Class Notes

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Simon Perlsweig ’16 (CLAS)

Simon Perlsweig '16 (CLAS) has published his first book, Front Porches to Front Lines, One Small Town’s Mobilization of Men, Women, Manufacturing and Money during World War One. The book is a historical memoir, which tells the story of his maternal great-grandparents, who lived in Springfield, Vermont during the Great War and subsequent Influenza Epidemic of 1918.

Mara Reisman PhD ’06 (CLAS)

Mara Reisman PhD '06 (CLAS) has published her book,  Fay Weldon, Feminism, and British Culture: Challenging Cultural and Literary Conventions. Mara graduated from UConn in 2006 with a PhD in English. Currently she is an Associate Professor in the English Department at Northern Arizona University.

Diego Cupolo ’06 (CLAS)

Diego Cupolo '06 (CLAS), fomer Daily Campus News Editor, has been awarded honorable mention in The World Justice Project's 2018 Anthony Lewis Prize for Exceptional Rule of Law Journalism for his reporting on Turkish politics since a failed coup attempt in 2016. Today he is a freelance multimedia journalist based in Ankara, Turkey.

Laura Vargo ’11 (CLAS) and Jeff Petrower ’11 BS  ’11 MS (BUS)

On Saturday, October 20, 2018, Laura Vargo '11 (CLAS) married Jeff Petrower '11 BS  '11 MS (BUS). Bridal party also included Matron of Honor Elyssa (Shildneck) Kelly '11 (CLAS), Maid of Honor Allison Gale '11 (CLAS), Bridesmaid Abbey (Williams) Farrell '11 (Nursing), Groomsman Ben Hochron '11 (NUS), and Groomsman Dorian Bramarov '12 (CLAS). Both Elyssa and Abbey married UConn gents themselves and Dorian recently married a UConn gal, so it was about time that Jeff and I tied the knot! UConn couples are the best couples.

Robert Charles Illi MBA ’68 (BUS)

Robert Charles Illi MBA '68 (BUS) of Rochester/Pulteney, New York, passed away Friday, June 15, 2018 at the age of 76. Robert was a thirty plus year retiree of Eastman Kodak Company. He received his B.S. in 1963 from The University of Buffalo, SUNY, MBA in 1968 from University of Connecticut and a MATS in 2006 from Asbury Theological Seminary.

Bruce L. Thomas ’57 (SSW)

Bruce L. Thomas '57 (SSW) died of multiple health issues, notably kidney cancer on October 9, 2018. He leaves his wife of 57 years, Sally Folger Thomas, his son Richard F. Thomas and his daughter Alice T. Cervantes. He died at home in Warren, Ohio.

Steve Gomez ’08 (CLAS)

Steve Gomez '08 (CLAS) and his wife, Heather (Mobley), just celebrated their marriage at the Woodwinds in Brandford, CT. They currently live in Hamden, CT.

Justin Gomez ’07 (CLAS)

Justin Gomez '07 (CLAS) and his wife, Leah (Portale), are celebrating their 1st wedding anniversary after getting married at The Sullivan House in Block Island, RI in July 2017. The couple just purchased their first home on the Milford, CT shoreline.

Tom Cragin ’06 (CLAS)

Tom Cragin '06 (CLAS) recently joined NBCUniversal and working back at 30 Rockefeller Center in NYC in a new digital/media advertising sales role as of September 2018.

Tom Cragin ’06 (CLAS) and Stacy (Gomez) Cragin ’02 (CLAS)

Tom Cragin '06 (CLAS) and his wife, Stacy (Gomez) Cragin '02 (CLAS) just recently celebrated their 1st wedding anniversary after getting married at the Blithewold Mansion located in Bristol, RI in Setepmber 2017. The couple currently lives in Manhattan but regularly get back to their home states of Rhode Island and Connecticut.