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Wilfred McCutcheon, BSc(Agr)'42, has received a special voluntary service award from the Heritage Canada Foundation. Since 1985, he has contributed more than 5,000 hours of volunteer time to Heritage Canada. A retired university professor, Wilfred hails from the Eastern Townships of Quebec. He received his Master's degree in economics from the University of Toronto, his doctorate in education from Cornell University, and did post-doctoral work at the London Institute of Education in England. He taught at several universities in Canada, and also served as Dean of the Faculty of Education at Brandon University. In 1984, he retired from the University of Ottawa.


John Chipman, BA'47, MA'48, was elected a member of the American Philosophical Society in April in the class of Social Sciences. Founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1743, the American Philosophical Society is the oldest learned society in the United States devoted to the advancement of scientific and scholarly inquiry.

Sari Salmon Schiff, BA'68, DipEd'69, is a kindergarten teacher with Edmonton Public Schools. She also sits on the Program Advisory Committee of the Edmonton Institution for Women. Sari and her husband, David Schiff, BSc'57, MDCM'61, have three sons, all of whom have left home to seek their fortunes.

Perry Schneiderman, BA'68, has been appointed Chair of Ryerson Theatre School at Ryerson Polytechnic University in Toronto.

Robyn (Belkin Louder) Sarah, BA'70, MA'74, is a poet, essayist and fiction writer. Her published books of poems and short stories include The Touchstone: Poems New and Selected, A Nice Gazebo, Promise of Shelter 0Questions About the Stars. Since 1996, her columns on education and other topics have appeared in The Globe and Mail and the Montreal Gazette, while longer essays have appeared in Our Schools/Ourselves, The New Quarterly, and U.S. publications such as The Threepenny Review, New England Review, and Michigan Quarterly Review. After teaching English at Champlain Regional College for 20 years, Robyn is devoting herself full time to writing. She lives in Montreal.

Christian Sarrazin, BA'72, has been living in Asia for most of the last 20 years, first as a foreign service officer for the Canadian government in Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai, then with various corporations, including Teleglobe Canada in Hong Kong and Harris Corporation in Kuala Lumpur. Christian is currently a vice-president with Motorola, based in Singapore.

Charles "Chad" Gaffield, BA'73, MA'74, has been elected President of the Canadian Historical Association for the year 2000-01. From 1996 to 1998, he served as President of the Humanities and Social Sciences Federation of Canada which represents more than 25,000 researchers across the country. In addition to being professor of history, Chad is also the founding director of the Institute of Canadian Studies at the University of Ottawa.

Erica Stevens Abbitt, BA'74, has studied theatre and worked as a performer in London and New York since graduating from McGill. Her credits in London include the BBC series "Oppenheimer." Erica spent some time in New Zealand working with a film production company and she also spent a year in rural Kentucky, where she worked as a theatre director, playwright and teacher. After pursuing her master's degree in theatre studies at California State Northridge, Erica was granted a fellowship for her doctoral studies at UCLA, focusing on feminist theatre. She married scenic designer and educator Jerry Abbitt, and has one grown stepson.

Gary Friedman, BA'75, begins the Graduate Program in Public Policy at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, State University of New York in Albany, this fall.

Hedy Halpern, BA'75, is pleased to announce her marriage to Colleen Rogers. The wedding took place in their home in Windsor, Ont., in May 2000. Hedy and Colleen were joined by close friends and family for the celebration, and hope to become one of the first same-sex couples legally allowed to marry in Canada. Hedy works as an RN in oncology at a hospital in Detroit.

Janet Spiegel, BA'80, accepted the position of Director of Education for the Dermal Group of Skincare Companies in Los Angeles in 1999. In January 2000, Janet gave birth to a gorgeous baby girl, Samantha Isabel.

Tazim R. Kassam, BA'83, PhD'93, published a book, Songs of Wisdom and Circles of Dance, for the McGill Studies in the History of Religion series. She has accepted a tenured position as Associate Professor of Islamic Studies at Syracuse University, beginning this fall. Tazim has taught Islam and religions of South Asia at Middlebury College, Vt., and Colorado College, Colo.

