Alumni CLASnotes Spring 2003

Alumni Notes

Ed KissamPsychology Graduate Establishes Trust Fund for Student Scholarships
When Ed Kissam was an undergraduate at UF in the late 1940s, he enjoyed nature and watching the birds around Lake Alice. His bird-watching hobby is what Kissam attributes to helping him gain acceptance into medical school at Wake Forest University in the mid-1950s. "When I interviewed with one of the administrators up there, he asked me about my hobbies, and I told him I enjoyed bird watching. He also enjoyed this, and we spent about half an hour talking about birds, so I like to say that birds helped get me into medical school."

Kissam, who earned his bachelor's degree in psychology in 1949, has recently set up a charitable remainder unitrust for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. His donation could fund up to $88,000 for student scholarships and other college resources. "I've always thought you should work in a field you enjoy. I would have paid to do what I've done because I've loved it so much, so I've decided to give back and encourage today's generation to do the same."

Kissam completed medical school at Wake Forest in 1955. After specializing in general surgery and orthopedics and working in Augusta and Atlanta, Georgia, he came back to Gainesville and opened a private practice in 1960. "In addition to seeing my own patients, UF football coach Ray Graves asked me to look after the football players. I would travel with the team, assess the players' injuries and operate if necessary."

Kissam retired in 1983 but did not slow down. "One week after I retired, I was on my sailboat sailing to Bermuda." He decided to sell his boat in 1995 when he turned 70. He now lives in his St. Augustine beach house and is the proud father of five children, three of whom graduated from UF, and nine grandchildren. "The kids keep me busy. They make me feel as young as ever!"

--Allyson A. Beutke

Maturo Endowment
Zoology Professor Frank Maturo (Doc) has touched many lives during his 44 years at UF. He is retiring this year, and to honor Doc's decades of service to UF as a professor and as an advisor to the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, the Frank Maturo Excellence Fund has been established. Your support is necessary to successfully complete this endeavor. A 50 percent match from the state of Florida can be applied for if the endowment reaches its goal of at least $100,000.

This endowment will provide critical support to the zoology department through graduate fellowships and undergraduate scholarships. For information on how to contribute, please contact Krista Mitchell Cornell in the CLAS Development Office at (352) 392-5421.

His Eminence Metropolitan NikitasDistinguished Humanitarian Award
The Center for Greek Studies presented a Distinguished Humanitarian Award to UF alumnus His Eminence Metropolitan Nikitas, who is the bishop of Hong Kong and Southeast Asia, on January 10. He received the award for bringing a variety of philanthropic causes to Southeast Asia. His Eminence has consecrated several new Orthodox Christian churches in Asia. He earned a BA degree in religion in 1976 and a Master of Divinity from the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in 1980. Pictured left to right: Cookie Kallares, Rev. Nicholas Graff, His Eminence Metropolitan Nikitas, His Eminence's mother, Kalliope Lulias, and US Navy Vice Admiral Michael Kallares.

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Video Memories
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Grand Guard
Class of 1953...Your 50th Reunion is right around the corner!

Grand Guard Reunion weekend is scheduled for October 2-4, 2003. For more information, please visit, e-mail or call 1-888-352-5866.

Updates from CLASmates

J. Wanzer Drane (MS, Mathematics) has been selected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Health Behavior. The academy is a society of distinguished researchers and scholars in the areas of health behavior, health education and health promotion. Drane is a professor of biostatistics at the University of South Carolina.

Joseph Marinelli (BS, Psychology) has been appointed president of the Association of Educational Service Agencies, a national organization with a mission to strengthen and support educational service agencies. Marinelli is a district superintendent of schools covering New York counties Ontario, Seneca, Wayne and Yates. He is also the CEO of the Wayne-Finger Lakes Board of Cooperative Educational Services in Newark, New York.

Dr. Richard A. Levine (BS, Zoology) has worked for the past 17 years in a private practice at General and Preventative Internal Medicine in Boca Raton. He also serves as a clinical faculty member for Florida Atlantic University's affiliate medical school.

Steven B. Bass (BA, Political Science) practices law in Miami-Dade County. He and his wife Lisa, who also graduated from UF in 1985 with a degree in business, celebrated the recent birth of their son Ethan Taylor.

John D. Riley (BS, Zoology) and his wife Theresa Treep have opened their own home practice, Hoosier Housecalls, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Riley cares for about 500 adult patients and 75 percent of his work is in geriatrics. Treep, a pediatrician, has about 150 patients. The shared home business allows the couple to spend more time with their sons Danny, 3, and Timmy, 5.

Larry Nash White (BS, History) finished his PhD in information studies at Florida State University in April 2002. He founded Organization Doctors, a knowledge management consulting firm based in Tallahassee, and now serves as executive director of the public library system in Washington County, Ohio.

Kelly J. McKibben (BS, Psychology) was recently promoted to deputy chief legal counsel for the Florida Department of Children and Families in Orlando. She is responsible for providing legal representation in adult abuse cases, disciplinary issues and administrative hearings in four Florida counties. She also manages Child Welfare Legal Services in Brevard County. McKibben has been with the agency since graduating from the Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Alabama in 1994.

James Allen Bull (BS, Statistics) was recently designated Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA) status after passing a series of eight exams. FSA status is recognized as the most demanding and prestigious designation available in the insurance and financial security industry. Bull works in annuity product development at American National Insurance Company in Galveston, Texas.

Edward Tombari (BA, Geography) works in regulatory affairs for the National Association of Home Builders in Washington, DC. He received a master's degree in urban planning from the University of Michigan in 1994 and spent eight years in municipal planning in Florida before moving to DC.

Rachel Armel Gebaide (BA, Political Science) is an attorney with Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor and Reed in Orlando. She and her husband Robert H. Gebaide, who also graduated from UF in 1994 with a degree in finance, welcomed the birth of their son, Jordan David, on October 7, 2002.

Thy Nguyen (BA, political science) has been accepted into Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies where she will pursue an MA degree. She has received a fellowship and will begin her studies at the university's Washington, DC campus during the Fall 2003 semester.

Simone Williams

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