Asbury Park Press from Asbury Park, New Jersey on September 25, 1983 · Page 207
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.Asbury Park PressSun., Sept.-25, 1983 1 19 Alumni fulfilling prophecy: 6 We shall explore all fields' Long Branch sisters alumni success story THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS of four daughters of the late Donald Thornton of Long Branch, who worked as a maintenance man, constitute a singular Monmouth College alumni success story. Dr. Yvonne S. Thornton, '69 (M.D. Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons) is the only black woman in the United States who is board certified in obstetrics, gynecology and maternal-foetal medicine. Dr. Jeannette Thornton, '68, (Ph.D. Rutgers, counseling psychology; M.D. Boston University School of Medicine) is a resident physician in family practice; Dr. Linda Thornton, '71, (D.D.S. New York University,) is commanding officer of the U.S. Dental Corps at Fort Ritchie, Md. Rita Thornton, '73, is studying medicine at New Jersey College of Medicine and Dentistry. In citing the acchievements of her family, Dr. Yvonne Thornton acknowledged, "Without Monmouth College as a foundation, perhaps our careers would have been greatly altered." sultant to the Walter Mondale presidential campaign. MONMOUTH'S graduates are no strangers in the world of commerce. A partial sampling of business VTPs include: A. David Brown, '65, corporate vice president for personnel, R.H. Macy Inc.; Bart Dono-hue, '60, vice president, American Bell; Rudy Borneo, '64, senior vice president, merchandising, L. Bamberger & Co.; Bruce Missett, '68, vice president, retail specialist, Oppenheimer & Co.; Charles Ritscher, '59, corporate secretary, Asbury Park Press; Donald Maude, '63, and currently a college trustee, chairman of the Interest Rate Policq Committee and executive vice president, Merrill Lynch Economics; and Kenneth Cerra, M.B.A., '77, vice president, Noxell Corp. Numerous alumni have made important contributions in the field of education: Faith Nolan Divisek. '66, is principal of an elementary school in Westfield; W. David Baker, '73, the director of the Rochester Institute of Technology School of Engineering Technology; Richard Benjamin, '61, dean of the School of Science and Professional Studies at Monmouth; James Fisher, '73, a playwright and chairman of the theater department at Wabash College; and Philip Poli, '67, who is a candidate for a Ph.D. in microbiology, team leader and professor of biology at Brookdale Community College. MANY ALUMNI are pursuing careers in medicine. One of them, Eric Englestein, '63, earned a Ph.D. at Stephens Institute before going on to New Jersey College for Medicine and Dentistry at Rutgers for a medical degree. He is a practicing neurologist. Henry Kranzler is combining study MONMOUTH COLLEGE alumni have not only enriched their own lives through higher education but also have made vital contributions to the growth and prosperity of. the Jersey Shore area. Furthermore, many have attained distinguished careers in medicine, public life and corporate. America. Monmouth's graduates there are almost 20,000 of them can be found in virtually every area of community service. In Ocean Township, for example, Helen McDonnell, who ranked first in the college's first baccalaureate Class of 1958, is chairman of the English department at Ocean Township High School. The same school system's director of special projects is Susan Steadman LeGlise, '69, while the vice president of the Ocean Township Board of Education is Paul Edelstein, '60. Also vitally concerned with township youth is Lt. Wiliiam Koch, 79, the head of the Police Department's Juvenile Bureau. Currently serving on the township council is Saul Rubin, '61. INTO THE NEXT generation, Janet Rogers, '83, an Ocean Township High School graduate, has just begun Ph.D studies in chemistry at Washington University in St. Louis on a $10,000 stipend. The grant was one of four graduate school research offers she received from prestigious universities. Her Ocean Township classmate, Lisa Murray, '83, has just started a teaching assistantship in English at Oklahoma State University. The continuity of community service among Monmouth's alumni is a constant in nearly every town in Monmouth and Ocean counties. In Long Branch, the Rev. Kenard Tuzenau, '75, is assistant pastor at Star of the Sea Church. Joan Davidson, '81, is director 6f personnel at Brookdale Community College, Middletown Township, ' while Elena Cerrai-King, M.B.A., "77, is assistant administrator at Jersey Shore Medical Center, Neptune, where one of the staff surgeons is Martha Schreiber, '71. THE FIRST patient representative at Monmouth Medical Center, and a pioneer in that field, Maria Gardella, '77, was app-pointed recently to the same post at Sloan Kettering Memorial Institute in New York. Longtime Ocean County clerk and recent appointee to the state's Casino Control Commission, E. Kenneth Burdge, is a 1957 graduate. Alumni living locally hold positions at the top of their professions as diverse- as Shadow Lawn Savings & Loan Association president Royal Fliedner, '48, and master quitar maker Philip Petillo, '68, of Ocean Township, whose clients include rock superstar Bruce Springsteen. One of Springsteen's proteges and himself a nationally known rock figure Southside Johnny (Lyons) attended Monmouth. ON THE NATIONAL s,cene, Wayman Smith, '62, is corporate vice president of public affairs for Anheuser-Busch Companies Inc., and a city councilman in St. Louis. He holds a law degree from Howard University, is a former aide to the late Sen. Stuart Symington and is currently on the frontlines of corporate policy debate in negotiations with Jesse Jackson on employment practices. On the New Jersey political scene, Harold Hodes, '65, was chief of staff to former Gov. Brendan Byrne and before that a principal aide to Newark Mayor Kenneth Gibson.' Now a partner in a public affairs lobbying firm, he is a paid political con- for an M.D. and Ph.D. in anthropology at Rutgers University. Another medical specialist, Dr. Ron Lapin, '64, a surgeon in Santa Ana, Calif., has pioneered in the field of "bloodless" surgery for Jehovah's Witnesses. Jeff Demarest, '73, (Ph.D. biology, University of California at Berkeley), is engaged in medical research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Congratulations and Best Wishes Monmouth College on your 50" Anniversary from New Jersey's Oldest Mutual Savings Bank founded 1839 Assets 1 Billion Two Hundred Million at our 3 offices Red Bank o Seavievv Square Point Pleasant Beach For five decades, you have provided excellence in higher education to meet the needs of Monmouth County and the State of New Jersey Congratulations, Monmouth College, .ft:::r:;:::-f;:& WM&Z0k S$M'jffi?M$ $$&Zf':i $titi$0 on your 50th anniversary Our warmest wishes for your continued success New Jersey Natural Gas Company THE OLD BEEHIVE ESTABLISHED 1838 iPcanrc7DinEKnr y. GnVDHGQ EJACJCI ; a I . 32 Offices throughout New Jersey member FDIC

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