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PATRICK M. M. STEPHENSON, BSc(Agr)'93, MSc'95, is a scientific officer at Health Canada, and has been busy moving the family from Ile Perrot to Ottawa and helping his wife Yvedane with their last two daughters, Tiffany and Vicky. The family is doing well and enjoy their new "Outaouais" setting in Aylmer. Their oldest daughter, Ingrid, passed her exams to enter college in Hull and Debby attends a local school. Patrick was very impressed with the friendliness and dynamism of McGill's Ottawa alumni branch and has attended several events.


TED DAVIDSON, BSc(Arch)'70, BArch'72, and ELIZABETH (LANGLEY) DAVIDSON, BSc(Arch)'71, BArch'73, are partners in Davidson-Langley Incorporated Architects in Toronto. The firm recently received an Ontario Association of Architects Award of Excellence for the Avon Theatre Renewal project in Stratford, Ont., in addition to an Award of Merit for exterior lighting from the International Illumination Design Awards. Surpassing all this, their daughter, SARAH DAVIDSON, BA'04, received her degree with distinction in June. They will now be able to attend reunions for all conceivable combinations of graduating years. Contact Ted at, Liz at and Sarah at

RODERICK STUTT, BSc(Arch)'72, BArch'74, has just completed a term as President of the Saskatchewan Association of Architects.

FERNANDO PELLICER, BSc(Arch)'74, BArch'75, ANDREW TODD, BSc'84, BSc(Arch)'87, BArch'88, and EDWARD CHIN, BSc(Arch)'85, BArch'86, were all recently welcomed as partners in the firm of Duschenes & Fish Architects/D.F.S. Inc. The firm is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, establishing it as one of the oldest operating in Canada.


LEONARD R. N. ASHLEY, BA'49, MA'50, published five books in 2003 on onomastics with 1stbooks Library, entitled Names of Places, Names in Literature, Names in Popular Culture, Art Attack: Essays on Names in Satire, and Cornish Names, and the tenth book in his series on the occult from Barricade Books, The Complete Book of Sex Magic. Leonard, president of the American Society of Geolinguistics, also published his collected geolinguistic essays in Language in Modern Society (Wisdom House). In press for 2004 are the 11th book in the occult series, The Complete Book of Numerology, and, from Wisdom House, Language in Action.

GRAHAM DENNIS, BA'49, received an honorary doctorate from Saint Mary's University in Halifax in May 2004. The degree was awarded in tribute to Graham's significant contributions to society through charity and humanitarian work. Graham is the publisher of the Chronicle Herald, the third generation of his family to guide the newspaper.

BERNARD SHAPIRO, BA'56, LLD'88, has been appointed Grand Officer of the Ordre national du Québec, the highest distinction of the order. Bernard was principal of McGill from 1994 through 2002, and was recently appointed to the new position of federal ethics commissioner.

RAYMOND BAILLIE, DipEd'61, MA'66, and his wife, Diana, are publishing the third book of their series Imprints: Discovering the Historic Face of English Quebec. These books chronicle the presence and contribution of English speakers to the province since the 1790s. Volume I deals with Montreal and western Quebec, and Volume II covers the Eastern Townships. Volume III deals with Quebec City and the eastern part of the province. Ray retired in 1994 after over 30 years as a history teacher and department head. He and Diana then embarked on this enterprise, which has taken them to over 200 communities with an English-speaking history. Ray can be reached at or (514) 739-8534.

SHARRON DOROTHY WALL, BA'70, MA'88, is this year's recipient of the McGill Centre for Continuing Education's Award for Distinguished Teaching. Since 1985, she has developed and taught Public Relations, Management and Education communication courses through the Centre for the Study and Teaching of Writing. She and partner Tom Littledeer run Leading Edge Designs Inc., a research and development company that creates Littledeer Mapleware's fluid dynamic cooking paddles/les pagaies du gourmet and other products for nature and the home.

ROBERT A. YOUNG, BA'70, MA'74, received a $2.5-million grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada to study municipal governance. Bob will lead a team of 66 researchers from every province, nine international experts and 200 student researchers in a five-year examination of the way policy is made in Canadian municipalities. He is a professor and Canada Research Chair at the University of Western Ontario.

ROSALIND B. DEITCHER, BA'71, has been awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Education at the University of Sussex, in England.

COLIN M. MACLEOD, BA'71, moved to the University of Waterloo in July of 2003 after 25 years as a professor of psychology at the University of Toronto. He is currently editor of the journal Memory & Cognition, and previously served as editor of the Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology. Most importantly, he and Ramona Bobocel, also a Waterloo professor, were thrilled beyond measure at the birth of their son, Nathan, in September 2003. Colin can be reached at

MURIEL GOLD, MA'72, theatre producer/ director and former Artistic Director of the Saidye Bronfman Centre Theatre, has a new book out, entitled Tell Me Why Nights are Lonesome (Shoreline Press). Inspired by the discovery of her parents' courtship correspondence (1912-1920), it spans major sociopolitical events - the Russian Revolution, World War I, the rise of the Third Reich, flu epidemic, suffragette movement, and the beginnings of Zionism. Muriel is the author of several other books, and was recently awarded a Quebec government grant to write a history of the Saidye Bronfman Centre.

