Fall 2016 Class Notes


Phyllis Luther Brow of Corona, Calif., writes: “I am writing for the first time but always read QuadAngles…with my magnifying glass. I will be 89 in August. I loved my years at Rhody, used EVERYTHING I learned: counselor, teacher, director of this and that. I am at the other coast, California, and this is the first time I will have to miss reunions. Sad! I had four wonderful children in five years, my favorite job, swam every day, and still phone or email with five classmates regularly. I know, I know, you do not want to hear about my eight super grandchildren.”


Tom White, of Smyrna, Del., reports that one of his granddaughters, Madeline T. White, is attending URI in the College of Business Administration with a marketing concentration. She enrolled in September 2015. Tom splits his time between his place near Rangeley, Maine, and his home base of Smyrna, Del. Tom has ten grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.


Dick Dientbier, Ph.D., of Lincoln, Neb., has written “Building Resistance to Stress and Aging: The Toughness Model,” published by Palagrave/Macmillan in 2015. The book describes how regularly engaging in activities—from mental stimulation to physical exercise—activates genes that modify neurochemistry and enhance various brain structures. Those developments enhance stress tolerance, emotional stability, energy, memory capacity, fluid intelligence, and even self control. After a Ph.D. from the University of Rochester, Dick spent his professional life at the University of Nebraska, where he served as psychology department chair.


Alan Lasher of Nanuet, N.Y., writes: “It has been 50 years since we entered URI as freshmen. We joined a fraternity and for the next four or five years enjoyed all that URI had to offer. Several of us got together to see a basketball game (Rhody won) and to reminisce about old times. We visited our old fraternity house (AEPi) which has become Hillel House.”


Wayne Baker writes: “Wayne DeForest Michael Baker graduated from the University of West Florida (UWF), Pensacola, on December 12, 2015, with a doctorate of education. Dr. Baker graduated in electrical engineering (URI ’72) and earned a Master in Public Administration (UWF ’94). Dr. Baker is the brother of Stephen Baker (URI ’77) and son of the late DeForest Baker (URI ’79). Dr. Baker’s dissertation title, “Generational Perspectives on American Public Administration in the Deep South,” has been nominated to the Academy of Management for the 2016 Outstanding Dissertation Award. Dr. Baker taught government contract law online for UWF and retired from federal service with the 2012 USAF Outstanding Civilian Career Award. As Christian, husband, father, grandfather and lifelong learner: “Cease conceiving of education as mere preparation for later life, and make it the full meaning of the present life” (Dewey, J.,1893. ‘Self Realization as the Moral Ideal’).”


LaMont Wells of Haymarket, Va., was selected by SmartCEO magazine for the 2016 Executive Management award in the president category, which honors “Leadership All-Stars.” As president of Technology Management Associates, Inc. (TMA), LaMont believes in “delegating authority and empowering employees to ideate and create better ways to develop solutions.” As part of this, LaMont has developed and implemented a distributed authority model that gives employees the chance to lead and creates an entrepreneurial environment for the company.


Jim Conti of Wahiawa, Hawaii, writes: “I retired from Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard on Labor Day, 2013, as supervisory nuclear engineer, after 37 years of government work. After three years of busy and happy retirement (basketball refereeing and coaching, surfing, home projects), stage four sarcoma cancer finally caught up with me. I am in home hospice and in relatively good spirits and energy (still doing little home projects!). I celebrated 35 years of marriage with my best friend, Noelle, on July 10. Our son, Sam, age 19, will be attending Whittier College in the fall. I would love to hear from my URI engineering classmates and my brothers from Sig Ep fraternity. jamesconti@hawaii.rr.com”


Patrick “Pat” McCarthy of Bristol, R.I., writes: “In May, I was honored with the “LUMEN GENTIUM” Award from the Roman Catholic Church’s Diocese of Providence, in the category of Parish Service. This is an annual recognition of examples of “God’s servants who toil in the vineyard,” helping others. This year, 15 individuals were so honored from well over 100 nominees. Also, my wife, Nina (Squatrito) ’79, and I were named chief marshals for the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church’s 118th Feast Celebration, to be held on July 14-17 in Bristol, R.I.”


