80 | Greetings, Class of '80.We got an avalanche of news! Let's start with Carl Motsenbocker, who has won a Fulbright scholarship to Thailand. At present he is a full professor in the Horticulture department at Louisiana State U. Bradford Zak, a former Hotelie, has left the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group (India, Indonesia, Philippines, China) to start his own management company and boutique luxury resort concept called New Tourism and the Harmony Project LLC. His first location is near the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. Two more are under development. One is a living museum resort in China and the other is a rainforest beach resort in Costa Rica. Jeff Ettinger is also globe-trotting with his family. They have gone on short-term medical mission trips to Honduras and the Dominican Republic. He and wife Barbara have also gone on mission trips to Ecuador and Mexico. Jeff writes that they will celebrate "25 years of great marriage in January 2005." Professionally, Jeff is in the private practice of internal medicine in Manchester, CT. He is also an associate professor of community medicine at the U. of Connecticut Health Center. He is involved in leadership at his church, and his wife is a part-time associate pastor and proofreader. She also attends seminary. Sons Daniel, 18, and Jonathan, 13, love music and sports. Roberta Walter Goodman writes that at the end of 2003 she retired from Wall Street after 15 exciting and rewarding years as a sellside analyst, the last six of which were at Merrill Lynch. Since then she has been doing strategic and financial consulting to healthcare organizations. She has time now to show husband Lenn's grandsons the local sites of Tennessee.
Gary Stern writes that he was elected as one of the "Leading Lawyers in Illinois" for 2003-04. He is a shareholder-attorney at Chuhak & Tecson PC. His daughter Brittany, 18, will attend Indiana U. as a freshman in the fall, and his daughter Carly is 13. Stacy West Clark's law firm marketing consulting firm just turned 12! She is also the founder and head of the Delaware Valley Law Firm Marketing Group. Last year, her daughter was in the same class as the daughter of fellow Cornellian Ben Frick '82.
Nanette Cooper-McGuinness lives in Berkeley, CA, and was a semifinalist in the 2003 International Opera Singers Competition. She will be appearing on the San Francisco composers' new CD of songs to be released in 2005. Her husband David '79 now works at American Express Financial Advisors after leaving the Pacific Exchange. Her son Nick, 15, is in high school and is ranked 15th nationally as a cadet épée fencer.
Craig Tendler writes,"My wife and I have been New Jersey residents for the past 12 years, but spend most of our leisure time in NYC.We also enjoy traveling and skiing with our daughters Helena, 15, and Amanda, 11. I recently left Schering-Plough, where I headed up the oncology drug development group, and joined Johnson & Johnson as Vice President of Clinical Affairs. In this capacity my group is responsible for the implementation and conduct of all oncology and HIV clinical affairs studies within the J&J family of companies. I have stayed in touch with my three apartment-mates from senior year: Gregory Gordon is a family practice physician in Pennsylvania whose son will be starting Cornell in the fall; Jay L. Cohen is a dermatologist in Brookline, MA; and John Levitt, JD '83, is a financial consultant at A&A Advisors who recently moved back north with his wife and two children."Timothy Mayopoulos was appointed executive VP and general council of Bank of America Corporation. He and his family have relocated to Charlotte, NC. He was previously employed in senior legal roles at Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse First Boston, and DLJ. His family includes wife Amy Lefkof, children Philip ("Gus"), 12, and Katherine ("Katie"), 9, and black Lab puppy Bubba.
Bob Pegues is in a group surgical practice in ob/gyn and pelvic reconstructive surgery in Baltimore. He enjoys playing piano and organ with ensembles and church groups and leading a children's chorus. His family includes wife Cheri and son Brenton, 5. Elizabeth Lennihan is a social worker in private practice and is in her fifth year of training at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. Her children are Andrea Tsoris, 14, and Jonathan Tsoris, 11. Elizabeth Dwyre, ME '81, is a regional engineer at Professional Service Industries Inc. (PSI). Her family includes husband Ian Watson, PhD '85, and children Colin, 14, and Reid, 12.
Kwong Allen Yeung writes from California that he is involved in the manufacture of rubber tracks for construction equipment and rubber solid tires for forklifts that are sold worldwide.His family includes wife Anna and children Albert and Ann. Stephen Kohn notes that his business Health and EAP Resources has developed a new subsidiary --Work and People Solutions. It expands HR consulting into the area of executive coaching and training. He has twin daughters, 17, and a son in eighth grade.
And, hard to believe, but due to space limitations, I will let Jill continue the saga in the next issue. Our apologies if your notes did not appear here, but they should be at the top of the list for the next column. -- Cynthia Addonizio-Bianco, email@example.com; and Jill Abrams Klein, firstname.lastname@example.org.
81 | Greetings to the Class of 1981! Can you believe how quickly the time has flown by? We are now almost into winter again (I feel as if I just left it in Toronto). I have been enjoying my new home in Delray Beach, FL.Having lived here for almost a year, I can see that South Florida definitely has sun, surf, and hurricanes! For those of you that were affected by Hurricane Charley, we hope that you are back on your feet and enjoying life again.We were spared on the Southeast coast, but it shows you how fragile life really is. I have embarked on a new career with Adelphia Corporation as their public relations manager for the Southeast Region. For me, it has been quite a switch from working with lawyers all day to working in the cable industry and building a company up during bankruptcy protection. It is extremely challenging and exciting at the same time.
Rhea Floersheimer Kaston joined Barnes & Noble College Booksellers as director of employee relations in Basking Ridge, NJ. She lives in Holdmel with her husband David and sons Jeremy and Brendan. Speaking of new jobs, kudos to John Hartman, who has joined Acuity Brands Lighting as a senior VP responsible for managing sell-side activities outside the US and Canada. Peter VanderWoude of Cortland, NY, has joined Cortland's Division of Institutional Advancement in the newly created position of Manager of Planned Gifts.
Cindy High-Fischmann is living in Shanghai, China, working for the Greater Asia Region for Kodak as their VP of human resources. She is joined by her husband Rob and sons Corey and Brett--who are learning Mandarin.Wow! Also on the Asian front, Duncan Scott is in Hong Kong as VP of footwear sourcing for Adidas-Solomon. He met his wife Asli in Istanbul three years ago and they have one daughter, Lydia.He is looking forward to seeing some classmates at reunion!
