Distinguished Alumni Awards 2007

Ten alumni were honored with 2007 Distinguished Alumni Awards at a March 31 gala sponsored by the IUP Alumni Association.

  • Gregory Booth
  • Joan Frey Boytim
  • Terry Dunlap
  • Chad Hurley
  • Richard Pegnetter, Jr.
  • William Powell
  • Victoria Aimino Rich
  • Marla Sabo
  • Robert Thomas
  • Frederick Zenone 

Gregory Booth ’71

Gregory W. Booth has been selected a 2007 IUP distinguished alumnus in honor of his esteemed career as a business executive and for meritorious leadership in community service.

As president and chief executive officer of Zippo Manufacturing Company, Mr. Booth leads one of the world’s most recognizable companies. 

Mr. Booth, who was a member of Kappa Delta Rho fraternity, received a bachelor’s degree from IUP in 1970. He also completed Executive Business Management curricula at the University of Western Ontario and numerous American Management Association courses.

He began his business career as a sales engineer with Witco Corporation-Kendall Motor Oil in Bradford, Pennsylvania, in 1971. In the following twenty-five years, he received six promotions and relocated five times between the East Coast and West Coast. 

He was manager of sales engineering in Bradford, western regional sales manager at Kendall’s Los Angeles office, and manager of technical services in Bradford.

Mr. Booth returned to Los Angeles as vice president of sales and marketing with responsibility for the sale of naphthenic process oils and asphalt products worldwide for Golden Bear Refining, a division of Witco Corporation. In 1988, he became vice president of sales and marketing for the Kendall-Amalie division in Bradford and was responsible for Kendall’s $150 million worldwide lubricants business. 

When Sunoco, Inc., purchased Kendall’s lubricants business in 1996, Mr. Booth was appointed general manager of its Philadelphia-based Branded Lubricants division. Concurrently, he served as manager of Sunoco’s worldwide lubricants business from 1997 to 1999.

Mr. Booth became president and chief executive officer of W.R. Case and Sons Cutlery Company, a division of Zippo, in Bradford, in 1999. He was appointed president and CEO of Zippo Manufacturing in 2001. 

Mr. Booth has also served the past five years as chairman of the board of W.R. Case and Sons Cutlery Company and Zippo Fashion Italia, wholly owned subsidiaries of Zippo. 

The Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce named Mr. Booth Business Person of the Year in 2005. He was also recently inducted into the “Ordo Honoris” of the National Fraternity of Kappa Delta Rho, the highest honor presented by the fraternity.

Mr. Booth has most recently served on the campaign committee of Bradford Regional Medical Center, the Board of Corporators at Hamot Medical Center, and the Bradford Club Board of Directors. He also serves in leadership positions for the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, Beacon Light Behavioral Systems, and the Big 30 Charities Classic.

Mr. Booth previously served on the boards of United Way of the Bradford Area, Bradford Family YMCA, Bradford Nursing Pavilion, and Pennhills Club and as president of the Bradford Chapter of the International Management Council.

Mr. Booth resides in Bradford with his wife, Cherie. They have four children: Greg, Bill, Brett, and Ashley, and nine grandchildren.

Distinguished Alumni Award for Service

Joan Frey Boytim ’55, M’64

Joan Frey Boytim has devoted her life to sharing her musical talents and skills while enjoying a brilliant career as a teacher, author, compiler of song anthologies, arranger, clinician, and professional performer as a mezzo, piano accompanist, and French hornist. She is recognized as a 2007 distinguished alumna for service for her accomplishments and for her remarkable contributions to aspiring musicians and vocalists and to the profession of studio voice teaching.

Mrs. Boytim earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education and a Master of Education degree in Music Education from IUP in 1955 and 1964, respectively. She was a member of Kappa Delta Pi and Delta Omicron honorary fraternities and the Delta Sigma Epsilon social sorority. A Dean’s List honoree for eight semesters, she was the recipient of the senior award for “Most Professional Promise.” She later pursued graduate study at the Stattliche Hochschule für Musik in Munich, Germany, at Western Michigan University, and at Indiana University in Bloomington.

In 1956 Mrs. Boytim opened her own studio as a private voice teacher. She has taught well over one thousand teenagers and community adults over the years. In addition to teaching privately, she has also been associated with the Carlisle Area School District  and Messiah College. Currently, she teaches twenty-eight teenagers and sixteen adults in her Carlisle studio and presents her students in winter and spring recitals and other community programs.