Corey W. Briggs of Quincy, Mass., is now a senior manager and occupational/environmental health and safety consultant with Ramboll Environ U.S. Corporation at the company’s Boston office. Ramboll and Environ International Corporation merged in 2015, forming a large multinational environmental, health, safety, and sustainability consultancy of 12,000 employees worldwide. Corey can be reached at cwbriggs@ramboll.com. The company website is www.ramboll.com.

Donna Russo Morin of Saunderstown, R.I., writes: “The first book in my Da Vinci Disciples trilogy, Portrait of a Conspiracy (Diversion Books), was released on May 10. The trilogy is the story of a secret society of women artists, under the tutelage of the great Leonardo da Vinci, who must navigate the treacherous life of 15th century Florence while trying to bring their artistry to the world. One murder ignites a powder keg that threatens to consume a city. Amidst the chaos, five women and one legendary artist weave together a plot that could bring peace—or get them all killed. My four previous award-winning historical novels include The King’s Agent, recipient of a Starred Review in Publishers Weekly.


Timothy Barritt of Essex Junction, Vt., writes: “I retired from IBM after 34 years but remain employed at the same semiconductor fabricator because IBM sold the division to Globalfoundries. I also resigned as chair from the South Burlington Development Review Board after four and a half years because I was recently elected to City Council for a three-year term.”

Mary McCarron-McGinniss of Aurora, Ill., writes: “I graduated from URI with a B.S. in nutrition and dietetics. I completed my dietetic internship there as well in 1994,and became a registered dietitian. I’m now living in Chicagoland (the Chicago suburbs) and am currently employed at the Kendall County Health Department. I’m doing what I love to do, providing health services and nutrition education to prenatal and breastfeeding women, their infants and children. I’ve raised two wonderful children here in the Midwest, but I can’t wait to return to R.I. and the ocean when it’s time to retire.”


Michael Miga, M.S. ’94, of Franklin, Tenn., was appointed as the Harvie Branscomb Professor at Vanderbilt University on July 1, 2015. Miga is a professor of biomedical engineering.


Michelle Simpson-Siegel of Brattleboro, Vt., writes: “Under my leadership, Oak Meadow, a progressive home-school curriculum publisher and distance-learning school for kindergarten to grade 12, has become the first (and only, for now!) distance-learning school accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.”


Edward A. Garcia Jr., M.L.S. ’08, of Cranston, R.I., was appointed to the Cranston Historical Society Board of Directors.


Samuel Snead, M.C.P., of Silver Spring, Md., writes: “I was recently awarded the Award of Excellence from the Secretary of Transportation for my successful management of the Bus and Bus Facilities Ladders of Opportunity Initiative in 2015.”


Liatte Krueger, Pharm. D., of Union, N.J., writes: “The National Board of Public Health Examiners has recognized me as Certified in Public Health (CPH), demonstrating my mastery of the core sciences of public health, and strong commitment to staying on the cutting-edge of public health issues. The CPH process raises the bar for public health workers by highlighting the need for a standard benchmark for students and graduates and a certified dedication to the field. In October 2015, when I took the examination, the passing rate was 72 percent. I am also a Commissioned Corps Officer in the US Public Health Service, and continue my studies at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, where I plan to graduate with a masters in public health and nutrition in the next year.”


Kaitlyn Zullo of New Brunswick, N.J., writes: “This past August, Robert Weiss ’09 proposed to Kaitlyn Zullo ’09 on the Quad. They met in 2008 at the University and currently reside in New Brunswick, N.J., and will be getting married in August.”


