David T. Beers (Col ’75 L/M) has been a consultant and adviser to the international directorate at the Bank of England since August 2014. In 2012-13, he was special adviser to the governor at the Bank of Canada. He worked at Standard & Poor’s in New York and London between 1990 and 2011 in various roles, most recently as global head of sovereign and international public finance ratings.
Deliece Grimes Blanchard (Col ’75, Grad ’91) has been awarded a fellowship by the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Ms. Blanchard, a painter, will be among 25 Fellows focusing on their own creative projects at a working retreat for visual artists, writers and composers near Sweet Briar College in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
John R. “Jack” Bruggeman (Col ’75) has been appointed by Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe to a four-year term on the state board of Virginia Behavioral Health & Developmental Services. The board is a policy-making body comprised of nine citizens from across the state and has statutory authority to establish policy for the department, state facilities and community services boards. Mr. Bruggeman also serves on the board of directors of both ServiceSource and Community Residences.
Christopher Scott D’Angelo (Col ’75, Law ’78 L/M) was a featured speaker at the 2015 National Conference on Class Actions: Recent Developments in Quebec, in Canada and the United States, where he presented “What the European Union Is Doing with Collective Redress or Class Actions.” Mr. D’Angelo is an attorney with Montgomery McCracken in Philadelphia, where he is chairman of the firm’s international practice and co-chairman of the product liability, toxic torts and catastrophic events practice. He is national counsel for several major U.S. clients and represents foreign concerns in the United States and U.S. concerns abroad.
Michael Guthrie (Educ ’75, Educ ’76 L/M) has received the first-place award for best documentary or public affairs program from the Virginia Association of Broadcasters for “Conversation on Aging,” a segment that aired on his weekly Real Estate Matters radio show on 1070-WINA. On the show, Mr. Guthrie, who is a broker for and chief executive officer of Roy Wheeler Realty Co. in Charlottesville, and his guests discuss matters influencing the real estate market in the area.
Andrew Gutowski (Arch ’75) leads the East Coast hospitality project management group for Cumming Corp., where he directs teams managing the renovation and new construction of major hotel and resort projects in the U.S. and the Caribbean. Before joining Cumming, Mr. Gutowski spent 10 years developing major urban vertical mixed-use projects in the Washington, D.C., area. Throughout the 1990s, he worked in Poland, managing real estate investment and development companies. In 1995, he and Pioneer Mutual Funds (now Pioneer Investments) founded a private real estate investment company, Pioneer Real Estate Poland, now Pioneer Polish Real Estate Fund. Before his career in real estate investment management, Mr. Gutowski, who is a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and holds a master’s degree in architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a master’s degree in real estate from MIT, was an architect with Benjamin Thompson and Associates in Massachusetts. He and his wife, Francesca Lupica Gutowski (Arch ’74), live in the Washington, D.C., area and have three daughters: Elisabeth Gutowski Munder (Col ’02 L/M), Gabriela A. Gutowski (Arch ’05 L/M) and Juliana T. Gutowski (Arch ’12 L/M).
William T. Johnson (Col ’75, Com ’78) joined the Texas law firm Jackson Walker as a partner. He is based in the firm’s Houston office, where he works in the real estate and finance practice groups. Mr. Johnson has worked as a banking lawyer for more than 30 years and spent four years in Dubai representing multinational companies in cross-border transactions. He holds a rating of “AV Preeminent” from Martindale-Hubbell.
Willis P. “Bill” Lawrie (Arch ’75) has retired as a principal architect of McClaren Wilson & Lawrie, where he specialized in the design of numerous cutting-edge forensic science laboratories, forensic pathology facilities and other public safety features throughout North America. He led the lab design of some of North America’s largest forensic lab facilities, most recently the Ontario Forensic Services and Coroner’s Complex in Toronto. As emeritus principal of the firm, he occasionally serves as a design consultant on select projects. His post-retirement design venue is residential architecture with an emphasis on sustainability and net-zero energy usage. Mr. Lawrie is at work on his Blue Ridge Mountains home and Lake Champlain cottage, both of which he designed and is building with Susan, his wife of 37 years.
Richard B. Miller (Col ’75 L/M) published Friends and Other Strangers: Studies in Religion, Ethics, and Culture (Columbia University Press) in July 2016. The book urges religious ethicists to turn to cultural studies to broaden the range of issues they address and to examine matters of cultural practice and difference in critical and self-reflexive ways. Mr. Miller is the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Professor of Religious Ethics at the University of Chicago.
Brian Sayre (Col ’75 L/M) received certified floodplain manager credentials from the Association of State Floodplain Managers. Mr. Sayre, a natural resources department manager with Dewberry Environmental Professionals, sought certification in an effort to become a more effective adviser to local leadership. Before joining Dewberry in 2002, he was a part of the team working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York City’s Office of Long-Term Planning and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection to develop a flood protection plan for the Oakwood Beach area of Staten Island, N.Y.
Steven W. Semes (Arch ’75 L/M) is an associate professor and director of the graduate program in historic preservation at the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture. He is editor of the Classicist, the annual peer-reviewed journal of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, and from 2008 to 2011, he was academic director of Notre Dame’s Rome studies program. Mr. Semes is also the author of two books, The Future of the Past: A Conservation Ethic for Architecture, Urbanism, and Historic Preservation (2009), and The Architecture of the Classical Interior (2004); numerous journal articles; and a blog, The View from Rome. He splits the year between Rome and the Notre Dame campus.
Lee Sherman (Col ’75, Grad ’78) has been named president and CEO of the National Human Services Assembly, an organization of nearly 80 national nonprofit organizations based in Washington, D.C. He joined the NHSA in June and works in its Washington office. Mr. Sherman was president and CEO of the Association of Jewish Family & Children’s Agencies from 2009 to June 2016 and has more than 25 years of executive-level experience in both the nonprofit and corporate sectors. His community leadership activities include board and committee positions with The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore; the Jewish Federations of North America; the Roundtable of Faith-Based Health and Human Services Organizations; and the Council on Accreditation.
Bonnie Bowman Thurston (Grad ’75, Grad ’79 L/M) has released Hidden in God: Discovering the Desert Vision of Charles de Foucauld (Ave Maria Press). The book explores Christian life through the legacy of de Foucauld, a French priest and hermit who lived in the Algerian desert in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Ms. Thurston is a New Testament scholar and a poet.
William “Bill” Weber (Grad ’75, Grad ’77) has published a novel, The Long Century: The Congress of New Niagara, 1920. An alternate history, the book considers the consequences of a successful 1912 presidential bid by Theodore Roosevelt. After averting World War I with a successful international summit, Roosevelt becomes mayor of the futuristic city of New Niagara and invites the world’s major powers to the city for another congress to strengthen international cooperation.