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(wife of George F. Wolf ’25)
On June 5, 2001, Anita Wolf, wife of George F. Wolf, Class of 1925, died at her Maywood, NJ, home,
where she had lived for 71 years. She was 97.
The Class of 1925 was one of those unique classes that not only attended every fifth-year reunion but
attended in large numbers every reunion, in a very spirited manner, said Robert F. Wolf ’52, her son. As the
spouse of George Wolf, Anita attended all those reunions (with family). She typed most of the Class of ’25
logs for The Indicator from 1949 to 1952 (George was class secretary during that time), and served as
fraternity mother for son Robert, who was a member of Chi Phi from 1949 to 1952.
George Wolf died in 1983. He was a class leader as a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity, Tau Beta Pi
honorary fraternity, Gear and Triangle, starting pitcher for the baseball team (1921-25) and coach of the
Junior Varsity Basketball team (1923-26). Anita was his loyal supporter during those years. They married in
Russell H. Anderson
A long-time resident of Lancaster, PA, Russell H. Anderson died April 28, 2001, in Virginia Beach, VA,
where he lived for the past two and a half years. A native of Dover, NJ, Mr. Anderson made his career in
He became vice president for purchasing at the New Holland Machine Co. Division of the Sperry Rand
Corporation in 1965 and was a member of its operating board. He had started with the company as director
of purchasing in 1947. He retired in 1971 and subsequently moved to Drumcliffe, MD.
Earlier Mr. Anderson had been a purchasing agent for Wallace and Tiernan Co., and for the Eclipse-
Pioneer Division of Bendix Aviation Corp., and director of procurement for Harry Ferguson, Inc.
He had been vice president of the National Association of Purchasing Agents in 1967 and served on the
executive committee of the Purchasing Agents Association of New York. He was president of the
Purchasing Agents Club of the Manufacturers Association of Lancaster, and president and director for
national affairs of the Purchasing Agents Association of
In 1965 the U.S. secretary of commerce appointed Mr. Anderson to the Business and Defense Services
Administration unit of the National Defense Executive Reserve. He was a member of the committee named
by the Pennsylvania Economy League to survey Lancaster city government functions. He served on the
Indus-trial Planning Board of Manheim Township, PA, and was appointed to the Lancaster City Bureau of
Standards in 1961.
As an undergraduate, Mr. Anderson held several offices in Chi Psi fraternity. Following graduation, he
served as chairman of the SAA Alumni Day Committee one year and was secretary of the New Jersey
Stevens Club from 1935 to 1945. He was one of the alumni achievers in industry presented
a Stevens Centennial Medallion in 1970.
Mr. Anderson was a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church, Chesapeake, VA; the American
Society of Agricultural Engineers; the Farm and Industrial Equipment Institute; and the Kiwanis Club,
Williamsburg, VA. An avid sailor, he was active in the United States Power Squadron, Hollywood, MD.
Predeceased in 1984 by his wife of 47 years, Dorothy Dietrich Anderson, and in 1980 by his brother Carl
Anderson ’22, Russell H. Anderson is survived by a daughter, Judith H. Arthofer of Oak Ridge, NC, and
two sons, Roger A. of Alexandria, VA, and Robert K. of Chesapeake. Also surviving are six grandchildren
and five great-grandchildren.
Robert A. Arny
Robert A. Arny, a native of Cleveland, OH, died on April 24, 2001. The long-time resident of Upper
Montclair, NJ, was 96.
Mr. Arny, who began college with the Class of 1927, received a bachelor of science degree in civil
engineering from Tulane University in 1930. He was an administrator for the Radio Corporation of America
from 1935 to 1969, when he retired.
A member of Chi Psi fraternity, Mr. Arny had also been active in community projects and the Boy Scouts
as a life scout and subsequently as a scoutmaster. He served on the Troop Committee for 25 years and
joined the Old Guard of Camp Glen Gray in 1999. He served as a deacon at the Watchung Avenue
Congregational Church for many years and sang in a number of church choirs. Mr. Arny was a member of
the Montclair Society of Engineers and served on the Montclair Adult School Board of Directors. He
enjoyed both fishing and gardening.
Mr. Arny was predeceased by his wife of 59 years, Mary Wilson Travis. He is survived by their three
children, Dr. Thomas T. of Leverett, MA, Mary K. Arny Reaske of Lexington, MA, and Dr. Nancy P. Arny
Pi-Sunyer of Montclair, NJ; a sister, Sarah Arny Holmes of Asheville, NC; three grandchildren; and three
Norman Fraser, a Licensed Professional Engineer in New York state, died on Jan. 11, 2001. The New York
City native, 92, had been living in Cupertino, CA, for many years.
He served as a commander in the U.S. Navy from 1940 to 1945. He then earned a master of science
degree in mechanical engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology in 1948.
Upon graduation, he joined Westinghouse, where he worked for eight years. Early in his career he
worked in naval architecture for Gibbs & Cox and also for Sparkman & Stephens. Later, he was a project
engineer for Lodding Engineering Corp. in Auburn, MA. He held membership in ASME and had served as
a school board trustee in Lynbrook, NY. At Stevens, he was a member of Theta Upsilon Omega fraternity.
A memorial gift has been made in memory of Mr. Fraser, as a tribute to his life. This gift was made by
the Class of 1930 and was credited to the Class of 1930 Scholarship Fund in his memory.
His wife, the former Dorothy M. Cleveland, whom he married in 1933, died Feb. 8, 1990. His brother
James H. Fraser ’32 died in 1964. He is survived by a son, Edward C. of Cupertino.
George H. Straub
The conscientious secretary of the Class of 1930, George Henry Straub of Larchmont, NY, died on March
18, 2001, at the age of 92. He was a native of Brooklyn, NY.
He was a reserve officer in the U.S. Army from July 1930 until going on active duty from November
1940 until April 1946. During World War II, he served in five campaigns in Europe, earning the Bronze
Star Medal during the Battle of the Bulge. In a second enlistment from September 1946 until September
1948, he also served in Japan, as well as in Okinawa. He retired in 1960 as a colonel in the Ordnance
Colonel Straub had retired as superintendent of Westchester Joint Water Works, where he began in 1960.
It was during his administration there that the Water Works undertook its largest ever project, the
connection of a shaft of the Delaware Aqueduct in Yonkers to a new treatment plant in Mamaroneck, NY.
The project enabled the Water Works to tap a more economical source of water—using gravity instead of
costly electricity to carry the water supply—and meet more stringent drinking water regulations taking
effect at the time. Water Works officials honored him at a board meeting earlier this year.
“He was well-loved by the men and staff,” said his wife, Patricia. “Upon his death the flag was lowered
to half-mast. They all attended his wake and funeral. Everyone who knew George liked him as a gentle,
kind man. They were glad to know him.”
Earlier, he had been a superintendent’s assistant at the Brooklyn Union Gas Co. from 1930 to 1940,
served on the New York City Civil Service Commission in 1946 and worked with the New York City
Bureau of the Budget from 1948 to 1950. He was a Licensed Professional Engineer in New York state.
Colonel Straub was a former director of the Mamaroneck Chamber of Commerce. He was a
communicant of Ss. John and Paul Church in Larchmont, a past chancellor of Knights of Columbus Council
3536, a past captain of the Larchmont Hose Co. and a Paul Harris Fellow of the Mamaroneck Rotary Club.
He was a member of the Edwin A. Stevens Society and a Stevens Fund class agent. As an undergraduate,
he was on the staff of The Stute, in Quill S, Clef and Cue and the Glee Club. He was manager of Musical
Clubs and a member of the Stevens Engineering Society.
A memorial gift has been made in memory of Colonel Straub, as a tribute to his life. This gift was made
by the Class of 1930 and was credited to the Class of 1930 Scholarship Fund in his memory.
He is survived by his wife,
the former Patricia Flint; a son, Donald A. of Riverside, NY; three stepsons; and two stepdaughters.
Marcus N. Brooks
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I have very little news except for the obituaries of Joseph I. Andreini and Ben Childs, both of whom will be
missed by all
Ben died May 8, 2000. I have no information concerning his death, but my Link does tell that he was
tireless in his efforts to help his class. He was effective in his work with the Honor Board and was a member
of Theta Xi fraternity.
Joseph Andreini died May 12, 2000. Again, I do not have any details except from The Link. He was
called a modest highbrow. They said he was a demon on the diamond. He was from Massapequa, Long
Island, and claimed no better place to live. His major class objective was to “get Louie’s goat.” He was a
member of Theta Nu Epsilon fraternity.
I am sorry I don’t have any more information and will tell it if it ever comes in.
Joseph P. Vidosic
48 Grove Street
Cooperstown, NY 13326-1427
H. (607) 547-8487
It is almost 70 years since we graduated; therefore, it is only natural that obituaries might dominate the
news. Such is life!
The latest to pass on are Rafe Fiordalisi on March 29, 2001, and Mike Minkow on Nov. 5, 2000. Sorry
no additional information is available at the present time. Mrs. Stephen Roach died recently. The Class of
’32 extends its sincerest condolences to the families of the deceased.
I remember, when:
Female friends referred to Julius Minkow as a “cute little boy” with a big heart and a comradely
disposition. Mike was an athlete as well, playing soccer and lacrosse.
Raphael Fiordalisi was possessed with the gift of gab as forcefully displayed in the daily bull sessions in
the locker room. But he was also a near-regular Dean’s List scholar.
Joe Bruno, probably the shortest man in the ‘32 class, more than made up for his size by his cheerful
disposition and colorful dress. He was invariably a welcome participant in any conversation group.
Will Hamm was not athletically inclined, but he “dragged” to most basketball games and Stevens dances.
He was a favorite in “Georgie’s” class, though he troubled with “Dichie.”
Leopold Winkler owned an automobile and was a car enthusiast. He was a regular sport spectator as well
as a social function participant.
A Licensed Professional Engineer in the state of New Jersey, Raphael Fiordalisi died March 29, 2001, at
the age of 91. He resided in Little Ferry, NJ, and was a former resident of West New York, NJ.
Mr. Fiordalisi had been a designer and mechanical engineer in utilities and the chemical and shipbuilding
industries. Among his former employers were Ebasco Services, Inc., New York, NY; International Design,
Inc., of Poughkeepsie, NY; and IBM Corp. in Kingston, NY.
He received a master of science degree in mechanical engineering from Stevens in 1945.
He is survived by his brother Raymond and predeceased by four brothers and one sister.
Julius M. Minkow
Julius Mathew Minkow of Petaluma, CA, died there on Nov. 5, 2000, at the age of 89. A native of New
York City, he had been a long-time resident of Roslyn Heights, NY.
He was the owner and president of Minco Products Corp., Brooklyn, NY, which manufactured gluing
and laminating equipment. Approximately 25 patents had been granted for
He was a former member of the Cache Fish & Game Club of Quebec, Canada, a former district chairman
of the Boy Scouts of America and the former president of the Fairfield Park Civic Association. As an
undergraduate, he was a brother of Pi Lambda Phi fraternity, on the Class Banquet Committee and the
Interfraternity Council and in the Varsity Show. He played interclass baseball, basketball, lacrosse, soccer
and football; interfraternity basketball and baseball; and junior varsity and varsity lacrosse.
He was predeceased by his wife, Barbara Brill Minkow. They had twin sons, Peter and Roger.
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Ezra L. Dolan
Ezra L. Dolan (formerly Ezra L. Dolinski) of Hunter, NY, a public relations executive who was perhaps
best know for his championing of America’s newspaper carriers, died on Nov. 1, 2000. He was 89.
“Ez” Dolan joined Parade, the nationally syndicated Sunday newspaper supplement, in 1945 during its
formative years, and he served as the magazine’s public relations director for many years. Mr. Dolan was in
charge of publicity, public relations, editorial merchandising and promotions, retiring in 1978. Over the
years he was recognized and honored by his peers for his achievements in public relations.
Active in various public service programs, he received citations from the Boy Scouts of America, the
National Foundation for Highway Safety and the Boys Club of America. A former longtime Rye, NY,
resident, he chaired a citizens committee to build a youth center for the town. In retirement, he was active in
a variety of programs to assist senior citizens.
Earlier, the Brooklyn native had performed inspection supervision for the British Admiralty Technical
Mission and sales promotion for Royal Typewriter Co.
He held memberships in the Public Relations Society of America, the National News-paper Promotion
Association and the Publicity Club of New York. At Stevens, he was a brother of Pi Lambda Phi fraternity.
Survivors include his wife, Christine; a son, Richard of Swanee, GA; three stepdaughters, Connie
Lavene, Margo Ward and Norma Larkin; three sisters; and 12 grandchildren.
Joseph M. DeGuilmo
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We have 16 of our classmates scattered from New Jersey to Florida and to California. I will give you their
names and their state addresses; however, if you want a classmate’s complete address and telephone
number, please contact me.
Their names and towns are Charles J. Altenburg, Wantagh, NY; John H. Bardes, Jr., Fountaintown, IN;
Felix W. Braendel, Cape Coral, FL; Frank Caroselli, Newport Beach, CA; Joseph J. Cincotta, Washington
Town-ship, NJ; Joseph M. DeGuilmo, Ridge-field, NJ; Fred A. Gitzendanner, Lawrence, KS; C. Kenneth
Holland, Toms River, NJ; George A. Kanzaki, Bettendorf, IA; John J. Kennedy, Brick, NJ; William V.
Robertson, Monterey, CA; William R. Ryan, Vero Beach, FL; Martin J. Vaccaro, Allenhurst, NJ; Alfred F.
Wagner, Bellevue, WA; Arthur E. Wilde, Jr., Chapel Hill, NC; and Arthur E. Winter, Mount Pleasant, SC.
On Saturday, May 5, 2001, I attended the Spring Luncheon of the Edwin A. Stevens Society at the Olde
Mill Inn in Basking Ridge, NJ. It was an excellent affair with about 100 members and 100 guests present.
At the table with me were John Podolsky ’39, Alice and Bert Schmidlin ’39, Tom Pagano ’35, myself and
my guest, Ms. Hannah Gaidus.
Some Internet “news” supplied by Hannah Gaidus:
Did you hear about the two little kids in a hospital who were lying next to each other? The first kid leans
over and asks, “What are you in here for?”
The second little guy says, “I’m in here to get my tonsils out, and I’m a little nervous.”
The first kid said, “You’ve got nothing to worry about, I had that done a year ago. They put you to sleep,
and when you wake up they give you lots of Jell-O and ice cream. It’s great!”
The second kid then asked, “How ’bout you? What are you in here for?”
The first little fella says, “Well, I’m here for a circumcision.”
The second kid said, “Whoa! I had that done when I was born. I couldn’t walk for a year!”
Subject: Sooo Blonde!!!
She Was Sooo Blonde:
She took the ruler to bed to see how long she slept.
She sent me a fax with a stamp on it.
She thought a quarterback was a refund.
She tried to put M&M’s in alphabetical order.
She thought Boyz II Men was a day care center.
She Was Sooo Blonde:
She thought Eartha Kit was a set of garden tools.
She thought General Motors was in the army.
She though Meow Mix was a CD for cats.
She thought TuPac Shakur was a Jewish holiday.
Under “education” on her job application, she put “Hooked on Phonics.” At the bottom of the application
where it says “sign here,” she put “Sagittarius.”
She Was Sooo Blonde:
She tripped over a cordless phone.
She spent two minutes looking at the orange juice can because it said, “Concentrate.”
She told me to meet her at the corner of “WALK” and “DON’T WALK”
She asked for a price check at the Dollar Store.
She Was Sooo Blonde:
She studied for a blood test.
She thought she needed a token to get on “Soul Train.”
She sold the car for gas money!
When she missed the 44 bus, she took the 22 bus twice instead.
When she went to the airport and saw a sign that said “Airport Left,” she turned around and went home.
She Was Sooo Blonde:
When she heard that 90 percent of all crimes occur around the home, she moved.
She thinks Taco Bell is the Mexican phone company.
If she spoke her mind, she’d be speechless.
She thought that she could not use her AM radio in the evening.
She had a shirt that said “TGIF,” which she thought stood for “This Goes in Front”
I hope you all enjoy the Internet “news.” It is good to laugh!
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The gathering of news regarding activities of our classmates has become for me somewhat of a bittersweet
experience. First, the happy news.
I spent three weeks in the later part of February and early March in Florida with family and friends on
both coasts. Upon my return, I was dragged into the 21st century by my grandchildren, younger relatives
and, in particular, by Tom Tarzy, to get a computer in order to more effectively communicate in this day
My first attempts in e-mailing have been truly rewarding. The messages from Tom (quoted below) are
really exciting—the description he gives of his greater family, along with the photo, epitomizes what all of
us, at our present age, have striven for above all else throughout our lives.
Eleanore and Jim Pinkerton have the home on Lake Hopatcong on the market and are planning to move
to a senior residence, “Bristol Glen” in Newton, NJ. I am happy to see them, as we often attend Stevens
I talked to Gus Freygang by phone recently. He sends his best wishes to all.
Until the next time—
So long—Via Con Dio!
E-mail messages from Tom Tarzy to me:
“We enjoyed our recent phone conversation and want to congratulate you on your decision to get into
cyberspace with a computer. I have been into computers for several years now and have enjoyed all the
features, particularly communicating with all our family and friends via e-mail. I also use a program called
Dialpad, which allows me talk to any telephone in the United States with my computer, and this program is
free. Please let me know if I can help you in any way with your new computer. My e-mail address is:
firstname.lastname@example.org. My Queen and I are enjoying our retirement years here in Sun City, AZ, which our family
has renamed the Kingdom of Tarzyland, and by coronation, they have made us the King and Queen and, of
course, our daughters are our princesses, their mates are Prince Charming, our grandchildren (eight) are
little princes and princesses and our great grandchildren (eight) are little, little ones. We have a lot of fun
with all our royalty. As you know, we really had a great time at our 65th class reunion at Stevens and look
forward to future reunions. We send royal greetings to you and all the class of ’35 and their families and
hope we can get together again real soon. In the meantime, hang loose and Vaya con Dios, Tom Tarzy.
“P.S. I made this letter by using a voice recognition program called Kurzweil by dictating to the
computer’s Word Pad program.”
Congratulations on your first e-mail! I am so thrilled that it came to me. I know that you will enjoy the
course that you will take at Gateway. Our family is here visiting from New Jersey: my daughter, Trudy, her
two daughters, Heather and Marla, and Heather’s husband, Jerry. We are playing lots of golf and eating too
“Keep up the good work and let me know whenever I can be of help to you. We send royal greetings
from the Kingdom of Tarzyland to you and all our classmates and their families. Hang Loose and Vaya con
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George H. Murray, III
The Rev. George Henry Murray, III, of Washington, NC, died Jan. 8, 2001. He was 86.
As an undergraduate, he was president of Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity and active in the Stevens Dramatic
Society and the Varsity Show. He was a member and officer of the Glider Club and served on the Ring and
Pin Committee and was chairman of the Junior Banquet Committee.
He is survived by his wife, Emily, and a daughter.
John F. Spano
62 Merritt Avenue
Cresskill, NJ 07626-2420
H. (201) 568-1505
Pres. Howard E. Twist
H. (201) 797-2084
Again we must report deaths of classmates. Arnold Arons died on Feb. 1, 2001, and Robert Miller died on
Mar. 4, 2001. We remember Arnold as an achiever in college as well as in his professional career. As noted
in the book “History of Stevens Institute of Technology” by Professor Geoffrey W. Clark, Dr. Arons was
cited by the American Association of Physics Teachers as the best physics teacher in the country in 1965.
He recently joined us at our spring Old Guard luncheon in April 2000, when he was in here from Seattle.
Bob Miller was a resident of Bethlehem, CT, and lived in Yonkers while at Stevens. The Alumni Office was
notified by his daughter Susan Connors that he had died of heart failure. We remember Bob as a genial
Stute news gatherer and junior editor, as well as a great communicator and amateur radio hobbyist.
I received a new list of our class members from the Alumni Office, including their addresses and phone
numbers. Please contact me or the Alumni Office if you’d like to have a copy. Thirty-
four people are now listed, which constitutes about one third of our graduating class.
An accompanying photo shows us on commencement day. It’s difficult to recognize faces in the picture,
but my original 8-by-10” print shows that Vic Toppin and Rupert Vittinghoff are directly in front of the
lectern, and others in the front row are mostly those getting degrees with distinction, including Zweifel,
Neuhoff, Hague, Forrest, Bird, Arons, Arnoldi and Anderson.
I try to get whatever news I can, but often it’s not good news. I called Mario Goglia and had a problem
with him hearing me. His wife, Juanita, came on and told me that Mario had a bad hearing problem.
Considering that we’re all in our 80s, this is rather common so we’re wishing that Mario can cope with that
and with any other problems he has. After all, he was one of my regular correspondents and was able to
maintain a brilliant career in engineering education. Mario was honored by Georgia Tech on the 50th
anniversary of his first contract to teach there, and he received the Stevens Renaissance Engineering and
Science Award in 1996. I got a card from Dorie and Fred Rickerich last Christmas. During the year 2000
they had spent a month in Naples, FL, a week in Maine and a week in Nantucket. Fred is part of a group
working to get the railroad operating again between New York City and New Milford, CT, where they live.
I’m still looking for pictures of classmates that show scenes in addition to the pictures of people holding
beverage glasses at Old Guard luncheons. Those group shots are probably the best way to know how Old
Guard people now look, and the Indicator staff does a good job covering social events. I decided to send in
a picture of myself holding onto one of Cresskill’s fire trucks and also one of my old senior trip shots that
shows Bob Slobey and John Lewis in Wilkes-Barre, PA, in October 1936, holding balloons.
I wound up getting my picture in another publication besides The Indicator. Our Bergen County, NJ,
newspaper, The Record, launched a project about four months before the real millennium starting Jan. 1,
2001, requesting readers to submit short stories about “Firsts in our Lives” and offering prizes totaling
about $6,000 to the four winners, who would be picked in a random drawing. I found it easy to send in the
story about my first airplane ride, which I had previously described in our log in the 1998 No. 4 Indicator,
mentioning that our group of ASME student members took a flight from Newark Airport around the Statue
of Liberty and New York Harbor. About 200 entries were published in all categories, such as first airplane
ride, first sweetheart and first automobile. Most of the accepted entries, including my own, were asked to
submit “then and now” pictures so I sent in a copy of my yearbook picture and a recent one taken at an Old
Guard lunch. I didn’t get one of the cash prizes but got a few phone calls from friends.
A few days before sending in this log, I deposited a check in the bank for about $179. When I got home
and looked at the deposit receipt, it showed the deposit to be just over $81 million. Knowing that this would
soon be caught by the bank, my wife called them after she saw that our 10-digit account number was put in
as the deposit. If somehow I could keep this money and give a sizeable amount to Stevens, I might have a
building named after me or at least have my name on a bronze plaque in the orchestra pit, where I spent
almost all of my extracurricular time with the Dramatic Society orchestra.
Speaking of photos, the Royal Gorge picture in the 2000 No. 3 Indicator was not taken by me but was
just submitted by me from my collection. The log was correct in stating that Bob LeMassena ’36 wrote the
text on the back of that picture postcard. The real photographer, Otto Roach, took the picture in 1947.
Suggested reading for those who haven’t done so already:
The book “History of Stevens Institute of Technology—A Record of Broad-based Curricula and
Technogenesis, 1870-2000” by Geoffrey W. Clark, associate professor of history in the Department of
Humanities and Social Sciences at Stevens. This detailed history recounts the accomplishments of Stevens
faculty and alumni in many fields of engineering and includes numerous testimonials dating from Thomas
Edison to Franklin D. Roosevelt and beyond. A tribute to Arnold Arons appears at the bottom of Page 219.
“Nothing Like It in the World—The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad 1863-1868” by
Stephen E. Ambrose. As freshmen surveyors in the Johnsonburg camp, we can appreciate the
accomplishments of the engineers and surveyors who planned and built the route through mostly unknown
territory, often victims of Indian attacks and numerous hardships. Financial and political matters shaped the
project, from President Lincoln on down.
During the long drawn-out contest for the 43rd presidency, I said to a neighbor that the election wouldn’t
be settled until Cresskill gets its own international airport. As part of my railroad museum (everyone’s
invited), I have shuttle cars going back and forth automatically on a shelf to an entrance labeled “Cresskill
International Airport.” After the April incident involving China and our reconnaissance plane, a radio
commentator said that we must deal with China with a big stick and a big dictionary.
I thought of a name to call the Old Guard ladies when the first alumnae reach their 50th reunion. How
about DOTR (Daughters of the Technogenesis Revolution)? The men can still be called the Old Guard for
the sake of tradition, although they won’t really feel old until they reach my age. With suggestions like this,
I might lose my secretary job, so someone else should then be prepared to take over.
Arnold B. Arons
Dr. Arnold B. Arons of Seattle, WA, died on Feb. 1, 2001. While at Stevens he was always involved with
our Stute newspaper, being editor in chief in senior year as well as vice president of Tau Beta Pi, national
honorary engineering society, and secretary of Pi Delta Epsilon; he was also vice president of the Stevens
Engineering Society. His grades always put him on the Dean’s List, and he received his degree with
distinction. He won a Mathematics Prize, a Chemistry Prize and a Physics Prize before graduating. As
previously mentioned, he was cited as the best physics teacher in the country in 1965. In 1940 he received
his M.S. and in 1982 an honorary doctor of engineering, both from Stevens; he also received a Ph.D. from
Harvard in 1943, and an honorary master of arts from Amherst College. His wife is Jean R. Arons and his
daughter is Janet. He has two sons, Kenneth and Paul.
Robert C. Miller
Robert C. Miller was born in New York City on Jan. 18, 1915, and died on Mar. 4, 2001.
During World War II he was engaged in aircraft design, and he also designed robot arms for IBM. In
retirement he continued to take classes in computers and computer-aided design and was a member of the
American Society of Tool and Manufacturing Engineers for over 25 years.
Bob served on the Bethlehem, CT, Board of Education and was a member of the First Church of
Bethlehem and served on its board of directors. He was an avid gardener and raised shallots in his
retirement, which he sold to local health food merchants. The fall of 2000 was his biggest crop yet.
He was the widower of Edna Sawyer Miller. Three daughters survive him—Laura A. Miller of Palm
Harbor, FL, Susan Connors of Warwick, NY, and Audrey Miller of Paonia, CO—and six grandchildren.
Jack L. Pettit
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Pres. William H. Teimer
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The following came from George Snyder:
“The Indicator arrived recently, and as usual our class log indicated that there was very little news. It did
have Herb Braun’s suggestion that all class members send in their work history. My 46 years with Union
Oil Company of California might be a little long and dull, but I picked out some of the incidents of our 4½
years in Korea that might be interesting. Rachel has always said I should have kept a diary of it.
“I went to Union Oil in July of 1938 and retired on December 31, 1983. During that time, I worked in all
of Union’s West Coast refineries, starting as a tester in the inspection lab at the L.A. refinery and retiring as
vice president of Engineering and Construction. The Korean stint was from November 1969 to July 1974.