Ariel Delouya, BA'84, has been Executive Assistant to the Clerk of the Privy Council since May 2000. He lives in Ottawa with his wife, Sarah Meyer, BA'85, and their twin boys, Noah and Daniel.

Marcia Waldron, BA'85, graduated from the University of Ottawa with an LLB in 1992 and was admitted to the Bar of Ontario in 1995. She then worked for various international organizations, including the United Nations and the Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe in the areas of elections, refugees and human rights in Bosnia/Herzegovina and Croatia. Since 1998, she has worked for the United Nations Compensation Commission in Geneva as a Registry Officer.

Chris Armour, BA'86, is a Product Manager with Nortel Networks, specializing in their innovative CallPilot unified messaging product. He married Kate O'Donnell from Brantford, Ont., in September 1999. Chris has lived in the Toronto area since 1989.

Allen Herschaft, BA'86, is the sole Law Librarian in the New York City Council Legal Division Law Library. His article, "The Effects of Medieval and Renaissance Libraries on a Modern Solo Legislative Law Library," was published in the May 2000 issue of Canadian Law Libraries. Allen is setting up a political committee to campaign for the position of New York City councilman in the Brooklyn district, where he lives, in the 2001 city elections. He will run as an independent candidate with the possibility that he may also appear on the ballot of other parties.

Douglas Mark Prescott, BA'88, is serving as a judicial clerk at the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal in Regina in 2000-01. He will be serving as a judicial clerk to Mr. Justice Louis LeBel at the Supreme Court of Canada in 2001-02.

Lucy Corbett, BA'91, was awarded a Master of Arts degree in Russian interpretation by the Monterey Institute for Inter-national Studies in Monterey, Calif., in May 1999.

Janina Kon, BA'92, received her law degree from the University of Victoria Law School in 1996 and was called to the bar of British Columbia in 1997. After her first year of law school, Janina took part in an exchange program in international law with the Chulalongkorn University Law School in Bangkok, Thailand. She then worked for a semester at an international law firm in Bangkok. Since 1997, Janina has been practising in Vancouver in the fields of labour law, human rights law and general litigation.

Nityanand Deckha, BA'93, successfully defended his doctoral dissertation in anthropology at Rice University in Houston, Tex., entitled "Repackaging the Inner City: Historic Preservation, Community Develop-ment and the Emergent Cultural Quarter in London."

Gillian Bartlett-Esquilant, BA'94, MSc'96, has a 14-month-old daughter and is completing her PhD in epidemiology at McGill.

Ellen V. Lackman, BA'94, went to Toronto after graduation and earned a Certificate in Publishing from Ryerson Polytechnic University. She is now taking courses toward her Associate of the Institute of Canadian Bankers designation. Ellen has been working for Citibank Canada since April 1998, where she is currently supervisor in the Diners Club/enRoute call centre.

Reena Sattar, BA'94, lives in Singapore, where she works as an academic coordinator at a language school. She was previously based in the Czech Republic.

Andrew Buntain, BA'95, married Kimberley Dinsmore in Oakville, Ont., in November 1999. He was recently promoted to Regional VP of Sales for Dynamic Mutual Funds.

Carrie Lee Chung, BA'96, completed her Master of Arts in Planning in the School of Community and Regional Planning at the University of British Columbia in 1998. She spent a year working in the Philippines at the International Rise Research Institute. Carrie and her fiancé, Xavier Furtado, have recently returned to Canada, where she is working as a consultant at the Canadian International Development Agency.

Richard Latour, BA'97, lives in Ottawa and works for the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board as a special education teacher for the primary grades. Richard married Marlisa Tiedemann, BA'98, in July 1999. He can be reached at richard_latour@

Cicely Leemhuis, BA'97, is attending the McGill law school and worked this summer at Goodman, Phillips and Vineberg in Toronto.

