Class of 1959
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Class secretary Caryl-Ann Miller Nieforth reports: “There were 70 class of 59’ers, plus some spouses and children, who returned to campus for their 60th reunion. Good for us! Yet there were 71 on our five-year ‘In Memoriam’ list. Our regrets. The Friday and Saturday night Faculty Club and University Club dinners were delicious. In addition, our Pembroke Club luncheon under the tent at Maddock featured a talk by our current class of 1959 scholarship recipient, Violet Sackett ’20. Thirty-two women, and a couple of loyal daughters, reminisced about their years on campus and beyond. Our class meeting was chaired by our new president, Diane Scola, who rendered a fitting memorial to our late president of many decades, Clark A. Sammartino. Officers David Merchant (Treasurer) and Caryl-Ann Miller Nieforth (Secretary) gave reports and Reunion Committeeman and Brown’s Sports Archivist, Peter Mackie, spoke on A Brief History of the Brown Bear. Sunday’s weather was glorious for our class contingent’s procession down the Hill, led by Class Marshals Caryl-Ann and Charlene Ingraham Underhill.”
Carol Holzapfel McCutcheon writes: “I retired about ten years ago from practicing psychotherapy and started spending six months a year in Italy. My two kids live in Florida. I visit them often and each has two children, all in high school. Hard to believe it’s our 60th Reunion.”
Sally Spaugh Mahan writes: “Two and a half years ago, after Jerry retired from Penn State University as a distinguished professor of physics, we moved to Acton to be closer to our daughter Susan and her family. This is returning home for me, because my roots are here in the Boston North Shore. We are enjoying the challenge of becoming involved in another new community.”
Martha McKay Frigoletto writes: “My husband of 50 years, Fredric Frigoletto ’54, passed away in 2016. He had lived with a heart transplant for 13 years. I am blessed with our two daughters and seven grandchildren who live in the same town—Wellesley, Massachusetts. I’d love to hear from any near or far ’59ers.”
Caryl-Ann Miller Nieforth reports: “Our thanks to the 60th Reunion Gift Committee; Liz Zopfi Chace, Diane Scola, and Peter Mackie. The current recipient of our Class of 1959 Scholarship fund, Violet Sackett ’20, who was the guest of honor at our Pembroke Luncheon and speaker at our 1959 Class Meeting on Saturday afternoon, is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in biology, focused on climate change and the impacts on our ecosystem. She is also a captain of the Brown Running Club.”
Tony Morgan writes: “After a long and successful career in market research and advertising (Exec VP, TBWA Advertising), I have spent the last dozen years writing mostly fiction. Two novels were followed by an anthology of some 30 short stories, literary essays, and personal remembrances called The Book of Morgan. Two years ago, I helped to create another anthology of local authors which I edited and to which I contributed. I am expecting twin grandkids and they are included in my latest true story, My Great Uncle Oetzi, which begins 5,000 years ago.”
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.”
Jim Steiner writes: “My wife Jill and I are spending eight months in Miami Beach and four months on Fire Island, New York. I’m still working and very happy and still singing. Can’t wait to see my classmates.”
Diane Scola is great-grandmother to Beckett Scola Dexter.
Len Santos hopes “to see many of my ’59 classmates at our upcoming reunion, for it ’s ‘RAHRAH Brunonia’ time once again.” He and his wife, Ardis, have been enjoying life residing in the Hershey, Pa., area, Chocolate Capital of the World. For the last 27 years, they have wintered in Oahu.
Jane Nylander is serving as a trustee of Old Sturbridge Village, an honorary trustee of Historic Deerfield, and was elected trustee emerita of the New Hampshire Historical Society. She lives in Portsmouth (N.H.) and has completed a book about New England parade floats, 1788-1940.
Roger Morrison has retired to St. Petersburg after a very interesting career in advertising with J.Walter Thompson Co. (NYC) and Eastman Kodak in Rochester (N.Y.).
“Retirement suits us well,” writes Marcia Gallup MacDonald. “We live five months in Branford, Connecticut, and seven months in Vero Beach, Florida. I am very interested in attending our 60th reunion.”
Alfred and Joan Rosensweig Lucco are “extremely delighted that their grandson, Henry Willard Lucco, enrolled in Brown’s freshman class of 2022.”
B.G. Koether is celebrating the 50th birthday of the founding of his company, KitchenBrains. His daughter and two sons are all intimately involved with the company and he is still working full-time. His seven grandchildren range in age from 21 years to 6 months.
Phyllis Long Gressens writes: “I spent a delightful two weeks in Italy with daughters Margaret Gressens ’83 and Kate, my son-in-law, and my grandchildren—a week in a beautiful villa in Tuscany and a week in Rome and other destinations. I have enjoyed reunions with my classmates and have been looking fondly at a picture of myself, Joan Papkin Mann, Marcia Gallup MacDonald, and Joan Mintz Parlin on the porch of Allinson. Judy Cameron Whittaker was missed last year. We turn 80 this year! How did this happen? We were saddened by the death of Sheila McHale Bailey, a fellow Allinson grad.”
Class secretary Caryl-Ann Miller Nieforth reports: “Hey ’59ers, please send in your class dues and some news about you. Some of this financial support will help subsidize our 60th reunion fees and the news? Always nice to hear from you now and then. Our 60th Reunion Committee—Ben Brown, Liz Zopfi Chace, Carol Canner Gjelsvik, Peter Mackie, David Merchant, Clark Sammartino, Charlene Ingraham Underhill, and myself, have been meeting and planning for our Memorial Day weekend get together. The 60th reunion headquarters will be on the Keeney Quad (buildings with elevators). All University and class events will be nearby so we can walk to them readily, if not easily. There will also be on-call shuttles available throughout the weekend. Events kick off with the new All-Class Reunion Party on Friday afternoon, May 24, and proceed through Commencement March down the Hill, and a Grab ’n’ Go Lunch on Sunday, May 26. We will have our class meeting for all class members outside Maddock on Saturday afternoon, including an update on our Class of 1959 Scholarship Fund. Hoping to see you all there.”
Sid Baumgarten is still actively practicing law. He moved to the Woolworth Building near City Hall (NYC), which is now close enough to walk to work. He is currently president of the Financial District Lions Club, vice chair of the New York County Lawyers Committee on law-related education, and chairman of New York Therapeutic Communities, Inc., a premier drug rehab program he has been involved with for 41 years. He is also an arbitrator for the court-administered program for fee disputes. He writes: “As long as I am still upright, I enjoy hunting deer, ducks, pheasants, whatever, always joined by my son Roger ’82. My brothers, Joel ’59 and Sam ’65, and my two sons, Fred ’79 and Rog, are all doing well.”
James Steiner writes: “My wife, Jill, and I are spending eight months in Miami Beach and four months on Fire Island, New York. I’m still working. After selling my business in 2014, my buyer walked away and I got the business back. I’m very happy and still singing. Can’t wait to see my classmates.”
Peter J. Skowronek Jr. writes that he and his wife, Anne, are enjoying retirement as they continue to volunteer in their community. They are also enjoying interacting with their nine grandchildren as they pursue their careers as well.
