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A purple book cover featuring the moon, pirate ships and skulls.

Galaxy Jones and the Space Pirates
BY: Briana McDonald, MFA’17 (Flor)
PUBLISHER: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers

A navy blue book cover featuring the moon, clouds and ocean.

Escape From Heaven
BY: Marion Gold, BS’66 (Metro)
PUBLISHER: Brittany Publications

A book cover illustration featuring a junkyard with a refrigerator, car and other garbage while a young child and robot look out over the garbage while standing on the car.

Junior Miles and the Junkman
BY: Kevin Carey, MFA’03 (Flor)
PUBLISHER: Regal House Publishing Group



Peter Schwab, BA (Metro), professor emeritus at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Purchase, Westchester County, N.Y., retired after more than 50 years. Prior to teaching at SUNY Purchase, he joined the first group in the Peace Corps headed to Liberia. Schwab received a Fulbright Hayes Award in 1967 to conduct research in Ghana, Senegal, Kenya and Ethiopia. He also did research in Gambia, Israel and Cuba.

FDU Trustee S. “Skippy” Weinstein, BS’62 (Ruth), was honored with the 2023 New Jersey Legal Awards Lifetime Achievement Award. Honorees are selected by and New Jersey Law Journal editors and reporters. Weinstein works part-time as counsel at Britcher, Leone & Sergio, Glen Rock, N.J.


Leonard Majzlin, BS (Ruth), was honored in October at the Dramatists Guild Foundation (DGF) annual gala for his creative contributions, educational mentorship and continued dedication to American theater. A philanthropist, media producer and educator, Majzlin is the media adviser to DGF’s The Legacy Project, a series of video documentaries featuring American playwrights, lyricists and composers. He is on the board of The Bent, a theater company in Palm Springs, Calif., dedicated to producing LGBTQ+ plays.


Joseph Potenzano, BS (Metro), and Mary Elkind were married on October 15 at the Our Lady of Visitation Church in Paramus, N.J. A lifelong bachelor, the now 93-year-old Potenzano first met Elkind at his sister’s wedding in 1959. They briefly dated but went their separate ways as Elkind pursued a professional dance career and Potenzano studied engineering at FDU. Elkind married and raised a family in Rockland County, N.Y., but Potenzano never married. They kept in touch via their families through the years. In 2022, Potenzano decided to ask Elkind, whose husband had died nine years ago, out on a date. She said “yes,” and after several dinner and movie dates and phone calls, Potenzano proposed.


Marion Gold, BS (Metro), coauthored her first novel, Escape from Heaven, published by Brittany Publications, Ltd., Chicago, Ill., in April.


Eli Amdur, BA (Ruth), wrote the opinion piece “The speech JFK never gave: 60 years after the assassination, his wisdom still teaches us,” special to the USA Network and published on His article, “The only way to fight deep fakes and other A.I. wrongs — Vantage Point,” also ran on He is a regular contributor to


Edward Blyskal, BSME’69 (Metro), has been the managing director of U.S. Benchmark Enterprises, Inc., a privately held aviation trading company based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., since 2020. Prior to joining U.S. Benchmark, he was vice president of engine business development at DASI LLC.


Peter Casinger, BS (Metro), retired from the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto, Calif., where he had been a NICU respiratory therapy coordinator. He writes that he plans to take a cruise around the world.


Trigger Warning, the latest novel by Robert Klose, BS (Metro), was published by Open Books in September. A retired professor of biological sciences at the University of Maine, he is currently an adjunct faculty member in the school’s honors program. His other books include Adopting Alyasha — A Single Man Finds a Son in Russia, Adopting Anton — A Single Man Seeks a Son in Ukraine and Life on Mars. Klose is a regular contributor of essays to The Christian Science Monitor, and his work has appeared in Newsweek, The Boston Globe and various literary magazines.