“I had just been appointed manager of the San Francisco refinery, and on my third day, the vice president
of Refining called from Los Angeles and asked if I would like to go to Korea. In the oil business, you
always liked such offers.
“It seemed that Union had agreed to a 50-50 partnership with Korea Explosives to build a crude oil
topping plant and a 360 MW power plant to furnish fuel oil and electric power to Korea Electric.
Supposedly, all agreements were signed, and construction was to start at once. I would be the executive vice
president and ‘Dynamite’ Kim would be president. One look at the agreements put together by our Crude
Oil Trading Co. revealed that they were totally inadequate. I put the contractor on hold and spent the first
four months getting the legal work in order.
“You may know that Inchon Harbor has 30-foot tides, so our first project was to build a two-mile
causeway across the flats to the 60-foot deep channel to bring in our large tankers. We had our ‘white
gloves’ ground-breaking ceremony and work started on the two-mile road in from the Seoul-Inchon
Highway. Everything started to move, and on the second day, I got an urgent call; the farmers were lying
down in the road and would not let us proceed. It seemed that an outhouse and a row of sacred trees had not
been purchased on one piece
“As an explanation, Korean rice paddies can be very small. Our Korean partner was to have purchased
some 300 separate properties for the site. It was necessary to purchase each paddy as one transaction and
the house, outbuildings, trees, etc., as a separate transaction. We agreed to a price for the outhouse and trees
of 5,000 won (about $20). Within an hour, the outhouse (a rice bag on four poles) was gone and the sacred
trees chopped down for firewood. The incident made me look at all of the land records, because the land for
the project was supposed to be furnished by Korea Explosives. The project was moving too fast to hold it
up for clearing land titles, so we put the Korean land men on a rush schedule, and we ended up with all land
except one family graveyard, which is included in the tank farm.
“Another problem, not so humorous, occurred when the water tubes were being installed in the power
plant boiler. The boilermakers were wedging the tubes in place with a 4-by-6 when it slipped out of place
and killed one of the workers. Korean labor laws provide for family compensation, and we complied with
these. However, I received another urgent call from the job superintendent telling me that the family, with
the funeral bus and the body, were at his door demanding to hold the funeral at the accident site so the man
could go to Buddhist heaven. We had about 1,000 men on the site and couldn’t do it. They then unloaded
the body and told the superintendent that they would leave the body on his desk. With some more
negotiation, they settled for the parking lot.
“In spite of these and many other incidents, we enjoyed out stay in Korea and found the people friendly,
sharp and hard working.”
George’s story brings up memories of another alumnus who was also a vice president of an oil company,
namely Jim Orem. Jim went with the Butterworth Division of Standard Oil of New Jersey. The Butterworth
Division had a patented method of cleaning oil tanks. This was done by spraying a detergent through one or
more nozzles that rotated 360 degrees in both directions. The major point of the Butterworth patent was that
the used detergent was pumped out as fast as the new detergent was sprayed in. This allowed full force of
the sprayed detergent to contact the inside of the oil tank. Butterworth also provisioned all Standard Oil
tankers with oil, food and all other requirements for a long voyage. Jim apparently spent a lot of time in
England, but we never heard from him until a donation of $2,500 appeared in our annual class collection. I
contacted the Alumni Office and found that this was from an Englishman whose name I have lost. He was
married to Jim’s daughter, and the donation was for her. In conversation with him, he suggested that I
contact Rita, Jim’s second wife of Palm Springs, FL. This we did on a trip to Miami to visit my brother-in-
law. She told us that Jim was assigned to a new project where he had responsibility but no authority over the
project. With this he resigned from the vice presidency. One night after an evening out he went to the back
of the car and opened the trunk. With this he fell into the trunk, dead of a heart attack. This was a sad
ending of another fraternity brother.
This is all for now. I hope that another kind classmate will send me his work history.
S. Frederic Guggenheim
1318 Fayette Street
Teaneck, NJ 07666-2118
H. (201) 836-6771
H. Fax: (201) 836-4633
Pres. John P. Podolsky
H. (201) 967-1825
You will no doubt recall the last log, which disclosed the surprising discovery by Milton Brown, on one of
his and Lydia’s trips abroad, that there is a town called Sarlat in the Dordogne section of France near where
they were vacationing. He described how he contacted our own Irwin Sarlat, M.S. ’51, and sent him a
picture postcard from the town that is his namesake. After that disclosure I, too, called Irwin, who retired in
1982, and here is his response:
“Glad to hear from you. My wife and I visited the medieval town of Sarlat, France, on the banks of the
Dordogne in June 1999.
“My father came to the United States in 1907 when he was 17, landing in New York City. His uncle and
aunt and their daughter, whom he later married, met him. He stayed in New York City for six months, and
then went to Boise, ID, where he had a relative. He bought skins from the Indians and resold them. Next he
became a cook on the Diversion Dam outside of Boise, where he worked for a year. When the dam was
completed he went into Boise and got a job as a cook. He was not a good cook, so he was fired. He got a
horse and buggy, became a peddler of wares throughout the countryside. Soon after, he purchased a store
that had a fire and was going out of business. His opening a chain of men’s retail stores throughout Idaho,
Oregon, Washington, New Jersey and New York state followed this.”
Irwin, who served as an Army Captain in World War II, also completed course work at UCLA for a
Ph.D. (thesis not completed) in 1978.
Irwin, thank you for a very interesting saga. I hope that any other ’39ers with historic backgrounds will
write and share them with us.
Aldo Galvanoni, who is still flying airplanes out of Sun Lakes, AZ, sent us a photo of himself with three
of his flying buddies to explain why he is “time-broke” in that “hyper-active adult community.” Aldo looks
about the same as he did when we graduated.
I regret to write that Joe Angarano died on Mar. 25, 2001. We extend our sincere sympathies to his wife,
Mary, and to his children, Mariann and Lewis. An obituary will follow when we receive more information.
In a recent e-mail, Dave Gathman notes:
“It is a sobering reflection that less than half our class currently survives. The obituary of Jack Hanna
was a shock, and I was reminded of our friendship in various activities at Stevens. He and I (and Van
Garrison) started our careers together in August 1939 in the Bethlehem Steel Loop Course. Jack was
assigned to the Sparrows Point Plant and spent his career there and became superintendent of the Pipe Mill.
I went to the Williamsport Plant, and after World War II, I had occasion to make business calls to Sparrows
Point and several times visited with Jack.”
I received the following letter from Bert Schmidlin, who has been concerned about the athletic field
lights that our class donated to Stevens and what will become of them in the course of all the changes now
taking place on campus:
“Dear Fred, I am writing to you in regard to the presentation made at the February 12, 2001, meeting of
the Executive Committee of the Alumni Association. I know you were present for the talk given by Mr.
Roger T. Cole, vice president of Student Development, regarding the future plans at Stevens, but I don’t
think you were at the discussion afterward. During his talk he described the various improvements including
new structures and, in particular, the need for additional parking spaces. One item, which caught my
attention, was the major modification in the athletic field including a change in the lighting. You may recall
that I raised a question, after the address, about the lights, which were donated by our class as our 50th
anniversary gift. He stated that the lights would be replaced with state-of-the-art lamps that minimize the
glare on the neighborhood. At the end of his talk a small group gathered at the front of the room for more
discussion. I raised the point re the lights, pointing out that they were an addition to the campus of which
our class was very proud and that the school had placed a nice plaque on the first pole in acknowledgement.
I said that I hoped that the efforts made during our 50th anniversary to add lights around the field would not
be forgotten and that our plaque would still be placed in a prominent location. He assured me that one
consideration they have in making changes is that nothing will be done toward destroying the present
history on the campus. You might want to inform the class via a future column.”
You are herewith informed. Comments on Bert’s very thoughtful follow-up on the recognition of our gift
of lights as well as any other notes from you will be gratefully received and passed on.
Herbert A. Cumming
68 Lafayette Avenue
Maywood, NJ 07607
H. (201) 845-5651
Pres. William B. Davis, Jr.
H. (302) 654-9834
Fellow classmates I am pleased to report that I have some news for our column. Letters arrived from Joe
Cipolla and John Dalessio.
The first one from Joe Cipolla I did not get to answer right away so I called him up. He had been in the
hospital for some time and was recuperating at home. We had a nice long talk, much of it being about our
service in World War II, since we were both in the Pacific area, although he was in the Navy and I was in
the Army Air Force, but we both knew the areas, and he in fact was instrumental in the capture of Saipan,
where I was stationed with the 20th Air Force. He also sent me a good picture of himself and Dr. Raveché,
which I hope they will publish with this article.
I also received two letters from John Dalessio, one of which I am including with this article in its entirety
because a great part of it relates to Stevens. John and I commuted to the Stute in Al Fielding’s elderly
Buick. Al, as most of you know, was Class of ’39 and received an honorary doctorate from Stevens 1986.
Here is what John had
“Two years ago I got a kick in the chest and decided 60 years of engineering practice was enough. For
the past two years I have contemplated where I came from, where I’ve been and where I’m going.
“Thanks to my friend and classmate, Herb Cumming, I was able to move out of the ‘ghetto’ which was
on the wrong side of both the railroad tracks in Hackensack, NJ. Herb gave me an extra ticket he had for
prep day at Stevens. There I heard President Harvey Davis, Hon. D.Eng. ’48, Hon. Sc.D. ’51, say there
would always be a need for technically trained men. This was 1936, the middle of the Great Depression. As
a result I attended Stevens rather than study aeronautical engineering at Notre Dame. Costs were also a
factor in my decision.
“A note to my fellow alumni and alumnae, who are indicating the curriculum remains the same as the one
they had. I can only speak to the one I had as a member of the Class of 1940. I would like to think the
curriculum has been upgraded in the last 60 years. The one I had was good and it served me well. Above all
it taught me to think on my feet.
“Let’s look at it: 1. Machine shop practice, foundry practice and wood shop practice. 2.Drafting,
machine design, descriptive geometry, English, history and economics. 3. Calculus, chemistry, physics and
electrical, mechanical and structural engineering.
“Categories 1. and 2. can be covered in any good trade school or technical school. A lot of that we can
assimilate from education films in high school and on television. Stop and think that our children,
grandchildren and great-grandchildren are starting from a higher base of knowledge and information than
“In our day we dreamed of traveling to the moon. Today we have done that and are living in space. We
dream of interplanetary and intergalactic space travel. But before we can do that we must:
Travel faster than the speed of light.
Be able to send ourselves into suspended animation.
Transform us into energy, send us to our destination and recreate ourselves at our destination. ‘Beam
Me Up, Scotty; There Is No Intelligent Life Here.’
“The ‘general engineering curriculum’ did teach me to think on my feet. The basic concept is still good,
but Stevens should move into a realm of higher concepts. That is, move away from the hands-on concepts of
1. and 2. and strive more for thinking and possible developments.
“In 60 years of engineering practice, only once did I run into an engineer and professor from Cal Tech
who acknowledged that Stevens was number three. Are we? We can’t stand still. The level of our
curriculum must be raised with our eyes on the future!
“One more point, ‘Thanks to the great faculty we had.’
“P.S. Remember that science has come a long way from the days of my ancestor Leonardo Da Vinci, to
our time. Let’s keep looking to the future.”
To sum it up, as Joe Cipolla said in his letter to me, “I shall be back for our 65th reunion!”
Joseph J. Scavullo
108 South Marion Avenue
Ventnor, NJ 08406
H. (609) 823-2647
Fax: (609) 823-1975 (tell me when!)
Another Sea Story! Jules Drucker, the “Ancient Mariner,” offers the following recollection from his
personal knowledge of maritime history. On the surrender of Japan in August 1946, nuclear science and
engineering had so advanced that the United States could envision power plants that could end dependence
on fossil fuels, an end to pollution of the atmosphere. In 1954, the first nuclear-powered submarine,
Nautilus, was launched; it demonstrated how a vessel could operate underwater over great distances and
long time periods without refueling. President Dwight Eisenhower launched an “Atoms for Peace” program
so the world could hope to benefit from peaceful uses of nuclear energy.
As a consulting engineer specializing in marine power, Professor Drucker attended seminars announcing
that future large merchant ships would be nuclear powered. In 1959, the first such was launched as “N.S.
Savannah.” The name Savannah had been given in 1819 to the first steam-powered vessel to cross the
Atlantic, in a surface voyage from Savannah to Liverpool, in 29 days.
N.S. Savannah was powered by enriched uranium oxide, its chain reaction controlled by positioning of
boron steel rods. The reaction was stopped by fully inserting these rods; withdrawal of the rods by a
hydraulic control system increased the amount of energy produced. Water under pressure in the reactor
carried its heat energy through a heat exchanger producing steam in a secondary (non-radioactive) system.
Once the steam had driven turbines, it was condensed in another system by “exchange” of its heat to sea
All components of the ship’s power plant were sealed in a heavy-steel containment vessel with lead and
Nitrogen under pressure prevented fires in the containment vessel. All components of the plant were
remotely operated from an air-conditioned control room. Personnel who entered the containment for brief
periods were protected by special clothing and self-contained breathing apparatuses.
Designed as a 22,000-ton combination passenger/cargo vessel, 595 feet in length, N.S. Savannah was
expected, by the Atomic Energy Commission, to: “Tour the ports of the world as an examplar of the
peaceful uses of atomic energy ... the world’s first nuclear powered merchant ship, a floating messenger of
peace representing to the peoples of the world yet another step forward in the unceasing quest to harness the
powers of nature for the betterment of mankind.” The rest of his adventure follows, in Jules’ own words.
“As a new era was apparently dawning in my professional field, I did not want to be left behind, so I
enrolled in a graduate-level program in nuclear science and engineering. At its conclusion I was invited to
join the Savannah for a trans-Atlantic voyage to display the ship to Norway, Sweden and Denmark. The
ship was beautiful, luxurious, the cuisine was outstanding. Scandinavian royalty was invited on cruises with
entertainment and dancing on board. A wonderful experience.
“At the last stop, in Malmo, Sweden, a problem developed. A leak in the containment reduced the
nitrogen percentage below the specified operational level. As several trucks arrived at the dock with
supplies of nitrogen, the press circulated rumors of potential nuclear disaster, and we were soon ordered to
leave the country with whatever nitrogen level we had. We left for the return to the United States.
“In the mid-Atlantic we encountered the worst storm I have ever experienced. The ship rolled heavily
and could not maintain headway. Chairs, tables, furniture were tied down, engine room equipment was
secured. The nuclear plant SCRAMMED, shut down completely. The system programs a SCRAM when
any of several potential hazard conditions arise. All engineers were deployed to locate the cause of the
shutdown. An open circuit in a hydraulic system was found. An immediate decision was required as the ship
was in imminent danger of foundering, but the danger of overriding a SCRAM was a great unknown. The
big gamble was taken, the plant was restarted and the Savannah proceeded home.
“After investigation, a technological ‘glitch’ was discovered. The hydraulic system that drives the control
rods has a reserve tank of hydraulic fluid. If the fluid level drops below the minimum level capable of
controlling the rods, SCRAM occurs. A sensor for the fluid level in the tank was triggered when the ship
rolled extensively so as to lower the top of the fluid below the level sensor while driving the fluid to rise up
along the other side of the tank. Simple solution, two sensors, one on each side of the tank: both must sense
low level to trigger the alarm. This had not been obvious in the original design to engineers accustomed to
shore plants that don’t roll!
“Unfortunately, the nuclear dream was shattered. No new nuclear surface ships followed Savannah. It
was retired, its nuclear material removed.” So ended Jules’ account of a crossing in N.S. Savannah!
(Note: But your secretary thinks we have not heard the end of the story? By the middle of the year 2001,
it came to his attention that constructive proposals are circulating worldwide in response to the persistent
spread of war and poverty. Serious thought evidently is now being given to creation of a “new silk road,” a
productive linkage of Western Europe with Russia, China and India! Such a dramatic concept probably is
no more far fetched for these countries in collaboration than the Manhattan Project was in its time for the
United States. What do you think?
Modern and advanced technology would be needed for high-speed mass transportation, not only between
present widely separated population centers but among numerous new intermediate centers of economic
activity, man-made productive oases on a vast network of efficient trade routes rivaling the fantasies of all
the world’s Marco Polos. Efficient electric power systems, for operation of Mag-Lev vehicles and a vast
new infrastructure, would entail clean nuclear generators, eventually based on success of nuclear fusion
technology. Meanwhile, oceans would be plied by new classes of ships, powered with modern successors to
those early generators that energized the N.S. Savannah.
If such a world-class project could be accomplished, achieving it would employ innumerable people
productively and harmoniously for decades. Project goals could preclude consideration of war or poverty as
solutions for problems. “Globalization” might come to mean peaceful collaboration, among men of good
will, toward prosperity throughout our globe! The alternative that seems to threaten us now is the specter of
creeping domination of the world’s sovereign states within a sinister type of empire based on centralized
control, economic slavery of the masses and unrestrained military power. Is there really a choice?—JJS.)
Erwin Vogel sent a note about his reunion with Bob Langlotz, his roommate 62 years earlier at the
Stevens Castle. (Bob’s father, Charles, had been an alumnus Class of ’12). After two years at The Stute,
Bob transferred to Rollins College in Florida, his new alma mater, where he met Grace, who became his
wife. Erwin arranged a computerized search of national telephone-book entries, soon finding Bob’s
whereabouts. There were not many Langlotzes listed. Recently, Erwin visited Bob and Grace in Port
Orange, near Daytona Beach, FL, and learned the following:
“Bob has had a very interesting and adventurous career: flying with the Civil Air Patrol in search of
wartime submarines off the coast of Florida; then his work turned to construction as a civil engineer, then to
home building for himself and Grace in Florida, Maine and Virginia, living and working in Mexico and
South Africa and raising cattle in Virginia. Their present Florida home was designed and built by Bob in a
historic neighborhood next to an 1820 sugar mill. His garage protects several classic cars and a Model A
Ford.” Grace and Robert C. Langlotz can be reached at 907 Nixon Lane, Port Orange, FL 32119.
Telephone: (904) 767-7653.
Robert Edward Kamieniecki would have brought great joy to his father, Ignatius Kamieniecki if Iggy had
not died two years ago. Now, it pleases his mother, Leona Kamieniecki, to report that their son Robert has
just received the degree doctor of medicine, on May 23, 2001, at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
(New Brunswick, NJ). This caps an earlier degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His internship was
at St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem, PA, and his residency is at St. Barnabas Hospital in Livingston, NJ,
with specialization in radiology. His family includes two sons, William and Daniel, and his wife, the former
George R. Vassily of 1760 San Juan Drive, Hemet, CA 92545, wrote to me early in 2000. He was one of
the 39 February freshmen entering in 1938. He commuted from Ridgefield, NJ, in a 1930 Model A Ford.
His first assignment was in the Engineering Department of the Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., of
Kearny, NJ, whose mission was to build destroyers, cruisers and AKA Cargo Ships (Landing Craft). By
1943 the U.S. Navy sent him to school, then placed him in a special squadron for development of anti-
submarine devices. Development involved laboratory and airborne tests over the Atlantic Ocean where
actual U-boats were operating. With the rating of AETM3C, i.e. Aviation Electronics Technician Mate 3C,
he learned to keep up with design and maintenance of the latest operational devices. After discharge from
the Navy late in 1946, he worked in Brooklyn, NY, for the E.W. Bliss Co., which built punch presses and
can machinery, and later was transferred in June 1947 to open its Pittsburgh sales office.
“George had married Dorothy on Dec. 5, 1945; his happy marriage lasted until she died during August of
1998. Their two daughters were born in Pitts-burgh. After a few constructive local moves, the Vassilys went
to Riverside, CA, for work with Hunter Engineering Co., pioneers in continuous casting of aluminum strip,
/4-inch thick and up to 80 inches in width; they were major builders of aluminum-foil mills running at
speeds up to 5000 fpm. George’s retirement into Hemet began in 1982 after a triple bypass operation. His
friends will find him busy in the Gem and Mineral Club of Hemet, the Sierra Dawn Estates Travel Club and
the Neighborhood Watch Program. His greetings to classmates were warm and nostalgic. (As secretary, I
would like to have a listing of the other February freshmen who came to Stevens with George in 1938.)
Philip F. Little
Philip Francis Little of Palm Harbor, FL, died Dec. 23, 2000. The native of Derby, CT, was 82 and had
previously resided in Syracuse, NY, and North Myrtle Beach, SC.
Mr. Little worked for 38 years as an industrial refrigeration engineer with the Carrier Corporation
Division of United Technologies. He had authored numerous articles on refrigeration.
At Stevens, Mr. Little was a brother of Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity and played interclass sports. He was
recorded as the youngest Eagle Scout ever in the United States. He was a member of All Saints Catholic
Church in Palm Harbor and of the Boy Scouts of America.
Mr. Little is survived by his spouse of 38 years, the former Mary Dolan; two sons, William P. of
Clearwater, FL, and John of Ithaca, NY; three daughters, Kathleen Hashemi of Spring-field, VA, Susan
Sandoval and Margaret Levy, both of El Paso, TX; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
Robert L. Klein
130 Pickle Road
Califon, NJ 07830
H. (908) 879-4063
I was never much of a believer in extrasensory perception or mental telepathy, but with what just happened,
I’m changing my view.
One day I was thinking about Bill Ehlers and wrote myself a note to call him. The very next day I
received in the mail a copy of a news story sent to Stevens by Bill’s niece, referring to him as the
“hometown hero.” The story starts like this:
“You can’t miss Bill Ehlers. He wears a bright orange hat and matching vest as he guides and greets
Yamhill Grade School students crossing Main Street. Bill starts his day at the crosswalk at 7:30 and wraps it
up at 2:45 when all the students are on their way home.
“He’s very dependable,” says junior high school science teacher Curt Cyr. (Bill spends most of his day in
Curt’s room.) “I couldn’t teach science as successfully without him. We do a lot of hands-on activities. Bill
helps with setup and cleanup. He visits students at their tables and gives them encouragement. He corrects
tests sometimes and gets excited when the kids show they really get it. He personally helps kids who are
having trouble and keeps working with them until they understand. He is genuinely interested in the kids,
and they respond to that.”
I spoke to Bill and confirmed that he is a school crossing guard and treasures his daily association with
the younger children, all of whom call him “Grandpa.”
A native of New Jersey, Bill joined the Navy during World War II. He worked in naval architecture on
ship design, including modifications to the USS Skate, the first submarine that could dive below 600 feet.
Although planning a career in the Navy, Bill switched course when he got married. He worked for a steel
company and then co-founded a consulting business for the metals industry.
After 25 years in that business he retired to tend walnut, filbert and Douglas fir trees on his property in
Yamhill, OR, about 30 miles from Portland.
When Bill’s wife of 53 years passed away a couple of years ago, it left a great emptiness in his life. He
went to Fairbanks, AL, to stay with his son there for a while. He experienced the cold, with a stretch of 37
days when the temperature stayed below 40 degrees F. Taking his grandson to school every day brought
home to Bill the joy of being with young children and helped him decide to become a crossing guard.
Kindergarten and first-graders are his favorites because of their innocence and lack of inhibitions.
Bill has started on the way to computer literacy and can be e-mailed at: Ehlerswc@aol.com. He is a
regular letter writer and says that although e-mail is quicker, he still prefers the old fashioned handwritten
letter. Although he is busy with his work at the school, he is still lonely, and I know he would be glad to
hear from any of his classmates.
Bill has a second son living not too far away in Oregon, but he’s busy working and with his family and so
doesn’t provide much companionship for Bill.
Bill recently donated the money to buy one of those clocks mounted on a high pedestal for his hometown.
(Remember when most towns had clocks like that, with the big round faces?) The clock commemorates his
late wife, Ursula.
I think the closing quote from the newspaper article is a wonderful tribute: “Without his beloved wife,
Ursula, Bill Ehlers has redirected his life toward service to the youngsters at Yamhill Grade School. He
brings experience, wisdom, generosity and humor to his varied tasks. The students and staff respect and
appreciate him. As one student wrote on a thank you, ‘You are the sprinkles on the doughnut of life.’
Thanks for all the sprinkles, Mr. Ehlers.”
Since I was thinking of the Pacific Northwest, I called Ken Fersch, in Port Townsend, WA, to find out
what news he had. I never knew until Bill told me that Ken was a leap year baby who had his 20th birthday
Ken and his wife of 57 years, Connie, are both in pretty good health, and what is more important at our
age, or any age?
Ken recently got himself a computer and is honing his skills. Reach him at email@example.com. He had
to give up golf, his favorite pastime, a couple of years ago when his knee started acting up. He does do
some walking, although, he said, “Not enough,” and plays a lot of bridge.
Ken told me that he had thought about attending our Florida reunion this year but had to change his
plans. He’s thinking about a trip next year, either to Florida or to Hoboken for our big 60th anniversary
Unfortunately he doesn’t care much for air travel, although I gathered that he might make an exception
next year. It’s quite a hike to travel by car and back from one of the most northwestern of cities. We look
forward to seeing you, Ken.
Although I am a computer neophyte, I can send and receive e-mails. All of you classmates are urged to
send me your e-mail address right now.
Stay well and keep doing your weight-training exercises.
T. Richard Gascoigne
7190 S.E. Federal Highway
Stuart, FL 34997
H. (561) 219-0880
Fax: (561) 219-8311
Dear fellow working-on-octogenarian-to-be:
Over the last couple of years we’ve employed all the inducements at hand to evoke correspondence from
you clods: Anti-Clinton; Pro-GOP; Hobby; Cooking; Travel; Humor—among others. From this array most
of what we get are address changes, which would indicate, however, we do have interest. And readership.
Maybe it’s the fear of being quoted thus displaying our collective literary inability, even though we
promised only attribution, but not exact wording. No results. We have also promised to all of you this
column will not be a class health forum. Obits, sure, although the widows are even more reluctant than you
all, as they have not responded to our condolence letters that sought more personal information for a better
obit. They haven’t even furnished a change of domiciles. So for us survivors (nearly 60 percent), tell your
brides to write after you’ve joined the Great Majority. Thanks in advance, Octo-to-be.
Summary: We’ll try one last weary topic—grandchildren—following this news paucity. Bill Caldwell
had the great thought of a Happening before 2003, probably here in Florida as many have moved into the
climate, a half dozen or more who time-share or winter-vacation and another larger group that would use the
excuse to come down. We even volunteered to do all the necessary secretarial/logistical work. This worthy
suggestion evoked one letter, C.H. Anderson—who had just visited Nipper. That and a phone call from
Wehrenberg and Garrabrant who enjoy the cold and sunshine nearby.
As we’ve mentioned, Skip Kirkner, with his shoulder implant for cardiac regulation (as in a flywheel),
said he’d try, barring conflicts. This happy concept all fell apart as the catalyst Polekat had to get back to
his mother-in-law’s funeral, whose untimely passing we now record. Dell’s mother was really anticipating
her 106th year when called. Disappointing news it was as well, as she had been busy writing the
methodology for those of us who would like to be around another quarter century. Now to the rest of the
communication: Jesse Boyce and that redhead phoned unexpectedly from the next town, giving us the
number at Vero, his next day’s stop. I tried there, only to find he had left no forwarding numbers so we can
at least report he’s well. That and this last bit: Three of us moved, although staying in their respective
towns: Casey Casamento, Tommy Wilson and Hank Osborne. Thrilling, what? So good of these lovable
nerds to hear they’re still kicking, which is a lot more, I guess, than what we have from the other 70 odd
who have not in any way communicated. C’est tout.
