Class Notes

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Anna D. Wolf (BS ’42, Science), Walnut Creek, CA, turned 92-years-young and is looking forward to 93.

Allan E. Reynolds (PhD ’49, Chemistry), Exeter, NH, celebrated his 90th birthday on a cruise from Florida through the Panama Canal to California. This year he has been retired as many years as he had worked.

James J. Buciak (BS ’61, Mathematics/Statistics), Grass Valley, CA, retired in 1994 as a computer specialist from Lockheed Missiles & Space Co. He previously retired in 1984 from the U.S. Navy as commander in the Naval Air Patrol Squadron (four years active, 19 years reserve). Currently, Buciak is sharing time with family, which includes his wife, Robyn, three children and seven grandchildren, as well as golfing and volunteering with foster children. He is the board president of his country club and he runs a vacation property management business in Princeville, Kauai, HI.

Wendell Dilling (PhD ’62, Chemistry), Midland, MI, won silver medals in discus, javelin, high jump, pole vault and the 800- and 1,500-meter runs at the 2013 Michigan Senior Olympics. He also won bronze medals for the men’s 75-79 age group in long jump, triple jump and the 50-, 100-, 200-, and 400-meter dashes.

Bartley L. Cardon (BS ’63, MS ’66, PhD ’77, Physics), South Portland, ME, retired following 27 years at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Lincoln Laboratory. Cardon is currently teaching part-time in physics and integrated manufacturing at Southern Maine Community College.

Jack E. Parr (PhD ’67, Chemistry), Indianapolis, IN, was honored with ASTM International’s 2013 William T. Cavanaugh Award. Parr received the award for his outstanding and longstanding distinguished leadership in promoting national and international standards for medical and surgical implants and materials.

Dr. Gerald B. Kolski (PhD ’69, Chemistry), Montgomery, TX, is now “semi-retired,” and in August he traveled to the British Isles and Norway with his wife, Susan, and a Purdue Alumni group.


Michael S. Humnicky (BS ’70, Physics), Murfreesboro, TN, retired from Lockheed Martin Corp. in 2012. Widowed in 2011, he married his high school sweetheart, Dana J. Young, in 2013. In their retirement, they are maintaining an antebellum national historic registry house in Murfreesboro.

Carolyne I. Gatesy (BS ’72, Mathematics), Glastonbury, CT, was named the Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year for 2012. She currently owns and manages Main Street Office Center, an office business center, and Bear Mountain Press, a small publishing company.

J. Kris Rogers (BS ’73, Computer Science), Round Rock, TX, retired from IBM following 15 years of service and after serving in positions as an IT business analyst, program manager and project manager and receiving multiple IBM Software Group and Division Excellence awards. Before working at IBM, Rogers worked at Hewlett-Packard and at Texas Instruments as a programmer analyst, IT project manager and strategic software marketing manager. He is now employed as an IT business analyst for the Information Resources Division at Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

Mark Hattenhauer (BS ’75, Biology), Rolling Meadows, IL, retired from the practice of dentistry after 35 years.

James C. Mitchiner (BS ’75, Biology), Ann Arbor, MI, was re-elected to the 45-member Michigan State Medical Society Board of Directors during the 148th annual meeting of the MSMS house of delegates in April 2013.

Alan H. Wu (BS ‘75, Chemistry], Palo Alto, CA, professor of laboratory medicine at University of California, San Francisco, and director of chemistry and toxicology at San Francisco General Hospital, has written a collection of stories based on real medical and forensic cases titled "Toxicology! What You Don’t Know Can Kill You." The paperback is available on

Jay G. Otten (PhD ’76, Organic Chemistry), Flat Rock, MI, retired after 31 years at BASF Corp. with a final position of manager tech scouting, IP and controlling for specialty products. He is currently an IP consultant for Dierker & Associates. In retirement, Otten is focusing on church, family, friends and travel. He is a member of St. Mary Catholic Church.

Roger Quillen (MS ’77, Mathematics), Atlanta, GA, was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for 2014. He works as a managing partner and chairman of the Management Committee in the Atlanta office of Fisher & Phillips LLP.

