Class Notes

70 | Sandy Schorr and her husband Chuck Breckheimer, MAT/MS '69, enjoyed our 35th Reunion, despite the heat, and especially had fun on campus with Sandy's former roommate Maryellen Gaidusek Mitchell and her husband Bart. They had some fun moments reminiscing in the Tri Delt house where Bart was a kitchen boy and Maryellen and Sandy worked as waitresses for their board. Bart went straight for a broom and showed them how he could clean the kitchen floor in less than a minute. They all stopped at the Chapter House for a beer. The place hadn't changed, but the hill seemed a bit steeper than any of them remembered. Chuck just retired from teaching high school AP Chemistry (27 years in Ithaca; six in Colorado). Last August, Sandy and Chuck moved to a town outside Asheville, NC, where she is a pediatrician and they are both closer to family. They can be reached at, and would love to hear from any friends who happen to be traveling through.

Many years ago, Tom Newman (, a physician by training, left practice for the pharmaceutical industry. Recently he was appointed COO of Pharmanet Inc., a contract research organization.He lives just outside of Princeton, NJ, and looks forward to watching the Big Red pummel the Tigers (which even happened in basketball this year). Tom says he enjoyed reunion in June '05, although he never believed it could get that hot in Ithaca! Hsiao Ping Liu Katz reports that for many years the Delta Gamma Class of 1970 has held annual mini-reunions at various members' homes. Locations have included Chicago, Santa Fe, Arrowhead, CA,Washington, DC, Park City, UT, San Miguel, the Azores,Narragansett, and Bloomfield Hills, MI. In 2005, 13 DGs visited Kim Dubin Saporito's home in Boulder, CO. In addition to Hsiao Ping and Kim, those attending were Sue Nelson Anderson, Bonnie Ershowsky Caruso, Peggy Fitzpatrick, Rachel Verowitz Gubman, Linda Horecker Lally,Nena Donovan Levine, JudyMustille, Buzzi Brueckner McVay, Debbie French Peverill, Sue Smith Quick, and Jane Gegenheimer St. John. They visited Celestial Seasonings Tea and NCAR, painted pottery, went tubing down mountain streams, visited national parks, and talked and talked. Next they will visit Buzzi in Minneapolis, where they will have private guided tours of every significant art gallery and go horseback riding. In 2008 their plans are to visit China to celebrate our 60th birthdays together. Hsiao Ping says that as they have seen their families grow and themselves age, they have cherished and shared wonderful memories together.

AllanWeitzman ( and his wife Regina have lived in Boca Raton, FL, since 1995. Allan is board-certified by the Florida Bar as a specialist in labor and employment law and a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. Since the 11th grade, he has always wanted to practice labor and employment law. His ambitions and dreams have been fulfilled, since he has spent his entire professional career at Proskauer Rose LLP and became a partner in its labor and employment law department in 1981.Much of Allan's time is spent litigating in either state or federal court at the trial or appellate levels. He was selected by his peers for the 2005 and 2006 editions of the Best Lawyers in America and his speaking has led to recognition in an international Who's Who of Management, Labor and Employment Lawyers. Because of his experience as a management advocate in arbitration proceedings, he lectured at the ILR school to human resources practitioners. The topics were "The Investigatory Grievance: Developing Facts and Evidence,""Increasing Effectiveness in Arbitration,""Advanced Arbitration Skills," and "The Clash Between Management Rights and Privacy Invasion: Drug Testing, Polygraphs, and AIDS."Allan is often consulted and interviewed by business newspaper and magazine columnists for their articles on employment law issues.

Richard Ruebel has once again been named among the "2006 Super Lawyers" published by Cincinnati magazine and Ohio Super Lawyers magazine. He was in fact listed in the Top 50 Super Lawyers in Cincinnati. Richard is a partner with the law firm Drew and Ward Co. LPA, where he specializes in estate planning and also practices in probate and taxation. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.MuremSakas Sharpe writes that she saw Paula Noonan and her husband Phil Doe while they were visiting New York from Denver in the fall of 2005. Paula continues to teach and consult in distance learning, as well as serving as publisher of her son Raleigh's new magazine. Cathy Souser Henning and her husband John have developed a spectacular sheep farm and gardens from what were originally untended acres in Petaluma, CA. -- Connie Ferris Meyer, 16 James Thomas Rd.,Malvern, PA 19355; e-mail,

71 | As this column is going to press, it is more than a month before our 35th Reunion.We ask that you check the September/October issue of Cornell Alumni Magazine for coverage of Reunion Weekend plus the Reunion Report for our class.

Approximately 71 classmates gathered at the Chevy Chase home of Art Spitzer and Elisabeth Kaplan Boas on March 26 for a pre-reunion party. The theme of the party was "Show Your Colors—Wear Red" and many people did. The house was decorated with red and white tulips, Cornell memorabilia, and red balloons. Our reunion chair, Kathy Menton Flaxman, and Michael and Janet Lynn Cornfeld '72 helped considerably, introducing many classmates who did not know they knew one another. There were delightful reunions among classmates who turned out to be tied to each other in neighborhoods, workplaces, or volunteer commitments, or through children's schools.More than a few people were meeting up with classmates they had not seen in decades. Our pre-reunion gatherings would not have been so successful without the hard work of our class networking captain, Sally Clark Shumaker. Thanks, Sally, for your infectious spirit and dedication to our class.

Victor Curran (, who worked so tirelessly on our beautiful pre-reunion party invitations, lives in the Boston area.Victor's career has been in printing, publishing, and graphic design.He has taught design classes at Northeastern U. and he now works in sales for DS Graphics in Lowell,MA.Victor has two children, Andrew, born in 1984, and Marcelia, born in 1987. Thank you, Victor, for all your hard work on behalf of our class!

This month we received news from Richard Greif (, who lives in Dobbs Ferry, NY. Richard is a cardiologist practicing in Yonkers. He and his wife Vicki have three children who are all Cornellians. Arel '03 is working in New York for a media company, Dylan '06 majored in English and Government and co-published the Public Journal while at Cornell (check it out at, and Shana '07 is majoring in Psychology.While at Cornell, Richard was on the tennis and squash teams. He still plays tennis regularly, including USTA leagues and an occasional tournament. (Coincidentally, Richard and Rich Perlmutter, who we wrote about in our March/April column, met when they were 12 years old at summer camp and their two camps played each other. They met again at Cornell when they both tried out for freshman tennis!)

