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1942
William Andrew Krusten passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 19 at the age of 91. During World War II, he became a Senior Captain for Pan American Grace Airways. He then started the General Engineering and Machine Company and spread the business across the state of Florida. He earned several honors in the Tampa area and maintained a high interest in flying, excerise and giving back to the community.
1943
Robert Sinclair passed away on May 4. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Ceramic Engineering at Alfred and served as an officer aboard an LSM 9 in World War II. A co-founder of the Pyro Engineering Company in 1959, he worked until retiring in 1986.
1951
Charles "Val" Valgene Clute passed away on April 22 after a short illness. At Alfred, he earned his BA degree in Industrial Ceramic Design and met his wife, Nancy. He worked as a Container Designer at Thatcher Glass Co. in Elmira, N.Y. and served as Alfred's alumni director for two years. In 1973, his family moved to California where he became the Director of Container Design at Madera Glass Co. He retired in 1984.
1953
Dr. James Pappis passed away on March 11, 2012.
1957
Suzanne (Marsh) Magin '57 died March 20, 2010 at Roswell Park Alliance, Buffalo. Suzanne is survived by her husband James; three children, Anne, Mark, and David; and three granddaughters.
1958
Marvin gave a poetry reading on April 19 at Bellamy Road, a creative arts foundation in Melrose, Fla. The first Poet Laureate in the state of Iowa, Marvin currently teaches for the brief-residency MFA program based in Orgeon at Pacific University.
1960
Alan McKelvey Bentley passes away on May 5 following a three-month battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. After serving in the United States Army during the Korean War, he received his engineering degree from Alfred. He worked for over thirty years as a civil engineer in the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works.
1961
Bette Blank has a piece, "Drink Me," in the upcoming show Alice: Through the Looking Glass at the Noyes Museum in Oceanville, N.J. The exhibit will run through May. She also has a painting, "Starlight Drive-In," in the show Fiction/Nonfiction at The Adam Baumgold Gallery in New York City. Her work is also on display in the collections of The Jewish Museum in New York and several New Jersey museums.
1962
Joel Gottlieb passed away on April 19, 2012 after lengthy illnesses caused by multiple sclerosis. He taught at Florida International University for over 30 years, where he was a founding faculty member.
1963
Peter will be a featured outdoor artist in the Peter Lawrence Gallery Sculpture Fest 2012 in Gaylordsville, Conn. The festival will run from May 12 through June 17. Several other Alfred University alumni artists will also be exhibited, including Michael Johnston '68, David McNeil '70, David Boyajian '80 and Margie Cohen '11.
1965
The Chambers USA 2012 newspaper named James R. Higgins as a "Leading Lawyer for Business" in the area of intellectual property.
1966
David writes: "Kirkus Reviews recently awarded my novel, Slick!, independently published in fall 2011, a star as "a book of remarkable merit." Kirkus will also run a profile on me in its April 15 issue. A geopolitical satire set in a fictional sultanate on the Persian Gulf, Slick! presents a power struggle between two brothers and the difficulties faced by the sultanate's American security advisor in fathoming the American Embassy's topsy-turvy policy. Slick! is available online in softcover at iUniverse.com, Amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com."
1968
Michael will be a featured gallery artist in the Peter Lawrence Gallery Sculpture Fest 2012 in Gaylordsville, Conn. The festival will run from May 12 through June 17. Several other Alfred University alumni artists will also be exhibited, including Peter Holmberg '63, David McNeil '70, David Boyajian '80 and Margie Cohen '11.
1970
David will be a featured outdoor artist in the Peter Lawrence Gallery Sculpture Fest 2012 in Gaylordsville, Conn. The festival will run from May 12 through June 17. Several other Alfred University alumni artists will also be exhibited, including Peter Holmberg '63, Michael Johnston '68, David Boyajian '80 and Margie Cohen '11.
The Seneca Chapter of Trout Unlimited and the McKean County Conservation District awarded Dr. Pete Ryan the "Howie Gustafson Conservation Award."
1972
Enid Borden informed us of the death of her Alfred University roommate, Emmy Hummel Forbes at the age of 60. "Emmy was a very important person in my life and her death was a shock to all of us who loved her and cared deeply for her," said Enid. Emmy was living in Denver at the time of her death Aug. 11, 2010. "She left behind three wonderful children and a couple of grandchildren. She had been living in Colorado for many, many years and came to call the Rockies home. Her heart, however, still belonged to Buffalo, but her children are now Coloradans and that is where she is buried. She will be missed by all of us who were made better for having known her. I will always miss her."