LINDSAY COOK, BA'75, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the New England Canada Business Council.

SHELDON GOLDFARB, BA'75, has written a murder mystery novel which is being published by UKA Press in England. Details are at

JOHN LEHNDORFF, BA'75, was food editor, writer and nationally published weekly food columnist for the Daily Camera in Boulder, Colo., for 15 years until May 1999. He has also hosted a weekly food radio program. He is a founding member and former executive director of the American Pie Council, the only organization devoted to America's dessert. He is married, lives in Boulder and has a son. John is currently a food columnist for the Rocky Mountain News.

ANDRIL KRAWCHUCK, BA'76, BTh'79, has been appointed president of the University of Sudbury. Andril has a doctorate in theology, specializing in religious ethics. Previously, he was a professor in the faculty of theology at St. Paul University. He studied at the Academia Alfonsiana in Rome, the University of Ottawa, St. Paul University, the Grande Séminaire de Montréal and the Seminary of the Ukrainian Church.

DANIEL BOYER, BA'78, MLIS'88, was named Boulton Senior Teaching Fellow by McGill's Faculty of Law. He is also Wainwright Librarian at the Nahum Gelber Law Library.

COLLEEN MALONEY-BERMAN, BA'78, lives in East Amherst, New York, with her husband, Harvey Alan Berman, a professor of pharmacology at the State University of New York at Buffalo (UB). Colleen loves Buffalo's architectural heritage, lively arts scene, and (relatively) mild winters. Colleen earned a certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language from Concordia University in 1986, a BEd from the University of Ottawa in 1990, an MEd from UB in 2002 and a PhD in Foreign and Second Language Education in 2004. Colleen has taught ESL in Quebec, Ontario and Saudi Arabia, as well as special education in Ottawa. In the past three years, Colleen has taught in UB's Master in TESOL program and led seminars for visiting African educators and new Fulbright scholars. She ranks herself among the over-qualified and under-employed, and is seeking a position in language teacher education.

PETER CYRIL WYCHE FLORY, BA'79, has been nominated to be an Assistant Secretary of Defense (International Security Policy) by U.S. president George W. Bush. Peter currently serves as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (International Security Affairs). Prior to that position, he served as Chief Investigative Counsel and subsequently Special Counsel for the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Earlier in his career, Peter worked at the Department of State as an Associate Coordinator for Counter-Terrorism and served as Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for Policy at the Department of Defense. After completing his degree at McGill, he went on to earn his JD from Georgetown University.

RICHARD UNGAR, BA'80, had his third children's book published in August by Tundra Books. The book, which he wrote and illustrated, is called Rachel's Library. Richard has also been selected by the Canadian Children's Book Centre as a touring author for Canadian Children's Book Week and will be spending a week in Montreal and the surrounding area in November, performing readings in schools and libraries. He fondly remembers his time at McGill, including his years as a member of McGill's Varsity Swim Team.

ANNE COOLS, BA'81, is the first woman to receive an honorary doctor of laws degree from Canada Christian College and School of Graduate Theological Studies. The honorary degree is the highest honour the college can bestow. Anne is currently a member of the Canadian Senate.

TODD DUCHARME, BA'81, was appointed a judge of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, making him the first Métis appointed to the bench. After graduation from McGill, Todd completed his MA at Yale University, his LLB at the University of Toronto and his LLM at Yale Law School. He is certified as a specialist in criminal law by the Law Society of Upper Canada and has practised as a defence counsel and a standing agent for the Department of Justice. In 1999, Todd was the first Aboriginal person elected as a Bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada. He was the first Clinic Director of Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto and currently serves as a Director of Native Child and Family Services of Toronto.

PETER MACARTHUR, BA'81, has been appointed Minister-Counsellor (Commercial) at the Canadian Embassy of Tokyo, Japan. In over 20 years with the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, he has been posted to Russia, India, Australia and Hong Kong. His most recent assignment was Director for China at headquarters in Ottawa. He is married to Karen, and they have two children, Stephanie, 12, and Benjamin, 8.

PATRICE BRODEUR, BA'84, MA'90, was promoted to associate professor of religious studies at Connecticut College. His specialty is the contemporary study of Islam, and he also serves as the dean of religious and spiritual life. Connecticut College is ranked among the most selective private liberal arts interdisciplinary studies, innovative international programs, paid internships, a wide range of student-faculty research opportunities, and service learning.

