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October 2008  
Outstanding Penn Staters Designated Alumni Fellows
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From a man who oversees the design of athletic footwear across the globe to a woman at NASA’s Mission Control who serves as flight director for astronauts orbiting the globe, Penn State’s 2008 Alumni Fellows have demonstrated outstanding professional accomplishments in their varied careers.

This year’s 20 Alumni Fellows were honored at an Oct. 2 ceremony at The Nittany Lion Inn on the University Park campus. Recognized for their outstanding professional accomplishments, the honorees will be given the lifelong title of Alumni Fellow, the highest award given by the Penn State Alumni Association.

Since the award was established in 1973, more than 600 alumni have been honored with the title of Alumni Fellow, designated a permanent and lifelong title by the Penn State Board of Trustees. Each Alumni Fellow receives a commemorative award, designed and hand-cast by Jeanne Stevens-Sollman ’72g, an acclaimed medallic artist and a 2007 Alumni Fellow.

“Part of what makes this award special is that the recipients return to campus to share their expertise with students, faculty, and administrators,” said Roger L. Williams ’73, ’75g, ’88g, executive director of the Penn State Alumni Association. The Alumni Fellow program is administered by the Alumni Association in cooperation with the University’s academic colleges and the Office of the President.

For more information on the Alumni Fellow program, including criteria and past recipients, visit alumni.psu.edu/awards/individual.

The 2008 Alumni Fellows:
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Catherine E. Adams ’79 Agr is president and CEO of RdR Solutions Consulting, a firm specializing in advising businesses on food safety, regulatory compliance, and health and well-being strategies. Before starting her consulting firm, Adams was corporate vice president for worldwide quality, food safety, and nutrition for McDonald’s Corporation. Prior to that she worked in safety and quality at Coors Brewing Company, H.J. Heinz, YUM Brands (Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, and KFC), and the Campbell Soup Company. Adams also owns and operates a working ranch in Texas where she breeds and raises competitive cutting horses and registered Angus cattle.

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Dante P. Bonaquist ’80 Eng is chief scientist and senior corporate fellow at Praxair, Inc., the largest industrial gases company in North and South America—and one of the largest in the world—with sales of $9.4 billion last year. Since joining Praxair in 1980, Bonaquist has held positions of increasing responsibility in engineering and research and development. He was named the company’s first chief scientist in 2006. Bonaquist is an inventor or co-inventor on 111 U.S. patents, more than any other Praxair associate. He has received Praxair’s Innovation Award and the 2003 American Institute of Chemical Engineers’ Institute Award for Excellence in Industrial Gases Technology.

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Timothy J. Buckley ’74 Lib is principal and CEO of Buckley Investments, a Raleigh, North Carolina-based consulting company he created after a distinguished career in the technology industry. Before starting his company, Buckley worked as chief operating officer for the world’s dominant open-source software provider, Red Hat. As part of the executive team, he helped transform the company from an operating system primarily used by students to a viable enterprise company. Earlier in his career, Buckley helped launch Aldus, the creator of PageMaker, and Approach Software, which was acquired by Lotus. Before Red Hat, he was the worldwide sales executive for Visio, a company later purchased by Microsoft.  

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Louis J. D’Ambrosio ’86 Bus is the past president and chief executive officer of Avaya, Inc., a 20,000-person, Fortune 500 technology company and leading global provider of communications solutions. D’Ambrosio led Avaya through a period of unprecedented growth culminating in one of the largest technology private-equity buyouts in history. D'Ambrosio previously served as president of Avaya’s Global Sales and Marketing unit and led the company’s Global Services business unit. Before joining Avaya, D’Ambrosio spent 16 years in senior executive roles with IBM’s global services, software, and sales and marketing areas. D'Ambrosio became IBM’s youngest corporate officer when he was appointed to the company’s Worldwide Management Committee.

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Salvatore D. Fazzolari ’77 Hbg is the chairman and CEO of Harsco Corporation in Camp Hill, Pa. Harsco operates in 50 countries, providing specialized industrial services and engineering products to the infrastructure, construction, metals, rail, and energy industries. Fazzolari has served in the senior management of Harsco Corporation since 1980, holding positions as director of auditing, corporate controller, chief financial officer and treasurer, and president before being named CEO and chairman in early 2008. He played a major role in Harsco’s significant growth and movement from its former manufacturing role to becoming a global, services-oriented business.