In 1975, Jeffrey Jones, AA’74, BA (Metro), was editor of The Gauntlet, the student newspaper at the Metropolitan Campus, when he led a campaign to free Chilean history student, Carlos Iniguez de Fernandez, who was imprisoned and tortured in Chile after speaking out in a university class against the regime of Gen. Augusto Pinochet. Jones was inspired to advocate for de Fernandez’s release after attending an FDU event featuring Patricia Perez, a teacher in New York and de Fernandez’s sister, and American journalist Alan Howard. When Perez mentioned that “if an American university offered Carlos a full scholarship, the Pinochet regime might ‘parole’ him from his native country to rid themselves of a leftist dissident,” Jones decided to reach out to then FDU Provost Samuel Bieber. Bieber agreed to have FDU offer de Fernandez a full scholarship and contacted the U.S. State Department about the University’s offer. In March 1977, Jones received the news from Marc Medoff, BA’78, MA’90 (Metro), who took over for him as student newspaper editor, that de Fernandez was released and came to the U.S.


Kevin Nery, BS (Metro), published his first book, Sell Smart: How Business Brokers Confidentially Sell Your Business for the Highest Value, in July. He is president of The Nery Corporation in New Bedford, Mass., comprised of five business-service companies: Coastal M&A, Coastal Business Brokers, Coastal Machinery, Coastal Commercial Real Estate and Coastal Realty. Nery has more than 40 years of business experience in the areas of accounting, taxation, management, manufacturing, marketing and consulting.


Thomas Graziano, MS (Metro), is one of only six podiatrists in the United States who hold both doctor of podiatric medicine and doctor of medicine degrees. He specializes in reconstructive surgery of the foot and ankle and routinely performs complex and basic reconstructive surgical procedures at his private practice in Clifton, N.J.


Frank Crupi, BS (Metro), was honored by the Amerigo Vespucci Society (AVS) of Long Branch, N.J., at its dinner gala in June for his extraordinary effort in assisting members of the AVS as well as the greater community. Crupi is a partner with the law firm of Tucci, Hot & Crupi, P.C., Long Branch, N.J.

The Warwick N.Y., Robotics Team hosted William Ochs, BS’79, MS’82 (Metro), in a digital meet and greet. Ochs, who worked on NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope project, has been the recipient of the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal and various other NASA awards. He was also honored with the 2011 Robert H. Goddard Award for Outstanding Leadership.

Mark Schlesinger, BS (Ruth), has been working for Sam Tell and Son, Inc., for 24 years. The company, with headquarters in Farmingdale, N.Y., designs, supplies and installs food-service equipment.


Steven Moscovitz, BS (Metro), published his debut novel, Kill Brothers, in June. He started writing the novel a day after he retired from his 40-year career in the securities industry. He worked at Merrill Lynch and Bank of America before starting his own firm, Albarella, Moscovitz and Associates. Moscovitz’s novel combines his interests in the Holocaust, World War II and the modern-day analysis of DNA in cold cases.


Richard Codey, BA (Flor), former New Jersey governor and state senator, stepped down in January after 50 years of service. The longest-serving legislator in New Jersey history, he served as governor for 14-months. FDU awarded him an honorary degree in 2005. A classroom in Hennessy Hall at the Florham Campus was named for him in 2014.


Jeffrey Hoenig, BA (Flor), is semi-retired and has been living in Myrtle Beach, S.C., for the last five years. He published a book about his adventures as a part-time Uber/Lyft driver called Driving on the Sunny Side with 10,000 Strangers, which he dedicates “to my amazing passengers who have inspired me, entertained me and educated me.” Hoenig writes that riders have given him: a mannequin head from a hairdresser, a picture of a Super Bowl ring he got to try on and foreign currency from 38 different countries.


John Harmon, Sr., BS (Ruth), founder, CEO and president of the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey, was fifth among those named to the Top 25 ROI Influencers: People of Color 2023. A member of the FDU Board of Trustees, Harmon received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters in 2022.


Joseph Scuralli, BS (Ruth), MBA’88 (Metro), won reelection to a sixth term as Wayne, N.J.’s, Ward 4 councilperson. Scuralli is dean of online education, Berkeley College — New Jersey, and dean of the Larry L. Luing School of Business, Berkeley College — New York.


Francis “Fran” Daly, MBA (Flor), is senior director of life sciences at Apps Associates, in Acton, Mass. He has experience in senior IT management consulting and is coauthor of the article “Revolutionizing life sciences with AI and automation: An enterprise modernization journey,” published on

Don DeGolyer, MBA (Flor), is on the board of directors of Emergent BioSolutions, Inc., Gaithersburg, Md. With more than 35 years of health care and corporate leadership experience, he was previously the founder and director of Vertice Pharma.