Leonard B. Santos writes: “My wife, Ardis, and I have been enjoying life while residing in the Hershey, Pennsylvania, area. For the last 27 years we have spent the winter months visiting Oahu, Hawaii. During our travels over the years we have also visited the Brown campus on several occasions. I thoroughly enjoyed my discussions with numerous students and was also impressed with the progressive and positive happenings at our alma mater. I hope to see many of my ’59 classmates at our upcoming reunion, for it’s RAH, RAH Brunonia time once again.”
Jane Cayford Nylander is serving as trustee of Old Sturbridge Village and was elected trustee emerita of the New Hampshire Historical Society. She is in the process of completing work on a book about New England parade floats to be published in 2020.
Dudley B. Morrison Jr. writes that he is in his eighth decade and remaining active in Scottish country dance and the church choir. “If all goes well, I plan to attend my 60th reunion.”
Mel S. Lavitt writes: “Wendy and I are living in Park City, Utah, as are our two daughters Kathy Lavitt ’85 and Meredith Lavitt ’92 and our three grandchildren. Life is wonderful in Utah and I am chairman of the Incentives Committee for the Governors Board of Economic Development, as well as being actively involved in the Utah tech community.”
Carol Canner Gjelsvik writes: “I hope to see some Angell Housers at the big reunion. Atle ’60 ScM, ’62 PhD, and I live about 45 minutes south of Providence and are enjoying the beauty and nature on the water near Wickford. We have extra bedrooms if you want to come early or stay later with us, just get in touch. There is a nearby train to Providence and a hotel in easy walking distance. My big push lately is to save the pollinators. My exercise is creating a native plant pollinator garden at a nearby farm.”
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.”
Michael S. Davidson and Mary Wickens (Wheaton ’65) celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Michael, despite having turned 80 in June, has undertaken the role of president of Morningside Retirement and Health Services, Inc. He and Mary still live in New York City, near Columbia. He writes: “We delighted in the recent birth of our fifth grandchild in February. Would love to hear from Brown friends.”
Richard Grenier retired in 1995 after three years with Pennsylvania Power & Light in Allentown, Pa., and 33 years with Corning Inc., working out of his home in the Philadelphia area. He has been a widower since 2007, and has three children and eight grandchildren, all nearby. He has a summer home in Avalon, N.J.
E. Thomas Jones writes that he is “excited about the next four years of Brown football. The son of close friends in California, Austin Whitsett, has chosen Brown over a number of major colleges. He was the running back on the high school state championship team this past season.” He adds: “While searching for military caps as Xmas gifts for my deceased brother’s two sons, I found that my Sigma Nu fraternity brother Ron Harrison ’59 was based on the same carrier as my brother, who was JFK’s Marine One chopper pilot.”
Roger Vaughan published his 17th book in 2017, The Medal Maker—The Life of Victor Kovalenko, about a sailing coach whose teams have won more Olympic medals than those of any sailing coach in history. Kovalenko was born in Ukraine in 1950 when it was part of the Soviet Union. He became a national champion. His success as a coach caused jealousy and political harassment from his comrades. When Australia offered him a job in 1996, he took it. He is a member of Australia’s sports hall of fame, and has been honored with the Order of Australia. A film Vaughan has been working on for two years, Of Rails and Sails, the Life of Arthur Curtiss James, premiered in Newport, R.I., on Sept. 14, at the Jane Pickens Theater, which was sold out. A biography of James is a work in progress that should be available in the fall of 2018.
The 2017 Tony Awards marked David Toser’s 30th year as costume designer/stylist/ co-ordinator. He says “younger talent will take it from here, and he will concentrate on theater productions, his first love.”
Arthur Levin ’62 AM remains active in Sarasota, Fla., attending cultural events. He manages to also fit in being president of his condominium association.
Class secretary Caryl-Ann Miller Nieforth reports: “For over a decade, a group of Pembroke ’59ers have met for lunch once a month. Annually, Charlene Ingraham Underhill treats us to a holiday luncheon at her home in Rumford, Rhode Island. Attending were: Sue Merriweather Cory, Ann Dunham, Becky Hill Eckstein, Virginia Calitri Eagan, Jean Guiliano George, Carol Canner Gjelsvik, Mary Frances Kiernan, June Walker Mitchell, and Marion Baker Slater.”
Arthur Levin ’62 AM (see ’59).
Joseph M. Kusmiss’s book of haiku, End of Summer, was published by Red Moon Press.
Frederic J. Fleron Jr. ’61 AM writes: “Lexington Books published my latest book, Russian Studies and Comparative Politics: Views from Metatheory and Middle-Range Theory. A previous book I coauthored was titled Can Democracy Take Root in Post-Soviet Russia? Explorations in State-Society Relations. I am currently working on a book titled The Politics of Technology and Culture: Toward a Social Science Philosophy of Technology.”
From the September/October 2017 Issue
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Class secretary Caryl-Ann Miller Nieforth writes that a number of ’59-ers attended 125 Years of Women at Brown in May, including herself, Mimi Hughes Carroll, Liz Zopfi Chace, Arlene Brown Eskilson, Carol Canner Gjelsvik, Marcia Gallup MacDonald, Ellen Almond Stuart, and Charlene Ingraham Underhill.
Arlene Brown Eskilson writes: “My daughter Christine Eskilson ’81 took me to the inspiring Launchers and Leaders: Brown Women and Entrepreneurship forum Commencement weekend. I met up with only one ’59-er, Beth Harper Chappel. The conference panels and speakers were awesome and it was neat to see Andrews and Miller, but Bates House, where I also once lived, has apparently long since been gobbled by bricks. I am a retired Lake Forest College sociology professor and current antiques dealer. In addition to my Brown daughter, my son is Stephen Eskilson ’90 AM, ’95 PhD.”
From the July/August 2017 Issue
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Patricia Pennal MacKenzie celebrated her 80th birthday in April at a party hosted by her husband, Donald MacKenzie ’58. Helping her celebrate were her friends Johanne Bennett Morrison and her husband, Donald E. Morrison ’57; Sandra Giles Perrault and her husband, Thomas; and Judith Lister Yelle.
From the May/June 2017 Issue
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Carol Canner Gjelsvik and her husband, Atle ’60 ScM, ’62 PhD, are living in Rhode Island. Their children, daughter Annie Gjelsvik ’91, ’03 PhD, a Brown professor in public health, and son Erik and their families live nearby. Carol writes: “Atle and I enjoy classes, visits, and our life here. I just coordinated a butterfly/pollinator garden. Save the monarchs. Plant milkweed.”
In August, Joan Parlin became a great-grandparent to Phoebe Louisa Grace Parlin. Joan writes: “We feel very blessed to have 10 grandchildren.”
From the March/April 2017 Issue
Nancy Angelo writes: “I married Thomas Mather (Fordham ’60) in 2014. We divide our time between Maryland and Florida and any place that has a golf course. On another note, my great (and she is great) niece, Olivia Rosenbloom, is class of 2020.”
Philip J. DiSaia writes: “I’m working part-time as professor emeritus at UC Irvine. I keep busy with six grandchildren: five boys and one girl. I’m planning yet another trip to Italy with my wife, Patti, and friends.”
Dr. Richard Haskell writes that he’s living in and loving Florida. “I’m playing old-time hockey and sailing from my backyard dock.”
Arthur L. Levin remains a civic and cultural activist in Sarasota, Fla. He is president of his condo association, overseeing a $6.5 million renovation project; a director of the Downtown Sarasota Condo Association; and a stakeholder representative on the Bayfront 20:20. He and his wife, Marcella (Barnard ’59), support works at the Ringling Museum of Art, New College New Music, and Players Community Theatre, among many others.
