Alumni Class Notes, March 2019

    March 5, 2019

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    Brian J. Benedetti ’78, Wilkes-Barre, was elected chairman of the Board of Trustees at the Everhart Museum in Scranton.

    Patricia Savage, Ph.D. G’89, Hollidaysburg, was named one of Pennsylvania Business Central’s 2019 Top Pennsylvania Women in Business CEOs.  Savage is President/CEO of Allegheny Lutheran Social Ministries.

    Kathleen Zelno ’99, G’04, Los Angeles, California, received the 2019 Program Assessment and Evaluation Corporate Excellence Award from Lockheed Martin Corp., Washington, D.C.

    Jonathan Poplawsky, Ph.D. ’07, Knoxville, Tennessee, a materials scientist at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, developed and linked advanced characterization techniques that improve our ability to see and understand atomic-scale features of diverse materials for energy and information technologies. Poplawsky’s article, “Probing Materials To Improve Energy And Information Technologies,” was published by the U.S. Department of Energy Science News, January 2019 edition. 

    Alexander Zygmunt, M.D. ’12, Cincinnati, Ohio, was named to the ten-member Residents and Fellow Board of the Journal of Child Neurology. Zygmunt earned his medical degree from Drexel University College of Medicine in 2019 and is currently a resident in child neurology at Cincinnati’s Children’s Hospital.

    Stephen Gadomski ’15, Charleston, South Carolina, was awarded a 2019 Gates-Cambridge Scholarship. The Gates-Cambridge Scholarship is awarded to the most academically outstanding and socially committed United States citizens. There are thirty-four scholars selected to be part of the 2019 class of Gates-Cambridge Scholars at the University of Cambridge.


    Manuel Finkelstein, Ph.D. ’50, North Adams, Massachusetts
    John Tully, D.D.S. ’55, Gettysburg
    Charles E. Rome ’56, West Pittston
    Basil M. Castner ’58,
    Joseph M. Lombardo Sr., M.D. ’60, Pittston
    John G. Voytko ’65, Spring Brook Township
    James W. Summers ’67, Issaquah, Washington
    Alexander J. Marker III ’69, Spring Brook Township
    Hugh K. Murray ’69,
    Frank G. Ryczak Sr. ’71, Scott Township
    James W. Powers ’72,
    Arlington, Texas
    Lenore Schimes ’78, G’81, Scranton
    Joseph Heitman III ’79, Spring Brook Township
    Edward N. Sledziewski ’09, Flourtown


    A son, Connor Matthew, to Matthew and Victoria Swift Mound ’02, Morris Plains, New Jersey


    Sean Gibney ’09
    to Jessica Moore G’13
    Ariel Ruggiero ’12
    to Timothy McKeever ’12

    Friends’ Deaths

    Blaise Davis, son of Annie and Andrew Davis '06, nephew of Bobby Davis '03Claire Davis '08Bobby '13, G'14 and Christine Della Polla '13G'16, and David Miller '18
    Thomas Kelly, father of Stephen C. Kelly ’91

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