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Spring 2017

Mary Ann Penney                   Macy's Balloons

Gold and blue in the Big Apple

Mary Ann Penney, BS ’96, New York City, was an All-American cheerleader for WVU while studying nutrition and food science. Her Mountaineer spirit floated north with her to The City That Never Sleeps as she organized a group of 60 WVU fans at her apartment to release 100 gold-and-blue balloons when the WVU Marching Band waltzed by in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. She is married to Shirl Penney. They have two daughters, Ann Clare and Townsend. 
San Fran

Welcome, San Francisco 

WVU’s newest alumni chapter is in San Francisco. If you would like to get involved in the chapter, contact Katherine Mason at Want to form a chapter in your city? Contact Kevin Berry at or call the Alumni Association at 304-293-4731.


New Adventures 

Now you can spend time with your fellow Mountaineers during the summer as Mountaineer Camps kick off at Snowshoe Mountain. The West Virginia ski resort and the WVU Alumni Association have partnered to create two camps, the Mountaineer Family Camp (offered July 2–9 and Aug. 6–13), which includes fun activities for kids and adults, and Mountaineer Adventure Camp (July 13–16) for those 21 and older. Both camps are inclusive packages that include lodging, meals and opportunities to hike, mountain bike, paddle board, go off-roading, shoot sporting clays and so much more. The family camps also include rallies with the Mountaineer Mascot and performances by WVU music ensembles. The camp is open to graduates, and Alumni Association members receive a special discount. Come on back home and join us! Go online to learn more:


James Ascough, PhD, West Lafayette, Ind., has co-authored “Promoting Emotional Resilience: Cognitive-Affective Stress Management Training,” which presents a coping skills program that helps clients regulate affective responses in stressful situations.


Larry Augustine, MA, Selinsgrove, Pa., has retired as professor and head of the Department of Communications at Susquehanna University. While there, he directed and produced 35 musical theatre plays. 


James Cottrell, MD, is distinguished service professor and chair of anesthesiology and the Garry S. and Sarah Sklar professor in anesthesiology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. He was honored with a 2016 Leadership Award at the 22nd annual Black Tie and Sneakers Gala of the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health.

Gay Partington, BA, New York City, has authored a book about growing up in northern Appalachia titled “Life, Death and Beyond Smiggle’s Bottom.”


Martha Smith, BSJ, Rhode Island, published her third book, “Me and Mr. Zane Grey,” a true story about her rescue of an elderly, abused donkey. 


Vicki Limbers Moore, BS, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is now a professional dancer on the Miami Heat Golden Oldies senior dance team. She had spent 32 years as a speech/language pathologist. 


Patricia Ambrose Rubright, BS, Cleveland, Ohio, has joined the law firm of Mazanec, Raskin & Ryder Co., LPA in its Cleveland office. Rubright recently served as law director for the City of Akron, Ohio.



Bernadette M. Melnyk, BS, Columbus, Ohio, was recommended for a promotion from associate vice president for health promotion to vice president for health promotion at the Ohio State University. She was inducted into the WVU Academy of Distinguished Alumni in 2014. 


Laurie Duraney, MS, Waunakee, Wis., recently retired from the Ho-Chunk Nation Division of Behavioral Health, where she served as a Behavioral Health Clinician II at the Hocira Wanaisguni (House of Wellness), Baraboo, Wis.

Renee White, BA, Bowling Green, Ohio, is an assistant professor at Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College who was named as a fellow with the American Association of Professional Coders.


Allen H. Loughry II, BS, Charleston, W.Va., became chief justice of the West Virginia Supreme Court in January 2017. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from WVU and also obtained four law degrees from various academic institutions. He and his wife, Kelly, have one son, Justus. 


Kristina Hash, MSW, Morgantown, W.Va., professor of social work and director of the Gerontology Certificate Program at WVU, received the PhD Alumni Making a Difference Award from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work.


Christine Snyder, BA, Cleveland, Ohio, has been promoted to counsel at Tucker Ellis LLP. She defends employers in litigation matters including wage and hour class actions and discrimination, harassment, retaliation, FMLA, wrongful discharge and ERISA disputes. 


Nancy Swing, BS, Pacific Grove, Calif., has published a mystery “Malice on the Mekong,” set in Laos in the 1990s, when she and her husband lived and worked there.


Jason Timmerman, MS, Arlington, Va., has been promoted to director of Environmental, Health & Safety for Skanska USA Commercial Development.


B. David Ridpath, EdD, The Plains, Ohio, was named the top Ohio University Faculty Newsmaker for 2015–16 with 1,203 media placements in national and international media outlets. Ridpath is associate professor and Kahandas Nandola Professor of Sports Business. 


