Class News

Edited by Amanda D'Assaro


’50 | Our condolences to Arnold Howell, whose wife, Joyce, died September 4, 2011.

’58 | “Sunset of the Century,” a photograph celebrating the sunsets of Sedona, AZ, by Beverly Keivman Copen, received first place in Arizona Highways magazine’s 2012 Online Photography Contest last August and was featured in the eSeptember issue of the magazine. Beverly has lived in Sedona for seven years.


’64 | For last year’s 10th anniversary of 9/11, Russell Friedman published an op-ed piece about why we should remember 9/11 in the Los Angeles Daily News on September 7, 2011.


’74 | The Spring 2010 issue featured a story on Frank Bucci ’74 and his commitment to complete 1,000 cataract surgeries at his eye center in Peru, the Eye Institute of the Sacred Heart (Instituto de Ojos Sacro Cuore). As of November 1, 2011 (two years after signing a contract with the Clinton Foundation), his center has performed 4,400 free contact surgeries.

’76 | On May 7 in St. Augustine, FL, Hollis Stacy will be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame Veterans Category during Players Championship week. Hollis, a three-time U.S. Girls’ Junior winner, holds 18 career LPGA titles, including three U.S. Women’s Opens.

’79 | Felicia Hutnick and Nancy Yeargin Furman ’77 tailgated with Clemson students Alexis Hutnick Kaiser and Robert Furman at a Clemson football game last fall.


’84 | Jim Ramsey and David Hannah reconnected last summer in Arlington, VA. The two are pictured with their intramural basketball championship trophy.

’86| Allison Standish Plimpton was named vice president of commercial lending for the greater Hartford and Manchester areas at First Niagara late last year. Allison is charged with managing commercial relationships throughout the region, generating new business banking opportunities, and expanding commercial loans and deposit relationships for the bank.

’88 | Dana Gebhart Fiser, global CEO of Jenny Craig, Inc., was honored in the Moves Magazine 2011 awards feature. Other honorees include designer Betsey Johnson, journalist Lisa Ling, and actor Rosie Perez.


’95 | Christopher Fitzgerald will play alongside actors Kristin Wiig and Annette Bening in the film Imogene, which will be released this year.

’97 | Greg Romagnoli was named partner and executive vice president of brand development at Dog & Pony Advertising and Smoke and Mirrors Video Production Studios in Miami, FL. Greg lives in Fort Lauderdale with his English bulldog Vegas. Julia Jerome Tucker ’00MHR and husband, John Tucker ’96, welcomed James Jerome Stewart on 10/11/11.

’98 | Shannon Barry O’Grady and husband, Chris, welcomed Teagan Foster on 6/28/11. Shannon Gryn Severin and husband, Will, welcomed Christopher William on 10/19/11. Christina Leh Simon ’01MBA and husband, Todd, welcomed Cassidy Grace on 9/15/11.

’99 | Jon Titone and wife, Emily Emerson Titone ’97, welcomed Hunter Samuel on 9/24/11.


’00 | Barry Janay and wife, Lauren, welcomed Sophie Claire on 7/7/11. Nellie Lackman became partner in the litigation practice at Cowan DeBaets Abrahams & Sheppard LLP, a boutique intellectual property, media, and entertainment law firm, in August 2011. She specializes in copyright, trademark, digital media, and entertainment law.

’01 | Last summer, Matthew Porter won the United States Tennis Association National Men’s Open Grass Courts title, singles and doubles, in Newport, RI. A stockbroker in Boston, Matthew was the number one player on the 2001 Rollins National Tennis Championship team.

’02| Christiana Laventure Thornton was appointed president and CEO of the New Hampshire Bankers Association statewide trade association. Former vice president of government relations at the organization, Christiana will continue to manage the deployment of state and federal government relations assets in addition to her new responsibilities, which include media and public relations and membership development and office administration. She lives in Manchester, NH, with her husband, Jeff, and their two children, Owen and Natalie. Lorna Truett recently joined Mark M. O’Mara, P.A. law firm as an associate, representing clients in a variety of criminal and family law cases. Lorna earned a juris doctorate from Florida A&M University College of Law in December 2010 and has worked as a legal assistant for the past ten years.

’03 | Akmal Ali , former deputy director in the SAFETY Act office of the Department of Homeland Security,was appointed principal at the Washington, D.C.-based government consulting firm Catalyst Partners. In his new role, Akmal will concentrate on the firm’s homeland security portfolio. Heather Newberg married Jesse Erickson in Sanford, FL, on 11/11/11. Amanda Smith Hungerford and husband, Bruce, welcomed Avery Jean on 3/9/11. Our apologies to Kevin Rahimi and Morgan Ayres Rahimi ’04 for publishing the incorrect name for their son Callaway in the fall 2011 issue. Alicia Stevens owns and operates Alicia Stevens Yoga in Sarasota, FL, and leads yoga retreats internationally. Alicia also serves as yoga specialist at IMG executives, where her clients include musicians, advertising executives, and film producers. She has produced Full Moon Flow and Vinyasa and Vino, popular yoga events in Sarasota. In December 2011, Alicia hosted Hyatt Regency Sarasota’s first yoga retreat. She credits Rollins and her first yoga instructor, Charles, for jumpstarting her journey.

’06 | Laura Evans ’09MBA married Wyatt Flores ’07 in the Bahamas on 6/4/11. Peterson Hostetler works as a financial adviser with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in Chattanooga, TN. Derek McIver married Matthew Turner in Mexico City, Mexico, last summer. In May 2011, Derek completed his MBA at Suffolk University.

’10 | Adrian Cohn began serving as site supervisor of the St. Bernard Project on October 10, 2011. The project has been active in rebuilding New Orleans, LA, since 2006 following the devastation from Hurricane Katrina.

In Memory

Janet Harrington Weidmann ’42 died September 27, 2011.

Dean W. Waddell ’43 died January 1, 2012.

Nancy Corbett Dillon ’45 died November 19, 2011.

Gus K. Sakkis ’48 died November 23, 2011.

Jack W. Belt ’50 died November 6, 2011.

George W. Bissett ’52 died October 16, 2011.

James F. Bocook ’55 died September 17, 2011.

Elizabeth Wagley Danforth ’55 died August 10, 2011.

Ann Johnston Hearn ’65 died December 1, 2011.

Michael J. Vonder Heide ’80 died December 12, 2011.

Stephen P. Langsenkamp ’85 died November 12, 2011.

Michelle Rice Mitchell ’91 died February 18, 2012.

Anthony W. Orrell ’95 died September 12, 2011.

Kathleen O’Callaghan ’98 died December 30, 2011.

Elouise Cobell ’07, an honorary alumna, died October 16, 2011.