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Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

FRED ARTHUR WALSH, BSc(Agr)'52, has received an Honorary Life Membership Award from the Nova Scotia Fruit Growers' Association for lifetime contributions to the industry. Meeting and educating people about agriculture and tree fruits has been one of Fred's numerous talents, and he has invited many people to enjoy his farm property while he tells the story of fruit farming.

MELVIN BARCLAY, BSc(Agr)'64, was presented with the James Robb Award by the New Brunswick Federation of Agriculture in January 1999, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the New Brunswick agricultural industry.

MIKE SCHOFIELD, BSc(Agr)'74, and his wife Sharon (who was on staff at Mac from 1974-86) have finally come home after four years in Europe and two in the United States. They now live in Hudson, Que. Mike continues to work as a pulpmill expert for Hercules Incorporated.

LINDA LAKE, BSc(Agr)'89, completed her PhD in Agricultural Economics and Business at the University of Guelph in July 2000. She is currently employed as Senior Economist with the Fiscal Planning Branch of the Ontario Ministry of Finance in Toronto. She resides with her husband Jeff in Courtice, Ont.


BLANCHE LEMCO VAN GINKEL, BArch'45, was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in July.

MICHAEL BROZ, BSc(Arch)'85, BArch'87, has been named a partner in the Montreal firm of Jodoin Lamarre Pratte et associés architectes. He is currently working on projects such as the space programming for the new McGill University Health Centre and the design for a new $100-million suburban hospital in Lachenaie. The 45-person firm is also working on the $350-million expansion of Dorval Airport and on the new IT building for McGill. Contact Michael through the firm's web site at

GREGORY MORROW, BSc(Arch)'97, BArch'98, has worked as a project manager for Kenyon Bolton and Associates in Cambridge, Mass., and recently as an intern architect at Moshe Safdie and Associates in Boston. Gregory has also been admitted to the Master of Science in Architecture Studies program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


LEONARD R. N. ASHLEY, BA'49, MA'50, Professor Emeritus, Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, has reached the eighth book in his series on the occult, The Complete Book of Ghosts and Poltergeists. One or two more books will conclude the series in 2001. As general editor of the Mellen Press series on onomastics (name study), he has also written these books to be published in 2001: Cornish Names, Art Attack: Names in Satire, Names in Literature, Names in Popular Culture and Names in Place.

JOHN L. FALK, BA'50, MA'52, retired from his position as professor of psychology at Rutgers University, State University of New Jersey, and recently published a book of collected poems, Snow and Other Guises.

DR. BRUCE A. MCFARLANE, BA'51, MA'55, received an award from the Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association in recognition of outstanding dedication to the Association, its work and its objectives, at the 35th Annual Meeting at the Congress of Learned Societies. He was one of the first members to be presented with the Association's highest scholarly honour, the Outstanding Contribution Award, at the Association's 25th Annual Meeting. He is Professor Emeritus and Adjunct Research Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton University in Ottawa.

DEBORAH EIBEL, BA'60, has just published another book, entitled Poems for the 21st Century.

BERNARD DOLANSKY, BA'66, has been granted honorary membership in the Canadian Dental Association. Dr. Dolansky received his award at the annual CDA awards luncheon held last September. He was among a group of visionaries whose efforts led to the development of CDAnet. The nationwide network of dental offices and benefits companies, developed and administered by the dental profession, is the envy of other professions and of national dental associations in other countries.

MARILYNNE SINCLAIR, BA'67, is Head of History and Philosophy at Ashbury College, Ottawa, and Examiner in History and Theory of Knowledge for the International Baccalaureate. Marilynne is deeply committed to student debate and is Regional Coordinator for Debate in Ontario, Vice-President of the Fulford Student Debating League, and was Tournament Coordinator for the National High School Debating Championship 2000. She and her husband Brent Holden live in the village of New Edinburgh, Ont.

