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page 23: ’30s - ’74

page 24: ’75 - ’84

page 25: ’85 - ’92

page 26: mini-mules

page 27: ’93 - ’96

page 28: ’97 - ’99

page 29: ’00
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page 30: ’01 - ’02

page 31: in memoriam

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| ’75 | Sarah Mueller Stegemoeller sends the following update: “After four years in rainy London, the Stegemoellers are now chasing the sun in Santa Monica, Calif. My husband Mark and I send our greetings to the class of 1975. Let us know if you’re in town.”

| ’76 | Gregory J. Fox was recently appointed by Gov. Mark Schweiker to the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority governing board. Gregory is a partner at Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP in Philadelphia and chairs the firm’s employee benefits, executive compensation and immigration services department. Additionally, he has served for the employee-benefits counsel for Hershey Entertainment & Resort Company for over 10 years.

| ’77 | Pete Gifford served as one of the editors of a new book being published by the University of Akron Press. “European Capital, British Iron, and an American Dream: The Story of the Atlantic & Great Western Railroad” was written by William Reynolds and edited by Pete and Robert D Ilisevich. It is the story of the building of the Atlantic & Great Western Railroad, written by its first president, William Reynolds. Completed during the Civil War and using the six-foot gauge, the A&GW helped connect the Atlantic seacoast with the Mississippi River, a major achievement in the early days of American railroads. The book will be available in early December. More information is available at Ronald M. Keegan recently joined BRG Townsend, Inc., a global management consulting firm, as director of customer satisfaction. He will be in charge of all customer satisfaction programs across BRG’s chemical, plastics, paper, packaging, agricultural and life science practice areas. Ronald was formerly employed by Roche, Mobil Chemical, Rhone-Poulenc and Rhodia.

| ’78 | Richard Shaffer currently works for Magnuson Hospitality Group in Wallace, Ind., as the director of operations.

the eighties

| ’80 | Karen Meyer Campbell sends exciting career news. Karen reports that she has been writing regularly about workplace issues for “Staff Digest” magazine.

Diane (Miller) Sommerville ‘81, recipient of the Teacher of the Year Award, with Barbara Salmore, the dean of Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Becton College of Arts and Sciences and Peter Falley, Florham-Madison Campus Provost.

| ’81 | Diane (Miller) Sommerville’s transition from student to teacher was obviously well received when she received Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Teacher of the Year Award at the annual campus recognition awards ceremony. Diane is an assistant professor of history at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Becton College of Arts and Sciences and lives in Morristown, N.J.

| ’82 | Pamela Diaconis works as a marketing consultant in her own firm, Pamela Diaconis PR & Marketing, in Philadelphia. She is a specialist in home furnishings product public relations. Pamela appeared on the Discovery Channel’s “The Christopher Lowell Show” on Aug. 30, 2002, in a segment on “Scandinavian Country” (based on her book, which was published in 1999). The episode was scheduled to repeat on Dec. 25, 2002. Dr. Rebecca Zuurbier recently spoke at Ladies Night Out, a breast cancer awareness event for women in Wytheville, Va. She is currently the associate professor of radiology at Georgetown University Medical Center and director of Betty Lou Ourisman Breast Health Center. She attended Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia and completed her radiology training at Massachusetts General Hospital of Harvard Medical School. She pursued further training in magnetic resonance imaging, CAT scan and ultrascan at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She is a resident of McLean, Va.

| ’83 | Carolyn (Magan) Albright, her husband Thomas ’84, and their children, Greg (14) and Elizabeth (12), have been making the rounds. The family vacationed in Ireland and did mission work in Honduras this summer. The Albrights were also busy this August hosting a French exchange student and Scot Kuehm ’84, who lives in Cyprus, but was vacationing in the United States. Lately, Carolyn has been busy as an elementary substitute teacher in the Northampton Area School District. Thomas works as the special education department chair of the Bethlehem Area School District for East Hills Middle School. Jonathan D. Friedman sends some exciting news. “On July 6, after 25 years of singing with barbershop choruses and quartets, I finally won the gold medal. My chorus, the Masters of Harmony from Santa Fe Springs, Calif., won the International Chorus Contest for the Barbershop Society in Portland, Ore. It was the culmination of a year-and-a-half long contest cycle that started globally with more than 800 choruses and, through a series of preliminary contests, was distilled down to the top 25. The Masters of Harmony had 133 men on stage, performing the two-song package of ‘Song of the South’ and ‘Here Comes the Showboat’, with not only precision singing, but choreography, facial presentation and juggling as well! It was the performance of a lifetime for me. I would like to thank my voice teacher at the ’Berg, Jeremy Slavin, Allentown playwright and ’Berg performer Jeff Weiss and Dr. Silas White for all their encouragement of my singing. I am currently living in Temecula, Calif., with my wife Gloria. I am still working in the casino industry by day and performing at night.” Gloria (Zumberge) Miller reports that her family has returned to the Washington, D.C., area after 10 years living in Texas and Florida. Gloria, a reference librarian with the Naval Research Lab in Washington, D.C., enjoys being in a science/technology research library again. Her family, including husband Gary, resides in Alexandria, Va.

| ’84 | John DiPalma recently relocated to Lake Zurich, Ill., and has accepted a position with CorSolutions Medical to run the company’s multi-site operations. CorSolutions is a disease management company specializing in the management of patients with coronary artery disease and congestive heart failure as well as several other diseases. John Phillips and his wife Karen would like to reach out to fellow alumni. They live in Old Greenwich, Conn., where John is a sales manager with Omega Engineering. John, who has been with Omega for 17 years in different positions, is ready for a change and would love to hear from other alumni about new possibilities. Wayne Sherman recently completed the work required to earn a doctorate in educational leadership. He is now an elementary school principal at South River Board of Education. He and his four children, two of whom are twins, reside in South River, N.J.


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