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Villanova Magazine - Class Notes - Fall 2017



65th Reunion
May 31–June 3, 2018

60th Reunion
May 31–June 3, 2018


Martin G. Galvin, PhD, ’58 CLAS published the book of poetry A Way to Home: New and Selected Poems, 2017.


55th Reunion
May 31–June 3, 2018

50th Reunion
May 31–June 3, 2018

J. Edmund Mullin ’63 CLAS, ’66 CWSL of Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin, received the Pennsylvania Bar Association Fifty-Year Member Award.

Jim O’Brien, PhD, ’63 CLAS received the Elizabeth Wood Award for science writing. His book The Scientific Sherlock Holmes won an Edgar Award in 2013.

Frank Clancy ’65 VSB, ’71 MA retired in 2014 after 40 years as a tenured professor of English specializing in Irish Literature at Armstrong State University.

Lucille Cerchiaro Gambardella, PhD, ’67 CON was named Delaware Nurse Legend by the Delaware Nurses Association, Delaware Association for Nurse Executive Leadership and Delaware Today magazine.

Jerome Rubin ’69 CWSL joined the Seattle office of Williams Kastner in the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice group.


45th Reunion
May 31–June 3, 2018

40th Reunion
May 31–June 3, 2018

Frank Falcone ’70 COE, ’73 MS has been cited by the Philadelphia Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers as its Educator of the Year for 2017. For more than four decades, Falcone has taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels in Villanova’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Michael J. Lotito ’70 CLAS, ’74 CWSL, a shareholder at Littler Mendelson PC, has been elected as a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.

The Hon. Frank M. Ciuffani ’73 CWSL retired as a judge of the New Jersey Superior Court in Middlesex County, N.J., and rejoined Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer PA as of counsel.

Brian M. McNeill ’73 CLAS recently retired after 43 years with the Newtown Township, Pa., Police Department and was selected as the grand marshal of the 2017 Marple Newtown, Pa., Fourth of July Parade.

Marc Goodman ’74 CWSL was sworn in for his fifth term as elected county attorney for Lyon County, Kan.

Retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Charles J. Dunlap Jr. ’75 CWSL was the recipient of St. Joseph’s Office of Veteran Services’ TEC5 George J. Beichl, PhD ’39 Award.

Robert DiTomasso, PhD, ’76 MS, professor and chair of Psychology at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, has been inducted into the Fellowship of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia.

Michael J. McDonald ’76 CLAS began his second one-year term as secretary of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

Ronald R. Steger ’76 VSB has been appointed to the board of directors of Global Eagle Entertainment, and is also a member of the board of directors and audit committee chair of the Overseas Shipholding Group Inc.

Mark Gibney ’77 CWSL recently served for three years as the inaugural Raoul Wallenberg Visiting Professor of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute in Lund, Sweden. He has since returned to his role as the Belk Distinguished Professor in the Humanities at the University of North Carolina Asheville.

The Hon. Bradford Bury ’78 CWSL, judge of the Superior Court in Somerset County, N.J., has been assigned to the Criminal Division.

Mary Cushing Doherty ’78 CWSL served as one of the course planners for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s Family Law Institute.

Stephen G. Jepson ’79 VSB has joined Evans Bancorp Inc. as vice president and director of Employee Benefits.

William J. Kamski ’79 CWSL was promoted to senior vice president-senior attorney of Valley National Bank.

David R. Laffey ’79 VSB was promoted to executive vice president at LCS Real Estate. He was also appointed to the board of managers for Life Care Companies LLC.

Doug Robison ’79 CWSL was elected to a third term as the presiding judge for the 393rd District Court of Denton County, Texas.


35th Reunion
May 31–June 3, 2018

30th Reunion
May 31–June 3, 2018

Merrell C. Cashion Jr. ’80 COE has been appointed administrative patent judge at the United States Patent and Trademark Office Patent, Trial and Appeal Board.

Gary D. Bressler ’81 CWSL was elected vice chair of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Conference.

Gerald Edwards ’81 MS is chief technical officer of The Sourcing Group LLC in New York City.

Nicholas W. Martino ’81 VSB has joined High Road Capital Partners as an operating partner.

Maribeth Schreder LeBreton, DNP, CRNP, ’81 CON received a Lancaster Catholic High School Alumni Citation Award for Outstanding Professional Achievement.

Ed Wallace ’81 VSB published the book The Relationship Engine: Connecting With the People Who Power Your Business.

Charles Eppolito III ’82 VSB, ’95 CWSL is president-elect of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

Ernest F. Hart ’83 CWSL is a judge of the Supreme Court 11th Judicial District in New York.