CAROL DEVINE, BA'89, gave birth to Veronica in February 2004. On maternity leave from Médicins Sans Frontières, she is having fun hanging out with Sandy (the pop), Sasha (3) and Veronica.

GIDEON FORMAN, MA'90, has been named Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE). CAPE promotes human health through environmental protection, with a special emphasis on the needs of children. Its current work centres on the phase-out of cosmetic pesticides.

CAROLINE (CARRIE) PEDERSEN, BA'91, is an acquisitions editor for Oxford University Press, U.S. She handles medical titles and is based in New York City.

SHAULA EVANS, BA'92, has been promoted to Director of Special Projects to Virginia State Delegate Stephen C. Shannon. She is also serving as Special Advisor to the Virginia Campaign 101 Organizing Committee, a project of the 21st Century Democrats to provide grassroots political campaign skills training to 100 Virginia high school students ( 101/). Shaula and her husband, Neil Bryant, have just relocated to Richmond, Va., and are eager to make contact with McGill alumni in the area.

FRANCO IACONO, BA'92, after almost a decade of public service as policy, regional and legislative advisor to several Cabinet Ministers (Industry, Natural Resources, Labour and Public Works Government Services) as well as serving as Director of Government Relations at the Business Development Bank of Canada, has joined Sussex Strategy Group as Senior Associate, Government Relations and Strategic Communications, to manage the company's new Ottawa office. Franco says he would welcome hearing from old McGill friends at

ISABELLE CHRISTINE LOPEZ, BA'93, was board certified in city, county and local government law by the Florida Bar. She continues to practise in St. Augustine, Fla., where she resides with her husband, Bill, and daughter, Chloe.

STUART ROTHGIESSER, BA'93, is studying at the University of Cape Town for a Master's in Anthropology. He has been teaching high school English in Cape Town and Vancouver, and working as a freelance writer. Stuart recently wrote a correspondence course for Open Learning Agency and worked for an advertising agency. He may pursue a PhD in Anthropology or commit to fulltime writing. Friends can email Stuart at

PATRICIA KELLY SPURLES, BA'93, MA'97, successfully defended her PhD on henna practices and practitioners in Morocco at Université de Montréal in May 2004, and is now an assistant professor of anthropology at Mount Allison University. She and her husband, Ron, live on the shore of Shepody Bay in Dorchester Cape, New Brunswick.

JULIE MATLIN, BA'94, spent ten years working in the Montreal film industry as a production coordinator, researcher and freelance writer. Last August, she decided to marry her two passions - writing and food - and entered a one-year professional culinary program at the St. Pius X Culinary Institute with the aim of becoming a food writer. This year, Julie was asked by the director of her program to enter the Desjardins/Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal Outstanding Student Awards program. After a series of interviews and cooking demonstrations, Julie won the silver medal for her presentation on the versatility of carrots.

CAROLYN RATNER, BA'94, has joined the Health Law Practice of Epstein Becker & Green, PC's Washington, DC, office as a Litigation Associate. Prior to joining EBG, Carolyn served as a Senior Legislative Associate and Counsel in the Washington, DC, office of the National Council of Jewish Women, a volunteer organization that takes a progressive stance on issues such as child welfare and women's rights. She earned her JD from Boston College Law School, and has been an advocate of legal issues for women, minorities and the disabled for more than ten years.

EDMUND RUSSELL, BA'94, left the Public Finance practice group at the law firm of Harris Beach LLP to join the Corporate Department at the law firm of Underberg & Kessler LLP in Rochester, NY. He was married in September 2001 to Carolyn Pollicove. They currently reside in Rochester. Friends can contact Edmund at

MELANIE FRIED, BA'96, moved to Boston following graduation, where she worked as a counsellor in a residential school for two years. She attended Smith College and graduated in 2002 with a Master's in Social Work. Melanie is working as an FST Clinician for North Suffolk Mental Health Association and lives happily in Somerville, Mass., with her cat, Brady.

DEAN ROSENTHAL, BA'96, lives and works in New York City. His music was heard on Joan La Barbara's "Other Voices, Other Sounds" radio program and has been broadcast over America's National Public Radio. He is writing a book about his experience with mental illness.

CATRIN DAVIES, BA'97, is pursuing a career as a singer. After graduating from McGill, she received her Master's in Women's Studies from Oxford, an Advanced Diploma in Voice Performance from the Welsh College of Music and Drama, and a Graduate Performance Diploma from the Peabody Conservatory. She resides in Baltimore, Md., where she performs with the Baltimore Opera and also is a part of their educational program. She has sung at Wolf Trap, the Annapolis Opera and Lyric Opera Cleveland. Catrin is also a real estate agent, and would be happy to assist any McGill alums in finding a home in Maryland. She can be reached at

BENJAMIN DESURMONT, BA'98, DipEnv'99, passed the competition of the European Commission and was nominated in April 2004 as a European civil servant in the Animal Health and Welfare Unit of the Health and Consumer Protection Directorate General, where he has been working as a Temporary Agent since November 2002.

