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Agricultural and Environmental Sciences / Macdonald Campus

Tom S. Brown, BSc(Agr)'48, says that the Macdonald College Class of '48 (Agriculture and Home Ec) had a good 55th reunion in August at the home farm of Fred, BSc(Agr)'48, and Thelma (Kit) Everett, BSc(HEc)'48, in New Brunswick. They were wonderful hosts and it was great to renew acquaintances, catch up on 55 years of news and remember those no longer with us. Tom asks classmates who receive this to get in touch with him at

Normand Renaud, BSc(Agr)'80, was recently named to one of Quebec agriculture's most prestigious positions - General Manager of the Centre d'insémination artificielle du Québec. Normand is the first Mac grad named to the post in CIAQ's 55-year history. An all-around great guy and Mac hockey player, one of his strengths is being married to Sylvye Des Marchais, BSc(Agr)'78, MSc'82, a rugby player who has also had an outstanding career - from CIAQ to Marketing Manager at Boviteq and now director of Quebec Labs for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

Peter-Dave Sheehan, BSc(Agr)'98, says that five years working at CTBR/BioResearch down the road in Senneville in a field unrelated to his Animal Science degree paid off. He has moved to Thousand Oaks, California, a little paradise close to Los Angeles but far enough away to avoid the craziness and smog. Peter-Dave was recruited by a large biotech and pharmaceutical company to work in their CLP compliance department. He and his family - wife and two boys, aged 1 and 4 - are all very happy with this move. Peter-Dave's sorry he missed Homecoming, but not sorry he'll miss the next few winters.


Daniella Rohan, BSc(Arch)'89, BArch'90, MUP'94, David A. Johnson, MUP'95, BCL'02, LLB'02, and big brother Alan are delighted to welcome the arrival of baby Erika Serene in July 2003 in Montreal. They can be reached at


Helen R. Kahn, BA'55, MA'76, has been named to the editorial board of the newsletter for the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB). She has been in the rare books business in Montreal for more than 25 years. She is also a former president of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of Canada and former general secretary of the governing committee of the ILAB.

J. Stephen Lipper, BA'63, received the degree of Doctor Philosophiae Honoris Causa of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Garth Stevenson, BA'63, MA'65, presented a paper at the Triennial Congress of the International Political Science Association in Durban, South Africa, in July. His paper was entitled "The Politics of Remembrance in Irish and Quebec Nationalism." On returning from South Africa, he began a three-year term as chairman of the Department of Political Science at Brock University.

Nigel Spencer, BA'66, won the Governor General's Literary Award in 2002 for Thunder and Light, his translation of Marie-Claire Blais's Dans la foudre et la lumière.

Ian G. Lumsden, BA'68, retired in 2001 as executive director of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery after 31 years to establish his own fine arts consultancy, IGL Fine Arts. Among Ian's clients are the National Gallery of Canada, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Acadia University Art Gallery and the Province of New Brunswick. In May 2003, Ian was awarded the commemorative medal for the Golden Jubilee of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by the Governor General of Canada for significant contributions to the museum community of Canada. He has been awarded a Research Fellowship in Modern Art by the National Gallery of Canada to study the collecting of modern British paintings by Canadian museums.

Rhoda E. Howard-Hassmann, BA'69, MA'72, PhD'76, has been appointed the Canada Research Chair in Global Studies and Political Science at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ont. For the past 27 years Rhoda has been a faculty member in the Department of Sociology at McMaster University in Hamilton. In 1993 she was appointed a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Charles Krauthammer, BA'70, DLitt'93, has been awarded the Bradley Prize for outstanding achievement. Charles is a Pulitzer Prize winner for distinguished commentary, a journalist and media commentator. He writes a nationally syndicated editorial page for the Washington Post and is frequently published in Time, the New Republic, the Weekly Standard and other magazines. He is widely respected for his clarity of thought on foreign policy, national defence, politics and other topics of broad public interest.

Robert Lantos, BA'70, DLitt'00, was feted at a gala dinner entitled "An Evening in Honour of Robert Lantos" in October. The evening was hosted by Peter Mansbridge, anchor of CBC Television's The National, and featured an address by journalist Barbara Amiel. Robert founded Alliance Communi-cations Corporation, which, at the time he sold his controlling interest, was among the leading film entertainment companies in the world.

