Jeremy W. Katz,received his JD from the University of California Hastings College of the Law in 1985, and is a principal with Pinnacle Law Group LLP in San Francisco, where he practices bankruptcy and insolvency law. He and his wife, Sara Liss-Katz, '78 MLA, the director of planning of the HOK Planning Group in San Francisco, reside in Oakland, California, with their two daughters and a Belgian sheepdog.
Javed Ali,currently serves as a senior intelligence officer with the Department of Homeland Security, Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection Directorate. Prior to joining DHS, Ali was employed by the Department of Defense and focused on Middle East security. Ali, who has published widely on a range of national security matters, is a term member on the Council on Foreign Relations and a board member on the Council for Emerging National Security Affairs.
Lisa Udel,is an assistant professor of English and of gender and women's studies, at Illinois College.
Carla Denise Smith,is now Carla D. Archer having married Brian C. Archer in February 2003. Carla and Brian live in Royal Oak with their 8 month old son, Brennan. Carla has been a children's librarian for 2 1/2 years at the Southfield Public Library.
Daniel De Kok,is the Band Director at Kensington HS in Philadelphia. The school has not had an organized Music program since 1997.
Lyle A Maxey,an internationally known sailplane aviation pioneer, died at the age of 84 on Feb. 9, 2004, at Mercy Hospital in Redding, California. Maxey, who was featured in the online edition of Michigan Today's Fall 2003 issue, was born May 4, 1919, in Detroit. Having decided on the day that Charles Lindbergh landed in Paris that aviation would be his life, the 8-year-old Maxey embarked on a career in aviation. After flying model planes competitively, he learned to fly in the Civilian Pilot program. At his first national soaring contest in Elmira, New York, Maxey finished second in his category. In 1942, the US government hired him to train Army pilots to fly gliders at Twenty-Nine Palms, California. He served on active duty in the US Navy from January 1943 - January 1946, and flew 39 combat missions in Hellcats and Corsairs in the Pacific and Asian theaters. After the war, Maxey returned to college and sailplanes. He set the National Soaring Contest goal-and-return record in a multiplace glider in the National Soaring Contest at Wichita Falls, Texas. After graduating from U-M and marrying in 1948, he moved to California to work for Northrup. He later relocated to Laguna Niguel, California, where he resided until 2003. Perhaps his most notable soaring achievement was his collaboration with the late Irving Prue in the designing and building of Maxey's dream glider, the Jenny Mae. He flew Jenny Mae to a world record 500 kilometer goal-and-return in 1955 and the following year won the 1956 Nationals at Grand Prairie, Texas. In 2003, Maxey was inducted into the Soaring Hall of Fame in Elmira, New York. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, two granddaughters, two sons, a brother and a sister. He was buried at Pacific View Memorial Park, Corona del Mar, California.
Toyo Suyemoto Kawakami,died at her home in Columbus, Ohio, on Dec. 30, 2003. Born Jan. 16,1916, in California, she received her undergraduate degree at U-Cal. Berkeley in the 1930s, before being interned in a Utah prison camp with her infant son and her family during World War II. From the camp she wrote most of the poems that would prompt poet Lawson Inada to claim, in a 1995 article for The Nation, that she was Japanese America's "poet laureate." Yet she never published a book of her work. (This may change, however, as a number of her literary friends will try to gather and publish a posthumous collection.) After the death of her son and changes in her family, she enrolled at Michigan in her 40s to pursue the graduate degree. From there, she took her job in the libraries of the Ohio State University. In the early 1980s she testified before the Commission on the Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians. She leaves behind many friends and acquaintances, and she will be missed. Obituary submitted by John Streamas, Assistant Professor, Department of Comparative Ethnic Studies, Washington State University.
Amanda Eubanks Winkler,of Syracuse, N.Y., assistant professor of music history and cultures in the Department of Fine Arts in Syracuse University's College of Arts and Sciences, has published " 'O Ravishing Delight': The Politics of Pleasure in The Judgment of Paris," in the Cambridge Opera Journal. Winkler's research interests and expertise include English opera and 17th-century music. Winkler received a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.
