Class Notes

1955

JOHN HOLAK P'55, of Sarasota, FL, and RICHARD HOLOCHWOST P'55, of Alpine, TX, who were fraternity roommates when they attended USciences, recently reunited in Florida. They reminisced, regaled, and rejoiced in their reunion, 62 years in the making. They hope current University students will make everlasting friendships.

1965

Brothers of Eta Chapter of Kappa Psi and their wives and significant others attended the yearly reunion of Kappa Psi Brothers who graduated from PCPS from 1965 to 1969, September 11-13, 2017, at O'Callaghan Hotel in Annapolis, MD. This reunion has been taking place yearly for about 15 years beginning in 2003. Highlights included a trolley tour of Annapolis followed by a tour of the U.S. Naval Academy.
Standing, left to right: Ed Sabatini P'66, Bill Crouthamel P'65, Brent Rhoads P'66, Rich DeFeo P'66, Dick Sloan P'69, George Koons P'66, Bob Schmidt P'66, and Matt Land P'66. Sitting, left to right: Dave Adams P'69, John Stapinski P'68, Chuck Micklosky P'65, Tom Poore P'74, Rich DeSipio P'66, Carl Forster P'66, Will Steele P'67, Bosco Lee P'68, and Tom Duke P'65.

Brothers of Eta Chapter of Kappa Psi and their wives and significant others attended the yearly reunion of Kappa Psi Brothers who graduated from PCPS from 1965 to 1969, September 11-13, 2017, at O'Callaghan Hotel in Annapolis, MD. This reunion has been taking place yearly for about 15 years beginning in 2003. Highlights included a trolley tour of Annapolis followed by a tour of the U.S. Naval Academy. Standing, left to right: Ed Sabatini P'66, Bill Crouthamel P'65, Brent Rhoads P'66, Rich DeFeo P'66, Dick Sloan P'69, George Koons P'66, Bob Schmidt P'66, and Matt Land P'66. Sitting, left to right: Dave Adams P'69, John Stapinski P'68, Chuck Micklosky P'65, Tom Poore P'74, Rich DeSipio P'66, Carl Forster P'66, Will Steele P'67, Bosco Lee P'68, and Tom Duke P'65.

JOHN FRANCESCHINI P'66, MBA'70 had his play Waitin' for the 'C' Bus recently produced by the Found Theatre in Long Beach, CA.

JOHN SYKORA P'66 is a recipient of the prestigious APhA Pinnacle Award.

1977

The "Future Pharmacists of America" are reliving their memories from in front of their apartment at 4310 Spruce St., Philadelphia (circa 1977). Back, left to right: BRUCE B. CLUTCHER P'77, senior solution architect, Cerner Corporation; JOHN R. JONES P'77, vice president systems therapeutics, Geisinger Health System; and WILLIAM A BEST, SR., P'77, senior regulatory consultant, ad/promo at Opus Regulatory, Inc. Front: ARNIE CAINE P'77, vice president U.S. business services (retired), AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals.

The "Future Pharmacists of America" are reliving their memories from in front of their apartment at 4310 Spruce St., Philadelphia (circa 1977). Back, left to right: BRUCE B. CLUTCHER P'77, senior solution architect, Cerner Corporation; JOHN R. JONES P'77, vice president systems therapeutics, Geisinger Health System; and WILLIAM A BEST, SR., P'77, senior regulatory consultant, ad/promo at Opus Regulatory, Inc. Front: ARNIE CAINE P'77, vice president U.S. business services (retired), AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals.

CYNTHIA S. RICHART P'81, RPh, was appointed vice president of pharmacy operations for Phoebe Services Pharmacy in Lehigh County, PA. In her new position, Cynthia will oversee an expansion of customer base and additional technology advancements and will foster leadership development within the department. Cynthia is also responsible for the operation and supervision of the pharmacy and support staff for two pharmacy locations. She resides in Emmaus with her husband Stephen.

TERRY TRUTT P'84 had always dreamed of opening an independent community pharmacy in his hometown of Mifflinburg but didn't want to be in direct competition with another independent pharmacy. In 2016 he finally had the chance to pursue his dream. Trutt's Pharmacy opened October 28, 2017, on Walnut Street in Mifflinburg.