Helena Myers, BA'98, lives in Toronto and was previously working at Procter & Gamble in brand marketing. She is now at Information and Communications Inc., working as an account manager leading marketing programs for U.S. packaged goods companies.

Noah Schiff, BA'98, received his MA in history from the University of Toronto in September 1999. His thesis, entitled "The Sweetest of All Charities," explored the beginnings of the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children. Noah now works in public relations as an Assistant Consultant with Hill & Knowlton Canada. He lives in Toronto while his parents, David Schiff, BSc'57, MDCM'61, and Sari Salmon Schiff, BA'68, DipEd'69, live in Edmonton.

Marlisa Tiedemann, BA'98, married Richard Latour, BA'97, in July 1999. They live in Ottawa where Richard works with the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board.

Andrew Morrison, BA'99, was called to the British Columbia Bar in 1999 and practises with the litigation firm of Shields Harney in Vancouver.


Gerry Kelly, BEd'64, MA'68, MEd'70, LLD'94, President of Canada's newest university, Royal Roads, was honoured by Grant MacEwan Community College in Edmonton, where Gerry was President for 15 years. During his tenure, the college's enrolment rose from 3,000 to 25,000. He spearheaded the construction of Grant MacEwan Commu-nity College's main downtown Edmonton campus and a building was named in his honour in February 2000.


John Sheppard Walton, BEng'53, president of the Victoria Hospice and Palliative Care Foundation, received an honorary degree from the University of Victoria in April in recognition of his outstanding service to the business community as well as his support for the arts, health care and education. John is chairman of the Victoria Common-wealth Games Society, director of the Royal B.C. Museum, a member of the Patrons' Council for the Greater Victoria Hospital Foundation, chair of the Steering Committee for the Arts, Media and Technology Centre at the University of Victoria, and is on the advisory board for the Master of Arts in Leadership and Training at Royal Roads University.

Keith Marchildon, BEng'58, PhD'65, has been named a DuPont Fellow, for his career-long history of major contributions to DuPont, which he joined in 1964. His main work has been in the field of nylon polymerization. His mathematical models are used around the world, and his annual course in nylon polymerization has been attended by hundreds of DuPont employees. Keith has also led innovative projects to increase capacity and operability of existing facilities, to add capability for new products, and to reduce the requirements for waste treatment. His invention of a new manufacturing process for nylon has contributed toward the corporate goal of sustainable growth, reducing production costs, energy consumption and emissions, while improving product quality.

Rudy Cajka, BEng'59, works as a Senior Business Analyst with the 7-Eleven Corpora-tion in Dallas, Tex. He helps design and develop new computer systems for 7-Eleven. In 1992, Rudy retired from the IBM Corporation where he enjoyed a 30-year career. During his career at IBM, he worked in virtually every facet of data processing, eventually retiring as a Senior Systems Analyst. Rudy and his wife, Carol, live in Fort Worth, Tex.

Charles Laszlo, BEng'61, MEng'66, PhD'68, Professor Emeritus of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of British Columbia and Chairman of Assistive Listening Device Systems Inc., was honoured by Canarie last April with the National IWAY 2000 award for Adaptive Technologies. This award recognizes his contributions, and those of ALDS Inc., toward making communication technologies accessible to people with hearing loss. Charles was also recently honoured with the Solutions Through Research Award of the Science Council of British Columbia, the Meritorious Achievement Award of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia, the Order of British Columbia and the Order of Canada. Charles can be reached at

Lawrence Sheehan, BEng'63, retired as a Brigadier General from the United States Air Force after 35 years of service. Larry was the Air Force Deputy Civil Engineer. He and his wife Jane live in Evergreen, Colo. He is looking forward to the next 1963 reunion. Larry can be contacted at

Leif Bédard, BEng'75, has been living and working in Mexico City since 1998 when he was appointed President of Alfa Laval Mexico. He lived in Lima, Peru, from 1995 to 1998, working as President of Alfa Laval Peru. From 1984 to 1995, Leif held various positions within the Tetra Laval Group of companies, including Tetra Pak and Alfa Laval, in Montreal and Toronto.