Craig D. Margolis,, a former Assistant United States Attorney, has joined Vinson & Elkins' Washington, D.C., office as a counsel in the litigation section. In his federal job, Margolis prosecuted a wide range of matters, including health care fraud, identity theft, predatory lending, labor organization embezzlement, and environmental crime. He worked extensively with law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, and the IRS. His principal area of practice involves white collar criminal defense and appellate matters.
Wallace W. Harris Jr.,has been named Executive Vice President of Irwin Union Bank. In his new role, he will be responsible for the management of all of Irwin Union’s banking markets as well as Irwin’s trust, brokerage and insurance activities. He will oversee these operations for both Irwin Union Bank and Trust and Irwin Union Bank, F.S.B. Harris earned his bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Notre Dame.
David & Darren Findling,both alumni of U-M’s College of Literature, Science and the Arts, and partners of the Findling Law Firm in Royal Oak, Michigan, are hosts of a legal talk show, “The Findling Law Hour,” on Live Radio 97.1 FM from 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. The brothers, their father, Fred, and other members of the firm answer listeners’ legal questions and discuss current legal issues. The Findling Law Firm, established in 1957, is a full service law firm specializing in personal injury, family law, real estate, bankruptcy, probate and business issues. (Photo shows (l-r) David, Darren and their father, Fred.)
David B. Edwards,professor of anthropology, has been named Carl W. Vogt Professor of Anthropology at Williams College. His major interests include political anthropology, documentary film and the media, ritual and religion, Afghanistan and the Near East. His most recent book, “Before Taliban: Genealogies of the Afghan Jihad,” was published in 2002. Recent articles include "Summoning Muslims: Print, Politics, and Religious Ideology in Afghanistan" in the Journal of Asian Studies and "Afghanistan, Ethnography, and the New World Order" in Cultural Anthropology. Edwards received his A.B. from Princeton University.
Daniel Bamdas,Daniel Bamdas, an alumnus of the LSA and the Law School, has become an associate with the law firm Riker, Danzig, Scherer, Hyland & Perretti of Morristown, NJ. Bamdas, who lives in Short Hills, is a commercial real estate attorney. While at law school, he served as associate editor of the Journal of Law Reform. Prior to joining the firm, Bamdas was an associate with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP of New York. He is admitted to practice in New York.
Stanley Temple Donner,born in Norfolk, Nebraska, in 1910, died at his home in Willits, California, in December 2003, shortly after his 93d birthday. After receiving his PhD in rhetoric at Northwestern University, where he wrote a dissertation on the speeches of Mark Twain that Twain scholars continue to use to this day, Donner joined the Navy in WWII. He served as a lieutenant commander in the South Pacific; his duties included writing speeches for Naval luminaries such as Admiral Nimitz. Donner joined Stanford's speech department after the war and became a leader in the development of educational television. He collaborated with Marshall McLuhan and others in working out theories of mass media. He then played the seminal role in writing up the plan and getting the grant to establish San Francisco's first educational TV station, KQED. On a Fulbright to the University of London in 1962, Donner joined other scholars in creating the first "Open University" there. The program still exists, broadcasting lectures on the BBC and offering degrees to many who would not otherwise be able to gain a university education. Donner accepted the post of chairman of the new department of communication at the University of Texas at Austin in 1965. He joined the anti-Vietnam War movement in 1970 and read Mark Twain's "War Prayer" (a passionate indictment of war that Twain kept unpublished until after his death) to a crowd of 50,000 on the Texas East Mall. After retiring in 1982, he journeyed to Nigeria with his wife Joann (Josie) Emerson. Both taught at the University of Kano, contributing greatly to the literacy and commmunication program there. The Donners returned to live in Ukiah, California, in 1987 to be near their grandchildren. Josie Donner died in 1996, after which Donner concentrated on his art. "He adored his early years with you [the University of Michigan]," his son Marco wrote to Michigan Today, "and of course we heard hundreds of University of Michigan stories. Many, many thanks for being such a large part of our father's life." Besides Marco, Donner is survived by daughters Victoria, Jan, Megan and Tamsen, and by several grandchildren.
