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In distinguished company

In distinguished company

UD Magazine staff February 28, 2018
The University of Dayton's Alumni Association each year chooses a distinguished alumni to recognize, who embodies the University's goal to benefit human society and learn, lead and serve. Here are the last 50 years of distinguished Flyers.

1967 Carroll A. “Ted” Hochwalt ’20 Scientific ingenuity Inventions include: -Morton’s salt iodization process -Non-freezing fire extinguisher -Rapid distillation process for whiskey -Tetraethyl lead gasoline octane booster -Metal grinding and stamping lubricants -Waterproof and mildew-proof textiles -Low-sudsing All laundry detergent

1968 Alphonse H. Mahrt ’12 Taking the ball & running with it “No man ever possessed more drive, honesty and integrity than Al.” That’s how the board chairman for Mead Corp. honored Mahrt at his retirement after 39 years with Mead, which named a paper mill in Alabama in his honor. As a student, Mahrt was known as one of the University’s first great athletes, playing baseball, basketball and football. After graduation, Mahrt was a founding member and the first captain of the Dayton Triangles football team, one of the first teams in the NFL.   Edwin G. Becker ’14 Service to college & community Becker served as a judge of the Court of the Common Pleas of Hamilton County, Ohio, a chemical superintendent with Procter & Gamble Co.; a lay leader in the Cincinnati Archdiocese; and a member of the University lay board of trustees.

1969 Joseph D. Park ’29 Father of Freon For Frigidaire, Park helped develop Freon to revolutionize refrigeration. For DuPont, he flipped kitchen conventions with the creation of nonstick Teflon. In 1947, Park turned his focus to education as a professor at the University of Colorado.

1970 John B. Alexander ’25 Cement innovator A longtime chemist and vice president with Southwestern Portland Cement Co., Alexander helped develop the concrete for the Hoover Dam.

1971 Martin J. Hillenbrand ’37 First U.S. ambassador to Hungary “I have served as a diplomat under seven presidents and nine secretaries of state. … The interplay of people and events, of decision making and ineluctable external causation that constitutes the historical process, is fraught with both personal tragedy and achievement. Things never quite work out as we would wish.” — Hillenbrand, from Fragments of Our Time: Memoirs of a Diplomat

1972 Col. Edward L. Buescher ’45 Isolated & characterized the rubella virus, cause of German measles U.S. rubella timeline: -1962: Virus characterized by scientists at Walter Reed Army Hospital -1964: 12.5 million cases -1969: 57,686 cases; rubella vaccine licensed; Buescher receives the Legion of Merit -1983: 1,000 cases -2004: Measles no longer endemic in the U.S. -Today: <10 cases each year

1973 Father Raymond A. Roesch, S.M. ’36 University’s 16th president He was called “the founder of the modern University of Dayton” by Brother Raymond L. Fitz, S.M., the University’s 17th president. Roesch, as president from 1959 to 1979, added nine academic departments; six associate, 18 bachelor’s and 44 master’s degree programs; reopened the School of Law; and was instrumental in the construction of Kennedy Union, Miriam Hall, Roesch Library, UD Arena, Marycrest Hall, Stuart Hall and Campus South.

1974 George E. Freitas ’29 Business connoisseur Among his companies: Hawaii Corp., Pacific Development Co., Pacific Construction Co., Pacific Utility Contractors and Community Equipment Inc., VHY, Moanalua Shopping Inc., Rosalei Apartments Inc., First Hawaiian Bank, Hawaiian Western Steel, Johnston and Buscher Inc., Pacific-Peru Construction Corp., Von Hamm-Young Inc., Hawaiian Textiles Inc., Pacco.   Clement G. Jauch ’08 His indelible stamp Jauch, a member of the University of Dayton alumni board of directors, founded the Dayton Stencil Works Co., which continues to operate on East Second Street in the same building it has occupied since the early 1900s.