DIANA BOUCHARD, BA'68, MA'72, MSc'79, was elected vice-president of the publications department of the Instrumentation, Systems and Automation Society (ISA). Diana joined the ISA-Montreal Section in 1979 and became an ISA Senior Member in 1996. She has served on the ISA Executive Board as vice-president (eastern Canada) and on the Society's Honours and Awards Committee. Diana is a scientist with the Pulp and Paper Research Institute of Canada (Paprican).

JUDI (VARNAI) ARONSON, BA'71, is principal of the Magnet School for the Arts in New York City. She has published a book, Super Math Spinner Games, and lives in New York City with her husband and two children.

GORDON D. LOGAN, PhD'75, professor of psychology at the University of Illinois-Champaign, has been elected a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) for 2001. APA Fellows are selected for their exceptional and outstanding contributions to the research, teaching or practice of psychology. Fellows must also demonstrate the national impact of their work, such as numerous research-based publications, leadership roles within psychology, or community service in their clinical practice.

CHRISTOPHER W. KIMBALL, BA'77, has been named Vice-President for Academic and Learning Services and Dean of Augsburg College in Minneapolis. The College search committee noted "a community-wide regard for the depth and clarity of Kimball's understanding of the advantages of a private, church-related higher education in an urban setting." He has a strong interest in athletics, particularly baseball. He has served for the past four years as Augsburg's Faculty Athletics Representative with governance responsibility in the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

ELISE GOLDBERG, BA'83, is a copy editor in the sports department at The New York Times.

DOMINIC MCIVER LOPES, BA'86, has been appointed Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of British Columbia. During the fall of 2000 he was a Fellow of the National Humanities Center in North Carolina.

ELIZABETH LOCKHART MANKER, BA'86, BTh'87, MEd'90, DipEd'91, has moved back to her home town of Niagara Falls. Her activities include volunteering at the church her family has attended for over 100 years, and at her former elementary school. Elizabeth began her McGill studies at age 53 and calls her student days "exhilarating, endearing and enlightening." She returns to Montreal for social and professional associations and is pleased to keep up connections.

ED ARZOUIAN, BA'87, was appointed Executive Director of the Chateauguay Valley English Speaking Peoples Association. The 7,000-member English language advocacy and community service group has offices in Chateauguay and Huntingdon, Que. His e-mail address is

GEORGES MEGYERI, BA'89, has worked for a division of General Motors in Europe since 1997, and since January 2000 for General Motors Europe as Corporate Sales Manager. He is responsible for the sale of GM vehicles to multinational companies. He is married and has a son, Richard Maximilian, who was born in Budapest. Georges is now in the process of moving back to Germany.

MARIAN AGUIAR, BA'90, is a visiting assistant professor of English at Kenyon College in Ohio. Marian also holds a master's degree and doctorate from the University of Massachusetts. Her specialties are postcolonial literature and theory.

GIDEON FORMAN, MA'90, is vice-president of Strategic Communications Inc., a company that provides campaign, communications and fundraising support to the not-for-profit sector. Clients include the Council of Canadians, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and the International Fund for Animal Welfare. A billboard ad Gideon produced on endangered species recently won a first place Pollie Award from the American Association of Political Consultants. Gideon also writes plays and a dramatic monologue of his was produced by Toronto's Alumnae Theatre as part of its New Ideas Festival 2000.

GEORGE VASSIADIS, BA'90, was awarded an MA in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies in 1991 and a PhD in Modern Greek History in 1998 by King's College, University of London. Between January and June 1998, he was Goltsos Visiting Instructor in History at Brown University in Providence, R.I. In February 2000, he joined the New Projects Team of the Qualifications and Assessment Authority in London, England.

KATE FROHLICH, BA'91, received her doctorate in Public Health from the Université de Montréal last year and is now a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, at their School of Public Health.

JUSTIN PEFFER, BA'92, worked for five years as assistant director at Gems of Hope, an international development NGO, and is now program manager for Africa at Save the Children Canada, responsible for the Burkina Faso, Mali and Kenya programs.

REBECCA SCOTT, BA'92, is one of the co-founders and creative directors of Trapeze, an interactive broadband entertainment company based in Toronto.

