Lauren Gessner Walker, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Larry J. Gessner of Canfield, will graduate from the University of Alabama School of Law on May 2 with a juris doctorate degree. She will be an associate at the law firm of Wallace, Jordan, Ratliff and Brandt LLC in Birmingham, Ala., upon completion of the Alabama bar exam.


Salvatore Joseph Frangiamore, a Cortland native and orthopaedic surgery resident at the Cleveland Clinic, is a recipient of the 2015 Charles S. Neer Award, an orthopaedic-research award.

Dr. Frangiamore and colleagues were presented the award for a study he authored on synovial fluid markers in shoulder infection. Given annually by the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeon society, the Neer Award is distributed to the year’s most-outstanding research dedicated to the shoulder and elbow.

Dr. Frangiamore graduated from Lakeview High School and John Carroll University. He earned his medical degree at the University of Toledo College of Medicine and is entering his final year of orthopaedic surgical training at the Cleveland Clinic.

After resident training, he will pursue an orthopaedic sports medicine fellowship at the Steadman Philippon Research Institute in Vail, Colo. He plans to return to Northeast Ohio upon completion of his training.


Troy A. Gessner, son of Dr. and Mrs. Larry J. Gessner of Canfield, will graduate from Ohio State University College of Dentistry on May 8 with a doctor of dental surgery degree. Gessner is currently a second lieutenant in the Army.

Upon graduation, he will be a captain for the Army dental corps and will be completing a yearlong Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency at Fort Benning in Columbus, Ga.

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