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Agricultural & environmental sciences/macdonald campus

PIERRRE JUTRAS, BScAgr'51, was inducted into the Quebec Agricultural Hall of Fame. From his original survey of Quebec agricultural drainage needs while at Université Laval to the creation of the infrastructure needed, a whole new industry was created. This in-volved training engineers, technicians and contractors, and supplying high-performance equipment. Much of the work was accomplished with the cooperation of Macdonald's Extension Department and the Department of Agricultural Engineering.


LEONARD O. RODRIGUES, BScArch'72, BArch'74, was elected President of the Alberta Association of Architects for the year 2002-2003. Leonard, a Principal with Stantec Architecture Ltd., with offices in Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Regina and Sakatoon, is also a graduate of MIT. In addition to his architectural interests, Leonard is a commercial pilot with a Group 1 Instrument Rating, and Vice-President of the Calgary Concert Band, playing 2nd flute. He is also an adjunct assistant professor of architecture in the Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary.


BETTY (KOBAYASHI) ISSENMAN, BA'40, DipSW'42, was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in the Heritage Section for helping preserve and promote Inuit culture. She volunteered at Montreal's McCord Museum for more than two decades, where she was a guest curator and oversaw important exhibitions of Inuit clothing. At the McCord and other museums, she ensured that native peoples were equal partners in projects concerning their culture. Her award-winning 1997 book, Sinews of Survival: The Living Legacy of Inuit Clothing, is into a second printing.

EVA (DUBSKA) KUSHNER, BA'48, MA'50, PhD'56, published The Living Prism: Itineraries in Comparative Literature with McGill-Queen's Press and Pontus de Tyard et son oeuvre poétique with Paris, Champion. She was chosen to receive the lifetime achievement award, newly created by the Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies.

JOAN E. KABAYAMA, BA'50, MA'58, has been awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship by the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International for promoting "understanding and friendship around the world." Following a teaching exchange in Japan from 1986-90, she joined the Canada-Japan Trade Council and has since been active in the sharing of personnel and ideas in senior care. She has hosted visiting groups from Japan and China, and addressed seniors and caregivers in Japan.

JOHN FRY, BA'51, was elected President of the International Skiing History Association. With 800 members, ISHA's mission is "to preserve and advance the knowledge of ski history, and to increase public awareness of the sport's heritage." ISHA publishes a quarterly journal, Skiing Heritage, mostly about North American ski history. For information, go to John, a resident of Katonah, N.Y., served as SKI magazine's chief editor for many years, and was the founding editor of Snow Country magazine.

BEVERLEE (FREEDMAN) ASHMELE, BA'56, was honoured for 30 years of dedicated service to the Montreal Jewish community at Federation CJA in the area of fundraising. Beverlee has helped develop Montreal's Women's Combined Jewish Appeal Camp-aign to number one rank in dollar results and card coverage worldwide and to fifth place after New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and Palm Beach County.

HOLLY HIGGINS JONAS, BA'58, MSW'71, was awarded a National Choral Award by the Association of Canadian Choral Conductors for outstanding choral publication, for her book entitled In Their Own Words: Canadian Choral Conductors, published by Dundurn Press. The book features 52 life and career stories from Canadian choral conductors all over Canada as well as contributions from Quebec composer and McGill professor DONALD PATRIQUIN, BMus'64, and PATRICIA ABBOTT, MMus'00, Executive Director of the Association of Canadian Choirmasters.

LOIS SILVERSTEIN, PhD'67, published her first novel, Daughter (Red Shoes Press, 2002), following five books of poetry/prose. Lois tells the story of sisters confronting Jewish burial rites in order to deal with the ashes of their mother.

PAUL NATHANSON, BA'68, MLS'71, BTh'78, PhD'89, began his academic career by writing Over the Rainbow: The Wizard of Oz as a Secular Myth of America, about the convergence of sacred and profane patterns in popular culture. Since then, he and McGill Religious Studies professor KATHERINE YOUNG, PhD'78, have collaborated on research funded by the Donner Canadian Foundation and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Their book, Spreading Misandry: The Teaching of Contempt for Men in Popular Culture, has just been published by McGill-Queen's University Press. Defying conventional wisdom about gender, scholarship and ethics, Spreading Misandry is the first volume of a projected trilogy.

