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70 | Mina Dulcan (Chicago, IL; firstname.lastname@example.org) continues to have an endowed professorship (Osterman Professor of Child Psychiatry) while she is head of child and adolescent psychiatry at Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern U. and Children's Memorial Hospital and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She and the staff at CMH are engaged in planning for a new (replacement) hospital building on the campus of the medical school.Mina will continue as editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry until this fall. In October 2006, her newest book from American Psychiatric Publishing, Helping Parents, Youth, and Teachers Understand Medications for Behavioral and Emotional Problems: A Resource Book of Medication Information Handouts (3rd Edition), was published. It is an expanded, restructured, and greatly updated version of the previous edition. Recently Mina has signed up all the chapter authors for a totally new Textbook of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry with the same publisher. Once again,Mina was named one of the "Top Docs" in child psychiatry in Chicago, which she says is a credit to the whole department at Children's.
Ron Demer '59 (email@example.com) has written to us about Dick Bertrand, tri-captain of Ned Harkness's 29-0-0 1970 hockey team (along with John Hughes, MBA '71, JD '74, father of Olympic Gold Medalist Sarah Hughes, and Dan Lodboa) and Cornell hockey coach from 1970 through 1982. Dick reminds us that the 1970 team won the NCAA Division 1 title with the 29-0 season and that the NCAA record still stands today. Dick's lifetime record of 230 wins as Cornell hockey coach was broken by current coach Mike Schafer '86, with a 2-1 victory over Colgate at Lynah on January 27, 2007. Dick earned his wins over ten seasons; Schafer took 12. Dick was 24 and a Toronto policeman when Ned brought him to Cornell to play hockey (and study!). Four years later, when Ned left after the great 1970 season to join the Detroit Red Wings as coach and GM, he advised Cornell's athletic director Bob Kane '34 to hire graduating senior Bertrand as the Big Red coach. Dick says, "I owe Ned more than I can ever repay. Ned never got all of the credit he deserved as a college coach, because so many other coaches were jealous of his outstanding coaching and recruiting abilities. No coach or team to this day has accomplished what Ned has, and no team has gone undefeated as we did in 1970."Dick lives in Michigan and still keeps very busy with hockey. He is running a youth hockey association with 250 kids, 18 teams, and 54 coaches and having a lot of fun! He also sells hockey products, runs a hockey camp, and consults with rinks on hockey programs.
Gene Resnick,MD '74 (firstname.lastname@example.org) continues to run a global contract research organization, as chief medical officer of Averion Int'l Corp. The company he founded,Millennix Oncology, which provides specialized clinical research solutions, has gone through two acquisitions and is now the well-known oncology brand for Averion. He reports that it's been an interesting ride through the conjoined world of medicine and business. Gene is also currently president of the Weill Cornell Medical College Alumni Association, as well as board chairman of the Jewish Home and Hospital, the largest nursing home and lifecare institution in New York State. In March 2006, Gene and his wife Susan visited the Weill Cornell branch in Qatar,"which is an amazing demonstration of the power of international education." Then last December they had a two-week break in Argentina, highlighted by a hike across the Perito Moreno glacier. Gene's business travels have him visiting Singapore, China, and Europe, and he is often at the FDA. His son Matthew '01 is a first-year surgical resident at U. of Pennsylvania, where he graduated from medical school with top honors in 2006. His son Bradley '06 is very happily working at a private equity firm in West Palm Beach.
Several of our classmates have gone on off-campus study excursions with Cornell's Adult University (CAU) during this past year. In February and March 2007, Bill, MS ORIE '71, and Gail Post Wallis went on The Upper Amazon: A Riverboat and Rain-Forest Lodge Expedition with John Heiser. Both Nancy Schweinsberger DeCou and Carl Groth attended A Russian Winter Symphony: The Sights and Sound of Moscow and St. Petersburg in January 2007 with Neal Zaslaw. Philip Batson, PhD '76, and his wife Deidre Courtney-Batson '72, MA '75, went to the Mohonk Mountain House in New York State for The 2006 Midterm Elections: A Weekend Seminar with Glenn Altschuler, PhD '76, Richard Burkhauser, and Joel Silbey in November 2006. It was off to the Opera in Santa Fe for Nena Donovan Levine in August 2006 with Arthur Groos, PhD '70. Fred Solowey joined Glenn Altschuler for Take Me Out to the Ballgame: The Culture and Business of Major League Baseball in March 2007. In June 2006, Elisabeth Allen Cody,MAT '70, and her husband Alan '69 attended Personality, Politics, and the People: Crucial Moments in Presidential Leadership from Woodrow Wilson to George W. Bush, the Pre-Reunion Seminar with Walter LaFeber and Joel Silbey. I'm sure a great time was had by all! Enjoy your summer adventures. -- Connie Ferris Meyer, 16 James Thomas Rd.,Malvern, PA 19355; e-mail, email@example.com.
71 | Thanks to many of you who replied to my e-mail back in February of this year, there is plenty of news left to report that is still pretty current. So, without further ado, let's get to it. Leading off, Birmingham, AL-based Frank Amthor (firstname.lastname@example.org) teaches at the U. of Alabama. He credits his undergraduate electrical engineering education with an interest in artificial neural networks, which propelled him to research in biological neural systems. His current investigations concentrate on how the eyes gather and compute information that is used to produce behavior in the central nervous system.
Former 150-lb. football player Dave Civalier (email@example.com) writes, "I continue to work too many hours as a family physician in Redding, CA, but I'm at least cognizant of the need for more vacation time as I enter the last five to seven years of practice. I still enjoy golf, but don't get out enough to make improvements in my game." Dave and wife Claudette have traveled to San Lucas,Mazatlan, Turkey, and Hawaii in the past year. In his spare work time he chairs the board of directors for a consortium of local hospitals in Northern California.
When I heard from Heinz Schutz (firstname.lastname@example.org), he was "still plugging away" and working on a consulting assignment as general manager of a hotel in Aruba. "I just turned 65 and I also just celebrated my 17th wedding anniversary with my lovely wife Elisabeth." The Schutzes live in Miami, FL, from where Heinz "branches out" into the close-by areas. Another Floridian couple, Bill and Becky Bates Dickinson shared some news from their home in Key Largo. Becky (email@example.com) wrote for both, "[I] can't believe it's been over 30 years! We have raised three sons here who all went off to college, graduated, and relocated way too far away from home." Bill and Becky built a real estate business with offices from Ocean Reef to Key West, which keeps them busy. But to fill in the off-hours, both are also very involved in community building through volunteer work with Baptist Health Systems and Keys Children's Foundation.
Linda GoldspinnerWittlin made a significant career move last year. "After 32 years of acting as chief negotiator on behalf of management in labor negotiations (service industries), I have closed my consulting practice in negotiations to devote full-time to volunteer work." Linda now concentrates on tutoring elementary school children, especially those for whom English is not their first language."My personal joke is that my fifth grade math has dramatically improved!" Linda supplements her volunteer activities by working with the Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network (CAAAN).