Denis Maranda, BEng'86, CertHR Mgmt'94, was named General Manager at Pyramid Transit Products Ltd., part of the flat glass business of the Paris-based company Saint-Gobain. Denis is responsible for managing Pyramid's business, supplying high-performance security and safety transparency products throughout North America. He will be based at Pyramid's 50-employee manufacturing facility in Dorval, Que. Prior to joining Pyramid, Denis was an operations manager with Caradon Indalex in Montreal.

Stuart Gibbon, BEng'92, is married and now lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, working at IPC Resistors as VP of Sales and Marketing. Stuart and his wife have two daughters. Previously, Stuart and his family lived in Sweden where he worked at Asea Brown Boveri.

Omar Kazi, BEng'92, went to work for Alcan after graduating due to a weak market in chemical engineering jobs. In 1993, Omar transferred to Toronto and worked for a small software company. In March 1996, he joined Unix-to-Unix Network Canada and built their web services division from the ground up. In October 1999, Omar left UUNET for the professional consulting group within Ericsson Canada as a sales engineer. In March 2000, an opportunity came his way to be part of an internetworking startup and Omar joined Sitara Networks as Manager of Systems Engineering.

Graham Duck, BEng'94, defended his PhD this summer and is now working in Ottawa as a Research and Development scientist at JDS Uniphase.

Betty (Bronka) Sutherland, BEng'94, has moved to Belgium with her husband Bob Sutherland and their two-year-old son Tommy. Betty gave birth to a second child in August and is enjoying the time off from work while her husband continues to work for Falconbridge during this expatriate assignment.

Health Sciences

David Schiff, BSc'57, MDCM'61, is Professor Emeritus at the University of Alberta. He serves as Acting Director of the Pediatric Ambulatory Clinic at the University of Alberta where he practises pediatrics. David is also co-chair of the University-Community Partnership for Children, Youth and Families. He and his wife, Sari Salmon Schiff, BA'68, DipEd'69, live in Edmonton.

Barry Fletcher, MDCM'61, recently retired from his positions as an American Lebanese Syrian Associated Charities-endowed Chairman of the Department of Diagnostics Imaging at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and as Professor in the Department of Radiology and Pediatrics at the University of Tennessee in Memphis. He and his wife, Heather Carswell, BSc'65, live in Asheville, N.C., and can be contacted at

Joel Paris, MDCM'64, DipPsych'72, is publishing his sixth book, Myths of Childhood. He is also Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at McGill.

Mark Fettman, BSc'69, was elected a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Society in Washington, D.C., in May 1999. Mark lives and practises in Ann Arbor, Mich., and is on the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan.

Andrew C. Novick, BSc'70, MDCM'72, is the first recipient of the Father Sean O'Sullivan Research Award, presented by McMaster University in Hamilton. The award is given to an outstanding Canadian-born researcher whose work is recognized internationally. Andrew has been at the Cleveland Clinic since 1974, and chairman of urology since 1985. His areas of interest include urologic oncology, renal vascular disease and renal transplantation. He has authored seven textbooks and more than 450 articles in peer-reviewed journals. Andrew has been a visiting professor at 106 academic centres around the world and is currently president of the American Board of Urology, chairman of the American Board of Urology/American Urological Association Examination Committee, and vice-chairman of the Urology Residency Review Committee.

Martin A. Shugar, BSc'71, MDCM'75, an Otolaryngologist/Head and Neck Surgeon in private practice in Hollywood, Fla., was appointed Director of the Florida Institute of Paleontology at the Graves Museum of Archeology and Natural History in Dania Beach, Fla. Martin was the organizing chairman at the Florida Symposium on Dinosaur Bird Evolution, a major international conference in April. More than 30 of the world's leading dinosaur experts presented original papers on the topic of dinosaur-bird evolution. Visit the Graves Museum website at, or contact Martin at (954) 981-1006.