James Brunton, BA'72, BCL'77, est nommé juge de la Cour supérieure du Québec. Il remplace la juge Pierrette Rayle, qui a été nommée à la Cour d'appel en octobre dernier. Jusqu'ici, James était procureur de la couronne pour le ministère fédéral de la Justice. Il était notamment chargé des poursuites en matières de narcotiques et de produits de la criminalité.

Carole P. Byrne, BA'73, was appointed Registrar of the University of Alberta in April 2003. Carole moved to Alberta in 1976 after working at Vanier CEGEP for several years. While in Alberta she has held senior administrative positions at the Banff Centre for the Arts, University of Calgary and TELUS.

Tor Williams, BA'74, lives in Toronto and commutes to work on Wall St. in New York as a partner of a hedge fund, Omega Advisors. After McGill, Tor worked in the U.S. as a chartered financial analyst and investment analyst. He gave up rugby a long time ago though he still plays squash, and admits to being a lousy hockey player, confessing that his son skates circles around him.

Lindsay Cook, BA'75, has become a partner in Boston International Capital Partners, a strategy consulting firm serving clients in investment management, insurance and related industries.

Gary Wihl, BA'76, MA'78, has resigned as acting Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences of Emory University and is now the Dean of the School of Humanities at Rice University in Huston, Texas.

Peter Pitts, BA'81, has been named Associate Commissioner at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Cheryl Ramalho, BA'85, has been married to Conrad Ramalho of Santa Barbara, California, since 1997. Cheryl is an offshore sailor, having criss-crossed the Pacific twice on a 31-foot sailboat. She is also a freelance writer and photographer, avid scuba diver and jungle trekker. She is currently living on a former coconut plantation 400 miles from Borneo, on the island of Mindoro in the Philippines. Cheryl's next projects will be hiking the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Vietnam/Laos and climbing Borneo's Mount Kinabalu.

Aimé Fournier, BA'86, BSc'89, started work in August as a project scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. He will collaborate on developing fast, high-accuracy, dynamically adaptive computer models for the NCAR Geophysical Turbulence Program and apply those models towards a better understanding of atmospheric fluid dynamics and meteorological phenomena.

Connie Baran-Gerez, BA'87, went on to earn a law degree from Queen's in 1991. She has recently returned to Kingston from Kitchener. Her areas of practice continue to be criminal defence work (trials and appeals), as well as correctional and prison issues. She can be reached at

Henri Shidkraut, BA'88, and Jane Shidkraut are proud to announce the arrival of their son, Oliver, born in January 2003 in Toronto.

Peter Strom, BA'88, has been appointed Senior Vice President, Global Sales, Marketing and Product Management, of March Networks. He joins the company with more than ten years of experience in the security market, including a term as President and CEO of Gyyr, Inc., a manufacturer of network-based video and data storage systems that was acquired in 2001 by Silent Witness. Peter's role with March Networks includes consolidated management of sales, marketing and product management of the networked video security hardware and software products.

Marike Emery, BA'91, is the winner of this year's WIFT (Women in Film and Television) Warner Brothers Entertainment Mentorship Award. The award was presented at the Banff Television Festival in June 2003. Marike runs Little Dog Productions in Toronto.

Patrick Hill, BA'91, married Andrea Meyer in Halifax in August 2002. After completing his LLB at Queen's in 1998, and articles at the Ontario Court of Appeal, Patrick spent 3 1/2 years as a litigation lawyer at McCarthy Tetrault's Toronto Office. In August 2003 Patrick moved to Ottawa to take a position at the Privy Council Office. Old friends can reach him at

(Karyn) Lesli Ligorner, BA'91, recently joined the Employment Law Department of the New York office of Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker. She and her husband, Alistair Ritchie, have also opened a paragliding school, Brace Mountain Air Sports, in Millerton, New York.

Shaula Evans, BA'92, has recently moved with her husband from Dallas, Texas, to Northern Virginia after accepting the position of Field Director with the Steve Shannon for Delegate campaign. Until the election in November, she was working seven days a week and had no social life to speak of. Shaula would love to hear from other alumni in the area. Her email address is

Demian Jevremovic, BA'92, DipAcc'98, est co-propriétaire d'un café-terrasse sur la rue St. Denis au coeur du Quartier Latin. Il aimerait acceuillir quelconques réunions ou activités des ex-étudiants qui veulent se receuillir sur une place sous le soleil.