MATTHEW RIPPEYOUNG, BA'98, and PHYLLIS RIPPEYOUNG, BA'98, joyfully announce the birth of their second son, Jack Farley, in April 2004. Jack is a brother for Max, now 3. Matthew is pleased to announce another birth in his life - that of his own psychotherapy practice in Iowa City, Iowa. Phyllis continues her work on her PhD in sociology at the University of Iowa.

REGINA SKERJANEC, BA'98, BCL/LLB'03, is heading to YES, the Education Development Centre's Global Youth Employment Summit Campaign, in Boston. This internship is under the auspices of, a global online community that provides youth with inspiration to make a difference, information on issues, and opportunities to take action. The internship program offers participants experience in building careers in international development. Previously, Regina was a Policy Analyst for the Department of Culture, Youth and Recreation for the government of Saskatchewan.

VAHID FOTUHI, BA'99, and his wife, Shirina, have moved to London, England, from Montreal. Vahid continues to work for Energy Intelligence, where he serves as the Coordinator of the firm's Executive Training Service. Shirina has found a new job working for Proximity London as a Media Planner and Buyer. They are both very excited about this new chapter and look forward to doing lots of traveling across Europe and beyond. Contact them at

HUGO MIALON, BA'99, received his PhD in economics from the University of Texas in Austin in June and has been hired as an assistant professor at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He married Sue-Jeong Hwang in December of 2002; she is teaching economics at the same institution.

ELISSA COHEN, BA'00, married Jeffrey Chubb, a Concordia alum, in November of 2003. They live in Ottawa, where both of them work for the federal government.

HUBERT DAVIS, BA'00, a former McGill basketball player turned film director, has won a National Film Board award for Best Documentary Short. The award was for the film Hardwood, which also received honourable mentions in the Best Canadian Documentary Award, the Kodak Award for Best Cinematography, and was named the best film at the "Show and Tell" competition at the 2004 Innoversity Summit. In Hardwood, Hubert uses personal interviews, archival and home movies to explore how his father's decisions affected him and his extended family.

ROBERT FRIED, BA'00, has just completed three years at the University of Ottawa Law School and was awarded the LLB cum laude in June 2004. In August, he married Tara Kaplan, and in September they and their dog Blake moved to Toronto, where Robert accepted an articling position with a criminal law firm.

JAIME STEIN, BA'00, has left his position as an editorial assistant with the Sports Network (TSN) after two and a half years, and is now a member of the Toronto Argonauts' front office. He is the producer of the Argonauts radio broadcasts on MOJO Radio, AM 640 in Toronto. Jaime also contributes to the gameday production department, assembling video features to be aired on the Jumbotron at the SkyDome.

ANNETTE FEHR, BA'01, MUP'03, and Romain Stomp are proud to announce the birth of their first child, Augustin Philippe. Augustin was born in Montreal in March of 2004. His parents would be glad to hear from former classmates and friends at

CHRISTIAN LANDER, BA'01, completed his Master's degree in Media Arts at the University of Arizona in Tucson, and has been accepted to the Communication and Culture PhD program at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind.

DOMINIQUE TREMBLAY, MA'01, joined the General Electric Financial Management Program (FMP) after her graduation from McGill. While completing the program, she worked at GE Commercial Equipment Financing in Montreal and GE Hydro in Oslo, Norway. Last August Dominique joined the GE Corporate Audit Staff program and completed audits at GE Medical Systems in France and GE Equipment Services in the U.S. and the Netherlands.


EVA STELZER, BEd'76, has just completed her third textbook in the field of education. Her three books are Moving to Learn, Harcourt Brace; The Emerging Educator, Nelson; and Experiencing Science and Mathematics with Young Children, Pearson Publishing. After 20 years as a CEGEP professor, Eva joined the business world as VP of sales and marketing for a multinational packaging company. She has three fabulous daughters.

VINCENT L. DI PAOLO, MEd'90, has published his third novel, a Biblical and historical fiction, My Beloved Friend, JUDAS (1stBooks Library, 2004).

PAULE GRENIER, BEd'90, co-founded ELAM, a language school for business people (, ten years ago. The school, which caters exclusively to the business community, has grown from five teachers in Montreal to over 100 throughout Canada. They have won a number of prizes from exceptional customer service and most innovative supplier to Small Business of the Year at the National Bank. ELAM was the first language school in Canada to implement e-learning, back in 1999. Customers include Pratt & Whitney Canada, Aventis-Pharma and Standard Life.


FRANK KRUZICH, BEng'63, MEng'67, has joined Edward Jones after 30 years with bank brokerage firms and ten years in engineering. As an investment representative and recruiter in Quebec, he is with North America's largest firm serving individual investors. Frank is proud to have been class agent of BEng'63 for over 30 years.

