo and Albany that is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year.

Raymond Hrynyk ’81 (A&S) of Canastota, N.Y., author of five books about fishing in New York State (under the pen name Spider Rybaak), was inducted into the New York State Outdoorsmen Hall of Fame in April, recognized for the free fishing program for kids he has offered for 12 years and for his contributions to outdoors communications.

William P. Janocha ’81 (VPA) of Stamford, Conn., illustrated his first children’s book, A Most Unusual Farm (Westbow Press, 2015), a religious story by Phyllis Skigen about an odd assembly of animals and their spiritual quest. A cartoonist, he continues to assist Mort Walker, creator of the Beetle Bailey comic strip. He is also proud to report that his son, Chris, recently earned his Eagle Scout rank in Boy Scouts.

Michael Lasater G’81, G’92 (NEW) exhibited Mise-en-scène (2015), a video triptych, in Crossroads New Media at the Long-Sharp Gallery, Indianapolis, from April 15 to June 6. He is a professor of mass communications and chair of the Department of Integrated New Media Studies at Indiana University South Bend. His poetry has recently been published in Kansas Time + Place.

Kathy McFarland ’81 (NEW), project manager at Texas Monthly Custom Publishing, is editor-in-chief of Ride Texas, an 18-year-old quarterly travel magazine for motorcycle enthusiasts published by Texas Monthly in Austin, Texas. She also recently earned her motorcycle license.

Dean Bass-Stevens ’82 (NEW) is retiring as founding owner of the family-operated Vide-O-Go/That’s Infotainment! business in Cary, N.C., following the anticipated sale of the multimedia company’s suite of video-related Internet domains.

Jeffrey Eckel G’82 (MAX), president and CEO of Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure Capital Inc. in Annapolis, Md., a leading provider of debt and equity financing to the efficiency, wind, and solar energy markets, rang the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange on April 21.

James Elkington ’82 (WSM) is vice president of reimbursement services for Pediatric Services of America, a home health company focused on the needs of medically fragile children across 17 states and based in Atlanta.

Monique J. Fortuné ’82 (NEW) is the director of student success at The College of New Rochelle (N.Y.).

Jim McDermott ’82 (WSM), an attorney in Portland, Ore., wrote Bitter is the Wind (Cune Press), his debut novel, described as a father-son story that portrays a slice of working-class life in 1970s’ America.

Mark Bohen ’83 (WSM) is chief marketing and communications officer at Beaumont Health in Southfield, Mich.

Lisa Coppola ’85 (NEW/WSM), L’89 (LAW) launched a boutique law firm in Amherst, N.Y.

Robin Green ’85 (A&S), a neurology professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, N.Y., partnered with the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives to create a Brain Awareness Week program for kindergartners at P.S. 3 in Jersey City, N.J. The interactive program included lessons about the brain’s two hemispheres, how the brain works, and how it is protected by the skull and cerebral spinal fluid.

Kerry Smith ’85 (NEW) wrote Experiential Marketing: Secrets, Strategies, and Success Stories from the World’s Greatest Brands (John Wiley & Sons).

Timothy Shumer ’86 (A&S/EDU) is a certified credit counselor at Clearpoint Credit Counseling Services in the company’s Syracuse office.

Sean Sullivan ’86 (A&S), G’88 (MAX) is vice president of human resources at Tufts Medical Center in Boston.

Mark A. Colvin ’87 (A&S), a financial/private wealth advisor at Ameriprise Financial in East Syracuse, N.Y., has qualified for the company’s Circle of Success annual recognition program and will be honored for this achievement in 2016.

Martin F. Manalansan IV G’87 (MAX), an anthropology and Asian American studies professor and Conrad Professorial Humanities Scholar at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, is co-editor of Filipino Studies: Palimpsests of Nation and Diaspora (NYU Press).

Paul McPolin ’87 (A&S/NEW) is deputy editor at the Sunday New York Post, having run the Sunday news desk for 11 years. He has earned more than a dozen journalism awards, including ones from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, the New York Press Club, and the New York Associated Press.

Bruce E. Darling G’89 (NEW), president and CEO of the Center for Disability Rights in Rochester, N.Y., participated in the ADAPT Fun Run in Washington, D.C., in April, a national fundraiser to support disability rights activism.  

