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Class Notes, Volume 3

All NJDS alumni are invited to share their professional or personal achievements with the Beacon. Please print legibly or type the information and include your daytime phone number. Mail your Class Notes to: UMDNJ-New Jersey Dental School, Office of Alumni Affairs, 110 Bergen Street, Newark, New Jersey 07103-2425.

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'60, '70, '80, '90, In Memorium


George Cornett, '60 retired from general practice and is enjoying golf and traveling.

Joseph Skribner, '62 retired in July 1994. "Denise and I are heavily involved in town activities and traveling to Aruba, England, and nearly all the states."

Robert Macchia, '63 writes,"In September 1997, my wife and I went to Ireland with Ed Taylor, Chuck Caruso, Bob Sulzbach, Paul Shepard, and Ron Mancuso (all from the Class of '63) and their wives. We had a great time!"

Steve Bangs, '67 reports that his son, Ray Bangs, made honors in his junior year at New York University Dental School.

Arthur Crosta, '67 announces the birth of his first grandchild, Alexandra Kate McDonald, born June 1, 1998, to his daughter Lisa.

Dennis Leonard, '67 retired from general practice in May 1997.

David Seldin, '67 has been elected director for the Department of Dentistry at Newark Beth Israel Hospital.

Dennis Christensen, '68 writes that his son, David ('97), has completed a General Practice Residency at Hackensack University Medical Center.

Ira Zohn, '69 presented a table clinic at the state meeting in Atlantic City in June 1997 on "Endodontic Applications of Guided Tissue Regeneration." He also presented this clinic at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, N.J., and at Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune, N.J.


John Ricciani, '70 was recently appointed clinical assistant professor of General and Hospital Dentistry at NJDS. He was also elected vice-regent, District IV International College of Dentists.

Donald Gardner, '71 reports that Robin is with Interstate Hotels as human resources director at Marriott Grand in Moscow.

John Mercantini, M'72 writes that his son, Jonathan, had an article published in the Fall 1997 issue of Atlanta History.

John Graeber, D'72 had an article, "New Age Operative Dentistry: Air Abrasion", published in the June 1998 issue of Contemporary Esthetics and Restorative Dentistry. He teaches seminars in laser and air abrasion dentistry and represents his component on the NJDA Board of Trustees. He is also a member of the Alumni Executive Board.

Maurice Hill, Jr., D'72 was selected to the rank of Rear Admiral (Lower Half) Dental Corps, U.S. Naval Reserve in July. There are only two Rear Admirals on active reserve in the Naval Reserve Dental Corps. The Reserve Dental Corps is composed of more than 350 reserve dental officers and more than 650 dental technicians who drill in an active status.

Frank Bogdan, '73 writes that his son, Mark, is attending dental school at the University of Maryland. He is a graduate of Fairfield University in Connecticut.

Joseph Donato, '73 received a fellowship in the American College of Dentists in 1997. At the American Dental Association Annual Meeting, he will serve as vice president of the Pennsylvania Dental Association for 1998-99.

Bruce Small, '73 received his American General Dentistry Mastership and his fellowship in the American College of Dentists, both in 1997.

Bruce Roland, '73 is now associated with Dr. Sarah Kovaks Katz ('94). His oldest son, Brian, attends the Culinary Institute of America, and his youngest son, Scott (age 15), has a golf handicap of 14 and hopes to be a PGA professional.

Thomas Rossi, '73 is Secretary of the Fauchard Dental Society, 1997-98.

Eileen Simmons-Shamrell, '73 retired in July after 20 years of service in the U.S. Air Force.

John Murray, '74 completed the 1997 Philadelphia Marathon in a time of 3 hours and 45 minutes. This was his ninth marathon since 1990.

Joseph Buttacavoli, '75 was re-elected as president of the North Eastern District of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry and elected to a two-year term on the board of trustees, the Academy's governing body. He has practiced in Brick, N.J., since 1975 and been involved with implant dentistry for the past 16 years.

Robert Wong, '77 donated his dental services in the Dominican Republic with Heal the Children for the third consecutive year.