1975 Charles W. Whalen Jr. ’42 Six-term U.S. congressman “We’ve come to realize there is a limit to our powers. We have a feeling that we’re not as powerful as we thought we were.” — Whalen to The New York Times on his decision in 1978 not to run for re-election; Whalen led the Republican opposition to the Vietnam War  

1976 Erma Fiste Bombeck ’49 Mother of suburban wit “When Humor Goes, There Goes Civilization” “Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the Titanic who waved of the dessert cart.” “All of us have moments in our lives that test our courage. Taking children into a house with a white carpet is one of them.” “Insanity is hereditary. You can catch it from your kids.”

1977  Soichi Kawazoe ’30 Executive vice president of Nissan Motors Corp., USA After earning degrees from UD and MIT, Kawazoe returned to Japan, where he worked as an engineer for General Motors Corp., Ford Motor Co. and Nissan before being drafted into service with the Japanese army and becoming a prisoner of war of the Chinese Communists for eight years. His advice to Nissan to open an American sales branch led to the selling of 150,859 Datsun cars in the U.S. in 1970, the first year Kawazoe donated a Datsun to UD.

1978  Torrence A. Makley Jr. ’40 Cataract surgery pioneer Dr. Makley, professor of ophthalmology at the Ohio State University College of Medicine, pioneered the use of the revolutionary, less-invasive cataract treatment known as phacoemulsification.   Barry A. Shillito 49 World War II Army Air Corps POW A career in the aircraft industry and defense logistics included his appointments as the assistant secretary of the Navy in 1968 and the assistant secretary of defense in 1969 during the Vietnam War.

1979 Brother Joseph F. Buettner, S.M. ’36 Beloved educator In his 51 years of service in the Society of Mary, Buettner served the mission of education, including his last 38 years in Puerto Rico. Said his secretary at Colegio San Jose in San Juan, Puerto Rico,  upon Buettner’s death in 1979, “This is a man that God tries and finds worthy.”   George K. Houghtailing ’29 Director of planning, Honolulu “It made me understand that people are people, and you have to look and plan for people, and work with people.”   Carl J. Crane ’24 Aviation pioneer & inventor At age 10, Crane witnessed the flight of a Wright brothers biplane. He went on to a career of more than 60 years as a pilot, during which he flew almost every experimental and production craft, from the early biplanes to jet aircraft. He also helped write the world’s first manual on instrument flight and, in 1937, made the first fully automated landing at what is now Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

1980 Rita Rapp ’50 Space physiology pioneer She joined the NASA Space Task Force at Langley Field in 1961 and was transferred the following year to the NASA Manned Spacecraft Center. She designed and implemented biomedical experiments, inflight medical kits and in-flight exercises for the astronauts, in addition to designing their meals and packaging their foods for the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo and Skylab programs. In 1971, she received the Federal Women’s Award, the highest honor for a professional woman in the federal government.   Charles H. “Chuck” Noll ’53 Super Bowl legend “Our goal is to win Super Bowls, and to win the Super Bowl you must start at the beginning. … Chuck [Noll] always preached about getting back to the basics. … Chuck Noll was always the teacher.” — Dan Rooney, chairman, Pittsburgh Steelers, in 2014 remembering the Flyer who coached the Pittsburgh Steelers to four Super Bowl championships. 

1981 Simon “Si” Burick ’30 Sports editor Burick came to the University to become a doctor; instead, at age 19, he left UD to join the Dayton Daily News as sports editor, a position he held until his death in 1986. “After five decades, I confess there have been no regrets on my part,” he said some years before his death. Among his many accolades was Burick’s 1983 induction into the writers section of the Baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown, New York; he was the only honoree who came from a city with no major league team. Burick finally received a UD degree in 1977 — an honorary doctorate in humane letters.   Simon Nathan ’42 International photographer Nathan, a noted photographer, contributed to his profession through his “Simon Sez” photography column, photography instruction books and the development of a hand-held panoramic camera.