James D. Adams ’84 MS has joined KS Engineers PC as a vice president.

Gregory R. Gifford ’84 CWSL was elected vice president of the Montgomery Bar Association in Norristown, Pa.

Frank Haarlander ’84 MS published the book How to Resolve Your IRS Tax Debt Problems.

Thomas F. Kolon, MD, ’84 CLAS, pediatric urologist at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, was named the Howard Snyder III Chair in Pediatric Urology and elected secretary of the Medical Staff. As a deacon, he was asked by Bishop David O’Connell to serve on the Planning and Implementation Commissions for Faith in Our Future of the Diocese of Trenton, N.J.

John P. Lynskey ’84 MA is the assistant principal at Christopher Columbus High School in Miami.

Katie Scanlon LeBlanc ’84 VSB recently completed a summer of service through UNITAS Service Experience.

Robert A. Warfel ’84 CLAS was presented the Senior Class Faculty Award at the 2017 Commencement Exercises of the Church Farm School in Exton, Pa., where he teaches World and Advanced Placement Literature, serves as freshman grade level leader, and is head coach of the varsity bowling team.

Retired Navy Capt. Paul Hechenberger ’85 VSB is deputy general counsel at Spirit AeroSystems Inc. He retired in 2015 as a captain in the US Navy Reserve after 30 years of service.

Richard Mennies ’85 CWSL and Ryan Palmer ’85 CWSL formed the litigation law firm Mennies & Palmer, with an office in Conshohocken, Pa.

James Pezzotti ’85 COE, ’91 MS has been cited by the Philadelphia Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers as Structural Engineer of the Year for 2017.

Peter G. Callaghan ’86 CLAS, ’89 CWSL was recently inducted as a fellow by the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Thomas A. Costigan ’86 COE was named a Leader of Industry by the Concrete Industry Board Inc.

Karen Buck ’87 CWSL, executive director of the SeniorLAW Center, held the Age Out Loud event in Philadelphia. She was also awarded the 2016 Independence Foundation Senior Public Interest Attorney Fellowship and traveled to Iceland, Japan, Australia and New Zealand to meet with leaders in law, government and aging to share best practices in access to justice.

Gerald B. “Jay” Halt Jr. ’87 COE, president and CEO of Volpe and Koenig PC, has been elected to serve on Villanova University’s Engineering Entrepreneurship Advisory Board for a three- year term.

John R. Mastrocola ’87 VSB was awarded the Howard Rosenberg Award by the National Father’s Day Council for his work with the American Diabetes Association.

Eric A. Packel ’87 CWSL was elected a partner at BakerHostetler in Philadelphia.

George Pallas ’88 CWSL was appointed as the firm-wide managing partner of Coen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC.

Stephen G. Harvey ’89 CWSL and Yolanda F. Pagano ’89 CWSL are co-founders of A Call to the Bar: Lawyers for Common Sense on Climate Change, the lead sponsor of the First National Conference of Lawyers Committed to Addressing the Climate Emergency, held April 28 at American University Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C.

Mark Van Blargan ’89 CWSL was presented with the 2016 Yenkowski Client Service Award by his firm McNees Wallace & Nurick.


Drama students and professor pose together

Sometimes a moment can ignite passion and lay out a path to bring an idea to life. For Christopher Dayett ’16 MA, whose work, Dorian Gray: The Musical, with additional music by Kevin Mucchetti, won selection to the New York Musical Festival in July, that spark began with the playwriting class of Michael Hollinger ’89 MA, professor of Theatre. The off-Broadway production, which sold out its three-show run at the Acorn Theatre in New York City, featured four other Villanova alumni: Courtney Boches ’14 MA (“Mrs. Vane,” costume designer), Lauren Davenport ’15 MA (stage manager), Brie Knight ’14 MA (“Madam Mientka”) and Christen Mandracchia ’15 MA (director).


25th Reunion
May 31–June 3, 2018

20th Reunion
May 31–June 3, 2018

Christopher Cronin ’90 COE was inducted as president of the Providence Engineering Society.

Christopher R. Rourke ’90 VSB has been appointed as president of Berkley North Pacific.

Richard Segrave-Daly ’90 VSB was promoted to general manager of sales for Packaging Corporation of America.

George Broseman ’91 CWSL was elected to the board of directors of Greater Valley Forge Transportation Management Association.

Mark Kinnee ’91 COE, senior vice president at Urban Engineers, has been named to the board of directors of the Philadelphia Highway Information Association.