We often get requests to connect classmates. One request, which came from Lance Gentile (LAGMD@aol.com), was a little unusual. Lance wrote that he is looking to reconnect with "a guy whose name I don't recall, Class of '69 I think, who lent me his white Corvair when I was a freshman and couldn't have a car. If you see this, e-mail me." Lance, who is an ER doctor and TV writer, has been married for 13 years to Jacqueline, whom he met at USC film school. The Gentiles live in Santa Monica and Lake Arrowhead with their two children. Note to Lance: Let me know if you hear from the Corvair guy, okay? Katya Fairbanks's request was to connect with classmate SusanWeinstein Siroky. I sent each of them an e-mail, but, as of the deadline for this column, last April, I don't know if they connected. Katya (firstname.lastname@example.org) is director of the Writing Center at Claremont Graduate U., where she teaches a graduate writing class for international students. She and her physicist-husband live in Claremont, CA, and have two children.
A multi-faceted career as Lamaze coach, personal trainer, and author keeps Diana Simkin (email@example.com) busy. "My third book, Preparation for Birth, was published in 1990 and is still selling." She and her husband of 30 years, David, travel extensively. They split their time between their professional home base in Manhattan and a country home in Connecticut. Diana reports, "I am in touch with fellow classmates Sandra Polsak, Alan Lindenfeld '70, BArch '71, Judy Richland, and Barbara Powers Covey." Doug Filkins writes that he and his wife moved to Colorado in 1995, after living in Spain for eight years. "We have experienced many interesting ‘twists and turns' in our lives since my graduation in 1971. The one unifying factor in everything we've done has been full-time involvement in Christian ministry. I currently work for a nonprofit Christian organization as a designer and developer of computer-based training."
Joanna Seaton Shrager (firstname.lastname@example.org) continues to tour with her composer/pianist husband Donald Sosin. They write and perform music for silent films at distinguished venues around America and in Europe. In the past year they presented their scores at, among others, the Seattle Film Festival,Museum of Modern Art, the National Gallery, TriBeCa Film Festival, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Wadsworth Atheneum, two Italian film festivals, and the Ithaca Festival. Joanna says she is still grateful for all the skills she learned in her music and theatre classes at Cornell. She lives in Lakeville, CT, with her family, including 17-year-old Nicholas, who sometimes performs with his parents.
Linda returns next issue. If you are trying to reach someone, let us know and we will make an effort to connect you. Please e-mail Linda or me. -- Matt Silverman, mes62@cornell. edu; Linda Germaine-Miller, email@example.com.
72 | My freshman year roommate,Mark Goldstein, MBA '75, JD '76, reports that he and his wife Marcia (Landweber) '73, JD '75, are lending part of their extensive collection of Ningyo dolls for exhibition at the Johnson Museum. The Goldstein Collection, scheduled for exhibition until June 24, 2007, features Japanese dolls created during the 18th through early 20th centuries, representing a variety of characters including emperors and empresses, warriors, infants,mythic and folktale characters, gods, dancers, and actors.Mark retired from the practice of law several years ago and now teaches employment discrimination law at Cornell Law School.He is also writing a novel.Marcia is co-head of the business reorganizations department and a member of the management committee at Weil, Gotshal & Manges. Their son Jacob '10 is attending the Arts college.Mark,Marcia, and Jacob were hoping to see classmates and friends at the Johnson Museum during reunion.
Peter Goodman spent almost ten years in Japan working in publishing and returned to the US in 1985 to start his own publishing company, Stone Bridge Press.He recently sold Stone Bridge Press to a Japanese company that decided to keep Peter on to run the company and continue making books. Peter is now learning to be an employee, but also appreciates the steady paycheck.Wife Cathy is a writer who put together a book called Peace Prompts soon after the war in Iraq began. Son David, 25, hopes to be a CPA and works for Jo Ann Guattery '71 in Santa Rosa, CA, while son Daniel, 15, enjoys mountain biking in the Berkeley Hills. Next year Stone Bridge plans to publish a new book on Japanese tea gardens by Cornell alumnus Marc Keane '79.
Carla Pelton Jackson took early retirement from the Tennessee Valley Authority in 1998, where she had worked in market research and evaluation, and became vice president of energy research for Schulman, Ronca, and Bucuvalas Inc., a national market research firm, where she still works. Carla and husband Gary have been married since 1974, have two grown children, and have lived in Cape Coral, FL, since 2003. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Reggie Haseltine tells us that his second and third granddaughters were born in January and February.
Richard Ferraro, former dean of students at Bucknell U., has been named assistant vice president for student affairs at Virginia Tech. In his new position, Richard will provide leadership for student health and wellness services and will facilitate campus-wide initiatives to foster student learning and development in academic, personal, and recreational environments. Richard was dean of students at Bucknell between 2000 and early this year. He was dean of students at Columbia U.'s College of General Studies from 1995 to 2000, served as assistant dean at the College of William and Mary from 1989 to 1995, and was assistant dean at Emory College from 1985 to 1989. Richard was a Fulbright Scholar to Italy in 1978, won the Prix de Rome of the American Academy in 1979, and received a master's degree and PhD from the U. of Wisconsin, Madison.
Eva Janson has been living in Eureka, CA (about 250 miles north of San Francisco on the coast) for almost 30 years. After graduating from Cornell with a major in Latin American studies, she worked as a VISTA volunteer in Cook County, IL. Eva then went back to school, received a master's degree in nursing and nurse-midwifery from Yale in 1977, and has been working as a nurse-midwife ever since. After attending about 2,000 births, she planned to cut back to doing only prenatal care this summer: "No more 24- hour call!" Eva and her life partner, Sherman Schapiro, bought a house in Nova Scotia on the Bay of Fundy and have been vacationing there about twice a year. "Life is good," she says.
Laurence Rogers is a partner at Ropes & Gray LLP. Jeffrey Cornett lives in Sanford, FL, and has a new job as director of institutional research at Valencia Community College. He is still active in rowing activities, volunteers as a referee at local regattas, and is working on a PhD dissertation on the visualization of crew race strategy and tactics. In December 2006, Jeff gave a presentation on the "swing effect" at a conference of the US Rowing Association. He recently won an award as "best all around gamer" at the 2006 World Boardgames Championships.
Clifford Hendry has lived in Pittsburgh since 1989 and recently retired from sales work at GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Health Care after "a great 33 years with GSK."He plans to work with another company in a similar business soon. Cliff and wife Jeanie have been married for 35 years. Their oldest daughter, Heather, 31, is a graduate of Colgate and a teaching assistant at the U. of Pittsburgh while she works toward a PhD in language education. Second daughter Jenna '02, 27, works for H.J. Heinz in Pittsburgh as a category development manager in the food service division. Son Todd is a junior at Robert Morris U. and is a goaltender on the club hockey team. Cliff writes, "I went to our 35th football reunion in the fall, which was a blast. Great to see such an awesome turnout from our '71 championship football team that included star running back Ed Marinaro. Ted Thoren was there and ‘Skippy' Pawlak and Bob Lichard. I forgot my suit for Saturday evening and felt like an idiot, but I bought a Cornell tie at the bookstore, which got me accepted to the dinner at Schoellkopf."
Reunion coverage, including the class of '72 Reunion Report, will appear in the September/October issue. -- Gary L.Rubin, email@example.com; Alex Barna, firstname.lastname@example.org.
73 | News from classmates remains sparse.What are you all doing these days? I send very sincere thanks to my fellow class officers, who responded to my e-mail plea with enough news to fill the column.
