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Cool historical class note: Farkas Original Eye Black
andy farkasYou know that black stuff that football players smear under their eyes before a game to help block the glare of the sun? University of Detroit football legend Andy Farkas ’40, is said to be the originator of the cream. Farkas, an All American in 1937 for the U-D football Titans, later played professionally for the Washington Redskins. His athletic fame continued as the first NFL player to catch a record-setting pass for an official 99-yard touchdown. He twice led the Redskins in rushing and scoring and was the top NFL scorer in 1939. The eye black creation came during his professional career when he burned some cork and rubbed it under his eyes for a pre-game photo shoot. Farkas was dressed in American Indian regalia, and the burnt cork was meant to serve as war paint. Apparently, school children liked the look and began rubbing the black stuff, which sometimes included black shoe polish, under their eyes before playing sports in the streets and fields. Before long, variations of the original idea launched into commercial lines of the eye cream for athletes. In 2006, Farkas’ grandson, Brian, learned of Farkas’ invention and began developing is own line of eye black, which now sells as Farkas Original Eye Black.

Jane K. Nugent ’48, was recognized at the Association of Fundraising Professionals Dinner in November for her volunteer efforts on behalf of St. John Health System/St. John Health Foundation.

Thomas Russell ’48, was recognized at the Association of Fundraising Professionals Dinner in November for his volunteer efforts on behalf of St. John Health System/St. John Health Foundation.


Bill Bonds ’59, retired WXYZ-TV anchorman, was inducted into the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame.

Richard E. Czarnecki ’53, received an honorary doctor of laws at Walsh College. Czarnecki, a trustee at Walsh for the past 10 years, was named trustee emeritus in November 2009.

Roy Dirkes ’51, shot his age (81) in August at the Farmington Hills Golf Course. He also shot a hole-in-one in 1993 at the Salem Hills Golf Course.

william giovanWilliam J. Giovan ’58, who recently retired as chief judge of the Wayne County Circuit Court, has re-entered the practice of law with partners under the firm name Charfoos, Giovan & Birach LLP in the Penobscot Building in Detroit.

Glynn Lunney ’58, a 40-year NASA veteran and member of the Apollo 13 mission control team, received the Rev. T. Donald Rinfret, S.J., Distinguished Alumnus Award from Scranton Prep.

Rose Paone-Evarts ’55, celebrated her commitment as an IHM associate with the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM).

Phyllis Peters Look ’51, was recognized at the Association of Fundraising Professionals Dinner in November for her volunteer efforts on behalf of University of Detroit Mercy, including her service on the National Alumni Association Board, her current participation on the Business Advisory Board and her tenure as executive-in-resident in the Career Center.

Ryuzo Sato ’59, retired as Starr Professor of Economics and director, The Center for Japan-U.S. Business and Economic Studies at The Stern School of Business at New York University. Sato is one of the pre-eminent economists in the world, has authored many books, and had a conference dedicated to his work.

mario trafeliMario Trafeli, Jr., D.D.S. ’54, was inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. The first speed skater inducted into the NIASHF, he was selected based on his skating achievements during the period of 1947-1955.


Andy Acho ’63, ’67, was recognized at the Association of Fundraising Professionals Dinner in November for his volunteer efforts on behalf of Henry Ford Health System.

Richard J. Dolinski ’61, ’63, ’66, partner and board vice chairman of Omni Tech International, president of Dolinski Associates Inc., and chairman of RightAnswer.com, received the Midland Community Advocacy Award.

Chuck Gumbel ’68, who teaches math at U of D Jesuit High School, competed in the Senior Olympics in horseshoes, bowling and pickleball.

Thomas Kuhn, D.D.S. ’67, who practices dentistry in San Francisco, was recently awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the International Yo-Yo Open in New York City, the highest honor in the world of yo-yos. Kuhn has invented high-end yo-yos for the past 40 years.

George McCarthy ’62, was appointed chairman of The St. James Company, a company that specializes in the acquisition and distribution of New World wines.

ron radzilowskiRon Radzilowski ’64, manager of metallurgical technology for Severstal North America, was named a Fellow of ASM International, one of the most prestigious awards in the metals and related industries.