GERALD MICHAEL BUTTS, BA'93, MA'96, was recently appointed Director of Policy and Research in the Office of Dalton McGuinty, MPP, Leader of the Ontario Liberal Party.

KRISTEN BOON, BA'94, MA'96, graduated with a JD in law from New York University School of Law last May. She spent the summer working as a legal officer in the Central Civil Registry for the United Nations Mission in Kosovo. Kristen recently joined the litigation department of the law firm of Debevoise Plimpton in New York.

SUSAN LOUGHMAN DIAS, BA'94, purchased a home in North Attleboro, Mass., with her husband. She works as a trade show account manager for Access TCA, an exhibit house located in Whitinsville, Mass.

LORNE HERLIN, BA'94, is practising securities litigation law at the British Columbia Securities Commission in Vancouver. He can be reached at

IAN WHITE, BA'94, has lived in Washington, D.C., Boston, and is now in New York. He received his MBA from Babson College in Boston and then moved to New York where he works with a branding and design firm. Ian would love to hear from old classmates at

AIDAN BAKER, BA'96, published his first book, Fingerspelling, a sequence of poems and drawings. Fingerspelling tells the story in verse of a man who becomes romantically involved with a hearing-impaired woman, and deals with his attempt to understand both his feelings for her and her disability. The poems are written around drawings of the hand signals -- one-hand fingerspelling -- for the letters of the alphabet.

JANE LIGHTLE, BA'96, and HUGO KOTAR, BA'96, were married in August 2000. Hugo is a financial adviser at Scotia McLeod and Jane recently launched her own editing and design company, Bibelot Communications. They live in Vancouver.

SUSANNAH SCHMIDT, BA'96, was recently hired as the National Coordinator of the Student Christian Movement of Canada, a faith-based social action student group.

JAMES CADDELL, BA'97, received his MA in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada last June and is now a researcher on the Department of National Defence's Non-Commissioned Member 2020 Project. He currently resides in Ottawa.

FUNG-SUEN YEE, BA'97, and ALAN CHOY, BSc'95, were married on July 15, 2000, in Toronto and are now living in Thornhill, Ont. Alan is working as a software engineer at Motorola, while Fung-Suen is working as a teacher of special education in a private centre called Under the Banyan Tree.

DUNCAN MCPHERSON, BA'98, MA'00, completed a diploma program at the Institut d'études politiques de Paris in 1998. In October 2000, he began a two-year Master of Philosophy program in development studies at the University of Oxford. For his dissertation, he plans to study the effects of refugee repatriation and re-integration on post-conflict reconstruction in Liberia and Sierra Leone.

VICTOR KASOWSKI, BA'99, is now in his second year at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. Victor is spending the summer with the law firm of Stikeman Elliott in the Toronto office and would be happy to hear from any of his friends who pass by that way.

MARK GRUNDLAND, BA'00, started a PhD program in Computer Science at the University of Cambridge in January 2001, researching the application of computer vision techniques to computer animation. His research program at the university will entail design and implementation of novel algorithms followed by a rigorous evaluation of their performance. In preparation for independent research, he will attend a series of advanced computer science and mathematics courses.

JESSICA WILCZAK, BA'00, is a Celanese Fellow and participant in the China-Canada Scholar Exchange Program and plans to spend a year in the People's Republic of China studying language and culture. Jessica has been admitted as a general scholar to the Program of Modern Chinese offered by Jilin University. She would like to attain a level of Chinese suitable for formal and academic communication in order to carry out graduate-level research in China.


JULIE FREEDMAN, BSc'95, DDS'95, has opened a state-of-the-art facility for the practice of family dentistry in Miramar, Fla.


GERALD R. CUTTING, MEd'79, was named Director General of Champlain Regional College earlier this year. CRC is the only English-language CEGEP in Quebec with three separate campuses, in St. Lambert, St. Foy and Lennoxville.

KEVIN O'NEILL, BEd'79, has been named as an assistant coach for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association. Kevin had previously been a college basketball head coach in the NCAA since 1982.

