Class Notes

70 | In 1989, after spending 17 years working in the chemical industry, which included completing his MBA at the U. of Chicago in 1985, David Hurwitz moved on to consulting with Arthur D. Little Inc. He has spent the last 17 years in management consulting, focusing on chemicals broadly, but specialty chemicals specifically, with activities in strategic planning, technology management, marketing effectiveness, and M&A support from acquisition strategy to due diligence to integration planning. His business continues to evolve. After leaving A.D. Little in 1999, he joined a group of former colleagues at Garnett Consulting, and in 2002 they morphed into a virtual company with some 30 former A.D. Little associates. Their capabilities span chemicals, healthcare, food industries, strategic planning, technology assessment, new business development, M&A support, and operations improvement.While they don't have the comfort of regular paychecks, they have a strong client base and good working relationships to sustain them, like the ones recently established in China and India. David looks forward to the some interesting travel ahead.

David's older son,Michael, graduated from the U. of Richmond in May 2006 and is working for a start-up in the equine industry, Smartpak, an INC 500 company. Younger son Ross is a sophomore at Emerson College in Boston, studying musical theater. "All the pieces are kept operating by my wife of 32 years, Penny, from our home in Framingham, MA, and our summer cottage in Hull, MA." David has worked over the years with Kathy FramkeWrick, PhD '79, both at A.D. Little and with the Food Group.He has seen Larry Lewkow, an oncologist in Richmond,VA, on several occasions recently. David's work network includes MitchWeisberg '71, a fraternity brother at TEP who lives close by in Weston, MA. David can be contacted at GC Group Ltd. (Garnett Consulting) at 9 Mohawk Drive, Framingham, MA 01701.

John Macionis continues to teach at Kenyon College (professor of sociology and Prentice Hall Distinguished Scholar) in central Ohio, and is authoring the leading textbooks in his field ( During the warm weather, the family is at their place on Lake George in Upstate New York. John heads the board for the lake area's land trust, a local agency affiliated with the Nature Conservancy.His wife Amy and their children McLean and Whitney are all active volunteers. Recently they broke ground for a new building, the Macionis Family Center for Conservation, in Bolton Landing, NY. Back at Cornell, John played with a local rock band and he is happy to report that he still plays exactly the same songs 40 years later! Susan Mowen Armstrong writes to say that she has been out of the Cornell loop for a long time, but having attended her 40th high school reunion this year, she was reminded of how nice it is to reconnect with days and people from her past. She lives in the Seattle area, where she has been enjoying all that Northwest life (i.e., mountains and water!) has had to offer for the past 30 years. Susan devoted much of her time to raising three children and working with the underserved population of homeless families through nonprofits.

In May 2006, Charlie Adelman, JD '73, Jon Lawrence,Mitch Bernstein, and Steve Kunkes '69 had a mini-reunion in NYC as a follow-up to the Pi Lambda Phi reunion in Ithaca in June '05. Reunion 2005 was also attended by Steve Meyerson, Art Litowitz, and Allan Reich. Carrying on the Cornell tradition are Mark Adelman '05, BA '06, Jordan Kunkes '09, and Marika Lawrence, slated to get her JD in '08 at the Law school.

Toby Marion reports that he and wife Eileen bought a flat in Hong Kong last year and are quite settled there. Their Golden Gate Wine Co. Ltd. wine business (www.goldengatewine. com) is growing nicely and Toby is reminded of freshman chemistry when Prof. Robert Plane said that chemistry was his avocation and wine his vocation. He says it's a fun business but very competitive and a lot of hard work, like anything. So far they are specializing in American wines (California, Oregon, and Washington), with more than 200 wines presently in their portfolio. Their daughter Louisa (Stanford '04) has plans for law school after more than two years in a legal nonprofit; and son Guy (Stanford '02) is finishing a PhD in paleoceanography at U. of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, after which he will join a hi-tech firm there as a partner. Toby is still playing tennis actively, and Eileen plays golf when she can. They're doing a lot of travel, with one extended California wine trip each summer. They would love to see Cornell friends coming through Hong Kong. They see Martin Tang regularly, as well as many other Cornell alums there. Toby can be reached at Golden Gate Wine Co. Ltd., Room 1006, Tai Yau Building, 181 Johnston Rd.,Wanchai, Hong Kong; tel., 852-2891-8181; fax, 852-2891-8608. -- Connie Ferris Meyer, 16 James Thomas Rd.,Malvern, PA 19355; e-mail,

71 | Every year at this time, your correspondents reach the news nadir. In desperation I sent out a mass e-mail in early February to the class e-mail list, trolling for any tidbit that would be more authentic than making it all up. Amazingly, I got a quick response from so many that I didn't have room for all in this issue. Stay tuned for the rest in the next issue. Thanks to all who responded.

Watch for the arrival of the new movie Savage Grace written by former Sun editor Howard Rodman, due in theaters late this year.Howard, who lives in the Hollywood Hills with his wife, author Anne Friedberg, and their son, had this news. "I am completing my fifth year as professor and chair of the screenwriting program at USC's School of Cinematic Arts. I was on leave [last] fall so that I could be on the Barcelona film set. I also continue as an adviser to the Sundance writing labs and serve on the board of the Writers Guild of America. This year I chaired the Independent Spirit Awards, which aired on Bravo and IFC."

Another Californian, Bill Grauer, JD '74, wrote that he is serving as the national chairman for his law firm's securities litigation practice. Cooley Godward Kronish is a 500- plus lawyer firm with offices in California, Colorado, D.C., and New York. "During the last couple of years, I have had the opportunity to argue cases in the Supreme Court of California and the US.My oldest daughter is applying to law school, having worked in domestic violence clinics for six years during college and high school." Bill asked for classmates to e-mail him at Henry Ritter, MBA '73, is splitting time between Scottsdale and L.A. "I head up a turnaround consulting and interim executive firm in L.A. and have been working with some private equity outfits.My oldest son has graduated from Syracuse Newhouse School and is now working for Crispin-Porter in Miami. Our daughter is still in high school and plays lacrosse.We are also into dog rescue, have helped some rescue organizations, and just adopted a ‘new' German shepherd."