Linda Epstein ’89 (A&S) was a photo researcher with The Washington Post team that received the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for creating a national database—based on news reports, public records, Internet databases, and original reporting—profiling 990 fatal police shootings in 2015.

John Laudun G’89 (A&S), English professor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, wrote The Amazing Crawfish Boat (University Press of Mississippi), chronicling the development of the crawfish boat, an amphibious vehicle that transformed the Louisiana prairies into a place of aquaculture alongside agriculture.

Laurent Linn ’89 (VPA), an art director at Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, wrote and illustrated Draw the Line (Margaret K. McElderry Books), a young adult novel about a gay teen who discovers his own strength and power after a hate crime occurs in his small Texas town.


Bob Brotzki ’90 (WSM) is director of sales and marketing at Schneider Packaging Equipment Co. in Brewerton, N.Y. He is a former NFL player and experienced sales, operations, and management professional who mostly recently served as assistant athletic director for football player development at SU.

R. Elliott Edwards G’90 (MAX) of Charlotte, N.C., was recognized for 25 years of civilian government service as court administrator with the U.S. Department of Justice Executive Office for Immigration Review.

Patty Enrado G’90 (A&S) wrote A Village in the Fields (Eastwind Books of Berkeley, 2015), a historical novel about Filipino-American farm workers during the Delano Grape Strikes of the 1960s and ’70s in California. The book was shortlisted for the 2016 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing by the Stanford University Libraries.

Kevin Hair G’90 (E&CS) is chief operating officer at SRC Inc., a nonprofit research and development company in Syracuse.

Bob Hocking ’90 (A&S), a writer and photographer living in Vernon, N.Y., wrote Thirty Days in November (CreateSpace), a collection of 30 nonfiction essays on such topics as pumpkin-flavored everything, collections of threes, and the joys of dancing, cooking, and music (

Lynn Soleski ’90 (ARC) is a senior architect at WRNS Studio in San Francisco.

Jessica C. Pirro ’93 (FALK), CEO of Crisis Services in Buffalo, hosts a weekly talk show, The Journey: Stories of Crisis and Hope, on the VoiceAmerica Talk Radio Network Health and Wellness Channel.

James A. Patry ’94 (NEW), G’15 (NEW), senior director of marketing and patient experience at Androscoggin Valley Hospital in Berlin, N.H., earned an MBA degree from Plymouth State University.

Rebecca Risner ’94 (E&CS) is a senior project manager at Dewberry professional services in Raleigh, N.C., in the firm’s telecommunications division. 

David Cole ’96 (A&S) is an attorney at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison law firm in Washington, D.C.

Rorke T. Denver ’96 (A&S), a celebrated and decorated U.S. Navy SEALS commander, is an actor, best known for his starring role in Act of Valor, and the author of Damn Few: Making the Modern SEAL Warrior (Hyperion, 2013) and Worth Dying For: A Navy SEAL’s Call to a Nation (Howard Books, 2016). He is also featured in Fox network’s American Grit, a military-inspired reality competition. In May, he spoke at Leadercast 2016, an Atlanta-based event bringing together leaders from around the globe to inspire visionary leadership. 

Jeremiah Abiah ’98 (VPA), a renowned international recording artist, composer, and songwriter, released a new album, Bottles (Madoh Music Group), a collection of songs inspired by a blend of classical music, soul, and world music syncopation.

Pete Daniels ’98 (NEW) celebrated his 10th anniversary at C-SPAN, where he is a features producer in the programming operations editorial department.

Justin Martinkovic ’98 (ARC) and Brian Milford ’98 (ARC) are co-founders of Martinkovic Milford Architects in San Francisco, which was featured in the San Francisco Business Times in April.

Jessica Brunton ’99 (E&CS) is a senior associate and program manager in the telecommunications division of Dewberry professional services in Raleigh, N.C. 


K. Matthew Dames G’01, G’11 (IST) is associate university librarian for scholarly resources and services at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

Michael McDonough ’01 (A&S/NEW) married Erin Latina in October. He is director of communications at Walden Behavioral Care in Waltham, Mass.