DAWN LEVY, BEd'89, was appointed Coordinator of Admissions and Community Relations at Lower Canada College. She and her husband ALAIN VANDENBUSSCHE, BEng'87, have moved to a new home in Kirkland, Que., with their 14-month-old son, Adam.

JENNIFER ELIZABETH KENT, BEd'97, graduated from Dalhousie University with a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology in May 2000, and was married on August 5, 2000. Jennifer is pursuing doctoral studies and working as a graduate assistant at Pennsylvania State University.


DAVID B. SMITH, BEng'49, Chancellor Emeritus of the University of Calgary, has been awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree by the University of Calgary.

HUGH J. MCQUEEN, BEng'56, received the Metallurgical Society of the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy's Alcan Award for 2000. His research with numerous graduate students and postdoctoral fellows resulted in more than 300 publications. He is presently Professor Emeritus in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Concordia University.

STUART B. SAVAGE, BEng'60, PhD'67, was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering in October 2000. He is Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics at McGill and was inducted into the Academy for his contributions to the mechanics of granular flows that have laid the foundation for wide-ranging applications of particle technology.

CARL OTTO PETTERSEN, BEng'71, is living in Norway and is Senior Staff Engineer with RWE-DEA, a German energy company. Carl has carried his iron ring with pride for 29 years and is now ready for a 30-year reunion! He would like to get in touch and find out what his class is up to.

ANGELO GRANDILLO, BEng'81, MEng'88, is now Vice-President and General Manager at Stelco's McMaster works in Contrecoeur, Que.

ELIAS NEMER, BEng'85, MEng'89, MBA'93, completed his PhD in Electrical Engineering last year at Carleton University. He recently moved to Silicon Valley in California and took a new position at Intel Corporation as a technical adviser.

BASSAM SABBAGH, BEng'85, MBA'95, is Director of Operations at the Bombardier Aerospace Learjet facility in Wichita, Kan. He and his family have relocated from Montreal to Wichita for a three-year period. He is responsible for the manufacture and assembly of the Continental Jet, Bombardier's newest business aircraft.

LINSEY DYER, BEng'87, has set up his own company in South Africa, Africa Bridging Resources (Pty) Ltd., which works with overseas investors to develop African infrastructure businesses (power, water, transport, telecommunications) within an evolving financial and socioeconomic environment. His firm specializes in local project management and "corporate front-ending," with a view to eventual participation in the businesses they build with local partners in sub-Saharan Africa. He can be reached at

ALAIN VANDENBUSSCHE, BEng'87, married Dawn Levy, BEd'89, and the couple moved to a new home in Kirkland, Que., with their 14-month-old son, Adam.

JIM PASCUAL, BEng'89, MBA'98, and SANDY DAVISON, BSW'94, MBA'98, have just returned to Canada after spending two and a half years in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Jim worked as Materials Manager with BC Gas on the Sharjah Gas Distribution Project, and Sandy worked as a counsellor at a private school. Now living in Ottawa, Jim is working at Nortel Networks as product manager and Sandy is working as a social worker with the Children's Aid Society. Their two daughters, Jasmine and Chelsea-Brooke, are in K-2 and K-1 and are enjoying playing in the snow again! Jim and Sandy would like to hear from fellow alumni at

DANIEL DUGUAY, MEng'91, spent four and a half years at Nortel, which he recently left to pursue a process development role at Zenastra Photonics, a small optical startup company in Ottawa. He's also taken up drumming lessons and cross-country skiing to burn off the stress of the pre-IPO startup.

CHRISTINE THERESA JIA AHN, BEng'95, is residing contentedly in sunny Barcelona, Spain, walking about in a light sweater in a sea of parkas and overcoats. She can be reached at

NATHALIE TUFENKJI, BEng'00, has been selected for admission into a five-year combined master's and doctoral degree in environmental engineering at Yale University. This is a newly established program that emphasizes a multidisciplinary approach to solving environmental problems. Nathalie is planning to focus her research on the development and implementation of waste water remediation technologies.