Upon receiving my e-mail request for news, journalist Jim Schiffman wirelessly e-mailed this update. "I'm chief copy editor at CNN Int'l and last fall, at my ripe young age, started a PhD program in communication at Georgia State U. So I shuttle these days between practice and theory. Life is full and ever interesting." In one of those "it's a small world" moments, Jay Kaplan reported that his son took his senior seminar at Gettysburg College with Prof. John Commito. As Jay put it, "Taking John's senior seminar was reportedly one of the highlights of [my son's] college experience. Now that's something to contemplate!" Jay has served as the director of Roaring Brook Nature Center in Canton, CT, for over 30 years. He serves on numerous boards and commissions including the Hartford Audubon Society and the Connecticut Ornithological Association. "I enjoy traveling, and last December my wife and I journeyed to the ‘Mata Atlantica,' the Atlantic Coast rain forest in Brazil."

Some people can't stay retired.Mark Ketchum writes that the reason he can only spend weekends at his place in Longboat Key, FL, is that he flunked retirement. That is according to wife Pamela (Petrillo) '72. Here's what Mark said. "I retired from a 33-plus-year career with Procter & Gamble in November 2004 and accepted the position of president and CEO of Newell Rubbermaid in October 2005.We have now moved to the Atlanta area, where N-R is headquartered. I am also a trustee of the Cornell Rowing Association."

A few classmates were kind enough to send some short takes that add up to more news of our class. Susan Altschuler Perlman, for example, said, "In 36 years I've managed to do quite a lot. I am currently a clinical professor of neurology at UCLA Medical Center, specializing in neurogenetic disorders. I have eight children and four grandchildren." Joanne Trifilo Stark heads the immigration group at Sack Tierney PA, a 46-year-old commercial litigation law firm in Scottsdale, AZ. Attorney Diane Clarke Streett, JD '74, was re-elected this past November to the position of New Castle County Register of Wills in Delaware. Peter Brink wrote to me about a buying spree. "I have purchased two manufacturing companies in Mexico and El Salvador, and I am spending most of my time between there, Connecticut, and looking for more companies. I've been in touch with Phil Bartels, who most graciously interviewed my daughter for Cornell." Peter's son is Cornell '07.

Our wrap-up is a post-reunion story from Marsha Ackermann. "I met David Parker early freshman year.He was a great friend. After graduation we lost touch. During our 35th Reunion last summer, I overheard Scott Shiffner showing his wife our freshman ‘Pigbook.'‘Here's David Parker,' Scott said. ‘I just spent a week with him grading exams.' It turns out that David moved to California in 1980. Like me, he gave up a paying job for a history PhD and now teaches US history at Cal State Northridge in L.A. Even better, I persuaded him all these years later to write a large batch of entries for an encyclopedia I was co-editing."

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,; Linda Germaine- Miller,

72 | Our 35th Reunion, June 7-10, 2007, is just around the corner. If you have not yet made plans to attend, check out the class website to see how many of your friends will be there. That should convince you to hop in your car, truck, mini-van, SUV, or hybrid and drive to Ithaca for a weekend of fun and memories. See you there. Some of you know that I work as associate chief counsel for claims and litigation at NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, CA. However, even though I've been with NASA almost 20 years, I can NOT send you samples of "astronaut diapers."

Bob Tausek e-mails from Philadelphia that he is still with the federal General Services Administration (GSA) and will have 30 years of service in June 2007.Working for GSA, he is involved with emergency management. In this capacity, Bob helped the federal government respond to the attack on the World Trade Center and to Hurricane Katrina. He spent three weeks in NYC after 9/11 helping to restore telecommunications, and four weeks in New Orleans shortly after the hurricane made landfall, leasing land for trailer parks. Daughter Allison graduates from Virginia Tech in May. She is graduating in only four years, which is a significant accomplishment these days. Although in our time, we were expected to graduate in four years, now it is no longer taken for granted, especially at many state institutions. Allison's next step is to enter the job market. She has several good prospects and may settle in the Washington, DC, area. Her goal is to get a good job with health benefits! Mike Milley '71 and wife Cathy sent us Christmas greetings last year from their home in Los Altos, CA.

Bruce McGeoch writes from his retirement home in Burlington, VT, that he started consulting with a small start-up company, Draker Solar Design. They make performance monitoring systems for the renewable energy industry, allowing the customer to maximize the return from their solar electric, wind, or other renewable energy systems by tracking and displaying real-time information that shows how well the system is working. If you are interested, you can check it out at Bruce was impressed with the company's potential and his commitment quickly progressed to a full-time one as the company CEO. He says that the renewable energy industry is an exciting area to be involved with, and that he enjoys contributing in some small way to helping solve the energy and environmental issues we all face.

In addition to his new job, Bruce is spending his weekends renovating their Vermont house.What started as a second bathroom and a new roof has morphed into a full interior renovation. These activities put a damper on Bruce's time for golfing, but he did manage to find time to volunteer for the Burlington Jazz Festival in June and travel to Winnipeg with wife Cyndy for the Winnipeg Folk Festival. Cyndy works as a para-educator with Founder's Memorial School in Essex, VT. She is now in her second year working with the same student and enjoys the school and her colleagues there. Bruce and Cyndy's daughter Lauren moved from Seattle to Davis, CA, to start working on her PhD at UC Davis. Lauren's focus is on plant ecology and she is looking forward to returning to Kenya, where she did her undergraduate research.

Gerry Roehm '69, BS Ag '72, e-mailed from Colorado in February saying that, as expected, this time of year he is . . . skiing. Gerry is "working" as an ambassador for Aspen Ski Co. It's a volunteer job that requires him to work one day a week, conducting ski tours and performing other guest services, in exchange for free ski privileges at any of Aspen's four mountains. Gerry says he thinks he's died and gone to heaven. In September he went on a trip with the Colorado Mountain Club to Switzerland, where they hiked the Bernese Oberland, 68 miles from Lenk to Grindelwald. Each night they stayed at a hotel or "hut," so they only carried what was needed during the day. Even the huts were quite luxurious, which means they had indoor plumbing and hot meals. Gerry says to leave the room service for the high rollers. This was his second trip to Switzerland, probably his second favorite foreign country after New Zealand.