Erik Videlock, a partner with the firm of Pepper Hamilton, is a patent and intellectual property rights attorney in Philadelphia. He was recently elected to the board of directors of Family Support Services, a not-for-profit social services agency operating in Philadelphia and Delaware counties. JimCunningham ( writes from Lexington,MA, that he is running the town Cable TV station and is the project lead for restoration of some important revolutionary war sites. Rick Furbush (rfurbus1@ checked in from St. Petersburg, FL, where he has been immersed in building his custom woodworking business. Rick says he enjoyed his trip to campus for Trustee/Council Weekend. He has been president of the Cornell Club of the Sun Coast for the past eight years, which recently hosted a visit by Frank Rhodes.

We received a nice note from Diana Petitti in Sierra Madre, CA ( "After finishing medical school at Harvard in 1975, I took flight from the winters of the East Coast. I lived first in Northern California for 17 years and then in Southern California for the most recent 14, with a brief stint in Colorado. I am an epidemiologist (nothing whatever to do with skin—think epidemic).My professional life has been research and writing. I still do both, but also a lot of policy work with regard to the delivery of medical care. Now life. I make quilts, work with glass, hike, and bicycle, but not as much as I should. I have a couple of cats.My only child, a daughter, is 27 and out of the nest—going to law school. I sure miss the fall and the spring in Ithaca and, of course, the parties."

Richard Immerman ( writes that he is currently living in London and wouldn't be able to return for reunion. Richard is a history professor and director of the Center for the Humanities at Temple U. His scholarship focuses on the history of US foreign relations since World II and the history of Intelligence.With former Eisenhower Under Secretary of State Robert Bowie, he co-authored Waging Peace, a book about Eisenhower's Cold War strategy.

We sadly report the death of Louis Serpa last September. He had been a resident of Arlington, VA, since 1987. Louis was a business broker and owned a number of businesses in the Virginia/D.C. area. Survivors include Nancy, his wife of 18 years, and three children,Michael,Matthew, and Kathleen. The Serpas lived in Lagos, Nigeria, from 1998 to 2001, where Nancy was assigned to the US Embassy.

As your class correspondents, we are always happy to receive news about classmates for the column. Please contact us and we will be delighted to write about you. -- Linda Germaine-Miller,; and Matt Silverman,

72 | Joseph Connolly is the Willard Brown Distinguished Professor of Global Finance at American U. in Cairo, after a 30-year career on Wall Street and in London. He is also the US Commissioner for the US-UK Bilateral Commission for Fulbrights and a trustee of the American U. in London. He maintains homes in Manhattan, Boston, London, Paris, Zurich, and Cairo.With elegant understatement, Joe writes: "After I left Cornell I went back to Boston and went to a local business school. One of my section-mates and friends ended up being the current American president."Others in Joe's circle include "Cornell classmates Bob Selandar, now Chairman and CEO of MasterCard Int'l, Patty Guy, US Consul in Munich, Eric Edelman, US Under Secretary of Defense, Rich Johnston, a Boston lawyer, and my best friend, Jay Branegan, now doing something on Capitol Hill. Frank Ruiz is chief architect in Albany and Sherri McNulty is a judge in the same city." Joe "quite enjoy[s] academia" and describes his American U. chair as "a nice perch."

June Feeks Brooks writes: "Last time I wrote it was to tell of the sudden death of my husband of 32 years. This time I have happy news to report. I was married last summer to Dan Kaye, an old friend with whom I had recently reconnected. Dan is the director of the public library in the small town where I teach.We now happily commute together from our home in Eugene, OR.We are both looking forward to retiring in just one more year.Unbelievable!" June and Dan recently spent a weekend in Portland visiting with Tom Harvey and his wife Jan (Wagenhals) '73. She reports that Tom is a family doctor in private practice and Jan is a school psychologist in the public schools. Their youngest son (of three) has just left home to begin his freshman year at Middlebury in Vermont. This summer, June and Dan plan to visit June's former roommate, Deborah Kondis, who is a gynecologist and mother of two in Nashville. From Nashville they will drive to Williamsburg,VA, to visit another roommate and fellow Pi Phi,Nancy Drews Harding. June's oldest son, Christopher, will leave home this summer and begin work on his PhD in modern European intellectual history at UC Santa Cruz, and younger son Adam is working in a medical office and will be getting his own apartment, "so Dan and I will soon have that empty nest."

Steven Seifert is a professor at the U. of Nebraska Medical Center and medical director of the Nebraska Regional Poison Center. Last October he organized and hosted an international scientific symposium on venomous snakebites. Steve was also named a senior reviewer by the Annals of Emergency Medicine for excellence in manuscript peer review. He plays tenor saxophone in a virtual band, recording and digitizing his parts and e-mailing them to other band members located in another city. "We do get to play live when I visit, but they tell me I sound better at a distance," he says. Daughter Sara "will graduate from CALS in '07, which means we'll have our reunion years together. Let me tell you, these things take some long-range planning . . ."

Kathy Price Chiron writes:"My husband Stuart '71, director of regulatory affairs for PCCW, and I have been living in Hong Kong for about five and a half years. I retired a few years ago and now work harder than ever as a full-time volunteer! Currently I'm serving as president of the American Women's Association, an amazingly diverse group of nearly 800, representing over 40 nationalities and spanning seven decades in age.We provide educational and social opportunities for our members (lots of trips around Hong Kong and throughout Asia, mahjong, bridge, book clubs, lectures, activities, hikes, etc.) and also support Hong Kong charities and schools through community service and monetary grants. Every once in a while we're able to join in a Cornell Club activity—a night at the races a few months ago was great fun."

