1968 Class News

Steven Basha, ’68, is a judge for Yolo County (CA) Superior Court. He was appointed in 2006 by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. He previously worked in county counsel offices for 21 years. Steven also spent eight years as a math teacher and coach for several Michigan high schools. He earned a law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 1979. He has three children. They live in Woodland, CA.

Robert Black, Jr., ’68, 6569 Sunny Brae Dr., San Diego, CA 92119, is the vice president of sales and marketing for Continental Central Credit Inc. He also runs Recovery Control Systems (RCS). A member of Sigma Chi Alumni Association of Southern California, Robert is also a trustee for the American Resort Development Association. He and his wife, Cheryl, have a son.

Robert Bonacci, ’68, 33825 Regal Dr., Fraser, MI 48026, is retired from teaching in the Detroit Public Schools. He operates the scoreboard for Detroit Tigers games and serves as an umpire for Detroit metro area high schools. He and his wife, Shari Beitelshees Bonacci, ’69, travel to Las Vegas, NV, each year. He also travels to Myrtle Beach, SC, every year for a golf trip. They have four children and five grandchildren.

Frank Burdine, ’68, 4706 Broom Dr., Olney, MD 20832, is vice president of human resources for American Capital Ltd. He and his wife, Barbara Gale Burdine, ’70, have a daughter.

Kathryn Braun Carrithers, ’68, 1508 Durango Court, Flint, MI 48532, retired in 2005 from Delphi Corporation. She is the chair for the leadership team at West Court Church of God. She volunteers for the McLaren Hospital Auxiliary and Love Inc. Kathryn travels every year to Florida, Maine, and Sutton’s Bay. She also travels to the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, UT.

Elizabeth Maynard Clark, ’68, 28 Spring Lake Dr., Mills River, NC 28759, is a retired ophthalmic photographer. She is married to Mick.

Charles Cochran, Jr., ’68, 6718 Tomlinson Terrace, Cabin John, MD 20818, is the chief operating officer for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. He is married to Ann.

Paula Collins D’Ambrosio, ’68, 18 Annandale Rd., Leonard, MI 48367, retired as a high school librarian for the Utica Community Schools and is now a volunteer librarian for St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. Paula has also been an accompanist for the Rochester Community Chorus for 20 years. She has been the chair for the Rochester Tuesday Musicale Music Scholarship Committee for 19 years. She has traveled to Belgium, the Netherlands, and Italy.

Candace Rhodes Debnam, ’68, 175 Concord St. #101, Charleston, SC 29401, is retired. She is married to Dick.

Linda Roe Dickinson, ’68, 283 Cedar Park Circle, Sarasota, FL 34242, works in real estate. She is a board member for the Sarasota Museum of Art and for the Ringling College of Art and Design. She has previously been involved with the Asolo Theatre and the Humane Society of Sarasota County. She has traveled to Africa, Fiji, and Provence. She is married to Dick.

Daniel Eaton, ’68, 18 Eulomogo Rd., Brocklehurst, New South Wales, Australia, is a district guidance officer for school psychological services for the town of Dubbo in New South Wales. He is a past president of his Rotary International chapter. He and his wife, Myrna Boone Eaton, ’69, have been married for 40 years. They have four grandchildren.

Ronald Franks, ’68, is the vice president for health sciences at the University of South Alabama, where he will oversee the colleges of allied health sciences, medicine, and nursing. He previously was the vice president for health affairs at East Tennessee State University. Ronald has also held administrative positions at the University of Minnesota-Duluth School of Medicine and the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He earned his medical degree from University of Michigan and is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry. Ronald has received numerous awards, including the Caduceus Club Founder’s Award, given by medical students to the faculty member who contributes the most to their education. He was also awarded the Physician Communicator Award by the Minnesota Medical Association. He and his wife, Vicky Vicklund Franks, ’69, live in Theodore, AL.

Roger Fraser, ’68, 4794 Holly Way, Ann Arbor, MI 48103, is city administrator for Ann Arbor. He is married to Sue.

Annette Hall, ’68, 1185 Bear Creek Court, Rochester, MI 48306, is retired. Her daughter is Alainya Heldt Harper, ’95.

Patricia Hopkins Hamilton, ’68, 2350 Old Wellington St., North Dighton, MA 02764, is the supervisor of curriculum and instruction for Roosevelt Middle School. She served as board treasurer for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Middle Level Educators. She took an Alaska cruise and land tour in 2007.

Nancy Carpenter Hammond, ’68, 4013 S. Birmingham Ave., Tulsa, OK 74105, is a medical geneticist and laboratory director for the Center for Genetic Testing. She was on the board for the American Board of Medical Genetics from 2001 to 2006, serving as president in 2004 and 2006. She has traveled to France, Italy, England, and South Korea. She and her husband, Phil, have a son.

John Huber, ’68, 810 Eckford Dr., Troy, MI 48085-4848, is a senior infrastructure specialist for EDS. He has worked for General Motors and EDS for 40 years, most recently supporting computer-aided engineering. He is married to Janice.