Marty Slye Sherman, MPS '75, sent the scoop on CACO's annual Mid-Winter Meeting in January in Philadelphia. Class officers got together to kick off the planning for our 35th (no, that is not a typo!) Reunion scheduled for June 5-8, 2008. (Save the date, please.) Present were:Marty, Ed Schechter, MBA '74, David Kapelman,Walter Johnsen, ME '74, Jon Kaplan, MBA '74, Eliot Greenwald, Rick Saltz, MBA '74, Irene Kohan Yesowitch, Danielle Lombardo Trostorff, Thilde Peterson, Susan Murphy, PhD '94,Wayne Merkelson, JD '75, Saky Lemor, and Bill Landberg. Joining them for the class meeting were Debra Greene Rothman (Debra and I were sorority sisters at Delta Phi Epsilon), Larry Taylor, and Nancy Miller Clifford, MA '76. The officers' goal for the coming year will be to contact as many classmates as possible and encourage their attendance at reunion and participation in the reunion campaign.
On the Friday evening of CACO weekend our class joined the classes of '71, '72, '74, and '75 for a cocktail party at the Philadelphia Museum, aka the Atwater Kent Museum. Barbara Phillips Long and husband David '72 came in from the Hershey area. Barbara had been living in Maysville, KY, for years, but now that she is back in the Northeast, she plans to return for reunion. Also in attendance was Bill Totten, who lives in Philadelphia, and Colleen Colbert.Mary Vane, who lived just down the hall from me our freshman year on the fourth floor of Mary Donlon, came up from Delaware for the evening, and Steve Mallon, who lives in the Greater Philadelphia area, was present also. Bill Welker, MBA '75, happened to be on the East Coast on business, so, as he often does, he detoured to Philadelphia to join the group.Marty is amazed how Bill, working on the West Coast, manages to make as many Cornell events as he does. Jules '72, MBA '74, and Karen Broten Sieburgh met up with Ron and Lorraine Palmatier Skalko at the annual European Chapter of the Cornell Hotel Society meeting in Cairo, Egypt, in January. They all said the trip was fantastic, and it was a bonus to reconnect with classmates they hadn't seen in years.
Larry Taylor reports that his business-development consulting practice, Aziotics, facilitated the first US/Indonesian government-to-government Memorandum of Understanding under the new open-skies agreement. The memorandum was signed by the Indonesian Minister of Trade on March 9, initiating an air cargo link between Indonesia and MidAmerica Airport in the St. Louis area. If you have any Asia cargo, let Larry know. Larry, who has been in St. Louis for 15 years, is married to Kathleen, who has her JD from Loyola U. Their daughter Jessica is a junior at Boston U. studying international relations. How's this for an enviable student schedule? Jessica spent her fall semester studying urban planning in NYC, Buenos Aires, Beijing, Shanghai, and Bangalore. Jessica helps Larry, who teaches "Asian business" at St. Louis U., understand the thinking of the current generation of students. Larry's elder daughter has returned from Johannesburg, South Africa, where his two grand-girls were born, and lives in Kansas City.
Thilde Peterson writes from Laguna Beach, CA, that she was just formally named director of business development at Select University Technologies in Newport Beach, CA. Her company transfers technology from academia into "real life" products, currently working with 34 universities. They are in conversations with Cornell to come on board. Thilde has three projects: a sensor that detects chemical and biological molecules in 60 seconds; a sensor that monitors the condition of your engine oil 24 hours a day and reports to your cell phone; and a new type of lens that allows people with macular degeneration to see. (Wow!) Thilde is getting ready for reunion in '08 by getting her old junior- year Balch Hall team together: Margie Dember Leffler, Judi Melton Tushingham, MBA '75, and Roberta Kaplan. She cannot wait to see all the new buildings on campus, and is even trying to convince her mom to come.
Sheldon Austin is a retired Foreign Service officer and now lives in Paris. He is a member of the board of the Cornell Club of France and consults on international and US affairs, large event planning, and cross-cultural training. The one thing he remembers most from his time at Cornell is the incredibly beautiful snowfalls. Jeff Wellington writes that his wife and our classmate Beth Davis-Wellington, an attorney in Miami, passed away on Monday,March 5, after a 3-1/2 year battle with brain cancer. Beth fought for children's rights in the public schools and will be missed by all who knew her and loved her. The Cornell family extends its sympathies to you, Jeff, and to your family. Thank you for writing.
Denise Meridith is demonstrating that Cornellians never really retire. Despite retiring "early" from the federal government after 29 years with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and receiving the BLM's first-ever Legend Award in 2002, she has stayed busy with writing, teaching, and part-time consulting for government and private companies. She recently had a book-signing at Borders Books in Phoenix for her autobiography, Thoughts While Chillin': Autobiography of a Black Public Servant.Her book includes some funny and not-so-funny memories about life at Cornell in the early 1970s. You can read more about her online at www.denisemeridith.com or you can get weekly e-mails from her with tips on leadership at www.thoughtswhilechillin.com. Dave Ross reports that daughter Emilie arrived home in April after 27 months in the Peace Corps. She was stationed in a small village in Niger, and now will have to re-train herself to cope with the rigors of hot and cold running water, electricity, and a real bed. She will be looking for a position with an NGO, or with any corporation in need of an employee fluent in French and tribal Zarma.
The following classmates each sent a high-school age child to Ithaca last summer to attend the 2006 Cornell Summer College Program: MaureenWhitefield sent daughter Alexandra; Irene Kohan Yesowitch sent daughter Hannah; Harlan Korenvaes sent son Max; and Mark Liff sent daughter Stephanie.
After several years of tennis lessons, I will be joining my community's women's tennis team this summer. I also just started the docent training program at the Cincinnati Art Museum, a 1-1/2-year immersion in the history of art and the Cincinnati collection. Finally, I am going on a two-week trip to Scandinavia this summer with my sister, preceded by four days in St. Petersburg. (I decided that there was no reason to limit my foreign travel to my annual October vacation with my husband Gerry Greenberg, this year to the Normandy beaches, Loire Valley, and Paris.) My retirement after 25 years of an intense corporate legal practice continues to evolve! Son David '05, a second-year student at NYU Law, will be working in the Big Apple this summer as a summer associate at the law firm of Ropes & Gray. Daughter Allison is finishing her first of two years as a laboratory research assistant in the post-baccalaureate program at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda,MD, and is immersing herself in the medical school application process. -- Pamela S. Meyers, email@example.com; Phyllis Haight Grummon, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
74 | 1974's most visible classmate on the Hill, Mary Berens, has a new role. After 11 years as Director of Alumni Affairs,Mary moves over to the Cornell Annual Fund on September 1, where she'll be a senior campaign officer for the $4 billion capital campaign.Mary has been working with Alumni Affairs and Development (AAD) since 1977 and has been a class officer since 1979, currently serving as vice president. In her new role,Mary will be working with alumni donors of means as well as faculty and staff, who are an often-overlooked source of support for Cornell.