NANCY K. BROWN, MA'78, MLIS'87, after nine years as teacher-librarian at St. George's School of Montreal, resigned and moved to Rome for a year, replacing a high-school librarian in an international school there. Nancy says this permitted her the pleasure of living with her Italian partner. They plan to move back to Montreal in the summer of 2003. She can be contacted at

TAMARA TARASOFF, BA'84, has returned to work as Manager of Programs and Visitor Services at the Canada Agriculture Museum after a year-long maternity leave with daughter, Elena, and five-year-old son, Nicholas.

JAMES SMEDLEY, BA'87, received national recognition in two categories of Outdoor Writers of Canada's National Communi-cation Awards for 2002. James placed third in the Magazine Feature category for a piece entitled "Paddling Wabakimi Provincial Park" published in Kanawa magazine, and third place in the Story Teller category for the newspaper column "Exploring the Depths of Ice Fishing," published in The Sault Star. James has received nine national writing awards since 1996.

MIA M. BLOOM, BA'89, received the SSRC MacArthur Global Security and Sustainability postdoctoral fellowship for 2002-2003, in which she will conduct research comparing different terrorist organizations that engage in atrocities and, specifically, in suicide bombings. Mia will travel to Sri Lanka to study the Tamil Tiger-Sinhalese conflict. She has been reappointed at the Woodrow Wilson School's Center of International Studies at Princeton University and was selected as a visiting research fellow at the Institute for the Trans-Regional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia at Princeton. Mia will join the faculty of Hofstra University in the political science department in September 2003 and she says she is happily moving back to New York City.

DAVID CHENNELLS, BA'90, is founder and president of Assiduo Solutions Inc., a developer of supply-chain management software. Previously, he completed an MPhil and PhD at the University of Cambridge, and spent five years in strategy consulting with Bain & Company. His first book, The Politics of Nationalism in Canada: Cultural Conflict Since 1760, was published last year by the University of Toronto Press. David, who lives in Totonto, is married to cellist Roberta Janzen and warmly welcomes contact from old friends at

KERRIDWEN "DIDI" HARVEY, BA'90, and her husband, Denis Hurtubise, had a baby girl, Claudie, in June. Kerridwen is on leave from her position in International Relations at the Department of Canadian Heritage.

NICHOLAS LEONARDOS, BA'90, accepted a position as Principal at South School in the Stoneham, Mass., public school system. He has been Principal in the Kingston public schools for the past two years.

GILLIAN ARMSTRONG, BA'91, spent a year in Japan teaching English after graduation. Returning to Canada, she attended the Vancouver Film School, which led to a ten-year career in the film and TV industry in Vancouver as a production coordinator. In 2001, Gillian moved back to her hometown of Calgary to pursue a career in management in the film industry.

G. GARVIN BROWN, BA'91, has been appointed Director, Office of the Chief Executive Officer, at Brown-Forman Corporation. His most recent position was in Corporate Development as business analyst. He joined Brown-Forman in 1996 as metro New York market manager in the Northeast wine division. After leaving Brown-Forman in 1999 to pursue his MBA, Garvin returned to the company in 2001. Brown-Forman is a diversified producer and marketer of fine- quality consumer products.

GERD SCHONWALDER, CertProfSpanish'91, PhD'95, has written a book, Linking Civil Society and the State: Urban Popular Move-ments, the Left, and Local Government in Peru, 1980-1992, which was published by Penn State University Press. Based on extensive research in low-income districts of Lima in Peru, the book provides a sophisticated analysis of the relationship between a resurgent civil society and democratization.

ROSE NAS DE TOURRIS, BA'92, and BEN LEE, BSc'86, MSc'91, are happy to announce the arrival of their son, Robert Alexander, in November 2001. The new family is doing great. Classmates can get in touch with Rose at

ALAIN LONDES, BA'93, graduated with an MBA (IT) from Dalhousie University. He now works for CGI in Toronto as an analyst.

