JAN./FEB. 2005 VOLUME 107 NUMBER 4 Class Notes

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60 | Reunion materials are on the way, so be sure to sign up for the Class of 1960's 45th on June 9-12. The jam-packed four-day program will include a reception in the Johnson Museum, a clambake and barbecue, forums with Cornell professors, panels by classmates, tours of the Plantations, and the ever-challenging Reunion Run. Housing is in the air-conditioned Townhouses (Risley will be closed for renovations), and you can arrange to share your two-bedroom suite with friends or family members.More details can be found on the class website,

Julie Gentle Jackson became a first-time grandmother twice over when her daughter Gillian gave birth to twin daughters in August. She describes herself as "over the moon" about it. That happy event was followed by the New Year's Eve wedding of her son Timothy to Julie Brower in Nyack; her other son, Toby, is also married and lives in San Francisco. Julie, who's been living in Piermont, NY, for many years, says that, with all her children married and settled down, "Now I'm ready for Act III: The Reinvention." She has already closed her copywriting and graphic design business and begun selling out-of-print and rare books on the Internet, while also working as a mentor for students with learning disabilities at St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill. Julie has now started househunting in Trumansburg, planning to relocate sometime this spring, and is considering various professional possibilities. She says, "I don't know what I'll be doing there, but for sure it will be something."Keep us posted, Julie.

I saw Tom Dandridge,MBA '62, in September during what has become his annual two-week pilgrimage from his home in Rockwood, MI, to a rental house near the ocean in Wellfleet on Cape Cod. Tom reports that he and his wife Lynn spent much of June in England, where they attended the wedding of Lori Bidwell, daughter of Dan and Jan Powell Bidwell '61 of Grand Rapids. The wedding was in a thousand-year-old church in Moulton, and the wedding reception was held at Cheveley Stud Farm in Newmarket, a horse farm used by the British royal family. The bride is a veterinarian who specializes in large-animal anesthesiology, and the groom, David Mullineaux, recently received a PhD in statistics from Cambridge U.

During a trip to Costa Rica in February 2004, the Dandridges visited Rosamond and Nat Grew, DVM '63, at their coffee plantation near the capital city, San José. Tom says the Grews' house, which was designed by Rosamond, is in a wonderful location overlooking the city in the valley below, and Nat continues to raise, and compete on, polo ponies, and to "participate in long-distance running and other sports designed for a much younger generation," according to Tom. Nat Grew Jr. '94 is the father of the Grews' first grandchild, and, like his father, participates in demanding sports like triathlons, adventure races, and polo. The other Grew children are Annette '02, Caroline '03, and Nick '05.

I caught up with Barbara Anderson Everett on Cape Cod, where she spent much of the summer in South Yarmouth overseeing renovations to the home her parents had lived in during their retirement years. Barbara is back in Silver Spring,MD, after several years in Mendocino, CA, but keeps up a full schedule of travel between the East Coast and California, where two of her children live, as well as Hawaii, where she and John spend vacation time annually at their time-share. John's work as a petroleum geologist also takes the Everetts overseas frequently.

Paula Friedman recently moved from the San Francisco Bay Area, where she had lived for more than 30 years, to Parkdale, OR, and a log house she describes as having "a loft, two-story windows, and 1.5 acres of land between Hood River, on the Columbia River Gorge, and Mount Hood. There are horses in the pasture of the house to the west, cows in the pasture of the farm to the east, views of Mount Hood to the south, and great neighbors. I'm enjoying the beauty and peace here immensely." It is just 60 miles from Portland, so she has ready access to the restaurants and bookstores she enjoys. Paula continues her work as a freelance editor for academic and trade presses, and also writes fiction and poetry that is published in literary magazines.

J. Gollan "Gollie" Root writes from Holyoke, MA, "I'm starting to think about retiring.Meanwhile I've been to Japan,Mexico, and Switzerland for fun, and El Salvador for work."Another non-retiree is Dick Ewing of Chevy Chase,MD, still hard at work as an attorney for the US Dept. of Justice in Washington.

Classmates sent me the sad news of the death of Steven Geffen of Armonk on October 2. Retired after more than 30 years as an attorney for IBM, Steve had become a community leader, serving for many years as president of the Friends of the North Castle Library, president of the Whipporwill Association, and chairman of the Armonk Art Show. Among Steve's survivors are his wife Susan, three children, and eight grandchildren.-- Judy Bryant Wittenberg, 146 Allerton Road, Newton, MA 02461; e-mail,

61 | Chairman of the Cornell Board of Trustees Peter Meinig hosted a conference in September that brought together faculty from the Ithaca and Weill Cornell Medical College campuses to discuss research under way and to explore ways to collaborate. It was reported that Peter is making seed-grant funds available to faculty members from the two campuses who develop joint grant proposals. Andy Thomas gave a "One Hundred and Ten Year Recital" at Juilliard in NYC in October to celebrate his 65th birthday, his 35th year as a teacher at Juillard, and his 10th year as a director (i.e., 110 years).Having spent more than half his life at Juilliard,Andy viewed his recital as "an opportunity for me to reflect on those years, what I have learned, and the amazing people I have known."His purpose was also to show his range as a composer and the kinds of music that he has been interested in.At Cornell,Andy studied under Karel Husa. During his career,Andy has performed, taught, and/or conducted in China and Korea, and his works have been available on CD.