Wendy Gerber Buchberg,MAT '74, began a new teaching position last September with the New Visions Health Sciences program at Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca. The program is for high-achieving high school seniors who aspire to careers in medicine. She has developed an integrated curriculum that combines 12th grade honors English, economics, government, anatomy and physiology, medical ethics, and medical law, while also supervising her students'weekly rotations through each department of the medical center.Wendy writes: "I (almost!) feel as though I'm in medical school, since we are able to observe surgeries and many other kinds of procedures performed at the hospital. It's great to stretch my brain and try something new!"Her daughter Annie '03 is completing her master's degree in May '06 in the Sloan Program for Health Administration at Cornell and is looking forward to beginning her professional career.Wendy would like to hear from classmates at

Margaret Clark of Katonah, NY, tells us that her daughter Caitlin '06 will be graduating from Arts and Sciences this year with a degree in economics. Caitlin's grandfather, William Clark '50 (Margaret's father), graduated from Cornell Engineering, and her aunt, Sara Clark '77 (Margaret's sister), graduated from CALS. Steven Bienstock is pleased to announce that his son Josh has been accepted to Cornell and will start in the fall. Daughter Sarah is in the sixth grade, recently played the role of Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream, and also plays the flute and sings. Her twin brother Eli finished his wrestling season by placing fifth in the state, and is now on to baseball, where he is a starting pitcher. Steve's wife Debbie is a sign language interpreter and a captionist, and Steve continues to practice law in Rockville,MD.

Among the talented high school students who attended Cornell's Summer College Program last year: Justin Ellis, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gary Ellis; Alexandra Bachorik, daughter of Dr. Gail Povar and husband Lawrence Bachorik '71; and Anne Linker, daughter of Diane Spanier Linker and husband Arthur. -- Gary L. Rubin, glrubin@aol. com; Alex Barna,

73 |Greetings again from Seattle.We spent the holidays in Niger,West Africa, in what turned out to be a fairly intense visit with daughter Emilie at her Peace Corps assignment. An R&R week in Senegal allowed for a little decompression, but the rest of the time we were packing ourselves into bush taxis, coping with the 100-degree heat, and fending off merchants and beggars. Things calmed down considerably once we were in Tanka, Emilie's assigned village, 120 km east of Niamey. As the only four white Americans in town, we were stars, although accommodations were basic—no running water, no electricity, tworoom mud-brick house with a hole off to the side. But the chief, his wives, and the villagers couldn't have been friendlier—charmed, no doubt, by our rudimentary Zarma. "Fo fo!" ("Hi there!")

I was invited to a morning prayer service (it's a Muslim country, so the women remained in the back) and our hosts even killed and prepared a goat for us. The toughest part was getting to sleep at night, since without phones, TV, or books, the evening entertainment consists of gathering in the main road to gossip and dance until 11 p.m., creating a human din so loud I had to use my Air France earplugs. Our next journey is a cruise down the Yangtze before the big dam inundates China's interior, probably the last family vacation before the two girls spiral off into various orbits.

On to the news. Daniel Smith ( is in Honolulu as chief of emergency medicine at Queens Medical Center. His only regret is waiting so long to leave Western Massachusetts, where the fishing and diving weren't nearly as colorful.Wife Janice (Gorzynski) teaches organic chemistry at the U. of Hawaii,Manoa. She's working on the second edition of her chemistry text, published last year by McGraw-Hill. Erin is training in emergency medicine at UCLA. Jenna graduates from the U. of Hawaii in May, then heads to Korea to teach English. Twins Matthew and Zachary, 11, enter middle school next year.

Charles Steiner ( directs the Wichita Art Museum, and mounted his second one-man show at the Wichita Center for the Arts last spring. "Gardenscapes" focuses on the elaborate gardens that Kansans cultivate to break up the serene monotony of the natural landscape. Abby Ershow ( and spouse Hans Plugge live in Columbia,MD, with children Arie, 20, and Riecka, 18. Abby's a nutrition program officer at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Inst. in Bethesda, as well as a weightlifter and a singer in Columbia Pro Cantare. She'd love to hear from Janette Cushman,Mary Jo McNamara, Rosemary Batt, and Joan Oremland Richter, MD '77.

Donald Orlovsky ( is a law partner in West Palm Beach, specializing in federal Indian law, although he admits he'd rather be sailing Drake's Passage or studying Hawaiian culture in Lahaina. He serves on the board of directors of Comprehensive Alcoholism Rehabilitation Services and keeps busy raising his 14- year-old daughter and 11-year-old son as open-minded, involved citizens. He remembers Cornell as "perhaps the greatest university community in the world" and says his only regret is that "it passed far too quickly." Christina Kallas won election as president of the New York Women's Bar Association and works on the professional development of women lawyers and the fair and equal administration of justice. Perfect, she says, for a child of the Sixties.

James Hilderbrant lives in Whitney Point with wife Anne-Marie and is a consumer safety inspector. He misses those intense conversations over shrimp rolls at Cornell. Jeffrey Hubsher owns South Salem (NY) Animal Hospital and lives in Ridgefield, CT, where he spends time with his two kids, rides horses, skis hard, dreams of being an artist and writer, and misses being young and invincible. Attention Al Giuffrida, Jeff wants to hear from you.

Sandra Sharon Rapoport lives with husband Samuel '72, MD '76, in NYC, where she is a writer and mother of three. She recently documented the untold stories of the women in the Bible as co-author of The Passions of the Matriarchs. Attention Shiela McGuirk: Sandra's looking for you. CynthiaWeniger ( teaches ethical culture at Fieldston School in Riverdale, NY, and in her spare time sings in a chorus, hosts foreign students, and fixes up an "old creaky house" in Tarrytown.

Denise Meridith ( is a business consultant in Phoenix, and the author of Thoughts While Chillin': Autobiography of a Black Public Servant, available online at She shows Cairn terriers, misses Cornell ice cream, and wants to hear from Karen Knight. Torin Togut (tandt@ lives in Lawrenceville, GA, with wife Teresa and works for Georgia Legal Services, frequently representing students with disabilities. He's also president of the Georgia ACLU, although he admits he'd rather be vacationing in the Greek Islands.Wouldn't we all! Jeff Corwin teaches neuroscience at the U. of Virginia School of Medicine, spends summers as a researcher at the Marine Biological Lab in Woods Hole, MA, and is fixing up an old stone house on the sunrise side of the Blue Ridge Mountains named "Ahaluna" or "the lookout place." It was at a Cajun dance class that he met fiancée Linda Beard.