Colleen Neary ’91 CWSL received the Chief Justice John P. Flaherty Award from the Pennsylvania Bar Association Conference of County Bar Leaders.

Maria Cimitile ’92 MA has been named provost and executive vice president for Academic and Student Affairs at Grand Valley State University.

Dennis W. Cole ’92 VSB has been elected treasurer of the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Elizabeth Preate Havey ’93 VSB recently joined the boards of the Belmont Charter Network and The Pennsylvania Society.

Russ Terry ’93 VSB recently published the books My Gratitude Journal and Our Gratitude Mission.

Paul DuRoss ’94 COE has been named as a vice president for CTA Construction Company Inc.

Michael Morea, Esq., ’94 CLAS recently founded the law firm Morea Law LLC in Upper Saddle River, N.J.

Brian Pitz ’94 VSB recently accepted a position as managing director and global co-head of Internet Investment Banking at Deutsche Bank.

Jim Wittmer ’94 CWSL was re-elected to Grant Thornton LLP’s partnership board.

Sean P. Kilkenny ’95 CLAS, Montgomery County, Pa., sheriff, has been appointed by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf to serve on the County Records Committee for a four-year term.

Stephanie MacDougall Richards ’95 VSB earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from George Mason University in May.

Christine Peterson Cappello ’95 CLAS welcomed a boy.

Jose G. Ramirez ’95 CLAS is assistant professor of Chiropractic at Missouri Orthopedic Institute, University of Missouri Health Care.

George Voegele ’95 CWSL was recently named to the Homeless Advocacy Project’s board of directors.

Christine Muller ’96 CLAS, ’02 MA, dean of Saybrook College and lecturer in American Studies at Yale University, published September 11, 2001 as a Cultural Trauma: A Case Study Through Popular Culture.

Thomas A. Specht ’96 CWSL and Jonathon E. Cross ’96 CWSL were promoted to shareholders at Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin.

Stacie M. Frank ’97 VSB is chief financial officer of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Laura Neenan Fogarty ’97 VSB has been named head of Healthcare Banking by Citizens Bank.

Jon Nehlsen ’97 CLAS was named associate dean of Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy.

Brian R. Elias ’98 CWSL joined the firm Wisler Pearlstine LLP as a partner.

John Giordano ’98 CLAS, ’02 CWSL has joined Archer as a partner in the firm’s Philadelphia office. Giordano recently served as deputy general counsel to the Presidential Transition Team of President Donald J. Trump and was a member of the US Department of Energy Landing Team.

Kim Lengel ’98 MS, vice president for Conservation and Education at the Philadelphia Zoo, has been working to support Pennsylvania legislation sanctioning the importation, sale and possession of ivory and rhinoceros horn in the state.

Nicole Murray ’98 VSB married Hubert Chen.

Travis Nelson ’98 VSB was elected chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Banking Law Section. Recently, Nelson and his wife, Kathryn Nunno Nelson ’99 CLAS, welcomed a boy.

Angelo Milicia ’99 CLAS, ’07 MA has been appointed head of school at Bishop Eustace Preparatory School in New Jersey.

Ellen Whitman Galla ’99 CLAS and John Galla ’99 CLAS, ’04 MA welcomed a boy.


Top photo: US Marine Corps veterans Jonathan Connors ’92 CLAS being interviewed by CNN’s Anderson Cooper; bottom photo: Elizabeth Schirmer Shores ’07 VSB holds example of solar-powered water purification technology

Villanovans across the country took action during hurricane season to help those affected by the storms in the southern United States and Caribbean.

In Houston, US Marine Corps veterans Jonathan Connors ’92 CLAS (top left, being interviewed by CNN’s Anderson Cooper), Trip Henderson ’92 and Lt. Col. Daniel Huvane ’96 VSB worked with Team Rubicon to help rescue Hurricane Harvey survivors.

After Hurricane Irma, Elizabeth Schirmer Shores ’07 VSB (bottom left), one of the inventors of a solar-powered water purification technology, traveled to assist communities in the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico in need of fresh water.

For more stories of Villanovan-led relief efforts after recent national disasters, visit


15th Reunion
May 31–June 3, 2018

10th Reunion
May 31–June 3, 2018

Carmen Douma-Hussar ’00 CLAS, a member of the 2004 Canadian Olympic team, was inducted into the Cambridge Sports Hall of Fame.

Sarah G. Kim ’00 CWSL was named Massachusetts’ deputy treasurer.

Salene Mazur Kraemer ’00 CWSL joined Bowles Rice LLP as an attorney.