Arthur Krulewitz, BSc'74, MDCM'78, has been appointed Medical Director of South Hadley Medical Associates in the Springfield, Mass., area. He lives in Granby, Mass., with his wife, Challis, and their three children, Sarah, Neil and Andrew.

Barry B. Rubin, BSc'82, MDCM'86, received the Pacific Vascular Research Foundation award in 1998, the first Canadian chosen for this prestigious prize. The Founda-tion supports breakthrough research in vas-cular disease. Barry's research will hopefully lead to treatment strategies for patients with obstructed circulation in the legs due to trauma, hardening of the arteries, or a blood clot. Following his clinical fellowship in the Division of Vascular Surgery, Barry joined the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto as assistant professor. He is also Staff Surgeon in the Division of Vascular Surgery at the Toronto Hospital, and a member of the Consultant Staff, Division of General Surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital. Barry is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, a member of various medical associations and societies, as well as a reviewer for many medical journals and publications.

Rodney D. Altman, MDCM'87, has been practising emergency medicine since 1990. He received an MBA with Honors from the University of Chicago in 1999. In June 2000, Rodney began working in Boston for Techno Venture Management, a Munich-based venture capital firm. He continues to work as an emergency physician on a part-time basis.

Alan M. Ship, MDCM'93, completed his training in pediatric hematology/oncology at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., and has accepted the position of Medical Director of Pediatric Stem Cell Transplant at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He joined the faculty of UAB as an assistant professor of pediatrics in July 1999.

Brian Curwin, MSc(A)'94, has moved to Cincinnati for a two-year research fellowship at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health following a five-year stint with Health Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency. At NIOSH, Brian will conduct two pesticide exposure studies, among other projects. In June, he married Inger Williams. Brian says he would love to hear from any former classmates from the Department of Occupational Health. He can be reached at

Ian McAuley Billingsley, BSc'96, graduated from Queen's University School of Medicine in May 2000 and began his postgraduate training in Internal Medicine at the University of Toronto in July.


Robert L. Katz, BCL'86, LLB'86, was appointed General Counsel in Europe for Delphi Automotive Systems in April 1999, working out of the headquarters located in Paris, France. He and his wife, Christina (Tina) Otto, BA'85, are the proud parents of two sons, ages one and three.

Hanson Hosein, LLB'92, BCL'93, ends his tour of duty as Middle East producer for NBC News based in Tel Aviv, Israel, this fall. Last April, he was named one of the recipients of the Overseas Press Club Award of America, the David Kaplan Award for TV Spot News Reporting from Abroad, for NBC's coverage of the NATO push into Kosovo in June 1999. In addition to covering the entire conflict in Kosovo from various points in the Balkans, Hanson also reported on the earthquake in Turkey, King Hussein's funeral and Pope John Paul's visit to the Holy Land.

Martin Francoeur, BCL'95, has been elected to the board of the Fédération professionnelle des journalistes du Québec. He is also a journalist for Le Nouvelliste, the daily newspaper in Trois-RiviËres, Que.

Robert E. Juhasz, LLB'95, has joined The Hague, Netherlands, office of the Denver-based broadband services company Formus Communications Inc., as Associate General Counsel. He is responsible for corporate, M&A and telecom law matters throughout Europe. Robert remains the contact person for the Netherlands branch of the McGill Alumni Association.

Patrick M. Shea, BCL'99, LLB'99, is an associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York City where he practises corporate law.


David A. B. Brown, BCom'66, was elected to the Board of Directors of NS Groups, Inc., a New York Stock Exchange company, in April. David is president of the Windsor Group, Inc., a consulting company which focuses on strategy issues facing oilfield services and engineering companies. He serves on the Board of Directors and is Chairman of the Audit Committee for BTU Inter-national, Inc., EMCOR Group, Inc., and Marine Drilling Companies, Inc. David also serves on the Board of Directors and is a member of the Audit Committee for Technical Communications Corp. He is a member of the three-man Executive Committee for Marine Drilling Companies, as well as the Chairman of the Compensation Committee for BTU International.