Sheryl Weeks went to Ithaca for Reunion Weekend, specifically for the Reunion Row. This is their 25th anniversary as their four boat won at the Eastern Sprints in May 1979! Her boatmates were Ellen McHugh '79, Linda Glaubitz Schymik '79, and Laurie Perkins Lubsen '78. Their coxswain was Lauren Anthone '80.
Rebecca Weems started her own company in product and technology development (Strategic Business Resources Inc.).Wishing her luck! On the flip side, Daniel Gasteiger recently stepped back into the corporate world after 15 years as a freelance writer and computer programming consultant. He joined Computer Support Services Inc. (CSSI), a technology and business consulting company headquartered in Lewisburg, PA, where he lives with his wife and children. He is CSSI's business development manager, and is involved in marketing, sales support, and strategic business planning for the 30-year-old company. Lisa Freeman, MS '86, has been named to the American Council of Education (ACE) Fellows Program Class of 2004-05.As an ACE Fellow, she will spend one year on a campus away from her home institution (Kansas State U.) observing firsthand how the institution and its leaders address challenges in research administration and technology transfer.Where did you end up, Lisa? Let us know.
Jared Aldern lives in Ranchita, CA, with his wife and daughters.He has had some big events affect his life: in 2002 a wildfire burned 27 of their 30 acres--essentially everything but the house and its contents; they're still dealing with the claims. He left his public school teaching career to start a nonprofit organization called The Land Conversation, working on environmental history research and ecological restoration projects in collaboration with American Indian tribes. His 18-year-old daughter, after considering Cornell, is attending UCLA; his 13-year-old is her school's spelling bee champion; and his two-year-old is--a cutie.Now, there's a lot to digest! On the startup side, Wayne Citrin (email@example.com) continues with the software company JNBridge that he and his wife started just after the 20th Reunion. (Gentle reminder: our 25th Reunion is not far away--June 8-11, 2006.)
Here's something a bit different from Lori Balton. She rescued an Australian cattle dog and now spends Sundays sheep-herding--in Los Angeles! Escapees from "The Shire" on Oak Ave. can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org regarding an upcoming reunion. Also, in California, Eduardo Llach married Teri (UCSD and UC Berkeley) last year and they combined their two families--now raising five kids! Eduardo is continuing his entrepreneurial career with his latest company, SearchRev, helping Yahoo and many other companies in search engine advertising. He's been doing triathlons for 30 years--now in a new age group (45-49). Can you believe it? Steven Greenapple has become a partner in the law firm of Steiker, Fischer, Edwards & Greenapple PC, focusing on M&A transactions.
I guess we've begun to retire. Doreen Orion and her husband gave up their medical practices and converted a luxury bus to live and travel in for a year. She plans to write a bus memoir, "Leave the Driving to Him." She's also written some manuscripts and signed with a Hollywood manager--you go, girl! Also writing is Steve McGovern, PhD '93. As assistant professor in the Poli Sci dept. at Haverford College, he recently published a book titled Urban Policy Reconsidered: Dialogues on the Problems and Prospects of American Cities. On the wedding front, Sally Furness married David Lee Dawson in San Luis Obispo, CA, with a honeymoon on the Big Island. Aloha!
Please do let us know your news (and include your e-mail address). Thanks! --Betsy S. Silverfine, email@example.com; Kathleen Philbin LaShoto, firstname.lastname@example.org; and Jennifer Read Campbell, email@example.com.
82 | Albany, NY, attorney Philip Rosenberg was recently elected chairperson of the New York State Bar Association's 1,100-member Health Law Section, which organizes professional and public education programs on healthcare law issues, makes recommendations on healthcare law and policy, publishes the Health Law Journal, and provides a forum in which healthcare attorneys meet, exchange ideas, and improve their knowledge and skills. Phil represents healthcare providers in a wide range of transactional, regulatory, and litigation matters, serves as an adjunct professor of health law at Union College Graduate School, and is a frequent author and lecturer on related topics. James Zahringer is now managing director for Deutsche Bank's Broker Dealer in Palm Beach, FL; he and his wife Madeleine and five children reside in Palm Beach.
Kenneth Growney (Highland Mills, NY) of the MetLife Pearl River, NY, office completed a comprehensive training program from MetLife's Division of Estate Planning for Special Kids, which provided him the necessary skills and understanding of federal and state benefit laws to help families with children or dependents with special needs to develop customized financial solutions for their particular situations. Gerald Leape (Washington, DC) was promoted to vice president of the National Environmental Trust. He and wife Catherine have daughters Charlotte, 8, and Ellie, 5.
Our class is well-represented in the medical profession. Dr. Steven Horwitz and wife Samantha are opening a Velocity Sports Performance Center in Rockville, MD, in fall 2004 (www.velocitysp.com/rockville). Dr. John Pisacane (San Jose, CA) writes,"High tech and computers have invaded dentistry. Although most dentists use computers in the management side of their practices, a machine called CEREC allows computer designed and fabricated (CAD-CAM) restorations for my patients. Being one of only a few dentists using this machine, I am now teaching other dentists about it." This 5'8" correspondent (Mark), with my 17-year-old 6'4" son Fletcher, can relate to John's news that his teenage boys are all about big grocery bills, choosing colleges, and passing dad in height (Gregory is heading for 6'5"). Dr. Fred Carter and his wife Martha live in Mattituck, NY; Fred is chairman of orthopaedic surgery at Eastern Long Island Hospital. Dr. Roland Pinkney is chief of anesthesiology at two hospitals in Atlanta, GA, and reports that he frequently operates with Atlanta ob/gyn Dr. Barbara Simmons and that Dr. Terry Jordan is practicing psychiatry in Mississippi. Roland's son Roland Jr. '07 is a premed student in Arts & Sciences at Cornell, and his son Keith, a senior at Riverside Military Academy, has been busy visiting colleges also.
