1970s




Follow RITNEWS on Twitter

1970

Dianne Farr Westbrook ’70 (SCB) is a Florida licensed interior designer and was recognized for winning two South East Builders Conference Aurora Awards at a black-tie event on July 23 in Orlando, Fla.

1971

Robert Kiss ’71 (CIAS) released a new book, Barbados Chattel Houses, in October containing black and white photos of more than 100 chattel houses and Professor Henry Fraser’s text.

1973

Frank Poole ’73 (CIAS) was interviewed by Connecticut Public Radio as part of a story on the partial deconstruction of a bowling alley in the basement of a firehouse built in 1934 that he renovated into a studio. To see the story, go to http://bit.ly/pxm8TG.

William Rahn ’73 (CAST) is commander of the Pittsford Rayson Miller American Legion Post 899 and was awarded the Monroe County American Legion’s Humanitarian of the Year Award on June 4 at the annual American Legion Convention. He is an Eastman Kodak retiree and Navy veteran.

Barry Roth ’73 (CIAS) and Jeff Sakoff ’73 (CIAS) have been working on a new publishing project called “Overpass,” a visual dialog utilizing mobile communication applications. Anthony Armato ’73 (CIAS) is a consultant for the project.

Toby Thompson ’73 (CIAS) received a painting award in an all-Florida open juried show at the Manatee Art Center. He also was invited to exhibit four works in a small works show at Bolivar Art Gallery in Sarasota, Fla. This is the award-winning painting.

Kathryn “Kitty” Lawrence ’73 (CIAS) is an independent graphic designer and founder of Kitty Lawrence: Digital Imagery and Design. In October, she celebrated 13 years of helping her clients achieve their communication objectives. Her design work has yielded more than 40 local, national and international awards. Contact her at www.kittylawrencedesign.com.

1974

James Riche ’74 (CIAS) accepted a position as executive producer at Ntropic in Santa Monica, San Francisco and New York City. Riche is heading up visual effects in all three offices. He will be working on TV commercials and some feature films, including the remake of Total Recall.

Kurt Hertzog ’74 (KGCOE) retired after 35 years as an engineer and man-ager in the electronics and automotive industry. He has continued his woodturning and teaching into his retirement. He writes two regular feature columns for Woodturning Design magazine. He was recently elected as a member of the board of directors for the American Association of Woodturners. www.kurthertzog.com.

1976

Richard Feller ’76 (CLA) is president of Strategic Educational Initiatives Inc., an educational consulting company. Feller was elected to five consecutive terms serving 21 years on the Monticello Central School District Board of Education and has served on the Mid-Hudson School Study Council as a member of the executive committee. He was elected to three terms to the New York State School Boards Association Board of Directors. He currently serves on the New York State Education Department Professional Standards and Practices Board for Teaching.

Deborah Kinahan ’76, ’88 (SCB) retired at the end of 2009 after 32 years with the Defense Contract Audit Agency. Her final assignment was as a financial liaison adviser to the Air Force Research Laboratory at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, N.M.

1977

Linda Cook DeVona ’77, ’78 (CIAS) signed up for a half-season at the Hamilton, N.Y., Farmers Market, selling her line of Farmhouse Greetings’ note cards and calendars.

1978

Leslie Simmonds ’78 (CAST) is an associate professor of business, management and real estate at Valencia College and an adjunct professor of business and management at Belhaven University.

Donney Drennon-Gala ’78 (CLA) has been appointed to associate professor of criminal justice and education at Martin Methodist College. During the 2010–2011 academic year, he was assistant professor of criminal justice. He developed two courses that were approved, Research in Criminal Justice and Multicultural Education, which he is teaching this fall. He retired from government service in 2008 after nearly 28 years.

1979

Gary Leenhouts ’79 (SCB) accepted a position at University of Rochester, Center for Health and Behavioral Training, as an analyst/programmer. He previously worked at LANtec of Louisiana as an applications instructor.

Richard Warshof ’79 (SCB) was recognized by New York Community College Trustees NYCCT with the 2010/2011 Trustee Leadership Award for “extraordinary service to Monroe Community College,” where he has been serving as a trustee since 2005.

Glen Barry ’79 (CIAS) writes, “At the end of 2010, I left my employment with Westchester County. In 25 years of working there, I was a computer specialist for two divisions of government. I hope to continue in the computer industry, keeping photography and imaging study as a hobby. I might try to establish a small business, selling photography and related photo services.”