Class News

Edited by Amanda D'Assaro


’58 | After 52 years, Bruce Beal retired from active management of The Beal Companies. He moved to London in April 2012 where he has begun studying Asian art at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and has learned to use the Tube as public transportation, managing not to get too lost. Bruce visits his country home in west Ireland whenever he has the opportunity and enjoyed his three years of service on the College’s Board of Trustees. He writes, “I am hopeful that many of my classmates will be able to return for our 55th reunion next year. I look forward to seeing them.”


’62 | Linda Qualls Coffie ’78MSCJ P’85 P’89MBA P’90 P’92MAT shares a recent family portrait that includes her children Trey Coffie ’90 ’92MAT and Ashlie Coffie ’85 ’89MBA. The portrait was taken while Trey and his family were visiting from Korea.


’70 | Gary Casselman co-wrote Waking the Sleeping Giant: How Mainstream Americans Can Beat Liberals at Their Own Game with his business partner. The team has been featured on numerous talk shows including Fox & Friends. The book is available on and the company’s website,

’71 | David Hobart was highlighted on the Los Alamos National Laboratory website in early 2012. He discussed chemistry, the periodic table, and a lecture he delivered in 2009 to the Russian Academy of Sciences. 

’73 | Christopher Murray joined Hayden Wealth Management Group in Westport, CT, as a financial planner and board member of the Financial Planning Association. In February, the American Culinary Federation (ACF) presented Richard Cote with the 2012 Southeast Region Hermann G. Rusch Chef’s Achievement Award, which honors chefs who have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to both ACF and the culinary profession. Richard is a candidate for the federation’s national award. In March 2012, Tom Austin ’76MEd celebrated his 1,000th win as head baseball coach at Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC.

’78 | On May 4, Elizabeth Blossey P’04 P’07 received a doctor of nursing practice degree from the University of Florida. She is a certified nurse midwife and a faculty member in the medical education department at Orlando Health.

’79 | Tony Lembeck serves as CEO of NAI Friedland Realty, the largest privately owned commercial realty firm in Westchester, NY. Each summer, Tony supports Camp Viva, a respite camp for locals and their families who are living with HIV/AIDS. Leslie Waltke was appointed to global vice president of human resources at Shire, a global specialty biopharmaceutical company.


’80 | Winter Park Land Company Broker Pitt Warner received the annual Community Leader Award from Leadership Winter Park in June 2012 for his exemplary leadership qualities and commitment to furthering the Winter Park community. Pitt is past chair and member of Tar Boosters at Rollins. Tim Zyburt and Matt Callway, sons of Bob Zyburt and Paul Callway ’79, respectively, completed their volleyball season at Wheaton South High School by winning the Illinois State Title with a 42-0 undefeated record and being named the top volleyball team in the nation by ESPNHS. Both will play college volleyball, Tim at Nazareth College and Matt at Penn State.

’82 | Longtime friends Michael Stewart, Bill Sheaf, Sherrie Latham Hill, Tom Cooper, and Jim Killam gathered for a Christmas party last December, a tradition since 1993.

’83 | Cindy Hahamovitch, a history professor at William & Mary, received the Philip Taft Labor History Book Award for her book No Man’s Land: Jamaican Guestworkers in America and the Global History of Deportable Labor at the annual meeting of the Labor and Working-Class History Association in late April. The book was also recognized by the Organization of American Historians as the year’s best book in American social and/or American intellectual history, receiving the Merle Curti Award, as well as the James A. Rawley Prize in American History, an award bestowed on the year’s best book associated with the history of race relations in the U.S.

’84 | Thomas Hauske P’12 P’16 and Kim Bistrain-Slater P’12 celebrated the graduation of their daughters, Grace Hauske ’12 and Addie Slater ’12. Addie followed in her mother’s footsteps by becoming a Kappa Kappa Gamma sister.

’85 | Karim Rahemtulla’s ’90MBA book Where in the World Should I Invest?: An Insider’s Guide to Making Money Around the Globe reached No. 3 on Amazon’s best-seller list and No. 1 for new releases. (See story.)

’87 | Jeff McCormick was promoted to director of development and planned giving at his alma mater, Saint Ignatius High School in Cleveland.


’90 | Jonathan Chisdes married Natasha Agee in Winter Springs, FL, on 1/15/12. Carol Kostick and Virgil Schenck ’96MBA went on an Alaskan fishing trip earlier this year. A special education consultant, Carol is pursuing a master of science in education degree with a focus on learning disabilities at Nova Southeastern University. Virgil is the former director of The Schenck Company in Orlando and Cocoa Beach, FL. The two divide their time between New Smyrna Beach, FL; Savannah, GA; and Bryson City, NC.