Conrad Rader, BA'92, MLIS'00, joined the team at the Niles District Library in Niles, Mich., as the manager of the Adult Services Department in August 2003. He is engaged to Heidi Ardizzone, a professor at Notre Dame University, with the wedding date set for May of 2004.

Patrick Burkart, MA'93, received his PhD in 2000 at the University of Texas from the Department of Radio-TV-Film. His dissertation was on Mexico's political economy of communications. He took a position as assistant professor of telecommunications and media studies in the Department of Communication at Texas A&M University. He has also lectured on new media and political economy at the University of Texas and worked with a number of Web software companies in Austin.

David A. Messenger, BA'93, and his wife, Maureena Walker, are proud to announce the birth of their first son, William Frederick Messenger, in April 2003 in Helena, Montana.

J. Andrew Ross, BA'93, recently received a Canada-U.S. Fulbright Award for the academic year 2003-04, which he will hold at New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business. Andrew is conducting research for a business history of the National Hockey League, and is currently a PhD student in history at the University of Western Ontario. He is also employed part-time as assistant editor for the Journal of Economic History, and will be marrying Margaret So, a graduate of the National University of Singapore and the University of Western Ontario.

Irene Bloemraad, BA'95, MA'96, received her PhD in sociology from Harvard University in June 2003. In July she moved west to join the faculty at the University of California, Berkeley, as an assistant professor. She was accompanied by her husband, David St-Jean, BA'96, and son, Maxime, born in March 2000.

Yukiko Umeya, BA'95, just wanted to express her joy here that she got married to Yoshinobu Tatewaki on July 8 in Japan. Since her husband works in New York City, Yukiko moved there from Tokyo to start their new life together this past spring. Their wedding reception was held in Tokyo on December 27. Yukiko asks that friends wish her luck in her new life New York.

Monick T. Paul, BA'96, moved to Buenos Aires as a visiting scholar for the University of Palermo Faculty of Law. She is working on a book about the use of the Twinning Process in European expansion for possible use in Latin America. Monick is also coordinating various projects on access to justice.

Maria Cecilia Soares, BA'96, works as a training coordinator for Nokia in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She has a beautiful 3-year-old son called João Antonio.

Robert (Hsue-Hsin) Tang, BA'96, has completed his MBA studies at Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley. He moved to San Francisco and is Senior Business Analyst at France Telecom R&D in the Silicon Valley area. Robert is looking forward to hearing from fellow econ classmates. He can be reached at

Robin Vose, BA'96, is teaching med- ieval history at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio.

Ingrid Bejerman, MA'98, following periods of residence in Brazil, Argentina, Colombia and Mexico, has returned to Montreal and her alma mater to pursue a PhD in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies. She continues to work as a freelance journalist and collaborates with literary festivals in Latin America, including the Feria Internacional del Libro in Guadalajara, Mexico, the largest in the Spanish language, as well as with Blue Metropolis, Montreal's international literary festival.

Terry Fong, BA'98, is currently living in Denver, Colorado, and will be attending Denver University to pursue his Master's in Taxation.

Sylvette A. La Touche, BA'98, Dip HRFLEd'00, graduated with an MA in Community Counselling and received her national certification from the National Board of Certified Counselors in 2002. She recently accepted a position as a full-time lecturer and a National Institute of Mental Health-Career Opportunities in Research assistant program coordinator in the psychology department at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Md.

James Kelly, PhD'99, accepted a tenure-track position after graduation at Brock University in the Department of Political Science. In July, Jim joined the Department of Political Science at Concordia University in Montreal to be nearer to his fiancée, Michele Friel, BA'00. Jim and Michele will be getting married in June 2004.