Several classmates traveled to visit other classmates. Class president Lorraine Aronowitz Danzig and her husband Rob of New York City had a quick visit with Wendy Raymond at the new home she and her husband David Backus built recently in Williamstown, MA. They look very happy nestled in the woods! Lorraine and Rob also bought matching recumbent touring bicycles. Lorraine's is in Cornell Red, of course. Sarina Monast Bronfin and her husband Kenneth of Ridgewood, NJ, "spent five glorious days at Sundance, UT, with Ann Casaudoumecq Appert and her husband Peter." Gregory and Julia Martin Langan (Verona, NJ) ran into Frederick Foote (Haslett, MI) at his family's riding academy in Michigan while visiting Julia's sister in East Lansing, who thought the three Langan children would enjoy riding horses. The two families were soon trading Cornell stories. Fred is a banker, and his wife runs the riding academy with help from their six kids.
On the topic of horses, Brooke Hines Scherlie, DVM '91 (Beavercreek, OR) writes, "I'm learning to ride horses all over again with my daughter Freya, 10. So far she is doing better than me and suffers much less. I tell her stories of riding lessons and broomstick polo games at the polo arena." She and husband Paul have three other children, Henrik, 8, Astrid, 6, and Annika, 3. Samuel Ramos (New York City) and his wife Grissel Rivera report that daughter Ariana Cristina was born on April 6, 2004. --Mark Fernau, firstname.lastname@example.org; and Nina Kondo, email@example.com.
83 | After months of facing the prospect of an empty mailbag and needing to fill this column with interesting and exciting tidbits from classmates, I am pleased to see that class news forms are starting to trickle in along with class dues payments. It sure makes my job and that of fellow class correspondent Dinah Lawrence Godwin that much easier when we actually have some news to report! And while the greater influx of news at this time of year is part of an annual cycle, please be sure to remember to visit our class website regularly at http://classof83.alumni.cornell.edu and keep us up-to-date with wedding announcements, births, job promotions, changes of careers, educational travels, get-togethers with fellow Cornellians, or any wry or trenchant observations about life you care to make.
On the class business side, I have the good news to report that our class received a grant from the Cornell Alumni Federation to help fund our photo album DVD fundraising project. For those of you who haven't heard about this from our previous columns, the Class of '83 is planning on putting together a digital slideshow album composed of photos from our days at Cornell, as well as from past reunions and Cornell Club gatherings, and even just "then-and-now" photographs. In addition to photos submitted by classmates, we are collecting supplementary items to include in the DVD album, such as our freshman facebook, our yearbook, old Daily Suns, and any other original materials we can gather that would go toward enhancing the value of our album and increasing its content richness and appeal.We will be contacting the Cornell Library and other organizations on campus for assistance with this part of the project. So dig out those old shoeboxes stuffed with photos of classmates, Cornell landmarks, and sporting events, or even recent photos from reunions and get-togethers. If you don't have a way to scan them yourself, please mail them to Andy Sosa at 4911 Magdalene Ct., Annandale,VA 22003 (firstname.lastname@example.org). Digital files can be sent directly to me at email@example.com. And now, the news.
John Hansen of Plymouth, NH, is happy to report that the original Hangovers, who started Fall Tonic on Halloween in 1980, have been invited back to the Hill this November 6 to perform at the 25th Anniversary Fall Tonic! John will be there, along with Rob Walters and Phil Miller, as well as Mike Polk '82, Steve Holmes '82, Kenyon Erickson '81, Steve Hubbard '80, Gene Stromecki '82, and Russ Urban '81. John says to get your tickets now by going to www.hangovers.com. Eric Gouvin, Longfellow,MA, informs us that he has been appointed Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Western New England College School of Law.
Kit Palmer Antinozzi, MBA '87, writes that she and her husband Steve, MBA '87, have sons Leo, 9, and Peter, 4, who keep them busy riding bikes, doing puzzles, and snowboarding in picturesque Shelburne, VT. Kit says that she has recently reentered the workforce--taking a part-time position selling advertising for the local paper. "It is fun to be back in a sales job and I love the women I work with," says Kit. From 1992 to 1997, Kit had her own store, Skein Domain, which sold knitting supplies. But that's another yarn.
Also doing well as a self-proprietor is Mark Seiden. After working for Coldwell Banker Realtors for ten years,Mark opened his own agency in May 2003. Now he is the top agent in two school districts and among the top three agents in all of Westchester and Putnam counties. No small feat considering the area encompasses over 6,000 agents! And not content to rest on his laurels,Mark recently opened a second real estate company catering specifically to the Hispanic market called "El Sueño Americano."
From Stacy Bernard Davis we learn with tremendous sadness of the passing of our classmate Gail Dorros Dorfman. "She died on Monday, June 7, 2004, after a long battle with breast cancer," reports Stacy. "She leaves her husband Arthur, daughter Amy, 9-1/2, her parents, and two brothers and their families. Following her diagnosis in 1995, Gail fought the disease vigorously. During her remission, she trained for and completed a number of Avon Three-Day (60-mile) Walks for Breast Cancer. She was a devoted mother to her daughter--it was so important for her to be there for Amy. Gail was always positive; the grace, dignity and courage she displayed in her fight against cancer will always be remembered by those who loved her."Her husband has created a scholarship fund in Gail's memory at Amy's school: South Area Solomon Schechter Day School, Attention: Jane Cohen,Head of School, 710 Turnpike Street, Stoughton,MA 02072. Those wishing to send condolences to Gail's parents can write to Arthur and Amy Dorfman at 38 Jacob Drive,Mansfield, MA 02048.--David Pattison, firstname.lastname@example.org; and Dinah Lawrence Godwin, email@example.com.
84 | Kathy McCullough taught some seminars at the Los Angeles Screenwriting Expo last year and had some poems published in the kids' magazine Confetti. Kathy writes that Marty Heebner has started a craft business: www.halfthesky.biz. She sells jewelry and other items, and hosts craft-making parties. Kathy enjoyed a train trip to Portland, OR, for her birthday. Jose Montes Pagan is living in San Juan, PR, but has been traveling to the US and other Spanish-speaking countries as a trainer for Botox. Jose went to Barcelona to present Botox Cosmetic as an alternative to cosmetic procedures in Spain. Peter Nalin has been elected president of the national Assn. of Family Practice Residency Directors. Peter teaches family medicine at Indiana U. School of Medicine and directs IU Family Practice Residency in Indianapolis. Peter missed our reunion for his med school reunion at UVM.
