Class Notes

UConn sign

Received a promotion? Married your sweetie? Work got published? Tell us about it! We want to hear how Huskies like you are changing the world.

To tell us your news, simply fill out the submission form. You may be featured in the next issue of UConn Magazine alongside the accomplishments of your fellow alumni.

Bill DeWalt ’69 (CLAS), ’76 Ph.D

Bill DeWalt '69 (CLAS), '76 Ph.D of Fox Chapel, Pa. was named Chair of Board of Trustees of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the Nature Conservancy and began his position in June. He was elected to the position at the April 7 meeting of the Board of Trustees. He has been a trustee since 2013. He previously served as a trustee from 2006 to 2009. The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. To date, the Conservancy and its more than one million members have helped protect 130 million acres worldwide.

Reena “Connie” (Trunk) Fink ’54 (CLAS)

Reena "Connie" (Trunk) Fink '54 (CLAS) died at age 86 on October 22, 2016 in Silver Spring, Md.

Kathleen Natusch Martin ’83 (CLAS)

Kathleen Natusch Martin '83 (CLAS) is Director of Analytic Decision Sciences at Santander in Boston, Mass. She is a Certified Information Systems Auditor and Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control. She recently had an article publicized in the ISACA journal, entitled "Importance of Recertification Completeness in the Control Environment".

Charles M. Hensgen, MD ’70 MS

Charles M. Hensgen, MD '70 MS, passed away April 30, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nev.

Barbara Goossen Capelle ’50 (CLAS)

Barbara Goossen Capelle '50 (CLAS), a lifelong resident of New Canaan, Conn., passed away April 6, 2017 at Norwalk Hospital. Barbara spent her career supporting non-profit organizations such as Save the Children and The Norwalk Hospital, and was also a fierce fan of the New York Mets and UConn Basketball. Barbara enjoyed reading, music, and animals (especially cats). She is survived by her four children and four grandchildren. Full Obituary

Dr. Alan Lipman ’84 (CLAS)

Dr. Alan Lipman '84 (CLAS) was quoted in the Washington Post article "This is why the Alexandria shooting is so unsettling for Washington" and the Des Moines Register editorial "How Hodgkinson could win, and Americans lose" regarding the June 14, 2017 Congressional shootings.

Rob Carolla ’94 (CLAS)

Rob Carolla '94 (CLAS) was named President of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) for the 2017-18 academic year at the organization's annual convention in Orlando. CoSIDA is a 3,000+ member association for college athletics communications professionals and Carolla has served as an officer the past three years.

Susie Bisulca Beam ’80 (CLAS)

Susie Bisulca Beam '80 (CLAS), major in Fashion Design Retail Management, published her book called "He's Not My Husband" published by Xilbris Publishing. This year she also was chosen to sing a duet at the Northampton Community College Chorus 50th year Chorus celebration.

Laura Scarpa ’02 (NUR)

Laura Scarpa '02 (NUR) is a proud Honors scholar and UConn alumnae. She played on the Women's club ice hockey team and was also on the Inaugural Division I Women's Ice Hockey team. 2 years ago, the Women’s Ice Hockey team honored Scarpa at the Alumni game, allowing her to drop the puck as the recipient of the "Friends of Mel" grant for breast cancer survivors. At that time she still held the record for most assists in a game. In 2014 Scarpa was diagnosed with Stage IIIb Triple Negative Invasive breast cancer and underwent treatment of chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation. Her activity in sports and well as her grit from the nursing profession definitely helped her along this journey. At this time she is thriving in her profession, currently working as the Practice Manager for New England Plastic Surgery Center in Waterford, Conn. for a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, and fellow UConn alumnus, Dr. John C. Lee '97 (CLAS), '01 MD. The majority of the practice is for breast reconstruction related to breast cancer.