Dasha Merkusheva, BA'00, earned a Master's in Print Journalism from Boston University, and has ended her rebel days. Now Dasha is working as a producer at the BBC in the Moscow bureau, and would be happy to hear from the McConnell gang and everyone else at

Shaun Rein, BA'00, has been busy the past three years. This July he married a wonder- ful woman from Beijing named Jessica Lo. They honeymooned for a month in Japan, Thailand, Malaysia and Hong Kong before heading off to Shanghai, where Shaun took a job as a Principal in the venture capital firm Inter-Asia Venture Management. Jessica and Shaun (and Jessica's sister Christina Lo) co-wrote a book that was published this summer in China called Xiao Shan's (Shaun Rein's) Guide on How to Get into Harvard and America's Other Top Colleges. There is a nice section on McGill in the book. He also graduated from Harvard with an MA a year ago, where he received the Commencement Marshal Award for leadership and contribution to the Harvard community as well as a Distinction in Teaching award. Shaun misses McGill and Montreal and asks friends and McGillians traveling to China to keep in touch. His email is

Miriam Leigh, BA'01, and Nathan Bress, BA'01, were married in Cambridge, Mass., in March 2003. They now live in Boston, where they work in publishing and wrangle three cats. Miriam can be reached at and Nathan can be reached at

Meghan Cox, BA'03, is completing a six-month work internship in Rwanda. Megan is one of ten recent university graduates from Canada taking part in Coady International Institute's International Youth Internship Program. Megan says "the people have extended me hospitality unlike any I've ever received. Yet beneath their warm exterior it is apparent that Rwandans are struggling with many challenges, in particular the fight against HIV/AIDS." Megan's internship with the National Youth Council of Rwanda in Kigali, Rwandacapital, is part of the Xtending Hope initiative, St. Francis Xavier University's response to a plea for help from Stephen Lewis, the UN Special Envoy for AIDS in Africa.


Joyce Borgan, DipEd'46, has published a book of poetry, Triste Tremblant. It is a celebration of the wilderness area of Tremblant National Park. Anyone who loves nature, especially the flora and fauna of our region, will identify with it. To view or purchase the book, see or

Elaine MacEwen Mills, BSc(HEc)'53, received the Queen's Jubilee Medal for her involvement over the years with the Cadets. Her mother, Sarah (Wilson) MacEwen, age 104, has also received the Queen's Jubilee Medal for her years of volunteer work with the Red Cross. How many mothers and daughters are there in Canada who can claim such an honour?

Dr. Peter Leesinsky, PhD'92, has been the principal of Concordia International School in Kowloon, Hong Kong ( for the past ten years.

Correne Pickard-Kusel, BEd'93, and Nick Kusel, BA'97, were married in Vancouver in July 2002. Correne is working as a teacher at an independent school called St. John's and Nick is working in human resources.

Jennifer Elizabeth Kent, BEd'97, received her PhD in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the Pennsylvania State University in August 2003. She has accepted a faculty position in the Department of Communicative Disorders at the University of Central Florida and is happy to be living in Orlando with her husband, Scott Walsh.


Dirk van Eyken, BEng'53, worked for 36 years at the Brazilian subsidiary of the former Brazilian Traction Light & Power Co. in Rio de Janeiro. He worked in both System Development Planning and System Operations Planning. Since retiring in 1990, Dirk has been spending his time in church community work (particularly with children) with the International Gideons Society and in sailing with his sons, five grandchildren, and friends. His best memories of McGill are the activities of the McGill Christian Fellowship and the teaching staff of the Faculty of Engineering.

Jeremy J. Yang, BEng'82, has accepted a position as senior software engineer and director of technical support at OpenEye Scientific Software, which specializes in high throughput molecular modelling, in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Francois Donneur, BEng'90, has been promoted to Manager of Environment, Health, Safety & Security, Western Europe, for Philip Morris International Management and is mostly based in Lausanne, Switzerland, but travels through 12 European countries. A big hello to fellow McGillians. Un grand bonjour à tous les McGillois.

Guillaume Boisset, BEng'93, MEng'94, PhD'98, started his full-time MBA at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in September 2003 in Kowloon. He looks forward to meeting any classmates who may be living in or visiting the area.

Nicolas Rompré, BEng'93, has worked for nine years (including seven in Chile and Mexico) for the Sidel Group, a leader in designing and manufacturing high-speed packaging lines for the food and beverage industry. He is currently pursuing his MBA degree at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and will graduate in May 2004. Nicolas got married in New Jersey in July 2003 to Erika Schell. Erika has a BA in sociology from George Washington University in Washington, DC.