Norman Lange ( is a commercial loan officer at Cleveland's National City Bank, and breeds horses when he isn't reading stuff like The Peloponnesian War and assorted Peter Drucker books. He'd like to hear from old friend Joseph Yancy '72. Sheila Kennedy Holtzman, MBA '74 ( and husband Richard '76 will celebrate their 25th anniversary with a trip to Fiji, one of the few spots able to compete with Koloa, HI, where they live with son Kevin. Daughter Jennifer is a Syracuse grad, and Whitney is a junior at ASU. John Kontrabecki, JD/MBA '77 ( works in real estate development with TKG in San Mateo, CA, but discovered a latent love for farming and recently sold his first 100 acres of wine grapes.Wife Nicole gave birth to son Charles, so named because "everyone we know named Charles we like"—especially classmate Charles Steiner.

Jay Goland ( is an ENT doc in Long Beach, CA, who misses the "beautiful women" at Cornell and the creaky wooden floors. They remind him of old friend Walt Jacobson '72—where are you,Walt? Julia Smyth-Pinney, BArch '76, is a professor of architecture at the U. of Kentucky College of Design who spends her spare time in vigils and peace marches against the war in Iraq—when she isn't hatching plans to rehab downtown Lexington, KY. She spent 2-1/2 years in Rome researching Borromini's church S. Ivo alla Sapienza and "having a life." She remembers Cornell as the place she found her life-long passion for art and architecture, and would love to hear from Siri Schwartz Mills, Kathy,Marjorie, and the other grads of Fine Arts '73.

That's it! Great response this month. Contact us at: -- David Ross,; Phyllis Haight Grummon,

74 | Go see a football or basketball game. Or log on to Over the past couple of years, I've generated a bushel of friendships in person and online with Cornellians a decade older and too depressingly many decades younger.We've met for dinner at Pepe's in New Haven before Yale and Quinnipiac hockey games and at the Nines in Collegetown before a variety of home sports events. The "eLynah Forum" covers topics far broader than just the 200-by-85-foot surface at the rink. Sports events are a great way to stay in touch, as we're pretty much halfway between reunion years, and not very significant reunions at that— past 30, heading for 35, and a long way from 50. Sheesh, can it be that many? Indeed.

SandraMcLean became a judge of the Superior Court in Butte County, CA, in December 2005. In conjunction with that role, Sandra, previously Sandra L. Schweitzer, says she resumed use of her maiden name. She lives in Chico, CA, with husband Douglas Keister. Bill Ruskin, JD '77, of Greenwich, CT, joined the New York City office of Epstein, Becker & Green PC in its national litigation practice. Although based in New York, Bill will be servicing Connecticut clients through EBG's Stamford office.He came from Shipman & Goodwin and will handle environmental, product liability, and toxic tort litigation. He also sits on the board of the New York and Connecticut League of Conservation Voters Education Funds.

Laurie Harris is a high school math teacher in Concord, CA, where she lives with husband Paul Crissey. Life has been busy obtaining her teaching credential, and in her spare time Laurie dabbles in property management.Marianne Stein Kah and husband Jeff Coe are looking to the future: "Purchased land in Santa Fe, NM, and hope to retire there."

David Barenberg is a gastroenterologist living in Danbury, CT, with spouse Phyllis. Fred Siegel and wife Cheryl live in Durham, CT. Fred is an ob/gyn—"days, nights, and weekends." (He says he'd rather be relaxing.) Another ob/gyn, Susan Dallimonti Peck, loves her career and thinks she'll work forever—at least until she's 70, when she plans to open a bookstore/cafe. Susan and husband Michael live in Glenville, PA.When she's not working, although she appears to be working most of the time, she plays tennis and field hockey, sings, and does auto-racing with her son in the Hooter's Pro-Cup Series. Barbara Gales is a physician and adjunct asst. professor living in Brooklyn, NY. She admits that she, too, has been working too hard and would sometimes rather be spending time in a foreign country like Saudi Arabia. She keeps fit at the health spa and bicycling. Barbara remembers the peaceful tranquility and diversity of Cornell and would like to hear from Elizabeth Pritchett '76.

In addition to 1974s among the ranks of professors and administrators, several are in alumni relations and development work. There is, of course,Mary Berens, director of alumni affairs for Cornell. Also, Bob Boynton is executive director of the office of alumni relations for New Jersey Inst. of Technology in Newark. Bob commutes from Staten Island (from his days working at Wagner College there) and keeps his parents' old house in Ithaca, where he weekend-commutes regularly to work on a fleet of antique cars (Triumph, Ford F250 pickup, Ford Model A) and sail his Catalina 22 harbored on Cayuga Lake. Elizabeth Coit of Arlington,VA, is director of development for the Center for Community Change, an organization that is dedicated to social and economic change for low-income communities and communities of color in the US. After hours she writes, bikes, hikes, and travels, goes to movies, and is active in the Unitarian Universalist Church. She'd like to do more traveling and travel writing, but changing jobs has meant lots of after-hours work, and she periodically helps care for her mother in assisted living. An old Cornell friend she'd love to hear from is Janis Kelly '71.

Please send news to any of the class correspondents.We'll make sure the right person gets it. These are prime years for college matriculations and graduations, weddings, and even news of grandchildren. If you've retired early, tell us—go ahead, rub it in. -- Bill Howard,; Betsy Moore,; and Steve Raye,

75 | Several of your class officers attended the CACO Mid-Winter Meeting in February, held for the first time in Philadelphia. Charlie Temel (president), Vickie Thaler Vaclavik (secretary), Karen Kaplan (treasurer), Susan Fulton (reunion co-chair), and I enjoyed the great stories, long-standing memories, and camaraderie of fellow Cornellians as we learned about exciting research by professors and students, the new residential colleges on West Campus, and a myriad of campus and alumni activities. Our own planning for the upcoming years included a new look for the Class of '75 website and new events and communications with classmates.

