Winter 2016-2017 Class Notes

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Tony Chatowsky of Palm City, Fla., writes: “My granddaughter Megan Chatowsky entered this fall into the school of Pharmacy. Her sister Catie Chatowsky is already in the Pharmacy school. My nephews Michael and Anthony Chatowsky are graduates of URI, as is my son, John Chatowsky, Megan and Catie’s father.”


Julien Ayotte of Cumberland, R.I., the best-selling author and multi-award winner for Flower of Heaven and Dangerous Bloodlines, has just released his third novel, A Life Before, another mystery thriller. Apex Reviews calls the book “a psychological thriller in the upper echelon of literary greatness and an absolute must read.” will link you everywhere to buy a copy.


On July 22, 2016, a reunion of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity brothers from Classes 1964–1965 was held at Howard Cook’s home in Westborough, Mass. (See QuadAngles Winter 2016 print issue for photo.)


Bob Langevin of Tequesta, Fla., writes: “Chi Phi Brothers: you’ll see the picture of our illustrious group/brotherhood that was taken at the Volunteer Firemen’s Hall in East Greenwich. It was a terrific evening enjoyed by all and a big thank you goes out to Paul Lane for putting this annual event together every year. Thank you, Paul. It was a GR8 night and I’m already looking forward to the one in 2017. Cheers, adult beverages, and best regards.” (See QuadAngles Winter 2016 print issue for photo.)


Marie Grosseto of Lafayette, Colo., writes: “I have had a change of address since the 50th reunion for the class of 1966. New address: 231 Rendezvous Dr., Lafayette, Co. 80026. Love to hear from old friends!”


Sally (Carlson) Gunning of Brewster, Mass., had her 15th book out in September. Monticello (William Morrow) will be her fifth historical fiction novel. She wrote 10 mysteries (Pocket Books) previous to switching genres. Sally, who was a sociology major, married Tom Gunning ’74, who was an English major. Somehow their career goals clashed and he has been a social worker for the past 38 years. They will be celebrating their 41st year of marital bliss this September.


Dr. Ken Osfield, M.S. ’86 of Gainesville, Fla., recently finished his latest book on international student services. The book, Supporting Students Globally in Higher Education (Osfield, Perozzi, Bardill Moscaritolo, & Shea, NASPA, Oct. 2016) is a book written for both the new and seasoned student services professionals around the world. This is a follow-up text to Internationalization of Student Affairs and Services: An Emerging Global Perspective, released in 2008 (Osfield & Associates, NASPA, 2008).


Kathy Oldham Neill of Cranston, R.I., has her MSW from Rhode Island College, specializes in PTSD and is recognized in the field. She’s asked to speak at numerous forums and was one of the featured voices in the Trinity Rep play, Boots on the Ground. Kathy also received the inaugural Social Worker of the Year Award this year. The committee received over a hundred nominations highlighting the work of 32 individual social workers across multiple disciplines. These nominations were considered by an interdisciplinary committee who ultimately felt Kathy’s contributions to the Providence Veterans Affairs Medical Center during her career set her apart.


Andrew Morang, M.S. of Vicksburg, Miss., writes: “I retired on Dec. 31, 2015, after 31 years at the Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (formerly the Coastal Engineering Research Center), in Vicksburg, Mississippi. During the last decade or so, I conducted sediment budget studies in the Great Lakes, Puget Sound, Louisiana, and Texas and dredging studies at various U.S. Navy harbors. It was fun, but now I am having more fun and am so busy, I wonder how I had time to work. So far, I have traveled in Utah, Arizona, and California, driven a big piece of Route 66, and my wife and I are getting ready for a seven-week trip to Poland, Germany, Austria, and Greece. We do not have any specific future plans—it is just nice to not always be rushed for time. Cheers from Mississippi.”

Cheryl Lussier Poppe of Salem, Mass., writes: “Since retiring from the Massachusetts National Guard I have been working for the Massachusetts Department of Veterans Services, most recently as the deputy secretary. In November 2014, I was sworn in as the superintendent of the soldiers’ home in Chelsea. It is truly an honor to continue to serve veterans and families.”