Ziad Mohamed Hafed, MEng'95, BEng'97, PhD'03, is now an NSERC (Canada) and Sloan-Swartz Center for Theoretical Neurobiology Fellow at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in California.

Matthew M. Roy, BEng'95, MEng'97, BCL'02, LLB'02, was called to the bar in Ontario in July and began working in August as a lawyer and patent agent at the Ottawa offices of Ogilvy Renault. He lives in Gatineau with his wife, Caroline.

Health Sciences

Theodore L. Sourkes, BSc'39, MSc'46, of the Department of Psychiatry, is the author of The Life and Works of J.L.W. Thudichum, 1829-1901. The book was recently published by the Osler Library, and is number nine in its History of Medicine Series of monographs.

Francis Glorieux, PhD'72, has joined the ranks of the Order of Canada. Francis is a professor of surgery at McGill and Director of Research and head of the Genetics Unit of the Shriners Hospital for Children in Montreal.

Martha Piper, PhD'79, has been named to the Order of Canada. Martha is the president of the University of British Columbia.

Marilyn Monk, MSc'80, has been appointed Chief Operations Officer/Chief Nursing Officer of Nashville General Hospital. In her new role, Marilyn will lead day-to-day operations of the hospital and nursing services. She formerly served as Vice President of Hospital Operations for CARITAS Medical Center in Louisville, Ky.

Catherine Bearce Nowak, MCDM'89, has been appointed Chief of Pediatric Genetics in the Department of Pediatrics at UMass Memorial Medical Center, where she has been serving as interim division chief since September 2002. Dr. Nowak is also assistant professor of pediatrics at University of Massachusetts Medical School.


Heather Helen Black, LLB'74, has been appointed Assistant Privacy Commis-sioner. She is a lawyer of over 20 years' experience, having begun her career in Canada's public service as a legal counsel with the Department of National Health and Welfare. Heather is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.

McShane Jones, BA'92, LLB'99, MBA'99, and his family have recently returned to Montreal from Toronto. McShane is qualifying as a lawyer in Quebec after having successfully sued the Barreau du Québec.

Tasha Kheiriddin, BCL'93, LLB'93, received the Justicia Award for Excellence in Journalism, broadcast category, for her television show "Legal Talk," which airs on CPAC and MSNBC-Canada. One Justicia Award is presented annually by the Canadian Bar Association, Law Reform Commission, and the Department of Justice, for excellence in reporting on legal issues. Tasha received it for an episode entitled "Métis Rights on Trial" about the legal fight for special rights for Canada's Métis people. She has moved back to Toronto from Ottawa, and started two new ventures combining her work in media and law. Tasha joined the Canadian Institute as a legal conference producer, and is starting a media training business, preparing lawyers and their clients to face reporters when cases go to trial. She continues to write a monthly column for the Law Times.


Thomas S. Caldwell, BCom'65, has been appointed to the Order of Canada. Thomas is Chairman of Caldwell Financial Ltd. and its subsidiaries, Caldwell Securities and Caldwell Investment Management. His career in the investment industry commenced the year before his graduation from McGill, at Royal Securities Corporation. After graduation Thomas rejoined the company and remained after its purchase by Merril Lynch. In 1980, he founded Caldwell Securities, which served high net worth investors and charitable organizations. Thomas is co-chair of King Bay Chaplaincy and chair of Corporate Counselling & Chaplaincy Inc. He is a founding member of All-Aboard Youth Ventures, a not-for-profit organization working with "at risk" youth. Thomas is also author of The Sales Dictionary, a self-help book for professional and personal use. He and his wife, Dorothy (Boylen) Caldwell, BA'65, have been married since 1966 and have two sons, Brendan and Theodore, and four grandchildren.

Carsten Bethge, DipMan'74, has been named Domestic and International Sales and Marketing Consultant for WorldWater Corporation, a solar energy and water management company. He was previously Vice-President, Sales and Marketing, for Beckaert ECD Solar Systems and Senior Director, Worldwide Sales, for Siemens Solar Industries. Carsten's responsibilites include advising on the activities of WorldWater's sales force, strategic planning, sales budgeting and forecasting, and creating and implementing a long-term domestic and international sales plan.