Patricia Dodd Rykiel, BA (Flor), co-authored the novel Don’t Break My Rice Bowl, published in April by Holey Jumper Press. A semi-autobiographical novel by Rykiel’s father, Robert Dodd, it’s set during the Vietnam War. Rykiel’s daughter Justine did the illustrations. In November, Rykiel and Justine went to Wroxton College to speak to FDU’s creative writing students. She was interviewed by John Cook for his show on Mid-Sussex Radio.


Shallee Page, MAT (Metro), is professor of chemistry at Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire. His genomics research focuses on phages and nematodes. Page writes that his boys are in college.


Shemayne Williams, BS (Ruth), MSA’17 (Metro), was a guest speaker at FDU’s Women in Business event, “Sports and Biz Unite: A Power Play for Success,” held at the Metropolitan Campus in October. She is a health and fitness coach at Getchasweaton, Bergen County, N.J.


Lisa Morsillo Searles, BA (Flor), is featured in the book Miracle of Effort: Thalia’s Autism Journey, by John Fortunato, a professor of communications and media management at Fordham University, Bronx, N.Y. Thalia was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder as a child. Searles, a cousin of Thalia’s father, first noticed Thalia’s autistic-behavior symptoms and delivered her initial learning-therapy sessions.

Sunhee Yoon, BA (Ruth), an adjunct faculty member at the Metropolitan Campus, and Julia Wagner, senior lecturer in rhetoric and composition, curated an exhibit at the University Hall Art Gallery, which featured the work of students in their Mixed Media Collage and Composition II classes. On display in the exhibit, “Response to the Invisible Room,” were short writing exercises, drawings, paintings and mixed media.


Darryl Clukey, MBA (Metro), is senior vice president, chief payments officer at Sutton Bank, with headquarters in Attica, Ohio. He provides strategy, direction and growth initiatives to the bank’s payments business lines.


Herman Cueto, BS, MA’98 (Metro), is executive vice president and chief financial officer of Azenta, Inc., in Burlington, Mass. He previously served as senior vice president of finance at BD in Franklin Lakes, N.J.


Linda Berberian, BA (Metro), is a freelance journalist and a correspondent for the Armenian Weekly. She interviewed Emmy Award-winning director Michael Goorjian, whose original film “Amerikatsi,” was inspired by his Armenian heritage. Berberian is a corporate communications and staffing director at Millenia Advanced Scientific, with headquarters in Orlando, Fla.

Vladimir “Vlad” Berson, BA (Flor), is chief marketing officer of Hazeltree Fund Services, Inc. in New York City. He has more than 20 years of marketing leadership.


A man in blue stands next to a woman in a white dress. Next to her a man in a black suit with a blue shirt stands next to a woman in a white jumpsuit. They are outside on green grass.

The Boneccorso Family.

Family Ties

Forty years ago, Joseph Boneccorso, BS’85 (Flor), attended FDU’s Florham Campus. While studying for his B.S. in biology, he became the 50th student body president and pledged in the first class of Zeta Beta Tau fraternity. He then set off on a successful career in pharmaceuticals. Three of his children have followed in his footsteps at FDU.

With an undergraduate degree in accounting and an M.B.A. in marketing, Joseph Jr., BS’18, MBA’19 (Flor), landed a gig in Pfizer’s rotational program, working in accounting, finance and marketing. He is now a finance manager at Axsome Therapeutics and lives in Hoboken, N.J.

Daughter Julia, BS’21, MBA’22 (Flor), began her freshman year on a generous scholarship. Very active on campus, she was a member of Theta Phi Alpha sorority, played women’s soccer and spent two weeks at Wroxton College. She landed a job at Merck and continued her final year of study in the 4-plus-1 program for her M.B.A. in management. She is now a project manager for Merck’s Global and Alliance team.

Finally, there’s Jamie, BS’23 (Flor), who majored in marketing and joined her sister in Theta Phi Alpha. She is set to graduate with an M.S. in digital marketing in May 2024.