Christopher Cilfone of Maui, Hawaii, writes: “On November 9, 2015, I was awarded Best Short Film Under 15 Minutes at the Blue Ocean Film Festival in Monaco for my film One Voice. I was a finalist in two categories, Emerging Filmmaker and Best Short Film Under 15 Minutes. The film documentsthe success of the Save the Whale campaign and supports my movement, Be Blue, which encourages ocean conservation. I work as a marine naturalist forthe Pacific Whale Foundation in Maui, Hawaii, where I teach others to “Continue to Go Green, but Remember to Be Blue.” You can join the movement by liking Be Blue on Facebook and following @bluerevolocean on Instagram and Twitter.”

David Pancarowicz ’10, B.S. in electrical and biomedical engineering, and Carolyn Kopcha ’11, B.S. in nutrition and dietetics, got married at Christ the King Church in Kingston, R.I., by Fr. Matthew Glover on August 29, 2015. The couple met through mutual friends in 2008 while students at URI. They got engaged at the Narragansett Towers in June 2014 and celebrated their wedding reception at the Village Inn in Narragansett on a beautiful summer day. They currently reside in Colchester, Conn. David is an electrical engineer for General Dynamics Electric Boat in New London and Carolyn is a registered dietitian for the East Hartford Public Schools.


Stephen Gadless ’95 to Laura Fox on May 10, 2015

Carlton Bradshaw ’06, M.A. ’13 to Amanda Allard on July 26, 2015

Jessica DeRoche ’09 to Shawn Case, M.S. ’10 on July 9, 2016

Lauren Gorry ’11 to Eric Alexander ’11 on October 11, 2015

Katelyn Gosselin ’11 to Adam Corriveau ’09 on May 30, 2015

Carolyn Kopcha ’11 to David Pancarowicz ’10 on August 29, 2015


Mitchell Krzyzek Jr. ’97 and Susan Krzyzek, a boy, Mitchell Lawrence Krzyzek III on February 24, 2016

Gina Simonelli ’01, M.S. ’03, and Eric Simonelli, M.A. ’13, a girl, Anna Rose Simonelli, on May 17, 2016

Christina Haas ’05 and John Haas, a son, James Thomas Haas on March 21, 2016

Lindsay (Lopardo) Fonseca ’06 and Mario Fonseca ’06, a girl, Genna Lillian Fonseca, on December 5, 2015

Andrea Correia ’06 and Manny Correia, a girl, Charlotte Irene Correia, on May 18, 2016

Laura Ferrell ’08, M.S. ’10 and Robert Ferrell ’07, two sons, Nathan and Benjamin Ferrell, on April 27, 2016

Janna (D’Ambra) Tyrrell ’08 and Matthew Tyrrell ’06, a girl, Lucianna Maria Tyrrell, on March 19, 2016

Marissa Christina Salvo ’09 and Seth Korn ’08, a son, Cooper Jeffrey Korn, on October 2, 2015

Patrice (Bobowiec) Tran ’10 and Viet Tran ’09, a son, Everett Christopher, on September 28, 2015