Health Sciences

GLORIA TANNENBAUM, BSc'59, MSc'73, PhD'76, has been honoured with the 2000 Woman of Distinction Award in the field of health by the YWCA Foundation. Gloria was recognized for her pioneering research on growth hormone and her commitment to women's issues. Her efforts have helped promote educational and professional opportunities for women in traditionally male-dominated areas of the health sciences. She is Full Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Neurology and Neurosurgery at McGill and heads her research laboratory at the McGill University Health Centre Research Institute.

NORMAN STRAKER, BA'62, MDCM'66, has been promoted to Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University.

SUSAN MCNAB, BSc(OT)'76, has been living in Kingston, Ont., since 1989. In 1997, she started Ergonomic Rehabilition, which offers assessment and treatment for clients who have been injured in motor vehicle accidents. Susan would be happy to hear from classmates.

SAGAR PARIKH, MDCM'84, went to northern Manitoba to work as a general practitioner. He then turned to psychiatry and went to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Sagar returned to general practice in Ontario and completed psychiatry training at the University of Toronto. Now settled in Toronto, he is specializing in mood disorders and working as an associate professor of psychiatry at the U of T. He is married to Laura O'Brien, and they have an energetic "train-engineer and doctor" son, Kieran. Classmates are welcome to e-mail him at

LUDWIG VON HAHN, MDCM'89, has been appointed director of the Crotched Mountain Outpatient Medical Services in Greenfield, N.H. Dr. Von Hahn's appointment allows for immediate expansion of both clinic and school outreach service while providing leadership for future development. His responsibilities include leadership of the School Partnership Program, the Developmental Pediatrics Clinic, and other outpatient clinics involving physician services. He has particular interest in developing outreach programs to public schools centred on the needs of children with disabilities.

CATHERINE ALLAIRE, MDCM'90, has been in Vancouver for 10 years. Catherine specialized in Ob/Gyn and then did a fellowship in endoscopic surgery in Texas. She didn't succumb to the lure of a U.S. income and took a job at Vancouver General Hospital. She now has a clinical and research focus on endometriosis and chronic pelvic pain as well as resident education. She married Canadian Airlines pilot Robert Cortens and they have two wonderful children, Justin, 3 1/2, and Julia, 6 months. She says life is pretty hectic right now but they are very happy.


DAN J. SULLIVAN, BCL'61, President and CEO of Sansom, Sullivan Inc., international financial planners and administrators, has been appointed to the Disciplinary/Ethics Tribunal of the Chartered Order of Professional Administrators on a part-time basis.

LARRY W. SMITH, BCL'76, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Montreal Alouettes Football Club, received the Montreal Marketing Association Special Tribute Award. The award is presented annually to a person whose contribution over the years has made a marked difference in the field of marketing. Since rejoining the Montreal Alouettes, Larry has rekindled the football tradition in Montreal and in the province of Quebec.

EUGENE MEEHAN, LLM'77, DCL'84, a litigation partner at Lang Michener in Ottawa, has been appointed Queen's Counsel.

DIANNE DUTTON, BCL'91, LLB'91, is currently living in Paris with her husband, John Beach. She is completing research for her PhD thesis in law and literature, which she is pursuing at Queen's University. She can be contacted by e-mail at

GEORGE C. SOPEL, BA'91, LLB'95, BCL'95, is Associate General Counsel for Arthur D. Little Inc., a management consulting and technology development firm. George is based in Cambridge, Mass., at the company's international headquarters.

REGENA (KAYE) RUSSELL, LLB'92, LLM'92, received an Equality Recognition Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Prince Edward Island Advisory Council on the Status of Women. Recognized as a community leader willing "to take action on public issues," Regena was cited for her "courageous pursuit of the advancement of women in an era of social and economic change."


PADDY TORSNEY, BCom'55, was elected to Parliament representing Burlington, Ont.