Cornell and Boston U. renew their hockey rivalry Saturday, November 24, Thanksgiving weekend, at 8 p.m. at Madison Square Garden in NYC. The class plans activities around the game, including possibly a class seating bloc. Details will find their way to you via paper- and e-mail if they haven't already. This is the first college hockey game at MSG since 2003; falling further behind Billy Joel and the Stones, Cornell hasn't played the Garden since 1976. Class president John Foote reports that more then $50,000 has been raised for the Christopher Reeve Scholarship Fund, "with the high likelihood of an additional $25,000 gift and possibly more on the way."
Michael MacNeil of Miles City, MT, is a research geneticist working to improve profitability of beef production through more effective use of genetic medicine. He's also helping victims of an east-central South Dakota tornado rebuild their farm. Nora Bredes and husband Jack Huttner live in Pittsford, NY. She's director of the U. of Rochester's Susan B. Anthony Center for Women's Leadership, which recently released a survey on women's participation in New York's county and city governments. Other activities include parenting Nathan (Yale '06), Tobias '10, and Gabriel. She's a board member at the Harley School and Center for Youth Services.
"My last child just left for college and we're feeling the pangs of empty nesters," says Nancy Lee Silverberg of Laguna Hills, CA. Nancy has a dermatology practice in New Beach and also spends time at golf, exercise, and reading. At Purdue U.'s campus in Columbus, IN, Gary Felsten teaches psychology, heads the psychology program, and heads the Division of Science at IUPUC. Gary's active in community organizations (Healthy Communities, Columbus Indiana Architectural Archives), and chaired a committee planning a symposium for the 150th anniversary of the American Inst. of Architects. Kevin Malchoff, MBA '75, was appointed group president, international, for Rich Products of Buffalo. It's part of Rich's "recipe for success," swapping top executives' roles and challenging them to thrive in the other's role. Kevin had been group president, North America, and with the company since 1981.
Kenneth Hohwald co-owns Glenwood Pines restaurant in Lodi, NY, pursues golf and reading, and has season tickets for the Rochester Broadway Theatre League.With wife Debbie, they've been vacationing in the Poconos, attending Cornell football games, and celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary. Stanley Freerks runs a wholesale insurance business in St. Louis with offices in Peoria, IL, and Omaha, NE. He's involved in masters swimming, rehabbing two buildings for office expansion, and visiting a second house in Sedona, AZ. For their 25th, he and wife Terry cruised to Tahiti.Malcolm Kram, DVM '74, of Bettendon,MD, is director of veterinary medicine investigations and product support for Pfizer Animal Health.
Millie Barden Reed was appointed career services director of Florida Metropolitan University's Brandon campus in Tampa, overseeing recruiting, career advertising, job search, and career building workshops.Millie has a diverse background, with eight years as recruiting manager for Stratton Mountain Resort, VT, and eight years as director of career services and employer relations for Cornell's Hotel school. Paul '75 and Marcia Langwell Morris of Oradell, NJ, recently met up with Peggy Cangilos-Ruiz and husband Francisco Ruiz '72 to celebrate Peggy's appointment as Judge of the Federal Bankruptcy Court in Syracuse, NY, accompanied by daughter Rebecca '08 and son Sebastian.Marcia has been busy with a wedding accessory business, headpieceheaven.com. Cathy Cruz, a veterinarian in North Norwich, NY, enjoys hiking, bird hunting, golf, and being a soccer mom. Lately, she says, "I've been looking at colleges with my youngest, who graduates this year. Empty nest syndrome, here I come."
Mark Goldstein, DVM '78, is president of the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA.He enjoys hiking the San Diego shoreline, dancing, cooking, and "cuisines from around the world." Recalling Cornell, he mentions the beauty of Ithaca, but "most importantly, meeting my wife of 28 years, Kristine." In the honesty-is-refreshing department, Richard Doyle's class news form, under "Present day job," says, "Playing FreeCell on my computer. There's a housing slump." Richard says he's also busy partying with friends, skiing, going to Phillies games, going to his kids' games, and "e-mailing a guy I'm building a house for—he's in Minsk and Kiev a lot."
Ron Pies of Lexington, MA, teaches medical students and residents at Tufts U. "I just co-authored a manual of geriatric psychopharmacology," he says. Something for the Class of '74 to look forward to in coming years? Susan Dallimonti Peck is an ob/gyn in Glennville, PA, and spends free time around tennis, singing, field hockey, auto racing with her son, and sewing. "I've been working, trying to connect with friends and family, and trying to keep up with all the new technology—yikes!" Thomas Vaughan is a professor and head of the program in epidemiology at the U. ofWashington's Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center in Seattle. "I'm getting our oldest daughter ready for college. Couldn't interest her in Cornell; maybe the next daughter." Arthur Leonard of NYC was elected to the board of trustees of the Harvard Law School Association of New York in January. His after-hours activities include maintaining an LGBT law blog,music, films, theater, and current events.
Laurie Harris teaches math at Concord (CA) High School while completing her teaching credentials. She's also rooting for the Washington U. Huskies and Oakland Athletics and enjoying family time. "I love my career change to teaching," she says, "and especially teaching at the same high school as my husband Paul Crissey, who is the drama teacher." Jill Klion Dodsworth of Santa Clara, CA, enjoys canoeing and Israeli folk dancing, operates a bookkeeping service, and handles library services, updating law libraries for a company called File-It. She also sent a thank-you to Cornell's website for its online alumni directory (https://directory.alumni.cornell.edu), which lets you look up classmates (if they opt to be listed). "I'm enjoying college life through my children's eyes," says Patti Englander Henning of Plantation, FL. Son David was a freshman at Northwestern U., and daughter Alyssa was graduating from U. of Virginia and eyeing a PhD in bioethics. Patti has had the same job position since 1981, serving as a judge in the civil division of the Circuit Court.
As for me (Bill Howard), I'm juggling a couple of roles currently, as editor of Technoride.com, PC Magazine's technology site about cars; editor-in-chief of bmwcca.org, a car club site; and as a suburban New Jersey sports dad, meaning: chauffeur. The BMW Car Club of America is a lot like Cornell's alumni organization: avid, committed, and upscale, but also graying and in need of active younger members. A lot of what I've learned on the advisory committee of Cornell Alumni Magazine is being put to work on the BMW club site, and vice versa.
For a future column tracking slices of classmates, I'd like to hear from (or about) the captains of the 1973-74 Cornell teams. Drop me a note if you were a captain. Teammates, if you know how to reach a captain, send his or her e-mail.We may expand this to other class groups, such as student and Greek government, publications—maybe even protest movement leaders. Please keep all your news coming, too. -- Bill Howard, firstname.lastname@example.org; Betsy Moore, email@example.com; Steve Raye, firstname.lastname@example.org.
75 | From the Garden State, Joseph Harmon (email@example.com) has become the pastor of an inner city parish in Jersey City and no longer works full-time in law. He is still on retainer with his former law firm. He is in the midst of preparing a paper on science vs. creationism, to be given at a theological gathering at Oxford. StevenWerns, MD '79 (Marlton, NJ; firstname.lastname@example.org) is professor of medicine at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Great news for him and his wife—they became parents in July 2006, with twin babies Nina and Nathaniel. Also in New Jersey is Carol Carnes Rakowski (Ridgewood, NJ; c_rakowski@ yahoo.com) and husband Tom '72. Carol is a graduate student at NYU, studying dance, while her daughter Kayla '08 is at Cornell. One of her fondest memories of Cornell is meeting Tom before classes even began as a freshman. She also enjoyed going to football games with a great group of freshman friends.