Caryl-Ann Nieforth Miller writes that her granddaughter, Lindsey Miller Bloomsberg, graduated from Lesley Univ. with a degree in art therapy and is now living in New York teaching preschool and getting a master’s in early childhood education.
Joan Mintz Parlin writes: “My husband and I are excited to be expecting our first great-grandchild. We’re lucky to be still healthy enough to enjoy taking bicycle trips.”
C. Keith Payne is still living in Fairport, N.Y. He is retired, with grandchildren in Chicago, Connecticut, and Colorado. He has severe arthritis but remains active in his local Catholic church, as does his wife of 56 years.
James Steiner writes: “My wife and I are spending eight months in Miami Beach, and I am still singing and enjoying my new life. If anyone is close to us, please get in touch.”
Rabbi Daniel Wolk writes: “I have been enjoying writing a blog with a lake in the Adirondack Mountains as a metaphor for the ever-present opportunities to enrich life (www.talesoffinding.com ). I am currently Rabbi Emeritus from Congregation Emanu-El of Westchester in Rye, New York.”
From the September/October 2016 Issue
Clark Sammartino was a judge at the I.B.F. Heavyweight Championship on Apr. 9 in London, England, between champion Charles Martin of the United States and Olympic Gold challenger Anthony Joshua of the UK.
From the July/August 2016 Issue
Carole Walker Trickett writes: “I am honored to be one of the portraits in Penny Hood’s work, Portraits of Courage, which is composed of paintings of adults who have survived childhood sexual abuse. The portraits have been exhibited at many venues, including Mount Holyoke College. I have retired from a more than 50 year career in clinical social work. My sweet husband of 53 years recently passed away. He was a restoration carpenter and restoration mechanic, particularly of V-12 Lincoln engines.”
From the May/June 2016 Issue
Martha McKay Frigoletto (see Fred Frigoletto Jr. ’54).
Caryl-Ann Miller Neiforth writes: “My niece, Emily Mae Miller ’19, happily entered the Van Wickle Gates with the Brown first-years last fall. She is the granddaughter of the late Beatrice Wattman Miller ’35. Her third-generation family cousin is Andy Feldman ’86, ’91 MD.”
From the January/February 2016 Issue
Clark Sammartino writes: “I was a judge at the super middleweight world championship between Peter Quillin and Michael Zerafa and the super welterweight championship between Jermall Charlo and Cornelius Bundrage. Both fights were at the Foxwoods Resort Casino.”
Bill Traub writes: “Excited to see the Brown vs. Harvard football game shown in the area on Sept. 26, 2015.”
From the November/December 2015 Issue
Joseph Kusmiss published a book of haiku poetry titled End of Summer.
From the September/October 2015 Issue
Jane Allison Lean writes: “Hi, everyone. I am recalling what fun it was to call a number of you to request funding for our class gift at our reunion last year. Everyone did a great job and was so receptive! It was also great to feel connected again immediately. I still live in northern Michigan in a resort area. We were here all winter with the snow and cold, and it was great, despite a large number of whiteouts. I do have an SOS, however: One of the classmates I contacted last year has a daughter who makes and sells really great-sounding lunch boxes—good for the environment and good for food—but I can’t remember who that was! If you see this, would you contact me? Also, to every one of you who has some interesting stories to tell: write them in to the BAM! We all like to hear from you, but the class of ’59 doesn’t send much in. Regards to everyone.”
From the May/June 2015 Issue
Martha McKay Frigoletto (see Fred Frigoletto ’54).
Clark Sammartino was a judge at the triple unification of the World Light Heavyweight Championship in November between future Boxing Hall of Fame pugilist Bernard Hopkins and undefeated Russian Sergey Kovalev at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. Kovalev won in a shutout decision.
From the March/April 2015 Issue
James Steiner writes: “My business, Reunion Outfitters, produced a jacket for the class of ’74 2014 reunion. Carey Timbrell ’74 was the class member I worked with, but sadly Carey had a heart attack and passed away late in 2013. What a loss. A wonderful human being. May he rest in peace.”
From the Janaury/February 2015 Issue
Joan Mintz Parlin writes that she and her husband, Blackie, recently bicycled in France, Austria, and the Czech Republic. They look forward to their upcoming cycling trip in Vietnam.
Clark Sammartino was a judge at the Shawn Porter versus Paul Malignaggi Super Welterweight World Championship in Washington, D.C.
From the November/December 2014 Issue
Clark Sammartino was a judge at the Shawn Porter vs. Paul Malignaggi International Boxing Federation Welterweight Championship of the World in Washington, D.C.
From the July/August 2014 Issue
Clark Sammartino was recently a judge for the WBO Super Middleweight World Championship between Arthur Abraham and Robert Stieglitz in Magdeburg, Germany.
William Silver writes: “Jazz buffs should check out my daughter, Audrey Silver ’86, at audreysilver.com .”
From the May/June 2014 Issue [55th]
It’s our 55th! Come back, catch up, and look forward! Rooms are available at our headquarters in the Delta Tau Lounge (Olney House). Friday begins with our class photo at 2 o’clock under the Maddock Garden Tent. After that, enjoy cocktails and dinner in the Chancellor’s Dining Room, then stroll out to the College Green for Campus Dance. On Saturday enjoy a free full breakfast at the Sharpe Refectory before having coffee with the president and attending inspiring reunion forums. The Pembroke Luncheon is always a treat and will be held at the Hope Club. Parking is available. (A special registration fee is available for those attending the luncheon only.) The Saturday class celebration dinner will be in the historic University Club, and at dusk join Rhode Island’s own WaterFire downtown. On Sunday, the commencement procession is a must, as the class of 1959 marches down the Hill together once again. All events this year are generously subsidized by our class treasury. Hope to see you on May 23–25!
Frances Gibson Duckett joined her daughter, Catherine Duckett ’83, in Long Branch. She talks about her Brown experiences often. She would love to hear from her former co-op members from Bates House as well as from other Brown friends. Frances still paints and spends time outdoors puttering in the garden.
Phyllis Long Gressens, Marcia Gallup MacDonald, Joan Pipkin Mann, and Joan Mintz Parlin had a wonderful mini-reunion in the fall at Brown. They toured campus, visited their freshman dorm, Allinson House, and attended Providence WaterFire.
From the March/April 2014 Issue [55th]
It’s our 55th! Come back, catch up and look forward! Headquarters: Delta Tau Lounge (Olney House)—rooms available. Friday begins with our class photo, cocktails and a preselected served dinner in the Chancellor’s Dining Room, followed by Campus Dance on the College Green. Enjoy a free full breakfast at the Sharpe Refectory Saturday before coffee with the President and inspiring reunion forums. The Pembroke Luncheon is always a treat and will be held at the Hope Club. Parking lot available. Class photo is at 2 pm. (Special Registration fee again offered for those attending the luncheon only.) Brown ’59 lunch and photo will be in the Maddock Garden Tent. Take a nap, or attend another alumni forum before the class celebration dinner in the nearby historic University Club. All events this year are generously subsidized by our class treasury. At dusk, join Rhode Island’s own WaterFire downtown. Sunday, the commencement procession is a must, as the class of 1959 marches down the Hill together once again. Hope to see you on May 23-25!