Janet Ballantyne, PhD '76, has kept busy with an international consulting practice since her retirement from the US Agency for International Development two years ago. Among the "hot spots" she's been to in the past year are Baghdad, Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan, and Pakistan. Pauline Sutta Degenfelder is running the Medicare operations for Coventry Health Care in parts of Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. She might prove to be a valuable resource, as most of us will certainly have qualified for Medicare long before our next reunion (June 8-11, 2006).

Adelle Case Picking and her husband Skip '60, MBA '62, have been helping their married kids move into new homes in Wellesley, MA,Minneapolis, and Steamboat Springs. They had some fun picking up antique furniture at auctions along the way. In October, the Pickings attended the Personal Enterprise celebrations at Cornell. Fran Shapiro Ivker damaged her knee while playing basketball last summer, but it is well enough now for her to resume skiing and Cajun dancing. According to Fran, her ob/gyn practice style and objectives differ from those of "corporate medicine" and, as a result, she plans to stop practicing this spring.

Stephen Tipton retired from teaching English at Brookline (MA) High School a few years ago.He reported that he has primary progressive aphasia and has begun "losing names and words."He wants everyone to know that most other parts of his mind are still fine, however. Stephen's wife Sarah is a social worker in Natick, MA. Robert Gambino spent 34 years teaching vocational agriculture in Connecticut, and then worked a few more years in the New York State Extension Service. Currently, Robert is serving out his two-year term as the elected mayor of New Milford, CT.

Jeannie (Springer) '63 and Walt Cottrell,MBA '63, are delighted to be in their new retirement home overlooking Cayuga Lake. Sounds like a perfect retirement: the summers are spectacular, and they enjoy the winters as well. Lois and Arthur Kroll took a break from both their regular work and their charitable work to visit New Zealand. During a two-week stay, they were awed by their experiences and the beautiful sights (including traveling throughout the islands by boat). Frank Cuzzi,MBA '64, is thrilled with his role as a Cornell father. Daughter Alexandra '06 was elected student government representative. She is also special events coordinator for the Cornell Football Association, which, as we all know, is a group dear to Frank's heart.

David Kessler, your correspondent, has been on a consulting assignment recently in Lima, Peru. As a visiting scholar at New York U.'s Center for Transportation Management, I was invited to provide technical advice to a new transportation authority that is designing and constructing a large-scale bus rapid transit system to alleviate choking traffic congestion.Apart from knowing the staff at the transportation authority, I found a new friend in Lima: Felix Anicama-Cabrera, MA '66, Chief of Internal Control for Etecen, the electric energy company. As the head of the Cornell Alumni Association in Peru, Felix was very gracious to me. If any of you are headed for Cuzco via Lima, let me know if you wish to contact Felix.

The annual class dinner in New York City will take place this month on Friday, January 21, during what is known as CACO (Cornell Association of Class Officers) Mid- Winter Meeting. Since most of our '61 officers, reunion chairpersons, and class council members are in town for meetings, the dinner has become an annual tradition. All class members are cordially invited to join the officers and council members at the dinner. At press time, we did not have the name of the restaurant (it will be in midtown Manhattan) or the cost (usually modest), but if any of you who are in the area would like to attend, you can e-mail me for the details.--David S.Kessler,

62 | Happy New Year! Please start it off right by sending some news to share with your classmates! Several classmates check in from Florida: Beth Newell Spicka ( reports that she and Warren '61 felt most fortunate to go "unscathed by the amazing number of hurricanes that devastated so many folks--almost feel too lucky."Naples was south of any hits on the west coast. The Spickas generally spend the fall on the Cape, "since the weather is moderate and the crowds gone. Our family comes for Thanksgiving, and after we clean up the gravy and dog hairs, we head south. There will be one more small person in residence this Thanksgiving--our seventh grandchild, Natalie Jane, born July 5. There are now 15 of us and the living quarters grow cozier every year!"Warren enjoyed a trip to Pebble Beach and environs to meet the Phi Gam gang for four days of "golf, tall tales, and great camaraderie. Hard to believe that they've been friends since 1957."

From Laszlo Szerenyi ("My last trip to Cornell was last year's summer adult education wine class. I had--what else?--a great time. Since I'm semi-retired I have more time for travel, besides being a partner of a venture capital partnership. This has been a very interesting year.We celebrated a series of ‘decade birthdays' with a family trip to Hungary, our place of birth.My dad, who was a librarian at the Cornell Engineering Library till 1964, is 90 this year and in great health.My youngest brother Miklos is 60, his wife is 50, and my older son Laszlo is 40.We had a wonderful time, spending three weeks in the country. Younger son Paul is 39 this year. Business travels also take me from Budapest, Zurich, and Moscow in Europe to Singapore in the Far East.When home, I'm enjoying life in St. Petersburg, FL. This year, though, we had more excitement than usual with hurricanes Charley and Frances, and are not really looking forward to Ivan (hope not the Terrible!) either. As I said, quite a year. Still, living on the water is great." Laszlo graduated in Engineering with the Class of '65.

