Fall 2017 Class Acts


Elizabeth A. Light, daughter of Attorney Stanley Light ’69 and Bonnie Light ’70, both of Springfield, Mass., will graduate from the University of Albany on May 19, 2017, where she will receive a master’s degree in social work. Liz attended Springfield public schools and completed high school in 2009 at The Marvelwood School in Kent, Conn. After attending URI, she went on to earn her bachelor’s degree in 2013 at Westfield State University. Following graduation, Liz will work as a clinician for Child and Family Services of Newport, R.I.


Stillwater River Press of Glocester, R.I., has released Wandering Across America, written and photographed by Larry Grimaldi and his wife Kathy. The book chronicles their 2015 cross-country drive. For more information, go to stillwaterpress.com.


Leo A. Walsh of Riverside, R.I., writes: “On June 17 we had an informal reunion of The Kingston Guard Drill Team. It has been 50 years since three of us joined the drill team in 1967. At that time Doug Knapp ’69 was the commander and Roger Lord ’69 was the XO. The Kingston Guard was a University competition drill team, not just an ROTC team. (See photos, page 32)


Daniel A. Procaccini, associate justice of the Rhode Island Superior Court and resident of East Greenwich, R.I., was honored at the Rhode Island Bar Association’s Annual Meeting Luncheon on June 16. He was presented with the 2017 Chief Justice Joseph R. Weisberger Judicial Excellence Award. (See photo, page 36.)

Kim Snyder of Titusville, Fla., was inducted into Pit & Quarry magazine’s Hall of Fame.


Dennis Freed of Hudson, N.Y., won the National Indie Excellence Award for his book Love Loss and Awakening, (Mis)adventures on the Way Back to Joy. He writes, “I wrote the book cathartically to heal after the loss of my wife of 31 years.” Visit www.lovelossandawakening.com for more information.


Commander. Matthew Haag has retired from the U.S. Navy after 32 years of service, and was honored at a ceremony held at the Women in War Memorial, Arlington Cemetery. His retiring officer was Rear Admiral Andrew Lewis, who presented his retirement certificate, end of tour award, presidential letter of appreciation, and permission to go ashore for the last time. He will now start the next chapter of his life in Buchanan, Va.


Sheri Rosen of Robbinsville, N.J., received a proclamation from the Senate and General Assembly State of New Jersey for her volunteering efforts in the fight against drug abuse. She is an optometric physician practicing in Princeton, N.J., and an active member of the Prevention Coalition of Mercer County. She is married and has two sons.


Brenda Greene of Wyoming, R.I., has joined Centreville Bank as vice president, senior communications manager, (See photo, page 36.)


David A. Bush of Greenville, R.I., has renewed his Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) annual designation.


Denise Snee of La Plata, Md., was awarded the Part-Time Faculty Excellence Award at the College of Southern Maryland. This award is given to those faculty who have demonstrated amazing ability in teaching and serving the college community.


Diana Felici of West Greenwich, R.I., writes: “I’m excited to announce that I have fulfilled a long-time dream of mine and opened up a boutique for cats and dogs. Located at 68 Cliff Street in East Greenwich, R.I., Purrs and Woofs pet boutique carries unique, fabulous items that you just won’t find in traditional pet supply stores, plus a line of wholesome foods with prices comparable to online prices! Come shop where service is personal and the merchandise is visually attractive, and bring your pooch or kitty. URI alums bring in this page to get 10 percent off all nonfood items.”


Michael Nula, M.S. ’01, of East Greenwich, R.I., is the author of the book The First Step: Pain-free Living and Better Health through Expert Physical Therapy. He writes: “The book is now on Amazon and Kindle, and 100 percent of the proceeds are donated to the American Physical Therapy Association for growth and development to forward the profession.”


Mara Dolan of Cambridge, Mass., announced that she is now communications director for Massachusetts State Senate President Stan Rosenberg.


Corry Wheeler of Warwick, R.I., has been appointed president and managing officer of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services (BHHS) Gammons Realty.