1982 Richard H. Finan 54 Former president, Ohio Senate “I’m most proud of riding herd over the renovation of the Statehouse. Anybody can pass a bill, but not anybody could do this. ... Every time I come into the building, my chest swells with pride.”   Bernard L. Whelan ’08 ‘Early bird’ of aviation Whelan was among those who soloed in the first 13 years of powered flight; he later served as president of the Early Birds. An exhibition flier, Army Air Corps instructor and test pilot, Whelan went on to become vice president of the United Aircraft Corp.

1983 Donald M. Knowlan ’51 Master doctor Former team physician for the Washington Redskins and current professor emeritus of medicine at Georgetown University, Dr. Knowlan was inducted as a master of the American College of Physicians in 2008. He continues to participate in white coat ceremonies for GW’s medical students. “Today, the future of medicine is in their imagination,” he said of the Class of 2016.   Shirley A. Pohl ’57  Lifetime of clinical laboratory excellence Pohl, a contributor to UD’s undergraduate and graduate programs in medical technology, shared her expertise with the world through service with MEDICO/CARE, which provides medical teams to developing countries, and the World Health Organization, where she served as a temporary adviser.   John R. Westerheide ’47 UD Research Institute founding director “If some of us left a few fingerprints around, he left a full-body cast.” — Al Ray, division of materials, metals and ceramics, about the impact of Westerheide throughout the institute

1984 Ronald W. Collins ’57 Scholar in instructional computer usage Collins was honored for his contributions to the fields of chemistry, chemical education, computers, computer-assisted instruction and university administration; he served on the faculty of Eastern Michigan University for 35 years.   John E. Condon ’51 Chief quality officer Condon’s career in quality control included positions in industry and the government, including responsibility for the reliability of NASA’s space program from 1962-1972 and national leadership as president of the American Society for Quality Control.   Charles R. Wilke ’40 Chemical engineering education pioneer “I feel it’s important to support future students and to encourage them to engage in research work that will improve human life, the profession and the economy.” — Wilke, founder, department of chemical engineering, University of California, Berkeley  

1985  Irmengard P. Rauch ’55 Professor of German linguistics An author of publications on historical and modern German linguistics and a professor at University of California, Berkeley, Rauch received honors including a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1982 and the 1999 Festschrift Interdigitations: Essays for Irmengard Rauch.   Donald W. Wigal ’55 Specializing in modern & Western art “I now believe art can lead to and flow from spirituality, from a simple household chore, for example, to the building of a grand Gothic edifice — not only cathedrals, but environments for all sorts of human expressions of truth and beauty.”   Brother Howard L. Hughes, S.M. ’51 Praising Mary through song Hughes was a teacher, organist and glee club director in Washington, D.C.; Cleveland; Mineola, New York; and San Antonio. While serving on the Curia Generalizia in Rome, he was superior of the Marianist community there. In 2013, he was named Musician of the Year by the National Association of Pastoral Musicians.

1986  Joseph E. Keller ’29 Washington, D.C., lawyer & law educator “I’ve always been interested in helping people to be good lawyers. My roots came from the University of Dayton. It’s the only place I feel I ever got an education.” — Keller, namesake for the building housing the UD School of Law   Sanford M. Shapero ’50 Making change A civil rights activist who marched with Martin Luther King Jr., Shapero went on to lead private and nonprofit organizations, including City of Hope and Spirit of America Worldwide.

1987 Charles J. Pedersen ’26 Nobel laureate Pedersen, while working as an organic chemist for DuPont, discovered methods for synthesizing crown ethers, today used in many applications including removing mercury from drinking water.   Joseph E. Stermer ’31 Giving it his all Stermer served in 27 countries abroad during his time in the Army. After the Korean Conflict, he helped establish a judicial system there based on the American model. He retired as colonel and practiced law in Michigan.

