Class of 1958
Please send your notes to class secretary Jill Hirst Scobie or directly to the BAM at alumni_magazine@ brown.edu.
Jodi Levine Avergun (see Jerry Levine ’58).
Copresident Sandy McFarland Taylor has left her Manhattan co-op for the quieter joys of Tuxedo Park, N.Y., living with one of her daughters. Since Sandy had visited there for many summers and throughout the year, she was already well acquainted with Tuxedo Park. She remains very engaged with the local Episcopal parish, having at one time served on its vestry.
Hays Rockwell has put the quieter time caused by the pandemic to good use. He has written two memoirs. One is focused upon persons who influenced his life and the second recounts all the places he and his wife lived throughout their lives. He’s also written about the year of the pandemic so that future generations may have a “real time” accounting of what it was like. The father of four and the grandfather of eight, his family is far flung: from California to Switzerland, from Boston to London, and various spots in between. Each summer the Rockwell clan normally has a grand reunion at their coastal Rhode Island home; although this was an impossibility during 2020, he does look forward to a time when they can all reassemble.
Jerry Levine’s daughter, Jodi Levine Avergun ’84, has been named one of the 500 leading lawyers in America by Lawdragon. She is the chair of White Collar Defense and Investigations at Cadwalader, Wickersham and Taft LLP, where she is a partner.
Peter Hornbostel published his second book, Come On In, I’ll Tell You A Story. He writes: “You can get it from Amazon for about $16. Classmates can get it from me at a $1 discount. So far, it’s pretty successful and lots of fun.”
Since 2005, Adrienne Arabian Baksa and her husband Richard have been running a free Buddhist correspondence course for prison inmates. Each student inmate is provided with course books, assignments, and an experienced mentor. The curriculum is designed to acquaint students not only with Buddhist theory but, more importantly, with the practices of meditation and mindfulness. These practices are considered essential in changing “unskillful” mind states (greed, anger, ignorance) into “skillful” ones (generosity, compassion, wisdom). The program has grown significantly and they now have nearly 600 students from 46 states and several foreign countries. If you are interested in learning more about their work, contact Adrienne at email@example.com.
Mary K. Miluski (see Joe and Jane Bertram Miluski ’58).
Janet Woodley Koch moved from Rehoboth Beach, Del., to the Templeton of Cary, a continuing care retirement community in North Carolina, to be near her daughter Barbara and granddaughters Nicole, Katie, and Emily.
Joseph M. Kusmiss published his second book of haiku, Spring Visitors, with Red Moon Press. His first haiku book, end of summer, was published in 2015.
Shirley Sanderson Avery is caring for an ailing spouse. She continues to be engaged with St. Andrew’s, her church in New London, N.H. She is delighted that her daughter and son-in-law have moved next door and is grateful for her son, daughter, in-laws and two grandchildren as well.
Abbe Robinson Young moved from her home in Newton, Mass., to NewBridge on the Charles in Dedham, Mass. She is enjoying herself by continuing to participate in her exercise class (at first virtually and now socially distanced but in person). She’s also learning new things and taking up new interests such as playing poker and setting up a bird feeder. She is developing a new passion, opera, with a virtual course. Her classmate, Dr. Dorothy Cotton-Pemstein, also lives at NewBridge.
Joe and Jane Bertram Miluski are staying home and keeping well, and managed a tiny Christmas socially distancing with two of their five children: Hank and Mary K. Miluski ’81. Jane is filling the days with reading, knitting, and walking but was gleefully anticipating reaching a three-day, distanced-but-live watercolor workshop in February. She remains grateful that in 2019 she realized a dream of getting most of their large family together for two weeks in a Tuscan vineyard.
Nancy Redden James volunteers with Ventures in Community, which includes various houses of worship, nonprofits, and social agencies that work together. Nancy works for its hypothermia outreach program that provides shelter for homeless people each night from December through March. Prior to the pandemic she served as an overnight chaperone and she still contributes by providing meals.
Ulysses S. (Jim) James is the conductor and music director of the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic and the artistic director of the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic Association. Some of his classmates went to a concert given by the WMP in Washington, D.C. The orchestra has not been able to perform since April due to COVID-19, but they have presented a weekly chamber music series (performed on a Friday, edited on Saturday, broadcast on Sunday at 3 p.m. and available on YouTube). James is hoping that the full orchestra will be able to begin rehearsing again in July, dependent, of course, upon the distribution of the vaccines.
Class newsletter editors John Reistrup and Jim Furlong report: “the Brown Class of 1958 website is up and running successfully, thanks to the staff at alumni relations. Simply search “Brown Class of 1958” or click on the link: https:// sites.google.com/brown.edu/brown.edu/class-of-1958. It is readable on home computers, tablets, Androids, and iPhones. However, if you are using a personal computer, not all features (like the page index) are immediately visible. In that case, items that you can’t find can be located by clicking on a “hamburger” icon (trio of lines arranged like an equal sign plus one or a side view of a hamburger). The website features many sources of information that were previously scattered. On the home page, immediately above a letter of greeting from presidents Sandy McFarland Taylor and Jim Moody, you may find out how to update your profiles, which will allow you to be in touch with other alumni in the database. It also offers news and notes about classmates (including a tribute to contemporaries who made lasting contributions to race relations as well as some light-hearted recollections about Rhode Island dining), a photo gallery immortalizing years of reunions and mini-reunions and clickable links to our Class of 1958 Newsletter, the Brown Alumni website, the Brown Insider newsletter and Brown Daily Herald, as well as the Brown Alumni Magazine.”
John Selig (see David Kramer ’53).
David Kramer was honored on Nov. 18 with the Theodore Gordon Flyfishers Founders Fund Award, which was “presented to an individual whose excellence in and outstanding dedication to environmental and water conservation serve as a model for future generations.” David writes: “I started fly-fishing at age 12 and continued for the next 70 years. In 1963, I was a founder of the Theodore Gordon Flyfishers. Over the years there have been many members who were Brown alumni, including Sara Low ’83 (one of the first women fly-fishing guides in America), John Selig ’58, and the late J. James Gordon ’52.”
It is with great regret that copresidents Jim Moody and Sandy McFarland Taylor have concluded that the plans for a fifth mini-reunion, which was to be held in Boston in the spring of 2021 (BAM Classes, June-August 2020), will have to be postponed for the time being due to ongoing concerns related to the pandemic and the health of their classmates.
Barbara Comroe Trevaskis and her husband moved from New Jersey to the Jacksonville, Florida, area to a continuing care retirement community several years ago. Like Judith Perlin, they are enjoying safe, socially distanced happy hours, as well as remote exercise classes. Thanks to the magic of Zoom, we were able to see a painting she had done. She has also been learning to do tole painting, which according to Wikipedia is “the folk art of decorative painting on tin and wooden utensils, objects, and furniture.
Judith Ann Perlin moved to a senior independent living community within the last year. She has been participating in safe, socially distanced, but still happy-to-be-there happy hours and finds this is an easy way to get to know her neighbors. She enjoys shopping at her local farmers’ market, which luckily is within walking distance.
Not to be outdone, Tom Moses has been playing tennis in Sarasota, Florida, while the temperature has been in the low nineties.
Jane Bertram Miluski, a watercolor artist, has not been able to paint of late due to the heat... alas, no air conditioning in her studio. Like many others, she has had to cancel various workshops she was scheduled to give due to the coronavirus. Once we can go about safely, she hopes to resume both her painting and her teaching. In the meantime, she’s been watching Turner Classic Movies (thank you, Ted!) and reading Sinclair Lewis.
This past July, Gil Lugossy was to have received an award for service to the public and the community from the Polish Arts Club of Trenton, New Jersey. Now, he is scheduled to receive it in 2021. By background, Gil is Hungarian American, and his late wife, Lee, was Polish American; they were longtime members and supporters of the organization.
Connie Black Engle’s son, Douglas, normally a resident of Brazil, has been sheltering in place with his parents. One of the tasks he took on was bringing all of Connie’s children’s books upstairs so that she could peruse them and decide what their destination ought to be. She has sent a bundle off to Bank Street College of Education in New York City and to the Providence Athenaeum.
Kathie Schutt Chadwick has been watching the news assiduously and reading a lot of Louise Penny, a Canadian author who is very popular with the “Angells” group. Kathie is quite musical and served as a choir director for many years. For our Zoom meeting she donned a T-shirt that had a musical staff with the following notations for meter: 6/4, 9/8, 11/16. Underneath was this brief sentence: “These are difficult times.”
Adrienne Arabian Baksa, who lives in Costa Rica, has been a lifelong (and very adept) piano player, but she is now in the process of divesting herself of a lifetime’s worth of music (books and sheet music). A formidable task. She is also passing on the work she and her husband, Richard, have done with incarcerated people. This is another formidable task.
Betty Wolin Baer has spent the last several months dealing with the after effects of a flood in her Connecticut condo. Lots of insurance, lots of logistics, and lots of dealing with contractors.
Charlie Shumway ’66 AM (see Bob Sanchez ’58).
Jim Moody ’65 ScM (see Bob Sanchez ’58).
Susan Adler Kaplan ’65 MAT (see Bob Sanchez ’58).
John Spicer, who gives his nickname as “Snowshoe,” writes about a weekend in Freedom, N.H. “It was my 93rd, granddaughter Nora’s 33rd, and grandson Sam’s 26th birthdays that we were celebrating in an extravagant former hunting lodge built for writer Corey Ford. The Airbnb description of our hillside abode hardly touched the triumph and tragedy of Ford’s “Stoney Broke” writing home. As a base for our explorations, Freedom offered an unexpected variety of hikes and climbs near a once huge volcanic blast site. Many were the presents, including recordings of favorite books by my own family. It was clear, however, that my creative family were the best presents of all.”
Bob Sanchez continues his extraordinarily active life. The Brown Club has provided many interesting and engaging programs and outings: talks from faculty and administrators about campus and academic activities, a visit to the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami, a visit to an Everglades nature preserve, and a trip to Fort Myers to watch the Boston Red Sox. Bob attended a gathering at which the New Curriculum was the topic of discussion. “A number of those attending the gathering were actually on campus during the negotiations among the faculty, the administration, and the students. Robert Lynch ’69 was active in the brouhaha over the NROTC remaining or leaving. He wrote an interesting piece putting the events in context, The Almost Forgotten Story of How Brown University’s New Curriculum was Nearly Derailed by Subterfuge.” Bob keeps in touch with: Stan Dobson, Jim Furlong, Warren Healey, George Held, Pete Howard, Susan Adler Kaplan ’65 MAT, Jerry Levine, Jim Moody ’65 ScM, Tom Moses, John Reistrup, Charlie Shumway ’66 AM, Sandy McFarland Taylor, Bill Traub ’59, George Vandervoort, and Roger Williams.
Kenneth Kurze’s wife, Ingrid Fischer Kurze, died in May 2019. Since Kenneth was an officer in the Foreign Service, they shared a life of travel and adventure. She gave birth to her daughter and three sons, each in a different country: India, Nepal, Morocco, and Washington, D.C. She was an avid hiker, skier, trekker, and traveler.
Judith Katz Block’s husband, Kean Block (Yale ’53, Harvard Business School ’55) died in March after 61 years of marriage and a ten-year battle with cancer. His career was primarily in finance. He was very active volunteering in their community and was the president of the Yale Club in Chicago for several years.
Betty Belknap Stirling’s granddaughter, Amber Demers, graduated from Salem State University in June, while her younger sister, Jennelle, graduated from Pentucket High School and will enter Dean College this fall—both are honor students. The rest of her grandchildren are either college graduates or currently attending college.
Class secretary Jill Hirst Scobie reports: “Copresident Jim Moody is proposing that we have our fifth ‘mini-reunion’ in Boston, either in the fall of 2020 or the spring of 2021. Boston is a charming historic city rich in culture with wonderful museums and galleries, music venues from the BSO to Passim’s and everything in between—restaurants of every style and ethnicity, theaters, parks, glorious public sculpture, etc. So much to do, see, and enjoy. Jim is looking for some ’58s who would volunteer to see this event to its successful completion. If you would be interested, please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. This is a wonderful way to renew old friendships and hold this thought...time, it is a wastin’.”
Pat Fogarty-Cavagnaro writes: “I have been in Italy for 45 years, married here, and have a son who’s been sent as a parish priest to just south of Amsterdam, Holland. My first 15 years were in Florence, where I taught English at Scuola Superiore per Interpreti e Traduttori and did lots of translations as well as my own writing. The last 30 years I have lived in Rome, where I started an English series on Italian arts for a Roman publisher. After that I did freelance work, translations, and further writing and book columns. On the non-work side, living in Florence and Rome is just as amazing as you might imagine. My memories of Pembroke and Brown remain strong, especially working with many classmates on The Pembroke Record and in the Student Government Association.”
On October 26, the Brown University Corporation dedicated a memorial to Trustee Ken McDaniel. The memorial is an engraved concrete block lining a brick walkway in the Maddock Alumni Center gardens. Ken died on June 11, 2019, just 16 days after celebrating his 50th class reunion (See Farewell, BAM Obituaries, September/October). Following the dedication, the Class of 1969 presented a 154-page book created and published by his classmate Thelma Austin. The title is A Faithful Servant: Biographical Tribute to Kenneth Harrison McDaniel, 1947-2019. In addition to his biographical summary, the book features 24 tributes. Tributes were from President Christina Paxson and seven current and emeriti trustees, including Bernicestine McLeod Bailey ’68, Harold Bailey ’70, Sheryl Grooms Brissett Chapman ’71, Spencer Crew ’71, Galen V. Henderson ’93 MD, Susan Adler Kaplan ’58, ’65 MAT, and Preston Tisdale ’73. Nine classmates who contributed were Linda Abbott Antonucci, Phyllis Cunningham-Hutson, Gail DeCosta, Ido Jamar ’74 ScM, ’77 PhD, Anderson Kurtz, class president Joseph Petteruti, Theodore Sherrod, Wesley Smith, and Randall Ward. Two other alumni also contributed: Glenn Dixon ’70 and Russell Malbrough ’98. Others who contributed were professor Françoise Hamlin, Reza Clifton, Paul Simas, Stanley Thompson, and Rev. Adam Young. Copies of the book were presented to President Christina Paxson; Ken’s wife, Susan McDaniel; and the John Hay Library. All alumni are encouraged to have their autobiographies and biographies archived in the John Hay Library.
Bob Sanchez continues to interview Brown applicants and represents Brown at “College Night” at Golden Gate High School. He writes many letters to the editor (Naples Daily News) and articles for the Pelican Bay Post and serves as president of both the Pelican Bay Property Owners Association (14,000 residents) and the Reserve Officers Association. After 10 years, he is turning over the presidency of the Brown Club but remains on the board. He leads Great Decisions seminars for the Council on World Affairs and serves on the Golden Apple Committee for Collier County, which recognizes outstanding teachers and awards grants to worthwhile schoolroom projects. He manages to play tennis and bridge three times a week.
Ellen Lowenstein Boschwitz completed a year-long yoga course and is now a certified yoga instructor and is teaching classes. Her husband of 63 years, former U.S. Senator Rudy Boschwitz, remains deeply involved with his former Senate colleagues.
Class secretary Jill Hirst Scobie reports: “Once again, the old Angell House ‘Angells’ were lucky enough to gather for several days right after Labor Day at the Jersey shore (Beach Haven, Long Beach Island). Joe and Jane Bertram Miluski were our warm and welcoming hosts. This was the first time that Betty Wolin Baer attended. Hooray for that! Lois Dean was our photographer and videographer. Hooray for that! Coming from California, Judith Ann Perlin travelled the farthest distance. Hooray for that! Roz Kennedy Johnson kept us in stitches. Hooray for that! And I write about it in the BAM. Dick Scobie (Dartmouth ’56) became an honorary Angell by entertaining us all with his beachside bagpiping.
“On Alumni Weekend, Jim Furlong, John Reistrup, and I received the annual Alumni Service Award ‘by developing an exceptional communication strategy and digital plan…[they] have kept their class meaningfully connected.’ You’ll be glad to know that the interactive newsletter developed by John and Jim is ‘so popular, it is being included in the Brown University archive.’ Class co-presidents Sandy McFarland Taylor and Jim Moody, along with Jim’s wife Donna Moody, also attended. Highpoints of the evening were addresses by President Paxson and Spencer R. Crew ’71, a brilliant historian who is currently serving as the interim director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. There were several other ’58s in attendance, including Susan Adler Kaplan ’65 MAT, but, alas, we didn’t meet.”
Tom Moses and his wife, Judy, are still playing tennis at their local tennis club. Tom writes: “We play with one 86-year-old former food critic from Los Angeles who is still quick, and another who went to the Ohio National Finals. Each summer we venture to the Georgia mountains in Hiawassee on Lake Chatuge. There we join old friends and some former tournament players three times per week at the community center. In our home town of Sarasota, we play in the mornings despite heat indexes reaching 100 or better. Once, the local fire department arrived, thankfully, in a small red truck and used flat dental floss to remove my ring from the swollen finger.”
Ulysses S. (Jim) James writes: “Nancy Redden James and I are both fine, she’s busy with the Quaker Meeting (Society of Friends) next to Fort Belvoir and I with the orchestras. I oversee two youth orchestras and conduct an adult orchestra in the D.C. metropolitan area, the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic. The Philharmonic had an interesting 2018-19 season because 14 of the 16 works we performed were composed by women. The music was wonderful and included music from Boulanger and Farrenc to McTee and Higdon. This season we’ll continue performing at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial in Alexandria and at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax. I’d be happy to provide two complimentary tickets to any classmate wishing to attend a concert. Please contact me at least a day prior to the concert at email@example.com or 703-799-8229. The concert schedule may be found at www.wmpamusic.org.”
Russell Pierce claims to be the only member of the Class of 1953 to march in the 251st Commencement procession. “I was especially proud that our family now has three generations of Brown graduates, including my wife Anne Guerry Pierce ’58, our daughter Betsy Pierce Dallapé ’86, and son Russell B. Pierce Jr. ’87 and his wife Lisa Strauss Pierce ’87, and their son Ethan G. Pierce ’19. Two other grandsons, Charles Dallapé ’22 and James Dallapé ’23, round out our family list. I ponder whether our family will end up with more Brown degrees than the original Brown family!”
Emil Soucar writes: “I am a retired Temple University emeritus associate professor. Since retirement in 2010, I have had a small counseling psychology practice in Wenonah, New Jersey. My wife of 51 years passed away in 2011. My daughter, Beth Soucar ’91, also has a psychology practice in Newtown, Pennsylvania, and my son Robert is a landscaping artist.”
Dick Lang writes: “After I married Susan Haydock Lang ’59 and graduated from law school we moved to Kalamazoo, Michigan, where I was a trust attorney with a bank for four years. I then practiced law and was a partner with a firm for 21 years handling civil law matters and doing a considerable amount of trial work, including appellate practice. We later moved to our cherry farm in Northport, Michigan, and I became general counsel for Wolverine Power Cooperative for 11 years. After 36 years of full-time law practice I retired at age 62 from Wolverine and started a part-time law practice (representing many clients and also doing some pro bono work). At age 75, I am fully retired and have stayed involved in organizations including the Lions Club and our church. We have three grown children and six grandchildren. Susan, after teaching, retail work, art work, and nursing home employment, has developed dementia and I am her caregiver, but she is still able to knit, read, and be active as much as possible with friends. I now have heart disease, but we’ve had a good life. We remember many friends at Brown and say ‘hello’ to you.”
Dick Carolan writes: “Last fall Hugo Mainelli, Ed Eastman, and I lunched together in Newport, Rhode Island, with Joe Tebo, who was on an East Coast cruise. It was a great time.”
Class secretary Jill Hirst Scobie reports for Jerry Levine: “It is my sad duty to pass on news for Jerry Levine. In October his son, James H. Levine, died suddenly of a massive heart attack at work, just two weeks shy of his 53rd birthday. He leaves sisters Jodi Levine Avergun ’84 and Debby Levine Rifkin (UMass ’85), and mother Linda Paige-Levine (Columbia ’66, NYU ’68).”
Gloria Markoff Winston writes: “Since 2008 I have been living at Laurelmead. I have spent my winters in Palm Beach, Florida, since 1982 and fully returned to Providence (no more ‘snow birding’) in 2015. I have everything I need in life except Florida sunshine so I take my vitamin D pills every day. I play duplicate bridge every week and join the poker game at night and still find time to volunteer at Miriam Hospital. Many of my life-long friends that I followed to Laurelmead are no longer here, but I am surrounded by new friends, many of whom are also members of the Brown family, including Paul Alexander ’67, ’69 ScM; Janet McWain Colby ’60; Rosemary Mizener Colt ’84 PhD; Abraham Ehrenhaus ’45; Marilyn Silverman Ehrenhaus ’49; Deborah Mulcare ’68; John Schultz ’62 ScM,’68 PhD; Daniel Siegel ’57; Eugene Weinberg ’51; Robert Wood ’58; Louise Wood ’75 MAT; and Lucinda Dohanian-Welch ’00. We also have many esteemed Brown faculty members, past and present, including Lewis Lipsitt, Robert Davis, Laura Durand, Frank Durand, Francis McNelis, Gordon Wood, John Coleman, Annette Coleman, Robert E. Lanou, Richard Yund, and Nancy C. Rhodes, who was an associate director of admissions at Brown.”
Bob Sanchez writes: “With two sets of twin grandchildren (4 years and 18 years), we are watching them enter preschool and college, respectively. We visit them in Connecticut at Christmas and they visit us in Florida during spring break. I am still busy heading up the Pelican Bay Property Owners Association, the Reserve Officers Association, and the Brown Club. I’m still interviewing Brown applicants, still playing tennis and bridge two or three times each week, and still writing letters and articles for the Naples Daily News and the Pelican Bay Post. We’re fully recovered after riding out Hurricane Irma, which passed right over our heads here in Naples.”
Hays Rockwell writes: “We’re still living in rural Rhody in the house we had built 17 years ago. Among the visits to the doctor that our age group knows well, I am working on another small memoir, mainly for the readership of our children and theirs. It’s about the places where we’ve lived and worked and the ways in which each shaped what passes for my character. Of course, Brown is one such place. I especially liked writing that chapter.”
Lee Jacobus ’59 AM writes: “Joanna and I met Anita and Gus White over the holidays at the home of a mutual friend. We had a good talk/mini-reunion. In February, I had lunch with Ned Perkins ’59, and Bill Chadwick ’58, both of whom now live nearby. We had some reminiscences of Brown in the days of our youth.”
C. William Stamm enjoyed a Brown Travelers trip to Copenhagen, Oslo, and Bergen. He writes: “Beautiful scenery and good traveling companions. Brown trips are fun.”
Bill Johnston writes: “Like most of us I’ve had some losses of friends and family but I, my wife, and kids are fine. I still share an office with another faculty member at nearby Babson College working with MBA students. They are starting to suspect that my technical experience dates back to the discovery of fire, so my days are numbered. Before my almost 30 years at Babson, my 30 years’ work at our company, Kidde-Fenwal, did give me a chance to develop and manufacture fire detection and extinguishing systems. I continue to golf and ski (very carefully). Hope you all can remain active and useful.”
Joyce Gillespie Briggs again hosted a Pembroke mini—a group designated as the G-7. This year Raya McCully Goff, Anne Walter Lowenthal, and Sandy McFarland Taylor attended this gathering, along with honorary member, Bob Goff ’57. Barbie Chaplin, Sue Haneman Ayers Phelps, and Anne Guerry Pierce have been participants in earlier years.
David P. Prescott writes: “I am about to mark my ninth year in Santa Fe, after having spent all of my prior life on the East Coast. My wife of seven years, Patricia Cloud, and I continue to travel extensively. This past summer we joined the Brown Travelers Rhine River Cruise, meeting up with Gordon ’54 and Joan Edgley Webster ’58, whom we first got to know on a Brown Travelers Baltic Cruise a few years ago. I keep in touch with my former roommate Lee Berk.”
Charles Connell writes: “I retired in 2013 after 51 years of teaching German language, literature, history, and culture at the college level. Of those years, 45 were at Cornell College in Iowa, which remained peaceful during my stay. Now we live in a life-care community in Cedar Rapids, where we decline in comfort.”
Virginia Abrams Mead writes: “My husband, Dr. Richard Key Mead, died in January 2016. At the time of his retirement in 2000 he was awarded emeritus associate professor in medicine. He started as a clinical instructor at the inception of the Warren Alpert Medical School, a volunteer position while he continued his practice in primary care/cardiology. I have been teaching decoupage for thirteen years at the Handicraft Club at the corner of College and Benefit streets. Our first grandson is at Cornell, our first granddaughter is at the University of San Francisco.”
Doe Cotton-Pemstein ’58 writes, “I am living in an elder community in Dedham, Massachusetts. I play the piano frequently in an Alzheimer’s unit, songs of the ’40s and ’50s. Participants often sing every word.” Doe plans to begin playing in other dementia units. She has also written a booklet based on many years of leading a widow/widower support group at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. It’s available online at www.outoftheark.weebly.com.
Jodi Levine Avergun (see Jerry Levine ’58).
Sandra Giles Perrault writes: “Some former Sharpe House girls have stayed in touch for over 60 years and get together periodically. Those who live in Massachusetts—Johanne Bennett Morrison, Pat Pennal MacKenzie, Judith Lister Yelle, and me—gather throughout the year to celebrate our respective birthdays. We have also traveled extensively together since 1994. Twice a year we visit with Joan Wallace Hawkinson and her husband, Don ’58, when they come to Maine from Minneapolis. We also stay in touch with Anne Crook-all Hockenos (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) and Jan Yeutter Shapiro (Rochester, N.Y.). Judy Yelle moved into assisted living after the death of her husband, Lou. Pat MacKenzie and her husband, Don MacKenzie ’57, sold their home in Acton and moved to Concord. We are all looking forward to our 60th reunion next year.”
Class secretary Jill Hirst Scobie reports: “Our 60th reunion began with a cocktail party at the Faculty Club, followed by dinner. Professor Martha Sharp Joukowsky gave a timely and fascinating talk about United States and Turkish relations and the implications for NATO. This was followed by a tribute to the late Gerry Alaimo. For the intrepid, Campus Dance; for others, camaraderie or bed. Saturday morning, the all-class memorial service at Sayles, forums throughout the morning as well as a chance to hear President Paxson. Saturday afternoon, Brown and Pembroke luncheons under the same tent followed by a class panel discussion: Jim Furlong on U.S. newspapers’ fight for survival, Bill Jesdale on secondary education, Mike Trotter on what’s to become of the legal profession, Jill Hirst Scobie on the women’s movement (sorry, Jane Bertram Miluski, there should have been time for you). This followed by a dinner in a tent adjacent to the new engineering building followed by class awards. Again, for the energetic, Waterfire in downtown Providence. Sunday morning: the unforgettable and unmissable march down the hill. Then a ‘winding down’ event at the concluding luncheon at the Acoaxet Club in Westport, Mass. Special thanks to Jim Moody and Sandy McFarland Taylor, our copresidents, for all their organizing efforts as well as our terrific Alumni Office staff person, Maren Nelson. A job well done by all. A further thanks to Stan Dobson, Jim Furlong, Jane Bertram Miluski, and Bob Wood for all their work and efforts as well.”
Judith Ann Perlin writes from Berkeley, Calif., that she still goes “dancing to the old-time jazz of the ’20s and ’30s, albeit much more slowly and creakily than in days of yore.” She lives in gratitude for her great good fortune to be living in her comfortable home, in a town she loves, with good friends, family, and lots of enjoyable things to do nearby.
Don MacKenzie describes himself as “more or less retired.” He attends a few board meetings each month and calls it work. He has also retired from the job as the Acton, Mass., Town Moderator after 40 years and 40 elections.
For the last two and a half years, Jane Fliegner Blythe has been involved in active work to save a parcel of land from development by working with the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast, helping to raise money to buy the land from a developer and to significantly lower the taxes of persons currently living in the proposed tax district.
Larry McMaster and wife Carolyn (Cornell ’71), started a commercial blueberry farming operation. Larry writes: “Hugely expensive and hugely demanding of sweat equity. Those 6,036 bushes were planted in April 2017 and are not in the least forgiving of any lapse in care and nurture. Nevertheless, we have high hopes for delicious pies in our future. If our efforts play out according to plan, we might even enjoy some income along with those pies. I remember reading a recent post by a classmate; ‘The best way to keep going is just to keep going.’”
Jane Fleigner Blythe is planning her fourth annual grandmother/granddaughter trip with her 16-year-old granddaughter, Alexis, and highly recommends it. They have stayed at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah for a week, spent several days at a hotel in the Turks and Caicos Islands, and last year stayed in Sanibel and Siesta Key (Sarasota, Fla.). This year it was ziplining in Costa Rica. She writes: “It is beyond wonderful to be able to share these special times with my only grandchild.”
Class secretary Jill Hirst Scobie reports: “Greetings to the great class of 1958. Here’s hoping that many of us will gather for our 60th reunion May 25–27, 2018. On Friday, May 25, check-in is at Wriston Quad. Rooms are available for approximately $70 per person in the Keeney Quad, where the rooms have recently been redone and there is an elevator. Be advised that there are no bathrooms in the rooms. If you are planning to room off campus, please make your reservation ASAP as accommodations are going fast and some hotels are running in the $400–$500 range per night and require a three-night minimum. The schedule is as follows: Wine/ beer gathering in one of the lounges in Keeney Quad for ’58 only (3–5 pm) followed by a reception and dinner at the Faculty Club (6–11 pm). We hope to have Dr. Martha Sharp Joukowsky speak on U.S. relations with Turkey and their implications for NATO. For those who do not choose to attend Campus Dance, camaraderie will continue until 11:00 p.m. at the Faculty Club. On Saturday, May 26, there will be university activities, meeting with the president, lectures, and forums with various professors from 8 a.m. until noon. There will be separate class luncheons for Pembroke and Brown alumni under tents adjacent to Maddock Alumni Center (noon–2 pm); class panel discussions in Joukowsky Hall, and more lectures by faculty and honorary degree recipients (2–4 pm). A reception and dinner will be held under a tent in the Starr Plaza located behind the Watson Institute on Thayer Street (6–10 pm) with class awards and an opportunity for another lecture by a class member. Afterglow will be in our designated lounge in the Keeney Quad at 10 p.m. On Sunday, May 27, we will march down the Hill (and, hopefully, back up again), and we will have a final luncheon at the Acoaxet Club, Westport, Mass. (1–3 pm). Personal transportation will be needed for the Sunday luncheon. Our goal is to keep all dinners at our traditional level of $58.00 per person.”
Carol and Frank Young are looking forward to moving to Kendal, a life-care community in Pennsylvania. After surviving the loss of their family home by fire and Frank’s stroke, it has been a challenging 18 months. They look forward to benefiting from the many support systems that are in place there. Many family members have resided there so they expect to feel right at home. The presence of a large extended family in the area and manageable distances for their children to visit are two added benefits.
Pat Patricelli joined Brown Travelers for a trip to the Netherlands and to Brussels on a river cruise. Pat writes: “Tiptoed through the tulips, saw some fabulous art, cruised the canals, and heard interesting lectures by Brown Professor Emeritus Duncan Smith.”
Early in October, Barbara Chaplin, Jim Furlong (Dick’s freshman roommate), Joyce Gillespie Briggs, and Sandy McFarland Taylor, responding to an invitation extended by his widow, Lynne, attended a ceremony in Monroe, Conn., to honor Dick Emmons, who died last February. Dick was cited by Connecticut Aquatic Resources Education for spending hours since 2003 teaching youth, families, children with special needs, and military veterans how to fish. CARE placed a commemorative bench near the shore of Great Hollow Lake in Monroe embossed with a brass plaque which noted that Dick was a “compelling raconteur . . . who shared his passion for fishing and fish tales with kids and their families.”
Kate Kissane Whistler retired from the CIA 15 years ago. She and her husband, Len Whistler ’55, have been traveling ever since. Having lived in South American countries over the years, they are now concentrating on the rest of the world. Their favorite trips to date include South Africa, New Zealand, Istanbul, and cruising the Rhine.
From the November/December 2017 Issue
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Barbara Florop Doolittle continues to work as a substitute teacher at a neighborhood elementary school. She writes that she has arrived at an impressive milestone—she donated her 140th pint of blood and is grateful that her health still allows her to do this.
Raya McCully Goff and her husband, Robert Goff ’57, celebrated their 60th and are now great-grandparents.
Brenda Williams McLean writes she is still a California resident, still a history buff, and still a New Englander at heart.
Richard Montgomery is still in Pittsburgh and plans to be in Providence for our 60th.
Aileen and William Murck missed the New York City mini-reunion because they were in Bermuda with their youngest son, his wife, and grandson.
Pat Patricelli has been taking courses at Babson Univ., one on the history of journalism, the other on American architecture. She’s also been to the Netherlands with Brown Travelers.
Alan Rosenberg and his wife, Anita, are still dividing their time between New York City and Boca Raton, Fla. He writes: “After successful heart valve surgery, I found my activity level was not affected, and it may have even led to an improved golf game.”
