Class Notes

Selwin E. Price (BS Accountancy) co-chaired the recent Eastern Regional Meeting for the National Association of State Board of Accountancy (NASBA), in Puerto Rico. At the meeting, held in June at the Ritz Carlton in San Juan, he led discussions on issues facing accounting regulators in Illinois, its neighboring states, the nation, and the world. Price serves as Great Lakes regional director for NASBA. He was appointed to the Illinois Board of Examiners in 1994 and is immediate past chairman. He has also been president of the Illinois CPA Society and a council member of AICPA. A member of the Commerce Advisory Committee for twenty years, he has been named one of UIUC's outstanding alumni. He is active in a range of professional and philanthropic

Distinguished alumnus Lester McKeever (BS Accountancy) was recently elected to the board of directors of Photogen Technologies, a Knoxville, Tennessee, company specializing in photodynamic-related health care products. Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, he is managing partner and head of Washington, Pittman & McKeever, the country's oldest African American-owned accounting and consulting firm. Service in a variety of professional and civic organizations includes a long and happy relationship with Commerce and the U of I. McKeever's varied résumé as an alum includes such positions as chair of the Business Advisory Council, president of the Commerce Alumni Association, treasurer of the UI Board of Trustees, and member of the Illinois Alumni Association. To that list of distinctions, a new honor was added this spring — Chicago Illini of the Year. Sheldon Good, also a member of the Class of '55 (BS Business Administration) and chairman of the Chicago-based Sheldon Good & Company International, was also presented with the award. (See story, Headliners.)


Long a landmark for seafood in the Windy City, Burhop's is back after a six-year absence. The venerable seafood retail business — which got started in 1923 and once had five locations — has returned to Chicago under the joint ownership of Isaac Oberman (BS Accountancy) and his partner Dirk Fucik. Located in the Father & Son Plaza at 609 West North Avenue, the 3,500 square-foot shop stocks at least twenty different kinds of fish, according to the Chicago Tribune, and a wide variety of shellfish. Choices may range from brook trout, swordfish, and salmon to alligator, turtle, and crawdads. Fish may be purchased already prepped for home-cookery, and the store stocks various groceries for customer convenience. While the last Burhop's in Chicago closed in 1992, Burhop's in Willamette has been in business for twenty years.

Samuel K. Skinner (BS Accountancy) has a new distinction to add to his world-class résumé. The former U.S. Secretary of Transportation and chief of staff to President George Bush has been elected to the board of directors of Midwest Express Holdings. Currently president of Commonwealth Edison Company and its holding company, Unicom Corporation, Skinner has also served as U.S. attorney for the northern district of Illinois and as chairman of the Regional Transportation Authority of Northeastern Illinois. He has practiced law as a senior partner in the Chicago firm of Sidley & Austin and worked in sales and management for IBM. Recipient of many honorary degrees and awards, he is active on numerous corporate boards, and with a variety of philanthropic organizations. Since 1994, he has been a member of the Commerce Business Advisory Council. In his spare time, he is a jet-certified pilot.

Albert Culbertson (BS Commerce Curriculum 1948) writes in to say that he was intrigued by the history of UIUC and Commerce which ran in the Winter issue of InSight — especially the picture of the Broadwalk on page six. "The girl in the middle in front is my wife Shirley Dunbar Culbertson," he observes, adding, "this picture was on the cover of the Illinois Central railroad passenger time table. It was taken when we were students in 1947-48." Shirley (BS Home Economics 1948) and Albert have lived in the Cleveland area since graduating. A former member of the board of the University Alumni Association, he retired after forty years as a general building contractor. The couple resides in Moreland Hills, Ohio.
Photo courtesy of University of Illinois Archives.


"Contentious, contemplative and candid." That's how the Sun-Times describes "Chicago Week in Review," a long-running public affairs show that airs on WTTW television. Hosted by news analyst private attorney Joel Weisman (BS Marketing), the show marked its twentieth anniversary earlier this year with
a retrospective, featuring the ten journalists who, of the hundreds to subject themselves to Weisman's tough questioning over the years, have appeared most frequently on the show. Thomas Hardy, press secretary to Governor Jim Edgar and former political writer for the Chicago Tribune, observes: "The show has a surprisingly loyal and large following made up of opinion-shapers and opinion-makers in the Chicago area. You have to think fast and come up with an intelligent response, or he's going to make fun of you right there."


