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Updates and Accomplishments

Jan Krygier Link
Bachelor of Arts, 1980

Jan Krygier is owner and founder of Caregiving Without the Crazy (Caregiving Your Elderly Loved One...Without Going Crazy Yourself!). Krygier, who has first-hand experience working with an elderly loved one suffering from dementia and a “challenging” personality, provides caregivers practical information and support through her website (caregivingwithoutthecrazy.com), blog, coaching and group presentations.

Albert Gruswitz Link
Bachelor of Fine Arts, 1966, Master of Arts, 1972

January 2019 marked 25 years of business for Boundless Creativity by Big Al Gruswitz. Gruswitz has been working for in advertising for 55 years. Prior to starting his own company, he was an art director and associate creative director at Saatchi & Saatchi in New York. He has won many awards as both an art director and illustrator. Three of his illustrations were selected by Lürzer's Archive, an advertising industry magazine, for the 2013 "200 Best Digital Artists" Annual. At age 75, he is still working full-time as an illustrator in advertising. Boundless Creativity specializes in 3D and 2D photo-realistic illustration, medical illustration, and difficult retouching. For more information, visit http://www.boundless-creativity.com.

Richard Gilpin Link
MS in Basic Medical Science, 1964

Richard W. Gilpin, RBP CBSP SM(NRCM), owner of Dr. Richard W. Gilpin LLC (founded in 1981), is an author, public speaker and a research microbiologist with 35 years of professor-level faculty experience at Johns Hopkins University, University of Maryland and the Medical College of Pennsylvania. He is director of the GTS Legionella Testing Laboratory and the Control of Biohazards biosafety training course. Gilpin has presented and published numerous papers in the microbiology and biosafety fields.

Nancy Finegood Link
Bachelor of Science, 1975, Master's Degree, 1988

Nancy Finegood received a Lifetime Achievement award from the Michigan Historic Preservation Network. She served as executive director for the organization for 17 years before announcing that she will retire this year. Prior to joining MHPN, Finegood was executive director of the St. Croix Landmarks Society in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Michigan Historic Preservation Network is the state’s largest membership organization dedicated to preserving Michigan’s rich cultural and architectural heritage.

In Memoriam

Bridget Wolff Link
Bachelor of Fine Arts, 1987

Bridget Wolff, of Howell, NJ, passed away on February 18, 2019, from complications due to a glioblastoma. She was raised in Detroit and was the youngest of three daughters. Bridget loved theater and music and persuaded anyone she could to join her to hear the latest bands at the local dive bar, Todd’s Sway Lounge. After graduating Wayne State, she earned a Master of Arts degree from Columbia University. Wolff is survived by her husband, Bill Hemp; her daughter, Tala; stepson, Will Hemp; parents, Arnold and Shirley Wolff; two sisters, Jean Wolff and Leslie LeBow and her husband, Scott; in-laws, Shirley and Bill Hemp; sister-in-law, Sheryl Bergman; brother-in-law, John Hemp; and many nieces and nephews.

Elizabeth (Betty) Appleton Link
Master of Education, 1982

Betty Appleton died on February 8, 2019. She received a master's degree in Therapeutic Recreation and was a member of the Executive Committee of Wayne State's Student Recreation Association. Appleton also taught dance at WSU in the 1960s. One of her students, WSU alumnus Garth Fagan, later choreographed the Tony Award-winning "The Lion King." She served as president of the Detroit Metropolitan Therapeutic Recreation Society and won an Ability Is Ageless award for her work with emotionally impaired children at Mercy Hospital in Detroit.