During the Northern California Cornell Annual Fund phonathon in November, I unexpectedly contacted Jim Turner '70, ME '71, an Alpha Chi Rho fraternity brother that I had not spoken to in 36 years. Jim is well and living in Marin County, north of San Francisco. Bill Trommer writes from snowy Maine that he works as a math teacher/specialist at Jay Elementary School and finds it very rewarding helping kids to understand mathematics. Bill purchased a bicycle last year and did a lot of cycling until the weather turned cold (in Maine, isn't that around Labor Day?). He went on a four-day cycling tour of Maryland with a friend and rode over 200 miles. It was strenuous, but a lot of fun. Bill also spent a week with Gerry Roehm in Colorado last summer, doing a lot of hiking, running, cycling, and rafting.

Bill's daughter Heather lives in Chicago, where she works as business manager for the Jump Rhythm Jazz Project and enjoys city life. She and Bill ran the Chicago Marathon last year, the second time for both of them. Bill says it was difficult, but another good experience. He proudly reports that he finished the race, which is what really counts. Bill's younger daughter Leah is an environmental educator at Tanglewood, the 4-H camp and environmental center in Lincolnville, ME. She plans to return to college to get her elementary teaching certificate. Bill took a couple of hiking trips with Bruce McGeoch last year, one in Maine, and one in Vermont. An avid skier, Bill always looks forward to winter. I really hope Bill will be able to drive, fly, cycle, run, or ski to Ithaca for our reunion in June.

I have a correction from the January/February column. I said that Steven Seifert kept busy "recycling and playing the sax." Even though, I'm sure, Steve is concerned about the ecology, the item should have said that Steve's extracurricular activities included bicycling and playing the sax (although probably not simultaneously).My apologies, Steve. At least I didn't misspell "sax."

Remember, Gary and I depend on YOU to send us news about yourself and family. It doesn't take much time to send a short e-mail. SEE YOU IN ITHACA ON JUNE 7! Send news to: -- Alex Barna,; or Gary Rubin,

73 | Greetings from New Orleans! We are embarking on Mardi Gras, then Jazz Fest as I write this in February. The city is slowly receiving Road Home money to rebuild. Pockets of neighborhoods impacted by Katrina and Rita are revitalized. Some are just now being razed. The process is painfully slow and we continue to seek national support. Volunteers are still coming in from around the country to assist in the rebuilding effort and we welcome and appreciate all efforts.

The Class of '73 has its 35th Reunion next year in June and it will be grand. Irene Kohan Yesowitch is chairing the reunion committee and I am assisting, and we promise to make it very meaningful and fun-filled. Thilde Peterson and I are class historians and we would like your input on classmates who have made a difference in the way they have touched lives in their field of interest—community, civic, volunteer, sports,music, film, theatre, arts, education, medical, legal, construction, hotel—in reaching out to others. Please e-mail Thilde Peterson ( or me ( Also, encourage your classmates, friends, dorm-mates, and Greek and club friends to attend reunion with you.

Fred Brunk ( said he had so much fun at his 25th Reunion that he is coming back for the 35th. Take your cue from him! He has been asked to speak to the Cornell Civil Engineering Community in Chicago in April on the topic of Sustainability in Design. He recently spent the day at the American Hotel and Lodging Association's quarterly engineering meeting with Dina Zemke '85. He regularly is in contact with now-retired Rear Admiral Mike Finley. Fred is with Siemens.Mario Mazza ( has moved to Mobile, AL, after ten years in New York City and 12 in Boston. He is the new general manager of WHIL Radio, a public radio station licensed to Spring Hill College.

Edwin Minch has a new address in Mesa, AZ. Leah Bissonette, MS '76 ( is the new VP of power for Pacific Summit Energy, a subsidiary of Sumitomo Corp., in Newport Beach, CA. Leah started the electricity trading business this past summer and by November 1 had done $100 million of business. She travels regularly to Jordan, Turkey, and France. Glenn Cantor ( of Princeton, NJ, is bicycling this year—locally and in British Columbia, as well as with daughter Emma in the Turku archipelago off the coast of southwest Finland.

Tiana, daughter of Janice Pawliw ( of Garden City, NY, graduated from George Washington U. and is attending law school in Virginia. She is an intern for the US Senate, and her family catches glimpses of her on C-SPAN. Her work at Arnold and Porter inspired her interest in international trade law.Michaelyn Bush Mitchell ( is in NYC and is married to David '74, BArch '75. Terry Richmond of Ottawa, ON, has a new e-mail: -- Danielle Lombardo Trostorff,; Phyllis Haight Grummon,

74 | John McGrail, a clinical hypnotherapist and corporate performance consultant, reports that he loves golf and blue-water fishing, chasing tuna and marlin. John lives in Marina del Rey, CA, with wife Lynne-Anne.He is also working on a book to help people incorporate change into their lives without "the pain." John would most like to hear from classmates Ellen Isaacs, Dave Lycett, and Joe LaQuatra, PhD '84, as well as Rick Brunette '76. Joel Rothaizer resides with wife Sandra Hill in Edmonton, Alberta. Joel is an executive coach and management consultant, but lists as favorite extracurricular activities "long-distance running, truth-seeking, and dogs."He seeks contact with David Dann and Ed "Arlo" Thomas. Perhaps they can come and watch him run in the 2007 Boston Marathon.

Jodi Sielschott Stechschulte dropped us news of her Cornell brood: John '06, who is teaching algebra in a Baltimore city school; Lisa '04, an applied research mathematician in D.C.; Lynn '09, a sophomore; Paul, who opted for Purdue; and Lauren, now a sixth grader and destined for the Big Red. Jodi and husband John, an ophthalmologist, travel for both work and family visits. Jodi volunteers at church and schools, with a focus on a program called Respect Yourself, and with set design for Lauren's choir.

From Milt Lorig comes news that his day job is a psychiatrist at the Alameda County Medical Center, but he enjoys extracurricular activities including cooking, wine collecting, and fine dining, all of which seem to conflict with his real love—he's a marathoner, too. Barry Strauss was interviewed recently on NPR's "Talk of the Nation,"with some fascinating discussions on his book The Trojan War: A New History. Barry is a professor of History and Classics at Cornell. Jodi Friedman Babcock wrote to tell us she's a social worker/child therapist in Bedford, MA.

