FACETIME AUGUST 2013 - 1970s and Earlier

Sam Borozan, ’57 BS and ’61 MS

Alumnus and volunteer Sam Borozan, ’57 BS & ’61 MS, sent us a photo (above) of a reunion he had with fellow Lumberjacks, Rex Mirich, ’66 BS, Owen DeJanovich, ’65 BS & ’69 MAED, and Theodore Sorich, ’60 BS & 64 MAED.  

Dr. Jo Anne Vasquez, ‘65 BS and ’68 MAED

Vice-president of Helios Education Foundation and program director for Arizona Transition Years, Dr. Jo Anne Vasquez, 65 BS & 68 MAED (photo above), was recognized with the National Science Board’s 2013 Public Service Award.  She became the first K-12 educator to receive this honor. Jo Anne is considered one of the country’s foremost experts on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curriculum. She has authored multiple science textbooks and instructional books, and has received the Robert H. Carlton Award, which is the highest honor for science education.


Dr. Jim Summerton, ’66 BS

Dr. Jim Summerton, ’66 BS (photo above), is developing a drug to treat Alzheimer’s disease. He recently founded Brain Tools, LLC. which is dedicated to completing testing on Methane Sulfonyl Flouride (MSF), a drug which has the potential to improve patients’ memories. MSF promises to be more effective at improving memory with less side effects than current Alzheimer’s drugs. To learn more about MSF and its effect on Alzheimer’s visit https://brain-tools.com. Jim received his Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Arizona School of Medicine. He possesses decades of experience studying gene-modulating agents. 

Richard Montaño, ’67 MS

Photo Credit: Daniel Dullum/Florence Reminder

Richard Montaño, ’67 MS (pictured above), received a framed certificate signed by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel for military service during the Korean War. The award was presented at the Florence, Ariz., Army National Guard facility to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the war’s ending. Richard put his G.I. benefits to use to attend NAU and later taught for the Florence School District for 31 years. 

Vija Hamilton, ’69 MM

"Squiggles" by Vija Hamilton

Artist Vija Hamilton, ’69 MM, returned to Williston, N.D., to display her work at the James Memorial Art Center in June. Vija has a long history in the region, as her family fled the Communist invasion of Eastern Europe more than 60 years ago to find asylum as refugees in Williston.  A local church helped the family get established in their new community, and Vija began her career in art. A former art instructor, Vija is a multi-disciplined artist, specializing in drawing, painting, printmaking and fine art miniatures.

Mark Minter, ’75 BS

The Construction Management Department of NAU honored Mark Minter, ’75 BS (pictured above), with the Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award. Mark was selected based on his numerous contributions to the university, helping to develop curriculum, connect students and employers through internships, develop funding for extra-curricular activities and serve on faculty interview committees. 

Richard Torres, ’77 MAED, was recognized for his years of service in the U.S. Marine Corps during the 44th Annual Fiesta Amistad in Round Rock, Texas. He served in Vietnam and was awarded two Purple Hearts and the Vietnam Commendation. Richard retired from St. Joseph Hospital in Houston in 2003 and moved to Round Rock in 2004.

John Clark, ’77 BSED and 81 MED

On his travels across the nation, John Clark, ’77 BSED & 81 MED (photo above), stopped at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. to pay respect to his fallen compatriots. John writes, “The photo in my hand is of SSG Francis Brockman (Rusty) who was killed in action on May 25, 1972.  He and I looked and acted like brothers. I carried his photo with me to leave at the Wall.  At the end of the Memorial Day service, Major General Lee Seo Young came up to me and asked if he could have the honor of having his photograph taken with me.  I asked him if he would honor my friend and place his photo below his name and that he did.  He gave me his card and asked me to get back to him with someday soon.  I will.”