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John Rice ’61 (KGCOE) received a fellowship to Clarkson University and earned his master’s degree in electrical engineering. He worked in aerospace and defense for seven years as a radar system engineer. He returned to Penn State and received a master of engineering degree in transportation engineering. “I have worked for the U.S. Army, several Maryland counties, the state of South Carolina, and finally for a consultant in Virginia. I took the professional engineers exam at age 52 and passed. I retired in 2002. I am active in the Lifelong Learning Institute and have taught classes for them, including astronomy.”

Edward Catapane ’61 (CIAS) flew to Maine to see a papermaking mill and fell in love with flying which led to his earning a private pilot’s license. He has a lot of memories of the old RIT campus, spring break parades, float building and ice sculptures, the Bridge on the River Kwai, KSK fraternity, and working at Hammer Litho and the Democrat and Chronicle. Edward is proud to have been a RIT graduate and still lives in North Babylon, N.Y.


Bruce James ’62 (GAP) was honored by RIT with its Outstanding Alumnus Award in 1996 and was the 33rd alumnus inducted into the John Marshall High School (Cleveland, Ohio) Hall of Fame. Bruce has served on and chaired the boards of more than 40 governmental bodies and non-profit organizations throughout the country, including five colleges and universities. He was chairman of the RIT Board of Trustees from 2002 to 2005. He and his wife, Nora, have resided at Lake Tahoe in Nevada since 1993.


Dyan Monte-Verde ’64 (COS) was an invited speaker at the USA International Federation of Biomedical Laboratory Science (IFBLS) Delegate to the World Congress of Biomedical Laboratory Science in Nairobi, Kenya, June 2010. She also presented a workshop on “Diagnostic Microscopic Urinalysis and Related Renal Diseases,”based on work she did as head of the Laboratory Services Department, associate professor and educational coordinator of the Clinical Pathology Laboratories at Strong Memorial Hospital at the University of Rochester Medical Center. She has traveled extensively both nationally and internationally presenting Monte Verde Productions Inc. workshops, seminars and teleconferences. Today, her audiovisual media slides and booklets are being used as an educational tool in many states and countries.

Denniston Wood ’64 (CAST) writes, “I lost my wife Jane to breast cancer in January 2006 and decided to retire from teaching. At that time, I had been teaching for 40 years. Since then, I have returned to teaching two 16-week semesters of drawing for Homeland Security at the Detention Center in Batavia, N.Y.”


Andrew Botwick ’65 (GAP) married Dianne Jacobs in 1968, and declares he loves her now more than ever. Andrew retired after 28 years of service as an executive with Dunkin’ Donuts. The couple spends their retirement between homes in Lake Worth and Clearwater Beach, Fla.

Joel Entin ’65 (GAP) is president of GlennWrite News Service, a New Jersey marketing and public relations firm. Joel opened the division to focus on developing sales boosting case study feature articles that showcase how a manufacturer’s product, equipment or service contributed to its customer’s success.


Sara Jayne Freeman Cole ’66 (CIAS) learned to be a silversmith at RIT and while on a trip to Arkansas found a tiny origami book in the art museum gift shop. On the long bus ride back to Rochester she taught herself origami. It has long been her inspiration to combine the simple lines and suggested form learned by folding into silver to make components for jewelry. Metal clay sheet has made this possible. She is very excited about her book, Metal Clay Origami Jewelry, published by Lark Books.

David Page ’63, ’66 (CIAS) recently donated his collection of NASA imagery he collected while in charge of photographic processing quality control for the Apollo Moon Exploration Program. The gem of the collection is one of only eight first generation duplicates of Magazine “A”, the first pictures taken from the moon surface. The original roll of film was then retired and stored under archival conditions. All future negatives and prints were made from these first generation dupes. The moon mission images and those from a roll of film from the joint Mercury 6 and 7 missions will go into the photography study collection. The photographic imaging was made possible by the efforts of many RIT alumni and faculty of that era.


Boyd Clausen ’67 (SCB) is currently enjoying retirement with his family and friends. He recently purchased a lakefront home on Lake Ontario in Kent, N.Y., where he plans to relocate.


David Folkman’s ’68 (CIAS) latest issue of Hogan’s Alley magazine includes a massive and unprecedented oral his-tory of SpongeBob SquarePants. Nearly two dozen artists, writers, voice actors, executives, producers, directors and more share their insights and reminiscences about the world’s most popular sponge. For subscription information, go to


Robert Shanebrook ’69 (CIAS) published a book: Making Kodak Film, The Illustrated Story of State-of-the-Art Photographic Film Manufacturing. Having worked for Kodak for 35 years, Robert was the worldwide product manager for professional films for 20 years and played a small part in the development and commercialization of films including: T-Max, Ktachrome, Kodachrome and Portra Films.

James Brown ’69 (SCB) of Oneida, N.Y., was inducted into the Hall of Fame July 2010 for the New York Association for Pupil Transportation at its annual conference. This award was commissioned by NYAPT to recognize Brown’s innovative efforts to coordinate the first Operation Safe Stop Program in 1993. In 2008, he was recognized by the N.Y. School Bus Contractors Association for his years of service with the Heart of the Industry Award.

John C. Williams ’69 (CIAS) retired in 2005 as vice president of marketing for Cox Enterprises in Atlanta, Ga. John and his wife, Joy, moved to Whidbey Island, Wash., and are located about an hour north of Seattle. They are lifelong book collectors and in retirement started a small retail bookstore in Langley, Wash., a waterside island village. Words & Pictures Bookshop offers an eclectic mix of used, out-of-print and collectible books. Contact them at