Dave Yahn apologized for never having sent news for the class column, but was guilted into writing by columnist's Bill Howard's board membership. Dave lives in Humble, TX, and said he was last in Ithaca for a homecoming soccer game in '02. He keeps in touch with Mike Pilarz, the two bemoaning the state of Big Red soccer. Dave's heading overseas for several years to France and Singapore for his job with ExxonMobil, where he runs plastics manufacturing. SteveWilson lives in Avon, CT, and after 30 years of working and traveling for several corporations, he fulfilled a lifelong goal and purchased Crescent Manufacturing, a small, successful fastener manufacturing company. He has been a deacon at the Valley Community Baptist Church for the last two years.

Pete and Barbara JohnstonWayman downsized to a high-rise condo in Las Colinas, TX, became grandparents, and launched a 47-ft. Hanse sailboat, the Jonathan Shepard bound for Southern California, as their second home. Nina Stark-Slapnik checked in from Chevy Chase,MD. Nina is a four-time Master-rated figure skating coach and has written two books on figure skating. She currently coaches a skater who won the 2006 National Novice Ladies Event. Being SVP and general counsel at National Farmers Union Insurance Companies takes up a lot of Bill Stevenson's time. He's recovering from some serious health problems and plans to participate in the Boulder 10K race on Memorial Day. He and wife Molly met Joel Rudin and wife Naomi for dinner in NYC recently.

Fred '73 and Viviane Thomas-Breitfeld have lived in Wisconsin for the past few decades, where Viviane is the pastor of a Lutheran church and staff chaplain at Community Memorial Hospital in Menomonee Falls specializing in work with mental health and cardiac care patients. Now that they're empty-nesters with two kids out of the house, they travel to Europe and Africa, having visited Tanzania three times. John Belina was named the Rosenblatt Faculty Fellow and is assistant director of Cornell's School of Electrical Engineering and director of the Master of Engineering program.Mark Farber was named to the board of directors of Conservation Services Group.Mark is a co-founder of Evergreen Solar, one of the leading manufacturers of solar power products distributed worldwide.

Elliott Miller is president of Water Cooling Corp. in Rosedale, NY, and lives in Hewlett Harbor. Florence Higgins, DVM '81, is a fill-in veterinarian in Rochester, NY. She and husband John Lebens, PhD '88, show their dogs and run a taxi service for their boys, 12 and 16. Also a vet,Martin Siegel, DVM '78, and wife Helen live in Annandale, NJ. Martin owns the Flemington Vet Hospital. Daughter Devon '09 is currently in the pre-Vet program in the Ag college. Robert Morgan is the chief medical officer at the New Jersey Dept. of Children and Families and enjoys showing horses with wife Linda.

Sondra Sears is program director for Hartford Technologies Services, a subsidiary of the Hartford, and is a member of the Cornell Club of Greater Hartford. Ray Kase is a VP of National Penn Investors Trust Co. and reports that he's put his rugby career on hold to follow son Andrew's football career at Johns Hopkins.Wendy SchwartzWein is a social worker for the Easter Seals' Birth-to-Three Program for parents of special needs children. She and husband Richard have visited daughter Lauren '09, a sophomore in ILR. CarolWilliams Roach is an at-home mom in Alexandria, VA.

Mark Schwartz is a security guard and poet in San Francisco, CA, and enjoys going to art shows, writing poetry, and giving readings of his work. Larry Pape, MBA '75, lives in Sterling, MA, and is officially retired, but unofficially works on a lot of outdoor landscaping projects. He and wife Elizabeth are proud to write that their son Michael '04 was recently married. Michael Milano is president of Milano Wealth Management and is on the board of trustees of the Las Vegas Jewish National Fund and a board member of several other business and political groups. Nancy Geiselmann Hamill is a magisterial district judge for Lancaster County in Pennsylvania and is considering going back to school when her daughter graduates. She keeps in touch with Tom '70 and Susan Schindewolf Hirschmann '73 and Barbara Aponte Marino.

Robyn Berger Notterman, MD '83, is a dermatologist in private practice in Princeton, NJ, and is reliving Cornell vicariously through son Ben '09, who's a sophomore in the Arts college. Hope Comisky, a partner with Pepper Hamilton LLP, was named chair of the Center for Literacy board of trustees in Philadelphia.

Sue St. Clair Raye and I had a quick reunion with Jim Stone, ME '76, and Brad Buchanan at Jim's folks' house in Southboro, MA, this winter. Jim submitted a photo he took of the crew and it was displayed on an Intel ad in Times Square—our 15 minutes of fame condensed to two seconds. Sue continues teaching eighth grade science at our local middle school, and I started a second business helping offshore wine, beer, and spirit brands enter the US market (I had the great fun of shooting an ad campaign for our Russian client's SV Silk Vodka in Copenhagen this year).We've just gotten our kids out of the house, with Jessica now working at the Hartford in Avon, CT, and Lindsay living in NYC. Please send your news to: -- Steve Raye,; Bill Howard,; or Betsy Moore,

75 | You will be reading this in the late spring when, hopefully, the stop-and-start winter this year has not ruined the budding of flowers and trees. It is also the time when we remember graduation and reunions—great events at Cornell. If you haven't been to reunion yet, it's not too early to save the weekend of June 10-13, 2010 for our 35th. They seem to improve as we go along.

Last fall, I went to the Cornell-Columbia football game in NYC. Is it only me, or do more Cornell alumni attend than Columbia students and alums combined? Maybe it's the tailgates before the game. I attended the Cornell Football Association's (CFA) party and had a mini-DU reunion with the Clemente brothers Rod '72,Mark '73, MPS '77, and Jonathan '78, plus Steve Corbo '78, Dan Heffernan '77, and Tim LaBeau '77. The best part of the day was after the game. Bob Brennan (, his wife Claire, and I joined the Big Red Band in its march down Fifth Avenue from St. Patrick's Cathedral to the Cornell Club for a concert outside the Club.While marching, I called my mother, Naomi Colvin Gellman '46, on my cell phone so she could hear the band that she loves so much.