Helen H. Mountain ’00 CWSL was appointed to the Radnor Township, Pa., Citizens Audit Review and Financial Advisory Committee. She was also named co-chair of the Chester County Bar Association’s Diversity Committee and was elected assistant treasurer of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania.

Shanley O’Keefe Walker ’00 CLAS welcomed a boy.

Katie Sarsfield ’00 CON married Matthew Craft.

Andrea L. Agalloco ’01 CLAS is a social worker at Mary’s Center in Washington, D.C., and recently married Thomas I. Wallof.

Meghan McGowan Casano ’01 CON is the co-founder and owner of Baby Sleep Science, Sleep Resource Center.

Megan Baksa Dalton ’02 CLAS, ’05 CWSL has been elected to partnership in Wisler Pearlstine LLP and is a member of the firm’s Litigation Practice group.

Michelle Boss Catucci ’02 CLAS has been named the executive director of the Connecticut School Counselor Association.

Katie Greene ’02 CLAS married Buck Ford.

Jennifer Honovic Herczeg ’02 CLAS was promoted to senior marketing strategist overseeing the Mid-Atlantic region for Chipotle Mexican Grill. She also recently welcomed a boy.

Lindsay Musselman ’02 COE welcomed a boy.

Ryan Nagle ’02 CLAS welcomed a girl.

Shila Nathan ’02 CLAS is the new co-host for iHeartMedia Philadelphia’s “Chio in the Morning” on the Real 106.1 FM.

Dana Panagopoulos ’02 CWSL has been promoted to partner by Brubaker Connaughton Goss & Lucarelli LLC.

Ashe Puri ’02 CWSL was named partner at Fox Rothschild LLP.

Bryan J. Shober ’02 COE was recently named a senior associate at Gannett Fleming.

James Decker ’03 VSB has been promoted to senior vice president of Underwriting by Philadelphia Insurance.

Tara Humann Delaney ’03 CLAS welcomed a boy.

Jennifer Kin Cottrell ’03 CLAS welcomed a girl.

James Ballow ’04 CLAS is the associate director for Partner Products at BAMTech.

Christina Beaulieu Biele ’04 CLAS and Christopher Biele ’04 COE welcomed a boy.

Kerry Burchill Murphy ’04 CLAS became a founding member of Lasky Murphy LLC, a boutique law firm in New Orleans.

Andrew J. Haas ’05 CWSL, ’08 LLM was elected to partner at Blank Rome.

Christopher M. Samis ’05 CWSL was honored by Chambers and Partners for his work in bankruptcy and restructuring within Delaware.

Chesley Turner ’05 CLAS was recently appointed as director of the National Shrine of St. Rita of Cascia in Philadelphia.

William J. Zee ’05 CWSL was appointed chair of the Education Law Group for Barkley Snyder.

Jill Betters ’06 CLAS married Dan Mulhern ’05 CLAS, ’07 MS.

Michael J. Frantz ’06 CWSL has been appointed to the Division 6 Steering Committee for the American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law.

Regina Cappio Wilson ’06 CLAS and Todd Wilson ’06 CLAS welcomed a boy.

Jennifer Crawford Walsh ’06 VSB published the novel Becoming Bonnie.

John McConnell ’06 CWSL was named partner at Goldberg Segalla LLP.

William G. Roark ’06 CWSL has been appointed co-chair of the newly formed Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Medical Marijuana and Hemp Law Committee.

David A. Strouse ’06 CWSL, district attorney of Clinton County, Pa., was appointed to the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing by Gov. Tom Wolf.

John P. Sullivan Jr. ’06 CLAS, ’09 MA, ’10 CWSL joined Blank Rome LLP as an associate in the Intellectual Property and Technology group in the Philadelphia office.

Darla Wolfe ’06 MBA has been named chief technology officer at MilkCrate. Wolfe is a member of the Villanova University Alumni Association Board of Directors and the Anne Welsh McNulty Institute for Women’s Leadership Advisory Council.

Liz Bell McClure ’07 CLAS welcomed a boy.

JJ Brown ’07 VSB welcomed a girl.

Becky Coyle Mueller ’07 CON and Kevin Mueller ’06 COE welcomed a girl.

Lisa Gallaudet ’07 CWSL was promoted to partner at Belkin Burden Wenig & Goldman.

Amanda J. Podlucky ’07 CWSL was promoted to shareholder at Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin.

John Stellakis ’08 CLAS, ’11 CWSL joined Farrel Fritz as a Land Use and Municipal associate.

Daniel Trucil ’08 CLAS, ’11 MA was promoted to assistant director of Communication for the American Geriatrics Society and its Health in Aging Foundation.