Paul E. Feiwell (BS Economics) writes from Los Angeles, where he is president and chairman of the Feiwell Company, Inc., a real estate and insurance business.


James Cantalupo (BS Accountancy) has been named chairman of the international business and vice chairman of the worldwide company for McDonald's International. The fast food giant has undertaken several key leadership changes in an effort to improve food quality and win back market share. Cantalupo had previously been president and chief executive of McDonald's International.

The occasion was not exactly your average author signing. At left, Steve Pyhrr (PhD Finance 1972, MS Finance 1969, BS Finance 1966) presents Jack Westenborg (MS Finance 1995, BS Finance 1966) with an autographed copy of his new book, Real Estate Investment: Strategy, Analysis, Decisions. The two met when Westenborg, who is vice president of operations for Glazer's Distributors in Austin, Texas, was negotiating a land purchase from SynerMark Investments, where Pyhrr is president. When Westenborg saw Pyhrr's name on the real estate documents, he remembered it well — from classes at CBA. Westenborg had gone from Commerce to active duty in the Air Force, followed by a career in the reserves and executive positions with Krueger Manufacturing and Old Tucson Corporation. Pyhrr was professor and director of the real estate program at University of Texas, then left the university in 1982 to enter the private sector full time. He became president of SynerMark in 1995.


Leonard Vines (BS Accountancy) is featured in An International Who's Who of Franchise Lawyers, published by Law Business Research in London. A principal in the St. Louis law firm of Vines, Frankel, Rubin, Bond & Dubin, P.C., Vines is one of just seventy lawyers in the U.S., and the only attorney from Missouri, to be featured in the publication. He recently spoke at the American Bar Association Forum on Franchising in Colorado Springs, and is editor of Mergers and Acquisitions of Franchising Companies, an American Bar Association publication.

After thirteen years with Salomon Brothers, David C. Fisher (MAS, BS Accountancy 1968) has assumed the post of controller and managing director for Bankers Trust Corporation. Located in New York, the company is the seventh largest U.S. bank holding company, with assets of over $157 billion and offices in more than fifty-five countries. Fisher's responsibilities will include financial and management reporting, the firm-wide budget, expense management, and accounting policies.


Jim Tolzien (BS Accountancy) has been named president and chief operating officer of InteleTravel International. Based in Fort Lauderdale, InteleTravel is a worldwide network of more than 90,000 independent travel agents. Tolzien, a 25-year veteran of the travel and financial services industries, had previously been senior vice president of operations for Alamo Rent-A-Car, and has also worked for Budget Rent-A-Car and Ernst & Ernst (now Ernst & Young).

The new president of Foote, Cone & Belding is Ron Bess (MS Advertising, BS Marketing 1969). Bess moves up from FCB Chicago, where he was also president, and, under his direction, billings topped the $1 billion mark for the first time in 1997. One of the fifteen largest advertising agencies in the world, FCB has 152 offices in 73 countries and a roster of clients that includes AT&T, S.C. Johnson, Coors, Bristol-Myers, Squibb, Kraft, Levi Strauss, Merck, Nabisco, and the U.S. Postal Service.


Congratulations to George A. Chivari (BS Marketing), who was recently promoted to president and CEO of Sara Lee Bakery - North America. He will also continue to serve as chief executive officer of Sara Lee's Bil Mar Foods division.  In that position, which he has held since July 1994, he has extended the Sara Lee brand into premium packaged meats, food kiosks, and prepared-meal offerings. In 1974, Chivari earned an MBA from Northern Illinois University, and went on to positions with several leading food companies, including Oscar Mayer, Frito-Lay/PepsiCo, and General Foods.


George W. Clark Jr. (PhD Organizational Behavior) was named 3M Distinguished Professor at Florida A&M University for the 1997_98 academic year. The endowed professorship carries a stipend of $150,000, to be used for research, travel, and salary. An associate professor of organizational behavior at Florida A&M, Clark has been on the faculty there since 1974. He specializes in cybernetics and is researching the question of whether there is a relationship between personality types and potential leadership skills.