Also last fall, Bob and Claire got together with Patti and Nick Makes (, Pat and Paul Blasioli, and Linda and Bruce Shutts. Nick's son Matthew '04 graduated from AAP and has been working since for Turner Construction, like Papa. At last sighting, he is working on the Burj Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, which will become the tallest building in the world upon completion. Daughter Katherine is also working for Turner in Philadelphia, after graduating from the U. of Penn. Son Nicholas is in his senior year of high school and hoping to follow his father and brother to Cornell. Paul is an environmental manager for Dominion Resources in Connecticut, and Bruce is SVP of pharmaceutical sciences for Genzyme Pharmaceuticals in Cambridge, MA.

I participated in a Cornell phonathon and was able to chat with some classmates while raising money for the Cornell Annual Fund. They are all in NYC. Gary Bernstein ( is founder and executive director of Wingspan Arts, which provides arts education for 30 schools in NYC,Westchester, and New Jersey (wingspanarts .org). His wife Dale (Brodsky) '76 is an EVP of human resources at the NY Stock Exchange. Son Zachary is in grad school at Georgetown, while son Max is a sophomore at McGill U. One of Gary's lifetime goals is to have one e-mail address and one password for everything! I'm with him. Jim Chamberlain ( is a partner at Chamberlain & Co. His son Colby graduated from Williams College in 2003 and daughter Elizabeth '05 graduated from the Arts college and is teaching in France. Donald Rose ( is a surgeon with JNR Sports Medicine. Prof. Carlos Alonso ( is chair of the Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese at Columbia U.He specializes in 19th- and 20th-century Latin American intellectual history and cultural production. Prior to joining Columbia's faculty in 2005, he was at U. of Penn, where he received the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching. Also at Columbia is Barbara Ross (

Way out west, Francine Zalkin Foster ( lives in Grass Valley, CA, where she is a teacher. As a member of the Nevada County Democratic Central Committee, her summer and fall months were busy campaigning for Representative candidate Charlie Brown. Remembering Cornell brings to Fran's mind the suspension bridge and Fred Milani, from whom she would like to hear.Michel Ducamp, MPS '79, and his wife Stephanie have moved comfortably into their new home in Scottsdale, AZ.Michel's company, of which he holds a minority stake, has just merged with Solstice, a luxury destination club with 85 members, eight $6 million homes around the world, and a 90-foot yacht in the Caribbean. As managing director of hospitality,Michel manages the day-to-day operation of the business and is waiting for all those successful B-school, Law school, and Med college alums to call in for a membership! Assuming the role of president of the Las Vegas office of Lee & Associates is Stephen Spelman. In October 2006, Steve's 25- year commercial real estate career moved into a new dimension as he took the helm of one of the country's fastest growing commercial real estate brokerage firms. He previously worked in the resort development industry, procured industrial real estate for institutional and private investors, and assisted corporations in relocating their warehousing and distribution facilities in southern Nevada.

Children of several of our classmates attended the 2006 University Summer College Program, taking college-level courses while still in high school.Madelyn Cheron Isaacs's daughter Emily, Joanne Newman Peyser's son Ross, and James McGraw's daughter Melaney were three of the many talented students who were able to experience both Cornell's academics and lifestyle during the best season of the year in Upstate New York.

Classmate Elizabeth Moore ( is in good company these days. She and former Cornell President Hunter Rawlings were named to newly elected New York Governor Eliot Spitzer's transition team. Along with serving as a trustee for Cornell, Liz is a partner at Nixon Peabody, specializing in employment relations. She has also advised former New York governors Mario Cuomo and Hugh Carey. Co-columnist Joan Pease ( doesn't get a chance to write about herself much. She is president of Partners in Planning in Alexandria, VA. She also volunteers at the Metropolitan Washington Ear (, which provides free services for blind, visually impaired, and physically disabled people who cannot effectively read print, and she frequently visits with fellow DG sorority sisters.

PaulWong ( writes of dropping off son Chris '09 for his sophomore year at Cornell (after taking son Douglas to Bucknell for his freshman year with wife Lily and son Robert, who is a sophomore in high school). Chris's dorm room is in Baker Tower and is, apparently, the same room where Paul, Ross Cunnick, Steve Patterson, Glenn Davis, and Chris Jenks hung out with Maxine Ellenberg Arnsdorf, Kathy Milano, and Vida JueWinans their freshman year 35 years ago!

Michael and Nancy Myers Hacker are in New Jersey, where Michael is assistant general counsel for Merck and Co. Nancy ( is superintendent of Haddon Heights Public Schools, after a long and happy career that included teaching and being a principal and curriculum director. Daughter Jaime '10 is a freshman in the ILR school, taking after Dad.While taking her up in the fall, they saw Shelli (Weiner) and Gary Bettman '74, who were dropping off their daughter Brittany '10. They are also in touch with Michael '76 and Karen Silverstein Ossip '77, who are frequent cruise travel partners with the Hackers. They also often see Laurie Nussbaum Yarnell, Nancy's former roommate, and Laurie's husband Gary '74, DVM '77.

Nancy says, "I've waited a long time to write, hoping that one day I could say that at least one of our kids was attending Cornell. Now that we can say that, and we are so happy to be able to visit for the next four years, I thought I'd finally give you something for the magazine!"Hopefully, you all don't wait for a child entering Cornell to send news in for the magazine! That's the news for now. Please tune in and keep sending news.We will be sure to get it into a column as soon as we can. -- Deb Gellman, dsgellman@hotmail. com; Karen DeMarco Boroff,; Mitch Frank,; Joan Pease,

76 | News was running low, but my e-mailed plea to a random selection of our classmates was sufficiently panicky to elicit a kind outpouring. Thank you! Joel Libove responded right away, with speed appropriate to his profession. Joel is president of Furaxa Inc., where he designs ultra-fast electrical pulse generators and samplers for scientific, medical, and communications applications. These chips, which generate pulses lasting just three-trillionths of a second, are the fastest monolithic sampler/pulsers in the world. Joel and his wife Barbara live in Orinda, CA, and Hampton Bays, NY, and have two daughters, Robin, who is in college, and Eileen, a junior in high school.

