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Noted Holocaust Survivor Judith Kallman to Address Graduates At University of New Haven Winter Commencement

Release Date:
12/13/2016 10:35 AM

Judith Alter KallmanWALLINGFORD, CONN. – Well-known lecturer and author Judith Alter Kallman will address 400 graduates and their families and guests at the University of New Haven’s Winter Commencement on Sunday, Dec. 18, at the Toyota Presents Oakdale Theatre. The ceremony will begin at 9 a.m.

Kallman, a native of Czechoslovakia, is the author of “A Candle in Her Heart,” which chronicles her childhood growing up in German-occupied Europe during World War II.  She will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.

Kevin Myatt, senior vice president of human resources and chief human resources officer for Yale New Haven Health and Yale New Haven Hospital, will receive an honorary Doctor of Business Administration degree at the ceremony, and Michael J. Quiello ’74, vice president for corporate safety for United Airlines will receive an honorary Doctor of Engineering degree.

A well-known Holocaust survivor, Kallman was separated from her parents when she was five years old. She survived through the kindness of strangers before emigrating to London after World War II and later to Israel and then to the United States.

Her memoir has been showcased at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, and at teacher training workshops and libraries across North America, Israel and Europe.

Myatt is a member of the University of New Haven’s Board of Governors. The University’s Myatt Center for Diversity and Inclusion is dedicated in his family’s honor. He also is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Connecticut Hospital Association, a member of the Board of Directors of the John B. Pierce Laboratory, vice chair of the ConnCAT Board of Trustees and a deacon at Christian Tabernacle Baptist Church.

Quiello, who oversees all aspects of aviation safety, ground safety, quality, managed care, business continuity and emergency operations worldwide for the third largest airline, has also been a military and commercial pilot.

A New Haven native, he is president and vice chairman of the Board of Trustees of the National Aviation Hall of Fame and is co-chair of the executive board of the Federal Aviation Administration’s aviation safety information analysis and sharing system. He is a committee member of the Commercial Aviation Safety Team and a member of Airlines for America’s safety council.

A member of the University of New Haven’s Board of Governors, Quiello earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the university in 1974.

Founded on the campus of Yale University in 1920, the University of New Haven is a private, top-tier educational institution which is widely recognized as a national leader in education. The university enrolls nearly 5,000 undergraduates and about 1,900 graduate students. ?