Further up the coast,Maritza and Thomas Zeisel ( are in Charleston, SC, where she is the county's fair housing coordinator, working out of the offices of the Trident Urban League. Their son Carlos is a PhD candidate in sociology at the U. of Illinois. The Continuing Reunion Club group drew Judy and David Hill to Ithaca last June, along with Bill Wallace and Bill and Enny Spieske Dufur. They then went on to Ireland with Cornell Alumni Tours. David works three days a week on solid state research in the physics dept. at Rutgers. Their son Doug '99 works in Linden, NJ, for Infineum, from which David retired in 1999. Their daughter Aimee also lives near the Hills' home in Basking Ridge, NJ.

Also working part-time is Pete Johnson, who is corporate secretary and senior technical officer at O'Brien & Gere in Blue Bell, PA. Pete is active as an emeritus director (can any of us be considered emeritus so soon?) for the Cornell Engineering Alumni Association.He recently completed a three-year project as contractor and chief carpenter for renovation and addition of 1,500 square feet to their summer home on Lake George. Pete and Diane have two grandsons. Victor Rubino, LLB '65 ( reports:"My son is going to college this year and I have, after 25 years of commuting,moved to Manhattan from the suburbs. Am loving every minute.""Still teaching at the Army War College," writes Don Boose ( next book, US Army Forces in the Korean War, is scheduled for publication in April. Don and Lil often see Betsy LockhartWood '84, who, with her husband Jeff, owns "two wonderful bookstores in Carlisle and Gettysburg."

By now, you've probably finished reading Kafka's The Trial and have participated in the discussion on our class website, If not, join in! The edition of the novel that you received is the one sent to all incoming freshmen as part of the fourth annual New Student Reading Project. It's a new translation of this classic work.Volunteer moderators are needed and welcome!

When you prepare to send along some news, please note our new address below. After 27 years in the same home in Oregon, we've moved to the Seattle area to be closer to five grandchildren and their parents and to better sailing waters for Bob '59. As I write, this house is so full of moving boxes it was a challenge to find the computer.Hopefully, by the time you read this, the boxes will have vanished. -- Jan McClayton Crites, 9420 NE 17th St., Clyde Hill,WA 98004; e-mail,

63 | Our class president, Ed Butler, MS '65, has finished rounding out our class leadership list.Vice Presidents are Marcy Bergren Pine and Bill Wycoff; Secretary, Marjorie Walker Sayer; Treasurer, Zack Fluhr; Reunion Chair, Marijane BeattieWatson;Webmaster, Paula Trested Laholt Oeste; Class Council Members, Carol Bagdasarian Aslanian, Carol Westenhoefer Anderson, Donna Forsman, Marty Lustig, Pat Kelly Poggi, and Gwen Sibson Porcaro; and Class "Consultants," Dick Lynham and Nancy Cooke McAfee. Thanks to all of you.

One of our class council members,Marty Lustig, wrote about a bike accident he had in September. He was in a bike race to raise money for juvenile diabetes research, when his bike hit some gravel as he progressed down a steep hill. At 45 mph, he ran into a steel post, his bike folded in half, and he broke his leg in a few places. He's on the road to recovery and hoping he can run the Reunion Race in 2008! Bob Freeman is still busy at the Buena Vista Cafe in Sausalito, CA. He invites classmates to stop by for the "world's best Irish coffee!"

Probably the classmate working for the most interesting company is Richard Lohr. He is president of International Chimney Corporation, president of Continental Clay Co., and VP of Karrena Int'l. International Chimney's relocation of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse won it the OPAL award for Project of the Year from the American Society of Civil Engineers. Richard's son Ted is a Williams College grad who lives in Oregon with his wife and three children. He has a rep business dealing with all types of sports equipment. Son Brad is a Connecticut College graduate and lives in Buffalo with his wife and two children. His company is one of the largest distributors of collectors' cards relative to football, hockey, etc. Richard's family has a keen interest in sailing and snowboarding.

Ned and Suzanne "Suzie" Young Allen live in Orlando, FL, and Cashiers, NC. Last September they experienced the tragedy of losing their 18-month-old grandson as the result of a drowning accident. Suzie and Ned have since become heavily involved in the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Suzie serves on the national Board of Directors, and Ned serves as chairman of the National Advisory Council. Together they chair the national Major Donor Initiative, which involves a lot of traveling. For those who might want to contact the Allens, their e-mails are: and Marion Travalini Rodd lives in Ventura, CA. Daughter Allison '92 is marketing manager for Warner Brothers home video and has one son. Daughter Amy (Colgate '94) is a fourth-year medical student in Philadelphia.