Liatte Krueger of Union, N.J., graduated from University of Massachusetts Amherst on May 12 with a master’s in public health and focus in nutrition. She graduated URI with a RPh/ PharmD. She now works at the Food and Drug Administration as a pharmaceutical compliance officer.


Brittany Giusti Iafrati of East Greenwich, R.I., who graduated from URI’s nursing program and later received a bachelors’ in science, writes: “I worked in ICU and endoscopy units at Rhode Island Hospital before finding my true passion as a nurse injector. I have completed training in artistry and technique of facial rejuvenation and am now the proud owner and founder of Bel Viso Medical Spa. I am also happily married for six years to Mike Iafrati and have two sons, Lucca, 4, and Roman, 2.” (See photo, page 36.)

Talene Derbabian of Media, P.A., was awarded Young Dietitian of the Year from the Pennsylvania Academy of Nutrition and The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.


Eleanor Langham of Danbury, Conn., writes: “Since my graduation from URI, I went on to receive my M.A. in museum studies from Johns Hopkins University. I used to be the director of events and programs at Slater Mill. I am currently the executive director of Coggeshall Farm Museum in Bristol, and now a member of Providence Business News’ 40 Under Forty Class of 2017.”


Christopher Breene of Washington, D.C., started a creative marketing agency, GFTB Digital, in fall 2016. He moved to Washington, D.C., in 2013 and has since worked for two of the top creative agencies in the Beltway (ISL, Brllnt), currently serves on the board of DC Tech Meetup, and is a mentor at an international startup incubator, 1776. GFTB Digital counts LexisNexis and the Smithsonian as flagship clients. Previous clients include Kroger, Volkswagen, Balvenie, Samuel Adams, Gates Foundation, and more. His story of battling illness and entrepreneurship is featured in The Valley Breeze and Technical.ly. (See photo, page 36.)


Diana Bobe ’99 to Christopher A. Gately on May 26, 2017. (See photo, page 36.)

Keith J. Murray ’11 to Amanda G. Beaudoin on July 16, 2016


Jennifer Langheld Byrne ’99 and Aidan Byrne ’99, a boy, Dylan Aidan, on February 23, 2016

Lara (Hinz) Proctor ’99 and Benjamin Proctor, a son, William Hudson Proctor, on March 22, 2017. (See photo, page 36.)

Jessie (Haytaian) French ’08 and Levi French, a daughter, Jovie Valentina French, on Sept 6, 2016.