Gayla Burnside Gordon writes that she traveled to New York City in June to watch the final shoots of her son-in-law’s movie 5 to 7, starring Glenn Close, Frank Langella, Berenice Marlohe, and Anton Yelchin. In August Gayla travelled to Jackson Hole, Wyo., to babysit while her daughter played in the Grand Teton Festival. And in September Gayla met her four best friends for their 30th trip to Cape Cod and Nantucket, Mass. She writes: “I shipped my 1957 Rolls Royce to my kids in L.A. I am sure they’ll have many years of fun with it as we did in the 1960s, driving it all over Spain and North Africa.”
Jim Steiner is looking forward to seeing classmates at his 55th and at the 65th Jabberwock reunion. He still sings a cappella with the Big Apple Chorus in New York City. He writes: “I’d love to see classmates and former Jabberwocks at my rehearsal in New York.”
From the January/February 2014 Issue
Carol Canner Gjelsvik and Atle Gjelsvik ’60 ScM, ’62 PhD are enjoying life in Rhode Island. Carol writes: “Providence is such a different place from when we went to school—much more upscale, to say the least. Theater is great here, as are the restaurants. There are lots of retired people. I hope to hear that many of you are coming to our 55th. I look forward to seeing you there. Let me know if you are coming.”
Eleanor Levinson Lewis (see Beatrice Wattman Miller ’35).
Edward Perkins writes: “Barbara Perkins ’60 and I celebrated our 54th wedding anniversary in August. We are fortunate to have two of our three daughters and their families living in the area; our third has a summer house here. Much of our time is spent with families and many civic activities. Sailing and boating are still favorite activities.”
Caryl-Ann Miller Nieforth (see Beatrice Wattman Miller ’35).
Charlene Underhill (see Beatrice Wattman Miller ’35).
From the November/December 2013 Issue
Susan Goff Pearl writes: “I have retired after 30 years as historian for the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, though I continue doing contract research for various government offices, organizations, and individuals. Much of my time is spent operating the Prince George’s County (Md.) Historical Society library and responding to research inquiries. I dusted off my violin, and for the last eight years have been playing in the Prince George’s Philharmonic orchestra—a great joy, after having put my violin away too many years ago. Brings back great memories of four years in the Brown Orchestra. I also serve on the Philharmonic’s board of directors, and am learning the details of concert production, costs, grants, and venues. During the summer of 2011, I spent two weeks in Greece at a special reunion at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, where as a University of Michigan graduate student I had spent the academic year of 1961–62 (on a Brown fellowship). My husband, John Pearl (University of Michigan, PhD), has retired from NASA, but as an emeritus scientist continues to work with data from the Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn. Our sons, Christopher Pearl (Univ. of Vermont ’88; Univ. of Oregon ’95 MS) and Alex Caputo-Pearl ’90, UCLA ’96 AM, live on the West Coast with their families, so John and I do most of the traveling. John has regular science meetings in Europe, so we make sure to enjoy each of the interesting places where these meetings are held. We’ve kept happily busy, but will soon have to decide whether to stay in Maryland or to retire to the West Coast and watch our four grandchildren (ages 2 through 9) grow.”
From the September/October 2013 Issue
Jim Botwick has retired a second time. After almost 25 years of private dental practice, he moved to Hilton Head and started Isle Care, an inspection and service company for absentee owners on the island, which he ran for another 27 years. He writes that he plans to keep volunteering, spend more time on the golf course, maybe get in a few more ski trips, and just “enjoy life.” He plans to work as hard in retirement as he did in his past careers and looks forward to being just as successful. His wife, Cheryl, is continuing with her own law practice, but they will also make time to visit their four kids and three grandkids scattered all over the United States, and continue their vacation travels. They have already traveled extensively, including trips to Antarctica, the North Pole, and the Galapagos Islands. Next up are trips to Tanzania, and then Peru’s Machu Picchu and the upper Amazon River Basin.
From the March/April 2013 Issue
Gayla Burnside Gordon writes: “I split my time between my homes in Pasadena, California, and Alexandria, Virginia. I recently lost my husband after 50 years of marriage. After Brown, I taught migrant pickers’ children, then Head Start. After spending four years in Madrid, Spain, I returned to open two antique shops and spent 30 years restoring houses in the Pasadena Historic District. My older daughter and husband, both attorneys, helped me restore a 1906 cottage this year. My younger daughter, a former concertmaster of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, now plays with the L.A. Chamber Orchestra and is a studio musician. She recently worked on the film Life of Pi. Her husband was the producer of Mad About You, and last year he was the coexecutive producer of Mad Men. I go with her to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, for the Grand Teton Music Festival every year. I have been accompanying my son on some of his surgical cleft missions to Central and South America. Finally, I have six accomplished, fun grandchildren who are constantly challenging me physically and mentally. I would love to hear from old and new friends.”
Lois A. Rappaport writes: “In addition to being an earth and space explainer at the American Museum of Natural History, I am also a backstage tour guide at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.”
From the March/April 2013 Issue
Ann Chmielewski Anderson writes: “I have been appointed as corporator on the board of trustees of Simmons College in Boston. Jack Anderson ’58 and I welcomed our first granddaughter after four grandsons. She was born to Uyen and Brian Anderson ’90 on May 28, 2011. I summited my 22nd 14er this summer—14ers are mountains in Colorado over 14,000 feet.”
Richard Cleary writes: “On Nov. 3, my daughter Sharon Cleary Eastman ’91 was inducted into the Brown University Athletic Hall of Fame. Sharon was a diver and cocaptain of the Brown women’s swimming and diving team.”
W. Bowdoin Davis Jr. published the article “Copyright’s Immoral Rights?” in Volume XXVII of Visual Resources, the issue entitled “The Crisis in Art History.”
Constance Ames Gillen and her husband, Bill Gillen, lost their beautiful daughter Emily to breast cancer in August. She was a professor of Spanish linguistics at the Univ. of Calgary. They are now raising their granddaughter Beatrice in their Amherst home, surrounded by loving family and friends.
Peter Goldbecker retired from Amica Insurance after 39 years and is living in Brant Lake, N.Y. Peter writes: “I enjoy cruising on Lake Champlain and various canal systems. I spend time during the winter in Sarasota, Fla., and volunteer in various organizations both in New York and Florida. Last year I also celebrated 50 years of marriage to my wonderful wife.”
Carol Canner Gjelsvik and Atle Gjelsvik ’60 ScM, ’62 PhD, are enjoying life in Rhode Island, sometimes meeting classmates at Brown functions and Pembroke ’59 lunches. Carol writes: “A great pleasure is BCLIR, which used to be Brown Community Learning in Retirement, but is now a separate nonprofit. We enjoy coordinating peer learning classes, as well as being active members of them, keeping our brains alive. It is nice to be near our kids and grandkids. Annie Gjelsvik ’91, ’03 PhD is a professor at Brown in public health, and Erik has a handyman’s business.”
Barbara Clark Jeffers and John H. Jeffers ’58 attended the ceremony and festivities last spring for their granddaughter Rachael L. Jeffers ’12 AM, who earned a masters in public humanities. Rachael is the fifth generation of the Jeffers family to attend Brown.
J. Stewart McLaughlin closed his law office on July 1. He is still active part-time as an administrator of Brunswick Hospital in Amityville, N.Y., and writes that he “hopes to ease into retirement gracefully.”