Bob Sanchez writes: “We had a very successful outcome again this year with Brown applications. Eight acceptances out of 56 applications. Our Brown Club of Southwest Florida is thriving, with a busy calendar ahead. Our ‘Out to Lunch Bunch’ still meets for our monthly luncheons during the hot months of summer.”
Judy Sargent Weaver’s husband, Bill, suffered a stroke and passed away. Their three children and grandchildren have been very supportive. Judy is beginning the arduous task of moving out of the longtime family home.
From the September/October 2017 Issue
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Bill Corrigan was the recipient of a 2017 Brown Athletics Appreciation Award in recognition of his volunteer service to the Bears’ ice hockey program over the past 60 years. The presentation took place at Brown’s Ninth Annual Senior Athlete Celebration and Awards Luncheon held at the Biltmore Hotel in Providence.
Bernard Asher, a recipient of his hospital’s “2017 Health Care Hero” award, has retired from the active practice of general surgery after 45 years. He and his wife, Lilian, continue to live in Batavia, N.Y., albeit now in a house where one can avoid stairs. They also have a condo in Skaneateles, close to their children, and he still pursues his avocation, aviation. Bernie writes: “Life continues to be fun.”
Bob Blakely ’59 MAT and Nancy Nichols took a small-ship cruise to the Maritime Jewels of the British Isles in July. They enjoy wintering in Cape Coral, Fla., and are anticipating the class of 1958’s 60th reunion.
Bert Clark, who was an air force aviator for 21 years, enjoys reading nonfiction, especially when it is related to his former profession, as well as playing bridge twice monthly and “nickel-and-dime” poker once a month. He and wife, Sharon, attend group meetings with their Lutheran “teaching” pastor in their adopted home in the Pacific Northwest. Bert further enjoys his newest family member, a great-grandson.
Dorothy Cotton-Pemstein has been pleased with the wider publication of her booklet “Out of the Ark,” which deals with the loss of a life partner and the ensuing grief. More information can be found at www.outoftheark.weebly.com
Stan Dobson represented the class of 1958 in the march down College Hill. He’s done this for close to 40 years and has a goal of someday being able to lead the procession, but suggests that that might still be 15 years away. He enjoyed some of the many interesting Commencement forums, including “Learning from Elephants to Treat Patients with Cancer,” which focused on why elephants don’t develop cancer and how their genes can be used as treatments for breast cancer.
Bob Feldman writes that his son, Stephen Feldman ’89, has played with Team USA on the 2017 Great Grand Masters Beach Ultimate Champions, beating Canada in the final 13–4. Bob asked him if he intended to wear his medal to his law office, and Stephen retorted that he would, but only during depositions.
Pete Howard, attempting to garden in Arlington, Mass., writes that he has endured “a near Biblical plague of rabbits.” Despite his cleverly enclosing the vegetable garden with 2x3-inch fencing, the baby rabbits decimated seven of his 18 pepper plants. Pete outfoxed them with 1-inch chicken wire.
Lois Lowry has been traveling to Botswana, South Africa, France, Germany, and Cuba, with her spouse-equivalent, Howard Corwin, a physician. Both were widowed six years ago and write that they “discovered that life still had lots of adventures and romance.” Their next trip will be to northern Spain. As if that weren’t enough excitement, Lois is looking forward to an animated film based on her book The Willoughbys.
Ludlow Miller and his wife, Babbie, have moved from Philadelphia to Stonebridge Creek, a continuing care retirement community, in the town of Pleasanton in northern California, in order to be closer to two of their children and five of their grandchildren. They write: “The community provides lots of new friends, activities, and, fortunately for me, new golf friends.” They are enjoying their new home and exploring the state of California.
Scott Roberts has moved to Linden Ponds in Hingham, Mass. Scott has eight grandchildren, ages 11 through 21, and he sees them weekly. He is anticipating the class of 1958 60th reunion next year, which will dovetail nicely with the 30th of his son William Roberts ’88.
Kirk Smith and his wife, Anne, had a vacation in Spain, ibex hunting in both the Gredos and Beceite regions, where they obtained trophy animals. On a more urban note, they also visited both Segovia and Madrid, enjoying the beauty of the country and the delights of the cuisine. Later, they went game hunting in the Limpopo Province of South Africa, where they enjoyed a comfortable lodge, good company, and excellent food. Again, game animals were abundant, and they added to their trophy collection.
Barbara Shipley Boyle is living happily in San Francisco, playing duplicate bridge, and thinking seriously about heading back to Providence for the class of 1958 60th reunion. She still gets together with a group of local Pembrokers once a year.
Charles Shumway ’66 AM visited Sun Valley, Idaho, where he has both family and friends, hopeful that he would survive the 6,000-foot elevation. Charles writes: “I’m still a political junkie, reading editorials from at least two newspapers every day and The Economist, which in my opinion is the only weekly magazine worth reading.” Charles looks forward to the next class of 1958 mini-reunion.
From the July/August 2017 Issue
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Eugene A. Brickash writes: “Still alive, active, looking good! I take trips to Rhode Island about once a year, fewer to the rest of New England. Here at Heritage Hunt, a private community in Virginia, I golf and dive and used to sing and act in theater. My wife is a singer and director. I’m a retired professor after teaching various English classes for 35 years at Roger Williams Univ. I no longer drive—my wife does—and I live at my desk in the corner of the garage. I’m carving driftwood into small wooden art pieces and dabbling with poetry writing. Here’s to all of you still alive—make the most of it with wife, kids and grandkids.”
Anne Browne Easton writes: “Happy to hear of the mini-reunion’s success. We are happily retired, George from the ministry and me from running a regional high school media center. We have three wonderful daughters and four grandchildren. Family life is so precious.”
George Held published his 20th poetry collection through Goldfish Press Seattle. He writes: “This book is about the rural environs of Oneonta, New York, where my wife, Cheryl, and I spend part of each summer. I will participate in a full-moon walk in Bridgehampton, Long Island, where I’ll be reading my moon poems.”
Joel D. Katz writes: “Doing well—last man standing in the family business but still going. Saw my first grandchild get married in June.”
Stephen Kurtz writes: “This winter, Audrey and I took two weeks in St. Thomas and one week in Key West, Florida. Looking forward to the next reunion, our 60th, in 2018.”
Alan Rosenberg writes: “Anita and I are still living part-time in New York City and Boca Raton, Florida. Had a successful heart valve surgery last year; it hasn’t affected my activity and may have even have improved my golf game. Sorry to have missed October’s mini-reunion.”
C. William Stamm writes: “Life at Essex Meadows, a retirement community in Essex, Connecticut, continues to be great. We are heading to Barbados for a two-week cruise on the Royal Clipper. In August, we will cruise to Scotland, Iceland, and Norway on another two-week adventure. Traveling while we still can!”
Sandy McFarland Taylor enjoyed the Chattertocks performance in New York City this past winter, where all the “Chats” alumnae were invited on stage to sing the final song, My Funny Valentine. Sandy’s daughter, Sarah Taylor Rountree ’90, and grandson Brody, 11, spent a week at Longboat Key in Florida last winter. Sandy also enjoyed a week in St. Croix with Sarah, Brody, and son-in-law John Rountree ’90, where they ran into Martha Sharp Joukowsky and Artemis ’55 at a local restaurant where the Joukowsky clan was enjoying a family reunion.This summer Sandy and daughter Anne Taylor Madden ’86 intend to visit granddaughter Allie, 17, on the Brown campus while she participates in a music program there.
Sally Nichols Tracy and Martha Collins Keen write: “We will be celebrating our great good fortune as Pembrokers, 1950s Brown alumnae, and friends for all these years with reunions in Richmond, Virginia, and on Cape Cod.”
Last fall Mike Trotter, senior counsel at Taylor English Duma LLP in Atlanta, taught The Evolution of the Practice of Law and Law Practice Economics at Emory’s law school and more recently The Future Practice of Law. His new book, What’s to Become of the Legal Profession?, was published through CreateSpace and is available on Amazon.
From the May/June 2017 Issue
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Ron Offenkrantz (see Paul Lipsitt ’50).
Stan Dobson writes that his business, Soccer International Inc., is in its 41st year and he’d enjoy hearing from anyone who’s buying soccer balls for their school or local club (youth or adult). He claims he can still carry 50 of them in each hand for 50 yards (yup, deflated and in a box!).
Richard Dunn moved from the Boston area to Bristol, N.H., where he enjoys living just half an hour from several ski areas and growing cherries, peaches, blueberries, and raspberries to stay healthy.
In February, there was a gallery talk on Picturing Math at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City featuring a number of works that Bob Feldman (Parasol Press, fine art prints) had published, including the complete Concinnitas portfolio. Interestingly enough, the portfolio includes an aquatint by David Mumford, a Brown emeritus professor of mathematics and a Fields Medal winner. Ten other mathematicians and physicists were asked to write what they considered to be the most beautiful mathematical expression, and their replies were turned into 22-by-30-inch aquatints.
Ruthy and Walter Gale moved to Eagle’s Trace, a continuing-care retirement community in West Houston, Tex. They write: “As for many, this involved the blood, sweat, and tears of downsizing, but we have met with some old friends and feel blessed.”
Joan and Warren Healey escaped at least part of this past winter by travelling to Manaus, Brazil, cruising the Amazon, and finishing their trip in Rio de Janeiro.
Mary Marinelli Gizzarelli and her daughter, Claudia, are the directors of Northeast Pageants of America, featuring children one month to 12 years, with judges who are model agents seeking new faces for ads, packaging, and commercials. The children are judged on their appearance in dressy attire on the runway. Winners in each category receive a $300 U.S. Savings Bond. Mary considers this an opportunity for these young people “to gain confidence and poise” while displaying their charm.
Robert P. Sanchez writes: “The Brown Club is alive and healthy here in Naples, Florida. I interviewed some outstanding applicants for the class of 2020. Jill Hirst Scobie is doing a great job with class notes as our class secretary . Go, Bruno!”
Sandy McFarland Taylor enjoyed a week in St. Croix with her daughter Sarah ’90, son-in-law John Rountree ’90 and their son Brody. Sandy writes: “We were delighted to run into Martha Sharp Joukowsky and Artemis ’55 at a local restaurant where the Joukowsky clan was enjoying a family reunion.”
Joe Vanable is writing a book on mental illness based on the honors course he taught at Purdue. It deals not only with the illnesses themselves, but their biological basis and amenability to treatment, as well as such issues as the lack of access to treatment, stigmatization, misguided public policy, and the preponderance of the mentally ill to be found in the prison system.
From the March/April 2017 Issue
Class secretary Jill Hirst Scobie asks that you send your news to her.
Raya McCully Goff, Anne Walter Lowenthal, Sandy McFarland Taylor, and Anne Guerry Pierce convened in Litchfield, Conn., at the home of Joyce Gillespie Briggs. They were joined by two dedicated ’58 devotees: Bob Goff ’57 and Russell Pierce ’53. Some of them took an edifying and illuminating trip to the Litchfield Distillery.
George Held published a new chapbook of moon poems, PHASED II (Poets Wear Prada, 2016). One of its poems has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, his ninth such nomination.
Martha Sharp Joukowsky (see Dewey S. Wigod ’84).
Both Audrey and Steve Kurtz write that they enjoyed the New York mini-reunion a great deal. They also had an especially wonderful Thanksgiving because their entire family was together for the first time in many years, including their daughter and their daughter-in-law, both considered cancer-free: “Such a great cause for celebration.” Steve continues to interview Brown applicants.
Jerry Levine attended the New York mini-reunion. While all were celebrating their “combined” 80th birthdays at Orsay’s Restaurant, Jerry was called forward by copresidents Sandy McFarland Taylor and Jim Moody, to be presented with a silver picture frame in gratitude for his 25-plus years of service to the class.
Jane Bertram Miluski attended the New York mini-reunion and then celebrated her 80th with three weeks in Italy, spending her birthday in Florence riding the carousel in the Piazza Della Repubblica, then dining in the Piazza della Signoria. This was followed by a brief stay in Milan, where she saw The Magic Flute at La Scala.
Jim Noonan writes that he and his wife, Ruth, are in good health, going back and forth between Florida and New Jersey, visiting their five children and four grandchildren. Jim plays as much golf as he can.
Ron Offenkrantz had a law review article published: “Sua Sponte Actions in the Appellate Courts: The ‘Gorilla Rule’ Revisited” in the Univ. of Arkansas Journal of Appellate Practice and Process, Spring 2016 issue.
Bob Sanchez has served on the Collier County (Fla.) committee to select the five winners of the “Golden Apple” award, given to the outstanding teachers in the area. Bob has found it inspirational to meet these dedicated and sometimes unconventional professionals. It ties in nicely with the Leadership Institute that he is running with Robert P. Lynch ’69 in Naples, Fla.
Frank Young returned home in December after three-and-a-half months recuperating from a stroke.
From the January/February 2017 Issue
Class secretary Jill Hirst Scobie reports: “The rain poured down on those of us who attended the Class of 1958 NYC mini-reunion on Oct. 21. We began our wonderful Manhattan weekend with a delicious luncheon in the Patrons Lounge at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Some of us chose to explore several of the galleries containing Dutch old masters while hearing instructive and illuminating commentary by our own Dr. Anne Walter Lowenthal; others surveyed European art (1250–1800). That evening we gathered together again for a reception and dinner in the Ivy Room at the Cornell-Brown Club, an event that gave us time to circulate and catch up with our classmates. Saturday morning we went our separate ways, gathering later at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre to see Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Sunday morning we convened at the Orsay Restaurant, enjoying a delectable brunch, celebrating our shared 80th birthdays with a decadent chocolate cake, remembering those who are ill and those we have recently lost, and honoring former class president Jerry Levine. We salute copresidents Sandy McFarland Taylor and Jim Moody, treasurer Bob Wood, and song leader and centerpiece assembler vice president Jane Bertram Miluski for the hours of planning, logistics, arrangements, attention to detail, troubleshooting, and organization of information that made this mini-reunion possible. Attendees included Lillian and Bernie Asher, Kay Ulry Baker and daughter Caryl Baker, Mort and Janet Cohen Berfield, Carolyn Nichols Boday, Zoe and Art Bylin, Sandy and Betsy Morriss Campbell, Peggy and Bill Chadwick, Bob Cole and daughter Carolyn Cole, Lois Dean Courtney, Rosemarie and Stan Dobson, Andree and Don Dowling, Bunny and Jim Furlong, Erica Steffan-Hearst and Sheldon Hearst, Pete and Jane Loveless Howard, Meg and Paul Johnson, Roz Kennedy Johnson, Carol Batchelder Jones, Audrey and Steve Kurtz, Linda and Jerry Levine, Anne Walter Lowenthal, Jane Bertram Miluski, Lois Hodgins Monteiro ’70 PhD, Donna and Jim Moody, Carolyn and Art Parker, Pat Patricelli, Catherine and John Reistrup, Jordan Ringel and Nelsa Gidney, Betty and Paul Schaffer, Jill Hirst Scobie, Joyce and Bob Selig, Charlie Shumway ’66 AM, Libby Coe Strizzi, Gerry and Bob Tavares, Sandy McFarland Taylor, Ann and Joe Tebo, Doria Tenca, Barbara Comroe Trevaskis, and Anne and Bob Wood. Please send your news.”
Debby Karp Polonsky and her husband, Dick, have lived in Newport Beach, Calif., for 35 years. They are fortunate to have their three children and eight grandchildren living in nearby Los Angeles, where they also have a condo located near museums, restaurants, and performance venues, thus avoiding freeway traffic. They’ve collected contemporary art for many years, enjoy the local wine country, and attend music festivals in both Aspen and Vail.
Jack Selig retired in 2012 from a commercial real estate management company in Manhattan after 38 years in real estate investment sales and leasing. He and his wife, Marilyn, have been married for 54 years and enjoy traveling. They have seen much of Europe, Central America, South America, China, India, and Southeast Asia. He writes that their favorite trip was in 2014 in a villa on the crest of a Tuscan ridge with their two married children—John ’90 and Kathryn Selig Brown (Dartmouth ’87)—and five grandchildren. Jack stays in contact with roommate Steve Barkin, and they meet in Manhattan when they can to reminisce over a plate of sushi.
From the November/December 2016 Issue
Class secretary Jill Hirst Scobie writes: “Please send your news to me."
Dorothy Cotton writes that life at Newbridge on the Charles in Dedham, Mass., is filled with courses, concerts, lectures, films, and many interesting people. She delivered a lecture about her work leading a widow/widower support group at Newton/Wellesley Hospital for many years.
Pete and Jane Loveless Howard announce the birth of their first great-grandchild, Howard Ross Feder Keyes, currently living in New Hope, Pa.
Bob Sanchez, a retired Lt. Commander of the U.S. Navy, was elected president of the Naples Chapter of the Reserve Officers Association, whose membership is composed of retired and reserve military officers. Bob is working with Robert Lynch ’69 to establish a Leadership Institute in Naples. The LI is designed to bring together community and business leaders with proven skills and abilities.
Dr. Arnold Platzker, professor emeritus at the Keck School of Medicine of the Univ. of Southern California, has been elected to the board of directors of the Retired Faculty Association. This past spring he received the 2016 Faculty Lifetime Achievement Award. He spends his free time tending his vineyard and raising rare orchids. A total hip replacement has precluded his annual fall trip to Paris, so instead, Arnold and his wife, Marjorie, will be visiting the vineyards of Southern California.
From the September/October 2016 Issue
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“This is the final shout-out for our mini-reunion/80th birthday celebration in New York City, Oct. 21–23, 2016. The response has surpassed expectations, with more than 60 people planning to attend. We’ll start with a kickoff luncheon at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, followed by a lecture tour of the Dutch Galleries led by classmate Dr. Anne Walter Lowenthal, ‘Rembrandt and Friends ($17).’ There will be a reception and dinner ($58) at the Cornell-Brown Club, 6 East 44th St., an easy walk from our headquarters, the Roger Smith Hotel, 501 Lexington Ave. (at 47th Street) 10017, (212) 755-1400). Rooms are $270 per night, if rooms in our Brown ’58 block are still available. We outgrew JoJo’s. Saturday, tour the museum of your choice: the Frick ($15), the Guggenheim ($15), the Museum of Modern Art ($16), or the 9/11 Memorial ($18). Saturday luncheon is either on your own or at The Modern, the restaurant adjacent to MOMA, 9 West 53rd St. Cost yet to be determined. Saturday afternoon we’ll attend the musical Beautiful, depicting the life of singer-songwriter Carole King. Those attending have already made partial payment to our treasurer Bob Wood for tickets. Dinner that evening will be on your own. Our final fête will be a birthday celebration and brunch at Art ’55 and Martha Sharp Joukowsky’s apartment on Park Ave. If you are attending, an itemized bill will be sent to you individually in September. When you do respond, be sure to make checks payable to Brown University Class of 1958, and mail them to Bob Wood, 39 Fall River Ave., Seekonk, Mass. 02771.”
Barbara Shipley Boyle (see Margaret Ajootian Layshock ’45).
Peggy and Bill Chadwick along with son/stepson Craig Patenaude ’81 and his wife, Kris, attended a concert at the Church of the Epiphany in Washington, D.C. The performance was by the Metropolitan Philharmonic Orchestra, with our own Ulysses James conducting. Nancy Redden James joined them for an hour after the concert as they reminisced about the “Brunotes Plus One,” their Dixieland jazz band of the late fifties.
Jim Noonan writes that he and his wife, Ruth, are still healthy and active. They spend their time visiting their five children and their various grandchildren, playing golf, working some, and going to Florida for five months each year.
From the July/August 2016 Issue
Class secretary Jill Hirst Scobie writes: “Save the date! The class of ’58 will celebrate our shared 80th birthdays with a mini-reunion in New York City on Oct. 21–23. The weekend is built around a Broadway show and various museum tours. A block of rooms has already been secured at the three-star Roger Smith Hotel for $270 per night. On Friday, there will be a kickoff luncheon at the Metropolitan Museum of Art followed by a lecture tour of the Dutch galleries from Dr. Anne Walter Lowenthal, “Rembrandt and Friends” ($17.00). Friday evening, there will be a reception and dinner at JoJo’s French Restaurant, 160 East 64th St, near Lexington ($58.00). Saturday morning tour the museum of your choice: the Frick ($15), the Guggenheim ($15), the Museum of Modern Art ($16), or the 9/11 Memorial ($18). That afternoon we will attend the musical Beautiful, depicting the life and musical talent of Carole King. The group rate for orchestra seats is $108 per person. Please remit a deposit of $50 to our class treasurer, Bob Wood, 39 Fall River Ave., Seekonk, Mass. 02771, as soon as possible to secure your seat. Write your check to: Brown University Class of 1958. Details concerning museums may be found in an earlier e-mail sent by Jim Moody. The weekend will conclude with a brunch at the Park Avenue apartment of Art ’55 and Martha Sharp Joukowsky. This mini-reunion will be a delightful way to enjoy the Big Apple, renew old and enduring friendships, and celebrate turning 80!”
Jane Fliegner Blythe writes that she had a wonderful time interviewing eight Brown applicants. It renewed her faith in the younger generation and left her impressed with the quality of education given in the Sarasota, Fla., schools.
Dick Emmons reports that he’s “still dodging bullets.” Although he and wife Lynne are no longer traveling they are a “Happy Pair,” whose “playground is simply smaller.”
Ed Flattau is glad to report the publication of his book From Green to Mean: The Republican Party’s Downward Environmental Spiral. A reviewer noted that Ed “has been a hallmark of the environmental industry for over 40 years and so consequently has a long-term perspective that few pundits or politicians do.”
John Gamwell, a retired orthopedic surgeon who worked for 30 years in the department of orthopedics at Emory Univ., attends the local Brown Club events occasionally and enjoys lectures and other cultural offerings.
After 42 years, Larry Grebstein retired from teaching psychology at URI (undergraduate, graduate, directing a PhD program). In retirement he has continued to consult to Ocean Tides, a residential education and treatment program for male adolescents, and has recently coauthored a book about the program and its participants. He has also volunteered to work with cancer patients through the Survivor Training and Rehabilitation program at South County Hospital. He is planning a trip to Tanzania with his wife, his son, and his son’s family.
George Held was the judge of the annual Great Neck, L.I., poetry contest and read some of his own poems at the awards ceremony.
Joan and Warren Healey took a Norwegian Star cruise from Tampa to the western Caribbean, visiting three Mayan ruins (Altun Ha, Chacchoben, Tulum). They ended the trip by visiting their grandson, who had just finished his freshman year at the Univ. of Tampa.
After 50 years, Jan Horwich is leaving her Glen Rock, N.J., home for an apartment in Fair Lawn. She’s retired from English SAT tutoring and writes: “It’s time to relax!”
Charles Martell hosted a guest from Zaragoza, Spain, and then took an international trip himself, traveling to Sardinia, Corsica, and Croatia.
Jane Bertram Miluski spent a week with her sister in Barre de Potosi, a small Mexican village, teaching watercolor painting in a wildlife preserve and living in Betsy’s Bungalow (as in designer Betsy Johnson). Her next trip is to Buonconvento, Italy, and then the New York City mini-reunion.
Dave and Judy Kelso Nass ’61 ScM spent February and March sojourning in Fort Myers, Fla., where they were visited by Nancy and John Bloom, who was Dave’s Slater Hall roommate. “A good time was had by all.”
Leslie Feifer Peltier writes she had a wonderful 80th birthday celebration that included most of her children, grandchildren, and friends. She is a great-grandparent since great-grandson Harper was born in Bryan, Tex., surrounded by a family of Texas A&M grads. She hopes her gift of handmade Brown bear items will remind them of the Ivy League.
Diane and Bob Sanchez have been members of the Naples, Fla., Chapter of the Council on World Affairs and active participants in a weekly Great Decisions seminar. Bob has been invited to serve as moderator and leader of their discussion group for the upcoming year. They are also active in the Naples Progressive Movement.
Mike Trotter was honored by the State Bar of Georgia and the Center for Civil and Human Rights along with a number of other Georgia lawyers for their “contribution to the Civil Rights Movement and the struggle for equality and integration of African-American citizens in Georgia . . . as one of the Georgia lawyers who worked for justice and equal treatment for all of Georgia’s citizens.” In March the mayor of Atlanta presented him with the Phoenix Award, the city’s highest award for community leadership, because of his work concerning public education and race relations. Because of his contribution to the city in a wide variety of community and political affairs and because of his work on behalf of reform and improvement in the city, he was recognized by the Atlanta City Council, and March 21, 2016 was declared Michael H. Trotter Day by the Fulton County Commission. Mike writes: “It was a nice day for me and my family, and we greatly appreciated the recognition of many years of public service.”
Martha Clarke and Alfred Uhry’s Shaker dance-theater piece, Angel Reapers, was seen in New York City, under the auspices of the Signature Theatre Company. It was first presented in 2011.
From the May/June 2016 Issue
Class secretary Jill Hirst Scobie writes: “Save the date! The class of ’58 will celebrate our shared 80th birthdays with a mini-reunion in New York City on October 21-23. The weekend is built around a Broadway show and various museum tours. A block of rooms has already been secured at the three-star Roger Smith Hotel at 501 Lexington Avenue. The room rate is $270 per night, and you will need to identify yourself as a member of the class of 1958. On Friday evening, there will be a reception at the hotel followed by dinner on your own, or, if you prefer, arrangements could be made for a group dinner at Orsay’s (reasonable French food). On Saturday we will attend a matinee of the musical Beautiful, which depicts the life and music of Carole King. The group rate for orchestra seats is $108 per person. Details concerning museum tours will be available later. The weekend will conclude with a brunch at the Park Avenue apartment of Art ’59 and Martha Sharp Joukowsky. This mini-reunion will be a delightful way to enjoy the Big Apple, renew old and enduring friendships, and celebrate turning 80! To secure a seat, send a $50 deposit to class treasurer Bob Wood at 39 Fall River Ave., Seekonk, Mass. 02771. Checks may be made out to Brown University Class of 1958.”
Jill and her husband, Dick, welcomed their sixth and seventh grandchildren, Henry and Annie Tyler-Scobie. Henry and Annie were adopted by the Scobies’ son, Bradford, and his husband, Chase Tyler.
Bill Corrigan completed his 61st consecutive year of involvement with the men’s ice hockey program at the end of the 2015–16 season. He writes: “A 1961 charter member of the Brown Hockey Association, I have served in all of the organization’s official positions and recently completed a 17-year term as the BHA’s executive director and treasurer.”
Marie Louise Clemens Demchak visited northern Scotland, the Shetland Islands, Iceland, and Norway last July with her friend Bob. She has four children, eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Barbara Florop Doolittle is a substitute teacher at her local elementary school, which is within walking distance of her home.
Jack Roach writes: “Judy and I moved from our home of 21 years to a nearby gated community abutting the same golf course. It’s still a detached single-family, but it requires less care. We divide our time between San Diego (May to October) and Palm Desert (October to May).”
Bob Sanchez writes: “Lots of activity here in sunny Naples, Florida. Still heading the Brown Club of Southwest Florida. We have a busy calendar of events, and I’m interviewing applicants.”
Mike Trotter was part of a group of Georgia lawyers to be honored by the State Bar of Georgia and the Center for Civil and Human Rights for their contributions to the civil rights movement and for working toward justice and equality for African American citizens in Georgia.
From the March/April 2016 Issue
Class secretary Jill Hirst Scobie reports: “We will celebrate our shared 80th birthday with a mini-reunion on Oct. 21–23, 2016, in New York City. This will be a fine opportunity to renew our friendships with classmates while enjoying the sights, theater, and excitement of New York City. A block of rooms has already been secured at the three-star Roger Smith Hotel, 501 Lexington Ave. (cross street: East 47th Street), New York, New York 10017 (212-755-1400); the room rate is $250.00 per night, which by New York City standards is considered quite reasonable. On Friday evening there will be an opening reception at the hotel, followed by dinner on your own or, if you prefer, arrangements could be made for a group dinner at Orsay’s (reasonable French food), at Lexington and 73rd. Nothing is written in stone. Saturday will be devoted to museum tours. The possibility of attending a show is being investigated. With luck, we might get a block of tickets to Hamilton, the “hottest” show on Broadway. It features Daveed Diggs ’04 as the Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson. The weekend will conclude with a catered brunch at Martha and Art Joukowsky’s ’55 apartment on Park Avenue. Be sure to visit the class website, which has been updated. The link is: http://alumni.brown.edu/classes/1958/ . There are some great pictures of past reunions, and it is another excellent way to be informed about class doings.
“The Pembroke Club in San Francisco met on the first Saturday in December at Barbara Shipley Boyle’s apartment, had a luncheon and white elephant sale, and sent about $1,000 to the Women’s Center at Brown. Brenda Williams McLean is one of its active members, as is Susie Langdon Kass and ’59ers Gale Williams Woolley ’63 MAT, Liza Taft, and Carolyn Mayo Munsell.”
Bert Clark writes that soon after graduating he and his roommate, Jim Wakefield, decided to visit the John Carter Brown Library, which they had never visited in all their time at the University. They discovered that it housed one of the nation’s premier collections of Americana. Evidently, the curator was delighted to have visitors and gave them the “10-cent tour.” Before they left, the curator handed Bert the Bay Psalm Book, the first book printed in America. Bert asked what it was worth and the reply was “priceless.” And thus began his lifelong love of books and book collecting.
With the start of the 2015–16 season, Bill Corrigan began his 61st consecutive year of involvement with the Brown men’s ice hockey program. A 1961 charter member of the Brown Hockey Assoc., he has served in all of the BHA’s official positions and recently completed a 17-year term as its executive director and treasurer.
Peg Roy Ewing moved back to New Jersey to be closer to her family. She writes: “That doesn’t slow me down. I went on a Road Scholar tour of India for two-and-a-half weeks. They did a great job of helping us get immersed in the culture and the history of India. We visited Jaipur, Agra, Udaipur, and finally Delhi. Lots of holy cows. I am still playing competitive tennis.”
Jim Furlong writes that Donna and Jim Moody hosted a Delta Upsilon get-together. The group included George Held, Bill Jesdale, Bill Johnston, Bill Murck, John Reistrup, Carol and Stan Vincent ’57, and Wendy Pyper, widow of Bob Pyper ’59. Activities included a Friday night cocktail party and dinner at the Moodys’ Westport, Mass., home, a Saturday morning visit to the campus winding up at the Slavery Memorial, tailgating at the Dartmouth game, warming up at Wendy’s Rumford, R.I., home, and a final Saturday night dinner at the Waterman Grille. One of Bill Jesdale’s sons, Todd, joined them for the game and final dinner. Jim Moody led them in a toast to the seven members of the original ’58 pledge class who are no longer living: Peter Dana, Ralph Ginsberg, Fred Hill, Bob McLaughlin, Bob Pyper, Glen Rowell, Palmer Sealy, and Jack Wright.
John Gamwell graduated from the McGill Univ. School of Medicine in 1963. He spent an orthopedic residency at the Emory Univ. School of Medicine from 1966 to 1970 and remained on the faculty of medicine until his retirement in 2000.
Peter B. Howard writes: “I enjoyed a little backyard engineering: a small winch to open our heavy cellar hatch. The winch has a permanent magnet motor powered from a small battery that is kept charged with a battery keeper. The winch is operated with a remote control. There is an emergency kill switch. It’s very easy on the back. Come push the button.”
Jackie and Dave Labovitz have downsized, but continue to have a place in the Watergate, D.C., area and are in the process of opening up Jackie’s new gallery, Cottage Curator, located in an old schoolhouse in Sperryville, Va., close to their country house. Jackie will display her own work as well as that of other artists, and she is offering curatorial services to area residents. Dave is learning about fast-paced retail and online business.
Donald Lazere’s seventh book, Political Literacy in Composition and Rhetoric: Defending Academic Discourse Against Postmodern Pluralism, was published in fall 2015. Donald taught composition and literature at California Polytechnic in San Luis Obispo, Calif., from 1977 to 2001. In addition to many articles in scholarly journals, he has written columns and book reviews on the culture wars in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Baltimore Sun, Newsday, The Nation, The Village Voice, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. Now retired, he lives in Knoxville, where he has taught part-time at the Univ. of Tennessee.
Jim Mello and Sally Cameron Mello received help from their extended family (three of their four children, six of their nine grandchildren, and one of their great-grandchildren) while they were in the midst of the Christmas tree sales season. This is their 30th year of selling trees, which they raise on their Virginia farm. They are grateful for the support of their family and for their good health.
David Nass writes that he and Judith Kelso Nass ’61 ScM went on a two-week trip through French Canada to trace Judy’s family history. The trip ended in Boston, where they visited Dave’s Brown roommate, John Bloom, and his wife, Nancy.
Hays Rockwell writes: “I had successful brain surgery in autumn 2014 at Mass General, in Boston. I witnessed a grandson graduate from the International School of Geneva in Switzerland, and his sister from the London School of Economics and Political Science. I went with the whole family (of 18) to a Montana ranch for a week. Great fun.”
Alan Rosenberg writes: “Anita and I just returned from a fabulous trip in India. A remarkable view of a culture so different from our own. The tour was organized superbly by the Newark Museum. I even met France Oberbeck ’80, a second-generation Brunonian.”