Amy Van Fossen ’08 LLM joined Scarinci Hollenbeck as senior associate in the Tax, Trust and Estates Law group.

Eric Alvarez ’09 CLAS is an associate with Norris McLaughlin & Marcus PA within the Litigation Group.

Brett Snyder ’09 CLAS and Anne Berlow Snyder ’10 CLAS welcomed a boy.


Kathryn “Katy” Flannery ’12 CON and Gwen Burlingame ’12 VSB happily eating ice cream

Lifelong ice cream fan Kathryn “Katy” Flannery ’12 CON (left) was heartbroken when she realized that the treat she loved the most didn’t love her back. Discovering her lactose intolerance, Flannery spent her days off from work as a pediatric intensive care nurse in Boston experimenting with different ice cream recipes.

Finally, she was able to develop lactose-free ice cream, using the lactase enzyme, and partnered with her friend Gwen Burlingame ’12 VSB to co-found Minus the Moo.

The company and product—a result of their collaboration—are finding new fans in the northeastern US and beyond. In 2016, Minus the Moo won the nationwide Samuel Adams Brewing American Dream Pitch Room competition, earning a $10,000 grant to grow the business and a year’s worth of mentoring.


5th Reunion
May 31–June 3, 2018

Adam Berger ’10 CWSL was appointed chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Gaming Law Committee.

Nha Truong ’10 COE, ’12 MS has been cited by the Philadelphia Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers as Young Government Engineer of the Year for 2017.

Kara Arnold Laake ’11 CLAS welcomed a boy.

Cory A. Cuffley ’11 VSB, supervisor at Smith Elliott Kearns & Co. LLC, has been appointed to the executive committee of the South Central Chapter of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Zak T. Goldstein ’11 CWSL established the law firm Goldstein Mehta LLC in Philadelphia.

Jasmine Poole ’11 CON has published the children’s book Rece Wants Cereal.

Michael Benas ’12 VSB married Alexa Moragas ’12 CLAS.

Victoria Feidt ’12 CON graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a master’s degree in nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner and is now practicing at the PinnacleHealth FamilyCare in Millersburg, Pa.

Nicole Robichaud ’12 VSB has been promoted to lead media planner at 84.51°.

Amanda Sheroff ’12 MS was featured in the Top Counseling Blogs of 2017 on OnlineCounseling

Michael Bartikoski ’13 MBA is senior vice president for Operations at Land O’Frost Inc.

Taylor Coon ’13 CWSL joined Cantor Colburn LLP as an associate in the Hartford, Conn., office.

Annina M. Hogan ’13 MS has been named the first female principal at Remington & Vernick Engineers and Affiliates.

Colleen Connor ’14 CON received the 2016 Surgical Nurse of the Year Award at Morristown Medical Center in New Jersey.

Jack Holtgreive ’14 CLAS earned his Master of Public Administration at American University and is currently working as a portfolio analyst at NeighborWorks Capital in Washington, D.C.

Sadeq Khan ’14 JD/MBA was elected to the board of directors for the Association of Corporate Counsel’s Greater Philadelphia Chapter.

Negar M. Kordestani ’14 CWSL was elected for a three-year term to the Young Lawyers Division executive committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

1st Lt. Patrick Loughnane ’14 COE was chosen by his unit (HHB 4-319 AFAR) to represent the US at the Republic of France’s WWII D-Day Commemoration Services. He was one of 300 paratroopers to participate in a mass paratroop jump June 6 at Sainte-Mère-Église, Normandy, France.

Kevin McGrath ’15 CWSL was elected to the board of directors of the Literacy Council of Norristown, Pa.

Chris Shoemaker ’15 MBA has been elected president of the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities board of trustees.

Matthew Barrett ’16 VSB is working as an associate for WithumSmith+Brown PC.

Coleen Hill ’16 CWSL joined Morris Nichols Arsht & Tunnell LLP as an associate in the Corporate and Business Litigation group.

Donald W. Van Buren Jr. ’16 CWSL joined Morris Nichols Arsht & Tunnell LLP as an associate in the Delaware Corporate Counseling group.

Caroline Foley ’17 CLAS has been named social media community manager for Main Street Hub in Austin, Texas.

In Memoriam


Edgar T. Gibson, MD, ’38 CLAS, July 16.


The Rev. Daniel J. Hartigan, OSA, ’42 CLAS, Feb. 17.

Raymond M. Seide ’42 VSB, July 10.

Edward F. Elman ’43 COE, Jan. 28.

Natale J. Fazzini ’44 VSB, June 7.