John Quinn retired from advertising and direct marketing in 1998. He has been living aboard his 36-foot ketch, cruising the U.S. East Coast and Canadian coast. He wrote three suspense novels, which can be uploaded to Amazon Kindle. Brown is a plot element in This Man’s Father, which also includes historical exposition on the University. He writes, “Although I haven’t been able to grab the golden publishing ring yet, hope springs eternal.”
Leonard B. Santos writes that he had a few mini-reunions in the last year with Manuel Kyriakakis ’58 and his wife, Elaine; Joe Tebo ’58 and his wife, Ann; and Phil DiSaia and his wife, Patti. Leonard took a one-week trip to New England to visit friends, eat great seafood, and catch the fall foliage. He spent the winter in San Diego and Honolulu visiting friends and classmates. He is looking forward to the 55th and hopes to rekindle old friendships and make some new ones.
From the November/December 2012 Issue
Roger Vaughan wrote a new book with ESPN/NHL analyst Barry Melrose, titled Dropping the Glove: Inside the Fiercely Combative World of Professional Hockey, which was released in October.
From the September/October 2012 Issue
Joan Papkin Mann writes that the 1959 Allinson House–mates—Joan Mintz Parlin, Marcia Gallup MacDonald and Phyllis Long Gressens—had a mini-reunion at Phyllis’s home in the Outer Banks, N.C.
William H. Traub lives about 40 miles northeast of Phoenix.
From the March/April 2012 Issue
Arthur L. Levin ’62 AM lives in Sarasota, Fla., with his spouse, Marcella. They were married 50 years in February. He has retired from an international career as a computer scientist with IBM and continues to be active politically, civically, and as a professional wine expert and writer. He recently served on the decennial committee charged by the Sarasota city commission to review the city charter and recommend changes. He’s a past president of the local Brown Club and is in his sixth year as a director and treasurer of his condo association.
James Steiner writes: “I look forward to playing softball on the 75-and-older travel team made up of players from New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. Still singing with the Big Apple Chorus and welcome all former Jabberwocks to join.”
From the January/February 2012 Issue
Martha McKay Frigoletto (see Fred Frigoletto '54).
H. William Hodges III continues to practice law in Rockville Centre on Long Island. William writes: "Looking forward to May 2012 joining many of my classmates from Brown '59 for our 50th reunion at the Univ. of Virginia Law School."
Arthur Levin '62 AM continues to enjoy life in Sarasota, Fla., with spouse Marcella (they'll be married 50 years in February). Retired from an international career as a computer scientist with IBM, he continues to be active politically, civically, and as a professional wine expert and writer. He recently served on the Sarasota decennial committee, which reviewed the city charter and recommended changes. He is a past president of the local Brown Club and is in his sixth year as a director and treasurer of his condo association.
Jack Quinn writes he has achieved his lifelong dream of sailing his 36-foot Allied Princess ketch, Fortune, along the east coast of North America. He recently uploaded his second novel on Amazon/Kindle. This Man's Father features a presidential candidate who graduated from Brown in 1942, and includes historical details and famous graduates of the University who play a part in solving the mystery of the senator's identity.
Elizabeth Taft retired in June 2002 but continues to work as a relief case manager at the Stanford Hospital and clinics. Elizabeth writes: "I hike, sing in the church choir, and am now on the board of directors of the League of Women Voters of Palo Alto, Calif. I am also doing some genealogy."
From the November/December 2011 Issue
Sandra Giles Perrault writes: "A mini-reunion of Sharpe House 'girls' was hosted in August by Pat Pennal MacKenzie at her beach home in Maine. Reminiscing about their 56 years of friendship were Joanie Wallace Hawkinson, who traveled from Minneapolis; Anne Crookall Hockenos, from Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; and Judith Lister Yelle, Johanne Bennett Morrison, and Sandra Giles Perrault, from Massachusetts."
From the July/August 2011 Issue
Caryl-Ann Miller Nieforth writes: "The Class of 1959 National Scholarship continues to support two Brown undergraduates, and has added a third. Daniel Chang '12 is a Latin American and Caribbean studies major. New York City's Lucy Fanelli '12, majoring in electrical engineering, is hoping to do research this summer, and our new student, Zach Salmon '14, who is an athlete and musician with academic interests in linguistics and physics, writes us, 'You have given me an unbelievable opportunity, one that will shape my entire life.' Donate to our Class of 1959 Scholarship!"
Leonard B. Santos writes that he is "finally fully retired!" He is now enjoying a life of traveling, golfing, spending time with his grandchildren, and giving back. He and his wife recently returned from their annual visit to the Hawaiian Islands, now a 25-year tradition. Leonard writes he enjoyed the 50th class reunion and looks forward to 2014. "Anyone out there thinking mini-reunions? Clock's tickin'!"
William Silver's daughter, Audrey Silver Levin '86, was a cofounder of the Higher Keys and has continued her love for song as a jazz singer in New York City. Visit www.audreysilver.com.
Linda Davis Williams writes: "My husband of 50 years died in May 2009. I'm trying to learn how to play by myself. If you come to Texas, let me know. I really enjoy memories of Brown—probably a different Brown from today's campus."
From the May/June 2011 Issue
John M. Cohen maintains an active medical practice running a seven-person general pediatric group in Newton, Mass. He writes: "We certainly are practicing in interesting times, but pediatrics keeps you thinking young."
From the March/April 2011 Issue
James T. Botwick completed the National Geographic expedition to the North Pole in June 2010. He also did the National Geographic expedition to Antarctica in November 2007.
From the January/February 2011 Issue
Class secretary Caryl-Ann Miller Nieforth announces that the only Brown Bear awarded at the 2010 Alumni Fall Weekend went to Liz Zopfi Chace at the Annual Alumni Recognition Ceremony and Luncheon. Charlene Ingraham Underhill received the Alumni Service Award.
Philip DiSaia became professor emeritus in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at UC Irvine on Nov. 1. He will remain clinically active on a part-time basis and will continue his role as chairman of the Gynecologic Oncology Group.
Richard Judkins has retired after 50 years in medicine in both academic and private practice. He now winters in Palmetto, Fla., and summers in Rogers, Ark.
Martin Kleinman retired from medical practice and has been appointed clinical professor of medicine emeritus at the Univ. of Rochester College of Medicine and Dentistry.
Arthur C. Lamb Jr. writes: "In responding to a request for biographical information, I discovered that it appears I was the youngest member of the class '59." Arthur is now retired as chief psychiatrist for the California Department of Corrections and continues to practice forensic psychiatry in private practice. He is semi-retired to his country home in Winters, Calif., with his wife of 48 years, Norma.
Steve North (see David Beckman '66).
Over the years, Jack Rosenblum and his wife, Corinne, have gone on a number of international biking vacations. They have found that "with driving, the scenery goes by too fast; with hiking, you see too small an area; but biking strikes a middle ground, an ideal way to savor and appreciate scenic beauty. Plus, it keeps us (more or less) young."
Clark Sammartino, who is considered one of the world's best judges in professional boxing, was featured in the BAM last spring and a Providence Journal article last fall. He is the president of Blue Fin Capital in Providence.