Brian Horlick, BCom'78, BCL'82, LLB'82, is practising law in Toronto with the firm of Horlick Levitt. He specializes in real estate law, with an emphasis on condominium law, as well as corporate and commercial law, with an emphasis on franchise law.

Francine Blackburn, BCom'80, DPA'81, is Executive Vice-President and Chief Internal Auditor at RBC Financial Group. She is responsible for a staff of 300 auditors and fraud investigators. Francine lives in Belfountain, Ont., and has two children, ages 11 and 13.

France Belanger, BCom'85, has recently published a second book, E-Business Technology (Wiley & Sons, 2003). She was also named Alumni Research Fellow at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.

Michael C. Harrington, BCom'91, has been elected partner in the Connecticut and Massachusetts law firm of Murtha Cullina LLP. Since joining the firm, Michael has concentrated his practice in labour and employment law. He co-chairs the Connecticut Bar Association's Young Lawyers' Labor and Employment Subcommittee and the Labor and Employment Section of the Hartford County Bar Association.

Jeremy Awori, MBA'96, has been appointed Head of Consumer Banking for Standard Chartered Bank in the United Arab Emirates. He joins SCB UAE from Standard Chartered Bank in Kenya, where his career spanned six years and included time as Area General Manager, East Africa; Head of Operations; Head of Service Quality; Executive Director Kenya; and Head of Consumer Banking. Jeremy also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from the University of Manchester, UK. He is married with two young children.

Michael C. Ball, BCom'96, recently married Elaine Hutchins in New York City. Both Mike and Elaine will be relocating to Chicago, where Mike will attend the University of Chicago's MBA program.

Wendy L. Cloutier, BCom'96, Cert Acc'96, worked for five years after graduation at Bank Credit Analyst Research Group in Montreal as an economic analyst. Now she is starting her own financial text editing service called Econedit. The company specializes in editing texts for the financial and economic press. Wendy can be reached at or visit

Diane Tetrault, BCom'96, MBA'02, has had a busy year. She obtained her MBA from McGill in October 2002, and this past May married Richard Ankcorn, BA'96, at the McGill chapel. The couple have since moved to London, England, for a few years where Diane works for NSB Retail Solutions. While based in London they plan to travel Europe extensively, and invite any friends traveling through to drop by.

Kenneth Tupper, BCom'96, is currently working on implementation of ERP software for large public and private bodies. He has also applied to McGill for the year 2004 to pursue a Master's degree in environmental science.

Ryan Rogowski, BCom'00, was promoted from the Analyst Program to Associate level, Structured Products Sales at the HSBC Investment Bank in London, England.


Pierre Perron, BMus'61, recently returned from a five-city Eastern Canada tour conducting Halifax composer Scott Macmillan's Celtic Mass for the Sea with the CAMMAC 50th Anniversary Chorus. Pierre retired from Dalhousie University in 2000 after 19 years as head of Music Education.

Violet Grant States, BMus'69, was awarded the title Grande Verdunoise (Great Verdunite) in recognition of her exceptional lifetime involvement in the Verdun, Que., community in the fields of music, education, environment, and as a volunteer encouraging the local citizens to get to know their neighbours better by raising their awareness and understanding of each other through religion, language and racial issues. The city presented the plaque in November 2002.

Arnaly Arriaga, BMus'98, was awarded an Honourable Mention for her song "Gipsy Heart" in the John Lennon International Songwriting Contest 2002. "Gipsy Heart" is an original song from Arnaly's independent CD release Siente from the year 2000, composed, arranged, produced and performed by her. This same song also won an award last year as "Song of the Week" July 2002 at the competition and was included in the compilation No 2 CD of Make a Star winners. For more information on Arnaly's activities, visit

Mark Ballora, PhD'00, is assistant professor of music technology at Penn State University. His textbook, Essentials of Music Technology, was published by Prentice Hall in 2002.

Jennifer Helen McQuade, MMus'03, and her husband Mark were married in August 2003 in New Brunswick. Following their honeymoon on the beautiful island of St. Lucia, they moved to Oxford, Mississippi, to begin their studies at the state university in the Doctor of Arts in Vocal Pedagogy program. They are both teaching two Music Appreciation classes and are enjoying their time there very much.


