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In addition to alumni, "People" honors students, faculty and staff: the individuals who make UofL a dynamic and diverse academic community.

In addition to alumni, "People" honors students, faculty and staff: the individuals who make UofL a dynamic and diverse academic community.



Dr. BolliThe American Heart Association recently named UofL cardiologist Dr. Roberto Bolli a winner of the 2008 Distinguished Scientist Award. Bolli is professor of medicine, chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, director of the Institute of Molecular Cardiology and vice chair for research in the UofL Department of Medicine. He holds the Jewish Hospital Distinguished Chair in Cardiology and is a Distinguished University Scholar.

The Distinguished Scientist Award recognizes people who have made major, independent contributions to cardiovascular and stroke research. Past honorees include several scientists who have received the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine.

Terry SingerTerry Singer, dean of the UofL Kent School of Social Work, will be the recipient of the Lyman T. Johnson Distinguished Leadership Award given by the Louisville Central Community Centers. The award recognizes individuals who exemplify an active voluntary commitment within the Louisville Metro community to education, civil rights, human and/or community service.

UofL resident physician Dr. Paul McKee has been named one of the most promising young doctors in the United States. He is one of only 20 recipients of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Award for Excellence in Graduate Medical Education from the American Academy of Family Physicians. 

Dewey ClaytonDewey Clayton, a UofL political science professor, recently was honored with the 2009 Eleanor Young Love Award For Outstanding Service in Promoting Positive Human Relations within the Louisville Metro Area. The award is given annually to an individual who exemplifies the mission of the Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Human Relations Commission. The mission includes promoting unity, understanding and equal opportunity among all people of Louisville Metro, and to eliminate all forms of bigotry, bias and hatred. 

Dr. Vinay Puri, director of the University of Louisville Child Neurology Program and assistant professor of Neurology and Pediatrics, recently was awarded the prestigious Roger Fox award, presented by Kosair Charities, for his services to Kentucky children.



Senior Wesley K. Korir placed fourth overall in the 2008 Bank of America Chicago Marathon this past October. The marathon had a record 45,000 registered participants from all 50 states and more than 100 countries. Korir covered the 26.2 miles in a blazing 2 hours 13 minutes and 53 seconds.

The UofL Army ROTC Department Ranger Challenge Team won the Brigade Ranger Challenge Competition in Fort Knox this past fall. There were 31 teams from 20 Ohio and Kentucky universities. This is the first time the UofL team has won the competition, which includes physical and mental tests. Team members are Matthew Swartling (captain), Jordan Shontz, Russell Tabolt, Matt Hopkins, Colin Davis, Craig Barnhill, Ryan Hubbs, Sage Williams, Joe Hardison and Luis Ocasio (alternate).



That Kind of JournalistHumorist and Kentucky Monthly magazine publisher Stephen M. Vest 86A has compiled his favorite writings into a new book, THAT Kind of Journalist (McClanahan Publishing House). In the book, Vest shares amusing and embarrassing incidents, magical moments in parenting, and periods of grief and soul-searching on the well-worn path to middle age.

Octavius the 1stGaylord Brewer 85A published two books in 2008: his seventh full-length collection of poetry, The Martini Diet (Dream Horse Press), and the comic novella Octavius the 1st (Red Hen Press). Brewer is an English professor at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro.

dying Death an Bereavement in Social WorkVicki M. Runnion 88GK recently collaborated with Terry A. Wolfer on the book Dying, Death, And Bereavement in Social Work Practice, which features 23 decision cases based on interviews with professional social workers. Runnion is a social worker at Hospice of Louisville where she has been employed in end-of-life care since 1980.

Ben D. Kennedy 88A published Maid of Heaven: The Story of Saint Joan of Arc in 2007. Kennedy, who is known as the "Poet of Freedom" at, also is the author of 2004’s Why Is America so FAT? which makes a case that greed and politics play a much greater role in causing obesity than do improper diet and lack of exercise.