Jim and Carolyn McArdle write from Cos Cob, CT, that they enjoyed seeing several of their friends and spouses at our 40th Reunion and hope to get together with them at Homecoming this fall. Bill and Frankie Campbell Tutt's son Ben was married on April 24, 2004 in the Caribbean. Dick Bradley was among the Cornell alumni attending. Ben is general manager of the Martineau Bay Resort and Spa. The event included a week's worth of activities including snorkeling, scuba diving, golf, kayaking, and visits to Vieques. Joe Brennan and his partner Elaine Burns spent ten days in Costa Rica earlier this year. They are looking forward to a '63 mini-reunion at Whip Gunn's homestead in Texas in October. It should include Norman "Punch" Smith, Blair Crum, and possibly Dave Costine and Charlie DeRose.

Robert, ME '66, and Linda Eakin Rakowski '64 are in Athens, OH, where Bob has been the Chair of Biological Sciences at Ohio U. for three years. They like returning to an academic lifestyle after years of medical schools. Stephanie Tress dePue retired after last year's reunion. She then spent several weeks in Milan and Florence. Now her schedule is Wilmington, NC, in July and Nice, France, in August. She mentioned that Anne Skeels Kupersmith took an Alaskan cruise. San Francisco residents Art Resnikoff and wife Mary Ann had their first grandchild. She lives with her family in San Francisco as well. Art left the company he was with for the past nine years and is now in business for himself, doing the same thing--leadership development and pre-hire assessment for both small and large companies. Joe '62 and Carolyn Gottlieb Meyer's youngest daughter Liz was married in September in Margate, NJ.

Nancy Frazier Kopcha is recently divorced and lives in Colonie, NY. From Chestnut Hill, MA, Stuart Gould writes that his son Jason is a pediatric dental resident in his third year at Tufts. Anita Bishansky Burch retired from the New York City Dept. of Education in July 2003 after an association of 40 years. She is currently enjoying the leisure that retirement allows, as well as her two grandchildren. Joan and Whinfield Melville, ME '68, are in Pittsford, NY.Whinfield moved to Vauteon Corp. as a senior project manager in their embedded group.He is learning about current electronics.He is also involved with Boy Scouts with his 16-year-old son Jeffrey. A grandchild was born to each of his daughters, Jane Melville Ford '96 and Amy Melville Stipe '95, in 2003.

Please note our new address and e-mail. -- Nancy Bierds Icke, 12350 E. Roger Rd., Tucson, AZ 85749; e-mail,

64 | It's a lovely autumn as I write this, but destined to be the dread of winter--for us at least--as you read it. Let's begin with a few items that were bumped from our last column. Michael and Debbie Simon Troner had a "fabulous trip" to New Zealand and Australia last spring.Michael is a physician (medical oncology and hematology), while Debbie still makes jewelry when she isn't "busy being a grandma." The Troners live in Palmetto Bay, FL, and enjoy fishing, basketball, travel, reading, and baseball. Alan Loss, who lives with wife Linda in Lancaster, PA, has begun a new company with a partner: Personal Wealth Advisory LCC, a wealth coach/financial services firm. Alan is president of the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the Financial Planning Assn. and board member of the Lancaster County Estate Planning Council.He enjoys travel, business, and golf. Rosemary Gates Campos also has changed jobs, a shift from one end of the age spectrum (infancy research) to the other (aging and hospice nursing), working now for Kaiser Permanente in Walnut Creek, CA. Husband Joe, PhD '66, is a professor of psychology at UC Berkeley. He is president of the Int'l Society for Infant Studies. The Camposes live in Berkeley.

Doug Treado's project to help preserve baseball is nearly complete.His nonprofit company for the disabled in Ithaca, Challenge Industries Inc., is microfilming hundreds of thousands of documents from baseball's past under a grant from the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. The project has included some incredible esoterica, such as the Yankees' ledger books from 1914-43, material relating to the "Black Sox" scandal of 1919, the Cubs' experimental lab reports on baseball psychology, contract cards covering 80 years beginning in 1902, day-to-day player statistics, and information about the Negro and Women's All-American leagues.At our alma mater, Michael Newman,ME '66, manages the utilities department's computer section.He also chairs the South Cayuga Lake Inter-Municipal Water Commission, enjoys sailing on the lake as a member of Cayuga Lake Cruising Fleet, and travels, having spent last April in Germany and May in Dubai and Moscow.

Last July, attorney Dick D'Amato was elected chairman of the US-China Commission, a Congressionally appointed body that reports to Congress on the state of US-China economic and security relations. Dick, who lives in Annapolis,MD, is otherwise an avid sailor. This winter, he's cruising the Bahamas aboard a 12-meter yacht he owns in a partnership with 11 other sailors. Physician Jerome Rubin's hematology/oncology practice is a family affair, with his daughter as a new associate and wife Suellen Safir '65 leading support groups. The practice even has its own softball team (with Jerry as pitcher), his two daughters joining in with partners and staff, and Suellen watching and cheering. The Rubins, who live in Carmel, CA, also play tennis together. In 2003, Jerry was named Physician of the Year by the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula. He also was honored by the Hospice of the Central Coast as its founder 25 years ago.