Constance Anne Coddington passed away unexpectedly on April 22, 2012. She earned her master's degree at Alfred.
1973
Brent is the co-owner of a glass studio in Cleveland, Ohio along with fellow glass artist Mark Sudduth and their wives. The studio serves as a communal workspace for a group of glass artists. Currently, Brent is using the space to work on his Matrix Series, a collection of pieces constructed from matrices of intricately woven thin rods of glass.
Lynn Uhlmann exhibited a group of her works "The Conversations of this peaceful tranquility with others!" from April 19 until May 25 and "The Conversations of Trees" from April 23 until May 4 in Chambersburg, Pa. She earned her bachelor's degree from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred.
1974
Eileen P. Goldenberg showcased her paintings at the Saratoga Rotary Art Fair on Sunday, May 6 and at A Woman's Eye Gallery in San Francisco, Calif.
Eileen is the curator of an upcoming ceramics exhibit titled "Polyoptic Landscapes" to be shown at A Woman's Eye Gallery in San Francisco, Calif. For more information on her exhibit, call 415-265-8237.
1977
Christopher S. Gustin, presented an illustrated lecture titled Finding Form, on Thursday, May 10 in the Cook Memorial Theater at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. He earned his MFA at Alfred.
Bill is completing his 16th year of coaching the Alfred University Rugby Club. He co-founded the club at his alma mater in 1985 while teaching at AU, and his volunteer coaching tenure consists of two sessions over the 27-year period. The rugby club has enjoyed 54 consecutive semesters of good standing with Alfred University. Bill also completed a book in 2011 about his high school alma mater entitled The Coaching History of Alfred-Almond Swimming. Registered with the Library of Congress in April 2012, the book traces the history of one of the most successful high school varsity swim programs in NYS Section 5, at one of the smallest high schools, from 1958-2011. Bill began a solo practice in his hometown of Alfred, NY in 1982. After over 30 years of private practice and 56 years of living where he was born and raised, he has begun his next book, a biography of one of his hometown heroes.
Tioga County's District Attorney Gerald Keene announced he will be running on a Republican ticket for Tioga County Judge.
1980
David will be a featured outdoor artist in the Peter Lawrence Gallery Sculpture Fest 2012 in Gaylordsville, Conn. The festival will run from May 12 through June 17. Several other Alfred University alumni artists will also be exhibited, including Peter Holmberg '63, Michael Johnston '68, David McNeil '70 and Margie Cohen '11.
Christopher Staley was recently named the Pennsylvania State University laureate for 2012-2013. He is a distinguished professor of art in the university's College of Arts and Architecture. During his upcoming laureate year, Christopher plans to develop a series of talks and presentations on "Art and Life: Where They Intersect," drawing from his 30 years of experience as a ceramic artist and educator.
1981
Avi writes: "As an alumnus and e-news newsletter subsrciber, I'd like to update you with some recent news. In my position at Fort Hays State University, I have just received news that I have both received tenure and been promoted to Associate Professor as of June 2012."
Marlee has been inducted into the Allegany County Sports Hall of Fame for her athletic achievements at Whitesville Central Schools, from which she is a 1977 graduate. She earned 15 varsity letters during her high school athletic career, participating in basketball, volleyball, cheerleading, softball and track. Marlee is currently the coordinator of student disability and tutoring services at Alfred State College.
Dr. Avi Kempinski, associate professor of German in the Department of Modern Languages, passed away on Sunday, May 13. He recevied a BA degree in philosophy with a German minor from Alfred.
1987
Laurie O'Sullivan Cama earned her certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources in June 2011 from the HR Certification Institute.
1992
Jeaneen will exhibit several paintings in her upcoming solo show, "Equine Flight," at The Brown Hotel in Louisville, Ky. The show features intense studies of the horse in motion, which is Jeaneen's specialty. The show will be open to the public April 27 through June 8 with an opening reception Friday, April 27 from 6 to 8 p.m.
1993
Michelle Plucinsky will be presenting a new glassblowing show, "WineGLASS," at The Glass Academy, an educational art glass studio in Dearborn, Mich. where she is a founding partner, on Thursday, April 26 from 4-9pm. The show will feature a glass-blowing demonstration of custom goblets and stemware along with a tasting of Michigan wines.
1995
Sandra Murchsion, chair of the art department at Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss., is working on a project on the Mississippi Blues Trail. The project includes etchings, impressions and rubbings of markers on the trail.
