William E. Coleman Jr. (Grad ’66 L/M) is emeritus professor of English and comparative literature at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He and his wife, Edvige Agostinelli, professor emerita of Italian at York College, CUNY, have published a critical edition of Giovanni Boccaccio’s Teseida delle Nozze d’Emilia, which inspired Geoffrey Chaucer’s “Knight’s Tale,” the first of the Canterbury Tales. The new edition is based on Boccaccio’s mid-14th-century manuscript of the Teseida at the Laurentian Library in Florence. Mr. Coleman is the author of several books and articles about Boccaccio and Chaucer.
Dave DeWitt (Col ’66 A/M) has won the Best Culinary History Book 2015 award from the International Association of Culinary Professionals for Precious Cargo: How Foods from the Americas Changed the World (Counterpoint Press).
Frederick L. Greene (Col ’66, Med ’70 L/M) has been elected president of the UVA Medical School Foundation’s Board of Trustees. Dr. Greene is a surgical oncologist and a medical director of the Levine Cancer Institute in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Donald A. Johnston III (Col ’66 L/M) has been appointed by the Michigan Supreme Court to his fourth consecutive two-year term as chief judge of the Kent County Circuit Court, 17th Judicial Circuit of Michigan. In that role, he is responsible for the administration of a 13-judge general jurisdiction trial court with more than 350 employees. He joined the Kent County bench in 1989 and, before that, served for 10 years as a judge of the Grand Rapids District Court, 61st Judicial District of Michigan. He and his wife, Shaula, live in Grand Rapids and have three children, including sons Stewart M. Johnston (Col ’96 L/M) and Scott M. Johnston (Col ’97 L/M), and four grandchildren.
Arthur J. Levy (Grad ’66) published his second book on October 1, 2016. Coda: A Tale of Tchaikovsky’s Secret Love (Koehler Books) is a fictional account of a secret between Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky and his lover, Ivan, that was encoded in sheet music that was given decades later to a man in New York named Fred, putting him at risk and sending him on an unexpected adventure.
Bert “Fuzzy” McClure (Arch ’66 L/M) has been received as a member of the French Académie d’Architecture, a professional society that promotes the quality and teaching of architecture and spatial design. Over the past 50 years, Mr. McClure’s career has encompassed a Loeb Fellowship at Harvard (1978) and 45 years as an architect, urban planner and journalist based principally in France with international projects in the Middle East, Morocco and China. Notable publications include six architectural walking guides for the Paris newspaper Le Monde, an urban walking guide with Lille Metropolis, and a visitors’ guide to eight Le Corbusier projects for a major Centre Pompidou exhibition. After 30 years living aboard a 90-foot converted Dutch river barge, Mr. McClure and his wife, Bonnie, recently washed ashore in the Paris region.
James McDiarmid (Col ’66 L/M) teaches full time in the psychology department at the University of California, Merced. He holds a doctorate in clinical psychology and for the past 30 years has taught resident physicians in training at the Merced Family Medicine Residency Program. He and his wife, Karen, lived abroad for 12 years before returning to the U.S. and settling in California. They have five grandchildren.
J. Roger Mentz (Law ’66) has published a book, Tales of Tax Reform. Mr. Mentz served in the U.S. Treasury Department as assistant secretary for tax policy from 1985 until 1987 and was the point person for the Reagan administration on the Tax Reform Act of 1986. Tales of Tax Reform recounts what happened during the tax reform legislative process in 1985-86 and discusses whether a similar tax reform could happen today.
George Minor Meredith II (Med ’66 L/M) has published his second e-book, On Improving Obstructive Sleep Apnea Surgery. The e-book outlines techniques that aim to reduce postoperative morbidity and increase perioperative safety while increasing operative success rates.
Frank S. Quinn III (Col ’66, Grad ’67) has been named University Distinguished Professor Emeritus by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. A member of the Virginia Tech faculty since 1977, Mr. Quinn has engaged many of the best mathematicians of the late twentieth century in a dialogue on the direction of the profession. He organized several mathematics conferences and special sessions, served on five committees of the American Mathematical Society, and served on the council of the American Mathematical Society. In addition, Mr. Quinn has held editorial roles with the Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society and served on a national K-12 mathematics standards panel. Over the course of his career, he has been elected a fellow of the American Mathematical Society and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has also received numerous awards for his work at Virginia Tech, including the Virginia Tech Alumni Award for Research Excellence, a Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award, and a University Distinguished Professorship.