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Alumni Across the Decades

Compiled by LuAnn (Zanke ’78) Gilliland

Victor Lynskey

Class of 1951

Major: Biology and Chemistry

Fraternity: Sigma Sigma Mu

Home: Steubenville

Vic chose the College of Steubenville to be with friends from his senior class at Wheeling Central who were also going there. After graduation, he was drafted and served in the Korean War. After the war, Vic earned degrees in education and business management. He is retired from two different positions: Medical Laboratory director at St. John Medical Center and from the Research and Development Department of the Weirton Steel Corporation. Vic and his wife, Delores, have seven children and many grandchildren. Two of their children—Mark ’80 and Joan (Lynskey ’79) Clark—are Franciscan alumni as well. 

Maxine Barrett Kuhl

Class of 1961

Major: Elementary Education

Sorority: Kappa Psi Mu

Home: Wharton, New Jersey

Maxine grew up in East Liverpool, Ohio. She decided to attend the College of Steubenville in response to the teacher shortage in local Catholic schools. She developed an interest in psychology after working in the Dean’s Office with Professor John Korzi. She applied to Harvard University and received a fellowship from the Council for the Advancement of Small Colleges, eventually earning her master’s in social psychology. Maxine married Frank Kuhl in 1964 and raised five children. Among her favorite memories are the unforgettable history classes of Dr. John Carrigg. 

Tom ’61 and Joanne (Sholtis ’60) McDonald

Tom’s Major: English

Joanne’s Major: Elementary Education

Home: Michigan City, Indiana

Tom and Joanne are the happy parents of 5 (including one graduate of Franciscan), and the happy grandparents of 12. After graduating, Tom initially worked for Wheeling Steel, while Joanne taught for the Richmond, Ohio, school system. Tom then took a job with Bethlehem Steel where he worked for the next 32 years before retiring. That position moved them to Pennsylvania for some time but then out to Indiana. Joanne retired only last year, having taught for a total of 22 years, the last 10 of which were with Notre Dame Catholic School in Michigan City, Indiana. Tom and Joanne are extensive travelers, having visited China, Greece, Italy, Peru, Ecuador, and the Holy Land. Their latest trip was through the Franciscan University Alumni Office, which took them to Gaming, Austria, last summer. They enjoyed the company of president Father Terence Henry, TOR, and several other alumni. The McDonalds still have ties to family and friends in the Ohio Valley, and of course, to their alma mater, and they look forward to many more visits.

Val Ciancetta

Class of 1971

Major: Chemistry, minors in Math and German

Fraternity: Lambda Chi Alpha

Home: Warren, Ohio

Val attended the College of Steubenville because he grew up in Steubenville and graduated from Steubenville Catholic Central. After college, Val spent time in the military before starting a managerial career with Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel in 1972. Currently, he works for Severstal in Warren Ohio. He enjoys golfing and is active in his church. Val and his wife, Jeanette (Marucci ’72), have two daughters, Christine and Adrianne, who live in greater Chicago.

Compiled by LuAnn (Zanke ’78) Gilliland. The McDonalds’ profile written by Jared Haselbarth ’01.

Originally published in the Autumn 2008 Baronette newsletter. Since then, Tom McDonald, Vic Lynskey, and Val Ciancetta have passed away. May they rest in peace.