Linda Cordell discussed her sculptural and interactive work with the New York Foundation for the Arts at the PULSE Contemporary Art Fair at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City May 3-6.
1996
The Winooski, Vt. school district named Leon Wheeler as its middle and high school principal. He earned a master's in education at Alfred.
Leon was recently hired as the principal of Winooski Middle and High School in Winooski, Vt. He has previously worked as a principal in nearby districts in Plymouth, Alburgh and Bristol, Vt.
1998
Steven "The Singing CPA" will put on his annual tax-season musical comedy show featuring funny songs about taxes and accounting. He has three upcoming performances in New York City on Wednesday, April 11 at 7 p.m. at Don't Tell Mama, Monday, April 16 at noon at the James Farley Post Office, and Tuesday, April 17 at noon at Occupy the IRS Office. For more details, visit www.steveZelin.com.
Natalie has been chosen to attend the 2012 Association of Fundraising Professionals' TechKnow Conference on June 4-5 in Orlando, Fla. as a Levy Scholar. These scholarships, awarded to a limited number of AFP members selected by a task force, cover recipients' hotel stay and full conference registration package.
2000
Tyler's sculptures and ceramic vessels will be on display in his exhibition "Haberger vs. Lotz" at the Edwardsville Art Center in Edwardsville, Ill. through April 19. Tyler is currently an associate professor teaching at Illinois State University.
Jessica will be joining Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc., a real estate design and consulting firm in Charlotte, N.C., as a planner specializing in economic development, fiscal impact and land-use analysis. Previously, she worked as a senior associate with Warren and Associates.
2002
Justin was married on April 21, 2012.
Justin Packard married his fiance, Brooke, on April 21, 2012.
Ashley Long spoke at legal workshop for entrepreneurs in Seattle, Wash. on June 7. She has a BA degree in theatre from Alfred.
Benjamin Lee married his fiance, Melissa Knittle, on Sept. 18, 2010 in Lake Placid, N.Y.
2003
AccuMED Innovative Technology appointed Christopher Williams a strategic business unit director. He has a bachelor's degree from Alfred.
Christopher Williams has been appointed strategic business unit director at AccuMED Innovative Technology in Buffalo. A materials science engineer with medical device experience, most recently at Wilson Greatbatch, Inc., Williams has more than 10 years' experience in manufacturing engineering, project management and product development. Hires, promotions and honors AccuMED Innovative Technology appointed Christopher Williams strategic business unit director. Williams is a material science engineer with medical device experience, in both class II and III product environments, most recently at Greatbatch Inc. He has more than 10 years of experience in manufacturing engineering, project management and product development. Williams has a bachelor's degree from Alfred University and will complete his MBA this summer at the University at Buffalo. 5/17/2012 10:42:02 AM AnneC from http://www.buffalonews.com/business/on-the-record/article860282.ece
2004
Khristina Sly gave birth to a son, Oliver Quinn, on Feb. 22, 2012.
2007
The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle featured Lauren Mastin in May 6 online article.
Kathleen Cronin married her fiance, Brian Delameter, on June 25, 2011.
2009
Elizabeth Daniello became a box office ticket agent at The Stanley Theater in Rome, N.Y. She earned a BA in communications from Alfred.
Julie has been hired by the Association Development Group, Inc. in Albany, N.Y. in their communications and conference planning department. Julie recently completed her graduate studies in integrated marketing communications at Saint Bonaventure University in Olean, N.Y.
2010
Giselle Hicks led a ceramics workshop on April 16 for the ceramics club at Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell, Pa. Giselle is currently a resident artist at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia.
The Montgomery County Community College's Ceramics Club hosted a workshop with artist Giselle Hicks on Monday, April 16. She earned her Master of Fine Arts degree from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred.
The Agri-Business Expo Center of St. Joseph, Mo. named Sarah Hoitsma to its first staff. She will be developing donor communications.
Jonathan Villegas showcased a body of art work called Markings at the Esther Massry Gallery in Albany, N.Y.
2011
Margie will be a featured outdoor artist in the Peter Lawrence Gallery Sculpture Fest 2012 in Gaylordsville, Conn. The festival will run from May 12 through June 17. Several other Alfred University alumni artists will also be exhibited, including Peter Holmberg '63, Michael Johnston '68, David McNeil '70 and David Boyajian '80.
Deaths - Alumni
Aug. 11, 2010