Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School inducted four alumni into the John Timon Society during ceremonies last month at Orchard Park Country Club. The organization, named for the first Catholic bishop of Buffalo and namesake of the school, recognizes distinguished individuals who have lived the spirit and leadership of Bishop John Timon.

Honorees are Timothy B. Hassett, Class of 1982; Brian J. Seifert, 1988; Thomas E. Whelan, 1958; and Mark G. Wright, 1971.

Timon staff member Monica Smukall was presented the Spirit of St. Francis Award in recognition of her demonstration of the ideals of St. Francis of Assisi in service to church and community. Timon faculty member Thomas Joyce was presented the Father Claude Keane Builders Award in recognition of his vision to help make Timon a special place.


Richard J. Quigg Jr., professor of medicine at the University of Chicago and former chief of its nephrology section, has been named the inaugural Arthur M. Morris Chair in Nephrology and chief of the Division of Nephrology in the Department of Medicine in the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

The primary focus of Quigg’s research laboratory is to identify pathogenic mechanisms that underlie kidney disease. He is nationally and internationally renowned for his research into diseases of the glomeruli, which filter blood in the kidneys, letting protein and sometimes red blood cells leaks into the urine, ultimately interfering with proper kidney function.

Quigg received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Boston University. He completed his medical residency at the University at Stony Brook and research and clinical fellowships in nephrology at the Boston University Medical Center.


Anthony Bannon, Ph.D., executive director of the Burchfield Penney Art Center, was honored by Britain’s Royal Photographic Society at the 2012 Royal Photographic Society International Awards in London. Bannon received the J. Dudley Johnston Award for major achievement in the field of photographic criticism and the history of photography.

The society has presented the awards since 1878 to individuals who have made significant contributions to the art and science of photography.


The Erie County Farm Bureau elected new members to its board of directors for 2012-2013 at its 57th annual membership meeting at the Farm and Home Center in East Aurora.

Officers are: president, Anthony Andolina of Brant; vice president, Patrick Spoth of Clarence; directors, Julie Pacatte of Clarence, Alexandrea O’Brien of Hamburg, Hans J. Mobius of Clarence, John Oles of Alden, Jeffrey Simons of Wales, Carolyn Tschachtli of Akron, John Friedman of Lawtons, Fred Harrington of Hamburg, Leonard Janiga of Marilla; and Ryan O’Gorman of Eden; Pro-Ed chairman, Bryant Zilke of Elma.


Jacob Grosodonia, 18, of Kenmore was presented the Eagle Scout Award, the highest advancement award offered by the Boy Scouts of America., at a ceremony in Kenmore Presbyterian Church.

Jake, a member of the Greater Niagara Council Troop 539, is a graduate of Kenmore West High School and plans to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps.

His project was to work with his troop to repaint the interior of a group home for the Learning Disabled Associates of Western New York.


The General Pulaski Association honored “Unsung Heroes” who have devoted themselves to boosting the Polish community of Western New York at a fundraiser reception at Creekside Banquet Facility in Cheektowaga.

Honorees are: David P. Lipinoga, president of Angry Patriots and Pinheads, supporting the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation; Dr. Kenneth D. Anthone, cataract surgeon and chairman of the Eyes On America Foundation, donating cataract surgery for those without health care insurance; Chief U.S. District Judge William Skretny and his wife, Carol, accepting the award for the judge’s late father, William S. Skretny, a major booster of the General Pulaski Association; and the Rev. Richard Augustyn, diocesan director of the Hospitality Ministry.


Army National Guard Pvt. Kurt O. Bogner has graduated from One Station Unit Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Waynesville, Mo., which included basic military training and advanced individual training. He is the son of Lisa Bogner of Stockton and is a 2011 graduate of Cassadaga Valley High School.


Michael McGrath, of Newfane, was elected district captain for the Coast Guard Auxiliary and installed at a ceremony during the district conference in Syracuse. He begins his second term as district captain.

A member of the auxiliary since 2002, McGrath has served as training officer for Division 3, flotilla commander, division vice commander and division commander. He also served for six years on the district level as members training officer.

McGrath served in the U.S. Air Force from 1966 to 1970. He was transferred in 1968 from duty in Vietnam to Lockport, to a radar site detached out of Niagara Falls Air Force Base. He is retired from Delphi/Harrison Radiator in Lockport.


Kathleen L. Linaker, Ph.D., executive director of chiropractic programs at D’Youville College, was elected to the Council on Chiropractic Education International .

Linaker is a graduate of the University of Alberta and received her doctor of chiropractic degree from Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, Minn. She completed her residency in radiology at National University of Health Science in Lombard, Ill. She joined D’Youville in 2009 and previously was director of radiology and an associate professor at Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto.

The Council on Chiropractic Education, based in Scottsdale, Ariz., is the accrediting body that establishes and promotes standards of chiropractic education, stressing educational quality and patient-centered health care in the United States.


Sheldon K. Smith, a partner with Nixon Peabody LLP who focuses on commercial litigation, recently received a Pro Bono Award at the 2012 Western District Federal Court Dinner, which is hosted annually by the Bar Associations of Erie and Monroe counties. Smith received the award for his work over several years representing an inmate at Wende Correctional Facility who alleged various claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Smith also was recently awarded the 2012 Legal Services Award by the Minority Bar Association of Western New York for his leadership roles with respect to many diversity initiatives involving mentoring, education and networking events on behalf of the association, the University at Buffalo Law School, the New York State Bar Association’s Commercial and Federal Litigation Section and the Rochester Black Bar Association.


Army Spc. Michael C. Everett has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla., as an honor graduate and received a letter of commendation.

Everett, the son of Charles Everett of Alden and Kathleen Everett of Batavia, is a 2007 graduate of Notre Dame High School in Batavia. He received a bachelor’s degree in 2011 from St. John Fisher College in Rochester.