The new president and chief executive officer of Angeion Corporation is James B. Hickey, Jr. (BS Marketing). Hickey has previously served as president and CEO of Aequitron Medical, which makes portable ventilators, infant monitors, and sleep diagnostic equipment. He has also worked for Baxter International, heading that company's respiratory/anesthesia systems and hospitex divisions. In both positions he was able to reverse negative growth trends and increase market share. Located in Minneapolis, Angeion is preparing to roll out a series of implantable cardio-verter defibrillators, pending FDA approval.


McDonald's has announced the promotion of Alan Feldman (MBA, BS Commerce Curriculum 1974) to president of the U.S. business for McDonald's USA. Feldman had been president of the Northeast division of McDonald's USA, where he was responsible for the acquisition of 184 Roy Rogers restaurants and the creation of the Council of Presidents, an organization of franchise owners who meet regularly with management. He previously held several executive posts, including chief financial officer, with Pizza Hut. The promotion is made as one of several changes in top leadership for the fast food giant, which is vying to improve food quality and win back market share.

In May, David J. FitzPatrick (BS Accountancy) was appointed senior vice president and chief financial officer at United Technologies Corporation. He has moved to the Hartford, Connecticut, firm from Eastman Kodak Company, where he had been controller and vice president since 1995. Previously he was with General Motors Corporation for eighteen years. He holds a master's in management from Northwestern.


In January, Daniel R. Croft (BS Marketing) joined Technology Solutions Company, becoming senior vice president for corporate marketing and public relations at the Chicago company. Croft moved to TSC from Motorola, where he was vice president of marketing for the international networks division. Prior to his work for Motorola, he spent twelve years in the cellular communications industry in positions with United States Cellular and Centel (now 360 Communications). Croft holds an MBA from Northwestern.


Talk about flying high. Patrick Driscoll (BS Accountancy) has been named flight leader for the Blue Angels, the elite Navy squadron known for daredevil demonstrations of top-gun prowess. While at UIUC, Driscoll, who has told the Associated Press that he always knew he wanted to be a pilot, took aviation courses. He enlisted in the Navy and became a flyer. An F-18 pilot, he served eight months in the Persian Gulf War and has spent the last two years commanding the Gunslingers strike fighter squadron, another elite group of Navy flyers.

"After nineteen wonderful years in Arizona, I was transferred to our Memphis office," writes Michael S. O'Drobinak (BS Accountancy). A partner in Ernst & Young, Michael says he's looking forward to new experiences in Tennessee and would love to hear from any alums in the area. "When I mention that I am a U of I grad, I continue to be positively praised on what a fine institution Illinois is," he observes. Thanks for sharing your enthusiasm, Michael.

David W. Neal (BS Accountancy) also sends greetings from Arizona, where he is controller for Buzzeo, Inc. Located in Phoenix, the company develops Java-based administrative software for the higher education market. Prior to accepting the position in June 1997, David had served as controller for a manufacturer in the semiconductor industry.


Thomas J. Handler (BS Accountancy) writes from Chicago to say that in mid-March he and fellow alums Steven Thayer and Jim Duggan formed a new law firm. Located at 333 West Wacker Drive, Handler, Thayer & Duggan, L.L.C. specializes in taxation, corporate law, and estate planning.

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A note from Barbara Grant Bereskin (BS Accountancy) says that in January she joined the Chicago law firm of Hinshaw & Culbertson, where she is director of marketing. Previously, she held that position with Lord, Bissell & Brook.

Stock options broker Kevin McKee (BS Finance) writes that he has been in trading and brokerage on the floor of the Chicago Board of Options Exchange since 1985. Kevin works for Lakeshore Securities and lives in Chicago with his wife, Julie, and their new daughter Emma.


"My wife and I are the proud new parents of a baby boy, Drew Richard," writes Rich Morton (BS Finance). Rich's wife Janine, who graduated UIUC with a BS in the teaching of chemistry in 1986, teaches at Glenbard South High School in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. Rich is vice president of commercial banking for American National Bank & Trust Company in Libertyville. The family lives in Gurnee.