From the September/October 2010 Issue
Class secretary Caryl-Ann Miller Nieforth reports: "The Class of 1959 Scholarship Fund will continue to support undergraduates Daniel Chang '12 and Lucy Fanelli '12. Do continue to support the class scholarship fund. Past recipient Richard Rabbitt '10 writes, 'My most meaningful volunteer work at Brown was with the Developmentally Disabled Literacy Program. I have tutored the same mentally challenged woman since my freshman year and saying goodbye to her is going to be just as sad as saying goodbye to all of my friends.'"
Joan Papkin Mann writes: "Reconnecting after 50 years through the Reunion Yearbook, a mini-reunion of Allinson House residents was held in Vero Beach, Fla. Judy Cameron Whittaker and Marcia Gallup MacDonald hosted Phyllis Long Gressens, Joan Mintz Parlin, and me for a fabulous three days!"
From the July/August 2010 Issue
Allinson House alumnae held a three-day mini-reunion in Vero Beach, Fla. Marcia Gallup MacDonald and Judy Cameron Whittaker hosted Phyllis Long Gressens, Joan Mintz Parlin, and Joan Papkin Mann.
From the May/June 2010 Issue
Whitney Lane of Lane Photography (N.Y.) is volunteering to give photography seminars to interested veterans at a local campus. Whitney was a unit photographer in the U.S. Marine Corps and has traveled extensively over the past 40 years doing photography. His work can be seen at www.whitneylane.com. He encourages other photographers to donate their time to enrich the lives of veterans who are at home or who are coming home. Lane Photography is where he and his wife, Betsy, are active in their respective photographic careers.
Patricia Brady McNeil is traveling around the world with her friends. She continues her water aerobics routines three times a week.
Jim Steiner is engaged to Jill Berke. He is actively singing and playing softball.
Robert C. Wood Sr. celebrated New Year's in Waterville Valley, N.H., with his wife, Anne, and their youngest daughter, Jennifer, and her family. He is still involved in the antique furniture business.
From the March/April 2010 Issue
Class secretary and 50th Reunion chair Caryl-Ann Miller Nieforth reports: "The Brown Annual Fund announced that 'In celebration of the Class of 1959's 50th Reunion last year, 57.5% of the class contributed $492,718 to the BAF and a total of $3,121,024 to bolster all areas of the University.' Congratulations!
"The results of the 2009 University reunion survey are in, with 89 of our 202 attendees responding. Overall reunion experience was rated 'Terrific, I'd do it again' by 58%, while 97% were most interested in class events and 86% of our ever-optimistic class expect to attend their next reunion.
"Our 50th reunion welcome reception on Friday afternoon at class headquarters featured a showing of archival newsreels of our four years at Brown. Peter Mackie pieced this marvelous reminiscence together and hosted its premier performance. The four-DVD set that covers 1955 through 1959 is now available for $20. Make your check out to Brown University Archives and send it to Jay Gaidmore, University Archivist, Brown University, Box A, Providence, R.I. 02912. For more information, contact Jay."
From the January/February 2010 Issue
Arthur Levin '62 AM enjoyed a Brown Travelers trip to Spain last spring, and then saw old friends and new at the 50th reunion in Providence. He is now busy setting up a program for the coming year as president of the Sarasota-Manatee alumni club.
Jim Steiner writes that he and his fianc√©e, Jill Berke, enjoyed a wonderful 50th reunion. Jim still plays competitive softball and travels the country with a 70+ team. You can also see him on YouTube, where he sings with an organization called Grandparents Who Rock.
Beatrice Marx Prosnitz (see Hilary Farrell '05).
From the November/December 2009 Issue
The class of 1959 sends deep condolences to the family of Ret. Col. James Ingram Mayer, U.S.A.F., who passed away on July 31 (see Obits). Jim is remembered for his wonderful wit, friendship, and long volunteer service to Brown. Class members will receive a 50th reunion hat for a $25 donation to the Jim Mayer Fund at the Northern Virginia Regional Park Foundation. Send a check and your mailing address to Jim Steiner.
Dante Ionata '59 (see Victoria Ionata Green '95).
Class secretary Caryl-Ann Miller Nieforth reports that on reunion weekend she and classmates Laura Thomasson Fishman, Kathy Hempstead Humm, Nina Wiita Kroos, Jackie Jones '63 MAT, Diane Scola and Liza Taft met with Jane Lancaster '93 AM, '98 PhD of the Pembroke Archives Oral History Program, to discuss the issues of educated women of the 1950s from the vantage point of their 50th reunion. A DVD of the meeting is now available for $10 from Christy Law Blanchard, director of alumnae affairs, Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women, Box 1958, Brown University, Providence, R.I. 02912. There are also white Pembroke College in Brown University sleep shirts available for $12.50, payable by a check made out to Class of 1959 and mailed to Elly Lewis 165 Blackstone Blvd., Providence, R.I. 02906.
From the September/October 2009 Issue
Jane Cayford Nylander was elected an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects and received the first president's award from Old Sturbridge Village, recognizing her work in historic preservation and museums. She writes, "Our '59 reunion was a high point of the year."
Alan Stuart '59 (see Susan Goldberger Jacoby '67).
From the July/August 2009 Issue
Eve Naramore Skerritt (see Joan Winter Skerritt '84).
From the May/June 2009 Issue [50th]
Jim Mayer and Caryl-Ann Miller Nieforth, 50th Reunion cochairs, write: "When was the last time you made plans to get together with all your classmates? Five years ago? Twenty-five years ago? Fifty years ago? Now's the time! Join us for our 50th reunion, May 22–24."
William Silver is looking forward to the reunion and catching up with old friends.
From the March/April 2009 Issue [50th]
Caryl-Ann Miller Nieforth and Jim Mayer, reunion cochairs write: "Class of 1959, the big five-oh is finally here! A chance to sleep for free in your old dorm bed! Well, maybe not the same one, but at our 50th Reunion in May, you can stay the weekend gratis in the current version, if you wish. Please join your classmates over Memorial Day weekend, May 22–24. We want as many of you as possible to return for the biggest of them all. We also want everyone, returning or not, to complete the questionnaire you have been mailed. Add a picture of yourself alone or with family, bring us up to date, and add some thoughts about you and the Brown experience. All classmates will receive a 50th Reunion Yearbook. If your back isn't up to a dorm bed, make your reservations early—hotels fill up quickly!"
From the January/February 2009 Issue [50th]
Constance Ames Gillen retired from her job as a psychologist at Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass. She and her husband, Bill, still run Sunset Farm and are vendors at the Amherst farmers market. They have six grandchildren, and Constance currently cares for her 99-year-old mother.
Whitney Lane writes: "After graduating from Brown, I was off to RISD, where I majored in art, graphic design, photography, and life. This was followed by a stint with the U.S. Marine Corps., where I was the unit photographer. After motorcycling around Europe for six months, I settled down and worked for various advertising agencies in New York City for 10 years. Then it was time to open Lane Photography Studio in Ossining, N.Y., where my wife, Betsy, and I are very active in our respective photographic careers. My website is www.whitneylane.com."
From the November/December 2008 Issue [50th]
Elizabeth Harper Chappel has been working in commercial real estate for 25 years. She is the vice president of leasing and investment sales at CB Richard Ellis in Stamford, Conn.
Bowdoin Davis's new book, Max Ernst's Lines From a Marriage, is available from the publisher, Midmarch Arts Press, in New York City, and from the Maryland Institute College of Art bookstore.
From the September/October 2008 Issue [50th]
Anthony Morgan has just published his first novel, Incident at Heidelberg, a look at the events of the first half of the 20th century written from a unique perspective.
