Office of the VP for Communications – Keeping alumni and friends connected to U-M

Alumni Notes

  1. Daniel De Kok

    is the Band Director at Kensington HS in Philadelphia. The school has not had an organized Music program since 1997.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.)

  8. 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.

  9. 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.