1980s




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1980

John Bannister ’80 (CLA) and Keely Murphy Bannister ’97 (SCB) are proud to announce the birth of a baby boy, Royal James. He was born on Oct. 6, 2010, in Albany, N.Y. Royal joins older sister, Ruby, who is 3. The Bannister family lives in the capital region.

Richard Bohr ’77, ’80 (KGCOE) is president of a new company, Whitetail Natural Gas Services LLC. GES, a provider of environmental services to the oil and gas industry, has formed this new subsidiary. Bohr has 30 years of practical, geographically-diverse experience in the areas of engineering, maintenance, operations, project and construction management. He has worked in various leadership capacities for Pacific Gas & Electric, PSNC Energy, Stone & Webster, and Dominion Transmission. Whitetail is an engineering and technical support services firm dedicated to serving the natural gas pipeline, storage, and utility industries. The company is headquartered in Wellsboro, Pa.

Kenneth Curyk ’80 (CAST) accepted new responsibilities at Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems as senior systems engineer and test director for systems architecture, design and integration directorate, flight and ground tests and missile defense radars in Woburn, Mass.

Emmanuel Ilabor ’80 (CAST) writes, “I continued my education by attending Western Maryland College and in 1983 received a master’s degree in deaf education. I also have written a book, Dr. Andrew Jackson Foster, about his 30 years of service bringing education and the gospel to the deaf in Africa.” For more information, go to www.cmdeafng.com.

David Price ’80 (GAP) writes, “Attached is a photo of my RIT classmate, John Henry ’76 (GAP) (right) and me (left) in Alaska. We’ve been friends for the 37 years since we met in 1973 in the School of Printing graduate program. We did an Alaskan cruise together with our wives to celebrate our anniversaries. John is employed in research and development and is technical manager of Metalcraft Inc. in Mason City, Iowa. I’ve left a 20-year career in public relations and have started TekBasics, a Macintosh consulting business in Dunstable, Mass.”

1981

Richard Shaw ’81, (GAP) writes, “Winding down a career in printing and facilities management, I had an opportunity recently to visit Africa and climb Mount Kilimanjaro. We had a great experience in Africa. I gained a whole new perspective of how others live.”

1982

Paul Gelose ’82 (SCB) has officially gone nuts. Ricky’s Lucky Nuts was founded upon a revelation that a perfect marriage of peanuts and spices could be created to bring something entirely new to the marketplace. Paul’s wife and business partner, Carolyn Lamb, came on board and a company was born. Five flavors are available with more on the way. www.rickysluckynuts.com

1983

Daniel Bean ’83 (GAP) enjoys organizing a special night of big band music. The Swing’n Angels Gospel Big Band, an 18-piece band with trumpets, saxophones, trombones, rhythm and vocals, performed a concert with performance artist Don Shire from Don Shire Ministries. Don is a world-known trumpet player. The 2010 Christmas concert was held in Neenah, Wis. The Swing’n Angels appears also on YouTube. www.youtube.com/watch?v=8usvDpGQDDc.

1984

David Preisser ’82, ’84 (GAP) was honored in October 2010 by Editor & Publisher as one of 15 production all-stars who are exemplars of operations departments in newspapers throughout North America. Preisser is vice president of operations for The Cincinnati Enquirer. Under Preisser’s direction, the operation now boasts a 99.85 percent preprint accuracy rate, 20 percent reduction of insert costs and mailroom efficiency rose a minimum of 5 percent annually for four years. Two years ago, Preisser added responsibility for circulation and information technology resulting in improved complaints per 1,000 in circulation, as well as successful consolidations in information technology.

1985

Charles Dewitt ’83, ’85 (COS) shows his RIT spirit!

Thomas Filley ’84, ’85 (GAP) recently accepted a position at IOActive located in Seattle, Wash., as director of business development. IOActive is a leading global provider of IT Security Services. Thomas was previously employed at AdaQuest as director of business development.

1986

Eve Strella-Ribson ’86 (KGCOE) is the organizer, creator and contributor of Moments of Truth, Gifts of Love. This book was endorsed by Robin Roberts, co-anchor of ABC’s Good Morning America. Eve writes, “Nearly all of the contributors to this book are women from the Rochester area. As a breast cancer survivor, I know how authentic these stories are. It was the willingness of courageous, amazing women who honestly shared their experiences that helped me win my battle.”

1988

Fiona Ma ’88 (SCB) writes, “I was re-elected (with over 80 percent of the vote) to my third term in the California State Assembly representing the 12th District of San Francisco and San Mateo County and serve as speaker pro tempore.” www.fionama.com

Michael Sciotti ’88 (CLA) has been selected for inclusion in 2011 Best Lawyers in America, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. Sciotti is a partner at Hancock & Estabrook LLP, and concentrates his practice in labor and employment law. He is the leader of the firm’s labor and employment practice group.

1989

David Orwig ’89 (COS) is a forest ecologist at Harvard Forest and recently co-authored a highly successful conservation publication, Wildlands and Woodlands: A Vision for the New England Landscape, which was published by the Harvard University Press in May 2010. Co-written by 20 leading ecologists and historians from institutions across the Northeast, the report was released to the public at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government to a regional audience of 150 scientists, conservation professionals, state agency leaders, educators and the media. Within a week of its release, the publication received more than 100 regional and national news features, including positive editorials in every New England state, as well as a feature story in a October 2010 issue of The Boston Globe. During the fall of 2010, The Trustees of Reservations, a Massachusetts conservation organization, awarded W&W its Charles Eliot Award for excellence in conservation. For more information, go to www.wildlandsandwoodlands.org.