Dennis Freed of New York, N.Y., writes: “I have written a book, Love, Loss, and Awakening. It is a fun, introspective and unique story about a man who lost his wife of 31 years to cancer and decided to live life and not grieve himself into misery. Here is what world-famous Harville Hendrix, Ph.D., and Helen LaKelly Hunt, Ph.D have to say about the book. Their endorsements do not come easily: Love, Loss, and Awakening is an engaging story of how one man bounces back after losing the love of his life. It is an ode to the power of being in relationship, especially when faced with incredibly difficult and heartbreaking loss. And it is with much humor that Dennis Freed takes the reader on a journey to find what we are all looking for to be joyous and fulfilled in a relationship.”

Henry Fiore Jr., M.A. ’85, of Westerly, R.I., has been appointed as the new superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Norwich. The Catholic schools in the Diocese of Norwich consist of 12 elementary/middle schools, two high schools and one school with grades 6–12. There are two private independent Catholic schools, a clinical day school program for adolescent boys and young men and two pre-school programs.


Eva Conti of Rivervale, N.J. is in her 18th season as principal horn with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. Also an accomplished flamenco dancer, she has been a soloist, company dancer and musical arranger with the Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre for eight seasons and is in the ensemble “SEGUE.” More information on Conti’s dual life as a musician and dancer can be found in a New York City Musicians Union Magazine article; search for her name at

Col. Stephen Falcone of Hudson, Mass., was honored at an Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) international conference held in Washington, D.C. He is presently director of engineering for the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s Battle Management Directorate at Hanscom AFB, Mass.


Chris Mutkoski of Braintree,Mass., just celebrated the 10 year anniversary of his company, Axon Communications ( Axon provides unique digital media solutions to most of the world’s top pharmaceutical and biotech companies. As part of its year-long anniversary celebration, Axon moved into new offices after rehabbing a 23,000 square-foot warehouse into open concept creative agency space that even includes an indoor pickleball court! When asked about the best part of his job, he points across the office to his wife and Axon’s co-founder, Laney, and says, “I get to work with my best friend every day!”


George “Hopper” McDonough of Bath, Maine, writes: “We had a URI Swim Team alumni gathering last week in Wilton, Conn. It was also a good chance to celebrate Coach Westkott’s 40 years of coaching. This was the second of three planned gatherings, with alums from about ’83 to ’93 attending.” (See QuadAngles Winter 2016 print issue for photo.)


Shannon L. (LaDuke) Neufeld of Houston, Texas, was hired in August 2014 as the communications manager for the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health.


Paola Perez of Charlotte, N.C., graduated from Northeastern University, Boston, Mass., on May 6 with a master’s in engineering in energy systems. She graduated URI with a B.S. in mechanical engineering and a B.A. in German. She now works at Daimler Trucks NA as a custom application engineer and lives with her family in Charlotte, N.C.


Holly J. Susi, M.A., of Providence, R.I., was recently promoted to full professor in the English Department at the Community College of Rhode Island.


Colin Giblin of Somerville, Mass., was promoted to the role of Chief eCommerce Turtle for Turtle Fur. Turtle Fur is the leading headwear and accessories company in the snowsports industry and was founded in 1982 in Stowe, Vt.


Corey Lester, Pharm.D., of Madison, Wis., was recently named the 2016–17 Joseph Wiederholt Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Student Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Pharmacy. This fellowship is awarded annually to a graduate student in the social and administrative sciences program demonstrating outstanding achievements in their coursework and research competencies. Lester is a fourth-year Ph.D. student working on his dissertation examining medication errors in community retail pharmacies.


Elizabeth Josephine Botcheller ’06 to Benjamin Mark Weisberger on May 14, 2016

Cassandra L. Guglielmetti ’06 to Damir Kahrimanovic on July 2, 2016

Erin O’Dell ’08 to James Acone ’08 on August 8, 2015

Melissa Adley ’09, M.B.A. ’13 to Dean Perdikakis on June 4, 2016

Morgan McGowan ’09 to Michael Handwerk on September 17, 2016

Alicia Colozzi ’11 to Jason Coppa ’10 on July 23, 2016

Sara Duphily ’11 to Robert Sanchez II on May 15, 2016

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

Ashley (Hopkins) Hawkes ’12 to Samuel Hawkes ’09, M.B.A. ’12 on October 3, 2015

Caitlin Dowd, Pharm.D. ’13 to Robert Green, Pharm.D. ’13 on June 11, 2016


Adam Russell ’98 and Ema Rodrigues, a girl, Claudia Amanda Russell, on March 22, 2016

