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Class of 1970    
Robert E. Ross College of Agriculture Robert E. Ross went to the College of Agriculture at Rutgers, where he majored in food science and minored in biochemistry. He participated in the track team and Chi Psi fraternity and chaired the Student-Faculty Relationship Committee. During the anti-Vietnam War movement, he was involved in the debate over the existence of ROTC on campus and, ultimately, the decision to keep ROTC on a voluntary basis. He participated in ROTC for four years at Rutgers. He went on to earn his PhD in food science at UMass, during which time he served on active duty in the U.S. Army as a quartermaster. He spent his career in the food science industry at various corporations, including Hunt-Wesson, Nabisco, Estee Corporation, Pepperidge Farm and Nestlé. He participates in the Rutgers Alumni Association of Raleigh-Durham.
Class of 1971                                   
John Robinson Cook College John Robinson was born on September 26, 1945. Mr. Robinson grew up in Spring Lake Heights, New Jersey and graduated from Manasquan High School in 1964. He served as a naval corpsman with the First Marine Division, First Battalion, Delta Company in Vietnam from 1967 to 1968. After the war, Mr. Robinson attended Cook College at Rutgers University, earning his degree in 1971. He became president of Mueller Supply Inc. in 1972, a post he has held up to the present. Mr. Robinson lives in Colts Neck.
Ernest Kovacs Rutgers College Ernest "Bub" Kovacs was born on January 28, 1951 in New Brunswick, New Jersey.  Descended from Hungarian immigrants on the paternal side of his family, he grew up in the Hungarian-American community in New Brunswick.  Kovacs attended public school in New Brunswick and graduated from high school in 1968.  Kovacs went to Rutgers College and majored in sociology, graduating in the Class of 1972.  He earned a master's at Penn State and then a Ed.D. at the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers in 1986.  Over the course of his career, Kovacs has worked at Penn State and Trenton State College in college administration.  He has taught college courses in business and in the Certified Public Manager Program, which was based at the Bloustein School at Rutgers in the 1980s-1990s.  In 2006, he became a professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Class of 1987    
Morris Kafka-Holzschlag Rutgers College Morris Kafka-Holzschlag was born on September 21, 1965 in Brooklyn, New York. He grew up in New Jersey and after graduating from high school, he initially went to the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) and then transferred to Rutgers College, where he attended Rutgers College from 1984 to 1987. He majored in architecture and art history and minored in cultural anthropology. At Rutgers, he became involved with student activism in the anti-apartheid movement and the gay rights movement, participating in the Rutgers University Lesbian/Gay Alliance (RULGA) and working at the Hotline. He became instrumental in documenting the history of RULGA (now called the Queer Student Alliance), which was founded as the Student Homophile League in 1969 by Lionel Cuffie, and in archiving the group's historic materials. He worked on the Rutgers Sexual Orientation Survey with Dr. Susan Cavin, the results of which were released in the spring of 1987 and eventually led to President Edward Bloustein convening the Committee to Advance Our Common Purposes and the Select Committee for Lesbian and Gay Concerns in February 1988. He has spent his career working in the preservation of historic homes.

 

 

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