VICTORIA E. ELLIOTT P'87, RPh, MBA (Widener University), CAE, was named new CEO of the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care.

DEBBIE LEFKOWITZ P'87 was honored at the Wilkes-Barre Chamber's Connect Program in September 2017, speaking about women entrepreneurship, the Times-Leader reported. Debbie is founder and CEO of Hocsocx, Inc., which makes colorful and fun hockey and soccer socks and is the official supplier for USA Field Hockey.

GILDA "JILL" MECCA MCALARNEY P'88, who writes under the name Gilda Runco, recently published her debut book Legacy of the Purpose Stone, an emotional and personal story that recounts a tragedy to show the importance of living life with purpose.

1989

MATTHEW JEFFREY A. FENERTY P'89 was named the director of pharmacy services for Marshall Health in September 2017.

ROSE MINNITI BI'93 was named superintendent of Valley View School District in Archbald, PA. Rose previously was director of mathematics and science for the Abington Heights School District.

AIMEE DIXON GUNOSKEY PharmD'96 reached a new milestone in her fiction-writing career: USA Today bestselling author. Writing as Ash Krafton, she saw her first novel Bleeding Hearts: Book One of the Demimonde hit the list in May 2017 as part of an urban fantasy boxed set. To date, she's published seven novels, issued several collections of poetry and short fiction, and been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. As a student, she worked as a tutor in the campus Writing Center. Today, Aimee is a retail pharmacist for CVS/pharmacy in Northeast PA.

MICHAEL CASTAGNA P'00 was recently engaged to Karina Arellano.

MARTY MILLER PharmD'00 was elected commissioner of West Norriton Township, PA. His candidacy was endorsed by 314 Action, a group committed to getting STEM professionals into elected office.

DARSHAN KULKARNI PharmD'02, a leading food and drug attorney and principal at the Kulkarni Law Firm, has been appointed to serve on the board of the American Pharmacy Purchasing Alliance. Darshan is also a visiting professor in the biomedical writing program and MBA program at USciences.

JONNY LOQUASTO MPT'03 announced his latest comedy album entitled, Jonny Loquasto Presents…Jonny Loquasto's Jonny Loquasto.

JANICE YATES HS'03, PA-C, was recently hired by Presbyterian Medical Group at Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque, NM.

MAYANK AMIN PharmD'09, MBA (Villanova), and Payal Amin, PharmD, JD, were married on October 6, 2017, in Parsippany, NJ. Mayank's brother DIPUN AMIN MBA'10 served as the best man, and more than 30 USciences alumni attended. Mayank, who serves on the Alumni Association board of directors, continues his day job as a pharmacist at Pfizer and Walgreens. He also owns Platinum Dream Events, which recently completed planning 100 couples' weddings, including his own.

MAYANK AMIN PharmD'09, MBA (Villanova), and Payal Amin, PharmD, JD, were married on October 6, 2017, in Parsippany, NJ. Mayank's brother DIPUN AMIN MBA'10 served as the best man, and more than 30 USciences alumni attended. Mayank, who serves on the Alumni Association board of directors, continues his day job as a pharmacist at Pfizer and Walgreens. He also owns Platinum Dream Events, which recently completed planning 100 couples' weddings, including his own.

KATIE BIFANO PharmD'10 and Martin Rakaczewski were united in marriage September 2, 2017, at St. Rose of Lima Church, Carbondale, PA, by the Rev. Louis Grippe.

THOMAS FRANKO PharmD'11 was awarded the Pharmacists Mutual Insurance Companies Distinguished Young Pharmacist award. The award was presented at the 2017 Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Conference on September 23, 2017. Tom is currently an assistant professor at Wilkes University's Nesbitt School of Pharmacy.

CAITLIN BENENATI PharmD'12 and SCOTT CAHAYLA PharmD'12 were married in September 2017. The couple currently resides in Wilmington, DE.

MICHAEL DEJOS PharmD'13 received Delaware's Distinguished Young Pharmacist of the Year Award. Michael was also named among the honorees for the 2017 Minority Business Leaders Award from the Philadelphia Business Journal.