In May, Unigraphics Solutions announced the appointment of Douglas Barnett (BS Accountancy) as vice president and chief financial officer. Douglas had previously worked in several key financial positions for Giddings & Lewis, including corporate treasurer, vice president-corporate controller, and acting chief financial officer. He holds an MBA from Northwestern. Unigraphics is a leading provider of software, including such product lines as Unigraphics, Solid Edge, Parasolid, and IMAN.

Greg J. Peterson (BS Accountancy) writes that as a result of his move to New York for Coopers & Lybrand last September, "I found myself in the middle of the C&L/PW merger." Greg made the move after fifteen years with Coopers in the Dallas market, when the company asked him to head to the Big Apple to "perform a lead role in the marketing and delivery of merger and acquisitions services." He lives in Manhattan.


Michael R. Luthy (BS Marketing, PhD Business Administration 1995) has accepted a position as associate professor of marketing at the W. Fielding Rubel School of Business, at Bellarmine College in Louisville, Kentucky. He'll be teaching in the Executive MBA, MBA, and undergraduate programs while continuing research in his specialty areas, which include strategic marketing, international sales force training and management, and services marketing issues. Michael had been on the faculty at Drake since 1992 and was recently named Outstanding Graduate Teacher of the Year, the highest teaching award given by the university's College of Business and Public Administration.


David Richter (BS Accountancy) writes from Glencoe, Illinois, with an update. He and his wife Linda Rubin (LAS 1983) have four daughters: Lindsey (7), Casey (4), and twin baby daughters Jesse and Nikki. He is a managing partner with Waveland Capital Management, a Chicago-based private investment partnership. E-mail him:

Laleh Doorandish Ramezani (BS Marketing) is now a senior administrative analyst for the City of Rancho Palos Verdes in California, where she is responsible for budgeting, grants, and solid waste and recycling programs. She's proud to say that she recently gave birth to her second baby — Arman, who joins his three-year-old brother Mateen.

An incoming e-mail from Michael F. Ahern (BS Accountancy) informs us that he lives in San José with his wife Cathy and two children, Erin and Colleen. Recently he took the position of controller of Transmeta Corporation, a semiconductor company in Santa Clara. He has also worked for Arthur Andersen in Chicago and Los Angeles, and Ernst & Young in San José.

Andersen Consulting has announced the promotion of Cheryl C. Railey (MBA) to associate partner. She joined the company in 1983 and works in the communications industry group, where she focuses on complex engagement program management and software testing, as well as business launch, billing, and high-end customer support consulting. She has also worked for Pacific Bell in California.

Vanity, vanity, all is vanity — when it comes to certain license plates anyway. Shown are Gary L. Poleskey (BS 1970), with his cleverly compressed FTG ILNI, and daughters of Tom Schroeder (BS Economics 1980), who clearly cheer their Dad's Jeep, with its front-line admonition: ILINI GO.

Shelagh Callahan (BS Accountancy) writes to say that she and her husband Ray La Soya, welcomed their second child, Henry, last year. His sister is named Zoe. Shelagh is a vice president with Montgomery Watson, an environmental engineering firm in Pasadena, California. The family lives in Los Angeles.

John C. Walden (BS Finance) has prospered with Peapod, the nation's leading interactive online grocery shopping and delivery service. In October, John was named chief operating office of the company, which he joined in January of 1996 as executive vice president, finance and business development. He had previously been director of media ventures for Ameritech, and has also held positions with Storage Technology Corporation and XL/Datacomp. Previously he served as a corporate and securities lawyer with Sidley and Austin in Chicago. He holds a master's in management from Kellogg and a JD from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law.


In June, Dan Rabinowitz (BS Business Administration) was appointed vice president and chief financial officer of Peapod. Dan joined the Internet supermarket in 1995 as director of financial planning and analysis and last year was promoted to vice president, financial planning and control, and treasurer. He has also worked for the Geneva Companies and Technology Solutions, and holds a master's in management from Northwestern. His fellow alum, John Walden, became chief operating officer of Peapod last October. (See 1983, above.)

Jack Dugan (BS Accountancy) writes: "In October, I was promoted to partner at Ernst & Young, LLP's management consulting division. I serve clients in the financial services industry." He and his wife Lynn (BS Dietetics 1985) live in Oak Park with their daughters, Rebecca and Courtney. Jack holds an MBA from the University of Chicago.


