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Tepring Piquado

Class of 2001
Tepring Piquado, PhD (COL 01) is a neuroscientist working on public policy.

James Vail

Class of 1955
- Deceased
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In loving Memory of James Vail, Jr., born in Washington, D.C., United States and died on Jun 23, 2017.

Jim was born and raised in Washington, D.C., where he attended public schools, graduating from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1951. His father was a letter engraver at the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing, and his mother was a schoolteacher.

Following that, he completed undergraduate studies and medical school at Georgetown University, interned in the U.S. Army, and served as a battalion surgeon in Germany from 1960-1963.

After a dermatology residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, he came to New Jersey with the Summit Medical Group, and practiced dermatology in Morristown from 1967-2008. He was the past Chief of Dermatology at Overlook and Morristown Memorial Hospitals, past president of the New Jersey Dermatological Society, and past president and a founding member of the Richard L. Sutton Dermatological Society.

He was a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, and a member of the Morris County Medical Society, the New Jersey Medical Society, and the American Medical Association. He was also a recipient of the Golden Merit Award from the Medical Society of New Jersey.

Beyond dermatology and family, his interests included reading, classical music, fly-fishing, golf, and travel. He particularly loved fishing trips to Montana with friends and family. He was a member of Corpus Christi Parish in Chatham, and was also a member of Madison Golf Club.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Dot; his son, Peter, of Manhattan and his wife, Julia Bates, and their sons, William and James; his daughter, Elizabeth, of Madison, Alabama, her husband, Lamar, and her children, Jessica, Shannon, Devon, and Alexander; and his son, Scott, of Morristown and his wife, Suzanne, and their children, Sean, Sophia, and Seamus.

A visitation will be held on Monday, June 26, 2017 from 2-4 p.m. & 6-8 p.m. at Wm. A. Bradley & Son Funeral Home, 345 Main Street, Chatham, NJ 07928. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:15 a.m. on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at Corpus Christi Church, 234 Southern Blvd., Chatham, NJ. Cremation will be private. Memorial donations may be made either to Doctors without Borders, USA, 333 7th Ave., New York, NY 10001-5004, or the THANC Foundation, 5 Union Square E #5b, New York, NY 10003. THANC is dedicated to research and treatment for head and neck cancer.

Richard Ferlauto

Class of 1978
- Deceased
Richard Ferlauto passed away on May 8, 2017.

Richard C. Ferlauto spent more than 25 years working to reform financial markets as a leading advocate for expanding shareholder rights, targeting pension investment for sustainable economic growth, and reinvesting in communities.

From 2002 until joining the SEC in 2010, Mr. Ferlauto served as the director of Corporate Governance and Pension Investment for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). He was recognized by Directorship Magazine as one of the most influential people in corporate governance from 2006 through 2010.

He sat on the advisory board of the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware. He also served as a member of the board of CERES, Inc. from 2004 until 2010.

Learn more about the 50/50 Ferlauto Education Fund,, a memorial fund to continue Rich’s important work.

Nancy Lemoine

Class of 1984
Reading Terminal Market
Reading Terminal Market
Gina (Madden) McDonald, College '84, Nancy (Pietropaolo) Lemoine, Nursing '84, & Jean (McDonough) Pyles, Nursing '84, enjoying downtown Philadelphia in March 2017.
I remain in private law practice in Washington, D.C., and specialize in employee benefits and related human resource issues. My wife Sallie and I live in Arlington, Virginia. Our two daughters Maggie and Emily are grown and on their own (well most of the time!). Maggie and her husband have a one year old son Jack (supposedly named after his father, but I think about Jack the Bulldog every time I say his name). He is a true joy! Emily is getting married this fall here in DC. We got lucky with our sons-in-law. Both daughters live in the area, which is really nice. Outside of my work, I serve on a few boards, follow the Hoyas basketball team and work on my golf game. We also have a house in Bethany Beach, Delaware, and I go there as often as possible. Someday we will retire out there and I will become a full-time beach bum!

