Summer/Fall 2005 

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Harriet Silverstein Licht, AA (R), and her husband live in Palm Desert, Calif. They have three sons and seven grandchildren. Licht is active in the Performing Arts Club and has appeared in many shows. She wrote the song “How About a Cheer for Our College” and writes that she would love to hear about the early days at Rutherford.


William Merris, AA (R), turned 80 in January. He completed a BBA degree in 1951 at the University of Oklahoma. Merris served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He and his wife have four children.

Robert Taylor, AA (R), is a former member of the Clifton (N.J.) Alcoholic Beverage Commission and was campaign manager for former Clifton mayor Anna Latteri (1970–1973). He was president of the Clifton Board of Education and served as chairman of the board of trustees of Passaic County Community College, where he received a doctor of humane letters degree.



Mario Pedoto, AA (R), retired after 33 years as a business education teacher and computer center manager at Columbia High School, Maplewood, N.J.

Roland Rosslip, BS (R), MBA’62 (R), continues to compete in track-and-field events. At the Michigan Senior Olympics in 2004, he won gold medals in the 100-, 200- and 400-meter runs and the long jump.

Milton Schoenberger, AA (R), writes that he is enjoying life in a retirement community in central New Jersey and playing golf with his wife, Ethel, who recently retired. Schoenberger works part-time four days a week.


Richard Diekman, BS (R), is semiretired and operates a retirement consulting business. He built a new home in rural East Texas.

Geraldine Bohrod Finsie, AA (R), is a widow with two children and four grandchildren. She has retired. She writes that she is enjoying life in Boca Raton, Fla., and she credits FDU for her wonderful career as a registered dental hygienist.


Edythe Wieand Carter, BS (R), is divorced. Her son, Cole, works at Stanford University, in California, and has his own brokerage business. Carter has three grandchildren. She has been traveling the world since she retired 17 years ago, taking three or four mountain-climbing and backpacking trips a year. She writes that she is enjoying life and her retirement.

Henry “Hank” Hart, BS (R), retired from Conoco/Dupont in 1993 as environmental consultant for the Dubai Petroleum Company. He and his wife of 44 years, Claire, have three children and nine grandchildren. Hart writes that they enjoy playing bridge and tennis, gardening and sailing.


Cecily Hart Heuslein, AA (T), and Chuck, her husband of 45 years, live in Lynchburg, Va. They have three children. In 2003,  Heuslein retired after many years as an administrative assistant. She is president and charter member of a nonprofit board that started a L’Arche Blue Ridge Mountains in Lynchburg. L’Arche, an international federation began in 1964, is a community where assistants helping those with mental retardation live together with a family. L’Arche Blue Ridge Mountains has moved to a newly constructed, state-of-the-art home.



Norman Bleshman, MBA (T), was elected chair of the South Tech Charter Academy, a high school that provides 11 career academies for 1,250 students in Palm Beach County, Fla.

Robert Vrablik, BA (T), retired in June 2001 after 35 years as a high school teacher in the Montebello (Calif.) Unified School District. He and his wife, Mary Ann, welcomed their first grandchild, Matthew, on February 27, 2003.


John Vaughan, BS (M), and his wife, the former Carol, BS (M), relocated to New Mexico in 1994.

Charles Wiedemann, DMD (T), writes that, after losing their home to a fire a year ago, he and his wife of 45 years, Jackie, have rebuilt. Wiedemann is still practicing dentistry and has two daughters and two grandchildren.


Carol D’Angelo Huggard, BA (T), and her husband, John, both work for Broward County, Fla. — she in the budget office and he in accounting. Their son is a criminology student at Broward Community College, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.


Claude Bienstock, BA (T), is celebrating his 31st year with Ernest Infante Real Estate, Fair Lawn, N.J., while the company is in its 70th year of business. Bienstock was formerly personal manager of actress Ida Kaminska. He and his business partner, Brian Flaherty, are trying to sell “Reich Angel.”