ASHWANI PEETUSH, BA'93, completed his PhD at the University of Toronto in Philosophy (Ethics and Political Theory), taught at the University of Toronto, and is an assistant professor of philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Appalachian State. He can be reached at

SARAH AHMADI, BA'94, is living in Philadelphia and teaches at an independent school in the city. She married Steven Aronne in New Brunswick in July 2001. Sarah says life is good and would love to hear from old friends. She can be reached at

NADIA SIRITSKY, BA'96, is the Assistant Rabbi of the Temple Adath Israel Brith Shalom in Louisville, Kentucky. She received her MA in Hebrew Literature from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 2000. Nadia spent 18 months in Jerusalem at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies as well as at several other yeshivot in Jerusalem. While in New York, she interned at Central Synagogue of Nassau County in Rockville Centre. Nadia also completed a year-long residency at the Jewish Institute of Pastoral Care and worked as a chaplain for the Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services.

CHRISTIE SMITH, BA'97, left Air Canada to pursue a master's degree in aviation management in Brisbane, Australia. After graduating top of her class, she stayed on to do a graduate certificate of business administration and is now a permanent resident of Australia, living in Mackay, Queensland.

ANNICK MULLER, BA'99, moved to Los Angeles last August. She is working at I/D Public Relations, an entertainment PR firm. Annick can be reached at or

DIANE DAVIS VILLEMAIRE, PhD'99, has had her dissertation in history under the direction of McGill professor Valentin Boss published as part of the Boston Studies in Philosophy of Science Series by Kluwer Academic Publishers in the Netherlands. Diane would like to express her thanks to McGill and especially to Professor Boss.

NENAD STOJANOVIC, MA'00, was appointed a member of the staff of Mr. Moritz Leuenberger, Swiss Minister of the Environ-ment, Transport, Energy and Communica-tions, who also served as President of the Swiss Confederacy in 2001.

RONNIE J. BUGAJ, MA'01, and CHRISTOPHER S. FISCHER, BTh'98, MLIS'00, were married in August 2002 in Pennsylvania, after meeting two years ago at McGill's Redpath Library. Chris has opened his own business in Pennsylvania, and Ronnie will be starting her final year of law school.


JULES E. LEMAY III, DDS'84, received certification as a Diplomate from the American Board of Orthodontics. He maintains a private practice in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics in Sherbrooke, Quebec.


MYER HOROWITZ, DipEd'52, LLD'79, received from the University of Alberta Alumni Association the Distinguished Alumni Award for his lifetime contribution to the field of education.

JANICE M. CALNAN, MEd'78, published her first book last fall, called SHIFT: The Secrets of Positive Change for Organizations and Their Leaders. SHIFT can be found through After ten years in the U.S. Janice returned to Canada and created some breakthrough work in organizational change as a result of her experiences and mentors there. Please see her website at, or contact her at

MARGARET "PEGGY" JACQUES GODSOE, BEd'78, retired from teaching after 38 years in the greater Laval area and now lives in Dunham, Quebec, with her husband Arnold, an Anglican priest and Regional Dean of Bedford. Peggy devotes her time to genealogy, gardening, reading and community work.

STACEY SHORT, BEd'94, after three years teaching in Monterrey, Mexico, headed off on a new adventure to Bangkok, Thailand, to work at the New International School of Thailand as an elementary resource teacher. She encourages fellow graduates to keep in touch at

PHILIP DAVID ANSON, BEd'96, was appointed Editor in Chief of, the website of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States. is France's primary English-language website and public relations medium for promoting French culture. Following postgraduate study at Concordia University, Philip co-founded and edited La Scena Musicale magazine, and worked as a freelance journalist at The Globe and Mail. He joined the Society for French American Cultural Services and Educational Aid in 2000 as a website editor. Philip also writes for Stagebill, Performing Arts Magazine,, Fanfare, the St. John's Telegraph, and La Scena Musicale.


LESLIE A. GEDDES, BEng'45, MEng'53, DSc'71, is the Showalter Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Bioengineering and founding Director of the Hillenbrand Biomedical Engineering Center at Purdue University. He has conducted research in electromyography, cardiac output, cardiac pacing, ventricular defibrillation and blood pressure. He has written 20 books, has 22 patents and published over 700 scientific papers. He is the recipient of numerous awards for career contributions to education in engineering and medicine, to the health industry, to medical instrumentation and to the advancement of radio communication. Leslie is married to LaNelle Nerger. They have one son, James Alexander.