Al Stern writes: "President Simmons recently paid a visit to the Brown Club of Cape Cod at the Hyannis Golf Club. She spoke on Brown's new financial policy of eliminating student loans in some cases, improvement to its facilities, the expansion of its faculty, and the overall direction Brown plans on taking in the future. The Brown Club of Cape Cod presented President Simmons with a certificate of appreciation and a Brown Club mug."
From the July/August 2008 Issue
Mel S. Lavitt writes: "After more years than I can count, we sold our investment banking firm, C.E. Unterberg, Towbin, and I am now living full-time in Park City, Utah, with my wife, Wendy; our two daughters, Kathy '85 and Meredith '92; and their children, Ian, Whitney, and Griffin. The snow is great!"
From the May/June 2008 Issue
Clark Sammartino (see Elaine Berlinsky Fain '70).
Barry E. Schwartz writes: "Hola, my classmates. I've been living in paradise (aka Costa Rica) for the past four years. With my small foundation I've been able to fund, totally or partially, seven projects: three daycare centers in addition to a school, medical clinics, and a library. Two of my classmates and I would like to challenge you all to a team mini-triathlon during 50th-reunion week. How about a 400-meter swim, two- to three-mile bike ride, and one- to one-and-a-half-mile run? Let me know if you'd like to accept the team challenge."
Alfred B. Smiley is still very active in historical preservation in Wallkill, N.Y.
Charlene Ingraham Underhill writes: "I have written a book for children ages 2-5, A Day With Zimp and Chee. It's on the internet!"
From the March/April 2008 Issue
John R. Jolly has completed 30 years of playing in a local steel drum band started by a group of business executives in 1965 in Sleepy Hollow, New York. He, along with Lannie Taliaferro '74, another band member, has played at boat shows, weddings, bar mitzvahs, and island parties.
From the January / February 2008 Issue
Caryl Ann Miller Nieforth writes: “Our 50th Reunion will be held May 22–24, 2009. Who’s interested in helping out?”
From the September / October 2007 Issue
Philip J. DiSaia writes: "In January 2007 I won the Frederick Naftolin Award for Mentorship from the Society for Gynecologic Investigation, which recognizes the contribution to training and career development of investigators in the field of reproductive and women's health. In the same month I was also nominated and sponsored by the Orange County Medical Association, and listed in Orange Coast Magazine as a Physician of Excellence. In January 2006 I was one of six UC Irvine doctors named â€˜America's Top Doctors for Cancer' by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., and in February 2006 I received the silver medal for a Brilliant Career in Medicine by the Veracruzano Center for Prevention of Cancer in Women, Veracruz, Mex."
Martha McKay Frigoletto (see Fred Frigoletto '54).
Caryl-Ann Miller Nieforth writes: "The Providence Public Library annually uses the Caryl-Ann Miller Nieforth Fund to purchase five Brown-related books for the Rochambeau Branch in commemoration of her outstanding volunteer contributions to both the library and her alma mater. The 2007 books are: Smart Moves for Liberal Arts Grads, by Sheila Curran and Suzanne Bavly Greenwald '89; Dear John, Dear Coltrane by Michael Harper, professor of English and former Rhode Island Poet Laureate; Symbolic Essence and Other Writings on Modern Architecture and American Culture by William Jordy, professor of art; Main Street, USSR by Irving R. Levine '44, and Bloods: An Oral History of the Vietnam War by Black Veterans by Wallace Terry '59."
From the July / August 2007 Issue
Sheila McHale Bailey’s husband, Bill, died Aug. 26, 2004, after a long bout with cancer.
Dante Ionata (see Victoria Ionata Green ’95).
Arthur Louis Levin ’62 AM continues to write wine columns biweekly for several newspapers in N.Y. and Fla. An archive can be found at www.pelicanpress.org.
Jim Steiner writes: “2007 is a special year. I am a rookie on my 70-year-old traveling softball team and I won the ‘Sing New Jersey’ singing contest in the adult division (25 and older). I’ll be making a fourteen-song CD and have a cabaret act at Trumpet’s, a jazz club in Montclair, N.J. Life is good.”
From the May / June 2007 Issue
Leonard J. Deftos writes: “I have combined my career-long interest in medicine with my recent interest in law by developing a masters degree program in health law offered jointly by the University of California, San Diego, where I am a professor of medicine, and the California Western School of Law, where I am a professor of law. The unique program is designed to foster interaction and cooperation between the two disciplines. It is described at http://hlaw.uscd.edu.”
From the March / April 2007 Issue
Patricia Brady McNeil writes: “I’ve joined the travelers group. In the past year I went to Santa Fe, Peru, and Berlin. Now I’m off to Egypt and Africa. It sure is nice being retired!”
Raymond Sullivan writes: “Having retired from the practice of surgery in Waterbury, Conn., after thirty years, I have recently written my first historical novel, Contentment: A Novel of New England’s Birth, which offers a keen insight into the founding of the Massachusetts Bay Colony and the development of New England Puritanism. It is published by iUniverse and is available through them, online from Amazon or Barnes & Noble, or on order from most major bookstores. My son R.J. ’86 (Georgetown Med. ’91) practices orthopedics in Hartford and my daughter-in-law Cathy Beermann Sullivan ’86 practices pediatrics there. Hello to all of my classmates from ’59.”
From the January / February 2007 Issue
Connie Ames Gillen retired as a psychologist at Hampshire College after thirty years. She continues to farm organically and can be visited every Saturday morning (in season) at the Amherst Farmers’ Market.
Arthur Levin is semi-retired between Pleasant Valley, N.Y., and Sarasota, Fla. He continues to write wine columns for several newspapers. Archives of some can be found at www.pelicanpress.org.
Jim Steiner writes: “I’m still living in Montclair, N.J., and singing with my son Michael in the Big Apple Chorus in New York City. I’m also playing on a traveling 65-and-over softball team. I’m enjoying my three-year-old grandson Sam and life in general.”
From the May / June 2007 Issue
Jeannie Callahan writes: “I have retired from my career as a special education teacher, and I’m enjoying participating in various community-based volunteer and educational activities. My home base during winter months is Florida, but otherwise I’m happily situated here in the Northeast. There are a couple of my classmates—fellow ‘angels’—in the area, so it’s fun to visit.”
Pat Pennal MacKenzie (see Amy Williams ’96).
Caryl-Ann Miller Nieforth was honored by the Providence Public Library for her outstanding work as a former president and longtime board member of the Friends of Rochambeau branch. She has retired after almost a decade as chair of its book sale committee. The library has established a Caryl-Ann Nieforth book fund, which until 2010 will add to the Rochambeau collection five books per year; each will be authored by a Brown faculty member and will bear a bookplate in Caryl’s honor.
Daniel Wolk (see Jonathan Carmel ’92).
From the March / April 2005 Issue
Norman Bogar writes that he’s enjoying retirement, traveling to China and Russia. His first grandson was born to Erika and Rogers King, and Norman was expecting his first granddaughter, due to Adrienne and Gregory Schmitt, in January.
Elizabeth Z. Chace writes: “We have moved to a wonderful loft apartment in downtown Providence. I have a great view of the Baptist Church—remember, it was where we graduated! I’m really involved with Brown these days and enjoy being a fellow. All our children are well and our thirteenth grandchild arrived last spring.”