Stephen Tolopka (MS ’78, PhD ’81, Computer Science), Portland, OR, is president and musical director of The Beat Goes on Marching Band, which has been invited to attend the Shanghai Tourism Festival as the U.S. representative for this year’s theme of “Marching Bands.” The group will travel to China in September. This year, The Beat Goes On also appeared in San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade and will be a part of The Oldest July 4th Celebration in America in Bristol, RI. Learn more at

Cory Lupinacci (BS ’79, Biology), Wixom, MI, graduated with a Master of Science in Administration degree and a major in public administration from Central Michigan University.

Barbara Burke (BS ’81, Interdisciplinary Science), Morris, MN, received a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture and conduct research during the 2013- 14 academic year at Vidzemes Augstskola in Latvia, where she is teaching courses in media literacy and visual journalism.

Timothy Arndt (BS ’84, Computer Science), Shaker Heights, OH, was promoted to professor of computer and information science at Cleveland State University.

Kelly Tousi (BS ’87, Biology), Glenview, IL, was named one of Consulting Magazine’s Top Women Leaders in Consulting. She was selected for her expertise and commitment to client service as a principal at ZS Associates. She was one of the 12 winners from a pool of more than 400 nominees.

George Avery (BS ’89, Chemistry), West Lafayette, IN, is now a health services researcher for American Health Data Institute.

Robin Fichtelberg (BS ’89, Mathematics/Statistics), Fullerton, CA, achieved the personal goal of completing 12 half-marathons in 2012, including races in California, Utah, Arizona and England.

Kristi Graham (BS ’91, Biology), Carmel, IN, escorted her daughter, Lydia, to the White House for the Kid’s State Dinner in July as the winner of the state of Indiana of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge. Kristi and Lydia worked together to create the winning recipe, “Sneaky Chili Surprise.”

Joy Johnston (BS ’92, Geology; MS ’95, Hydrogeology), Kingwood, TX, returned to graduate school and completed a Master of Divinity degree in 2012. She was appointed in August 2012 as senior pastor of Splendora Countryside United Methodist Church, where she currently serves. Johnston strives to bridge the gap between science and religion.

Mark M. Estes (BS ’95, Chemistry), Virginia Beach, VA, has served 30 years in the Navy and enjoys traveling to different countries.

Swati Singh (BS ’98, Pre- Dentistry), Carmel, IN, went on to Indiana University School of Dentistry and met her husband, Sam Bullard, after she graduated from Purdue. Singh completed a residency at Riley Hospital for Children in pediatric dentistry. Singh and Bullard own their own practice in two pediatric dental offices and have three children.

Margaret Olek Esler (BS ’00, Atmospheric Chemistry), Phoenix, AZ, joined the national law firm Polsinelli in its Phoenix office. She practices in areas of real estate purchase and sales transactions, leasing, financing, landlord-tenant disputes, and development for commercial and residential clients.

Amanda M. Grannas (PhD ’02, Chemistry), Norristown, PA, was one of seven faculty nationwide to receive a 2013 Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award from the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation.

Rose Ravelo (MS ’07, Chemistry), Indianapolis, IN, has published the book The Guardian. It can be purchased on

Su Ramakrishnan (MS ’08, Molecular Biology), Edison, NJ, secured a second adjunct professor’s position at Essex County College at Newark in addition to teaching at Kean University in Union, NJ.

Miriam Burkhart (BS ’13, Chemistry), Indianapolis, IN, is now a formulation chemist for Dow AgroSciences.

Jason Milligan (BS ’13, Mathematics Education/ Mathematics), Lafayette, IN, now works at Delphi Community High School.

Elisa Baumgardt (BS ’13, Geology/Geophysics), El Paso, TX, is a graduate student at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. In September, she was a member of a research team studying Axial Seamount, an underwater volcano off the coast of Washington state. She is the third generation in her family, following her father, Don, and grandfather, Bill, to graduate from Purdue.

Ryan M. Thompson (BS ’13, Computer Science), Columbia, MD, is now a consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton.

Kelly (Moore) Cardello (BS ’09, Biology), Billerica, MA, married Dan Cardello in November.

Fritzi Klopfenstein (BS ’37, Science), Newark, DE, Dec. 16.

Betty A. (Mckee) Tam (BS ’38, Science), Kaneohe, HI, Feb. 1.

Virginia (Larimore) Winter (BS ’39, Science), Evanston, IL, Sept. 10.

Mary H. (Petticrew) Dunlap (BS ’40, Science), Denton, TX, May 29.

