Winter 2004 Magazine Archive & SearchMuhlenberg Home


page 20: ’56 - ’66

page 21: ’67 - ’80

page 22: ’81 - ’87

page 23: ’88 - ’91

page 24: ’92 - ’95

page 25: ’96 - ’97


page 26: ’98 - ’99

page 27: ’00 - ’01

page 28: mini-mules ’79 - ’93

page 29: mini-mules ’94 - ’03

page 30: ’02 -’03

page 31: in memoriam

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| ’81 | Laura Csellak received a call as of August 1, 2003 to serve as pastor of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Easton, Pa. Previously, she served as associate director of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia Foundation. Cathy (Decherney) Knee sends this update: “My son, Max, and I toured Muhlenberg College last year, but he decided to major in music at UMBC instead of joining the illustrious ranks of Muhlenberg graduates. His sister, Sara, is starting to look at colleges this year, we will probably make another stop at the ’Berg. I can’t believe that Martin Luther is now co-ed!” Howard Markowitz writes that after 12 years, he has given up practicing medicine. “Reimbursement and malpractice issues make medicine no longer fun,” he says. “I started buying and managing properties – it’s less stress and a better life.” Todd Morrow, M.D., sadly informs the Muhlenberg community of the passing of his wife, Jody (nee Tabakin), on July 23, 2003, after a three-year battle with recurrent non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. She leaves behind three children, Zac, 14; Jake, 10; and Mackenzie, 6, and her best friend.

| ’82 | Catherine (Dille) Burdick and her husband, Bill, have two four-legged kids: “One standard schnauzer named Zacherle, and a portable model (mini schnauzer), Elvira,” Catherine writes. “Tuition is much cheaper that way!” Neil Hever, program director at public radio station WDIY, sends this news: “Just finished a successful fund drive for WDIY, which will be celebrating its ninth year on the air in January 2004. I’m still acting as well and appeared on the History Channel in the one hour special ‘Combat Jump’ based on the book by Ed Ruggero.” Dr. Thomas Mextorf recently completed his master’s of health administration degree at Kennedy Western University and received a fellowship degree in family medicine, FAAFP. He and his wife, Debbie, have three children, the oldest of whom is considering Muhlenberg for the fall of 2004. The family lives in Hollidaysburg, Pa.

| ’83 | Jack Raia married Darlene Collins in December 2001. Their son, Jack, was born October 4, 2002. Jack is CFO of the Telmar Group in New York City. “Talk about a small world,” says Kristin (Werner) Romell. She and her husband, George, have lived in a suburb of Rochester, N.Y., for 10 years, and two of their neighbors are Muhlenberg alumni. “Dorothea Yialamos Sanchez ’82, originally from Allentown, lives across the street from me and her twins started kindergarten with my daughter, Emma. Bill Abbott, originally from Philadelphia, lives 1/4 mile away and his youngest daughter is in my son Mickey’s third-grade class.” Kristin is director of ministry development at Christ the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Rochester.

| ’84 | John R. DiPalma is now in his second year with CorSolutions Medical, where he is senior vice president of operations. He recently moved to Rosemont, Ill., and bought a new home at Lake Norman outside of Charlotte, N.C., with two daughters, Danika, age 10, and Cara Mia, age 8. Scott Olson has been hired as an instructor of humanities at DeVry Institute, to begin in spring 2004. He continues to teach acting at Columbia College. Kevin Schey was promoted to professor of cell and molecular pharmacology at the Medical University of South Carolina and received the College of Graduate Studies Outstanding Teacher Award in 2003. He, his wife Sandi, and sons Collin and Mason continue to enjoy living outside of Charleston in Mt. Pleasant, S.C.

| ’86 | Susanne (Ward) Lindgren received early tenure and promotion to associate professor at California State University-Sacramento, where she teaches upper-division and graduate courses in microbiology. She was the first member of the biological sciences department to receive this honor in over 20 years. She also has a small research lab with undergraduate and masters level students; their research on E. coli recently was featured in the news. Last May, Susanne was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society at CSUS and was named “the most outstanding faculty initiate.” But her greatest honor is becoming a mom – she and her husband, Rob, have three daughters, ages 7, 4 and 1. Their youngest daughter, Lucy, was born last October. “It has been a very busy, but very happy, time for us!” she writes. The family lives in Sacramento. Melissa (Economy) Pavlack and her husband, Keith, have two children – Anastasia, born October 19, 1993, and Constantine, born June 18, 1998. Melissa is a divorce attorney in Allentown. David Slimmer and his wife, Margret, have three children - Megan, Benjamin, and Elizabeth. David recently was appointed as the dean of the new College of Science and Mathematics at Lander University in Greenwood, S.C.

| ’87 | Dave Kells has been named chief operating officer of Loeb & Troper in New York. Dave and his wife, Donna, and their two daughters Courtney, 8, and Lindsey, 5, live in Wayne, N.J. Dave is currently the president of the Packanack Lake Community Association and enjoys coaching his daughters’ various sports. He still sees classmates Andy DeFonso, Tom Brotzman and Bill Cronin — as well as PKT brothers Gerry Haggerty ’84, Mark McGrievy ’85, Art DeMartini ’85, Jim Doherty ’85, Mike Lawless ’86, Brian Halligan ’89, Nick Small ’88, Jeff Calabrese ’88, Al Petrillo ’89 and Jon Sadow ’88. Amy (Hare) McThomas sends this news: “After six years syndicating large ticket external financing transactions, I have joined Pitney Bowes Small Business Lending LLC, a newly formed division of Pitney Bowes, as operations manager.” Kevin Swill was selected to the 2003 “Forty Under 40, New Jersey’s most successful young businesspeople” list. He was recognized for his outstanding accomplishments in the field of real estate finance. Howard and Debra Barratt Thompson ’84 live in Huntingdon Valley, Pa., with their two children, Chelsea (age 10) and Benjamin (age 3). Howard is a commercial insurance agent and Debra works part-time from home. “It is 20 years since we met at Muhlenberg,” says Howard. “Through involvement with the Philadelphia Area Alumni group and regular contact with other Muhlenberg friends, the College is never far from our minds!”


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