Summer 2015 Class Notes

Charles H. Dress of Warwick, R.I., writes: “I was selected as the 2014 recipient of the Ethel Percy Andrews Award by AARP Rhode Island for Outstanding Community Service. In 2014, I co-founded the AARP Community Group in Warwick, R.I.”

The late Carolyn Healey Peterson of Barrington, R.I., had an asteroid named in her honor in January 2015. Her husband, Herbert “Pete” Peterson ’64 writes: “6534 Carriepeterson is a main-belt minor planet discovered by Dr. Timothy Spahr through the Catalina Sky Survey on February 24,1995. It has an orbital period of 5.6 years and is inclined 22° from the ecliptic. Carrie was a long-time member of the Astronomical Society of New England along with her husband Herbert “Pete” Peterson. Pete has recovered a couple of asteroids and submitted thousands of observations to the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Spahr has generously renamed one of his finds to honor Carrie’s memory. Pete’s work tracking and searching for new new-earth asteroids is ongoing at the Wishing Star Observatory. If you would like to contact Pete, you can email him at

Gail Logan M.A. ’68 of Macon, Ga., has published a third novel, A Matter of Loyalty. Gail is an award winning poet, first place winner of the “World Poetry Movement’s Best Poets of 2012” award, and author of The Sundisk and Time is of the Essence. She wrote book reviews for nine years for a major Georgia newspaper while working in business. A Matter of Loyalty is available as an ebook or for purchase at bookstores, including Barnes and Noble.

Marc Seifer of Saunderstown, R.I., writes: “I am happy to announce that my new book Framed! Murder, Corruption & A Death Sentence In Florida by Marc J. Seifer with Stephen Rosati was just reviewed in the Sunday section of the Providence Journal. Framed! has also received a 5 star review on Amazon by Midwest Book Review.”

Timothy Straw of Narragansett, R.I., has been selected as winner of the National Defense Industrial Association Bronze Medal for 2014. The NDIA Bronze Medal is an annual award that recognizes outstanding individual achievement in science or engineering in the field of undersea warfare. Straw is an electrical engineer with 41 years of experience at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport, R.I., that has focused on the development of and in-service support for hull-mounted and deployed sonar transducers and arrays. He has built a reputation as a prolific inventor and is recognized as a dedicated and skilled manager, leader and mentor.

Carol Cioe Klyman of Springfield, Mass., has been selected to the prestigious Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers lists. Carol is an attorney with the Springfield, Mass., firm of Shatz, Schwartz and Fentin, P.C.

Joanne C. Sulima of Westerly, R.I., has been appointed special assets officer for the Washington Trust Company, where she handles operations, processing and lending for the special assets department. Joanne joined the bank in 1986 as a loan operations clerk. In 2007 she was transferred to the commercial lending division, where she worked as a credit associate.

Robert Fay of Bristol, R.I., has joined American Business Lending as a vice president and will be responsible for providing Small Business Association guaranteed loans throughout the Northeast. Robert has 31 years of banking experience.

Dr. Gary Mattson, AICP, of Independence, Ky., was reappointed in July 2014 by Kentucky Governor to the Bank/Licking River Watershed Council, which acquires environmentally sensitive land and reviews the impact that publicly sponsored development projects have on the watershed. In April 2014, Dr. Mattson was invited by the Bank of Cleveland Federal Reserve as a conference participant on fair lending housing finance policies in the district. Dr. Mattson actively consults with Midwest towns in economic development and finance issues.

James Farrell of Palm Coast, Fla., has published a novel, Brooklyn Boy, as well as a collection of short stories, Kiss Me, Kate and Other Stories in 2014. Kiss me, Kate was recommended by Bill Reynolds in October 2014 in his Saturday column in the Providence Journal. Jim is publishing his second novel, The Extraordinary Banana Tree this spring.

Jennifer Fairbank, of East Greenwich, R.I., has been elected chair of the Rhode Island Heath Care Association’s board of directors. Jennifer is the executive director of the South County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in North Kingstown. Under her supervision South County Nursing was selected as one of the top 100 facilities in the country by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.

William E. Culton, Jr., Esq., CBA, of Barrington, R.I., has been selected as a 2015 In-House Leader in the Law honoree by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly and New England In-House. William (Bill) is the General Counsel of East Greenwich, R.I. The Leaders in the Law awards event took place on March 5, 2015, at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel, with 500 legal industry professionals in attendance. Of the 25 New England in-house lawyers honored, Bill was the sole honoree representing a Rhode Island company.