Phillip T. Glyptis, JD, Pittsburgh, Pa., joined Burns White LLC’s Wheeling, W.Va. office as a partner. His practice is focused on energy, professional liability and employment-related litigation. 


Douglas Taylor, BA, North Las Vegas, Nev., earned his master’s degree in Leadership in Education Administration from Capella University. 


U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Simon Wildman, BA ’08, performed at the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump on Jan. 20, 2017, as a member of “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band. Wildman, a tuba player, regularly performs with the Marine Band and Marine Chamber Orchestra at the White House, in the Washington, D.C. area and across the country during the band’s annual concert tour. 


David Dobson, JD, Charleston, W.Va., has been practicing law, specializing in civil litigation and personal injury cases, at Johnstone & Gabhart, LLP, in Charleston, since 2012.

Katrice Logan, BS, Baltimore, Md. is the lead teacher in a toddler room at a child learning center in the Baltimore area.  


Laura Keidel, BA ’07, will marry Patrick Dillon, of Charlotte, N.C., on July 22, 2017. The couple met at an alumni gathering during a WVU football game. 


Oaklee Mae to Jessica Polaski, BS ’13, and her husband, Green River, Wyo. 

Brent Meixsell, BA ’06, and his wife, Amanda, MOT ’07, York, Pa., expect a son in April 2017. 


Christopher Apesos, BS ’52, Towson, Md., Aug. 23, 2016.

Herbert S. Boreman Jr., BS ’56, JD ’63, Pittsford, N.Y., Jan. 2, 2017.

Anna-Hughes Carone, MA ’61, Indiana, Pa., July 30, 2016. 

G. Richard “Dick” Childs, PhD ’50, Forest Hill, Md., June 4, 2016. 

Nancy E. Elkins, EdD ’79, Flat Top Lake, Mich., Nov. 3, 2015. 

Richard E. “Dick” Ford, Sr., BS ’51, LLB ’54, Lewisburg, W.Va., Dec. 5, 2016.

Judith Ellen Thompson Gladtzel, BS ’64, Severna Park, Md., Jan. 29, 2016. 

David Lawrence Hardin, BS ’68, Columbia, Md., Oct. 1, 2015. 

Kenneth R. “Ken” Hollen, BS ’39, Keyser, W.Va., Jan. 10, 2017. 

LaVerne Frances Wellens Marshall, MA ’83, Watkinsville, Ga., Sept. 5, 2016.

Michael R. McCann, DDS ’61, Aiken, S.C., June 24, 2016. 

Wayne Muth, professor emeritus of computer science, Charlotte, N.C., Oct. 6, 2016. 

Irene Carte Pickens, BSBA ’54, Sewickley, Pa., Nov. 23, 2016. 

George Andrew Preikszaitis, BS ’70, Marmora, N.J., Nov. 13, 2016. 

Bennie Scarton Jr., BS ’59, Manassas, Va., Jan. 1, 2017.

William Shumate, BS ’54, Englewood, Fla., Oct. 18, 2016. 

Lewis Nicholas Stevens, BS ’70, Rockville, Md., June 21, 2015.

Charles Ray Stockfisch, MS ’70, Maryville, Tenn., Sept. 9, 2016. 

Margaret George Tabler, MS ’53, Martinsburg, W.Va., Dec. 4, 2016. 

Mary E. Templeton, MS ’55 and professor emeritus, Morgantown, W.Va., Feb. 29, 2016. 

Mary Ellin Wylie, BA ’46, Morgantown, W.Va., Oct. 22, 2016. 

The WVU family has lost a voice. Jim Fagan, BFA ’67, led an exciting career as a professional voiceover actor for companies such as Geico, Alka-Seltzer and Chrysler. And if you’re a sports fan, you’d definitely recognize his distinctive baritone voice. Over the years, Fagan did work for the NFL, NBA, the Olympics, NBC Sports, Wimbledon, the Westminster Kennel Club, Mountaineers Sports Network and MetroNews Radio Network. The Windber, Pa., native first came to WVU as a tackle on the football team in the early 1960s. Fagan remained active at the University, serving as chairman of the WVU Alumni Association Board of Directors. He was named to the Order of Vandalia, WVU’s highest honor. He died on Jan. 19, 2017, at the age of 72.

A respected Air Force lieutenant general and military intelligence director under President Ronald Reagan, Leonard H. Perroots, BS ’55, served in the ROTC at WVU, where he studied history. The Morgantown native went on to become a three-star general and director of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency. Recent declassified military reports credit him with helping to avert nuclear war in the 1980s. He also helped oversee efforts to locate missing-in-action Vietnam War servicemen that same decade. Perroots died Jan. 29, 2017 in Woodbridge, Va. from Parkinson's disease complications at the age of 83.

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