JACQUES DACCORD, BEng'53, DipM& BA'61, is the new chairman of Trimag, as well as the chairman of Staubach Company (Canada), and is a director of several other organizations. Over the years, he has held a number of leadership positions, including Chairman and CEO of the Ideal Metals Group, President and Managing Partner of Currie, Coopers & Lybrand, and Chairman of World Vision Canada.

H. DEAN JOURNEAUX, BEng'60, recently completed a two-year assignment working on a mining and processing project in India, and continues his consulting practice from Rockland, Ont.

PETER JEW, BEng'80, has joined Optical Solutions as vice-president of marketing. Peter will be responsible for the worldwide marketing of Optical Solutions FiberPath 400 fiber-to-the-home system, which incorporates a passive optical network (PON) for broadband delivery of voice video, and high-speed data. As a 20-year telecommunications industry veteran, Peter has built strong relationships and a successful track record with the media, analysts and trade groups working to promote broadband technologies worldwide.

GEORGE PAPAGIANNIS, BEng'85, MEng'94, was appointed Vice President, Operations and was entrusted to oversee the production of Andromed's products and the delivery of related services. George's expertise is essential to the setting of the new line of non-invasive diagnostics and home telemonitoring products.

DANIEL J. CASTELE, BEng'86, MEng'88, was named architectural division manager of the architectural subsidiary of Finkbeiner, Pettis & Strout, Inc. at their Cleveland office. His responsibilities include the structural analysis, design and field inspection of architectural projects ranging from government and sports facilities to schools and commercial buildings and industrial facilities. Dan is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Cleveland Engineering Society, and the International Concrete Repair Institute.

MICHAEL AYLIFFE, MEng'95, BEng'96, PhD'01, after spending the last year working and snowboarding in Colorado, moved to San Jose, Calif. He works for Ignis Optics, a start-up company delivering next-generation fiber optic transceivers for the telecom market. Michael and his girlfriend Brigitte are really enjoying the Bay area. Drop him a line at He says he is looking forward to hearing from his old classmates and friends.

RAMI JUMAH, PhD'95, was promoted to Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at Jordan University of Science and Technology in Irbid, Jordan.

USAMA KANAAN, BSc'95, BEng'97, earned a medical degree at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland. He expects to complete a residency in pediatrics at Children's Hospital in Boston. At the diploma ceremony he was recognized for the following achievements: he had an area of concentration in emergency medicine, critical care and trauma; he was elected to membership of the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honour society; he was one of three students who received the Ivan E. Shalit Prize for excellence in care of patients; and he received the Henry F. Saunders Award in Pediatrics for the most outstanding performance in pediatrics.

MOURAD EL-GAMAL, PhD'98, a professor in McGill's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and graduate student Rola Baki were named winners of the Strategic Microelectronics Council Indus-trial Collaboration Award for a poster pre-sentation, "A Low-Power Programmable Log-Domain Filter for Hard Disk Drive Applications." In April, Mourad and colleague Koon Lee won an award for best paper at the Micronet Annual Workshop in the High Speed/Low Power Analog and Digital Circuits category.

Health sciences

R.G.E. MURRAY, MDCM'43, was awarded a DSc honoris causa by the University of Victoria in June.

CHARLOTTE (SARI) FERENCZ, BSc'44, MDCM'45, received a Distinguished Alum-nus Award from Johns Hopkins University for lifetime achievement in pediatric epidemiology. Charlotte insisted on wearing her McGill colours (hood) when she accepted the award. Her landmark Baltimore-Washington Infant Study provided extensive and authoritative findings on congenital heart disease in infants and its social consequences. Charlotte continues to attend her office at the University of Maryland, while telling all of us that she is retired!

EARL WYNANDS, MDCM'54, DipMed'58, was in New York to receive the first Distinguished Service Award from the International Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists in recognition of his career in anesthesiology, particularly the outstanding role he's played in research and education in the field. Earl is retired chief of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute Anesthesiology Department. It is amazing that he has accomplished so much in his 72 years, given that he's been legally blind for most of them.

