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Author: Notre Dame Magazine staff

Tim Feeney ’92 appeared on Fox News Channel escorting one of the Washington, D.C.-area sniper suspects after the suspect’s arrest last October. Feeney is a special agent for the FBI in Maryland. . . . Joseph Rutledge ’01, ’02M.S. won the Elijah Watts Sells Gold Award for attaining the highest score in the nation on last year’s Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination. The test is given to more than 120,000 people each year. . . . In the wake of its accounting scandal WorldCom Inc. has formed an ethics office staffed by three veteran company employees, including lawyer Brian Levey ’84. . . . Robert J. Ott ’83 was named vice president, corporate audit, at another company tarnished by financial scandal, Tyco International Ltd. . . . Jim Nelson ’85 was named editor-in-chief of GQ, the 800,000-circulation monthly men’s magazine. He had been executive editor. . . . The Huntsville Times profiled Sonnie Hereford IV ’79, who personally ended school segregation in Alabama in 1963 when, at age 6, he peacefully entered first grade at Fifth Avenue School, an all-white public school in Huntsville. The article was occasioned by the demolition of the school building, which had earlier been converted into a medical clinic. . . . Football great George Connor ’48, a two-time consensus All-American tackle and winner of the 1946 Outland Trophy as the nation’s top interior lineman, died March 31 at age 78. Connor was inducted into both the college and professional football halls of fame. . . . Former Irish quarterback Joe Theismann ’71 will be inducted into the college football hall of fame this December. Theismann becomes the 40th Notre Dame player and eighth Irish quarterback to enter the hall since inductions began in 1951. . . . Ryan Shay ’02 won the USA Men’s Marathon Championship held in Birmingham, Alabama, in February and qualified for the World Championships in Paris in August. His time of 2:14:29 was a personal best. . . . CBS sportscaster Don Criqui ’62 won the 2003 Pete Rozelle Television and Radio Award from the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The award recognizes “longtime exceptional contributions” to pro football broadcasting. . . . Bernard Lechowick ’69 and wife Lynn Latham are co-creators and executive producers of Wild Card, a new one-hour dramatic series scheduled to premiere on the Lifetime channel August 2. One of the show’s writers is Linda Gase ’86. The show is about a Vegas blackjack dealer (Joely Fisher; Normal, Ohio; Inspector Gadget) who returns home to Chicago after her sister is killed in an auto accident. She assumes custody of her orphaned nieces and nephew and becomes an insurance-fraud investigator. . . . The magazine Intellectual Property Today listed a damage award won last year by Chicago attorney Timothy J. Malloy ’66, ’69J.D. on behalf of a client as one of the top 10 intellectual property damage awards of all time. Malloy won $166 million for Advanced Cardiovascular Systems Inc. in a suit against Medtronic Inc. The case dealt with a patent for an invention related to angioplasty and stent placement. . . . Shawn Hoban ’88 was selected by the Puget Sound Business Journal as one of the region’s Top 40 Under 40, a designation honoring the area’s top 40 executives under the age of 40. Hoban is president of Coast Real Estate Services Inc., a property management and investment company. . . . Elizabeth K. Hinchey ’93, an EPA research ecologist, lived underwater for 10 days last fall in Aquarius, the world’s only underwater research habitat, as part of a team investigating coral bleaching. Earlier this year she received the 2003 Thatcher Prize for Excellence in Graduate and Professional Study from the College of William and Mary, where she earned her Ph.D. in marine science. . . . Ann E. Merchlewitz ’83J.D., vice president and general counsel at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, became the first woman elected to the board of directors of Merchants Bank in the Winona, Minnesota, bank’s 126-year history. . . .* Kari Kloos ‘98M.Th.* was appointed to the theology faculty of Valparaiso University in Indiana as a fellow in the Lilly Fellows in the Humanities and the Arts program. During a two-year residency, each fellow teaches seven courses, participates in a weekly colloquium on Christianity and the academic vocation, and conducts research, among other activities. . . . Joseph P. Kinneary ’28, who was the oldest active federal judge when he retired three years ago at age 95, died in February at 98. He served 35 years on the federal bench in Columbus and Cincinnati. . . . Alex J. Cameron ’59, ’73Ph.D., who for millions of Americans was the voice and face of the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee, died in February at age 65. . . . Kevin W. Luby ’84J.D. ran unsuccessfully for a judgeship on the Washington County (Oregon) Circuit Court. . . . William H. Sorrell ’70, attorney general of Vermont, was named treasurer of the board of directors of the American Legacy Foundation, an anti-tobacco public health foundation. . . . Margaret M. Foran ’76, ’79J.D., vice president of corporate governance and secretary of Pfizer Inc., was elected to the board of directors of the giant pharmaceutical company. . . . The South Bend Tribune told about how Chris Martin ’03 lived in a South Bend fire station his senior year for free in return for working 10, 12-hour shifts a month at the station. . . . Melinda Henneberger ’80 joined Newsweek as a contributing editor. She will write political profiles and work in the Washington office. . . . Felipe Merino ’01J.D. has established the Community Advocacy Center of Los Angeles County, California, to train community advocates to provide assistance with housing, social security benefits and many other issues. . . . Brian Wenzel ’89, ’91MBA is marketing communications manager and Jim Melvin ’83 is director of marketing for Unison Industries, winner of the Marketing Team of the Year award from_ Sales & Marketing Management_ magazine. The award honored their introduction of a new general-aviation spark plug with an ad campaign featuring “Autolite Annie,” a buxom blonde character patterned after the nose art on World War II aircraft. . . . Ruben C. Berumen ’79 was appointed president and CEO of power controls within General Electric’s industrial systems division. He had been president and CEO of GE’s medical systems division and general manager of global vascular and X-ray. . . . Army Reserve Major General Michael Dunlavey ’67, normally a judge in Erie County, Pennsylvania, was put on active service shortly after the September 11 terrorist attacks. Last fall he returned to the National Security Agency as assistant to the director after a tour as commanding officer dealing with terror suspects at the prison compound at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba. . . . Robert H. Kurnick Jr. ’86J.D. was named president and trustee of Penske Corporation, a diversified transportation firm headed by race-car legend Roger Penske. . . . The Supreme Court let stand a lower court’s ruling that allowed Potomac Electric Power Company, represented by Jim Gillece ’69J.D., to use the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act to sue an electric motor company over faulty repairs. . . . Dale S. Recinella ’77J.D., lay Catholic chaplain for Florida’s Death Row and Long-Term Solitary Confinement prisoners, presented the lecture “A Critical Analysis of the American Death Penalty Based Upon the Jurisprudence of the Ancient Hebrews Under Torah and Talmud” in Rome, Verona and Turin, Italy, and in a live radio broadcast on Vatican Radio’s worldwide English-language program. . . . Bill Boss ’44, a senior manager of the football team under Frank Leahy, was elected to the Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame, joining such luminaries as Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell. As an employee of RCA in the late 1940s and throughout the 1950s, he helped introduce black-and-white and later color television to America. He became known as “Mr. Color Television” within the industry.

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