First, the news from around the Washington, DC, Beltway where I live. Joe Lavin ( is president of HarborStone Hospitality in Potomac, MD, a new company that he founded to develop and own hotels. Joe has also served as "executive-in-residence" at the Hotel school for the fall 2005 semester, where his daughter is a junior. I spent four wonderful days with fellow DGs in Charleston, SC, walking, touring, shopping, dining, and enjoying the company of good friends. Diane Kopelman '74 once again organized a fabulous get-away attended by Susan Corner Rosen (who with husband Robert lives and practices law in this wonderful city, and hosted us one evening), Karen Leung Moore,Myrna Bank Gardner, Elyse Byron, Laurie MusickWright, Betsy Beach '74, Kimberly Christy Gordon '74, Jackie Dolat '74,Marty Slye Sherman '73, and Karen Broten Sieburgh '73.My son, Jack Keefe, will be a freshman at Swarthmore this fall (much to my chagrin, I couldn't talk him into Cornell!).

South of us, in Charlottesville, VA, Jerald Pinto ( is director, curriculum projects at CFA Institute. But his big news is his January 2005 wedding to Rosemarie Spence. Congratulations! Also south of the Mason-Dixon Line,Mark Powers ( and wife Karen Lauterbach live in Chapel Hill, NC.Mark admits that he would rather be traveling, sculpting, playing, and reading novels rather than working, but his job as assoc. clinical professor for pulmonary, allergy, and critical care at the Duke U.Medical Center occupies the majority of his time.

Kenneth Rosen lives in N. Caldwell, NJ, and is partner and chairman of the bankruptcy and creditors rights department at Lowenstein Sandler PC in Roseland, NJ, and NYC. He's a member of the board of Saint Barnabas Healthcare System and chair of Saint Barnabas Hospice & Palliative Care Center. Ken would like to hear from Steve Rubenstein. Across the river in NYC is Susan Hirsch, who works in public relations. She's been enjoying all that the Big Apple has to offer—theatre, fine dining, concerts, museums, and galleries—and wishes that she were retired to be able to enjoy more of these wonderful activities! Fond memories bring Susan back to Straight Breaks at 9 pm after long hours of studying in the library. How could we forget! Susan ( would like to hear from Ellen Mazur and Robert S.Harrison '76.

NinaWeisbach Palmer ( is a psychiatrist at Harvard Vanguard Medical Assoc. in Boston. She and husband Jonathan live in nearby Newton and enjoy traveling with their family.Nina fondly recalls the fall days at Cornell picking apples, having lunch at the Dairy Bar, walking Libe Slope, and her summer job with Paul Buck in the Nutrition department. Also in Massachusetts is Patricia Gray, senior VP and chief legal officer for Panera Bread in Needham. She enjoys traveling for business and golfing in Palm Springs, but is looking for someone to accompany her to Ireland for golf. Interested? Update your passport and e-mail her at

From the West we've heard from Rex Griswold ( He and wife Mary Ellen sold their restaurant, and Rex was elected to the City Council of Mesa, AZ. They enjoy their three grandchildren and local politics. A teacher at the Nevada City Elementary School, Francine Zalkin Foster lives in Grass Valley, CA. She and husband Mark took a hiking trip to Switzerland last year, and Francine rates hiking, wine tasting, skiing, political action, book clubs, and gardening on her list of favorite after-hours activities. Susan Sullivan, Francine asks that you contact her at

Hotel alums Laurie Clemente Milnor and Nancy Kiesendahl Bloch '71 are partners in Shop Talk 2000 in Alton, IL, which provides sales evaluations and training primarily for the hospitality industry. Laurie and husband George are parents of four children ages 5 to 21, which leaves little time for her other loves—traveling and volunteering. She's also been active in the Library Foundation Board, the CAAAN committee in St. Louis, and several school and parent volunteer projects. Laurie ( would like to find classmate Maureen Millane Rusk if anyone knows where she might be.

Randall Smith (, VP of sales and distribution for Midwest Airlines, resides in Kansas City,MO, but commutes weekly to the headquarters in Milwaukee to help build Midwest's market share and visibility. He's rebuilding their sales team and mentoring new leaders in their organization. Randy and wife Christine are raising children Griffin, 13, and Katie, 10.While Randy reports that he's currently "having a grand time . . . life is good," he fondly recalls the great hockey games at Lynah Rink. Also in the Midwest is Marty Siegel (, who works in real estate in Eden Prairie, MN. After hours, he's on the board of trustees for the Boys & Girls Club of the Twin Cities, serves on the executive board of Park Nichollet Health System, and founded Trees for Toys, which has collected more than 100,000 toys for local charities during the past 15 Christmas seasons. In January,Marty joined fellow '75 classmates Andy Reese and Steve Semlitz,MBA '76, for their annual "Rendezvous in the Rockies" ski trip to Vail.

Harry Solomon ( missed reunion last year because of scheduling problems. Five years ago he moved from Philadelphia to Highland Park, IL, about 23 miles north of Chicago, where he works for GE Healthcare, defining international standards for sharing electronic medical records. As a result he's been on the road frequently to Washington, DC, San Diego, Stockholm, and Budapest. In his spare time, Harry sings tenor in the Chicagoland Jewish Community Chorus. He and wife Judy help run the Monday International Folk Dance in Evanston, an interest he first developed at Cornell. They have three sons, one who lives in Oregon (his Dad calls him sort of a hippie), another a civil engineer in New York, and the youngest a student at Brandeis.

Writing from Greenwich, CT, Ron '74 and Myrna Bank Gardner ( are both excited that their daughter Callie was accepted to the Class of 2010. I had met Callie during our 30th Reunion last summer and can vouch that she'll be a wonderful asset to the up-and-coming ranks. Also with a daughter in ILR at Cornell (Lauren '07) is Steven Benenati (, who lives in Norwich, NY. For the past 22 years he's been labor relations administrator for the School Alliance, a consortium of seven public schools sharing labor and legal services.When not working, Steven enjoys basketball, weight training, and watching son Ryan (who's applied to Cornell ILR) play football, basketball, and track as a high school senior. His youngest is in eighth grade and also loves basketball, track, and soccer.