In Memoriam

Carl Lawrence Lindquist ’34 of La Jolla, Calif., on March 11, 2013

Ivis Carpenter Warner ’40 of Cutler Bay, Fla., on April 5, 2014

John Bartlett Rowell ’41 of St. Paul, Minn., on June 15, 2016

Mary T. D’Arcy ’42 of Northridge, Calif., on January 20, 2016

W. Barbara O’Hara ’42 of Naples, Fla., on March 28, 2015

D. Beverly Beaven ’43 of Lincoln, R.I., on December 20, 2015

Norma Claire Glines ’43 of Lisbon, Conn., on May 17, 2016

Joseph Golini ’43 of Cranston, R.I., on May 14, 2016

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

Hope Furlong Syverson ’44 of Greensboro, N.C., on December 15, 2014

M. Thelma Kenyon ’44 of Narragansett, R.I., on April 3, 2016

James A. Cooney ’45 of Greenville, S.C., on May 20, 2016

Jane Willoughby ’45 of East Greenwich, R.I., on May 13, 2016

Ferdinand Mark Comolli ’48 of Bethany Beach, Del., on May 27, 2016

Ann McBurney ’48 of Pawtucket, R.I., on May 20, 2016

Jean Regan Ohnesorge ’48 of Lake Worth, Fla., on March 24, 2016

Leonard A. Waldman ’48 of Miami, Fla., on February 25, 2016

Annetta M. Comolli ’49 of Bethany Beach, Del., on December 4, 2013

Donald Wheeler Cole Sr. ’50 of Columbus, Ohio, on December 14, 2013

Wallace B. Anderson Jr. ’50 of Westfield, Mass., on April 12, 2015

John Dosdourian ’50 of Melbourne, Fla., on January 8, 2016

Raymond C. Campbell ’51 of Storrs, Conn., on February 28, 2016

Edward McNulty ’51 of Dearborn, Mich., on August 25, 2015

Beverly Durand McNulty ’51 of Dearborn, Mich., on May 15, 2013

Donald Phelps ’51 of West Greenwich, R.I., on April 5, 2016

Carmine Luigi Ragosta ’51 of Cranston, R.I., on March 28, 2016

Alfred Remillard ’51 of Harrison, Ohio, on May 1, 2016

Ralph Caduto Jr. ’52 of Palm Coast, Fla., on March 25, 2016

Bernard Gollis ’52, M.S. ’58, of Irvine, Calif., on March 23, 2016

Joseph R. Hillstrom ’52 of Esmond, R.I., on April 10, 2016

Russell Kalberer ’52 of Franklin, Mass., on April 22, 2016

Charles Lund ’52 of Gallipolis, Ohio., on April 9, 2016

James Sherpey, M.S. ’52 of Beverly Hills, Fla., on March 5, 2016

Joan Shirley Atterbury ’54 of Westport, Conn., on September 21, 2015

Barbara Fraser Little ’54 of Greene, R.I., on September 4, 2014

Maurice Berard ’54 of Lincoln, R.I., on January 22, 2013

Daniel F. McDade ’54 of Wakefield, R.I., on December 12, 2014

Bernard S. Ryskiewich ’54 of Haddam, Conn., on April 11, 2016

Sandra Shupack Rose ’54 of Las Vegas, Nev., on May 23, 2016

John Singleton, M.S. ’54 of Kennebunk, Maine., on March 26, 2016

William R Wing, Jr., ’54 of Sarasota, Fla., on May 26, 2015

Joan Alexander ’55 of Wakefield, R.I,. on May 5, 2016

Joseph R. Kozlin ’55 of Jupiter, Fla., on May 14, 2013

Richard M. Wood ’55 of Mystic, Conn., on May 21, 2016

Howard L. Andrews ’57 of Naples, Fla., on April 13, 2016

John N. Bergeron ’57 of Pawtucket, R.I., on May 15, 2016

William Murray Gates ’57 of Wakefield, R.I., on April 24, 2016

Judith Henry Kohlsaat ’57 of Saunderstown, R.I., on March 28, 2016

Earl Sangster ’57 of Shelton, Conn., on February 28, 2016

Fred Newton Scott Goodrich ’61 of Barnstead, N.H., on June 13, 2016

John Lepore ’62 of Westfield, N.J., on March 10, 2016

