Robert Neiman '34S, a senior scientist at Whip Mix Corporation in Louisville, was recently given the Skinner Award by the Dental Materials Group Chapter of the American Association of Dental Research. Neiman recieved the award for his 62 years of dental research and innovation.
Clarence E. Howard '43S, is retired and serves on the public relations committee of the California District 6 National Association of Retired Federal Employees. He is also active in supporting the Alzheimer's Association, Greater Sacramento Chapter, and resides in Sacramento, California.
Renowed physician and lecturer Arnold Belker, MD '54A, '58M, recently went to Harvard University to give the inaugural Quinby Lecture on Male Reproduction as part of a new lectureship program offered by Havard. Belker is author of more than 80 publications and is considered an expert in the fields of andrology and male reproduction.
Retired educator Belma Lunderman McClaskey '57G, recently appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show as part of a programthe show was filming teachers who made a difference in their student's lives. McClaskey's former student, Jim Ballinger '93A, also appeared on the show to tell his story of how her dedicaiton as a teacher affected his life. Ballinger is a student in the Brandeis School of Law.
Fine-art sculptor and former publishing executive Andre Gandin '62A has turned his interest in sandcast-cement garden statuary into a successful business venture called Sunset Gallery in Spring, Texas. Gandin and the gallery were recently featured in Smart Business magazine.
Jane Marcum Schweizer '65A, '67G recently graduated from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville with a Master of Divinity degree. She was also the recipient of the 1997-98 Broadman Seminarian Award from the seminary for excellence in scholarship, leadership, and commitment to ministry.
Ken Dicken '73A, '85B was recently named CEO of DICKEN Enterprises, Inc., a newly formed firm, and Access Consulting Corporation, a newly acquired existing firm. Both companies offer management information systems consulting throughout the United States.
T.W. Frierson Contractor, Inc., of Nashville, Tennessee, has recently announced that Rick E. Melton, Jr. '74S, '75S has joined their firm as senior project manager.
Harry W. Carloss, MD '75M was recently nominated as president-elect of the Kentucky Medical Association. He is an internist practicing in Paducah, Kentucky, and he and his wife, Barbara, have two children.
Sukit Niruntasukrat '75S currently lives in Bangkok, Thailand where he works for the National Housing Authority.
Hastings Financial Corporation of Dallas, Texas, recently announced that Lawrence F. Hysinger '76B has been named president and CEO of the company. He and his family live in Fort Worth, Texas where he has served as trustee for the Diocese of Fort Worth School Trust Fund, and a board member of Nolan Catholic High School, Saint Thomas Moore College, Casa Maņana Theater, and First Texas Council of Camp Fire.
The American Voice, a literary journal published in Louisville and edited by Frederick Smock '78G, was recently awarded a 1998 Pushcart Prize, an annual collection of the best work published by the nation's small presses and journals. The American Voice has won a total of eight Pushcart prizes since its inception in 1983. This fall, the University Press of Kentucky will be publishing a retrospective anthology of poems that have appeared in the journal. Currently, Smock teaches at Bellarmine College and is the author of a book of poems, Gardencourt, published by Larkspur Press.
Susan Knoppe '79A was recently appointed by Brown-Forman Beverages Worldwide in Louisville to the company's product development team in the research and development department.
Jerry W. Leugers '79A recently graduated from the Naval War College in Rhode Island with a Master of Arts degree in National Security Affairs and Strategic Studies. He has since assumed responsibility as commanding officer of the U.S. Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station in Keflavik, Iceland.
David A. Mindel '77S was recently honored as Engineer of the Year in Private Practice by the Louisville chapter of the Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers. He is a partner in the Civil Engineering firm of Mindel, Scott, and Associates in Louisville.
Greater Louisville, Inc. has named Barbara Cambron '80G as vice president of its new workforce development division.Cambron is the former vice president of Atria Communities, Inc.
Heinz USA, Pittsburgh recently appointed David C. Moran '80B as vice president of retail sales. The company is a division of the H.J. Heinz Company.
Bruce Lynch '81A, '89G was recently named Athletic Director of the Year by the Kentucky High School Athletic Director's Association. Lynch, who recently stepped down from his position as athletic director at Trinity High School in Louisville, had been athletic director at Trinity for six years.
Award-winning illustrator and designer Karen Boone '83A was chosen as the designer of imagery for the 1998 Kentucky Derby Festival.
The Brown-Forman Corporation recently hired Linda Hayes '83B as senior payroll accountant. Prior to joining Brown-Forman, Hayes has been associated with Kentucky Fried Chicken, Papa John's, and Normal Life, Inc.