We're looking forward to hearing from more of you, so please pass your news along to: -- Joan Pease,; Deb Gellman,; Karen DeMarco Boroff,; and Mitch Frank,

76 | As I write this column in April, our 30th Reunion is two months away and our class is making preparations. By the time you read it in July,many of you will have already made the trip to Ithaca and had a great weekend on the Hill. A full Reunion Report will appear in the Sept/Oct issue.

News was sparse in the early spring, so if you haven't done so yet, please send an update with your annual dues payment, or write any of us via e-mail at any time. Debra Hertz wrote that her daughter Laura Southerland '06 graduated from the ILR school. Younger daughter Erica will graduate high school this year; at the time Debra wrote in February, Erica had not yet chosen a college. Caroline Hecht sent an e-mail from the website. Her present day job is as a Web programmer at Cornell. She has three children, including a freshman at Oberlin, a senior in high school who will probably attend Cornell Engineering in the fall, and a sixth grader. Caroline still remembers hanging out at the Commons Coffeehouse when she was at Cornell.

Some personal news. I had a flashback to the last final exam I took while at Cornell. For professional development I recently completed a graduate course and had to take a final exam. After 30 years, it was hard to remember how to study for it. I think I passed. I am in my 13th year teaching in the Lexington Public Schools and enjoying the second graders in my class.My husband Morris Diamant '74 has been honored as "Man of the Year" by the Temple Emunah Brotherhood. His dedication and services to the Brotherhood and Temple are extraordinary.We will be joined by John Gmeiner '74 and his wife Faye, and other friends and relatives at a breakfast in Morris's honor. Our daughter Julia, who is finishing her freshman year at Mitchell College, and son Sam, who is working and in school in Sarasota, FL, will be joining us. -- Lisa Diamant,; Karen Krinsky Sussman,; and Pat Relf Hanavan,

77 | It's been 50th birthday party season for me, involving a fair amount of travel to celebrate with classmates. In March, we drove up to Scarsdale to be at a surprise party for Janet Lorn Cobe, MBA '78, hosted by her husband Burt. Burt's sister Patty Cobe Feldstein is a Cornellian, Class of '70. Also at the party were Mona Mahlab Longman '79 and her husband Tom. They came directly from their ski vacation, having just dropped off their three kids and luggage before coming over to the Cobes'. Two weeks later, we drove up to New Jersey again for a party at Dave Joseph's home in Manalapan. Bob Bowers and Mark Monroe and their families were there, too. All of our kids are around the same age, but we hadn't gotten together in years as we live in Maryland, the Bowers live in Pennsylvania, and the Monroes live in New York. So what would be more natural than to meet in the Garden State in celebration of our combined 200th birthday? The eight adults laughed all evening while the kids rolled their eyes at our stories, obviously amused at the fact that we old people thought we knew how to have fun.And I just printed off my airplane boarding pass in anticipation of an all-girls weekend at the Ritz Carlton in Key Biscayne, FL, to celebrate with Ellen Haas Sternberg '78 (married to Bill '78) in honor of her 50th birthday.

MarkMayrsohn is a resident of Key Biscayne and wrote of his horror story during Hurricane Katrina. "When the storm hit Key Biscayne, I was driving home and was two blocks from my house. Suddenly the street became a river that stalled my 2003 Lincoln LS. I had to jump out of the car to avoid the rising waters and walk home through the hurricane in the dark. After the hurricane passed,my insurance company declared the car a total loss as water had risen in the car up to the level of the dashboard. The electrical system was shorted and the engine was flooded.Now I'm driving a Volvo CX90 with the highest ground clearance of any SUV on the market. I have nicknamed the new car Katrina." I also spoke to Maria Reyes Schoen right after Hurricane Rita. She lives in League City, TX, which is between Galveston and Houston, and right in the path of the hurricane. She evacuated while her husband stayed home and watched over the house. Fortunately, they didn't have any damage.

I also heard from Marc Schlussel,MBA '78, fairly recently.Marc is a real estate developer working primarily in New Jersey.He chairs the Teaneck Economic Development Corp., promoting business development in Teaneck. He is also very involved in Cornell Hillel.Marc's daughter Katie is studying in Israel this year and will be attending Brandeis next year.Middle child Emily is a sophomore at Frisch, a yeshiva high school. She is the jock of the family, playing both soccer and hockey. His son Adam is in seventh grade and just had his bar mitzvah.Mark's old Cornell roommates Stan Bernstein and Myles Akabas attended.Karen Zelkind Buglassmoved to Potomac, MD (a neighbor!) last summer after 23 years in Winchester,MA. Karen and her family moved for her to take a job as a fourth grade teacher at Green Acres School in Rockville,MD. Green Acres has a wonderful reputation and Karen says she loves her job.Husband Ralph '75 had been director of communications for a public policy think tank up in Boston, and daughter Amy is a senior at Ithaca College, majoring in photography. Amy has been active in the IC radio station and jokes that her perfect job would be as a staff photographer at National Public Radio (where my husband works as political editor).Karen would love to hear from her old Donlon, Dickson, and MVR friends; her e-mail is Kbuglass@comcast. net. Paula Spina notes, "I'm supposed to be retired again, but it seems all I do is work." In addition to acquiring real estate, she does folk dancing and martial arts, skis, and, as she lives in Seattle, sails the Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan De Fuca. Paula says the last three years have been a roller coaster ride. She got divorced, but now is getting into as much trouble as she can—sort of reliving her lost teenage years.

Rick Jaso is married to Debbie (Graham) '78 and is a managing partner at Unisys. He has been playing golf with Steve Corbo '78 and Jon Clemente '78. Son Ben '07 is a junior at Cornell while Michael is a freshman at the U. of New Hampshire. Rick has many great memories of Cornell and was back there on a crisp morning last fall. The chimes of the Bell Tower brought back a flood of memories. Brenda Jacobs works at Sidley Austin in international trade, representing retailers, importers, and foreign governments and manufacturers.

Chris Haynes will be moving his family to Richmond, KY, to build a chemical weapons demilitarization facility. This is his 18th relocation in his 27 years of employment with Bechtel. Judy Gross spent the past 20 years in various legal jobs on Wall Street, but has recently started her own consulting firm to advise hedge funds on startup operations, compliance, and legal issues. Sandra Gong and husband Victor Sloan live in Flemington, NJ. Sandra is VP for human resources at Merck. They recently traveled to China with daughter Wei-lin to adopt another beautiful girl in September 2004. Her name is An-lin Eileen Gong Sloan. Sandra says, "We've won the Chinese adoption lottery two times!"