As noted, we’ll try grandchildren stories for encouragement. Our little Iodine is, at age 5, bilingual, as all
are at that age, who are borne of parents of different nationalities. Otherwise, she’s a normal, homely little
tyke and therefore cute. The visit brought out, at breakfast, grandmother Barbara, who had forgotten the
word for “who,” by asking Temi, and I quote, “Who? Who? Who?” Little Iodine was responding with equal
vehemence “Eee-boo. Eee-boo. Eee-boo.” Daughter saved this boring bit of redundancy by observing that
her reply, “Eee-boo,” in French was Hlbou, the word for owl. Upon reflection we still think it’s quite funny,
especially as we didn’t get into the French “when” and its colloquial variances.
Don’t write or call; save time for TV, gardening and cleaning out your garage.
Herbert M. Appleton
221 Hedgemere Drive
Devon, PA 19333
H. (610) 688-7744
Pres. Ray C. Townley
H. (732) 671-2504
An inspiring e-mail was received from Richard Annitto, vice president of Bowne Management Systems,
asking how to make a gift to the 1944 Memorial Scholarship Fund in memory of his father, Bob Annitto.
Obviously, I was quick to respond. Hope we have more of this next generation support for our Fund. This is
a great way to both help Stevens and to honor our classmates.
I was too upset to write an obituary for Fred Brengel in the last issue and copped out by suggesting that
the inclusive one from the Milwaukee Journal be used. I’m going to include here a letter received from
George Boyhan in February:
“I was sorry to read your report in The Stevens Indicator re Bill Canavan. As you now know, Fred
Brengel also passed away. Fred and wife Joan were our neighbors here in Jupiter Hills, FL, and we played
golf on Monday mornings with 20 other fellows. Fred will be sorely missed. He was very well liked and
showed a lot of courage. For a number of years he played with a special stocking on one leg plus a cane, but
he never gave up. He had a particularly tough time at Mass. General, where near the end he was
hospitalized for eight to 10 weeks with several difficult operations. He told a mutual friend on leaving
Mass. General for home that he knew it was all over. Great guy!”
George continues, “As for myself, I retired in 1986—where did the time go?—as vice president of
Parsons & Whittemore Inc. of New York and as senior official in many of their Canadian, U.S. and
overseas companies. I spent three years in India building two plants there and one in South Vietnam, the
latter in a place called Bien Hoa outside of Saigon. I returned to the U.S. and was in charge of building and
operating two large pulp, paper and power plants in Canada. Returned to the U.S. in 1973 and built and
operated the largest single line pulp, paper and power complex in Alabama. As senior technical officer, I
spent time overseeing our plants in France, Belgium, and Greece as well as in South America, North Africa
and the Far East. It was challenging, interesting and many times frustrating, to say the least.”
George goes on: “I have the usual ailments of high blood pressure, for which I take five pills daily. I also
have been a diabetic for 20 years. Recently the enterologist is having trouble stabilizing my blood sugar, for
which I take two types of insulin twice a day. Generally feel good and play lots of golf.”
Many letters have been received from Bob Budell, some commenting on our upcoming 60th reunion in
2004. He is planning his visit already! We, with the help of others including Ray Townley, our class
president, are supporting the election of Jerry Brestovansky to the Stevens Athletic Hall of Fame. As the
outstanding athlete in our class, three-time letterman, we believe he deserves this recognition and are
fighting for him. Your support in this endeavor is welcome. (Editor’s note: He was inducted at the 2001
Alumni Day, June 3!)
An e-mail from Bick Bickert further describes the new airplane design as a twin engine, one mounted on
the fuselage and the other on a catamaran- type second fuselage set back from the main engine. The
prototype has been flying for two years. Since my two cataract replacements, I’m trying to get back my
pilot’s medical certificate since now I can see 20/20 for the first time in my life. Bick is still working out
three times a week, playing golf and tennis and volunteering for SCORE plus the university. He firmly
believes the path to longevity is to keep mind and body active. Fortunately, he also has good genes on both
sides of his parents, who lived into their late 90s. I think you are doing great, Bick. Keep up the good work
and I’ll let you do this column after me!
Address changes indicate that Charlie Morgan of San Diego has moved into a retirement community and
Bob Kubli has moved to Scotch Plains, NJ. Jesse Davis is now established in Largo, FL.
For your future guidance, I have volunteered as chairman of the Legacy Society. Please contact us if you
wish to leave money to Stevens in your will, or set up a charitable remainder trust, annuity or other planned
gift. As you know, our class has set up the Memorial Scholarship Fund to honor the members of ’44. We
would appreciate your support.
Unfortunately, I have two more obituaries leaving us with 66 classmates still active.
Fred P. De Negri died on Dec. 17, 2000, and Joseph W. McLaughlin died on Feb. 6, 2001.
Fred P. De Negri
Fred P. De Negri graduated from Stevens in 1944 and subsequently went to work for the Bendix
Corporation in Teterboro, NJ. Fred earned a master of science degree in computer science from Stevens in
1962 and later went to work for Lockheed Martin as an engineer before retiring in 1985.
Fred had been involved in the development of analog, digital and hybrid instrumentation systems and
associated components. His more recent work had been in the development of optical memory and high-
resolution electrostatic shaft-encoding systems for airborne use. He had a number of patents in these field.
Interestingly, I worked with Fred’s daughter, Marlene, at Electro-Nucleonics with Vinny Abajian. She is
one talented lady, now married with a daughter, Laura Woods.
Joseph W. McLaughlin
Joseph W. McLaughlin graduated from Stevens in 1944 and earned a master of science degree in 1949.
During his career, he spent many years working for AlliedSignal Inc., before retirement. According to
records at Stevens, Joe fell, broke his back and was paralyzed from the waist down. I have no other
information at this time.
Charles R. Wellhausen
231 King George Road
Georgetown, SC 29440-6901
H. (843) 546-8293
V.P. Nicholas J. Rose
H. (919) 848-7577
Talked to Howie McCall recently. Besides reminiscing about our Navy days, he filled me in on his
connection with Columbia. Apparently he took a short course there—just long enough for him to get on
their mailing list for contributions! Anita Lang had a thank you note from Caroline Roman (George Weber’s
widow) for remembering him in the last Indicator.
Address changes: Sevrin Haram, still in Naples, FL, but at a new address; Sylvan Wolf, moved from La
Jolla, CA, to Solana Beach, CA; Austin McCormack, still in Dallas but at a new address.
Had a note from Bill Cooper. I had reported that his mail bounced (per the Alumni Office), but he hasn’t
moved since 1989 and gets all the Indicators! Also had him down for the Alumni Luncheon on July 3, but
he has not been able to travel for the last few years. Sorry for the mix-up, Bill. Good to hear from you. Keep
me posted. His e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Phone (781) 861-7007.
Bernie Wechsler (BernieW@webtv.net) made it to Scotsdale, AZ. He sure is getting old—married 56
years, three daughters, three grandchildren. Call him at (480) 767-0995.
Just got an up dated (I hope) class list with addresses and phone numbers plus any e-mails that they have.
If you need any info, let me know. Keep those letters coming!
Charles J. Nickelsen
8439 South Kenwood Lane
Tempe, AZ 85284-8019
H. (480) 838-9639
Pres. William Radhuber, Jr.
H. (407) 772-0022
V.P. Charles W. Mosher
H. (973) 226-2890
Gerard P. Canevari
104 Central Avenue
Cranford, NJ 07016
H. (908) 272-5723
Pres. William C. Kressen
H. (201) 791-9129
Finally received some interesting news. Brief notes from D.E. Smith: “D.E. is alive and well. A Yankee by
birth; a Texan by choice.”
From John Peeples: “We’re still hanging in here. Celebrated our 50th anniversary last December. A few
medical problems, but otherwise doing fine.”
A very informative letter from Charles Leemans, which follows:
“It was a sad, sad start for the new millennium with the death of my brother, Bob ’40 after a long four-
year struggle with the effects of a devastating stroke. As my only sibling, his passing severed the last link to
many, many memories and family history.
“But life goes on, and so did my traveling, but with one less person to relate tales to of places we
probably both had visited.
“February: With my Railroad Club to Charleston, SC. Overnight on Amtrak’s sleeping cars with ‘Dinner
in the Diner’ in the civilized manner in which God intended man to travel! Charleston, as always, the city
beautiful with gardens, striking architecture and Fort Sumter, site of the onset of the Civil War in 1861.
“May: A new country for me—Turkey! Starting in Istanbul on the banks of the Bosporus Strait, with its
outstanding sites, like the huge St. Sophia Church/mosque/museum; the Sultan’s Topkapi Palace, with its
harem and jewel collection; the covered bazaar and spice market, evoking the “exotic East.” Then across to
Asiatic Turkey and aboard its crack Day Express Train to the capital of Ankara. Here is located the
magnificent Mausoleum of Kamel Ataturk, who was the founder of modern Turkey. On to central Turkey to
a region called Cappadocia, via the ancient Silk Road, which led to China. Made stops at several of the
caravanserai that served as overnight stops for caravans on the Silk Road. Cappadocia is a region of weird,
wind-eroded rock formations reminiscent of our own Badlands in the Dakotas. For good measure entire
cities, including churches, have been hollowed out of the living rock. Until the government fairly recently
evicted the residents, these underground places were still occupied by the local natives. By train again,
eastward to Izmir and a few days at a five-star beach resort on the Aegean Sea. From here we visited a
world-class steam locomotive museum as well as the magnificent Roman ruins of Hierapolis and of
Ephesus. A visit to the home of the Whirling Dervish Sect was also made, as well as a visit to the shrine
where Mary, mother of Jesus, is reputed to have spent her last years. Back on the train again north to the
Sea of Mamara and ferry back to Europe and Istanbul,
“June: The annual visit to my favorite of favorite spots—the Mohonk Mountain House Hotel atop the
Schwangunk Mountains. Still in the same Quaker Family for some 130 years; still with a dress code in the
dining room and still serving afternoon tea in the “parlor.” It was their annual nature program with hikes
“August: With a friend to the western area of the Catskill Mountains to a time share he has at a large
resort complex. My first experience with the time-share phenomenon. In a really beautiful suite of rooms
with all the comforts and amenities of home, plus all the typical facilities of a large resort.
“September: Again with my Railroad Club, this time to Maine. Starting with the first ride for me on
Amtrak’s newly all-electric line from New York to Boston. No change of engines at New Haven anymore.
In Maine we rode the remnants of two of the unique-to-Maine 2-foot-gauge steam railroads. Also rode the
standard gauge (4’ 8½”) Belfast & Moosehead Lake Railroad, which operates a Swedish steam locomotive
and Swedish passenger and dining cars! Had a cruise on beautiful Casco Bay out of Portland as a finishing
“Also later in the month rode our local NJ Transit train to the town of Ridgewood, NJ, for my RR Club’s
annual meeting and lunch. I was unanimously re-elected corresponding secretary, mainly because no one
else wants the job!
“October: To another new country for me—the Island of Jamaica and then Cuba, for my first visit in 20
years, having previously been there in 1980-81. In Jamaica I stayed at Montego Bay on the beach. Alas
Jamaica is no longer a place for a visitor to wander about alone, due to crime and politics. So I joined some
small group tours to travel into the mountains and jungle and also to take a raft trip down a jungle river.
Jamaica I found to be outstandingly beautiful and scenic but ‘dirt’ poor! Even the poor Jamaica Railroad is
out of service! Then on to Cuba! I needed a U.S. government ‘license’ to go, so I joined a group I belong to
from the prestigious National Trust for Historic Preservation. We were theoretically limited to educational
and historic activities only. In Havana, with a local professor from Havana University, we toured the
architectural heritage of the city, starting with colonial days in Old Havana and ending with the ’30s and the
magnificent art deco Bacardi Rum headquarters building. Then across the island to the south coast at the
city of Trinidad. By odd chance this is a very perfectly preserved Colonial Era town. After 20 years absence
I found quite some progress in Cuba. Excellent hotels now (with European company partners) and overall a
more friendly attitude toward U.S. citizens. With the Russians gone and the Cuban military much less in
evidence, they show considerable signs of general improvement from 20 years ago, to me.
“December: My RR Club’s annual holiday trip, this year to Essex, CT, to ride behind a steam locomotive
on the Valley Railroad and in their restored New Haven Railroad parlor car.
“Later in the month aboard a privately chartered train from Hoboken. With a private parlor car and a
restored Santa Fe Railroad dining car to wine and dine while riding across the states of New Jersey and
New York. A stop at the Military Academy at West Point for a tour and a band concert.”
Stephen A. Mallard
68 High Street
Nutley, NJ 07110-1134
H. (973) 667-2350
Pres. William Ellison
H. (301) 865-5302
Fax: (301) 865-5591
Just after Christmas 2000, I had a delightful telephone conversation with Don Muchmore. Don and I shared
many memories, going as far back as 1942, when we were freshmen. Eleanor and Don are enjoying their
retirement in Florida. Allen and Vivian are teaching at the Flushing Christian School. And David and
Ginger are continuing their ministry in Haiti.
A Christmas letter from Sally and Lou Shook describes a dazzling year of viewing Lake Maggiore from
an apartment in the 15th century village of Ascona; 200 miles and 10 mountain passes of biking in
Switzerland; a week with friends in the Tuscan hills of Italy; and a family Thanksgiving in North Carolina.
Lou continues to build large custom houses and hopes to find time to write his book about Charles Martel.
Class President Bill Ellison was in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland during the summer of 2000 to
celebrate the 1,000th anniversary of the landing of the Vikings in the New World. Bill sent pictures, as well
as this e-mail message from Dan Haagens: “We have changed our ISP. Our new e-mail address is
email@example.com. Muriel and Daniel Haagens.”
Bill Ellison also mentioned that he did not learn of the death of Gene Beardslee until Christmas 2000.
Gene died on July 9, 2000, while Bill was in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.
Ed Ackerman sent a brief note. He has retired again, this time from the U.S. Postal Service. I hope Ed
attends Alumni Weekend so that I will have the opportunity to ask him what he’s doing with himself after
all these retirements.
Joe Lynch sent me this letter in February 2001:
“Enclosed pleased find my check for the Alumni Association. I look forward to meeting you and those of
us who are left, this spring. My friend John Ziegler passed away this past year. It would be nice if some of
the Class of ’48 would drop Lillian Ziegler a line. She always felt close to Stevens and still feels the loss of
her brother, Lt. George L. Theiss, Jr. ’44, who died in ’45. His destroyer was sunk by the Japanese Navy.
All aboard were lost. John, a Navy veteran, was also in the Pacific (Okinawa) at that time—
“My thanks to you and to Bill for doing a fine job and helping us to keep in touch.”
Here’s a letter I received in February 2001, from Stu Mason in Arizona:
“After reading your comments of not receiving class mail, I pictured you as the lonely Maytag repairman,
so I decided to drop you a line or two in order to erase that image.
“Helen and I are doing fine and are ready to celebrate our 60th wedding anniversary and the birth of our
first great-grandchild. About seven months ago we decided the rigors of house and grounds ‘un-keep’ were
getting a bit too much, so we moved to an apartment in town. The apartment is part of a retirement village
with friendly neighbors of our age. One of the residents is Tommy Henrich, of N.Y. Yankee fame of about
the time we graduated from the Stute. Since I am an old-time Yankee fan I enjoy talking with him about his
playing days with the Yanks.
“No travel adventures to report. The possibility of spending a night or more in an airport is unappealing.
For activities I work out in our fitness center almost daily. The computer and digital camera take up most of
my time. After taking a few courses on using Photoshop, I enjoy making picture cards and altering photos.
“My best regards to you and any members of ’48 you meet up with.”
In The News
The Jersey Journal reported in January 2001 that Joe Lynch was successful in a decade-old lawsuit
against the Secaucus Municipal Utilities Authority. Joe was awarded a settlement of $2.8 million.
Stu Mason swears that Al Gore sent this message to young George W. after the election:
“The election is over, the results are known, and the will of the people has clearly been shown. Let’s
forget the quarrels and show by our deeds that we will give you as our leader all the help that you need. So
let’s all get together, and let bitterness pass, I’ll hug your elephant and you can kiss my (expletive deleted).”
Lost But Not Found
The post office has notified the Alumni Office that Tom Kavanagh and Lou Von Olsen cannot be
located. Tom’s last known address was in Indianapolis. Lou’s last known address was in Colorado. If any of
you know the whereabouts of either of them, please let me know or notify Anita Lang in the Alumni Office.
Michael A. Kogan
1583 Regatta Lane
Reston, VA 20194
H. (703) 471 8319
Pres. Kenneth W. DeBaun
H. (707) 566-6726
V.P. Kenneth F. Baird
H. (201) 261-4731
This will be the first class log for 2001. I am starting to write this as I relax on the balcony of our
condominium at Marco Island, FL, and I’m going to finish it in Virginia during the early part of April. We
have been in Florida for only a few short days. The weather has been exquisite and we are slowly soaking
up the heat into these cold Virginia bones.
Well, it looks as though my January plaintive letter to the class for input broke the sound barrier. As of
this moment, I have received 27 letters and e-mails. I’m really in a state of euphoria having gone from a
famine to a feast of information. Keep them coming, ’49ers.
I will probably not be able to get all of your inputs into this log, but I guarantee that all information sent
to me will be in a subsequent log.
However, at this time, I would like to acknowledge all of you who took the time to send me an input for
the class log. You are: Al Lawson, Bill Sternad, Bob Bazzini, Bob Schneider, Charles Beitner, Charlie
Tiplitz, Don Cordell, Don Meserlian, Ed Jesse, Eric Strauss, Fred Martens, Fred Meier, Garrie DeHeer,
Gene Thompson, Gus Gottfried, Henry Peterson, Horace Kippels, Jack Seely, Joe Mach, Leo Glaser, Mike
Freeman, Robert E. Lee, Robert Winklareth, Stan Wagner, Stuart Walker, Ray Baker and Walter Schmidt.
Following are the contributions I received. In some cases, I took editorial license because of space
restrictions. They are in random order because I was in a random frame of mind when I put this together.
Ed Jesse says: “Received your note, and hopefully my ‘life story’ will fill a little space in our class log. In
1989, I retired from my engineering career, took up another ‘career’ (golf), which I found more frustrating
than ‘career No. 1’! But I sure have fun trying to improve skills and my game. Both of us, my wife Trudy
and myself, are still blessed with good health, and we are very grateful for that. We do quite a bit of
traveling. We have four children, three of them live with their families in the Midwest, so we do visit a lot;
our oldest lives here in New Jersey, and when all of us get together, we sure have a lot of fun. We are
blessed with eight grandchildren, ranging in age from 2 to 20. Once everyone was married, we sold our big
family home and moved into an adult community here in Toms River, NJ, where we made new friends and
really enjoy our full life. We spend our winter months in sunny and beautiful Mexico, have met and made
lots of great friends. This will be our 15th year there! God willing, we can do all that for a few more years.”
Joe Mach says: “I just got your letter exhorting one and all to send some news. You sound as if you are
really turning into an old grouch. I don’t know how Bryna can put up with you.” He also had a very
“Why don’t you give out assignments in your next column? Pick out six names, at random or by design,
and tell them that if they send you a brief newsletter, they can name someone else in the class that they
would like to hear from. I personally would like to hear about John Manzo. Maybe if these guys realize that
at least one other person is interested in hearing from them, they will bestir themselves and write. I assume
if they read the column, they are interested in what others are doing, so let them contribute, too.” (I might
do this when I run out of material.)
Charles Beitner says: “My working career was always in some kind of manufacturing facility, though the
last 31 years prior to retiring were with CTS Corporation. I originally started with CTS in 1955 in Elkhart,
IN, which is its headquarters. In 1959 I was transferred to a facility in Asheville, which was purchased from
a competitor. Our products consisted of electronic components, such as potentiometers, power switches and,
in later years, cruise control switches for automotive use. I was president and general manager at the
Asheville plant for 23 years up to my retirement in 1986. I still keep my hand in, as I currently do some
part-time quality auditing of vendors for General Dynamics, Bell Helicopter and Lockheed Martin in the
western portions of the two Carolinas and eastern Tennessee. I enjoy working with the different vendors and
seeing their varying processes. As to family, I have a son and a daughter. The son lives in Pittsburgh and
daughter resides in Sarasota, FL. After a divorce, I remarried and now have two additional stepdaughters
and their families. We live in the mountains of western North Carolina and love the four seasons, which are
relatively mild ones. The area is growing due to the publicity about the Asheville area as a wonderful place
for people to retire to as well as a place to live and work. Haven’t had contact with any Stevens classmates
for years! Should anyone come this direction, give us a call and we can get together. Mike, hope you have a
Don Cordell says: “It’s hard to believe we’ve been out of school over 50 years. I’ve been well (except for
angioplasty). I still hunt, fish, hike and camp with the Boy Scouts, travel around to visit my family and bowl
a lot. As a hobby, I make duck decoys. My wife’s hobby is quilting (she is good at it). I retired from the
Naval Reserve as a Civil Engineer Corp captain. In my civilian life, I was a construction
superintendent/construction engineer. I was licensed in New Jersey (home state) and in Connecticut and
Massachusetts and worked all over the country.”
Robert E. Lee says: “Some good news of your last request for input from the class, as my roommate
Dave Caldwell, whom I haven’t heard from since the ’50s, responded to my letter that you printed. We have
touched base yearly since, with Christmas cards and messages. For this I am grateful to you. I can’t help
wondering what happened to my other Sigma Nu brothers and friends. Bea and I are now theoretically
retired; this means that we spend eight months at our Lake Hopatcong home and go south with the rest of
the snowbirds. We still have a portion of the marina left after the 1994 gift of a large portion to the Morris
County, NJ, Park Commission. The balance consists of 10 dock spaces adjacent to our home and five year-
round house rentals. We also take boat winter storage and summer boat trailer storage. The preceding keeps
me busy around six days a week, but without the 12 hour days necessary when we operated the marina.
While we both have good working relationships with medical specialists we never even heard of years ago,
we’re relatively healthy and the quality of life is good. Sad to say, but every year we lose friends to one
ailment or other, especially here in our condo association. Our daughter and her husband live in southern
Vermont; she manages to visit us monthly when we are north and spends two weeks with us here each
winter. Our son, his wife (Norwegian) and three daughters live about an hour out of Oslo, Norway, in a
town called Amot where he works for a company that manufactures commercial room partitions. This last
summer all visited us for a month, part of which they spent here at the Florida condo. Reducing the
workload has meant more time to devote to our two rescue Airedales (one came from a pound via Airedale
Rescue and the other’s master died), to attend meetings of the local chapter of the Retired Officer
Association, to do research in ancestry using the facilities of the Mormon Church, to eat out with friends
and to rejoin the Lake Hopatcong Yacht Club and socialize with other seniors. All in all, it’s not a bad life.
Down here, Bea has the Seasiders, a women’s group in Palm Beach Shores, plus the early bird specials at
the local restaurants with whomever from the building wants to go out. Our best to you. We look forward to
hearing how the rest of the class fares. Bea & Bob Lee.”
Gene Thompson says: “Got your sad letter today! Felt very bad, but had nothing to report. Joan and I
spent a very quiet Christmas/New Year’s. We stayed here in Deland, as we have Joan’s mother and dad in
the Florida Lutheran Health Center just five miles south of our house. They are 92 and 96, respectively. As
a result we have not done much traveling. We have a tentative volunteer assignment to Odessa, Ukraine, in
April/May for one month. We hope to take advantage of a few extra days in Vienna on the way back. Our
youngest daughter and spouse David in Stamford, CT, are expecting their second offspring in early April.
Naturally, Joan wants to be there to give a hand. I wish we had more for you.”
On June 12 I received a short note from Bob Klein in which he told me of losing his beloved wife,
Agnes, on March 19. Apparently she never recovered from injuries she suffered while a passenger in a car
that was broadsided by a van locally in Cape Carteret, NC, on March 1, 2001. I called Bob immediately to
offer my condolences and found him to be very lonely and devastated, but still the wonderful person that I
knew and respected through four years at Stevens.
Sadly, we have learned of the passing of Frank Donahue on January 31, 2001.
Stay well out there.
Please send your secretary news about yourself. Per the Joe Mach suggestion, I would like to hear from
the following people: Donald B. Adams, Russell D. Anderson, Allen L. Anthony, Joseph L. Arata, John J.
Archer and Guy A. Arlotto.
Franklyn N. Donahue
Franklyn N. Donahue, 75, of Ship Bottom, NJ, died at home with close family members and members of
Holy Redeemer Hospice. He was a plant engineer with Okonite Cable Company for 30 years, retiring in
1985. He served in the Navy during World War II as a pilot. He was a communicant of St. Francis of Assisi
Roman Catholic Church, Brant Beach. He was an avid fisherman and possessed a keen sense of humor.
Born in Passaic, NJ, he lived in East Brunswick before moving to Ship Bottom in 1985.
His wife, Mary Ellen Schott, died in 1984. Surviving are two sons, Michael Francis of Indiana and Kevin
Charles of Piscataway; NJ; two daughters, Patricia Maria of Edison, NJ, and Tara Eileen of Ship Bottom; a
sister, Jane Mascellino of Clifton, NJ; and eight grandchildren.
Alfred M. Johnsrud
312 Monroe Street
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
H. (908) 429-9240
Pres. Robert W. Bosse
H. (201) 567-4350
V.P. Charles DiMaria
H. (201) 327-7230
Richard J. Figlyar
Richard John Figlyar died Nov. 17, 2000, at the age of 74. He had been a long time resident of South
Mr. Figlyar was retired from industry, where he had worked for such firms as Robert Wagner Co., L. P.
Graner, Inc., and Tung-Sol Electric, Inc.
As an undergraduate, he was a brother of Theta Xi fraternity, on the staff of The Stute and The Link and
in the Stevens Dramatic Society. Mr. Figlyar served in the U.S. Navy at the end of World War II.
Philip H. Plack
9932 Warshire Drive
St. Louis, MO 63132-2917
B. (314) 421-5225
H. (314) 991-1040
John C. O’Keeffe
H. (973) 627-6637
Robert E. Fairchild
H. (908) 232-1647
Ed Austin wrote the following to Bob Fairchild:
“Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend the 50th reunion of our June ’51 Class.
“Needless to say, much has transpired since graduation on a personal basis as well as a professional
basis. Perhaps I will provide some information in the future about the former, but for now, the following is a
brief summary of the latter:
“I started working for Western Electric right out of Stevens and continued employment in the Bell
System for all of my career. I had various engineering assignments, and was promoted into management in
1959; I was transferred to Northern California in 1962 and had numerous assignments here, in managing
various engineering organizations. I retired from AT&T in 1989 as manager of Engineering Planning and
Facilities Management for the Western Division of Network Systems.