Robert Merrill has retired twice: from more than 30 years teaching elementary and middle school, and also from 20 years military service as a Navy aviator, five on active duty. "Rod" and wife Rebecca, who live in York, PA, have three grown children. In what may be a class record for the "hobbies, interests, sports" category on your News Form, they enjoy reading, tennis, squash, badminton, skiing, guitar, banjo, Spanish, French,German, and family activities. They skied in Vermont last year and try to go to Europe each year. Since 1993 Rod has also been involved in support of justice and freedom for asylum seekers, during which he wrote a CD of original freedom songs ("Where is the Freedom") inspired by his friend and our late classmate Harry Chapin. His advice to classmates: "Let go!" (of having to be somewhere, do something, achieve fantastic goals, compare yourself to others, etc.). Charles Zambito is still active as a produce broker/distributor, buying and selling fresh fruits and vegetables in truck- and carload quantities to wholesalers in the Delaware River Valley. Chuck is president of the Philadelphia Chapter,United Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Assn.At Cornell, he's active in ALS Alumni Affairs and is on the Alumni Events committee. Chuck and wife Barbara live in Thorofare, NJ, and have three grown children.

John Randall, PhD '72, manages research on radioactive waste disposal for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.He and wife Catherine live in Columbia,MD, and have three grown children. Their interests include hiking, judo, and biking. They visited Paris last May, where they got caught up in the transit strike. Bummer. Architect Joel Cantor, BArch '65, who designs fitness clubs, lives in San Francisco and has a grown son and daughter. He writes that his most frequent trips are to Denver and Richmond, VA, to see grandchildren. Sad news: two months after his retirement news appeared in last March's column, Robert Powell died after a year's fight against brain cancer.

That's all for now. Keep the news flowing--and be sure to visit our class website, Bev Johns Lamont, 720 Chestnut St., Deerfield, IL 60015; e-mail,

65 | The gray of winter does not have an impact on Dr. Leona Fass, who writes to us from sunny Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA. She recently returned from Edinburgh, where she gave a talk at the International Conference on Software Engineering. Leona discovered that one of the plenary distinguished speakers was Cornell faculty member Dr. Ken Birman, and another attendee was Dr. Rick Adrion, ME '67.Highlights of the trip included seeing the castle and the Royal Mile, and eating enough haggis to last a lifetime! Leona returned to speak at an AI conference in San Jose, CA, and to see virtual daughter Jamie marry in Monterey.

My husband Stephen Rogow '63 and I spent a relaxing weekend with Terry Kohleriter Schwartz and Rich Mader at their summer home on Keuka Lake. Terry had a recent visit from Larry Schwartz '64 and fiancée Beth, and Nelson Keshen '64 and wife Talma, who were on their way to their 40th Reunion. They enjoyed looking at old Cornell photos and reminiscing. Larry is a practicing ophthalmologist in L.A., and Nelson still practices law in Miami. Paul Friedman celebrated his tenth anniversary as a judge on the US District Court for the District of Columbia.He still finds it challenging and stimulating each day. Paul and wife Elizabeth had lunch with Jeffrey and Susan Haber Sussman '67 in D.C., and with Dennis Black and Bruce Bernstein in Chicago. All are well.

News comes from Susan Blair Jenny in France. She is enjoying running a cooking school that specializes in Provencale cuisine and Côte du Rhone wines.Husband Herman, a trained chef from Switzerland, is a '66 graduate of the Hotel school and is the director and chef of their Ecole Culinaire Les Tuillières. They would welcome Cornellians to their kitchen and their home in the south of France. Their grandson Schuyler Clark was born in Houston, TX, in January '03. Rick and Linda Cohen Meltzer '64 celebrated son Peter's wedding in Breckenridge, CO, this past September. The ceremony took place on a mountaintop at 11,400 feet, and guests braved the morning snow to attend. Rick is still practicing internal medicine with no end in sight, though given the current climate of medicine, Rick would enjoy retiring. Leisure time is spent skiing, golfing, traveling, and seeing daughter Lori and 5-year-old granddaughter Ariel.

Mark and Ruth Chitlik Coan '67 still call Atlanta home. Younger son Seth '00 has been working and playing in Nepal, China, India, Israel, and Burma, and they have been visiting with him. Older son Brian is finishing his plastic surgery fellowship at Duke and plans to settle in that area.Mark is still practicing vascular surgery, but on a reduced schedule that allows travel. Ruth is a principal with the Shopping Center Group and is happy to visit the unusual real estate. Recently completing 25 years at Smith Barney managing portfolios for high net worth individuals is Jim Venetos. He and wife Natalie still reside in Connecticut. David A. Browne, MD '70, and wife Joy live in Novato, CA. He enjoys working as a psychiatrist in both Novato and Mariposa, CA. David and Joy, a clinical psychologist, share an office. Their daughter Caitlin won the Harvard Book Club Award, while Jesse is an Internet whiz. Niece Stacy Williams '04 was one of the Class of '65 scholars for 2003-04. David sees Alan Harris, MBA '67, around town in Novato.