RICHARD M. WISE, BCom'62, was appointed the valuation adviser to the arbitrator, attorney Charles A. Hunnicutt of Washington, D.C., in the recent arbitration between Air Canada and the Competition Bureau in Ottawa concerning the fair market value of Canadian Regional Airlines.

BRENT WALKER, BCom'81, DPA'83, a chartered accountant and CPA, has recently moved to Toronto following his appointment as the National Special Services Partner for BDO Dunwoody LLP. Brent will be working out of the firm's national office and will be responsible for developing new products and services for the firm throughout Canada.

CONOR VIBERT, BCom'85, has been busy lately. He is a father of four, a professor of business at Acadia University, and recently published a book entitled Web-based Analysis for Competitive Intelligence. Conor may be contacted at

NADEGE (RAVAUX) CONGER, MBA'90, left her Deloitte & Touche consulting job to create, dedicated to helping academic communities around the world find or list houses or apartments for rent, exchange or house-sitting when going on sabbatical leave, research trips, exchange program relocation or vacations. The idea came from her own need to find housing in London, where her husband, Jay, teaches at the London Business School twice a year. The rest of the year they live in Los Angeles.

MARTA KORWIN-SZYMANOWSKI, BA'95, MBA'00, and her husband NADER CHAABAN, BCom'94, GradCertTrsy/Fin'00, spent an exciting two years working in Poland after their graduation. They were married in August 1998. Marta now works at Pratt & Whitney Canada and Nader works as a financial controller at Nitrex Metal Inc.

BRUNO LAFLEUR, BCom'95, undertook graduate studies at London Business School in the U.K. last September, after five years at Ernst & Young in Montreal. The program is two years of full-time study leading to a Master's in Business Administration.

DAVID OH, BCom'95, and BEVERLY OH, BSc'96, would like to announce the birth of their second beautiful daughter, Ainsley Elizabeth, on September 24, 2000.

MAYA PATRIE, BCom'95, completed her CFA in June of last year. She and her husband are expecting their first child in May 2001.

BRENT WALSH, BCom'95, graduated from the London School of Economics this year with an LLB degree. Brent is working in the technology sector for Morgan Stanley Dean Witter in London, England, in the Equity Research Department.

CLAUDE DAGENAIS, MBA'98, est le premier directeur général de l'Alliance numériQC -- Réseau de l'industrie numérique du Québec.


JANICE FINLAY, BMus'91, is co-directing a swing band called The Swing Cats, which released its debut CD in November 2000. Called The Swing Cats LIVE: Every Night & Every Day, the album was recorded by the CBC and features a number of collaborative original compositions by Janice, who plays tenor sax in the band and writes most of the band's arrangements as well. Visit her at

BEN GLOSSOP, BMus'94, MMus'97, and his wife JOANNE TAIT, BMus'94, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Gillian Anna, on June 26, 2000. Ben is working as a freelance bassoonist in the Ottawa/Hull area and Joanne has an exciting career as a technical writer in the software industry.

KEVIN KOMISARUK, BMus'94, MMus'96, has released his first compact disc recording with the Montreal-based label ATMA Classique. The recording features works for organ by John Bull and was produced at the Church of St. John the Evangelist in downtown Montreal, where Kevin has been Director of Music since 1999. He is now pursuing a DMus in organ performance at McGill.

KATHERINE HUME, BMus'96, completed her MMus degree in Piano Accompaniment at Trinity College of Music, London, England, in October 2000. Katherine is freelancing in Vancouver after nearly four years in Europe studying and performing. She can be reached at

KAREN MCGALE, MMus'96, spent the 1999-2000 academic year as Lecturer of Horn and Music Theory at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. She spent the summer working as program coordinator for the Las Vegas Music Festival and finishing the course work for her DMA degree from Arizona State University. Karen hosts a question/answer forum on Thomas Bacon's called Ask Miss Karen. Currently residing with her fiancé in St. Louis, Karen is completing her DMA requirements and giving recitals and master classes across the U.S. This year, she will record her first solo CD, to be produced by Sam Pilafian (ex-Empire Brass).

