Classes from the 1970s

Barbara Filo (GRS’70,’82) of Arlington, Mass., had work featured at the Circles National Juried Photography Exhibition in West Hartford, Conn., in August and September. She also exhibited her work at the 19th annual Faber Birren National Color Award Show in Stamford, Conn., in October and November.

Wayne Positan (CAS’70) of Essex Falls, N.J., was appointed to the board of trustees of Montclair State University by New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman.

Paul Seltzer (CAS’70) of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is company manager for the first national tour of the musical 1776, which is touring through May. He would like to hear from fellow Savoyards at

Judith A. Byrnes (SON’72) of Newport, R.I., received a letter of commendation for her work performance at the Naval Hospital in Newport.

Jacob Secor (SMG’72) of Zionsville, Ind., is now the head of government and public affairs for the Midwest for Dow AgroSciences, after 14 years as a senior scientist working in plant physiology. Jacob writes, “I am most fortunate to have two beautiful daughters, ages 8 and 12, and a very industrious wife, who is a scientist by day and a law student at Indiana University at night.”

Albert Shannon (SED’72) of Rensselaer, Ind., serves on the board of directors of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. He is president of St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer.

Mary Elizabeth Hooker (CAS’73) of Cambridge, Mass., is an associate professor with tenure in the College of Health Professions at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.

Tobi Schneider (CAS’73) of Waterville, Maine, served as a panelist at the second annual Thomas College Women in Leadership Conference. Tobi spoke at the seminar And Justice For All, which was moderated by Liz Geller (SMG’64, SED’71), Thomas College registrar. Mark Tardif (SED’95), director of public relations and sports information at Thomas College, helped plan the conference; among those attending was David Geller (SMG’91), adjunct assistant professor of law.

Patricia Day Spencer (SED’73) of Bethesda, Md., is an associate professor in the department of social work at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. Her research is focused on early cognitive and communicative development of deaf infants and children. In August, she was scheduled to begin a four-month stay in Australia as a William J. Fulbright senior scholar at the Bionic Ear Institute at the University of Melbourne. Patricia writes, “I continue to treasure my years in Boston.”

Eric Arnold (SED’74) of Cambridge, Mass., is an author of children’s books. His new humorous series includes Jokes You Shouldn’t Tell Your Teacher, Jokes You Shouldn’t Tell a Ghost, and Jokes You Shouldn’t Tell a Dog.

Brenda J. Davis (CFA’74) of Lakeland, Fla., is editor of SpiritLed Woman, a devotional bimonthly digest for women. After graduation, she worked in theater, recorded three albums with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, and worked in television in several capacities. E-mail her at

Mark David Gottsegen (CFA’74) of Climax, N.C., reports that his son, Samuel Hafner, was born last December, joining his 7-year-old sister. Mark, who is painting and teaching in North Carolina, chaired a symposium entitled Paint, Paper, Canvas at the Art Students League in December. He is the chairman of the ASTM subcommittee on artists’ paints, which will have a new Web site in January. Any artists wishing to contact him about ASTM standards and technical questions may do so at

Raymond Pacia (CAS’74) of Pawtucket, R.I., is president of the Rhode Island Trial Lawyers Association. He practices law in Pawtucket with his twin brother, Richard (COM’75,’81, LAW’81).

Donald Silverman (CAS’74, LAW’81) of Clayton, Mo., is development partner for the Woodmont Corporation, which deals with real estate management.

Richard D. Wayne (SMG’74, LAW’77) of Westwood, Mass., is a partner at Hinckley, Allen & Snyder, where he is chair of the labor, employment and employee benefits group. He is also a member of the litigation and dispute resolution department and the construction law group. Richard represents employers in matters relating to employment law and labor relations before various federal and state administrative agencies.

Karen MacNutt (LAW’75) of Dorchester, Mass., is a lieutenant colonel in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps of the Massachusetts National Guard. She is also in charge of JAG operations for Army guardsmen in the 26th Brigade, based in Springfield, Mass.

Martin Schupak (CAS’75) of Valley Cottage, N.Y., produced a baseball instructional video called The 59-Minute Baseball Practice. He is president of the Youth Sports Club, which produces and distributes youth sports instructional videos.

Andrea Elyse Messer (COM’76) of State College, Pa., is a 1999-2001 NASA Space Grant Fellow. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in anthropology at Penn State University.

Marsha Pechman (LAW’76) of Seattle, Wash., was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as a judge of the U.S. District Court for the western district of Washington. She lives with her husband, Bill Fitzharris (LAW’76).

Ed Blaguszewski (COM’77) of Meadville, Pa., is manager of university relations at Penn State Erie, the Behrend College. He is also president of the College and University Public Relations Association of Pennsylvania. Ed lives with his wife, Jane, and their two children, Michael and Laura. E-mail him at

Isabel Matheus (SED’77) of Maracaibo, Venezuela, writes, “ enjoy reading about BU so much; sometimes I think I didn’t realize what a privilege it was having the opportunity to go to such a great school and living in such a wonderful place. After working in drug rehabilitation and guidance counseling at the International School in Caracas, and counseling battered women in Puerto La Cruz, I now have a private practice in family therapy and a son applying to BU! I also have a 16-year-old daughter, who is a senior in high school. I would love to hear from anyone in my class.” E-mail her at

Kathy Sheehan (COM’77) of Bellingham, Wash., completed her master’s degree in communications at the University of Washington in Seattle last July.

James Welu (GRS’77) of Worcester, Mass., is president of the Association of Art Museum Directors and director of the Worcester Art Museum.

David Van Etten (GSM’78) of Lafayette, Calif., is vice president and general manager of Network Conference Company, which manages conference meeting sites. Its Web site is

Jannette Bonnette Walker (SAR’78) of Jamaica, N.Y., directs the social services department of an AIDS scattered housing organization in Brooklyn. She writes, “I went to school during a rough time in Boston. The South End was dangerous to venture into, and busing was violent. It was a tense time. I was the only black person in my class in my major. Yet, I survived it and have moved on in a positive direction.” Jannette adds, “The director of the Inner Strength Gospel Choir during the late ’70s is my son’s godfather.” E-mail Jannette at

Lee Berenbaum (COM’79) of Chicago, Ill., is an account manager with Stagebill magazine. His territory recently expanded to include Kentucky, Missouri, and Kansas, as well as Chicago. He is glad to be “finally back in the advertising business.” E-mail Lee at

David D. Buttolph (CAS’79, CGS’77) of New Canaan, Conn., has been promoted to partner at Canterbury Capital Partners in New York. He lives with his wife, Kim, and two daughters, Amanda and Kristen. E-mail him at

Philip Kasinitz (CAS’79) of New York, N.Y., became a full professor of sociology at Hunter College and the City University of New York Graduate Center in January 1999. He is the chair of the American Sociological Association’s section on international migration.