David E. Lawson, BCom'77, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of CareNet, a national e-commerce network/ cooperative of health care organizations and suppliers. He was also recently elected to the post of Vice-Chair of the Tilbury Regional Hospital Laundry Society, a non-profit cooperative serving health regions in greater Vancouver. David is the Regional Director of Material Services and Logistics for the Simon Fraser Health Region.

Ron Flejszon, MBA'80, DPA'81, worked as Vice-President, Finance, for Au Bon Marché/Blinds to Go, Inc., after three years of public practice in accounting. In 1998, he moved out to Calgary to take a position at Albi Homes Ltd., one of Calgary's premier homebuilders. Ron's current position is Vice-President, Finance, and CFO. He and his wife Linda have four children, ranging in age from five to twelve.

Michel J. Paradis, BCom'80, DPA'82, MBA'91, recently left CIBC World Markets and joined TD Securities as VP and Director of Finance. He is responsible for Financial Policy and is also Product Controller for the Derivatives and Fixed Income businesses. His wife, Arlene Kern, BCom'82, DPA'84, has become a partner in the firm of Bennett Gold, Chartered Accountants.

Saleem Khan, MBA'85, joined Eircom, the largest telecommunications company in Ireland, as Head of Strategy.

Danielle Dansereau, MBA'87, is a manager in Supply Management at Canadian National and is now assigned to a SAP Implementation project as change manager, electronic procurement. She has also been appointed Director of the Rail Credit Union, Director of the CN Pension Committee and first Vice-President of the Purchasing Management Association of Canada, Montreal Division.

Edward A. Mirsky, BCom'87, is a Financial Advisor with Prudential Securities Incorporated in Aventura, Fla. He says he enjoys Florida very much, almost as much as his years at McGill, except the weather is a little better. Edward looks forward to catching up on old times with his ex-classmates and encourages them to look him up if they are in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area.

Brian Zavalkoff, BCom'91, was named Vice-President and Senior Portfolio Manager at the Chicago Trust Company. He will be responsible for managing assets of private clients and co-managing a common trust fund. Prior to joining the Chicago Trust Company, Brian served as Vice-President and Portfolio Manager at Citibank Global Asset Management. In 1995, he launched the company's Global Investment Perspective, a publication of which he was the sole author. Brian received his MBA from the University of Chicago and is also a Chartered Financial Analyst. He is married and lives in the Lincoln Park area of Chicago.

Jacek Furmankiewicz, CertMgmt'92, BCom'94, found work at STS Systems in Pointe-Claire, Que., after graduation. He began as a Programmer Analyst and was promoted to Supervisor in 1997.

Nicolas A. Pechet, BCom'96, is completing his MBA at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.

Kon-Yu Lau, BCom'97, moved to Toronto following graduation, where he accepted a position as a Business Analyst for ClearNET. After a year in telecommunications, Kon-Yu wanted to explore new challenges that would make use of his McGill degree. In August 1999, he accepted the position of Dealer Liaison for Transamerica, which had just launched a new mutual fund dealership. His role is to strengthen the relationship between Transamerica and their Strategic Alliance Fund companies. He is also responsible for setting up guidelines, policies and procedures within Transamerica and the Segregated Fund Industry. Kon-Yu met his fiancée, Jackie, in Toronto.

Alexander Norman, BCom'97, moved to San Francisco, California, to work for as a Manager in Business Development.


Pierre Perron, BMus'61, professor of Music at Dalhousie University, has been invited to bring a choir to Carnegie Hall in January 2001 to sing Mozart's Requiem in a Commemorative concert for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Dalhousie University Chorus is the only Canadian choir to be invited and will be joined by six American choirs.

Carol Albert, BMus'75, was appointed to the Superior Court of Justice in Ontario as a Case Management Master in 1998 after 15 years of practising law in Toronto. Carol completed her LLM in 1998.

Jonathan G. Bayley, BMus'75, received his PhD in Music Education from Ohio State University in August 2000, and joined the Faculty of Education at the University of Regina, in Saskatchewan, as an assistant professor of music education. During the month of July, he was the flute instructor for the summer music workshop, "Musicamrose," sponsored by Music Alberta.