The event of the season is reported by Benn Edney Fass Jr. He returned to Ithaca on Labor Day to celebrate his 50th birthday bash arranged by fellow Hotelies. The bash was hosted by Prof. Emer. Greg Norkus, MS '87, and wife Kate at their cabin on 40 acres.Attending the event was Drew Nieporent, who provided a magnum of Chateau Neuf du Pape, as well as John '74, MBA '76, and Elaine Mead Alexander, Cindy and Bill Grant, Jody and Craig Mance, Brenda and John Longstreet, Mark and Diane Petersen Parmerlee, Vera and Larry Reinstein, Kathy and Scott Tremble,Mary Kay and MarkWoodworth, MPS '78, and Mike Harney. The festivities included a party (with boat tours) at the home of John and Brenda Longstreet on Cayuga Lake. All in all, the Hotelies continue to know how to throw a good party. One person who couldn't make it to the bash was Al Groos, who is manager of the Chateau Sonesta in New Orleans and was dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.We wish Al the best and hope for a speedy resurrection and rebuilding of the Crescent City.

Lastly, several of our classmates are working on the next generation of talented Cornellians. Attending the highly competitive Cornell University Summer Program for talented high school students (which serves as a "farm team" for bringing promising students to Cornell) in 2005 were: James Farrell, ME '80's son Mac; Candida Kreigh Haasch's daughter Karianna; Charlie Peters's son Nicholas; and Timothy LaBeau's daughter Katherine. -- Lorrie Panzer Rudin,; Howie Eisen,

78 | GregWickham ( is the CEO of Dairylea Cooperative in Syracuse, a $1.3 billion company that markets milk for over 9,000 dairy farms. The Cooperative also provides other services to farms such as risk management, livestock marketing, health insurance, worker's compensation insurance, and supplies. Dairylea also manages Dairy Marketing Services, a milk marketing business that handles over 50 percent of the raw milk in the Northeast. Greg and his wife Lisa reside in Manlius, NY. They have three children, Lindsay, an '04 Cornell graduate employed by Cazenovia College, Scott, a junior at the U. of Buffalo, and Steve, a junior in high school.

Paul Lahti ( is a professor of chemistry and associate dean for facilities for the College of Natural Science and Math at UMass, Amherst. His wife Maureen (Vickers) works in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences on assorted research duties. They wrote that a reunion of former residents of the Holland Int'l Living Center was held in NYC last summer. Their daughter Melanie attends Yale as a music major. She spent part of last summer in Berlin, studying German with Yale's summer language institute. Son James graduated from UMass with a major in computer science. Peter Schacknow ( has returned as a senior producer at CNBC.He started there originally in 1989, but then moved to Bloomberg Radio as an anchor/reporter until his recent return to CNBC. Peter lives in South Huntington on Long Island with his wife Peri (Appollo) '81. Peri is a part-time radio anchor at WKJY on Long Island.

Doug Porter ( joined Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana as the CEO in late 2004. Doug says the job gives him a "tremendous perspective on what is really important in the fast-paced, hectic world."He stays in touch with classmates Mike Fleury, Tom Scott, Cal Fastuca, Steve "Axe-Man" George, Bob Shaw, and Stewart "Pid"Grote, as well as Norm Bartlett '79 and Kevin Burns '79.Maureen Bugglin McKenna ( enjoys living in Endless Mountains, PA, where she is the VP for university advancement at Mansfield U. She and her husband Zack '71 have daughter Cait '05 and son Zack, who graduated from Hartwick College. They are always looking to see fellow Hotelies and keep an eye out for them when they travel to Florida to entertain Mansfield U. alumni in Sarasota, Naples, and Celebration. They also get to Cornell to see hockey and lacrosse games.

Angela DeSilva DeRosa (, her husband Mike, and son Andrew were very busy last year. Andrew went to Europe with a school group last summer, and the whole family traveled to Oregon last summer as well. Andrew attended snowboarding camp at Mount Hood while Angela and Mike drove around Oregon visiting fossils, lava flows, redwood forests, and beaches. A visit with Angela's former sixth grade pen pal was also arranged in Vancouver,WA. Last fall, the family went to Pennsylvania to visit Fallingwater and then went on to Ithaca for Homecoming at Cornell, where they saw Mary Bowler Jones and Roger Anderson (Roger's mother was there to receive the Frank H.T. Rhodes Exemplary Alumni Service Award). Andrew is in high school now and the family managed to fit in a trip to Disney World last winter to meet up with Angela's sister Donna DeSilva '82 and her family. They all had a wonderful time.

MiriamMay ( is the executive director of the ROSE Fund. The fund works to help victims of domestic violence regain their self-esteem through education, award, and plastic surgery programs.Miriam is married to Shaye J.D. Cohen, a professor at Harvard. They have four children, Shaye's daughter Ava, 27, and their three, Jonathan, 15, Ezra, 13, and Hannah, 7. They live in Newton, MA.Miriam encourages everyone to read about the ROSE Fund at and would be delighted to hear from classmates. Tom Farrell ( lives in Newport Beach, CA, and is the Southwest regional executive for the Bank of America's Home Builder Division.He is married to Kristy and they have three teenagers, Erin, Ainsely, and Ian. Tom attended a Cornell vs. Long Beach basketball game last fall. The Big Red didn't win, but Tom said the game was still fun to watch.

Lynne Schulte DuVivier's ( company, The Creative Factor, has signed an exclusive contract with Westport Country Playhouse to work on their marketing, merchandising, and branding program. The Westport Country Playhouse, in Connecticut, is the second-oldest continually running theater company in the US and has just completed a renovation that will allow it to host performances year-round. Tazewell Thompson has just taken over as artistic director from Joanne Woodward. Lynne attended the Cornell Women's Networking Event that allows juniors and seniors to meet with alumni and ask questions about career directions. Marc Perosio ( writes that he and a group of friends from freshman year have remained close and get together at least once a year. Lately, the Super Bowl has been the event of choice for the get-together. The group includes Drew Bonthron, Andy Striso,Holton Falk,Mike Finnegan, Phil Bracht, and, of course,Marc.