Congratulations and best wishes to Nate Hobaugh (MBA) who, with his wife Mary, recently welcomed Grace Ann, their fourth child. Born May 11, she joins brother Andrew (8) and sisters Allison (6) and Madeline (3) at the family home in Chicago. Nate is a general administrator for MetLife in Arlington Heights. E-mail him at

Less than five months after joining South Pointe Bank as vice president/call officer, William Kent Eisenhauer (BS Finance) was promoted to vice president of the institution, located in Benton, Illinois. He writes to tell us that he also worked at DuQuoin National Bank, where he was assistant vice president from September of 1985 until he went to work for South Pointe, in May of '97.

Mark G. Essig (MBA) has been appointed president and chief executive officer of GS Industries in Charlotte, North Carolina, the largest producer of grinding media and cast wear parts for the worldwide mining industry. Mark's move follows his work at AK Steel Corporation in Middletown, Ohio, where he had been since 1992. He has also worked for Washington Steel Corporation in Washington, Pennsylvania. He and his wife Debbie have four children.

After practicing law for almost ten years at the Chicago law firm of Pedersen & Houpt, David Filkin (BS Finance) has joined Arlington International as executive vice president and assistant general counsel. David, who graduated from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1988, lives in Deerfield, Illinois, with his wife and three children.

Robert F. Nale (BS Accountancy) has accepted a position as vice president-finance with Scudder Kemper Investments, Inc. He is heading corporate tax operations for the global investment management organization, which is a new subsidiary of the Zurich Group headquartered in Chicago. Robert holds an MS in taxation from DePaul.

In January, the board of directors of Tupperware Corporation elected Michael S. Poteshman (BS Accountancy) vice president and controller. He had been assistant controller for the company since May 1996, and also served as an auditor with Price Waterhouse. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Allan C. Sutherland (BS Accountancy) has been elected senior vice president of Illinois Tool Works. Allan will also continue to manage the leasing and investment segment of the Glenview company, a multinational manufacturer of highly engineered components and industrial systems. Before joining ITW
in 1993, Allan was with Ernst & Young. He holds an MS in taxation from DePaul.


  • September 25, 1998
    Campus Reunion Weekend
    On UIUC campus honoring the classes of: 1933, 1938, 1943, 1948, 1958, and 1973. Watch for more information about the weekend. Commerce Alumni returning for the weekend are cordially invited to come back to the college.
  • October 17, 1998
    Homecoming Tent Party
    Location: West side of Memorial Stadium on the old tennis courts. Join former classmates and other Commerce friends for fun, great food, refreshments, and conversation prior to the game. Medicare 7, 8, or 9 Dixieland Jazz Band will get everyone in a festive mood to cheer the team on to victory. All Commerce Alumni and Friends are welcome. No invitations are necessary, reservations required. Desired deadline for luncheon reservations is October 7.
  • April 30, 1999
    Spring Luncheon at the Palmer House in Chicago
    Meet the College of Commerce family in Chicago to honor the achievements of faculty and alumni at the annual spring luncheon. 11:00 a.m. _ 1:30 p.m.
  • Watch for further announcements for Young Alumni and MBA Alumni events on our home page: Information will be updated regularly, please visit.


Congratulations to Karen L. Ollila (BS Accountancy) who was awarded her doctorate in veterinary medicine at UIUC commencement ceremonies in May. She writes to say that she has accepted a one-year internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Friendship Hospital for Animals in Washington, D.C. She lives in Bethesda, Maryland.

"It would be hypocritical for me to send this information any other way than via e-mail," notes a message from Thomas J. Sherman (BS Accountancy) who earlier this year was promoted from controller to chief operating officer of System Development/Integration, Inc., an information technology company
in Chicago. Thomas reports that he lives in St. Charles with his wife, Kathy and two sons, Nicholas (4) and Andrew (1). E-mail him:

She's president of Knowledge Transfer Associates Inc., a software management company. But that's not all. Lisa-Ann Linger Barnes (BS Finance) writes to say that Prentice-Hall has just published her book, Client/Server and Beyond: Strategies for the 21st Century. "The book provides management techniques for project managers of client/server development projects," notes Lisa-Ann, who lives in Bartlett, Illinois, where her company is also located.