1988 Charles L. “Chuck” Weber ’58  Radar & communications systems “Chuck was kind, gentle and a great mentor to students, faculty and staff. He was a cheerful, positive person who cared deeply about his friends and colleagues and always brought out and encouraged the best qualities in people.” — Alexander Sawchuck, University of Southern California, a fellow electrical engineering faculty member    Brother Donald R. Geiger, S.M. ’55 Brother earth Professor emeritus of biology, Geiger has led numerous research projects to benefit the earth’s plants, people and other animals. Projects include land management in West Africa, food production in China, and natural area restoration in wetlands, prairies, parks and a former nuclear facility. Now retired, Geiger can still be found teaching through the UD River Stewards and the Marianist Environmental Education Center.   George E. Thoma ’43 Pioneer in nuclear medicine “A tireless advocate of opportunities in science to inspire and encourage the next generation.” — Mary Burke, CEO of the Academy of Science

1989  Doris I. Shields Charles ’52 Champion for student health Dr. Charles began her career as a clinical instructor of nursing arts at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. She was the only woman in Ohio to head the health services at two major universities, University of Cincinnati and Ohio State University, where she was also named team physician. Her excellence was recognized by the Ohio College Health Association.   Frank F. Ledford Jr. ’55 Chief surgeon After a military medical career that included an appointment as Surgeon General of the U.S. Army, Dr. Ledford became president of the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research, where he grew the foundation’s annual grant and contract income from $14.6 million in 1992 to $42.6 million in 2003.   Thomas C. Kennedy ’59 Lover of history & life   “He loved teaching, more perhaps than some of his students loved learning, but in that cast of thousands, there were some he never forgot and a few who gained high places in the world of men and women.” — obituary from the University of Arkansas  

1990  William E. Hammer Jr. ’62 Dayton engineer As a leader in his profession, Hammer held positions as vice president of the board of governors of the Dayton Engineers Club and among the leadership of the Institute of Industrial Engineers. He practiced, taught and wrote about information systems and data processing.   John L. O’Grady ’68  Future investments O’Grady spent nearly his entire investment career with Salomon Brothers, including positions as a managing director and general partner. The O’Grady Scholarship, established after his death, provides inner-city New York youth with full-tuition scholarships to UD.

1991 James C. Herbert ’63 Grand fellow After an early career as a college instructor, Herbert researched and analyzed higher education policy, for which he received eight fellowships. Herbert was a senior adviser on joint activities to the National Science Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities, helping create their interagency partnership for documenting endangered languages.   Ralph D. Delaney ’55  Advocate for the poor   “He was what his heroes, Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi, would have called a nonviolent soldier.” — Cleveland Magazine on Delaney, who was murdered in 1990 while videotaping dilapidated living conditions in public housing   John T. Makley ’57 Physician & teacher An orthopedic surgeon at Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals, Dr. Makley devoted nearly five decades to the care of patients and the education of residents and fellows. As an orthopedic oncologist, he has helped shape national perspective on bone banking and treatment of patients with bone and soft-tissue tumors.

1992  Thomas J. Frericks ’53 He built basketball One of the most influential lay persons in UD’s history, Frericks served his alma mater in various administrative positions from 1964 to his death in 1992. He oversaw the construction of UD Arena and served as chair of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee. The Frericks Center, home to University athletics, is named in his honor.

1993  Thomas Eggemeier ’67 In service to UD An expert in human factors and ergonomics, Eggemeier led UD’s psychology department, served as an associate dean for the College of Arts and Sciences, and retired in 2013 as dean of the Graduate School. In 2008, he received UD’s Lackner Award, which honors lay people who embody the Marianist spirit on campus.

1994  Cordell W. Hull ’56 Building opportunities Hull served two terms on UD’s board of trustees. His career in global construction, infrastructure and financing includes his most recent position as principal with InfrastructureWorld, from which he has retired. For 20 years, students in the University Honors and Berry Scholars programs have studied and conducted research abroad thanks to the Cordell W. Hull International Fellows Fund, named in honor of his service and generosity to UD.   Brother John J. Lucier, S.M. ’37 Chemistry mentor “Brother John Lucier was a scholar, a scientist, a dedicated teacher and a man of faith.” — Father James L. Heft, S.M. ’66, on Lucier, former chemistry department chair who joined the faculty in 1945    Colombe M. Nicholas ’64 Astute marketer Having distinguished herself as one of the most influential leaders in the international fashion and retail industries, Nicholas held top posts at Anne Klein, Giorgio Armani, Health-Tex and Christian Dior.

