Category: 1970s

note includes graduate from the 1970s

Tom Vaughan ’79 (CLAS)

Tom Vaughan ’79 (CLAS) was elected as National President of UNICO National, the largest Italian American service organization in the country. UNICO National raises and donates about $5,000,000 dollars a year for local and national charities and scholarships. UNICO’s 5000 plus volunteer members in 110 local chapters also work to preserve Italian American heritage. Tom has served on the UNICO National Executive Committee for eight years and has been leading the organization since it’s national convention in Scottsdale in July 2017.

Monica Elizabeth Spencer Bell ’78 (ED)

Monica Elizabeth Spencer Bell ’78 (ED) of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, died in the company of her husband and other family members on Oct. 22, 2017 at the University of Utah Medical Center in Salt Lake City. Life was a dance for Monica. She tap-danced and pirouetted through schools and hundreds of dance lessons while performing in many musicals and recitals. At UConn, where she performed as a Jet girl in West Side Story, she earned a BA in English Education. Monica spent many summer vacations with her parents and siblings visiting grandparents in Cheyenne, Wyoming, where her mother had grown up, instilling in her a lifelong love of the west. There was always a painting of the Teton Mountain Range hanging over her parents’ fireplace. Monica’s early career as a computer programmer led to a successful consulting business in New York City. In the early 1980s, she helped businesses automate processes using the new personal computer. In the late 1990s, Monica started her second career as a recruiter and career coach, helping thousands of professionals take the next steps in their careers. Monica and Bob Bell were married in Connecticut and lived there for several years before a job change relocated them to Alexandria, Virginia. Bob and Monica matched steps for 22 years sailing, traveling, working, volunteering, running marathons, dancing at every opportunity, and loving each other. Annual visits to Jenny Lake Lodge in Grand Teton National Park were an important element of her spiritual renewal. After retirement in 2013, they moved to Jackson, Wyoming, where Monica proclaimed, “My body has finally joined my spirit.” Giving back through volunteer work was paramount to Monica. She served on the board of directors for the Senior Center of Alexandria and First Night-Alexandria, and volunteered for numerous children’s literacy programs. Monica loved riding horses and volunteered with the Jackson Hole Therapeutic Riding Association. In the summer of 2016, she became a rider herself at JHTRA after suffering a major brain hemorrhage. In spite of the grueling physical therapy, Monica maintained her positive spirit and resiliency, often saying, “My new purpose is to inspire others by how I handle the adversity in my life.”

Peter P LoCascio ’78 (CAHNR)

Peter P LoCascio ’78 (CAHNR) and MFA School of the Art Institute of Chicago 1989 has work that is part of the Smithsonian Institute Archive of American Artists by the Paris Gallerist Darthea Speyer.

Vicki A. Tesoro ’77 (CLAS)

Vicki A. Tesoro (Wollkind) ’77 (CLAS) was recently elected First Selectman of Trumbull, Conn.

Edward Nusbaum ’70 (CLAS)

Edward Nusbaum ’70 (CLAS) announced the opening of his new practice, the Law Offices of Edward Nusbaum P.C. in Westport, Conn.

Ken Craft ’79 (CLAS)

Ken Craft ’79 (CLAS) has just released a second collection of poems, Lost Sherpa of Happiness (Kelsay Books). His first collection, The Indifferent World, appeared in 2016.

Dan M. Blumenthal ’78 (CLAS)

Dan M. Blumenthal ’78 (CLAS) has joined the law firm of Wenig Saltiel, LLP, Brooklyn, N.Y. as Special Counsel, where he concentrates in the area of general real estate and landlord/tenant litigation including mortgage and condominium lien foreclosure at both the trial and appellate level, as well as negotiating commercial leases. In addition, since 2014, Dan authors the expert Practice Commentaries for Thomson Reuters’ ‘McKinney’s Consolidated Laws of New York Annotated’ Volumes 49 (Real Property Law) and 49½ (Real Property Actions and Proceedings Law).

Sherwood J. (Woody) Anderson ’70 (CLAS)

Sherwood J. (Woody) Anderson ’70 (CLAS) recently was inducted into the Berlin (CT) High School Athletic Hall of Fame. He set school records in the mile (4:49.7) and two mile (10:14), won several cross country meets and was among the first in school history to qualify for state meets. He was a member of the UConn cross country team in 1966 and later became sports editor of the Connecticut Daily Campus. He won many awards for coverage of high school sports for The Hartford Courant.

Magdalena B. Reyna ’72 (CLAS), ’82 JD

Magdalena B. Reyna ’72 (CLAS), ’82 JD is honored to announce her induction into the Immigrant Heritage Hall of Fame. The Immigrant Heritage Hall of Fame (IHHF) celebrates diverse ethnic heritage by honoring individuals and institutions, who exemplify the best of their immigrant heritage and have made outstanding contributions to the cultural, economic, and civic development of the state of Connecticut.

Rich Walcoff ’74 (CLAS)

Rich Walcoff ’74 (CLAS) is proud to announce his induction into the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame Class of 2017 in September. Walcoff started his sportscasting career at WHUS-FM as the radio voice of UConn football, basketball, and baseball from 1971-1974 and was a member of the UConn varsity soccer team in 1971. He was the Sports Director for KGO Radio, San Francisco for 32 years…including 22 years hosting 49ers Pre and Postgame talk shows. He was also the first ever radio sideline reporter for a Super Bowl (SB XXIX) in Miami, January 2015. Walcoff’s experience also includes: Oakland Raiders pre and Postgame talk show host 2005-2009, Play-by-Play voice of University of California (Berkeley) Basketball 1980’s and early 90’s, and Color Analyst Cal Football, 1992-1994. The father of two adult sons, Walcoff recently retired and is living with his wife Christina of 32 years in Petaluma, Calif.