Kenneth Shields, MS '85, married Claire Gould in South Wales in June 2003. Fellow Cornellians at the wedding were Jaime Steve, Mike Geschwind '85, and Walter Lee '83. Kenneth is living in Maplewood, NJ, and working for the Washington Group (an engineering and construction company) on design-build transportation projects (Hudson- Bergen Light Rail and Seattle Monorail) as Manager Rail Systems. Kenneth is widely traveled: Japan, BVI, Nigeria, Brazil, and Canada, to name a few places. Marcia Stairman Wagner (Belmont, MA; www.erisa-lawyers.com) has four wonderful children under the age of 5! Her law firm specializes in ERISA and continues to grow and prosper.
After five years on the faculty at Princeton U., Daniel Kammen and his family moved to Berkeley. His research projects on energy science and policy, global change science, and economic development are based in Mexico, Kenya, Tanzania, India, and Cuba. The California energy crisis, clear scientific evidence of human-induced global warming, Northeast and European blackouts, record high prices, and energy issues are very much on center stage in the current presidential election. As a result, there has been non- stop demand for projects and appearances by Daniel and the researchers in his laboratory.
Fred Weber moved to Northbrook, IL, to be the Director of Administration for the law firm of Chapman and Cutler, a firm of nearly 200 attorneys, headquartered in Chicago. Fred has been active with the local Cornell Chapter and would love for fellow classmates to look him up when in the Chicago area. In other news, Christine Brothers just received the 2003 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Two teachers, one math and one science, are recognized from each state. She spent a week in Washington,DC, and met the President, went to a Congressional breakfast, had dinner at the State Department, and attended an awards ceremony at the National Science Foundation and meetings on improving science education.
Laurie Sheffield is enjoying urban life in Cambridge, MA, near the Charles River, MIT, and Harvard. Both children,William, 9, and Winifred, 5, will be in Cambridge public schools as of this fall. Laurie teaches English and world literature (especially war novels and poetry) at Brookline High School and does artwork during the summer. Her husband, Jonathan Austin, is British, so the family gets to travel to the U.K. every few years. Laurie has seen classmates Erin O'Keefe and Chris McCready. In Greenwich, NY, Ruth Loree-Houser, DVM '88, and her family live on a 600-plus cow dairy farm in Washington County. Ruth says, "Our daughters Victoria, 9, and Julia, 4, are the joy of my life!" Ruth supplies relief veterinary services to small animal practices in the area.
Cynthia Schuyler Leavesley moved to Zionsville, IN, with her husband Ian and daughters Sarah, 13, and Felicia, 9, where Ian has taken a job with Eli Lilly. Cindy continues to be active in the art community with a studio at the Pendleton Arts Center in Cincinnati. She also exhibits her work at the Art in Hand Gallery in Zionsville, IN. Meanwhile, Shereef Girgis is living in Rome, GA, with his wife Rebecca and 1-year-old son Isaiah. Mike Fleming writes that he and his wife Dawn have three daughters ages 14, 11, and 7. He coaches girls lacrosse in town and works with Ron Pope '83 at Wells Fargo.
Ruth Heller Catan got married in June 2003 and gave birth to identical twin girls on May 21, 2004. She was very disappointed that she couldn't attend reunion this year, but plans on attending our 25th in 2009. Ruth has done a lot of traveling to the ob/gyn this year after honeymooning in beautiful, scenic Bar Harbor, ME, last June. She and Mark got engaged in Paris on January 1, 2003. In other twin news, Laura Abramson Winningham has been living in Hong Kong for three years with her husband Steve and 3-year-old twins. They continue to love being in Asia, most recently traveling to Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Thailand.
Angelina Chueh has been in London for five years and Europe for half of her working life. Her husband is French and she has two French-Chinese-American kids, Antoine and Ariana. "Who would have guessed? Life sounds exotic, still. To me at least.Maybe that's why I'm still on this side of the Atlantic." -- Karla Sievers McManus, firstname.lastname@example.org; Lindsay Liotta Forness, email@example.com. Class website: http://classof84.alumni.cornell.edu.
85 | People who have three or more kids just impress the heck out of me. This is because the decision to have a second child is often preceded by telling oneself things such as, "It can't possibly hurt as much the second time" (ha!) or, "Now that we know what we're doing, it's bound to be easier" (double ha!). By contrast, once you're deciding on Child Number Three (or more), you're pretty much in Eyes Wide Open territory.And yet several of our classmates bravely go forth and expand their broods by three or more offspring.Here's looking at you, kids:
David and Kathie BrownMandel are parents to Julia, Evie, and Chloe. David is an elementary school principal in Windsor, VT, and the family of five is now "happily ensconced in Woodstock, VT, in a house built in 1830." Lisa Cohen may want to reconnect with David and Kathie for matchmaking purposes; she can pair up their three daughters with her three sons, Jacob, Isaiah, and Jeremy. Lisa is president of Cohen Dermatopathology, the "fastest growing skin pathology laboratory in New England," and has traveled with the family to Costa Rica, Belize, London, Grand Cayman, and Brazil. In May, she and her husband will opt for a couple-only trip to Italy with Jill Kreutzer Orent and her husband Eric '80.
Also Mom to three sons is Sarita Duchatelier Escamilla, whose boys Anthony, Joseph, and William are budding soccer stars in West Islip, NY. Sarita is director of the child neurology department at Long Island's Good Samaritan Hospital. Diana Lands Nathanson lives in Los Angeles with her three kids Olivia, Nicholas, and Charles, while on the opposite coast, Sarah Willens Kass, an English teacher at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda,MD, is mom to Jacob, Elliot, and Valerie. It no doubt helps to keep everyone in line that Sarah has been studying Kung Fu. She says she hasn't "been this fit since dancing five days a week in the Modern Dance program at Cornell!"
Linda Fears says her weekends revolve around sports. Her kids C.J., Susannah, and Nicholas play football, basketball, baseball, soccer, and lacrosse. (I hope Cornell's Athletics Director is reading this. Start scouting those Fears kids now!) When not doing the Sports Mom thing, Linda is working hard as the new Editor in Chief of YM magazine, which "forces [her] to keep up with the latest music and fashion trends." She also keeps in touch with fellow '85er magazine maven Susan Kittenplan, who is executive editor of Allure, and with Jill Grossman Denowitz, BA '84.