Jessica Jarvis Greenberg ’00 and Lonn Greenberg, a son, Aiden Hudson Greenberg, on June 21, 2016

Ellen (Salkin) Goldman ’03 and Leben Goldman, a son, Dylan Matthew Goldman, on June 16, 2016

Melinda Golembeske ’04, M.L.S. ’13 and Timothy Golembeske, a son, Henry Charles, on April 4, 2016

Megan L. (Corbett) Longo ’05 and Robert Longo, a girl, Maya Caroline Longo, on Sept. 6, 2016

Jessica Rusack Becker ’07 and Matt Becker ’07, a girl, Lucy Blair Becker, on December 3, 2015

Dianna Schoder ’07 and Andrew Finan ’07, a girl, Amelia Kae Finan, on July 10, 2016

Ashley Hawkes ’12 and Samuel Hawkes ’09, M.B.A. ’12, a son, Samuel Lincoln Hawkes, Jr. on July 9, 2016

Oscar Zorrilla ’12 and Eleanor Gendron, a boy, Oscar Zorrilla Jr., on July 21, 2016

In Memoriam

Margaret Bagni ’41 of Naples, Fla., on July 9, 2016

Joseph D’Angelo ’43 of North Andover, Mass., on August 19, 2016

Natale J. Federico ’44 of Ipswich, Mass., on April 29, 2016

Everett Berlinsky ’44 of West Greenwich, R.I., onSeptember 22, 2016

Murray G. Cordin ’47 of Wakefield, R.I. on August 8, 2016

Robert S. Sweet ’48 of Scotch Plains, N.J., on July 12, 2016

Lt. John Bruce Blount ’50 of Columbia, S.C., on August 23, 2016

Edwin Cull Jr. ’50 of Cranston, R.I., on July 5, 2016

F. Robert Ennis Jr. ’50 of Colchester, Vt., on August 15, 2016

James Gavin Kennedy ’50 of Shelbourne, Vt., on August 5, 2016

Kibarian Barkev Kibarian ’50 of Potomac, Md., on September 4, 2016

Matthew J. Lynch ’50 of Wilmington, Del., on June 26, 2016

George V. Malgieri ’51 of Wakefield, R.I., on January 24, 2016

Darius Nickerson ’51 of Pittsburgh Pa., on March 14, 2016

Joseph George Oliveira ’51 of Nashua, N.H., on July 21, 2016

Gustav E. Benson ’52 of Pataskala, Ohio, on July 1, 2016

Frank L. Cherms Jr. ’52 of Chico, Calif., on July 25, 2016

Stephen Dresner ’53 of Pawtucket, R.I., on July 20, 2016

Anthony F. Mancini ’53 of Scituate, Mass., on June 26, 2016

Raymond McGuire ’54 of Holmes Beach, Fla., on June 27, 2016

Lawrence E Sprague ’54 of North Scituate, R.I., on June 28, 2016

Edith C. Gadoury ’58 of Watertown, Conn., on May 3, 2016

Normand J.B. Langevin ’59 of Kaysville, Utah, on July 4, 2016

Albert Lindemann Jr. ’59 of Charlottesville, Va., on August 18, 2016

James Roy ’59 of Escondido, Calif., on July 24, 2016

Charles E Porcao Sr. ’61 of West Warwick, R.I., on September 3, 2016

Teresa Renola, M.A. ’61 of Cranston, R.I., on August 17, 2016

John Hickey, M.S. ’62 of Narragansett, R.I., on August 9, 2016

John O. Pearson ’63 of Granite Bay, Calif., on April 5, 2016.