DAVID W. SWALES, BSc'59, MDCM'61, received the Glenn Sawyer Service Award from the Ontario Medical Association for longstanding service to the profession and community. He is president of the Peterborough County Medical Society and chairman of the Peterborough County Land & Water Stewardship Council.

LISA KOBRYNSKI, MDCM'88, is an NIH-funded investigator on faculty at Emory University in Atlanta. She heads the Primary Immunodeficiency Clinic, which is a regional referral centre for children with immuno-deficiencies throughout the Southeast. She has two children, ages 3 and 5.

TORSTEN NIELSEN, PhD'96, MDCM'97, is assistant professor of Pathology at the University of British Columbia.


ALAN M. STEIN, BA'58, BCL'61, has been elected by acclamation Bâtonnier of the Bar of Montreal for the year 2002-2003. He was called to the Bar of Quebec in 1963. As a senior partner in the law firm of Stein & Stein, Alan has specialized in the fields of civil and commercial litigation and family law, and has pleaded on many occasions before the Supreme Court of Canada, and pleads regularly before the Quebec Court of Appeal and the Superior court. Alan also served as head of the Youth Division of the Combined Jewish Appeal and United Israel Appeal, is a member of the Executive and Board of Directors of the Canadian Friends of Tel Aviv University, and is a director of Maimonides Geriatric Centre Foundation.

IAN M. SOLLOWAY, BA'70, BCL'73, was installed as 48th President of the Lord Reading Law Society. Ian is a Montreal attorney specializing in family law litigation and its related concerns.

JOHN D. ANDREW, LLB'79, BCL'80, joined the Business Law Group at Lang Michener after 20 years with another established Toronto law firm. He counsels corporations and individuals with a wide variety of interests, ranging from emerging technologies and transportation, to Canada's largest financial institutions. He is closely involved with two biomedical device companies developing novel technologies. John is director and officer of numerous private and public corporations. John and wife Katherine live in Toronto with their golden retrievers, Ranger and Bailey. Email him at or

FRANK WORK, LLB'81, has been appointed Information and Privacy Commissioner for the Province of Alberta.

STÉPHANE ÉTHIER, BSc'88, LLB'93, BCL'93, travaille dans les médias depuis ces dernières années, notamment aux magazines enRoute et ELLE Québec, à la télévision de Radio-Canada, au réseau TVA et à CKAC. En 2000 et 2001, il a parcouru le Québec à titre de membre de la Commission des États généraux sur la situation et l'avenir de la langue française au Québec, présidée par Gérald Larose. Il travaille maintenant comme conseiller politique et rédacteur de discours au cabinet du ministre de l'Éducation du Québec, SYLVAIN SIMARD, PhD'69.

MARTIN-PIERRE BOULIANNE, BCL'95, LLB'95, dit qu'il désire simplement vous informer qu'il a épousé Judith Harvie au mois d'août 2001. Certains de ses anciens collègues d'université, qui n'ont pas encore eu la chance d'apprendre la nouvelle, seront sans doute heureux de le savoir.

CRAIG SHEPHERD, LLB'96, graduated with an MBA from Harvard Business School in June 2002, and was married later that month to Erica Rockler in Los Angeles. Craig can be reached at


WILLIE HELLER, BCom'78, is President and Chief Executive Officer of Edison Mission Energy in Irvine, California. EME is one of the world's largest independent electric power producers. William and his family relocated from London, where he was President of EME Europe.

ALAIN M. BELLEMARE, MBA'93, was appointed President of Pratt & Whitney Canada. Alain holds a BEng in Mechanical Engineering from the Université de Sherbrooke, and a specialization in Aero-nautics from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Ingénieurs en Construction Aéronautique in Toulouse, France. Alain joined P&WC as Vice-President, Manufacturing in 1996, Vice- President, Operations, in 1997 and Executive Vice-President in 2001. Under his leadership, a streamlined production system was introduced into P&WC. Alain received the Young Executive of Quebec Award in 1995 and was honoured as a Québec Nouveau Performant in the Grands Gestionnaires category in recognition of his excellence in management.