“I have enjoyed my retirement, traveling extensively and enjoying our four grandchildren. I would
appreciate your conveying my good wishes to my fellow classmates during the reunion, if the opportunity
A note from Al Larmann, who, as a ’51 reunion committee member, attempted to contact Norman
Aamodt and reached Norman’s daughter, who was house-sitting the Aamodt home in Lake Placid, NY.
Norman and his wife were traveling in Russia, with his agenda including the presentation of a paper at the
Russian Academy of Science.
Janice and Walter Peters had sent in a reservation for the reunion, then Walter had a heart attack in mid-
March. Walter was operated on March 21 for a double bypass. We wish him a speedy recovery in
During our contacting classmates for the reunion, we were successful in locating three members who
were on the Alumni Office “missing list” Ernst Altschul in Palo Alto, CA; Charles Lang in Arden, NC; and
Herculis Limperis in Palm City, FL. There are still 26 men on the list, which we have run thru the Yahoo!
Web site People Search, but unfortunately most have the same names throughout the U.S. We will publish
the list in the future.
Robert F. Wolf
251 Timbercrest Road
West Lafayette, IN
H. (765) 743-3950
Pres. Helmut Koehn
H. (203) 322-1806
V.P. Erwin E. Muller
H. (732) 946-8084
This log can be considered a “call-to-action” notice and an invitation to submit your thoughts and
suggestions regarding our upcoming 50th reunion. The dates for the Alumni Weekend activities have been
confirmed for May 31, June 1 and 2 of 2002. On Saturday, June 1, the Old Guard (which is us) induction
services will be conducted and we will receive our Old Guard pins.
In regards to the reunion in 2002, we will have several unique challenges to meet:
1. While we have always been a most spirited group, our attendance could be better. At the 45th reunion
in 1997 there were 39 class members in attendance and a total of 72, including spouses and companions.
Since we still have 132 living class members, the participation level can be improved.
2. The 50th reunion is generally considered our best opportunity to support one of the Institute’s fund
activities. Our class has chosen to fund a class scholarship program, which we would plan to continue in the
The class reunion planning committee has already met twice this year, on May 31 and July 26. Those
involved in this process have included: Ham Koehn (president), Millie and Bob Macmillan (committee
treasurers), Nora and Carl Hevert, Ed Kraft, Marian and Bob Mahran, Bill Silvestri, Herb Tinning and Bob
Wolf (class secretary). Further planning activities include: a note to all class members announcing the
reunion to be mailed in September; a further planning meeting at Stevens on Saturday, Oct. 13, the date of
the Stevens Alumni Banquet; an expanded reunion plans letter following the meeting; a survey to all class
members during the first quarter of 2002; and a telephone follow-up campaign to encourage participation
leading up to the reunion. We need more volunteers to participate in the planning and organizing process.
Please contact either Ham, my-self or the Alumni Office regarding your interest to participate.
I will be preparing the information for the survey. We have a class membership that is rich in experience,
expertise and knowledge. I’ve listed some of our class members and their unique strengths. Please review
this list and see what you might add. Send your input to me at 251 Timbercrest Road, West Lafayette, IN
47906-8504. My computer and e-mail system are currently disabled so I would not suggest you try that
mode of communication until I let you know that I’m back in business.
Themes and class experts are as follows:
Sailing: Bill Baarck or Ed Kraft
Personal Fitness: Manny Stringas (also an e-mail whiz)
Big Game Hunting: Ed Wilson (the great white hunter) (also farming)
Seniors Golf: George Thompson and Art Pehrson (no, you better make that Bob Blackburn or Dave
Home Construction and Repair: Ken Stewart (also antique aircraft repair)
Financial Management of 50th Reunion: Millie and Bob Macmillan
Continuing Education for Seniors: LeRoy Meredith
Missile Systems and Telecommunications: Erwin Muller and Merwin Williard
Lakeside Living: Dick Kidder
Community Service: Bob Mahran (American Red Cross)
Country Club Living: Ronnie Smith
Estate Planning and Trusts: Mal Mansfield and Ralph North
Management of Large Families: Frank O’Callaghan, Bill Silvestri, Charlie Van Hook
South American Travel: Karl Goller
Managing Your Own Business: Bill Rossnagel (technical consulting) Bob Schultz (gambling)
Maintaining a Summer and Winter Residence: John Magnussen
Theater: Doug McCormack, Ralph North
This just scratches the surface on the diversity of activities and expertise we have within our class. If you
want to add some items, please pass them on to me at (765) 743-3950 or write to 251 Timbercrest Road,
West Lafayette, IN 47906-8504. I do need some lessons on how to get my computer and e-mail system to
start talking to each other. Maybe I’m just too old to learn.
Your class secretary, Bob Wolf
Pres. Leonard A. Goldstein
H. (516) 593-8941
V.P. Richard A. Rossi
H. (908) 221-0415
Fax: (908) 953-9194
Robert F. McAuliffe
P.O. Box 925
Springfield, NJ 07081
H. (973) 439-1127
Fax: (973) 439-9762
Richard J. Harper
B. (718) 821-5009
John D. Movius
Web site: www.feefhs.org/sit53/homepage.html
12700 Hunt Manor Court
Fairfax, VA 22033-2216
H. (703) 295-0606
John R. Towse
10142 Spring Lake Terrace
Fairfax, VA 22030-2038
H. (703) 273-2076
V.P. George J. Hromnak
H. (973) 584-2254
It is with great sadness and regret that we inform you of the passing of Alex Kalven. He died at home on
March 20, 2001, after a long and courageous battle with a terminal illness. As you know, in addition to
being our class president, Alex was very active in the Stevens Alumni Association, where he last held the
office of first vice president. His next position would have been president. Additionally, Alex was a decade
representative and chairman of alumni fund-raising.
Since 1980, Alex was the president of the engineering consultant company he founded, Kalven
Engineering, Inc., Englewood, NJ. Prior to that he held a number of responsible positions, including
director of new construction at Standard Brands, Inc., and the American Hoechst Corp., chief engineer of
GAF Corp. and project manager at Johnson & Johnson. Alex assisted in the building of the American
Embassy in Moscow and oversaw the construction of the new U.S. consulate in Kiev, the former U.S.S.R.
He not only received his undergraduate degree at Stevens but also his master of management science degree
in ’78. Alex was a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, the National Society of
Architectural Engineers, the New Jersey Society of Professional Engineers and the Buildings Officials and
As we reported in the 1999, No. 4 issue of The Indicator, Alex was selected for that year’s Alumni
Award. This award has been presented each year since 1937 and is in recognition of outstanding loyalty and
devotion to the Institute. The citation presented documented Alex’s many accomplishments both within and
outside Stevens. As recently as 1998, Alex served as a member of a high-level delegation requested by the
Federal Emergency Management Agency to meet with a delegation in Russia to discuss open ocean oil spill
cleanup. He was one of only three people in the United States with the qualifications necessary for such an
I think you will agree that Alex was truly a remarkable person who brought credit to our class, to Stevens
and to our nation. We will miss him greatly. We also extend our deepest sympathy to Alex’s loving partner,
We recently received a note from Harold Bossung. Bos reported seeing a picture of Mel and Herb
Graffweg in The Indicator that motivated him to connect with Herb on a recent hiking trip to Arizona. But
alas, after trying to call for several days, Bos gave up and assumed they might have gone south for the
winter! Bos reported so much snow in Madera Canyon that he hiked in the desert west of Green Valley,
which he found more interesting. Bos was looking forward to seeing Herb for the first time since graduation
but said, “Perhaps we’ll all be together for the 50th.” Thanks for taking the time to write, Bos.
Pete Kalika, who keeps in frequent touch with us, had hip replacement surgery in late January. Except for
the usual after-surgery therapy and relatively slow rehabilitation associated with hip replacement, Pete is
doing well. His doctor thinks he may benefit from replacement of his other hip, but Pete is taking it slow on
that decision. Get better soon, Pete.
Jack Sanborn and his wife Patti had some R&R on a 10-day cruise to the southern Caribbean in February.
Ports of call included Nassau, St. Thomas, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, Isla de Margarita and Bonaire. Although it
was billed as a 10-pound cruise, with the on-board fitness programs, Patti and Jack managed to keep things
down to only several pounds.
At this writing George Hromnak and Peggy are somewhere in the Mediterranean on a 12-day cruise that
will take them to Athens, Malta, Florence, Naples, Rome and Barcelona. We hope to hear more about that
when they return. Earlier this year, George and Peggy spent five weeks in Florida escaping from the New
In the recent past, Richie Herink has been very helpful in finding the addresses of some of our “missing”
class members. The most recent finds have been Harry Ricci and Charles Schumann. Thanks, Richie, for
your efforts in this. Our Missing Classmates list is definitely shrinking.
James A. Spady
233 Bird Key Drive
Sarasota, FL 34236
H. (941) 952-1868
Pres. Lester O. Wuerfl, Jr.
H. (516) 944-3319
V.P. Emil C. Neu
H. (973) 762-0188
Dateline: Dec. 15, 2000, Sarasota, FL. I have two letters this cycle, two photos and a “note in a bottle.” A
third photo was sent by me to the ’49 and ’53 class columns, and if printed there, will also be of interest to
1. I have a communication (and two photos) from Rich Muller. As I have mentioned, Rich and Ed Hess
are ’55ers on the Stevens Board of Trustees. Rich teaches at Berkeley still, and heads their micro-
electromechanical systems lab—I wrote a couple of years ago about visiting the lab. He is also editor in
chief of the joint IEEE/ASME Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems. As I’ve mentioned here before,
he is also a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the congressionally charged counterpart of
the National Academy of Science.
In any event, Rich attended, as a trustee of Stevens, a joint trustee-faculty retreat last summer on Stevens
curricular direction. For the above reasons, Rich’s opinions on that subject are sought. In connection with
the retreat, several Stevens graduates on the board of trustees decided to visit nearby Johnsonburg and our
legendary Stevens surveying camp (for us, summer of ’52) there (See Indicator issue 2000 No. 4.) Below is
Rich’s letter, and nearby are two of the Johnsonburg pictures he transmitted with letter:
“I have been pleased to read your thoughtful discussion of the ongoing efforts at building a better
Stevens. A half century ago, in the twilight years of Harvey N. Davis, Hon. D.Eng. ’48, Hon. Sc.D. ’51, as
we prepared to enter the Stute, Stevens had cast itself as a teaching institution dedicated to doing a first-rate
job with undergraduates who could profit from a broad-based understanding of the technical world. For
many Stevens men, this turned out to be an ideal curriculum, especially for technology managers—a quality
substantiated by the excellent leadership statistics for its graduates from those times. The material taught to
us then was general enough for direct application in the workaday world, and yet challenging enough for
Stevens MEs to earn doctorates in widely diverse disciplines at top institutions (even MDs and JDs). In the
Cold War era into which we graduated, however, the Stevens approach to engineering education began to
encounter increasing problems. The lack of front-line research programs, for example, made it very tough to
recruit forefront teaching talent. Although many more words can be written, the bottom line, I think, is that
Stevens does need to find new emphasis and to enlist the dedication of all its faculty and the support of all
its alumni and friends. A new initiative focused on a newly minted word, ‘technogenesis,’ puts emphasis on
Stevens as the place to prepare for a productive career in the fast-paced technical development of our
modern world. The administration, trustees and faculty addressed issues connected with this emphasis at a
retreat held in McAfee, NJ, on the 19th 20th and 21st of July this year (2000). The Internet revolution, the
penetration of wireless communication into ever-widening realms, the growth and unrealized potential of
bioengineering, the increasing success of miniaturization-are all significantly affecting engineering
education. This fact is being realized on campus; as a trustee, I was impressed with the spirit and dedication
of the faculty toward positioning Stevens most positively for these eventful times.
“When the retreat business finished at noon on July 21, Ken DeBaun ’49, Steve Cuff ’53 and I made note
of the three hours until we needed to be at Newark Airport and the proximity of Johnsonburg, a placed
filled with memories for most Stevens men of our era. That we found the Stevens camp, you can see by the
pictures that ran in Indicator 2000, No. 4. (It’s still not too far from Hope and a close neighbor to
Allamuchy). After inquiries in the local post office with a lovely lady too young to know about the Stevens
camp, we stopped into a local package-goods store where the lore of ‘the Stevens camp’ still provoked
recall of legends. Pretty soon we were evoking our own memories of the playfield, mess hall and Glover’s
Pond. The camp is now a well-kept Presbyterian Church retreat and the caretaker invited us for an extended
look into even the still-standing dorm buildings (see Ken and Steve inside one near to the lake that was, we
think, the director’s cabin in our day). Of course, while still in downtown Johnsonburg, we also asked after
the famous watering hole in which not a few of us passed some pleasant hours. Alas, as you see from the
pictures, lack of the dependable Stevens clientele caused acute business problems for the world-famous
Johnsonburg Inn. Although a landmark, she is without landmark status, so we should all raise our glasses as
high as she still holds her head, and toast ‘auld lang syne.’
2. I also have a letter from our class president, Les Wuerfl. In it Les discusses his company, L.K.
Comstock & Company, Inc. Les is too modest to say so but he headed the company, and I gather is still its
chairman. But taking up Les’ letter, a comment on Rich’s, above. He didn’t quite say so, but an advantage
of “technogenesis” as a slogan, is that it emphasizes, if you think about it, the “technology manager”
advantage that Stevens has historically had among its alumni, while adding a needed research-based
technology component. Here is Les’ letter:
“We recently attended a Stevens Chi Phi reunion of classes from ‘way back’ up to the Class of ’55. Mary
and Ed Merrell and Barbara and I represented our class. There were approximately 20 alumni, most with
their wives, in attendance. It was a great weekend with full cooperation of the weather.
“I retired this past January after over 40 years in the electrical contracting industry. Thirty-five years with
L.K. Comstock & Company, Inc., one of the largest firms in the country. The industry has been good to the
Wuerfls, and I am still active in several associations serving the construction industry. The industry is
lacking in new talent and we are exploring ways to entice young people into a career in a very interesting
and challenging field, also rewarding.
“Barbara and I have a son, Christopher, who is married to the former Karen Gagnon, and they have two
daughters, Alexandra, five, and Rebecca three. Needless to say they are the joys of our life. They live in
Wayland, MA, approximately 20 miles west of Boston.
“We currently live in Port Washington, Long Island, and have lived on the North Shore of Long Island
for all 40 years of our marriage. We plan to remain in the area.”
3. Notes in a Bottle Department: Bill Murphy has changed his residence from Manhattan East 70s, to
Mount Vernon, in New York’s Westchester County. Say hello to Bill and Hil. Bill.
Alan E. Lager
2801 Park Center Drive, #A1612
Alexandria, VA 22302
H. (703) 567-3280
(703) 624-8857 (cell phone)
Fax: (703) 567-3279
Pres. John W. Stasny
H. (973) 895-4139
S.J. “Chuck” Filippone
32 Graenest Ridge Road
Wilton, CT 06897
H. (203) 762-0036
H. Fax: (203) 762-3242
Pres. Andrew C. Christen
H. (201) 391-8857
Fax: (201) 391-7721
V.P. Arthur F. Stahl
H. (914) 638-0873
Before I get to the latest piece of input from Bob Carey—who has obviously decided I need his help to keep
Andy Christen off my back (thanks, Bob)—let me add a footnote to the class log in Indicator issue 2000,
No. 4. Since I faxed that log to Anita Lang on Feb. 7, 2001, and had not yet received the results of a
somewhat belated (21 months) physical, I can’t be accused of sandbagging. Since my PSA—while still
relatively low at 2.5—had more than doubled in that time, our PCP of more than 25 years suggested I see
the local urology group. That led to biopsies, which found prostate cancer, CAT scans and bone scans,
which indicated it had not metastasized, consultation with a radiation oncologist, securing a second
urological opinion and surgery on May 31.
In the meantime Marie and I spent almost four weeks in the Far East (mainland China, Bali, Bangkok and
Hong Kong) on one of the most informative and enjoyable trips we’ve ever taken. Two and one half weeks
after we returned I had the radical prostatectomy, and three weeks and day later I’m writing this letter
having just this morning resumed my three-days-a-week regimen of swimming at the local “Y.” If I ever had
any doubt about the power of prayer (and I don’t think I ever have), what turned out to be an almost total
“non-event” would have disabused me of it.
Hopefully the moral of my story—and of Bob’s in the last log—is if you’re not having your annual
physical you should be having your head examined, and I guess that’s redundant! On a lighter note, let’s see
what Carey has to say, which, I suspect, a number of us can identify with.
“A word to the wise is sufficient, especially if you’re 65 or over. It doesn’t seem to work very well
between the ages of 13 to 64. So, therefore, this message is for my classmates only. Younger graduates are
probably immune to this invaluable advice anyway since it has to be gathered very carefully, through many
years of trial and error. The advice is obvious, and, rather fundamental. Do not take the EIT exam if you are
more then 44 years out of school.
“Due to a financial opportunity that I couldn’t resist, I elected to try to have my P.E. license reinstated. I
had one in both Texas and Florida. However, I let my Florida license lapse since I could not justify the
annual dues of $150 (1964) since my employment in the aerospace industry did not require a P.E. license,
plus we had the continuing demands of our four boys wanting clothes and food during their formative years
(0 to 21). At any rate when I tried to get my old license reinstated, the folks in Tallahassee told me that they
had destroyed or lost the records (the clerk was subsequently promoted to the elections office and played a
major role in the Florida 2000 presidential election snafu) and, therefore, had no record of my prior
“Well, my only recourse was to take the EIT exam with a bunch of weirdly attired 20-year-olds. I
confidently signed up, knowing full well that I would easily have instant recall to the Free Body Diagram so
fundamental to those simple beam problems, Kirchoff’s laws for ‘simple’ circuits, Control Volumes for
thermodynamics, Newton’s laws for the dynamics problems, etc. Plus, based on my superior research skills,
I just knew that I would easily ace those ethics and manufacturing problems whose prior-year answers were
so conveniently documented in previous EIT tests that I had so stealthily uncovered in the local library (just
like the frat files!).
“So, I gave myself three weeks to prepare for the EIT, interspersed, of course, with my usual important
duties such as golf, fishing, grandkids, visits to Home Depot, wifely to-dos, vacations, etc. Well, as it turned
out, I could have used four years to prepare. I had 120 questions and 240 minutes for the morning session. I
was the only one of about 300 test-takers to not go to the bathroom (and I had the most reason to!). The
afternoon session was also four hours with the subject matter chosen by me and was supposed to be in my
specialty (I didn’t have one, as I was a system specialist). Fortunately, they had a ‘general’ category, which
I jumped on (I thought it might be like the GED!). Well, four sweaty hours later I walked out of the test area
like a whipped puppy. A 20-something asked me why was I taking the test. My answer didn’t sound as good
as it did that morning when I likened it to climbing Mount Kilimanjaro (or was it more like Don Cervantes’
experience?). As a blessing, they don’t release the results until August. I just hope nobody asks me how I
Richard K. Viertel
3015 Briand Avenue
San Diego, CA 92122
H. (858) 453-1646
Fax: (858) 453-0464
Pres. C. Thomas Lunghard
H. (201) 768-6755
H. Fax (201) 768-0168
V.P. William A. Pepper
H. (973) 635-8782
I got a note from Bill Scheffer. He recounted the trail of his company acquisitions/mergers history since
1995. This is typical these days, with his company starting as M. W. Kellogg, then Halliburton, and ending
up as Kellogg Brown & Root. He is vice president, Project Management, which requires lengthy overseas
travel. He and Dottie get back to Boston from time to time from their home in King-wood, TX, to visit their
daughter Elaine’s family and their four grandchildren.
Last year Bob Fiocco received accolades and honors of high distinction as reported in the press. He was
named New Jersey Inventor of the Year 2000 in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to the
advancement of knowledge and human welfare. It was awarded at NJIT (we knew it as NCE). This annual
award by the New Jersey Inventors Congress and Hall of Fame is based on his 17 U.S. patents and more
than 22 technical publications in the fields of chemical engineering and environmental technology. His most
recent patents include chemical formulations of oil spill treating dispersants and shoreline cleaning product
developed during his 34-year career at Exxon. The dispersant technology represents a major breakthrough
and received the 1998 Thomas Alva Edison patent award of the New Jersey Research and Development
My family now knows that hippies are back! I have not gotten out the tie-dyed stuff, but did get a new
titanium hip. Unfortunately, it sets off store alarms—I haven’t been through an airport alarm yet, which
should be interesting. I get along a little better now but a knee transplant is on the horizon. I am a volunteer
for the zoo and help out Fran with her theater volunteer activities. Our daughter Jenny got married last year
and our other daughter Lisa is still unmarried. With no grandchildren, we’re trailing many of our
classmates, like Dale and Frank Gianforte—they have nine! They have a condo in San Diego, and we see
them when they’re in residence for the first part of the year. Frank had an interesting adventure with Habitat
for Humanity, participating in the Philippines with a large crew led by President Jimmy Carter (more later).
Okay, that’s us; what’s happening to you?
When last heard from, Robert Kwik was working at a south Texas project supporting a steam generator
replacement. (My only expertise in thermo was figuring out how to refold that giant Molliere chart.)
Rich Pollina checked in from Bonita Springs, FL, and has no immediate plans to retire.
Al Greiner has sent in some pictures from our early days at the Stute from Cedar Grove, NJ. This one is a
part of a continuing series of neat photos. If you have any, please send them in! He’s still working at
Kearfott (since graduation) developing high-accuracy gyros, and plans to work to 2002. He has developed
guidance systems for an impressive list of science, defense and commercial projects. This includes Voyager,
Galileo, Magellan, the space shuttle, the Chandra Xray Telescope, Trident missiles, the F-16, tank gun
systems, and HS-601 Direct TV satellites.
Bob Haller finally checked in from Lebanon, NJ, with some news. He and Ellie have been married 42
years with six (one more in the works) enjoyable grandkids. He camps, plays the harmonica and guitar,
sings, hikes, bikes and reads (history, Civil War, anthropology). They retired in 1998 and volunteer with the
church, do their stuff at a health club and are busy with house/garden projects. He fondly remembers his
Sigma Nu brothers, who are invited to visit him any time.
Our ever-faithful correspondent wife Jan has informed us of what’s happening with the George Eckert
family and others from Natick, MA. In the fall, the Eckerts will gather at the Bob Leahy ’59 estate in Sunset
Beach, NC, as they have the past four years. Rosemarie and Bill Pepper may not make it as they have in the
past because they are moving from New Jersey to Virginia for permanent retirement. The Neil Stuarts may
be joining them this year. According to Jan, George has put aside somewhat his main goal in retirement,
that of driving her crazy, in favor of being grandfather to Maggie. Their daughter Leigh has provided this
new career of day care provider for us. They haven’t decided if we are saints or stupid. However, when
Maggie gives a kiss or smiles or scrunches up her eyes in response to George, they feel quite lucky.
Otherwise, George plays golf and bridge. He services the kids’ home repair needs and even occasionally
does a few things on our house. They have gone cruise traveling on the Baltic, with stops in Oslo,
Stockholm, and a memorable stop seeing the sights of St. Petersburg (Hermitage, Summer Palace, etc.). Jan
passed on that Jane and Dr. Dick Duffy retired to Nantucket in a home that is their continuing project. Jane
had been an English teacher, and Dick taught physics. Their daughter Beth married the son of Anna and Jim
Sinnis ’57. The other daughter, Deidre, lives and works in England and they periodically visit, and daughter
Brigitte’s family lives in Massachusetts.
Ivy and Ivan Shim are enjoying retirement in central Florida, playing singles tennis and working out at
the fitness center. He travels a lot along the East Coast from Toronto to Miami. He keeps busy at home
doing home maintenance and watching the falling stock market. (We all hope it’s changed since this has
been submitted.) They have one grandchild but are impatiently waiting for more. He says he doesn’t have
anything particular to brag about, so he tells us of his youngest son, who has been named by a technical
magazine as one of the most effective I.T. managers in the United States. That’s great!
The happenings in Joe Faillace’s life have been updated by wife Meff from League City, TX. They
retired there to be near their grandchildren. Joe plays a lot of golf but does volunteer two days a week at the
local hospital, helping the doctors by computerizing the lab record-keeping. I got a fascinating lengthy
report on their trip to Italy to visit her roots, which will be covered in the next issue. After they got back,
they survived Hurricane Allison. The 36 inches of rain stayed north of them for the most part but swamped
Houston (about 20 miles away). They were in El Paso that weekend for their son John’s graduation from the
Army orthopedic program, where he was chosen outstanding resident.
Audrey and Nelson Gravenstede, married for 40 years, are working on a home addition in Newton, NJ.
He recounts that he worked at Picatinny Arsenal with Larry Dietz, Frank Femia and Joe Ciccia, and now
after retirement still works part time. He has plenty of toys—airplane, boat, travel trailers, farm in New
York, snowmobiles, 4-wheelers, antique car, etc.! Whew! He forwarded an amusing article on a flying
“learning experience” he wrote for his Experimental Aircraft Association newsletter, which you might relate
to. During a mid-semester break in February 1955, he was invited by Donn Trenkle (lost on alumni records;
anybody know where he is?) to take the Stevens Flying Club Aeronca Champ plane from New Jersey to his
home town in Cuba, NY (south western New York state). They made it through Donn’s expertise, despite
freezing, numbing weather, not many working gauges, several sporty refueling (personal and plane) stops
requiring quick, impromptu planning due to being waved off at closed airports. Nelson got some on-the-job
flying lessons as Donn turned around and yelled stuff at him to do something or see something. He quickly
learned about visual navigation (following roads and telephone poles, determining the wind direction from
sugar hut chimney smoke, etc.). They finally landed on a road, which required bouncing the plane to free
the frozen wheels. Then Nelson jumped out, stopping cars, putting their antennas down, and raising the
wing so they could pass. They pushed the plane to Donn’s grandparents’, and shoveled to create a parking
spot. They grabbed a train back to Hoboken, and John Wilson ended up flying the plane back to New Jersey
six weeks later. How about that!
Joanne and Bill Blohm, are both retired in Toms River, NJ, splitting time with their place in the Poconos.
As you may recall, he held the prestigious class secretary position for a spell. Son Gary Blohm ’85 now
works in R&D at Fort Monmouth, Bill’s former employment location, and son Mark is an accountant with
Bristol Myers. They’ve produced five grandchildren with one more on the way. We’re looking forward to
their report on their tour of Russia and Scandinavia. One of his favorite memories was frequently hopping
on a bus and watching the Rangers lose at (the old) Madison Square Garden. (I often was in his company to
watch this futility.)
Lynn and Ray Cabrera took some time out from their avid golfing and made a trip to the Galapagos
Islands and found it absolutely fascinating and a “must do” for any nature lover. They split their time with
nine months in Florida and three in New Hampshire in the house they built in 1980 when they were abroad.
On their travels they often see Jasmine and Nick Mestanas, the Robert Reinerts ’57 and the John Hoveys
Edith and Lou Pochettino are retired in Pennsylvania after 40 years of marriage producing two sons, two
daughters and three grandchildren. His kids all opted for big schools, and he’s practically a season ticket
holder at Penn State games. He retired from GE in Phildelphia, becoming an expert on aerophysics and
eventually a program manager for space projects, receiving several prestigious Public Service and GE
awards. His hobbies are birding, fishing, raising tropical fish and traveling. They’re combining the last two
with a trip to the Peruvian Amazon.