Adenah Bayoh, AA’99, BS (Metro), founder and CEO of Adenah Bayoh & Companies, headed ROI’s Top Influencers List: People of Color 2023. She’s the first woman in the top spot since 2016. A self-made entrepreneur, restaurateur and real-estate developer, Bayoh’s new development, Southside View, is a 40-unit multifamily housing complex in Newark’s South Ward. It’s the first woman- and Black-owned real-estate entity in New Jersey to receive a Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) from the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency.


Karen Bergonio, BS (Metro), owns Perfect Smile Dental and Associates, with offices in Nanuet, N.Y., and Hasbrouck Heights, N.J.

Jayme Lisiewski, BS, MBA’03 (Metro), is a senior research analyst at AllianceBernstein in New York City. He has been working in the investment industry since 1999.

Greg Tuthill, MA (Flor), is chief commercial officer at SeaCube Containers, in Woodcliff Lake, N.J. The company leases, finances, buys, sells and manages intermodal equipment that enables the efficient movement of goods throughout the world.


Junior Miles and the Junkman, a new middle-grade novel from Kevin Carey, MFA (Flor), was published by Regal House Publishing, Raleigh, N.C., in September. He went on a reading tour at Beacon Hill Books in Boston, Mass.; Abbott Library in Marblehead, N.J.; Beverly (N.J.) Free Library; and at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center in Gloucester, N.J.


Todd Andrews, MS (Flor), is chief financial officer of VOLLERS, a construction solutions provider in Branchburg, N.J. He was previously chief financial officer for The Stavola Companies in Tinton Falls, N.J.

John Dean, MAT (Flor), received Gannett’s North Jersey Amazing Teacher Award, which recognizes excellence in the education profession. A teacher for 19 years, he is a social studies and economics teacher at Teaneck (N.J.) High School and is an adjunct faculty member at FDU. He received a $5,000 check from Gannett.

Brian McCarthy, BS (Flor), writes that 20 years ago he spent a semester at Wroxton College — an experience he waited two years to have and an opportunity that influenced his decision to attend FDU. He writes “the experiences there have shaped me personally and professionally as I still recall and learn from them today.”


Joseph Paris, BS, MBA’09 (Flor), joined Delaware Valley University, Doylestown, Pa., as its dean of graduate studies in August. He previously was executive director of graduate admissions at West Chester University of Pennsylvania.


Tony Cruz-McLeod, BS (Metro), owner-operator of Bright Smiles, a dental practice in Wappingers Falls, N.Y., was named to the 13th Annual 40 Under 40 in Incisal Edge magazine. He is pursuing a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry certification. Cruz-McLeod coaches local football and basketball teams, hosting clothing drives and collecting toys for Toys for Tots.

The Board of Education extended the contract of John Niesz, MAS (Metro), superintendent of schools at Bayonne, N.J., until June 30, 2029. He previously was superintendent of the Keansburg (N.J.) School District.


Aditi Mittal, BA (Flor), is one of the first women to be ranked among India’s Top 10 Stand-up Comedians by The Times of India. She left her job in New York and relocated to India in 2009 to build a career as a stand-up comedian. She was in the documentary “Stand-Up Planet.” Mittal is a founding member of two of India’s most prestigious parody award shows: the Ghanta Awards and the Filmfail Awards.

Nicholas Taylor, BA (Flor), is head coach of the Princeton (N.J.) Day School boys’ lacrosse program. He was previously head coach of the Haverford (Pa.) College men’s lacrosse team. A four-year member of the Devils lacrosse team at the Florham Campus, Taylor served as its captain during his last two seasons.


Author Karen Winn, MFA (Flor), moderated an event held at Beacon Hill Books, Boston, Mass., in September, where author Namrata Patel discussed her novel, Scent of a Garden. Winn is the author of Our Little World, which was published by Dutton, a division of the Penguin Group, in 2022.


Timothy Poss, BA (Flor), was elected to the Manchester Township (N.J.) School Board for a three-year term. He is a sergeant at the Pemberton Borough (N.J.) Police Department. Poss was previously appointed to the board of education in August and has been serving on the Manchester Township Planning Board since 2021.

Elizabeth Schedl, BA, MA’13 (Metro), is a trustee of the Jersey City Theater Center, a nonprofit arts organization. She is executive director of Hudson Pride Center, Jersey City, N.J.; chair of the Early Identification of Individuals with AIDS/HIV Committee; and a member of both the Executive and Minority AIDS Initiative Committees in Hudson County, N.J.