AHMED NAZIF, PhD'83, was appointed Prime Minister of Egypt in July 2004. Previously, he served as Communications Minister in the Cabinet of outgoing Prime Minister Atef Obeid.

MARCEL GUAY, BEng'99, has joined Aston-Martin/Jaguar/Land Rover Canada as Brand Coordinator (Marketing Department) after completing his MBA at the Richard Ivey School of Business in London, Ont. Just before entering the working world, Marcel, as part of a four-person Ivey team, won the ninth annual Roland Berger/IESE University International Case Competition in Barcelona, Spain, beating teams from MIT (Sloan), Columbia, Yale, London Business School, Rotterdam School of Business, IESE and Bocconni.

Health Sciences

LLOYD R. SUTHERLAND, MDCM'73, was granted an honorary Doctor of Sciences at the spring convocation of the University of New Brunswick in 2004. Lloyd, a specialist in gastroenterology and internal medicine, gathered his academic and professional credentials at UNB, McGill, Toronto and the University of Calgary. In 1978, he joined the staff of Calgary General Hospital and began lecturing in Medicine at the University of Calgary. He is currently a full professor and head of his division.

LARRY-STUART DEUTSCH, MDCM'74, has been inducted as a Fellow in the American College of Radiology. Fellowship is one of the highest honours conferred by the ACR. Larry-Stuart is affiliated with Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center and the St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, both in Phoenix, Ariz. He also chaired both the Government Affairs Committee and the Medicare Carrier Advisory Panel Task Force for the Society of Interventional Radiology, and was on the Radiographics Educational Exhibits Editorial Review Committee for the Radiological Society of North America.

MIMI LOWI-YOUNG, BSc(P&OT)'75, was appointed Executive Director of the Ontario Division of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind. Previously, she was President and CEO of St. John's Rehabilitation Hospital. For the past two years, she has operated her own independent health care consulting practice. She is also a surveyor with the Canadian Council on Health Services Accreditation. Mimi received the Chairman's Award for Distinguished Services from the Canadian College of Health Service Executives and the Regent-at-Large Award from the American College of Healthcare Executives.

DAVID TANNENBAUM, MDCM'77, won the Excellence in Postgraduate Medical Education Award for Program Innovation, Development and Administration, given by the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He was honoured in May of 2004. David is the interim head of the department of Family Medicine at the Mount Sinai Hospital.

CHRISTOPHER LINSTROM, MDCM'82, was inducted into the Royal College of Surgeons of England ad eundem during ceremonies at the Royal College in London in July of 2004.

RAYMOND THÉBERGE, PhD'84, has been named Assistant Deputy Minister of the Bureau de l'éducation française, a division of the Department of Education, Citizenship and Youth of Manitoba. He was previously Dean of the Faculty of Education at the Collège universitaire de Saint-Boniface.

ALLAN PETERKIN, DipPsych'92, has published Caring for Lesbian and Gay People: A Clinical Guide (University of Toronto Press, 2003) with Cathy Ridson. Allan is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Community and Family Medicine at the University of Toronto and is also a Staff Psychiatrist at Mount Sinai Hospital.

SARAH HYAMS, BSc'97, MSc'02, obtained her DMD degree from the Université de Montréal in June 2004. In July, she began a residency program in the U.S. Her master's degree concentrated on the trigeminal nerve representation in the somatosensory cortex and thalamus. Sarah took a one-year hiatus from her studies to work as a part-time assistant to a general dentist and an oral-maxillofacial surgeon. Future plans include devoting time to her violin practice, resuming her ballet training or learning to dance flamenco, pursuing her artwork and becoming fluent in Spanish. Sarah would like to receive news from friends at

SUSAN GRAHAM, MDCM'00, has moved to Kenya for two years for her fellowship research (in infectious diseases) on the sexual transmission of HIV. Susan is setting up an HIV treatment program in a clinic for female sex workers in Mombasa and studying the treatment on genital shedding of HIV-1. Class of 2000, if you go through Kenya, let her know!

TAVIS CAMPBELL, PhD'03, has taken a position as an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Calgary after having completed postdoctoral training at Duke University Medical School.


DONALD H. BUNKER, BCL'71, LLM'85, DCL'88, has joined Stikeman Elliot LLP's Montreal office as Counsel. Recognized as an international aircraft finance and aviation lawyer with experience acting for financiers, lessors and purchasers of aircraft around the world, Don joins the firm from Dubai, where he founded Donald H. Bunker and Associates, one of the largest aviation law firms practising globally. He will remain as Counsel to his firm in Dubai. He has written several books and articles on aviation finance law, lectures at the McGill Institute of Air and Space Law and to legal counsel of IATA airline members.