Kathleen DriskellKathleen Driskell’s 88A second book of poems, Seed Across Snow, has been published by Red Hen Press of Los Angeles. Driskell is the associate program director of the brief-residency Master of Fine Arts in Writing Program at Spalding University.



Edgar Simon 41L has been volunteer pro bono attorney for more than 10 years at Bet Tzedek (House of Justice) Legal Services in Los Angeles where he recently was honored with the Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services for his services to the indigent. At 91, Simon is the legal service center’s oldest active pro bono attorney and very proud alumnus of the UofL Brandeis School of Law.



UofL’s Hite Art Institute recently featured a portion of the folk art collection of Allan Weiss 61A, 64L in a show titled, "The Medium is the Message." The show exhibited a portion of Weiss’ collection of hand-illustrated envelopes described in the show as "an underappreciated folk art form."

Michael A. Owsley 68L recently was re-elected to the 8th Judicial Circuit Nominating Commission. He was elected to the commission at its inception in 1976 and has served continuously since that time. In his capacity on the commission, he assists with filling any vacant judicial positions on courts in the 8th Judicial Circuit, which includes Warren County. He is a founding partner in English Lucas Priest & Owsley LLP in Bowling Green, Ky., where he currently practices law. 

Marc CummingsMarc L. Cummings 68A, 76GE recently was appointed head of the English as a Second Language (ESL) Department at Jefferson Community and Technical College in Louisville. He is an at-large member of the board of KY-TESOL, the state professional organization for ESL teachers. He has taught ESL in Saudi Arabia and Venezuela and in UofL’s Intensive English as a Second Language program.



Rev. Richard A. (Dick) Haynes 70A is spiritual life director for Paraclete Retreat Center, a 12-bed modern log facility on Little Fox Lake in Brown County, Ind. The non-denominational organization provides a peaceful rural setting for Christian spiritual growth.

Carol S. Spalding 71A recently was named president of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College in North Carolina. 

Dr. Gene P. Siegal 74MD has been named the inaugural holder of the Robert W. Mowry Endowed Professorship in Pathology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Siegal is an international expert on the hormonal and nutritional factors that impact the cancer cell’s ability to invade and metastasize. 

Charlene Hoffman Shults 75MA recently was elected secretary-treasurer of the Texas Council of Academic Librarians.

Melissa Mershon 75B recently was honored with the 2008 Presentation Academy Tower Award for Women Leaders in the government and law category. Mershon is director of the Louisville Metro Department of Neighborhoods.

Stephen HuttiStephen A. Hutti 77S, 78GS was named 2009 Engineer of the Year by the St. Louis chapter of the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers.

Stephen A. Elbert 78GA  is vice chairman of BP America Inc. and serves as vice chairman for the BP America External Advisory Board and member of the BP America Operations Advisory Board. Before his current appointment, Elbert was vice president and director of Regulatory Affairs—BP America’s senior executive with accountability for the company’s interaction with regulatory agencies in the United States. From 1999 to 2006, he was vice president of Remediation Management—responsible for managing BP’s environmental liabilities worldwide.

Dr. Donn R. Chatham 78MD is the new president of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), the world’s largest specialty association that represents more than 2,700 facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons across the globe. Chatham practices facial plastic surgery with offices in both Louisville and New Albany.

Mark J. Perelmuter Mark J. Perelmuter 78DMD of St. Matthews’ Perelmuter & Goldberg Orthodontics earned first place honors for complex case treatment at the national Invisalign Orthodontic Summit this past November in Las Vegas. Perelmuter is widely considered an expert and one of the foremost authorities in Invisalign, a cutting-edge technique that straightens teeth using clear plastic trays that can’t be seen with the naked eye.

Linda L. Belcher 78GE was elected to serve in the Kentucky House of Representatives for the 49th district. 

Barbara Sexton Smith 79B recently was honored with the 2008 Presentation Academy Tower Award for Women Leaders in the arts and communications category. Smith is executive vice president of the Fund for the Arts.

Susan Stout Tamme 79N, 82GU recently received Jewish Hospital’s Excellence in Nursing Award. Tamme is president of Baptist Hospital East in Louisville.