Roger Paquin provided an update from Tucson, AZ, on his and Ethel’s activities. Every year he hits the
road for extensive road trips touring and visiting relatives and family. This summer, he’s going to Maryland,
Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New Hampshire for visits with his two sons and daughter and playing golf,
then settling in at Cornish, NH, in their summer place on a golf course. He still works (a little), teaching a
course on materials for optical systems at conferences in San Diego, Tucson, and San Jose. This stuff is
winding down because of their busy life—golf, working out, and other church and social activities.
John Jacobsen is now retired and he and Justine enjoy the outdoor life based in their house overlooking
Puget Sound, maintaining a perennial garden and cutting firewood on their 10-acre property about a half-
hour drive from their home. They are still involved with community volunteer work, mainly their club and
the local, very small port district. Summers are spent aboard the Lady Grace, a 40-foot bridgedeck cruiser
that they’ve had for 16 years. She’s a classic yacht, built in 1940, and the Jacobsens have participated in a
number of shows and have taken long cruises, including up to British Columbia. Their three children live
close by, so they see them and their three grandsons (so far) frequently.
Sheila and Hank Koenig spend their summers working in national forests, taking extensive road tours and
doing a lot of hiking trips. Hank is co-author of “100 Great Hikes In and Near Palm Springs”—his
contribution was making the maps using GPS and a fancy software program. More later.
Patricia and Mike Bonner are now set up for retirement with a place on the Jersey shore, Avon-By-The-
Sea. A while back, he ran into Barbara and Bob Walker in a church on 33rd Street in Manhattan, with both
being there for mini-vacations. He expects to see them again because the people he was with were from
Avon, NJ. More later.
Here are some moves reported by the Alumni Office. Andrew Guarriello to Plano, TX; Dr. Donn
Campbell to Charlottesville, VA; Dr. Richard Duffy to Siasconset, MA; Thorpe Aschoff to Lower
Gwynedd, PA; Raymond Taylor to Cotton-wood, CA; and Martin Geisel to Bedminster, NJ.
Much more coming on Messrs. Faillace, Koenig, Gianforte and Bonner from their lengthy inputs in the
next issue! Keep in touch!
George C. Pezold
73 Bay Avenue
Huntington, NY 11743
H. (516) 271-8817
Pres. James G. Benedetto
H. (212) 924-2624
V.P. Anthony J. Arturi
H. (973) 696-4225
You may have noticed that I missed the last class news column in The Indicator. However, there’s an old
saying in the newspaper business, “No news is no news,” and I couldn’t drum up enough creative energy to
fabricate a whole article. Hint: write, call, send e-mail, etc.
I did get a note from Bela Liptak that included some magazine clippings. The first was an article
reviewing a memoir written by Bela titled “A Testament of Revolution.” The book chronicles his
experiences as a “Freedom Fighter” during the Hungarian Revolution in 1956, before he came to the United
States and attended Stevens. I believe the book was published this year by Texas A&M University Press,
and should be available from them (ISBN 1-58544-120-1; cloth, $29.95).
Bela has been a prolific writer, having published nearly 200 technical articles and some 20 technical
books, according to another article in Control magazine (www.controlmag.com), but this is his first non-
technical book. He also was elected to the Control Process Automation Hall of Fame in April of this year
for his contributions to the industry. Congratulations, Bela!
Donald N. Merino
19 Peter Lynas Court
Tenafly, NJ 07670
H. (201) 567-8524
B. (201) 216-5504
Fax: (201) 216-8355
Pres. John A. Pasquale
H. (973) 427-0625
Our very own Frank Fernandez was the star of the Graduate School graduation this May. Frank was
awarded an honorary doctor of engineering and was the graduation speaker. Frank’s talk was very well
received because he told it the way it is. Frank’s down-to-earth remarks were just right—except for the
crack about attending alumni meetings with other Class of 1960 classmates who had white hair and looked a
lot older than he. Just you wait, Frank—white hair comes to us all. For Frank this is another Ph.D. degree to
go with the earned Ph.D. in Aeronautics from Cal Tech in 1969. He received a master of science degree in
Applied Mechanics from Stevens in 1961 before traveling to the West Coast. Frank was honored for his
work in a number of activities, most recently as director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects
Agency (DARPA). DARPA is the central research and development organization of the U.S. Defense
Department and is the world’s premier advance R&D organization.
Until his appointment as director of DARPA, Frank held the position of president and chairman of the
board of AETC, Inc., a firm specializing in environmental surveillance, which he founded in 1994.
Frank also received the Renaissance Engineering and Science Award from Stevens at an Edwin A.
Stevens Society event last spring. I am enclosing a picture from that event. Frank and his wife, Carmen, are
joined by Mike Danon and his wife, Elaine, Tom Konen and his wife, Phyllis, and Rosemarie and me. Not
shown were Bernie Blum and his wife.
Big things are happening at Stevens. Thanks to the generosity of Larry Babbio ’66, we will be building a
state-of-the-art building for the Wesley J. Howe School of Technology Management. This building will go
on the Navy building parking lot along with a large parking garage underneath. This building already won
an award for its design and will put Stevens “on the map” of major schools of management.
Jay I. Wartell
46 Parkmere Road
Rochester, NY 14617
H. (716) 342-2306
Pres. Frederick H. Dietrich
H. (201) 664-1098
William E. Ringle
186. N Rossmoor Drive
Monroe Township, NJ
H. (609) 395-8592
Pres. Joseph M. McCabe
H. (856) 231-7890
John A. Schaeber
10 Meadow Drive
Fayetteville, NY 13066-2523
H. (315) 637-1359
Pres. William C. Habert
H. (727) 572-0928
V.P. Joseph T. Polyniak
H. (201) 265-3939
Fax: (732) 336-8000
Steven J. Kieley
12 Hemlock Lane
Ewing Township, NJ 08628
Pres. Victor SooHoo
B. (914) 788-2487
Fax: (914) 788-2082
V.P. Peter H. Astor
H. (973) 763-6280
Well, as I write this, it’s April in New Jersey and the temperature is in the high 30. The income tax forms
have been filed (electronically, of course) and the buds are on the trees, but we’re expecting snow tonight.
Not much, just enough to whiten the grass and give the radio and TV weather commentators a lot to talk
about and put “teasers” on during all the commercial breaks. I’ll bet by the time you read this, it will be
blazing hot and we’ll be well into sweating through another summer. At least this spring is in keeping with
the winter we had this year; a more traditional old-fashioned one, with a fair amount of snow and cold
weather. Kind of like you probably remember from our fond years on Castle Point. (All this is a hint for any
news you’d like to send about your weather or other stuff going on in your area.)
Thanks to the Alumni Office, I’m now the proud holder of a six-page spreadsheet printout with all our
classmates addresses, phone numbers and in some cases, e-mail addresses. If you need any, send me a line
at the above e-mail.
I heard from Pete Astor that the company he founded, Environmental Partners, has reached its fifth
anniversary and is under contract with the U.S. Army, NYSDEC and PSE&G, as well as several other
companies, including some in pharmaceuticals. They specialize in database development, analysis and
training. Vincent Jelm, I’m told by the post office, has changed his address to P.O. Box 4351, Sedona, AZ
86340-4351. (Seems like I maybe reported on that one once before, but my hard drive crashed right around
Christmas, and although I was able to restore most of it, I lost the recent alumni letters and related info.)
It looks like the post office is right on top of Rudolf Haehnel’s activities also: It reports that he now can
get his mail at 1519 Cedartop Road, in Reading, PA 19607-9757. But, that’s all they said about Rudy—you
see my problem here? Lest we conclude that the P.O. is all-seeing, they also tell me that Tadeusz Muszynski
is NLATA (no longer at that address), “that address” being Plymouth Street in Windsor, CT. Hey, Ted, if
you get this, tell us where you’re at; we promise not to tell the Alumni Office! (They don’t know either.)
OK, two more post office notices before we get into the good stuff, the cryptographically encrypted one-
pagers printed by the Alumni Office from their record form database. Ronald Marold is now at 4526 S.
Flamingo Drive, Seabrook, TX 77586-1812, and Dennis Drake, while still in Gig Harbor, WA 98335-7633,
is now getting his mail at P.O. Box 2204.
All right, let’s see if I have this right. From the alumni database, we have Ralph Heres, who reported that
he’s now retired, living in Seaville, NJ 08230, at 37 Caledonia Drive. Gerald Intemann reports that he is
currently dean of Natural Sciences and Math at Towson University in Baltimore, MD. Not sure for how
long, since I don’t recall whether this was reported sometime in the past, but congratulations, Gerry! Lastly,
from this user-friendly feedback database format, we note that Richard Dell is director of Risk Management
at Telcordia Technologies in Red Bank, NJ. Rich, I did a double take at the title, since I’m director of Asset
Management at PSE&G. Anyway, I wonder if we do pretty much the same thing, since I feel like I’m taking
a risk every time I go to work to manage our assets.
Well, I might as well finish up with some of my own news. You may remember I reported that last June I
was blessed with a granddaughter from my son Eric and his wife, Samantha, in Columbia, MD. They named
her Paxton Olivia, and we had the pleasure of having them visit us recently over the Easter holiday. But, last
December, my daughter Donna and her husband, Bill Wilkinson, of Hamilton, NJ, had a daughter of their
own, whom they named Keira Elizabeth, and we therefore had the pleasure of two granddaughters to visit
with during Easter. Speaking of which, I should go and call them now, I’m not getting any younger!
Let me know what’s up in your life; it’s easy with e-mail! Talk to you soon.
George P. Prans
Electrical Engineering Dept.
Manhattan College Parkway
Riverdale, NY 10471
B. (718) 862-7183
V.P. Henry P. Troy
B. (973) 244-8515
Fax: (973) 882-8570
Luis De Larrauri writes that his daughter graduates about now as an optometrist. My daughter is a senior in
high school, and we are looking at a few colleges in New England. How about news from either of you who
are reading this now?
Speaking of the dearth of responses from ’65ers . . . There will be one fewer now that Len Hardesty died
on March 20, 2000. If you have remembrances of Len or of others, or just news from your “mill,” send it to
me. “The Bird of Time has but little way to fly, and the Bird is already on the wing.”
Stephen W. Fields
635 Hermosa Way
Menlo Park, CA 94025-5619
H. (650) 321-3420
Cell: (650) 302-1500
Fax: (650) 321-2679
Pres. George R. Henry
H./Fax: (513) 683-7264
V.P. Charles M. Costanzo
H. (610) 759-6069
I’m happy to report that e-mail works! I sent out an e-mail request for updates to the 41 of you who have
supplied e-mail addresses, and I heard from six of you. Not bad for a start, considering that 11 of the e-mail
addresses are no longer valid. I believe there were about 183 of us who graduated, so more e-mail addresses
would be welcome—just send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
From Tom Hammell:
“Ruth—Stevens 1966 Spring Sports Queen—and I have lived near the coast in southeastern Connecticut
since leaving Stevens with a master’s degree in ’68. We have two sons. Tom, Jr., graduated from Princeton
University two years ago with a degree in computer science engineering, and moved to Austin, TX, to take
part in the computer-technology revolution, where he currently resides. Darren, our younger son, will
graduate from Princeton University this June, also with a degree in computer science engineering. He has
accepted a position with Microsoft in the Seattle area. So, our immediate family will be spread to the three
“Ruth retired last year, after 30-plus years of teaching health and physical education, mostly at the high
school level. Her retirement has continued a multi-year change for us, which began with Tom, Jr., going off
to college six years ago. Darren’s move to the West Coast represents one more stage of this change period.
Not sure where this continuing change will ultimately lead, although I do expect we will be visiting Seattle a
bit more in the future, complementing visits to Austin.
“My work continues pretty much as it has for a while. I started a small applied R&D contracting business
over a dozen years ago, working out of my home. Contracts are mostly with federal government agencies,
and predominantly in the marine field—the Navy, the Coast Guard and the Maritime Administration—
although we have also performed considerable work for commercial and international clients like the Port
of Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The work is focused on human factors and ergonomics, including research,
development, design and applications. This includes, for example, design of simulation-based training
systems for submarines and commercial ships; evaluation of ship bridge designs; R&D addressing the
person-computer interface; research on displays to support command decision-making during incident
response (e.g., oil spill, passenger vessel casualty, terrorism); design of at-sea exercise videos addressing
the in-situ burning of oil; port and waterway development; and a variety of human-in-loop simulator-based
research. I am currently performing a series of empirical research projects, running harbor pilots on a large
ship bridge simulator to investigate alternative waterway designs for upgrading the port of Norfolk, VA.
An-other current project involves development of training materials and tools to assist commercial shipping
companies to improve the endurance of their crews. Over the past 20 years I have also taught as an adjunct
professor in the Psychology and Computer Science departments at the University of Connecticut.
“Our two sons are in their early 20s—neither is married. The recent photo of our family was taken earlier
this year during a family outing to Barbados. Can you tell which one is the ‘old man?’ No, I am the good-
looking one on the right. Thanks to the slope of the beach, I appear to be the tallest. The real height is on
the left side, Tom, Jr.; Darren is next on the left, and then Ruth.
“Best regards, Tom Hammell”
Gerry Osborne checked in with the following:
“The company that brought me down to Atlanta six years ago as vice president, Energy Marketing, opted
to shut down and sell off the assets, almost before we could unpack the moving van.
“My wife, Carolyn, and I liked it—other than the traffic—but didn’t find a good corporate home. So now
I am an entrepreneur. Does anyone remember a phrase used during orientation our freshman year: ‘Last
week I couldn’t spell “engineer” and now I am one’?
“Most recently I filed four process and apparatus patents for a unique bio-tech technology. My favorite
patented process will economically extract NOX, SOX and CO2 emissions from utility and industrial smoke
stacks, but I haven’t yet found the financing for start-up and development.” (Secretary note: Anyone out
there interested? Gerry’s e-mail is email@example.com.)
“Sailing on Lake Lanier is year round, but doesn’t carry the same enjoyment as when our 8.0 meter S-2
was on either the Chesapeake or on Lake Erie.
“Would anyone like to complete restoration on a ’66 Mustang coupe? I have now moved it across
country three times, and never seem to find the time to work on it.
“We are now grandparents for the first time. One son, David—Stevens ’93—is living in Houston, but is
still single. Our youngest son, Kevin, and his wife, Melissa, who live in Orville, OH, presented the world
with Ethan on Jan. 13 this year. Our oldest son, Brian, lives in Florence, MA, with his wife, Sandra, but no
family plans, as yet.
“I almost forgot—there is an important issue for the Class of ’66—the Memorial Scholarship Fund. The
fund exits and is in need of added contributions.
“Prior to our 10th anniversary, George Henry and I plus others thought it would be a good idea to start a
‘Class of ’66 Memorial Scholarship Fund.’ With gifts and earnings there is now almost $20,000 in this
fund, but we need to increase the total endowment to make this fund permanent and more meaningful.
“I will be having further discussions on this subject with Stevens. In the interim, if any of our class would
like to make a present—appreciated stock, cash, etc., or a future gift or bequest, or have suggestions on how
to proceed with this campaign—contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“That’s all for now. Best regards, Gerry Osborne”
Dick Cizek writes:
“I am glad you’ve resolved to make sure the Class of ’66 log isn’t blank like it has been for many years.
Here’s my update: Unlike most, I’ve been working for the past 31 years for the same company. I am the
technical services director for A. H. Rice. Not a lot of engineering—mostly sales, trade shows, new product
R&D and field trouble shooting. Rice manufactures specialty textile trims for uniforms such as police, fire,
band, pilots, flight attendants, etc. We also make synthetic sewing products for commercial aircraft,
parachutes, garments, bookbinding, saddles, etc.
“My wife, Carol, and I have been married for 32 years and our daughter, Laura, is graduating from high
school this June bound for college. Not Stevens, however. Again, thanks for taking on the task of promoting
the Class of 1966 in The Indicator.
“Best regards, Dick Cizek”
From Bob Bicknell:
“I retired to Cape Cod in 1997 after a 25-year career in the Boston area, engineering and selling HVAC
systems. I don’t miss the workplace a bit and enjoy my new ocean-side home and new golfing buddies. I’ve
kept in contact with Larry Holzenthaler who runs TotalTec, an I.T. solutions provider, based in Edison, NJ.
We ski together at Okemo in Vermont where Larry has a home. Bernie Halterbeck left his 35-year career in
HVAC and now is the owner of Fly Fishing Specialties in Sacramento, CA.”
And from Bill Steele:
“What a surprise! Dave Chiarello just forwarded your e-mail to me. I still think of that ride you gave my
girlfriend and me in your ’66 ’Vette. Oh, yes, the good old days!
“Let’s see—Dave, Gary Blauth and I are all still working in the same place we started back in 1966. The
company has changed names (and corporate affiliation) many times, but still the same basic entity. We are
now part of BAE Systems, North America. I’m director of Systems Engineering at the CNI Division in
“On a more personal note, that girl in the ’Vette with us has been my wife for just about 35 years now.
We have four children and one grandchild. We just returned from a visit to Belgium where my younger
daughter (6 feet 5 inches) is playing pro basketball. One of my sons was in the Detroit Tiger minor league
system for four years. It’s been an exciting 35 years. Regards, Bill.”
Frank Wancho reports in with the following:
“Every now and then, when the subject comes up, I relate the story of how you demonstrated to me that a
Corvette can, indeed, go to 60 mph, (and probably more) in first gear by driving down Hudson Street while
I was a passenger, hoping that nobody would dash out or open a car door. The last time I saw you, briefly,
was at some technology show in Houston years ago at a hotel that’s probably no longer there, and neither
“I retired early after 32 years’ federal service, including over five years at NASA/Houston, and the
remainder at several organizations at White Sands Missile Range, all as electronics engineer, except the last
seven years as computer/network engineer.
“Some minor claims to fame: designed, developed and implemented the Biomedical Data Analysis and
Display System used by the Flight Surgeons and their support staff for at least the Apollo and SkyLab
missions; got active in the ARPANet in 1975; sponsored the original SIMTEL20 archives from when it was
the INFO-CPM archives in 1979, from 1983 to 1993; wrote a couple of RFCs; and designed, implemented
and continue to maintain and upgrade the network and server infrastructure of WhiteHorse
Communications, Inc., which I co-founded in 1995. WHC is a regional Internet service provider in Texas,
of which USAonline, Inc., is its wholly-owned subsidiary, with offices in El Paso, Midland, Plainview and
McAllen, and additional facilities in Lubbock, Amarillo, Albuquerque, Harlingen, Mercedes and
Brownsville. WHC is headquartered in El Paso, TX, where I’ve been its full-time vice president of Network
Operations since ‘retiring’ in 1998.
“I married the former Linda Brogden in 1970, and helped raise our five children, three of whom are
married with children of their own. Karen received her B.S. in Biology and B.S./R.N. from TWU in Denton
and is married to Dan Briles with one son, Kyle. Frank received his B.S. in civil engineering and
architecture from Texas Tech on the same day, works for HKS, Inc., in Dallas and is married to Roxanne
with one son, Lazarus. Brian received his B.S. in business administration, worked for El Paso Road Runner
as their content editor (Webmaster) and now works for Stanton Street Design in El Paso as technology
director, and is married to Barbara with a son, Skyler, and daughter, Hunter. Stephen is about to graduate
Texas Tech in May. Mark is still at home, working his way through college at one of my competitors as a
(hint) cable modem installer. Regards, Frank.”
Jeffrey I. Seeman
12001 Bollingbrook Place
Richmond, VA 23236-3218
H. (804) 794-1218
Pres. John J. Sheridan, III
V.P. Robert M. Kopki
Flash (though editorially dated by the time you read this): According to The Wall Street Journal, one of our
class’ top heroes was in the news again. Tom Corcoran “resigned as chairman, president and chief executive
[of Allegheny Technologies], 14 months after he was hired to boost the company’s stock.” Given what has
happened to the stock market during those 14 months (2001), the strategic goal of increasing any stock
price was poorly timed! The article further pointed out that one of Tom’s goals was to purchase other
businesses, but given the nose-dive of stock prices, not purchasing most companies probably saved the
buyer considerable amounts of money. Given Tom’s successes over the years—he was president and chief
operating officer of Lockheed Martin’s division for space and strategic missiles—we can all eagerly await
his next successes! (Has anyone else in ’67 appeared in the WSJ?)
I heard from Peter Gollobin, who continues to excel with his own company, Medipoint, the manufacturer
of specialty medical devices. During his spare time, he continues to rebuild his aging factory facility. I
suspect he also plays his guitar. He’s probably also building guitars. (Does anyone in ’67 make guitars?)
Bits and pieces: Roger Longenecker is vice president, sales and marketing for Pameco Corporation in
Golden, CO. J. William Dangerfield is with Petroleum Professionals in Houston. Paul Grunberger is a
principal staff engineer with Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, MD. Carl
Clark is president of Milestone Farm in Chalfont, PA.
Some address changes: Robert Buechner to Ignacio, CO; Len Hodas to Austin, TX.
Lastly, our late classmate Vincent Rocco was recently posthumously inducted into the Xavier High
School (Manhattan) Hall of Fame. According to the announcement, Rocco was “a well-known professional
engineer and former chairman of the Xavier High School Board of Trustees.” Among the others inducted
last November was the Rev. Francis P. Duffy, a former teacher at the school, and chaplain to the “fighting
69th Regiment” during World War I. Duffy’s statue stands in Times Square, just in front of the half price
theater ticket office.
Allen A. Foytlin
17111 Wunder Hill Drive
Spring, TX 77379
H. (281) 251-1338
B. (713) 270-2842
Pres. Merrill G. Thor
H. (732) 549-7372
V.P. Philip J. Pryjma
I haven’t figured out if it’s better to not send something in when I don’t get any real news from you guys, or
just talk about myself (and family). After all, I don’t want this log to seem like the
“Al Foytlin Hour.” Give me some feedback on that, OK?
All I have concerning class news is a few address changes.
As for the Foytlins, my oldest son, Matt, is still in Boston, attending law school at North-eastern
University. He’s got one year left. His wife, Elizabeth, is graduating this May (probably by the time you
read this), also from law school. Ever wonder what it would be like to both be lawyers? I suppose you could
do a court proceeding if your kid needed some punishment! Anyway, they keep my only grandchild, Emma,
hostage up there in Boston most of the year. They do, however, get down here a couple of times a year to
No. 2 son, Jon, got married last November to a wonderful girl from Dallas, and he’s working up there as
a mechanical engineer for a company by the name of Scott Mechanical. They do a lot of work in the high-
tech industries, for companies like Texas Instruments, building the facilities TI uses to make computer
equipment. Things have slowed down a little, but I’m sure we’ll see a comeback later this year.
And then we have the twins, who are 18 years old, and getting ready to go off to Texas Tech University
(yes, the new home of the one and only Bobby Knight) in the fall. We have one potential grammar school
teacher, and one business (maybe international) woman. We’ll see, because four years is a long time in a
university college student’s life.
As for me, I made a trip to Saudi Arabia back in February. This was my first time in that country. Going
there for someone in my industry is like a Shakespearean actor going to Stratford-on-Avon. Your life is not
complete till you’ve made the trip. I got to see the largest Oil Stabilization Plant in the world—it’s capable
of processing 10 million barrels of crude oil per day. At $32 per barrel, I’ll let you do the math. Needless to
say, guess who’s not hurting for cash?
We’ve got four address changes and three lost souls. The address changes first: Lenny Grand has
changed addresses in Palm City, FL; Ken Pope has moved from Houston to Frisco, TX; Dan Predpall has
changed coasts, going from Blooming-dale, NJ, to Solvang, CA; and finally (I’m not sure this is an address
change as much as a correction) Michael Slota is living in Santa Fe, NM, as well as holding the position of
president of Michael Charles Slota, Inc., in the same city.
As for our “lost souls,” if you (or they) read this, please contact the Alumni Office and give them some
proof of your existence (such as a postal or e-mail address). These individuals are: Eric Baron, George
Leask and Dale Smith. That’s all for now. Please write soon!
Gerald T. Crispin
One Tutor Place
East Brunswick, NJ
H. (732) 254-9063
B. (732) 432-9172
Fax: (732) 448-9210
Pres. James W. Walsh
H. (212) 717-2090
Fax: (212) 717-2092
V.P. Ronald A. Clayton
H. (203) 255-0254
Fax: (212) 758-2982
Eugene A. Golebiowski
1056 Charleston Boulevard
Tupelo, MS 38801
H. (662) 842-9531
B. (662) 842-3884
Fax: (662) 842-9968
Pres. Jeffrey H. Katz
H. (973) 467-1597
B. (973) 430-7572
V.P. Howard S. Brecher
H. (513) 489-3088
Fax: (513) 793-2504
When I received the 2000 No. 3 issue of The Stevens Indicator, I was surprised to see there was no log for
the Class of 1970! I could have sworn I sent one in, but I do apologize to all of you who read this log and
send me some feedback. I think this is the first, or second at worst, time our class has not had a log in The
Alan Cherdak sent an e-mail letting me know his oldest daughter, Danielle, now 30, is in neurological
internship at Johns Hopkins University. She graduated from Columbia University and is the highest-ranking
black belt in New Jersey history and an accomplished artist. His youngest daughter, Nicole, now 21, is in
college, has an incredible singing voice and is an excellent writer.
The software company Alan started in 1974 came to an end in 1984 after bringing him a nice measure of
success and comfort. Alan then went back into software development and three years later came out with
another product he took to Wall Street. A brokerage firm fully committed for a substantial amount of money
and the scheduled public offering date was in the middle of November 1987. Unfortunately, there was a
slight crash in the market 19 days before this offering and the SEC did not allow it. That ended this possible
additional success. Since then Alan has been in consulting and now lives in Morris Plains, NJ. Alan can be
reached at email@example.com.
Another e-mail from Tony Cusanelli. He is still working for the same company but has been transferred
to southeast Florida, 30 miles north of West Palm Beach. He mentioned he has not yet learned to drive 30
mph and still goes to restaurants when he does not have a coupon. He and his wife are glad they accepted
the transfer and are having fun setting up a new house. The only problem in accepting the transfer is his
company still wants him to do some work despite being in an area where it feels he should just retire.
By the way, I received Tony’s e-mail in September of 2000. I wonder if he had anything to do with the
voting machine “problems” in that part of Florida? Tony can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Andy Hornick sent an e-mail from Istanbul, Turkey. He was returning home on a Sunday morning after
picking up some bagels and was surprised to see something in his mailbox. It was The Indicator! Not
having received much mail since moving there about a year ago, he figured that must be a sign to send me
Andy, and his wife, Jennifer, went to Istanbul in mid-2000 after taking a job with Bechtel as business
manager on a project building three internationally funded power plants in Turkey (3,850 MW for the
inquiring engineering minds). He took early retirement after 25 years with Stone & Webster where he
worked on and off with Peter Queenan ’72 and Art Keltos ’72 when Andy was in the U.S. operations. Since
moving to Turkey he and Jennifer enjoy the Turkish food, the people, and are now experiencing their first
banking crisis, which historically occurs every two or three years or so.