1995  James R. Spotila ’66 Biodiversity champion Spotila, founding president of the International Sea Turtle Society and chair of The Leatherback Trust, has spent his career working in environmental science, biodiversity and conservation biophysical ecology. He is a professor of environmental science at Drexel University.

1996  John A. Lombardo ’71 Team healer Dr. Lombardo, in his nearly 30 years experience as a team physician, has helped heal athletes from the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Ballet, 1998 Winter Olympics and Ohio State University, among others. A founding member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, Lombardo continues to serve as the NFL’s drug adviser for anabolic steroids and as a clinical professor at Ohio State University College of Medicine.

1997 Paul W. Armstrong ’67 Life & the law Armstrong, a retired judge on the Somerset County, New Jersey, Superior Court, is known for his seminal work on cases that impact how the law deals with medicine and science. In the 1976 case involving Karen Ann Quinlan, Armstrong argued before the New Jersey Supreme Court the Catholic moral theology perspective that “extraordinary means” need not be employed in preserving a patient’s life. “What emanated from the Quinlan case was the hospice movement,” Armstrong told NJ.com. “We set a standard for how we care for one another at the end of life.”

1998  Paul V. McEnroe ’59 Father of the UPC “What can you invent that touches more people?” — McEnroe, inventor of the bar code and scanning system; last he heard, the world was scanning 5 billion bar codes daily

1999  John L. Lahey ’68 Higher ed leader Lahey will retire in 2018 having served 31 years as president of Quinnipiac University, where he increased enrollment, fundraising, campus size and degree offerings. Lahey also helped oversee the creation of Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum.

2000  Theodore Q. Miller Jr. ’68 Diversifying the sciences Dr. Miller retired from Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in 2006, having served as a professor of radiology, associate dean of student affairs and director of admissions. He helped establish the King/Drew Magnet High School of Medicine and Science in South Central Los Angeles, which attracts students at risk of not graduating from high school. He also started the Saturday Science Academy for preteen children.

2001 Richard M. Schoen ’72 Mathematics of spacetime Schoen unravels the mysteries of differential geometry and ideas of spacetime, including questions about the curvature of the universe. In 2017 alone, he won three of the world’s most prestigious international mathematics awards. He teaches at University of California, Irvine.

2002  Richard A. Abdoo ’65 Lead with integrity President of the environmental and energy consulting firm R.A. Abdoo & Co., Abdoo previously served as chief executive for several Wisconsin energy companies. He was UD’s first business vocation executive-in-residence.

2003  Brother Raymond L. Fitz, S.M. ’64 University’s 17th president “I saw if we were going to be a great Catholic university, we needed conversations about mission and vision. So we began planning.” — Fitz, UD’s longest-serving president (1979-2002); he continues to connect Catholic social teaching and the social sciences through the Fitz Center for Leadership in Community 

2004 Eugene Steuerle ’68 Creating good from grief In memory of wife Norma Lang Steuerle, who died on 9/11 in the Pentagon attack, Steuerle and his daughters founded two nonprofits: Alexandria Community Trust, which supports charities in northern Virginia, and Our Voices Together, which fights terrorism by building a safer, more compassionate world.

2005  Peter A. Luongo ’65 It’s not just about winning Retired president and CEO of The Berry Co., the nation’s largest Yellow Pages advertising sales agency, Luongo is author of 10 Truths About Leadership and former executive director of UD’s Center for Leadership.

