Dear Alumni,

Welcome back to Kent State's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry!

Our Department may have changed since you graduated, but we still value the quality of our teaching and research above all.

Please share with us and your fellow KSU Chemistry alumni what you have been doing since graduation! We will review all submissions prior to posting, and all contact information will be kept confidential.

Also, check out our Facebook page to reconnect with former classmates.

Make a contribution to Departmental Scholarship or Instrumentation funds.

Best wishes and thank you for coming back!


  • Pat W. Camerino
    Graduation Year: 1957
    Current Employment: Retired: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX (Emeritus Associate Professor)
    Comments: PhD (Biochem) Cornell U; PD Dartmouth Med Sch; Oregon St U.  Work: NIH, Div of Research Resources, NIAMD, Univ of Massachusetts/Amherst, Assoc Grad Dean for Research, Baylor College of Med, Dir Faculty Resources, Admin Dept of Med
  • Dr. Bart Heldreth
    Graduation Year: 1998
    Current Employment: Chemist at Cosmetic Ingredient Review
    Comments: B.S. 1998/undergrad research with Dr. L.C. Chien at LCI
    Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, USF 2004
  • M. Beth Hopkins (Martin)
    Graduation Year: 1989
    Current Employment: Secondary Chemistry Teacher for Washington County Department of Education, Jonesborough, TN
    Comments: Graduated 2010 with an M.Ed. from Milligan College, TN.  Currently, I am the Chemistry teacher for a rural, Title I school.
  • James A. Jackson
    Graduation Year: 1961
    Current Employment: Retired
    Comments: First to isolate a crystalline molecular complex of a carbonium ion salt.  Published in Tetrahedron Letters No. 8, pp. 797-799, Pergamon Press Ltd.  Author of a book entitled, "Oops There Must Be Some Mistake."
  • Thom Janini
    Graduation Year: 1997
    Current Employment: Assistant Professor at Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster, OH.
  • Kapil Kumar
    Graduation Year: 2000
    Current Employment: Senior R&D Scientist at Life Technologies, Inc.
  • Richard Lavrich
    Graduation Year: 2001
    Current Employment: Assistant Professor, College of Charleston
  • Byron K. Leles
    Graduation Year: 1969
    Current Employment: Part-time instruction in physics, Alabama State Community College System.  I have been teaching (full time and part time) chemistry and physics in this system for 40 years.
    Comments: I enjoyed my years at KSU very much and have always felt that I received a good and solid training in my chosen field.  I have always enjoyed teaching far more than research; hence, my career in community college teaching has been very rewarding for me.
  • Jim McCargar
    Graduation Year: 1988
    Current Employment: Associate Vice President and Professor of Chemistry, Baldwin-Wallace College.
  • Dr. Edward Suarez Moreira
    Graduation Year: 2010
    Current Employment: Post-doctoral Fellow, Division of Vascular Surgery, Institute of BioNanotechnology in Medicine, Northwestern University
  • Richard Schroer
    Graduation Year: 1970
    Current Employment: Retired in 2001 as Senior Project Manager for Safety Assessment for Wyeth Pharmaceuticals.