John Gault, BA (R), writes that he would enjoy corresponding with his classmates. He may be reached at 70 Pine Street, Shelby, Ala. 35143 or via e-mail dianegault@bellsouth.net.



Rae Fratterolo Germinario, BA (M), became a grandmother again on June 7, 2005. Her daughter, Lisa Joy Marinello, who taught at FDU’s Becton College, gave birth to daughter, Isabelle, on June 7, 2005. Isabelle joins sister Adelina, 1.

J. Barry Mascari, AA’68 (T), BA (T), MAT’72 (T), was elected president of the American Association of State Counseling Boards. He also wrote two chapters for the book Terrorism, Trauma and Tragedies: A Counselor’s Guide to Preparing and Responding, which was published in January by the American Counseling Association, Alexandria, Va.


Michael Anthony, BA (R), is founder and principal of Make It About Me, which introduced new technology to personalizing children’s books using digital or printed photographs. Books may be purchased at www.makeitaboutme.com.

Joel Rosenblatt, BA (R), completed the investment-consulting course and the Critical Elements of Consulting program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. He was interviewed for Wealth Management and Retirement Planning magazines.


Bernard Merer, BS (T), was named director of human resources and facilities of the law firm Saiber Schlesinger Satz & Goldstein, Newark, N.J.


Bruce Robinson, MBA (M), retired from AT&T in 2000 and moved to Jacksonville Beach, Fla., where he built a home on a canal off the intracoastal waterway. He teaches mathematics, physics and chemistry in private high schools. Robinson is on the board of the Harvard Business School Club of Jacksonville. He writes that he enjoys the beach, fishing, going to concerts and traveling. He purchased a new Hydra-Sports® fishing boat.


Paul Roubian, BS (R), MS’76 (R), has been a radiologist at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Utica, N.Y., for 12 years. He and his wife, Noreen,have three children: Deborah, 18, who is attending George Washington University, Washington, D.C.; Daniel, 16; and Joan, 10.


Loving Spirit, a novel by Frederica Currie, BA (M), set in New England during the Civil War and in present time, was published in 2004.

George Farnham, BS (M), was promoted to lead logistic manager and team leader in the heavy combat vehicle and armor group of the U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command in Warren, Mich.

Anthony Iorio, BS (T), was appointed chairman of the department of medical sciences of the New York College of Podiatric Medicine, N.Y.C.

David Olle, MS (T), works from his home in Guilford, Vt., as a freelance medical writer.


John Eckel, MBA (M), is director of risk management, Mitsui & Co., (U.S.A.) Inc., N.Y.C.

Richard Levenson, BA (T), MA’78 (T), was appointed managing editor of The International Journal of Emergency Mental Health, a peer-reviewed, scholarly publication.

Arlene Lipper, BA (T), has gone back to school, and she writes that it’s a wonderful thing for her. She works also part time for her sons and transcribes ink print into Braille for the Red Cross.

Harry Rozakis, MA (T), is president and chief executive officer of ASAT Holdings Ltd. in Hong Kong.


Henry Hersh, MPA (T), retired as an assistant district manager for the Social Security Administration after 35 years. He taught advanced personnel management at FDU’s Rutherford Campus.

Peter Karis, MBA (M), is president and chairman of Accounting Temps, Phoenix, Az.


James White, BS (T), was promoted to director of product development at  Bloomberg Tradebook, N.Y.C.


Henning Kornbrekke, BS (T), is president and chief operating officer of Gibraltar Industries Corp., Buffalo, N.Y. The company achieved a record year in 2004 with $1 billion in sales.



Lauren Barbetta Massader, BS (R), is an anesthesia sales specialist with Abbott Laboraties.

Eric Sloate, BS (T), is science department chairman, science academy director and summer school director at the New Community Jewish High School in Los Angeles, Calif.


Mark Popper, BA (M), owns Sequioa Psychotherapy Center, Inc., a psychotherapy and day treatment program in California.


