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Theresa Coulter’s IHM ’70 mother passed away.

Tesh Maddock Hannah ’70 has been a language arts teacher at St. Michael School in Sharonville, Ohio for the past 16 years. She and her husband have 4 children and 1 (almost 2) grandchildren. They have written and illustrated a humorous children's poetry book called The Endless String, which was published recently. It was a dream of theirs for over 20 years, while they were busy raising their children, who ultimately were the inspiration for many of the poems. For further information about the publication or to purchase it go to www.tomandtesshannah.com. In the short time that the book has been available, it has enjoyed brisk sales and positive feedback.

Kathie Gerbig Koval’s ’70 father passed away.

MaryElna Lawson Vrtis ‘70 is working as a web and health technician. She has three grown children, two daughters and a son and three grandchildren. She has been married to her husband, Nick Vrtis for 38 years. Her father Frank Lawson died just before Lent.

Mary Jo Durivage’s ’71 father passed away.

Joan Fetter’s ’71 mother passed away.

Mary Trepanier-Street’ 71 was named dean for the University of Michigan-Dearborn School of Education.

Kathleen Skolnicki Blake's '72 father passed away.

Elizabeth Burns, MD, MA '72 has been named the new Assistant Dean, President and CEO of the Michigan State University Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies. Scott Larson, M.D., Chairman of the MSU/KCMS Board of Directors, says, “Dr. Burns is an exceptional physician and leader who brings a deep understanding of the complex issues facing graduate medical education and healthcare.Her experience as a department chair, a medical director, and a faculty member give her a unique background on which to draw when looking broadly at our graduate medical education programs. Her commitment to community and her involvement with many worthy programs, such as United Way, will be an added benefit to the Kalamazoo community. With creative energy, enthusiasm, and a collaborative spirit, Dr. Burns will continue to move us forward in the areas of teaching and training for graduate medical education in our many residency programs, as well as with our MSU/CHM medical students.”

Mary Beth Celer's '72 mother passed away.

Mary McSorley Daly’s ’72 father passed away.

Dolores Brudecki ’72 passed away August 1, 2007.

Dr. Elizabeth A. Burns ‘72 was honored on September 29, 2007 at the Women's Health Connection in North Dakota for her many accomplishments and most recently for receiving the Marygrove Distinguished Alumni Award.

Marian Stronske Fleming ’72 passed away June 14, 2007.

Marianne Gaynor's, IHM '72 mother passed away.

Paulette T. LeDuc ’72 passed away on April 13, 2008.

Celeste McKenna Lynch’s ’72 father passed away.

Melanie B. Snyder-Lindblom’s ’72 mother passed away.

After twenty-one years, it was like no time had passed. On the weekend of November 9-11, 2007 suitemates, Kathy McGrath Morris '73, Liz VandenBrooks Foley '73, Janet Godbout Seefried '73, and Carolyn Breen Huff '73 met in "Old Town" Alexandria, VA. Kathy, Janet, and Carolyn flew down from the Detroit area, and Liz drove up from Hampton, VA. Everyone brought their old Marygrove photo albums and recent photos of family. Just like in Madame Cadillac and Florent Gillet everyone stayed up until 2:00 a.m., sharing stories and reminiscing about Marygrove and the years since. There was shopping and eating and talking. The weekend ended with Sunday Mass and promises to do it again in 2008.

Clare Callaghan Jorgenson’s ’73 father passed away.

Irma Valdez Reyes ‘73 was featured in the Detroit News in October 2007 for her work as a team leader-teacher at the Migrant Even Start program run by Southwest Solutions an agency that works to improve the lives of residents in southwest Detroit.

Darlene Roff Van Tiem ’75 was just elected president-elect of the International Society for Performance Improvement. She will serve 2008-2009 as president-elect, then 2009-2010 as president, and 2010 - 2011 as past president. Darlene, is associate professor emerita for University of Michigan Dearborn. She is also the coordinator of the Performance Improvement and Instructional Design graduate program and she teaches Application of Instructional Design for K-12 teachers in the Educational Technology master's program. In addition, she grades comprehensive exams and chairs dissertation committees for Capella University. All this and she is retired part time! They live in Florida from mid-October to May and in Port Huron June to mid-October. It is a wonderful life.

Mary Callaghan-Lynch’s ’76 father passed away.

Dr. Victoria Jones ’76 gave a power point presentation at Macomb Community College on March 4th. The topic was "Diversity in the Global Workplace." She was well received by the students.

Joyce Friedman Steinberg’s ’76 father passed away.

Gregory A. Zilan ‘76 who passed away in November, 2005 was in the first graduating class of the orthopedic physician assistant program in 1976. He battled a year long fight with pancreatic cancer. Just before he was diagnosed, he celebrated 32 years of employement in the same building - Mt. Carmel, Sinai, then Sinai-Grace. He was very proud of his work and left the hospital as Director of Orthopedic services. He was a loving husband of 32 years and a great father to four beautiful children. He was also very proud to say he graduated from Marygrove College.

Deborah Hunter-Harvill '77, '84 received the "Women of Excellence" award from The Michigan Chronicle on February 1. The award recognizes women who are courageous, extraordinary and uphold the highest levels of conviction.

Patricia LoRusso ‘77 is currently a Professor of Medicine with Tenure at Wayne State University. She authored or co-authored in excess of 100 manuscripts on cancer drug development and runs one of the largest Phase I Clinical Trials programs in the United States. She has had multiple Peer-Reviewed grants rewarded and has served on several national committees for cancer research and peer-review. Patricia helped to take new cancer agents from the lab into man.

Y. Beth Graves ’78 passed away November 17, 2007.

Diane R. Zedan ‘78 has been promoted ot Interim Special Education Direcotor for Washtenaw Intermediate Schoool District. She has worked for WISD for one year and previously was the Special Education Director in Romeo for ten years.

Brother Dennis W. Moses ‘79 is teaching 8th graders at SS. Cyril & Methodius School in Lakewood, OH.

Linda M. Badura Weir ’79 after working 14 years as a teacher in a public school system, is now in the process of opening a school in her home called Nanny's Place.

Sharyn Daykin Susinko ’79 passed away October 12, 2007.

Alumni Relations Contact Information

For more information, contact Colleen Cadieux, Director of Alumni Relations/Alumni Annual Giving at 313-927-1443 or ccadieux9185@marygrove.edu.

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