His wife, Jennifer, returned to the United States in mid-March to help on the finishing touches of their
oldest daughter’s (Lisa) wedding in April 2001. Their youngest daughter, Jessica, just took a position with
McGraw-Hill in New York City as an editorial assistant. With his wife gone Andy is trying to figure out
how to use the German washing machine with the Turkish instructions. Andy’s e-mail is
email@example.com. He also mentioned Rick Stack is still with Bechtel, currently in Houston.
And I received a fourth e-mail from Bob Ricco. He told me he read one of my prior logs, where I
mentioned him, and had the wrong information. He and his wife, Chickie, are still living near Reading, PA,
have been married for 27 years and have two children, Karen (a freshman at Pitt) and Michael (a high
school freshman). Bob retired from Lucent Technologies after 30 plus years and is now employed by a
start-up company that makes tunable lasers for the telecommunications industry.
I appreciate Bob taking the time to correct something I printed in this log in error. Now, let’s see what
else can I make up and about whom. That should bring me some more e-mails.
I received a letter from Jed Babbin. He apologized for missing our 30th reunion last year as his schedule
blew up thanks to a couple of federal judges. He’s not complaining, as his legal firm is very busy. He just
hadn’t planned on working this hard at his advanced age.
Jed enclosed a promo card from his new book. Yes, he has committed an act of fiction. In his words, it’s
not highbrow literature. It’s about life in the military in the ’90s, with as much political satire as action. The
best part is 25 percent of the proceeds are being donated to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation,
which is a charity that raises college tuition money for the kids of Special Ops soldiers (SEALS, Green
Berets, Marine Recon) who were killed in the line of duty. The name of the book is “Legacy of Valor” and
is available from Pentland Press (pentlandpressusa.com).
And we have some short notes. From Marc Levine, “Been in Maryland two years—hard to believe.
Really enjoying the new job and the excitement of the location.” Marc is in North Potomac, MD. Louie
Brunetti, M.D. and J.D., is now living in Portland, OR, and is with Managed Care Consulting.
Tom Bentey ’63 (from a much earlier class and brother of our Pete) received a Christmas card from
Norberto Machado. Norby is vice president/managing broker of Esslinger-Wooten-Maxwell Realtors in
North Miami Beach, FL.
Bill Douglass is director of Product Development at Edwards Lifesciences LLC in Irvine, CA. He and his
wife, Lori, live in Aliso Viejo and have three children, Jake, Sarah and Jenna. Bill can be reached at
Some address changes are Jim Emmerling from Woodbury to St. Paul, MN; Waldo de Thomas from
Saylorsburg, PA, to Ormond Beach, FL; Greg Edwards about town in Kennewick, WA; and Bob Bott about
town in Milford, CT. Eileen and Tom Sieffert have moved from Far Hills to Lebanon, NJ, and Dan Posner
from Norristown to Huntingdon Valley, PA. We also lost contact with Stewart Allen. Anyone knowing his
whereabouts, please contact the Alumni Office.
Keep up the good work at sending me information via e-mail, letters or short notes to the Alumni Office
(which are forwarded to me). Hopefully I won’t have to print anything incorrect about anyone (not saying I
intentionally would) to evoke a response like the good one we got from Bob Ricco.
It seems there are quite a few of our class who are retiring already. Hard to believe. Till the next time,
good luck, health and wishes.
William F. Stengle
20 Honeysuckle Lane
Matawan, NJ 07747-3049
H. (732) 583-8248
Fax: (732) 583-5991
Pres. Roger W. Schatel
H. (973) 993-9372
Fax: (908) 439-2572
V.P. William J. Powll
H. (732) 541-8995
Fax: (732) 777-0204
Since this will reach you after our 30th anniversary Alumni Weekend, hope you were there, met some old
friends, got a good look at the A Building landscaping, and forked over some useful info for future
Indicators to the class secretary.
Karl Weinrich is now general manager at Longwood Pharmaceutical Research in Boston, while living in
Bridgewater, MA. Roger Rivera has moved from Denver, PA, to Lancaster, PA. His favorite hobby has
become avoiding droppings from Pennsylvania Dutch horse carriages. Charles Gallanter is president of
Erectors & Fabricators, Inc., in Denver, CO (the real one). Albert Sisto is living in Orinda, CA, and is
president and CEO of Phoenix Technologies in San Jose, CA.
In New Jersey, Al Messano is principal at Raynor Associates in Harrington Park, NJ, and Joe Garvey has
moved to a new mansion in Toms River, NJ. Alexander Ward has moved locally within Verona, VA.
Ray Plitnick has moved from Pennsylvania to Apex, NC, and Ken Klaube has moved from Germantown
to Gaithersburg, MD. Dominick Brunone has been sent from Texas to Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, for
ARAMCO, while Pascal Kruse is totally lost.
Ken Sullivan found both time and money in 2000, as he returned from a one-year hiatus to write the
family Christmas newsletter for 2000, spent a week in Ireland vacationing with Nan and son Brian, and gave
Brian a PT Cruiser for Christmas.
I received from the Alumni Office the most current Class of ’71 mailing addresses and phone numbers,
plus about 50 e-mail addresses. If anyone would like a copy or fax, let me know and I’ll get it out to you, or
you could get it through the Alumni Office. Of the 264 listed ’71 alumni, about 70 are now living outside of
the Northeast corridor (Virginia through Massachusetts). We are represented in 33 different states. Top
state is California, which harbors 16 of us, followed by Ohio with seven, Illinois with five, Texas with five
and Florida with four. Three alumni are now overseas. No Canadians, Alaskans, Hawaiians or Maine
residents. I guess we really have not run away from civilization or retired yet.
George W. Johnston
100 Poplar Drive
Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927-1545
H. (973) 539-7835
Fax: (973) 235-2363
Pres. Joseph E. Buzzerio
H. (201) 343-0978
H. Fax: (201) 343-0387
V.P. Peter T. Queenan
H. (856) 778-0341
H. Fax: (856) 482-3211
Naysayers being none, our class 30th anniversary will be celebrated on campus at Tech. Here we are, more
than halfway through the first year of the new millennium, and just months away from Alumni Weekend
2002—time to warmly encourage your attendance for a great turnout from the alumni Class of 1972 to
celebrate 30 years as Tech grads and our accomplishments achieved during those 30 years! In fact, to show
us just a ‘tip’ of the ‘mountain of achievement,’ here’s a view from the top by George Johnston:
Steve Bistak (Alpha Sigma Phi) (firstname.lastname@example.org) e-mails that he is the Northeast
regional sales manager for Rockwell Automation’s Power Systems Division (ptplace.com). Steve manages a
sales force covering the Northeast selling Reliance Electric and Dodge brand power transmission products.
Steve and spouse Paula live in Toms River, NJ, with daughters Andrea, 21, and Stefanie, 19. Steve
recently moved to Toms River to “get the house on the water that we’ve always wanted.” Paula is internal
review board coordinator for Newark Beth Israel Hospital. Andrea, a junior at Maryland Institute, College
of Arts, majoring in graphic design, is engaged to be married in March 2002. Stefanie is a freshman
majoring in writing and English at Johns Hopkins University.
Last year, the Bistaks took a Southern Caribbean cruise on the Windsurf, a 400 t. sailboat. Steve liked the
sailing and the high level of service provided to the 300 passengers. Steve’s hobbies include dining with
friends, lying on the beach and puttering around the house.
Steve keeps in contact with fellow classmates and fraternity brothers Matt Ruggiero, Bill Holler and
William Brooks (Sigma Phi Epsilon) (William.email@example.com) is vice president of Pearson
Education in Saddle River, NJ. Bill and wife, Karen, live in Basking Ridge, NJ. In 1984, Bill received an
M.B.A. from Seton Hall University.
Al Deraney (Chi Phi) (firstname.lastname@example.org) e-mails that he is purchasing manager for Lonza Inc. in
Fair Lawn, NJ. Lonza (www.lonza.com) develops and manufactures biocides, pharmaceutical intermediates,
nutracaticals and other fine and specialty chemicals. Al lives the life of a bachelor in Woodcliff Lake, NJ.
He plays drums—jamming weekly. He is a “major” Laurel and Hardy fan and autograph collector. On his
long list of activities, Al includes handgun shooting—target, not hunting. During his travels, Al has visited
England, France, Portugal, Australia, Bermuda, Canada, Hawaii, Las Vegas, New Orleans and San
Francisco. He also has attended Indy 500 car races—CART, not IRL.
Al keeps in contact with classmate Ken Wagner, Al Leone ’71 and Lowell Bishop ’79. When
affectionately mentioning his two children, Kevin, 12, and Eric, 10, Al concludes, there is no better job than
John Garibaldi writes that he is a nuclear operations and safety manager for Washington Group
International. John and wife Lil live in Toms River, NJ. Their daughter, Jen, teaches in Basking Ridge, NJ,
and son John attends DeVry Institute.
Richard Kuskin (email@example.com) e-mails that he is the owner of Foreign Tire Sales
(www.foreigntire.com) in Union, NJ, a leading importer and seller of tires from the Asia. Rich and spouse
Judy, an attorney and teacher, live in Summit, NJ, with their two children Harry, 11, and Anna, 8.
Rich visits China and Thai-land twice a year. He plays golf and jogs “1.7 miles/day.” On the To-Do List
is “lowering my handicap.” As Rich wonderfully sums it all up, “life is good.”
Anthony Poloso is a senior staff engineer for ExxonMobil in Baton Rouge, LA (www.exxonmobil.com).
Tony and wife, Sandy, live in Prairieville, LA, and have two children—son Neil, 25, and daughter, Toni,
Address Changes: Michael O’Keefe from Pompton Plains, NJ, to Southlake, TX; Timothy Bal from
Montvale, NJ, to Belle Mead, NJ; Dennis Tyrrell (Delta Tau Delta) from Marmora, NJ, to Oro Valley, AZ;
and Jim Gehard to Fairbanks, AK.
Last issue, we gave a proud glimpse of today’s Hoboken with its gentrification and its neighbor-across-
the-Hudson, the Big Apple, both of which attest to the turn of the century/millennium making its mark. ...
But only an in-person visit can truly display for all its splendor!
Traditionally, there are three opportunities on campus during Alumni Weekend for so-called class get-
togethers, i.e. a Class Reunion Celebration on Friday evening (usually near but off-campus in a dining
establishment within Hoboken); the Alumni Luncheon on Saturday, 1 p.m. (which is very formal and
usually attended by the anniversary classes with too many years to celebrate—but then again, we are at 30!);
and a Class Reunion Celebration at the Alumni Dinner Dance on Saturday evening with optional attendance
at the Alumni Cocktail Party (we can be seated together as we were at #15—anyone remember?—with the
entire gathering of alumni in attendance). Let us know your choice, as no decisions have yet been set in
We will keep you informed as plans for SIT Alumni Weekend 2002 and our Class Anniversary
Celebration develop and unfold, but set your calendars now for May 31 through June 2, 2002, for our
festivities. Also, continue to keep us informed with e-mail (see above) about your goings-on or a phone call
or note until we gather together next year!
John B. Mahon
77 Montross Avenue
Rutherford, NJ 07070
H. (201) 933-7124
Pres. Francis L. Vastano
H. (908) 369-5366
V.P. Patrick M. Barczak
H. (203) 426-8088
Harvey R. Greenberg
Three Carolina Lane
Westford, MA 01886-1413
H. (978) 692-2729
B. (781) 756-5589
Pres. George S. Bilinski
H. (803) 781-7230
V.P. Robert C. Lacovara
B. (281) 333-2132
Well, color me bummed. My consecutive streak of columns with at least something in them came to an end
with the issue I received this month (April). I think quite honestly this was a mix-up at The Indicator, since
as far as I know I responded to all mail and e-mail inquiries. Oh, well, at least the pressure is off! Anyone
want to take over the column now?
We note with sadness the death on Sept. 25, 2000, of David Wilson, who worked in restaurant
management following his graduation and owned an “alternative” pizzeria in Madison, WI. David was
struck by a drunken driver.
An interesting clue came in the mail from the Alumni Office—a change of address from John Ingui,
M.D. Dr. Ingui, who roomed right across the hall from me freshman year in South, is living in Philadelphia.
Also courtesy of the office, Robert Dilk is chief metallurgist for TRW in Greenville, NC.
Harold J. MacArthur, Jr.
Two Warwick Road
Flanders, NJ 07836-4401
H. (973) 252-1182
Pres. William J. Rooney
H. (973) 772-2696
V.P. Karl S.C. Young
B. (323) 265-4687
Fax: (323) 263-0863
Robert J.W. Wu
3214 – 76th Street
Flushing, NY 11370-1834
H. (718) 359-7812
B. (800) 235-2883
Pres. Philip F.A. Latronico
H. (201) 935-6492
V.P. Nathaniel Schlussel
H. (310) 552-1281
Contribution by Frank Roberto (firstname.lastname@example.org):
“This is my first ever submission to the class log. I admit it is long overdue. In spite of the enjoyment I
get from reading about my classmates and everyone I can remember in the plus-or-minus three-year window
around my class, I never could find the time to drop a note, among other lame excuses. I guess I have not
been alone since I can’t remember the last time I saw something in our log. This is my challenge to other
’76ers to start submitting. If I can do it ...
“To bring you up to speed in one fell swoop, Margaret Rose and I have been married nearly 23 years
now and we have four children: Peter is 20; Susan, 17; Jennifer, 15; and Frank, 8. I have spent all 25 years
since graduating with Exxon Chemical Company, now ExxonMobil. I have a fun job, presently in the
Technology division, primarily in planning activities for new facilities as well as supporting the company’s
operations worldwide. We have now been in the Houston area for 10 years, after spending half of the first
15 years in Florham Park and the other half on assignments in Europe (the Netherlands, England, Italy and
Scotland). Tough duty ... we took them grudgingly!
“Thanks to the combination of a recent revival of the Stevens Club of Houston and some recent trips to
campus for recruiting, my memories of Stevens, DTD, The Stute, etc., have been rekindled. It was fun to
return to Hoboken for recruiting; it sure has changed! I was amazed at how much it could change in a mere
quarter century. A humbling experience on campus came when I interviewed the son of a fellow Delt from
my era. It put my graying temples into perspective.
“I would love to hear what everyone else has been up to. Think about submitting something ... or drop
me random thoughts in an e-mail and I will gladly assemble or forward them. But I warn you, I am not good
at checking my home e-mail too frequently. For some reason, after navigating through dozens of e-mails at
work each day, I have trouble getting the energy up to log on at home, not to mention the challenge to get
near the computer with the children off from school.”
Richard N. Krajewski ‘77
288-7th Street, Apt. 3
Jersey City, NJ 07302
H. (201) 659-0041
Pres. Carmine Cacciavillani
H. (973) 472-1840
V.P. Joseph Mendez
H. (408) 253-7691
It’s great helping out with the class log. Ken Miller’s advice and encouragement have been very helpful!
There’s a lot of news in this issue (perhaps because the 25th reunion is now on the horizon?). Let’s start
with this update from Eric Olsen: “I still live, happily, in Connecticut with my wife (Kathy). I’m enjoying a
midlife respite from work after leaving my ‘first job’ to explore for new horizons and careers. Something
‘artsy.’ I’m regularly in touch with Mark Roth, as we share some entrepreneurial interests and laughs.
“My e-mail address recently changed to email@example.com and I’d enjoy getting back in touch with
members of the class of ’77 and salty sailors in the Yacht Club (hello to Rich Kienzle, Paul Czaya). If my
addition is correct, we will have a 25th reunion opportunity coming up soon. I should be there!”
Now for this piece from Chris Ferreri: “The best way for me to keep you up to date with my activity is to
include an article that was printed in December from Waters Magazine, a trade publication for the financial
industry. From a personal perspective, I’m still married to the girl that I met as a freshman at Tech. We have
three daughters: Joanna, 20, Annette, 18, and Christa, 14. I work right across the river at One World Trade
In any event, this is the article and it pretty much sums up my professional status.”
Excerpted from Waters Magazine, December 2000: “Chris Ferreri joined Garban as a broker in 1984.
Now he’s managing director of the Electronic Trading Community (ETC) system for U.S. Treasuries …
‘Garban was the second U.S. broker to trade securities on screens,’ Ferreri says. Of course, much has
changed since then. Initially, Garban’s systems captured history. ‘As brokers verbally matched buyers and
sellers, the trades that appeared on the screen were actually reports of trades … What traders now see
onscreen is the future,’ says Ferreri, who, together with fellow broker-turned-developer Bob Nagle and IT
specialist Gregory Smith, spearheaded the creation of ETC.”
David Parsons checks in with: “Married in Las Vegas to wife Marie (born in Sardinia, Italy) for 16 years,
with two brown-eyed boys—Chris, 13, and Jon, 10. While both boys currently go to school at Grace Church
School in Manhattan, Chris will be entering Stuyvesant High School next year. Both boys count math,
science and games as their interests. Perhaps surprisingly, Marie isn’t interested in any of these things but
instead is a lover of history and archeology.
“My first and only job has been with MetLife since leaving college. I received training in actuarial
science and am a fellow of the Society of Actuaries. After many years of various assignments (including a
five-year stint in Chicago), I now work at One Madison Avenue in New York City and live a 15 minute
walk from the office. My position currently is chief of staff to the president and CEO of MetLife. In that
position I’ve traveled to many places in the world: to Ireland, Russia, China, Mexico and the Bahamas, all
within the past year alone.
“Over the years I have continued my interest in games; I hold a master title in chess (an international
FIDE master title granted in 1990), bridge and Othello (sometimes known as Reversi). I was a member of
the World Champion Othello team in 1993 and 1997, and am currently president of the U.S. Othello
Association. In this role I publish a quarterly magazine about the game of Othello.”
More good words, this time from Fred Bruchbacher: “Still with Philip Morris in a manufacturing
engineering role. After nearly 16 years in their Concord, NC, operation, Nancy and I transferred back to the
Richmond, VA, operation in June 1999. Still managing/implementing capital projects in the ever-evolving
arena of cigarette manufacturing. Specifying and inspecting these project assets has afforded me trips to
Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Denmark, England, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Turkey and Switzerland over
the years. We do catch up to Susan and Bill Peterson in St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles, the couple of
times a year we vacation there. He’s in paradise and he knows it!”
Sounds like a good situation there. Paradise comes in different forms, though, for many of us. David
Beckman sent in a nice note: “After graduating Stevens I moved to Massachusetts and have been in
basically the same area ever since. I have been married to the lovely and talented Ilene Beckman for over 21
years, and we have two sons. One is a freshman at Columbia University and the other is a junior in high
school. I have been working for Draper Laboratory for more than 20 years, though I have migrated from
Materials Engineering into Computer Support Services (hence the easy e-mail address—
firstname.lastname@example.org). That’s it in a very small nutshell.”
Here’s the word from John McCarthy: “After graduating from Stevens, I went to Columbia University. I
studied at Columbia for six years, specializing in topology. During this time, I met my wife, Catherine, who
was an undergraduate in Barnard College at Columbia University. We were married in the summer of 1982,
about three years after we met. We completed our last year at Columbia together in 1983, when Cathy
completed her undergraduate degree and I received my Ph.D. degree.
“After graduating from Columbia together, Cathy and I moved to Watertown, MA, where I took a two-
year position (1983-85) as a Moore Instructor in the Mathematics Department of the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology. Cathy taught mathematics in a public high school in the Boston area during the 1983-1984
“At the end of the spring semester of 1984, Cathy and I flew to Bonn, West Germany, where I took a
seven-month visiting research position. Cathy was pregnant with our first son, David, when we flew to
Bonn. David was born in Bonn in August of 1984. After a productive seven-month visit to Bonn, Cathy and
I returned with our son David to Watertown.
“In the summer of 1985, after completing my Moore Instructorship at MIT, Cathy and I moved to East
Lansing, MI, where I took a position as an assistant professor of mathematics at Michigan State University.
My family lived on campus during our first year at MSU.
“In the summer of 1986, we moved into our first home in Lansing, MI. Our second son, Steven, was born
in July, shortly after we moved into this home. Our third son, Ethan, was born in June of 1990. I was
promoted to associate professor that year. Our fourth son, Colin, was born in March of 1995. In November
of that year, we moved to our second home in Holt, MI. I was promoted to professor in 1998. Our oldest
son, David, will be graduating from high school in the spring of 2002—25 years after I graduated from
But wait, there’s more! Michael Kosusko wrote recently. He and his wife of 17 years, Rhonda, have lived
in the Trinity Park neighborhood of Durham, NC, since 1988. Mike reports they have no children, but keep
a cat and two dogs. For the past several years he’s been president of the North Carolina Stevens Club, and is
completing his first term on Chi Psi fraternity’s Executive Council. According to Mike, he has become an
expert in nonprofit operations through participation in the Duke University Certificate Program in Nonprofit
Management and his efforts for Chi Psi. In 1980, Mike received his M.S.Ch.E. from the University of
Virginia in Charlottesville. After six years with Engelhard Corporation in Edison, NJ, and McIntyre, GA, he
joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Re-search Triangle Park, NC. For the past 16-plus
years, he has worked in the Air Pollution Prevention and Control Division of the EPA’s National Risk
Management Research Laboratory. And for the past decade or so, he has evaluated pollution prevention
options “for reducing volatile organic compound and hazardous air pollutant emissions from surface coating
(painting) and solvent cleaning operations.”
Mike currently leads two projects for the EPA. He has managed the EPA’s Environmental Technology
Verification P2 Innovative Coatings and Coating Equipment Pilot (ETV CCEP) program since its inception
in 1996. (Additional information about Mike’s ETV CCEP project can be found on the ETV Web site:
www.epa.gov/etv.) Mike is also responsible for the Coatings Guide, a Web-based, interactive expert system
that aids users of surface coatings to identify alternative, environmentally compliant paints and coatings for
use in their existing coating operations. (It is available on the Web at cage.rti.org.) Thanks for the update,
Mike. Classmates can reach him at email@example.com.
From halfway around the world come these words from Jack Gong: “Currently I am happily married to
Siu Lee, and we have two children. A daughter, Lisa, who is now 13 going on 14 in July and a son, Steven,
who is now 11. Siu Lee and I will have been married for 17 years (how time flies) as of April 14.
“I had worked for a number of companies such as General Foods, Beecham Products and Ford Motor
Company for the first few years after graduation from Steven in various locations throughout the United
States. Over 17 years ago, I went to work for Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, NJ. With the tri-vestiture of
AT&T, I became a member of Lucent Technologies. I am responsible for all of their real estate in the
Asia/Pacific and China region. We have now been located in Hong Kong for the past three and one half
years. I have had the opportunity to travel extensively throughout this region for business needs and have
spent more hours in planes and airports than I care to remember. However, on the plus side, I have had the
chance to take my family on vacation to all of the countries out here and we have tremendous memories of
all these wonderful places that we have visited.
“If there are any Stevens alumni out here in Hong Kong, please feel free to contact me via
firstname.lastname@example.org or at my office number: 852-2506-5200.”
The march of memories continues with Roger DePietro, who is currently in Somerville, MA: “Hello, out
there! I’m single, no bambinos. I have been doing contract work for a while now. My consulting company is
TPFX Consulting, Inc. I do ‘embedded microcontroller based systems development,’ mostly firmware, but I
do hardware design also. For many of the smaller companies with smaller projects, they want someone who
‘wears those two hats.’ My optical knowledge is occasionally useful also!
“I am a member of the IEEE, and its Boston section Consultant’s Network. My project experience has
been diverse, involving such areas as: business telephone sets, speech therapy instrumentation, laser light
show systems and motion control for robotic systems.
“I didn’t quite travel around the world, but did work (early ’90s) for Lamont-Doherty Geological (now
‘Earth’) Observatory of Columbia University in support of its oceanographic operation. This took me to
such exotic places as the kingdom of Tonga, Iceland and Easter Island, to name a few. I was looking for a
change from the aerospace/military environment (Yikes!) I had ‘fallen into’ with my optics and electronics
background. Lamont-Doherty was a refreshing change and a great experience!
“Hobbies, activities: I enjoy music a great deal and try to see bands when I can. Snowboarding is a
definite passion! Keep in touch!”
I’ve never tried snowboarding, Roger. I ought to give it a go ... (By the way, Roger is at
I like June Markkanen-Amariuta’s e-mailed note. The name in the return field of the note said, “Greatest
Mommy.” It was delightful to see. Her note reads: “Well, life is very busy. I have a 7-year-old daughter,
Tiffany, and a new 9-week-old cocker spaniel puppy, named Cleopatra, Queen of the Nile. My parents
drove 1,900 miles to Nova Scotia just to get the puppy of my daughter’s choice.
“Tiffany is in second grade and at the top of her class. She is an excellent swimmer and received a trophy
last summer for being the youngest ever (6 years old) to swim one mile at Cupsaw Lake. Tiffany is planning
on attending Stevens, and she will be part of the Class of 2015. So hard to believe!! I am very involved in
Tiffany’s school activities, including being a class mother (this is my third year).
“We are currently building our dream house on Cupsaw Lake. Since we all love swimming so much, we
are building an indoor pool in the new home. We have a family Internet service provider business. Things
are very busy with that. I support all the UNIX-based machines for the business. Looking forward to seeing
you soon.” June’s e-mail address is email@example.com.
Just as I was about to send this log to Stevens, in came this pleasant note from Paul Antieri: “Well, here it
goes, our latest update. The family grew by one with the addition of baby Jeremy. My two girls, Elissa and
Michelle ages 11 and 9, wanted a baby brother. Since all our kids are adopted, baby Jeremy was only a
phone call away. Our lawyer was able to get us a newborn baby boy within eight weeks of the initial call.
Jeremy was born on May 13, 1999.
“California life is great, we moved into our new house a couple of years ago, still in Pacific Palisades,
just a stone’s throw from the ocean atop the hills. My new venture includes joining a rock band. (I play
electronic drums.) We do mostly benefit gigs for the downtown charities and the YMCA organizations. Just
got done with a gig outdoors on the bluffs of the Palisades for a sunset block party.
“The girls and I are still into karate (Chinese Kempo) and have been to Vegas and Irvine for
tournaments. Starting to get serious about it. My company had a name change in ’96 when my last partner
retired and I took over the biz. We have grown to two local offices and one satellite office in Vietnam. The
staff is up to 35 people and keeping us busy. We had a stock offering within the company last year that had
proven to be rewarding.
“Trish quit her job finally last year to stay home with Jeremy. Just got him his first electronic drum set.
Attached is a video of him playing drums.
“Well, got to go to the office—just back from vacation. Take care.”
