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Alumni Notes

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Aaron J. Vermeulen

    has joined the Ann Arbor office of the Atlanta-based architectural firm of Lord, Aeck & Sargent. The firm serves the science, education and historic preservation markets. Vermeulen is a member of the Construction Specifications Institute and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. He received his BA in architectural technology from the University of Memphis. At Michigan his studio work appeared in Dimensions, the annual publication of the U-M’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.