Mary Ann (Ballard) Keller (BS ’41, Mathematics), Carmel, IN, Oct. 29.

Forst D. Fuller (MS ’41, Biology; PhD ’53, Science), Greencastle, IN, July 6.

Jacob E. Schumacher (MS ’41, Chemistry), Wilmington, DE, Dec. 16.

Doris J. (Martin) Stephan (BS ’41, Science), Medford, WI, Feb. 6.

K. Mollie (Harding) Franz (BS ’42, Science), Fayetteville, AR, Aug. 1.

Alice (Chatfield) Mecredy (BS ’42, Science), Rocky River, OH, Nov. 14.

Edward E. Pickett (BS ’42, Chemistry), Columbia, MO, June 14.

Juanita (Thompson) Strain (BS ’42, Science), Dumont, NJ, Sept. 17, 2012.

Alfred J. Quant (BS ’43, Science), Albuquerque, NM, May 24.

Dr. Waldo B. Ligett (PhD ‘44, Science), Chapel Hill, NC, Dec. 19.

Mary A. (VanEpps) McDowell (BS ’44, Science), Tupelo, MS, Nov. 6.

Betty (Wedge) Schultz (BS ’44, Science), Wheaton, IL, June 17.

Harold W. Bretz (BS ’45 Bacteriology; PhD ’58, Biology), Greenwood, IN, June 2.

K. Warren Easley (BS ’45, Science), Potomac, MD, Nov. 19.

Barbara J. (Fisher) Yaeger (BS ’47, Statistics), Baton Rouge, LA, Oct. 30.

Charles C. Alfieri (MS ’48, PhD ’50 Chemistry), Simsbury, CT, Aug. 11.

Eugene P. Oliveto (PhD ’48, Chemistry), West Orange, NJ, June 14.

Wirt C. Ward (BS ’48, Physics), Downingtown, PA, Dec. 31.

Margaret E. (Fickle) Haher (BS ’49, Science), Beverly, WV, Nov. 26.

Alec E. Kelley (MS ’49, PhD ’56, Chemistry), West Chester, PA, April 8.

R. Dean Lowrey (MS ’49, Chemistry; PhD ’50, Science), Cleveland, OH, Nov. 6.

Frank J. Riel (MS ’49, PhD ’51, Chemistry), San Diego, CA, May 13.

Max C. Bolen (MS ’50, Physics), Austin, TX, Oct. 5.

Lois A. (Beacham) Gordon (BS ’50, Science), Tyler, TX, July 11.

Wayne May (PhD ’50, Chemistry), Kennett Square, PA, Oct. 31.

Elynor Y. (Erb) Richeson (BS ’50, Science), West Lafayette, IN, May 15.

Lorraine M. (Johnson) Actor (BS ’51, Science), San Marcos, TX, May 25.

Cornelius T. Anderson (BS ’51, Chemistry), Eastlake, OH, Aug. 4.

Joseph Carlin (BS ’51, Science; MS ’54, Biology), Gaylord, MI, Aug. 1.

Thomas G. Kenyon (BS ’51, Science), Flemington, NJ, April 26.

Richard E. Bussard (MS ’63, Physics), Fort Wayne, IN, June 3.

Barbara J. (Yates) Kirk (BS ’52, Science), Monticello, IN, June 23.

Richard G. Segers (MS ’52, PhD ’56, Mathematics), Mendham, NJ, April 30.

Robert A. Selle (BS ’52, Chemistry), Rockledge, FL, April 5.

Robert E. Tarney (BS ’52, Chemistry), Hockessin, DE, Aug. 6.

Donald C. Abbitt (BS ’54, Science), Indianapolis, IN, July 11.

Mary L. Stiller (BS ’54, Chemistry; MS ’56, PhD ’59, Biology), West Lafayette, IN, June 16.

Doreen A. (Zuccaro) Caldwell (BS ’55, Mathematics), Columbus, OH, Nov. 16.

Regena R. (Houpt) Hilbrich (BS ’55, Science), San Jose, CA, March 11.

Robert L. Sellars (MS ’55, PhD ’57 Biology), Waukesha, WI, Aug. 25.

Donald A. Billiau (BS ’56, Mathematics), Petoskey, MI, Oct. 23.

John C. Reynolds (BS ’56, Physics), Pittsburgh, PA, May 4.