Bob Ring also took pity on me and sent a note. He is pastor of "six parishes (one good size and five smaller ones): St.Michael (Penn Yan), St. Januarius (Naples), St. Andrew (Dundee), St. Theresa (Stanley), St.Mary (Rushville), and St. Patrick (Prattsburg) in the heart of the Finger Lakes, stretching between Seneca Lake and Canandaigua Lake, with the main office in Penn Yan, at the head of Keuka Lake." Fr. Bob wrote, "As I now read about the various events breaking in Israel, it is hard to believe I spent September and October there. Our group spent many days just on the Palestinian side of the razor-wire-crowned concrete wall, making daily trips through the wall to get into Jerusalem. Our group included a sister from Iraq; her fluent Arabic was a boon, though border crossings became more challenging. My fall sabbatical experience, in preparing for my 25th anniversary of ordination as a priest, took me through Greece and Turkey in the footsteps of St. Paul, then gave me the opportunity to spend substantial time in Israel, Jordan, and Egypt. Every single member of our group was incredibly grateful that CTU [Catholic Theological Union] did not cancel the program despite the conflict with Lebanon, and I would recommend to anyone who has any opportunity to go—take it. It will open your eyes and be an experience you will never forget.What more can I say?"

GaryWood has been in Richmond,VA, for 17 years now. He writes, "I'm a partner in two restaurants here: Baker's Crust Café and the Boathouse Restaurant.My twin sons are in college: Charlie is at Virginia Tech in computer animation, and James '07 is a senior at Cornell in the Hotel school. He is in a joint program Cornell has with the Culinary Inst. of America. After he graduates he will go to the Culinary Inst. and get a degree from there in December 2007.My daughter will be a senior in high school next year. In early December last year I had a reunion with classmates Suzanne Mellen and Steve Durham at Rancho Bernardo in San Diego, CA. Hadn't seen each other in over ten years and we had a great time catching up. If any fellow Hotelies come to Richmond, I would love to see them. Please look me up at"

Over the holidays we heard from our old pals Barry Goldstein and SusanWiegers '77, who live in the greater Philadelphia metro region. Their son Ben graduated last year from Wesleyan and now works in San Francisco with the nonprofit group Critical Resistance. Pete '07 will graduate any minute now from Cornell with math and philosophy majors. Daughter Aly rowed with the JVs from Lower Merion High School at a national competition last year. (May we point out that Cayuga Lake is a lovely rowing venue?) Barry (or "Baa," as we knew him before he had an important job) is director of endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolic diseases at Thomas Jefferson U.'s Dept. of Medicine. Susan is director of the echo lab and co-director of the cardiology fellowship at the Hospital of the U. of Pennsylvania.

As I write, I've just come home to Michigan from an enjoyable yet very cold February meet-up in New York City with my senior-year roommate SandraWidener and another old friend. Sandy and her husband John Parr have two daughters, Chase, who is a freshman at Wesleyan this year, and Katy, a junior in high school back home in Denver. If you have a kid in school, there's a pretty good chance that he or she has read Sandy's work. Sandy writes on a variety of subjects—history, science, biography, health—at different reading levels for various educational publishers. In New York I also visited with Judith Gross '77 and her daughter Emily, who is a third grader already. Judy has her own consulting business doing legal work relating to hedge funds—and I've just told you all I understand about it.

To all we haven't heard from, or who haven't heard from us via e-mail yet, tell us where you are and what you're up to.We all love to hear about our old friends. -- Pat Relf Hanavan,; Lisa Diamant,; Karen Krinsky Sussman,

77 | There is a lot of news this time around in the run-up to our 30th Reunion. 30th! Can you believe it? Nancy Mayer, Durham, NC, recently graduated from North Carolina Central U. School of Law Evening Program and passed the North Carolina Bar Exam. Congratulations! Beverly Love Gaines of Rochester, NY, is retired and enjoying traveling, gardening, and spending time with family. She most fondly remembers graduation from Cornell and would like to hear from Karen Dixon Jackson. Beata Kereszti is an ob/gyn in Hopkinton, MA.Her extracurricular activities include motherhood, classical music, and gardening. Beata misses the intellectual excitement of Cornell.

I spoke recently to my Sperry Hall friend Kathy Murphy, a urologist in Westfield, NJ. Her husband Victor Bruno is also a surgeon. Kathy's extracurricular activities include taking care of four children, running, reading, and volunteering for the homeless. This past summer, Kathy met up with Dr. Joanne Jordan, Jody Katz, and Anne Pinou for a "girls weekend" in Charleston, SC. Kathy's fondest memories of college include her friends, the classes, the beauty of the campus, and, of course, the Chapter House.

Since 1997, Sheryl Checkman has been president of Checkman Design Inc., a full-service graphic design firm. In her spare time, she skis and scuba dives, and is particularly interested in underwater photography. Of note, Sheryl is creating images of underwater photographs, diving, and fine art and is selling these online ( The images are on T-shirts, sweats,mugs, kids' clothes, framed prints, and other great gift items. Eric Nesse is director of development services for IAG Florida Inc., a real estate development firm in Fort Lauderdale. Kenneth John Myers is curator of American art and head of the Dept. of American Art at the Detroit Inst. of Arts.

Sylvia Hashagen Dempsey has started a new job as VP, Office of General Counsel at JP Morgan in New York, after 11 years at CitiGroup. She reports that she is very happy with her new job. Sylvia is also very busy with her daughter Liz, who has moved back home after graduation from college. Liz works as a legal assistant at a large law firm in New York. Also in the law, Brenda Jacobs is "fighting the good fight for open markets," working at Sidely Austin LLP in international trade in McLean, VA. In her spare time, she attends her daughters' soccer games and serves as "a wallet for their Homecoming dresses, etc." She also attends lots of Washington Nationals games with Cornell friends such as Pam Coulter Mason '76 and has been corresponding with her DG "Little Sister" Barb Kulik '78.

