Alumni CLASnotes Summer 2004

Alumni Notes

Updates from CLASmates

Keep in Touch with CLAS
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Send your update to: Editor, PO Box 117300, Gainesville FL 32611. Please include your degree (BA, MA, PhD, etc.), major/minor, graduation date and e-mail address if you have one. Photos are welcome too!

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We look forward to hearing from you.

Walter L. Furman
(MS, Physics; PhD, Mathematics, 1961) taught physics and mathematics for 30 years at Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama before going into the full-time ministry as a Catholic priest. After 24 years of parish work,
Reverend Furman has retired to the Jesuit retirement infirmary in New Orleans.

Julian C. Bridges
(BA, English, Mathematics and Psychology) retired in May 2004 after spending 31 years as a sociology professor at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas. He earned five degrees over a 21-year period, including an MA and PhD in sociology from UF in 1969 and 1973 and a doctor of theology degree from the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1961. He is the former pastor of the First Baptist Church of Dallas.

Howard J. Wiarda
(MA, Political Science; PhD, Political Science, 1965) recently left the University of Massachusetts after 38 years as a political science professor to assume the position of head of the newly created Department of International Affairs at the University of Georgia. His wife, I'da Siqueira Wiarda, who also earned an MA and PhD in political science from UF in 1962 and 1968, has left her position at the Library of Congress to work half-time at UGA.

Paul E. Riley
(PhD, English) retired as an associate professor of humanities in 1993 at the University of Central Florida, after serving on the faculty for 35 years.

Ernest J. Lunsford
(PhD, Spanish) has co-authored a textbook for third- and fourth-year students of Spanish entitled En otras palabras: Perfeccionamiento del español por medio de la traducciŪn. It was published in August 2003 by Georgetown University Press.

Stephen Markel
(BA, Asian Studies) holds a PhD in Indian art history and museum practice from the University of Michigan. A specialist in South Asian sculpture and decorative art, he is the curator and department head of South and Southeast Asian Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, where he has worked since 1983.

Charles W. McBurney, Jr.
(BA, Political Science) earned a law degree from UF in 1982 and has practiced law in Jacksonville for 21 years. He recently formed his own firm, Law Office of Charles W. McBurney, Jr., specializing in business law, commercial litigation and collections, creditors' rights and bankruptcy.

Blake R. Nestok, MD
(BS, Chemistry) has been admitted to the master of science degree program at Harvard University's School of Public Health. He is a certified physician executive through the American College of Physician Executives, a partner with Greater Cincinnati Pathologists, Inc., and serves as medical director of Alliance Cytopathology Service in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Warren Thompson
(BA, Religion) has completed nine years of service as an interfaith chaplain with Hospice of Marion County. He resides in Ocala, Florida with his wife Carole and daughters Brooke and Brianna.

Jeffrey Brickman
(BA, English) received a law degree from UF in 1986. Most recently, he served as an assistant US attorney for the northern district of Georgia until Governor Sonny Perdue appointed him district attorney of DeKalb County in February 2004.

Tad A. Yates
(BA, Criminal Justice) received a law degree from UF in 1994 and practices at Kirkconnell, Lindsey, Snure & Yates, P.A. in Winter Park, Florida. He was recently awarded the Lawrence G. Mathews, Jr. Young Lawyer Professionalism Award by the Orange County Bar Association, which also elected him to its executive council.

Margaret Ioannides
(BA, Political Science) is proud to announce the opening of her own law office in Austin, Texas, specializing in immigration and international law. She has worked in this field since earning her joint degree in law and foreign service from Georgetown University in 1996. Ioannides writes frequently on employment-based immigration topics and regularly speaks before professional and community groups.

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