Stanley Sheridan ’64, ’69
, was elected to serve as a member of the National Beverage Corp. board of directors. Sheridan retired in 2004 as president of Faygo Beverages.

Don Sodo ’69, recently retired as president and CEO of America’s Charities.

John B. Tomey ’66, ’68, was recently elected to the board of governors of the Golf Association of Michigan and to the board of governors of the Schoolcraft College Foundation.

William H. Tripp ’66, joined Strobl & Sharp PC as a shareholder. His areas of practice include corporate law, real estate, probate, estate planning, and taxation.


Andrew Brown Jr. ’79, executive director and chief technologist for Delphi Corporation, was elected 2010 president of the Society of Automotive Engineers International.

pamela carterPamela (Fanning) Carter ’71, president of Cummins Inc.’s Distribution Business, was appointed to the Export-Import Bank of the United States’ sub-Saharan Africa Advisory Council.

Mario Contini ’70, will retire at the end of the school year as superintendent of the Conejo Valley Unified School District in Thousand Oaks, Ca.
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David F. DuMouchel ’72, an attorney and shareholder at Butzel Long law firm, was named as the “Detroit Best Lawyers Criminal Defense: White-Collar Lawyer of the Year” for 2010.

Ina G. Fernandez ’74, recently joined Liberty Capital Management as managing director. She is responsible for asset management and ina fernandezgrowth in foundation and endowment assets.

Bob Finder ’70, was appointed an independent director for Living Cell Technologies Limited in New Zealand.

Charles D. Hasse, D.D.S., M.D. ’75, has been named the secretary of the American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

Bill Hermann ’72, was named one of 2009’s Top Five Most Admired Peers by INSIDE Public Accounting, an independent newsletter for the accounting industry. Hermann has served as CPA and managing partner at Plante & Moran for eight years.

Evelyn Hirt ’76, was named president of IEEE-USA. She is a principal professional and engineer with Battelle in the Operational Systems Directorate at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wa. Hirt received IEEE-USA’s highest honor last year, the Robert S. Walleigh Distinguished Contributions to Engineering Professionalism Award.

David Houle ’77, ’79, ’98, recently joined Ypsilanti Public Schools as chief financial officer.

Julie Hyer, O.P. ’75, ’79, was elected to the General Council of the Adrian Dominican Sisters and will also serve as the council administrator. Sr. Julie is the CEO of a community health clinic for migrant farm workers and their families in Watsonville, Calif.

Dan L. King ’75, was named vice president for academic affairs at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology and is pursuing a MDiv. degree at Andover Newton Theological School.

Walter Knysz III, DDS ’75, was recognized at the Association of Fundraising Professionals Dinner in November for his volunteer efforts on behalf of Rose Hill Center.

Derrick Kuzak ’73, ’77, group vice president, Global Product Development for Ford Motor Company, was selected to receive the 2010 National Academy of Engineering award, the highest honor and most prestigious award in the engineering community. Kuzak is a member of the UDM Board of Trustees.

robert millerRobert J. Miller ’79, was recently appointed deputy supervisor in Redford Township, Mich.

Michael V. Morgan ’72, is supervising the UDM School of Law’s Criminal Trial Clinic in the Troy, Harper Woods, and Eastpointe District Courts, through which students gain valuable experience by going on the record defending actual misdemeanor cases.

Peter Munoz ’78, director of the Michigan State Police, was nominated by President Barack Obama to be U.S. marshal for the Western District of Michigan. The position requires confirmation by the U.S. Senate.

Faye Alexander Nelson ’75, president and CEO, Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, is one of eight women who were honored by the Michigan Business and Professional Association at its 14th Annual Women and Leadership in the Workplace event.

Suzanne (Koleski) O’Brien ’77, was honored by President Barack Obama with a Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching for her contributions to science education. O’Brien was one of 87 K-12 math and science teachers and 22 college math, science and engineering professors from the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands who were presented with awards in the East Room of the White House on Jan. 6, 2010. O’Brien has taught 5th grade at Fox Elementary School in Macomb for the past 13 years.

