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September 2002

Coordinated Care's Fantastic Five

Coordinated Care is pleased to introduce its 2002 Prime Time Awards honorees.  These awards were created to honor Western New York citizens who exemplify successful aging.

The Prime Time Awards dinner honoring this year's awardees will be held on Tuesday, September 24, 2002 at the Adam's Mark Hotel from 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  For more information please call 858 - 2307.

 

Ralph LOEW Humanitarian Award

J. Warren PERRY, Ph. D.

Ralph LOEW

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J. Warren PERRY, Ph. D.,dean emeritus and professor emeritus at the State University of New York at Buffalo devoted his life to allied health education and is acknowledged nationwide as a pioneer administrator in this field.

Dr. Perry is the founder of the School of Health Related Professions at the University at Buffalo and developed the school into an institution recognized as one of the most exemplary in the nation.  He founded and became the first editor of the Journal of allied health, which continues today as the official national publications of the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions.

Dr. Perry is also noted for his support of the arts.  He has chaired or been a board member of numerous cultural organizations in and around the city of Buffalo.   An opera lover, Dr. Perry helped found the Lyric Opera Company of Chicago.   The University at Buffalo is home to the J. Warren Perry Collection of Memorabilia, a collection of 2,500 photographs of significant musicians of the 20th century.  He has served as chair or board member of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Artpark, the NCCJ, the American Lung Association, the Community Music School, the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site and Friends of the UB Center for the Arts.

Dr. Perry has committed to donating all of his collectibles to area non-profit organizations and colleagues, leaving a legacy that will long be remembered.

Dr. Perry was born in Richmond, Indiana.  He received his B.A. from DePauw University in 1994; his master's from Northwestern University in 1952; and Ph. D. from that college in 1955.  Prior to his appointment at SUNY at Buffalo he held faculty positions at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Northwestern Medical School and the University of Chicago and worked for the Department of Health, Education and Welfare (HEW) in Washington.

Dr. Perry is listed in the Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare and Who's Who in Science and Engineering.

Burt FLICKINGER Caregiver Award

Nancy RUDNY

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For the past three years Nancy RUDNY has provided 24-hour care for her mother-in-law, Valerie, who has Alzheimer's disease.  Nancy and her husband felt they could provide loving care and daily supervision to keep Valerie at home as long as possible.

"She goes to great lengths to care for her mother-in-law," said Valerie's Nurse Case Manager, Nancy Welker.  "She is extremely devoted and provides the best care possible."

Her approach as a caregiver is refreshing.  She takes the time and interest to learn the support systems available to her and uses them when she can.  She also gives herself a break when she needs it.  "If I don't take care of myself , I can't continue to be a good caregiver," Nancy said.

In the fall of 2000 Nancy tested her skills and patience by offering to care for her father-in-law also.  For two long months she cared for him until it became apparent that he needed more help than they could give.  For the next three months Nancy took Valerie to see her husband every day before his passing.  She was also the contact person for the nursing staff and sat with her father-in-law to calm him when he became agitated, sometimes every night of the week.

Nancy's most difficult challenge may lie ahead.  Her father recently moved back to the area after being diagnosed with a terminal illness.  She has already spent hours on the phone with local agencies to make sure she is doing all she can for him.

Nancy Rudny's family is truly blessed to have such a loving, intelligent caregiver as a family member

Percy HUNT, J.R.

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Perry HUNT Jr. has had three careers since graduating from Hobart College in 1941.  P.J., as he prefers to be called, joined the Marine Corp along with his three brothers and father who also enlisted.  Fortunately all five survived World War II and returned to Buffalo to "Hunt for Chevrolet," the family automobile business where P.J. worked until it was sold in 1981.

In 1981 at age 64, P.J. decided to start a new career in public service.  When a mentally disturbed teenager murdered his good friend's wife, P.J. joined his friend in starting EPIC, which at the time stood for Effective Parenting Information for Children -an organization that has become famous in New York State and across the country.   The more P.J. learned about social agencies, the more he realized how vital fundraising was to their success.  He became involved in fund-raising for Beechwood Continuing Care, Buffalo Hearing & Speech Center, Niagara Falls Memorial Hospital, SPCA and People Inc and several Chautauqua County non-profit organizations.  He currently serves on the Coordinated Care Board of Directors and works diligently making phone calls to friends and colleagues to raise funds.

P.J., who recently turned 85, truly exhibits successful aging through his outstanding contributions to the lives of others.  He and his wife Ruth are the proud parents of three daughters.

Rose Marie HALL

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There is no person in the field of aging who better defines the words "life long commitment" than Rose Marie HALL.  She has worked in the field as a geriatric specialist for almost twenty years and recently retired as director of The McLaughlin Center (TMC) at Kaleida Health's DeGraff Memorial Hospital where she coordinated the STAYWELL Health Promotion Course for older adults.  She also co-developed the "Sensitivity to Older Adults Program" (S.O.A.P.) for organizations and businesses throughout WNY.