'85er fathers of three include Brian Mangines and Michael Delman. Brian is dad to Austin, Lindsey, and Megan, owns a legal search and staffing company, and was recognized as a "heavy hitter" in the area of legal search by South Florida Business Journal. A heavy hitter in his own right,Michael, who started Lease Integrity Inc., a lease auditing cost recovery firm, was recently remarried and is now a father to five children, ages 5-13. Good man!
We also have baby news from classmates who have some way to go before catching up to Michael. Adam Young sent word that he and his wife welcomed daughter Annabel Taylor (love that!) on August 17, 2003. Eileen Bartol gave birth to daughter Genevieve Paige on July 6, 2003, while in September, Pam Bliok Morris, a psychologist at the federal prison in Beaumont, TX, welcomed son Justin. On November 17, 2003, Linda MessingerManos, DVM '90, a veterinary dermatologist and allergist, welcomed daughter Sara Jane.
Erin Layne, HR associate with Campus Crusade for Christ in Denver, announced the arrival of daughter Hartlee on July 22, 2004. Hartlee joins brother Zeke, who was born in January 2003. Kathleen Dillon Carroll, MBA '86, a marketing consultant to Avon, Alberto-Culver, Tyson, Campbell's, and Bed, Bath, and Beyond, had a baby boy, Peyton, on October 16, 2003 "at 3:15PM, just as his big brother Dillon was getting out of kindergarten." Betsy Daniels Graseck, a large cap bank equities analyst with Morgan Stanley, announced the arrival of daughter Margaret Christie on March 14, 2004. She joins big brother Tsunami (whoa!), whom Betsy reports is very protective of his little sister, "unless, of course, she is carrying cookies!"
Finally, in the "No Pressure" department, Al Hatfield and his wife Jill welcomed son Hudson Marshall, on May 19, and they are already "looking forward to his future as a senator, hockey star, or hotel magnate." John Reed, founder of John Reed Architecture, "a multi-disciplinary architectural firm specializing in the integration of technology and environmental imperatives to produce humanist values of today" (whew!) says of son Sawyer, who was born on July 9,"He wants to be an artist when he grows up."Okey dokey.
Send us your kiddy or other news, and we'll love you forever (or at least as long as it takes to finish our next column). -- Risa Mish, firstname.lastname@example.org; Ed Catto, email@example.com.
86 | Over July 4th weekend, I had a spectacular view of Uris Library and the clock tower from the eighth floor of the Holiday Inn in downtown Ithaca. Jumping on my bed (I hope the Holiday Inn people aren't reading this) with my kids were children belonging to fellow class correspondent Allison Farbaniec MacLean and our buddy Lorraine Miano Fike. Can life get any better?
It can, and it did! The three of us, who all started out at Cornell as Communication Arts majors (Lorraine dumped us for ILR), met up with Larry Robiner, Mike Beller and Neil Goldstein over that long holiday weekend for a mini-reunion. Accompanied by various kids and/or spouses, we enjoyed a new collective perspective of Ithaca as parents. You think walking up Libe Slope in a snowstorm is a challenge? Try maneuvering ten adults and just as many kids ranging in age from 3 to 11 into Glenwood Pines on a Saturday night, or parading everyone to the top of the bell tower for a noon chimes concert.We also hiked en masse to the base of Taughannock Falls and descended upon The Nines for slices of pizza that were larger than some of the children's heads. Everything was as delicious as I remembered it.
Larry Robiner brought wife Rachael and son Sam, 7 (Alex, 10, was at sleepaway camp). Just so happens, Rachael's brother is an '86er as well, with news of his own: in June, Larry Frank married Melissa Mathis in Rhinebeck, NY. Larry is an intellectual property attorney with Kenyon & Kenyon in New York.Mike Beller, with wife Sue and sons Ari, 11, and Noah, 7 (daughter Ilana, 13, was also at camp) traveled from Little Silver, NJ.Mike is chief technology officer of Tradeworx Inc., a hedge fund based in New Jersey. Lorraine Miano Fike loaded up the Durango in Woodstock,MD, with husband Dave and children Andie, 8, and Graham, 3-1/2 ("the half is very important to him," she says) for the long haul. And Neil Goldstein brought wife Jennifer and daughters Olivia, 5, and Sophia, 3, from New York. In August, the Goldstein crowd relocated to Roswell, GA.
In June I was fortunate to hang with another Cornellian, Dave Immel '83,MArch '86, in Santa Barbara, CA. Dave showed me and the kids his beautiful city by car and by inline skates.We dipped our toes in the Pacific, hiked to a mountain peak, and even hit Disneyland together. Thanks, Dave, for taking a few hours off from Instant Effects (www.instanteffects.com), a company he co-founded in 2002 with Phil Brock '82,MArch '86, and others.Also on the Left Coast, Shera Raisen reported that in March 2002 she opened a medical office in Santa Monica, CA, Raisen Integrative Medicine (www.doctorraisen.com). "I am enjoying integrating the best ofWestern and complementary medicine. I also have a nutritionist and massage therapist on staff."
Back East, Christine Carr is associate director of emergency medicine at the Medical U. of South Carolina in Charleston. Christine has daughters Dixon, 9, and Riley, 7. In May, Stephen Urban, JD '90, joined the Newark, NJ, office of Duane Morris LLP, one of the nation's 100 largest law firms, focusing on real estate law. Irene Molnar Wrenner dived into personal politics for the first time, canvassing and answering e-mail for the Howard Dean Campaign. Now she volunteers for Democracy for America at its Burlington, VT, headquarters and has become a notary so she can register voters anywhere, anytime. Also, her business "Personal Puzzles" (www.personalpuzzles.com) marked its tenth year, during which she created her first "funeral crossword." "A woman whose puzzle-loving dad was terminally ill hired me to create a crossword encapsulating his life-story for his memorial. The woman decided to share this crossword with him while he was still living, and wrote after his death, ‘I took great comfort knowing the puzzle project gave him much happiness in the months before his passing and that he and I were able to work on it together!'"
