Class Notes 2014
Alumni from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences share their personal and professional updates.
William Graebner (MA ’66, PhD ’70, history) and Dianne Bennett (MA ’67, English) recently wrote an alternative guidebook to Rome that earned the top place for the best travel guidebook in the eLIT awards. The book, Modern Rome: 4 Great Walks for the Curious Traveler, includes the authors’ experiences and recommendations to follow when visiting Rome. Bennett was a managing partner of Hodgson Russ LLP, and Graebner is a widely published author on books regarding American history. When not in Rome, they live in New York.
Russell K. Skowronek (AB ’79 anthropology, political science) received the Texas University System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award for 2014. He is a professor of anthropology and history at the University of Texas-Pan American, where this year he published his most recent book, Ceramic Production in Early Hispanic California: Craft, Economy and Trade on the Frontier of New Spain. He is currently overseeing the creation of the Rio Grande Valley Civil War Trail.
Stephen P. Thomas (BS ’59, general curriculum) is co-editor of Lorado Taft: The Chicago Years, the first full-length biography of Taft, published by the University of Illinois Press with a release date during the fall of 2014.
John L. Anderson (MS ’69, PhD ’71, chemical engineering) has been appointed to the National Science Board by President Barack Obama. He will serve a six-year term starting in August 2014. Anderson is president of Illinois Institute of Technology.
Leon Boothe (PhD ’66, history) received an honorary doctorate from Northern Kentucky University, where he was president from 1983 to 1996. A past LAS Alumni Achievement Award winner, Boothe has taught at the University of Mississippi, was dean of George Mason College of the University of Virginia, and later dean of Arts and Sciences at George Mason University. He was vice president and provost at Illinois State University, and then president of NKU.
Joyce Tucker (BS ’70, general curriculum) was awarded the Diversity Leadership-Industry Award at the 2014 Black Engineer of the Year Award STEM Conference in Washington, D.C. She is vice president of the Global Diversity and Employee Rights division at the Boeing Company.
Allison Burns (BS ’01, psychology) has been named partner in the national law firm Wilson Elser. She concentrates her practice in general liability matters, with a focus on construction and trucking litigation along with product liability in Illinois and Indiana. Burns graduated cum laude from the University of Illinois.
Todd Glassman (BA ’02, history) was named a 2014 SuperLawyers Illinois Rising Star. He is a partner at the family law firm of Ladden & Allen, chartered in Chicago. This is the third consecutive year Glassman has received this distinction.
Clark Hedger (BA ’02, history) has been named officer at Greensfelder, Henker & Gale, P.C. law firm in St. Louis. He is an attorney in the litigation practice group.
Heather Lynn Horsley (BA ’01, history) was awarded a PhD in policy studies in urban education with concentrations in social foundations and gender and women’s studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). She is employed by the UIC Center for Urban Education Leadership as a senior research specialist.
Amy Brimah (MA ’97, political science) has been appointed to serve on the Denver Public Library Friends Foundation. She will serve as a trustee and provide her expertise to the board. Brimah is an attorney for Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck law firm.
Kyle Seelbach (BA ’01, political science) has been named partner at Husch Blackwell business law firm. He devotes a substantial part of his practice to representing private sector colleges in class action cases and claims brought under the False Claims Act. Seelbach graduated summa cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Law and cum laude from the Department of Political Science.
William Pittman (PhD ’60, chemistry) has received a medal from the Joslin Diabetes Center for 75 years with Type 1 diabetes without any serious complications. He contracted diabetes in 1938 when he was three years old. Pittman retired in 1998 as patent counsel, chemical and materials technology, from General Electric Global Research in New York.
James Borgstede (BS ’70, physiology) has been named to the board of directors of the Radiological Society of North America. He is the president of the American Board of Radiology and president-elect of the International Society of Radiology. Borgstede is a clinician and educator whose experiences in radiology have made him a voice for the specialty.
Barbara Crowder (BA ’78, speech communication) received a Presidential Service Award from the Illinois Judges Association at the 42nd annual convention. Crowder is a third judicial circuit judge in Madison County.
Marianne Kehoe (BA ’66, teaching of English) had her book of poetry, Sidewalk Symphony (SinfonÃa de la escarpa) published by the State of Yucatan. Her bilingual collection is homage to the customs and people of her adopted country, Mexico, where she now resides with her husband.
Timothy L. Bertschy (BA ’74, economics) has been appointed to the Illinois Bar Foundation Board. He is a partner at Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen Law Firm where his concentrations include complex commercial litigation, employment, and local government law. Bertschy graduated magna cum laude from the University of Illinois.
Robert Marshall Chew (MS ’46 zoology, PhD ’48 zoology) passed away on September 8, after complications of Parkinson’s disease. He led a distinguished career at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and published more than 60 papers on high desert ecology and conducted more than 50 years of scientific work at a field station of the American Museum of Natural History in New York. His most cited work is “The Primary Productivity of a Desert Shrub (Larrea tridentat) Community.” He was an emeritus member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of Sigma Xi, the honorary scientific organization. He is survived by his wife, Alice, three children, and five grandchildren.
Miles A. Snyder (BA ’40 speech communication) passed away of natural causes on March 17, 2014, at the age of 96. He also earned a degree in voice from the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago on the GI Bill. Miles cultivated his interests in railroading, writing, music, and ran a photography business. He is survived by sons Timothy (Beth) and Steven (Sue Anne); grandchildren Lindsey (Michael) Whritenour, Adam (Nicole) Snyder, Ross Snyder, and Drew Snyder; and great-grandchildren Reilly Whritenour, Charlie Snyder, Levi Snyder, and Ryder Whritenour.