Jerri Fedorjaka Kahl, ’68, 2233 W. Applegate Dr., Appleton, WI 54914, is an associate director of counseling services and an adjunct lecturer in psychology at Lawrence University. She is also an emergency mental health responder with the American Red Cross (ARC). In 2005 Jerri spent three weeks at the ARC headquarters after Hurricane Katrina. She also spent spring break on the Gulf coast gutting houses with Lawrence students and staff. She is currently the education coordinator of the Sexual Harassment and Assault Resource Board.

Susan Garlinghouse Kuhn, ’68, 2172 E. Wattles Rd., Troy, MI 48085, is a buyer for Autoliv Electronics. She is also a realtor for Century 21. Active with Big Beaver Methodist Church, Susan is an officer with the Troy Newcomers Club and the Oakland County Delta Zeta alumnae. She took a Royal Caribbean cruise with her mother, Jean Stewart Hall, ’42, in May 2007. She is married to Jay.

Brenda Belson Lazarus, ’68, 22008 Turner, Chapel Hill, NC 27517, spent 2003 to 2005 as a senior Fulbright Scholar at the Qatar University in Doha, Qatar. She returned to her position as professor at Florida Gulf Coast University for 2005-06. Brenda then returned to Doha as the director of research and professional development at the Shafallah Center for Children with Developmental Disabilities and has since retired. She has traveled throughout much of Europe, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. She and her husband, Donald, have a son.

Gardner Lloyd, ’68, 5324 Karlsburg Place, Palm Harbor, FL 34685, is the owner of Flagship Sailing Inc. He sails the west coast of Florida, the Florida Keys, and the British Virgin Islands. He and his wife, KyleAnn Bockheim Lloyd, ’69, have four grandchildren.

Terrie Battjes Mitchell, ’63, 1615 Indian Bay Dr., Vero Beach, FL 32963, and her husband, Jay, sailed their boat from California to the Mediterranean, traveling 22 months and 19,000 miles. They traveled through the Panama Canal, along the coast of South America, and across the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, ending in Turkey. They have also traveled to France, Austria, and Argentina.

Jim Oakley, ’68, 72 Whitetail Court, Troy, MI 48085, is an entertainer. He recently spent 11 weeks on the showboat, Branson Belle, in Branson, MO, as their featured comedian. In recent years he has been the opening act for the Smothers Brothers, the Gatlin Brothers, the Oak Ridge Boys, and Sha Na Na. He and his wife, Gerry Hendrix, have been married for 12 years.

Margaret “Peggy” Gillette Ogden, ’68, 215 Scottholm Blvd., Syracuse, NY 13224, is an independent consultant. She retired after 20 years as president and CEO of the Central New York Community Foundation. She had a Transatlantic Community Foundation Fellowship to Slovakia in 2005. Peggy received the Post-Standard Achievement Award and the Girl Scouts Leadership Award. She also received the Association of Fundraising Professionals Lifetime Achievement Award. She was the first female president of The Century Club, Syracuse’s premier social club. She is married to Tim Atseff.

Dianne Murray Pratt, ’68, 52 Cypress Court, Durango, CO 81301, and her husband, Richard Pratt, ’69, purchased a townhome in the Rocky Mountains in 2004. They are involved with the Christ Service Ministry at the First United Methodist Church of Durango, where Dianne sings in the choir. She is also a member of the Durango Choral Society. The choral society recently performed Verdi’s Requiem as part of the 2008 Music in the Mountains Festival.

Becky Ruthven, ’68, 3 Panhandle Lane, Westport, CT 06880, is CEO of Ruthven & Associates LLC, a consulting firm. She previously worked for 27 years in the cable television business and helped to start up The Disney Channel, The Weather Channel, Speedvision, and the Outdoor Life Network.

Harold Schneider, ’68, 2002 Crooked Creek Lane, Arlington, TX 76006, is a high school volleyball referee. A lay leader and treasurer for St. Matthew United Methodist Church, Harold is also a certified Methodist lay speaker. He is also the audit chair of Toastmasters International and received the Distinguished Toastmaster Award. He traveled to Alaska in 2003 with Robert, ’68, and Mary Lint Adams, ’67. He also traveled to Europe in 2005.

Dan Strong, ’68, 4635 Commodore Dr., Stow, OH 44224, retired from Allstate Insurance Co. He is an active member of Stow Parks and Recreation Board. He is also a member of Stow United Methodist Church. He has traveled to France and Spain. Dan and his wife, Emmy Brewer Strong, ’67, spent their 40th anniversary in Alaska. They have been married for 41 years and have a son.

Toni Young Terrel, ’68, 12046 CR 14, PO Box 65, Cahone, CO 81320, retired after teaching for 16 years at Wabash City High School in Wabash, IN. She was a co-coach for the academic competition teams that often advanced to the state level and coordinated the academic awards program at the high school. Toni traveled to Ireland and England in 2007 to visit her family roots. She and her husband, Ted, have a daughter.

Neil Warriner, ’68, 520 N. Glenhurst Dr., Birmingham, MI 48009, is vice president of commercial lending for Independent Bank. He had a near-fatal illness in 2005. He and his wife, Joan, have a son, Tyler Warriner, ’05.

Stephen Wong, ’68, 126 Spruce St., Philadelphia, PA 19106, is an ophthalmologist and the medical residency program director for Temple University. He is married to Susan.