Alumni Notes: Class Years 1970-79


Below are archived updates for alumni graduating between 1970 and 1979; organized by year, then alphabetically. Visit the main Alumni Notes page for current updates.

Bruce Beringer '70 - Bruce practiced international corporate law with a Wall Street firm for over 10 years in New York and the Middle East before moving to London in 1984. He has worked in executive search for almost 30 years, initially with Russell Reynolds and subsequently with Heidrick & Struggles, where he was Managing Partner Emerging Markets, Managing Director of the European Professional Services Practice and then Global Head of the Legal Speciality Practice.

He co-founded 33 St. James's in 2003 and is a Managing Partner. 33 St. James’s operates as a close-knit team of Management Consultants, Management Assessment Specialists and Executive Search Consultants in a structure similar to a Barristers’ Chambers. Partners operate on a global basis and are based in the United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, India, Ireland, Switzerland, and Australia He leads the Professional Services Practice and executes Search and Management Assessment mandates for corporations, law firms and regulatory bodies.

He has a generalist orientation and has worked across a wide range of industry sectors, including: financial services, manufacturing, TMC, FMCG, energy, pharmaceuticals, property, logistics, professional and legal services often with a cross-border perspective. Recent Legal mandates have included Partner-level positions based in North America and Asia in addition to Europe. He has also handled Corporate senior management projects pertaining to positions based in the UK, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, all of Central and Eastern Europe, Africa, North America, and the Middle and Far East. His clients have included AT Kearny, Coca Cola, RJ Reynolds, France Telecom, Ameritech, GE Capital, CSFB, Bank of America, SBC, Smith KleinBeecham. He appears in the directory of the top 100 head-hunters in the world and is also widely known His clients have included for Board Appraisal and strategic advice to clients.

Bruce is now returning to the United States and will be based in Williamsburg. (10/13)

Phil Essman '71 retired from mergers and acquisitions at AT&T in 2001 and moved to Hilton Head, SC. He is an active volunteer with the national Make A Wish Foundation and the local public school system. (2009)

Diane A. Drummond '72 lives in Richmond and has worked for the s Department of Social Services as a medical assistance program consultant for 30 years. She also volunteers at the Free Clinic of Goochland and tries to spend as much time as possible with her 16-year-old son. (2009)

Jay Gsell '73 - Starting my 19 yr. as County Manager in Genesee County NY ,between Buffalo and Rochester. Member of Greater Rochester United Way Bd of Directors and Exec. Committee as well as President of Lake Plains Community Care Network which is a regional health care collaboration pgm.that is implementing a $5 million FCC broadband/internet Medical Records "wired" initiative for a mostly rural network of Hospitals, physicians,other health care providers to improve the crossreferencing of patients, their care and wellness/disease mgnt. (10/11)

Jay Gsell '73 was recently appointed to a New York State taskforce for Medicaid administrative service. He is also working with local community colleges to develop a curriculum on the basics of local government administration for emerging leaders and elected officials in local government. (9/10)

John Vile '73 was appointed in July 2008 as Dean of the Honors College at Middle Tennessee State University, where he had headed the political science department for 19 years. He recently co-edited the Encyclopedia of the First Amendmentand the Philosopher, Founder, and Statesman. (2009)

Harold Carter '74 graduated from UVA Law School and then worked for Harris Beach LLP in Rochester, NY for 28 years. A year ago, he became General Counsel in his local public transportation provider, and is currently Vice-President of Membership for the local council of the Boy Scouts of America. (2009)

Phil Mott '74 has spent 4 years as a certified financial planner after more than 29 years in the U.S. Navy. (2009)

Brian W. Pusch '76 is a partner in the New York law firm of Pusch & Gal. He practices in the areas of corporate and securities laws, including venture capital, private equity, and hedge funds, with a focus on biotechnology and other technology companies. (2009)

Janet Sanderson '77 returned to Washington, DC, in July 2009 after three and a half years overseas as the US Ambassador in Port-au-Prince, Haiti to take up duties as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Arab Gulf and North Africa. (9/10)

David Engel '78  - Recently retired from US Air Force Reserve as a JAG Colonel (after an active duty and Reserve career spanning 33 years, 1978-2011). Still serving with Social Security Administration in Tulsa, Oklahoma as Hearing Office Chief Administrative Law Judge and Deputy Regional Chief Judge for the Dallas, Texas region (Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico). Recently elected to Federal Executive Board for Oklahoma, September 2011. Just trying to make use of Government degree at W&M. (10/11)

Donna Robusto Krache '78 - is Executive Producer of CNN Student News. She is based out of the CNN's Headquarters in Atlanta. (09/10)

Betsy Sigman Page '78 is a professor at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business, where she specializes in survey research, electronic commerce and e-government, and management information systems. (2009)

Mike Urbanski ' 78 - On Dec. 1, 2010, President Obama nominated Michael F. Urbanski to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Virginia, and he was confirmed by the US Senate on May 12, 2011. Judge Urbanski took the oath of office on May 13, 2011, and presides over court in Roanoke and Harrisonburg, Virginia. (10/11)

Elizabeth McMath Byam '79 - I work at The Kingsbury Center in Washington, DC, as a tutor for students with learning disabilities with a focus on teaching reading to students with dyslexia and other language-based disabilities. This year I am teaching Virginia History to a student with language-based learning disabilities. (01/12)

Robert (Bob) Duncan '79 - Have taught adjunct for a number of years. (11/13)

Eileen Morgan Johnson '79 - After nearly 20 years at the National Wildlife Federation, I moved to a law firm in DC in 2006. My practice is focused on tax-exempt organizations, primarily corporate and tax. I serve as general counsel to several organizations. (09/10)

Gregory Minjack '79 joined the US Agency for International Development’s newly formed Office of Civilian Response as an active member of the Civilian Response Corps. He specializes in elections and political processes in reconstruction and stabilization environments and has deployed to Afghanistan and Sudan. (9/10)

Patty Bagley Schutte '79 is currently living in Los Angeles after attending law school at UVA and working at an international banking law firm in New York and Washington. She spent five years with the US Government at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation and another five at the International Finance Corporation. (9/10)