Robert Roccio Jr., of Cranston, R.I., has been awarded the 2015 Autism Educator of the Year by the Certificate of Graduate Studies and the Sherlock Center on Disabilities at Rhode Island College. Rocchio has been a clinical school social worker in Johnston for over 17 years and is currently working at both Sarah Dyer Barnes and Brown Avenue elementary schools.

Kendall Smith, of Ridgewood, N.J., writes that Percussion Publishing will be releasing his new thriller, Vault 21-12, in June of this year. The novel will be available via Amazon, Kindle, and Barnes & Noble’s Nook division.


Dr. Jennifer Saltzman of Menlo Park, C.A. has been honored as a ‘mentor of mentors’. The Association for Women in Science, Northern California Chapter, has selected Saltzman, director of outreach education at the Stanford School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences, to receive the organization’s 2015 Sherrie Wilkins award. Saltzman was nominated for her instrumental role in creating the History of Life internship program in collaboration with her research group. She will be honored at a recognition banquet in San Francisco.

Kathy Bailey of Portland, Maine, has started Bailey Softball and Kathy Bailey Coaching and Consulting, LLC. After working as a high school guidance counselor for eight years, she decided to change her career path and start a company. where she would be able to help young people from different communities improve their athletic, academic, and life skills.

Russell Newman of New Milford, Conn., writes: “I assumed the role of Program Director for the Saint Clare’s Hospital Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine in 2012. After building a team of RN’s and recruiting a multi-specialty Physician Panel to serve the outpatient Wound Care Center, we earned a Center of Distinction award for FY 2014. The distinction was only earned in 172 out of 506 eligible Wound Care Centers in the United States. I plan to continue to achieve superior healing rates and reduce the incidence of Amputations in Northern New Jersey.”

Greg Silva of Cranston, R.I., vice president, senior financial consultant for Webster Investment Services, recently appeared in Rhode Island Monthly magazine. Greg earned the Five Star Wealth Manager designation from Five Star Professional for the second consecutive year. This prestigious honor was awarded to less than eight percent of all wealth managers in the state of Rhode Island. An award based on exceptional service, the Five Star program is the largest and most widely published financial services award program in North America.

Misty Martin of La Grange, Ill., has been promoted from associate to shareholder of Segal McCambridge. Misty has represented companies in general and complex litigation across the country for more than a decade. She has successfully defended client interests in state and federal courts. Misty also works with companies across the country to proactively mitigate their risk through consultations and contractual agreements.

Daniel Sullivan IV of Lincoln, R.I., has been named vice president of sales for the Rhode Island-based international tour operator Colette Tours. He will oversee the North American strategies sales field and will be responsible for strategic partnerships in the United States and Canada.

Anthony J. Nunes of Charlestown, R.I., has been appointed social media and public relations officer for Washington Trust. He joined the bank in February 2014 as social media marketing coordinator. In his role within the marketing department, he manages the corporate brand by expanding the bank’s presence on social and traditional media.

Mark Clifford of Warwick, R.I., was a graduate of the 123rd class of the Rhode Island Municipal Police Training Academy. The ceremony. took place in December at the Community College of Rhode Island campus before being sworn in at the Cranston ceremony.

Sarah S. Crosby of Riverside, Conn., was appointed as the new director of Harbor Watch, the water quality monitoring and research program. Sarah is a marine ecologist with training in conservation science and has extensive research experience with coastal and marine ecosystems. While attending URI, Sarah’s research highlighted a salt marsh that was under consideration for restoration, and she focused on the marsh fish community and the human impact on the landscape. In her doctoral research she investigated the resilience of coastal ecosystems to both human and climatic impacts.

Carissa Schneider of Warwick, R.I., earned her Certified Public Accountant designation in January. Carissa is a Senior Assistant Accountant for Sansiveri, Kimball & Co, L.L.P., where she has been for two years. She also serves on the Rhode Island Young Accountants Network Committee.

Brett C. Lonergan of East Greenwich, R.I., has been named managed asset and risk management officer for Washington Trust. He joined the bank in February 2013 as an accounting intern and later joined the risk management team as a risk management/special assets trainee.


Catherine Rumschlag and Kevin M. O’Brian ’88, on October 3, 2014.

Richard K. Tiffany ’91 to Heidi A. Skiptunas on May 4th, 2014.

Christopher Santos ’94 to Heather Blaser on November 11, 2014.

Heather Hewitt ’98 and Arya Chowdhury, on August 30, 2014.

Kevin Eansor ’03 and Lindsay M MacKinnon ’07, on Jan 3, 2015.

Heather R. Zartarian ’03 and Kevin P. Caswell ’03, on July 5, 2014.

Amy L. Bishop and Steven R. Merluzzo ’05, on May 31, 2014.