Eric Fryer (Melville, NY) and wife Jennifer have children Andrew, 10, and Madeline, 4. Eric is a dermatologist in private practice with Jennifer, also a dermatologist. In New York City, David Lopez and wife Deborah recently had their own first child, Oliver. Says David,"He joins equally wonderful older brother and sister, Daniel and Alexandra.We couldn't be happier, except if we heard from more of our Cornell friends!"And this year, Brad Feinknopf purchased a new space for his photo studio at 104 North Third Street, in Columbus, OH. Brad's work was published in the May issue of Architectural Record, and he recently shot the new Lab of Ornithology at Cornell for Hillier Architecture.View some of his stunning photographs at www.feinknopf.com. No doubt that Brad takes plenty of portraits of wife Abigail and sons Jackson, 7, and Miles, 2.
Brian Schwinn of Fairfield, CT, wrote that "Aaron Donnan is back ski-racing, as are his kids, competing against Wade Sarkis '84 in the New York Masters League, while I'm competing again here in Connecticut. Good to see some Cornell ski team alumni still at it."And Elizabeth Heymann Goldmann of Nanuet, NY, reports, "After 13 happy years with my congregation, I am stepping down as cantor of Temple Beth Torah in Upper Nyack, NY.My husband Michael, DVM '97, is the proud owner of Nanuet Animal Hospital, where he brought his own pets when he was a kid!"
In the past academic year, Fern Finger of Troy, NY, joined Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst. as assistant professor in the biology department. And Jim Conway, MD '90, of Indianapolis, with wife Katherine Trace-Conway, is embarking upon a new phase of his career. "I've been involved in teaching and clinical programs at the Indiana U. School of Medicine since 1997, and was recently promoted to associate professor. I'm also associate director of the Pediatric Residence and run the international adoption clinic here. I recently received a four-year grant to help develop a program at IU's sister institution,Moi U. in Kenya.We will be training health workers in vaccine management aiming to boost infant vaccination rates."
Timothy Son of Pine Brook, NJ, is a tenure-track full-time faculty at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He continues to serve Hope Community Church as a pastor. His daughter Grace is 11 and plays lacrosse. Sheila Murphy Nugent of Alexandria,VA, describes herself as "an education activist, unschooling my four sons, ages 12, 10, 8, and 2, and one daughter, 5."What is unschooling? "It is how I approach raising and educating my own kids. It's all communication and awareness. It means I've flown as far as 2,000 miles to go to conferences with names like ‘Rethinking Education.' I've been consciously into the homeschooling scene since 1995. That has led me to alternative (free, democratic) schools and gifted education, and in a few other interesting directions."
Last September, Jolie Kahn married Nabil Mikhail of Alexandria, Egypt, in Grapevine, TX."In May our daughter Alexandra was born six weeks early. She was a trouper and was able to come home with me from the hospital." Jolie is general counsel for Energy & Engine Technology Corp. in Plano, TX.And seeing as you've already heard about two of your class correspondents, I will sign off with a wonderful announcement about the last of our trio, Jackie Byers Davidson.Her son Scott Patrick arrived "in a big ol' hurry on July 8, 2004." Scott's big sister Jessica, 2, "has been great from day one, and is really enjoying being a big sister. She loves to hold Scott--with help!"
I hope these reunions, no matter how small, and career and family news of the biggest, brightest kind has inspired you to catch up with Cornell friends. Let us know about it! -- Hilory Federgreen Wagner, firstname.lastname@example.org; Allison Farbaniec MacLean, email@example.com; Jackie Byers Davidson, firstname.lastname@example.org.
87 | Class President John Gee, Melissa Hodes, and I met for dinner in June to conduct important class business--our networking project that is part of the Cornell Alumni Federation grant that the class received recently. Stacey Neuhoefer Silberzweig held an exceptional "39 Again" planning meeting, where members of your Class Council participated in a conference call focusing on the summer on-campus event.Watch for more details on both exciting activities.
The Class of 1987 has a "Jeopardy" champ among us. Karen Smith Kratzer was on the game show for several days last year. She also spent time visiting with classmates at the Cornell Club ofWashington,DC, picnic and the Cornell Club of Maryland crabfest. Gary Okamoto is living in Salt Lake City,UT, enjoying life with his three boys, baby Brandon, Chris, 6, and Andy, 2. Wendy Crum Bennet is living in Cos Cob, CT, with her two high-energy kids, a 5-year-old boy and a 2-year-old girl.Wendy reports that life is magical and exhausting.Wendy and her husband recently started a Wine-of-the-Month Club featuring small family-run wineries from California. Check it out at www.wineoceros.com.
Some classmates have entered the world of academia. I recently began teaching in the Social Work department at Concordia College in New York.Matthew Nagler made the jump from the business world to academia and is now the assistant professor of economics and business at Lehman College, part of CUNY.He enjoys teaching and research. Matthew is living in New Jersey with his wife and two boys, baby Aaron and 3-year-old Joshua. Wendy Wagner now teaches English at Johnson and Wales U. in Providence, RI. She and husband Ken Zirkel '88 endured "several well-documented years of ups-and-downs in the job market. Ken is currently working at J&W part-time as a graphic designer."Wendy loves her TiVo: "I am watching a bit more TV since I got my TiVo a few weeks ago." She confessed to still being aggrieved that "Buffy" had ended its run on the tube.
Gus Espinosa and wife Vikki welcomed their second child, Claire Ruth, in August 2003, two days shy of their ninth wedding anniversary. Older sister Julia was excited about having a new playmate. The Espinosas make their home in Portland, OR. Karla Griffin will be working in Class and Reunion Programs in Ithaca.As many of you may remember, Karla served as the reunion chair for our 10th Reunion. She did such a fabulous job, she will now be responsible for the 25th, 30th, 35th, 40th, and 45th Reunion classes, in addition to helping with the overall planning and implementation of Cornell reunions and Homecoming weekends.