Anne and Kirk Smith spent three weeks on a leopard-hunting safari in Zimbabwe in June. They write: “While this was the most basic and primitive of the five hunting trips we have taken, it was by far the best adventure. We were able to observe elephants, zebras, giraffes, and wildebeests, as well as the leopard. Everyone we met was friendly and helpful, but life is quite difficult for many who live there, a situation exacerbated by lack of electric power. We also had an opportunity to learn about the actions being taken by hunting organizations to control and eliminate poaching, a serious threat to all African wildlife.”
C. William Stamm writes: “Donna and I had a very delightful Brown Travelers trip to Eastern Europe and a Danube cruise. It was wonderful to go traveling with Duncan Smith ’61, ’63 AM, ’67 PhD, who was the Brown lecturer. An interesting mix of travelers from several colleges. We made many new friends.”
Betty Belknap Stirling writes that her husband, Bill, died Oct. 21 of Alzheimer’s, after being ill for five years. Betty and Bill met at Draper Lab in Cambridge, Mass., where they worked for a combined 70 years. He was a photographer, eventually becoming head of the photo and audio-visual lab there. Leaving Draper in 1992, he opened his own business, and then later fully retired. She also writes that her twin grandsons, Stephen (Roger Williams Univ. ’15) and Michael Messina (Keene State ’15), are both gainfully employed.
Brody Summerfield writes: “Great hunting season. Harvested a 6-by-7-foot bull elk north of Hayden, Colorado. Used a crossbow to harvest an 8-point whitetail deer on our farm in Missouri. Lots of lean venison for us and the local food bank.”
From the January/February 2016 Issue
Class secretary Jill Hirst Scobie writes: “Save the date! The class of ’58 will celebrate our shared 80th birthdays with a mini-reunion in New York City on Oct. 21–23, 2016. This will be a fine opportunity to renew our friendships with classmates while enjoying the sights, theater, and excitement of NYC. Details to follow via separate correspondence.” Send news to Jill.
Joyce Gillespie Briggs entertained classmates Raya McCully Goff, Anne Walter Lowenthal, Anne Guerry Pierce, and Sandy McFarland Taylor in Litchfield, Conn. Russell Pierce ’53 and Bob Goff ’57 were also in attendance. They enjoyed the foliage, dined well, and toured the countryside. Sue Haneman Phelps and Barbara Chaplin sent their regrets from the West. Joyce writes: “We have been gathering together in this fashion for about 20 years.”
Kathie Schutt Chadwick hosted another meeting of old Angells: Lois Dean, Connie Black Engle, Carol Batchelder Jones, Jane Bertram Miluski, and Jill Hirst Scobie. They spent five days on the banks of the St. Lawrence River watching the ships pass by, in addition to exploring a castle, working on jigsaw puzzles, and talking.
Doe Cotton-Pemstein, after 12-plus years of widowhood/solo living, has found a new community at NewBridge on the Charles, in Dedham, Mass. She takes music and film courses, attends concerts and lectures, and finds common ground with others. Her book, Out of the Ark, deals with the grief of losing a spouse and is available at outoftheark.weebly.com
Phil DuMond is recovering well from a fractured hip and hip replacement. He writes that the injury occurred while he was bringing two horses into his barn. They were frolicking with a dog and Phil got tossed over a concrete horse waterer. Fortuitously, X-rays and CAT scans revealed two undetected aortic aneurysms.
Gail “Dolly” Farago Forbes now resides in Palm Beach, Fla.
John Gamwell retired in 2000, after practicing orthopedic surgery at Emory Univ. School of Medicine for 30 years.
Warren Healey underwent hip surgery soon after all his wonderful trekking through Spain. He writes that his recovery is “slow but sure!”
Lois Lowry (see Andrew Blauner ’86).
Charles Martell and his wife, Leyla, traveled throughout California and Nevada. Charles writes that the most interesting-sounding event they encountered was the Candy Dance Festival. Next it’s off to Mexico and Latin America.
Bob Sanchez writes biweekly letters to the editor of his daily newspaper, and contributes commentary to semi-monthly editions of the Pelican Bay Post. He writes that this “forces a certain focus on what’s going on in our world, while tennis, bridge, reserve officer association luncheons, etc., allow for a reasonably graceful passage into senior citizenhood.”
Emil Soucar retired from the Temple Univ. faculty but has a small clinical psychology practice. In October a joint birthday party was arranged for Emil, his son, and his grandson, with a belly dancer providing part of the entertainment.
Sandy McFarland Taylor writes that “three handsome, dashing members of the class of ’58” took her out to dinner: Art Parker, Steve Singiser, and Bill Tozier. Art and Steve had come down from New England to visit Bill in New York City.
Mike Trotter was appointed chair of the law firm finance committee of the practice division of the American Bar Association. He is also on the boards of the division’s knowledge strategy group and of its lawyer leadership and management group.
From the November/December 2015 Issue
Class secretary Jill Hirst Scobie writes: “Save the date! The class of ’58 will celebrate our shared 80th birthdays with a mini-reunion in New York City October 21–23, 2016. This will be a fine opportunity to renew our friendships with classmates while enjoying the sights, theater, and excitement of New York City. Details to follow via separate correspondence.”
Bob Blakeley ’59 MAT divides his time between Bridgewater, Mass., and Cape Coral, Fla. He and Nancy enjoyed a three-week cruise and land tour of the French and Italian rivieras. He writes: “Having visited 48 states, I finally visited numbers 49 and 50.”
George Cooper received the Captain’s Award from the Friends of Chatham Waterways (FCW), which recognizes his service in the protection and preservation of waterways and neighboring lands in Chatham, Mass. He served as president of FCW from 2010 to 2012. He now chairs the Land Bank Open Space committee and is clerk of the Water and Sewer Advisory Committee.
Ulysses James conducted the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic and the Alexandria Singers for their concert, “Beatles to Broadway,” in early June.
Ann Kimball Heinrichs writes: “I have become interested in genealogy, in particular the ancestry of my paternal grandmother, who was my constant companion as a child.” She also writes that she is working in stained glass and enjoys participating in local art shows with her husband, Bob, who paints. She remains active in her local church and sings in the choir.
Tom McNeill retired from orthopedic practice several years ago and now devotes himself to learning modern physics. He and his wife, Anne, plan to divide their time between Lake Geneva, Wis., and Naples, Fla., by moving to a continuing care retirement community, the Arlington. Tom writes: “Thus we will be able to golf year round.”
Judy and Tom Moses visited Provincetown, Mass. Tom writes: “After perusing the fascinating shops and galleries of Commercial Street, we were having a bite to eat and were surprised to find posters and magazines covered with pictures of my cousin and namesake: Thomas Lanier Williams, aka Tennessee, the celebrated playwright. P’town was celebrating ‘Year TENN, A Decade of Tennessee Williams.’”
Pat Patricelli returned from her fourth Brown Travelers trip, this time to Eastern Europe: Warsaw and Krakow, Poland; Budapest, Hungary; Vienna, Austria; Bratislava, Slovakia; and Prague, Czech Republic. She writes: “A highlight of the trip was seeing the film Two Who Made a Difference, the heroic story of Martha and Waitstill Sharp (parents of Martha Sharp Joukowsky) as they rescued Jews in Prague from the Nazis on behalf of the Unitarian Service Committee. The film will be shown on PBS in 2016.”
Diane and Bob Sanchez escaped the hot Naples, Fla., summer by visiting Long Lake, Minn. They enjoyed the views of loons and bald eagles before moving on to Lake Itasca, the headwaters of the Mississippi. Along the way, they visited local wineries, fairs with Scandinavian treats, ancient Lutheran church reproductions, and Viking longboats.
Betty Belknap Stirling reports that her husband, Bill, is now in a nursing home due to Alzheimer’s. Her twin grandsons both graduated from college in May: Michael Messina magna cum laude from Keene State College in New Hampshire and Stephen Messina cum laude from Roger Williams University.
Sandy McFarland Taylor went to Scotland with her daughter Sarah Taylor ’90. She writes: “We visited grand castles (among them Doun’s), the Tallisker Distillery, the Isle of Skye, and the island where Dumbledore is buried (thank you, Harry Potter).”
From the September/October 2015 Issue
Class secretary Jill Hirst Scobie writes: “2016! That would be the year when most of us will turn 80. Our stalwart copresidents, Sandy McFarland Taylor and Jim Moody ’65 ScM, think next year might be a good time to have a mini-reunion in New York City in either September or October. So read our class notes assiduously to learn about what’s happening.”
Kay Ulry Baker went on a 12-day pilgrimage to the Holy Land, visiting the Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, Jericho (where she rode a camel), the Wailing Wall, and the Garden of Gethsemane, among other places. She writes: “The trip gave me a new vision of my relationship with the earth, with its people, and with God.”
Jane Fliegner Blythe and her granddaughter, Lexi, spent a week at Best Friends, the largest no-kill animal sanctuary in the United States. She reports that it spans 400 acres and holds almost 22,000 lost, abused, or abandoned animals. During her stay, she was interviewed about her volunteer work with animals and introduced to a room full of people from all over the world.
Peggy and Bill Chadwick have downsized but are still on the campus of Grand Harbor, Vero Beach. Bill remains active with alumni in the Treasure Coast Club, and he and Peggy spent their summer months in Old Saybrook, Conn.
In memory of her parents, Connie Black Engle attended the children’s book award ceremony at the Bank Street College of Education. Shael Polakow-Suransky ’94 is the president of BSCE.
Joan and Warren Healey toured Spain in May: Barcelona, northern Spain, Bilbao, and Madrid. They saw many sights, including the Palacio Real and the Cathedral Almudena.
George Held’s new poetry collection, Bleak Splendor, was published by Muddy River Books of Brookline, Mass.
Charles Martell published his book of poems, Saint Francis of Assisi: My Words (Book One). He spent his career in academic libraries at UC Berkeley, Sacramento State, and the Univ. of Illinois. He has had more than 80 articles published in the field of library and information science.
Jane Bertram Miluski and a friend had a marvelous time in France—first a week in Paris, then a house in Provence. The trip was a Van Gogh pilgrimage, from Montmartre to St.-Rémy to Arles to Auvers-sur-Oise.
Irene Mungiu writes: “I continue in my career as president and CEO of Instructional Systems Company, and I recently moved from New York City to Woodstock, N.Y., to enjoy life in the country.”
David L. Nass and his wife, Judy Kelso Nass ’61 ScM, spent February and March in Fort Myers Beach, Fla. He writes: “It was a little warmer there than at home in St. Paul, Minnesota.” Dave’s Slater Hall roommate John Bloom and his wife, Nancy, joined them for two weeks in March.
Charles Paley and his wife, Annie, settled into their new apartment in downtown Providence and enjoy attending events at Brown. Charles keeps in touch with Hal Meyer and Dick DeVito.
Pat Patricelli spent the early summer visiting Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Austria, and Hungary with Brown Travelers. In September, it was off to France, Italy, and Spain. She writes that BT does a “fabulous job mixing basic sightseeing with knowledgeable guides and fascinating lectures with Brown professors.”
David Ridderheim served as a guardian for one of 70 WWII veterans as they toured various memorials and monuments in the District of Columbia, courtesy of Honor Flight Northeast Indiana. He writes that they were “warmly thanked by all whom they passed in the city,” and were greeted by thousands of cheering citizens and serenading bands when they returned home to Fort Wayne, Ind.
Robert Sanchez continues to serve as president of the Brown Club of Southwest Florida. He writes: “It is alive and thriving. Recent activities have included the Ivy Fest, which had a turnout of 285 from all eight Ivies and the Seven Sisters; a trip to the Edison Museum; theater events; a conservancy tour; a book signing by a board member author; the lunch bunch monthly luncheons; a holiday party; and a visit from the dean of the medical school.” Bob also reports that there were 45 applicants from Naples this year, with eight acceptances. He and his wife headed up to Commencement in May, where Bob had the “privilege and pleasure” of handing out degrees this year to geological sciences scholars. The trip also included visits to family in Keene, N.H.; Fairfield, Conn.; Smithtown, N.Y.; and Boston. He writes that his daughter Stephanie ’89 is enjoying Boston.
From the May/June 2015 Issue
As ever, please send your news to class secretary Jill Hirst Scobie.
Carolyn Nichols Boday, Betsy Morriss Campbell, Hannah Dunn Miller, and Joan Fay Tumilty spent two days together last fall in Newport, R.I., “trying to remember exactly where we picnicked on the beach and how we managed to climb the railings at The Breakers in May 1958.” This time they took the official tour. They wrote: “It was great to be together again.”
Nancy and Pete Charron moved to a continuing care retirement community, downsizing from 3,000 square feet to 1,500. Apart from Nancy’s arm, injured during the move, and Pete’s knee injury (1959 plane crash), they are doing fine.
Ed Flattau’s fifth book, a polemic about the Republican Party, was published in late spring.
Jim Mello made note of the death of football teammate Fran Carullo, who became an English teacher and a lobsterman. Jim writes: “One component of the bond was the shared stress and rigor of football itself. Another was our common background as undereducated Italian kids trying to integrate in a very strange environment.” Although Jim lost touch with him, he always considered him one of his anchors and gives this brief remembrance “as a testimonial to the wonderful guy he was.”
Judy and Tom Moses continue to play tennis valiantly (with younger and reportedly more skilled opponents) and to party devotedly (with tennis and Brown friends). They’ve dined recently with Don and Pat Pennal MacKenzie ’59 and with Dorothy and Roger Williams.
Don Nelson reports: “For the third straight year Max McCreery and Chauncey Wedgewood won the prestigious Chilmark Striped Bass Invitational Tournament with a total catch of over 150 pounds. Max reports that the largest striper weighed 42 pounds. He attributed his success to the use of the ‘Carberry Classic’ bass plug.”
Mike Trotter still practices corporate and securities law in Atlanta and is working on his third book, which will focus on the economics and operations of American law firms and law departments. He writes: “The prospects for lawyers are better than many self-proclaimed experts are predicting,” although the financial remuneration for most won’t equal 1995–2007.
Charles Turner, who lives in Redmond, Wash., spent most of his career as an attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, with a particular emphasis on drug law enforcement. President Reagan appointed him U. S. Attorney for Oregon in 1982; he served in this position until 1993. In addition to his professional work, he has been involved in a wide variety of community organizations and activities. Charles lost his wife, Margot Mackmull Turner ’59, to thyroid cancer in February 2008.
From the March/April 2015 Issue
Class secretary Jill Hirst Scobie writes: “As ever, please send your news."
Rosemarie and Stan Dobson traveled to India and Nepal. “Seeing the Taj Mahal at daybreak, having a tiger preening himself within feet of our vehicle, and walking up to Mount Everest all contributed to making this tour memorable forever.”
John Gamwell worked at Emory Univ. in Atlanta from 1970 until 2000. He is taking it easy and enjoying his retirement. He sends his best to all ’58s.
George Held launched the third volume in his series of animal poems for children, Neighbors: The Water Critters, with illustrations by RISD alum Joung Un Kim. On hand were composer David Morneau, who set the poems to music in Book 1, as well as soprano Christina Hourihan and classical guitarist Kenji Haba to reprise their November concert performance at Jan Hus Church in Manhattan.
Ronald Offenkrantz was named to the National Law Journal’s inaugural list of “50 Litigation Trailblazers and Pioneers.” Ron is best known for being the first to successfully secure a RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) arbitration award in an international overbilling/breach of fiduciary duty conspiracy case.
Art Parker writes that in early November, Leslie and Bill Tozier hosted a grand three-day party at Babington House, a resort southwest of London. Bill invited his bachelor roommates: Warren Paul and Steve Singiser and their wives. Leslie and Bill have purchased an apartment in New York City, so they’ll be spending more time in the U.S.A.
Bob Sanchez regrets not having been able to attend the most recent mini-reunion, but he and Diane were awaiting the birth of twin grandsons, Tommy and Chase. Bob is celebrating the eighth year of his two-year term as president of the Brown Club. Among the year’s events: streaming a Brown/Yale football game, a wine tasting, a faculty talk, a celebration of the 250th, and a visit from President Paxson.
Bill Stamm and his wife, Donna, took a river cruise from Nuremberg to Amsterdam, their 10th Christmas cruise. They write that they enjoy making new friends and running into people with whom they’ve cruised before.
Ken Street is still very active in the FOCUS Marines Foundation, which has tended to 30-40 wounded post-9/11 U.S. Marine veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan transitioning into civilian life. Some are missing limbs, some have service animals, and most suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and/or traumatic brain injury. “Very intense and emotional,” Ken says.
Brody Summerfield still climbs trees to hunt whitetail deer. He writes that, using a bow, he harvested a 12-point buck weighing 230 pounds and scoring 155.5 on the Pope & Young Club point scale. It will provide enough venison for a year. Brody is looking forward to hunting turkeys in April.
From the January/February 2015 Issue
Class secretary Jill Hirst Scobie reports: “Sandy McFarland Taylor, copresident of the class of 1958, was delighted with the turnout for the class mini-reunion held during Alumni Fall Weekend and Brown’s 250th anniversary celebration. Friday evening began with a wonderful party at the home of Artemis Joukowsky ’55 and Martha Sharp Joukowsky. We dined at the Hope Club, and Martha gave a fascinating talk on her decades of experience with Brown’s archeological dig at Petra, Jordan. She also sketched her insider’s view of the various forces operating in today’s Middle East. We had glorious weather for the Brown-Harvard night game (with fireworks afterwards), and everyone enjoyed catching up with classmates on College Hill. Closing out the weekend was entertainment by Connie and Art Parker with a clambake at their waterfront home in Westport, Mass. A special thanks to copresident Jim Moody for his great organizing. Please send your news to Jill.”
Kay Ulry Baker sends kudos to the mini-reunion organizers. She writes: “I left Providence after that enjoyable interlude and took in the autumn color in New Hampshire. After that, it was off to Club Med, where I enjoyed four days of tee times with my golfing buddies. I’m happy to be in warm Florida.”
Stephen Barkin continues his involvement in real estate ownership and management. With Madeline, his wife of 53 years, he visits his children and grandchildren in Florida and Maine. He meets often with his Brown roommate Jack Selig.
George Held completed his trilogy of animal poems for children with the January publication of Neighbors: The Water Critters, illustrated by Joung Un Kim, a RISD graduate.
Steve Kurtz and his wife, Audrey, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at the Marriott in Park Ridge, N.J., with more than 60 friends and relatives. They enjoy spending weekends at their second home in the Berkshires, swimming, canoeing, and attending concerts at the Tanglewood Music Center. They have six grandsons.
Lois Hammersberg Lowry (see Mary Serenna Foxall Day ’49).
Charles Martel and his wife, Leyla, spent a month in Australia, where they spent almost four hours walking around Ayers Rock. They write that a high point was celebrating their daughter-in-law’s 50th birthday, along with her submission of her doctoral thesis in psychology. Charles writes that he had “never seen the sky so spectacular.”
Jim and Sally Cameron Mello continue to create inventory for their gallery, River District Arts, in Sperryville, Va. Their honey and shiitake mushrooms are available at their local farmers market, and their grandson, Steve, markets their organic vegetables. They write: “The Christmas tree crop is thriving, as are the great-grandchildren.”
Jane Bertram Miluski hosted Adrienne Arabian Baksa, Kathie Schutt Chadwick, Lois Dean, Connie Black Engle, Roz Kennedy Johnson, Carol Batchelder Jones, Judith Ann Perlin, Jill Hirst Scobie, and Barbara Comroe Trevaskis at her summer house on Long Beach Island, N.J. She writes: “We ate, drank, talked, generally made merry, and attended a showing of The Giver, based on Lois Hammersberg Lowry’s young adult book.”
Tom Moses reports the passing of Bruce Fowler. Tom remembers the last time he saw Bruce, when the two of them played tennis with Don Mackenzie and Roger Williams. Classmates may contact Bruce’s wife, Maryann, though suffering from Alzheimer’s.
Jim Noonan regrets that he missed the mini-reunion. He was chairman of his high school’s 60th reunion celebration, which was held on the same weekend. He writes: “I did make it to the last half of the Brown-Harvard game. Well done.”
Bob Sanchez writes: “Diane and I visited Connecticut for the birth of our twin grandsons. I’m still serving as president of the Brown Club of Southwest Florida and returning for Commencement each year. We have an active calendar of events scheduled this coming year for the Brown Club, including a theater event, boat ride, conservatory trip, wine tasting, Edison/Ford museum visit, holiday party, Red Sox game, professor visit, astronomy lecture and stargazing evening.”
From the November/December 2014 Issue
Class secretary Jill Hirst Scobie writes: “As ever, please send your news.”
Kay Ulry Baker has been busy. She reports that she is the past president of the Boynton, Fla., Woman’s Club. They have been working on a restoration of their nationally registered historic building, raising money and obtaining matching funds from city and state. This past summer she visited Italy, Greece, and Turkey, trekking through historical sites. Kay now has three great-grandchildren.
Lynne and Dick Emmons attended the retirement of Captain Russell Larratt in San Diego. Captain Larratt is the son of Michael Larratt and Barbara Chaplin Larratt. Attending this festive event were all four Larratt brothers, their wives, and many grandchildren.
Lee Ann Etscovitz published a new book, An Inner Roadmap of Gender Transformation, in May. “A soul-searching and thought-provoking exploration of the inner and outer struggles faced by many transsexuals…, [written with] emotional depth and unflinching honesty,” it is available through Amazon, as is her earlier book of poetry, Let the Dandelions Grow.
Pam and Ed Flattau visited their architect daughter, Victoria, who is living in Tunisia. Ed wrote a piece on the ecovillage where Victoria is volunteering her services.
John Gamwell retired after 30 years of orthopedic surgery as a member of the Emory faculty. He lives in Roswell, Ga., and enjoys events in the Atlanta area, as well as and reading and traveling. He sends his best wishes to all.
Bruce McFadden attended his 60th high school reunion in White Plains, N.Y., accompanied by his son. Only a nephew’s wedding kept him away from the Providence mini-reunion.
Jim and Sally Cameron Mello write they are still working hard on their crafts for their gallery at River District Arts in Sperryville, Va. They sell honey and shiitake mushrooms at the farmers market, and their Christmas trees are pruned and thriving. Great-grandchildren play at the farm, and Sally watches the sunsets, wishing the whole world were as peaceful as it is there.
Connie and Max McCreery have returned to Martha’s Vineyard after an East African safari and a canoe trip on the Amazon. They also had cocktails with the elusive Josiah Carberry. They were looking forward to a summer highlighted by the visits of various D.C. VIPs on the Vineyard.
After 43 years, Everett Pizzuti retired from Astro-Med in early 2014. He was a cofounder and finished his career as CEO. He writes: “Retirement? It’s like a vacation every day. I have made the transition from CEO to CBO (Chief Baby Officer). With five sons and seven grandchildren, and another grandchild expected, life is no doubt full.”
Diane and Bob Sanchez now have seven grandchildren. The most recent additions were twin boys, Chase and Thomas, of Fairfield, Conn., born in early July.
John Willenbecher’s Tribeca studio was featured in the July 20 online publication Hyperallergic: Sensitive to Art and Its Discontents. To view more, visit http://hyperallergic.com/138609/weekend-studio-visit-john-willenbecher-in-tribeca-new-york/ .
From the September/October 2014 Issue
Class secretary Jill Hirst Scobie reports: “Our next mini-reunion will be held Sept. 26–28 in Providence. Highlights will include a welcoming reception at the home of Martha Sharp and Art Joukowsky ’55, along with Martha’s reflections on changes over the years to Brown’s Petra project and to the Mideast in general; dinner at the Hope Club; Saturday’s colloquiums, tours, and open houses; a ’58 tailgating party on the deck of Wyndham Gardens before the Brown-Harvard game; and, finally, a Sunday clambake at the Parkers’ in Westport, Mass. Information about costs and venues will be provided through regular mail and e-mail.”
Bill Corrigan received a commendation in recognition of his retirement after 48 years of service during the annual business meeting of the Brown Club of Rhode Island in Sayles Hall.
Stewart Fish writes that he is “still above ground and vertical in Vero Beach, Fla., and loving every moment of it, taking cruises and fishing.”
Warren Healey and his wife, Joan, cruised through the Panama Canal after visiting Key West and Cartagena. Next, they visited Puntarenas, Chiapas, and Acapulco, ending in San Francisco. They intend to mesh the ’58 mini with their 60th high school reunion in Pawtucket.
Susan Adler Kaplan ’65 MAT is now the chairwoman of the Corporation emeriti executive committee and associate chair of the Brown-Tougaloo Partnership.
Dick Neal recently spent time in Rome and took a cruise in the western Mediterranean. He followed that with three weeks in Cancun.
Bob Sanchez and his wife, Diane, continue to be a peripatetic pair, making their annual pilgrimage to the Northeast to visit children and grandchildren, to attend Commencement, then to visit Boston, Cape Cod, and Long Island. “Tennis, bridge, and strong drink keep us going in our little corner of the Florida peninsula. Soon it’s off to Minnesota and Arkansas.”
Betty Belknap Stirling continues to be the perennial organizer of her East Bridgewater (Mass.) High School reunions. The 60th is approaching.
John Willenbecher married Jean-Patrice Marandel on Thanksgiving Day 2013, at the home of their friends Richard and Mary Lanier in Falls Village, Conn. Richard Grossman, a psychotherapist and noted Emerson scholar, performed the ceremony, which took place at the dining room table between the turkey course and the pumpkin pie. John is an artist and lives in New York City, and Jean-Patrice is the Robert H. Ahmanson Chief Curator of European Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
From the July/August 2014 Issue
Class secretary Jill Hirst Scobie reports: “Coming at us fast!! Our next mini-reunion will be held Sept. 26–28, 2014, in Providence. Highlights will be the Brown-Harvard game, events surrounding Brown’s 250th anniversary, and (possibly) a clambake in Westport, Mass. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Wyndham Gardens Hotel for $95 per room, per night (double or king-sized bed). For reservations, please call (401) 272-5577 before Sept. 1. Be sure to mention that you are with the Brown class of 1958. As ever, please send your news.
“Also, Henry Chapman, son of Alfred M. Chapman who was an All-American swimmer and captain of the Brown swim team, would be interested in hearing from anyone who recalls Alfred as a scholar, an athlete, a gentleman. Alfred began his professional life as a teacher, then married, had three children, earned a master’s in Latin and another in Greek; however, from the mid-1960s onward his life took another trajectory as Alfred and his family had to deal with the onset of paranoid schizophrenia. I would be glad to forward any information to Henry.”
Jim Moody reports: “For classmates who have decided that life is better without e-mail or who simply missed the class Bravo blast, we have created a Class of 1958 Newsletter to complement the class notes that appear in Brown Alumni Magazine.
“We hope that in the future the newsletter will be written largely by readers eager to communicate with classmates. At this stage of life, class members have walked a long way on many paths. We have hard-won experience and well-tested opinions; we have a lot to write about. The volunteer newsletter staff will provide editorial support if needed.
“Just send your contribution to our secretary, Jill Hirst Scobie. In addition, please begin using a second address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Jill and newsletter editors will determine how to use what you send. Note that BAM reaches all classes, while the newsletter is aimed only at our class. Our goal is to put out at least one edition a year, but we may well publish more frequently if the flow of material warrants. To view the first edition, go to the following website: http://brown58newsletter.wordpress.com/ . If you need help, go to your local library.”
Ellen Loewenstein Boschwitz received a “Woman of Distinction” award from the Univ. of Minnesota. Ellen is the mother of four sons; grandmother of seven; an advocate for children with special needs; a businesswoman who has worked as a manager, a merchandiser, and a buyer; and the wife of former senator and ambassador Rudy Boschwitz.
In April, Carolyn and Tom Develin took a river cruise on the Elbe from Prague to Berlin on a small ship powered by water jets to allow for the shallow drafts. They had a chance to visit smaller towns and cities in northern Germany.
Emily Waters Fortnum, wife of Donald Fortnum of Gettysburg, Pa., passed away. During her last year she was visited by Pembroke friends Babbie Clary Horner, Andree Guay Wells, and Bitsy Hitchcock Nebauer.
Joan and Warren Healey write that they cruised from Miami through the Panama Canal and eventually landed in San Francisco. They spent a few days on the West Coast.
John Lorand writes: “My wife, Cil, and I celebrated our 50th anniversary in June. I have flunked retirement by working in the chemistry lab the last few years—one paper published so far, two more in gestation. Three kids and two grandkids are thriving.”
Charles Martell invited Alan Taylor to speak at a Friends of the Library event in Charlottesville, Va., and soon after that Taylor won his second Pulitzer for The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia. Later in the spring, Charles and his wife, Leyla, cruised from Rome to Saint Petersburg to Amsterdam.
Jane Bertram Miluski was honored by the Rose Valley Historical Society and Museum in Moylan, Pa., with a retrospective of her paintings, 1979–2013. Jane is a prizewinning watercolorist and teacher.
Tom Moses and his wife, Judy, claim to have found the Fountain of Youth in competitive senior doubles tennis with 11 friends (ages 48–82) for up to three sets (90 minutes). They write: “We have no aches or pains.... Then it’s nap time, naturally.”
Ron Offenkrantz went on a bucket-list adventure trip to Brooks Falls, Alaska, with his magician/actor grandson, Alex, to photograph grizzlies catching salmon.
Patricia Patricelli writes: “Heading to the Dalmatian Coast with Brown Travelers, a trip that has been on my list of places to go. I continue to tutor ESL first graders and take courses at Boston University.”
Arnold Rothstein (see Toby Cohen ’09).
Charles Shumway is taking an extensive summer road trip in his RV from Hilton Head, S.C., to Greenwich, Conn.; Newport, R.I.; Yarmouth, Me.; and eventually back to Naples, Fla.
Bonnie and Louis Silverstein have been making Nantucket baskets for the past 20 years. They enjoy keeping the tradition of this true American craft alive and also enjoy showing and selling them at their winter home on North Captiva Island, Fla.
Alfred Uhry was “flattered to be asked to write a piece for The Brown Reader: Fifty Writers Remember College Hill". Richard Foreman ’59 and Lois Lowry are also contributors. Alfred describes it as a “very good read” and he thinks no other college has done anything quite like it. You may obtain a copy through Amazon or through Brown.
Joseph Vanable has spent his retirement years active in the National Alliance on Mental Illness (Indiana) Public Policy Committee. He continues teaching an honors course on brain disorders—covering serious mental illness, its biological basis, treatment and the lack of access to it, legal aspects, etc. His hope is to get mental illness into the open and to encourage students to work in mental health.
Frank Young writes that Edwards House friends Peter Kopke, Tom Moses, Don McKenzie, George Vandervoort, and Roger Williams had another reunion in Sarasota, Fla., where Pat Pennal MacKenzie ’59 and Don hosted a dinner for all the men and their wives.
From the May/June 2014 Issue
Class secretary Jill Hirst Scobie writes: “Our next mini-reunion will be held Sept. 26–28 in Providence. Highlights will be the Brown-Harvard game, events surrounding Brown’s 250th anniversary, and a clambake in Westport, Mass. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Wyndham Gardens Hotel for $95.00 per room, per night (double or king-sized bed). For reservations, please call 401-272-5577; make sure to mention you are with the Brown class of 1958.”
The class of 1958 extends its condolences to Bruce McFadden, whose wife, Natalie, died suddenly in December. They had been married for 55 years and together reared five sons. A memorial service held at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, Calif., was so well attended that 100 people had to be turned away.
John Bloom and his wife, Nancy, moved from their Boston home overlooking the Charles River to Lasell Village in Newton, Mass. John stays in touch with Slater Hall roommates Larry Kocher, Peter Kuniholm, and Dave Nass.
Charles Connell retired after 51 years of college teaching, the last 45 spent as a professor of German at Cornell College, Mount Vernon, Iowa.
William E. Corrigan Jr. was selected as a recipient of the 2013 Alumni Service Award, given for “distinguished continuing volunteer service to Brown in any field of alumni activity.”
Stan Dobson writes: “My wife, Rosemarie, and I managed to escape the Virginia winter (which I believe was harder than usual) by spending a week on Grand Cayman. Prior to that we had a memorable trip to South Africa around the time of Mandela’s death. We heard interesting talks from persons imprisoned with Mandela and from others actively involved in ending apartheid.”
Dolly Farago Forbes sold the small hotel that she helped her mother run, along with her daughters, in Watch Hill, R.I. She looks forward to the freedom to enjoy herself, to travel, and to spend winters in Palm Beach while she is still active and healthy. She writes: “This is an especially happy year because my granddaughter will be a freshman at Brown.”
Ludlow Miller and his wife, Babbie, moved in early January from Philadelphia to the San Francisco Bay area to be near two of their three children and four of their six grandchildren. They write that they look forward to this new life on the West Coast.
Pat Patricelli spent the last two weeks of September touring the villages and vineyards of France, ending in Paris thanks to the fine efforts of Brown Travelers. Back in Boston she takes courses at Boston Univ., tutors first graders in reading, and enjoys Boston’s wonderful cultural offerings: ballet, theater, and symphony.