Eric Rosenblum writes from Princeton Junction (email@example.com), where he works for Beaver Homes in Ewing. He is responsible for a series of projects including a six-story oceanfront residential condominium. In his spare time, he is on the board of trustees at the Hun School in Princeton and also volunteers with the Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network (CAAAN). Son Colin is a senior at the Hun School and was finalizing his college decisions as this column was written. Eric's memories of Cornell include walking from the Quad to Collegetown on those spectacular sunny fall days on campus. He'd like to hear from Jim Freedman and Kathy Marshall '77.Marsha Miller reports that her daughter Jessica will be a freshman at the U. of Pennsylvania.
Other East Coast news comes from Ezra Singer (firstname.lastname@example.org), who resides in Cos Cob, CT.He is senior VP of compensation and benefits at Limited Brands, the parent company of Victoria's Secret, Bath and Body Works, and Express. Fellow DG Julie Loeb Aurigemma (Cromwell, CT; email@example.com) is a superior court judge. Her son William recently graduated from Boston U. and earned his commission as a second lieutenant in the US Marine Corps. She also attended son David's commissioning as a Navy ensign; he now attends the Uniform Service U. of Health Sciences Medical School in Maryland. She keeps in touch with fellow DG friends, including Diane Kopelman Ver Schure and Liz Sagan Quinlin. Liz lives in Pittsburgh and hopes to attend our next reunion.
Paul Braunstein (Laurel, MD; PDBraun@aol.com) is a systems engineer for the Dept. of Defense. His extracurricular activities include ballroom dancing, and he would enjoy hearing from classmate Lou Chiron. Kevin Montgomery, BArch '76 (firstname.lastname@example.org) has been elected to fellowship in the American Inst. of Architects' College of Fellows. Kevin, who works at O'Brien/Atkins Associates in Research Triangle Park, NC, has served tirelessly in the interest of the profession, working with architect interns and collaborating with educators, practitioners, and the profession's governing bodies. He was the first African American president of the North Carolina Board of Architecture. Kevin notes that he is adjusting to the empty-nester syndrome since his daughter Charita now attends Spelman College. Kevin would enjoy hearing from classmate Andre Clay, ME '76.
Two pieces of news were received from our New York alumni. Lisa Grapek Drillich (Hewlett, NY; email@example.com) is associate general counsel at New York Community Bancorp. Lisa remarks that with the family's new yellow Labrador puppy, she feels like a new mom again. Haskell (firstname.lastname@example.org) and wife JaneWeise Yancey reside in Croghan, NY, and are dairy farmers. Haskell is associated with the Maple Producers Association and also serves as the Town of Croghan supervisor.While work has kept the family busy, they are still recovering from the death of their son Michael, who passed away in April 2006 at the age of 30. Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers. Steve Sauter (email@example.com) writes from Needham, MA. In 2006, he was appointed director of program management and assessment at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs. His hobbies include house repair and serving in the Needham Exchange Club, a service organization. His fond memories of Cornell include the camaraderie with his fraternity brothers at Sigma Nu and walking down Libe Slope in the evening while the chimes rang. He would enjoy hearing from Steve Vaccaro, BA '77, and Susan Brennan. Lennard Roberts, BArch '76, lives in Framingham, MA, and recently re-established his own architectural firm specializing in fine-dining restaurants, historic rehabilitation, and adaptive re-use projects. He is currently working on a 50,000-sq.-ft. project involving the expansion of a mini-mall in space formerly occupied by the Woolworth's chain. He is also working on a mixed-use historic rehab of a mill complex dating from 1856 in Rockville, CT.
Fellow ILR classmate and good friend Joel Helmrich, MBA '76 (firstname.lastname@example.org) writes from his home in Pittsburgh, PA. His son is a sophomore at Yale, and Joel and wife Barb enjoy traveling up to New Haven to see him play football. Joel is a partner in the law firm Meyer, Unkovic, and Scott, specializing in Chapter 11 matters. He recalls those fantastic late-night runs to the Hot Truck and the Chapter House. A few states down, we received word that Steve Brallier (email@example.com) has been appointed the executive director of the GMA Foundation to lead the campaign for the new Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Steve has had an impressive career in the industry, including serving as VP of development for Tangible Vision Inc., a Nashville-based company specializing in video and live event production. He was also CEO of Hourglass Entertainment.
Before moving to the West Coast, we've one lone entry from the heartland.Mark Fasman (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a rabbi in Temple Shaare Zedek in St. Louis,MO.His great memory of Cornell is playing in the Cornell orchestra with Karel Husa. Across the Continental Divide, we hear from Jeff Oritt (Salt Lake City, UT; email@example.com). Jeff is an attorney, busy working and raising his family. He recalls Cornell's gorgeous, huge campus and would love to hear from Ibrahim "Ibe" Elsammak. Frank Tangredi (franktangredi@ hotmail.com) writes from Los Angeles, where he recently celebrated his 25th anniversary with Prentice Hall; he is currently an editor in its social studies department. His play Galatea was recently produced by the Dreamhouse Ensemble and earned some excellent reviews—"original and engaging."
ToddMcCullough, BArch '76 (firstname.lastname@example.org) is the complex compliance manager for Wachovia Securities in Palo Alto, CA.He remarks that recently he has been "finding himself—again," but he'd rather be "finding someone else."He enjoyed the social atmosphere at Cornell, as well as being with such a critical mass of intelligence. He'd love to hear from Claudette Jones. Joseph Zanetta, JD '78, is president of the Little Company of Mary Community Health Foundation in Torrance, CA. Connect with him at email@example.com. Last, we received news from Maria Recurt (firstname.lastname@example.org), a rheumatologist in a medical facility in Puerto Rico. She loved Cornell's fall colors. Her son Robert Sampson recently attended a summer course at Cornell and just loved it. Lately,Maria has been running in 10K events.
That's it for now. Please keep in touch. Drop any of us a quick e-mail anytime. All of us really do enjoy hearing about one another. -- Karen DeMarco Boroff, email@example.com; Mitch Frank, firstname.lastname@example.org; Joan Pease, email@example.com; and Deb Gellman, firstname.lastname@example.org.
76 | News for this column has come by way of e-mail. Remember, you can always e-mail a correspondent with news during the year—no need to wait for the News and Dues forms. Our addresses are at the end of each column.We look forward to hearing from you.
Alexander Lisse, BArch '79, wrote that he lives in Princeton, NJ (known mostly for some school that is there). He works as an architect in a forensic architecture/engineering group that specializes in examining structural failures in tunnels, buildings, bridges, etc.When he's not doing that, he's a flute/piccolo player in two orchestras and other settings. He also works in steel and marble sculptures, spends time rowing on the lake, and lives with Linda, a lawyer, and two cats. After receiving Pat Relf Hanavan's plea for news in February, Joyce LindowerWolitzer had some "breaking news." On Saturday, February 10, her daughter Rachel became a bat mitzvah. Joining them in the celebration were Renee Brown Holt '77, George Stemper and his wife Sue Shellenberger '77, MS '81, and Adam Lieb, who will be a freshman in September. Joyce continues to do volunteer work and to create ceramics, and she has begun painting. Steve continues as a senior banker in M&A. David, their older son, is looking forward to attending college in the fall, and Scott, 15, is an avid soccer player.