John A. Cengel (BS ’58, PhD ’65, Chemistry), Loveland, OH, Nov. 8.

Joseph L. Leone (BS ’58, Science), Niagara Falls, NY, Oct. 4.

Lucy (Baker) Anderson (BS ’60, Mathematics), Overland Park, KS, Apr. 6.

Philip L. Gieseking (BS ’60, Science), Fort Wayne, IN, Sept. 30.

James W. Mayer (PhD ’60, Physics), Kailua Kona, HI, June 14.

Dr. Thomas J. Bydalek (PhD ‘61, Chemistry), Duluth, MN, June 14, 2012.

Marilyn (Coopersmith) Pritchard (BS ’61, MS ’63, Mathematics), Naples, FL, July 15.

Sara A. (Murrell) Theede (BS ’61, Biology), Cummings, ND, Sept. 19.

Maynard L. Whitehouse (MS ’61, PhD ’66, Chemistry), Camden, ME, July 16.

Robert L. Burns (BS ’63, Mathematics), Tucson, AZ, Aug. 18.

Joanne R. (Swendsen) Trimble (MS ’63, Mathematics), Austin, TX, June 30.

Grant V. Welland (MS ’65, PhD ’66, Mathematics), St. Louis, MO, Aug. 1.

Terry G. Mahuron (BS ’63, Science), Fremont, CA, Nov. 6.

Phillip K. Mallory (BS ’63, MS ’68, Science), Culver, IN, July 3.

David L. Van Horn (BS ’63, Mathematics), Carmel, IN, Nov. 5.

Adolphus P. Toliver (MS ’66, PhD ’68, Biology), Reston, VA, March 26.

Karen F. (Lott) Arens (BS ’67, Science), Ocala, FL, Sept. 5.

Roy M. Culp (MS ’67, Biology), Mattoon, IL, June 22.

Marvin E. Guernsey (MS ’68, Chemistry), Portage, IN, May 29.

James C. Metzler (BS ’68, Science), Fort Wayne, IN, Sept. 9.

Jannine Leslie (de Raismes) Baker (BS ’69, Science), Rockport, MA, Nov. 28.

Dennis M. Dijak (BS ’69, Science; MS ’74, Physics), Greenfield, IN, Nov. 15.

Henry W. Mah (MS ’69, Chemistry), Westfield, NJ, July 10.

Richard F. Pico (MS ’69, Chemistry), Wheeling, IL, July 27.

H. Tiit Tohver (PhD ’69, Physics), Birmingham, AL, Dec. 26, 2012.

Gerard A. Nyssen (PhD ’70, Chemistry), Murfreesboro, TN, April 10.

Michael James Molson (BS ’71, Science; BS ’87, Mathematics), Cary, NC, Aug. 25.

Dennis Eugene Ose (BS ’71, Chemistry), Greenfield, IN, June 26.

Thomas F. Reardon (MS ’71, Biology), Newington, CT, July 19.

Dennis Kauffman (MS ’72, PhD ’84, Physics), San Jose, CA, July 14, 2012.

Richard A. Wunder (BS ’72, Science), Waveland, IN, Oct. 28.

Thomas G. White (BS ’74, Science), Crown Point, IN, July 4.

W. Steven Parvis (BS ’75, Computer Science), Noblesville, IN, May 8.

Koleen (Kelley) Messenger (BS ’76, Biology), Escondido, CA, Nov. 13.

Mark A. Strauch (BS ’77, Biology), Columbia, MD, Oct. 15.

Mark G. Fredericks (BS ’78, Physics), Virginia Beach, VA, Nov. 16.

Thomas A. Smith (MS ’78, Chemistry), Alpharetta, GA, June 5.

Ned Miles Rockwell (BS ’79, Chemistry), Lake Bluff, IL, May 17.

John Thomas Riedl (MS ’85, PhD ’90, Computer Science), Falcon Heights, MN, July 15

John F. Leosewski (MS ’85, Earth Sciences), Houston, TX, June 15.

John Dowd Folkers (BS ’91, Biology), West Lafayette, IN, Aug. 25.

Thomas Arthur Masters (BS ’92, Computer Science), Raleigh, NC, May 27.

Josh A. Dobkins (BS ’94, MS ’97, Biology), Trafalgar, IN, July 5