Ryan Hennion, MS (Flor), serves on the board of directors of the Center for Prevention and Counseling, Newton, N.J. A certified public accountant, he manages Hennion CPAs, with offices in Lafayette and Morristown, N.J.

Jason Villamil, AA (Metro), a graduate of FDU’s Latino Promise Program, and the CEO and creative director of Sky Marketing, Paramus, N.J., was among those honored at FDU’s first Hispanic Heritage Night in October. The recognition ceremony was held prior to the Knights men’s soccer game against Sacred Heart University. Villamil was presented with an FDU soccer jersey and a certificate acknowledging his work with the Hispanic community.


Anthony Mell, BS, MBA’15 (Metro), assistant professor of pediatrics at Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine, received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Oley Valley Community Education Foundation. The award is given to alumni for outstanding achievement in their profession, a commitment to humanitarian efforts and volunteerism, service in their communities and/or service to the Oley Valley (Pa.) School District.


Greenest Grass, a book of poems by Flower Conroy, MFA (Flor), is the winner of the 2021 Blue Lynx Prize for Poetry. It was published by Lynx House Press, Spokane, Wash., in June. She is a National Endowment for the Arts and a MacDowell Fellow, and a former Key West poet laureate.

David Paloff, BA (Metro), is chief executive officer at the Humane Society of Pinellas in Clearwater, Fla. He had been its director of operations since 2020 and interim CEO since mid-January 2023, overseeing the shelter’s daily operations and expansion plans.


William Mesce Jr., MFA (Flor), was on the creative team of author Josh Sapan’s Third Act: Reinventing Your Next Chapter, which profiled the activities of celebrities and everyday people as they enter the “third act” of their lives. Princeton Architectural Press published the book in November 2022. The follow-up to Mesce’s 2014 Reel Change essay collection—Reel Change Take Two: More Movies, The People Behind (and in) Them, and the Business of Making Them — was published in March 2023 by BearManor Media. Under the pseudonym Aja Holland he published two books, Original Sins in 2021 (a quarterfinalist in the ScreenCraft Cinematic Book Competition) and Lucidity. Mesce’s play, “The Advocate,” based on his novel The Advocate: A Novel of World War II, won the grand prize in the 2023 ScreenCraft Stage Play Contest.

Alexander Shevchuk, BA (Flor), and Nicole Wilson, BS’18 (Flor), were married October 15 on the Florham Campus.


Kelsey Corsaro, BA/MAT (Flor), and David Ditzig were married on October 14 at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Butler, N.J.


Pierangelo Ghisalberti, BS (Metro), is a dentist at Ghisalberti Dental in North Bergen, N.J. He received the 2023 Academy of General Dentistry Senior Student Dental Award and was chosen to be an Irwin Smigel Scholar by the American Society of Dental Aesthetics.

Briana McDonald, MFA (Flor), is the author of Galaxy Jones and the Space Pirates, a space adventure about a girl who is determined to save her family and friends from pirates — even if she has to venture across the universe to do it. The book was published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, N.Y.C., in October.

Susan Alexandra Padgett, MS (Metro), a cosmetic chemist, is cofounder of Educated Mess, a skincare brand that focuses on bringing consumers scientific information about the ingredients in their products. She also runs a skincare TikTok account (@alexeducatedmess).

Joseph Winter, BA (Flor), has joined the Morristown (N.J.) Bureau of Police. He previously worked for the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department Corrections Division and the Morris County Communication Center.


Jose L. Berrios, MAS (Metro), is deputy chief at the Camden (N.J.) Fire Department. He is the author of From Flames to Valor: A Firefighter’s Journey, which was self-published in July. Berrios hopes his memoir “resonates with readers, inspiring and enlightening them about the challenging yet rewarding world of firefighting.” He writes that he is “forever grateful for the education and experiences I gained at FDU, which have been instrumental in shaping my path as a firefighter and author.”

Edward Davies, BA, MSA’20 (Metro), was among the honorees in the 22nd Annual Teaneck Chamber of Commerce’s Community Awards Dinner. Davies is FDU’s assistant director of alumni affinity and athletics groups. The event’s President’s Award went to FDU’s men’s and women’s basketball programs.