’94 | Eric Page has been listed among the 2012 Florida Rising Stars by Super Lawyers magazine. Eric is an associate at Hill Ward Henderson in Tampa, FL.

’97 | Nicole Metsisto Mazer and husband, Jeffrey, welcomed Madeleine Diana on 9/30/11.

’98 | Junia Jean-Giles Beaubrun and husband, Jonas Beaubrun ’02, welcomed Jathaniel J. on 6/8/11. Susan McLean and husband, Matt, welcomed Noelle Anastasia on 9/13/11.


’00 | Christopher Fama recently published A Listening Curriculum for the Lower-Division College Student: A Step-by-Step Course Design for Listening.

’02 | Kristi Dickey was appointed volunteer coordinator at the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Titusville, FL. Miracle Mile Girls, a short film directed by Katie Marzullo last spring, was accepted to the Cannes Film Festival and screened in May 2012. Laura Abruzzese married Christopher Rossi in Summit, NJ, on 6/1/12.

’03 | Robin Berry ’11MLS received the Teacher of the Year Award at Teague Middle School in Altamonte Springs, FL. Alabama resident Pete Blank ’03MHR and his family lost their home in a tornado earlier this year. The family took shelter in their basement during the storm and, thankfully, each member escaped with minor injuries. Elizabeth Logan married David Smith in Altamonte Springs, FL, on 11/18/11. Andrew Merkin and wife, Crystal Watson, welcomed Rory Hazel on 3/13/12. Sarah Sherwood Westover and husband, Jeffrey Westover ’02, welcomed Emily Jo on 8/20/11.

’04 | Theresa Masters McDonald and husband, William, welcomed Connor Ayden on 1/23/12.

’05 | Colleen McCall Trusler plays the supporting role of Alanna in the film October Baby, which opened nationwide March 23. For more information, visit

’06 | Marina Souto Elliot and husband, Gavin, welcomed Ann Victoria on 7/22/10. Claire Kunzman ’10MBA was promoted to vice president of client services at Cheryl Andrews Marketing. Daniell Robertson ’10MBA and Alexandra Lang ’11 ’12MBA became engaged on 3/3/12 in Napa, CA. Allison Wasserman Hoffman ’08MBA currently serves as marketing manager at Globalstar.

’07 | Whitney Cary, Kate Gallagher, Erin Cornack, Jordan Ward ’08MAT, and Mimi Bloom celebrated the engagement of Ashley Sakmar ’06 and Matthew Nahmias at Ashley’s bachelorette party in Siesta Key, FL.

’09 | Blakie Joyner married Drew Bernstein ’11MBA in Montverde, FL, on 4/14/12. Annie Harris married Taylor Kettler in Easton, MD, on 10/1/11.

In Memory

Dorothy Edwards Smith ’36 P’66 died February 3, 2012.

Annette Twitchell Whiting ’36 died April 19, 2012.

Tenna Head Pomper ’48 died January 29, 2012.

Ralph T. Cowan ’49 died April 1, 2012.

Carleton C. Emery ’49 died March 7, 2012.

John L. Shollenberger ’49 died January 30, 2012.

Marilyn Pearson ’50 died March 3, 2012.

William K. Smythe ’50 died February 14, 2012.

Leonard G. Benson ’52 died March 21, 2012.

John M. DeGrove ’53 died April 16, 2012.

J. Moritz Grolimund ’54 died July 6, 2009.

H. Dewey Anderson ’56 died April 5, 2012.

Edward S. Fawcett ’56 died January 2, 2012.

Richard C. Crabb ’59 died May 4, 2012.

Robert L. Craig ’59 died January 1, 2012.

Ann Henson ’59 died February 28, 2012.

Eleanor Shaw Kenyon ’60 ’65MAT died April 11, 2012.

Richard D. Einhorn ’61 died March 19, 2011.

Meredith Fuller Baum ’65 died August 17, 2011.

Patricia Kaye Knight ’65 died February 2, 2012.

Willard E. Shaw ’68HH died June 9, 2011.

Karen Keim ’74 died March 31, 2012.

Steven M. Bell ’84 died February 23, 2012.

Josh Ilutzi ’99 died April 9, 2012.

Faculty & Staff

Naomi Dickinson P’72, a Rollins employee from 1966-84, died February 26, 2012. For the majority of her tenure, she served as administrative assistant to the vice president for business and finance and treasurer.