Kaitlin E. Lambert ’07 and Adam S. Donahue, on November 20, 2014.

Jennifer Bragger ’10 to Nicholas Evans on May 28, 2014.

Elizabeth Ameno ’13 and Michael Portal ’11, on September 28, 2014.

Emily J. Patry ’14 and Jared Giordano, on July 25.


Heather Hewitt ’98 and Arya Chowdhury, a son, Reza Hiram, on May 14, 2014.

Scott Gullett ’99 and Sarah Gullett ’00, a daughter, Savannah Grace, on February 6, 2015.

Laurie S. Ontso ’99 and Christopher Ontso, a daughter, Eleanor Louisa Ontse, on April 20, 2012.

Daniel J. Petrilli ’07 and Kristina M. Petrilli ’07, a son, Christopher John, on October 9, 2014.


William W. Ferris Jr. ’31 of Warwick, R.I., on March 19, 2015.

Jane C. Ebbs ’35 of Sarasota, Fla., on December 24, 2014.

J. Albert Newton ’35 of Providence, R.I., on December 24, 2014.

Ralph Hedberg ’39 of Kingston, R.I., on January 7, 2015.

Dr. Paul F. Bliss ’40 of Wakefield, R.I., on December 2, 2014.

Roma Bourassa ’40 of Ann Arbor, Mich., on January 9, 2015.

Maurice Connors ’40 of Andover, Mass., on January 14, 2015.

Alfred I. Green ’41 of Wynnewood, Pa., on November 28, 2014.

Raymond H. Bliss ’42 of Wakefield, R.I., on February 19, 2015.

Joan S. Banfield ’43 of Colorado Springs, Colo., on March 15, 2015.

Donald M. Dwyer ’43 of Providence, R.I., on December 22, 2014.

Joan Irvine Barlow ’44 of Plymouth, Mass., on December 4, 2014.

Isabel Killam ’44 of Seekonk, Mass., on June 26, 2014.

Elise Medeiros Herden ’45 of Webster, N.Y., on February 23, 2015.

Robert F. Shea ’46 Hingham, Mass., on January 27, 2015

Marjorie E. Wheeler ’46 of Harrisville, R.I., on November 23, 2014

Mary Allen Coffey ’47 of West Chester, Pa., on November 29, 2014.

Donald R. Rose ’48 of Saint Louis, Mo., on February 6, 2015.

Barbara Browning Weibel ’48 of Wakefield, R.I., on February 17, 2015.

Mina Koning Becker ’49 of Naples, Fla., on February 9, 2011.

Richard C. Spinney ’49 of Warwick, R.I., on January 26, 2015.

David L. Campbell ’50 of Jefferson, Maine, on December 16, 2014.

Louis A. LaPere ’50 of Westerly, R.I., on March 17, 2015.

Jack Moore ’50 of Morro Bay, Calif., on March 11, 2015.

Michael DeMarco ’50 of Middletown, R.I., on December 27, 2014.

Theodore F. Masse ’50 of Charlestown, R.I., on February 16, 2015.

John S. Morrison ’50 of Barrington, R.I., on February 25, 2015.

Barbara Nagel ’50 of East Greenwich, R.I., on January 29, 2015.

Richard Perkins ’50 of Wilton, Conn., on March 10, 2015.

Barbara Rose ’50 of Randolph, N.J., January 24, 2015.

Robert E. Aubin ’51 of Cranston, R.I., on February 25, 2015.

Ruth Mary Norwood Bennett ’51 of East Greenwich, R.I., on February 22, 2015.

Lewis J. Pucci ’51 of North Providence, R.I., On January 10, 2015.

Lillian A. Snashall ’51 of Fremont, Calif., on February 8, 2015.

Theodore Wolanski ’51 of Coventry, R.I., on January 2, 2015.

Roland Ferland ’52 of Riverside, R.I., on December 11, 2014.

Robert H. Gledhill ’52, ’54 of Decatur, IN, on March 18, 2015.

Erivan G. Hagopian ’52 of Deerfield Beach, Fla., on January 22, 2015.

Donald M. Leys ’52 of Bradenton, Fla., on October 29, 2014.

Bernard L. Matthews ’52 of Daytona Beach, Fla., on June 1, 2014.

Marcus Rand ’52 of Narragansett, R.I., on December 2, 2014.

Harold Bernstein ’53 of McAllen, Tex., on June 14, 2014

Doris Ingeborg Gallimore ’53 of Brookline, Mass. on February 6, 2015

Harry D. Hanchett ’54 of Molokai, Hawaii, on June 1, 2013.