Susan Price

Class of 1976
Susan Riegel Price
Susan Riegel Price
I transferred after my sophomore year at Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, VA to Georgetown University. I graduated from Georgetown University in 1976 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology, then in 1991 I received a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from California State University at Chico, California followed by a Certificate in Land Use and Environmental Planning from the University of California at Davis in 2008. Prior to moving to California in 1988, I worked on the staffs of U.S. Senators Edmund S. Muskie (D-Maine) and George J. Mitchell (D-Maine) in Portland, Maine for 6 years, then at CHIP, Inc. in Chico, a housing non-profit agency in Chico, California for 8 ½ years, then in City and County government in northern California for 20 years. I also served as an elected City Councilmember for 8 years in the City of Corning, where I currently reside. I enjoy semi-retirement and providing grant, non-profit, and local government consulting services for cities, counties, special districts, and non-profit agencies throughout California. My husband, a graduate of the University of San Francisco, is a 30 year retired U.S. Army Colonel who spent time in Iraq, in an office in the Presidential Palace, helping set up the Iraqi Police Department under U.S. Presidential Envoy Paul Bremer. He retired in May 2016 from his second career as a Police Officer for a city in northern California. Our son graduated in 2010 from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and works for the federal government in Washington, DC. Please find me on Facebook and Linkedin as: Susan Riegel Price.

Mara Schechter

Class of 2011
Mara Schechter (COL '11) recently was elected to be a Delegrate to the California Democratic Party as part of a wave of progressives getting more involved with the party here in California.  Mara represents District 18.

Zoe Lillian

Class of 2013
Zoe Lillian (COL '13) recently was elected to be a Delegrate to the California Democratic Party as part of a wave of progressives getting more involved with the party here in California.  Zoe represents District 46.

Carter Lavin

Class of 2010
Carter Lavin (SFS '10) recently was elected to be a Delegate to the California Democratic Party as part of a wave of progressives getting more involved with the party here in California.  Carter represents District 18.

Nicole Vavrecka

Class of 1998
Life has dealt me an unlucky hand and I'd like to share my ups and downs to help people from doing the same mistakes. When my health was impeccable, I didn't spend my free time passionately pursuing sports. But as my health has declined and I begin to feel as a mortal being, I regret not pursuing things with passion. My biggest problem was that I was not able to be honest about my feelings. I have been in love many times and I have often lacked the courage to say those three little words "I love you".

It's never too late to start showing your feelings because the worst that can happen is that they are not reciprocal. But as the saying goes, it is wiser to have made mistakes and than not to have lived.

I love life. I may not love my current state but I do ask of you to be honest with yourselves as to what makes you truly happy. Don't let your own poor health pave the way to change.

Please email me if you want to share your ups and downs. It's been a long time. Hoya Saxa.

Nicole Vavrecka

Philip "Phil" Geyer

Class of 1981
2016 Valli Boyz & Galz team (forefront (l to r) Phil Geyer, Valli Balapigna, Karen Scaduto and Ron Sinclair)
2016 Valli Boyz & Galz team (forefront (l to r) Phil Geyer, Valli Balapigna, Karen Scaduto and Ron Sinclair)
In September 2016, Classmates Ron Sinclair (B'81), Karen Malewski Scaduto (C'81) and Phil Geyer (B'81) joined friends and family to ride in the Bike MS: City to Shore two-day, 150 mile, charity bike ride from Cherry Hill, NJ to Ocean City, NJ. They rode under the name Valli Boyz & Galz to support Georgetown classmate Valli Baldassano Belapigna (C'82) who has multiple sclerosis. The team raised more than $6,000 this year (and over $50,000 over the past seven years since this team was formed) to support research to find a cure for MS.

Merrill "Wes" Clark

Class of 1972
Retired from the Ofc. of Chief Counsel, Drug Enforcement Administration, in Jan. 2015; got married in June 2015. Life is good.
Ms. Pamela Mazzocco (B'03) passed away on June 16, 2016.

Funeral Services will be held for Pamela on Sunday, June 26, 2016, at Noon at the Congregation Sons of Israel at 300 North Broadway Upper Nyack, NY 10960.

