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Winter 2009 • Volume 15, Issue 1  

Alumni Profiles

MARK WOERNER ’77: Taking care of embassy business | SAL TINAJERO JR ’94: BUAA Outstanding Young Graduate Award | BRUCE BAGGE ’62: Caring for kids | JAMES KETCHEL ’51: Olympian hobby | BOB DiMEO ’83: Golfer’s dream | BETH BLACKBURN ’05: Hornets hoopla


Caring for kids

marion lazanBRUCE BAGGE ’62 and his wife Colleen were honored last spring at a dedication ceremony of the Arthur W. and Harriet A. Bagge Memorial Care-A-Van. It is a mobile health care program offered by Norwegian American Hospital in Chicago for underinsured and uninsured children. The unit was purchased with a grant from the Children’s Care Foundation in honor of Bruce’s service on its board of directors for 40 years, including 11 years as chairman. A Bradley Centurion, Bruce received the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2002. He is a founder of the Ronald McDonald House near the University of Chicago Children’s Hospital and has been active with many service organizations. The Bagges live in Punta Gorda, Fla., where Bruce is involved in the arts.


Olympian hobby

bruce mecklerJAMES KETCHEL ’51 of Seattle has never been an Olympic athlete, but he’s an avid fan.

Ketchel, who has been at 14 Olympic Games, first attended the 1960 Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley, Calif., soon after learning to ski. He later learned that states have U.S. Olympic Committees, formed as a continuing effort to promote the games. In 1980, he attended an annual meeting, and soon, he was secretary for Washington’s Olympic Committee. He continues to serve in that role. Olympic committees arrange for athletes to make appearances at professional sports events and other occasions. Committee members, including Ketchel, also speak at community events. Visit for more information.


Golfer’s dream

lynn johnson hasselbergerWhen it comes to games, golf is at the top of the list for BOB DiMEO ’83. An injury limited his golf to pitch-and-putt courses during his recovery, and, DiMeo says, “I realized those who love golf can’t always play a whole round.”

DiMeo recently opened Golf Nation in the Chicago suburb of Palatine. In addition to the virtual golf component, Golf Nation is a year-round golf and fitness club. The facility houses a 1,500-square-foot putting green, chipping and pitching greens, and indoor sand traps. A fitness area offers cardio and free motion weight equipment, and table base machines offer golf-specific exercises. An outdoor three-hole park will soon complement the outdoor driving range. Golf leagues and lessons are offered, and a café, bar, member’s lounge, and banquet facilities round out the amenities. To learn more, visit


Hornets hoopla

leanne bonifasBETH BLACKBURN ’05 has always aspired to work for a professional sports team. Her dream came true when she joined the New Orleans Hornets as the NBA team’s Web site services coordinator.

The Chicago-area native was hired in time for the 2008 NBA playoffs. (The Hornets won their division title and lost Game 7 to the San Antonio Spurs in the semifinals.)

During the season, she sits courtside, posting quarter-by-quarter updates. Of the office staff, Blackburn says, “We’re the team behind the team. We’re excited about the outcomes and rally around team activities to make them the best they can be. It’s a fun work environment.”

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