Timothy Kelley is a district judge in Louisiana and wrote about his "after-hours" extracurricular activities—too many political functions and not enough golf. His wife is the secretary of culture, recreation, and tourism for the State of Louisiana and also acts as the lieutenant governor's chief of staff. So, coupled with his own political obligations, it is an almost daily issue. He does do a bit of bird-hunting (ducks, geese, dove, quail, etc.) and not enough saltwater fishing. He still enjoys being a judge. The golf he does get to play is, he says, of such a pitiful level that he enjoys it more because there's no pressure to break 80 anymore. He says he would rather be trawling for marlin 120 miles out in the Gulf with three or four buddies. "Nothing can beat a four-day outing where you get to tag three to four blues a day." Timothy has one more year before his "baby girl" goes off to college, and to his great dismay she has elected not to go to Cornell. Apparently, if the football team does not attract a minimum of 90,000 fans to every game, it is not a "real" school in her eyes.He recently heard from John "Greek" Rodis, who is an excellent doctor in Connecticut, and wonders what has happened to Glenn Salva, a winemaker in Napa.
Kari Weil has been teaching, writing, and mothering. She would rather be riding more now. She will be moving to Wesleyan U. at the end of the summer. A memory of Cornell for Kari was bringing her dog to classes. She would like to hear from Andy Lauterback, an old friend. One of the things that Roni Pelzman Brissette remembers about her time at Cornell was the Arts Quad in the spring. She is currently the owner of Yoga to Go in Brookline, MA, and is a yoga educator and a resident teacher to other teachers in the area. In her after-hours activities she co-teaches with her 16-year-old son Jackson. She has also been developing a program called Yoga and the Core and yoga for seniors. She would love to be traveling in Europe. The Cornell friend she would most like to hear from is Laura Klauberg.
My husband,Morris Diamant '74, attended a presentation sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Cornell's Northeast Regional Office called "How Ivory-billed Woodpeckers and Other Birds are Helping to Save the World." It was given by Dr. John Fitzpatrick, Director of the Cornell Lab of O, and Prof. Scott Edwards, the Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology at Harvard U.We both well remember our visits to the Lab of O when we were undergraduates. -- Lisa Diamant, Ljdiamant@rcn.com; Karen Krinsky Sussman, Krinsk54@optonline.net; Pat Relf Hanavan, Relf@tds.net.
77 | It's been several weeks since we met on the Hill for Reunion '07, but the class column you're reading was actually written several weeks before the event. A full Reunion Report will appear in the next issue, along with the names of the new class correspondents who will be joining me in bringing you the news.
Brian Dunn, MBA '81, is president of McLagan Partners and on the board of directors of his local Boys and Girls Club. He enjoys watching his son play goalie for the Virginia Tech soccer team (he started in goal as a freshman), and also enjoys spending time at his new beach house.He would most like to hear from his Phi Alpha Theta buddies from the Class of '77. Janice Colton is a psychologist in Linwood, NJ, and a member of the board of education of Mainland Regional High School. Daughter Rachel is a sophomore at Amherst College (husband Bennett Ojserkis's alma mater), but there may be hope for younger daughter Becky, 17, who spent this past summer attending the Cornell Summer College.
Maxine Borsuk Siegel lives in Scarsdale, NY, where she is manager of the Sensory Group of the Consumers Union, which publishes Consumer Reports. She is also the local CAAAN chair and enjoys movies, theater, and hiking, as well as traveling.Maxine fondly remembers Cornell's beauty and would like to hear from Jocelyn Copell Masin. Madeleine Blanchet Hemmings is grants coordinator of the Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES (Board of Cooperative Educational Services), funding grants for 25 school districts between Syracuse and Rochester. She enjoys returning to the Finger Lakes after being away for 24 years. She also enjoys oil painting and horseback riding.Madeleine is expecting her first grandchild (congratulations!). She most fondly remembers Cornell's beautiful campus, supportive and inspiring faculty, and wonderful classmates. She would like to hear from any and all ILRies.
Margee Rogers is training and education coordinator for the Montefiore Medical Center School Health Program. She lives in Norwalk, CT. After-hours activities include making wheel-thrown and hand-built stoneware pottery. Daughter Sara graduated from medical school and moved to Chicago this year, and son Luke just had his bar mitzvah. Margee's fondest Cornell memory is a graduation party in her parents' backyard with Martha SokolMcCarty, O'MyraMiller Petroccino, RamonMeneses '76, and Mari- Carmen Heilbron Richter and their families.Marlaine Brem Darfler (MarlaineD@tier.net) lives in Groton, NY, with husband Richard '72. She is a massage therapist whose activities include yoga and being president of the Lansing library, a mikveh trainer and attendant, and a hospice volunteer. "I'm getting ready to launch my third and last son off to college, hopefully Cornell. Our middle son graduated with his MEng in 2006."Marlaine remembers walking the gorges and time spent in the Straight—studying in the lounge and dancing to Zobo.
William Schweizer (New York, NY; email@example.com), an ob/gyn at NYU Medical Center, remembers the smell and crunch of the falling leaves every fall. "I balance patient care, teaching, and administrative responsibilities on less sleep than I had in college," he writes."My wife Alison and I are raising 9-year-old twins Elizabeth and Noah.We ski, skate, and ride horses. I fall a lot.We just celebrated her 50th birthday in Barcelona and share passions for art and opera. I wouldn't change a thing." When Roxanne Nersesian Paul wrote in early March, she was in training for a mini-marathon, as well as bicycling, swimming, and continuing to volunteer in her sons' Boy Scout troop. She is the operations coordinator of the Habitat Education Programs at the National Wildlife Federation. Roxanne remembers fondly backpacking and canoeing with the Outing Club at Cornell and would like to hear from any friends from that group, as well as her old roommates. She can be reached at RangerRox@msn.com.
Thomas Swanson (Seaford, VA; TGSwanson@cox.net) is a senior military analyst with Alion Science and Technology, currently writing advanced concept technology demonstrations for the US Joint Forces Command in Norfolk.He says he'd like to be running his own business.He also keeps busy as a USA hockey referee ("What else, being a Cornell grad"), playing golf, building his own airplane, learning to trade stocks and stock options, and paying for three kids' college educations (one at Cornell). He remembers late night hockey at Lynah and would like to hear from Tom Paddrik. Susan Wojakowski, MS '81 (SMWojakowski@aol.com) would like to hear from her old roomie Susan Cady Bryant '76. "We were fifth floor Lyons Hall ‘nuns.' I remember the beauty and majesty of the wonderful campus and the great Food Science department and professors." Susan hopes to be teaching by September 2007.When she wrote in January, she was a full-time student in a Master of Science in Education program at SUNY Oswego. At the completion of her degree in May, she'll be certified to teach science in grades 7 and 8 and chemistry in high school. Susan has two teenage sons, Adam and John.
