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Brian Shapiro ’62 (FAA) exhibited his paintings at the Chassidic Art Institute in Brooklyn in November. The theme of his show was the Midrash and other Jewish theme art.


David Haberstich ’63 (GAP) is curator of photography for the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institution. He recently curated a small exhibition of photographs for the museum called “Gift of the Artist: Photographers as Donors,” which highlights recent acquisitions. He is currently writing a book about the Scurlock Photographic Studio in Washington, D.C., and is preparing exhibition proposals for the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown, Md., and the Smithsonian’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture.


Alfredo DiLascia ’66 (GAP) writes that after 15 years in business, Alfredo’s Gallery, in Suffield, Conn., closed at the end of September. It had been DiLascia’s dream to open a gallery concentrating on the art of still photography. That dream was realized in Amherst, Mass., in 1996. The dream was further enhanced by the fact that his business partner was his daughter, Christi Blad. The gallery operated in Amherst for 8 ½ years, then moved to Northampton, Mass., and finally to Suffield. In 1997, DiLascia and well-known photographer and gallery owner Les Campbell founded the Pioneer Valley Photographic Artists that now has a membership of about 65 photographers.

Charles Fass ’66 (GAP) is owner of Mister Illusion Magic Productions in Roseville, Calif. He recently was employed at Surewest Telecommunications as service/sales. “I am active now with two businesses, which were hobbies up until my retirement. One business is my own magic entertainment business called Mister Illusion Magic Productions. I am a comedy magician entertaining children, adults and senior citizens. My other business is being an eBay trading assistant for people who do not want to or do not know how to list items for auction sales on eBay.” www.misterillusion.com.


Leo “Vince” Soderholm ’67 (COS) recently retired. “After working for five years in a clinical laboratory, I relocated to the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University, where I was involved in many technical aspects of equine nutrition research, and for the last 20 years, equine upper airway diseases and their treatment by helping develop new treatment methods along with our equine surgeons. I have co-authored many equine articles.”


William Linthicum ’68 (FAA) exhibited a solo show at the NEST Gallery in Geneva, Switzerland’s Old Town; nine pieces in a group show in Epesses (Swiss wine country); and a piece in the Salon d’Automne in Paris (juried show). “Professor Stewart Ross—wherever you are—thanks for being a great painting teacher. I’m living my dream.”

Gene DePrez ’62, ’68 (FAA) was awarded the Chairman’s Award for Excellence in Economic Development by the International Economic Development Council for his outstanding dedication to economic development. The honor was presented at an awards ceremony in September during the council’s annual conference in Charlotte, N.C. As founding partner of Global Innovation Partners, DePrez provides insight from his experience in both the public and private sectors to establish connections and bring resources together. DePrez now focuses much of his time advising economic development organizations, universities and science parks. Read more at www.rit.edu/news/story.php?id=48766.


Robert Hogner ’69 (COS) retired from Florida International University in Miami, Fla., after 35 years as a professor. He joined Panorama Service Expeditions as director of university relations. www.panoramaservicexp.org.