newsmakers | 1970s

Michele A. Roberts ’77

Adweek named Michele A. Roberts ’77, executive director—and first female leader—of the NBA Players Union, to its “30 Most Powerful Women in Sports” list, which featured outstanding executives, athletes, and journalists, among others. Previously an attorney with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, Roberts had begun her career as a public defender in Washington, D.C.…

Richard Melchreit ’77

Richard Melchreit ’77, MD, is the recipient of the 2017 Charles G. Huntington III Award for his 30-year career in public health. The Connecticut Public Health Association presents this award annually to a Connecticut health care practitioner who has demonstrated public health leadership and a commitment to the health and well-being of the population. Beyond…

Jim Friedlich ’79

Jim Friedlich ’79, P’14 was appointed the chief executive officer of The Lenfest Institute for Journalism in Philadelphia. This newly formed Institute has an endowment for investment in technology and innovations that advance the future of journalism. The Institute is also the parent company of The Philadelphia Inquirer, a winner of 20 Pulitzer Prizes and…

Ellis Neufeld ’79

Ellis Neufeld ’79, M.D., PhD., was appointed clinical director, physician-in-chief, and executive vice president of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, an internationally renowned center that pioneers research for and offers treatment to children with catastrophic illnesses. St. Jude President and Chief Executive Officer James Downing, M.D., said: “Dr. Neufeld’s leadership and experience will help steer…

Leon Vinci ’72

Leon Vinci ’72 is now a national technical advisor on climate change for the National Environmental Health Association, a membership organization for practitioners and others working in environmental health. He has worked in the public health arena for the past 40 years, specializing in environmental and health policy. After a career in management of environmental…

Joseph Wright ’79

Joseph Wright ’79, MD, MPH, chairman of the Department of Pediatrics and Child Health at Howard University College of Medicine was recently elected to the prestigious American Pediatric Society (APS). Wright, as one of the nation’s leading pediatricians, has been recognized as an advocate for childcare, working to advancing pediatric research, developing educational opportunities for…

Tom Rogers ’75

Tom Rogers ’75, P’14 recently consummated the sale of TiVo, Inc., of which he was CEO and president for about 11 years. He has been appointed executive chairman of WinView, Inc., which with its 28 patents, is the leading company providing games that viewers can play along with while simultaneously watching live TV sports. In…

Seth Davis ’72

Seth Davis ’72 has been installed as chair of the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Law (SEER) at the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco in August. SEER is the premier forum for strategies and information for environmental, energy, and resource lawyers. “To be entrusted with the leadership of SEER is…