Stephen Grady

Class of 1991
- Deceased
Stephen A. Grady (I'91), 46, passed away on Wednesday February 24, 2016. Stephen grew up in Topsfield. He graduated from St. Johns Prep in 1987 and then went on to Georgetown University where he majored in French, and spent one year abroad at the University of Freiburg in Switzerland. He continued his education and earned his Masters Degree in Linguistics from Georgetown University. Being fluent in French and German, Stephen worked for TESOL, teachers of English to speakers of other languages and he went on to own and manage a Bed and Breakfast, The Lord & Hamilton Inn in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. He was creative, and his attention to detail made him an insightful and thoughtful artist, always sending personalized birthday cards to family and friends. He was a voracious reader, enjoyed puzzles, and a world traveler. Stephen was a religious, kind, and gentle man who was eager to volunteer and teach his students so they could assimilate well into the community. He enjoyed tennis and he was an avid runner, having run cross-country for Georgetown University and the Marine Corps Marathon several times, and he most recently took up yoga. Stephen was loved dearly by his family. He is the son of Dr. Thomas A. and Ruth (Donovan) Grady of Topsfield and the brother of Dr. Thomas Grady and his wife Carolyn, of Fayetteville, NY, Edward Grady and his wife Mary Beth, of Danvers, Susan Grady of Danvers, Elizabeth Duffy and her husband Robert, of Darien, CT, and Sarah Grady of Middleton, and the loving uncle of several nieces, nephews and grandnieces. He is survived by his partner of 20 years Robert C. Thompson, Jr. of Rehoboth Beach, DE. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to a Mass Celebrating the Life of Stephen will be on Friday March 4, 2016 at 11:30 AM at St. Rose of Lima Church, 12 Park St., Topsfield with a gathering visitation from 10:30 to 11:30 AM. Urn burial will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, Topsfield which all are invited to attend. The family kindly requests no flowers. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Johns Hopkins University Center for Aids Research, 3400 N. Charles St., San Martin Center, Baltimore, MD 21218. Please visit for online obituary and offer condolences.
Published in The Tri-Town Transcript from Mar. 1 to Mar. 11, 2016
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Philip "Phil" Geyer

Class of 1981
Having lunch in Old Town on the trip back (l to r: D'arcy Kirkland, Ron Sinclair, Jim Kirland and Phil Geyer).
Having lunch in Old Town on the trip back (l to r: D'arcy Kirkland, Ron Sinclair, Jim Kirland and Phil Geyer).
At their 35th Reunion in June, Phil Geyer (B'81), Ron Sinclair (B'81), Jim Kirkland (C'81) and his wife D'arcy Kirkland took the opportunity to take in the sites on a 30 mile bike ride to Mount Vernon.
It's been an interesting life. For almost 20 years I was a political wife, which I loved. I was married to classmate Warren Stambaugh, who was in the Virginia state legislature and fought hard and won quite a few battles on behalf of the mentally ill and disabled, among other noble causes. We raised our children went to law school, practiced law together, and then went our separate ways. Very sadly, Warren died in 1990. I am now married to Fred Clarke, a Harvard Ph. D. In physical chemistry who had his own consulting business for many years but is now retired. He is a world expert on smoke toxicity. We live right across the river from Georgetown. We spend any extra money we can scrounge up seeing the world, but there is also time for family, of course. We have four children and seven grandchildren, whose ages range from sixteen to ten. In addition, as the oldest of ten children, with a total of thirty children plus in-laws and siblings' grandchildren, there is always someone In some sort of crisis who needs Aunt Dottie's help and support. I had a fulfilling law practice for many years and also served two four-year terms on the Arlington School Board. I was appointed to the General District Court of Arlington in 1997 and retired in 2011. I still sit a couple of days each week, but in adult court and family court and I still love it. In my spare time, I work in the garden and serve as a volunteer chaplain at our local hospital. My life is full and it continues to grow and and change. I am very blessed.
Was appointed to the Board of Visitors of West Point in June 2015 by President Obama. Selected as a Visiting Fellow by the Harvard Institute of Politics in December 2015.

Keith Hennessey

Class of 1987
In 2012, after living in New York since graduating from Georgetown, I moved back to Washington DC with my family. It's been great to be back in DC after so many years. While a lot has changed in DC, it still has a very familiar and comfortable feel. We are living close to Georgetown in Mass Ave Heights. My wife, Jackie, and three sons, Connor, Ryan and Owen, are enjoying the new city. Our oldest son, Connor, started at Villanova this fall, not a Jesuit school but very close. Ryan is at St. Albans at the National Cathedral and Owen is at St. Patrick's. After a career in investment banking, I joined Bechtel, the largest US engineering and construction company. Originally in a finance role, I am now running a business for Bechtel in Public-Private Partnerships for large scale infrastructure development. Really enjoying life in DC and the new chapter in my career.

Keith Hennessey ('87)

Brendan Newcomb

Class of 1984
Brendan Newcomb CAS '84 was elected to the City Council in Powell, Ohio.

Graig Suvannavejh

Class of 1992
In November 2015, Graig -- who moved from NYC to Boston in September 2014 -- was elected President of the Georgetown Alumni Club of Boston. He seeks to bring new energy, spirit and a sense of mission to the alumni community in Boston, and encourages all Hoyas in the greater Boston area to reach out by connecting with him on LinkedIn or by visiting the club's official Facebook page.
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