Religious Studies

DON THOMPSON, PhD'81, was appointed General Secretary of the Colleges and Universities of the Anglican Communion. You can find the announcement here.


HAROLD KALTER, MSc'51, PhD'53, is Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. He is founding editor of Teratology, editor of Issues and Reviews in Teratology, and has published a book entitled Of Diabetic Mothers and Their Babies: An Examination of the Impact of Maternal Diabetes on Offspring Prenatal Development and Survival.

ROGER W. DALEY, MSc'66, PhD'71, has won the 2001 Jule G. Charney Award of the American Meteorological Society, the nation's leading professional society for scientists in atmospheric and related sciences. The award is for highly significant research and development in data assimilation, modeling and numerical weather prediction. Roger is a University Corporation for Atmospheric Research distinguished senior scientist at the Naval Research Laboratory in Monterey, Calif.

BERNARD J.R. PHILOGÈNE, MSc'66, is the recipient of the Entomological Society of Canada's Gold Medal for outstanding achievement in entomology. His main scientific contributions have been in the area of insect development and diapause as influenced by light and temperature, and in the field of plant-insect relationships. He is a professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Ottawa.

LORNE ABRAMSON, BSc'68, is living in Halifax with his wife Marilyn and daughters Melanie, 25, and Lara, 22. Lorne is the Math Department head at J. L. Ilsley High School. He was recently selected as the National Camp Chair for the Canadian Diabetes Association and was also elected vice-president of the International Diabetes Camping Association.

WILLIAM G. CUMBERLAND, BSc'68, professor and Chair of the Department of Biostatistics at UCLA School of Public Health, has been named a fellow of the American Statistical Association at the Joint Statistical Meetings in Indianapolis, Ind. He was recognized for research on methods of inference from finite-population samples and longitudinal data, for extensive collaboration in public health research, and for stewardship of an outstanding academic department of biostatistics.

DEREK MUIR, BSc'70, MSc'73, PhD'77, recently received the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) Founder's Award at the annual meeting in Nashville. This award is SETAC's highest scientific award given annually to an individual with outstanding scientific productivity combined with active participation in SETAC. The award recognized Derek's work on the environmental chemistry of persistent organic pollutants and pesticides. Derek is a research scientist and Project Chief with the National Water Research Institute of Environment Canada. From 1977 to 1997 he was a research scientist with the Freshwater Institute in Winnipeg, after doing his graduate work at Macdonald Campus.

ALY M. SHADY, MSc'73, received a Head of the Public Service Award at a ceremony at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Hull, Que. He is an internationally acclaimed water resource specialist with experience in the public, private and academic sectors. Aly has been instrumental in shaping water resource management policies in Canada and around the world for more than three decades.

BILL WASYL WOWCHUK, BSc'75, DipMan'81, MBA'85, has been in Chicago since 1993, and has been president of a small water treatment company by the name of Eaglebrook Inc. since 1997. He can be reached at

SIMON D. SPIVACK, BSc'80, is Associate Professor, Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, Albany Medical College; Research Physician, Human Toxicology & Molecular Epidemiology, Wadsworth Center, New York State Department of Health, Albany; and Assistant Professor, Environmental Health & Toxicology, SUNY School of Public Health. His current research is in the field of molecular epidemiology and genetic susceptibility to lung cancer. Avocations include cycling, music, skiing, gentleman farming and rank amateur psychology.

CHARLES VINCENT, MSc'80, PhD'83, is the editor of a book entitled La lutte physique en phytoprotection that was published in the fall. An English version of the book will be published in 2001. Charles was co-chair of the Local Arrangements Committee of the joint meeting of the Entomological Society of America/Entomological Society of Canada/Société d'entomologie du Québec that was held in Montreal in early December. He is currently at the Horticultural Research and Development Centre of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

JOHN TROTT, BSc'85, has moved to Sao Paolo, Brazil, to be Director of Pharmaceutical Business for Abbott Laboratories. His third son, Julian, was born on October 5. He joins Sebastien, 4, and Evan, 2, and makes life even more interesting for their parents. The whole family moved before Christmas and spent its first warm Christmas together. John says if anyone is in the area, they can contact him by e-mail and visit.

