The Outstanding Alumni Award

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Outstanding Alumni Award: This award honors personal and professional accomplishments and involvement with LSSU. This is the highest honor the Association presents. The award highlights significant achievements of alumni who serve as leaders in our region, state and nations. The first award was made in 1968.

2023 – Doug Weight ’91Doug Weight - Outstanding Alumnus Award

  • Doug attended LSSU from 1989 through 1991, and played two seasons with the Lakers, where he helped lead LSSU to CCHA regular-season and playoff titles in 1991 and two NCAA Quarterfinals appearances in 1990 and 1991.
  • He established the Doug Weight Hockey Endowment in 2002 to support Laker hockey operations, noting that it was his intention to establish an endowment that reflects his desire to benefit the growth and success of the program while inspiring others to contribute as well. His endowment represented the first major financial contribution by a former Laker Hockey player in the university’s history.
  • In 2021, the Doug Weight Performance Center was made possible through a distribution from the Doug Weight Endowment at LSSU. The newly renovated facility includes all new floor to ceiling décor and state-of-the-art weight equipment.
  • Doug started his professional career when he was drafted by the New York Rangers in the second round (34th overall) of the 1990 NHL entry draft – LSSU’s second-highest NHL Draft pick.
  • He represented the United States at nine major international competitions throughout his professional career including three Olympic Winter Games (1998, 2002 and 2006), three IIHF Men’s World Championships (1993, 1994 and 2005), two World Cups of Hockey (1996 and 2004) – winning a gold medal in his first appearance – and one IIHF World Junior Championship (1991).
  • He was inducted into the LSSU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010, and into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2013.
  • A veteran of 1,238 NHL games, Doug finished his career placing 65th on the NHL’s scoring list with 1,033 points (755 assists and 278 goals). He is one of nine American-born players with more than 1,000 NHL points, which he earned across 20 years in the league.
  • His playing career included stints with the New York Rangers, Edmonton Oilers, St. Louis Blues, Carolina Hurricanes, Anaheim Ducks and the New York Islanders.
  • After retiring from playing, Doug became an assistant coach of the New York Islanders in the 2011-12 season. In January 2017, he was promoted to Interim Head Coach. In April 2017, he was officially named head coach after he led the team to a 24–12–4 record after taking the coaching duties mid-season.
  • Weight is currently a key member of the San Jose Sharks’ organization, with one of the most intriguing roles and job titles, Hockey Operations Adviser.
  • Weight is married to Allison and have three children – daughters Ryan (24) and Addison (20), and son Danny (22).

2022 – Chris Conklin ’74Chris Conklin Photo

  • Chris graduated in 1974, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronic Engineering Technology.
  • After graduating, Chris worked for Consumers Energy, Weltronic Corporation, NEWCOR Inc., Bechtel Corporation, and Dow Corning Corporation where he served as Senior Measurement and Controls Engineer (retiring after 30 years).
  • He has given back to the university through his volunteer work with the admissions office and his efforts to assist with recruiting prospective students at college recruiting nights.
  • Chris later served on the Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) group on campus, supporting the engineering and technology programs.
  • Chris and his wife Carol celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on September 2, 2022. They have 2 children Kristine Loree Goward ’99 (LSSU Alumna) and Scott Aaron Conklin.
  • Chris is a dues paying member of the LSSU Alumni Association.

2021 – Jan Bednarz ’72Jan-Bednarz

  • Jan is a 1972 Business Administration – Management graduate.
  • Jan was involved with a wide variety of activities as a student at LSSC, now LSSU, including one year on the men’s basketball team, three years in ROTC, two years on the Student Senate, and three years in the Lambda Sigma Beta Professional Business Fraternity of which he was the President during his senior year.
  • His friendship with Dr. Madan Saluja, resulted in Jan contributing to the founding of the Lambda Sigma Beta Scholarship Fund in 1997.
  • Jan received the Lukenda School of Business Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2005 and has been a member and president of the school’s Professional Advisory Board.
  • Jan is a Lifetime Member of the LSSU Alumni Association.
  • Jan worked at MJ Insurance from May 1976 to the end of 2016.
  • Jan has two daughters, Jessica and Sandra.

2019 – David Saunders ’80David Saunders

  • Tax partner with BDO’s International Tax Practice.
  • Varsity letter for wrestling, was also a member of the Lambda Sigma Beta professional business fraternity.
  • Has served on the LSSU Foundation Board since 2009
  • Received the Lukenda School of Business distinguished alumnus award in 2010
  • Frequent speaker regarding Canada – U.S. tax planning, structuring U.S. inbound business investment into Canada and Canadian outbound business investment into the United States. David has spoken at the CICA National Conference on Taxation and has been quoted on cross-border tax planning issues in Canada’s national newspaper, Toronto Globe and Mail.

Ed Smith

2018 – Ed Smith’78

  • Physician and Oncologist in St. Ignace at Mackinac Straits Hospital
  • Created and developed the nursing scholarship/internship at Mackinac Straits Hospital
  • Supports the Lake State Classic, South Hall and most projects presented to the Foundation Board
  • Current LSSU Foundation Board Member – 2018

David Jahn2017 – David Jahn’90

  • President and CEO of War Memorial Hospital
  • Led financial turnaround for WMH from 2005-2008
  • Led construction and fund raising effort for Radiology Dept., Rehabilitation Dept., addition of inpatient behavioral health and sky-walk entrance

Todd Fritch

2016 – Todd Fritch’93

  • Vice President, Business Development at Shorelight Education
  • Established Geology Scholarship at LSSU in memory of his grandparents, Norma & Weldon Fritch.
  • Formerly Provost of the American International College
  • Dr. Fritch received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Geology from Baylor University

Ian Ward

2015 – Ian Ward ’76

  • Chartered Financial Analyst
  • Senior Vice President Investments, Operational Services and Real Estate for Auto-Owners Insurance Company (employed with Auto-Owners for 37 years)
  • Kenneth J. Shouldice Achievement Award Recipient, 2000
  • Inducted into LSSU Athletic Hall of Fame, 2003, Player on 1973-74 NAIA National Championship Team
  • Awarded Certificate of Achievement from ICFA, 1988
  • LSSU Foundation Board – Executive Committee – Chair Finance Committee
  • Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association – Chair Investment Committee since 1994
  • Michigan Automobile Insurance Placement Facility – Investment Committee and past Chair

Joseph Breed

2014 – Joseph Breed ’85

  • President of Barnich, Kavanaugh & Cooper(BKC) Insurance Agency in Cheboygan (branch office in Indian River)
  • Extensive community involvement including LSSU Foundation Board of Directors, Kiwanis Club of Cheboygan, Indian River Economic Development Alliance, Cheboygan and Indian River Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Cheboygan Area Public Library Capital Campaign, Cheboygan County Leadership Forum, Cheboygan Area JayCee’s, Cheboygan Memorial Hospital Planned Gifts Committee
  • Holds professional designation of Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU)
  • Serves on Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan Advisory Council
  • Received awards for Ambassador of the Year – Michigan Association of Insurance Agents and Member of the Year – Indian River Chamber of Commerce
  • Has been involved in raising funds for LSSU’s South Hall Campaign
  • Lifetime member of LSSU Alumni Association and generous donor to LSSU

Tad Malpass

2013 – Tad Malpass ’82

  • BS in Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Consultant, Board of Directors
  • Advisory Board member East Jordan Ironworks
  • Lettered in all four of his years on the LSSU tennis team and ended up coaching the team during his final year
  • Served on many boards and committees, including the Malpass Foundation, Charlevoix County Humane Society, Rotary Club of East Jordan, and Charlevoix County Business and Industry Task Force (now the Northern Lakes Economic Alliance).
  • Received the conservationist of the year award for Charlevoix County in 1993.

Daniel Laur

2012 – Daniel T. Laur, ’76

  • President and owner of Laur Silicone Inc. in Beaverton.
  • Served on Foundation Board of Directors in the 1990s
  • Major benefactor to LSSU Foundation

Charles Schmidt

2011 – Charles J Schmidt ’75

  • Served on LSSU Board of Trustees, 2002 to 2010
  • Co-chair of School of Business South Hall building campaign
  • Portfolio Manager and CFO for Seizert Capital Partners, an investment firm
  • Serves on various community and charity advisory boards
  • Generous donor to business building campaign
  • established business & nursing scholarships

Robert Kjolhede

2010 – Robert J. Kjolhede ‘76

  • Earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and minor in psychology from LSSU
  • Superintendent of the Ionia County Intermediate School District
  • Pesident of the Michigan Association of School Administrators, Region IV.
  • Supports LSSU through Anchor Club, Cager Club and Laker Club
  • Co-chair of the fundraising committee to replace the Cooper Gymnasium floor

Betsy Demaray2009 – Betsy Demaray ‘83

  • Holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from LSSU
  • Active in the community through Rotary International
  • Active member of LSSU Foundation Board of Directors
  • Vice President of Smith & Company Real Estate
  • Created & funded a scholarship at LSSU in 2006 to help Eastern Upper Peninsula students

William Munsell

2008 – William Munsell ’68

  • First Financial Aid Director for Lake Superior State College, 1967-1998
  • President of Michigan Student Financial Aid Association, 1984
  • Active volunteer in several community service organizations, with leadership roles in the Sault Lions Club, Boy Scouts, United Way, Sault Community Foundation, and the I-500 Committee
  • Member and past president, EUP Board of Realtors, receiving Realtor of the Year award in 2007
  • Longest consecutively serving Sault Ste. Marie City Commissioner, 1983 to present
  • Active and enthusiastic member of LSSU Alumni Association Board of Directors, 2001 to present
  • Longtime supporter of the LSSU Foundation

Jim Knight007 – F. James Knight ‘ 57

  • Driving force behind establishment of Kemp Mineral Resources Museum
  • Major advocate in identifying and soliciting donors for the Kemp Museum, organizing fund raising efforts, and personally donating funds toward the Museum
  • Active participant in construction of display cases in Kemp Museum
  • Retired as Executive Vice President of Gannett Fleming, Inc.
  • Named Engineer of the Year by Harrisburg Chapter of PSPE, 1993

Bud Cooper

2006 – Ronald “Bud” Cooper ’49

  • Has worked to strengthen LSSU by volunteering countless hours in numerous capacities
  • Serves on LSSU’s Athletic Hall of Fame and Alumni Awards selection committees
  • Serves on steering committee for Home Court Advantage, a campaign to replace the wooden floor in the Norris Center’s Cooper Gymnasium
  • LSSU’s gymnasium was named in his honor in 2000
  • Served as charter member of the revamped LSSU Alumni Association board of directors, which he chaired in the mid 1990s
  • Spearheaded creation of annual golf tournament to benefit Lake State women’s athletics and athletic development
  • Helped establish the Cager Club, a Laker basketball booster group
  • Served as athletic director from 1957 to 1986
  • Named professor emeritus by LSSU’s Board of Trustees in 1986
  • Inducted into LSSU’s Athletic Hall of Fame, 1995
  • Coached basketball for Sault Branch of Michigan College of Mining and Technology from 1954 to 1960, amassing a 100-32 win-loss record, good for a .826 winning percentage, the best of any coach in LSSU history
  • Coached tennis, golf and bowling at Sault Tech

Scott Shackleton

2005 – Scott Shackleton ’83

  • Manager of Tanglewood Marsh Golf Course and serves on Chippewa County Board of Commissioners
  • Current co-chair of the United Way of Chippewa County
  • Former president of the Downtown Business Association and former member of the Sault Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors
  • Served as a member of the State House of Representatives for three two-year terms
  • During his tenure, wrote 27 pieces of legislation that became law, including a bill that would increase state funding for LSSU’s newly opened Art Center to 75% of the total project cost

2004 – Randy Peterson ’80

  • General Manager, Precision Edge, a world leader in the design and manufacturing of surgical bone cutting tools, instruments and implants
  • Director, Federal Reserve Board, Minneapolis District, 2003-2005
  • Advocate for LSSU including the hiring of LSSU graduates, serving as a resource for campus and as a benefactor
  • Active community leader including Habitat for Humanity, United Way and Rotary International
  • Board of Directors, Michigan Workforce Development and Michigan Educational Advisory Board

2003 – Nancy Rheaume ’74

  • Executive director for the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service, a world-wide agency that directs military, Department of Defense civilians and foreign nationals in the U.S. and 14 countries
  • Recipient, Defense Logistics Agency’s Exceptional Civilian Service award and medal, the highest civilian honor bestowed by the United States Department of Defense, 2002
  • Recipient of the Meritorious Civilian Service Medal for the Environmental Program and Meritorious Civilian Service Medal for Reinvention
  • A leader for innovations resulting in better business practices and a savings to the taxpayers of the United States

2002 – Shan-Lien ( Tokyo) Chen ’93

  • One of the first to complete an accelerated MBA program at LSSU
  • Now pursuing a doctoral degree at Chung-Nan University, one of the top 15 universities in China
  • Instrumental in forming the first (and so far, the only) Taiwanese chapter of the LSSU Alumni Association
  • Extremely popular and successful radio personality in the Taiwan Broadcasting Company and the China Broadcasting Company
  • On the air seven days a week for at least eight hours a day
  • President of the Visual and Audio Production Association of Taipei, which promotes cross-strait cultural exchange between mainland China and Taiwan
  • Published a book entitled The Road of Life
  • Enjoys traveling, having visited more than 80 countries
  • Possesses extensive collection of chicken-blood stone, a rare mineral found only in China, carvings of which were once reserved exclusively for tributes to the emperor during the Ming and Ching dynasties
  • Close friends with Donald Gerrie, director of LSSU’s first MBA program
  • Member of LSSU’s Lake Ontario Society for lifetime giving in excess of $10,000
  • Deceased in 2003

Mike Sawruk

2002 – Mike Sawruk ’72

  • President of Sawruk Management Inc, headquartered in Winter Park, Florida
  • Highly successful developer
  • As a student, worked for the LSSU in the physical plant office and with Len Pianosi

Gary Benjamin

2001 – Gary Benjamin ’70

  • President and chief operating officer for Champion Inc., headquartered in Iron Mountain
  • Began his career with Champion in its electrical division immediately after graduation
  • Moved into Champion’s National Ready-mix Concrete Division as general manager, 1981
  • Elected vice president, 1984 and senior vice president and board member, 1986
  • Promoted to Vice President for Champion, Inc., 1996 and became involved in the company’s administrative affairs and business unit subsidiaries, Gundlach Champion, Inc. and Charter, Inc.
  • Elected president and chief operating officer, 1999.
  • Member of the first class to earn a bachelor’s degree from then Lake Superior State College
  • Charter lifetime member of the LSSU Alumni Association
  • Played basketball for LSSC
  • Member of LSSU’s Lake Ontario Society for lifetime giving in excess of $10,000

Ronald Sober

2000 – Ronald Sober ’70

  • Owner/President, Northern Michigan Insurance Agency
  • Dedicated and energetic LSSU advocate and benefactor
  • Founding member of the Cager Club
  • Charter member, revitalized Alumni Association Board of Directors, 1994 – 2001
  • Inducted into LSSU Athletic Hall of Fame, 1995
  • Member of LSSU’s Lake Ontario Society for lifetime giving in excess of $10,000

1999 – Michael L. McDonald ’71

  • Officer/Senior Vice President for Administration, Wausau-Mosinee Paper Corporation
  • General Manager/Vice President, Human Resource, Mead Corp., Publishing 1984-1997
  • President, Pulp & Paper Manufactures Association 1995-1997
  • LSSU Board of Trustees, 1994-1997
  • Active in community, church and service organizations
  • LSSU Foundation & Alumni Association advocate

Barbara Cliff

1998 – Barbara Cliff ’79

  • named vice president for clinical services of Cheboygan Memorial Hospital, August 2002
  • Formerly vice president for nursing services for Holy Cross Saratoga Hospital in Detroit
  • Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing Administration, 1997
  • American Organization of Nurse Executives’ Policy and Legislative Advocacy Award, 1997
  • President, Michigan Organization of Nurse Executives, 1997-98
  • Member, board of directors, Southeastern Michigan Organization of Nurse Executives, 1995-97
  • Sigma Theta Tau, National Honor Society of Nursing
  • Active volunteer with LSSU Alumni Association projects and events
  • Member of LSSU’s Lake Ontario Society for lifetime giving in excess of $10,000

Patricia Caruso

1997 – Patricia Caruso ’75

  • Named deputy director for Michigan Department of Corrections in Lansing, July 2002
  • County Controller and Chief Administrative Officer for Chippewa County, 1983-88
  • Began career with Michigan Department of Corrections, 1988; named warden for Chippewa Correctional Facilities, 1991
  • Active LSSU volunteer including alumni projects and Gem of the North steering committee
  • Member American Corrections Association, ACA Congress Planning Council, North American Association of Wardens and Superintendents
  • Past president, Chippewa County United Way board of directors
  • Treasurer, War Memorial Hospital board of trustees
  • Member of LSSU’s Lake Ontario Society for lifetime giving in excess of $10,000

1996 – Bernard Bouschor ’75

  • Chairman and executive director, Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians since 1987
  • Tribal Chairman Award, National Tribal/Indian Health Service, 1992
  • Upper Peninsula Person of the Year, 1996
  • Former member, LSSU Foundation Board of Directors
  • Member, Bay Mills Community College Board of Regents

Kevin Cooper

1995 – Kevin P. Cooper, D.D.S. ’79

  • Served as first president of renewed Alumni Association, 1994-1995
  • Graduated summa cum laude from Lake Superior State College, 1979
  • Named Outstanding Student in Periodontics at University of Michigan, 1979
  • National Health Services Scholarship recipient for UM Dental School, 1979-83
  • Doctorate of Dental Sciences, University of Michigan, 1983
  • Past president, Sault District Dental Society
  • Extremely active in the life of the community and University
  • Member of LSSU’s Lake Ontario Society for lifetime giving in excess of $10,000

1994 – Judge Michael W. MacDonald ’73

  • Elected to the 91st District Court of Chippewa County in 1984, at age 34, one of the youngest citizens elected to state court judge and the first four-year degree LSSU alumnus to hold such a position
  • Instituted several innovative programs in District Court including Night Court, Community Service Work Program, Out-County Court sessions and Judge for a Day
  • Private law practice in Sault Ste. Marie 1982-1984
  • Chippewa County Special Assistant Prosecuting Attorney 1982-84

1994 – Philip Youngs ’55

  • Principal, CEO and President of McNamee, Porter and Seeley, Inc.
  • Principal in McNamee Advanced Technology and McNamee Industrial Services, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Licensed Professional Engineer
  • National/Michigan Society of Professional Engineers
  • Retired officer, U.S. Army Reserve
  • Now retired from engineering as well
  • Member of LSSU’s Lake Ontario Society for lifetime giving in excess of $10,000

Stuart Flynn

1993 – Stuart D. Flynn, M.D. ’75

  • Professor of pathology, Yale University
  • Yale Teacher of the Year, 1990
  • Director, Molecular Pathology Laboratory, Yale University
  • Researching molecular biology of cancer
  • Graduate, The University of Michigan and Stanford University
  • Father is Mike Flynn, retired Professor of English & American Literature at LSSU  

1993 – Mary Beth Skupien, MS, RN ’80

  • Former deputy associate director, Office of Health Programs, Indian Health Services, Rockville, Maryland
  • Currently Director of Health for the Sault Tribe’s Health Center
  • Committed her career and life to serving Indian people
  • As a Native American, exemplifies traditional qualities of love, respect, cooperation, sharing, family, honesty, self-knowledge and wisdom
  • Committed to improving public health practice with American Indians and Alaskan natives

1992 – Sue Harrison ’71

Best selling novelist whose books have been published in 14 countries

  • Mother Earth, Father Sky published in 1990
  • One of ten books chosen for ” Battle of the Books,” a statewide student reading competition in Alaska
  • National bestseller in paperback.
  • American Library Association’s Best Books for Young Adults, 1991
  • Nominated for 1993 Reader’s Choice Award in Michigan
  • My Sister the Moon released in 1992
  • Brother Wind released in 1994, and several other best-selling books since then
  • Former Lake Superior State University Trustee

1992 – Edwin C. Peterson, Ed.D. ’56

  • Chief, Education and Training Branch, Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, Hawaii
  • Outstanding Individual and Program Excellence Awards from National University Continuing Education Association, Division of Military and Veterans Affairs, 1986
  • Outstanding Service Award, Community College of the Air Force, 1985
  • Received Department of the Air Force Meritorious Civilian Service Medal in 1983
  • Adult Education Association of the United States of America Meritorious Service Award, 1979
  • Member of LSSU’s Lake Ontario Society for lifetime giving in excess of $10,000

1991 – Mitch Irwin ’74

  • Former juvenile counselor and parochial school teacher
  • Served in Michigan State Senate, 1978-1998
  • Senate Democratic Floor Leader, 1986-90
  • Authored key laws aiding job development, conservation, education and senior citizens
  • Co-sponsored landmark Michigan Education Trust
  • President of The Irwin Group, Limited, a business development, investment and consulting firm

1990 – Susan Theut, MD, MPH ’76

  • Outstanding Student of the School of Science and Technology, LSSC, 1976
  • Recipient, Joseph Collins Foundation Scholarship, 1979-80
  • Recipient of H.Y. Benedict Fellowship from the National Council of Alpha Chi, 1976-77
  • Former resident, Department of Psychiatry, The University of Michigan
  • Had a private practice, child and adult psychology, Washington DC
  • Now Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology, George Washington University

1989 – Joseph K. Lumsden ’57

  • First tribal chairman of Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, 1976-1987
  • Guided the Chippewa Indians tribe to a position as a major force in Michigan Indian life
  • Nationally recognized for his role in the eleven-year battle to win Indian fishing rights in Great Lakes treaty waters
  • United States Marine Corp, Military Occupation Specialist, 1954-56
  • Director of the Intercultural Exchange Program, Lake Superior State College, 1970-73
  • President, The Original Bands of Sault Ste. Marie Chippewa Indians, 1973-76
  • Facilitator of Indian Education for Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and Sault Ste. Marie Public Schools, Title IV-B, 1974-81
  • Chairman, Chippewa-Ottawa Treaty Fishery Management Authority, 1981-87
  • Died, September 1987

Patrick Gagliardi

1988 – Patrick Gagliardi ’74

  • Chippewa County Commissioner, 1980-82
  • Elected to Michigan State House of Representatives, 1982
  • House Majority floor leader, 1989-93
  • Chair, House Oversight Committee
  • Term-limited out of Michigan House, 1999
  • Currently working for LSSU on contractual basis
  • Member of LSSU’s Lake Ontario Society for lifetime giving in excess of $10,000

1987 – Corydon L. Somes ’67

  • President of C.L. Somes Company since 1988
  • Vice-President of Champion Incorporated, 1977-1988
  • Served on LSSU Board of Trustees 1970-1985
  • Youngest gubernatorial appointee to a college board in the nation
  • Wrote charter and served as first president of LSSU Alumni Association
  • Holds various patents and copyrights for electrical industry videos, articles and journals
  • Served on four national advisory boards for electric utility manufacturers

Robert Chelberg

1986 – Robert D. Chelberg, LTG, U.S. Army retired ’58

  • More than 34 years of service to our country
  • 32 years in the United States Army, retired as Lieutenant General
  • West Point Graduate
  • Presented with numerous military awards including Defense Distinguished Service Medal and Army Distinguished Service Medal
  • Two years Senior Executive Service
  • Deputy Director of the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies
  • President, Federation of German American Clubs
  • Managing director of European Initiatives, Cubic Applications, Inc.

1985 – David H. Freeborn ’55

  • U.S. Coast Guard Commander, LORAN Station, Talawpulan Island, Philippines, 1962-63
  • Commander, Coast Guard Group Portage, Houghton, Michigan, 1963-65
  • Chief, Aids to Navigation Branch, Coast Guard Office, U.S. Naval Forces, Vietnam
  • Commanding Officer, USCG Woodrush, Duluth, Minnesota, 1968-71
  • Commanding Officer, USCG Storis, Kodiak, Alaska, 1971-73
  • Commanding Officer, Group Soo, Captain of the Port Soo, Sault Ste. Marie, MI, 1984-86
  • Upon retirement from Coast Guard, owned and operated an appraisal company in Sault, MI
  • Member of LSSU’s Lake Ontario Society for lifetime giving in excess of $10,000

1984 – Truman R. Strobridge ’49

  • National Archives Scholar, American University, 1959-62
  • Archivist, National Archives, 1959-61
  • Historian U.S. Marines, 1961-63
  • Chief historian, US Army, 1963-67
  • Senior Historian Pacific Command 1967-70
  • Historian for Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • U.S.C.G. Historian stationed in Maryland.
  • Author of more than 45 publications

Lou & Mae Lukenda

1983 – Louis Lukenda, DDS ’49

  • CEO of Tendercare ( Michigan), Inc.
  • Formerly dentist in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
  • Candidate for Parliament in 1972
  • Active in civic, religious and fraternal organizations
  • Charter member LSSC Foundation Board of Directors
  • Lifelong advocate of Lake Superior State University
  • Member of LSSU’s Great Lakes Society for lifetime giving in excess of $1 million

1982 – Bruce Martyn ’49

  • The Voice of the Detroit Red Wings for nearly 30 years
  • Former sports director for WCAR, Detroit
  • Produced syndicated radio show “This Week in Michigan”
  • Past president, Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association
  • Active in Michigan Cancer Society
  • Inducted into Michigan’s Sports Hall of Fame and NHL Hall of Fame
  • Now retired

1981 – Joseph L. Venier ’50

  • Registered Professional Engineer of The Province of Ontario
  • Employed by Algoma Steel Corporation since 1954, most recently as general manager of the industrial engineering department
  • North American Industry Chairman, Material Handling Division of the American Institute of Industrial Engineers
  • Past Chairman, Northern Ontario Chapter of The American Society for Metals
  • Life Member of LSSU Alumni Association; past president and vice president
  • Now retired from Algoma Steel

1980 – Michael Rellis ’52

  • Former regional director of upper-Egypt for CARE
  • Served in Korea, Malaysia, Egypt, Liberia, Biafra, and South Vietnam for CARE
  • Attended Tokyo School of Japanese Language
  • Member of International Military Police in Korea
  • Now semi-retired, working as a youth talent advocate locally
  • History of involvement with local ice skating programs

1979 – Brian L. Youngs, MD ’58

  • Staff Physician Obstetrics & Gynecology, 130th General Hospital, Nuremberg, Germany, 1969-72
  • Advanced Army Medical Department Course in Texas, 1973
  • Recipient of Skinner Award for the Outstanding Physician, 1973
  • Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel 1974
  • Division Surgeon, 1st Infantry, Ft. Riley, Kansas, from 1976-77
  • Selected for Army Preventive Medicine Residency in 1977
  • Later worked for public health department in Petoskey

1978 – Franklin W. Smith, DDS ’56

  • Chairman, Department of Orthodontics, University of Michigan School of Dentistry
  • Published articles in Harvard Business Review
  • Published numerous magazines and books
  • Died, July 1998

1977 – Calvin Shields ’51

  • President, CKS Consulting Services
  • Career encompassed nearly 35 years with Central Soya, world leader in soybean processing and animal feed manufacture
  • Past Director of Strategic Development and Director of Corporate Engineering for Central Soya
  • Spent seven years overseas heading a dynamic and innovative engineering department for Central Soya
  • Served in the U.S. Army as First Lieutenant 1953-55
  • Now retired

1976 – Robert H. Armstrong ’51

Graduated with a B.S.M.E from Michigan Tech in 1953

  • Employed with Ingersoll-Rand Company since 1956, eventually became Manager of European Operations of the Portable Compressor Division.
  • In 1974, promoted to General Manager of Sales International
  • Retired from Ingersoll-Rand and Telex
  • Now deceased

1975 – Vivian Cody, Ph.D. ’63

  • Long-time senior research scientist, Medical Foundation of Buffalo
  • Awarded a National Institutes of Health grant to study molecular conformation of thyroactive compounds by x-ray
  • Addressed Symposium of Structural and Biological Molecules in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Read paper at Ninth International Congress of Crystalography in Japan
  • Now senior research scientist, Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute of Buffalo, NY

1974 – Donald E. Hamacheck, Ph.D. ’53

  • Professor of counseling, personnel services and educational psychology, Michigan State University, since 1960
  • Consulting psychologist
  • School consultant
  • Producer of educational television and radio programs
  • Author of three books dealing with psychology and self
  • Published articles in numerous magazines and professional journals
  • Now retired, Professor Emeritus

1973 – Joseph A. Mandarino ’49

  • Associate curator of mineralogy at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto for more than 35 years; designated Curator Emeritus
  • President of the Mineralogical Association of Canada; received the Leonard G. Berry Medal for service to the association
  • Chairman of the Commission on New Minerals and Mineral Names of the International Mineralogical Association; designated Chairman Emeritus
  • One of twenty honorary members of the Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland
  • Received the Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal in 1977
  • Now retired

1972 – Lawrence Futchik ’47

  • Member of the 1948 Soo Branch Pioneer class
  • Worked for The Evening News as printer’s devil and printer while attending Lake State
  • BA from Lawrence University; MS and PhD studies at Purdue University
  • Phi Bet Kappa and Sigma Xi honors
  • Vice-President, Mars Incorporated, a large international business
  • Appointed CEO, Mars-Eucom, 1970, directing Mars European businesses while living in Paris, Brussels and s’Hertogenbosch
  • Senior Vice President, Mars Incorporated
  • Now retired

1971 – Douglas Schroeder F.A.I.A. – Principal ’54

  • co-founded the Chicago architectural Assistance Center and served as its first president in 1975.
  • Chairman of the Mass Transportation Crisis committee, a consortium that successfully established a Regional Transportation Authority for the Chicago Metropolitan Area.
  • Wrote the first history of Chicago’s lakefront in 1964: “The Issue of the Lakefront, an Historical Critical Survey”
  • Fellow of the American Institute of architects for outstanding service to the profession in 1981
  • Chairman of the Illinois Futures Committee
  • Now architect and owner of Douglas Schroeder Associates

1970 – Donna M. Barras-Berry, M.D. ’56

  • Medical director since 1990 of Las Floristas Center for Applied Rehabilitation Technology (CART) – Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center, Downey, California.
  • Member since 1989, Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center Foundation board of directors
  • California governor’s committee for the employment of the handicapped since 1978; vice chairperson, 1992-94
  • National Handicapped Professional Woman of the Year, July 1972
  • Inducted into governor’s Hall of Fame for people with disabilities February 1992
  • Medical consultant to the Los Angeles county school district, Aphasia program, 1965-1975

Terry McDermott

1969 – Terry McDermott ’62

  • State, National and North American Speed skating champion
  • 1964 Olympic champion 500 meter speed skating (gold medal)
  • 1964 Olympic record 500 meter speed skating 40.1 seconds
  • 1968 Olympic silver medal winner, 500 meter speed skating
  • 1968 U.S. flag bearer, opening ceremonies 1968 Olympic Games
  • Now owner of Champion Plastics in Rochester Hills, MI

1968 – Patricia James, Ph.D. ’53

  • Published numerous books, articles, and audio/video cassettes
  • Fulbright scholar, Louvain, Belgium 1955-56
  • McCormick Fellowship, Yale University, 1957-59
  • Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Yale University, 1965-70
  • Full Professor of Philosophy, Kent State University
  • Arts and Sciences Humanities Teaching Award, Kent State University, 1973
  • College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Teaching Award, Kent State, 1981, 1983
  • Professor of Philosophy Emerita, Kent State University