Robert A. Pasionek ’75, has joined Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC. He will practice in the areas of securities law, mergers, acquisitions and restructurings out of the firm’s Las Vegas office.

Joseph Richard Preville ’77, ‘79, published “Are Arabs only footnotes in history?,” a book review for “The House of Wisdom: How the Arabs transformed western civilization,” by Jonathan Lyons, in the online Saudi Gazette.

John P. Reuter ’70, joined the Charleston, S.C. office of SGA Architecture as project architect.

gerald sabatiniGerald Sabatini ’75, a financial analyst with Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Mich., was re-elected for a third consecutive term to the City Commission in Plymouth and received a four-year term.

Carlton T. Stanton ’74, chairman and CEO of SCI Global Communi­cations, LLC, and award-winning executive producer/director/documentary filmmaker, is developing a documentary film about the carlton stantonUniversity of Detroit’s 1972 NCAA Championship Men’s Fencing Team, and the city of Detroit during the 1970s, called Duel of the Titans. The film will highlight the fencing careers of Tyrone Simmons ’74, Olympian, Pan-American, NCAA Championship All-American fencer, and his teammates, including Freddie Hooker ’73, and Stanton, who also were on the NCAA championship team. The 1972 U of D fencing team, of which half were African American, is the only sports team in the history of Titan athletics to win the NCAA Championship title.

Michael F. Steltenkamp, S.J. ’70, a professor of religious studies at Wheeling Jesuit University, has published Nicholas Black Elk, Medicine Man, Missionary, Mystic. The book provides the first full interpretative biography of Black Elk, an Oglala Sioux religious elder.

Don Tracy ’79, was appointed vice president of finance and chief financial officer at MGP Ingredients, Inc.


Kevin Boyle ’82, an Ohio State University distinguished professor of history and award-winning author, delivered Ohio State’s fall 2009 commencement speech.

Claudreen Jackson ’89, ’93, widow of the Spinners’ Pervis Jackson, has published the book Inspired by Autism: A Spoonful of Comfort for Parents of Children with Disabilities. A retired special education teacher, Jackson tells the story about her life raising her now adult autistic son, Pervis, Jr.

marie C. KempMarie J. Carithers Kemp ’82, was named president and CEO of New Center Training Center in Highland Park, Mich, a school that offers computer training education and programs.

Christopher P. Gayde ’81, ’85, was named managing director of the life sciences group at Hunter Wise Financial Group, LLC. Gayde will work out of the Irvine, Calif. office, where he focuses on building the company’s corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions programs.

John Minarick ’89, was named vice president of development at Bergstrom Automotive in Neenah, Wi. He is responsible for developing customer service in all functions of dealership operations.

Mark R. Mortiere ’82, ’86, a Livonia dentist, received the Mastership Award from the Academy of General Dentistry, the highest honor available in the AGD and one of the most respected designations in the profession.

Dan Roma ’84, was named to the newly created position of CFO at Roseville-based National Coney Island Inc.

Steven Sallen ’84, was named president and CEO of the Southfield-based real estate, employment and business law firm Maddin, Hauser, Wartell, Roth, & Heller P.C.

Roseann Stevens ’81, ’00, was named vice president of Field Operations at FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology).

joanne topaJoanne Topa ’88, was named director of Enterprise Applications at Accident Fund Insurance Company of America.

James G. Vella ’89, president of Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services, was appointed chair of the Michigan Community Service Commission by Gov. Jennifer Granholm. He was also recognized at the Association of Fundraising Professionals Dinner in November for his volunteer efforts on behalf of United Way of Southeastern Michigan.

robert wilkeRobert Wilke ’82, was appointed director, business development for the Middle East and Africa at Jet Support Service, Inc.


Yvette Boileau ’95, serves on the Executive Board of the Detroit Race for the Cure to help eradicate breast cancer.

Gail Burnett ’94, received the 2009 Peg Fennig Award from Alpha Sigma Nu. The award is presented to a member who is an active leader in the pursuit of scholarship, loyalty and service, whose dedication, enthusiasm, wisdom and commitment reflect those of the woman for whom the award is named.