James Wisniewski ’01 (ARC) is an associate principal at Michael Graves Architecture & Design in Princeton, N.J.

Susan DeMar ’02 (A&S), president of the New Mexico State University (NMSU) Women’s Club, established the club’s Ruth Mary Webber Scholarship in memory of her mother. She was also appointed as the college/university relations officer for the Las Cruces branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW).

Justina Uram ’02 (A&S), an attorney based in greater Washington, D.C., wrote The Cerulean Locket (Tilden Terrence Press). Her debut novel, it is a story of love, betrayal, family secrets, and political intrigue.

Nicholas L. Shires ’04 (WSM), a partner at Dannible & McKee accounting firm in Syracuse, joined the board of directors at two Central New York nonprofit organizations: Hopeprint, which seeks to empower resettled refugees to thrive in the community, and Music for the Mission, which sponsors local music events to raise funds to assist people who are hungry or homeless.

Dan Frigolette ’05 (NEW/VPA) is a comedian who created the Comedy’s Best Kept Secret Tour, a 27-day journey from Las Vegas to New York City with two fellow comedians to produce and promote comedy shows to raise money for the Liberty Humane Society.

Oswaldo Ortega ’05 (ARC) is an associate at the Chicago office of Gensler global design firm. He is vice president of the Illinois chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (I-NOMA) and program director of the I-NOMA Project Pipeline Architecture Summer Camp, and is in his eighth year as a lead mentor with the ACE (Architecture, Construction, Engineering) Mentor Program of America.

Erin Thompson Francese ’06 (A&S/NEW) and Dominic Francese ’03 (A&S/NEW) announce the birth of their son, Paolo John, who joins big sister Marcella. They reside in Jackson Heights, N.Y.

Amy Tardugno ’06 (WSM) of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., wrote The Compass: A Guide to Building Your Happiness Kingdom (Amazon Digital Services), a self-help book featuring short stories, poems, teachings, and reflective essays.

Lydia Nichols ’07 (VPA) was lead illustrator and creative director for the 2016 Google Doodle for International Women’s Day, a video project that asks 337 women and girls of all ages in 13 countries to complete the sentence, “One day I will…”

Dustin Palmer ’07 (WSM) relocated to Dublin, Ireland, where he is manager of the EMEA CFO Programme at Deloitte, a multinational professional services firm. The program helps CFOs at 26 firms across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa manage the complexities of their roles, tackle challenges, and adapt to strategic shifts in the market. 

April Corrao ’08 (VPA/WSM) is director of business development at Gooding Co. Inc., a specialty printing company based in Lockport, N.Y.


Joelle A. Murchison G’10 (NEW) is associate vice president and chief diversity officer at the University of Connecticut.

Robert John Clines G’11, G’14 (MAX), a history professor at Western Carolina University, received the 2016 Rome Prize Fellowship from the American Academy in Rome, which annually supports advanced independent work in the arts and humanities within a unique residential community in Rome.

Anas Saleh L’11 (LAW) is of counsel in the business practice group at Bousquet Holstein law firm in Syracuse.

Mariel H. Stein ’11 (A&S) married Harris L. Barenburg ’11 (A&S) in May. They reside in Lyndhurst, N.J. She is a teacher at Solomon Schecter Day School of Bergen County in New Milford, and he is a service engineer at Compco Analytical Inc. in Little Ferry.

Ilana Vakhovskaya ’11 (NEW/WSM) is a research analyst at The Marketing Directors, a national development advisory and master property marketing and sales force based in New York City.

Kyle Elizabeth Kellner ’12 (A&S), a graduate student in the clinical mental health counseling program at SU’s School of Education, received a $5,000 military scholarship from the NBCC Foundation, an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors. The scholarship was created to increase access to counselors for military personnel, veterans, and their families.

Jamie King G’12 (NEW) is a public relations account manager at Pinckney Hugo Group marketing communications firm in Syracuse.

Danny O’Connor L’13 (LAW) is a partner at Weis + O’Connor law practice in Columbus, Ohio, and the Democratic nominee for Franklin County recorder.

Chelsea D’Amore ’14 (A&S/NEW) is an assistant account executive at Hornercom public relations and marketing communications agency in Philadelphia.