Dianne Zimet Newman recently joined the Volunteer Center of Rhode Island on a one-year grant to strengthen the boards of directors of nonprofit agencies. This involves working with lay and professional leaders of the agencies to identify needs, recruit and train new board members, and increase the diversity of agency boards. Ashok, ME '65, and Fay Thomas Bakhru, MAT '66, are enjoying the life of the semi-retired, but feel busier than ever. Daughter Romy '94, husband Jose, and granddaughter Isabella live in central New Jersey, and they see them often. Son Jay just received his MBA from Wharton and is exploring Southeast Asia with friends before settling down to work for Citigroup.

Corrections Dept.: Our apologies to Joe Ryan and his wife of 32-plus years, Eileen, whose name we got wrong in the last column.We won't let that happen again.

Reunion is just around the corner. Plan to reunite with old and new friends and reacquaint yourself with Collegetown, the Straight, and new additions to the University. Send news to us at -- Joan Elstein Rogow, 9 Mason Farm Rd., Flemington, NJ 08822; tel., (908) 782-7028; Ronald Harris, 5203 Forestdale Court,West Bloomfield, MI 48322; tel., (248) 788-3397; e-mail,; and Dennis Norfleet, 3187 State Rt. 48, Oswego, NY 13126; tel., (315) 342-0457; e-mail,

66 | Send news to -- Bill Blockton,; Susan Rockford Bittker,; and John Miers,

67 | After six years spent as dean of the Kogod School of Business at American U., Myron Roomkin became dean and Weatherhead Professor of Management at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western U. in Cleveland, OH. At a going-away reception for Myron and his wife Janice, I heard the president and provost of AU laud how Myron built up the business school during his tenure. Joan Heller Brown (Del Mar, CA; was appointed chair of the Dept. of Pharmacology at U. of California, San Diego, last June. She adds that son Ethan was recently married and that she now has a granddaughter, Eden. Daughter Elena is a high school senior.

"I've met many Cornell alums who have come into our restaurant,Manny Hattan's NY Delicatessen & Restaurant," reports Nancy Keusch Mayers (Austin, TX; wowmom53@ "If you're in Austin, come in and say hello.We're still collecting grandsons (three to date) and couldn't be happier." Vivian Rosenberg (Santa Monica, CA; writes: "As a former television news reporter, I host screenings and discussions of classic Hollywood films at the Los Angeles County Library system. I also teach cinema as well as media literacy at Santa Monica College."

"After 32 years in technical and operational positions with Time Warner, primarily in the cable division," writes Jim Chiddix (San Francisco, CA;, "I've taken a post as CEO at Open TV, based in San Francisco, and the world's largest provider of software to run cable and satellite S&T top boxes.We support a variety of interactive and time-shifting features. For Trudy and me, it's farewell to an enjoyable time in Manhattan and hello to a wonderful new city." Jonathan Cohen (Prior Lake, MN; reports,"My daughter Ilana is following in the family footsteps, as she will be entering her junior year at Cornell, Arts '06. My mother, Hermaine Kurtz Cohen '41, died last year but did live to see Ilana's first year at Cornell. I'm a research associate at the U. of Minnesota doing drug research."

Sally Nellis Kuehl (Rochester, NY; retired from Eastman Kodak in 1997 "after 30 good years in information systems development and production management.My husband Bob is still happily employed there after 30 years. Our daughter Elizabeth (Bucknell '02) has chosen the computer field like her parents. She works in D.C. at the nonprofit Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, where she is the one-person IT department, supporting 25 people on Macs." Sally reports attending, in Mississippi, Namie Tanaka Smith's daughter Stephanie's wedding. Namie was there, as was Steph's dad, Doug Smith '66, and her sister Jennifer '92."

Braving the ever-more distinctive vicissitudes of Ivy League football, Big Red variety, a pleasant tailgate featuring brisket cut to your preference, sponsored by the Cornell Clubs of Maryland, Delaware, D.C., Virginia, and, I assume, all points west, preceded the Cornell-Towson encounter Oct. 2. I saw Les Glick, JD '70, as well as Jim Gutman '68 and Bart Reppert '70, in addition to my traveling companions Victor Stone '68 and Rick Ellis '66. Oh, yes, the game: Big Red took a half to adjust to a rocking Towson offense. Just the opposite at Homecoming against traditional foe Colgate, where defense was superb, but offense seemed to have missed the Crispell Charter home. -- Richard B.Hoffman, 2925 28th St.NW,Washington, DC 20008; e-mail,

68 | I hope you've had a good winter.During the last few months I've had the opportunity to visit Cornell three times, and I wanted to share some personal reactions with you.We're all fortunate to have attended a great university that is becoming an increasingly amazing place.While the new buildings and physical facilities are world-class outstanding, the enthusiasm of the students and faculty and their strong feelings for the Cornell community are contagious. Each time I approach the campus, I have vivid memories of our class and the wonderful experiences we had on the Hill. If you have a chance to visit, don't wait for the next reunion!