Andrew Lawrence Murphy ’45 COE, May 30.

John Joseph Worthington ’45 VSB, March 21.

William A. Bradley ’46 VSB, May 16.

George E. Mattson ’48 COE, Feb. 12.

Mitchell C. Budzilowicz ’49 VSB, June 8.

Albert J. DiSandro ’49 COE, Dec. 31, 2016.

Daniel E. Moore ’49 CLAS, April 10.

John J. Sheahan Sr. ’49 VSB, Sept. 21, 2016.

Alfred J. Wetzel ’49 COE, July 5.


Patrick J. Coletta ’50 COE, March 13.

Thomas C. Gallo ’50 VSB, July 10.

Donald Griffin ’50 VSB, May 22, 2017.

Raymond J. Mondschein ’50 CLAS, April 13.

The Rev. Joseph X. O’Connor, OSA, ’50 CLAS, June 19.

John A. Riker ’50 COE, July 3.

James R. Rosato ’50 CLAS, ’57 MA, May 5.

Richard E. Ruane ’50 VSB, Apr. 13.

Stephen L. Bires ’51 VSB, Jan. 18.

William E. Golik ’51 VSB, Feb. 2.

Bruce Niccolo, Esq., ’51 CLAS, Jan. 16.

Herman H. Wittig ’51 COE, Aug. 9, 2015.

William J. Ambs, PhD, ’52 CLAS, Apr. 8.

Joseph V. Bender ’52 VSB, April 14.

Donald G. Brady ’52 CLAS, May 4.

Harry C. Brown ’52 VSB, May 11.

Thomas F. Fucigna ’52 VSB, March 28.

John W. Hart ’52 VSB, May 7.

Frank J. Mento ’52 VSB, ’71 MA, June 16.

Richard T. Metcalfe ’52 COE, Jan. 15.

William J. Rigney ’52 VSB, April 25.

Donald H. Diot ’53 VSB, March 12.

Edward A. Gromek ’53 VSB, May 23.

David J. Hettich ’53 CLAS, Oct. 7, 2015.

Augustine J. Lattanze ’53 VSB, April 11.

Edward H. Mergens ’53 COE, Dec. 28, 2015.

Edward J. Ronchetti ’53 VSB, July 11.

Alfed J. Ward ’53 COE, June 26.

Harry M. Anger ’54 VSB, May 20.

Anne P. Gallagher ’54 CON, July 19.

John S. Hayes ’54 VSB, Jan. 31.

Robert A. MacHinchick ’54 COE, March 20.

James T. Smith ’54 COE, April 1.

Daniel A. Cahalane Jr. ’55 CLAS, Feb. 5.

Louis A. Cassella ’55 VSB, Feb. 12.

Joseph A. Crowley ’55 COE, Feb. 10. J.

Walter Harrington III ’55 COE, May 15.

Raymond J. Rivera ’55 VSB, May 14.

Michael J. Barry ’56 VSB, July 25.

John T. Roddy ’56 CLAS, June 6.

William P. Callahan ’57 COE, April 7.

Robert J. DiJoseph ’57 VSB, July 18.

James J. Donnelly ’57 VSB, July 1.

John F. Ferri ’57 COE, Jan. 13.

Joseph P. Giusti ’57 CLAS, Jan. 30.

Denis J. Kuwahara ’57 COE, Sept. 27, 2015.

James P. Rogosky ’57 CLAS, March 7, 2016.

James R. Shea ’57 CLAS, April 4.

Regina W. Tighe ’57 CLAS, Feb. 10.

Thomas M. Boyle ’58 COE, March 27.

Edward J. Byrne ’58 VSB, March 3.

Donald C. Dunn ’58 COE, March 22.

Francis E. O’Neill ’58 VSB, Jan. 31.

Denis J. Rinkacs ’58 CLAS, March 19.

Paul J. Scott Jr. ’58 VSB, Oct. 2, 2016.

Charles E. Songster ’58 CLAS, May 11.

Joel Stein, MD, ’58 CLAS, Jan. 18.

John A. Bihlmier ’59 CLAS, July 2.

Walter Brownback ’59 VSB, Feb. 11.

Robert J. Byrwa ’59 VSB, Jan. 31.

Joseph L. Fitzpatrick, PhD, ’59 CLAS, June 6.

Marcia Marlow Starbecker ’59 CON, Feb. 8.

Clement Novitsky ’59 VSB, May 24.

Sandor Paskin ’59 CLAS, Feb. 6.

William J. Washington ’59 CLAS, July 17.