Robert L. Johnson (MBA) has been made an associate partner with Andersen Consulting, the global management and technology consulting organization.
He also holds BS (1985) and MS (1988) degrees in architecture from UIUC. He joined Andersen Consulting in 1989, and works in the company's utilities industry group, where he manages large, complex information systems projects for utility companies.


JAMS/ENDISPUTE has hired JoAnna Abrams (BS Finance) as its new vice president advertising and brand development. JoAnna had served most recently as marketing manager for Nestle USA, and had also worked as brand manager for Wolfgang Puck Food Company L.P. and senior financial consultant at Arthur Andersen & Co. She holds an MBA from Harvard. Located in Irvine, California, JAMS/ENDISPUTE is the nation's leading provider of alternative dispute resolution services.


After receiving her MBA in May from the Olin School at Washington University, Rebecca (Jacobson) Wood (BS Finance) relocated to Houston with her husband Thomas (BS Psychology 1992, AM LIR 1996, JD 1996). And that same month — on May 14, 1998, to be precise — the couple welcomed their first baby, Thomas Michael Wood, Jr. Rebecca works as an energy analyst for Houston Industries. The family home is in Kingwood, Texas.


Kristina Lindgren (BS Accountancy) sent an e-mail recently to say that she's been traveling, but has settled down again — into an information systems consulting job for Deloitte and Touche. "I have turned into a computer geek," she confesses, "and I absolutely LOVE my job!" She's living in downtown Chicago and working at the SAP technical development center in Oak Brook. Kristina notes that Stephanie DeFranco (BS Finance) has left Andersen and is working for a software company. Kristina is ready to get involved with the Young Commerce Alumni, and hopes to hear from other classmates. E-mail her at


Irwin H. Toelle died on September 23, 1997, in Freeport, Illinois. A member of the CBA Class of 1934, graduating with a BS in Finance, Mr. Toelle was the retired comptroller of Stephenson Service Company, and a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. His daughter Lynne Toelle Kimball (LAS BA 1968, MA 1969) writes: "Dad was a loyal Illini supporter all of his life and often told me of his fond memories of his college career. He was the youngest of eight children and the only one who went to college. You can imagine how proud his family was!" He is survived by his wife Edna; his daughters Lynne, Barbara Baker, and Judy Toelle; son Stephen Toelle; his brother Alvin Toelle; and numerous other family members and friends.


On November 27, 1997, William "Bill" Grant died at the age of 79. He graduated Commerce in 1942 with a BS in Business Administration. A World War II Navy veteran and member of the Kiwanis Club and Elks Lodge, Mr. Grant owned JG Vending in his hometown of Streator, Illinois. He was a resident of Surprise, Arizona, at the time of his death. He is survived by his wife Helen; his daughters Mary Lentman and Christine Bergner; son David; and other family members, including two sisters, a brother, eight grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.


Daniel T. Beagley, a Commerce graduate and partner in Andersen Consulting, passed away on December 21, 1997, succumbing to chronic immune demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP), a degenerative nerve disease. He was 44 years old. A resident of Chicago's near North Side, Mr. Beagley was born in Berwyn, Illinois, and grew up in Glen Ellyn. He received a BS in Business Administration in 1975, and an MS in Industrial Relations in 1977. He joined Andersen Consulting in 1978 and was made partner ten years later. His specialty was consulting for consumer products companies. Joe W. Forehand, Jr., worldwide managing partner for Andersen Consulting's products industry practice, said of him: "Dan Beagley was truly an exceptional partner. He met the highest standard of professionalism in delivering value to his clients. Dan was a superb role model with our people and his courage during his illness was an inspiration to those who were associated with him." His excellence as a role model extended into his personal
life, in his work for The Midtown Educational Foundation, a non-profit organization which is devoted to the education and character development of inner-city youth, especially helping high school students gain admittance to college. He was a very active UIUC alumnus. He is survived by his wife, Susan; parents Thomas and Donna Beagley of Venice, Florida; sisters Sharon McAndrews and Patricia Indelli; and three nieces and a nephew. Memorial donations may be sent to The Midtown Educational Foundation, Daniel T. Beagley Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Mr. Jim Palos, 718 South Loomis Street, Chicago, IL 60607.