Jeffrey Miller, BS, MBA’19 (Flor), discussed his career with students taking Managing Sustainability in the Global Context class with Gerard Farias, associate professor of management. Miller is the sustainability and documentation administrator at Forbo Flooring System in Hazleton, Penn.

Christopher Suttmeier, BS (Flor), was a guest speaker at the Wealth Management Association’s Finance Talks event at the Florham Campus. He is a financial adviser at Marmaras & Smith LLC, Bedminster, N.J.

Ibrahim Umer, BS (Metro), is a resident anesthesiologist at St. Joseph’s Health in Paterson, N.J. He graduated with his doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erie, Pa., in 2021, and completed a residency in anesthesiology at Jefferson Health in 2022.


Christopher Portelli, BA (Flor), is a senior trading support coordinator at BetMGM, where he monitors the digital and retail operations for the website/app. He tracks betting and customer trends that inform him on improvements and enhancements he can make to the website/app.

Natalie Zamora, BS, MS’21 (Metro), joined the Education Trust Board of New Mexico as a financial coordinator. She played Division I basketball while at FDU, and serves as a coach for local youth basketball.


Kenny Azambuja, BA, MAS’22 (Metro), is a sergeant at the East Windsor (N.J.) Police Department. Joining the department in 2006, he served in uniform services as a field training officer and officer in charge. In November 2022, he became a detective in investigative services. He also was a firearms instructor and precision rifle operator.

Evan Midgley, BA/MSA’20 (Flor), is a casino host for BetMGM, where he manages high-value VIP casino-player accounts, hosts private events across the New York/New Jersey area and facilitates hotel and event bookings for clients in Atlantic City, N.J., and Las Vegas, Nev.


Gabriella Amello, BA, MA’22 (Flor), is an assistant brand manager at Dotdash Meredith. Her team is responsible for publishing more than 400 issues of special-edition content across 60 partner brands such as People, LIFE and Better Homes & Gardens, including the pink Barbie special edition of People.

Matthew Godlewski, BA, MSM’22 (Flor), is an operations manager and account executive for the Somerset Patriots (Double A affiliate of the New York Yankees). His responsibilities include promoting group and season-ticket sales, managing game-day operations and managing the event staff during home games.


Nitzan Eliyahu, BS (Metro), started her MA in the conservation of easel paintings at the world-renowned Courtauld Institute in Somerset House, London, in September. She will be studying full time for more than three years. Only six students each year are accepted to this prestigious program. Eliyahu took a History of Art course at Wroxton College, FDU’s campus in Oxfordshire, England, in spring 2022.

Notes from a Prison Cell, a new chapbook by Andrew Felsher, MFA (Flor), was published by Bottlecap Press, Morongo Valley, Calif., as part of its Bottlecap Features multi-genre chapbook series. He is the cofounder and editor of 128 LIT, winner of the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses’ Firecracker Award for Best Debut Magazine.


Ruth Eustache, BS (Flor), a Florham Campus graduate student studying accounting, was chosen to be a Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) Scholar this year. Nominated by FDU, she received a $10,000 scholarship for the 2023–2024 academic year.

“The Library Keepers,” a creative writing thesis by Jeffrey Nicholas, MFA (Flor), was in the top one percent of entries to the Jericho Writers First 500 Shortlist novel competition.

Brandyn Pokrass, BA (Flor), hosts a Knicks podcast for Let’s Talk Knicks and contributes to Inside the Iggles and Shea Hello Media. She also wrote for

Christopher Devine, professor emeritus of chemistry and philosophy, died on October 7, 2023. Devine joined FDU in 1967 as an assistant professor and retired and was named professor emeritus in 2007. He served as chair of the chemistry department, director of University Core at the Metropolitan Campus and Faculty Senate vice president. He received the Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching in 1998 and was inducted into Heritage Hall, which honors individuals who’ve played a significant role in the development and growth of FDU. He taught on all three of FDU’s New Jersey campuses and at Wroxton College.

Neil Salzman, retired professor of political science, died November 14, 2023, at the age of 83. He joined FDU in 1969 as an instructor in history and rose to professor of political science. He also served as director of the Florham Institute for Lifelong Learning until his retirement in 2012. He is survived by his wife, Robin Flam; sons Aram (Maria); Noah (Smadar); and Gabriel (Emily); brother and sister-in-law, Alvin and Gail Salzman; and four grandchildren.