Turning to some regular class news, it was great to see Jay Waks, JD '71, and his wife Harriet in Ithaca, along with their daughter Ali '08, a freshman in the ILR school. Their son Jon attends Harvard Medical School. Jay is a nationally recognized labor attorney in New York and has been very active in Cornell affairs, including work for the Cornell Fund, service on the Cornell Council, and chair of the Advisory Council of the Law school. Jay keeps in touch with Jay Goldstein, who is a dermatologist in the Boston area. He also sees Scarsdale friends Nick '67 and Cheryl Katz Kaufmann, David '67, ME '68, and Jane Frommer Gertler, and Steven, JD '71, and Sharon Lawner Weinberg, PhD '71. Jay also recently saw Ira Shepard, JD '71, and his wife Susan, who were visiting New York from their home in Washington, DC.

Our class president Nancy Kulerman Hodes was at Cornell for a meeting of the Cornell Association of Class Officers (CACO). Nancy has some good ideas about future class activities and you will hear more about this in the near future.

Kathy Shands and husband Joe Mulinare live in Atlanta, GA, where Nancy practices child and adolescent psychiatry and Joe is at the Centers for Disease Control working on birth defects. Their daughter Julie attends Tufts. They recently bought a house on Martha's Vineyard, and Kathy reports seeing Jean Hinkleman Krasnow,MAT '69, there and in Boston. Ira Lupu is a professor of law and associate dean for faculty development at George Washington U. Law School.His major research project involves the Faith-Based Initiative (see for details).

Robert Wolf and wife Linda live in Pasadena,MD. They have two grandchildren, one from their son and one from their daughter. Richard Garick lives in Andover, MA, with his wife Ann. Their son Josh '04 graduated from ILR last June, and during the graduation visit, they enjoyed a great afternoon at Buttermilk Falls, leading Rich to wonder "why we ever want to be in the grown-up real world." David Gorelick and his wife Naomi Feldman, MD '77, live in Baltimore. Their son Jonathan Gorelick-Feldman '02 and daughter-in-law Orley '04 had the first grandchild in July 2003.

I am sorry to report on a note from Sharon Odozynski telling us of the death of her husband John in May 2004. John, a member of Alpha Sigma Phi, had been an attorney in Austin, TX, where his family lives.

MJ Herson has a firm called the Herson Group Ltd. that designs and produces major events. The firm handled the finale for Duke U.'s $2.3 billion campaign, the launch of a campaign for Texas A&M U. (which event won a gold award), and inaugural events for Cornell President Jeffrey Lehman '77. Bill Boles lives in Telluride, CO, which I know firsthand is a super place. Bill and wife Genne's daughter Kristin '06 is an engineering student at Cornell. Bill reports that although Telluride is a great ski town, he is golfing more and skiing less.

Ken Greenberg was recently named dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Suffolk U. in Boston. Ken joined Suffolk in 1978 and has chaired the history and philosophy departments since 1989.He is an award-winning filmmaker and author of numerous books, articles, etc.His film "Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property," was shown nationally on PBS. Ken and his wife Judy (Guttman) '69 live in Newton, MA. Judy is a professor at New England School of Law. They have three daughters. Jim Ponsoldt and wife Susan live in Athens, GA. Jim has been a visiting professor in France and at Cardozo Law School in New York, and he recently produced a short film called "June Bug and Hurricane" that is making the rounds of international film festivals. The film was directed by his son James, who received an MFA from Columbia after graduating from Yale.

Robert E. Cohen and his wife Carla live in Athens, PA. Robert is chief of orthopedics at Guthrie Clinic and Robert Packer Hospital. Oldest son Gordon '99 is a biotech analyst at Merrill Lynch. Daughter Lauren is a PhD student at U. of Chicago, and daughter Rebecca is a teacher in New York. I look forward to hearing from you all. Please note my new address. -- Gordon H. Silver, 2 Avery St., #26C, Boston,MA 02111; e-mail,

69 | Christine and Raymond Randolph have moved to British Columbia for what he calls "quality-of-life and professional reasons."Raymond is active in oil and gas exploration and finds abundant opportunities in Canada. The Randolphs also like the pace of life and are avid skiers. Flying their personal plane for business and pleasure, they especially enjoyed a trip to Europe, visiting Christine's family in Germany. Another memorable trip took them to Alaska. Improvements to their 70-year-old home occupy the remainder of their time. Another ski enthusiast, Douglas Jones, ME '70, retired from Dow Chemical and moved to Boyne City, MI, so he could teach the sport at Boyne Mountain. "I took early retirement from the heady atmosphere of being a university professor and moved home to Maine," says John Eric Anderson. He lives in two acres of forest next to the Atlantic. John's daughter Rachel '98 teaches in New Jersey, and his son Charles (Amherst '01, Duke '03) lives in Washington, DC.