MEGHAN TOLAN PharmD'14, MBA, and MARC WAGNER PharmD'16 were engaged on August 26, 2017, in Rome, Italy. Meghan completed a two-year health system pharmacy administration residency program at The Johns Hopkins Hospital with a combined MBA from Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School. She is now the operations manager for oncology investigational drug services at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Marc is currently pursuing his JD at Penn State University Dickinson Law and plans to practice in healthcare law. The couple will be married at St. Paul's Church in Scranton, PA, on September 1, 2018.

2015

CHELSEA HAWKINS PharmD'15 and BRYSON VELLETRI PHB'14 celebrated their marriage on August 19, 2017. Hawkins was a member of Kappa Epsilon, and Velletri was a member of Upsilon Sigma Phi.

CHELSEA HAWKINS PharmD'15 and BRYSON VELLETRI PHB'14 celebrated their marriage on August 19, 2017. Hawkins was a member of Kappa Epsilon, and Velletri was a member of Upsilon Sigma Phi.

2017

KATELYN CALDERAIO PharmD'17 and Connor Price were married on Friday, September 29, 2017, at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church in Warrington, PA. Calderaio is working for Rite Aid Corporation.

 

In Memoriam

Col. S. Rogers Wetherill III, P'68

November 16, 2017

USciences Loses "Legacy of Legacies" Col. S. Rogers Wetherill, III, P'68, MS. Alumnus and board of trustees member Col. S. ROGERS WETHERILL, III, P'68, MS, passed away on November 16, 2017. Truly "the legacy of legacies," he was one of a long line of Wetherills who have left an indelible mark on University of the Sciences, from the signing of its charter in 1821, to Col. Wetherill's service on the alumni board and board of trustees. Col. Wetherill was a retired Army pharmacy officer with over 24 years of hospital pharmacy experience. He served in Vietnam, Germany, and numerous stateside hospital assignments. His civilian education included not only his pharmacy degree but an MS from University of Michigan and military schooling at Command & General Staff College and the National War College. For 15 years, Col. Wetherill was employed by Happy Harry's in Newark, DE, and until recently, was an employee of Accredo Specialty Pharmacy, a division of Express Scripts in New Castle, DE. In 2012, he was the recipient of the lifetime achievement award in pharmacy given by the Delaware Pharmacist's Society and in 2014 received the University's Ivor Griffith Service Award. Col. Wetherill's involvement with the USciences Alumni Association started some 20 years ago. During that time, he was a director for 15 years and served on the executive committee as vice president, president-elect, and president. From 2006 to 2009, he represented the Alumni Association as a member of the USciences board of trustees and since 2015 was a full member of the board of trustees. Col. Wetherill's generosity and care for the institution further manifests itself through his donations to help advance the field of healthcare and pharmacy and to support current students in achieving such goals. The Wetherill name is further linked to USciences through the street named Wetherill Way, located between 42nd and 43rd Streets, that provides an easy and direct route for students across Woodland Ave. Col. Wetherill regarded Wetherill Way as "a lasting tribute to [his] family and the first chairman of the board of trustees and to the Wetherills who followed."

Robert F. Boughner

August 30, 2017

Robert F. Boughner, PhD, professor emeritus, passed away on August 30, 2017. Bob came to USciences in 1999 and served as chair of the humanities department for eight years. During that time, he established the Misher Festival of Arts and Humanities and the Malis Lecture and helped to create the humanities and science (now medical humanities) major and four academic minors.

Dolores Deptula Kolakowski P'57

May 06, 2017

Rosemary D. Bushnell P'87

July 20, 2017

James E. "Jim" Ruberg P'72

July 21, 2017

Richard P. Di Liberto P'67

August 04, 2017

Monroe Kimmel P'62

August 09, 2017

John R. Marvel P'54

August 11, 2017

Vito A. Zeccola P'54

August 19, 2017

Robert A. "Bob" Raffa P'75

August 25, 2017

Robert "Bob" Frank Kocsardy P'59

August 26, 2017

Scott Reese P'99

August 28, 2017

Wilbur "Billy" Hale Jr., P'52

September 15, 2017

Bernard Eldon Deitrick P'52

September 15, 2017

Raymond Freedman B'54

September 27, 2017

Jack E. Brown Jr., P'01

November 02, 2017

Joan Alice Ranck P'53

November 10, 2017

William E. Kirwan Sr., P'53

November 13, 2017

Mabel L. Slifer B'47

November 22, 2017

Robert John "Bob" Laird P'57

November 25, 2017