Albert Schielke, retired professor of physics and associate dean, University College: Arts • Sciences • Professional Studies (now part of Maxwell Becton College of Arts and Sciences), died on August 12, 2023, at the age of 79. At FDU, he earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1965 and a master’s degree in physics in 1967. He later added a PhD in physics. He worked at FDU for more than 55 years before retiring in 2013. In addition to teaching physics and astronomy, he was associate dean of University College from 1977 to 2010 and then was associate vice president for academic affairs. He also was executive associate dean for Edward Williams College (later the Anthony J. Petrocelli College of Continuing Studies). In 2003, he was honored with the Distinguished Faculty Award for Service. He was a member of the Council of Deans, the Campus Council and Campus Standards Committee, and served on departmental advisory boards. In 2013, he received the Elia G. Stratis CASTLE Award, given to a graduate who has demonstrated a lifetime of outstanding loyalty and service to FDU. He was inducted into Heritage Hall in 2015. He is survived by his wife, Susan; daughter, Lara Coyle, and her husband, Greg; and granddaughters, Mackenzie and Chelsea.

Peter Walsh, professor emeritus of electrical engineering, died on March 6, 2023, at the age of 93. He taught at FDU from 1963 to 1993, starting as a professor of physics before adding electrical engineering to his curriculum. He is survived by his wife, Rosemarie; five children: Kathleen Blaiklock, MaryEllen Kearns, Susan Walsh, Carole Ray and Karen Westphal; and 11 grandchildren.

Alumni In Memoriam

Jane Whinham Wegelin, AA’47 (Ruth)

Josephine Vivona Doot, BS’52 (Ruth)

Patricia Hanson, AA’53 (Ruth)

John Sabbak, BS’57 (Ruth)

Susan Maines Saydah, AA’57 (Metro)

Myles Daitzman, BS’58 (Ruth)

Roy Fagen, BS’58 (Ruth)

Samuel Gorrell, AA’58 (Ruth)

Ronald Panicucci, BS’58 (Ruth)

Jeanne Falk, BS’59 (Ruth)

Rudolph “Rudy” Gigante, BS’59 (Metro)

William McPheeters, BS’59 (Metro)

Carl “Molly” Molitor, BSEE’59 (Ruth)

Howard Schneiweis, BS’59 (Ruth)

Joyce Buchanan, BS’60 (Ruth)

Leon Chaparian, BSEE’60 (Metro)

Ernest Hoitsma, BS’60, MA’63 (Ruth)

Walter Roessler, BS’60 (Metro)

Joseph Mangino, Sr., AA’56, BS’61 (Ruth)

Julia Baker Nelson, BS’61 (Ruth)

James Stuart, DDS’61 (Metro)

Raymond Keller, BS’62 (Metro)

James McElroy, BS’62 (Ruth)

Robert Nightingale, BS’62 (Ruth)

William Penfield, MBA’63 (Metro)

Chester Gould, BS’63, MBA’68 (Ruth)

Douglas Hartman, BS’63 (Metro)

Kenneth Selger, BS’63 (Ruth)

Jack Bryson, MBA’64 (Metro)

James Crabtree, Jr., MBA’64 (Metro)

Neal Fishkin, BS’64 (Flor)

Karl Glander, MSD’64 (Metro)

Alfred Lebeau, BSEE’64 (Metro)

Janice Shapiro Lipsitz, BS’64 (Metro)

Ronald Snider, BS’64 (Metro)

Edward Zarucha, Jr., BS’64, MBA’68 (Metro)

Earl Greenleaf, Jr., MBA’65 (Metro)

Marlene Miller, MAT’65 (Metro)

Richard Nemeth, BS’65 (Flor)

Marguerite Lipton Bronster, BSN’66, MA’84 (Metro)

John Bubb, BS’66 (Ruth)

James Carlstedt, BS’66 (Ruth)

Edward Chesnut, Jr., DDS’66 (Metro)

Charles Zito, Jr., BS’66 (Metro)

Ellen Shipman Blue, BS’67 (Flor)

