2011 Fall/Winter – Alumni News and Notes 1940’s, 50’s, 60’s


Francis J. DiVesta ’42 (ED) has co-authored Classroom Assessment in Action, published by Rowman & Littlefield in June. The book targets what teachers should know about assessments in the school, with a functional emphasis on formative assessment.



Bernard Sippin ’52 (BUS) was named “Outstanding Citizen of the Year” by the town of Monroe, Conn., in recognition of his vitality and generosity in the commercial and cultural life in the town.

Dave W. Carlson ’54 (BUS), ’64 MA and his wife, Joyce, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on April 28, 2011, with friends and family in Florida. He retired in 1991 as a principal and assistant superintendent in Ware, Mass.

Lois Greene Stone ’55 (ED) and her husband, Dr. Gerald E. Stone, celebrated 55 years of marriage and welcomed their 15th grandchild this spring. Lois, a writer and poet, is syndicated worldwide.

Peter van Dernoot ’57 (BUS), executive director of The Children’s Treehouse Foundation in Denver, provided a presentation about the foundation’s psychosocial intervention program, CLIMB®, in support of children of parents with cancer, at the International Psycho-Oncology Society Congress in Antalya,  Turkey. The specialized program  is currently used by more than 60 cancer centers in the United States and internationally.

Daniel Uman ’57 (CANR) is senior cost estimator at ITER in St. Paul en Provence, France, where he is assisting in developing and constructing the first 600MW plasma fusion-powered power plant. He previously served as principal estimator at his own cost consulting firm.

John Spallone ’58 (ENG) is retired and living in Nashua, N.H. He volunteers for the New Hampshire Association for the Blind and enjoys spending time with his family and watching UConn basketball.

Karl Larew ’59 (CLAS) has published six novels, including Candles in the Window, which is set at UConn. All six novels are available on Amazon.com, Smashwords.com, and Nook.com.

Paul J. Magnarella ’59 (BUS) recently published the book titled Human Rights in Our Time. He serves as director of Peace and Justice Studies at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, N.C.


Emanuel Melichar ’61 Ph.D. is retired from the Federal  Reserve Board. His website,  Emelichar.com, contains his papers on the farm financial boom-bust of 1972 to 1986, among others. He taught money and banking courses at UConn from 1958 to 1959.

Maurice Doolittle ’65 (ED) has retired after working as a physical therapist in five different states. He is looking forward to his retirement in Louisiana with his wife, Sunnie.

Pat Hinckley Aust ’66 MSW, who has worked with many children and teens who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, has had her most recent children’s novel, Hyper Harry, published through the Kindle store at Amazon.com. The novel tells the story of Ted, 13, who seeks to help his hyperactive younger brother, Harry, who tries to leave home after getting suspended from school.

Mary Lee (Washburn) Donahue ’66 MA received an award for responsible journalism from the New Jersey Press Association in 2010 in recognition of a series of editorials she wrote for South Jersey Newspapers.

Gary Goshgarian ’66 MA is the author of Tunnel Vision, a psychological thriller written under his pen name, Gary Braver, and published by Forge Books in June.

James Zullo ’66 (ED) retired as a high school basketball coach in New York with 528 wins.

Stuart M. Roth ’67 (BUS), ’71 JD is counsel for the firm Rogin Nassau LLC in Hartford, Conn., and litigates family law and personal injury cases.

Janice Law Trecker ’67 MA, ’92 Ph.D. retired from the UConn English department in 2010 after serving 20 years as an adjunct professor. She had a solo show of her paintings this past summer at the Eastern Expansion Gallery in Chicago.

Robert M. Valuk ’67 MA, ’73 6th Year is the author of his first work of fiction, The Collector: Bar Napkins Memoirs, published by Outskirts Press Inc. in April.

Kathleen A. Butler ’68 (CLAS), ’70 MA, ’81 Ph.D., acting dean of the School of Education at Saint Joseph College in West Hartford, Conn., is full professor of education.

Steven Stack ’69 (CLAS), ’70 MA, ’73 MA, ’76 Ph.D. is the co-author of Suicide Movies, Social Patterns: 1900-2009, published by Hogrefe in August. He is a professor in the psychiatry and criminology departments at Wayne State University in Detroit.