Yosh Jefferson, '78 and his wife, Millie, have a 19-year-old son, Duane, and a 9-year-old daughter, Kelsey

Charles Krowicki, '78 finished the Marine Corps Marathon on Oct. 26, 1997, with a personal best time of 3:28:00.

Robert Leonotti, '78 has served as the director of dental services for New Jersey's Department of Human Services since 1993. He was recently named to the board of directors for the Academy of Dentistry for Persons with Disabilities.

Philip Geron, '79 was recently awarded the Diplomate, American Academy of Pain Management and the Diplomate, American Academy of Medical and Forensic Examiners.


Charles Baker, '81 has been in the partnership Ortenberg, Jablow and Baker since 1989. He and his wife, Germaine, have three children: Sarah, 8, Michael, 6, and Perri, 2.

John Carollo, '82 writes that he and his wife, Maggie, "joyfully announce the adoption of Michelle Marie, born February 15, 1998, and placed in our loving arms on February 18, 1998."

George Correa, '82 reports that his daughter, Kimberly, has been accepted at the New Jersey Medical School.

James Bancroft, '85 is an orthodontist and president of Total Gard® Corporation, an orthodontic sports mouthguard company.

Stephen DeMarco, '85 has been appointed chief of Dentistry and Oral Surgery and director, General Practice Residency, at St. Peter's Hospital in Albany, N.Y.

Peter DeSciscio, '85 has been appointed as a consultant to the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. In addition to serving as director of the Dental General Practice Residency Program at John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Edison, N.J., he has two private practices: one in Perth Amboy, N.J., and the other in South Plainfield, N.J. His associate for both offices is Vivian Rivilo ('94).

Glenn MacFarlane, '85 is president of the New Jersey Chapter of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Carlos Moglianesi, '85 spoke in Madrid and in the Canary Islands last May upon invitation by the Society of Implant Dentistry of Spain. Dr. Moglianesi is a diplomat of the American Board of Prosthodontics. He has had the opportunity to lecture abroad on numerous occasions. He is affiliated with NJDS and UCLA School of Dentistry as an assistant clinical professor in the Prosthodontics Department, and is currently a consultant at Lyons Veterans Administration Medical Center. He maintains a private practice in prosthodontics and restorative dentistry at 1806 Springfield Avenue, New Providence, N.J.


Cliff Rigby, '85 writes, "I recently competed in the Ironman Triathlon at KailuaKona, Hawaii. Team Rigby was eight members strong and was there to see me finish."

Dora Vilk-Shapiro, '86 was selected as "Outstanding Mother of 1998" by the Healthy Mothers/ Healthy Babies Coalition of Broward County, Inc. The awards luncheon was held in May in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. She teaches dental hygiene one day a week at Broward Community College and is secretary for the National Association of Women Business Owners, Ft. Lauderdale Chapter. She is also busy with Jordan being a "soccer mom."

Glen Goldstein, '87 has opened a second office in Randolph, N.J. He has two sons, Zachary, 4, and Gregory, 2.

Roseanne Kabana-Harrington, '88 opened a new practice in Wheaton, Ill., in late December 1997. It is a group practice with specialty-diverse treatment. Her office is affiliated with Central Dupage Hospital, of which she became a staff member in June 1997.

Efterpi Zantopoulos, '88 now uses her spouse's last name, Deegan, and practices part-time with Dr. Michael Tabor. "I have three babies and moved to Tennessee."

Philip Echo, '89 passed the oral and maxillofacial surgery specialty boards.

William Ranucci, '89 became a board-certified oral surgeon in April 1997 and a certified CPR instructor in December 1997. He passed the oral and maxillofacial surgery specialty boards.

Christopher Smith, '89 and his wife, Maureen, have been living in Collingswood for eight years. They have three children: Michael, 9, Margaret, 5, and Katherine, 1.


Robert Boff, '90 is pleased to announce the addition of Banafsheh Goujani, '98, to his practice in Ramsey, N.J.