It was nice to hear from a professor of ours, Dr. Harold Dorn, Hon. M.Eng. ’81. I heard from him in
response to an inquiry I made concerning some good books about the relationship between technology and
culture. (I have an interest in how the public’s cultural perception of technology can affect adoption of new
technologies around the world, and even affect financing opportunities for new tech companies. I’m also
curious about the role that culture and politics may have in preventing advances in medical instrumentation
from translating into more widespread adoption and lower costs.) It was great hearing from him again, and
he said that it was “tremendously encouraging for a teacher to hear that he has had an effect on a student
even 20 years later.” He has a new book, “Science and Technology in World History: An Introduction” (co-
authored with Stevens’ James McClellan, Hon. M.Eng. ’98, associate dean of the Arthur E. Imperatore
School of Sciences and Arts) that you may want to read sometime. (Somebody ask Dr. Dorn if we can get
extra credit for reading it. ...)
Now to turn to the update cards from the Alumni Office: Patrick Burt’s card indicates that he is director
of Quality Assurance at Scimed-Boston Scientific in Maple Grove, MN. He’s married to Amy Sazima and
has a daughter, Sarah Elizabeth, who I believe is a little over 2½ years old at the time of this writing. I had a
chance to speak with him and he sends his regards to everyone and invites classmates to write him at
Judging from the change of address notice that the post office sent, Bill Vogt has moved from Short Hills
to Florham Park, NJ. Also, got notice that Carmen Caceres Hossain moved from Lake Mary to Winter Park,
FL, and James Santoianni moved from Gilbertsville, PA, to Belvidere, NJ. Good luck with the new places,
and please correct me if I got those address changes backwards. Let us know what is happening in your
Remember John Scafidi? I remember having an interview at a restaurant in Michigan, when the waiter
brought over some of the famous breadsticks that John’s family’s baking company makes. I noticed them
and mentioned to the interviewer that I knew someone from the family that made them. Well, he must have
been impressed because I got the job. I credit John’s breadsticks for my getting the job. ... (No, not the
waiter’s job! A different one.) Hope to hear from you, John. Please send a note!
This is a good time to remind everyone that we depend on a strong Stevens, and a strong Stevens
depends on us. Don’t forget to mark this momentous occasion—the upcoming 25th anniversary of our
graduation—with a present to Stevens, even if there is nothing else you plan to do to mark the event. If you
haven’t had a chance to give before, a little something in appreciation for The Indicator will probably make
you feel pretty warm inside. The Indicator is an important link to your classmates, and your classmates are
part of your social and career network, so keep the link alive. (You may recall that the Prince of Wales is
listed in our graduation program as an honorary classmate. Does anyone have his e-mail address. …?)
And, don’t be a stranger! How are things going with you? I know life isn’t always a bed of roses, so you
may feel there isn’t anything you want to report right now, but, hell, I’d even like to know your latest high
score in Microsoft Pinball. … Or perhaps you are like me, feverishly working on a way to convert excess
weight into lots of thick wavy hair that should have rightfully been yours. … Send it in (the story, not the
weight or the hair). Write to me at my e-mail or snail-mail address. And, if you know the whereabouts of
any of our apparently missing classmates (for instance, J. Hampton Sailer, Mitchell Baskin, Lawrence
Freiberger, Irena Golja or Matthew Pfeifer), please let us know. In any case, looking forward to hearing
James M. Weatherall
Secretary – Vice President
63 Manger Road
Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927
H. (973) 326-9230
Pres. J. Ronald Hosie
H. (315) 625-5356
July 22, 2001—Looks like I’m on a roll, but just a short one this time, since I am submitting it a little late.
Please send me more material for future issues. I finally caught up with Kathy Seasholtz
(firstname.lastname@example.org) recently. Her husband, John, has recently recovered from treatment for
testicular cancer. Although the Seasholtz family had a difficult year learning how to live with and fight this
disease, the good news is that it is in remission. Kathy reports that “We are doing fine and John is back
almost to his old self. His goal is to be back running by the end of the year (right now he is walking three
times a week). He is determined.” John’s doctors at Fox Chase, the top-notch regional hospital specializing
in cancer care, recommended treating the disease with an aggressive course of chemo, which has proven to
be successful. John and Kathy have two daughters: Becky, a senior in high school, and Elizabeth, a
sophomore. Elizabeth is starting to train for the high school cross-country team, and John is going to start
working out with her. Kathy had been working for PECO in Philadelphia, as marketing director in the
corporate offices, until PECO merged with ComEd out of Chicago. In March, when PECO (ComEd)
offered packages to reduce its workforce, she opted to leave to spend more time with John and the girls.
“The opportunity to take time off from the workplace couldn’t have come at a better time for us.” Kathy is
considering several career options and plans to return to work by the end of the year.
Kathy keeps in touch with several classmates through Kevin Murphy. Kevin (email@example.com) is the
HyCO Onsite development manager at Air Products and Chemicals in Allentown. I recently sent Kevin an
e-mail, but have not yet heard back from him, so I expect I will have more material from him for the next
Indicator. Watch this space.
I also learned through several friends that Mike Antieri is back in New Jersey. Mike and his wife, Leigh
Ann, have two daughters, and are reportedly living in the Short Hills area. I hope to track him down some
time this summer or fall, to find out about his career with AT&T. The last time that Maureen and I ran into
Mike, he was in the process of relocating his family to the San Francisco Bay area, for an assignment to run
AT&T’s Pacific region.
I regret to report the death of Charles Baskinger’s mother, Mary Baskinger, on May 5, 2001. She died of
ovarian cancer that had remained undetected for some time but was discovered very shortly before she
passed away. I attended the wake in New Jersey, and spent some time with Chas and his family. He lost his
father a little over one year ago, so it has been a difficult year for him and his family. Please keep them in
Effective July 1, we successfully completed a management transition at Kline & Co., following the
planned retirement of three of our senior execs. One of them, Carl Eckert, is a Stevens alumnus from the
class of 1969. Carl was the senior vice president responsible for the Materials Practice at Kline, and had
been with the firm for over 20 years. Carl told me he now plans to fine-tune his surf fishing skills for the
rest of the summer, before he contemplates what he will do with the rest of his career. We wish him all the
Meanwhile, Maureen has been transitioning into her new role at Stevens as well. Our son, Jim, is
working for a physics professor at Stevens this month, focusing on some mathematical modeling projects
related to Nan technology. Katie has been working on building her riding skills, and is doing well on the
New Jersey Horse Show circuit.
Oh, well, I told you this would be a short log. Hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing
it. Please send me some news about you and your family for the next Indicator.
Doreen Y. Foster
703 Eagle Lane
Doylestown, PA 18901
H. (215) 343-3066
Pres. Dolores M. La Marca Wagoner
H. (973) 872-9532
Fax: (973) 660-6918
V.P. Mary M. Lemanowicz Palilonis
H. (609) 448-1456
Kathy M. Burkholder McCarthy
18 Pinewood Lane
Warren, NJ 07059
H. (732) 764-0807
Fax: (908) 764-9584
Pres. Kathleen G. O’Malley Coumans
V.P. Joel T. Wagoner
H. (973) 872-9532
My e-mail requests for classmate news were not met with much enthusiasm this time; however, I was
fortunate to receive responses to my desperate pleas from two of my dearest friends. I am grateful to both
Katy O’Malley Coumans and Denise Kratsios Pucciani, who came to my rescue, and are the reason I am
able to write this article.
Katy writes, “I got two Indicators within the last week (vagaries of the local post office), and it has really
emphasized the passage of time for me. Used to be that we could just flip to the back cover and within a
page or so we’d find our article. Now we have to turn page after page after page to get far enough within the
publication to find our class. I remember, when our class log was right by the back cover, flipping through
and looking at the pictures of those who graduated 20 to 25 years before us and thinking how old and
boring they looked. I don’t think we look old, nor boring, and I also think the recent graduates look just as
old as we do now. We haven’t aged at all, but boy how the rest of the alumni have! Those same people who
were as far back from the end in the Class Logs as we are now are approaching the time when they’ll get
their Old Guard pins.” That’s sentiment we can all share, Katy!
She adds, “News from Liz and Dave Straube. They continue to work on the finishing details of their self-
built house, but moved in a year or so ago already, and are very happy. Dave has a photography business
now, and Liz seems to spend a large amount of time biking (an hour or more a day). I get sore just thinking
Denise Kratsios Pucciani writes: “Pat ’78 and I are enjoying our 16th year together. Our daughter, Kim,
is turning 14 and will be starting high school in the fall (it’s so hard for me to believe—where did the time
go? I still can vividly remember my first day at Stevens!), and our son, Tommy, is turning 11 and will be
starting middle school in September. Kim enjoys softball (she pitches), basketball, reading, the Internet, and
hanging around with her friends. Tommy loves baseball, soccer, hockey, basketball (in other words, just
about any sport) and playing Nintendo (of course). Bogey, our 3-year-old Shih Tzu, rounds out the family.
“Pat has been working at a pharmaceutical company that specializes in generic drugs. He is a senior
business analyst acting as a liaison between manufacturing (in which he has nearly 20 years experience) and
the I.T. department (computers are his new love).
“I work as a district manager for a national company, designing coin and card operated laundry rooms for
the academic and multi-housing world. My territory is the NY/NJ metro area. As with all of us, life is busy
and hectic between working full time and being involved with your kid’s lives, but we wouldn’t want it any
other way! After 20 years, I still miss the days at Stevens, and there are some days that I wish I could just
turn back the clock for a while. ...” Don’t we all, Nise!
That’s about it for now. Take care, and please, please, please take a moment to drop me a line! Until next
David L. Ritter
4603 Concord Court
Midland, MI 48642-3519
H. (989) 835-4103
B. (989) 791-0512
Pres. Samuel D. Winograd
H. (860) 464-9174
V.P. Joseph M. Duke
B. (610) 251-1881
It sure was great to get so many responses last time when I put out my plea for input via e-mail. Since then,
several of you continue to send in news, so it’s great to hear about all the things going on in each other’s
lives. The initial torrent is now a torrent, though, so if you have a few minutes, please dash me off a quick
paragraph about how you’re spending your summer.
This spring our class fund drive committee sent out a letter letting you know that we are striving to
establish an endowed scholarship in memory of Tony Leno and Bob Leckburg. We lost Tony to a freak auto
accident and Bob was onboard Pan Am Flight 103 when it was destroyed over Lockerbie, Scotland. Please
consider giving generously to the fund, which will help future Stevens students meet the escalating costs of
getting a world-class engineering education at our alma mater.
Recently I received this e-mail from former co-thespian Steve Olson, regarding some significant changes
in his life—read on!
“I e-mailed you almost a year ago and told you things were changing around in my life, and I’d mail you
an update when things settled down. It’s taken some time, but I’m happy to report that things turned out the
way I’d hoped and I can now provide you with the long-awaited report.
“After graduating from Stevens, I went to work for Western Electric, and spent the next 18-plus years
working for the Bell System in one form or another. I finally got tired of being a very small piece of a very
large, Dilbert-like company, and began looking for a change. My wife and I were also tiring of cold, snowy
New Jersey winters. Finally, at the end of last year, Lucent offered an early termination package that was
too good to turn down—my last day was March 31, 2000, and by May we were in Florida!
“Life down here is great! We settled in Disney’s Town of Celebration (just outside Disney World), and it
is incredible. I’m convinced that this is the friendliest, most civic-minded town in the country; we’ve met
some great people down here and already have a couple of really good friends.
“Of course there is a lot to do down here. Whenever there is a shuttle launch we sit on our front porch to
watch it go up. The downside is that when it lands at night, the sonic booms wake us up at 3 a.m.! It’s not
uncommon for us to be hanging at home on a Friday night when, just to get some fresh air, I’ll take my
oldest daughter over to Epcot to catch the parade and fireworks, or to DisneyQuest to play some of the
virtual reality games. And, of course, the fact that the temperature reaches the mid-70s in the middle of
winter doesn’t hurt.
“After months of painstaking searching (which included a four-week stint as a consultant for Disney’s
Caribbean Beach Resort), I finally accepted a job last September. I’m now working for EPIK
Communications (www.epik.net). Epik is a start-up firm that is rapidly building a fiber optic network across
the country. I’m the capital budget manager, meaning I’m responsible for almost $450M they are spending
to build their fiber infrastructure. After spending my whole career working for huge Bell descendents, it’s
exciting (and a little strange) to be working for a firm with less than 200 employees, where the person with
the longest tenure (the CEO) has been there for a year and a half.
“On the personal side, I’ve been married to my wife Barbara for 10 years now (it takes a pretty incredible
woman to put up with me), and have two wonderful daughters named Genevieve (who is 6) and Raven
“Hope things are going well for you as well. I can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org,
and would love to hear from fellow alumni.”
That was just the kind of input we need—thanks, Steve! Also received a short e-note from newlywed
Mike Hecht, who reported he “was just in a meeting with Joe Puzino ’83 and he congratulated me on my
wedding, having seen The Indicator. I did not know that he was a Duck ’83. He also mentioned that you
two were in the Glee Club together. The things you find out about people!”
By the time you get this issue of The Indicator, I would expect that the Alumni Day 2001 festivities are
over with. Several of you sent me e-mails wondering if anything special was going on, but, unfortunately,
we didn’t get a good response when we asked if anyone wanted to set up a class event for our 20th reunion.
I hope some of you were able to get together to swap stories and catch up on each other’s lives. As I sit
writing this in mid-April, it does not look likely that I will be able to break loose from here in mid-Michigan
for the early June weekend due to family vacation commitments—I really would like to be there with you
all but it appears it just won’t happen for me. I am disappointed because this will be the first five-year
recurrence that I will miss. Maybe we ought to plan for something special for our “silver” jubilee in 2006.
We realize that this is pretty distant on the “event horizon,” but since not a single class officer currently
resides in New Jersey, it would be helpful to have assistance in that area. Any takers?
From the “snail-mail” bag of address changes and notifications of lost alums, here’s what I received from
the Alumni Office mailing a few weeks ago: Mike York sent in a handwritten (gasp!) note with his new
address in Clark, NJ; a fax shows Steve Queriolo has changed the spelling of his last name to Queroli, in an
update that also shows him as president of Network OSS Inc. in Wood-bridge, NJ; and a Web-based form
updated Jose Bravo’s information where he is listed as a scientist with Boeing Satellite Systems in El
Segundo, CA. The clipped-out change-of-address forms from the Stevens Alumniletter newsletters came
back with “unknowns” or “undeliverable” for my frosh roomie Tony Bazzini, Howie Pinoos and Bob
Pennacchi. Others who were successfully located were Glen Eckart in Fort Collins, CO, Tom Hughes in
Woodinville, WA, Adolfo Kaufman in Aliso Viejo, CA, and John Brisson in Rockport, MA.
You’ll notice that some of my contact information has changed—a sign of telecommunications growth.
Ameritech was bought by SBC some two years ago, so my e-mail has changed. This April, our 517 area
code was replaced by 989 and will be required for use in October.
Please “keep the ball rolling” and send me a note, picture, e-mail, letter, postcard or whatever, whenever
you can. We’ve had many positive remarks about the material placed in this column—we just need a few
minutes’ time from you to share your story. Send me those cards and letters, gang—we would love to hear
Erich H. Seber
7880 Hidden Oaks
Pittsford, NY 14534
H. (716) 724-0302
B. (716) 254-3510
Pres. James H. Tallia, Jr.
B. (610) 588-6871
V.P. Ellen L. Vogt Hromada
H. (610) 630-8628
Richard O. Van Tassel
50 Schooley’s Mountain Road
Long Valley, NJ 07853
H. (908) 876-3789
Pres. Robert P. Talbot
B. (270) 926-3300
V.P. Francis W. De Marinis
H. (973) 616-2793
Robert P. Confrancisco
532 Spencer Drive
Wyckoff, NJ 07481
Pres. William J. Accardi
B. (301) 313-3102
V.P. Daniel T. Belenets
H. (201) 273-3723
It is a happy day for our class. I would like to report that Jamie Pignataro got married to Philip Hovick on
July 24, 1999, and is now Jamie Hovick. Congratulations, Jamie. A photograph of the happy event should
have been in an earlier Indicator.
We have found Mike Leyden. He was very hard to find, but in the end he was tracked down through the
EMTM program at Stevens. Mike graduated again in May 2001 and is a proud alumnus again. Mike reports
he has been married to Lisa Leyden for 13 years, and they have a son Luke, 12, and two daughters
Gabrielle, 10, and Hannah, 9. He lives in Hackettstown, NJ, and keeps in touch with Lou Portelli, Ray
Haggar, Frank Freguletti and John Verry. Mike works for Blueflame, Inc., as an account principal. He is
responsible for sales and marketing of the pharmaceutical and consumer products vertical practice. He
focuses his attentions on the Fortune 500 companies.
Nelson Perez has written to us. Nelson has bought his first house in Silver Spring, MD. Nelson is
working for Integrated Chipware selling RTM, a requirements tool. His latest hobbies are raising bonsai and
brewing coffee liquor. He reports that owning a house has made him very poor, but he is very happy to
finally own a house. Welcome to the club.
At the same time Nelson was moving, so did I. I was kicked out of my last place of residence and had to
find a house to live in. I bought a house in Wyckoff, NJ, and I am very poor. I have learned a valuable
lesson. Never buy a house in the middle of winter from someone who doesn’t realize the heat doesn’t work.
Obviously nothing else in the house worked.
As to the hidden messages, there has been a winner. Keith McDermott found the “John Wong’s mailman
wears a dress” message. Keith won an all-expense-paid trip for two to Bermuda paid by the Stevens. Keith
is required to give us a little note on how the trip went. Please, everybody remember there are hidden
messages in every log!
I also have heard from Tim Taylor ’82. Tim works for Dial soap and was the principal scientist involved
in creating the new foam soap. So everybody go get some and tell us how it is!
I also visited our most famous alumnus, Frank Petrucci ’85. It was a good trip because he was selling a
new car to President Clinton and I got to meet the former president. Try to guess which car President
Clinton was buying?
Here is another puzzle. You are one of three people in a room. It is explained to the three of you that
there are three red and three blue hats. Each person will have one hat put on his head. You can’t see your
own hat but each person will be able to see each other and the other hats on their heads. When they ask, one
(or more) of the persons in the group must raise their hand if they know what color hat they have on. If
anyone is right, they all win $1 million each, but if anyone is wrong or nobody answers, they all will be
hanged. You are allowed to talk to each other for a few minutes before it all begins. Question is how can
you be sure to win the money.
Ellen M. Cronan
183 Grove Street
Somerville, NJ 08876-1645
H. (908) 595-2926
Pres. Amanda C. Bustos
H. (908) 806-7906
V.P. Charles J. Buscarino, Jr.
H. (908) 322-7283
Crazy Glenn Whritenour has moved for the 15th time. He’s now in Mulberry, FL, building power plants.
He’s very happy about the move, as there will be an increased opportunity for good pizza and more
attractive go-go girls. He’s looking for the whereabouts of Gerry Wetzel and Bob Aehlich. Please report in
to Mr. Whritenour at WhritenourGP@bv.com. Glenn also states that his new company, Black & Veatch, is
hiring electrical and mechanical engineers so anyone who’s affected by the present (at least as I write this)
layoffs might want to drop him a line.
The following people have gone lost: Larry Velez, Paul Gabriel, David Weltz and Tom Aufiero. Please
report any information on their whereabouts. Jorge Dela Cruz has moved to Eldersburg, MD. Capt. Kirk
Horton has moved to Newport News, VA. Tom Stringer has moved to Sterling, NJ. Greg Bischer has
moved west to the boonies and rural route in Stroudsburg, PA. John Oliveto has a new place in Bloomfield,
NJ. Emil Stefanacci has yet another business card. Now he’s with Avaya and I’ll bet it’s his fifth or sixth
card without even moving his office. Babak Barmak has reported in from Guttenberg, NJ, with no
information about his life.
Steve Burke has packed his bags and moved to San Jose, CA. It was confirmed that Gavin Biebuyck
works in Reading, PA, and is a vice president for UAI Environmental. Ken Simone is in East Greenwich,
RI, with his wife and three children. Mike Madden works for Software Services in Arlington, NJ. His
company is looking for software engineers with VB, C++ or SQL skills and for project and technical
managers. Peter Louloudis is president of Belmar Agencies Corp. in Fort Lee, NJ. Scott Wernli reported
that he is working for McBride/Struble Services in Fairfield, NJ.
If you’re a regular Indicator reader, you may have noticed that my reports have been missing lately.
Anyone with more motivation than myself to be class secretary is welcome to take the job. Here’s some
news meant for the last issue:
Reunion news from June Weiman DeSalvio: Here’s who we saw at the alumni reunion in July 2000,
Eleni Vittas, Mark Kudlacik, Camille Roccanova Kluge, Rich Kluge, Fotis Boliakis, Phyllis Doig, Nick
Sinish, and Ivens de Mendonca. The sorry news is Connor Blanch-field ran in the Lollipop race
and came in last. He and Samantha DeSalvio had lots of fun though and loved their medals!
Reunion news from Annette Williams Gustin: “I would start with the fact that our illustrious Vice
President Ellen Cronan wasn’t there. [Secretary’s note: she’s only secretary] Bitch! I would then add that all
the men who cause pregnancy but only deal with it for about 1.5 minutes look suave and svelte and that is
unfair to us child-bearers with big hops. I mean big hips! (So my hips have hops and barley on them!) It was
certainly great to be back and see the campus well maintained with many improvements. It was nice to show
it off to my family. Also, it is interesting to note that some things never change, as one wakes up early hours
in the morning and finds themselves walking from Humphreys Hall to North Dorm! Except that there are
two kids and a husband in tow. Nonetheless—it was still fun!”
News from Liz Lam Urbano: “I am now working part time to spend more time with my son, Michael. I
am still working for Nova Biomedical in Massachusetts as a supplier quality engineer. My husband, John, is
continuing to work at MIT Lincoln Laboratory as a principal software engineer. We live in Stow, MA,
which is a small country-like town with lots of apple orchards and golf courses.”
Gavin Biebuyck is living in Reading, PA. His wife, Susan, sounds like she was harassed by the good
Alumni Office workers and was not interested in providing further information. Daria DiMeo Jarauld is
working for John Deere in Iowa with her husband and two children. Daria’s title is master process pro. Sue
Venner Munday has moved to Oakton, VA. Phil Dykstra has finally left Maryland and is living in San
Diego. No news on whether he is still working for the U.S. of A. Leonard Horn has a new house in
Randolph, NJ. Jackie Rehonic Elwood has moved to Bridgewater, NJ. Joe Grabler has also moved to
Bridgewater. Patrick Cupo has moved to West Orange. Jennifer Wolson Cho Dolan has moved out to the
country in Belle Mead. Gail and Frank Stulb are having fun raising Frank the Third. Steve Burke found a
new place in Silver Spring, MD.
Anthony Altomare has moved to Towaco, NJ. He’s an I.T. project Leader for Honey-well. Toyken Yee
Hemmerling appears to have returned from the Far East and is back home in Sunnyside, NY. Richie
Piovano is an account executive at Johnson Controls in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ. Max Carnecchia is working
for Xoriant Corp in Palo Alto, CA. Darlene Singley Lewis is working for Comedy Central in New York.
Brian J. Quinn
61 Constable Lane
Levittown, NY 11756
Pres. Jon M. Oliphant
Greetings from your class scribe. It’s time to play detective. Can you find two changes?
The first change should be easy to spot. There is a different e-mail address below my name. My AOL
account is more flexible to use.
The second change can be found in the masthead. Ms. Andrea Ritola resigned from her position as
executive editor in Jan. 2001. The Alumni Office just secured her replacement. Thus, there is still some
catching-up to do. Thank you for your—here comes the “P” word again—patience.
Fortunately, I got plenty of class updates for this log. Let’s start with an e-mail from James T. Potemra:
“It’s hard to imagine the past 15 years in a few words. After I left Stevens, I worked for two years at a
Navy facility in D.C. (mostly submarine design). I then went down to Florida to get an M.S. degree in
oceanography. Then, I came back to D.C. to do climate research at NASA using their satellites. After a brief
stay there, I went back to school in Hawaii to earn a Ph.D. degree (also in oceanography).
“I am now on the faculty at the University of Washington in Seattle. My position is tenuous at best, and I
am applying at various places for a more permanent position. I will probably end up somewhere in the West
Coast, or perhaps back in Hawaii.
“I do not make it back East often. My sister still lives in Virginia. Due to various travels, I have lost
touch with everyone from Stevens. I remember the physics group (Tony DiCarlo, Dan Axtell, Al Caggiano
and myself) being sort of independent to begin with. Sometimes I wonder what happened to those guys.”
Thanks for the correspondence, Jim. Going to college in Hawaii (read: beautiful beaches) must have been
an exciting experience. Sure beats watching from Castle Point the garbage barge floating down the Hudson.
And speaking of Daniel D. Axtell, a reliable source has it that Dan is living somewhere in the Oranges,
NJ. He is heavily involved with computers, so I am told.
I remember Dan had a poster of Ernesto “Ché” Guevara in his dorm room, as well as a book about Dr.
Salvador Allende Gossens, the Chilean Marxist leader killed during a CIA-backed coup in 1973. No doubt
about it, Dan wasn’t the typical (read: conservative-thinking) Stevens student. I would be glad to hear from
Oops, I’m digressing once again. Let’s get back to the updates, courtesy of the Alumni Office. Two of
our classmates went through a Big Change in their lives: holy matrimony.
Robert Coyne, Jr., and Josephine A. Moszczynski were married on Oct. 28, 2000. Josephine earned a
master’s degree in business from Harvard. She is a business manager at the Freeport, NY-based Rohm and
Haas Co. Robert is a graduate of Syracuse University. He is a construction manager at Bechtel Corp. in
A more recent wedding was had by Ramon Guerrero and the former Holly McGrath on Feb. 17, 2001.
Ramon is a principal engineer at BAE systems in Greenlawn, NY. The bride graduated from the University
of Pittsburgh; she is a freelance interactive art director in New York City. The couple resides in East
Northport, NY. You can send e-mail to the Guerreros at email@example.com.
On behalf of all ’86ers, I wish the very best to both couples in their new roles as husbands and wives.
May your years of going through life together be joyful.
It seems that Michael A. Tomasulo has undertaken a career change: full-time Christian ministry. Mike is
the president and founder of Evangelistic Ministries International (www.evangelistic.org). When they are
not traveling around the world ministering to many churches and people, Mike and wife Lisa keep the faith
together in Fort Walton Beach, FL.
Our class president, Jon Oliphant, has a change in status of his whereabouts—from incognito to
somewhat known. Jon works at MCCS Networks. His home mailing address is in Florida, and his home e-
mail address, firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also have more information about John D’Agostino. John is a senior engineer at ITT, and lives in
Morris Plains, NJ. He can receive e-mails via email@example.com.
Steven Nani (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Ho Sup Lee (email@example.com) have contacted the Alumni
Office to update their records. Steve is president/division director at the Los Angeles office of R.R.
Donnelley & Sons Co. Steve and wife Jacqueline Ann reside in Yorba Linda. Meanwhile, Ho Sup and
spouse Angelica live in Atlanta, GA.
Of course, there are address changes to report. To make things more interesting, I will use a state’s
nickname. If you are stuck, then get hold of an almanac.