Arnold Platzker, now professor emeritus at the USC-Keck School of Medicine, and his wife, Marjorie, the interior design director at an international architecture firm, travel frequently to the wine country in their native California, as well as twice a year to Paris, and this past year to Portugal and Spain.
Robert P. Sanchez keeps busy as president of the Brown Club of Southern Florida, which has a crowded calendar of events, including a visit from President Christina Paxson in March. Robert also interviews admission candidates. He does some traveling, plays bridge and tennis, and is involved in local politics.
From the March/April 2014 Issue
Class secretary Jill Hirst Scobie reports: “Our next mini-reunion will be held Sept. 26–28, 2014, in Providence. Highlights will be the Brown-Harvard game, events surrounding Brown’s 250th anniversary, and (possibly) a clambake in Westport, Mass. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Wyndham Gardens Hotel for $95 per room, per night (double or king-size bed). For reservations, please call (401) 272-5577 and mention that you are with the Brown University class of 1958. As ever, please send your news.”
In January, Martin Bernheimer traveled to Seattle to participate in Opera Weekend, which involves the Metropolitan Opera National Council Pacific Northwest auditions. He lectured on “Critics: Who Needs Them?” and later participated in a panel discussion entitled “Opera: State of the Art.”
Barbara Shipley Boyle hosted the 26th consecutive annual Pembroke gathering in the San Francisco Bay area. Susie Langdon Kass attended, but Brenda Williams McLean, a regular, wasn’t able to come. On the first December Saturday the group meets and auctions off items to one another to raise money for the Pembroke Center.
Bill Chadwick and his senior fraternity brother Socrates Mihalokos ’55 serve on the Treasure Coast Alumni Club. Bill and his wife, Peggy, cruised the Caribbean with Meg and Paul Johnson in January.
In November, Barbara Chaplin, Raya McCully Goff, Anne Walter Lowenthal, Anne Guerry Pierce, and Sandy McFarland Taylor gathered for a weekend at the home of Joyce Gillespie Briggs. Non-classmates Bob Goff ’57 and Russell Pierce ’53 also came, and at the end of the weekend Lynne and Dick Emmons joined the convivial group for lunch.
Dick Emmons reports a miraculous improvement in his health. He and wife, Lynne, had quite a holiday jaunt: visiting a son in Idaho; then visiting Barbara Chaplin’s and Mike Larratt’s son, Greg, in Spokane; then off to Orlando, Fla., to be with Mike and his wife, Eileen; then down to Winter Park to be with Barbara’s brother Ray and his companion, Michael. Dick writes: “Next it’s on to all the national parks we haven’t seen together or have missed.”
Ed Flattau is working on his fifth book about partisan environmental politics in our nation’s capital.
Joan and Warren Healey had a pre-Christmas visit with daughter Candace Healey ’84, who is the deputy director of the James A. Michener Art Museum, which this winter hosted the exhibition “From Philadelphia to Monaco: Grace Kelly Beyond the Icon.” Warren writes: “When in Doylestown, Pa., visit the ‘art and soul of Bucks County.’”
Arnold C. Platzker writes: “This past year has been a very busy one for the Platzker family. We still live in Los Angeles, and after 40 years, I retired as professor emeritus from the faculty of the USC-Keck School of Medicine and the Division of Pediatric Pulmonology at Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles. I continue to mentor a fellow’s research and participate in committees and conferences. Marjorie continues as interior design director for the L.A. office of NBBJ, the international architecture firm. Our son, David, is the curator for prints and books at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. He and his wife, who has an art gallery in Chelsea, have a 13-year-old daughter. Our daughter, Liz, lives in Philadelphia where her husband, an adult pulmonologist, heads the Pulmonary Hypertension Program at Penn. Liz continues to work as a fashion designer. They have a 2-year-old daughter. In my free time I keep busy raising hundreds of cymbidiums and rare orchids in our greenhouse. Five years ago I planted Grenache noir grape vines imported to the U.S. from Château Beaucastel in the Rhône Valley. While we have a wonderful yearly crop of grapes, we have not yet made wine, but look forward to doing so. Marjorie and I travel frequently to the southern California wine country. We also visit France and Italy. This year we visited Portugal and Spain, too. For more than 30 years, we have visited Paris at least twice a year, and I published a 20-page newsletter on Paris.”
Robert P. Sanchez, president of the Brown University Club of Southwest Florida, writes: “We keep an active calendar of events, including theater parties, air/boat environmental trips, new-student receptions, hosting visiting professors, museum visits, and interviewing Brown applicants. Diane and I make our annual summer visit to Minnesota to see our four children and five grandchildren. I still sail and play tennis.”
Bob Selig has been appointed CEO of Taylor Community, a continuing-care retirement community in Laconia, N.H. He is currently chairman of the board of trustees of Laconia Public Library, a director of the Jewish Federation of New Hampshire, and a director of Shalom TV and the Lake Opechee Preservation Assoc.
Michael Seligman is still busy working. This is his 37th consecutive year as one of the producers of the Oscars, and he also produces live events and television specials. He enjoys visiting with his 8-year-old granddaughter, Avery, and 2½-year-old grandson, Dylan. In his spare time he sculpts in bronze, terra cotta, and wood, preparing for a third exhibition. He sold 16 pieces during his preceding two shows. He and his wife, Teresa, recently purchased a condo in Palm Springs, Calif.
In October Michael Trotter gave the keynote presentation at a conference on the future of the legal profession, which was sponsored by the National Assoc. of Legal Career Professionals Foundation. It was one of many speaking engagements that followed the publication of his book Declining Prospects, about the economics and prospects of the legal profession.
From the January/February 2014 Issue
The class of 1958 is proud to have had two of its members honored at the Brown Alumni Awards Luncheon. Susan Adler Kaplan ’65 MAT was honored with the H. Anthony Ittleson ’60 Award for her dedication to Brown over the years, her enthusiastic involvement in class reunion gift campaigns, and her prior service as a member of the Brown Annual Fund Executive Committee. Bill Corrigan received an Alumni Service Award for his work as a club leader and class leader, and for his longstanding dedication to the Brown hockey program, where he began as student manager of the team. The award seeks “to recognize those whose work, love of Brown, spirit of cooperation, and selflessness stand out and who will continue to provide these invaluable services.”
Jill Hirst Scobie writes: “Our mini-reunion will be held Sept. 26–28 in Providence. Highlights will be the Brown-Harvard game, events surrounding Brown’s 250th anniversary, and (possibly) a clambake in Westport, Mass. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Wyndham Gardens Hotel for $95 per room, per night (double or king-size bed). To make reservations call (401) 272-5577, being certain to mention that you are with Brown University Class of 1958.”
Tom Develin writes that he and his wife, Carolyn, have enjoyed watching their grand nephew, James Develin ’10, number 46, playing fullback for the Patriots. He’s setting aside his Brown engineering degree for a while and instead is frequently the lead blocker in many running plays.
Phil DuMond and his wife, Mary, traveled the Oregon Coast this past autumn and enjoyed themselves despite the rain.
Ed Flattau’s wife, Pamela Flattau, was appointed to the U.S. National Committee for the International Union of Psychological Science by the National Academy of Sciences.
John Gamwell is retired from Emory’s School of Medicine, where he practiced medicine from 1970 to 2000. He writes: “All the best to everyone.”
George Held’s new book, Culling: New and Selected Nature Poems, published by Poets Wear Prada Press, will launch on Feb. 27 at the Cornelia Street Café in Greenwich Village, N.Y.
Peter B. Howard’s and Jane Loveless Howard’s oldest granddaughter and her husband have bought a home in New Hope, Pa. She holds a master’s in art history and is on the staff at the Michener Art Museum.
Edwin Levy celebrated the 34th anniversary of his investment management company, Levy, Harkins & Co. He still serves on the boards of Beth Israel Hospital and the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, both in New York City.
Brenda Williams McLean cohosted a Brown tailgate at Stanford on Oct. 5 with Gail Wooley ’59, ’63 MAT ; Virginia Tortolani McQueen ’81; and Richard Muschell ’75. Eighty Brown classmates and family members welcomed Stanford’s new director of athletics, Bernard Muir ’90, to the Bay Area.
Sally Cameron Mello and James Mello have been very busy on the farm show tour. Jim weaves, and Sally and daughter Jeanne Mello Day ’80 paint and hook rugs, keeping their gallery supplied with items. You can “visit” them at oakshadefarm.net . Meanwhile, their son, Craig Mello ’82 (Nobel Prize in medicine, 2006), is very excited about Crispr, a genome editing technology that will speed up research.
Tom Moses and his wife, Judy, spent their third successive summer at Brasenhill, the “Downton Abbey” of Lebanon County, Pa. Designed by architect E. Donald Robb, it is a 38-room Jacobean stone estate filled with antiques—including a replica of Michelangelo’s bed. The great room is a copy of the one in Haddon Hall in England, and the staircase is a scaled-down version of one in the Philadelphia Art Museum.
Charles P. Paley and his wife, Ann-Marie, moved to a retirement community, The Village at Waterman Lake in Greenville, R.I. He writes: “It’s great to be near our son and his family and, of course, to be near Brown. We’re enjoying meeting our fellow residents, including several Brown alums, and talking about old times.”
Evandro Radoccia and his wife, Marie, are now great-grandparents to Marrissa Kay. He writes: “I thought we were too young for this, but there she is.” Apart from that significant event, Van occasionally trades political barbs with Stan Dobson and socializes with Joan Castronovo Owen and her husband, Bill Owen ’59 MAT.
Jerry Romano writes that, after retiring from textbook publishing in 1995, he started a computer-based company that developed one-on-one learning programs for disadvantaged students. Heart problems led to a second retirement, but he has developed an interest in making whimsical things out of found objects.
Alan Rosenberg has written a book on the current status of U.S. medical practice and is awaiting acceptance by a publisher. He has seen Leslie Silverstein and Owen Hoberman and has spoken several times with Richard Emmons, who happily reports that his medical problems have improved.
Bob Sanchez continues as president of the local Brown Club. He is busy with an annual family-visiting trek to Connecticut, playing tennis, sailing, and interviewing Brown applicants.
Elizabeth Belknap Stirling has twin college-sophomore grandsons, Stephen (Roger Williams Univ.) and Michael (Keene State), who are studying in Scotland and London respectively for a semester.
William Summerfield writes: “Bow season in Missouri. I harvested a doe and a real nice 10-point buck. Our ‘eats’ on our farm are really bringing in the deer and turkey.”
Marion McFarland Taylor gathered for a weekend with classmates at the home of Joyce Gillespie Briggs in early November.
Ann Thorndike (see Beatrice Wattman Miller ’35).
Mike Trotter was the keynote presenter in October at the National Assoc. of Legal Career Professionals conference concerned with the future of the legal profession. Mike continues to write and talk about the legal profession and has been featured recently in articles in the New York Times, Business Week, Inside Counsel, etc. For greater depth, visit his website: www.trotterlawandeconomics.com .
George Vandervoort led a “just for fun” 29th Annual Bike Ride from Wilmette, Ill., to Lake Forest, and back again. The cyclists saw beautiful views of Lake Michigan and George invites all classmates to join them for the milestone 30th Annual.
Bob Wood and his wife, Anne, toured some of the Maritime Provinces in Canada, relaxing in Bay Fortune, Prince Edward Island. On their way home they visited Wheaton friends in Belfast, Maine, and son Christopher Wood ’87 in New Hampshire.
From the November/December 2013 Issue
Class secretary Jill Hirst Scobie reports: “Here is information about our first mini-reunion since our 55th. It will be held Sept. 26–28, 2014, in Providence. Plan on attending the Brown–Harvard football game, participating in events celebrating Brown’s 250th anniversary, and possibly feasting at a clambake in the Westport, Mass., area. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Wyndham Gardens Hotel for $95/night (double or king-size bed). To make reservations call (401) 272-5577, and mention that you are with Brown University’s class of 1958. As ever, please send your news.”
Barbara Chaplin, Lynne and Dick Emmons (Russell’s godparents), and Mike Larratt attended the Change of Command for son, Capt. Russell Larratt, Commanding Officer, Navy Operational Support Center, San Diego, in late July. Russell’s wife, his three children, his three brothers, and their wives and children also participated.
Peter Dana announces the June birth of a new grandson, Townsend Perry Bottomley. In late August through mid-September, Peter traveled to Russia and Denmark.
Lou and Gil Grady left Louisville, Ky., after more than 35 years and relocated to Ave Maria, Fla., east of Naples, adjacent to the Panther Run Golf Course. Gil is looking forward to catching up with other Brunonians in southwest Florida.
Joan and Warren Healey traveled from Hamburg to Berlin and then cruised from Tangermunde to Dresden, eventually ending in Prague.
Jane Bertram Miluski visited the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, N.Y., as she has many times since 1985. This time she sang with Ysaye Barnwell, PhD, musician, actor, educator, and a member of the acclaimed a cappella quintet Sweet Honey in the Rock.
In July, Carol and Frank Young took their 10-year-old granddaughter, Abby Gandrud, daughter of Lisa Young Gandrud ’85, on a river cruise in Spain and Portugal; it was an intergenerational trip run by Road Scholar, so there were many other children on board.
From the September/October 2013 Issue
Class secretary Jill Hirst Scobie reports: “As ever, please send your news."
“Seventy-nine ’58’s (27 women, 52 men) had a wet and wonderful 55th opening with a late afternoon reception at Buxton House. We shmoozed, managed to recognize each other, and were serenaded by several delightful student a cappella groups. Then it was on to a fine dinner at the University Club. For the intrepid, the next destination was a rather damp but festive Campus Dance. Saturday morning found many of us in Sayles Hall for the all-class memorial service, followed by coffee with the president and the provost. The Brown men had a dampish luncheon in a tent on the grounds of the Maddock Alumni Center, while the women (Pembrokers all) were ensconced in the blessedly dry Hope Club. Mid-afternoon there was a panel discussion, “55 Years of Change.” Saturday evening, we returned for a celebration dinner, again at the Hope Club, followed by speeches, etc. Fond thanks to Paul Johnson, our retiring copresident, and to Sandy McFarland Taylor for continuing as copresident; and welcome to Jim Moody, who will also be serving as current copresident. Jim James directed us in singing a rousing version of the alma mater. On Sunday many of us participated in the wonderfully traditional, yet new and ever-evolving Commencement procession. If you were very observant, you would have seen Bob Feldman playing with the band as it went by. The sun emerged for the midday graduation. For those of us lucky enough to have both a final burst of energy and adequate time, there was a luncheon at Donna and Jim Moody’s club, the Acoaxet Club, in Westport, Mass., overlooking the water. What a great closing moment! Thanks to Roz Kennedy Johnson for her reunion summary e-mail.”
Robert Barta writes: “Since retiring in 1996, my wife, Joni, and I have toured 29 countries (Egypt and China twice), traveled around the world 10 days after 9/11, and cruised the Rhine and Danube from the North Sea to the Black Sea both ways. Miles more to go. I’ve been married to Joni for 49 years; our four children have produced five grandchildren, aged 2 to 26, and one great-granddaughter, who is 1 year old. Our 1678 home in Maynard, Mass., is now getting a substantial addition.”
Bob Feldman reports that he is doing a very “odd project,” a portfolio of aquatints of equations and expressions by Nobel Prize–winning physicists or Fields Medal–winning mathematicians. It is being copublished with the Yale Univ. Art Gallery. Bob will be commuting between Munich and Portland, Ore., during the upcoming academic year.
Family graduations kept Sue Haneman Phelps from attending the 55th. She and her husband had a family reunion this summer in Steamboat Springs, Colo., with 36 participants.
Jim Mello writes: “I remember sitting in Sayles Hall in ’54 listening to President Keeney describe the new world we would be entering. He said, ‘Look to your left, look to your right. When you graduate, those two people will be gone.’ So it was with great delight that I saw on the donor list that his prediction was wrong. Pete Megrdichian and Ludlow Miller not only graduated but are still supporting Brown.”
Diane and Bob Sanchez write that they enjoyed seeing all the changes on campus (Alpert Medical School, downtown campus extension, athletic facilities, etc.), as well as the nostalgically familiar. Best of all was seeing “classmates whose faces and bodies may have undergone some time-related changes, but whose spirits and memories are a joy to share.” Further visits were to Fairfield and Long Island as well as to Long Lake in northern Minnesota.
From the May/June 2013 Issue
Class secretary Jill Hirst Scobie reports: “Class of ’58, save May 24–26 for our 55th. The main class events will be dinner at the University Club on Friday night (cost: $58, including open bar), class luncheons Saturday noon (Brown on grounds of Maddock Alumni Center, Pembroke at the Hope Club), a second class dinner, and a brunch Sunday at the Parkers’ home in Westport, Mass. We will present a panel of class members and other experts working in diverse fields, who will lead an open discussion on many of the important changes of the last half century. Yes, we’ll have another shot at the identification and criticism of ideas. There will be the traditional events: Campus Dance, alumni forums, the hour with the president, and Commencement. The University has changed its position on free rooms for the 50th-and-over reunions. Jim Moody secured a block of 15 rooms at the Wyndham Gardens Hotel at India Point: $299 per night for a city view, $319 per night for a harbor view room. These rates apply to Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights; if you come earlier or stay later, the rates drop to $129 and $149, respectively. To make a reservation, please call (401) 272-5577 and reference the Brown University Class of 1958. Thanks to Jim for all of his organizational work, as well as to the inestimable Paula DeBlois of the alumni relations office. As ever, please send your class notes news.”
Bernard Asher, a practicing surgeon, and his wife, Lilian Asher, a retired anesthesiologist, divide their time between Skaneateles, N.Y., and Pelican Bay, Naples, Fla. Their eldest son, Robert, is a lecturer at Cambridge, England, and just wrote a book about evolution. They have two other children and two grandchildren.
Albert Clark and his wife, Sharon, are building a retirement home in Silverdale, Wash. This is their fifth build. Albert writes: “A nick-of-time visit to the John Carter Brown Library in those few days prior to my graduation turned me into a true bibliophile and poor man’s collector. I won’t speak to friends who boast about their Kindles.”
Dick Emmons and Mike Larratt will each be in a wheelchair at the 55th, chauffeured by their dedicated wives, Lynne and Eileen.
Edward Flattau’s daughter, Victoria, is an architect currently living in Tunis and working on sustainable development there. They are considering visiting her in the North African capital.
Stephen Kurtz and his wife, Audrey, divide their time between New Jersey and a home near Tanglewood in the Berkshires. With six grandsons (the eldest of whom just celebrated his bar mitzvah), snorkeling, swimming, and interviewing for Brown, Stephen writes: “Life is rewarding.”
Dave Labovitz writes: “The United States Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C., is presenting an exhibition of my wife Jackie Bailey Labovitz’s photographs until Oct. 14. Jackie is our official class photographer and an honorary class member. She will also be giving a lecture on June 11 and Oct. 1 entitled, ‘Understory: A Perspective on Painting with Light.’ To view her recent work, visit www.understory.us .”
Gilbert Lugossy writes: “I continue to serve as a member of the board of directors of Capital Health System in Mercer County, New Jersey, and as board secretary. I am also active in Democratic party activities.”
Rick Montgomery, a retired lawyer, and his wife, Kathy, still call Pittsburgh home. They visit New England frequently to see their daughter, Mary Montgomery ’02, a medical resident at the Brigham in Boston, and in the summer they are in Little Compton, R.I.
Alvin Mullery has been living in France for almost 30 years—in the winter in Cagnes-sur-Mer (between Nice and Antibes) and in the mountains near the Mercantour National Park during the rest of the year. He writes: “For someone who loves the mountains, the sea, and good food, it is paradise.”
Judith Cole Youngman published Amadeus Quilts, A Journal of Encouragement by the Muncy Historical Society. Each page is illuminated with pictures of the quilts she has made.
From the March/April 2013 Issue
Save May 24–26, 2013, for our 55th reunion. The main class events will be dinner at the University Club Friday ($58, including open bar), class luncheons and another class dinner Saturday, and brunch at the Parkers’ home in Westport, Mass., Sunday. The class of ’58 will present a panel of class members and other experts working in diverse fields, who will lead an open discussion on many of the important changes of the last half-century. Yes, we’ll have another shot at the identification and criticism of ideas. There will be the traditional events such as Campus Dance, alumni forums, the Alumni Hour with the President, and Commencement. The University has changed its position on free rooms for the 50th-and-over reunions. A campus room will be $65 per person per night, or $260 for a couple staying Friday and Saturday nights. In view of this, Jim Moody secured a block of 15 rooms at the Wyndham Gardens Hotel (the former Radisson) at India Point; $299 per night for a city view, $319 per night for a harbor view room. These rates apply to Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights; if you come earlier or stay later, the rates drop to $129 and $149 respectively. To make a reservation, please call (401) 272-5577 and reference the Brown University Class of 1958. On March 1, all classmates should have received a hard copy with the full schedule of both class and university events, as well as registration materials, including on-campus housing. Furthermore, there will be e-mail information and the chance to register online. Thanks to Jim Moody for all his organizational work, as well as to the inestimable Paula DeBlois, of the Alumni Office. As ever, please send your class notes news.
Harry Batchelder had an extended adventure in the spring of 2012 traveling the Ho Chi Minh Trail solo for about 145 miles. You can read all about it, and peruse the illuminating photos and maps, in his monograph on this formidable trek at www.owlbrookfarm.com
Sally Cameron Mello writes that all their children are living lives that “honor the spirit of learning and service.” Jeanne Mello Day ’80 is a librarian; Frank ’81 is starting his own business; Craig ’82, a Nobel prize winner, gave a speech at the Nobel Awards which you can hear at Nobelprize.org ; and Roger, their youngest, is a UVA graduate and an educator. Sally and Jim are working “harder than ever” on their Christmas tree farm and she wonders, is it age that makes it seem harder?
Rosemarie and Stan Dobson took an 18-day tour of Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, and Russia. Although unused for 50 years, Stan’s linguistic skills “were still good enough that they were never thirsty or lost.” They found the flight from Washington, D.C., to Frankfurt on one of Boeing’s initial 747-8 planes an “incredible experience.”
Ron Edwards, a sculptor, and his wife, Judy (RISD ’60), an abstract painter, are having a retrospective show of their artwork Mar. 7 through Apr. 13 at the Arno Maris Gallery at Westfield State Univ., in Westfield, Mass. The show represents 70 years of their combined work. To see samples, go to ronandjudyedwards.com
Margaret Ewing writes: “Looking forward to our 55th. My son Bruce Ewing ’88 and daughter-in-law Tracey Navin Ewing ’88 will be celebrating their 25th at the same time. I recently returned from an African safari in Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, and South Africa. It was very up-close-and-personal with the critters. We also visited villages and schools.”
In early November, Joyce Gillespie Briggs entertained classmates Anne Walter Lowenthal, Anne Guerry Pierce, Raya McCully Goff, and Sandy McFarland Taylor, as well as Bob Goff ’57 and Russell Pierce ’53 at her home in Litchfield, Conn. A good time was had by all: lots of photos reviewed, lots of reminiscing, lots of fine food. On a sadder note, Joyce’s husband, Robert S. Briggs ’53, died on Dec. 2 (see Obituaries).
Steve Kurtz and his wife, Audrey, write that they are enjoying full retirement and visiting their six grandsons, the eldest of whom just celebrated his bar mitzvah. Steve and Audrey spend summers in a lake house in the Berkshires, with easy access to Tanglewood. “Listening to the BSO on the lawn there is Steve’s idea of heaven. Other rewarding activities: hiking, cycling, canoeing, traveling, snorkeling, and interviewing for Brown.”
Jane Loveless Howard of Arlington, Mass., recently stepped down from her 20-year leadership of the town organization Vision 2020, which she helped found. Arlington recognized her service with a party in town hall, where state legislators, town selectmen, and Vision 2020 leaders praised her work. Jane continues to consult and to serve on several committees.
Robert P. Sanchez is still president of the Brown University Club of Southwest Florida in Naples. He writes: “We have an active calendar of events coming up. I’m busy interviewing applicants for Brown and working with the other Ivy League schools on joint activities.”
Lee Sheldrick keeps himself well occupied with occasional reinsurance consulting and arbitration. In the winter he skis at Wachusett Mountain, in Massachusetts, and in the summer he sails and does race management.
Charles Shumway moved to a condo on Hilton Head, S.C., where he enjoys tennis and racing sailboats.
Bill and Sally Whitcomb Keen have moved into a newly renovated Craftsman bungalow in Arlington, Va., close to a daughter, a great library, and the Metro for trips into D.C.
Carol and Frank Young visited Portugal in October and ran into Joan and Warren Healey at their hotel. Unfortunately, Hurricane Sandy prevented the Youngs’ return for several days and caused extensive damage to their home in Freeport, N.Y.
From the January/February 2013 Issue
Class secretary Jill Hirst Scobie writes: “Believe it or not, our 55th reunion is approaching quickly! Save May 24–26, 2013. The main class events will be dinner at the University Club on Friday night, a class luncheon Saturday, a class dinner at the Hope Club, and a brunch at the Parkers’ home in Westport, Mass., on Sunday. There will also be the usual events: Campus Dance, alumni forums, the alumni hour with the president, and Commencement. The University has changed its position on free rooms for the 50th-and-over reunions. A campus room will be $65 per person per night, or $260 for a couple staying Friday and Saturday nights. In view of this, Jim Moody secured a block of 15 rooms at the Wyndham Gardens Hotel (Old Radisson) at India Point: $299 per night for a city view, $319 per night for a harbor view room. These rates apply to Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights; if you come earlier or stay later, the rates drop to $129 and $149, respectively. To make a reservation, please call (401) 272-5577 and reference the Brown University Class of 1958. We encourage you to attend. Since future correspondence will primarily be by e-mail, please advise alumni relations of your e-mail address. More detailed information will arrive later by snail mail and electronically. Thanks to Jim Moody for all of his organizational work. As ever, please send your class notes news.”
Pulitzer Prize winner Martin Bernheimer, who was featured in the November/December BAM, gave a six-session opera criticism lecture series “from the perspective of a critical and sophisticated listener.” He continues to cover the classical music scene for the Financial Times and to write articles on music for sundry publications, including Ravinia and Promenade.
Jane Bertram Miluski hosted a now-annual reunion of old “Angells” at her Long Beach Island, N.J., summer home. In attendance were Adrienne Arabian Baksa, Connie Black Engle, Rosalind Kennedy Johnson, Carol Batchelder Jones, Judith Ann Perlin, Jill Hirst Scobie, and Barbara Comroe Trevaskis. Judith Ann Perlin won the “long distance award” by traveling from Berkeley, Calif.
Dorothy Cotton-Pemstein writes: “A warm hello to scattered classmates. If any of you live in or visit the Boston area, please be in touch for a visit and lots of nostalgia.” She continues to lead spousal-loss support groups at Newton-Wellesley Hospital and to attend the symphony, listen to chamber music, watch foreign films, and enjoy her grandchildren.
Dick Emmons and his wife, Lynne, took the car train to Florida and visited Mike Larratt and his wife.
Bob Feldman is toggling between Portland, Ore., and an apartment in Munich, which he shares with his sculptor wife, Julia Mangold, and their eight-year-old daughter, Hannah.
Ken Kurze regrets that he hasn’t done any foreign travel lately, but says the list of places he and his wife would like to visit has grown.
John Lorand reports from Mount Pleasant, Mich., that he has two “lively and civilized” grandchildren and has just fulfilled a years-long dream by acquiring a lakefront cottage with good fishing, nature walks, and great sunsets.
Newbery Award winner Lois Lowry has been getting wonderful press of late, notably in the October 7 New York Times, for her latest book, Son. There was also a long essay about her in the culture pages of the Boston Globe.
Sharpe Ridout is still enjoying the great North Carolina weather and continuing to work. He writes that he is “enjoying it and plans on working ‘til I drop.”
C. William Stamm writes: “Donna and I moved to Essex Meadows, a life-care retirement operation, in April. We sold our big house in East Haddam, Conn., downsized, and moved to a cottage with one floor, no stairs, and no upkeep. There is so much going on around here that it is hard to keep up. Who said that retirees do nothing but sit around? There are a lot of Brown graduates here. We have to hold our own against the people from New Haven.”
Frank Young and his wife, Carol, spent a week in the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone with their eighth grandchild and then took a 13-day tour on the Douro River in Portugal in September.
From the November/December 2012 Issue
Class secretary Jill Hirst Scobie writes: “Believe it or not, our 55th reunion is less than a year away! Save May 24–26, 2013. The main class events will be dinner at the University Club on Friday, class luncheons Saturday, class dinner at the Hope Club, and a brunch at the Parkers’ home in Westport, Mass., on Sunday afternoon. Obviously, there will be the usual events like the Campus Dance, alumni forums, the Alumni Hour with the President, and Commencement. The University has changed its position on free rooms for the 50th and over reunions. A campus room will be $65 per person per night, or $260 for a couple staying Friday and Saturday nights. In view of this, Jim Moody ’65 ScM secured a block of 15 rooms at the Wyndham Gardens Hotel at India Point; $299 per night for a city view, $319 per night for a harbor view room. These rates apply to Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights. If you come earlier or stay later, the rates drop to $129 and $149, respectively. To make a reservation, please call (401) 272-5577 and reference the Brown University Class of 1958. We encourage you to attend. Since future correspondence will primarily be by e-mail, please advise Alumni Relations of your e-mail address. More detailed information will arrive later by snail mail and electronically. Thanks to Jim Moody for all of his organizational work. As ever, please send your class notes news.”
Carl Aronson writes that after a 46-year academic career (Penn and Haverford), he is now fully retired. He and his wife, Marjorie (also retired), are dividing their time between Springfield, Pennsylvania, and the eastern shore of Chesapeake Bay. Carl, having sold his full-sized sailboat, has resumed building and sailing radio-controlled model boats; Marjorie is an award-winning quilter.
Dick Emmons writes that he is in the last stages of geriatric heart failure. Despite this he hopes to make his 55th reunion. He and his wife, Lynne, hope to make the time left “as enjoyable as they and the cardiologist can. No reason to be sorry about this. . . . It’s what it is.”
Warren Healey and his wife, Joan, spent 12 days in July cruising on the Danube from the Black Sea to Budapest, visiting Bucharest, Belgrade, and Lake Balaton (among other places). Next on their travel docket is Portugal.
Sally Whitcomb Keen and her husband, Bill, are downsizing and moving to Arlington, Va., in November to be near their middle daughter, who is remodeling a 1920s craftsman bungalow for them. In mid-winter they will visit South Africa and Zimbabwe.
Tom McNeill and his wife, Anne, attended his 50th medical college reunion at the Univ. of Illinois Chicago Medical College campus. Tom has retired from practicing orthopedics, and they now divide their time between Wisconsin and Florida.
Bob Murphy continues his music-filled pursuits, playing at the Cedar Basin (Cedar Falls, Iowa) Jazz Festival and the Stanford Jazz Festival and teaching at the Chicago Latin Jazz Workshop and the Stanford Jazz Workshop during the summer. In the fall he teaches a jazz combo at Stanford.
Sandy McFarland Taylor jigged and reeled her way through St. Andrews and Edinburgh, Scotland, with 12 Scottish country-dancing friends and toured the excavations at Hadrian’s Wall. Later in the summer she visited daughter Sarah McFarland Taylor ’90 and her husband, John Rountree ’90, and grandson Brody McFarland Rountree. Next it was on to a women’s retreat center in Newbury, Mass., and then a visit in Stamford, Conn., with Lynne and Dick Emmons.
Sally Nichols Tracy and Susan Adler Kaplan attended a reception for President Christina Paxson at the home of Jerome Vascellaro ’74 and Mary Aguiar Vascellaro ’74, which overlooks Menemsha on Martha’s Vineyard, Mass. This was the annual Brown get-together. Sally and Susan write that it was “especially nice to meet and speak with the new president.”
Bob Sanchez writes that he and his wife, Diane, continue on their peripatetic way, visiting friends in Minnesota, visiting the Bay Area, and driving up the Oregon coast. Once again, they’ll participate in a reunion with Bob’s USS Rochester shipmates in San Diego.
From the September/October 2012 Issue
Jill Hirst Scobie reports: “Believe it or not, our 55th reunion is less than a year away! Save May 24–26, 2013. The main class events will be dinner at the University Club on Friday night, class luncheons Saturday, class dinner at the Hope Club, and a brunch at the Parkers’ home in Westport, Mass., on Sunday afternoon. Obviously, there will be the usual events, such as Campus Dance, forums, the Alumni Hour with the President, and finally Commencement. The University has changed its position on free rooms for the 50th and over reunions. A campus room will be $65 per person per night, or $260 for a couple staying Friday and Saturday nights. In view of this, Jim Moody secured a block of 15 rooms at the Wyndham Gardens Hotel (the old Radisson) at India Point: $299 per night for a city view room, $319 per night for a harbor view. These rates apply to Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights; if you come earlier or stay later, the rates drop to $129 and $149, respectively. To make a reservation, please call (401) 272-5577 and reference the Brown University class of 1958. We encourage you to attend. Since future correspondence will be primarily by e-mail, please advise Alumni Relations of your e-mail address. More detailed information will arrive later by ‘snail mail’ and electronically. Thanks to Jim Moody for all his organizational work. As ever, please send your class note news.