BARRY STEIN, BCom'76, BCL'80, LLB'80, has joined the law firm of Spiegel Sohmer, where he will practise corporate and commercial law concentrating on mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganizations and bankruptcy, real estate and leasing, as well as litigation and labour law. Barry is President of the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada and sits on the Board of Directors of several Canadian corporations, non-profit associations and foundations, including Gilda's Club and the Jewish General Hospital. He speaks across the country on colorectal cancer and access to health care in Canada.

MARC DAVID, BCL'86, LLB'86, was appointed to the Commission of the Inquiry into the Actions of Canadian Officials in Relation to Maher Arar. Marc is a partner with the law firm of Shadly Battista in Montreal, and holds an MBA from Concordia. He is currently Vice-President of the Criminal Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association. Since 1999, Marc has taught criminal law at McGill.

DANIEL FRAJMAN, BCom'86, BCL'90, LLB'90, has joined the law firm of Spiegel Sohmer as partner. He specializes in corporate and commercial law, and is involved with all aspects of business and real estate financing, security interests, purchase and sale of businesses, mergers and acquisitions, shareholder relations, trusts, as well as commercial real estate and leasing. Daniel is an Officer and Director of the Jewish Public Library and is involved in other community endeavours.

RUTWANTISSA ABEYRATNE, DCL'96, was conferred the degree of Doctor of Philosophy by the University of Colombo. He is a career international civil servant with the International Civil Aviation Organization in Montreal, and, in addition to his duties at ICAO, he is Professor of Aero-political Law and Policy at the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University. He is also an adjunct professor at the Institute of Air and Space Law at McGill.

ALWYNN GILLETT, BSc(Arch)'92, BCL'96, LLB'96, has become a partner in the law firm of Spiegel Sohmer. She has been with the firm since 1995. Alwynn's practice involves corporate and commercial law. She also specializes in mergers and acquisitions, as well as the implementation of corporate restructuring and tax planning. Alwynn is a member of the Canadian and Quebec Equestrian Federations and is a recognized hunter and jumper judge.

Library and Information Studies

JEFFREY M. TENENBAUM, MLIS'68, retired in December 2003 from his position as Reference Librarian after 31 years of service to the University Library of the University of Massachusetts Amherst.


DALE MACCANDLISH WEIL, BSc'77, MBA'79, was recently named Vice President, Hospital and Specialty Pharmaceutical Solutions, for McKesson Canada. Dale is responsible for a full range of logistics services to support the unique requirements for highvalue specialty pharmaceutical products as well as McKesson's expanding role in the growing institutional market and implementing supply chain solutions designed for Canadian hospitals.

ROBERT LANGLOIS, BCom'81, was appointed Consul General in Monterrey (United Mexican States). He joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in 1997 and has served in Rio de Janeiro and, since 2002, in Monterrey. With this appointment, Robert becomes Canada's first Consul General in Monterrey. After his graduation from McGill, Robert went on to earn an MA from the Université de Montréal in 1994 and is currently working on a PhD in History from Carleton University. He is married to Carmen Villegas.

YVES AUCLAIR, BCom'82, DPA'83, recently accepted a position as Vice President, Asset Management, with CDP Capital-Real Estate Advisory, a subsidiary of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec. It manages real estate portfolios and invests in real estate equity and financing products globally. He is also a board member and acts as treasurer of the Urban Development Institute of Quebec. As the voice of the Quebec real estate industry, UDI Quebec represents its members, defends their interests, ensures effective public policy, and initiates and maintains excellent communications with all levels of government and the community at large.

JEAN-FRANÇOIS LAMOUREUX, BCom'87, et sa conjointe sont fiers d'annoncer la venue au monde de leur premier enfant, un garçon né au janvier 2004, qui porte le nom d'Antoine Lamoureux. Jean-François travaille présentement comme souscripteur d'assurance- risques politiques pour Exportation et Développement Canada à Ottawa. Ils retournent en visite à Montréal régulièrement.

PANAGIOTIS SAVAS, BCom'93, says that it has been 11 years since he graduated from McGill, and thinking back brings great memories. Following his graduation he obtained an MSc degree in England, then returned to Greece in 1995. Things have worked quite well at the professional level and Panagiotis recently got married. He plans to visit Montreal in the near future and looks forward to walking around the campus. He sends his warmest regards to old friends, and wishes that everyone's dreams have already come true and that one day they will have the opportunity to meet again. Takis from Greece.

CHRISTIAN BASSILA, BCom'97, DPA'99, recently completed his MBA at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and although he misses London, where he was working as a consultant before business school, he very much enjoys working for Morgan Stanley in New York City and frequently travels to Montreal to visit family and friends.

ROZEL GONZALES, BCom'98, MBA'03, and SEBASTIAN FERRARO, BCom'98, are happily married and have just purchased a new home in Dollard-des-Ormeaux in Montreal. Rozel has been working at Pfizer Canada in the Finance Department as a demand analyst. Sebastian works right in front of the Roddick Gates for a company called SITA in data analysis.