Ms. Hall received her undergraduate degree in Human Services with a concentration in Gerontology from Medaille College in 1986, and her graduate degree in Human Service Management and Adult Learning from Buffalo State College in 1997.

Rose Marie previously managed 165 HUD subsidized housing units in senior complexes in Buffalo and Blasdell, is a 15 year member of the Network in Aging of WNY, is a member and past-Chair of the Coalition of Agencies in Service to the Elderly (C.A.S.E.), and is very active in NTOUCH (North Tonawanda Organization Undertaking Community Health).

Rose Marie was recently honored with the Mayor's Award for Efforts to Create a Healthier North Tonawanda, was chosen as one of six 1999 Women in Medicine by Kaleida Health, and received the Dr. Evan Calkin's Award for Meritorious Service form the Network in Aging of WNY.

Rose Marie also maintains an extraordinary relationship with her five children, their spouses, and her twelve grandchildren.  She exemplifies "commitment to family" in the very best sense of the phrase.  Her children describe her as a "mother with a cause" and they are proud of her for it!

Sister BETH

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Sister BETH enjoys helping people and working with people so much that she has rarely felt frustrated for the past 50 years since she became a nun.   "When you love your work and are surrounded by so many volunteers, everything is so encouraging and rewarding," she said.

Sister Beth grew up in Kenmore, where she entered the Order of the Sisters of Saint Mary.  She entered the convent and then became a primary teacher in several schools in the Kenmore, Buffalo and Lockport areas.  She attained her Bachelor Degree from Medaille College and her Master's in Elementary Education from Buffalo State College.   She returned to St. Paul's elementary school as a teacher and then became Principal.  After 6 years there, she moved on to become the administrator of Motherhouse at Mt. St. Mary in Kenmore.  Now, for the past 12 years, she has been working as the Outreach Coordinator at Nativity of Our Lord Parish in Orchard Park.

Sister Beth has developed the Outreach office into providing weeklong services for those economic, social, or spiritual need.  She also oversees a bereavement program to which those who have lost a loved one appeal for consolation, condolence and support.   She also arranges events for seniors, organizes community services for young people, maintains a food pantry as well as clothing drives, and secures assistance for anyone in need of those resources.  She also spends a lot of time visiting hospitals and homebound parish members.

Besides her work, Sister Beth enjoys playing baseball and basketball as well as crewelwork, knitting and photography.

Karen LANGDON

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Christmas comes to some children in the Lockport community because of the efforts of a nearly five foot retired dynamo named Karen LANGDON.  She works with a local elementary school that has a high enrollment of financially disadvantaged children a network of individuals who "adopt" a family for Christmas.  Armed with the children's ages and Christmas wish lists, numerous people purchase gifts and wrap them.  Along with the help of her husband Gordon, they sort all of the gifts at their home, deliver the gifts to the school and assist the distribution.  At another elementary school, Karen and Gordon are involved with Rainbow Readers.  On a weekly basis they work with children in kindergarten through third grade who need extra help in reading.

Karen is giving back to the community where she was born and continues to live today.   Her involvement with community extends to both children and seniors.  She is on the board of trustees for the Dale Association of Lockport that administers many programs for seniors.  At her local Senior Center, Karen volunteers at the reception desk, in the gift shop and serves on the Board of Trustees.

Karen's involvement in the community is also evident in her faith and church.   Karen serves as a Deacon, assistant treasurer, member of the choir and an advisor to a youth group.  Her leadership has lead to the restoration of the church parsonage into a facility that is made available as a food pantry as well as many other groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous.

She and her husband have three children and enjoy spending time with their four grandchildren.

Bea and Max BERMAN

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Bea and Max Berman exemplified "teamwork."  Their more than four decades of dedication and hard work have had a significant effect on the lives of many throughout Western New York.  Sadly, however, one member of the team is no longer with us.  Bea Berman passed away in March of this year.

Both Max and Bea grew up in Brooklyn, New York.  They married in 1947 and moved to Buffalo in 1954 for new job opportunities.  Shortly after their arrival in Buffalo, they forged an alliance with the Hamlin Park Community and Taxpayers Association and have sat on their Board of Directors since 1966.  They were also devoted board members to the Statewide Senior Action Council, the National Caucus and Center on Black Aged, the Association of NYS Educators of the Emotionally Disabled (ANYSEED), the WNY Network in Aging, the UAW Civil Rights and Martin Luther King, Jr. Commissions.  They have made advocacy for seniors a major focus of their working lives.  The Berman's have fought for inter-generational issues, long-term care, civil and patient rights, senior nutrition, historic preservation, prescription drug coverage, quality of life for working people and the underprivileged and the reauthorization of the Older American's Act.

Together Max & Bea had a selfless passion for and commitment to improving the quality of life for those around them.  The community is grateful for the work Bea accomplished, to Max for his past contributions and for continuing to pursue the ideals they both worked for.  By far, however, their greatest collaborative effort was on a more personal level.  Happily married for 55 years they raised five children and have five grandsons.

 

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