June 2012 Alumni Class Notes

The following are Class Notes submitted to The University of Scranton's Office of Alumni Relations. To submit your own class notes, visit our Class Notes webpage.


Victor Greco, M.D. ’47, Hazleton, received the 2012 UNICO National Marconi Science Award.

William Connolly ’59, Garwood, N.J., was presented a special Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual meeting of the American Copy Editors Society (ACES). Bill, a retired senior editor at The New York Times, received the award in recognition of his service to ACES and to copy editors everywhere. . Teresa Schmedding, president of ACES, stated “Bill is always the most practical and calmest in the room, and he has helped make this organization what it is today.”

Francis O’Connor ’71, Susquehanna, became the vice president of the Pennsylvania Bar Association in May. He will become the president of the 28,000 member statewide lawyers association in 2014.

Daniel Dowd, D.O. ’74, York, was re-elected to serve on the board of trustees of the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association. Dr. Dowd is an attending physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine at York Hospital

Melinda Ghilardi ’80, Dunmore, first assistant federal public defender for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, will serve a three-year term on the Pennsylvania Bar Association Board of Governors as an at large governor representing the interests of women lawyers in Pennsylvania.

Patrick Kerrigan, D.O. ’80, Wilkes Barre, was honored with the 2012 Family Physician of the Year Award from the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Family Physicians Society. The award was presented to Dr. Kerrigan in recognition of his outstanding service to the osteopathic profession and his community.

Sgt. Dennis Lyons ’83, Kingston, R.I., has retired after serving 27 years with the New York State Police where he was last assigned as a forensic scientist at the NYSP Forensic Investigation Center in Albany. He has taken the position of forensic scientist in the Rhode Island State Crime Laboratory located at the University of Rhode Island.

Colette Mazzucelli, Ph.D. ’83, Brooklyn, N.Y., met Ambassador J.D. Bindenagel in New York City at the Council on Foreign Relations Inaugural Educator’s Conference. Colette recently began her work this year as chair, Academic Advisory Council at TechChange.org. This summer she will teach online for Hofstra University’s Department of Political Science as well as for The University of Arizona’s School of Government & Public Policy in a new MA Program in International Security offered for armed services personnel on deployment around the globe. Colette begins her 9th year on the graduate faculty at the Center for Global Affairs, New York University, where she now also teaches the core course in the Master of Science in Global Affairs Program, Global Civil Society.

John Luciani ’87, York, has passed his Professional Land Surveyor exam in the state of Maryland.

Ralph Riviello, M.D. ’90, Swedesboro, N.J., associate professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Drexel University, has been appointed president of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians.

Pete Power ’91, Dublin, Ireland, is the CEO of Angkor Mikroheranhvatho (Kumpuchea) Co. (AMK), the largest microfinance institution in Cambodia in terms of borrower numbers. AMK currently serves approximately 300,000 customers or 10% of the households in Cambodia.

Kara Krystina Ostroski-Francis ’95, Frisco, Texas, published her second book in her “Simply Stated Series,” Creative Tax Strategies for Creating Financial Freedom. The book highlights the significance of business ownership, the tax advantages available to business owners and how owning your own business can create financial freedom for families.

Rebecca Gallo ’98, G’99, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., will be waling the Camino de Santiago, a 450 mile pilgrimage trail across northern Spain, from May 11 to June 19.

Marissa Trichilo Brunetti, M.D. ’98, Media, completed 5 years of subspecialty training in Pediatric Cardiology and Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in June 2011. She is an attending physician in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and an assistant professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

Ashley Hartman, Pharm.D. ’07, Clarks Summit, graduated from the Jefferson School of Pharmacy, Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia in May 2012. She has accepted a PGY-1 residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia.


There are no marriage announcements this month.


Twin sons, Cole Hunter and Evan Justice, to Richard ’96 and Iris Davison, South Abington Townshp

A son, Liam Robert, to Kevin ’96 and Jessica Moran, Baltimore, Md.

A daughter, Maeve Margaret, to Brian and Kate Toolan Madden ’01, Philadelphia

A son, Brennan Hugh, to Michael ’01 and Erin Walsh MacDonald ’01, Yorktown Heights, N.Y.

A daughter, Madeleine, to John ’02 and Alissa Swarts, Peckville

A son, Owen Daniel, to Daniel ’02 and Kelly Tracy Schneider ’02, Clarks Summit

A daughter, Sophie Grace, to James ’03 and Jessica McCullough, Ivyland

A son, Kevin Michael, to Kevin and Adriane Palmasani Conaboy, D.O. ’04, Moosic

In Memoriam

Thomas J. Malone ’40, Sugar Notch
Anthony J. Gentile, M.D. ’43, Dunmore
James P. Comerford, M.D. ’48, Grand Junction, Colo.
Eugene A. Curtin, M.D. ’51, Clarks Green
James M. Scott ’52, Wernersville
Gerald W. Chichurka ’57, Scranton
John P. O’Malley ’61, Clarks Summit
John P. Gaggioli ’65, Scranton
John J. Scagliotti ’69, Jessup
William Biniek G’71, Plains
Michael R. Federovitch ’72, Vancouver, Wash.
Rev. Patrick J. Genello ’79, Hazleton
John F. Nally, Jr. ’83, Hoboken, N.J.

In Memoriam, Friends

Grace Bohensky, daughter of Megan Getz Bohensky ’98, G’07
James Hart, father of Lori Hart Bathon ’85
Marie Synder, wife of Eugene ’55

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