Bob Doyle was featured in the May/June BAM (Classes, “Renaissance Man”). The article summarized his transition from astrophysics and practical inventing (video games, etc.) to philosophy. Last year he self-published Free Will: The Scandal in Philosophy. To learn more about Bob, go to his website: www.informationphilosopher.com.
Barbara Florop Doolittle stays engaged with the world by scoring math proficiency tests, creating data reports based on test results, mentoring in an elementary reading program, knitting for Warm Up America (nursing homes, homeless shelters, etc.), and serving as financial secretary of her church. Her only grandchild recently graduated from high school; his ambition is to become a chef.
Lee Ann Etscovitz moved to Hatboro, Pa., instead of relocating to Colorado as she had originally planned. She is now close to all conveniences: a “typical American small town.” Her new address is 420 South York Rd., #61, Hatboro 19040.
Stewart Fish writes that he is “still enjoying life to its fullest in Vero Beach (Fla.), especially when the snow birds have flown north! What a great town.”
Eleanor and Peter Kuniholm, professor emeritus and former director of the Wiener Laboratory for Aegean and Near Eastern Dendrochronology at Cornell, are leaving Ithaca for the New England coast. Their new address is Blueberry Farm, 523 State Route 129, Walpole, Me. 04573.
Jerry Levine had a total knee replacement in April and two months later was driving again. He writes that his next goal is the New York City subway steps, which he intends to conquer.
Charles Martell walked the Camino de Santiago from Roncesvalles to Santiago, Spain—440 miles—during 33 days in May and June. He writes: “I met scores of wonderful pilgrims, and, despite the physical challenges, the personal and social aspects were very rewarding, as was the beauty of the countryside.”
Jim Noonan won the Superior Seniors Golf Championship in Ponte Vedra, Fla. This September he and wife, Ruth, planned a visit to their daughter and her family in Maui.
Pat Patricelli took a late spring trip with Brown Travelers, stopping for a whirlwind tour of Dublin, then on to Barcelona, San Sebastian, Burgos, Pamplona, Bilbao, Madrid, and Toledo. “Professor Mercedes Vaquero … made ancient and medieval Spain come to life,” Pat writes. “Learning, learning, learning!”
Diane and Bob Sanchez attended Commencement, “where we bade farewell to outgoing president Ruth Simmons, and met incoming president Christina Paxson.” They also met honorary-degree recipients Diane Sawyer and U.S. Rep. John Lewis (Ga.), and Bob presented degrees to the geological sciences majors. “More visits with family and friends throughout the summer. And we are anticipating our 55th.”
Bill Stamm and his wife, Donna, moved into Essex Meadows in Essex, Conn., with the attendant challenges of minimizing and simplifying. Since they already knew people there, Bill says it’s proved to be a very welcoming situation. They have a river cruise planned for December. “In the meantime, it is boxes and more boxes.”
Sally Nichols Tracy and her husband, Bud ’59, wintered in Tucson and visited Erik and Pat Carlson Collett in Lone Tree, Colo., on their way home to Cape Cod, where Sally is the new president of the Brown Club. She writes: “There’s nothing like catching up and reminiscing.”
Sue and Mike Trotter recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Mike is also celebrating the release of his new book, Declining Prospects: How Extraordinary Competition and Compensation Are Changing America’s Major Law Firms, and the paperback reissue of his ’97 book, Profit and the Practice of Law: What’s Happened to the Legal Profession. Mike writes: “You may have heard about the new one on NPR or read about it in the New York Times or Business Week. All this and the arrival of a first grandchild!”
Ellie and Bob Watson celebrated their 50th anniversary in late April at an intimate dinner hosted by their children. Joining them were two members of the original wedding party: Ellie’s sister, Rose, and Ralph Anderson ’57, accompanied by his wife, Jane Doane Anderson ’60.
From the May/June 2012 Issue
Stephen Barkin writes that he had a “very rewarding Brown experience” doing admission interviewing with BASC in the New York City area. It reconnected him with Brown and with the Brown Daily Herald, where he was once a member of the staff. He recommends BASC interviewing strongly and says it is “like going back in time, and what a great trip.”
Barbara Shipley Boyle spent a week in El Salvador in February and plans to attend the Women’s Leadership Conference, celebrating 120 years of women at Brown. She hopes that many classmates will participate.
Betsy Morriss Campbell retired 13 years ago and has been having fun writing short pieces for newspapers and magazines. Recently, one of her stories appeared in a new book, Final Fenway Fiction.
Lenore Donofrio DeLucia ’60 AM, ’62 PhD, and Clement DeLucia ’63 report that their daughter, Karen DeLucia Pinch ’88, is the first female captain in the R.I. State Police department.
Stan Dobson and his wife, Rosemarie, took an 11-day tour of Panama and Costa Rica.They were “on the go from dawn to dusk,” says Stan, and highlights included going through the Panama Canal, snorkeling, traipsing through jungles, and seeing indigenous tribes living on small islands.
Anne Browne Easton is retired in Essex, Conn., sharing a happy and busy life with her husband, Rev. George Easton ’56. They enjoy skiing, hiking, sailing, paddling, and spending time with their three daughters, their husbands, and four grandchildren. “Too many projects, too few hours in the day,” Anne writes.
Dennis Fish writes: “During a South American cruise in January, my wife and I discovered we were sharing a 4x4 vehicle with Stephanie Burns ’79 while on a shore excursion in the Falkland Islands to see several species of penguins. Small world!”
Walt Gale and his wife, Ruth, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in February. At their wedding, Walt Fisher was the best man, and the late Serafino Fusco ’54 was a groomsman.
Norman Grace (see Bob Grace ’84).
Barbara A. Scott continues to enjoy retirement living in the mountains of western North Carolina. She writes: “Although officially retired, I’m busier than ever writing a book on the Occupy movement, taking classes, being active in peace movement politics, working on the Cecil Bothwell congressional campaign, and volunteering to edit and assemble the collected lectures on religion and philosophy of Professor Farley Snell, which brings me full circle to my Brown major, philosophy, as well as many years of teaching the sociology of religion at SUNY New Paltz.”
From the March/April 2012 Issue
Class secretary Jill Hirst Scobie writes: “Please send your news. If you haven’t done so, please submit your e-mail address so that you can be in the loop."
“As you already know, there will be a class of ’58 mini-reunion in San Francisco, Apr. 27–30, 2012, organized by Brenda Williams McLean and other dedicated ’58s. The weekend will begin with a 6 p.m. reception at the Marine Memorial Club and Hotel, 609 Sutter St., reunion headquarters. Highlights include a lecture on jazz by our own Bob Murphy, followed by a concert by the Natural Gas Jazz Band, of which Bob is a member; a brunch in Sausalito; and a trip to the wine country. We are loosely structuring the several days in San Francisco so that classmates can put together their own tours since there is so much to see and do in ‘the city by the bay.’ Please refer to your snail mail flyer for more details.”
Martin Bernheimer, a Pulitzer Prize winner, will be lecturing on “Manon and the Age of Beauty” at the Metropolitan Opera Guild Learning Center at Lincoln Center in New York City on Mar. 26 at 6 p.m. He will explore this musical portrait of innocence corrupted and sensuality betrayed.
Bob Feldman is traveling to Munich in June for an exhibition by his wife Julia Mangold, at the Walter Storms Galerie. Last year Bob’s entire family went to Prague to see his son, Stephen Feldman ’89, compete on the world championship –winning Ultimate Frisbee team.
Ed Flattau reports that his son, Jeremy Flattau ’01, has started a political consulting business, Flattau Associates, in Washington, D.C.
Maraya McCully Goff and Robert Goff ’57 have moved from their loft apartment in downtown Providence to their house in Little Compton, R.I. Raya writes: “Full-time country living is a joy; we haven’t felt so relaxed in years. The city mice have adapted to the life of a country mouse with surprising ease.”
Eileen and Mike Larratt moved in May from Hawaii to Winter Park, Fla. They have seven grandchildren on the west coast and two on the east. Son Doug, who is retired from the U.S. Navy, works as a defense contractor; Glen is at Cornell in computer systems; Russ is a U.S. Navy captain; and Greg represents GE in the Health Care Division. Eileen and Mike write that they are busy, happy, and looking forward to the 55th.
Jerry Levine spent two weeks in San Francisco. He particularly recommends the Taj Campton Place Hotel and Gump’s department store, and hopes that all attending the San Francisco mini-reunion have as good a time as he did. He also mentions that his brother-in-law created the public art sculpture in Union Square opposite Macy’s.
Bruce McFadden is still engaged in an active interventional cardiology practice and lives in Santa Barbara, Calif., with his wife, Natalie. Three of their four sons and four grandchildren live in town; the fourth son is a radiologist living in Washington, D.C. Bruce says he “only has night call three or four times a month.... It is my good luck and privilege to practice medicine with colleagues younger than my youngest son.”
Linda and Hays Rockwell joined the Brown Travelers in October for a trip to St. Petersburg, Russia. They write: “Brilliant art and architecture, very good lectures, and a bright and amiable company made up of people in the (extended) Brown family.”
C. William Stamm writes: “We have our home on the Connecticut River on the market, hoping to move to Essex Meadows, a retirement community in Connecticut. Our timing is terrific in a terrible market. Didn’t I learn anything in Economics 101? We took our annual Christmas-to-New Year’s river cruise from Amsterdam to Vienna. We have taken a European river cruise for the past six or more years. A good way to relax and celebrate.”
Barbara Harvey Taylor writes: “My grandson David M. Taylor III is a wrestler at Penn State on a five-year full scholarship. He won his weight class as a freshman last year in the Big 10 and was second in the NCAA. He is an All-American. He was named 2011 Big 10 Wrestler of the Year and 2011 Big 10 Freshman of the Year as well. We are very proud of him.”
Jan Horwich Weinberg attended a Viennese-type salon 75th birthday party for Doe Cotton-Pemstein, a fête created by her daughters Lisa Pemstein-Krantz ’80 and Karen Deresiewicz. A chamber quartet charmed the 50-plus guests with Mozart, followed by humorous and creative variations of “Happy Birthday to You” in the styles of Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, and Dvorak.
Abbe Robinson Young, whose three children all attended Brown, now has grandchildren continuing the tradition. Jason Harris ’10 graduated Phi Beta Kappa and is working with Match Schools, a program for inner city students. His younger brother, Alex ’13, is a tight end on the football team. Abbe highly recommends the “under-the-lights games.”
From the January/February 2012 Issue
Class secretary Jill Hirst Scobie reports: "The class of '58 is taking it on the road again, planning a four-day destination reunion in San Francisco, Apr. 27–30, 2012. The reunion will feature a trip to wine country, a brunch in Sausalito, and a lecture by Bob Murphy on jazz, followed by a concert by the Natural Gas Jazz Band, of which Bob is a member. The several days in San Francisco will be loosely structured so classmates can put together their own tours, since there is so much to see and do. Save the date and we will convey more of the details as the plans develop."
Kathie Schutt Chadwick hosted a mini-reunion of women who spent their freshman year in Angell House. In attendance were Carol Batchelder Jones, Jane Bertram Miluski, Connie Black Engle, Jill Hirst Scobie, Rosalind Kennedy Johnson, Judith Ann Perlin, and Elizabeth Coe Strizzi.
Dorothy Cotton-Pemstein continues to lead a therapy group for widows, and enjoys the cultural benefits of Boston, with special devotion to the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Gustav Mahler. She treasures time with her two daughters and two granddaughters. She is also taking a course at Brown titled Music and Ideas, Mozart to Ellington.
Lee Ann P. Etscovitz and her spouse, Sonja, are planning to move from Philadelphia to the Boulder, Colo., area, where they will live with Lee Ann's sister. They "look forward to life in the beautiful Rockies and close to family," Lee Ann writes.
George Held wrote Neighbors (published by Filsinger and Co. Ltd. in late 2011), a hardcover picture book of animal poems, illustrated by RISD graduate Joung Un Kim.
Jim Moody '65 ScM attended Glendon Rowell's September memorial service in Kennebunkport, Me., and spoke about Glen's connection to Brown.
Diane and Bob Sanchez spent late summer driving west to the lake country in Minnesota, visiting friends, watching loons, and pontoon partying. In October, they welcomed their fifth grandchild, Connor Robert Wilcox, 9 pounds 5 ounces.
Emil Soucar, was widowed in April. A retired professor of psychology at Temple Univ., he continues his private practice and teaches one course per semester. His daughter, Beth Soucar '91, is the mother of his 3-year-old grandson.
George Vandervoot attended a U.S. Navy reunion cruise with his old USS Begor shipmates. They visited Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta.
From the November/December 2011 Issue
Class secretary Jill Hirst Scobie reports: "Remember, we want to stay in touch with you and provide timely information on class events. If you haven't done so, please give us your e-mail address so that we can reach you swiftly and in a cost-efficient way. Be sure to keep your e-mail contact information current. We hope this will keep you informed and foster a sense of inclusion. Also, there is another mini-reunion for the class of '58. We're planning a four-day reunion in San Francisco, April 27–30, 2012. It will feature a brunch in Sausalito, a trip to the wine country, and a lecture on jazz by our own Bob Murphy, followed by a concert by the Natural Gas Jazz Band, of which he is a member. The schedule will be left fairly open so that classmates can have a chance to tour this fascinating city on their own. Save the date and look for more details in the BAM class notes and on e-mail. "
Barbara and John Brown are still practicing law full-time together in their own firm. They do have time for vacations and family. Daughter Meredith '87 will attend her Brown 25th reunion in 2012. "No downsizing yet!"
Earl and Connie Black Engle visited Brazil with their son, Douglas, a freelance photographer, and his wife, Tatiana, who live there. They visited Mariana and Ouro Preto and then took a cruise on the Rio Negro before ending with a few days in Rio.
Ron Edwards and his wife, Judy (RISD '60), hosted the 25th Western Massachusetts Annual Invitational Croquet Tournament in July. In attendance were their four children, including Glynn Edwards '83 and Julia Edwards '92, as well as six grandchildren and 50 other guests. Julia was a member of the croquet team while at Brown.
Field and Stream magazine honored Dick Emmons with a Heroes of Conservation Award. He has helped "create more than one thousand new anglers in eight years as a volunteer certified fishing instructor with Connecticut Aquatic Resource Education. He helped modify the state-funded educational program ... and emphasizes ethics in his free workshops."
Congratulations to Ed Flattau, who was named the best D.C.-based columnist in the July issue of Washingtonian Magazine. Two former Pulitzer Prize winners were runners-up.
Janet Nelson Hall took a cruise in early summer with Dirck and Judy Abbot Myers on a Holland America ship from Boston to Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, and Montreal. Aside from trips, Janet is playing violin in the Cleveland Women's Orchestra and caring for grandchildren.
Jim James writes he had "a wonderful and rewarding time conducting a 108-person orchestra with a 287-voice chorus in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. It was a 'Tribute to Wounded Warriors' and 350 were in the audience. It was a great success."
For the 23rd consecutive year, Stanley Leibo, a professor of biological sciences at the Univ. of New Orleans, taught a four-day workshop on cryopreservation of gametes and embryos at the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Me. Afterward, he visited with Norman Cowen '56 and his wife, Diane, and also with Martin Feldman and his wife, Ellen, all of Maine.
Newbury Award-winner Lois Hammersburg Lowry has another feather in her cap. She was an answer in the New York Times Aug. 5 crossword.
Jim Noonan reports that he stays busy with business, golf, and family.
Charles Martell published a book of poetry, A Man of Ampurdan: Grandfather's Spanish Civil War Poems, available through Amazon and as a Kindle e-book. In the spring, he visited Botswana and Zimbabwe and became a sponsor of Motocross racer Brady Armstrong.
Harold Taylor is the task force chairman for the American Society for Testing and Materials WK31671 "Standard Practice for Calculating the Resource Depletion Potential for Mineral Commodities" for the E 60 Sustainability Committee.
Bud '57 and Sally Nichols Tracy entertained Duane '60 and Carol Batchelder Jones for lunch on Cape Cod, in Massachusetts. They looked at old Angell House pictures and discussed a mutual interest—genealogy.
From the July/August 2011 Issue
Class secretary Jill Hirst Scobie writes: "If you haven't done so, please give us your e-mail address, so that we can contact you easily and efficiently and be sure to keep your contact information current. Be in the loop!"
Peter Dana tried retiring three years ago, but found he wasn't ready for that, so he joined Eastern Bank's capital markets operation in Boston, working with fixed income national institutional accounts. His five children have all graduated; four are married and three have children. He recently ran into Dick Dana '56 in the Virgin Islands.
John W. Gamwell retired from the orthopedic surgery department at Emory Univ.
Anita Moore Gander's fabric art was included in this spring's AAUW Utah Women Artists Exhibition, a biennial juried show. Her piece portrayed a Costa Rican bird, the anhinga, with machine and hand-stitching on fabric that she dyed.
Charles Martel and his wife, Leyla, spent six weeks in Botswana, where she was in the Peace Corps, staying with friends and visiting the ministry in Gabarone, where she once worked. On the literary front, Charles's book of poetry, A Man of Ampurdan: Grandfather's Spanish Civil War Poems, will be out this summer and available on Kindle.
Tom Moses writes that he planted a lime tree and scrubbed the lanai for a party that was attended by Pat Pannal Mackenzie '59 and Don Mackenzie, Dorothy and Roger Williams, and Carol and Frank Young. The entertainment included a singer who covers the Kingston Trio. "Reportedly, Don and Tom still know most of their lyrics," Tom writes, "Very good!"
Alan S. Rosenberg retired from his cardiology practice on June 30 after 42 years. He will do consulting for the Northshore Health Systems and ProHeath. He and his wife, Anita, celebrated their 50th anniversary last year and are awaiting the sale of their house before moving to Manhattan.
Robert P. Sanchez is still busy in Naples, Fla., as president of the Brown Club of Southwest Florida. He interviewed a large number of applicants to Brown (class of '15) and invited David Rohde '90 to speak to the club.
Louis Silverstein, who lives on North Captiva Island, Fla., took a February trip to Africa, visiting Botswana, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, as well as Kruger National Park in South Africa. "It was the ultimate Africa trip," he writes.
Sandy McFarland Taylor is a member of the vestry at St. Mary's Church, where she spends weekends and summers. She is also a committee member of the Tuxedo Performing Arts Group, which provides cultural events in local country settings. While in Manhattan, Sandy attends performances at Lincoln Center and enjoys dancing with the local branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, along with her Pembroke roommate, Anne Walter Lowenthal.
Kate Kissane Whistler cruised through the Panama Canal, followed by a trip to China in February. Last November she and former roommate Sally Cunningham Street Brown had a mini-reunion, meeting for lunch in upstate New York while on their way to Canada.
From the May/June 2011 Issue
Class secretary Jill Hirst Scobie reports: "Remember, we want to stay in touch with you and provide timely info on class events. If you haven't done so, please give us your e-mail address so we can reach you most efficiently. Be sure to keep your contact e-mail current. We hope this will keep you informed and foster a sense of inclusion." Send your news to Jill Hirst Scobie.
Adrienne Arabian Simidian Baksa's daughter Darlene Simidian died of cancer Jan. 11 in New York City. She was surrounded by family and friends, including her sisters—Linda, a television producer for Good Day New York, and Rachael, a school principal in South Pasadena, Calif. Granddaughter Grace made a video of Darlene's life. Adrienne and her husband, Richard, still run the Buddhist Correspondence Course for more than 500 inmates.
Stephen Barkin writes that he still enjoys his career in New York City real estate. He and his wife, Madeline, celebrated their 50th anniversary. Son Jeffrey is a doctor in Portland, Me., and daughter Elizabeth is a psychiatrist in Miami. They are blessed with six grandchildren. Stephen and his roommate at Brown, Jack Selig, meet for a monthly lunch.
Dick Carolan, Charlie Batchelder, Ed Eastman, Hugo Mainelli, Max McCreery, and Art Parker met for lunch at the University Club in Providence in January.
George Cooper is president of Friends of Chatham Waterways. The group is preparing to celebrate Chatham's tercentennial in June 2012. Major concerns are wastewater issues and how land development affects water quality in marine estuaries.
Larry Delhagen and his wife, Sheila Boberg Delhagen '60, moved from R.I. to their new Twin Oaks home in South Whitehall Township, Pa. Their elder son, Larry Jr., lives in Emmaus, Pa., and has three daughters, one a sophomore at West Chester Univ. Their other son, John '87, '92 MD, lives in Round Rock, Tex., where he is chief of staff at Georgetown Community Hospital and a senior partner at Northstar Anesthesiology Assoc. of Dallas. In Aug. 2010, Larry and Sheila celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a gala party in Emmaus, hosted by their sons. Brown alums in attendance were Larry's brother, Jack '56; Frank Yanni '56; Douglas Smith '60; and Linda Ceperly Smith '60. Larry writes: "We encourage classmates traveling through the Lehigh Valley to give us a shout."
Carolyn and Tom Develin write: "We had quite an adventure during last year's volcano eruption and subsequent restriction of European airspace. At the end of a cruise from Monte Carlo to Venice, we discovered the Venice airport was closed. Between the Regent Cruise Line and good travel insurance, we got six extra days in Padua at a four-star hotel (just 50 minutes from Venice). Wonderful!"
Ed Flattau is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post; his blogs can be downloaded at www.huffingtonpost.com/edward-flattau/.
Retired orthopedic surgeon John Gamwell now makes plant stands, pot stands, and stands to hold multiple serving dishes, out of sticks from the woods.
Mary Marinelli Gizzarelli '62 MAT and her husband, Robert (Providence College '59, Bridgewater College '62 AM), announce the marriage of their daughter, Claudia, to Michael Baaklini, a pulmonologist and internist who is the founder of Cedarz Medical & Cosmetics in Bristol and North Providence, R.I. The marriage took place on Oct. 24 with the reception in the grand ballroom of the Providence Biltmore Hotel.
Martin McDonald retired from environmental and oceanographic work and moved to Cape Cod in 1998. Son Peter is an architect and also a resident of the Cape, and daughter Megan McDonald '86 is a veterinarian in Connecticut. Martin enjoys golfing, playing tennis, and fishing. His civic responsibilities include serving as a selectman for the town of Eastham and serving on the board of the Cape and Vineyard Electric Cooperative, which brings green energy to the Cape.
Sandy McFarland Taylor made a trip in February to St. Croix with daughter Sarah McFarland Taylor '90, son-in-law, John Rountree '90, and grandson Brody, 6.
Dick Neal has been supervising the administration of the National Assessment of Educational Progress, sometimes known as the Nation's Report Card. He and his wife are planning a three-week trip to Switzerland, Austria, Germany, and the Netherlands.
Larry Salzman has been interviewing applicants to Brown in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area under the BASC program. He writes that he doesn't "envy the admission office having to choose from this group of extremely bright and talented kids," but he highly recommends volunteering for BASC as "a way to give back."
Bob Sanchez reports that there was a "fabulous turnout" of 150 for a talk by David Rohde '90 and his wife, Kristen Mulvihill '91, at the Southwestern Florida Brown Club. Other Ivy clubs were invited and were well represented at this event.
Michael Seligman is the supervising producer of the Academy Awards. He writes that last September $80 million was raised on the second Stand Up to Cancer fund-raiser, which was shown live on all four networks as well as on many cable stations. He is preparing for his second sculpture show soon after the Oscars.
Lee Sheldrick is conducting BASC interviews. He makes good use of the Massachusetts winters, skiing several times a week with "quite a group of older folks ... many, if not most, older than I am."
Charles Shumway '66 AM, recently divorced after 10 years, is buying and selling real estate, selling a sailboat, and deciding where to settle. He writes that he "needs to experience the seasons ... and also needs great tennis," so he is considering N.C. and the Wilmington, Del., area.
Louis Silverstein and his wife took a trip to Africa in February, starting in Kruger National Park, then on to Botswana, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
From the March/April 2011 Issue
Please send your news to Jill Hirst Scobie. If you haven't done so, please give us your e-mail address, so that we can contact you easily and efficiently, and be sure to keep your contact information current. Be in the loop!
Carl E. Aronson and his wife, Marjorie, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary just before Christmas at a party for family and friends hosted by their daughters, Linda and Kristen.
Martin Bernheimer is still toiling as a New York music critic for the Financial Times and Opera magazine (London), as well as preparing a five-part lecture series for the Metropolitan Opera Guild during March and April.
Florida has two civic-minded classmates (and probably more): Bill Chadwick is stepping down after eight years on the Indian River County Hospital District Board, and Paul Johnson serves on the Orchid town council.
Dorothy Cotton-Pemstein is lecturing on the Myth of Closure, elucidating the dangers of linear thinking as applied to grieving and loss. She notes that "stages of mourning leave many widows and widowers worrying that they are 'sick' as they have not reached a certain 'peace' after x amount of time."
Stan Dobson is looking for classmates to accompany him down the Hill "to celebrate our 75th year on the planet" and keep his "streak of 20 perambulations alive." He visited Petra in late October to learn more about the work done by Professor Emerita Martha Sharp Joukowsky and her archeology students. Stan says the tour guide mentioned their work many times.
Don Dowling, a resident of the village of Golf, Fla., is entering his 50th year practicing law.
Lynne and Richard Emmons visited Barbara Chaplin in Portland, Ore., on a six-week trip through the Pacific Northwest. Then, in late January, they headed to Las Vegas for their son's wedding.
David Fishel and his wife, Connie, cruised to Bermuda to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. David has returned to teaching statistics, basic math, and astronomy at Frederick Community College in Maryland.
Having reached the mandatory retirement age of 70, Manuel Kyriakakis retired as chief justice of the Massachusetts Housing Court in 2006. He and his wife, Elaine, live in Tiverton, R.I., in the Village on Mount Hope Bay, where he is president of the board of directors. He continues to enjoy skiing, model sailboat racing, and golf.
Alan Leader accepted the invitation of his daughter, Anne Leader Kay '89, to join her and her husband and son on a Disney cruise. The staff represented 62 different countries, and on the last night they marched through the dining room carrying their various flags—living proof of globalization.
Charlie Martel is on the adjunct faculty at Drexel's iSchool in Sacramento, Calif. Last summer and fall he taught face-to-face classes, and during the winter term he taught an online course, Academic Library Services.
Sandy McFarland Taylor reports that she reconnected with alumni at the Boldly Brown event in New York City last November. She sat with classmates Jim Moody and Jerry Levine as President Simmons described the great strides Brown has taken and the promising response to the Campaign from alumni and friends. In February, Sandy took a trip to St. Croix with daughter Sarah McFarland Taylor '90; Sarah's husband, John Rountree '90; and their six-year-old son, Brody McFarland Rountree. The Rountrees, who live in Winnetka, Ill., hope Brody will be a Brown student some day, as his parents, his aunt Anne Taylor Madden '86, and his grandparents were.
Sally Whitcomb Keen visited Connie Black Engle in Hendersonville, N.C., on her way back from Thanksgiving in Charleston. They had a long, leisurely lunch in town and vowed to do it again.
From the January/February 2011 Issue
Class secretary Jill Hirst Scobie reports: "We want to stay in touch with you and provide timely info on class events. If you haven't done so, please give us your e-mail address so we can reach you swiftly and in a cost-efficient way. Be sure to keep your e-mail contact information up to date. This will enable you to receive communications easily, and we hope it will foster a sense of inclusion.
"The class held a mini-reunion in Providence on Sept. 24–26 during Alumni/Homecoming Weekend. Attending were Kay Ulry Baker, Bob and Sylvia Thorley Blakeley, Joyce Gillespie Briggs, Bill Chadwick, Pat Carlson Collett, Stan Dobson, Dick Emmons, Bob and Claire Hokenson Finnegan, '57, Gail Forbes, Jim Furlong, Bob '57 and Raya McCully Goff, Janet Nelson Hall, Pete and Jane Loveless Howard, Paul Johnson, Art '55 and Martha Sharp Joukowsky, Kenneth Kurze, David Labovitz, Brenda Williams McLean, Jim Moody, Bill Murck, Jim Noonan, Arthur Parker, Pat Patricelli Russell, '53, Anne Guerry Pierce, Van Radoccia, Allen Rosenberg, Jill Hirst Scobie, Lee Sheldrick, Steve Singiser, Mike Strem, Sandy McFarland Taylor, George Vandervoort, Bob Watson, Bob Wood, and Lee Yeaton. Many of us stayed at the Radisson while others enjoyed the hospitality of local friends and classmates.
"We began with a reception and dinner at the Brown Faculty Club, followed on Saturday morning by a walking tour of Benefit Street (including the Hathaway Brown House) and a tour of the John Nicholas Brown Mansion. Early that afternoon, Jim Moody accepted the 2010 Class of the Year Award in recognition of our dedication to class connections. This was particularly fitting, given all the work Jim has done to organize and spearhead class activities in recent years.
"The intellectual high point of the weekend was early on Saturday afternoon at the Joukowsky Center, where Dr. Martha Sharp Joukowsky moderated a panel discussion, 'Exploring Religious Complexities and Conflicts in Today's Society,' with David Coolidge '01, Brown's associate chaplain for the Muslim community, and the Rev. Janet Cooper Nelson, chaplain of the University. Co-president Paul Johnson movingly introduced his friend Dr. Augustus "Gus" White III '57, a former trustee of the University, who spoke about his experiences as an undergraduate and years later as a University Fellow, when at President Swearer's request he spearheaded a group that delved into a minority welcoming community embracing diversity and pluralism.
"Dr. White, who was the first African American graduate of Stanford Medical School, has had a stellar career as an orthopedic surgeon and professor at Harvard Medical School and at Boston's Beth Israel Hospital. He described his new book, Seeing Patients, as a hybrid: part memoir, part autobiography, and part essay on the American health care system.
"Then came a tailgate party on the deck of the Radisson, followed by the Brown–Harvard game. We ended with a Sunday brunch at Connie and Art Parker's home in Westport, Mass."
Bill Chadwick was recently reelected treasurer of Indian River County Hospital District. Bill is one of a number of our classmates who lives in Vero Beach, Fla.
Don Cohen (see Engagements & Weddings, Abigail Gilbert '02).
Bill Corrigan and Anita celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary by touring the Canadian Rockies via rail and motor coach.
Larry Delhagen and Sheila Boberg Delhagen '60 now live in their Twin Oaks home in Allentown, Pa., to be near their son Larry Jr. and three of their six grandchildren. Their other son, John Delhagen '87, '92 MD, lives in Round Rock, Tex. Their travels have taken them to visit brother John Delhagen '56 in Naples, Fla., where they've enjoyed the "lunch bunch," consisting of Bob Sanchez, Charles Shumway '66 AM, and Frank Yanni '56.
Marie Louise Clemens Demchak writes that her son, Bill, has been in the financial news of late and that his dad, Bill Demchak '56, "would have been proud." Her granddaughter also just got engaged.
Connie Black Engle is pleased with the Brown Alumni Magazine's decision to require a user name and password to read class notes online.
Joan Gordon Flanagan recommends getting an ultrasound at your next check up; she did, and a shadow was detected on her kidney, which later proved to be a tumor. She writes: "All's well that ends well, glad to say."
Ed Flattau sends along this pithy review of his new book, Green Morality, from Alex Shoumatoff of Vanity Fair: "An easy-to-read must-read for all who love our planet and want to know the truth about what is happening to it. Flattau does a deft job navigating through the misinformation and disinformation of the bad actors."
Martha Lundin Fordiani and her husband, Al, still play golf. They took their granddaughter on a tour of Brown and found it highly informative and somewhat nostalgia-producing.
Maraya McCully Goff writes that she enjoys teaching memoir writing to "the gray-haired population," from ages 62 to 91. She writes: "Nearly everyone is there at the request of their children, who want to know what it was like when they were growing up: when phones were stationary, televisions were black-and-white and small, and two-car families were the exception rather than the rule."
Charles Gordon and Marilyn spent three weeks in Europe on a Tauk Danube River cruise from Prague to Budapest, stopping at Passau, Vienna, and Linz. They then flew to Rome and on to Positano on the Amalfi coast.
Norman Grace received the 2010 Distinguished Clinician Educator/Mentor Award from the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases. The award recognizes the skills of outstanding clinicians and educators who have made momentous contributions to hepatology over an extended period. Norman splits his time between New Seabury, Mass., and Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. He is director of clinical hepatology at Brigham and Women's Hospital and a lecturer on medicine at Harvard Medical School.
Jane Loveless Howard was recently recognized for her 20 years as chair of Vision2020, a volunteer organization in Arlington, Mass. Town manager Brian Sullivan said that few could have built and maintained the organization as Jane has and that the participating volunteers are a "valuable and appreciated resource."
Ken Kurze and Ingrid celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at a party given by their children, including Barbara Kurze '82, and then took a Boston-to-Bermuda cruise to make up for the honeymoon they never had.
Mike Larratt has four sons. He writes: "Good news–all are employed, and they live all over the country: Ithaca, New York; Jacksonville, Fla.; Vancouver, Wash.; and Thousand Oaks, Calif. That is far-flung!"
