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Class Notes

We are incredibly proud of the accomplishments of our 25,000-plus Ambrosian alumni who are out in the world doing inspiring things with their Ambrose education. Here's a few nuggets of information our alumni recently shared with us.

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(The updates below were featured in the Summer 2017 Scene magazine.)

The Sixties

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory appointed Robert "Bob" Zippay '67 to the Piedmont Community College Board of Trustees in Roxboro, North Carolina. 

James Martin '69 published a fifth novel, The Boy Who Wanted Wings, which features a young archer in love and at war in the days leading up to the 1683 Battle of Vienna.

The Eighties

Robert Freitag '80 and his wife, Kimberly, celebrated 35 years of marriage in June.

The 2017 Quad Cities Athena Awards honorees included Donna Young '81 and Ann O'Donnell '91, DO, who were recognized for their professional excellence, community service and actively assisting other women to excel. Decker Ploehn '82 and John Anderson '87 were also recognized as Male Champions of Change honorees for their commitment to women in leadership. 

Madelyn (Doty) Flaherty '87 and her husband, James, have retired. They recently celebrated 30 years of marriage and attended her 30th SAU class reunion.

The Nineties

Judges in the 14th Judicial Circuit, which includes Rock Island (Illinois) County, selected attorney Clayton Lee '99 as an associate judge. Lee is affiliated with Lee & Lee Law firm in East Moline, Illinois.

The Zeros

Eric Anderson '00 received the Leadership in Career Development award from the Idaho Career Development Association. The award recognizes exemplary service in career development and education.

Jeff Muntz '00 was named an equity partner at Goostree Law Group, P.C., St. Charles, Illinois.

Julie (Smith) Thompson '01 MBA is the manager of communication systems at Eastern Iowa Community Colleges.

Matt Mendenhall '02 MSW was named president of the Regional Development Authority in the Quad Cities.

Jim DuPage '07 was named head football coach at United Township High School, East Moline, Illinois.

The Teens

Arielle (Willson) Dunn '11 is e-commerce manager at Itzy Ritzy, where she will create and execute sales strategies for the e-commerce channel.

Nathaniel Thomas '12 was sworn in as a Davenport Police officer in April. 

Bridget LeMaire '12 accepted the position of freshman admissions counselor at Northern Illinois University.

Haley Hogan '13 is a grant recipient of the Rural Iowa Primary Care Loan Repayment Program, which helps address critical doctor shortages. Hogan graduated from Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine. In July, she began a three-year pediatrics residency at the University of Iowa Children's Hospital.

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville hired Amanda Bertolozzi '16 to be a writer/editor in its communication department.


Steven Pyszka '02, '04 MBA and Ericka Pedraza, Sugar Grove, Illinois

Maura Daly '07 and Eric Hesness, Chicago

Brad Mohr '08, '09 MAcc and Hilary Johnson, Waynesville, North Carolina

Sarah Gerhrig '12, '13 MOT and Ben Repak, Salt Lake City, Utah


Erin Kinsella '00 and Jeremiah Stanley celebrated the birth of their daughter Eleanor on May 25, 2016. She was welcomed home by big brother Jude.

Chris '04, '06 MPS and Kristen (Blake) Mandle '07, '08 MOT welcomed their daughter Stella Catherine on May 24, 2017. She was welcomed home by big brothers Blake, Grant and Jude.

Alicia (Levi) '05 and Shawn Giffin '05 are proud parents of Otto Ambrose on April 13, 2017. Otto was welcomed home by siblings Joseph, Levi and Amelia.

Analicia (Puentes) Gomes '06 and her husband, William, celebrated the birth of Francesca Beatrice, born Feb. 10, 2017. She joins her older sisters Lilliana, Isabel and Sophia.

Matt Tranowski '06 and his wife, Jessica, are the proud parents of daughter Kendyl, born Oct. 18, 2016. She joins brother Evan and sister Mikayla.

Rob '07 and Krista (Helling) Eckert '09, '11 MSLP welcomed home Noah, born Oct. 25, 2016. Noah joins brother Owen.

Blake Panno '07 and his wife, Ashley, celebrated the birth of twins Sutton and Piper on Feb. 23, 2017. Older brother Jack welcomed the twins home.

Julie (Arensdorf) '07 and Chad Stecher '07 were happy to announce the birth of son Leo on May 14, 2017. He joins his older siblings Mia and Eli.

Chad Driscoll '08 and his wife, Emily, celebrated Mother's Day with the birth of their son Max Joseph on May 14, 2017.

Nick Colwell '09 and his wife, Julia, announce the birth of son Theodore Benjamin, on May 8, 2017.

Reilly (Hamann) '09, '13 MOT and David Glefke '09 are proud parents of daughter Collins Marie, born Jan. 31, 2017. 