Robert Mabbett Briggs ’66 of Narragansett, R.I., on September 4, 2016

Richard Joseph Glodzik ’66 of Ballwin, Mo., on December 1, 2015

Niles Rodney Larson ’66 of Knoxville, Tenn., on September 23, 2016

Paul Dennis Sullivan ’66 of Gardiner, Maine, on August 13, 2016

Philip J. Fox ’67 of Seekonk Mass., on September 21, 2016

Joseph A. Walton ’67 of Punta Gorda, Fla., on August 23, 2016

John Whitford II ’68, M.A. ’73 of Peace Dale, R.I., on July 6, 2016

Stephen A. Carbine ’69 of Rutland, Vt., on July 16, 2016

Stephen C. Salkeld ’69 of Sea Girt, N.J., on April 8, 2016

Kathleen Spangler ’70, M.A. ’76 of Wakefield, R.I., on June 28, 2016

Garret P. Caffrey ’71 of Rumford, R.I., on September 16, 2013

Grant Denniston ’71 of Amherst, N.H., on April 6, 2016

James Francis O’Hearn ’71 of Lava Hot Springs, Idaho, on July 5, 2016

Francis M. Crowley ’72 of Providence, R.I., on September 21, 2016

Jeffrey A. Feroce ’72 of Rupert, Idaho, on June 4, 2016

Rexford Hurlburt Jr. ’72 of Chenango Forks, N.Y., on June 29, 2016

Edward J. Melenkivitz ’72 of Hopedale, Mass., on September 21, 2016

Carol Previte ’72 of Boston, Mass., on August 5, 2016

Capt. David B Eldridge Jr. ’73 of Ashburn, Va., on August 10, 2016

Capt. Elwood Joseph Euart ’73 of Pawtucket, R.I., on October 26, 2016

Anthony M. Rybarczyk ’73 of Virginia Beach, Va., on June 25, 2016

Michael William Titzler ’73 of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., September 4, 2016

Joseph Richard Brady ’74 of Newport, R.I., on July 2, 2016

Stephen Neal ’74 of Theodore, Ala., on September 7, 2016

Peter Anthony VonVillas Jr. ’74 of Terrell, Tex., on May 31, 2016

David J. Lane, M.A. ’75 of Saltsburg, Pa., on July 25, 2016

Robert W. Waitorwicz ’75 of Framingham, Mass., on July 22, 2016

Wendell Bernard Pols ’76 of Warren, R.I., on April 1, 2016

Sharman E. Prouty, M.L.S. ’76 of Orange, Mass., on July 31, 2016

Michael H. Ouimet ’77 of Foxborough, Mass., on March 26, 2016

Patricia C. McAllister ’78 of East Hartford, Conn., on August 19, 2016

Rose Anna Morrow ’78 of North Branford, Conn., on June 26, 2016

Stephen McGinn ’79, of North Attleboro, Mass., on Sept. 29, 2016.

Katherine Brockett Joslin, M.A. ’80 of Westerly, R.I., on July 1, 2016

Robert Silvestri ’81 of Westerly, R.I., on July 9, 2016

Barney Rinaldi ’83 of Wakefield, R.I., on August 26, 2016

Scott Sanborn ’84 of North Scituate, R.I., on July 14, 2016

Carla Edith Gockel Moore ’85 of The Villages, Fla., on August 12, 2016

Carl A. Pearson ’85 of Orleans, Mass., on August 21, 2016

Paul DeCoste, M.C.P. ’86 of Winston-Salem, N.C., on July 27, 2016

Roy L. Eastman Jr. ’86 of Lincoln, R.I., on March 8, 2016

Karen Kilborn McBride ’86 of Colchester, Vt., on August 2, 2016

Tracey A. Paczosa ’86 of Wakefield, R.I., on August 5, 2016

John D. Ivers Jr. ’88 of Meriden, Conn., on August 10, 2016

Christine Michele Ashburn ’89 of Niantic, Conn., on June 23, 2016

William Charles Gluck ’89 of Weston, Conn., on November 27, 2016

Christine Elizabeth Daley ’90 of Hamilton, Ga., on July 21, 2016

Gregory Sousa ’93 of Durham, N.C., on July 14, 2016

Stanis Gill ’98 of Coventry, R.I., on September 10, 2016

Robert McGale ’00 of East Matunuck, R.I., on August 15, 2016

Matthew J. Wnuk ’13 of Westerly, R.I., on August 16, 2016

Adam Gardner ’05, M.A. ’14 of Narragansett, R.I., on August 8, 2016

Ryan Kenneth Sutcliffe ’14 of Cumberland, R.I., on August 13, 2016

Faculty and Staff In Memoriam

Professor Emeritus of Electrical, Computer and Biomedical Engineering Allen G. Lindgren of North Kingstown., R.I., former chair of Electrical Engineering, on Aug. 15, 2016.

Irving K. “Sandy” Taylor, former URI architect, of North Kingstown, R.I., on Oct. 17, 2016.