Duncan McGeachy, BSc(PE)'49, received the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal for contributions to his community. He was a recipient of the Silver Jubilee Medal for his work in education and the Centennial Medal for service to the Royal Canadian Army Cadets. In 1998 he was the first male to be named Citizen of the Year in St. Stephen, N.B. He and his wife, Flo, are living in Bay's Edge, Oak Haven, N.B.

John A. Neal, BSc'50, thinks that in spite of the four years he spent at McGill studying Chemistry and the 40 years spent pursuing a career in the chemical industry, he should have taken literature as a discipline. John's retirement hobbies include non-fiction writing and poetry, both of which he is improving as time passes. He has just submitted ten of his best poems to a national contest and is hoping for some recognition for them. John highly recommends writing, be it poetry or prose, along with a half-hour each day on the treadmill, as the best way for a McGill alumnus to reach ripe old age safely. He reached the big eight-zero and is still going strong - and he still thinks those young co-eds are pretty!

Alan Tenenhouse, BSc'52, PhD'59, MDCM'62, has received the Lindy Fraser Award from the Osteoporosis Society of Canada for outstanding leadership in research and education in osteoporosis. Alan is professor of medicine at McGill, director of the division of Bone Metabolism in the Department of Medicine based at the Montreal General Hospital, and principal investigator of the Canadian Multicentre Osteoporosis Study (CaMos), a randomized study of osteoporosis in women and men in Canada.

Douglas Brock, BSc'58, was appointed to the Board of the Ontario Council of the Arts in January 2003. In addition to a career in the financial sector that has spanned more than 20 years, Douglas is a committed arts volunteer. From 1995 to 1999 he was the chair of the Kitchener-Waterloo Opera. Douglas served on the board of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra from 1982 to 1995 and was its president from 1987 to 1989. He continues to serve on the board of the Kitchener-Waterloo Community Foundation. He is currently the Vice-President of CIBC Wood Gundy, as well as the former Chair of the Wilfrid Laurier University Foundation in Waterloo, where he resides.

David Christensen, MSc'60, PhD'63, has been appointed a member of the Order of Canada as of May 2002.

Peter Kazaks, BSc'62, would like to announce the publication of his book, From Reindeer Lake to Eskimo Point, which was published by Natural Heritage Books in October 2003. It is the account of a seven-week, 800-mile trip with its last half north of the tree line and finishing on Hudson Bay. More information can be found at

Eli Yablonovitch, BSc'67, was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in April 2003.

Andy Robert, BSc'69, and Renee (Vogel) Robert, MEd'80, are proud to announce that their son, Josh, whose birth notice appeared in these pages just 18 short years ago, has himself entered McGill this fall in the science program. Apart from this accomplishment, Josh recently placed fourth in North America at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta junior men's pairs rowing championships. Josh is the first of four into McGill - unless the money runs out!

Dr. Alan J. Cohen, BSc'72, has been named Chief Geophysicist for North and South America at Shell Exploration and Production Company (part of the Royal Dutch Shell Group). He is based in New Orleans, La. Earlier this year his lost his wife, Rosaleda Castro Cohen, to cancer after a valiant battle of 18 months.

Robert J. Zamboni, BSc'74, PhD'78, has been named a Hero of Chemistry by the American Chemical Society. This award is given by the society for developing breakthrough treatments for childhood diseases and ailments. Robert is Vice-President of the Medicinal Chemistry Department at Merck Research Laboratories, which discovered and developed Singulair© to help control asthma in adults and children as young as 12 months.

Luc Amyotte, BSc'76, was awarded the Prix du Ministre de l'Education for his Calculus 3 lecture notes in June 2003, after being awarded the same prize in 1999 for his Linear Algebra lecture notes. He is also one of ten candidates for the Drummondville Personality of the Year. Luc is a mathematics teacher at the CEGEP level in Drummondville, Que. He can be reached at

Susan Schenk, BSc'76, is to head the School of Psychology of Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand, for the next three years. Susan is an expert in drug abuse, her research having examined the effects of cocaine, ecstasy and other amphetamines. Before joining Victoria in February 2001, Susan was a professor in the Psychology Department at Texas A&M University in the U.S. Prior to joining Texas A&M in 1987, she worked at Concordia University in Montreal, as a lecturer and assistant professor of Psychology. She has an MSc and PhD from Concordia.