Bart Schachter married Charlene Garland at the Mount Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods, NH. "(My) venture capital firm, Blueprint Ventures, recently landed its second fund and will be investing in early-stage information technology companies," Bart reported from his home in South San Francisco. Dan Oliverio spent the summer directing his translation of Spanish Nobel laureate Jacinto Benavente's classic farce, The Scheme of Things, at the El Portal Center for the Arts in North Hollywood. Diane Dodd Sell is living in Westlake, OH, with her husband and children Michaela, 6, and J.P., 3. She is a physical therapist in Fairview Park, OH, in a sports medicine clinic treating athletes of all ages. Elaine McLaughlin Halliday won the Hillman Scholarship (free tuition, books, uniforms) to pursue her RN at Beth Israel's School of Nursing. She decided to take a leave of absence with the birth of daughter Brigid Claire. Elaine continues her career from home as a medical writer for Pfizer Inc., which allows her to spend time with her family.
As some of you know, classmate and Cornell EE Paul Rosenthal died on Feb. 4, 2004. Darren Wetzel sends this important news: "Paul was a good friend, who was always optimistic, even in the toughest situations. He loved his family and looked after his friends. In remembrance of his friendship and our time together at Cornell, a memorial bench located on the Engineering Quad is being donated to the school. If you would like to contribute to this donation, please send a check payable to Cornell University, with a note indicating it's for Paul's memorial, to:Marsha Pickens, Ass't Dean for Alumni Affairs and Development, College of Engineering, 251 Carpenter Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853."
Mike Moore recently relocated to Concord, MA.He looks forward to joining fellow Phi Psi's in the Boston area, Eric Bachman and Josh Lesnic. He recently took a Pinehurst golf trip with Tim Wern '89 and the crew. All are developing "old man" golf swings well before retirement.Mike sends news that John Webster is doing well in Austin, TX, with wife Kris, son Drew, and daughter Riley. Dr. Mary Boname Fazio is living in New Jersey. Father Vincent Curran lives in Hamden, CT, but made it to Upstate New York in the spring: "I was recently on campus to celebrate Mass for and with the Cornell Catholic community. I was graciously hosted by Fr. Bob Smith and the other Catholic chaplains. It was great to be back on campus. It was my first time since graduation!"Well,Vincent, be sure to join us for our 20th Reunion in 2007.
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88 | Greetings, Class of '88! What do "Tainted Love,""Like a Virgin,""Everybody Wants to Rule the World," and "Melt with You" have in common? Of course--popular '80s songs during our reign at Cornell.What else do they have in common? They were all played at the recent Ithaca High School 25th Reunion get-together, which read like a ‘Who's Who' of Cornellians. Did you know that for the graduating class of IHS 1984, more than 25 percent of the class ended up going to Cornell (that's 120 people!)? Whether it was the professorship-status of their parents, the irresistible weather (um . . . no), or the chance to get into the Cornell parties without having to bend the truth about which dorm we lived in (our parents' house), the University on the Hill lured many Little Red Bear fans to the home of the Big Red Bear. Reminiscing about the past were Marek Stycos, Bonnie Geller Weiner, MILR '99, Jane Greenberg, MPS '96, David Beer, Jean Linscott, Amy Seacord Jogis (one of the event's stellar organizers), Mary Ricciuti, and Andrea Kirchgessner. Caught dancing up a storm 'til the wee hours were Josh Nosanchuk, MD '92, Scott Francis, and yours truly.Why can't they make music like that anymore?
"In other news," it was reported from several sources that Laurie Jennings Salman joined MSNBC as a news anchor in September 2003. Laurie was previously the main evening anchor at WSVN-TV in Miami, and started her career at WKBN in Youngstown, OH, as an anchor and reporter. Laurie is a two-time Emmy award winner, and has reported from the scenes of some of the biggest stories of the last several years, including John F. Kennedy Jr.'s memorial service in New York City and the first anniversary of the 9/11 attacks at Ground Zero.
Other career advancement news reaches us. In May, George Dusenbury was named the executive director of Park Pride in Atlanta, GA. Park Pride is a nonprofit organization dedicated to involving the community in enhancing the quality of life through protection of parks and green space. He comes to the new position from the Atlanta office of Congressman John Lewis, where he served as district director. RJ (Ron) Bukovac lives in Winnetka, IL, with his wife Barbra, and has been promoted to portfolio manager and managing director of Putnam Global Value Equities Group. Robert Johnson writes that he was recently promoted at NABI Biopharmaceuticals in Boca Raton, FL, to oversee all quality control testing operations for licensed and clinical therapeutics. Robert is married to Kelly, and first son Kai Dylan was born in May 2003. Congratulations to all on the new opportunities!
Meanwhile, other Cornellians have struck out on their own. Jill Miller Katz, JD '91, opened her own law firm concentrating in trusts and estates. Jill also spoke at the American Bar Association May meeting in Washington, DC, on estate planning for non-citizen spouses, her subspecialty. Jill and husband Michael have new daughter Dana Irena Sky, born in August last year. Diane Little Sassano writes that she became an independent consultant for Southern Living at HOME. "This fun new adventure is allowing me to use my brain again as well as get out to socialize with other women."Diane and husband Frank have daughters Tori and Natalie. Susan Nyquist Houston is beginning a different type of adventure--retirement from the US Air Force in July after 25 years of service. She and husband Greg and daughter Laura, 7, plan to remain in Europe until summer '05, and then will move to Dover, DE. Last but not least, Paul Tyler is the owner and operator of John O'Groats, considered to be Los Angeles's "Best Breakfast Spot," and also famed for the "Best Fish and Chips." Paul and wife Lisa have children Mary, 3, and Robert, 6 months, and spend time hosting Cornell scholarship dinners and traveling.
With such a great Veterinary school on the premises, is it any wonder that so many Cornellians turn to the care of animals for their careers? Dr. Janet Helms started a new job at Pfizer Animal Health in Exton, PA, just bought a Swiss chalet-style home, is traveling to Alaska, and is paying a visit to the Delaware Shore to meet Kim Henry.Dr. Karen Gundrum and husband David live in Ocean Isle Beach, NC, and have opened Ocean Isle Veterinary Hospital. Elia Colon-Mallah,DVM '92,writes that she is an assistant professor and program coordinator for Suffolk Community College's Vet Science Technology Program, and is also working this summer at Mid-Island Animal Hospital in Hicksville, NY. Elia and husband Alan have daughter Amy Faye, 3.