Lynda Wilkerson 82GK recently was awarded a 2008 Homecoming Distinguished Alumna Award from Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Ky.

Col. George Anthony DillyCol. George Anthony Dilly 83A recently was appointed the 21st U.S. Army chief dietitian, Army Medical Department nutrition program manager and an assistant chief of the Army Medical Specialist Corp. He is the only registered dietitian ever to attend the National War College where he earned a master’s degree in strategic studies. He has held a variety of policy, force structure, operational and clinical positions in the Army Medical Department during the past 25 years.

Wayne KaremWayne A. Karem 83S, 84GS received the Best Paper of the Year Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities for his paper, "Settlement of Mine Spoil Fill From Water Infiltration: A Case Study in Eastern Kentucky." Karem is principal at Vector Engineers, Inc. in Shelbyville, Ky., and an adjunct professor of civil engineering at the University of Kentucky.

Capt. Mark B. Lyles 86DMD received the AMSUS 2008 Carl A. Schlack Award. The award honors accomplishments that significantly enhance the stature of the dental profession. AMSUS is the Society of the Federal Health Agencies, which was founded in 1891 and chartered by Congress in 1903. The name of the organization Association of Military Surgeons of the United States is historically significant but the literal wording of its title does not cover its current full mission of advancing all aspects of federal medicine.

Robert C. Harding II 89A, 01GA is director of international studies and assistant professor of political science at Spring Hill College in Mobile, Ala.



Jay Powell Davidson 91GK, founder of The Healing Place in Louisville, recently was awarded The Purpose Prize for people over 60 who are taking on society’s biggest challenges. The Purpose Prize, now in its third year, is the nation’s only large-scale investment in social innovators in the second half of life. A former alcoholic and military officer, Davidson created a successful new model for simultaneously housing the homeless and treating alcohol and drug addiction.

Linda Eisabeth Beattie 91GA recently was named chair of the Adult Accelerated Program and professor of English at Spalding University in Louisville.

Roger S. Woodman 93L recently was promoted to managing director of Morgan Keegan & Company Inc.’s Atlanta Investment Banking Group.

Anthony Sammons 95L recently was named partner at the law firm Woodward Hobson & Fulton. He concentrates his practice in the areas of product liability, complex litigation, insurance defense and appellate advocacy.

Mark A. Loyd 96GB, 01L recently was appointed chair of the state and local tax team of the Louisville law firm of Greenebaum Doll & McDonald.  Loyd, a member of the firm’s tax and finance practice group, concentrates his practice in state, local and federal taxation, tax controversy/litigation and governmental affairs.

Sharon R. Vriesenga 97L is an attorney with the U.S. Air Force Legal Operations Agency in San Antonio, Texas.

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Matthew R. Grant 98L is staff judge advocate for the 366th Fighter Wing at Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho. 

Abigail Smith 99A is finishing up a doctoral degree in English literature at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. She is returning to Louisville after seven years in the British Isles.

Jim ScholesJim Scholes 99E recently accepted the position of vice president of human resources for Talent Tree, a nationwide professional staffing organization based in Houston.



Patrick Shane O'BryanPatrick Shane O’Bryan 00L recently was named partner at the law firm Woodward Hobson & Fulton. His practice is primarily in litigation with an emphasis on product liability, insurance defense and commercial litigation. 

Former UofL cheerleader Kimberly Risicato 01A for the past 5 years has been working Conde Nast Publications in New York City. She started at Footwear News, a trade magazine owned by Fairchild Publications (a division of Conde Nast) as a sales director of New York accounts. Risicato eventually jumped to the now defunct Jane magazine before landing at the shopping publication Lucky Magazine in late 2006 as the luxury and accessories director. In both 2007, she was named 2007 "Salesperson of the Year" and was promoted to an executive director role. She again won "Salesperson of the Year" in 2008.  