Virginia Wallace ’62 of Smithfield, R.I., on February 1, 2015

George Ficorilli ’63, M.S. ’68 of Johnston, R.I., on May 28, 2016

Iren Klara Freeman ’63 of Peace Dale, R.I., on August 5, 2015

Judy Countryman ’64 of Newton, Mass., on February 25, 2016

Frank Gene DiBello ’64 of Pompano Beach, Fla., on September 17, 2013

Art Oun ’64 of Boynton Beach, Fla., on May 24, 2015

Madelanie Sanderson ’64 of Pleasant Mount, Pa., on December 9, 2015

Neil Edward Casey ’65 of Dallas, Texas, on April 1, 2016

Michael Joseph Ileo ’65, M.S. ’67 of Richmond, Va., on May 26, 2015

Donald F. Fisher ’66 of Coventry, R.I., on August 8, 2013

Peter Schultz ’66 of Altamont, N.Y., on November 14, 2013

Paula Krinsky ’67 of San Ramon, Calif., on May 29, 2016

John R. Mirandou ’67 of East Greenwich, R.I., on May 31, 2016

Natalie Rosen Seigle ’68 of Providence, R.I., on May 11, 2016

Michael S. Chmura ’71 of Smithfield, R.I., on June 1, 2016

Edna L. Bik ’70, M.S. ’72 of Redondo Beach, Calif., on April 26, 2016

Geroge Offutt Jr. Ph.D. ’70 of Phoenixville, Pa., on April 23, 2013

Elizabeth Anne Hart ’70 of Saco, Maine, on April 18, 2016

Janice K. Erickson ’71, M.L.S. ’73 of Redding, Calif., on May 27, 2016

George M. Pizio ’71 of Tiverton, R.I., on June 30, 2013

Kenneth Robinson ’71 of North Providence, R.I., on November 2, 2014

Spencer H. Gelband ’72, M.S. ’73 of Hoboken, N.J., on June 8, 2015

Ralph J. Gizz. ’72 of Portsmouth, R.I., on April 16, 2016

Thomas P. King ’72 of Jupiter, Fla., on March 31, 2016

Ruth Wait-Howes ’73 of Warwick, R.I., on June 6, 2016

Deborah Prétat-Klofski ’74 of Portsmouth, R.I., on January 22, 2016

John Cicerchia ’75 of Providence, R.I., on June 20, 2016

Ina R. Mish, M.S. ’75 of Wareham, Mass., on May 18, 2016

Nancy Laird Sweeney ’75 of Naples, Fla., on August 20, 2013

Craig A. Johns ’77 of Chepachet, R.I., on August 14, 2015

Patricia Jackson ’78 of Cranston, R.I., on June 18, 2016

Charles Mathis ’79 of Cranston, R.I., on May 27, 2016

John “Jack” McCarron ’80 of Woodbridge, Va., on February 27, 2016

Marie Coutu Chartier ’81 of East Killingly, Conn., on May 4, 2016

James McMahon Jr. ’81 of Weehawken, N.J. on June 19, 2016

Jean L. Arruda ’82 of East Greenwich, R.I., on June 21, 2016

Marjorie Frances Lineweber ’84 of Canterbury, Conn., on May 28, 2016

Shawn Tagg ’84 of Waldorf, Md., on April 23, 2016

Robert Gadbois ’85 of Englewood, Fla., on June 1, 2016

Mark Joseph Lussier ’87 of North Reading, Mass., on February 29, 2016

Keith Maynard ’88 of North Smithfield, R.I., on April 7, 2016

Shelby Parks Warner ’92 of Norwood, Mass., on November 9, 2015

Alexander Sandor ’93 of Norwalk. Conn., on May 7, 2016

Matthew Fournier ’94 of North Kingstown, R.I., on June 2, 2016

Elizabeth A. Jones, M.L.S. ’95 of Gales Ferry, Conn., on December 11, 2014

Nicholas Talarico ’01 of Colorado Springs, Colo., on February 25, 2016

Matthew Davis ’10 of Greenwood, Ind., on April 27, 2016

Ryan Bourque ’13 of Coventry, R.I., on May 23, 2016

Faculty and Staff In Memoriam

Professor Emeritus of Mathematics Sol Schwartzman of Providence, R.I., on January 30, 2016

Professor Emeritus of English Richard T. Neuse of Kingston, R.I., on June 14, 2016