Maria Stalteri, BSc'77, is currently studying part-time for an MSc in Biochemistry at Birkbeck College, University of London.

Robert D. Ozde, BSc'80, MDCM'84, has been elected president of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology Gastrointestinal Pathology Society, the largest and most well-known medical society of gastrointestinal pathologists worldwide. Dr. Ozde has also recently published the first comprehensive medical textbook of gastrointestinal pathology, published by Elsevier Science, titled Surgical Pathology of the GI Tract, Liver, Biliary Tract and Pancreas. He is an associate professor of pathology at Harvard Medical School and director of the division of GI Pathology at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

Marc Tessier-Lavigne, BSc'80, has been appointed Senior Vice-President, Research Drug Discovery, in Genetech's Research Department. He will be responsible for managing drug discovery projects within Genetech's research organization, including those sourced through licensing agreements, and will oversee the departments of Molecular Oncology, Medicinal Chemistry, Molecular Biology and Physiology. Marc joins Genetech from Stanford University, where he was the Susan B. Ford Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences, as well as a professor of Biological Sciences and a professor of Neurology and Neurological Sciences.

Charles Vincent, MSc'80, PhD'83, is president of the Entomological Society of Canada.

Sheila Ettinger, BSc'81, was recently promoted to Senior Analyst in Concordia University's Instructional and Information Technology Services department. A long-time resident of Montreal West, she would be happy to hear from former classmates at

Michael Angelis, BSc'87, has taken the position of Surgical Director of Transplanta-tion at Florida Hospital in Orlando. His son, Harrison, is now 10 and his daughter, Emily, is now 4, and both love being back in the warm weather.

Hardy Schwartz, BSc'93, and Allison Silver, BSc'93, have recently had big changes. They are living in Sarasota, Florida. Hardy is a cardiologist and Allison is an emergency medicine physician. They welcomed the birth of their second daughter, Graycen Jolie, on September 15. She joins Hadleigh, who is now 3 1/2.

Julie Maggi, BSc'94, graduated from medical school at McMaster University in 1997 and did her residency in Psychiatry at the University of Toronto in 2002. She completed a fellowship in HIV Psychiatry at the University of Toronto in 2003 and currently holds a fellowship in Public Psychiatry at Columbia University, as well as a fellowship in Consultation-Liason Psychiatry at Cabrini Medical Center/Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. After this year, she hopes to take a long vacation!

Elliot Jonathan Mitmaker, BSc'99, was one of 199 graduates who received a doctor of medicine degree in June 2003 at the 179th commencement of Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University, in Philadelphia. While at Jefferson, Elliot won honour awards in microscopic anatomy and pharmacology. He will be completing a general surgery residency at McGill.

Rami Hannoush, PhD'03, is currently NSERC postdoctoral fellow in Chemical Biology at Harvard University, 2003-2005.

Victor Fuad Nasreddine, PhD'03, has successfully completed his PhD studies in physical chemistry and moved to Sarnia, Ont., to work as a Senior Research Scientist in the Rubber Division at Bayer Polymers.

Social Work

Karen S. Haynes, MSW'70, has been appointed President of California State University, San Marcos. She assumes her new leadership role in February 2004. For more information, see the university website at

Richard J. Slezak, BSW'82, has finished his third year of teaching English at Paichai (pronounced "bay-jay") University in Daejeon City, South Korea. Teaching English language and literature is a far cry from social work, but Richard really enjoys teaching, particularly Internet English and American Life and Culture. His son, Simon, begins primary school in the spring and daughter, Saem, will enter college. His wife, Seon, won a blue ribbon for her ceramic work at a national show in Seoul last July. Richard has been appointed volunteer warden for Canadians living in Daejeon. In the event of a crisis on the peninsula, he would help to evacuate Canadians there. See or www.

Eleanor L. Jones-Korona, BSW'99, has been living in the United States since graduation, but is now missing Canada and so is preparing to return to Montreal with her children, Wes and Celia. Eleanor is hoping to return to McGill for her Master's.

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