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Gerald E. Gipp ’71g, ’74g Edu recently retired as executive director of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC). He led this non-profit organization in supporting the work of the nation’s 36 tribal colleges and universities, serving 30,000 students from more than 250 federally recognized Native American tribes. Before joining AIHEC, Gipp was program director in the division of educational system reform at the National Science Foundation. Earlier, Gipp was the first American Indian appointed as the deputy assistant secretary for the Office of Indian Education in the U.S. Department of Education and the first American Indian to serve as president of Haskell Indian Nations University.

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Robert E. Hillman ’74, ’75g H&HD is co-director and research director of the Center for Laryngeal Surgery and Voice Rehabilitation at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is also an associate professor of surgery and health sciences and technology at both Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Hillman is widely recognized as one of the foremost clinical voice scientists in the world. His research has produced new technologies and has been featured in Newsweek magazine and on the National Geographic Channel. Hillman is a fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is one of only four speech pathologists inducted into the American Laryngological Association.

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John R. Hoke III ’88 A&A is vice president of global footwear for Converse, where he’s responsible for global footwear product management, research design and development, and product innovation. Hoke joined Converse this year after 16 years with Nike, where he served as global creative director of footwear design and vice president of global footwear design. Before that, he worked as global creative director with Nike’s brand design studio, which included the design and creative direction for Niketown stores in New York and London and the Nike Goddess stores. Hoke's interest in footwear design began when, as a teenage runner, he submitted sketch ideas to Nike for a shoe with "air" in the mid-sole.

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John A. Leone ’56 EMS is CEO, chairman, and owner of Bonney Forge Corporation, designer and manufacturer of flow control products for the energy industry with operations in Pennsylvania, Texas, Italy, and China. Leone started his career in the oil industry as a field engineer and production manager in Venezuela. He later served as managing director of Gulf+Western’s Energy Products Group, overseeing plants in Europe. He was named president of Gulf+Western’s Bonney Forge Division in 1980 and acquired the valve and piping company in a leveraged buyout in 1984. Leone is a life member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and a PVF Industry Hall of Fame selection.   

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David H. Lipson Jr. ’78 Com is president of Metro Corp., a publishing company whose signature titles include the award-winning Philadelphia and Boston magazines. Under his leadership, both titles have substantially grown in newsstand and subscription sales. Lipson has been associated with Metro Corp. for more than 30 years. He started in advertising at Boston magazine before working on Manhattan, Inc. magazine and Metro Magazines, the corporation’s national sales organization. Lipson was instrumental in introducing Philadelphia Wedding, Philadelphia Home, Pennsylvania Wine & Spirits Quarterly, New England Travel, AC Now, and Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau publications.

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Mary Beth Long ’85 Com was the first woman in the history of the United States to be confirmed as assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs. She is principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense on the formulation and coordination of international security strategy and policy for the Middle East, Arabian Gulf, Africa, and Europe. Key posts she holds include executive branch commissioner for the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe–United States Helsinki Commission and co-chair of the NATO High Level Group. Long previously practiced law with Williams & Connolly and worked for the CIA from 1986 to 1999.

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Daniel S. Mead ’75, ’77g Bus is president of Verizon Services Corp., a business group that manages finance operations, real estate, and supply chain services for all Verizon companies. Mead also is responsible for Verizon’s 24 percent ownership of Vodafone Italia, a Vodafone-Verizon Wireless joint venture in Italy. Mead has led Verizon Services since 2005 when the unit was created. Prior to that, he was one of the senior executives responsible for launching Verizon Wireless (VZW) and served as president of VZW’s 15-state Midwest Area from 2001 to 2005. 

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Daniel V. Murray ’86 Bus is chief financial officer of Fandango, the largest online, phone, and mobile movie ticketing and entertainment service in the United States. As a member of Fandango’s executive team, Murray oversees the financial management of the company, and plays a key role in the company’s strategic operations, business intelligence, business plans, and administrative functions. Murray was formerly the CFO and senior vice president of global operations for Academy123, which provides online math homework help for students of all ages. Before that, Murray oversaw international finance at Overture, an Internet company acquired by Yahoo! in 2003.