Nicholas A. Dembsey,Nicholas A. Dembsey '86 Civil Engineering, associate professor of Fire Protection Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, has been named the FM Global Scholar for 2003-2005. This position is funded and supported by commercial and industrial property insurer FM Global, headquartered in Johnston, Rhode Island, a world leader in scientific fire research for more than a century. The support will assist Prof. Dembsey and one of his doctoral students in their research focus on composite material flammability and performance-based applications. After earning his BS in civil engineering at the Michigan and MS at the University of California at Berkeley, he completed his PhD in civil engineering (fire safety engineering science) at Berkeley. At WPI his teaching and research focus is in fire dynamics and fire modeling. In recent years, Dembsey's work has evolved into the areas of fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) composites and the performance-based applications of these material systems, in collaboration with industry. In 2003 he was appointed chair of the newly created FRP Fire Performance Task Force of the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA).
Martha J. Retallick,is also known as "The Passionate Postcarder." She hails from Tucson, Arizona, USA, where she publishes how-to manuals on direct mail marketing using postcards. Currently, Martha's manuals are only available as PDF e-books, but she plans to make a foray into the world of print-on-demand publishing next year. Learn more at: http://www.PostcardMarketingSecrets.com/
Jeff Knurek,Over the last 14 years, Jeff Knurek has been a toy and game inventor, consumer product inventor, graphic artist, illustrator, cartoonist and, now, a puzzle creator. Knurek’s game credits include: "SpikeBall," an outdoor game for Tomy; "Order Up," an action game for Ace Novelty; "What's In Ned's Head?," and "Monster Medic" children's games for FunDex Games, and many more. He has also invented premium toys for Kelloggs and General Mills. Knurek has also created illustrations, cartoons and graphic designs for the Chicago Tribune, Conagra Foods, Great America Amusement Parks, General Mills and more. He is the artist for Jumble® See and Search books, Double Jumble® and the Meirt Industries Electronic Daily Jumble®. Knurek has recently created the syndicated puzzle Boggle BrainBusters!, found in newspapers across the country as well as books featuring the Boggle BrainBuster puzzles. Knurek, who lives in Chicago, has a teaching certificate in Art Education K-12 in additon to his U-M degree in industrial design. He and his wife, Kathy, have two children, Sydney and Cameron.
Courtney Reid,a first team All-American in field hockey, married baseball captain and classmate Nick Alexander '01 on May 25, 2003. Pictured are the many teammates and other U-M friends who traveled to Deerfield, Mass., for the wedding.
Leslie Chambers Strohm,who has more than two decades of experience representing research universities, academic medical centers and health care-related clients across North America, has been named general counsel at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The appointment was effective July 31. Strohm comes to Carolina from Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, where she was a partner in a 600-member firm that is among the nation's 85 largest and has offices in St. Louis, Washington, D.C., New York, Chicago, Kansas City, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Before joining Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, she spent eight-and-a-half years in posts including deputy general counsel and acting general counsel at the Washington University in St. Louis. "Leslie has a profound appreciation for the special role of our university," said said Chancellor James Moeser. "Her work on health-care issues from both university and business perspectives will be particularly helpful since Carolina has five health schools and close affiliation with the UNC Health Care System." An Indiana native, Strohm earned a bachelor's degree and Phi Beta Kappa honors from DePauw University in 1978. She received Order of the Coif honors from the U-M Law School. in 1981.
Heather Wathington,Heather Wathington of the Lumina Foundation for Education hasbeen appointed senior research officer. She will assist with the foundation’s research on student access and success in postsecondary education. Wathington’s background blends experience in higher education and research. Most recently, she served as director of programs in the office of Diversity, Equity and Global Initiatives at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) in Washington, DC. In addition to directing the office’s grant programs, she also published "Diversity Digest," AAC&U’s quarterly newsletter. Prior to AAC&U, she worked at the University of Michigan as a graduate research assistant for the Kellogg Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good and as lead research associate on a federally funded grant project, “Preparing College Students for a Diverse Democracy.” Wathington serves on several national committees and boards dedicated to diversity issues, including the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies’ steering committee on bridging race and ethnicity; the Democracy Collaborative, the University of Maryland’s advisory board on democracy and diversity; and the advisory board for a recent publication from the Southern Poverty Law Center titled 10 Ways to Fight Hate on Campus. Wathington is an honors graduate of Wellesley College and earned a master’s degree in higher education policy and administration from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a doctoral candidate at the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education at the University of Michigan.