In Memoriam

Eleanor G. Morris ’38 of North Kingstown, R.I., on Dec 2, 2016

Doris F. Pamer ’47 of Cumberland, R.I., on August 16, 2016

Ernest G. Ashton ’49 of Homosassa, Fla. on March 7, 2017

Thomas E. Burgess ’49 of Falmouth, Mass., on April 1, 2017

Alan Klein ’49 of Milton, Mass., on January 21, 2017

Earlene J. Lancaster ’49 of Raleigh, N.C., on March 31, 2017

Patrick Michael Toscano ’49 of Lexington, Mass., on April 24, 2017

Nicholas Apostolou ’50 of Warwick, R.I., on June 10, 2017

Ann Randall Ashton ’50 of Homosassa, Fla. on July 3, 2017

William T. Avison Sr. ’50 of Kennebunk, Maine, on May 4, 2017

Albert C. Bailey ’50 of Apalachin, N.Y., on January 3, 2017

Albert E. Bragger Jr. ’50 of North Kingstown, R.I., on April 16, 2017

Archibald Belmont Kenyon ’50 of Wakefield, R.I., on December 9, 2016

John Champlin Lathrop ’50 of Providence, R.I., on May 22, 2017

Louis A Pieri ’50 of Little Compton, R.I., on June 16, 2015

George A. Vanasse ’50 of Chelmsford, Mass., on Nov. 27, 2016

Walter Zajo ’50 of Cincinnati, Ohio, on June 1, 2017

James J. Mulvey ’51 of Manchester, Conn., on February 1, 2017

William F. Redding ’51 of Grand Rapids, Mich., on January 16, 2017

Antonio DeFilippo ’52 Wellesley, Mass., on April 28, 2017

Robert M. Spilecki ’52 of Newington, Conn., on May 30, 2017

Arthur N. Votolato ’53 of Providence, R.I., on May 28, 2017

Vincent W. Bruno ’54 of Dryden, N.Y., on May 30, 2017

Murray Lukatch ’54 of Sudbury, Mass., on October 25, 2015

Joseph D. McLaughlin Jr. ’55 of Providence, R.I., on March 3, 2017

Thomas Fort Tisdell ’55 of Leesburg, Fla., on March 9, 2017

Walton Earle ’56 of Westport, Mass., on May 12, 2017

Francis X. Girr ’56 of Newport, R.I., on January 26, 2017

David S. Follett ’57 of Westerly, R.I. on May 13, 2017

Jean F. (Chappell) Nordon ’57 of Wyoming, R.I., on March 20, 2017

Patricia M. Steen ’57 of South Kingstown, R.I., on June 23, 2017

Daniel J. Faber M.S. ’59 of Ottawa, Ontario, on May 4, 2017

Eugene P. O’Gull ’59 of New Milford, Conn., on April 4, 2017

Andrew S. Petrides ’59 of Raleigh, N.C., on December 6, 2016

Richard W. Reynolds ’59 of Plympton, Mass., on April 22, 2017

Kenneth R. Crowley ’60 of Severna Park, Md., on January 18, 2017

Roger Pearson ’60, M.A. ’63, of Narragansett, R.I., on May 10, 2017

Americo Richards ’60 of Warwick, R.I., on June 7, 2017

Anne C. Spearman ’60 of Narragansett, R.I., on April 2, 2017

Doris E. Stedman ’60 of Wakefield, R.I., on June 7, 2017

S. Michael Appolonia ’61 of Cranston, R.I., on March 21, 2017

Vincent D. Morgera ’61 of Providence, R.I., on June 4, 2017

Barbara M. Sorlein ’61 of Blue Hill, Maine, on April 5, 2017

Orian A. Archambault ’62 of Narragansett, R.I., on Dec 4, 2016

Bruce A. Smith ’62 of Kingwood, Texas., on November 11, 2016

Richard M. Hanchett ’63 of Warwick, R.I., on February 2, 2017

Beverly Kirwan Levinson ’64 of James City County, Va., on March 22, 2017

Ronald J. Rodrigues ’64 of Riverside, R.I., on November 28, 2016

Ernest Dupuis Jr. ’65 of Bristol, R.I., on August 5, 2015

Russell A. Johnson ’65 of Portsmouth, R.I., on June 6, 2017

Alan Lavender ’65 of Newburyport, Mass., on March 1, 2017

Lee Z. Mania ’65, M.A. ’68, of Rio Rancho, N.M., on February 5, 2017

William S. McDade, M.B.A. ’65 of Rye, N.H., on March 17, 2017

W. Redwood Wright, M.S. ’65, PhD. ’70, of Woods Hole, Mass., on May 8, 2017

Eileen Adams ’66 of Rehoboth, Mass., on November 11, 2014

Richard G. Gauthier ’66 of Old Lyme, Conn., on June 3, 2014