Ilene Wasserman and husband Mark Taylor live in Narberth, PA (firstname.lastname@example.org). Ilene is founder and principal at Innovative Communities at the Workplace, "now proudly celebrating its ninth year with a team of eight consultants." She is also teaching at the Columbia U. Teacher's College Executive Coaching Program and St. Joseph's U. Haub School of Business. Recently, she's been an academic advisor to ABC House and had the opportunity to visit Cornell and speak with faculty and students on relational leadership in a global society. Ilene writes that she is happy in her current state. Daughter Erin is a freshman at Tufts, son Matt is a junior in high school in district band and orchestra, and Mark serves as the local township commissioner.
Charles McMullen of Long Valley, NJ, is writing novels, trying to get his latest one published, and going for good walks. He remembers the chimes from the bell tower. Deputy district attorney Craig Gold and wife Meriette (Los Angeles, CA; email@example.com) sent baby news that will very likely keep him from making the trip to reunion. Craig, please write again and let us know how everyone is doing. Tom Johnson, B Chem '79, is retired and has moved with his wife Frances from Buffalo, NY, to Austin, TX (firstname.lastname@example.org). He is active with golf and tennis and consulting, and would like to hear from Cornell golf team members from 1973-78. He remembers Prof. Harriott's patience and advice during Chemical Kinetics and Reactor Design.
Jeffrey Brown (Roswell, GA; email@example.com) remembers playing football and the Chi Psi fraternity and would like to hear from Mark Kapsky '76. Jeffrey is the contractual services portfolio director for GE Energy during the day and golfs and rides his motorcycle after hours, recently riding into the North Georgia mountains.He and wife Kay have two teenagers. Another Chi Psi, Daniel Shank (Houston, TX; firstname.lastname@example.org) is a litigator and partner in the law firm Coats | Rose. Other activities listed were golf, tennis, swimming, fishing, and hunting, including on deer lease in Webb County, TX, and on safari in South Africa. Jean O'Farrell (Belmont, MA; ofarrellj@verizon. net) is a nurse practitioner at Tewksbury Hospital, where she provides primary care services to the mentally ill. After hours, she is in the choir and on committees at the Unitarian Church in Belmont and likes to walk, read, and cook. She hopes to camp and hike in Acadia National Park sometime soon. Jean would like to hear from Kathy Wheat and remembers fondly the friendships she made with faculty and classmates at Cornell.
Speaking of faculty, friendships, and classmates . . . more news next time from reunion! -- Howie Eisen, email@example.com.
78 | Douglas Kahn (dougk@Croscill.com) assumed the responsibilities of president and CEO of Croscill Home, a home textile company based in Durham, NC, upon the untimely death of his brother David. Diana "Sunshine" LorenzWeggler(firstname.lastname@example.org) and her husband Bob attended the CU/Dartmouth men's hockey game in Hanover. They and their youngest children, ages 12 and 14, live in Vermont, where their daughter Rose is a junior at UVM, rowing on the crew team. Ryan '06, Diana and Bob's oldest, is a paralegal for a prestigious law firm in NYC. Diana still plays hockey and looks forward to the women's ice hockey reunion this summer. Bob writes a sports advice column, AskCoachBob.com. Fondest Cornell memory? Sunday nights at the Commons Coffeehouse!
Curt and Lorraine Nicholas Anastasio (email@example.com) live in San Antonio, where Curt is president and CEO of an energy logistics company. They're thrilled that their son Daniel will be a freshman this fall in the College of Arts and Sciences. Daniel has a twin sister, Jessica, and an older brother,Michael. Roger Strauch (roger@ rodagroup.com), a venture capitalist, and Dan Miller recently sold their software company founded with Cornell post-doc Roy Friedman. Paul Lourd, MBA '80 (tc4racer@ gmail.com), a director for information technology, enjoys R/C racing and boating. David Kaplan's (firstname.lastname@example.org) latest book,Mine's Bigger: Tom Perkins and the Making of the Greatest Sailing Machine Ever Built, about a 289-ft. private sailboat, will soon be published. John Depolo (email@example.com), his wife Lorraine, and sons James, 8, and Steven, 4, love living in Chapel Hill, NC. John operates his own consulting firm, and enjoys networking and learning about different industries.
Gary Graziano, BArch '79 (GGraziano@yahoo.com), an officer and secretary on the board of directors for a concrete entity, was also elected treasurer of an industry trade group. He serves on the board of a community-based public charity that he helped found. He was recently appointed trustee for a public library and elected as the board's VP and spokesperson. Joe Lubeck (Jlubeck@landmarkresidentialapts.com) and wife Pam live in Jupiter, FL, with kids Karla, Rachel, and Thomas. Joe is a managing partner for a Southeast real estate company. The Lubecks visited Karla in Israel, where she volunteers as an English teacher, and the family found the trip exciting and inspiring! Karla will soon be starting a master's program at Georgetown, and Rachel will be attending Cornell in the fall. Family activities include golf and boating, and Joe races Ferraris!
Holly English (firstname.lastname@example.org), who practices law and lives in New Jersey, will soon be named president of the National Association of Women Lawyers. "Very exciting, but demanding!" she says. Her husband Fred Smagorinsky is COO of a New York-based not-for-profit. Their daughter Tess is 19 and enrolled at Wesleyan U., and daughter Karla, 15, is in high school. Holly says, "Life is very busy, but good!" Dena Seifer Friedman (Frudena@aol.com) practices psychiatry in New Jersey, where she resides with her husband Alan, an ob/gyn, and daughters Jennifer and Stephanie. Jennifer will soon be attending Cornell, and Stephanie just completed her sophomore year in high school.
Debbie Harris (email@example.com) now lives in Newport, RI, after a 17-year sojourn in Florida! Henry Farber (firstname.lastname@example.org) practices law near Seattle. His daughter will be attending Barnard College in the fall. Peter Chatel (email@example.com), a VP for the Coca-Cola Co., resides with his family in Georgia, where he is active in a Unitarian congregation. His oldest daughter, Alison, attends UGA, and middle daughter Lindsay attends Georgia Tech. Youngest daughter Sarah is in high school. Lesley Gudehus (Lesley.Gudehus@gardnerdenver.com) moved from Memphis, TN, where she served as a marketing and public relations manager for Ballet Memphis, to Illinois to work as a communications manager for a global company for the agricultural industry.
DavidMonahan (DMonahan@colonyinc.com) and wife Laura live in Hawaii with their son Michael, 14, and daughter Morgan, 10, both of whom attend Hawaii Preparatory Academy. David, who oversees a group of hotels, says he spends a good portion of his life these days on planes traveling to hotels! Paula Boyler Kennedy, MBA '80 (PKennedy@cwcainc.com), a VP in a human resources consulting firm in NYC, co-authored The True Cost of Happiness, a book on life planning. Nate Parsons '10, son of Stephen '80 and Patreena Deegan Parsons, MS '81 (firstname.lastname@example.org), is at Cornell following in his parents' and grandfather's footsteps. Daughter Tulissa will be attending UArts in Philadelphia in the fall, and their little one, Geoff, will be starting kindergarten! Patreena, a Web programmer for a small Web design company, enjoys running and gourmet cooking.