Alyson Hinton-Minott,Upon graduation from U of M in 1989, I returned to my beloved New York City. I completed my JD in 1992 from the City University of New York School of Law. I am now a partner in the law firm of Alan Cass and Associates. I have been partner since July of 2000. My firm specializes in workers compensation, social security disability, and personal injury. In addition, I got married in November of 2002 to an attorney.
Morris Milmet,a leading business attorney with the firm of Butzel Long and well known throughout the state of Michigan, died on November 6, 2003, at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor. Mr. Milmet was born in 1923 in Holly, Michigan. He remained proud of his roots in Holly and stayed in close contact with all of his boyhood friends. In 1995, he donated the funds necessary to build the Milmet Family Reading Room at the Holly Public Library. Mr. Milmet attended Alma College and received a Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University. He enlisted in the United States Navy during World War II and served as a Lieutenant (J.G.), spending 18 months in the Pacific Theatre of Operations. After his military service, he enrolled in the University of Michigan Law School and graduated in 1949. Mr. Milmet started his legal career as a business lawyer, and formed the firm of Milmet Vecchio, a well respected business and corporate law firm based in Detroit. In 1986, the firm merged into Butzel Long. Mr. Milmet\\\'s practice focused on representing entrepreneurial clients whose businesses quickly grew and prospered. He enjoyed the confidence of his corporate clients on whose boards he served as a director and advisor. His advice and counsel on business matters was eagerly sought by his clients with whom he enjoyed both a business and personal relationship. Certain of his clients had foreign subsidiaries, and he traveled extensively throughout the world representing their interests. “He was in an elite group of lawyers truly serving as an international counselor and advisor for nearly half a century,” said his longtime partner and friend Frank Vecchio, a shareholder and Director of Butzel Long. In addition to his business practice, he served as a Member and Chairperson of the Michigan Employment Relations Commission (MERC), having been appointed to successive terms by Governor Romney in 1969 and by Governor Milliken from 1972 to 1981. He was a co-founder of Temple Kol Ami in West Bloomfield, Michigan. Mr. Milmet will always be remembered by his family and friends for his generous spirit and devotion to his family, especially his sister, Dorothy. He was always accessible and enjoyed working with his colleagues. Even under circumstances which others would consider difficult, he always maintained a calm and optimistic disposition. He is survived by his wife, Sarah, and their son, Leo, niece, Renee Solomon (Wesley Richards), and nephews, Marc (Patricia) Solomon, David Solomon and Robert Solomon and John Ronayne and Ryan Ronayne. The service for Morris Milmet will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 9, 2003, at Ira Kaufman Chapel: 18325 West Nine Mile Road Southfield, MI 48075-4021 Burial will follow at Beth El Memorial Park Cemetery: 28120 Six Mile Road, Livonia, MI 48152-3662. Any memorial contributions can be made in Morris Milmet’s name to: Holly Township Library 1116 N. Saginaw Street, Holly, MI 48442.
