[Editor’s Note: These updates appeared in the Spring 2015 issue of Explorations, the magazine for alumni, donors, and friends.]
Rick Snethen AG’43 was profiled recently in the Buffalo News series, “Saluting Our War Heroes.” The newspaper profiled Rick’s role as commanding officer in the Army Counter Intelligence Corps., as his unit successfully provided security for General Douglas MacArthur’s stay when he visited the Philippines. After his discharge, Rick earned a master’s degree from Colby College and was a science teacher in New Jersey and New York. Rick lives in Williamsville, NY, where he moved in 2005 following his wife’s death. He spends time with his children and travels with them. This news comes to us from Class of 1943 correspondent J. Domer Zerbe, Jr., RC’43 of Cherry Hill, NJ.
Lou Winters AG’46 is preparing for carpal tunnel surgery brought on by the use of a walker, reports class correspondent Joe Salardini AG’46 of Fort Lee, NJ. During his time at Rutgers, Lou served as president of three organizations: Student Council, Interfraternity Council, and Beta Delta. Joe notes that he, too, has recently started using a walker and intends to keep an eye out for carpal tunnel symptoms. In addition to being the Class of 1946 correspondent, Joe is a recipient of the Loyal Sons and Daughters of Rutgers Award.
Don Hyer AG’56 retired as dean of the Ocean School of Ministry in Lakewood, NJ, last June, where he directed a leadership development program for eight years. He is now living in Florida and is excited for new opportunities, according to Class of 1956 correspondent Paul Albright RC’56.
Alberta Hemsley AG’67 shared with class correspondent Mike Moran RC’67 that during her 45 years as a science teacher, she had tenure four times in three different states, and taught abroad for seven years in five different countries. Alberta regularly travels between Cincinnati, Seattle, and Tucson to visit family. She discovered her love for exploration when she joined the Peace Corps upon graduation.
Fred Braun AG’52, GSE’57 offered a piece of advice most valuable to current Rutgers graduates to “follow through on your commitments.” One of Fred’s commitments is sharing news of fellow classmates with class correspondent Bob Comstock RC’52, who wishes all alumni would be as diligent as Fred.
Fred Quick AG’53 recently attended a Theta Chi reunion held at the home of Don ENG’51 and Nancy DC’53 Olson. Delicious food and “adult” beverages were enjoyed by all while party guests watched Rutgers defeat Navy on the Olsons’ large screen television, reports class correspondent and fellow party guest Jim Van Vliet ENG’53.
With the Class of 1966’s 50th reunion rapidly approaching, Rob Chenaux AG’66 hopes to join classmates from his new home in Naples, FL. According to class correspondent Larry Benjamin RC’66, Rob retired in 2004 after 30 years with Loblaw Companies in Toronto, the last 15 of which he served as president of Loblaw Brands. He then established a food and wine consulting company with national and international clients.
Henry P. Wilson GSNB’67 is a professor of weed science in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech. The Board of Visitors conferred on him the title of professor emeritus, class correspondent Mike Moran RC’67 notes.
Class correspondent Rick Stier AG’74 recently visited the alumni office and was able to catch a winning game at the stadium.
Kathleen Clark CC’82 works for the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife to protect the eagle population in this region, class correspondent Norm Schleiffer RC’82 tells us.
Phillip J. Scarpa CC’83, RWJMS’88 is president of the Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA), which approved affiliation membership of the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Aerospace Medicine Interest Group, whose members share and promote educational research, according to class correspondent Milan Indrisek RC’83.
Mark R. Smith CC’84 graduated with a master of divinity degree at Princeton Theological Seminary’s 202nd commencement ceremony.
Chris Watkins GSNB’85 is director of Cornell Cooperative Extension, overseeing the extension’s 57 offices across New York, class correspondent Linda Tancs RC’85 reports. He conducts a postharvest science research program with a major focus on apple fruit.
Megan Malaska CC’05 studied the ecosystems, unique desert plants, and diversity of life at the Bahia de los Angeles UNESCO World Heritage site and the Sea of Cortez this past summer at Miami University. She is the manager of the Bronx Zoo Education Department, which is part of the Wildlife Conservation Society. This news comes to us from Amy Weiss RC’05, class correspondent.