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Kevin J. Pauza ’90g Med is an interventional spine specialist and co-founder and co-owner of Texas Spine and Joint Hospital in Tyler, Texas. The hospital is ranked in the top five percent nationally for excellence in spine surgery and successfully performs more interventional spine procedures annually than any other hospital in the United States. Pauza specializes in non-surgical treatment of back and neck pain and is the only physician in his specialty to pursue FDA approval for using biologics to treat the spine. His work has been profiled on network news programs and in The New York Times, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal.

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Heather L. Rarick ’87 Eng is flight director for Mission Control at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. As flight director, Rarick manages shuttle flights and space station expeditions and leads the planning and integration activities with flight controllers and international station partners. Rarick began her career as an ascent flight design engineer for the space shuttle at Rockwell Space Operations in Houston and has held various positions within NASA. Among other duties, she was chairperson of the panel that addresses long-term resolution of U.S.–Russian operational issues in space.

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Richard B. Silverman ’68 Sci is the John Evans Professor of Chemistry at Northwestern University where he teaches as well as researches medicinal chemistry and potential treatments for neurodegenerative diseases. Silverman invented LyricaTM (pregabalin), a drug marketed worldwide by Pfizer for refractory epilepsy, neuropathic pain, fibromyalgia, and, in Europe, for generalized anxiety disorder. He has published 240 research articles, holds 39 domestic and foreign patents, and has written four books. Silverman’ has been honored with numerous awards and has served on the advisory boards of eight professional journals.

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James R. Stengel ’83g Bus recently announced his plans to retire as the global marketing officer of Procter & Gamble. Stengel started at Procter & Gamble as a brand assistant for Duncan Hines Cookies. In 1995, Stengel became general manager of the Czech and Slovak Republics for Procter & Gamble’s Europe, Middle East, and Africa regions. He was named general manager of the company’s European Baby Care Division in 1997 and was promoted to vice president of that division two years later. In 2000, the company appointed him vice president of Global Baby Care Strategic Planning, Marketing, and New Business Development. A year later, he was named the company’s top advertising and marketing position.

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Christine Lewis Taylor ’77g H&HD, ’86g IDF is a scholar in nutrition at the Institute of Medicine, The National Academies. Throughout her career, Taylor has played a major role in the development and implementation of national and international nutrition policies. Previously, Taylor worked with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for 20 years. From 1999 to 2004, she was director of the FDA’s Office of Nutritional Products, Labeling and Dietary Supplements. Taylor also led international efforts to integrate nutrition science into public health policy. In 2004, she was appointed senior advisor to the Commissioner of Food and Drugs on International Nutrition Policy, and she spent two years with the World Health Organization in Geneva.   

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Jack K. Tsui ’60 Bus is a director and vice president of Zilber, Ltd., a nationwide real estate development and investment firm based in Milwaukee. He is also chairman of its subsidiary, Towne Development of Hawaii. Tsui serves as a trustee of the Zilber Foundation as well as a number of family trusts. Tsui began his career in the banking industry in Philadelphia and New York, moving to Hawaii in 1984. Tsui retired in 2002 as vice chairman and chief credit officer of BancWest Corporation and president and chief operating officer of its subsidiary, First Hawaiian Bank. He continues to serve as a director of First Hawaiian Bank.

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Richard M. Walsh ’55 Eng is the founder and retired president and CEO of Walsh Healthcare Associates. Under his leadership, the company became one of the top 10 health insurance claims processors in the nation. From 1987 to 1994, Walsh served as Special Assistant to Pennsylvania Governor Robert P. Casey with responsibility for the Commonwealth’s computer and communication systems. During his tenure, Pennsylvania launched one of the United States’ first telemedicine projects supported by state funds, called PA Healthnet. Walsh also was one of the founders of PREPNET, an Internet provider for Pennsylvania’s colleges and universities. He served on Penn State’s Board of Trustees from 1993 to 1995.

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