Allan Nachman,Butzel Long attorney and shareholder Allan Nachman has been elected by the combined boards of the Jewish Federation and United Jewish Foundation of Metropolitan Detroit to serve a three year term as president of the Foundation. The United Jewish Foundation owns, manages and invests the assets of the Detroit Jewish community, which include general and endowment funds, agency endowments, supporting foundations and real property. At the annual meeting of the boards, held in September, Mark R. Hauser, outgoing president of the Foundation remarked, \"Allan has dedicated himself to community service for over 35 years. He is a most worthy successor, well suited to lead our efforts moving forward.” Mr. Nachman holds a long and impressive record of volunteerism and leadership in the community. Currently, he serves on the boards of the Jewish Federation and United Jewish Foundation of Metropolitan Detroit, Hospice of Michigan, and Adat Shalom Synagogue. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of United Way and Hillel Day School. A former president of Federation’s Junior Division (now the Young Adult Division- YAD), he is the recipient of the 1969 William H. Boesky Award for Outstanding Leadership, as well as 1972 Frank A. Wetsman Leadership Award. An ardent supporter of Tamarack Camps, Mr. Nachman is a past president of the Fresh Air Society (1980-83). Mr. Nachman has played an active role in the community’s missions to Israel, serving as chair of Federation’s Teen Missions (1998 and 2000) and as a bus captain on Federation’s first Michigan Miracle Mission to Israel in 1993. Selected by his peers for listing in The Best Lawyers in America, Mr. Nachman practices real property law based in Butzel Long’s Bloomfield Hills office. He received his B.A. in 1960 and his J.D. in 1963 from The University of Michigan Law School. He has been a frequent lecturer at Institute of Continuing Legal Education seminars and has lectured at Michigan State Bar Real Property Law Section Homeward Bound Seminars. Mr. Nachman is a member of the Oakland County Bar Association, a member of the Real Property Law Section and Committees on Mortgage Financing and Commercial Leasing of the State Bar of Michigan and the American Bar Association.
Jennifer Mack,has received the University of Michigan's Recent Engineering Graduate Award for 2003 by the U-M Alumni Society. An engineer with Barton Malow Co. in Southfield, Michigna, Macks was honored at a special ceremony Oct. 17. The event is the highlight of the annual Michigan Engineering Alumni Weekend. The award is presented to an engineering graduate with early and significant career achievements. Macks is project manager at the $178-million William Beaumont Hospital South Hospital Addition and Powerhouse Expansion in Royal Oak, Michigan. She has also played an important role in many of the Company's major initiatives, such as achieving ISO (quality) certification, implementing new software (Prolog), and course development at Barton Malow University. She began her career at Barton Malow Company in 1994 after graduating from the U-M. In 1999, she earned an MBA with honors from Wayne State University. In 2000, she passed her professional engineering exam. Outside work, Macks plays a guiding role in many community and professional organizations, focusing on the University and the College of Engineering. She has served on the U-M CoE Board of Governors, written a textbook chapter for the American Society of Civil Engineering and attended literally dozens of events to speak to students on opportunities in her profession.
Peggy Lemaux,has received the American Society of Plant Biologists Dennis Robert Hoagland Award. Lemaux is professor of microbiology at the University of California at Berkeley. She received the award during the opening ceremony for the ASPB annual meeting, Plant Biology 2003, on Saturday, July 26, 2003, in Honolulu. The Hoagland Award is a monetary award, established by the Society in 1985. The award, not to be made more frequently than triennially, is for outstanding plant biological investigations in support of agriculture. Lemaux said, "I truly hope that my laboratory and I have contributed in some way to solving the challenges that today's environment and farmers face. Having grown up on a small farm, I saw many of these problems first-hand, and it has been a life-long dream to contribute in some way to their solution." Lemaux was cited especially for her "significant role in development of technologies for gene transfer and plant regeneration of agronomical and horticultural monocots. She developed and perfected the technologies that have lead to development of transgenic maize, barley, wheat, turfgrass, and other monocotyledonous plants." Professor Lemaux received her BA from Miami University of Ohio in 1968.
William M. Saxton,an attorney for Butzel Long of Detroit, has received the Champion of Justice Award from the State Bar of Michigan. Saxton is counsel, director emeritus and former chairman and CEO of Butzel Long. A Grosse Pointe Woods resident, Saxton has more than 50 years experience as a litigator, negotiator and counselor. He enjoys a national reputation as an expert in the labor and employment law field. He is a member of the Panel of Arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association and he is a Master of the Bench Emeritus of the American Inn of Court. Mr. Saxton was the recipient of Michigan Road Builders "Distinguished Award" in 1987. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers In America, in the business litigation and in the labor and employment discrimination law categories and is also listed in Who's Who In American Law and Who's Who In America.
