by Larry Benjamin RC'66, Class Correspondent

Hal Shill is stepping aside from academia after a long career as a university librarian and, more recently, as a political science professor at Penn State-Harrisburg. He said he delayed his retirement from the summer until December because "I didn't want to be on the sidelines for the 2012 elections."  Hal is relocating to Hillsdale in Bergen County.

Among those attending Reunion Weekend last spring was
Pete Offerman, who has one long commute to work, class president Ted Hardies reports. Pete lives in Montclair but heads each week to Fremont, Calif., where he's president and CEO of Cellotape Inc, which provides custom printing services - labels, overlay panels, nameplates, etc - to industries worldwide. Pete was on campus for a reunion of members of the Queens Guard Drill Team.

Alas, we have lost four more classmates.


Dr. Ivan Higgins, an orthopedic surgeon, died of cancer in May in Portland, Ore., where he practiced medicine. He played lacrosse and helped found the rugby club at RU. Ivan and his wife were worldwide adventurers, hiking, skiing, kayaking and river-running.

Matt Melucci died of melanoma in May in Collinsville, Ill. He was Madison County circuit clerk and chairman of that county's Democratic Party. On campus, he was president of Tau Delta Phi and the Interfraternity Council.

Gary O'Connor, a professor of computer science and mathematics, died in February in St. Louis. He taught at McKendree University, Lebanon, Ill., and at Southwestern Illinois College in St. Clair. He was an outdoorsman of hunting, fishing and shooting.

Gene Rosen of Bridgewater died in July. He was president of Ja-Ce Co., formerly of New Brunswick and Bound Brook, before retiring in 1998. He later served as associate director of the Jewish Community Center in Bridgewater.