Greg Baum, an attorney living in Oregon, writes that he saw Dr. Chris Degnen during a trip to Boston and that he and wife Linda are kept busy with their twin sons Ross and Cory. Thomas Candrick, also a lawyer, is a partner in the firm of Cammody and Torrance LLP.He tells us that his son William, 14, is applying to secondary schools in Connecticut. A new addition to the legal community, Robert Liburdy has started his second professional career in patent law, after conducting scientific research for 25 years. In addition, he and his wife Nora have nearly achieved their personal goal of visiting every city listed in the New York Times world weather table. Margaret PetersonMathewson reports that she and her husband went on the first "no kids, no folks, just us" vacation of their 18-year marriage. The destination was Hawaii and Margaret says, "It was truly wonderful." Back in Wichita, KS, her husband Duane Nordick is a representative for the Int'l Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, and their daughter Frankie, 14, is a budding artist. Attorney Margaret says, "Hoping I die a theatrical, if messy, death in court."

Warren Galke lives in Columbia,MD, and is a scientist with the National Program Office of the National Children's Study at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Ildiko Czmor Mitchell was honored for 20 years as a clinical social worker. She says, "My daughter Sara has joined the ranks of do-gooders and works with troubled teens in my agency." Ildiko's step-daughter Corie is a teacher of pre-schoolers at a private school in Syracuse. Ildiko also reports,"My husband continues to work multitudes of hours, but in developing his photographic talents.He has become a Nikon-anything collector."Meanwhile, Ildiko's interest is hiking. She is walking the Appalachian Trail southward and is past the New Hampshire Presidential Range, including Mt.Washington. She wonders if she shouldn't have started this 30 years ago!

As president of Dubose Assoc., Harvey Leibin is proud that his company has won the AIA/CT first prize for Camp Courant in Farmington, CT, and the Metal Institute first prize for Two Rivers Magnet School in Hartford, CT. On the family front, Brad, 23, graduated from Washington U.with a degree in architecture and works for Martin Rich Assoc. in NYC. Kate is a recent graduate of American U., and Kara is a student at the U. ofWisconsin.After the Leibins delivered their last child to college in Madison, they enjoyed a second vacation in northern Michigan. The first was 30 years earlier when Harvey was in graduate school! Colin Russell gets around. In the past year he has been to Chicago, Portland, OR,Mexico, Sand Point, ID (where he saw Steve Lazar), and Costa Rica, where his son Dylan is attending high school. Colin and Colleen's elder son Trevor is in college. In Colin's professional capacity as an architect, he received the Business of the Year and the Spirit of Marin County awards in 2003.Another award-winning architect, Steven LaRocca, received the Regional AIA award for Osborn Senior Residence and the PS212 Masonry Award. Steven's two sons Jason and Jonathan '03 are both attending Rice U.Graduate School of Architecture.His wife Mary Ellen recently completed a master's program in administration and special ed. Steven notes that he and Mary Ellen met at a fraternity party when she was a student at Elmira.

Eric Snyder has a new position as Director of Planning for Sussex County, NJ. His son David is in the Coast Guard, and Chris attends Stevens Inst. Eric has traveled to Mexico and Maine. Jim Tompsett is a veterinarian in Livonia, NY, and reports that daughter Nicole married Joseph Montesano and delivered the first granddaughter, Olivia. Jim also mentions a three-week trip to Hawaii--Maui, Kauii, and Oahu--to attend a dermatology seminar. Ted Gill, ME '70, writes that he is looking forward to selling his stock brokerage and retiring to spend full time golfing and traveling. Joe Cervasio is headquartered with Bluegreen Corp. in Boca Raton, FL, where he is vice president of organizational development, but lives in Nutley, NJ. Joe says, "Constant back and forth to New Jersey." In 2002, he received the Marriott Vacation Club International's Ultimate Counselor Leader Award. Joe's wife Maria is the executive director of the Extended Day Program and on the Board of Education in Nutley, NJ. Their daughter Tina is a sports broadcaster who has appeared on MSNBC's "Imus in the Morning" show. Daughter Corrine is NYC's healthcare executive.

We learn from press releases that Marilyn Gross Coors is an assistant professor of bioethics at the U. of Colorado, and that Bonnie Cooper Carroll, the President of Information International Assoc., was honored in Washington, DC, as one of the nation's leading IT professionals. Human Ecology News reports that Ellen Isaacson Goldman owns Noscaasi Ink Custom Screen Printing.We learn from the Alpha Phi newsletter that Adrienne Jones Daniels Paris is starting her own executive secretarial business and that her husband Peter will be chairing the theology dept. at Princeton Theological Seminary for two years before he plans to retire. In the reunion column, I erroneously reported that Bob Potter sold his company and retired.He did sell his company four years ago, but immediately became president of Centre County Community Foundation. Bob is busier than ever and doing very well at building the endowment funds for State College and Centre County.-- Arda Coyle Boucher, 21 Hemlock Hill Rd., Amherst, NH 03031.


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