Arthur G. Lipman ’67 of Salt Lake City, Utah, on April 23, 2017

Glenn A. Baxter ’68 of Belgrade Lakes, Maine, on May 5, 2017

Richard Allen “Chic” Costa ’68 of Seekonk, Mass., on June 8, 2017

Agnes Klement, M.A. ’68 of Greenville, R.I., on April 5, 2017

Patricia Bartosiak ’69 of Port Orange, Fla., on May 27, 2017

Robert J. Perrello ’69 of Newport, R.I., on February 6, 2017

Nancy L. Braman, M.A. ’70, of Pawleys Island, S.C., on May 6, 2017

Lillian Charves ’70 of New Bern, N.C., on March 14, 2017

George A. Berg ’71 of St. Leavenworth, Kan., on Jan 27, 2017

Frances A. Boudreau ’71, M.A. ’73 of Vernon, Conn., on March 27, 2017

Florence (Clothier) Densmore ’71 of Punta Gorda, Fla., on April 24, 2017

John David Dickens ’71 of Augusta, Maine, on August 31, 2015

Sandra L. (Milewicz) Martin ’71 of Cranston, R.I., on April 8, 2017

Gerry Gimelstob ’72 of Arnold, Md., on March 18, 2017

Arthur G. Lavallee ’72 of Danielsville, Ga., on December 8, 2016

Judith Desfosses ’73 of Rochester, N.Y., on December 7, 2016

Paul T. LaRocca ’73, Ph.D. ’76 of Burlington, Vt., on May 3, 2017

Thomas W. Barao ’74 of Hingham, Mass., on March 30, 2017

Richard R. Vanasse ’74 of Warwick, R.I., on March 26, 2017

Stanley N. Wallach ’74 of Dunellen, N.J., on November 4, 2016

Nancy Allen ’75 of Roxbury, Conn., on May 16, 2017

Stephen E. Haley ’75 of Richmond, R.I., on May 16, 2017

Sheila A. Kimball ’75 of Swansea, Mass., on April 9, 2017

Steven Fales ’77 of Ames, Iowa, on April 24, 2017

Edward J. McManus ’78 of Narragansett, R.I., on May 2, 2017

Kenneth L. Waldron ’78 of North Kingstown, R.I., on April 7, 2017

Margaret D. Davidson, M.M.A. ’81, of Charleston, S.C., on May 23, 2017

Jeffrey G. Jones, M.S. ’82, of Wilbraham, Mass., on May 25, 2017

Desmond J. DeVille ’83 of Bristol, R.I., on June 1, 2017

Thomas E. Niles ’83 of Wellesley, Mass., on May 17, 2017

M. Rick Sykes, M.B.A. ’83, of Waverly Hall, Ga., on November 5, 2017

Mark Stoermer ’85 of Seattle, Wash., on December 3, 2016

Carol J. Donnelly Cooke ’86 of North Kingstown, R.I., on June 18, 2017

Ernest L. Gaines Jr. ’87, M.B.A. ’94, of Saunderstown, R.I., on June 18, 2017

Martha Parker-Magagna ’87 of Grantham, N.H., on Dec. 4, 2016

Sarah J. Cafiero ’88 of Greenwich, Conn., on February 24, 2017

Joan B. David, Ph.D. ’89 of Newport, R.I., on March 13, 2017

Hans P. Edwardsen ’89 of Providence, R.I., on May 31, 2017

Michael D. Weiler, M.S. ’91, Ph.D. ’93, of West Greenwich, R.I., on March 20, 2017

Michael L Karl, M.B.A. ’92, of Benicia, Calif., on December 22, 2015

Joe E. Head ’99 of New London, Conn., on December 9, 2016

Christopher S. York, M.A. ’99, of Columbia, S.C., on April 13, 2017

Anne Thatcher, M.L.S. ’04, of Stonington, Conn., on March 18, 2017

James R. Fink, M.B.A. ’05, of Exeter, R.I., on May 5, 2017

Pamela C. Mutter ’09 of East Providence, R.I., on March 30, 2017

Jason J. Carvalho ’12 of Cumberland, R.I., on December 10, 2016

Kyla Vinacco ’17 of Warwick, R.I., on June 16, 2017

Faculty and Staff In Memoriam

Theodore J. Smayda of Jamestown, R.I., on April 5, 2017

William H. Krueger of West Kingston, R.I., on October 3, 2016

James Guthrie, MD., medical director and physician at URI Health Services, of Narragansett, RI, on March 17, 2017

Alexander M. Cruickshank ’43, M.S. ’45, of South Kingstown, R.I., on June 10, 2017

Stanley J. Pickart, of Falmouth, Mass., formerly of Kingston, R.I., physics faculty emeritus and former department chair, on July 13, 2017.