UZMA BHOJANI, BCom'96, was selected for recognition in the 2001 Merit Awards program of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta.

XAVIER JUNG, MMgmt'00, vient d'être nommé Directeur des Ventes, Comptes Clés, dans la nouvelle organisation mise en place par Electricité de France pour faire face à l'ouverture des marchés. Xavier était auparavant Directeur opérationnel pour l'Île-de-France (Paris-Sud), chargé des réseaux électricité et gaz, des agences et des relations clients ainsi que du développement des ventes. Xavier est diplômé de l'Ecole Polytechnique (France) et de l'Ecole des mines de Paris.


EVAN JONES, BMus'93, has earned two doctoral degrees, had work published in two peer-reviewed journals, and become a father. His PhD in music theory and DMA in cello performance and literature were earned at the Eastman School of Music upon completion of a dissertation entitled Pervasive Fluency: A Contrapuntal Definition of Stability and Transience in Tonal Music. His articles appeared in Perspectives of New Music and the Computer Music Journal. Evan is an assistant professor of music theory at Florida State University in Tallahassee, where he lives with his wife, MARNIE KIM (FERGUSON) JONES, BMus'94, ADip'96. Marnie plays in the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra and teaches cello. Their children, Carson and Tessa, were born in July 2000 and May 2002.

COREEN MORSINK, BMus'94, is a lecturer in music at the University of Indianapolis campus in Athens, Greece. She is also the mother of a beautiful baby girl.

HEATHER SUTERS, BMus'00, has been living in Barcelona since graduation, where she has taught ESL and music at the Benjamin Franklin School. She has kept busy giving piano lessons, conducting BFS's children's choir, and participating in a music appreciation group with other teachers. Like all good things, it must get better, and Heather is moving with her partner, Alberto, to Tenerife, where she expects to be as taken with "la vida loca" as she has been in Barcelona. Heather would love to hear from other McGill grads -- especially music majors -- at

Religious studies

ROGER M. ROBILLARD, BTh'78, celebrated new ministry as Vicar of Trinity Church, Highland Springs, Virginia, which is just east of Richmond. Roger says celebration of new ministry is a service recognizing his position in the church and community.


LOUIS NIRENBERG, BSc'45, DSc'86, has made fundamental contributions to the understanding of linear and nonlinear partial differential equations and their application to complex analysis and geometry. After spending his entire academic career at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University, he retired in 1999. Louis was the first recipient in mathematics of the Vrafoord Prize, established by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in areas not covered by the Nobel Prizes. In 1995 he received the National Medal of Science, the highest honour awarded in the United States for contributions to science.

RONALD MELZACK, BSc'50, MSc'51, PhD'54, has been selected as the 2002 recipient of the Canadian Psychological Associa-tion Gold Medal Award for distinguished and enduring lifetime contributions to Canadian psychology.

CLIFFORD CHAMPNESS, PhD'62, was awarded the degree of Doctor of Science from the University of London in April for published work in the field of characteristics of semiconductors. He is a professor in McGill's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

JUDY REBICK, BSc'67, was named the first CAW-Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice and Democracy at Ryerson University in Toronto. Once President of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women, Judy lectures on women's studies at the University of Toronto and is a popular speaker across the country. She is a host on CBC Newsworld and a columnist with Elm Street magazine, CBC Online, the London Free Press and the Ottawa Citizen. Judy publishes Canada's most successful independent online magazine, Her most recent book, Imagine Democracy, is a new vision of how Canadian democracy can truly represent the wishes of the people.

DON SMILLIE, BSc'67, was awarded an honorary Bachelor of Applied Technology degree from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology for significant contributions to the information and communications technology sector and the technical education of the citizens of Alberta. Don, a Vice-President of Cap Gemini Ernst & Young Canada, has chaired several SAIT program advisory committees over the past 25 years. He was a founder of the SAIT's Bachelor of Applied Information Systems Technology degree and helped establish the CT co-operative education program.

