Joseph L. Cipp (Educ ’72) was inducted into the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame in recognition of his decorated career as football coach for Bellport High School in Brookhaven, on Long Island. He also received the National Football Foundation Honor Award in 2007. Mr. Cipp retired as head coach in 2011.
William C. “Bill” Ellis (Col ’72 A/M) received the Linda Dégh Lifetime Achievement Award for legend scholarship from the International Society for Contemporary Legend Research in June 2016. Mr. Ellis continues to teach part time in the interdisciplinary studies program of Salisbury University and lives in Berlin, Maryland.
Stephen J. Hartley (Grad ’72, Engr ’74, Engr ’83) has retired from Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey, where he was a member of the computer science faculty for 15 years and was chairman of that department for the last five years.
William B. “Bill” Hosp Jr. (Educ ’72) has retired as president of the Prince William Federation of Teachers in Prince William County, Virginia. As president, he organized union support to help elect a new majority on the local school board in 2015. The board then reversed a 2012 vote that had increased the teacher workday without an increase in pay.
Ross Howell Jr. (Col ’72 L/M) has released his first novel, Forsaken (NewSouth Books). It is a work of historical fiction based on the tense racial atmosphere surrounding the 1912 murder trial of Virginia Christian, a black girl who was the only female juvenile executed in Virginia. Mr. Howell lives in Greensboro, North Carolina.
John “Skip” Hudgins IV (Col ’72 L/M) has been selected as a 2016 Georgia Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine. He works in the Atlanta office of Weinberg Wheeler Hudgins Gunn & Dial, where his civil litigation defense practice focuses on professional liability, including the representation of hospital corporations, physician groups, hospitals, nursing homes, private doctors and nurses.
William D. Jones (Law ’72) has retired from the practice of law. After seven years with the firm of Browder Russell in Richmond, Virginia, he started his own practice in 1979. In his 37 years of solo practice, Mr. Jones represented small businesses, primarily in the purchase and sale of their assets. He closed his practice in April 2016 and now spends most of his time at Windmill Point on the Chesapeake Bay, cruising the waters and catching fish from his boat.
David M. Lavine (Med ’72) was recently honored by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Association of Plastic Surgeons for his proposal for the “ICON Project,” a video project that will honor living pioneers in the field of plastic surgery. Among the subjects Dr. Lavine has interviewed for the project is Dr. Milton Edgerton, who in 1970 established the department of plastic surgery at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and went on to break new ground in many areas of plastic surgery, including craniofacial surgery, head and neck tumor and reconstruction surgery, and gender reassignment surgery. Gerard Grau (Med ’72) and Mark Constantian (Med ’72 L/M) provided research assistance and support for the project.
Steven C. Lowe (Col ’72) has been appointed to the board of directors of American Atheists. He is a longtime member of the board of directors of Washington Area Secular Humanists. After graduation from the University, he served in the Peace Corps in Zaire, now the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He later earned an MBA from George Washington University and worked for U.S.-based telephone companies for 20 years. Mr. Lowe is active in the freethought/humanist movement and has published articles about “The Great Agnostic” Robert Ingersoll. He lives in Washington, D.C.
Mike Lynn (Col ’72 L/M) of Texas litigation firm Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst was named to “Best Lawyers in America” in 2016. Previously, Mr. Lynn was recognized as a “litigation star” and one of the top 100 trial lawyers for 2015 in the country by Benchmark Litigation.
David L. Miller (Darden ’72) has been appointed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe to the board of visitors of Virginia Military Institute. Mr. Miller is president and chief operating officer of Community Health Systems Inc., which has operations in 29 states and treats about 1 million inpatients each year. Mr. Miller, based at the company’s headquarters in Franklin, Tennessee, is responsible for the company’s six operating divisions as well as all strategic growth initiatives. He and his wife, Helen, have two sons and four grandchildren.
Charles F. Printz Jr. (Col ’72 L/M) has been elected president of the Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia. A partner with Bowles Rice in Martinsburg, West Virginia, he focuses his practice on civil litigation. Over the course of his career, he has tried more than 80 jury trials to verdict and argued more than 40 appeals before the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia and the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Printz is also a member of the Defense Research Institute and its commercial litigation committee.
Susan Schmidt (Grad ’72, Grad ’80) published a coming-of-age novel, Song of Moving Water, set in 1970s Virginia. The book tests whether new environmental laws can save a river from a proposed dam. She also published a new collection of poems, Salt Runs in My Blood, which tells her personal journey: she recalls bright parrots, big trout, sea gales, Celtic ancestry, old loves, traveling the world, learning to navigate and more. Ms. Schmidt currently works as a book editor, but previously worked as a science policy analyst, sailboat captain and professor of literature and environmental decision-making.
Neal Snidow (Grad ’72) has published Vista Del Mar: A Memoir of the Ordinary (Counterpoint Press), which seeks to illuminate the present by shining light on the past.
Winston Wood (Col ’72 L/M) is an associate at International Business-Government Counsellors, a Washington, D.C., firm advising corporate and industry group clients on foreign policy and trade issues. He previously served as assistant director of the International Broadcasting Bureau’s policy office, writing and recording editorials explaining U.S. foreign policy to audiences overseas on the Voice of America, Radio Martí and other U.S. international broadcast operations.