2013 Fall – Alumni News and Notes: 1950s, 1960s


Charles Vigra ’52 (BUS) was inducted into the Berlin (Conn.) High School Athletic Hall of Fame in February, recognizing his accomplishments playing baseball and basketball, as well as serving as class president from his sophomore to senior year. He also played baseball at UConn.

Lois Greene Stone ’55 (ED), author and poet, has personal items in 49 different museums and historical societies, including The Smithsonian Institution. Married since 1956 to Dr. Gerald E. Stone, she witnessed her physician husband place the Doctor of Medicine hood over a grandson’s shoulders. Two of her 15 grandchildren are married.

Glen W. Swanson ’55 (BUS) is the author of Storm Clouds over Iraq: The Road to War: A Disturbingly Prescient Study of Misinformation and Cultural Ignorance, an extended version of his previously published eBook Storm Clouds over Iraq. He has written several books and articles about the Middle East and Islam.


Thomas A. Marks ’62 (CLAS), ’67 MS is the author of Strays, a novel released by Xlibris in September 2012.

Joel Hirschhorn ’64 (CLAS) was included in Florida Super Lawyers, 2013 Edition.

David Seaman ’67 (BUS) retired after a 45-year career in the textile, fiber, apparel, and shoe business with companies such as Eastman Kodak, Levi Strauss, Lee Jeans, Carter’s Childrenswear, and Cole Haan.

Len Yannielli ’67 (CLAS), professor emeritus at Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury, Conn., is the author of Moon Shadow of War, a memoir released in April by Amazon Books.

Scott Cowen ’68 (BUS), president of Tulane University in New Orleans, received the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award from the UConn Alumni Association. He was honored for rebuilding the university after Hurricane Katrina, establishing a charter school, and creating a public service requirement for undergraduates to help the city of New Orleans.

Elton B. Harvey III ’69 (CLAS), an attorney with Baillie & Hershman P.C., was elected chairman of the Connecticut Bar Association Real Property Section for 2013-2014.

David P. Marks ’69 (CLAS), ’71 MBA, chief investment officer of insurance company CUNA Mutual Group, joined Conning Holdings Corp.’s Board of Directors as an independent director.