Suzanne Rita Byrnes, BMus'83, MMus'91, lives in Kansas City, Mo., and gave birth to twin girls, Michaela Rose and Martine Marie, in December 1999. Big brother, Mathieu, and dad, Bill Fredrickson, were happy to welcome the girls into the household.

Sylvie Beaudette, BMus'87, a pianist, released a CD on the Oasis label with American soprano Eileen Strempel. She has also recorded another CD with the Athena Trio (voice, flute and piano), which will be released on the Centaur label in August. Both CDs include music written by women composers. This year, Sylvie will be on the faculty at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., as Assistant Visiting Professor of Vocal Literature and as a vocal coach.

Serge Lacasse, BMus'91, was recently hired as Associate Professor at the Department of Music History at the University of Western Ontario. He'll be responsible for the new program in popular music.

Coreen Morsink, BMus'94, works as Head of Music at the TASIS Hellenic International School in Athens, Greece. She married Kostas Chrysanthopoulos in November 1999.

Marci Alegant, MMus'96, was appointed Director of Conservatory Development at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio. She is also Conductor of the Choral Arts Society of Cleveland, and founder and conductor of the Black River Singers of Oberlin. Her son Jordan, age 11, plays cello in the Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra and her husband Brian Alegant, a former faculty member at McGill, is a tenured Associate Professor of Music Theory at Oberlin Conservatory and was a recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to study the music of Luigi Dallapicola.

Lesia Mackowycz, BMus'98, MMus'00, performed in a recital and chamber music festival in the south of France this summer. Her repertoire included works by Bach, Handel and Mozart. Lesia has also begun her Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music.


Raymond Lemieux, PhD'46, DSc'84, was awarded the Israel-based Wolf Prize. This award is given in recognition of "outstanding artists and scientists." Raymond, professor emeritus at the University of Alberta, was recognized for his work in chemistry. The prize also included a trip to Israel to receive the award. After completing his PhD, Raymond worked for the National Research Council, at the University of Ottawa, and finally at the University of Alberta.

Willard S. Boyle, BSc'47, MSc'48, PhD'50, was awarded the Communications and Computing Prize in Tokyo, Japan, for the invention of the charge-coupled device. The prize of $90,000 (U.S.) was shared with his colleague at the Bell Telephone Laboratories, George Smith. Their invention in 1969 is now almost ubiquitous as the light sensitive element in television cameras, fax machines, photocopiers, video cameras and telescopes. Willard can be reached at

A. Nelson Wright, BSc'53, PhD'57, was reappointed in January 2000 to a second two-year term as Chairman of the Committee of Chemistry and Industry of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry. He also serves on the Bureau of IUPAC and on the Executive Committee of its International Chemistry Council. He continues as an ex-officio member of the Canadian National Committee for IUPAC. Nelson became a Fellow of the Society of Plastics Engineers at its spring meeting and was made an Honoured Service Member of this 33,000-member society in 1997, the same year he won the President's Cup. After serving on the Executive Committee of SPE, including four years as the elected Vice-President, Inter-national, Nelson currently serves as Chair of the Committee for Strategic Planning.

Louis J. Cabri, MSc(A)'61, PhD'65, retired as Principal Research Scientist from the Canada Centre for Mineral and Energy Technology in Ottawa after a 35-year career. He continues as Emeritus Research Scientist and has also opened a consultancy. Louis served as Chairman of the Geology Division, now Geological Society, of the Canadian Institute of Mining & Metallurgy, as editor of Canadian Mineralogist, and as president of the Mineralogical Association of Canada. He was awarded the Waldemar Lindgren Award for excellence in research by the United States Society of Economic Geologists, as well as the Leonard G. Berry Medal for service to the profession and the Past Presidents' Medal for scientific achievement by the Mineralogical Association of Canada. In 1996, Louis was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

David Cundall, BSc'67, was recognized by Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., as a 25-year faculty member. David, a professor of biological sciences, was promoted to full professor in 1992. He specializes in vertebrate anatomy, functional morphology and systematics, focusing on the feeding mechanics and feeding behaviour of snakes, and on the evolution of snakes as determined by morphology and behaviour. He is the author of more than 50 articles, reviews and abstracts. This year, he gave an invited symposium presentation at the 21st Congress of the European Society of Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry in Belgium. He is a member of the American Society of Zoologists and the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, among other organizations.