Don Banfield '84A is president and co-founder of Conductive Compounds, Inc., and has just signed a lease on a 3,000 square foot research and manufacturing facility in Londonderry, New Hampshire. The company develops and manufactures adhesives, coatings, and printable inks that conduct electricity.
Brown-Forman Beverages Worldwide, a division of the Brown-Forman Corporation, recently announced the appointment of Sherree Beard '84ASC as a customer service specialist.
Elementary school teacher Karen Kruger '84A, '88G was recently awarded the Amgen Award for Teacher Excellence. The award is given by the Amgen Corporation, a Louisville-based biotechnology company, for exemplary commitment and performace and includes a $10,000 prize.
Charles F. Morrow '89L is a member of the Tort and Product Litigation Group of Baker, Donelson, Bearman & Caldwell of Memphis, Tennessee. He was recently named a shareholder in the firm.
Spalding University of Louisville recently announced the promotion of Debbie Akers Ford '87E, '96G to vice president of student affairs. She will continue her responsibilities as dean of students, which she has held for the past seven years, as well as her responsibilities as vice president. She and her husband have two children, ages three and eight months.
Judy Forcht '87B was recently promoted to manager of marketing services for the Core Markets Group of Brown-Forman Beverages Worldwide, a division of the Brown-Forman Corporation in Louisville.
Thomas C. Coons '89B has been named head coach of the Oak Park YMCA swim team in Oak Park, Illinois. He also started his own business, Smoke On the Water, which does merchandising for clothing stores. He previously served as Northern Illinois University's assistant swim coach.
Catherine Simmons McLean '91A recently graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University-Medical College of Virginia's School of Nursing with a master's in women's health nursing and has started a new job in the Materna-Infant Unit at Columbia Johnston-Willis Hospital in Richmond, Virginia as a women's health nurse practicioner. She is married and has a son, Michael Alexander.
Brian S. Fowler '93A recently graduated from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky with a Master of Divinity degree. He currently serves as senior pastor of First United Methodist Church in Apalachicola, Florida. He is married to Amy Hunt Fowler '92N, and they have two children, Abigail and Bradley.
Daphne Newcomb Franklin '93E recently completed a Master of Education degree at the University of South Carolina. She also received the Very Important Teacher Award for her work with learning disabled students in Columbia, South Carolina, and is using a technology grant she was awarded to create a mini computer lab for her special education students.
After completing a computer science degree at U of L, Abdul Aziz Sabir '94S returned to Pakistan and was promoted to associate professor and chair of the computer science department at the University of Agriculture in Pakistan.
Tori Murden '95L is attempting a solo crossing of the Atlantic Ocean starting on the North Carolina coast. Murden, a resident of Louisville, attempted to cross the Atlantic last year as a member of the only all-female rowing team in the first Atlantic Crossing Race, but due to illness was forced to drop out of the race early. Sector Sports Watches is sponsoring her.
Daniel M. Walter '96L has recently joined the law firm of Ackerson, Mosley and Yann, PSC as an associate. He is a certified public accountant who specializes in business and commercial law.
Robert C. Ayotte AD, president and CEO of Saint-Gobain Industrial Ceramics, Inc. of Louisville, was recently inducted into the Engineering Hall of Fame at the University of Rhode Island.
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Finis E. Davis '89H, past president of Lions Clubs International, major philanthropic fundraiser, and a leading educator of the blind, died May 15. He was 86. Davis' career included 29 years with the American Printing House for the Blind in Louisville and eight years with the Arkansas School for the Blind in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was recognized by three South American governments for his help in setting up printing houses in those countries to produce Braille in their own language, and he received numerous awards including an honorary doctorate in science from U of L in 1989. He served a term as president of Lions Club International in 1960 and in 1968 led the fund drive to build the Kentucky Lions Eye Research Institute. Later that year he was awarded the Lions International Humanitarian Award, the highest award given by Lions International.
Edward W. Francel, PhD, a professor in the Kent School of Social Work, died January 5. He was 82. Francel served as acting dean of the Kent School from 1975-1976, and as a professor from 1973-1983. Francel was also active in international relief efforts as part of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Agency where he served as chief of child welfare as well as playing an active role in social rehabilitation and instituting welfare programs in the Republic of South Korea after the Korean War.
James R. Merritt '82AD, former dean of the School of Law, died May 19. He was 80. Merritt joined the School of Law faculty in 1949, and was named acting dean in 1965. In 1966 he became dean and served in that position until 1974, when he stepped down from the position in order to teach. He was acting dean for a short time between 1974 and 1976, and then returned to teaching full-time until his retirement in 1988. Merritt was a visiting professor at several law schools around the country, including Cornell and George Washington universities. He also co-authored a law textbook, Kentucky Probate Practice and Procedure with Forms.