Michelle C. Harrell ’90, was named shareholder at the Southfield-based law firm Maddin, Hauser, Wartell, Roth & Heller P.C. She was also named managing shareholder of the firm’s eight-member general & complex litigation group.

Thomas A. Hosinski ’94, ’96, was appointed by the Presbyterian Villages of Michigan as vice president/executive director of The Village of Redford, a retirement community in Redford Township.

Mary Huyck ’97, was profiled in the September 2009 issue of the American Academy of Physician Assistants publication PA Professional. She provides care to the 1,800 inmates of the Oakland County Jail.

William J. Korte ’92
, was promoted to vice president retirement services at Hantz Financial Services.

John McGinty ’94, associate professor in Physician Assistant Studies at the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at Wayne State University, was recognized as a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. McGinty earned the recognition for his outstanding contributions to patient care and the profession during his 15 years as a PA and educator.

Isaac McKissick ’92, director of school and district partnerships for Spartanburg County School District Seven in South Carolina, was named to the board of directors for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Upstate in Greenville, S.C.

Vandana Patel ’97, was appointed full time to the Toronto office of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada. She previously served as in-house counsel at Ontario Power Generation.

Ariel Ponce, D.O. ’98, joined the medical staff at Genesys Regional Medical Center in Grand Blanc Township, Mich.

Ronald W. Ryan ’91, recently joined Lewis Reed & Allen PC, of Kalamazoo, as a shareholder. He practices in the areas of litigation in workers’ compensation, insurance defense and litigation, personal injury, social security disability and commercial and civil litigation.

Teresa (Kado) Soave ’96, ’98, was appointed head of Stampings and Chassis Components - Metallic Purchasing at Chrysler Group LLC.

W. Scott Turnbull ’98, joined Crary Buchanan as a partner. He represents investors in securities-related lawsuits, handles general trust litigation, and advocates for business entities in general civil litigation.


Heather Boden ’03, was recently promoted to senior corporate paralegal within the legal department of Trelleborg Corporation, a Swedish global engineering company with local offices in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Her legal focus is in corporate governance, employment law, trademarks and immigration.

Alcott Alda Hekima Germany II ’02, was recently named as Professional of the Year in Educational Services by Cambridge Who’s Who. Germany is founder and CEO of Instructional Design Solutions LLC.

Matt T. Grill, D.D.S. ’01, joined the practice of Dr. Doug Giorgio, Jr. as a dentist. The practice is located in The Village at Skidaway Island in Savannah, Ga.

Amelia (Quayle) Linnemann '03, received her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Genetics from Wayne State University.

dominic paluzziDominic A. Paluzzi ’04, ’07, recently joined the Detroit office of McDonald Hopkins as an associate attorney. Paluzzi concentrates his
practice in the area of non-compete and trade secret law, including litigation, counseling, and drafting of agreements.

Craig S. Parsons ’03, was appointed vice president of sales and business development at Shiloh Industries, Inc. He is based in Canton, Mich., where he is responsible for account management, sales and business development functions.

Paul Poles ’09, joined Michigan-based Potestivo & Associates, P.C. as a mediation specialist in the firm’s Home Retention Services division.

Lauretta Pominville ’01, joined the Farmington Hills office of Zausmer, Kaufman, August, Caldwell & Taylor, P.C. as an associate attorney. She focuses her practice on representing no-fault insurance carriers.

Hernando Pulido, D.D.S., ’09, joined the dental staff of Ocean Health Initiatives, located in New Jersey.

Christopher Scott ’05, received a 2009 Black Engineer of the Year Award in the Modern-Day Technology Leaders category at the BEYA Conference, Feb. 18-22 in Baltimore, Md. He works at the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command’s (RDECOM’s) Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) in Warren.james sheridan

James A. Sheridan ’09, joined Butzel Long law firm as an associate attorney. He concentrates his practice on business litigation.

Ryan Smith ’04, was promoted to associate at SmithGroup architectural, engineering, interiors and planning firm.
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Laura J. Soave ’00, was ap­pointed head of Fiat Brand, N.A., which is part of Chrysler Group LLC.

Joel Wisniewski ’09, joined Clement & Hurst PLC law firm as an associate. He will practice in the areas of immigration, criminal defense and family law.