Ed Levy lives in Manhattan and is busy with grandchildren, business, and the Michael J. Fox Foundation.
Gilbert Lugossy is the recipient of the Clara Barton Award, presented by the American Red Cross, Central New Jersey Chapter. Gil was elected secretary of the board of directors of the Capital Health System of Trenton, N.J., and Mercer County, and reelected as a member of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee.
Brenda Williams McLean dove off Fiji after earning her Open-Water SCUBA certification.
Charlie Mead Jr. is into his ninth year of teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) in Alexandria, Va. At the outset, most of his students were Hispanic; now half the class is mostly from Sudan and Ethiopia and many of them are Muslim.
Virginia Irma Mead spends some of her time on College Hill doing d√©coupage at the Handicraft Club in Providence. She spends summers on Cape Cod in East Harwich, Mass.
Jim Mello and Sally Cameron Mello now have a great-granddaughter, Lily.
Tom Moses III and Judy moved into a new home in Sarasota, closer to their favorite beach, Siesta Key, and close to classmates Roger Williams Jr. and his wife, Dorothy, and Don MacKenzie and Pat Pennal Mackenzie '59. Tom enjoys giving tours to visitors and those "looking for that elusive retirement paradise."
Hugh Pearson writes that he had an exciting 2009–10. His first two grandchildren were born in 2009, and 2010 started off with a one-month trip to Australia and New Zealand. He writes: "Both great experiences. Life is good!"
Jack Roach and his wife, Judy, took a cruise from Singapore to Thailand, India, Mumbai, Egypt, and Greece, then it was back home to San Diego while their classmates enjoyed the Washington, D.C., mini-reunion.
Robert Sanchez relayed the news that Glendon Rowell died on Sept. 19. Glendon's wife, Vermen Verallo-Rowell, and his younger daughter, Cristina V. Rowell '04, were with him in Arkansas at the time. A service was held in Makati City, Philippines, on Sept. 26, and another is planned for June or July in Kennebunkport, Me.
Robert is still serving as president of the Brown Club of Southwest Florida. Club members do BASC interviews, present Brown book awards, and attend college-night events. They have an active meeting and events calendar for the 2010–11 season, including visiting professors, a visit and talk by David Rohde '90, a holiday party, nature walks, a theater event, a Red Sox spring-training game, an Ivy League picnic, and a new-student reception. Robert and Diane had a great visit to Salt Lake City and to Minnesota's Lake Country last summer.
Louis Silverstein and his wife, Bonnie, spend winter on North Captiva Island, Fla. Louis writes: "It is so small, in fact, that transportation is by golf cart, bicycle, and walking." They split summers between Massachusetts and Maine.
C. William Stamm and his wife, Donna, have repeated a favorite cruise from Nuremberg to Amsterdam for the last five years. He writes: "Exploring on our own, meeting familiar travelers, and making new friends—a relaxing way to travel with your hotel going with you."
Ken Street helped form the Midwest Marines Foundation, which sponsors, organizes, and participates in hosting wounded marines back from Iraq and Afghanistan in week-long sessions at a secluded lodge near St. Louis. They help transition the wounded from active duty by administering programs that help them develop the knowledge and skills to build a successful civilian life.
Michael Trotter is still a practicing attorney in Atlanta. He is working on a second book about the status of the legal profession.
George Vandervoort bicycled 98 miles from Chicago to Warren Dunes, Mich., in June with 240 other cyclists.
From the September/October 2010 Issue
Bill Corrigan and his wife, Anita, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary by touring the Canadian Rockies via rail and motor coach.
From the July/August 2010 Issue
Jill Hirst Scobie writes: "Since the Washington, D.C., mini-reunion was such a smashing success, a second class of '58 mini has been planned for Homecoming/Alumni Weekend (Sept. 24–26). We have a block of 20 rooms reserved at the Radisson Hotel, 220 India St., Providence, (800) 333-3333 or (401) 272-5577, at approximately $100 per night. This rate will be in effect for three days prior to and three days following the weekend, should you wish to extend your visit. To reserve a room, you must make a deposit with your credit card for one night's stay, identifying yourself as a member of the Brown '58 reunion group. There will be a cocktail reception on Friday evening (Sept. 24), and you'll be on your own for dinner. Providence has a wide variety of great restaurants. On Saturday there will be a 9:00 a.m. meeting for class officers and council members, followed by the Brown/Harvard football game. For those not attending the meeting, there are many interesting activities and presentations provided by the University throughout the day. Since the game is early in the season, we are hoping for pleasant weather and a good Homecoming crowd. That evening there will be a second cocktail reception and dinner at the Faculty Club. On Sunday, Connie and Arthur Parker have again graciously extended an invitation to their home in Westport, Mass., for brunch at 11:00 a.m., following the tradition established at our 50th. In order to focus communication, please contact Jim Moody if you wish to attend. Furthermore, if you have any ideas, suggestions, or comments, please send them to Jim. Remember, we want to stay in touch with you and provide timely information on class events. If you haven't done so, please give us your e-mail address so that we can reach you swiftly and in a cost-efficient way. Be sure to keep your e-mail contact information up-to-date. This will enable you to receive communications easily, and we hope it will foster a sense of inclusion."
Judy Katz Block's book, David: A Love Song, has been made into an e-book and can be found on Amazon or on Barnes and Noble's website.
Susie Langdon Kass still teaches swimming part-time at the UC San Francisco Fitness and Recreation Center. She and her husband are devoted to Scottish country-dance, dancing twice a week and sometimes more. She writes that the highlight of the past year was their daughter's wedding in Killington, Vt. They will travel east again in July for dance camp at Pinewoods Camp in Plymouth, Mass.
Gil Lugossy received the Clara Barton Award from the American Red Cross Central New Jersey Chapter. Gil was also elected secretary of the board of directors of Capital Health System of Trenton and Mercer County, New Jersey, and was reelected as a member of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee.
Thomas Moses III and his wife, Judy, took a cruise to the Mediterranean, visiting the Greek islands and Egypt, with stops at the Giza pyramids and the Cairo Museum.
Larry Salzman is entering his 21st year as director of the Lake Calhoun Sailing School in Minneapolis. He writes: "Calhoun is an urban lake, approximately one mile in diameter, where we own 65 boats—Optimists and 420s—and serve more than 800 students from ages 3 to 75 in the summer. Since the school is a nonprofit, funding is an ongoing issue."
Bob Sanchez and his wife, Diane, were in Providence for Commencement. As a trustee emeritus, Bob presented degrees to both seniors and graduate students. The weekend included a celebration of the success of the Boldly Brown Capital Campaign, for which he served as regional vice-chairman. Furthermore, he has been busy interviewing Brown applicants for admission. In June he traveled to St. Maarten, and he visited Santa Fe for a reunion of the USS Rochester, on which he served as a naval officer.
Sally Nichols Tracy and Harvey Tracy Jr. '57 celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in May by taking a Brown Travelers trip to the provincial French countryside.
From the May/June 2010 Issue
Class secretary Jill Hirst Scobie reports: "Since the Washington mini-reunion was such a smashing success, a second class of '58 mini-reunion has been planned for Homecoming Weekend, Sept. 24–26, 2010.
Plans for the 2010 Homecoming Weekend in Providence are in process. Friday night will include cocktails followed by a dinner at a local club or at a special location on campus. On Saturday there will be either a class panel discussion or a presentation by a noted Brown faculty member, followed by the Brown/Harvard football game (or other athletic events that are taking place that day). The football game is early in the season, so we are hoping for pleasant weather and a good Homecoming crowd. For those desiring an alternative to athletic events, there will be a house tour on the Hill. That evening there will be a second cocktail reception and dinner.
Following the tradition established at our 50th, Connie and Art Parker have again extended an invitation to their home in Westport, Mass., for brunch on Sunday. If you believe you will attend or have suggestions or comments, please contact Jim Moody. Please send your news to Jill Hirst Scobie."
Adrienne Arabian Baksa is enjoying her life in Costa Rica.
Barbara Shipley Boyle participates in an annual Pembroke meeting on the first Saturday of each December. This past year Susie Langdon Kass and Brenda Williams McLean attended. Barbara writes: "This is a dwindling group of Pembrokers who have met every year for at least 50 years. We auction stuff off to each other and raise money for the Pembroke Center."
William Chadwick is treasurer of the Indian River County Hospital District.
Dorothy Cotton is working as a bereavement leader for spousal loss, participating in weekly French group discussions, and playing the piano for sing-a-longs at various private clubs.
Denny Fish was saddened to report the Jan. 26 death of his friend and Brown roommate, David Bosland, of Bridgewater, N.J., and Block Island, R.I. (see Obits).
Charles F. Gordon Jr. writes that he is enjoying living on Amelia Island, Fla. He plays golf, fishes, and attends the theater.
Warren Healey and his wife, Joan, flew to Buenos Aires for four days before cruising on the Norwegian Sun for two weeks. They returned to Jacksonville, Fla., and were warmed by a visit from their daughter, Candace Healey '84, who lives in Pa.
George Held and his wife, Cheryl, hosted 45 friends and fellow poets at Greenwich Village's Cornelia Street Caf√© on Jan. 28 for George's 75th birthday party. Among those present were Jim Furlong and his wife, Mary.
On Jan. 2, Pete Howard and Jane Loveless Howard celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with their four children, including David Howard '89, '95 PhD; their daughter-in-law, Maria Fratus Howard '90; and their five grandchildren.
Sally Whitcomb Keen and her husband, Bill, were awarded the Distinguished Service Award at Washington and Jefferson College for service to the college and the community. Recent travels include a train trip across Canada; Mayan history studies in Belize, Honduras and Guatemala; and an Arctic exploration to Scotland, Faroe Island, Iceland, Svalbard, and Norway.
David Labovits has agreed to serve on the Class Council. He and his wife, Jackie, hosted a brunch at the Washington mini-reunion and Jackie has become '58's "unofficial" photographer.
Mike Larratt has four sons and eight grandchildren residing in different parts of the country.
Brenda Williams McLean writes that she regrets missing the '58 mini-reunion in Washington D.C. She earned her open-water scuba certification last fall in October. She looks forward to the next mini-reunion.
Charles Mead Jr. has been teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) at Christ Church in Alexandria, Va., for nine years. "When I first started teaching ESL, most of the students were Hispanic. Now half of the class is Muslim, mostly from Sudan and Ethiopia."
James and Sally Cameron Mello's granddaughter, Melissa Mello '14, the daughter of his son Craig Mello '82, will be attending Brown in the fall. They also have a 10-month-old great-granddaughter named Lily.
Tom Moses and his wife, Judy, left Reading, Pa., for the winter and headed to Sarasota, Fla., to meet up with various old Brown friends, including: Peter Kopke, Don MacKenzie, Pat Pennal MacKenzie '59, Mimi and George Vandervoort, and Roger Williams Jr.
Hugh Pearson announces the 2009 and 2010 births of his two grandchildren.
Leslie Fiefer Peltier retired with her husband, Raymond, to Franconia, N.H., where she enjoys snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, level-ground hiking, and her book club. She did enjoy the Alumnae Club of Kent County in R.I., and hopes that a newly forming group, Upper Connecticut Valley Brown Club, will develop well and be geographically accessible.
Robert P. Sanchez resides in Naples, Fla. He is busy with the Brown Club of Southwest Florida, interviewing applicants for the class of '14, playing bridge and tennis, and spending time with his grandchildren.
Radley Sheldrick is still active with the Aria Reinsurance and Insurance Arbitration Society, and with racing and sailing dinghies. He is vice commodore of the Chatham (Mass.) Yacht Club and a member of the Orleans Yacht Club (Mass.). He also serves as a BASC interviewer and recruiter. He remains active in the Brown Club of Southwest Florida and has visited some professors, including Ross Cheit.
C. William Stamm and his wife, Donna, celebrated Christmas and New Year's in Germany on a cruise from Nuremberg to Amsterdam.
Conrad Squires published First Emperor Tales from the Jade Room through Marshall Cavendish Corp. The book is selling very well in Singapore. More information on the book can be found on Amazon.com.
Michael Trotter is in his second year as a partner with Taylor English Duma LLP, practicing corporate and finance law. He is also currently working on his second book about the status of the legal profession.
Frank Young and his wife, Carol, took a cruise on the Adriatic, visiting cities in Croatia, Montenegro, and Bosnia-Herzegovina with Overseas Adventure Travel.
From the March/April 2010 Issue
Class secretary Jill Hirst Scobie writes: "Please send your news."
George Antone writes that after teaching history for many years at Appalachian State Univ. in North Carolina and at the Université d'Angers in France, he returned to Rhode Island and became director of international programs at Salve Regina Univ. in Newport.
William Chadwick writes: "Great time in Washington, D.C., with the class of '58. Thanks to Jim Moody '65 ScM and others for arranging the events."
David Clough and his wife, Janet, attended the wedding of his niece, Dorothy Hamill (yes, the Olympic skater) to John MacColl in Baltimore. David's painting continues to flourish after 37 years as a professional artist. He is in the midst of assembling and compiling a book of his Caribbean watercolors and photographs, which he hopes will be published in early 2011.
George Cooper retired to Chatham, Mass., where he is actively involved in local nonprofit organizations and town committees concerned with open space acquisition and the preservation of the Cape's natural environment. He serves as vice president of the Friends of Chatham Waterways, which produces an award-winning publication, Chatham Blue Pages, available at www.chathamwaterways.org.
Dorothy Cotton-Pemstein combines both clinical and personal experience by leading a group for widows and widowers at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Mass. She also takes music courses, plays piano for Great American Songbook sing-alongs, attends the symphony, and makes good use of Boston's French Library.
Anne Browne Easton retired after 24 years as a high school library media specialist. She writes that although she misses the teenagers and her colleagues she loves the freedom to travel, read, do volunteer work, and ski midweek. Two of her grandchildren have just entered Bryn Mawr College and American Univ. She and her husband, George, a retired United Church of Christ minister, consider themselves blessed with a loving, busy family and good health.
Lee Ann Etscovitz opened an office in Philadelphia, where she offers psychotherapy to individuals, couples, and families. Her certification is in marriage and family therapy with a specialty in gender and sexual identity. She also presents workshops to help management and employees deal positively and effectively with GLBT coworkers, and she runs a Writing-Plus, a program tutoring individuals to improve writing skills and to use writing as a source of emotional healing.
Ed Flattau's fourth book, Environment-alism and Immorality, will be published this summer. It explores human beings' ethical relationship with the world around them.
George Held writes: "If you would like to watch and listen to my work online, go to www.poetrylog.com/gheld.html. If you just want to read, go to www.thehypertexts.com (my name will be in the left-hand column)."
Paul Johnson and his wife, Meg, hosted a pregame brunch at their home in Guilford, Conn. In attendance were Bernie Buonnano '59, Andy Davis '59, Art Joukowsky '55 (Martha Sharp Joukowsky was in St. Croix working on her next book), Susan Adler Kaplan, Anne Walter Lowenthal, Sandy McFarland Taylor, Rick Nelson'59 and Judy Wallace Nelson, Connie and Art Parker, Pat Patricelli, Ann and Steve Singiser, Bob Tavares '58 PhD, and Bruce '57 and Marilyn Mapes Yeutter '57.
Jerry Levine writes that his daughter, Jodi Levine Avergun '84, made full partner in the law firm Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, after retiring two years ago from the U.S. Department of Justice as chief of staff in the Drug Enforcement Administration. Jodi and her family have lived in Potomac, Md., for the last six years, having relocated from New York City because of an earlier DOJ promotion.
Bruce McFadden reports that his youngest son, David, is a radiologist specializing in body imaging at Washington Hospital Center.
Hays Rockwell (see Andy Strauss '85).
Alan S. Rosenberg continues in his cardiology practice in Great Neck, N.Y. He writes that he will soon be braving a reverse commute after he and his wife, Anita, move into Manhattan. He looks forward to the stimulation of urban life. He regrets missing the Washington, D.C., mini-reunion and the Johnson brunch, but is hoping future get-togethers are in the offing.
Glendon Rowell believes that he is living in "the right part of the world (the Philippines) for a recession/depression." He finds the executive search business (his) and the hypoallergenic cosmetic business (his wife's) to be very resilient; still, he's "got his fingers crossed." Glen frequently goes to Hong Kong for business and would enjoy seeing any classmates who are planning to be there.
Bill Silvert and his wife, Maria Emilia, visited Chile in January, where Bill gave two talks on aquaculture in Puerto Montt and delivered a presentation at the Univ. of Concepcion to commemorate the first circumnavigation of the Americas by the Canadian survey ship Hudson in 1970. In February, he visited Mozambique and Kruger National Park in South Africa.
Ken Street is involved with a new organization that counsels and mentors returning U.S. Marines wounded both mentally and physically in Iraq and Afghanistan. "The purpose is to assist groups of 30 in transitioning to civilian life by providing them with a week-long sabbatical in the countryside near St. Louis, using both lay and professional volunteers."
Michael Strem and his wife, Ann, welcomed their first grandchild, a girl named Sequoia Hope Strem-Dennis, in November.
Sandy McFarland Taylor writes that the early November brunch before the Brown-Yale game at Meg and Paul Johnson's home in Connecticut, was really wonderful. Immediately after the party, she and Anne Walter Lowenthal "Thelma-and-Louised" it to West Point to attend a Scottish Highland ball that evening. Sandy spent a week in Florida over the holidays with her daughter, Sarah McFarland Rountree '90, Sarah's husband, John Rountree '90, and Sandy's grandson, Brody McFarland Rountree, 5.
Tom Wilson, a 30-year member of the advisory board of the Bureau of National Affairs' Antitrust & Trade Regulation Report, writes that also on that board are Larry Sorkin, '64 and Tefft Smith '68. Tom, who leads the antitrust practice at Tydings & Rosenberg LLOP in Baltimore, was recently named a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
Ellie Marks Zexter '62 MAT writes that she is very busy in Los Angeles playing daily tennis, teaching at her grandchildren's school, facilitating a book club, and interviewing prospective Brown students. Recently she and her husband, Ron, saw Al Uhry's Parade, at the Mark Taper Forum.
From the January/February 2010 Issue
Class secretary Jill Hirst Scobie reports: "The class of 1958 mini reunion in Washington, D.C., October 9–12 was a smashing success. Attending were Joan and Bob Barta, Priscilla and John Becker, Bob Blakely MAT '59 and Sylvia Thorley Blakeley, John and Barbara Shipley Boyle, Peggy and Bill Chadwick, Betsy and Bob Cole, Rosemarie and Stan Dobson, Pamela and Ed Flattau, Henry Flynn and Diane Weir, Henri Gordon, Joan and Warren Healey, Ulysses and Nancy Redden James, Meg and Paul Johnson, Stan and Roz Kennedy Johnson, Nancy and Bill Johnston, Duane '60 and Carol Batchelder Jones, Jackie and David Labovitz, Natalie and Bruce McFadden, Jane Bertram Miluski, Donna and Jim Moody '65 ScM, Aileen and Bill Murck, Connie and Art Parker, Gardner and Barbara Murphy Patrick, Marie and Van Radoccia, Cathy and John Reistrup, Verm and Glendon Rowell, Diane and Bob Sanchez, Jill Hirst Scobie, Ann and Steve Singiser and their daughter, Dondie and Pete Sugden, Geraldine and Bob Tavares, Sandy McFarland Taylor, Lewis and Ann Cutler Townsend, Bill Tozier and their daughters, and Carol and Frank Young.
"The weekend began with a Friday reception. Saturday we toured the White House thanks to Dana Singiser '92, an assistant to President Obama for legislation. We then visited several historical venues. On Saturday evening there was an off-the-record panel discussion moderated by John Reistrup, a 12-year Washington Post journalist and executive editor of the Seattle Post Intelligence. On the panel were Nicole Isaac '00, deputy director of legislative affairs for Vice President Biden, and former Taubman Center director Darrell West, who is now vice president of the Brookings Institution and its director of governance studies. We ended the weekend with a Sunday brunch at the Watergate apartment of Jackie and Dave Labovitz and then a concert presented by the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic, conducted by musical director Ulysses S. "Jim" James.
"Special thanks to Donna and Jim Moody for all their great planning and organizing; as well as to Dana, Jackie, and Dave; Jim James; and copresidents Paul and Sandy. Consider coming along for the next mini."
Robert P. Sanchez attended the mini-reunion in Washington D.C., then continued to upstate New York for a family wedding, and then to Connecticut to see his kids and grandkids. He writes: "Back to sunny Naples. Our Brown Club of Southwest Florida season is under way, and I'm still serving as president."
From the November/December 2009 Issue
Jill Hirst Scobie writes, "By the time you read this note, the Washington, D.C., class mini-reunion will be well behind us. No doubt it was a wonderful, interesting, and educational interval, with plenty of time to socialize and reconnect. Thanks again for Jim Moody's organizational abilities and to all those who made it happen."
Adrienne Arabian Simidian Baksa's address in Costa Rica is 218 (not 216) Roca Verde, Alajuela, Atenas, Atenas (all on one line, and, yes, two "Atenas"), 20501 Costa Rica.
John Brown reports that he; his wife, Barbara; and their daughter, Meredith '87 practice law full time under the name Brown and Brown. In June, John and Barbara celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in Paris with their family, and Meredith had her wedding reception on a yacht in the Seine.
Pete Charron and his wife, Nancy, moved from their home in St. Petersburg, Fla., to 8606 Centre Court, Largo, Fla. 33777.
Ted Cohen's granddaughter, Melissa Prusky, entered Brown with the class of 2013. Ted and his wife, Bonnie, live in West Palm Beach, Fla., having moved there after he retired from law practice in New York City. They maintain a New England connection by summering in Tiverton, R.I.
Jim Furlong's daughter, Suzanne, had twins, a girl and a boy, at New York Univ. Medical Center, Manhattan. Jim writes that he and his wife are delighted with these second and third grandchildren. He is active in conservation as a director of the Groton, Conn., Open Space Assoc. (www.gosaonline.org) and is learning many lessons about land management while running a 75-acre nature preserve. He is also doing some freelance editing for the money and writing fiction for the challenge.
Anita Moore Gander's husband, James, retired from teaching economics at the Univ. of Utah, but still publishes papers. Anita, who has a doctorate in social work, is retired from clinical social work practice and academic teaching. Their lives are full of hobbies, reading, and visiting grandchildren in Washington, D.C., and New York City. They'll miss the "mini" because James will be teaching at Chulalonghorn Univ. in Bangkok and then going on to Vietnam.
George Held has poems on the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson's discovery of the river named after him in Bridging the Hudson. He also has poems on the economy in The Red and the Black, and other work in the Notre Dame Review and the New York Quarterly, among other publications.
Ken Kurze and his wife, Ingrid, took a Boston-Quebec Ville-Boston cruise in September. Ken and Ingrid are seasoned travelers, as Ken spent 29 years in the U.S. Foreign Service.
Charles Martell, emeritus dean and university librarian at UC Sacramento, is a member of the adjunct faculty at the iSchool at Drexel Univ. in Philadelphia. He has received a Fulbright specialist candidate award to focus on social networking and its implications for the future of academic libraries.
Bob Murphy completed his 36th year of teaching at the Stanford jazz workshop this past summer. He spent August and September touring Australia with the Natural Gas Jazz Band, playing at a number of jazz festivals. He is teaching beginning jazz performance in the Stanford music department this fall. Bob writes: "In short, I'm old—but far from retired!"
Ron Offenkrantz published an article on commercial arbitration costs and escalating arbitrator fees in the July/August issue of the New York State Bar Association Journal.
Bill Silvert '65 PhD reports that he has had to close the Centre for Gastronomic Research in the Algarve, Portugal, thanks to the difficult global economy. This past year he and his wife, Maria, have visited France, Bulgaria, and Greece, and they have plans to see Mozambique and South Africa. Bill writes they welcome classmates and other friends.
Bill Stamm and his wife, Donna, took a three-week cruise down the Danube, from Nuremberg, Germany, to Budapest, starting with three days in Dresden. Torrential rains caused authorities to prohibit all river traffic, but the problem was solved by two nights in a four-star Budapest hotel. They were so delighted with this experience that they plan another river cruise, from Nuremburg to Amsterdam, for late December.
William Brody Summerfield writes that he had a great hunting season. Having created a hunting preserve on the 158 acres where he lives with his wife, Alice, he writes: "I got an eight-point whitetail buck with a bow, a ten-point with a gun, and a real nice five-by-five elk in Colorado." He also has quail and tom turkeys on his land and bass in his pond.
From the September/October 2009 Issue
Class secretary Jill Hirst Scobie writes: "Join your classmates for a wonderful mid-autumn weekend. The class of '58 mini-reunion will be held on Columbus Day weekend, Oct. 9–12, in Washington, D.C. We are booked in the Westin Grand at 24th and M St. NW; (800) 228-3000 or (888) 627-8406; Alaska & Hawaii: (800) 228-1212; $189/night for three nights if you reserve by Sept. 9 and mention our group name, Brown Class of '58. Friday evening will begin with a welcoming reception and dinner. On Saturday morning, there will be an optional bus tour with a knowledgeable docent. A private tour of the White House has been arranged by a Brown graduate who is a special assistant to the president. From 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. an expert will discuss the current Washington scene, followed by cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. Dinnertime will be your chance to go out on the town with old friends and classmates. Sunday afternoon we'll hear the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic conducted by our own Jim James. The rest of the time you'll be on your own to reminisce and see the attractions of our nation's capital. A $200/per person fee will cover the cost of bus charters and food and drinks at the two evening events. We hope you make your reservations early, which will make subsequent planning much easier. Many thanks to vice president Jim Moody '65 ScM for getting this so well organized."
Bob Feldman writes that he played in the Brown Alumni Commencement Band for the umpteenth year: "The band's musicianship is nearly on a par with its irreverence." Bob currently lives in Portland, Ore.
Pat Patricelli made the NBC Evening News in late April for her participation in a Boston citywide mentoring program that is improving students' reading ability.
Jack Roach and his wife, Judy, enjoyed a river trip to Holland and Belgium. They particularly recommend the flower auction near the Amsterdam airport. After a visit from son Jason '91 and his wife, coming all the way from Singapore, they RV-ed through northern Nev., Idaho, and Ore.—camping, hiking, and fishing—and ended in Wash. State.
Jim Rich bought a boat and spent part of this summer cruising the Boston Harbor Islands, viewing the Tall Ships, continuing onward to the Maine coast, and then returning to Sakonnet, R.I.
Bob Sanchez, president of the Brown Club of Southwest Fla. and a trustee emeritus, enjoyed marching down the hill at Commencement, as well as visiting with daughter Stephanie, '89 and handing degrees to 30 sociology concentrators. After visiting family, Bob and his wife, Diane, returned to Naples, Fla., where they enjoy tennis, sailing, and croquet.
Lee Sheldrick spent a New England summer, boat racing and serving as the rear commander at the Chatham (Mass.) Yacht Club, where his wife, Karen, chairs the dock committee. The summer ended with a cruise to the Baltic countries and to St. Petersburg, Russia.
Sally Nichols Tracy, current vice president of the Brown Club of Cape Cod, Mass., held the annual Hyannis Golf Club sendoff for seven local students who are matriculating at Brown this fall. The partygoers enjoyed a talk by Professor Christopher Neill, who does research at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass. Priscilla Pierce Moor serves as the BCCC secretary.
Frank Young and his wife, Carol, witnessed the ceremony marking their son's retirement from the U.S. Navy after 20 years in the submarine service. To their delight, their children and grandchildren attended.
From the July/August 2009 Issue
Class secretary Jill Hirst Scobie writes: "Please send your news. Join your classmates for a wonderful mid-autumn weekend. The class of '58 mini-reunion will be held on Columbus Day weekend, October 9–12, in Washington, D.C. We are booked into the Westin Grand—(800) 228-3000 or (888) 627-8406; Alaska & Hawaii: (800) 228-1212—at 24th and M Streets NW. $189/night for three nights if you reserve by Sept. 9 and mention our group name: Brown Class of '58. Friday evening will begin with a welcoming reception and dinner. On Saturday morning, there will be an optional bus tour with a knowledgeable docent. A private tour of the White House has been arranged by a Brown graduate who is a special assistant to the President, though the timing of this event is yet to be determined. From 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. an expert will discuss Current Washington followed by cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. Dinnertime will be your chance to go out on the town with old friends and classmates. Sunday afternoon we'll hear the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic conducted by our own Jim James. The rest of the time you'll be on your own to see the attractions of our nation's capital and reminisce with classmates. There will be a $200/per person fee to cover the cost of the food and drinks at the two evening events and the bus charters. We hope you make your reservations early, which will make subsequent planning much easier. Many thanks for the hard work of vice president Jim Moody '65 ScM in getting this so well organized. A letter with more details will follow soon."
Art Ames and his wife, Karen, are spending part of the year in Storm Lake, Iowa, where he practiced medicine for 30 years before retiring. They also visit their beachfront condo in Madeira Beach, Fla., and spend time with family in Phoenix and grandchildren in St. Louis.
Adrienne Arabian Baksa moved with her husband, Richard, to Costa Rica, leaving Tarpon Springs behind. Her daughter, Rachael, just presented her with a new grandson, Gabriel Simidian Nicoli. Adrienne and Richard continue their joint work of helping incarcerated people learn about Buddhism.
Judith Katz Block wrote a book of poetry about losing one of her sons, David: A Love Song. Her eldest grandson, Sam Block, will be entering Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism this fall.
Dorothy Cotton-Pemstein lives in Boston's Back Bay. As a clinical psychologist she leads a support group for widows and widowers, a work she embarked upon in memory of her husband, Richard Pemstein '51; she finds that joining the professional and the personal makes a powerful combination for leading the group. Two daughters, two granddaughters, and discussion groups at the French Library also engage her.
Lois Dean just returned to Chevy Chase, Md., after a month at her place in Bradenton Beach, Fla., painting and doing portrait photography, computer graphics, and other creative projects in the company of artist friends.
Stan Dobson writes that last October he spent three weeks in the Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu. He found it a "wonderful trip that was physically demanding but definitely worthwhile and incredibly amazing." He continues: "We've snorkeled many times in many places but never side by side with penguins, seals, and huge turtles."
Lee Ann Etscovitz writes to tell about her journey. When Lee Ann attended Brown her name was Lionel Etscovitz. In 2001, at 65, she had sexual reassignment surgery. Lee Ann has a doctorate, was a professor of education, sold cars, and after completing an internship in Marriage and Family Therapy is working hard at developing her own therapy practice as well as being a specialist in transgender issues.
Lois Hammersberg Lowry has written a new book, Gooney Bird Is So Absurd, the fourth in her popular Gooney Bird series. Lois has won many awards, including Brown's 2006 William Rogers Award.
Michael Trotter has written a 24-essay series on national issues for a local newspaper, which the Georgia Online News Service is republishing and offering to other media outlets.
George Vandervoort writes: "In November I went to Saudi Arabia in an unsuccessful attempt to sell an electric power plant. However, I did send a shipment of Saudi dates, on consignment, to Peter Kopke's fruit importing business."
Abbe Beth Robinson Young and Jerold Young '54 write that they have a formidable Brown contingent in their family: daughter Elisabeth Young Harris '82 is married to David Harris '80; their son Jason Harris is a junior, and Alex Harris will enter in September. Other Brown alums in the family include daughter Marjorie Bearse Young Chimes '84 and son Andrew Young '86. Last winter Abbe and Jerold travelled through the Panama Canal and, in March, celebrated their 50th by spending a week on the Mayan Peninsula.
Frank Young writes: "For the third year in a row six of us who spent freshman year in Edwards House got together in Sarasota, Fla., in March. Tom Moses and his wife, Judy, invited us to a gathering at their house. Those in attendance were Peter Kopke, Don and Patricia Pennal MacKenzie '59, George Vandervoort, Roger Williams, and myself. This year the group was expanded to include Bruce Fowler, visiting from N.C., and Bob Sanchez, who drove up from Naples, Fla. Judy and Tom Moses did a wonderful job of hosting."
From the May/June 2009 Issue
Kay Ulry Baker has a second great-grandchild, Jayden Jon Baker, who is the younger brother of Thea Christine, 2. Kay serves as president of the Boynton (Fla.) Women's Club while working as a care manager at Care Source in Fort Lauderdale and golfing twice weekly. She considers her return to Long Island, N.Y., in the summer as her vacation.
Dorothy Cotton-Pemstein leads a spousal bereavement group at Newton-Wellesley (Mass.) Hospital, and has written Out of the Ark, a manual for spousal loss. She also enjoys taking music courses at Harvard, attending the symphony and opera, participating in discussion groups at the French Library, and spending time with her daughters and grandchildren, who live locally.
Stan Dobson visited the Galapagos and Machu Picchu for three weeks in late Oct. He writes that it was a wonderful trip that, despite its physical demands, was incredibly amazing.
Philip G. DuMond writes: "Mary and I continue to enjoy retirement living in Star, Idaho, where golf, reading, and tending to our horses takes up much of our time. I am in the final recovery stages of three hip operations resulting from a mishap with one of our horses. Nonetheless, we are looking forward to getting back in the saddle."