Currently residing in the Empire State are William J. Tibbetts (Pittsford), John C. Bartos (Williamsville)
and John M. Avallone (Manhattan, what a give-away). Boynton Beach in the Sunshine State is now home
for Douglas A. Toth. By the way, Michael C. Zari, wife Mary and their two daughters (Sydney and Amy)
are still living in the Yellowhammer State, but this time in Madison. Bakers-town in the Keystone State is
now where one can find Wai Kin K. Chan.
If you are going through the town of Waukesha in the Badger State, you may want to stop and chat with
John J. Whylings. Classmates with new mailing addresses in the Garden State—do you have to look that
one up?—are Dr. Fred M. Nichols (Sparta), Thomas J. Jankoski (Howell) and Maria A. Monge Linzmayer
By the way, changes will be implemented to get even more news from you folks. Relax, I won’t be
pounding on your front door. The next log will have the results.
Take care and be well.
Dino P. Kostarelos
322 Fourth Street, Apt. 2-B
Union City, NJ 07087
H. (201) 863-3466
Pres. Marion Peter Metelski
B. (212) 697-5995
V.P. William R. Ambrose
H. (908) 389-1701
Guest log submission from Cyndy Winters Traverso:
Congratulations to Jay Bizarro and his wife, Caryn, on the birth of their third child, Caroline Faith.
Caroline was born on March 13, 2001, and joins their son Justin, 5, and daughter Jillian, 3. The Bizarros
moved to Hillsdale, NJ, in May 1999 after living in Kentucky for three years. Jay is working for ISP
(formerly GAF Chemicals) in business development for their Fine Chemicals division.
Congratulations to Ron Maurer, too! Ron finished his MBA at the Graduate School of Management of
Rutgers University in December 2000 and started a new job recently. Ron has been talking about leaving
Cosmair for years, and finally did it. He is now the vice president of Manufacturing for Falcon Safety
Products, Inc., in Branchburg, NJ. Personally, I find the thought of Ron working for a safety products
company very funny, because in our college days we all said, “It’s not a party until Ron breaks something”!
Ron and his wife, Wendy, are the parents of Ian, 3, and Lauren Rebekkah, born on Mar. 18, 2000. More
congratulations go to Silvia Hoyo Fresco and her husband, Sean, on the birth of their son, Luke. Luke was
born in February of 2001 and has a big brother, John, 2. It’s so great to hear about all the babies being born
to our classmates. It’s hard to believe we’ve been out of Stevens for 14 years now, but we certainly have a
lot to show for the time that has passed.
We’ve lost track of some of our classmates. If you know where to find Agissilaos Veroutis please send
me his e-mail or mailing address. If you want to add any information to our next class log, please send it by
e-mail to Cyndy Traverso at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Margaret A. Cicconi
330 Worthington Way
Duluth, GA 30097
H. (770) 814-8795
Pres. Corey P. Graney
B. (732) 981-9400
V.P. Mark V. Adam
H. (732) 460-0205
B. (973) 305-5376
Lydia Geer writes, “I have changed jobs as of May 8, 2000. I now work for MTU Aero Engine Design, Inc.,
in Rocky Hill, CT. They are a German-based gas turbine engine manufacturing company—doing work for
some American gas turbine engine companies, such as Pratt & Whitney, GE and Vericore (Honeywell). I
still do FEA and analytical computations.”
Dawn M. Madak
1112 Jenniper Lane
Annapolis, MD 21403
H. (410) 295-5468
Pres. Peter J. Kostakis
B. (609) 490-3571
V.P. Peter E. Cassotis
H. (201) 529-1086
Hi, everybody! There’s quite a bit of news from our classmates, so let’s get to it.
Every year the Washington, DC, club has a holiday party at the Congressional Country Club. It’s always
a great time with plenty of cheer to go around. We sat with Karen and Andrew Sachs. Karen was very
pregnant with their third baby, due in January 2001. The new baby will join brother Joseph, 4, and sister
Andrew is still working for the same company since graduation, once named TTC. It’s gone through a
big merge with W&G, a German test equipment manufacturer, and the merged company is now called
Acterna. His position is director of hardware engineering and those responsibilities have taken him on four
trips to Germany in 2000 with more to come. Sounds like a busy guy. Andrew, please send me the specs on
your new addition and a picture!
Agnes ’89 and Dave ’88 Young were also at the holiday gathering. They were both recently promoted to
directorships within Verizon. That along with their 5- and 3-year-old children keeps life interesting.
I got the scoop on Jane and Nick Derian Tsilas from Agnes. They have been living in Seattle since June
2000. Nick got a job working for Microsoft as their standards lawyer. They added to their family in August
2000 with a baby girl, Gabriella. Agnes said they were doing really well and enjoying the Pacific Northwest
in spite of the rain.
Martin Burtness also joined us at the party with his wife, Martha. He works for Boeing/Autometric as a
division manager in Springfield, VA.
Chip Christian e-mailed me with his latest news. Let me pause here for a moment and congratulate Chip
on his diligence and enthusiasm for our class log. I know I can always count on him for giving me
something to print. He said, “I can’t remember exactly when was the last time I sent you an update. I started
working for Storage Apps in Bridgewater, NJ, on Dec. 29. (Got to start health coverage in the first of the
month!) It’s great fun. I followed a few friends here. I am a principal engineer here, which means
Chip added, “Brian Patrick was born six weeks early on Nov. 5, 2000. He spent his first two weeks in
neonatal intensive care, but he’s been doing really well since coming home. That kid has got one serious
appetite. Also, do you know where Joe Bauer is? Haven’t heard from him in years. Thanks.”
No, thank you for writing me!
I got news from the Alumni Office that Jim Szipszky and Diane Smith Szipszky ’90 are leaving Houston,
TX, and relocating to Japan. Wow, quite a change, wouldn’t you say? Jim will continue to be employed by
Exxon (called Tonen in Japan) while building a pipeline through the country. Good luck over there. ... I’m
dying to go myself to try the sushi. ...
Dave Finn is living in Terre Haute, IN, with his wife, Suzanne. He is professor of mathematics at the
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. from Northeastern University in
1992 and 1995, respectively.
Setta and Sebouh Karakashian had a baby, Raffi Hagop, on Dec. 11, 2000. He found time to receive his
master’s degree at Stevens in the spring of 2000.
Fun Stevens facts: In 1884 the great-grandfather of President George W. Bush graduated from Stevens!
(Hal, I think this one is good for at least a building or two.) Stevens now offers business degrees. Hmmm.
They also offer master’s programs on the Web. And most importantly (at least to me), women are up to 25
percent of the enrollment! Wo-hoo! You go, girls.
As a close I have some of my own news. It’s so cool that I can write all about myself without ever
worrying about somebody editing it out! Hah! After the last Indicator, you probably found out more than
you wanted to know about my life, but here’s another tempting tidbit. I’m getting married! To Mr. Wesley
Jones. Yes, it’s the guy you always see me with in pictures throughout the magazine. Can you believe it? If
any of you happen to be in Key West, FL, around July 4, stop by and have a drink on us with the rest of the
Stevens crowd. We’ll be the party creating a ruckus on the beach.
Edward A. Segali, III
26 Arrowhead Drive
Newburgh, NY 12550
H. (845) 561-3451
Pres. Gina L. Ragazzo Okun
B. (212) 460-3647
V.P. William A. Diaz
H. (908) 218-5636
Fax (973) 872-5714
Hello to the Class of 1990. This time for the column, I am not going to tell about any classmates. I am going
to talk about a beautiful summer afternoon I spent in Hoboken. Back one weekday in June, I was meeting a
bunch of Sig Ep brothers for a random dinner at Arthur’s. During summer break, my brother Mike works
for me, and since he is starting Stevens this fall, I invited him to come with me. As we all have been out of
college for a long time now, 18-year-olds do not think it is fun to hang out with adults. But since I had my
brother held hostage, I figured that I would take advantage of it and force him to spend some quality time
with me. So, that day back in June, I took my brother for a nice long walk throughout the Stevens campus
and the city of Hoboken.
I must say, the campus looked wonderful. The new buildings fit in with the older ones nicely. The new
gym is great. There have also been many smaller changes around campus. The city of Hoboken is looking
outstanding; though I am glad that I do not have to pay the rents that I was told are being charged
nowadays. Of all the nice thing that I saw, and the great time I had that afternoon, the best part of being able
to spend time on campus was that I did not have to worry about a zero-hour exam or a four-hour final or a
paper being due.
As I was trying to explain those feelings to Michael, I was thinking that it would be a great idea to write
about it in the log, just in case any of my past classmates have not been back to Stevens or Hoboken.
Well, thanks for taking the time out to read my babble, and please e-mail me with some updates so I can
tell the rest of the class in the next issue.
Daniel Y. Goldberg
8328 Tuckerman Lane
Potomac, MD 20854-3748
H. (301) 299-5381
B. (703) 591-5924
Pres. Jeffrey A. Capone
H. (908) 782-6888
V.P. Rosalina Destito
H. (201) 339-6063
I believe that by the time this class log is printed, Alumni Weekend should have gone smoothly and I can
say that the members of the class who reunited had a grand old time.
Though the class logs have been sparsely submitted from my end over the past decade, I know that due to
the response I received, the recent e-mail list I sent out to alumni with “known” e-mails worked. If you read
this class log in The Indicator and did not receive the e-mail requesting updates and information (sent out at
the beginning of April), please send me your e-mail address (along with any other news), and I will add it to
the list of current e-mail addresses.
From the mailbag:
Janette Linde has been living in Frederick, MD (north west of Washington, DC), for three years and is
still working for Bechtel. Since graduating Stevens and going to work for Bechtel, Janette says she spent
five and one half years in Georgia and one year in Port-land, OR, before ending up back in Frederick.
Janette also writes: “I switched over to civil estimating this past October, and I like it better than
engineering. I also recently became a homeowner: I bought a condo. It’s much bigger than the apartment I
was in before. My dog loves it. (He’s small. ... Picture a cat-sized dog—Max is only around 7 lbs., but he’s
a bundle of energy.) It must seem like a mansion to him. I’m still working on getting totally unpacked, and
I’m sure I will be doing so for a while. I hope to do some catching up with people in person at the reunion
Josephine Gancenia Aromando and her husband, Bill Aromando, married for 10 years, are both enjoying
parenthood and full-time employment to the fullest. They have had five children over the last four years,
with Theresa born in 1998, a set of triplets, William, Thomas and Deanna, born in 2000, and in February
2001, Christopher was born. Josephine writes: “Safe to say we are finished for good.” If you want to see
pictures of Josephine and Bill’s latest, Christopher, check out the Web site http://hometown.aol.com/
waromando/Its_a_Boy/. In their career life, Bill is working for Tycom Limited and Josephine
is working for Con Edison of New York.
Tuyet-Hanh Nguyen Schnell, and her husband, Vince, both graduated with master’s degrees in systems
engineering from Drexel in 1994. Hanh, has a 4-year-old son named Nicholas and sings with her company’s
chorale and at church. She is still active with Stevens and comes up to the campus several times a year to
recruit graduates for Lockheed Martin and present ethics to the incoming Co-Op students. At Lockheed
Martin, Hanh manages a team of engineers in software development for a shipboard equipment diagnostics
Hanh also writes that classmates Al ’90 and Maria Oliva Aquino had their second child (a boy) in
Joe and Nancy (Celestina) D’Andrea wrote last in September 2000 “with much joy and pride” that their
son Alexander James was born on Aug. 23, 2000, 8:34 p.m., six pounds, six ounces (2,910 grams) 19.5
inches (49.5 cm). “He fills our hearts with much love! (Not to mention his bassinet, his infant car seat ... his
diaper supply ...)”
Peter Thompson writes that he and his wife, Christina, just moved back to the East Coast after their
Midwest tour (Kentucky and Ohio). He is now working for Carpenter Specialty Alloys and works with high
temperature alloys for jet engines. His family also includes his 2½-year-old daughter, Rebecca, and they
have another baby on the way for April 2001.
Congratulations to Mark Feldman and his wife, Gretchen, on their new daughter Gillian. Mark and his
family, including 3-year-old daughter Lindsey, are living in Chesapeake, VA. Mark is working for the
Planters Division of Kraft Foods.
That’s all for now and until next time.
Karen L. Holzberger
20 Evans Farm Road
Morristown, NJ 07960-2809
B. (708) 357-0822
Pres. Mary C. Gaspar
H. (201) 239-1843
V.P. Patricia M. Ravancho Lang
B. (908) 523-5532
Denise M. Bulick Cantwell
6863 Malabar Court
Centreville, VA 20121
H. (703) 830-3064
B. (703) 641-9088
Fax: (703) 641-8965
Pres. Timothy S. Yates
B. (908) 559-8377
V.P. Milan S. Sedlacek
B. (732) 932-0728
Donna L. McMahon
103-B Elmwood Terrace
Elmwood Park, NJ 07407
H. (201) 703-2509
Pres. Beth A. Kerscmar
H. (732) 469-4951
V.P. Mark C. Manz
H. (201) 998-7756
Jay Konopka has notified the Alumni Office that he is engaged to Lauren Rachel Baltimore of New York
City. Lauren, a graduate of Yale University, is president of TKTV, an Internet start-up company. Her father
is president of the California Institute of Technology. Jay is director of Technical Services for Chyron
Digital Media Services. “TK,” as she’s called, and Jay met through mutual friends in New York City, and
Jay proposed at the Stoned Crow in Greenwich Village in November 2000. The marriage is set for Oct. 6,
2001, in Pasadena, CA.
Jose A. Abrantes
327 Fairview Avenue
Dunellen, NJ 08812
H. (732) 553-1270
Pres. Jeffrey J. Biesenberger
H. (440) 895-1515
V.P. Christopher E. Hart
H. (732) 296-8196
V.P. Thomas A. Guido
H. (706) 869-9767
Michael L. Andreano
17 Suydam Street
Whitehouse Station, NJ 08869
H. (908) 581-3752
Fax (908) 423-3800
Pres. David T. George
H. (408) 354-4686
V.P. Alexandra J. Ferreira
H. (201) 348-8663
Well, it has been a while since I’ve written a log, but now that our five year reunion has come and gone
(which of all things, I happened to miss, due to a business trip to San Francisco), it is time to bring you all
up to date yet again.
I did hear from John Heebner, who is at the Institute of Optics’ Ph.D. program at the University of
Rochester and hopes to finish within a year’s time. His main focus has been working on integrated photonic
switches for telecom applications. He married Erika Zanabria on July 23, 2000, and managed to bring her
away from sunny southern California to the world’s largest darkroom in Rochester, NY. Now that is
dedication and loyalty.
Speaking of marriages, I am getting married to Laura Scibelli on Sept. 2, 2001. The wedding is at Our
Lady of Lourdes Church in Whitehouse Station, NJ, and the reception is at the Doubletree Hotel in
Somerset. We will live in Bridgewater, NJ.
On a more “global” note, our class president, Dave George, is working with Ericsson’s Asia Pacific
office in Malaysia. Keep up the good work, Dave!
If you have news or know someone who has some for the Class of 1996, be sure to have them e-mail me
at merck.com at the above e-mail address. The more information I get, the more likely I am to get this log
started back up again where it belongs. Thanks.
Simon K. Mak
1210 Thomas Avenue
North Brunswick, NJ 08902
H. (732) 821-0472
Fax (201) 861-9267
Pres. Peter J. Dooher
H. (516) 294-0097
Fax (212) 581-1503
V.P. Melissa K. Lasiw
H. (973) 340-2258
Anthony Garofalo, III
One James Court
North Haledon, NJ 07508
H. (973) 423-4575
Pres. Christopher M. Rodricks
B. (860) 715-1582
V.P. Freeman D. Wong
H. (212) 406-3579
The last few months have seen some exciting news for the class of 1998. Freeman Wong, Tom Swayne and
Anthony Garofalo have all gotten engaged (not to each other, for those smart alecs out there). Charlie
Aymes celebrated his wedding day, as did Yasmin Sequeda. Genis and Leo Rodriguez celebrated their first
anniversary. Congratulations all!
We are looking into planning a fund-raising dinner to benefit the Nick Barone Scholarship fund. Tickets
will be approximately $50 per person, but we need to see how much interest the class has for this type of
event. Please contact one of the class officers and let us know what you think.
Please e-mail me at
email@example.com with any suggestions. As always, if there is any news you would like to see
in the class log, feel free to e-mail me and I will be sure to put it in.
Carlton V. Peters
14811 Bowie Road
Laurel, MD 20708
H. (240) 568-9690
Pres. Kendred L. Wilson
H. (219) 886-1300
V.P. Cheryl A. Trivino
H. (201) 692-9439
Calvin L. Ang
12 Deer Run Court
East Brunswick, NJ 08816
B. (973) 386-5017
Pres. Harmony E. Semf
H. (973) 827-2429
V.P. Ka Lun (KaL) Lee
H. (212) 233-5437
Hi, everyone, how’s it going? I’m doing fine here.
As many of you remember, back in March, Stevens sponsored a special Alumni Happy Hour at Mile
Square for alumni from the last decade. Thanks to all those who made it! We’re planning to organize more
alumni socials in the coming months; if you have any ideas or would like to help with the organization of
such events, please let me know. We’re always open to suggestions.
Based on the response I’ve been getting through e-mail as well as from the Alumni Office, it seems that
much has been going on with our class. Here’s the rundown:
First of all, it was mentioned in the previous log that our class captain, Patty, and Christopher Luke ’96
were engaged back in February. Patty has just announced plans for a May 2002 wedding in Toms River, NJ.
In other news, Robert (“Fred”) Dewees recently married Shannon Zelitch on Oct. 28, 2000. Fred works
as a mechanical designer at New Era Converting Machinery in Paterson, NJ; they are currently living in
Mike Wawrzoniak resides in Bridgewater, NJ, and works as a researcher at Princeton University.
Now a Hoboken resident, Ariston Sutherland is an I.T. associate at Salomon Smith Barney.
Also a Hoboken resident, Colleen Campbell works in New York City for Capital IQ, Inc., as a QA
Rodrigo Cruz lives in Union, NJ, and is an estimator for Interstate Industrial Corporation in Clifton, NJ.
Yan Goldovskiy works in Weehawken, NJ, as an ISD associate for Paine-Webber.
Now a resident of Evanston, IL, Glenda Santiago Lugo is currently married to Humberto Lugo. She
works in Evanston for Arens Controls as a materials manager.
Tom Anderson resides in Lyndhurst, NJ, and is a senior Web administrator for WWOR-TV in Secaucus,
James Hietala is employed with AVAYA Inc. as a systems engineer in Basking Ridge, NJ. His home
remains in Hillside, NJ.
Rebecca Walz is a field service engineer at Babcock & Wilcox in Fairfield, NJ, and now lives in
Japun Bhavsar resides in Belleville, NJ, and is employed as an analyst at Accenture.
Binita Shah is currently studying at NYU School of Medicine and has settled into an apartment in
Stan Sarama resides in Bloomfield, NJ, and works at Telcordia as a consultant in Morristown, NJ.
We’ve also received a letter from Kameelah Majied letting us know what she’s been up to. She writes:
“In [the 2000 Miss New Jersey State Scholarship Pageant Program] competition, I achieved third runner-up
as a top five finalist as well as a preliminary talent winner for a vocal rendition of the Gershwin classic
‘They Can’t Take That Away From Me.’ ” She plans to compete in this year’s competition as well and
mentions that her goal for 2001 “is to become Miss New Jersey and compete for the coveted Miss America
crown, where I hope to be able to speak more on my platform of volunteer networking and mentoring. I am
very proud to participate in an organization that fosters growth in academia, scholarship, and community.”
Kameelah is currently employed full time at Bristol-Myers Squibb as a packaging engineer. She is also a
mentor with the New Jersey Environmentors program, where she and her mentee actively examine New
Jersey’s drinking water. Good luck, Kameelah, and keep us posted!
Whew … that’s all for now. As always, you’re welcome to e-mail me any news, happenings, current
thoughts on life, etc., that you may have. Hope to hear from you soon!
Martha P. Torres
6047 Palisade Avenue
West New York, NJ 07093
H. (201) 869-9547
Senior Awards and Prizes
The following awards were presented at the President’s Dinner, Tuesday, May 22, 2001, to graduating
The Lawrence C.F. Horle Memorial Award, to the seniors who attained the highest average during the
undergraduate program, to Eugene Chung, Michael C. Enever, Uzoma A. Onunkwo and Sumit P. Shah.
The AIChE John Anderson Memorial Award, for high academic achievement in chemical engineering, to
Christine A. Krasinski.
The AIChE Herb Fried Award, for contributions to the student chapter of AIChE and high academic
achievement, to Michael C. Enever.
The AIChE Lee Parker Memorial Award, for high academic achievement in chemical engineering, to
Ann M. Connors.
The AIChE Walter Schneider Memorial Award, for high academic achievement in chemical engineering,
to Dev P. Saraogi.
The American Concrete Institute Award, to the student with the highest average in the reinforced
concrete course, to David J. Brown.
The Batchelor Award, to the seniors with the highest average in electrical engineering and computer
engineering in the junior and senior years, to Wai K. Lam and Uzoma A. Onunkwo.
The Best Athlete Award, to that member of the graduating class who distinguished himself or herself by
accomplishment and versatility in the furtherance of Stevens sports, to Michael Esposito and Nicole
The Julia and Fred Bissinger Award, to the student with the most outstanding performance in the
bachelor of arts program, to Eugene Chung.
The Sidney F. Borg Award, to the senior with the highest average in the structured engineering courses in
civil engineering, to Matthew E. Klemchalk.
The Career Development Award, to the senior who has distinguished him or herself during the campus
recruiting process, to Claire Gregory and Tiia Piller.
The Paul M. Chirlian Award, to a graduating senior in electrical engineering or computer engineering
who shows the most promise for pursuing a productive professional career, to Renee Brewster.
The Class of 1966 Memorial Award, to a senior who is most distinguished for school spirit, industry,
good fellowship and efforts in advancing Stevens among other engineering institutions, to Ryan Braine.
The Cooperative Education Academic Excellence Award, to the graduating co-op participant with the
highest grade ,point average to Christine A. Krasinski.
The Cooperative Education Student of the Year Award, to the student who best exemplifies the ideals of
cooperative education, to Tiia Piller and Renee Brewster.
The John A. Davis Award, to the senior who, in addition to his or her ability in athletics, has best
exemplified the qualities of loyalty and sportsmanship, to Samantha Bruno.
The Distinguished Chemical Engineering Student Award, to the student who has participated in the
student chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and has demonstrated proficiency in
chemical engineering courses, to Michael C. Enever.
The Eastern College Athletic Association Medal of Merit, to the member of the senior class who has the
highest grade point average and who has excelled in at Stevens, to Nicole Sheatsley.
The Eastern College Athletic Conference Robbins Scholar Athlete Award, to the member of the senior
class who has excelled in academics and athletics at Stevens, to Christine A. Krasinski, Kevin Frei and
Mark S. Majewski.
The Fezandie Memorial Award, to the graduating senior who has attained the best record throughout the
junior and senior years in the sequence of courses given by the Mechanical Engineering Department, to
Mark R. Biamonte, Annie Cheung and Mark S. Majewski.
The Arthur J. Grymes, Jr. Book Award, to that senior who demonstrates the greatest interest or
proficiency in fluid dynamics, to Annie Cheung.
The Humphreys/Ennis/Lesser Award, to a senior with the highest grade point average in the required
undergraduate engineering economics core courses, to Michael C. Enever, Uzoma A. Onunkwo, Danijela
Sain, Paolo Brion and David Gramatges.
The Clifford W. Kirmss Award, to the members of the senior class who have contributed most to the
sport of fencing during his and her years at Stevens, to Samantha Bruno and Mark S. Majewski.
The Alfred M. Mayer Prize, to the two members of the senior class who rank first and second in lecture,
recitation and laboratory courses in physics, to Jay Rhine and Julia Wilhelmsen.
The Thomas E. McCandless Music Award, to the student who has made the greatest contribution of his
or her time and talent in advancing music at Stevens, to Michael Chladil.
The Frank J. Misar Award, to the member of the senior class who has contributed most to the game of
baseball at Stevens, to Jason Maikos.
The Kenneth J. Moser Award, to a senior in recognition of outstanding performance in heat transfer, to
Mark R. Biamonte.
The N.C.A.A. Woman of the Year Award, to the senior who has achieved academic as well as athletic
excellence, to Samantha Bruno.
The Podolsky Award, to the senior in good standing who, through unselfish efforts, has fostered school
spirit and advanced coed involvement in campus life, to Lincy K. Scaria.
The Luigi Pollara Award, to an outstanding senior who has displayed academic excellence in the areas of
chemistry, chemical biology or chemical, biochemical and materials engineering, to Eugene Chung and
Michael C. Enever.
The Priestley Prize, to the student in the senior class who has most distinguished himself or herself in the
Department of Chemistry, to Sumit P. Shah.
Residence Life Service Award, to the senior who fostered and enhanced living on campus through
outstanding service and involvement in residence life, to Kristina R. Henkler.
The John F. Richardson Award, to the senior who has displayed consistent excellence in the disciplines
and values of the humanities during his or her undergraduate career, to Julia Wilhelmsen.
The Robert Ridgeway Award, to the senior who has been most active on behalf of the student chapter of
the American Society of Civil Engineers and who has a high academic aptitude, to Sara L. Krack.
The Maurice E. Roglin III Award, to the senior who, in addition to active membership in a fraternity or
sorority, achieved at least a 2.5 grade point average during the undergraduate course of study, has been
active in at least two extracurricular activities, including sports, and is well liked and respected by the
college community, to Michael V. Esposito.
The Senior Design Award for Electrical and Computer Engineering, to the best senior design project in
the ECE Department, to Michael Chladil, Dennis Hromin and Natalie Vanatta.
The Senior Design Award for Mechanical Engineering, to the senior design team that has the best project
in mechanical engineering, to Tarek M. Arafat, Kevin R. Frei, Claire L. Gregory and Mark S. Majewski.
The Senior Project Technogenesis® Prize, to two teams of Stevens students for excellence in
Technogenesis®. The prizes are awarded for innovative design, research or business projects that could
lead to the development of a technology directly linked to novel scientific concepts or to the development of
a novel technology based on the application of established scientific concepts. To Lawrence Chen, Michael
Chladil, Daniel Cline, Dennis Hromin, William Keung, Wai K. Lam, Alexander Salazar, Ellie Tam and
The Waldo Shumway Award, to the senior on the Dean’s List who, in addition to academic excellence,
has been outstanding in his or her interest in student activities and the enhancement of the campus
community, to Sarah Kelly.
The John C. Sim Award, to the member of the senior class who has contributed most to the game of
lacrosse at Stevens, to Anthony Mastrolia.
The Frederick Winslow Taylor Award, to a graduating senior with the highest grade point average and
who did the most to promote engineering management in the undergraduate program at Stevens, to Kristina
The Theta Alpha Phi, Yevlena Petrovana Award, to the senior who has contributed most to the
advancement of the theater arts at Stevens, to Dennis Hromin.
The Ticona Excellence Award for Outstanding Chemical Engineering, to a senior undergraduate student
for outstanding academic achievement on the completion of the program in chemical engineering, to
Danijela Sain and Nicole Sheatsley.