In 1990, Mrs. Boytim began compiling vocal anthologies for G. Schirmer and Hal Leonard Corporation, the largest music publisher in the world. By the end of 2007 there will be over forty different vocal anthologies in print. Her book, The Private Voice Studio Handbook—A Guide to All Aspects of Teaching, was published in 2003. To date, over 650,000 copies of her publications have been sold.

Mrs. Boytim is highly regarded as a repertoire and voice expert on the developing adolescent voice and is sought as a presenter of master classes and workshops at many music conferences. Over several decades, she played French horn in the Harrisburg Symphony, with the Robert Aulenbach concert jazz orchestra, and with the Dickinson College Community Orchestra. In addition, she performed as a chamber music hornist in various quintets, quartets, trios, and duos. 

Mrs. Boytim has presented fifteen vocal recitals as a mezzo and has been a guest soloist with numerous central Pennsylvania choral groups. She and her husband, James Boytim ’59, M’66, are both active in the Allison United Methodist Church Senior Choir.

A life member of the International Horn Society, Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, Music Educators National Conference, Delta Omicron, and the Carlisle Musical Arts Club, Mrs. Boytim is also active in various teacher associations. She has been honored with numerous awards, including the Carlisle Kiwanis Club Distinguished Service Award, and was selected for inclusion in Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who of American Women, and Who’s Who in Entertainment.

An accomplished artist working in oils and watercolor, she has had works both displayed and published. She and her husband have established six endowed scholarships at IUP and also funded a vocal teaching studio, constructed during renovation of Cogswell Hall. Mrs. Boytim dedicated the room to her vocal teacher, Gladys Dunkelberger. The Boytims reside in Carlisle.

Terry Dunlap ’81

Terry L. Dunlap is recognized as a 2007 distinguished alumnus for his successful business career as an executive of a global leader in the specialty metals industry.

Mr. Dunlap earned a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from IUP in 1981 and was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity and advertising manager of The Penn. He attended graduate school at Loyola University Chicago, studying in the MBA program.

Mr. Dunlap currently serves as president of ATI Allegheny Ludlum Corporation, a world leader in the technology, production, and marketing of specialty metals and other alloys. The business serves customers in more than thirty countries. 

During his tenure, Mr. Dunlap has succeeded in advancing Allegheny Ludlum from a $1-billion business to a $2.5-billion enterprise while generating billions of dollars in shareholder wealth and creating a growth engine for ATI. Last year, ATI jumped to 536th among Fortune 500 companies and had ranked 604th in 2005. ATI was also recognized by Business Week magazine as 26th amid top-performing companies in the United States for 2006.

Mr. Dunlap began his career in the metals industry as a sales representative for LTV Steel and joined Allegheny Ludlum, owned by Allegheny Technologies, Inc., in 1983. He held several positions in domestic and internationals sales, marketing, manufacturing, supply chain management, logistics, and general management before he was promoted to vice president of e-business and CIO of ATI in 2000. 

In 2001, he was named vice president of procurement and chief information officer and was responsible for procurement, logistics, and information technology at ATI. He became president of ATI Allegheny Ludlum in 2002.

Currently, Mr. Dunlap serves on the board of Metals Service Center Institute. He has served IUP as a member of the Foundation for IUP board and of the Business Advisory Council, as a major gifts volunteer and off-campus volunteer for the Gateways to Opportunity capital campaign, and as an admissions recruitment letter signer. 

An advisor to IUP’s Eberly College of Business and Information Technology, he was a featured speaker at IUP’s Business Day and a sponsor of the college’s Golf Classic. For the past ten years, Mr. Dunlap and his wife, Mary Jo, have funded student tuition awarded through the Terry and Mary Jo Dunlap Endowed Scholarship.

In 1997, Mr. Dunlap was honored by IUP’s Eberly College of Business as Business Professional of the Year.

A former board member of Pittsburgh Public Theater, Mr. Dunlap has supported and served numerous charities and organizations over the past twenty years. He also continues to serve as a coach for Fox Chapel’s Little League and youth basketball programs.

A native of Blairsville, Mr. Dunlap currently resides in Pittsburgh with his wife, Mary Jo, and their children, Matt, Josh, and Samantha.

Chad Hurley ’99

Chad M. Hurley has been named a 2007 distinguished alumnus for his extraordinary and momentous entrepreneurial success in business and technology.

Mr. Hurley earned a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from IUP in 1999 and was a four-year member of the cross-country and track and field teams.

After graduation, Mr. Hurley became the first user-interface designer for PayPal and played a fundamental role in developing the payment service. He also created PayPal’s first logo, which is still used today.

Currently, Mr. Hurley is CEO of YouTube, the company he cofounded in February, 2005. He is responsible for making YouTube one of the most highly trafficked Web sites, serving billions of videos around the world.

Along with cofounder and CTO Steve Chen, Mr. Hurley led YouTube to one of the most talked-about acquisitions to date, negotiating a $1.65 billion buyout with Google within a year of YouTube’s launch.

Since the rise in popularity of YouTube, the site has been awarded “Best Invention of the Year” by Time magazine and was the first Web site to receive “Entertainer of the Year” by Entertainment Weekly.

Both Mr. Hurley and Mr. Chen received several prestigious honors and acknowledgments from the business and entertainment communities, including Business 2.0’s “50 Most Influential People,” GQ's “Men of the Year,” and Fortune’s “Most Powerful People in Business.” They also were prominently featured in Time magazine’s “Person of the Year” issue and received credit for largely influencing the publication’s unprecedented selection of “you” in a year that YouTube led the digital democracy explosion.

Mr. Hurley was honored as one of IUP’s Alumni Ambassadors in 2006.

A native of Berks County’s Robeson Township, near Birdsboro, Pennsylvania, Mr. Hurley resides in Menlo Park, California, with his wife, Kathy, and their two children.

Richard Pegnetter, Jr., ’66, M’66

Richard Pegnetter is recognized as a 2007 distinguished alumnus for his contributions in teaching, research. and executive administration at universities across the nation and his service in economic program development in many Florida communities.

Dr. Pegnetter studied English and Liberal Arts at the University of Pennsylvania and earned both a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities and a Master of Education degree in Social Sciences from IUP in 1966. A Dean’s List honoree, he was active on the wrestling and football teams at IUP. He received a Ph.D. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University in 1971. Dr. Pegnetter also served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve from 1960 to 1965.

Currently, Dr. Pegnetter serves as interim president of Florida Gulf Coast University and dean of its Lutgert College of Business. He served as the founding business dean and as a management professor beginning in 1995 and led the college through its accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). He was instrumental in creating a partnership with southwest Florida’s economic development leaders and enlarged international university agreements to include the area’s business and cultural communities. This has helped stimulate economic growth in southwest Florida. 

Dr. Pegnetter developed a proposal to form a School of Engineering in the College of Business, and that engineering program opened in 2005, attracting 100 students to three degree programs. He also created an external center to connect college faculty resources to area business needs. The Center for Leadership and Innovation generates over $1 million in gross revenue.

Prior to his role at FGCU, Dr. Pegnetter served as the business dean and as a management professor at Colorado State University. He also served in various leadership roles and faculty positions at the University of Iowa, Cornell University, and the State University of New York. He began his teaching career as an instructor in Social Sciences at IUP in 1966.

Dr. Pegnetter has received national recognition and has been invited to speak at numerous AACSB International conferences on innovative programs developed in FGCU’s College of Business.

In addition to serving on various university and professional committees throughout his career, Dr. Pegnetter has also served as a consultant to and on the boards of numerous businesses, associations, commissions, and labor relations boards. He has made dozens of presentations regionally, nationally, and internationally at professional meetings, conferences, and workshops. He has also served as a program speaker in the public and private sectors, including many state governments and other management, union, and agency groups.

Dr. Pegnetter has authored numerous labor relations articles in leading law and business journals and trade publications. He is also an editorial board member of Southwest Florida Business Journal.

Dr. Pegnetter serves on the economic development councils of Florida’s Collier, Charlotte, and Lee counties and is chairman of the Southwest Florida Regional Economic Development Council. He is on the boards of the German-American Business Chamber of Southwest Florida and the Naples Philharmonic.

He is a panel member of AACSB International and is a member of the Industrial Relations Research Association. He has also served in leadership roles in the Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution, the Academy of Science, the Rocky Mountain Industrial Relations Research Association, and the Iowa Industrial Research Association. 

He was also a former manuscript referee for Industrial and Labor Relations, Review Public Administration, Review Social Science Quarterly, and Hospital and Health Services Administration.

Aside from his professional pursuits, Dr. Pegnetter is an active canoe racer and an avid participant in the annual Great Dock Canoe Race, a three-mile race on Naples Bay, Florida. He has also assisted in efforts to organize IUP alumni activity in southwest Florida.

A native of Reynoldsville, Pennsylvania, Dr. Pegnetter resides in Fort Myers, Florida. He has two daughters, Rori and Theresa.

William Powell ’69

William E. Powell has been named a 2007 distinguished alumni for outstanding dedication to his profession and for his accomplished career in the automobile industry.

Mr. Powell earned a bachelor’s degree in Education from IUP in 1969. He earned a master’s degree from Pacific Lutheran University in 1975 and also participated in the Harvard Executive Development Program in 1987.

Mr. Powell served as a captain of the United States Army in the U.S. and in Europe from 1969 to 1976.

Currently, Mr. Powell is the North America vice president of Industry Dealer Affairs for General Motors Corporation. Over the past thirty years, he has become known and respected throughout GM for his dedication to employees, dealers, and the business.

In his current leadership position in GM’s Vehicle Sales, Service, and Marketing group, Mr. Powell is responsible for developing and maintaining strong, positive dealer relations throughout the corporation and with customers. His overarching responsibility for the dealer network area comprises a variety of diverse activities, including: Minority Dealer Development; Motors Holding; Dealer Network, Planning, and Development; State Dealer Relations; Global Retail Network; and the Chevrolet Global Council.

In the Global Retail Network, Mr. Powell works with leaders across the globe to understand and expand the dealer network. He leads development and implementation of strategies that will increase business for dealers and GM worldwide.

Mr. Powell and his leadership team also work with government bodies and lobbyists on issues critical to the automotive industry, including fuel economy, carbon dioxide legislation, hybrid technology, franchise laws, and dealer agreements.

Mr. Powell previously served as regional general manager for the company’s southeast region in Atlanta. He was responsible for retail and wholesale field sales, service, and parts for the ten-state southeast region.

He began his career with GM in 1977 with Buick as an employee-in-training and became assistant sales manager of the western region. He served in various sales and service positions, gained a thorough knowledge of the automotive business, and was consistently promoted into several key management positions. 

A volunteer speaker, Mr. Powell addresses forums supporting Minority Dealer Development and Women Affinity Groups, both external and internal to GM. He regularly serves as a keynote speaker for local, state, and national dealer organizations such as the National Automobile Dealers Association, state automobile dealer associations, and Automobile Retailing Today in Washington, D.C. He has also volunteered his services representing GM in support of the United Way Foundation and as a guest speaker for Northwood University fundraisers.

Mr. Powell is a member of the United Negro College Fund, Inc., a board member of Automotive Retailing Today, and a past board member of Judson Center, a Detroit nonprofit organization that helps children, families, and adults across six counties. 

A native of Reims, France, Mr. Powell resides in Northville, Michigan, with his wife, Betty, and their twin eight-year-old daughters, Alexandria and Adriana.

Victoria Aimino Rich ’71, ’79

Victoria Aimino Rich is honored as a 2007 distinguished alumna for her leadership in health care, business, and nursing education and her pioneering work in patient safety and cultural diversity.

Dr. Rich has developed numerous patient safety initiatives for health care systems both nationally and internationally. Since 1997, Dr. Rich has provided nationwide consultations and expert witness and testimony in malpractice cases involving nursing care. A cofounder of Rich and Rich Consultants, her expertise is sought by health care executives to improve programs and initiatives for patient safety.

In 2003, Dr. Rich, in collaboration with Dr. Afaf Meleis, dean of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, and Dr. Barbara Nichols, CEO of the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools, established the Global Nurse Program for the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She also created the Global Nurse Ambassador role. The Global Nurse Ambassador is charged with welcoming and integrating the international community of nurses to the hospital and with implementing global, evidence-based nursing practices to improve world health.

Dr. Rich earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from IUP in 1971 and graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from IUP in 1979. She received master’s and doctoral degrees in nursing administration from the University of Pittsburgh in 1984 and 1991, respectively.

Dr. Rich, a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, is currently chief nurse executive and associate executive director at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center and assistant dean of Clinical Practice at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. 

In addition, Dr. Rich teaches as an adjunct assistant professor with the associated faculty at Penn’s School of Nursing. She has served as a visiting scholar at universities and hospitals in Botswana, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, and Japan and has lectured at the University of South Florida and the University of Pittsburgh and as an assistant professor at IUP.

Prior to her tenure at Penn, Dr. Rich was vice president of Patient Care Services at University Community Hospital in Tampa, Florida. She has also held administrative leadership positions at Westmoreland Regional Hospital in Greensburg and was a research assistant at the University of Pittsburgh. She began her career as a staff nurse in the Intensive Care Unit and Emergency Room at Indiana Regional Medical Center, where she became a nursing supervisor and staff coordinator.

A member of several local, regional, and national advisory panels, Dr. Rich has received numerous honors, awards and grants. She is also a leader in and a member of numerous professional organizations. 

The daughter of Ernest and Lillian Aimino, lifelong residents of Indiana, Pa., Dr. Rich resides in Devon, Pennsylvania, and Lutz, Florida, with her husband, Dr. Alexander Rich, IUP professor emeritus. They share in the raising of a blended family that consists of Robert Foringer, Julie Conners, Christopher, Gregory, and Geoffrey Rich, and eight granddaughters and two grandsons.

Marla Sabo ’79

Marla Sabo is recognized as a 2007 distinguished alumna for her renowned success in business development and advancing the French influence in America in fashion design and merchandising. As president and chief operating officer of Christian Dior Couture, Inc., Americas, Ms. Sabo held one of the most prominent and powerful American positions in the business of high fashion.

Ms. Sabo earned a Bachelor of Science degree in French Secondary Education from IUP in 1979 and completed master’s studies in Arts Twentieth Century from the Université de la Sorbonne Paris III in France in 1983.

In 2001, she was named president and COO of Christian Dior, Inc., Americas and over the course of five years quintupled the business. Ms. Sabo established the brand image, implemented the retail network, developed the external business network, and continually elevated the company’s eminence as one of the most sophisticated luxury brands in the market today.

Prior to her success at Christian Dior, Ms. Sabo was senior vice president of sales and merchandising at Hermès North America. She worked closely with Hermès Paris to implement a central merchandising organization to meet the needs of long-term business development and support the growing retail network. While in that position, she found great success in expanding the subsidiary that ranked first for Hermès internally in the world.

Ms. Sabo gained extensive expertise during her ten-year retailing career at Saks Fifth Avenue, where she served as vice president, divisional merchandise manager for all European and American Designer Ready-to-Wear collections. Prior to becoming a vice president at Saks, Ms. Sabo served as director of Financial and Strategic Planning and spent six years as a buyer. In addition, she was a buyer for Bergdorf Goodman in New York. She started her career as a buyer and manager at Brody’s in Indiana, Pennsylvania, in 1979.

Currently, Ms. Sabo serves on the boards of New York Landmarks Conservancy and the Luxury Education Foundation/ Columbia Business School and Parsons School of Design. She is also active in charitable fundraising for arts institutions and cancer research. 

A native of Colver, Pennsylvania, Ms. Sabo resides in New York City.

Robert Thomas ’50

Robert N. Thomas is honored as a 2007 distinguished alumnus for his achievements in academia, his contributions as an educator, his service as a mentor, and his authoritative knowledge of population geography and tourism in Latin America.
Dr. Thomas earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography and Social Science Education from IUP in 1950 and was a member of Alpha Omega Gamma, the Geography Department honor society. He taught high school geography and science in Oakmont, his high school alma mater, and in the Hampton Township schools. 

He also continued his education while teaching and earned a Master of Arts degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1958. He returned to IUP as a professor of geography in 1960 and taught until 1969. Dr. Thomas earned his Ph.D. in Geography from Pennsylvania State University in 1968.

Dr. Thomas joined the geography faculty at Michigan State University in 1969. A Fulbright Scholar to Colombia in 1972, he became MSU’s assistant director of Latin American Studies Center in 1974 and was named director in 1985. Dr. Thomas directed undergraduate and graduate students in field experiences in Latin America and coordinated and directed programs in Cuba, Mexico, and many Latin America sites.

Dr. Thomas has achieved distinction in research on population geography and tourism in Latin America. He served as an urban planning advisor for the U.S. Agency for International Development in Guatemala in 1965 and 1966. He has traveled extensively throughout the Central American countries, Mexico, the Carribbean islands, and South America. Dr. Thomas has edited three books, authored dozens of articles published in academic journals, and presented more than sixty-five papers at professional meetings. 

A founding member of the Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers, Dr. Thomas is also a member of the Association of American Geographers, the National Council for Geographic Education, American Geographical Society, National Geographic Society, and the Geography Commission of the Pan American Institute of Geography and History (Organization of American States).

Currently, Dr. Thomas teaches at MSU as emeritus professor of geography and serves the Office of Study Abroad by directing and accompanying students on international field experiences. He also lectures on cruises to Latin America and continually researches migration and other population geography issues in Latin America. He is also engaged in community service as a speaker for Rotary clubs and in public schools.

He was named an honorary affiliate of the Pan American Institute of Geography and History, Organization of American States, in 2005.

Dr. Thomas has maintained a strong alliance with IUP through five decades. As a mentor since the 1960s, Dr. Thomas has served many IUP geography graduates. He is also a generous contributor to the IUP Geography and Planning Faculty Scholarship Fund.

Dr. Thomas resides in Okemos, Michigan, with his wife, Dorothy Gemmell Thomas, a retired music teacher and 1950 IUP graduate. They have two sons, Scott and Robert.

Frederick Zenone ’57

Frederick Zenone is recognized as a 2007 distinguished alumnus for his achievement in music performance and his immeasurable service to symphony orchestra organizations.

A native of Latrobe, Mr. Zenone earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education in 1957 from IUP, where he began study of the cello during his senior year. 

After graduating from IUP, he continued his study of the cello and taught as an instrumental music instructor in the Levittown (Pa.) public schools until 1961. He then chaired the Strings Department in the Princeton Township (N.J.) schools until 1966. He pursued graduate study at Rutgers and went on to study cello with Orlando Cole at the Curtis Institute of Music and with David Soyer and to study chamber music with the famed Guarneri String Quartet. Through intensive study and dedication, Mr. Zenone changed his career path, continuing his love of music and becoming a performer.

Mr. Zenone became an artist-in-residence at Rider College in New Jersey in 1967. He was a cellist with the Allegria String Quartet, Chamber Symphony of Philadelphia, and the Euterpe Chamber Players. Mr. Zenone, who also taught as an adjunct faculty lecturer at Georgetown University, joined the prestigious National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C., in 1969.

During his thirty-year career as a cellist in the National Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Zenone had the privilege of working with the most renowned conductors and soloists in the Western world. He also became known nationally as a leader in organizational relationships within symphony orchestra organizations. Through his success as a problem solver, Mr. Zenone gained a national reputation for expertise in resolving organizational issues at many renowned orchestras. As part of that effort, he founded a cross-discipline crisis intervention program to assist orchestras facing closure.

After retirement from the National Symphony in 1999, Mr. Zenone became president of the Symphony Orchestra Institute, a private, not-for-profit foundation dedicated to resolving organizational problems in symphony organizations. He was also publisher of the institute’s journal, Harmony, now on line at www.soi.org. During his consulting career, from which he retired in 2004, he assisted the Philadelphia Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Toronto, Baltimore, Buffalo, Denver, Honolulu, Nashville, and San Diego symphonies through exigent crises.

The American Symphony Orchestra League, as part of an anniversary celebration, honored Mr. Zenone by naming him as one of forty musicians, conductors, and administrators whose work has touched the lives of most American orchestral musicians. The Wheatland Foundation invited Mr. Zenone, the sole American orchestral musician, to “The Orchestra of the 21st Century” international symposium in Jerusalem in 1986.

Mr. Zenone served as chair of the International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians, as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Symphony Orchestra League, and in 1997, as a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Symphony Orchestra institute.

Mr. Zenone retired to Bluffton, South Carolina, with his wife, the former Patricia Larson, a 1957 IUP graduate and retired music teacher. They have three sons: Brian, Mark, and Eric.