Raya Goff and Robert Goff Jr. '57 attended the Obama inauguration. Raya writes: "Although we probably didn't see anything more than what the TV audience saw, we soaked up the excitement, joy, happiness, etc., of this historical moment. A wonderful experience!"
Peter Grimm writes from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., that he has worked in the yachting industry since 1958 and currently is employed at Sparkman and Stephens (yacht design, marine engineering, yacht brokerage). He has been married to his wife, Nancy Lasselle, for more than 50 years. They have four children: Karyn Grimm Herndon '81, currently an ob-gyn in the Chicago area; Peter Jr.; Leslie; and Scott. Peter and Nancy also have nine grandchildren.
Stanley Leibo was presented with the Pioneer Award at the 35th Annual Conference of the International Embryo Transfer Society. He is a professor in the department of biological sciences at the Univ. of New Orleans and a senior scientist at the Audubon Institute Center for the Research of Endangered Species in New Orleans.
Sally Cameron Mello is hooking rugs, Jim Mello is selling firewood, and they've just received a shipment of what will one day grow into Christmas trees: 1,000 pine and 1,000 spruce.
Jane Bertram Miluski enjoys teaching travel workshops. She just returned from taking seven women to Jamaica to paint in watercolor.
Debby Karp Polonsky and Dick celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Feb. 15 with their children and eight grandchildren in Newport Beach, Calif.
Alan Rosenberg writes that he sees patients as president of North Shore Cardiology Associates and that he enjoyed seeing so many old friends at the 50th reunion.
Robert Sanchez heads the Brown Club of S.W. Florida, in Naples with many alumni, including Dave Wilson, John Pearson '56, Charlie Shumway, Tom McNeill, and Terry Franc. Their active season includes faculty speakers Kenneth Miller '70, Dietrich Neumann, John Stein '95 PhD, and John Tomasi; a nature walk on Marco Island; a theater event; interviewing 29 candidates for Brown admission; a Boston Red Sox game in Ft. Myers; and a sendoff party for the incipient freshmen in June.
Jill Hirst Scobie writes: "I've been receiving interesting news from many of our classmates. However, for those of you who do not use the computer, please feel free to send me a postcard or letter so I can include your news."
Barbara Ann Scott has been an adjunct professor of peace and justice studies at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, N.C., since Aug. 2008 and is an emeritus professor of sociology at SUNY New Paltz. She loves living in her mountain home with a stunning view of Mt. Mitchell and the Black Mountains that surround it. She writes: "Come visit me sometime and see why western North Carolina is a mecca for retirees!"
Bob Selig is a trustee of The Taylor Community, a continuing-care retirement community, and chairs both the CEO search committee and the Fund Development Committee as well as the Laconia Public Library (N.H.) trustees. He and his wife have ten grandchildren ranging from one year to college age.
Emil Soucar (see Elizabeth Soucar '91).
Lucia Scola Traugott just welcomed her third great-granddaughter. Her son, Mark, is a visiting scholar at Harvard and is writing a volume about the historical significance of the French barricades. Her daughter, Kathryn, designs textiles.
Mike Trotter joined the young law firm of Taylor English Duma LLP. Mike is involved in developing strategy, marketing, and some corporate and securities matters. His daughter, Anne Trotter '88, is director of legal administration at Viacom in New York City.
From the March/April 2009 Issue
Class secretary Jill Hirst Scobie reports: "Please send class note information to me. Your classmates would enjoy reading about you."
"On September 27, the class council met in Providence at the Hope Club to review last May's reunion, plan for future events, effective communications, and the best use of the class gift. Attending were copresidents Paul Johnson and Sandy McFarland Taylor, vice president Jim Moody '65 ScM, treasurer Bob Wood, secretary Jill Hirst Scobie, and class council members Raya McCully Goff, Bill Johnston, Jim Mello, Sally Cameron Mello, Art Parker, Pat Patricelli, and Dave Wilson. Information about upcoming events will be circulated once plans have been solidified. It was a wonderful (though rainy) day on the College Hill: Brown beat Harvard."
Adrienne Arabian Simidian Baksa writes: "Due to the kindness of Jane Bertram Miluski, several of us got together for a mini-reunion at the Jersey shore. It was wonderful to be able to spend time with Jane, Judith Perlin, Rosalind Kennedy Johnson, Constance Black Engle, Barbara Comroe Trevaskis, Carol Batchelder Jones, and the high-energy, still cute-as-can-be Jill Hirst Scobie. Judith Wallace Nelson was unable to make it, but she was certainly in our thoughts. What a gift to be able to spend a little time with these fabulous women, most of whom I had not seen for 50 years."
Barbara Shipley Boyle and her husband, John, have celebrated 50 years of marriage. Two of their bridesmaids, Polly Barnes Hester and Barbara Murphy Patrick, as well as Barbara's husband, Gardner Patrick, made it to San Francisco for the event. Barbara Shipley Boyle sends along special thanks to those who helped create our reunion yearbook.
David Clough has been immersed in the art world for more than 35 years after leaving an earlier marketing career in the hospitality industry. He paints and publishes watercolors of the West Indies, New England, and Florida. His work may be found in collections from Russia to China, and his greeting cards are widely distributed. David is married to Janet Norment, with whom he lives in Falmouth Foreside, Me., and winters in Naples, Fla.
Ed Flattau is working on his fourth book about environmental issues while his son, Jeremy '01, is in Washington, D.C., working on a governance project.
Marty Lundin Fordiani and her husband, Al, traveled to Scandinavia this past summer, after which the couple visited St. Bonaventure Univ. (N.Y.), Al's alma mater, for the school's 150th anniversary celebration. Marty and Al also recently celebrated their 50th anniversary thanks to a celebration hosted by their five children..
Walt Gale and his wife, Ruth, survived Hurricane Ike, escaping with only a few missing shingles. They count their blessings every day.
George Held has published two poetry books: The News Today and Phased.
Peter Kuniholm, a professor at Cornell, missed the 50th reunion in May because he was in Istanbul collecting oak pilings from the sixth-century Byzantine harbor for dendrochronological dating.
Jerry Levine, former class president, continues to practice transactional real estate law in New York City. His wife, Linda, has retired from banking, and they recently traveled to San Francisco, Dallas (where they saw the late Edgar Robinson '55 and his family), El Paso, and Burlington, Vt.
Bob Murphy teaches at Stanford and performs jazz. One of his bands, the Natural Gas Jazz Band, has a once-a-month gig in Marin County, Calif., and tours worldwide.
Janet Nelson Hall, along with Judy Abbot Myers and her husband, Dirck, visited Sandy McFarland Taylor in New York City for a week of fun and culture, attending an open rehearsal of the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center, visiting the Van Gogh show at the Museum of Modern Art, and touring the new Museum of Art and Design. The visitors also took in Greenwich Village and a Broadway show.
Ron Offenkrantz had a very eventful six months: the 50th reunion in which he marched down the Hill with son Jon '87, and the 50th wedding anniversary with his wife, Blossom. His son, Eli, celebrated his Bar Mitzvah at a ceremony that included Mark Kessler '57, for whom Jon now works. The final celebration was the 10th anniversary of son Paul's tenure as cantor of Temple Israel in West Palm Beach, Fla.
Jim Rich continues to run an oil service company, fly airplanes, and sail boats. He flew to the Bahamas last year and intends to fly to the Caribbean this year.
Bob Sanchez enjoys life in Naples and serves as president of the Brown Club of Southwest Florida. His son, George, was married in September in Lake George, N.Y., and he visited with his shipmates from the USS Rochester.
Lee Sheldrick consults and arbitrates reinsurance disputes, despite being semiretired. He attended the annual ARIAS-U.S. convention in New York City during early November and earlier in the year enjoyed a trip to England.
Steve Singiser and his wife, Ann, just celebrated their 43rd wedding anniversary. Steve works at the Trust Company of Vermont, which he founded nine years ago.
Harry Taylor helped organize a Christian renewal weekend for prisoners in the Hagerstown (Md.) MCI. In December he participated in a trip to Italy with his choir, which sang at Mass at St. Peter's.
Sally Nichols Tracy, vice president of the Brown Club of Cape Cod, and her husband, Bud '57, volunteered to work on restoring houses in New Orleans damaged by Hurricane Katrina.
Lucia Scola Traugott moved to Ann Arbor two years ago to escape the ravages of two hurricanes, Frances and the more notorious Katrina, and to be closer to her son Michael. Another son, Mark, lives in Boulder Creek, Calif., and daughter Kathy is in Vermont. Lucia has four grandchildren and twin great-granddaughters. She continues to enjoy concerts, reading, and the daily news.
From the January/February 2009 Issue
John S. Shapira writes: "Reunion was terrific, and it was a thrill to see 'our bear' so heartily appreciated by graduates and parents alike. We look forward to the 55th!"
Elizabeth Belknap Stirling writes that her grandson Thomas D'Alessandro graduated cum laude from UMass Boston last May; her grandson is a freshman at UMass Amherst; and her twin grandsons, Michael and Stephen Messina, are sophomores at Westford Academy, where they run track.
From the November/December 2008 Issue
Mary Sabin Blakeslee writes: "Two years ago I moved to Raleigh, N.C., where I am near my two sons and their families. I love the rural setting while still being able to get to the fine museums, theaters, and colleges nearby."
From the September/October 2008 Issue
Class secretary Jill Hirst Scobie writes: "Please send class notes to Jill Hirst Scobie or directly to BAM. Stay in touch with your class by visiting our website, which will be managed by Bob Doyle. Many thanks to Sandy McFarland Taylor for her great contribution to these notes. We hope to see you under the Alumni Tent at Homecoming and other Brown events this fall. Check your football schedule and call a few classmates to make plans.
"Our 50th reunion! What was your most exciting moment? Was it actually recognizing Mike Trotter or Peg Roy Ewing without checking the nametag? Was it realizing that Susan Adler Kaplan, trustee of the University, really does know half the people in the Commencement procession? Was it chatting with the Pembroke May Court lovelies: Susan Ayers Hanneman Phelps, Ginny Coley Gregg, and Judy Sargent? Maybe it was watching Dick Carolan receive the Lifetime Service Award. Or was it seeing Martha Sharp Joukowsky (another Lifetime Service awardee) walk down the hill in full academic regalia as the chief marshal?
We celebrated our 50th on Commencement weekend, enjoying beautiful weather throughout. Friday evening began with a lovely cocktail party given by Art and Martha Sharp Joukowsky at their Prospect St. home. Then it was off to Sayles Hall for a gala dinner, where we heard about our record-breaking numbers: 224 classmates attending (with many spouses and companions along for the fun), and our class gift (as of June 17) was $1,116,937.00, with 57 percent participation. President Ruth Simmons accepted a giant mock check for that amount, presented by new copresident Paul Johnson. The other new class officers are: copresident Sandy McFarland Taylor, vice presidents Jim Moody '65 AM and Jane Bertram Miluski, secretary Jill Hirst Scobie, and treasurer Bob Wood. Many thanks to our outgoing class officers: copresident Jerry Levine; vice presidents Pat Patricelli and Bill Johnston; treasurer Bill Corrigan; and secretary Susan Adler Kaplan. Campus Dance followed for the energetic and intrepid.
"On Saturday morning many attended the All-Class Memorial Service, with Raya McCully Goff and Art Parker participating as psalm readers, and Jerry Levine and Sandy Mc Farland Taylor as lighters of the '58 candle. President Simmons conducted her annual 'Hour with the President' on Lincoln Field. She not only shared her vision for Brown, but included many of her administration in the general discussion that followed her talk. After this interesting and informative hour, many of us attended a fascinating Commencement forum, 'On Turning History into Drama,' in which classmate Alfred Uhry was introduced as the only American writer to have been awarded an Oscar, a Tony, an Emmy, and a Pulitzer Prize. David Kertzer '69, Brown provost and author of the nonfiction book The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, discussed the challenges of using history as the basis for drama, which Alfred did in Edgardo Mine.
"Breaking with our earlier tradition, we had a combined (Brown-Pembroke) class luncheon under a tent near Carrie Tower. After this, some attended other forums or the Field Day. Saturday evening found us during the cocktail hour under a tent in front of Andrews Hall, then inside for dinner followed by a wonderful DVD screening of The Way We Were, produced by Bob Watson with able assistance from Pat Patricelli and Susan Adler Kaplan. This included nostalgic shots of campus and our undergraduate life, as well as reunions through the years, with wonderful background music, including the Alma Mater. Alas, where was Bob? Not at Reunion, having experienced a cardiac event a few days before reunion. Happily, he is recovering well, according to his wife, Ellie.
"Sunday, Commencement day, saw our class marching down College Hill to the familiar strains of the Brown Band playing the Commencement March. The University then treated the fiftieth-and-over classes to a gratis luncheon. Connie and Art Parker invited the whole class to their country home in Westport, Mass., for a delightful after-party of cocktails, barbecue, and birthday cake.
"Classmates came from great distances: Bill Silvert from Portugal, Eileen and Mike Larratt from Hawaii, and Leslie and Bill Tozier from London. California and Florida were dueling for numbers: California sent 16 and Florida, 13. Bob Feldman came from Oregon, along with five from Colorado. Massachusetts was best represented with 50 strong, and 'little old Rhode Island,' came in second with 26. A number of '58 Brown/Pembroke classmate couples were there, notably our Nobel Laureate–producing Sally Cameron and Jim Mello, as well as Jane Bertram and Joe Miluski, Nancy Redden and Jim James, Jane Loveless and Pete Howard, Sylvia Thorley and Bob Blakeley.
"Surely we were all extremely fortunate. Not only in the weather but in the efforts of the Reunion Activities Committee, headed by Paul Johnson, and assisted by Raya McCully Goff, Susan Adler Kaplan, Jim Moody, Art Parker, Pat Patricelli, Bob Sanchez, Sandy McFarland Taylor, and Bob Watson. There were 356 photos sent into the Reunion Yearbook. Raya and Sandy served as coeditors, with assistance from Bob Watson as photo editor and additional help from Pat, Susan, Jim, Art, Bob, and Jill Hirst Scobie. Unit chairs were the magic: Bob Barta, Art Bylin, Dick Carolan, Bill Chadwick, Barr Clayson, Bill Corrigan, Larry Delhagen, Stan Dobson, Don Dowling, Dick Emmons, Ed Flattau, Jeff Goldberg, Susan Kaplan, Bill Lane, Hugo Mainelli, Jack Mazzanovich, Max McCreery, Joe Miluski, Jim Moody, Art Parker, Pat Patricelli, Bob Sanchez, Steve Singiser, Michael Strem, Bob Watson, Lee Wilson, and Marty Wolman."
Frank Young writes: "I just wanted to express how much I enjoyed the 50th reunion. I especially want to thank Martha Sharp Joukowsky for opening her house for the class reception on Friday. There were so many other outstanding events, too numerous to mention. The Commencement Procession was special. There were several good comments that I heard during the march, but the one I like the best was from someone in the 20th reunion class saying as he went by our group, 'I'm looking at my future and soon I will see my past.'"
From the May/June 2008 Issue
Ron Edwards writes: "My new career as a sculptor follows my 30-year career as a professor of mathematics. I share a studio with my wife, Judy (RISD '60). Our work can be seen at www.ronandjudyedwards.com."
Susan Adler Kaplan '65 MAT (see Elaine Berlinsky Fain '70).
Marion McFarland Taylor writes that she, Anne Walter Lowenthal, and Barbara Chaplin visited Sue Haneman Phelps at her home in Arizona late in March.
From the March/April 2008 Issue
Class secretary Susan Adler Kaplan reports: "Reunion '08—don't miss it! Join classmates at our 50th celebration to greet old friends and make new ones. We are planning exciting class and University events. We hope everyone will stay to march through the gates at Commencement, just as we did 50 years ago! See you May 23–25th on the hill."
David G. Bosland and his wife, Caroline, enjoyed their 50th wedding anniversary with a cruise through the Panama Canal early this year, then visited relatives in California. They followed this with a train ride over the Rockies to visit their son, Carl, an attorney in Denver, and his wife, Sharon. David and Caroline both look forward to the reunion in May.
Don Dowling (see Daisy Wademan Dowling '96).
George Held writes that Garrison Keillor read his poem, "Aftermath," on the NPR radio show "The Writer's Almanac." George has received five nominations for a Pushcart Prize. His latest work, The Art of Writing and Others, has been hailed as his best collection of poems.
Stanley Leibo was named a Fellow of the Society for Cryobiology by the Board of Governors in recognition of his contributions to the discipline of cryobiology and to the society. This society of biologists, physicians, and engineers is an international organization founded to promote scientific research in low-temperature biology and to disseminate this knowledge. In 2006 he was the Spallanzani Lecturer at the 10th International Symposium of Spermatology in Madrid.
Robert Sanchez is president of the Brown Club of Southwest Florida. He and his wife, Diane, recently visited England and Ireland.
From the January / February 2008 Issue
Barbara Florop Doolittle writes: “Although I officially retired from the classroom two years ago after 45 years of teaching second and third graders, I still work part-time doing testing for the Claremont, N.H., school system as part of Reading First and No Child Left Behind.”
George Held just published his 10th poetry collection, The Art of Writing and Others (www.finishinglinepress.com).
Susan Adler Kaplan ’65 MAT writes: “Greetings to the class of 1958. Watch your mailboxes to receive information on our 50th reunion, which will include exciting events and venues, all easily accessible on campus. Congratulations to all for the record-breaking number of biographies submitted for our 50th yearbook. Make your reservations for Reunion Weekend, May 23-25, and please plan to march at Commencement. Our class Web site will soon be on the Brown Alumni Association page (alumni.brown.edu).”
Charles Mead Jr. and his wife, Mary Jane, are looking forward to the 50th reunion in May.
Bob Murphy writes that after more than twenty years of teaching jazz informally in the Stanford music department, he has received an academic appointment as lecturer there. Bob recently completed a two-week performing tour of Sweden, Denmark, and Norway with the Natural Gas Jazz Band.
William Silvert ’65 PhD writes: “In July I started a new career by opening the Centre of Gastronomic Research, a bistro located about 20 km north of Faro in the Algarve. It has been fun, as we have people coming from many different backgrounds to prepare dishes from all over—Brazil, Goa, East Timor, Argentina, Thailand. I hope that some of my classmates will make it over; it would be great to have an informal reunion here. In the meantime, I hope to make our 50th and look forward to seeing many old friends in Providence.”
From the September / October 2007 Issue
Richard Levine writes that he is "happily retired and alive," though still single (and not married as reported in the last BAM).
Jerry A. Romano writes: "Life since my days at Brown has been a wild adventure. If interested, you can read all about it in my recent memoir, Monkey Corner: Life on the Outside Looking In. I would be pleased to hear from any of my old friends in the classes of 1956 and 1958."
From the July / August 2007 Issue
Richard N. Levine writes that he is alive and happily married.
Sandy McTaylor reports that this year’s Baccalaureate speaker and honorary degree recipient, Nobel Prize-winner Craig C. Mello ’82 [BAM, May/June], is the son of Jim Mello and Sally Cameron-Mello. “Dr. Mello, now a Howard Hughes investigator at UMass Medical School, accompanied his paleontologist father (Jim) on fossil-hunting expeditions as a teenager, when he became intrigued by evolutionary biology. At Brown he was first interested in chemistry, but his curiosity about biological processes led him into biochemistry and eventually into genetic engineering. The class of ’58 salutes this outstanding young man and his parents, Jim and Sally.”
Patricia Patricelli writes: “I’m having a great time taking courses at Boston Univ. and tutoring an ESL student at a local public school in Boston. I’m looking forward to my 50th in 2008.”
Jerry Romano has written a memoir, Monkey Corner: Life on the Outside Looking In (PublishAmerica), about growing up in Malden, Mass.
Robert P. Sanchez reports: “We have had an exciting, busy season of events here at the Brown Univ. Club of southwest Fla. Many snowbirds have headed north for the summer, but we have planned an active agenda for the fall and winter season.”
Frank Young writes: “While vacationing at Siesta Key, Fla., in late Feb. and early March, my wife and I had the opportunity to spend a day with four of my freshman-year Edwards House dorm-mates. We met at Myakka State Park, some with families, and enjoyed the company and park facilities. Gathering that day were my roommate, Roger Williams, the two across the hall, George Vandervoort and Tom Moses, and Don MacKenzie.”
From the May / June 2007 Issue
Class secretary Susan Adler Kaplan reports: “Alfred Uhry’s play, Edgardo Mine, opened for a limited engagement at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis. It is based on the book The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, by David Kertzer ’69, our new provost at Brown. We send our sympathy to classmate Kay Ulry Baker on the death of her husband, our classmate Pearce Baker. They had hoped to attend our 50th reunion next year as well as celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. Cait Calvo, Susan Adler Kaplan, and Franz Kretzmann met recently and reminisced with professor James O. Barnhill. Michael Seligman was the executive producer for this year’s Academy Awards. He has also produced the Kennedy Center Honors as well as many Emmy and Academy Award events. Reunion plans are well under way, and we expect a record attendance for our 50th.”
Sandy McFarland Taylor writes: “If you’re not one of the many who’ve already responded to our 50th reunion mailing, please send in your current photo and alumni questionnaire with your 50-year synopsis and reflections to Alumni Relations (Class of ’58), Brown University, Box 1859, Providence RI 02912. Your friends are eager to hear about you, so don’t be among the missing.” This message has been brought to you by your 50th reunion committee, who are editing your reunion yearbook and who are happy to answer your questions.
From the March / April 2007 Issue
Attention all ’58 classmates. Our predecessors, the members of the class of ’57, are now curled up with their copies of the ’57 50th Reunion Yearbook in anticipation of their big reunion this year. Judging from the reactions from Bob Goff, class president for Brown ’57, it’s a very good read and great preparation for their big reunion this May. We in the class of ’58 don’t want to leave anyone out of our 50th Reunion Yearbook. If you haven’t done so already, please sit down and write us your story. Don’t think of it as “tooting your own horn” but just letting the rest of us know what you’ve been doing and how you feel about it. We hope to have our book in your hands right at the start of 2008, so time is of the essence. The publishing wheels grind slowly, and we want to be sure that our book is ready to go well before the October 1, 2007, deadline. To e-mail your response (and photos), specify Class of ’58 in the subject line and send it as an attachment or mail it to: Alumni Relations (Class of ’58), Brown University, Providence, R.I. 02912. Thanks in advance to yearbook committee members Raya McCully Goff and Sandy McFarland Taylor.
Patricia Patricelli finally retired and is now having a ball taking courses at Boston University and tutoring ESL students at a local Boston elementary school.
From the January / February 2007 Issue
Class secretary Susan Adler Kaplan reports: “Mark your calendars because ’58 is great! Our 50th reunion will soon be a reality. Make plans now to celebrate during Commencement Weekend, May 25–27, 2008. You should have received a letter during November requesting information for our souvenir yearbook. A small committee is planning programs, new venues, and exciting reunion activities to reacquaint you with Brown. Since the weekend has been shortened by a day, be sure to plan to march with our class on Sunday at Commencement. We will keep updating you on hotels (there are new ones) and other housing options. Please send me any queries and news for the class notes. This promises to be our best reunion ever!”
Class copresident Marion “Sandy” McFarland Taylor writes: “Happy New Year! Our 50th reunion is eighteen months away, which may seem like aeons but will go by in a flash. Our first request for bios and pictures for our reunion yearbook, sent in late October, was responded to within seventy-two hours by Julie Feuer Keim. Congratulations to her for setting such a good example. Other returns are coming in. Please send in your contributions—then you can cross it off your to-do list and bask in a sense of accomplishment. Thank you.”
George Held recently published W Is for War—his ninth collection of poems expressing his current protest against the war in Iraq.
Jim and Sally Cameron Mello write: “Sally and I continue to thrive on our small Christmas tree and organic vegetable farm. Three of our children—Jeanne Day ’80, Frank ’81, and Roger (Univ. of Virginia ’86)—live on adjacent properties and they, along with their children, are a constant joy to us. Our fourth child, Craig ’82, lives with his family in Shrewsbury, Mass., and has just reached a pinnacle of his profession—he, along with his collaborator, Dr. Andrew Fire, won the Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology. We plan to go to Sweden for the award ceremony.”
Tom Moses and Judy Moses held a Super Bowl party at their winter home in Sarasota, Fla., for ’58 classmates who flew in from across the country. Tom writes: “George Vandervoort flew in from Chicago, first visiting Bob Sanchez and his wife, Diane, and Dave Wilson in Naples, Fla. Don Mackenzie and his wife, Pat Pennal ’59, flew in from Boston and rented a condo on Siesta Key, Fla., for a week. Pete Kopke flew in from New York and stayed briefly with us. Pete’s firm, Kopke Fruit, is now the largest importer of grapes in the country. His new home near Cannes on the Riviera in France is now completed. Pete plans to ship his Porsche 911 to Amsterdam this summer and race it across the continent. Who says 70 is old? Don Mackenzie and Roger Williams have already made plans to rent in Sarasota, Fla., for the month of February. More than twenty-five Brunonians make Sarasota their home. Come on down!”
Edward W. Poitras spent his summer working hard after suffering a right-side stroke last spring. He is now walking again.
From the September / October 2006 Issue
John Goodridge writes: “I am now semi-retired, meaning that I take the work I want, but don’t promote myself anymore as a pharmaceutical industry consultant and executive trainer specializing in Latin America. My wife and I divide our time between our house in Jalisco, Mexico, and an apartment in Munich, Germany. Our son Andrew ’96 just got his MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management and will now be working in Shanghai. Our other son, Geoffrey (RISD ’93), is a photographer in New York City.”
From the May / June 2006 Issue
Don MacKenzie (see Amy Williams ’96).
Tom Moses (see Amy Williams ’96).
J. Roger Williams Jr. (see Amy Williams ’96).
George Vandervoort (see Amy Williams ’96).
From the November / December 2004 Issue
The Univ. of Minnesota awarded Lois Hammersberg Lowry ’58 its Kerlan Award “in recognition of singular attainments in the creation of children’s literature and in appreciation for generous donation of unique resources to the Kerlan collection for the study of children’s literature.” Lowry’s newest book, Messenger, was published in April.
From the July / August 2004 Issue
On Feb. 28 the new trophy case in the lobby of the Pollard Family Rink at Meehan Auditorium was dedicated in honor of Bill Corrigan. A number of alumni from the men’s hockey team were on hand to surprise Bill. The placard on the case recognizes “Brown’s most ardent hockey fan and faithful historian.” The case was made possible by the generosity of Bill Pollard ’50 and Jeannette Jones Pollard ’48.
The Right Reverend Hays Rockwell conducted Good Friday services at Grace Church in Providence. He is the retired bishop of Missouri, where he served from 1991 to 2002.
John Willenbecher wrote an honors thesis on the work of Harry Bertoia during his senior year at Brown, and Nancy N. Schiffer recently quoted from it at length in her The World of Bertoia. John also had two showings, Two Decades of Painting and Small Paintings on Wood Panels, in New York City during October and November 2003.
From the May / June 2004 Issue
Barrett Barnard (see Justin Monti ’99).
Bill Corrigan (see Gordon Morton ’93).
Jane Fliegner writes: “Wayne Blythe and I were united in marriage on Feb. 14 on the island of Maui. We then cruised the Hawaiian Islands. Our first reception was held on Sanibel. Rita Levine McFarling and her husband, Dan, were in attendance. I am so fortunate, as I not only have a wonderful husband, but a new son as well. We reside in southwest Florida.”
Norman Grace (see Karen Grace ’94).
From the March / April 2004 Issue
James W. Hanner ’62 MAT writes: “It is good to note that author Nathaniel Philbrick ’78 is sitting pretty on Easy Street. (It’s a Nantucket joke.) As a young lad, I caught my first prizes (a few crabs) just a few yards to the right of Mr. Philbrick’s perch. Philbrick’s Sea of Glory was on the Christmas list. I am looking forward to a long armchair adventure during the coming winter nights.”
Stanley P. Leibo writes that he holds the Doris Zemurray Stone Endowed Chair in reproductive biology at the Univ. of New Orleans. He is also senior scientist at the Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species in New Orleans and is adjunct professor of animal sciences at Louisiana State Univ. in Baton Rouge—all in addition to his position as adjunct professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk.
From the January / February 2004 Issue
Ed Flattau has published Evolution of a Columnist, the 40-Year Intellectual Journey of America’s Senior Nationally Syndicated Environmental Commentator.
Robert P. Sanchez writes: “My new wife, Diane, and I were married on Nov. 30, 2002. We honeymooned on the Costa del Sol. I’m enjoying retirement here in Naples and stay busy with my homeowners association, tennis, sailing, and travel. I just became a grandfather.”
Bill Stamm writes: “We are living on the Connecticut River in East Haddam, up the road from the Goodspeeed Opera House. I have become active in the Goodspeed guild as both treasurer and transportation coordinator, driving the actors and production staff workers to and from the railroad station. This is a chance to meet the actors—there is even a Brown grad now and then.”
From the November / December 2003 Issue
Dorothy Cotton writes that her husband, Richard Pemstein ’51, died on July 9 and would like to be remembered not for his résumé but as a man who lived a “life of the mind” (see Obituaries).
Margaret Roy Ewing ’58 (see Bruce and Tracey Stet Ewing ’88).
From the March / April 2003 Issue
Save the weekend of May 23–26 to celebrate the 45th anniversary of our graduation from Brown. The reunion planning committee is gearing up for a great weekend and hopes that you can join in. If you did not receive the fall reunion mailing, please contact reunion headquarters at (401) 863-1947 to request a copy.
Abbe Robinson Young (see Marshall Cohen ’54).
From the September / October 2002 Issue
Manuel Kyriakakis was named to a five-year term as chief justice of the housing court department of the Massachusetts Trial Court. He was appointed as first justice of the Southeastern Housing Court in 1990. Previously, he was a partner in the Fall River, Mass., law firm of Horvitz, Horvitz & Kyriakakis from 1973.
Elizabeth Belknap Stirling writes that her ninth grandchild, Jennelle Ann Demers, was born on Feb. 27.
From the May / June 2002 Issue
Gerald Levine writes: "My oldest daughter, Jodi Levine Avergun '84, was appointed, effective January 2002, chief of the Justice Department's Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Section. She will be relocating to Washington, D.C., after living the past several years on Long Island. Prior to her appointment, Jodi was an assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York."
From the November / December 2000 Issue
Class president Gerald R. Levine reports: “In May I took a personal tour of the Brown University archaeological excavation of the Great Temple in Petra, Jordan. To make my trip more meaningful, site director Martha Sharp Joukowsky provided me with detailed information and key people to meet. A visit to Petra has been called a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and it was. Located along the ancient silk route between Asia and the Middle East, Petra became an extremely wealthy city that provided desert merchant caravans with a safe trading site and plentiful water. More than 2,000 years ago, the inhabitants, a tribe of Nabateans, had facades of elegant buildings carved into the multicolored limestone mountains that surround, enclose, and protect the residential valley. Latter-day Roman conquerors added their own amphitheater and temples. Brown Travelers will soon offer a special tour to this site. It should be noted that the site tour will involve a lot of walking under the hot desert sun, but an optional two-person horse-drawn surrey, or a horseback ride through the siq (a very narrow mile-long passage between high cliffs) will shorten the total amount of walking.
“Alan Rosenberg, director of cardiology at North Shore Hospital in Manhasset, N.Y., has been listed in a recent Town & Country article as one of the top 100 medical specialists in the country.
“Sandy MacFarland Taylor is retiring from Dean Witter to become a full-time grandmother.
“Bob Sanchez has retired from Paine Webber to become a member of the Greenwich, Conn., board of assessors and to help manage the congressional campaign of his daughter, Stephanie ’89.
“My daughter, Jodi Levine Avergun ’84, former chief narcotics prosecutor for the Eastern district (Brooklyn, N.Y.) U.S. Attorney’s office, has been appointed chief of the Long Island district of the U.S. Attorney’s office.”
From the September / October 2000 Issue
Michael Trotter (see An Trotter ’88).
From the July / August 2000 Issue
Stephen D. Barkin, of New York City, was elected a director and executive-committee member of the Glaucoma Foundation. He urges all alumni to have yearly glaucoma examinations. He writes: "Glaucoma is the leading cause of preventable blindness and is called ‘the silent thief of sight.’ "
Michael Trotter, a lawyer and civil leader in Atlanta, was honored at the Southern Regional Council’s 80th anniversary gala in April for improving race relations and civic participation. Michael is founder of Good Government Atlanta and Research Atlanta.
From the May / June 2000 Issue
Larry Kocher writes that he married Rita Bullinger on Dec. 29 at their home in Santa Rosa, Calif. Among the small number of friends at the ceremony was Hawlan Ng ’93. Larry is a retired educator; Rita teaches English at Pines High School in Santa Rosa.
Macey Blackburn McKee Taylor retired from the University of Arizona and keeps busy selling books on the Internet for the Friends of the Tucson-Pima Public Library. She writes: "Most of the action is on eBay and Amazon, but I have privately sold an inscribed first edition of Atlas Shrugged for $2,000 and will soon be selling fine-art books on an art-gallery Web site owned by one of my best customers." For information on sales or donations, contact Macey.
