Class notes

IU logo engraved in limestone.


Norman Pace, BA ’64 Bacteriology, visited campus to receive an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Indiana University at the university’s graduate commencement ceremony held on May 4. Pace, a distinguished professor emeritus at the University of Colorado-Boulder, is known for his groundbreaking research in biochemistry and in microbial ecology and evolution. He was a professor and distinguished professor of biology in the IU Department of Biology from 1984 to 1996. While on campus, Pace presented a special seminar, “Into the natural microbial world: the beginnings of metagenomics” on May 7. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Pace received the Waksman Award for Excellence in Microbiology, a MacArthur “Genius” Award, and the 2017 Massry Prize in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the biomedical sciences and the advancement of health. He’s received lifetime achievement awards from the American Society for Microbiology, the Society for Microbial Ecology, and the RNA Society. Pace is an avid spelunker, who has explored over 100 caves, and he was the 1987 recipient of the Lew Bicking Award, the highest honor that American cave explorers can achieve.


Paul E. Vogelgesang, BA ’77 Biological Sciences, published his first novel, Toxic Gold, whose main character, Jake Savage, is an Indiana environmental detective. The book is published by Vogelgesang is a senior consultant with Strategic Technology and Research Inc., based in Orange County, Calif. He lives in Laguna Hills, Calif.


Having completed the fastest marathon of his life at 55 years old, and qualifying for the Boston Marathon, Tim W. McDaniel, MA ’85 Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and MS ’85 Environmental Science, of New Carlisle, Ohio, was preparing to share the good news with friends and family. Logging onto Facebook, he read that his nephew had been badly injured in a motorcycle accident. At the hospital, it was also discovered that his nephew had a previously undetected brain cancer. McDaniel dedicated his Boston Marathon run to his nephew and started a GoFundMe account to cover ongoing costs not covered by insurance. McDaniel is environmental health and safety manager at the Springfield, Ohio, plant of Navistar, a leading manufacturer of commercial trucks, buses, defense vehicles, and engines.

“Last year was a pretty big year for me professionally,” writes Henry J. Bausback, BA '89 Biology, OD ’93. “On July 1, 2017, I opened my own practice, Performance Eyecare in Sarasota, Fla. Having practiced over 20 years in Michigan City, Ind., our family moved to Florida in 2014 to be closer to my wife’s family.” He adds, “As I have begun to integrate into the community, I have taken the opportunity to participate in several events with the IU alumni group in Southwest Florida and always enjoy the connections I make with the people from my alma mater.”


David Aronoff, BS ’91 Microbiology, earned his M.D. from Tufts University. He completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at Vanderbilt University, as well as a clinical fellowship in infectious diseases and a research fellowship in clinical pharmacology. Aronoff did a research postdoctoral fellowship in immunology at the University of Michigan, remaining on faculty there until 2013 when he returned to Vanderbilt. He directs the Division of Infectious Diseases and is the Addison B. Scoville, Jr. Chair in Medicine at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he is also a professor of medicine.  He is a fellow in the Infectious Diseases Society of America and a fellow in the American Academy of Microbiology. Aronoff says, “I remain a very proud Hoosier,” adding that he continues to utilize his undergraduate education on an almost daily basis. “If I’m not seeing patients with infections, I am studying the pathogenesis of infectious diseases in my lab. The foundation for all of this interest was started as an undergraduate student at IU.”

In June, the board of trustees of Seattle-based Swedish Health Services named pediatric urologic surgeon and executive physician leader R. Guy Hudson, BS ’91 Biology, MD ’98, the organization’s CEO. Hudson, who had served as interim CEO since February, has practiced at Swedish for the past decade. Hudson was a collegiate swimmer at IU, where James E. “Doc” Counsilman, considered the most innovative coach in U.S. swimming history, served as his swim coach and mentor. Hudson’s family boasts a long line of IU alumni. His father, J. R. Hudson, BS ’62, DDS ’65, MS ’67, is a Columbus, Ind., periodontist; his mother, Connie (Hedden), BS ’64, is a retired educator; and his brother, James H. Hudson, BA ’89 Biology, was also a letter-winning swimmer as a student at IU.

Jason Jones, BS ’96 Biology, worked in various capacities for Heritage Environmental Services until 2005. During that time he became a certified hazardous materials manager. Jones then joined Waste Management, Inc., within Sustainability Services, working as a project manager, serving three notable automotive and heavy equipment manufacturing customers managing hazardous waste, recycling, and waste reduction initiatives in Indianapolis and in Joliet, IL. In 2015, he was promoted to operations support manager and is focused on training and support of new and current project managers within the automotive and heavy equipment manufacturing customer business line. Jones says, “I am a teacher and a coach—two things I always wanted to do.” He is currently pursuing an MBA degree through Bellevue University’s online program.