Katrin L. Jellema,has been named one of 28 national Newcombe Fellows by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation to help her complete her PhD dissertation in anthropology. Jellema's proposed title is "Peace Dividends: The Moral Economoy of Suffering and Prosperity in Postwar Vietnam." The Newcombe Fellowship provides a one-year stipend of $17,000 for dissertations that addresses religious and/or ethical issues. Jellema was a Michigan Today intern during her undergraduate days at U-M.
L. Welch Pogue,a Law School alumnus, was the U-M’s oldest living alumnus when he died May 10 at the age of 103. Pogue was a pioneering aviation attorney and chairman of the old Civil Aeronautics Board, the forerunner of the Federal Aviation Administration. Born in Grant, Iowa, in a farming family, Pogue received a bachelor of laws degree at Michigan. Eventually, he attended Harvard Law School where Prof. (later Supreme Court Justice) Felix Frankfurter took him as a protégé and personally arranged for Pogue to receive the degree of Doctor of Juridical Science. Pogue was fascinated by Charles Lindbergh’s trans-Atlantic flight and determined to focus his legal career on the law of the skies, which he foresaw would be a key field. One of Pogue’s observations is listed among the great quotations pertaining to flight: “Unlike the boundaries of the sea by the shorelines, the ‘ocean of air’ laps at the border of every state, city, town and home throughout the world.” Pogue’s son, Dr. John Pogue told Michigan Today that according to an Internet study, his father had been recognized earlier this year as “the world’s oldest living ‘notable person,’ which was defined as a person known among the specialists in a particular field.” “Pop’s primary role was to develop and promote the airline industry in the United States,” Dr. Pogue continued. “At the historic International Civil Aviation Conference in Chicago in 1944, he met with representatives of 54 countries to organize civil aviation. His mind was as sharp as a tack to the very end, and he was active, going to meetings, giving speeches, writing articles and working on a book. He gave a five-minute speech at an aviation meeting less than a month before he died.” Dr. Pogue said his father had suffered a heart attack at age 57 and after that episode, “he lost 30 pounds, walked an hour a day, slept regularly and watched his diet, which included a lot of fish.” The family did not have a notable record for longevity, he added. Welch Pogue joined the Civil Aeronautics Board in 1938, and four years later was appointed chairman by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Pogue served until 1946. During his tenure Pogue helped strike down a plan for a single world airline, and later resumed his law practice before retiring in 1981, after a career of nearly 60 years. In 1994, Aviation Week Magazine established the L.Welch Pogue Award for Aviation Achievement, naming Pogue its first recipient. Pogue succeeded in his goal of opening up international air lanes at the 1944 conference, gaining for aviators the rights to fly over and to stop in other countries for refueling and repairs.
Michael H. Cramer,has been named one of the “40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch.” by the the Law Bulletin Publishing Company. He is a partner at Sachnoff & Weaver, Ltd., adn was featured in a special supplement to the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and the July 2003 edition of Chicago Lawyer. Selected from among hundreds of nominations, Cramer is a labor and employment and litigation attorney. In addition to providing his clients with outstanding legal representation, "Cramer is dedicated to providing low-income individuals with equal access to the legal system," his firm said. "He regularly handles pro bono matters and serves as vice president of the board of directors of the Coordinated Advice and Referral Program for Legal Services, Cook County’s legal assistance hotline." Cramer has also received acclaim as an artist, and has created artwork that has been shown at exhibits throughout Chicago. One piece, entitled “Litigation Springs Eternal,” featured a mannequin in a pin-stripe suit with small signs describing absurd lawsuits springing from his body on metal coils. He lives in Oak Park with his wife, Harlene Ellin, and their three children, ages 9, 8 and 6.
Karen C. Hanna,has been elected vice president of education for the American Society of Landscape Architects. Hanna is a professor and head of the landscape architecture and environmental planning program at Utah State University. On August 1, 2003, she will become the dean of the College of Environmental Design at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. She earned an MA in geography from the University of Arkansas in 1993 and is currently working on a PhD in landscape architecture from Wageningen University in the Netherlands. From 2001 to 2002 she served as president of the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture.