Daniel Savastano '11

From the WPI Journal: Daniel Savastino is president of The Smiths Museum, a nonprofit organization dedicated to illustrating and preserving the history and sociocultural significance of The Smiths. He traces his passion back to WPI, where he took up guitar, chaired the Music and Comedy Committee, and was introduced to The Smiths. In his webpage bio, Daniel explains the inspiration for The Smiths Museum, Theatre, and Café. “People always say to do what you love, but most never follow their own advice. So one day I wrote out everything that I love and narrowed it down to three things: The Smiths, live performance, and coffee.” In June, on the 30th anniversary of the band’s third studio album, The Queen Is Dead, the museum staged a pop-up exhibit at the Middlesex Lounge in Cambridge, Mass.

Dan Maguire '66

From the WPI Journal: Dan Maguire and his wife, Beth, marked their 37th year in the Chicago area. “Started teaching part-time at Northwestern 21 years ago and continue today,” he writes. He has fond memories of graduating and then doing alumni work with Steve Hebert. As vice chairman of Executive Construction Inc., he notes that he was able to make the world a better place “by giving people jobs.” Favorite professor? “Carl Koontz. Carl never brought a note to class, and you needed to only take one page home.” The Maguires have two children, Kevin (48) and Elyse (44).

Bert LaValley ’07

From the WPI Journal: CFO of Deadhorse Hill restaurant Bert LaValley ’07, is in partnership with chef Jared Forman and beverage director Sean Woods. The downtown restaurant/café is named for a steep incline that that challenged horses—and then motorcars—in bygone centuries. His is also founder of Sustainable Comfort Inc., specializing in energy efficient multifamily homes. WPI Journal asked him to share his thoughts on revitalizing Worcester’s culinary scene.

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Richard Fournier '67

From the WPI Journal:  Dick Fournier is retired from TDC Medical as Chief Technology Officer and lives in Concord, MA.  He and his wife, Anne, have four children and eight grandchildren.  "I have had the most interesting and rewarding career," Dick writes, "including aerospace, automation, and, for the last 20+ years, medical device technology.  As a cancer survivor, the most important thing I have learned is to appreciate and get the most out of every day life.  I am fortunate to have a close family and friends."  Dick's pastimes include designing and building custom furniture, riding with the Charles River Wheelmen, and competitive age group running.  An active Unitarian Universalist, he volunteers as the concord Prison, where he gives guitar lessons, and he works with mentally handicapped people at the Restoration Project.  "I always vote, but not for anyone who does not acknowledge global warming and man's contribution to it,  Human rights are very important to me," he says.  He retains fond memories of the late professor K. G. Merriam (dynamics) swinging from the classroom door to ilustrate concepts.

Robert J. Prytko '91

From the WPI Journal:  I recently completed the scale-up (50kg) of a Phase III drug candidate.  Amazingly, I've been at Sepracor (now Sunovion Pharmaceuticals in Marlborough, MA) for over 20 years!  We sponsored an MQP project last year and it worked so well, we are working with WPI again this year.

Michel R. Benoit '74

Per WPI Journal: "The day after graduation I started work as a process engineer at Pfizer Inc. in the chemicals division in Groton, Conn. After five years I moved to the minerals division in northwestern Connecticut, where I managed a lime and limestone operation. After three years there, serendipity intervened, leading me to take a job with a start up company in the environmental business. I was tasked with developing and implementing technologies to recycle energy-bearing wastes as alternative fuels in industrial furnaces. That company became very successful and a key player in a new industry. In 1996 I left the company to run the industry's trade association, which was based in Washington, D.C. I continue in my position as executive director and am now based at my home office in Madison, N.H." Mike and his wife, Celeste, have rescued and restored a historic 1825 farm in Rice City, R.I. "I also co-invented two patented technologies that enable solid hazardous waste and whole scrap tires to be beneficially used as alternative fuels in cement kilns."

Richard B. Vaughn '68

I am semi-retired. I have been mentoring high school and college students to find the right school, earn scholarships, and find internships. Opportunities around for those who work hard. Still have regular contact with Dave, Carl, Bill, and Jack.

Edward P. Kurdziel '80

I am currently a project manager at Westinghouse Electric Co. I am responsible for implementing field projects at nuclear power facilities; proposal development and steam generator (nuclear) repair process development.