Michele' LawlisMichele’ E. Lawlis 01A recently was appointed executive director of the Office of Diversity and Equality in Frankfort. The office is located in the Kentucky Personnel Cabinet and oversees the development and implementation of affirmative action, equal opportunity compliance and workforce diversity issues. Prior to the transition, Lawlis served as EEO compliance officer with Louisville Metro Government.

Dr. Jason Miller 03MD, MR has been named Oaklawn facility’s first director of rehabilitation. Located in Louisville’s east end, Oaklawn is Kentucky’s only skilled nursing facility to name an in-house physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) specialist dedicated to restoring patients’ physical function. 

Loren Jaggers 03A works in the publicity department for Scribner, a division of Simon & Schuster, in New York City. After graduating from UofL, he earned a master’s degree in publishing and writing from Emerson College in Boston.

Jeremy NelsonJeremy J. Nelson 03GE, 06L has joined the Louisville law firm of Sampson & Slechter. His practice consists of all types of personal injury cases with particular emphasis in workers’ compensation and nursing home neglect.

Carmen Noltemeyer-Williams 04S, 06GE, a geotechnical engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District, was recently selected for the "New Faces in Engineering" award program. Noltemeyer-Williams made the list of the top five young engineers nationwide.

B.J. Jansen 04MU is host of "The Jazz Life" every Sunday night from 9 p.m. to midnight on WPSC 88.7 FM from the campus of William Paterson University of New Jersey. Without any prior radio hosting experience, the jazz baritone sax artist created his show to bring audiences to the next generation of jazz artists, who generally would receive little or no airplay in the United States.

John Martin-RutherfordJohn Martin-Rutherford 05GB recently was named department chair of Harrington College of Design’s interior design program, one of the largest such programs in the country.

James N. Martin 05A, 08L recently joined the law firm Dinsmore & Shohl’s Louisville office. He practices in the firm’s Corporate Department.

Kristin (Edwards) Worthen 05A graduated from the Chase School of Law in May of last year and passed the Kentucky Bar.

Scott HigdonScott W. Higdon 05S, 08L recently joined the law firm Middleton Reutlinger. He focuses on patent law in the firm’s intellectual property practice. 

Doug WamplerDoug Wampler 07GS is an assistant professor at Bellarmine University in Louisville.

Camille Sandlin Croweak 07GP is a zero tolerance specialist with NorthKey Community Care in Florence, Ky.

Stephen R. Evans 07SP, 08A is a detective sergeant with the Fairview Heights Police Department in Fairview Heights, Ill.

Craig S. Frey 08GE was a presenter at the National Middle School Association’s Annual Conference held this past fall in Denver. He led a session on "data driven flexible grouping," showcasing effective middle school grouping in mathematics and the differentiated instructional practices accompanying each group. Frey is a math and science teacher at Bardstown Middle School.

Maisah K. Edwards 08GP is an epidemiologist with the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness.

Emily Wang ZahnEmily Wang Zahn 08L recently joined the law firm Dinsmore & Shohl’s Louisville office. She practices in the firm’s Corporate Department.

Anthony Zelli 08L recently joined the law firm Dinsmore & Shohl’s Louisville office. He practices in the firm’s Litigation Department.



Hugo L. Schaefer Jr. 38S, 39GS, the chemical engineer who first developed and manufactured Saran Wrap, died on Oct. 27. He was 91.

Shortly after graduating from DuPont Manual Training High School and UofL, Schaefer worked in research and development for The Dow Chemical Co. in Midland, Mich., where he concentrated on the fabrication of products from Saran—primarily plastic films and coatings. He eventually developed the process for manufacturing Saran film, which original was used as protective casing for the overseas shipment of machine guns during World War II.

Following the war, he developed and manufactured the first commercial plastic household wrap—Saran Wrap, which has been ubiquitous in U.S. kitchens for more than 50 years.

Harold Edward (Hal) Richardson, a long-time UofL professor of American literature, died Dec. 6. He was 79.

He taught in the College of Arts and Sciences from 1968-1998 and was the author of six books, including Jesse Stuart and Cassius M. Clay biographies. He was regarded as the founder of the Jesse Stuart Foundation, which is devoted to preserving the human and literary legacy of Stuart and other Kentucky and Appalachian writers. Richardson served as the foundation’s first board chair and later as editor-in-chief.