Alfred Feitl, BSME’67, MSME’73 (Metro)

Joseph Reilly, BSN’67 (Metro)

Robert Detta, BS’68 (Ruth)

Rosalind Kopel, BA’68 (Ruth)

Horacio Marcos, BS’68, MBA’75 (Metro)

Robert Reisch, MBA’68 (Metro)

Joanne Ronca Spadavecchia, BSN’68 (Ruth)

Dorrance Adams, BS’69 (Metro)

John Andryszewski, Sr., BS’69 (Ruth)

Arnold Greebel, AA’69 (Metro)

Robert Jancar, MBA’69 (Flor)

Beverly Bethea, BA’70, MA’80 (Flor)

Norma Neri Glassman, BA’70 (Ruth)

David Kaplan, BS’70 (Metro)

Donald Keady, BS’70 (Metro)

Charles Mesrobian, BS’70 (Metro)

Paul Pinchak, BS’70, MBA’77 (Metro)

Gerald “Gerry” Hickey, BS’71 (Metro)

Madeleine Sucher Heyser, BA’71 (Metro)

George Jenkins, Jr., BA’71 (Ruth)

Joseph Monek, Sr., BSEE’71 (Metro)

John Streko, BS’71 (Flor)

Lester Weiss, BS’71 (Metro)

Martha Garrett Alling, BA’72 (Metro)

Oksana Hagopian, MA’72 (Metro)

Harry Symes, BA’72 (Flor)

Leonard “Steve” Westward, BS’72 (Metro)

Richard “Woody” Woodruff, BS’72 (Flor)

Timothy Wymbs, BS’72 (Metro)

Sandra Fettes Morris, BS’73 (Flor)

Edward Sikora, BS’73 (Flor)

Robert Brown, BA’74 (Ruth)

Richard DeVillasanta, BA’74 (Flor)

Stephen Gallant, BS’74 (Metro)

George Gigon, MBA’74 (Metro)

Gary Gleitman, BA’74 (Metro)

Dennis Nordyk, AA’72, BS’74 (Metro)

Marie Frolio, BA’75 (Flor)

Joseph Letterese, BS’75 (Metro)

Marc Litwack, BS’75 (Flor)

Donato “Dan” Sorrano, DMD’75 (Metro)

Denise Cohen Vontobel, BA’75 (Ruth)

Arlene Giniger, BS’76 (Ruth)

Thomas Petren, MS’76 (Metro)

A. Richard Origon, MBA’77 (Ruth)

Douglas Levin, BS’78 (Flor)

Frank Zizik, BS’78 (Metro)

Joseph Lotorto, BS’79 (Ruth)

Jean Denes, MPA’80 (Ruth)

Lawrence “Pat” Kramer, BA’80 (Ruth)

Louis “Joe” Lewis, Jr., MBA’80 (Ruth)

Edward Sullivan, MPA’80 (Ruth)

Edward Gaines, BS’81 (Metro)

Stephen Jumper, BS’81 (Ruth)

Joanne Kiggins, BA’81 (Metro)

Robert Mangels, MBA’81 (Flor)

Howard Riley, Jr., MBA’81 (Flor)

Lydia Clark, MBA’82 (Flor)

Edward “Eddy” Lee, BS’82 (Flor)

Peter Palmer, MBA’82 (Flor)

Donald Schaller, MBA’82 (Metro)

Patricia Zarriello, BS’82 (Ruth)

Francis “Fran” Dickson, MA’83 (Metro)

Joyce Murphy, MBA’83 (Flor)

Thomas Fleming, Jr., MBA’84 (Ruth)

Carole Angus, MBA’85 (Ruth)

Margaret Doherty, BS’87 (Metro)

Jo Ann Klein, BS’87 (Metro)

Bernadine Flejzor, MBA’89 (Ruth)

Gary Bock, MBA’90 (Metro)

Karen Setti, BSN’90 (Ruth)

John Regan, MBA’91 (Ruth)

Van Bard, BA’94 (Flor)

Dawn Gallagher, MBA’94 (Flor)

Ellen Miller, MAS’02 (Metro)

Edward Johnson, BA’05, BS’01 (Flor)

Wanda Ferrauiola, BA’06, MAS’07 (Metro)

Megan Chuisano, BS’17 (Flor)