PIERRETTE CARON, BSc'91, and her husband Philippe Nicolle had a son, Daniel Paris Nicolle, in November 2000. They live in Kirland, Wash.

LAURA A. DIAMANDOPOULOS, BSc'93, finished medical school at the University of Toronto in 1997, then completed a residency in Internal Medicine at the Mayo Clinic, where she had the opportunity to work with a truly great McGill alumnus, DR. JOHN SERVICE, MDCM'62. Laura is living in Atlanta, Ga., and enjoying the fellowship program in Cardiology at Emory University.

GREY TAYLOR, BSc'94, left Montreal in 1986 and moved to Boston, working mostly in theatre with the American Repertory Theatre and the Opera Company of Boston. He then moved to Atlanta in 1989 and worked as a Creative Services Writer/Producer at CNN for seven years. He was married in 1994, had a son in 1996 and a daughter in 1998. He has been working as a Creative Services Producer at The Weather Channel since January 2000.

ALAN CHOY, BSc'95, and FUNG-SUEN YEE, BA'97, were married on July 15, 2000, in Toronto and are now living in Thornhill, Ont. Alan is working as a software engineer at Motorola, while Fung-Suen is working as a teacher of special education in a private centre called Under the Banyan Tree.

KEVIN W. JIANG, Cert(MIS)'95, BSc'97, left Montreal in the fall of 1999 to accept a job with Nortel Networks in Ottawa, where he is working as a verification engineer in the Optical Networks Division.

BEVERLY OH, BSc'96, and DAVID OH, BCom'95, wish to announce the arrival of a baby sister for Liana. Ainsley Elizabeth was born on September 24, 2000.

MARCIA (BEATRIZ) CAVALCANTE, MSc'98, is a technology analyst at Siemens in Brazil. Marcia keeps in touch with universities and research centres searching for new technology opportunities, as well as coordinating R&D projects that would bring benefits to industry, society and government. Marcia says that while her life since graduation has been full of professional challenges, it hasn't prevented her from starting a terrific family. She was married last year.

ALY KANANI, BSc'98, is currently a second-year dental student at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Aly also has a Master's degree from the London School of Economics in London, England. With his younger brothers, he recently launched a new and innovative e-commerce company in Vancouver called, Canada's first and largest online DVD rental store. They have received media attention, including articles published in the Vancouver Province, Richmond Review and Georgia Straight. You can visit their web site.

Social Work

MARGARET ANN SMITH, MSW'54, Director of Pediatric Social Work at the Montreal Children's Hospital site of the McGill University Health Centre, was honoured in June by colleagues of the Children's Hospital and Foundation with an Award of Excellence for Distinguished Professional Service. Margaret currently represents the hospital on the Regional Health Board's Projet Jeunesse Montréalais, a three-year project to improve the well-being of Montreal children and youth.

SANDRA SARAH DAVISON, BSW'94, MBA'98, and her husband JIM PASCUAL, BEng'89, MBA'98, have just returned to Canada after spending two and a half years in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Sandy worked as a counsellor at a private school in Dubai. Now living in Ottawa, Jim is working at Nortel Networks as product manager and Sandy is working as a social worker with the Children's Aid Society. Jim worked as Materials Manager with BC Gas on the Sharjah Gas Distribution Project. Their two daughters, Jasmine and Chelsea-Brooke, are in K-2 and K-1 and are enjoying playing in the snow again! Jim and Sandy would like to hear from fellow alumni. Contact them at

SILVIJA LECKMAN, BSW'94, MSW'97, continued to focus on Relationship Theory and became a Certified Imago Relationship Therapist in 1999. In addition to her private practice in Montreal's West Island, she continues to assist at couples weekend workshops led by Harville Hendrix, PhD, and others in the United States and Canada. She can be reached at

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