John Prata ’54 of North Kingstown, R.I., on December 15, 2014.

Anne Waterman Bowen ’55 of Wakefield R.I., on December 2, 2014

Donald J. Costello ’55 of Lakeland, Fla., on December 11, 2014.

William J. Kayatta, Sr. ’55 of Portland, ME, on March 27, 2015

Donald R. Salvas ’55 of West Warwick, R.I., on March 8, 2015.

Samuel L. Torman ’55 of Cranston, R.I., on April 12, 2014.

Leroy Grinnell ’56 of Charlestown, R.I., on December 12, 2014.

Richard Cunningham ’56 of The Villages, Fla., on March 7, 2015.

Carol Rawson Lillis ’56 of Providence, R.I., on March 8, 2015

Edmund J. Renehan ’56 of East Greenwich, RI, on March 22, 2015.

Harry R. Keffe Jr. ’57 of Lompoc, Calif., on December 31, 2014.

Glenna Paine ’57 of Cranston, R.I., on January 7, 2015.

David Richardson ’57 of East Greenwich, R.I., on January 20, 2015.

Edward B. Dupuis ’58 Blufton Sun City, S.C., on January 26, 2015.

Cynthia F. Grinnell ’58 of Avon, Conn., on February 9, 2015.

Blaine E. Herald ’58 of Coventry, Conn., on December 9, 2014.

Kathleen F. Hicks ’58 of Narragansett, R.I., on December 18, 2014.

Ian L. McKechnie ’58 ’60 of Rockaway, White Meadow, N.J., on March 8, 2015

Glenn Smith ’58 of West Warwick, R.I., on December 30, 2014.

Willard L. Menconi ’59 of St. Cloud, Fla., on December 10, 2014.

Claire Chaves Skrzypczak ’59 of Marlborough, Mass., on December 8, 2014.

Norma C. Smith ’59 of Houston, Texas, on December 12, 2014.

Karl H. Layer ’60 of Columbus, Ohio, on December 20, 2014.

Wilfred L. Savard ’60 of Barrington, R.I., on January 6, 2015.

Robert M. Bennett ’61 of Yonkers, N.Y., on February 18, 2015.

Stephen O. Coldwell ’61 of Southborough, Mass., on March 13, 2015.

Ila R. Fullerton ’62 of Swansea, Mass., on March 16, 2015.

Ron Stenhouse ’62 of Saunderstown, R.I., on March 29, 2015.

Edward R. Czerwinski ’62 of Boston, Mass., on December 10, 2013.

Joseph Roberts ’62 of Berlin, Mass., on January 14, 2015.

Alan G. Arbuse ’63 of Delray Beach, Fla., on January 30, 2014.

Paul T. Faulkner ’63 of Las Vegas, Nev., on February 22, 2015.

Karen B. Geller ’63 of East Norwich, N.Y., on October 20, 2014.

Richard A. Stansfield ’63 of Wayne, N.J., February 26, 2015.

Robert Amiss ’65 of Bristol, R.I., on January 15, 2015.

Howard Hallberg ’65 of Charlestown, R.I., on August 22, 2014.

Robert W. Kenny, Jr. ’65 of Providence, R.I., on January 2, 2004.

Kathryn McCune Long ’65 of Signal Mountain, Tenn., on August 16, 2013.

Robert J. Richard ’65 of Hudson, Fla., on August 31, 2013.

Gary Stenhouse ’65, MPA ’67 of Rochester, N.H. on March 12, 2015.

David C. Beebe ’66 of St Louis, Mo., on March 27, 2015.

Peter R. Groome ’66 of Franklin, Mass., on December 27, 2014.

Kenneth E. Karspeck ’67 of Glocester, R.I., on March 18, 2015.

Robert Nault ’66 of East Providence, R.I., on February 5, 2015.

Michael J. DiGioia ’67 of Belfast, Maine, on December 24, 2014.

Sandra L. Deckett ’68 of West Warwick, R.I., on April 12, 2015

Gerald Fitta ’68 of West Warwick, R.I., on January 26, 2015.

Richard Manson ’68 of Cranston, R.I., on December 11, 2014.

John A. Amaral ’69 of Powhatan, Va., on February 13, 2015.

Louise L. Behan ’69 of East Greenwich, R.I., on January 28, 2015.

Carl H. Benker II ’69 of Groton, Conn., on December 27, 2014.

David W. Coates ’69 of Weatherford, Okla., on December 6, 2014.

Cynthia E. Morris ’69 of Warwick, R.I., on March 26, 2015.

Betty Salomon ’69 of Narragansett, R.I., on November 26, 2014.