Black and white headshot of Robert D. Lynch, PhD, ’53 COE, former College of Engineering dean

The Villanova community mourns the loss of Robert D. Lynch, PhD, ’53 COE, former College of Engineering dean, who died Aug. 2.

Dean Lynch started his engineering journey at Villanova. He graduated from the University’s Naval ROTC program in 1953 with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, after which he received his master’s from the University of Pennsylvania and a doctoral degree from the University of Notre Dame.

His career began in the US Navy. Dr. Lynch served as an engineering officer on an anti-submarine destroyer with the Atlantic Fleet. After military service, he worked as a structural engineer and then joined the faculty of Villanova’s Civil Engineering Department in 1962. In 1973, he served as a visiting research professor in the Civil Engineering Department at Notre Dame.

In 1975, Dr. Lynch was named dean of Villanova’s College of Engineering, a position he held until his retirement in 2001. He was the longest-serving dean in the College’s history.

During Dr. Lynch’s tenure, the College grew significantly in size and quality, culminating in the construction of the flagship research and instructional facility, the Center for Engineering Education and Research.

The recipient of numerous honors and awards, Dr. Lynch received the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching and the William E. Farrell Award from Villanova’s Engineering Joint Council (now the Engineering Student Council).

Drosdick Endowed Dean Gary A. Gabriele, PhD, says, “Bob will be remembered for his dedication and mentorship of countless Engineering students, as well as his emphasis on excellence in teaching.”

To honor the former dean’s commitment to undergraduate education, the College created the Robert D. Lynch Award in 2003 and awards it annually to an outstanding graduating senior Engineering student.


John J. Guilfoyle Jr. ’60 CWSL, Dec. 25, 2016.

George C. Kempton ’60 VSB, March 11.

Thomas M. LoCasale ’60 COE, March 27.

Pasquale J. Pomponi ’60 VSB, May 28.

William B. Smith ’60 COE, March 26.

Edward J. Tallant ’60 VSB, Feb. 8.

Frank J. Welsh ’60 COE, Jan. 22.

Lloyd Wilkinson ’60 MA, Jan. 31.

William P. Bowersock ’61 VSB, June 11.

John J. Driscoll ’61 VSB, March 3.

Dennis J. Flanagan Jr. ’61 CLAS, Feb. 4.

Helen F. Fleming ’61 MA, July 16.

Thomas Loughlin ’61 CLAS, Feb. 7.

Francis G. McKenzie ’61 COE, ’70 MS, April 26.

James A. Strazzella ’61 CLAS, Jan. 28.

James P. Ward ’61 MA, Feb. 8.

James S. Burns ’62 CWSL, March 16.

Neil Carver ’62 CWSL, April 9.

Charles R. Driscoll ’62 VSB, July 16.

John Eugene Felch ’62 CLAS, Jan. 17.

Ronald M. Meyers ’62 CLAS, May 30.

Michael A. Pettine ’62 CLAS, Feb. 24.

Joseph E. Walsh ’62 CLAS, Feb. 26.

Peter J. Charlier ’63 MA, Jan. 18.

Donald J. Crawford ’63 CLAS, Jan. 24.

Anthony J. Gianni Jr. ’63 CLAS, Feb. 8.

Kevin D. Harty ’63 MA, Jan. 5.

Geffrey B. Kelly, PhD, ’63 MA, May 30.

Clarence F. Marsh ’63 CLAS, Jan. 16.

John J. Tracy ’63 VSB, July 14.

John F. Burt ’64 COE, March 30. E.

Richard Kennedy ’64 VSB, April 21.

Lawrence L. Mautone, DDS, ’64 CLAS, Jan. 31.

Hugh J. McCann Jr., PhD, ’64 CLAS, Feb. 22, 2016.

Charles J. McCurran ’64 VSB, May 30.

Daniel J. Meagher ’64 COE, Oct. 29, 2016.

James R. Murphy ’64 CLAS, May 13, 2016.

Thomas F. Redmond ’64 VSB, Feb. 23.

Jack S. Spallone ’64 COE, June 9. J.

Bruce Thomas ’64 CLAS, Dec. 8, 2016.

Daniel J. Capodanno ’65 CLAS, April 22.

Sandra Clauser Wolf ’65 MS, May 4.

Michael C. Foley ’65 COE, July 24.

William J. Grant ’65 COE, March 15.

James J. Kelly ’65 VSB, June 28.

Ronald R. Lyczak ’65 COE, April 5.

James F. Owens ’65 COE, Jan. 21.

James W. Charles ’66 COE, ’70 MS, April 3.

Dennis J. Curry ’66 MA, July 3.