Bruce Haddad, BSc'69, married Marion Lane in August 1999, in Toronto.

Malcolm Mawer, BSc'71, changed careers seven years ago and became a Re/Max realtor selling homes in the Calgary area after a 20-year career in geology. Malcolm was involved in the drilling of the Hibernia, Hebron and Ben Nevis discovery wells, in addition to many other oil and gas prospects, both on the Grand Banks and Scotian Shelf. He also enjoyed several years managing foreign assistance programs in Morocco, Senegal, the Gambia, Madagascar and the Philippines on behalf of Petro Canada International Assistance Corp., a now-defunct crown corporation. Malcolm says his "new" career is both challenging and rewarding.

Joseph Aspler, BSc'75, PhD'80, is a senior Scientist at Paprican in Pointe-Claire, Que. He was awarded the 2000 Coating and Graphic Arts Division Technical Award and the Charles W. Engelhard Award from the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry. Joseph and his wife, Annette Woolf, a native of London, England, have two children, John and Sarah. He can be contacted at

Ausilio (Silvio) Gasbarrino, BSc'79, has been appointed Vice-President and General Manager of Searle Philippines, Inc., a joint venture between Pharmacia Corp. and Unilab. He is currently based in Manila, Philippines. Silvio and his family recently moved from Mexico City, where he was Sales & Marketing Director for Searle Mexico. He can be reached at

Ralph M. Siegel, BSc'79, PhD'84, was awarded tenure as an associate professor at the Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience, Rutgers, at the State Univer-sity of New Jersey in Newark.

Jean Pierre Julien, PhD'82, Associate Professor of Neurology at McGill, was awarded the 2000 American Academy of Neurology Sheila Essey Award for Amyo-trophic Lateral Sclerosis. His research suggests that peripherin, a protein detected in the majority of cells affected with ALS, may be a major contributor to its debilitating symptoms. The award recognizes significant contributions in the search for the cause, treatment, prevention and cure for ALS. Jean Pierre's studies, conducted on geneti-cally altered mice, suggest that peripherin could be responsible for the selective death of motor neurons, and hint at anti-inflammatory treatment strategies for the still mysterious condition.

Terrence (Terry) Levine, BSc'90, moved to Toronto in 1996 and works as a senior copywriter for Vickers and Benson Advertising.

Patrick Freud, BSc'93, completed his Doctorate of Chiropractic degree in Dallas, Tx., and then moved to Florida. He taught chiropractic seminars across the U.S. Patrick currently teaches anatomy to medical students at McGill and is in private practice at the Queen Elizabeth Health Complex in NDG. He encourages fellow graduates to contact him at or at (514) 483-3444.

Tina Anne Boucher, BSc'94, is a second-year student at the Temple Univer-sity School of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia, Pa.

Sarah Qualman, BSc'94, completed a master's degree in Environmental Science at the Université du Québec à Montréal. She is happily living in Montreal and looking for work there. Any news from her classmates is welcome at

Carolyn Jew, BSc'97, vient d'arriver d'un programme d'échange de sept mois. Elle habite et travaille dans deux villes: Canmore, Alta., et Janow Lubelski, Pologne. Ses expériences en Pologne ont développé son expertise en communication interculturelle et sa capacité de prendre l'initiative. Carolyn veut maintenant se chercher un emploi et continuer ses études envers son MBA.

Stefan Larson, BSc'97, received his Master of Science from the Department of Molecular and Medical Genetics at the University of Toronto in fall 1999. He is now pursuing a PhD at Stanford in Biophysics.

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