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Class Notes

Key to abbreviations

CAST College of Applied Science and Technology
CCE College of Continuing Education (now CAST)
CIAS College of Imaging Arts and Sciences
COLA College of Liberal Arts
SCB E. Philip Saunders College of Business
KGCOE Kate Gleason College of Engineering
COS College of Science
FAA Fine and Applied Arts (now CIAS)
GAP Graphic Arts and Photography (now CIAS)
GCCIS B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences
NTID National Technical Institute for the Deaf
SVP NTID “Summer Vestibule Program”

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Ewart “Bud” Moyer ’49 (GAP) continues his lifelong work in photography. He has photographed many film and TV stars and former president Gerald Ford. He has exhibited his works at RIT, in Santa Barbara, Calif., Detroit, and Washington, D.C., and in Japan. He is a life-long member of the Professional Photographers of America, was named Michigan Photographer of the Year in 1958 and went on in 1972 to serve as president of the Professional Photographers of Michigan. Bud also serves as a judge for area camera clubs and presents “Programs of Stars” to local groups. Bud and his wife, Jeanne, reside in Smyrna Beach, Fla.


Ellen Clark Younkins ’56 (FAA) writes, “After retiring from 30 years working as a graphic artist for Gov. Nelson Rockefeller’s office and as director of graphic arts for the New York State Senate, I have been designing and producing wearable art (handbags and apparel), which I show at local gallery and museum shops.”


Rollin Shoemaker ’60 (SCB) has been operating Career Management Systems, a successful Western New York career counseling, resume writing and job development center, since 1974. Rollin is also a partner in Business Development Specialists (a strategic planning company that assists entrepreneurs with small business start-up or development). Recently, Rollin’s firm announced plans to initiate a career and educational counseling program for high school juniors and seniors. He has four grandchildren, is formerly married and resides in Hamburg, N.Y. Rollin is active in the community and church, and is also involved in a basketball program for an over-55 age group.


Timothy Lloyd ’64 (FAA), emeritus professor of art and the liberal arts at Carleton College, exhibited his work at the Smithsonian Craft Show in Washington. One of Tim’s silver teakettles, “Kitano Fantasy,” was selected for the permanent collection of the Smithsonian’s Renrick Gallery. The teapot was recently included in 500 Metal Vessels, Contemporary Explorations of Containment, published by Lark Books.


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Herb Gross ’65, ’67 (SCB, GAP) rocks on with The Invictas, a band formed when he and Jim Kohler ’63 (printing) and brothers Dave Hickey ’72 (printing) and Bruce Hickey ’70 (printing) were RIT students. The band, reconstituted a few years ago, will perform at Brick City Homecoming in October. And Gross recently published Rock Till Ya Drop, which tells the story of The Invictas and urges other baby boomers to follow their passion and dreams. A companion Web site,, has more ideas.


Ronald Meyers ’67 (FAA) has been awarded the NCECA Excellence in Teaching Award at the 42nd Annual Conference of the National Council in Education for the Ceramic Arts.

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A group of friends from the Class of 1967 held their own 40th reunion last summer at “Tuller’s Little Red Caboose” on Seneca Lake. From left are Joan (Davis) Mills (SCB), Sandy (Saulpaugh) Tuller (SCB), Sue (Parker) Sirbaugh (FAA), Kathy (Mullady) Calderwood (FAA) and Pat (Vasisko) Dunn (FAA).


Bill Munz ’68 (GAP) writes, “Hello, printing alumni and alumnae! I’m starting my 47th year in the industry and going strong. I look forward to seeing you in October at the reunion!”


George Lagary ’69 (GAP) is director of production at ZcardNa in New York City.


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Robert Kiger ’70 (GAP) writes, “Videography Lab presents it’s wide angle FaceCam based on proprietary aftermarket upgrades to the waterproof and shock resistant Pentax Optio W30. This camera has the specifications to be the videography device for the masses.”


Robert Kiss ’71 (GAP) writes that his photograph of pop artist Andy Warhol and New York City gallery owner Ron Feldman appeared in the catalogs of two major museum shows in early 2008. In 1981, Kiss was commissioned by Forbes magazine to photograph a series of major artists and their gallery owners including Warhol and Feldman, Julian Schnabel and Mary Boone, and Christo for an article called “Portrait of the Artist as a Money Man.”

Roger Kuntz ’71 (COS) was a polymer chemist at Eastman Kodak Company until 1975 and was responsible for the development of many of the organic products that were employed in the manufacture of cameras, projectors, photocopiers and photofinishing machines during the ’70s and ’80s. Roger received his doctorate of veterinary medicine degree from Cornell University in 1979 and since that time has been engaged in the practice of veterinary medicine and surgery.


Sam Jack Difiglio ’72 (NTID) has worked at the Post Office Chicago Bulk Mail Center in Forest Park, Ill., for 31 years.

Dennis Lia ’72 (KGCOE) joined LTX Corp. in Norwood, Mass., in 2007 as principle diagnostics software engineer. Dennis was previously employed at Northrop-Grumman Corp. as senior test software engineer. “NGC closed the design center in Canton and moved the operations to California. The position at LTX involves developing calibration and diagnostics algorithms for precision analog and mixed signal test instrumentation.”

Joyce Taylor Hill ’72 (FAA) was interviewed by The Artery Magazine and has images at


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Toby Thompson ’73 (FAA) retired from RIT in 1996 and moved to Sarasota, Fla. Recently, he has received recognition for his work, including: concept and art/design work (one of 12 selected from over 1,600 entries), Embracing Our Differences competition, 2008; mixed media painting award, All Florida Fine Art Show, 2008; first place, All Florida Fine Art Show, 2007; best of show award, four-color catalog design, 20th annual Florida Printing Awards, 2007; art/design poster and promotional commission, Charlotte Arts & Humanities Council, 2008; poster design commission, Sarasota Season of Sculpture, 2008; music festival poster, call for entries, 2006.


Teresa Battisti SVP ’69, ’74, ’75 (FAA) works in digital scanning and film conversion services for Challenge Industries, Ithaca, N.Y.

Michael Stinebaugh ’72, ’75 (NTID) is a nautical cartographer in the Office of Global Navigation at National Geospatial Agency, Bethesda, Md.


Michael Bienenstock ’71 ’76 (COS) teaches ASL and Deaf Culture classes at the University of Houston. He is developing the first bachelor’s degree program in Texas for ASL interpreting.

Christopher Blatto ’73, ’76 (NTID) is an ASL instructor at Arapaho Community College and received the 2005 Teacher Appreciation award.

Charles Cordaro ’76 (CAST) is a database administrator for Computer Sojourns in Rochester. Chuck has combined his expertise in accounting with computer programming, resulting in a specialized database spreadsheet development program.

Leonard Ladner ’76 (GAP) is running for the United States Senate from Tennessee. For more information visit