Bohdan Hurko 56S, credited with inventing the self-cleaning oven while working for General Electric in Louisville, died Dec. 11. He was 92.

A native of Ukraine, Hurko came to the United States in 1950. An immigrant with a master’s degree in engineering, he was working as a busboy at a hotel in Pittsburgh when he struck up a conversation with the visiting president of the old American Radiator & Standard Sanitary Co. in Louisville. He was offered a job.

Hurko moved to Louisville and worked in research and development for the company, soon earning his first two patents in plumbing. In 1955 he got a job at GE’s Appliance Park and set out to make his idea of a self-cleaning oven a reality. After working on what he called a "simple" basis of using heat to disintegrate organic material, U.S. Patent 3,121,158 was awarded and Hurko became an unsung hero of American kitchens in 1964,

After GE introduced the self-cleaning oven to consumers, one woman simply wrote him, "God bless you all," Hurko told the Courier-Journal later that year.

Kela Lyons Fee 93MD, MR, an obstetrician/gynecologist, died Dec. 12 after a four-year battle with cancer. She was 43.

The Thompkinsville native opened her medical practice in Bowling Green 10 years ago and had since become a well-known member of the community—not only through her work, but also through charitable fundraisers and numerous speeches about her illness, faith and positive attitude.

After being diagnosed with colon cancer in 2004, Fee started raising funds for the UofL James Graham Brown Cancer Center, raising more than $200,000 for the center through a variety of efforts. One was Kela’s Crew, a collaboration with the University of Western Kentucky University volleyball team that encourages people to pledge donations based on the number of aces the team serves in a game. She also raised funds through the annual Fall Golf Classic at The Club at Old Stone in Bowling Green. The 2008 Fall Golf Classic raised $95,000 for clinical trials research at Brown Cancer Center.