MACKINLEE (LUDWAR) REED, BCom'00, is happy to announce her recent marriage to Steven T. Reed of West Virginia. The couple reside in Washington State, where MacKinlee works as an internal auditor and Steven works as a financial analyst.

BRETT A. HICKEY, BCom'02, is President of the McGill Young Alumni Association of New York, and recently started a private equity firm in New York with fellow McGill grad TODD M. ROBERTS, LLB'86. PETER JOHNSON, CertMgmt'76, a professor at McGill, is on the Advisory Committee. For more information on the firm, Brett, or Todd, please see


BARBARA LEWIS, BMus'86, brought a unique performance called "Crossroads" to Montreal's Saidye Bronfman Centre for the Arts in September 2004. The one-woman show was an interweaving of music, song and storytelling expressed through 20 songs and poems fueled by Barbara's search for deeper meaning and greater life purpose. She was accompanied by JIM DOXAS, BMus'02, on percussion, CHET DOXAS, BMus'04, on saxophone/clarinet, and Holly Arsenault on keyboards.

KEVIN KOMISARUK, BMus'94, MMus'96, DMus'03, just recorded his second compact disc with ATMA Records, due in stores in January. The CD features works by German composer Samuel Scheidt and was produced on the Wolff organ at Knox College Chapel, University of Toronto. The instrument is perhaps best known for its unique meantone temperament, the only one of its kind in Canada. Kevin was appointed Assistant Professor of Historical Performance at the University of Toronto Faculty of Music in July 2004, and is preparing for a busy recital season this year, including performances in Detroit, Cleveland and Indianapolis.

MARCI ALEGANT, MMus'96, was promoted from Assistant Dean to Associate Dean at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music. Marci continues to be an active choral conductor and singer. Husband Brian, a former McGill faculty member in music theory, has received a Mellon grant for a research sabbatical, is a full professor of music theory at Oberlin, and is editor of the journal Music Theory Spectrum. Son Jordon, 16, is an avid musician, artist and writer who is beginning to look at colleges, and continues to add to his collection of musical instruments and the electronic equipment required to power them. They would love to hear from McGill friends at


SAMUEL FREEDMAN, BSc'49, MDCM'53, DipIntMed'58, DSc'92, was appointed a Knight of the Ordre national du Québec, in recognition of outstanding contribution to the development of Quebec society. Samuel's contributions to McGill include service as Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Vice- Principal (Academic), and Director of the Lady Davis Research Institute of the Jewish General Hospital, while remaining active as a clinician-researcher.

JULIO A. SOSA, BSc'52, MDCM'56, has developed, with Phil Morse, an innovative educational enterprise to be known as the Sosa Academy at Albany Medical College. The Sosa Academy is being established at AMC to train medical students to become more compassionate and responsible to their patients. To this end, Phil Morse recently donated $1.5 million to the college. Julio will act as the academy's first director, and is looking forward to this role.

NEAL M. BURNS, MSc'57, PhD'59, was named Special Assistant to the Administrator and acting Chief of Strategic Communications for NASA. He will be responsible for developing agency-wide strategies to better communicate the vision for space exploration to both internal and external audiences. Neal's relationship with NASA dates back to 1959, when he directed studies on aviation safety and survival and tested cockpit designs and astronaut mobility for the Mercury and Apollo astronauts. He spent nearly four decades in senior positions in the field of corporate communications. At the University of Texas, he directed the development of the Account Planning Specialty in the Graduate School, and is a professor of advanced courses at the undergraduate level.

LOUIS J. CABRI, MSc(A)'61, PhD'65, was awarded the 2004 Selwyn Blaylock Medal from the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM). The medal is awarded for distinguished service to Canada through exceptional achievement in the field of mining, metallurgy, or geology. Louis is a consulting mineralogist and holds an Emeritus Scientist position at CANMET. The medal was given to Louis in recognition of his longstanding service to CIM, his exceptional research and publishing record, and international stature as a scientist.

COLIN P. CAMPBELL, BSc'62, is now retired but busy as a member of the Board of Directors of the Trans Canada Trail Foundation and the Foundation for Ontario Nature. He is an avid skier, tennis player and rider with four grandchildren (and the prospect of more), and encourages his classmates to join the McGill University 1821 Society, an organization for those who have chosen to express their generosity to McGill in the form of a planned gift.

GRAEME STRATHDEE, BSc'63, PhD'67, retired as Director, R&D, of the Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan in 2003 and now lives in Sylvan Lake, Alta., an NDP-free zone. He pays much lower taxes while playing a 70-game hockey schedule in the winter and sailing competitively on the Laser circuit in the summer.