Christy (Brehm) Wolf '10, '13 DPT and her husband, Todd, celebrated the birth of daughter Audrey on Aug. 15, 2016. Older brother Thomas welcomed Audrey home.

Emily (Stafford) '11 and Justin Weisbeck '11 were happy to announce the birth of son Malcolm Ambrose, born June 20, 2016. Older sister Evelyn welcomed Malcolm.

Michaela (Sheerin) '12 and Andrew Martens '15 welcomed daughter Maeve, born Jan. 30, 2017.


Geraldine Toher '39, Reno, Nevada, March 13, 2017

Hon. Edward "Nick" McManus '40, '63 (Hon), Cedar Rapids, Iowa, March 20, 2017

John McGrory '43, Port Orange, Florida, Feb. 25, 2017

Wayne Gesell '47, Long Grove, Iowa, Feb. 23, 2017

Donald Vaile '47, Baltimore, Feb. 7, 2017

Joseph Waugh Sr. '48, Peoria, Illinois, Feb. 20, 2017

John "Jake" Cunningham '49, Rock Island, Illinois, March 5, 2017

Joseph Hanson Jr. '49, Moline, Illinois, April 20, 2017

Vincent Michael '50, Gilbert, Arizona, March 6, 2017

Theodore "Ted" Schlink '50, Walnut Creek, California, April 10, 2017

Louis Cox '51, Bloomfield, Connecticut, Feb. 1, 2014

Donald Lamp '51, Santa Rosa, California, Jan. 6, 2015

Thomas McGinn '51, Sterling, Illinois, April 6, 2017

Robert Merchie '51, Rock Island, Illinois, Jan. 11, 2017

Thomas Washburn '52, Palm Desert, California, Feb. 4, 2017

Francis "Frank" Mitch '53, Houston, Nov. 1, 2016

Jerry Johnson '54, Bull Shoals, Arkansas, March 23, 2017

Louis Oldani '54, Springfield, Illinois, Oct. 24, 2016

Max Miller '55, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, March 16, 2017

David Kauzlarich '56, Melcher, Iowa, Feb. 25, 2017

Fred Boher '58, Tuscon, Arizona, Feb. 8, 2017

Thomas Donahue '58, Indianapolis, Nov. 30, 2016

William "Bill" Hosey '58, Hermitage, Tennessee, May 4, 2017

Robert Ketelaar '56 Acad., '60, Rapids City, Illinois, Dec. 26, 2016

Daniel Shea '60, Middleton, Wisconsin, Jan. 29, 2017

Stephen Zoll '61, Crystal Lake, Illinois, Nov. 9, 2016

Paul Collins '62, Iowa City, Iowa, Jan. 25, 2017

Robert J. Gugerty Sr. '62, Tinley Park, Illinois, May 20, 2017

Mary Ann Hallinan '62, Clinton, Iowa, Nov. 21, 2016

James Haronik '65, Silvis, Illinois, April 14, 2016

Howard Mower '65, Galesburg, Illinois, Jan. 29, 2017

Patrick Ross '66, Glenwood, Iowa, May 9, 2017

John Levand '67, LaGrange, Illinois, May 1, 2016

Fred Weiler '67, Lebanon, Tennessee, Nov. 11, 2014

Thomas Noga '69, Erie, Illinois, April 11, 2017

Walter Schwartzhoff '69, Davenport, March 8, 2017

Kevin McEneely '70, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, April 24, 2017

Leo Gent '71, Omaha, Nebraska, Feb. 25, 2017

Dale Wittenborn '71, Westwood, Kansas, Feb. 7, 2017

Daniel McGuire '76, Bettendorf, Iowa, Feb. 22, 2017

Timothy Gasser '77, Bettendorf, Iowa, March 22, 2017

Desiree Garr '81, Davenport, Sept. 3, 2016

Catherine Anthony '83, Moline, Illinois, Feb. 17, 2017

Mark Erickson '85, Dunlap, Illinois, April 5, 2017

James "Jim" Glackin '85 MBA, East Moline, Illinois, Jan. 29, 2017

Phyllis (Vollertsen) Olson '89 MBA, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, March 17, 2017

Michael Fitzpatrick '92 MED, Bettendorf, Iowa, Feb. 18, 2017

Christopher "Harley" Haber '94, '97 MBA, Davenport, March 14, 2017

Patricia Mendoza '95, Moline, Illinois, March 20, 2017

Kimberly Hute '98, '01 MPT Bettendorf, Iowa, March 22, 2017

James DeWilde '01, Pelham, Alabama, Oct. 26, 2014

Richard Walker '01, The Villages, Florida, Nov. 28, 2015

Charles Brozovich '04, Davenport, March 17, 2017

Dilip Markose '05, Ottumwa, Iowa, Dec. 25, 2016

Faculty and Staff

Rosemary Hasenmiller, Bettendorf, Iowa, June 23, 2017

Michael VanEchaute '77, Moline, Illinois, June 16, 2017