Raymond R. Abramson (Col ’73 L/M) has been elected to an eight-year term on the Arkansas Court of Appeals, effective Jan. 1, 2015. Judge Abramson practiced law in Holly Grove and Clarendon, Arkansas, for 34 years. He served on the Arkansas Court of Appeals by appointment of the governor from 2010 to 2012. Judge Abramson has also served as chairman of the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, the Monroe County Community Foundation, the Holly Smith Grove Library and the Holly Grove food pantry. He and his wife, Mockie, have two daughters: Anne, a graduate of Columbia and Yale universities, and Margaret Emily Abramson (Col ’07).
Samuel N. Crosby (Col ’73 L/M) recently received the University of Alabama School of Law’s 2016 Sam W. Pipes Distinguished Alumnus Award. The award is given annually to an outstanding alumnus of the law school who has distinguished himself or herself through service to the bar, the University of Alabama and the School of Law.
Joseph Dominic “Nick” Decosimo (Col ’73 L/M) has been named Chattanooga Area Manager of the Year for 2015. Local business groups recognized Mr. Decosimo for his efforts at leading Chattanooga’s biggest accounting firm, Joseph Decosimo and Co., and its merger with South Carolina’s largest accounting firm, Elliott Davis. He previously served as managing partner of Joseph Decosimo and Co., and is now office managing shareholder in the Chattanooga office of accounting firm Elliot Davis Decosimo. He has served as chairman of the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber Foundation and is a board member of the national Ethics and Public Policy Board in Washington, D.C. He and his wife, Karen, have three sons, including David Decosimo (Col ’01).
Ronald Hofer (Grad ’73) has been named NJC Distinguished Professor by the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada. He is the first distinguished professor in the college’s 53-year history. Mr. Hofer has taught at NJC since 1994.
Elizabeth Napier (Grad ’73, Grad ’79) published Defoe’s Major Fiction: Accounting for the Self (University of Delaware Press) in March 2016. The book focuses on the concern with narrativity and self-construction that marks Daniel Defoe’s first-person fictional narratives. Ms. Napier is a professor of English and American literatures at Middlebury College.
Ray Robbins (Grad ’73, Educ ’94) recently published Poster Art Nights (Unsolicited Press), a collection of poems featuring lyrics, satires, narratives and haiku.
Caroline Orzac Shoenberger (Grad ’73) received the Special Honor award from the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office for Immigrant Affairs in recognition of her work as a lawyer and an educator. Among other positions, she worked as the commissioner of consumer services for the city of Chicago from 1989 until her retirement in 2004.
Alexa Smith-Osborne (Col ’73 A/M) has been elected a fellow of the Society for Social Work and Research and promoted to full professor at the University of Texas at Arlington, where she has been a faculty member and research scholar since 2006. Since 2012, she has directed the university’s Center for Clinical Social Work, a translational research hub for the development of resilience and recovery theory and intervention. She earned her doctorate in social work from the University of Maryland at Baltimore in 2006. She is now researching the use of biomarkers and brain imaging in advanced social work assessment and in behavioral-assistive technology interface to advance neurocognitive performance, to support resilience in children and the elderly.
William H. Teale (Educ ’73, Educ ’77) has been elected president of the International Literacy Association (formerly the International Reading Association), a professional organization of 300,000 literacy educators worldwide. He is a professor of education, a University Scholar and director of the Center for Literacy at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Richard L. Thurston (Grad ’73, Grad ’79) has rejoined the New York office of Duane Morris as of counsel in the firm’s intellectual property practice group; he was a corporate and intellectual property attorney at the firm from 1980 to 1984. Mr. Thurston also has retired as senior vice president and general counsel of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, an independent semiconductor foundry company. He has more than 40 years of business and legal experience in the corporate, international, micro-electronics and transactional/licensing markets.