Elmer C. Duckinfield ’66 COE, May 6.

Raymond J. Hollander ’66 VSB, April 1.

Robert T. McCook ’66 CLAS, March 9.

Richard A. Branca, DDS ’67 CLAS, April 19.

Charles J. Caracciolo ’67 VSB, Jan. 16, 2016.

Sister Mary Vincentia Devine ’67 MA, April 20.

Michael W. Furey ’67 COE, ’76 MS, April 7.

Frank C. Gaidjunas ’67 CLAS, Feb. 1.

John F. Mahoney Jr. ’67 MS, Feb. 17.

James F. Martin ’67 COE, March 23.

Michael P. McGuire ’67 CWSL, Feb. 27.

William J. Walsh ’67 COE, Jan. 7.

Dennis R. Carluzzo ’68 COE, March 17.

Clifford Chapman, PhD, ’68 CLAS, April 18.

Harry P. Jones ’68 CLAS, July 17.

Herman Lotstein ’68 MS, April 16.

Robert P. Nugent ’68 VSB, Feb. 17.

Thomas M. Petruska ’68 CLAS, Feb. 2, 2016.

John J. Devenney ’69 CLAS, June 7.

John B. Kellenyi ’69 CLAS, July 2.

Thomas B. Jensen ’69 CLAS, Feb. 26.

Sister Constance Ann Sophy, RSM, ’69 MS, March 9.


The Rev. Francis X. Gallogly, OSA, ’70 MA, July 7.

Arthur J. Grant ’70 VSB, Feb. 10.

The Rev. David C. Menegay ’70 MA, Feb. 3.

Thomas J. Simpson ’70 COE, May 26.

AJ Barr ’71 VSB, May 31.

Mark F. Carnevale ’71 COE, April 18, 2016.

Jeanne F. Francis ’71 MA, Feb. 18.

Kathleen H. Galbraith, PhD, ’71 CON, March 14.

William R. Kaar ’72 VSB, April 24.

Kathleen Kenney Durham ’72 MA, May 6.

Benjamin S. Konopka ’72 COE, May 11.

Vincent P. McNally, PhD, ’72 MA, April 15.

Edwin L. Stohlman ’72 VSB, June 22.

Burt E. Bates ’73 MS, March 4.

Bruce A. Krain ’73 CWSL, Dec. 6, 2016.

Sister Teresa Urda ’73 MA, April 2.

Sheryl Kathleen Venuto Bergey ’73 CLAS, Feb. 23.

Huberta Wegbreit ’73 MA, April 30.

Walter B. Burlington ’74 VSB, Oct. 13, 2016.

Gary R. Fugger ’74 CLAS, April 18, 2016.

John P. Gregg, Esq., ’74 CWSL, June 1.

Thomas J. Kret ’74 VSB, March 4.

Richard C. Magee ’74 COE, June 17.

Edward G. McIntosh ’74 CLAS, June 7.

James W. Ray ’74 CLAS, Jan. 22.

Michael L. Tierney, Esq., ’74 CLAS, March 13.

John W. Vencius ’74 MA, April 16.

Thomas J. Walsh ’74 MA, ’79 MS, May 13.

Charles L. Lewis ’75 VSB, May 11.

Eugene Marino ’75 MS, Feb. 8.

Joseph L. Pepe ’75 COE, Jan. 12.

Michael W. Wagner ’75 CLAS, May 10.

David P. Baker, JD, ’76 CWSL, ’87 LLM, March 14.

Joseph A. Casacio ’76 MS, March 15.

Steven C. Gordon ’76 VSB, April 17.

Nicholas Tonkonoh ’76 MS, March 21.

James P. Fox ’77 CLAS, Feb. 20.

John P. McCarthy ’77 CLAS, Feb. 10.

Ruth Parks Ward ’77 MA, May 23.

Roy H. Stahl ’77 CWSL, March 10.

Phyllis D. Welch ’77 CLAS, March 25.

Robert K. Frederick ’78 CLAS, April 24.

James Patrick McFadden ’78 MA, Oct. 8, 2014.

James C. Beese III ’79 VSB, March 20.

Susan Cicchitti Riemondy ’79 CON, April 25.

Daniel J. Ward, Esq. ’79 VSB, June 30.


Cynthia Allen Gracey ’80 CWSL, March 6.

John R. Redmond ’80 CLAS, Feb. 8.

Faculty & Staff

James M. Berquist, Aug. 1.

Thomas Rooney, PhD, July 12.

Francis Wunderlich, PhD, Sept. 5.


Kevin Furey, Oct. 8.

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