MARLENE STOTLAND COHEN, BSc'64, MSc'66, PhD'68, has written a book with Gerry Mozdzierz called In the Moods, geared for the student in the helping professions. It contains easy-to-read, brief but meaningful information on the dual diagnosis of bipolar disorder and substance dependence, and is available at the McGill University Bookstore.

VICTOR DZAU, BSc'68, MDCM'72, was named chancellor for health affairs at the Duke University Health System. The chancellor also serves as the president and chief executive officer of DUHS. Victor is Hersey Professor of Theory and Practice of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, chair of the Department of Medicine, and physician-in-chief and director of research at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. He has received many awards and is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and the European Academy of Science and Arts. He has served as chair of the National Institutes of Health Cardiovascular Disease Advisory Committee and sits on the Advisory Committee to the Director of the NIH.

AVRIM LAZAR, BSc'68, was named President of the International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA). He previously served as the President and CEO of Forest Products Association of Canada. ICFPA represents industries accounting for 90 percent of the world's paper and more than 50 percent of the world's wood production. Avrim has held senior policy positions in the Government of Canada in the Ministries of Justice, Agriculture, Environment and Human Resource Development. He was responsible for national policy in areas as diverse as climate change, biodiversity, child poverty, employment insurance and labour force training. After McGill, Avrim went on to complete his BEd and PhEd at the University of Ottawa. He taught high school in Vancouver and Zambia from 1969-73, and in the graduate studies programs at the University of Ottawa and Carleton University.

MICHEL E. KABAY, BSc'70, is pleased to announce the start of the new undergraduate program in information assurance, the BSIA, which is fully described on his website at Mich is Associate Professor of Information Assurance at Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont, and is Program Director for both the undergraduate and graduate programs in IA.

H. GORDON WATSON, BSc'72, went on to Pace University in New York and received his MBA in Management Science. He then worked for the UN and was sent to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, as an Economic Affairs Officer. He lived in Ethiopia for two and a half years, during which time he was assigned to field trips to several African nations, including Swaziland, Kenya, Liberia and Zambia. His next job was with AT&T International and he worked in England, Belgium, Japan, Hong Kong, China, Singapore and India. He met his wife in Hong Kong. He has worked with KMC Telecom for the last four years, and currently resides in Suwanee, Ga.

JACOB J. BLOOMBERG, BSc'84, PhD'89, has been appointed associate team leader for the Neurovestibular Adaptation Team of the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI). Jacob will help manage scientists working on NSBRI projects focused on finding solutions to space motion sickness and body-orientation problems experienced during and after space missions. Research findings will impact treatment of balance disorders on Earth. Jacob is on the adjunct faculty at the University of Houston and the University of Texas Medical Branch.

ALONSO VERA, BSc'85, obtained his PhD from Cornell and after a postdoc position at Carnegie Mellon, he spent a few years at the University of Hong Kong. Alonso then went to California, where he has had a successful career working with NASA while continuing to hold an appointment at the Human- Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon. Alonso participated in the Mars Exploration Rover Mission. His group's initial role was in the design of usable mission tools for science and planning. As a consequence of that work, which began over two years ago, they are now also involved in the actual mission operations. See

MARTHA COX, MSc'95, CertMgmt'99, joined a group of Montrealers climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro this fall to raise funds for children with HIV/AIDS. Their goal is to raise $20 million for 20 million children in Africa. The money raised will purchase medicine, food, water, and medical equipment, and build hospices to make life liveable for the mothers and children in Cameroon, Congo, Chad, Kenya, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Those interested in more information can contact the organization via email:

SHARON LEIBOVICI-HOROWITZ, BSc'98, SHELLY BAR, BSc'00, and NEIL SIMMERMAN, MSc'00, graduated from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Faculty of Health Sciences MD Program in International Health and Medicine in collaboration with Columbia Medical Centre in May 2004. This program is a unique alternative to a traditional U.S. medical education and is directed in New York by DR. RICHARD J. DECKELBAUM, BSc'63, MDCM'67. Sharon also holds a Master's degree in public policy and public administration, and completed a practicum at the Medical Research Council of Canada, overseeing federal research. She began a residency program in Israel in the summer. Shelly also began a residency in Israel this summer, while Neil started a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York City.

CHRISTOPHER WILDS, PhD'00, was recently awarded a Canada Research Chair in Biological Chemistry at Concordia University.

ANNA MIALON, BSc'02, received her Master's in Mathematics of Finance from Columbia University in June of 2003. She is working for Deutsche Bank in New York City.

Social Work

GEOFF CHAULK, MSW'86, is the new face of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Newfoundland and Labrador Division. The early years of his social work career were spent providing mental health services at the Waterford and Grace Hospitals in St. John's as well as the renowned Clarke Institute of Psychiatry in Toronto. For the last 15 years he worked for the Ontario Public Health Service as a senior policy and program consultant in the areas of mental health reform, physician services and primary care renewal.

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