Charlene L. Bensted ’70 of Cranston, R.I., on October 29, 2012.

Dale Brook ’70 of Plantation, Fla., on December 10, 2014.

Richard L. Porri ’70, of Kennesaw, Georgia, on November 28, 2014.

Mildred Watson Perry ’71 of Mystic, Conn., on December 18, 2014.

Gregory Squillante ’71 of Somerset, Mass., on December 8, 2014.

David Delnero ’72 of Cranston, R.I., on January 4, 2015.

Gerald P. Timoney ’72 of St. Augustine, Fla., on March 3, 2015

Mark Ahmadjian ’73 of Cambridge, Mass., December 24, 2014.

Richard L. Hawthorne ’74 of West Palm Beach, Fla., on February 27, 2015

Steven M. Leibowitz ’74 of Virginia Beach, Va., on March 26, 2015.

Carol DeMers ’75 of East Ryegate, Vt., on December 20, 2014.

Judy A. De Obaldia ’74, ’75 of Moorestown, NJ, on March 19, 2015.

Eleanor Paquet (O’Hare) ’74 of Fall River, Mass., on March 28, 2015.

William F. Fiore ’75 of Warwick, RI, on March 9, 2015.

Joseph D. Considine ’76 of Greenland, N.H., on February 21, 2015.

Peter M. O’Hern ’76 of Lancaster, Pa., on February 19, 2015.

Paul Seddon ’76 of Portsmouth, R.I., on January 3, 2015.

Ellen Dudascik Chopyak ’77 of Shavertown, Pa., on March 8, 2015.

Carol Deignan Healy ’77 of Chepachet, R.I., on January 19, 2015.

Edward Jusczyk ’77 of East Greenwich, R.I., on January 4, 2015.

Milton Mannix ’77 of Boston, Mass., on January 18, 2015.

Joseph McGovern ’77 of Narragansett, R.I., on January 7, 2015.

Robin Grasing Harvey ’78 of Nantucket, Mass., on February 3, 2015.

Charlotte I. Mastors ’78 of North Hollywood, Calif., on March 14, 2015.

Helen Flynn ’79 of Middletown, R.I., on December 26, 2014.

Beatrice Caniglia Gaudio ’79 of Manchester, N.H., on February 26, 2015.

William H. Morgan ’79 of Rutland Town, Vt., on December 22, 2014.

Patricia L. Parker ’79 of Cotuit, Mass., on January 18, 2015.

Henry Cataldo ’80 of Narragansett, R.I., on January 27, 2015.

Gary A. Dobson ’80 of Westerly, R.I., on February 28, 2015.

Howard W. Hall ’80 of Ayer, Mass., on January 28, 2015.

Marc Langevin ’80 of Cranston, R.I., on December 18, 2014.

Robert J. Andrade ’81 of Bristol, R.I., on February 9, 2014.

Judith H. Carlson ’81 West Warwick, R.I., on January 22, 2015.

James A. Williamson ’83 of West Warwick, R.I., on March 18, 2015.

AnthoN.Y. J. DiMaio ’84 of Woodbury, Conn., on January 22, 2015.

Charles J. Davey, Jr. ’85 of Bristol, R.I., on December 7, 2014.

Axel R. Palmason ’88 of New York, N.Y., on July 10, 2014.

Dean M. Papandrea ’88 of Meriden, Conn., on March 19, 2015.

Millie Wicklund ’89 of Johnston, R.I., on November 15, 2014.

Virginia E. Lovaas ’90 of Narragansett, R.I., on February 11, 2015.

Isabel Russell Crabb ’91 of Wakefield, R.I., on January 24, 2015.

Ryan G. Egan ’92 of Newport, R.I., on November 27, 2014.

Melissa A. Gilheeney ’92 of Johnston, R.I., on December 23, 2014.

Lorin K. Toepper, Ph.D. ’92 of Highland, Wis., on January 3, 2014.

Mark C. Roman ’93 of Safety Harbor, Fla., on May 8, 2014.

Christopher M. Douton ’96 of Myrtle Beach, S.C., on January 12, 2013.

Seth Gillis ’98 of Richmond, R.I., on December 23, 2014.

Dawid Badecki ’07 of Narragansett, R.I., on January 12, 2015.

Laura J. Mulley ’09 of Norwich, Vt., on March 1, 2015.

Wajih Mazloum ’10 of Barrington, R.I., on February 1, 2015.

Katherine Zullo ’14 of North Kingstown, R.I., on January 8, 2015.


Angarai G. Sadasiv of Kingston, R.I., on February 22, 2015. Professor emeritus of electrical, computer, and biomedical engineering.