2006  Eileen Dolan ’79 Kinder chemo “A patient’s genetics sheds light on po-tential targets for new drugs to prevent or treat these devastating toxicities.” — Dolan, professor of medicine at University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center, on identifying hereditary predisposition for toxic side effects of chemotherapy

2007  David C. Phillips ’62 Eliminating poverty In 1996, Phillips founded Cincinnati Works with his wife, Liane. Cincinnati Works helps residents find jobs through a comprehensive program that includes assistance with child care, transportation, work clothes, and mental and physical health care for the entire family, as well as assistance with any other barriers to employment.

2008  John F. McHale ’78 The next innovation McHale sold his first business to Compaq and his second to Cisco Systems, part of his pattern for doing business: Invent cutting-edge technology, develop the business, sell it to a company that can expand the product market and reinvest to begin again. He also helped found Genesis Inventions to provide investment and funding services to other inventors.

2009  Gordon Roberts ’74 Moral obligation The Medal of Honor citation for Roberts praises his “gallant and selfless actions … in keeping with the highest traditions of the service.” In Vietnam in 1969, that meant extraordinary heroism that saved fellow soldiers pinned down on a hillside. At Walter Reed Army Medical Center in 2009, it meant commanding 2,500 caregivers. He retired as a colonel in 2012 after 44 years of Army service.

2010  Richard P. Davis ’72 Financial entrepreneur In 1984, Davis co-founded Flagship Financial, which grew to manage $5.4 billion in assets for more than 100,000 investors by 1996. His gifts to UD provide students with hands-on investment education through the Davis Center for Portfolio Management in the School of Business Administration.

2011  Michele Mariscalco ’77 In care of others A recipient of the 2010 Barry A. Shapiro Memorial Award for Excellence in Critical Care Management, Dr. Mariscalco has dedicated herself to integrating research and scholarship with quality patient care and education. Grants she received from the National Institutes of Health have supported research training in pediatric critical care medicine to train the next generation of physician-scientists. After previous appointments at the schools of medicine for Baylor College and University of Kansas in Wichita, Mariscalco is regional dean of the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Urbana.

2012  Ricardo Bressani ’48 Food for thought As a researcher in nutrition and food sciences, Bressani’s life was devoted to improving health outcomes for children in his native Guatemala. His research into plant-based proteins, cooking methods to maximize nutrition and the benefits of ancestral diets, and his invention of nutrition-fortified foods, continue to nourish children around the world.

2013  David J. Bradley ’71 Inventor of ctrl-alt-del “One of my favorite time-wasters is taking a PC apart to make it run faster or better.” — Bradley, who holds 10 patents related to computer design and was one of the original 12 engineers who began work on the IBM personal computer in 1980

2014  Sean P. Donahue ’84 Vision for a better future Dr. Donahue’s research helps find new technologies that detect eye problems in preliterate children. Through his work with the Lions Club International Foundation Pediatric Cataract Initiative, he has traveled the globe to train doctors in the recognition, prevention and treatment of cataracts. He is a professor of ophthalmology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

2015  Katherine A. Schipper ’71 Financial record One of the world’s renowned accounting educators, Schipper has served as editor of the Journal of Accounting Research and as a member of the Financial Accounting Standards Board. Inducted into the international Accounting Hall of Fame in 2007, Schipper holds an endowed professorship at the Duke University Fuqua School of Business.

2016  Fred C. Tenover ’76 Faith & science   “My Catholic faith is fundamental to my science. I see the two as interconnected — the integration of faith and science makes sense to me.” — Tenover, former director of the office of antimicrobial resistance for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

2017  Joseph R. Desch ’29 Codebreaker An electrical engineer and inventor, Desch served the country during World War II by developing an electro-mechanical code-breaking machine. Dubbed the Bombe, it was responsible for the destruction of up to 54 German U-boats, based on some historian accounts. Of 121 Bombes built, only one machine remains intact, housed in the NSA Cryptologic Museum in Fort Meade, Maryland. Desch received the Medal of Merit from President Harry S. Truman July 16, 1947.