Congratulations to Laurence Rosoff and wife Shannon on the birth of Ella Madison on June 8. Laurence and family live in Potomac,MD. In other baby news, Kristen Heath Cossel and husband Bill welcomed their fourth child, Jeffrey, in September 2003. James Moran and wife Laurie had third child Danny, joining siblings Kaelie and JD. James is a partner in a law firm in Fairfield, CT. Raoul Choos and wife Virginia Dean of Newton, MA, have sons Elijah, 3, and new addition Leo. Cathy Daniels Cerosaletti and husband Glenn welcomed new daughter Anna Pauline in October 2003. Cathy says that she and her husband both work part-time and share the childcare, and "after years of working hard at our careers, have slowed down to enjoy our family life." And that sentiment brings me full circle to the start of this column: Life's short--enjoy yourself, and dance without embarrassment to "Melt with You." Please write us with your news.We love hearing from you. -- Suzanne Bors Andrews, email@example.com; and Steve Tomaselli, firstname.lastname@example.org.
89 | As you read this, another cold winter is under way, so let's thaw out with some warm thoughts of classmates as we share a ton of news on jobs, births, weddings, and trips around the world and back . . . David Lee and wife Linda Kow '90 moved to Minneapolis, where David has taken a job at Target Corp. as a buyer. Christopher Sullivan has joined Duane Morris LLP in Chicago as a partner in its trial practice. Melissa Bergin received her National Board Certification in Teaching and has published her first article in Knowledge Quest (journal of the American Association of School Librarians). Laura Knapp, MMH '97, is now working in finance at The JBG Companies, a Washington-area real estate development company.
Heather Turner Gange writes to tell us she moved from Amgen Inc. to work for the Dept. of Justice, and husband Stephen also moved from Amgen to become a faculty member at Johns Hopkins U. They have children Victoria, 7, and Elizabeth, 4. Also at the Dept. of Justice, as a senior trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division, is Dana Shoenberg. She investigates civil rights violations at jails, prisons, and juvenile detention facilities, and works with the jurisdictions to remedy problems.Her son Ian Rackow, 3, loves baseball, hockey, singing, and playing with friends. Peter Clark is currently assistant professor of urology at Wake Forest U. School of Medicine, and enjoys his downtime with children Rebecca, 7, and Gavin, 5. Stacey Chervin Sigda is VP/Associate General Counsel at Sotheby's, the art auction house, and has a daughter Lauren, 4.
Becki Fadel King is enjoying staying home with Ian, 5, and Lydia, 2, and taking an extended break from the practice of law. Elana Adleman Feinsmith is taking time off from work as a personal financial planner to become the fastest diaper changer in the west and excellent maker of mac and cheese for son Ari, 3, and baby girl Leona Rose, born in February. Elana won a National Leadership Award for her volunteer work with Hadassah. She passes on news that Deirdre Newman is living in Newport Beach and is a writer for the local newspaper there. Barbara Drugan Held is still enjoying her ob/gyn practice at the Medical Center in Houston, and she and husband Kenneth '90 had their second son,Matthew, who joins big brother Nicholas.
Richard Forrest and wife Heather (Atwood) '91 welcomed their first child, Haninah Grace, in July 2003. Christopher Spahr has two children: Lucy, 4, and Spencer, 2. Linda Jenkins gave birth to Alexandra Marie in August 2003. In September 2003, Ian Sklaver, MD '92's first daughter,Madison Ruth, 3, welcomed new baby sister Danica Emma. Shadi Feiz-Fahid was wed in Paris in April 2002, and welcomed first child Roxanna Alyssa in April 2004 in London. Bob Mayer, ME '90, and wife Jennifer had their third child, Emily Rose, in February, who joins Christopher, 6, and Ashley, 3. Bob has fun in Austin hanging out with Mike Nedrow and John Webster '87.
Laurie Neustadt was married in April in Manhattan to Steven Gilbertson, a financial manager at Johnson and Johnson. Melissa YounerMusman and Amy McLaughlin were bridesmaids. Laurie has been at the Queens County (NY) District Attorney's Office for ten years, where she prosecutes violent felony and organized crime cases. She shares the news that Jennifer Coen Isko has twin girls, 1, and lives in New York City with husband Steve '86, that Melissa Youner Musman has a daughter Rachel, 1, and works as a legal recruiter in NYC, and that Amy McLaughlin moved to San Diego.
Carol Borack Copenhauer and husband Chris moved back East to Lehigh Valley, PA, to go into private practice. They were accompanied by daughter Bryn and Labradors Hobbes and Tigger. They had a weekend reunion in November '03 in Buffalo,NY, where they met up with Trevor Steer, Jill Dombrowski Winiatowski, Vaishali Trivedi Bhatt, Sherry Peck Kirsche, and Lisa Spellman Porter Davis. Kim Levine Graham moved to Silver Spring,MD.Husband Barry got a great job with IBM. Kim is still in touch with Dr. Melissa Stoloff Springer '90 and Leslie Waltzer Pollack '90.
After living abroad for four years, Dana Post Adler, husband James, and children Harrison, 7, and Caroline, 4, are living the traditional suburban life in America (New Jersey to be exact). Dana was accepted into the Ruso Berrie Fellowship Program, a two-year young leadership development program run under the auspices of the UJA that combines Jewish studies with leadership development, and is based on the Wexner program in New York City. Dana and Andy Poe sang at Cornell in the 20th Cuttin' Class Concert featuring current Class Notes and Class Notes from the last 20 years. On the other end of the spectrum, Lisa Patlis Kantor and husband Michael are taking a year off from professional pursuits to travel around the world. They have a travel website they would love Cornell alumni to check out at www.ourwildride.com. Let them know if you have any great ideas of places to see or if you want to meet up with them in some exotic locale!
Remember we cannot publish news of weddings or births until after they occur, so be sure to let us know soon after these wonderful events take place, and keep the news pouring in! It has been several months now, but I just want to say again how great it was to see everyone at Reunion, to meet spouses and children, and share in everyone's happiness. If you are in Chicago, drop me a line; I would love to hear any news in person! -- Lauren Hoeflich, email@example.com; Anne Czaplinski Treadwell, firstname.lastname@example.org; Mike McGarry, email@example.com; and Stephanie Bloom Avidon, firstname.lastname@example.org.