Janet Walton Wright Curl 35A

Mary P. Shannon 35LGH

Nannie A. Nally 36A

Mary B. Shelby 36A

Otto C. Krause 37S

Dorothy Haddock Pfingst 37A, 39GK

Anne Tyler Fairleigh Brooks 38A, 76GE

Evelyn R. Quirey 39A

Mr. Carl L. Wirpio 39S



Marcus R. Burke 40A

Jacob Grossman 40MD

Walter H. Stepchuck Sr. 40MD

James J. Caufield 41S, 47S, 73GS

Dorothy Tracy Schulten 42A


Richard F. Stevens Sr. 41S

Albert B. Kaelin 42L

A. Kent Hieatt 43A

David Nelson 43MD

Mack Rayburn 43MD

Zane Z. Skalski 43DMD

Clarence T. "Buddy" Hamrick Jr. 44DMD

S. Fred Kaufman 44MD

Martha R. McGreevy 44A

Edward H. Martin 45DMD

George B. Crafton 46MD

Ernest N. Dotson Sr. 46S

Theodore Barr Rogers 46DMD

John J. Leahy 47MD

Clyde W. Parker 47DMD

Emily Wymond Rush 47A

Mrs. Sylvia H. Coplan 48GK

William Hollis Ehlig 48S

James O. Stiles Sr. 48B, 60GB

Robert C. Stockler 48S, 72GB, 73GS

Lawrence A. Gamble 49GA

Roger W. Puckett 49L

Carolyn Hall Schroering 49A

Paul Wathen 49S



William G. Barclay Jr. 50S

Clem J. Blume 50S

Charles B. Hellman 50B

Charles C. McConnell 50A, 52L

Rev. Edmund J. McGill Jr. 50B

James E. Redden 50A

Claude Nathan David Thompson 50B

Fred Troxle 50A

John O. Winton 50GK

William J. Buckingham 51L

Ben T. Hieronymus 51DMD

Leo August Meyer 51B

Frank J. Schaefer 51A

Vernon White 51A

Mr. Willis C. Clark 52S

N. Mildred Martin 52GK

Susan M. Schuster 52A

Ben W. Crawford 53MD

Gene R. McGrew 53B

Charles A. Parman 53GK

William W. Fisher 54DMD

Charles F. Sanders 54S, 58GS

Robert E. Sapp 54B

Henry N. Sutherland 54A

Ota J. "O.J." Renegar Jr. 55MD

Dr. William S. Weir 55A

Stanley I. Bernstein 56MD

Charles D. Kearns 56L

Louis "Ed" Ballenger 57MU

Theodore A. Rixman 57B

John T. Smither 57A

Gary Stonecipher 57MU

Robert L. Ackerson 58L

Thomas L. Cochran Jr. 58S

Joseph E. Cox 58GK

Joseph Abel Hall 59E, 61GE

Henry Blair Huff 58GA



James D. Adams 60MD

Edith T. Cooper 60GE

Joseph L. Hanson 60B

Nola Rife Ware 60MU

Robert Bodre 61GA

Douglas W. Herold 63S, 74GS

Richard J. Ruppert 63A

Joyce E. Stewart 63E

Bobby D. Burns 65A, 67L

Joseph Kane 65GA

Judith A. (Brown) Nelson 65A

Richard A. Watts 65B

Gladys C. Dodson 66A, 74GE

Helga Kines 66GA

Eaph Lowe Jr. 66B

Lawrence Rapp Sr. 66GA, 74GA

Glenn A. Deuser 67B

Donna Herp 67GA, 86GAH

Eugene R. Lynch Jr. 67A

Rubye Keeling Rutter 67E

Linda Griffith 68E, 75GE

Frances Keightly Moseley 68A

John C. Worthington 68B

Marian I. Creech 69B, 70GB

Leta M. Hahn 69A

William H. Matthew 69MD

Roxie W. Wendel 69GE

Ruth J. Zellich 69E, 75GE



Michael J. Douglass 70S

Duane Jubenville 70GB

Peggy Ann (Shewmaker) Brown 71E, 80GE

Elizabeth Higginbotham 71GU

Perry M. Jones 71A

Shirley Ann Grubbs Stinnett 71E

Marjorie Chudacoff 72GE

Alfred J. Schnell 72B

Kenneth J. Muller 74GE

Larry R. Seigle 74A

Bernie R. Stivers 74B

Martha B. Beveridge 75GK

James A. Hendon 75GE

Rev. Robert W. Jones Jr. 75A

Robert David Fant 76MD

Carl C. Liebert Jr. 77A

Steven Marc Rubin 77A

Tony Sipes 77B

Steven C. Applegate 78A, 80GA, 82MD, 85MR

Ruben Alcides Kelly 78S

Sharon S. Rucker 78A

Rudolph Wagner 78GK

John G. Masler Jr. 79B



Rodney N. Gover 80B

Ruscelia G. White 80GE

Bradley W. Winchell 80S

Betty Sue Lazear 83GE

Maxwell R. Stringfield 83B, 89GB

Ida E. Wotring 84E

Joseph M. Mattingly 85B, 86B

Cheri Harned Wright-Murphy 85GK

Jean E. Woodworth 86L

Martha L. Lunsford 88E



Ann Phillips Friedman 90GK

Kermit C. Raydon Jr. 90GK

Jeffrey E. George 91MR

Kevin R. Jaggers 91S

Charles "Ned" Conrad 93B

Sharon J. Hayes 94B



Willie J. Virgil 02E

Jolene "Jo Jo" Scarborough 03A



Dr. Harold W. Baker

Linda B. Banks 02A

Dr. William J. Brown

Tara L. Emonz

David Wyndham Griffin 43MD

Peggy Howard Gwillim 51MD

Jerry D. Heacock

Jane Inez Isert

Stacy Jane Manion Kumar AC

Gene N. Milton

James C. Moore 46MD

Mary "Jan" Neuwirth

James D. Pietsch

Rev. Samuel W. Ryan 70A

James A. Van Fleet

R. Terry Veleta

Robert W. Weber


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