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Pitt-Greensburg president emeritus gives St. Clair Lecture

Kim Stepinsky | For The Tribune-Review
(from left), Frank A. Cassell, president emeritus of the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, and wife Beth Cassell, join Tom Headley, Executive Director of Westmoreland Heritage, and Sharon P. Smith, President, University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, during the reception preceding the annual St. Clair Lecture, held at the Universtiy of Pittsburgh at Greensburg on Wednesday evening, October 10, 2012.

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Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, 8:56 p.m.

Frank A. Cassell, president emeritus of the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, received a warm welcome on Wednesday when he returned to campus to deliver the annual St. Clair Lecture.

It's a good thing, too, because he noted that the cool local temperatures were a shock to a system used to the heat of his present home in Sarasota, Fla. Still, he said, he and his wife, Beth, were happy to spend an evening with old friends and colleagues.

The lecture was titled “Remembering the Battle of Bushy Run: Decisive Victory or Minor Skirmish.” Cassell is a well-known colonial historian whose work has extensively covered events in Western Pennsylvania during the period of the French and Indian War.

Prior to the talk, a reception and dinner were held in the Hempfield Room, which features two walls of windows looking out over Cassell's old stomping grounds.

Offering hugs all around was Pitt-Greensburg President Sharon P. Smith.

In charge of the evening's events was Tom Headley, in the company of wife Donnis.

Also seen: Laura and Charles Aftosmis, Chuck and Nancy Anderson, Linda and David Assard, Dr.George and Linda Austin, Lillian Beeson, John Smith, Joyce Bucchi, Melanie Ansell, Helen Carter, Dr. Charles Costello, Lou and Joan DeRose, Lisa Hays, Martin Keck, Pilar Herr and Jackie Horral.

Also, Nancy Jamison, Mary Cox, Wes and Peggy Jamison, Eric Kimball, Phil and Gladys Light, Diane and Rabe Marsh, Carl and Joyce Rossman, Dr. Jack and Georgia Smith, Dan Wukich, Joel Sabadasc and SusanIsola.

— Shirley McMarlin

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