Paul Gannon, BS (M), MBA’91 (T), and his wife, Rose, have a daughter, Joanie.



Engelhard Corporation, Iselin, N.J., where Michael Cochran, MBA (M), is global sales and marketing manager, donated more than 2 million emergency drinking water purification tablets (valued at $800,000) to Heart to Heart International to aid victims of the December 2004 tsunami in Asia.

Sharon McCormick Lubrano, BS (M), MBA’96 (M), and her husband, William, announce the birth of their daughter, Paige Alicia, who joins a brother, Carson William.


Jack Sullivan, BS (M), MAT’02 (M), and his wife, Barbara Legg Sullivan, BS’90 (M), announce the birth of their son, John Timothy, on November 10, 2004. He joins sisters, Kelly, 6, and Colleen, 4.

Nancy Shive Tanella, BA (M), received a master’s degree in public administration and diplomacy and international relations from Seton Hall University, South Orange, N.J. She was promoted to director of contracts for the Hawaii and Asia-Pacific regions at Hilton Grand Vacations Company.


Franchon Bartee-Osilesi, BS (T), is a notary public, tax preparer, writer and book reviewer. She is a member of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) and Clinical Laboratory Scientists (CLS). Bartee-Osilesi is studying toward a master’s degree in education at National University, La Jolla, Calif.

Carolyn Ross, MPA (R), completed the school nurse/teacher of health certification program of Caldwell (N.J.) College in December 2004. She has served on the Florham Park (N.J.) Memorial First Aid Squad for 30 years.


Sandra Kenney Bonilla, BS (R), and her husband, Eduardo, announce the birth of their son, Cristian Eduardo, on January 20. He joins a sister, Delaney.


Jose Colagrossi, BS (M), was appointed senior vice president and general manager of Net2Phone, an Internet telephony provider.


Denise Carlson, BS (M), and her husband sell antique books at D&D Galleries, Hillsborough, N.J. Their inventory includes books from the 15th to the 20th centuries and general out-of-print titles. Their Web address is www.DNDgalleries.com.

Michele Gargiulo-Murphy, BA (T), and her husband, Bob, announce the birth of their second child, Robert Paul, on March 30, 2004. He joins a sister, Hanna. Gargiulo-Murphy received an award from the Connecticut Bar Association for outstanding legal work in public interest. As an adjunct professor at William Paterson University, Wayne, N.J., she teaches Women and the Law, a course she designed.

Doreen McCullough, MBA (T), received a juris doctorate in 2001 from Pace University School of Law, White Plains, N.Y. She has opened a law firm in Dumont, N.J.


Patricia Burke, BA (M), MA’00 (M), and Joseph Scallo were married on June 3, 2005 at The Manor, West Orange, N.J. The couple purchased a house in Staten Island, N.Y., where Burke teaches first grade at a public school.

Kyle Yolinsky, BA (M), was promoted to branch manager at Response Companies, Iselin, N.J., a professional services recruiting firm specializing in accounting and finance, where he oversees the permanent and temporary divisions.



Brian Brennan, BA (M), MAT’02 (M), and Jessica Weber, BA’01 (M), MAT’01 (M), were married on June 27, 2004. Both teach in Sparta, N.J., where Brennan is head men’s basketball coach at Sparta High School. They live in Hopatcong, N.J.

Jacqueline Miney, BS (M), MBA’02 (M), and Paul Winters were married on October 10, 2004, and honeymooned in Hawaii. The couple reside in Whippany, N.J.


Daniel Berek, MAT (M), has taught Spanish in the Alexander Batcho Intermediate School, Manville, N.J., since September 2004. He is involved in formulating the intermediate grades’ curriculum. Berek writes that he would be happy to advise fellow alumni who plan to go into teaching.

Myles Lasco, BA (M), is a digital editor with Alpha Video.



Mark McIntyre, DMD (T)


Michael Gouliamos, MBA (T)


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