Bob Sanchez writes that he was elected to the board of assessment appeals in Greenwich, Conn. He also sold his 235-year-old house, taking up residence in a condominium. Three months after the sale, the historic home, in which Bob and his family lived for twenty-seven years, burned to the ground while undergoing renovations by the new owners.
William Silvert ’65 Ph.D. writes that he was so shaken by his 40th reunion that he took early retirement and moved to Portugal. By mid-February he expected to be settled near Lisbon. He would be happy to see old friends and classmates.
Adrienne Arabian Simidian will graduate in May from the Buddhist Association of Connecticut’s dharma training program. She writes: "They tell me I’m now qualified to teach Buddhism. I laughed a lot. I spent four days last year with the Dalai Lama, and I still play the piano. I live in Putnam County, N.Y., and have three terrific daughters: Darlene, a computer-graphics artist in New York City; Linda, a TV producer in New York City; and Rachael, an education consultant and bilingual specialist in California. I also have a granddaughter, Grace, 5."
From the January / February 2000 Issue
Class secretary Sandy McFarland Taylor reports: "My daughter, Sarah McFarland Taylor '89, was awarded a Ph.D. from the U.C.-Santa Barbara religion department in June. She has been granted a two-year Mellon Fellowship to do postdoctoral work at Northwestern University.
"Tom Bigford, Anne Walter Lowenthal, David Moore, and George Vandervoort attended the Lake Forest (Ill.) High School class of '54 reunion in August.
"The class received with great sadness the news that Dick Carolan's wife, Mary Lou, has died. We all join in extending our sympathy to Dick and his family.
"Dick Emmons weathered his heart-bypass operation in the summer. Keep up the good work, Dick.
"In July Anne Guerry Pierce hosted a Down East lobster dinner for several classmates against the backdrop of a dazzling Maine sunset. I attended, as did Sue Haneman Ayers, of Evergreen, Colo.; Barbara Chaplin, of Portland, Ore.; Raya McCully Goff, of Providence; Anne Walter Lowenthal, of New York City; and Joyce Gillespie Briggs, of Litchfield, Conn. The next day we headed north from Ann's home in Brunswick to the Farnsworth Museum in Rockland. Pressing northward still, we went to Toddy Pond, Joyce's Blue Hill fishing camp. We shared evolving attitudes, good books, medical milestones, 'grandma notes,' and, of course, many memories of Brown days.
"Carol Jadick Hanson and her husband, Dick, built a lovely Nantucket home after Dick retired early from Merrill Lynch.
"Martha Sharp Joukowsky has published a reference book and field guide on the historical Nabataean site of Petra, Jordan. Petra - Great Temple covers the 1993-97 excavations that Martha directed. Since the excavations are ongoing, additional volumes are planned. The book joins an extensive list of publications by this talented classmate. Many of the book's excellent photos are the work Martha's husband, Chancellor Emeritus Artemis 'Art' Joukowsky '55. What a team! The class of '58 is planning a June mini-reunion in Petra, which will feature a tour of Martha's dig and a cruise around Greece and Turkey. Call Jerry Levine for more information.
"Class president Jerry Levine received a Brown Bear Award during Homecoming weekend. Congratulations, Jerry; you have long deserved this recognition and we're proud of you.
"Bob Sanchez enjoyed his summer trip to Tuscany with the Brown Alumni Travelers. His daughter, Stephanie '89, a teacher in Greenwich, Conn., is one of three first selectmen in Greenwich.
"Bob Strand has been living the bi-coastal life, flying frequently from San Francisco to New York City, where he buys and trades antique watches. He has also made side trips to Brown as an art consultant.
"Doria Tenca schmoozed with New York City classmates at a recent Sports Foundation evening at the New York Athletic Club. She is also volunteering with the Central Park Conservancy.
"Joan Kopf Tiedemann reports that, although traveling is not easy for her, she managed to visit Lake George this summer.
"Alfred Uhry, our Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, earned further laurels last spring when Parade, his musical drama about a 1915 Atlanta lynching, won the 1999 Drama Desk award. In accepting the award, Al announced plans for a national touring production of Parade. Classmates also enjoyed Al's narration of the September PBS documentary Delta Jews.
"Nancy Wooster Chase, of Scottsdale, Ariz., is building a house in Mexico. She's in frequent contact with Gaillee Cary Scott, who also lives in Arizona, and with Connie Hanson, who has her own public-relations firm in Hawaii. They had a mini-reunion when Benita Mangini Jones was passing through."
Stephen D. Barkin, of New York City, writes: "As a person with glaucoma, the eye disease called the silent thief of sight, I decided to do something. I joined the Glaucoma Foundation and became a volunteer and activist. The foundation sponsors early-detection screenings and has raised millions of dollars for optic-nerve research. Our mission is to create a world without blindness. I was recently elected to the board of directors, where I work with Carol Ausobel '77, our new director of development."
William Chadwick, of Burlington, Vt., reports that he received an honorary doctor of humanities degree from St. Michael's College last May, after having served on its board of trustees for nine years, until 1997. He was the first lay chairman in the college's ninety-five years. He retired from Banknorth Group at the end of the year, coincident with the sale of the company.
Larry Kocher (see Hawlan Ng '93).
From the November / December 1999 Issue
The class of '58 invites all interested schoolmates and friends to join in a fourteen-night mini-reunion starting in Petra, Jordan, and continuing on a Greek island cruise, calling on ports in Greece and Turkey. The trip is planned for June 22 to July 4, 2000. Martha Sharp Joukouwsky will lead the group through the excavation of the Great Temple of Petra, and then through the City of Athens. The last stop will be a seven-day Royal Olympic cruise. Based upon a group of twenty to twenty-nine people, and using 1999 tariffs, cost is estimated at $3,350 per person but is subject to change. To register, call class presidents Jerry Levine or Sandy McFarland Taylor, or e-mail Jerry. The registration deadline is Sept. 15.
Robert Feldman reports the birth of Zachary Robert Feldman in Portland, Oreg., on March 7. He is the first child of Wendy Wilkinson and Stephen Feldman '89, the only nephew of Andrea Feldman '87 and the only grandchild of Robert and Linda Blackman Feldman '60.
Marcia Gallup MacDonald (see Michele Goyette-Ewing '82).
Beverly Munter Spence, Simsbury, Conn., writes: "Following an early retirement from the Connecticut Department of Higher Education, I spent one year as the administrator of the Weekend College at St. Joseph College in West Hartford, Conn. Currently I am teaching part-time at the University of Hartford. This year I received two teaching awards, including one from the university for excellence in interdisciplinary teaching. For fun I have enrolled in a graduate poetry workshop at Trinity College and will be studying this summer at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Mass."
From the May / June 1999 Issue
Shellie Hearst, Westport, Conn., known for his spontaneity, married his main squeeze of fifteen years, and his fiancée for eight years, the beautiful Erika Steffen. Erika, who is arguably the world's most gifted career consultant, now has a challenging in-house client, since Shellie sold his business two years ago and now spends much of his time wandering around looking for life's greater meaning.
William Stamm was remarried in June 1998 to Donna Breen, whom he met in a chorus he joined. Donna is the accompanist and assistant director of Cappella Cantrium, a local community chorus of more than 100 singers. "We also sing in an auditioned chorus of about forty, so music is a large part of our lives," William writes. They are moving in the spring to East Haddam, Conn., on the Connecticut River near the Goodspeed Opera House. "It's a new chance for us to get involved with musical theater in addition to our classical chorus work. It is a great time to be alive," William writes.
From the March / April 1999 Issue
Lois Dean, Chevy Chase, Md., writes: "My son, Blake, is at Northeastern and now loves New England as much as I do. I'm finally studying history (colonial and English, 1540_1640) and doing family genealogy. This mixes well with the history of city development in New England and with learning how to generate computer maps of historic places and events." She continues that she is "still advocating for the cities" at HUD five days a week. Her husband has retired from the World Bank and is considering "his" Australia as their retirement destination. "If democracy keeps losing out to capitalism/elitism here," she writes, "it may not be a bad move."
Stewart Y. Fish writes: "When, oh, when is Brown going to win an Ivy football championship? (Ties don't count.) I hope I live long enough! They always seem to lose the ones they shouldn't." He is, he says, nevertheless "looking forward to 1999."
David L. Nass, Woodbury, Minn., welcomed two new grandchildren on May 27 _ the third set of twins in his family. His daughter Carla and her husband, Kevin Miller, greeted Eva and Nealon in Columbia, Md. His daughter Linda has two sets of twins.
From the January / February 1999 Issue
Rod Dashnaw (see Allen Ward '64).
Martin Feldman has retired from the faculty at Boston University's School of Medicine. Martin served as professor in the department of anatomy and neurobiology and the department of psychology. He remains a professor emeritus. Martin and his wife, Ellen, are now living in Owl's Head, Maine.
From the November / December 1998 Issue
Betty Belknap Stirling has two new grandchildren: Brielle Elizabeth Stirling, born in October 1997, and Amber Mae Demers, born in May. Betty's grandsons are T.J., 14; Jimmy, 8; and twins Stephen and Michael, 6.
C. William Stamm married Donna Breen on June 14. "Donna is the accompanist for a choral group that I sing with," William writes. "We started dating on a choral tour to Europe last summer. Our honeymoon was another choral trip to Sweden, Finland, and Russia. Music does make the world (mine anyway) go 'round."
From the September / October 19998 Issue
The class of 1958 celebrated its 40th reunion in style on Commencement weekend. Highlights of the event included an authentic Kansas City barbecue for the men on Saturday afternoon while the women enjoyed more genteel surroundings during a luncheon at the Faculty Club. That evening the class gathered at Aldrich mansion for cocktails and an exquisite dinner by candlelight before strolling over to the Green to enjoy the Pops Concert performance by Ray Charles.
On Sunday afternoon, our activities were at the new and vibrant Providence riverfront. The day was capped by cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at the elegant Boathouse restaurant and a presentation of Water Fire, a unique Providence happening that drew more than 10,000 people to the river walk.
Many of the class remained in town for the Commencement march on Monday morning, proudly displaying the reunion plantation hats that distinguished our members throughout the weekend. Many thanks go to reunion cochair Susan Kaplan, who worked with me to make all the arrangements. It was truly a memorable gathering of classmates for a glorious renewal of friendships. - Bill Corrigan, cotreasurer
- 40th reunion attendees included: Jack L. Anderson, Nathaniel Atwater, Shirley Sanderson Avery, Susan Haneman Ayers, Donald Bailey, Pearce Baker, Katherine Ulry Baker, William Barry, Robert M. Barta, Charles Batchelder, John P. Becker, Janet Cohen Berfield, Robert Blakeley, Carolyn Nichols Boday, Kenneth P. Borden, David G. Bosland, Barbara Shipley Boyle, Leonard R. Bradley, Joyce Gillespie Briggs, John J. Bucchiere Jr., Edwin Burkholder, Elizabeth Morriss Campbell, Richard Carolan, Barbara W. Chaplin, Peter Charron, D. Barr Clayson, Donald Cohen, Robert Cole, Patricia Carlson Collett, John P. Colton, Deborah Crowther Cooke, William Corrigan, Dorothy Cotton-Pemstein, Helen Pillsbury Cox, Ronald Darling, Thomas Develin, Stanley Gennat Dobson, Donald C. Dowling, Edward R Eastman, Richard Emmons, Margaret Roy Ewing, Dennis Fish, Gail Farago Forbes, Terry Franc, James Furlong, Maraya McCully Goff, Henri Gordon, Charles Gordon, Virginia Coley Gregg, Michael Harvey-Smith, Sheldon Hearst, Ann Kimball Heinrichs, George Held, Owen O. Hoberman, Barbara Clary Horner, Peter Howard, Rosalind Kennedy Johnson, William F. Johnston, Carol Batchelder Jones, Martha Sharp Joukowsky, Judith Lamb Juncker, Susan Adler Kaplan, Martha Collins Keen, George F. Kennedy, Jack R. Kleiderlein, Peter Kopke, Richard E. Krolicki, Stephen J. Kurtz, Kenneth Kurze, David Labovitz, Michael Larratt, Gerald Levine, Rayanne Walter Lowenthal, Gilbert Lugossy, Donald MacKenzie, Hugo R. Mainelli Jr., Neil McEachren, Robert Bruce McFadden, Robert McLaughlin, Maxwell McCreery, Brenda Williams McLean, Virginia Abrams Mead, Hannah Dunn Miller, Joseph Miluski, Jane Bertram Miluski, Elizabeth Mushinsky Mitchell, James Moody, Priscilla Peirce Moor, Thomas L. Moses, Mary Hitchcock Nebauer, Judith Wallace Nelson, Bruce S. Nielsen, James Noonan, Patricia Patricelli, Barbara Murphy Patrick, Leslie Feifer Peltier, Marilyn Nahabit Peltier, Anne Guerry Pierce, Arnold C.G. Platzker, Paul E. Prindle, Evandro Radoccia, William Riddle, John Roach, Walter Roberts, Hays Rockwell, Alan S. Rosenberg, Robert P. Sanchez, Paul Schaffer, Cynthia Hirst Scobie, Radley Sheldrick, Charles Lakin Shumway, Leslie Silverstein, Louis Silverstein, William Silvert, Roy H. Smith, Loring W. Smithies, Robert Strand, John Kennard Streett, Michael E. Strem, Elizabeth Coe Strizzi, Barbara Harvey Taylor, Harold A.Taylor Jr., Marion McFarland Taylor, Robert F. Taylor, Joseph Tebo, Doria Tenca, Joan Kopf Tiedemann, Sally Nichols Tracy, Michael Trotter, George Vandervoort, Robert Watson, Judith Sargent Weaver, Earle Webster, Irene J. Westing, Louise Ladd Wiener, J. Roger Williams, Joyce Knowles Williams, Leigh A. Wilson, David Wilson, Robert Christopher Wood, H. Lee Yeaton, Abbe Beth Robinson Young, and Frank Young.
Peg Roy Ewing (see Natalie Getzoff 88).
Richard C. Gardner, an orthopedic surgeon in Fort Myers, Fla., and New York City, is the lead expert in the pedicle screw litigation involving 5,000 patients undergoing spinal surgery. The product-liability action has already resulted in payments of more than $100 million to patients and their families. "More than 90 percent of these patients never went back to work and were made worse by the experimental and unnecessary surgery," he writes.
From the July / August 1998 Issue
Hal Bander, Virginia Beach, Va., is a management analyst and instructor with the chief of naval education and training management engineering team. "I wish I had known forty years ago how rewarding teaching would be to me," Hal writes.
Ellen Loewenstein Boschwitz, Plymouth, Minn., is the grandmother of Sammie, 5, David, 2, Justin, 2, and Ben, 1. She is a vice president and buyer for Home Valu Inc., a firm she began with her husband, Rudy (a former U.S. senator from Minnesota); three of their four sons are in the business with them.
David Bosland, Basking Ridge, N.J., retired from Con Edison last July after thirty-nine "exciting and rewarding years," he writes. "Two of our four boys are married and have thus far produced three daughters. We bought a home on Block Island (R.I.) about five years ago and look forward to summering there."
Len Bradley, Cumberland, R.I., writes: "This year is a special one in many ways: 40th class reunion, 40th wedding anniversary, and the youngest two (of the seven) children get married. In May 1997, my youngest child, a daughter, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and was commissioned as an ensign into the U.S. Navy. My grandchildren now number twelve and aren't cheaper by the dozen. Jim Mello, did you catch that? Twelve grandchildren."
Donald C. Dowling reports that his son, Luc '98, graduated from Brown on "Dad's 40th reunion day. And with a 4.0! What do they say? `Like father, like son?' " Don practices law in Delray Beach, Fla., and serves as vice president of the Palm Beach County Brown Club.
Robert Feldman's daughter, Andrea '87, is the new assistant curator of the Eli Broad Family Foundation in Santa Monica, Calif., living the life her father wishes for, in a bungalow by the beach. Robert lives in Scarsdale, N.Y.
Barbara A. Fontaine, Wakefield, R.I., is still going to school. This year she's studying Spanish. Barbara writes: "I'm not retired yet, but I'm starting to think about it. Then what? Travel, maybe, then back to work?"
Edward S. Flattau's son, Jeremy, is a member of the class of 2001. Edward lives in Washington, D.C.
Mary Marinelli Gizzarelli, Providence, has worked part-time for the R.I. State Department of Education since she retired as dean of students at Mt. Pleasant High School in Providence. She has also owned a beauty and model pageant company and traveled extensively. Her daughter, Claudia, married Bryan Bagdasian and received her master's of education from Providence College. Claudia is a guidance counselor in the Providence school system. Mary's husband, Robert, retired from the Providence school department as an assistant principal. They are enjoying retirement tremendously.
Raya McCully Goff writes: "We have nine grandchildren ranging in age from 13 to 3 months. We sold our big house in Providence in August 1997 and moved to a spacious apartment at the head of Blackstone Boulevard. We're not completely out of the homeowner loop because we have a house and some land in Little Compton, R.I. This is my last year teaching English to middle schoolers at Moses Brown. Thirty-one years of classroom life has been educational and wonderful, but it's time for a change. Like all English teachers, I'm working on a book, which I hope to finish next year. I'm also looking forward to an unscheduled existence, with evenings to call my own without the specter of uncorrected papers looming over me."
Sheldon Hearst, Westport, Conn., sold his business, which was founded in 1965. At its core was the concept of "doing well by doing good."
Ann O'Halloran Heath, Jamestown, R.I., married Wharton Biddle on Jan. 28, 1995. Ann is practicing at the Pastoral Counseling Center in Providence. Ann and Wharton's combined family consists of nine children and thirteen grandchildren.
Seymour B. Hall retired from teaching at Hull High School in Hull, Mass., in June 1991. He moved to Florida in June 1997.
Martha Sharp Joukowsky, Providence, writes: "The Brown University excavations of the Great Temple at Petra, Jordan, will see us in the field for the sixth season. All classmates are invited to visit."
Stephen J. Kurtz, Woodcliff Lake, N.J., writes: "My daughter, Jacqueline, was married to Jonathan Prince in August 1997. Jackie is an occupational health specialist employed by the National Institutes of Health in Baltimore. Her husband is an attorney. My son, Stuart, was married on Feb. 22. My wife and I are busy with our careers and have also been in the antique business for the past four years."
Kenneth A. Kurze, Middletown, R.I., writes: "We are still chugging along in retirement. We travel, are involved with volunteer work and some politics, and enjoy good seaside New England living. Our daughter, Barbara '82, is in Portsmouth, N.H., working for Timberland Corp. Our son, Peter, is in Japan as director of the Institute of Foreign Bankers in Tokyo. As a member of the Newport, R.I., `sister-city' delegation, we visited Shimoda and Yokosuka in May 1997, followed by two weeks of hopping on and off bullet trains. We thoroughly enjoyed our first visit to Japan. Our next destinations: Scotland, the Isle of Man, and Israel."
Janet Melkonian Lebkuchner, Warwick, R.I., has been working as a costume shop supervisor for the theater department at the Community College of Rhode Island for the past nine years. This spring she was the costume designer for its annual musical.
Gerald R. Levine moved to Merrill-Lynch's Fifth Ave., New York City, location, where he works in the private client area as a partner in the Stern Asset Management Group, specializing in retirement and estate plans. His daughter, Jodi '84, was appointed chief of narcotics prosecution in the U.S. Attorney's office in New York's eastern district. Last year Jodi was named an outstanding prosecutor in the eastern district and honored at a Washington, D.C., ceremony in Attorney General Janet Reno's office.
Ann Walter Lowenthal (see Margaret Jacoby '52).
Gilbert W. Lugossy, Trenton, N.J., retired April 1, 1997, after serving five elected terms as the sheriff of Mercer County, N.J., and also serving a term as a member of the New Jersey State Parole Board. Gilbert, who graduated from the F.B.I. National Academy in 1983, is currently serving as a director of the Yardville National Bank and Capital Health System.
Elizabeth Mushinsky Mitchell, Wallingford, Conn., writes: "Two of our offspring, Ed '83 and Elizabeth (Biz) '88, celebrated reunions in May. We also have another son, Chris '86."
Priscilla Peirce Moor retired after twenty-seven years of teaching math and science in the Westboro, Mass., school system. After selling the family home of fifty years in Westboro, they are now living in Davisville in Falmouth, Mass. Priscilla writes: "Retirement in the locale of our summers, travel, and time in Naples, Fla., in the winter, make for a great time in our lives."
Tom Moses, Reading, Pa., left the investment business and has since been involved with family members in funding public community projects. Tom writes: "In November 1997, we funded the rebuilding of the town square in a small western Pennsylvania town. In Kentucky we funded a career and college planning center in memory of my father. Last summer we purchased, at an auction, the home of U.S. Senator John Williams, who was edged out for higher office by Andy Jackson. Most of the original furnishings have been located, including the portrait by Rufus King, which I inherited. Upon completion of a historical renovation and the addition of some seventy-five original acres, the homestead will be donated to a historical society for the free use of the schoolchildren of Tennessee."
Jim Noonan, Quakertown, N.J., writes: "All five children are grown up, and four are married. I've had the same nice wife, Ruthie, for almost forty years. I'm still busy working as co-owner of Precision Metals and playing as much golf as I can."
Arthur H. Parker's youngest daughter, Holly, was married in August 1997. Several Brown alums from Arthur's class attended the wedding, as did Holly's brother, Matthew '88. Arthur lives in Barrington, R.I.
Patricia M. Patricelli is co-president of her class and has been marketing director of the Atrium Mall since September 1995.
Leslie Feifer Peltier, North Kingstown, R.I., became "voluntarily unemployed" several years ago, after more than twenty years in various library positions in Rhode Island. Leslie writes: "This year I completed three busy, fulfilling years as president of the Friends of the North Kingstown Free Library. I now look forward to some `sixth decade' pursuits, such as becoming more computer-literate, hiking and cross-country skiing, enjoying our eight grandchildren, and spending a little more time with my Pembroke '58 classmates. Hope to do some traveling in a few years when my husband, a chemist, retires."
Arnold C.G. Platzker writes: "While most of our friends are talking retirement, Marjorie and I seem to be working harder. Marjorie is associate partner and West Coast director of interior design for the architectural firm Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill (SOM). For the past two years, in addition to my position as professor of pediatrics and head of the pediatric pulmonology division at U.S.C. and at Children's Hospital in Los Angeles, I have been visiting professor of pediatrics and chief of the pediatric pulmonology division at U.C.L.A. Children's Hospital and Medical Center. For the past eight years I have chaired the pulmonology component of the NIH-funded, multicenter study of the pulmonary and cardiac consequences of vertically transmitted (i.e., mother to fetus) HIV infection. Our kids both live in New York City and are involved in art and design. David and his wife, Susan Inglett, live in SoHo. Susan is an art publisher, and David is an art historian and curator for the pop artist Claes Oldenburg. David has co-authored a book, Printed Stuff, on the print works of Oldenburg. The book received the George Wittenborn Award asthe best art book of 1997. Elizabeth, a RISD graduate, is a fashion designer. She started the women's International Concepts line for Macy's and has recently been recruited to design Ann Taylor's loft line. Marjorie and I usually find time to travel - mixing business with pleasure - to Europe and the Far East. We are especially fond of France, where we often visit friends in a tiny village in Provence. Had we not recently remodeled our home in the Brentwood section of Los Angeles, we would have considered buying a second home in Provence."
Van Radoccia is a probate judge in North Kingstown, R.I., and vice chair of the South County Hospital board of trustees.
David S. Ridderheim, Leo, Ind., retired Nov. 1, 1997, as president and CEO of Parkview Health System after thirty-five years in that organization.
John J. Roach, El Cajon, Calif., spent a month in New Zealand in the spring. John writes, "Wonderful people, country, and fly fishing." John divides his time between San Diego, Palm Desert, and traveling. "It's a great life if you don't weaken!"
Hays Rockwell, St. Louis, took a three-month sabbatical from his work as the Episcopal bishop of Missouri. He and his wife spent most of the time in New Zealand, where Hays worked on a writing project.
Marshall Sawyer, Mattapoisett, Mass., retired after thirty-eight years in education, twenty-eight years of which he spent as a high school principal. He now works part-time for the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association.
Barbara Ann Scott, Salt Point, N.Y., is an associate professor of sociology at SUNY-New Paltz; she teaches courses in media studies, political sociology, theory, and women's studies. She is active in many NGOs devoted to peace, environmentalism, and social justice. She has two sons, Evan, 35, and Eric, 32.
Lee Sheldrick's son, Chris '93, is at Temple University working toward his Ph.D. in clinical psychology. Lee's daughter-in-law, Meghan McGrath '95, entered the Medical College of Pennsylvania in September 1997. His daughter, Jennifer, has provided Lee's first two grandchildren during the past eighteen months. Lee is still working at Arkwright. His wife, Karen, continues to teach in Shrewsbury, Mass. They live in Westborough, Mass.
Richard F. Steele, Derry, N.H., retired as a program manager at Raytheon, where he had worked for thirty-four years. He will celebrate his 40th wedding anniversary in August. He and his wife have three children, including two who were Eagle Scouts. Richard has been associated with the Boy Scouts for twenty-nine years and recently took thirteen scouts on a three-week tour of Russia.
Jeffrey L. Stern, Highland Park, Ill., missed the 40th reunion to attend his daughter's graduation from Scripps College. Jeffrey writes: "Though my upcoming birthday will give me senior citizen status in the eyes of most airlines, I don't expect to retire any time soon from my job in media relations with the Chicago Transit Authority."
Barbara Harvey Taylor, Marietta, Ga., is enjoying retirement and has been traveling and visiting family. She has three children and five grandchildren.
Robert F. Taylor's daughter, Sarah '94, is attending medical school at the University of Massachusetts in Worcester. Robert lives in North Attleboro, Mass.
Sandy McFarland Taylor, Summit, N.J., had a "delightful" visit with Sue Haneman Ayers at her "dramatic" home in Evergreen, Colo. Other classmates visiting were Joyce Gillespie Briggs, Barbara Chaplin, Raya McCully Goff, Anne Walter Lowenthal, Ann Guerry Pierce and husband Russell '53, and Bob Briggs '53. Sandy writes: "Later most of us went to Santa Fe for sightseeing and touring the newly opened Georgia O'Keeffe Museum."
Joe Tebo celebrated daughter Shelly's wedding in La Jolla, Calif., with several friends from the class of '58, including Pete Charron, Jack Kleiderlein, Joe Moyer, and Max McCreery. Also attending were Jack Norberg '53, Stu Erwin '55, and Pete Sweet '60.
From the May / June 1998 Issue
Theodore P. Cohen (see Wendy L. Cohen '89).
Tom Moses, Reading, Pa., writes: "Skip Hokanson '59 is marketing a device that shuts off car radios when in the vicinity of emergency vehicles. He recently flew to Detroit to discuss it with GM officials. While in the Midwest he dropped in on George Vandervoort and his wife, Mimi, in Chicago. This summer my wife, Judy, and I met Dave Bliss and his wife, Marty, for brunch in State College, Pa. Dave lives in a mountaintop home in the historic town of Bellefonte, Pa. We spend weekends at my brother's log tanner's cabin in the nearby artists' village of Boalsburg. We are planning a lawn party for the Penn State arts and craft show. All classmates are invited. George Vandervoort continues to commute to the Far East, primarily to China. For a while he kept an apartment in Bangkok. I talked to Pete Kopke recently. His son William is applying to Brown in the fall. His oldest son, Pete Jr. '91, is completing a Ph.D. in computer science at Cornell. The elder Pete was in a serious car accident in which he was hit head-on by a larger car and had to be removed by the jaws of life. Luckily, he suffered only two broken ribs. He recently moved his forty-five-foot cruiser from his summer home in the Hamptons to a small village near Cannes in the south of France. His New Year's resolution is to spend more time on the Riviera. I think we can all echo those sentiments."
Abbe Beth Robinson Young and Jerold O. Young '54 write that their son, Andrew R. Young '86, and his wife, Lita, have a new baby girl, Nicola Rose Young; daughter Carina is 3. Abbe and Jerry's daughter Marji Young Chimes '84 and her husband, Lew, have a new baby boy, Joseph Young Chimes; son Daniel is 3. Another daughter, Betsy Young Harris '82, and her husband, Dave Harris '80, have two sons, Jason, 10, and Alex, 7. Jerry is president and Abbe is treasurer of Harold W. Young Inc., a New England food broker. Betsy is vice president of sales and marketing, and Andrew is vice president of supermarkets, vending, and convenience stores. Marji is director of public relations for Ethan Allen Furniture in Danbury, Conn. Abbe, Jerry, Andrew, and Lita have just returned from Lima, Peru, where they visited Lita's family and traveled to Macchu Picchu to see the Andes Mountains and the Inca ruins. Jerry and Abbe still live in Newton Centre, Mass.; Betsy and Andrew live in Needham, Mass.; and Marji lives in Stamford, Conn.
From the May / June 1998 Issue
Theodore P. Cohen (see Wendy L. Cohen '89).
Tom Moses, Reading, Pa., writes: "Skip Hokanson '59 is marketing a device that shuts off car radios when in the vicinity of emergency vehicles. He recently flew to Detroit to discuss it with GM officials. While in the Midwest he dropped in on George Vandervoort and his wife, Mimi, in Chicago. This summer my wife, Judy, and I met Dave Bliss and his wife, Marty, for brunch in State College, Pa. Dave lives in a mountaintop home in the historic town of Bellefonte, Pa. We spend weekends at my brother's log tanner's cabin in the nearby artists' village of Boalsburg. We are planning a lawn party for the Penn State arts and craft show. All classmates are invited. George Vandervoort continues to commute to the Far East, primarily to China. For a while he kept an apartment in Bangkok. I talked to Pete Kopke recently. His son William is applying to Brown in the fall. His oldest son, Pete Jr. '91, is completing a Ph.D. in computer science at Cornell. The elder Pete was in a serious car accident in which he was hit head-on by a larger car and had to be removed by the jaws of life. Luckily, he suffered only two broken ribs. He recently moved his forty-five-foot cruiser from his summer home in the Hamptons to a small village near Cannes in the south of France. His New Year's resolution is to spend more time on the Riviera. I think we can all echo those sentiments."
Abbe Beth Robinson Young and Jerold O. Young '54 write that their son, Andrew R. Young '86, and his wife, Lita, have a new baby girl, Nicola Rose Young; daughter Carina is 3. Abbe and Jerry's daughter Marji Young Chimes '84 and her husband, Lew, have a new baby boy, Joseph Young Chimes; son Daniel is 3. Another daughter, Betsy Young Harris '82, and her husband, Dave Harris '80, have two sons, Jason, 10, and Alex, 7. Jerry is president and Abbe is treasurer of Harold W. Young Inc., a New England food broker. Betsy is vice president of sales and marketing, and Andrew is vice president of supermarkets, vending, and convenience stores. Marji is director of public relations for Ethan Allen Furniture in Danbury, Conn. Abbe, Jerry, Andrew, and Lita have just returned from Lima, Peru, where they visited Lita's family and traveled to Macchu Picchu to see the Andes Mountains and the Inca ruins. Jerry and Abbe still live in Newton Centre, Mass.; Betsy and Andrew live in Needham, Mass.; and Marji lives in Stamford, Conn.
From the March / April 1998 Issue
The countdown has started, and we are looking for you to return for the 40th reunion. Mark your calendars: May 22-25. Come see the Brown you remember, a new Brown you can be proud of, and a Providence you have never seen before. You should be receiving your registration packet shortly. If you did not receive the fall mailing, please contact reunion headquarters at (401) 863-1947.
Edward S. Flattau, Washington, D.C., a nationally syndicated columnist, has published Tracking the Charlatans. The book is a rebuttal to the ideological warfare being waged against environmentalism and the mainstream environmental movement.
Shellie Hearst sold his business of thirty-three years, Supermarket Communication Systems Inc. After getting his M.B.A. at the University of Chicago and working for IBM and Gillette, Shellie started a product-distribution business in 1963 and sold it to his partner two years later. He then founded Supermarket Communication Systems, a distributor of promotional literature in supermarkets. The company grew from a dozen stores in the Boston area into a national network of stores, each hosting Good Neighbor display boards used by shoppers and companies for advertising notices. Bill Parray, Shellie's freshman roommate and Pi Lam fraternity brother, was his business partner for fifteen years. Shellie is active on the boards of several charitable organizations. (This note was submitted by Geneva Whitney '56.)
Ulysses S. James is director of the Mount Vernon (Va.) Chamber Orchestra Association. Conductor of the Mount Vernon Orchestra and Youth Orchestra, Ulysses also directs the city's summer music festival, a monthlong camp for young musicians. Nancy Redden James manages the youth orchestra, works with NationsBank, and is a chaplain at Mount Vernon Hospital.
Michael H. Trotter has published Profit and the Practice of Law - What's Happened to the Legal Profession (University of Georgia Press). A partner in the law firm of Kilpatrick Stocken in Atlanta, Michael is a research fellow and adjunct law professor at Emory University.