HOWARD L. RUDNER, BSc'69, MEd'74, is a family physician in Toronto. He has been a Quality Assistance Peer Assessor on behalf of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario since 1996 and is an assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Toronto.

CHRISTINE CHOW, BSc'70, is working at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, as Resource Manager and Senior Project Officer. She is involved in the development of a university campus in Vietnam.

GARRY BERNACSEK, BSc'71, earned a PhD from the University of Bristol in 1976. He went on to work in fisheries management and development, primarily in Africa and Asia. He is now a consultant and says two current projects in Sri Lanka are particularly exciting in view of the peace negotiations in progress between the government and the Tamil Tigers -- "flak jackets and helmets being the working apparel of choice." He is divorced and "avidly" seeking spouse number two. He would be pleased to hear from former classmates and teachers at or

A. DAVID PELLETIER, BSc'72, Executive Vice-President of RGA Life Reinsurance Company of Canada, was elected President of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries for the 2002-2003 year.

JAMES M. PLUDA, BSc'76, has left the National Cancer Institute in the U.S. to take a position at MedImmune, Inc. James will be the new Vice-President and Group Leader, Clinical Development Oncology, overseeing the cancer drug trials for all of the new agents at the subsidiary known as MedImmune, Oncology.

SHELDON H. JACOBSON, BSc'81, MSc'83, is a Professor and Director of the Simulation and Optimization Laboratory in the Depart-ment of Mechanical and Industrial Engineer-ing at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He was recently named an associate in the Center for Advanced Study at the university. His research spans a broad range of applications, including the mathematical modelling of aviation security systems and the economics of pediatric immunization vaccines. Further information can be found at

MICHAEL WYSZKOWSKI, BSc'82, and his wife, Amanda, have returned to Texas after almost 11 years overseas. He works at Schlumberger as Personnel Manager in the IT Infrastructure segment. Michael is also working on his MBA at the University of Texas at Austin. He says he looks forward to graduating and reclaiming time to spend with family and friends.

SUZANNE REID, BSc(PT)'88, and Sylvain Croteau are proud and happy to announce the birth in June in Cantley, Quebec, of Benjamin, brother to Justin. Suzanne is a partner in the Killens-Reid Physiotherapy Clinic in Ottawa.

LUCY SPORTZA, BSc'88, and her partner, Bill, welcomed their first child, Abigail Caroline, in February. Lucy is living in Toronto and completing a PhD in environmental studies at the University of Waterloo. Lucy can be reached at and says she would love to hear from old friends.

MICHAEL FOX, PhD'92, has been named Vice-President of Academics and Research at Mount Allison University in Sackville, N.B., for a five-year term. Michael was previously Vice-President of Students at the University of Winnipeg.

JODI FOX, BSc'98, was among the 26 men and women to graduate from the Ben Gurion University of the Negev MD Program in International Health and Medicine in collaboration with Columbia University Health Sciences, the world's first medical degree program to train doctors for the practice of international health and medicine. All students complete a two-month clerkship at an approved international location during their final year. Jodi chose to go to Christian Medical College in Vellore, India, where she worked on a research project that explored the relationship between malnutrition and tuberculosis relapse rates among the local population. Jodi will enter a residency program in internal medicine at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City.

Social work

ANNETTE DANTO, BSW'78, has been a tenured associate professor of film, TV & radio production at Brooklyn College at the City University of New York since 1997. She is also a documentary producer, having recently completed documentaries for the UN and United Nations Development Fund for Women on the shea nut industry in Burkina Faso, West Africa. Her work has been funded by UNIFEM, the Ted Turner Foundation and the Research Foundation of CUNY. Annette has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship for 2002-2003 to develop a series of documentaries dealing with rural health care for women and girls in South India.

RUTH WHITE, BSW'88, MSW'91, has a PhD in social welfare from the University of California at Berkeley and has accepted a position as Visiting Assistant Professor in Sociology and Social Work in the Department of Society, Justice and Culture at Seattle University in Washington. Ruth recently moved to Seattle from the San Francisco Bay area, where she was teaching in the social work department at San Francisco State, working as a research analyst at SRI International in Menlo Park, finishing up her PhD at UC Berkeley and mothering her five-year-old daughter, Maya.

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