Stephanie Mitchell, JD '80 (email@example.com) is an international civil servant at the European Commission in the industrial policy unit. Stephanie recently visited Bulgaria and found it very interesting. Turns out she lives not far from Paul Rohrlich and spent a festive holiday with his wife Susan and their children. Stephanie enjoys flamenco dancing, and her business travels take her to such places as China, Germany, Estonia, and Moscow. She plans to celebrate her half-century birthday walking the Northumberland Coastal Path to see castles, islands, and nature reserves of northeast England. Angela DeSilva (firstname.lastname@example.org), an associate general counsel for a natural gas pipeline company in Texas, recently vacationed with her family on a Caribbean cruise. Her son Andrew, a high school student, is excited about getting his driver's license.
Doug (email@example.com) and Ann Thomas Porter, BArch '79, enjoy life in Chicago, where Doug works for Ronald McDonald House Charities. Ann volunteers her architecture expertise, and most recently helped on a renovation of their church. They have fun staying in touch with fellow alumni Steve George, Tom Scott, Bob Shaw, and Norm Bartlett '79. Laura Howes (firstname.lastname@example.org), an associate professor of English at the U. of Tennessee and director of undergraduate studies in English, was recently awarded a Chancellor's Citation for Excellence. Forthcoming publications include a volume of essays. She lives in Tennessee with her husband Charles Biggs and their daughter Mary, 14. Sarah Thole Fischell, ME '79 (email@example.com), always busy and never bored, enjoys gardening, playing bridge, vacationing, volunteering, and genealogy, and is married with two children. Erin '10 attends Cornell, where she's a member of the marching band, and Jen is in high school.
Michael Bernardo, MS '86, MD '89 (firstname.lastname@example.org) and his wife are both family doctors in South Carolina. Living in a rural area allows him to do just about everything, from delivering babies to taking care of kids in the community, treating adults, and handling geriatric/nursing home care. He and his family have spent time in Africa and Central America working at mission hospitals, which they found truly life-changing experiences.Margie Ferris-Morris (email@example.com), a conflict mitigation analyst for a consulting firm, and husband Peter Morris,MPS '99, a technical advisor in the Office for Foreign Disaster Assistance, are living in Virginia. They have three children: Nate attends Virginia Tech., Evan is at George Mason, and Margot goes to high school.Margie's fondest memory of Cornell is sitting in the comfy chairs of the A. D.White House and reading T. S. Eliot.
Our website has recently been redesigned. Visit http://classof78.alumni.cornell.edu/. - Pepi F. Leids, PLeids@aol.com; Chip Brueckman, firstname.lastname@example.org.
79 | A happy 50th birthday to many of us this year! A grand time was had by those who attended the first of several 50th birthday celebrations scheduled for our classmates this year. Cathy Cappucci Needle organized the party and reported that "on a cold January night in Philadelphia, warm memories, great conversation, and wonderful food were enjoyed by all at Maggiano's Little Italy just across the street from the CACO Mid-Winter at the Marriott. Our celebrity conductor straight from Broadway, Lon Hoyt, led everyone in a rousing rendition of ‘Happy Birthday to us!' In addition to Lon and his wife Lisa (Barsanti), a total of 35 Cornellians and their friends made this a terrific night."Other celebrations occurred this past spring and will be described in upcoming class columns.
James Tenser of Tucson, AZ, was not able to make it to Philly in January, but sent his regards to old friends Mary Wilensky Kahn and Arden Kass. James was able to catch up with classmate Gary Dulberg for four days of skiing in Aspen, where they "tore up the slopes pretty good and reflected at some length, over après-ski beverages, about the unique Collegetown culture of the late '70s."
Judy Krell Freedman had her 49th birthday in January and decided to capture her year ahead in a blog at ayearto50.blogspot.com. Judy encourages all baby boomer women approaching and reaching 50 to read it and leave a comment regarding her "midnight hobby." A neat fact: according to AARP, more baby boomers are turning 50 in 2007 than ever before. Judy and her husband Marc will soon be empty-nesters. Their daughter is a junior in college, studying in Italy this semester, and their son is a junior in high school.Marcie Gitlin is in the "home stretch" of a Master of Social Work program at Yeshiva U.'s Wurzweiler School of Social Work in NYC.Marcie has found being a full-time graduate student after three decades to be an "intense and often frustrating, but ultimately immensely rewarding experience." She is going to focus on geriatric care management upon graduation this spring. Her graduation gift to herself: realizing a personal dream to visit the home of Buddhism and yoga with a month-long sojourn in India.Marcie sums up the sentiments of many of us as we reach 50: "I view 2007 with great optimism, and consider it the start of the life for which the past half-century has been just a rehearsal."
Pamela Rappleyea Vredenburgh is a clinical social work supervisor at the Greater Binghamton Health Center. She works with children and adolescents who have psychiatric and emotional difficulties. She and her husband Don enjoy attending Cornell football games, where son Zachary '09 is on the varsity team. Older son Jake is a junior at the U. at Albany, where he is a political science major with an eye on applying to law school next year. Seth Agata, JD '82, and his wife Gail live in Kinderhook, NY, and their son Adam is in the Class of '10 in CALS. Seth was recently appointed deputy counsel to the Office of the State Comptroller of New York. In 2006 Seth published, through Columbia U. Press, a book he co-authored entitled The History of the New York Court of Appeals, 1932-2003.
In November 2005, Valerie Litwin Meyers and her husband Lawrence celebrated the bat mitzvah of their daughter Sarah. Karen Benz Merns '80 was able to attend the event.When Valerie thinks back on her days at Cornell, she fondly remembers listening with friends to great live music on campus, whether performed by fellow students, by local acts, or by national bands. "Truly a plus." Dennis Conway lives in Poughkeepsie, NY, and teaches production and mass media classes as an assistant professor at Marist College.He is working on getting his film festival research published.When Dennis thinks back on fond memories from his time at Cornell, the image of sitting in the library gazing through the fog at Cayuga Lake springs to mind. Dennis would enjoy hearing from old classmates Chuck Tashiro and Mark Renaud.
Karen McIntosh Daniels recently received tenure with a promotion to assoc. prof. in the Dept. of Computer Science at UMass, Lowell. She is married to Murray and enjoys playing bridge and guitar in her spare time. Richard Gryzmolowicz and his wife Donna live in West Milford, NY. Richard practices dentistry in Totowa, NJ. David Potter and his wife Roxanne have two children who are active in soccer and volleyball. David remembers fondly from Cornell "the friendships and people who helped me see God through their presence and patience with me." David is active in spreading God's word and drives a semi and a school bus part-time. He would enjoy hearing from Cornell classmate Craig Kinoshita.
Sadly, we recently received the tragic news that classmate Andrew Young died in a small plane crash off Maryland's Eastern Shore in early April. Andrew lived in Mahopac Falls, NY, with his family. A Hotel school graduate, Andrew had founded an international consulting firm, Andrew Young & Co., and worked with hotels, restaurants, theme parks, and museums to develop and enhance their dining and hospitality services. Our thoughts and condolences are extended to Andrew's family and friends.
If you have enjoyed reading about your classmates in this column, please consider taking a few moments to write us a note with your news. Send e-mail to us at email@example.com so that we can all keep in touch. Also, you can write directly to any of us at: -- Cynthia Shea, firstname.lastname@example.org; Cindy Williams, email@example.com; and Kathy Zappia Gould, firstname.lastname@example.org.