Michele DiMaira, '90 is married to Louis DiPede,'90. Both completed specialty programs in Los Angeles, Michele in periodontics and Louis in prosthodontics. Michele recently became partner in the office of Arron Saffer in Parsippany, N.J. Lou practices in Manhattan.

John Midlige, '90 has an office in Mountain Lakes, N.J. He has a 2 1/2-year-old daughter, Megan, and a 1-year-old son, Kyle.

Hoda Aboyoussef, '91 received a grant of $20,000 from Nobel Biocare for collaborative research studies. She is an assistant professor of clinical Prosthodontics and Biomaterials and the Prosthodontics Post Graduate delegate to the Dental Alumni Association Executive Committee.

Kathleen Arzinger, '91 She and her husband, John Taltavall, '92, welcomed a son, John IV, on Feb. 27. They also have a 2-year-old daughter, Katrina.

Paul Dionne, '91 has a son, Christopher, born April 18, 1997.

Thomas Scorziello, '91 completed a specialty program in periodontics in July 1997. He works in private practice and teaches part-time at NJDS as a clinical assistant professor in periodontics.

Nina Lehrhaupt, '92 was awarded Diplomat status by the American Board of Periodontology at its May meeting. She is in private practice in Edison, N.J., and is a clinical assistant professor of Periodontics at NJDS; JFK Hospital in Edison; and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick.

Michael McCartney, Jr., '92 purchased a practice, Adel Dental Associates, in Adel, Ga., last January. He also participated in National Children's Dental Health Month and received press and television coverage.

Mario Ramos, '92 opened a new office last May at 6 Prospect Street, Midland Park, N.J. 07432, with classmate Carmine Russo, an orthodontist and part-time faculty member at NJDS.

Kurt Halum, '93 is an associate of the University of Chicago.

Diane Jonas-Fiet, '93 recently opened a private practice in Tenafly, N.J.

Gregory Klein, '93is in his fifth year with the Navy and is stationed at Quantico Marine Corps Development and Training Command, Virginia. He married Linda in October 1996; they live in Virginia.

Paul Lawyer, '93 is chairman of the Council on Dental Benefits for Southern Dental Society and is a Waterford Township school dentist.

Devang Modi, '94 writes that he is "happily married to Tina"; the couple has a 19-month-old son, Viraj. He is in private practice in Jersey City and Bayonne and a dental director at Horizon Health Center. "Best wishes to everyone in the Class of 1994."

Salvatore Carcara, '95 completed an orthodontic residency program at the State University of New York at Buffalo in July. He has joined a private orthodontic practice in Saddle Brook, N.J.

Naipat Jain, '95 recently opened a new dental office in Dumont, N.J.

Edmund Kotula, '95 opened a private practice in May 1997 and got married in July 1996.

Joseph Oleske, '95 and his wife Gina welcomed their first child, Jessica Nicole, on Oct. 2, 1997. He writes,"We bought a house in Lakehurst and purchased the building my office is in. Aloha, alumni!"

Mary Richmond, '95 is in her third year at UMDNJ specializing in orthodontics. She married Fredrick Richmond in August 1995.

Daniel Boden, '96 His daughter, Sarah Noelle, was born on Jan. 7, 1998.

Daniel Fiet, '96 was recently appointed clinical assistant professor in Prosthodontics and Biomaterials at NJDS. He opened a private practice in Tenafly, N.J.

Kathleen Meehan, '96 is a third-year resident in the periodontics program at the Medical College of Georgia. She is also pursuing a master's of science degree in oral biology. She passed the Southeast regional boards.

William Howland, '97 was selected as chief resident of Brigham and Women's Dental Program through Harvard School of Dental Medicine.

Joanne Rivera, '97 completed a one-year General Practice Residency at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Paterson, N.J.


In Memorium:

Dr. Arthur King, a member of the charter class of 1960, died on May 13 after a long illness with kidney cancer. He is survived by his wife, Diane; four children, Steven, Susan, Dr. Michael King, Mrs. Linda King-Carboni; and two grandchildren, Jared and Aryanah. Mrs. King's address is:

Mrs. Diane King
39 Moose Hill Street
Sharon, MA 0267-1701