Alison Dick is a gynecologist at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, MA. She sings with the Jewish Community of Boston and, in common with many of us, is chauffeur to her 15-year-old daughter Melanie. She enjoys traveling. Stewart and Lisa Babitz Greisman share a medical practice on the west side of Manhattan. They recently attended daughter Laura '06's graduation from the Arts college. In August 2006, they continued the legacy by bringing daughter Jill '10 up to Cornell for freshman orientation. She will also be attending the Arts college.

John Lyons works at Lyons Realty Advisors in Clarendon Hills, IL. Vally Kovary is at Int'l Planning Associates in Ithaca, NY, where she consults with nonprofit organizations internationally to improve their management in a variety of areas of performance. She recently went to Costa Rica and is remodeling her house near Cornell.Vally enjoys her involvement with her community and her family, as well as swimming. Her fondest recollection of Cornell is Acting 101 ("the best Psych class I ever had"). She would most like to hear from Dermot Malone, PhD '77, from Dublin, Ireland. John Longstreet is EVP, People Strategy, ClubCorp USA, in Plano, TX. He has not entirely left Cornell, however; he has a second home on Cayuga Lake, which he visits frequently.He also golfs and travels.He most fondly remembers Prof. Ray Cantwell '52, MS '76, in the Hotel school, and keeps in touch with most of his old Cornell friends.

Elizabeth Brown Huffaker lives in Maryville, TN, where she is a high school science teacher and tennis coach. She enjoys tennis, gardening, hiking, and bicycling. She plays VISTA tennis, attends her daughter's college volleyball tournaments, and grades lots of papers. She most fondly remembers the beauty of the Cornell campus. James Phillips, Boulder Creek, CA, is a software engineer with the Sensis Corp. He plays soccer in his spare time and most fondly remembers the Cornell libraries. He would like to hear from Bill Nye and Larry Luxenberg.

Across the river from Philadelphia, CatherineMarschean-Spivak is group manager at Campbell Soup Co. in Camden, NJ. She tracks consumer and food trends relevant to Campbell's, in particular for new products. (Does this involve tasting the new products?) She travels and is also caring for her elderly parents. Catherine recently spent a quick weekend in St. Thomas with sister-in-law and sorority sister Frances Giaccio-Spivak '76, BS Nurs '78, and their husbands. She also enjoys traveling in Italy. Her fondest memories of Cornell are her friends and D Phi E. Catherine would like to hear from Diana Gonzalez-Villamil.

Our class also has musical talent, as evidenced by Patricia Stewart Noar, who teaches violin and viola in Cherry Hill, NJ, and is manager of and a player in a string trio and quartet that plays at special events such as weddings, parties, etc. She is an active member of Congregation Beth Yeshua and is very involved in raising her three sons, including being a member of their Boy Scout troop planning committee. She most fondly remembers Musical Desserts at Risley, being serenaded by a guitar-playing friend when she was sick, and drinking hot mocha in Anabel Taylor Hall. Patricia would like to hear from Diana Barshaw, Lisa Brown, Joe Hecht '75, and Jeff Rehbach '75, MA '82.

Alice Benton Lanham of Charleston, SC, is a self-employed architect designing custom residences for retirees in gated resort communities. Sadly, she reports that just when she and her husband were looking forward to an empty nest, he was diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer. He had symptoms for only a short time before diagnosis and by the time of diagnosis, November 2005, the cancer had spread. He passed away in July 2006, less than two months after his 54th birthday. Alice's advice, which is very important as we are all pushing or beyond age 50, is to get a colonoscopy if you haven't already. Alice, please accept our deepest condolences.

Many of you have reflected on the beauty of the Cornell campus as among your fondest memories. See the campus again by coming to reunion this June 7-10. In the meantime, keep those cards, letters, and e-mails coming. Please forward news and views (and encourage friends to contribute) either to Lorrie or to me at: -- Howie Eisen, heisen@drexelmed. edu; Lorrie Panzer Rudin,

78 | Please mark your calendars for June 5-8, 2008 for our 30th Reunion. About a year from now, join fellow '78ers for a great weekend. Class president Roger Anderson ( suggests we check out the updated class website, for all class news and events up to and including reunion. You will find pictures and information about the class scholarship, upcoming Cornell and class specific events, and, of course, our 30th Reunion.We also welcome your suggestions and contributions, especially pictures that we can post on the site. Please take a moment to visit.

Stephen Kesselman, JD '81 ( reports that he is now a litigation partner at Rivkin Radler LLP in Uniondale, NY, Long Island's largest law firm. Stephen lives in Old Westbury with his wife Dr. Alison Schecter and children Ross, Samuel, and Rose, ranging in age from 8 to 5. Stephen keeps in close contact with ZBT fraternity brothers Bill Sternberg, Brian Ochs, and Ron Frier.

Rick Woroniecki ( runs his own boutique environmental and property condition engineering enterprise in Atlanta, GA, Southern Excellence Corp. The firm predominantly provides real estate due diligence services. It also serves as a base for family real estate investing. His most exciting real estate project to date is Grace Bay Townhomes (, a condo development on Providentiales in the Turks & Caicos Islands in the Caribbean. Rick teamed with his sister DanaWoroniecki Jurak '74, ME '75, on this condo development. Rick, his brother and sister, and his late brother-in-law, were all engineers at Cornell in the '70s. Rick's nephew Aryan '95 and daughter Jean '05 graduated from the Hotel school.

Rick also reports that he hosted a joint charity fundraiser recently in Atlanta between the Cornell Atlanta Alumni Association, the local Wellesley Club, and the Rolls-Royce Owners Club (RROC). The event took place at the Woodruff Arts Center (named in honor of the Woodruff family of Coca-Cola Co. fame) and the Alliance Theater. The dollars raised benefited the Cornell Atlanta Scholarship. Keeping with Rick's mechanical toy theme, he also teamed up with two other Cornellians, Larry Hall '81 and T. J.Hart '98, to found the Ivy Riders motorcycle club ( Rick rides in a Rolls-Royce or on a motorcycle, you will certainly see Cornell logos somewhere in the custom design.

I hope all is well with you.With the updated class website and our electronic society, there are now more ways than ever to send your news to: -- Chip Brueckman, jcb58@cornell. edu; or Pepi F. Leids, Go Big Red!