In 2005 WalterMilani ( was with the company managing the Asian tours of The Sound ofMusic and Chicago.He traveled to Korea, Japan,Malaysia, Singapore, China, Australia, and Thailand. He caught up with international hotelier and fraternity brother Larry Lee in Hong Kong. Larry took Walter to his favorite Dim Sum place. Lynn Adams is a senior consultant of strategic and business planning for R.W. Beck. She is based in Denver and focuses on strategic, business and marketing planning and implementation for utility clients in the Midwest region.

Your annual News and Dues class mailing arrived in the mail recently. If you haven't returned it yet, please do . . . and send us your news! -- Pepi Leids,; and Chip Brueckman,

79 | Greetings and happy summer to all. This past February, the Cornell Association of Class Officers (CACO) held its first Mid-Winter Meeting outside New York City. The destination was Philadelphia, and by all reports, the event was a big success. Cathy Cappucci Needle reported that MaryWilensky Kahn arranged for '79 classmates to meet at the Bellini Grill, where everyone enjoyed an evening of great food, wine, and fun.Attendees included: class president and Cornell trustee Jeff Berg,MBA '81, and his wife Debra Paget;Mary Kahn and her husband Stuart; Jordan Schell-Lambert; Janet Goldin Rubin,Nancy Sverdlik; Beth Anderson '80;Mike and Candace Curran;Mike and Wendi Furman; Charlie and Beth Howland; Paula Fuchsberg; Doug Candeub; Celinda Crego; Ted Teng; and Bob and Cathy Needle. CACO will meet next January in Philly and classmates are encouraged to attend.

In early March, we received the sad news that classmate Brian Miller's father, Prof. Emeritus Frank B.Miller Jr., PhD '53, had passed away after a brief illness. Prof. Miller was on the ILR faculty for 31 years and associated with the university for nearly 50 years. During that time, he devoted himself to teaching and to mentoring students and was beloved by many. Our condolences go out to Brian, his mother Charlene, and to his other family members.

When the class news forms were sent out earlier this year, classmates were asked to respond to questions such as "What would you rather be doing now?" and "What is the one thing you remember most fondly from your time at Cornell?" In the news below and in upcoming columns, we are including those comments.Write back and tell us if these thoughts triggered favorite memories for you.

Mark Hallock has been living in London for the past six years with his wife Claire and his sons Nick, 11, and Robert, 8. He is the managing director of Helix Associates. The family will be returning to the NYC area later this year.Mark enjoys coaching his sons' baseball and soccer teams.Mark's fond remembrance: the Chapter House jukebox.MarcyWachtel is a law partner and the head of the matrimonial law department at Katsky Korins in Manhattan. She and her daughter Allison recently traveled to Greece.Marcy writes that she would rather be "watching the sunset behind Uris Library" and that she fondly remembers "midnight ice cream runs to Uni Deli for mocha chip ice cream."

Stephen Kaminsky is the director of protein and analytical chemistry, working on AIDS vaccine design and testing at the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative in NYC. He is married to Lisa Wilson and has kids that keep him busy. His memories of Cornell include "great friends, great town, great education!" Frank Cohen uses the pen name Philip Innes in his job as a restaurant critic for several publications; his writings include a series for Slammed magazine in which he critiques other restaurant critics. Frank is also involved in buying and selling island real estate in the Philippines in Palawan. At some point in the not-too-distant future, Frank and his wife Ann hope to retire to the Philippines and run a small resort on their own island while Frank edits and writes articles via the Internet.

Judi Greif is a nurse practitioner and author who lives with her husband Joseph Pedreiro in East Brunswick, NJ. Judi is running her own writing/consulting business, Griffin Communications, and specializes in healthcare/medicine issues. She misses the opportunity to go to Cornell hockey games and has fond memories of the camaraderie of her friends (with whom she still keeps in touch), the stimulating academic environment, and the beautiful campus. Debby Yowell Alberts lives in Beverly Hills, CA, with her husband Richard and her three stepchildren who are 5, 9, and 16. Debby is a freelance graphic designer and has recently been busy restoring a 1930s Spanish Mediterranean house. Debby fondly remembers working on the Cornell Concert Commission. Jeanne Perl Rudell is senior VP of human resources with Clayton Holdings Inc. in Shelton, CT. Jeanne is married to Rob, who did graduate work in ILR.

RichardMaisel lives in Berkeley, CA.He is a psychologist, writer, and instructor, and co-authored a book entitled Biting the Hand that Starves You: Inspiring Resistance to Anorexia/Bulimia that was published in October 2004 by W.W. Norton Co. In his free time, Richard enjoys listening to music and attending concerts. John Schafer was recently appointed general manager of the 1,100-room Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center. DougWylly is the senior litigation management officer for American International Group. In his spare time, Doug enjoys skiing, swimming, writing, playing poker, and model railroading. Doug and his wife Virginia live in South Huntington, NY.

Dana Ellsworth lives in Ogdensburg, NY, and works as a diagnostic and CAT scan technician.He enjoys camping, hunting, four-wheeling, and traveling. "My friends" comprise Dana's best memories of Cornell. Stuart Kessler is the director of the Dept. of Emergency Medicine at Elmhurst Hospital Center in Elmhurst, NY, and the vice chairman of the Dept. of Emergency Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. DonaldMenz is the owner of Blue Ribbon Pest Control and lives in Honeoye Falls, NY, with wife Suzanne. He has been busy "growing his business" and enjoys snowmobiling. He, too, fondly remembers Big Red hockey. Robert Eisenberg writes to us from Fort Lauderdale, FL, where he states that his present day job is "drinking at the beach." Previously, our records note that he was a lieutenant in the NYC police department. Enjoy your new day job, Robert!

If you've enjoyed reading about your classmates in this column, please consider taking a few moments to write us a note with your own news. Send e-mail to us at classof79@ so that we can all keep in touch. Also, you can write to us directly at: -- Cynthia Ahlgren Shea,; Kathy Zappia Gould,; and CindyWilliams, Have a great summer!