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 VOL. 23, NO. 23MAY 20, 1998 

Commencement 1998

Work of Ten Alumni Recognized with University’s Highest Honor

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan Will Deliver Major Address at Award Luncheon



The University’s Alumni Federation will award ten Columbians its highest honor, the Alumni Medal for service to the University, at a commencement day luncheon, May 20, at which U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan will speak.

  President George Rupp and Alumni Federation president Eric D. Witkin, CC’69, will present the medals in Low Rotunda.

  The chairman of this year’s Alumni Medal committee, Keville Frederickson, N’64, Med’71, EdD’74, will read excerpts from the medalists’ citations.

  The medalists are:

  Edmonde P. DeGregorio of Cincinnati, Oh., is an attorney and president of the Tri-State Land Title Agency Inc. He is a 1974 graduate of Columbia College. DeGregorio has been president of the Columbia University Alumni Club of Cincinnati for the past 19 years and has served on the Columbia College Secondary Schools Committee.

  Arnold M. Gans of Tenafly, N.J, is president and chief operating officer of Medical Nutrition Inc. in neighboring Englewood. He has been an active member of the Pharmaceutical Sciences Alumni Association for 42 years. He helped redesign the Alumni Newsletter, chaired the 25th anniversary celebration of the Class of 1955 and designed and implemented the blueprint to integrate the alumni associations of the Columbia School of Public Health and the College of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

  Oscar B. Garfein of New York City is an associate clinical professor of medicine at Columbia’s College of Physicians and Surgeons and senior attending in medicine at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center. Garfein was graduated from the College in 1961, from the College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1965 and from the Columbia Graduate School of Business in 1997. He will become president of the P&S Alumni Association in June.

  Patricia Freiberg Green is a New York City resident and a former teacher and volunteer who earned a BA from Barnard College in 1962 and an MA from Teachers College in 1963. Green became a Trustee of Barnard in 1982 and has since 1993 chaired its Board of Trustees.

  Verona Pinion Greenland of Yonkers, N.Y., is president and CEO of Morris Heights Health Center in the Bronx. Greenland received a Master of Public Health degree in Hospital Administration from Columbia’s School of Public Health in 1978. As a member of the School’s planning committee for its 75th Anniversary, Greenland guided an anniversary lecture series in health policy and management and delivered the final lecture last fall herself. She is also a member of the Alumni Executive Board, chairing its annual fund since 1995.

  Susan B. Lindenauer of New York City is counsel to the executive director and attorney-in-chief of the Legal Aid Society of New York City. She earned the JD cum laude from Columbia’s School of Law in 1964. She is a past-president of the Law School Alumni Association and a member of the School’s Board of Visitors. She spearheaded the creation of a project to gather oral histories of women graduates in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the admission of women to the Law School.

  Agnes A. Louard lives in New York City. She received her master’s degree from the Columbia University School of Social Work in 1948. For 25 years she was a professor at the School, retiring in 1992. Last year in December she established the V. Benjamin and Agnes Louard Scholarship for African-American Students in memory of her husband, also a graduate of the School. Louard has served the Social Work Alumni in many capacities, recently as a member of the honorary committee on the School’s centennial, as co-chair of her class’s 50th reunion and as a member of the Alumni Association Board’s conference planning and international committees.

  Carlos R. Muñoz of White Plains, N.Y., is executive vice president in charge of credit and risk management for Dime Bancorp and the Dime Savings Bank of New York. He received a BA from the College in 1957 and an MA in economics from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in 1961. He is president of the Columbia College Alumni Association and a member of the College Board of Visitors.

  Laurie A. Verdisco resides in Eastchester, N.Y. She is a clinical associate in the Department of Pediatric Orthopaedics at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City. In 1958 Verdisco received a BS in Nursing from the Columbia University School of Nursing. She also earned an MA from Teachers College in medical-surgical nursing in 1964. Verdisco was named to the Board of Directors of the Columbia University–Presbyterian Hospital Nursing Alumni Association last year after serving as the association’s secretary and president and member of its advisory committee.

  Caroline Wueschner is a New York City resident and is a retired departmental administrator. Wueschner has two degrees from Columbia: a BA, awarded by the School of General Studies in 1971, and an MA in educational administration from Teachers College, earned in 1978. Her participation in the GS Alumni Association began ten years ago when she took responsibility for administering its office. She went on to become the Association’s corresponding secretary, director and now administrative vice president.