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Honor Roll / Recognizing the accomplishments of Western New Yorkers

The Williamsville Central School District Wall of Fame has 13 new names of graduates from the district's three high schools who have successful careers in academia, medicine, business, entertainment, music and public service.

Honorees from Williamsville East are: Samuel Savarino (class of 1976), Cathleen Schmidt (class of 1977), Paula Vertino (class of 1980) and Eric Jordan Young (class of 1989).

From Williamsville North: Michael Barz (class of 1988), Gary Malvern (class of 1976), Ronald Markezich (class of 1985) and the late Mitchel Spoth (class of 1982).

From Williamsville South: David Handel (class of 1982), Marsha Spence Henderson (class of 1966), Peter Lansbury Jr.( class of 1976), Jan Marshall (class of 1966) and Dr. Sandra Schorr (class of 1966).

Honorees were inducted at an awards breakfast sponsored by the Williamsville Education Foundation held Nov. 9 at Westwood Country Club. Following the breakfast, the alumni returned to their respective alma maters, where they spoke to students.


Andreas Daum, professor of history in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University at Buffalo, has been appointed associate dean in the office of the vice provost and dean for undergraduate education.

In this new position, Daum will work on several initiatives to enhance the educational experience of undergraduates, including the undergraduate academies in research exploration and civic engagement, and a new international academy that will begin next fall.

Daum, who will serve as cochairman of the university Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, also will focus on how UB can expand undergraduates' awareness of global issues and enrich their international experiences.

A UB faculty member since 2002, Daum received master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Munich, where he taught as an assistant professor. Before joining UB, he served as a John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow at Harvard University and an associate research professor at the German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C.


Frederick Boorady, formerly an employee of Bell Aerospace Textron in Wheatfield, has received the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics 2007 Wyld Propulsion Award for his achievement in rocket propulsion systems.

Boorady, currently an Aerojet technical principal, has more than a half-century of service in the field of liquid-propellant rocket propulsion.

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