79 | The Class of '79 continues to celebrate the year most of us turn 50 with parties across the country. Look for updates throughout the year about these events. Dan Mansoor, MBA '80 ( rang in the New Year and his 50th B-day in Cleveland.He writes that he is now close to wife Joyce (Rothschild) '80's family and their summer (now also weekend) home in Chautauqua, NY, though he misses not owning a car, Broadway, and yellow taxis. He is starting his 13th year consulting with nonprofits and advising family foundations. His greatest discovery in the Manhattan to Midwest move was actually meeting some Republicans and members of the NRA.

Looking at our accomplishments over the past year, it is safe to say that we are not getting older, we are getting better. Mike Margolis, JD '79, writes that his law firm,Margolis & Tisman LLP, has recently opened a fourth office in NYC. This office joins other locations in Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco.Mike has also had the honor of serving as a judge for the Chinese National Round of the Jessup Int'l Moot Court Competition held in Beijing, China. George Rogers ( writes from Arlington, VA, that he is the senior counsel at the Inter-American Development Bank. He and his wife Debora are the parents of two teenage girls and they have begun the college search process. George has recently traveled to Argentina, where he and Debora lived in the 1990s. He would love to hear from L. Robert Bradshaw.

Dee Babich Protic ( had dinner recently in NYC with her Cornell best friend, Beth Horowitz. Beth is the president of American Express Canada, and Dee is the chief regulatory counsel at the American Stock Exchange. Dee, her husband John, and 10-year-old son Nikola, live in Manhattan. Living in the nearby Bronx with husband Michael Schwartz, Linda Stone Loeb ( is the director of development for the North Bronx Healthcare Network. This network is made up of the Jacobi Medical Center and the North Central Bronx Hospital.

Working as an ob/gyn in a hospitalist program has enabled Jose Cortes ( to achieve patient safety and a balanced lifestyle.He and wife Stephanie have been enjoying the beauty of New Mexico in their free time. He would love to hear from Raymond Soohoo, Peter Tam, and Joni Young-Torres. Further south in San Antonio, TX, Robert Feldman ( is the general manager at the Radisson Hill Country Resort and Spa. He and wife Gracia enjoy traveling and tennis activities with their son Marc. Thomas Riegelman ( is enjoying life in the West where he can hike, trout fish, and snowboard, depending on the season. He is the VP of technical services and construction at the Yellowstone Club world facilities around the world. He spends much of his time in Big Sky,MT, where he lives with his wife Susan Achinapura '80.

Chris Dunn ( is a principal at the California offices of Edaw, a land planning, environmental, and landscape architecture firm. He leads the firm's mountain resort and community design practice.When he's not working he enjoys skiing, ski racing, golfing, and motorcycle riding in the Sierras and elsewhere. Recently he visited Bali to tour 18 different resorts.He also visited Edaw offices in Shanghai and Hong Kong to explore opportunities for design of resorts in Asia. Jackie Lutz Geiger (jgeiger@ and husband Greg '82 are also enjoying life in Palos Verdes Estates, CA. Jackie is a stay-at-home mom who enjoys travel and tennis. She would like to hear from Kathy Van Buskirk '78.

Patricia Mahal Ogle ( is the senior principal engineer at Western Digital in San Jose, CA, a company that specializes in automation tooling and process for HDD development. She is also interested in solar energy and its applications and would enjoy changing her career focus to that area. She and daughter Emily enjoy swimming and golf in the California sunshine. She would love to resume contact with Helen Boyaci Crimmins, whom she last saw in Texas. Living and working in New Zealand, Ann BraunWheatley ( is the evaluation advisor at NZAID, the New Zealand Int'l Aid & Development Agency. In her spare time she and husband Chris enjoy spinning, meditation, and Qigong. Recently she has been organizing and participating in an annual trip to the Dzachuka Valley in Eastern Tibet. She would love to hear from Cindy Cincebox Doyle and Amanda Timberlake.

Jody HillerWinter ( writes from Vienna, VA, that she is a principal at JFW Consulting LLC. She is pleased to announce that Cornell has joined her list of clients that includes Catholic U., George Mason U., and the Bernstein Companies. Jody and husband Steve are parents to Samantha, 16-1/2, and Maury, 12-1/2. She has been busy planning Maury's bar mitzvah. She is also the chair of the long-range planning committee at Congregation Beth Emith and the parent representative for the Median High School diving team. In nearby Maryland, Victor Priapi ( is the owner of Priapi Gardens, a retail garden center in Cecilton,MD, on the scenic Eastern Shore. He and wife Mary enjoy hiking, biking, and waterskiing when they are not busy building their business.

Also trying to build a business outside of Florida is creative director Joseph Perz ( company, Beber Silverstein Group, is an advertising and public relations firm in Miami. Joe lives in Miami Shores, where he enjoys weightlifting, painting, music, and photography. He would like to get in touch with Rick Wantuck, MPS '95. Hiram J. Frank owns a residential generator installation company in neighboring Boca Raton. In his spare time HJ enjoys golf and boating. He would like to get in touch with Kevin Gleason and can be reached at

Writing from New Hope, PA, KarenMineo announces that she recently had a new house built with her significant other, Bruno Rachwal. The house is big enough to accommodate all five of their children. They plan on building out the basement with an additional bedroom and bathroom, wet bar, pool table, and TV area. They are also adding a pool, patio, and hot tub in the spring and invite classmates to visit them in their new home. V. Scott Zelov, MBA '81, of Haverford, PA ( was recently elected a commissioner in Lower Merion Township. He is busy on numerous evenings, but is having a great time participating in local government. In Bath, PA, Daryl Robbins ( is the owner of Wheel Collision Center. His company specializes in wheel sales and repairs. Recently he entered a triathlon with his brother-in-law that included biking, canoeing, speed-walking, and more biking. He finished 26th out of 1,465 entrants.

Your class correspondents would love to hear from you, so send us an e-mail and let us know what's going on in your life. The column is only as good as the news you send us.Write to us at, or directly: -- Kathy Zappia Gould,; Cynthia Ahlgren Shea,; and Cindy Williams,