Raynor W. Clark reports that he’s enjoying retirement, delivering truck parts in eastern Connecticut several days a week. “I continue my duties as fire marshal in Killingworth.”
John M. Cohen is still practicing pediatrics full time in Newton, Mass.
Ginny Demirjian Dadourian writes: “Life has been good. We retired, spending three winter months in Naples, Fla., and the rest of the year in Long Island, N.Y. Sorry to miss our 45th. With our five children (all married with kids) and eleven grandchildren (soon to be twelve), we use Memorial Day weekend as our yearly get-together. If I’m still here for our 50th, I’ll skip the family and come to Brown! Regards to all our classmates.”
Kenneth H. Hauck writes that he’s “mostly retired,” traveling between Ft. Myers, Fla., and Vail, Colo. “I’m enjoying four grandchildren and keeping fit with tennis, golf, rock climbing, and scuba.”
Thomas M. Immermann writes that he retired in January 2003. “It’s true what is said return home to our business. That put me back in the office until 1997, when I retired for sure. Barbara and I live in Clinton, N.Y., in the summers, and Naples, Fla., from Oct. 10 to May 15. Hopefully the hurricane season has run its course as I head south.”
John says he’s been in contact with the widow of R. King Patterson ’58; “If you’d like to reach her, call me in Naples.”
Sally Mahan Spaugh writes: “No, we have not yet retired, but three years ago we moved from Tennessee to Pennsylvania, where my husband, Jerry, is a distinguished professor of physics at Penn State Univ. An added benefit to this move is that it brings us closer to our three children, who are all located in the Northeast.”
Elizabeth Boole Tucker writes: “I am still an active volunteer in several community organizations plus my church. My time is divided between our homes in New Jersey and Naples, Fla. I also enjoy visiting our three grandchildren, all in the Charlotte, N.C., area.”
Charles Waterman writes: “I continue as CEO of JWI, an international business consulting firm in Washington, D.C.”
From the November / December 2004 Issue
Philip J. Di Saia has been named the nation’s Cancer Fighter of the Year by a blue-ribbon board consisting of representatives from major medical and cancer centers across the United States. Philip is professor of gynecologic oncology, associate dean for clinical affairs, and vice chancellor of health sciences at the Univ. of California, Irvine.
From the September / October 2004 Issue
Jane Moseley Bronk writes: “My first grandchild, a girl, was born on Jan. 4. I retired in June from Loomis Chaffee School after thirty-three years as an English teacher.”
W. Bowdoin Davis Jr. received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Maryland Institute College of Art, where he is professor emeritus, on May 17.
H. Corbin Day received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Birmingham-Southern College on May 29. He is chairman of the executive committee of Jemison Investments Co.
Margaret Guthrie reports the publication of her eighth cookbook, Racing to the Table (Eclipse Press): “It’s about the horse-racing world and is full of recipes from owners, breeders, trainers, and veterinarians—anyone involved in the sport.”
From the July / August 2004 Issue
Cynthia Wayne Acker writes that her son Richard ’91 is regional land coordinator for the Openlands Project in Chicago. Her daughter Jennifer ’94 is a project manager with Cisco Systems in Research Triangle Park, N.C. Jennifer’s husband, Lars M. Bishop ’94, is chief technology officer at NDL in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Ann Chmielewski Anderson writes: “John ’58 and I moved to Boulder, Colo., in Januar, 2001. We live on a mountain and it is beautiful. Our son, Brian ’90, and his wife moved to Broomfield, Colo., after he finished his psychiatry residency at Case Western in June 2003. Our daughter, Kirsten, is married and lives in Massachusetts with her husband and their son, Liam.”
Mudge Johnson Anderson writes that she and her husband, Phil, took their first RV trip with friends into national parks in September. “Hiking was spectacular,” she says. “My childhood friend challenged me to get my violin out of the attic and get going after a forty-five-year hiatus. She found us a string group in Plymouth, so twice a month we walk the beaches and make music together. With three grandsons nearby and church within walking distance, life is full and good. I’m grateful for good health and take none of it for granted. Now if we could just figure out what to do in Iraq!”
W. Scott Bearce writes: “My wife, Diane, and I are both retired and enjoying a life of skiing, golf, tennis, and travel. We also spend a lot of time with our six grandchildren.”
Norman J. Bogar writes that he retired in 1999 from United Container Machinery as executive vice president and general manager.
Donna B. Lewiss Brock writes that she moved back to the Northeast two years ago and now lives in in Concord, Mass. She enjoys the town, her new job with the Missile Defense Agency at nearby Hanscom Field, and being close to her children, their spouses, and her new granddaughter, Lilly Annabelle Brock, who was born Oct. 15.
C. Bennett Brown Jr. and his wife, Ursula, moved to Little Compton, R.I., last April after he retired. “We enjoy being back in familiar surroundings,” he wrote in the spring, “and are looking forward to our 45th reunion.”
Richard L. Canepa retired from teaching English and Latin after thirty-eight years. During that time he also coached football, track, and tennis. “I continue to coach boys varsity tennis,” he writes. “Both Bev and I are avid tennis players and compete in the USTA New England tournament circuit. We are currently number one in New England in super-senior mixed-doubles. We also have two wonderful granddaughters to enjoy.”
Connie Reimers Cowen wrote in the spring: “My husband, Tom ’57, and I are looking forward to our 45th reunion.”
Nina Seybold Atwater Dodd writes: “I am so happy to return for the 45th! Although I married in 1958 to Deuton V. G. Seybold, I returned, with Dean Lewis’s great kindness, in the fall of 1959 and graduated in 1961. But I truly believe I’m a member, with dear friends, of the class of 1959. I am a journalist and floral designer and have just published a book of poetry with my daughter, Aubrey Atwater Donnelly ’85, which also contains my mother’s poetry—three generations! I am well, I am curious, I keep moving, and I am grateful for my children, Elizabeth Seybold Parsons, Rosemary Atwater, and Aubrey, and grandchildren Timothy Seybold Parsons, 13, and Anna Rose Parsons, 9.”
Philip DiSaia received the UC Irvine Medal in November in recognition of his support for teaching, research, and public service. He is the Dorothy J. Marsh chair in reproductive biology, chief of gynecology and gynecologic oncology at UCI Medical Center, and a professor of obstetrics, gynecology and radiological sciences in the College of Medicine.
William B. Hayes writes: “I retired on Jan. 1 from Century Furniture Co. in Hickory, N.C., after forty-one years in the furniture industry. My wife, Berkeley, and I have lived in Morganton, N.C., since 1983. We will move our permanent residence to Stone Harbor, N.J., a great little town on the south Jersey shore, but we will spend the winters in Palm Desert, Calif. Summers on the Jersey shore will give us more time with our six (soon to be seven) grandchildren, who are the sons and daughters of our three married sons, Bill Jr. ’87, Jay ’89, and Brooke (Penn ’92). We have enjoyed many of the past reunions and look forward to visiting with everyone in May.”
John M. Howard writes: “I retired from St. Stephen’s Episcopal School in Bradenton, Fla., after sixteen years as headmaster. Over those years the school grew from 222 students to 775, while its faculty expanded from twenty-seven to seventy-three and its assets went from $1.5 million to just under $20 million. I have never regretted my education at Brown.”
Katherine Hempstead Humm writes: “I am no longer ‘gainfully’ employed but seem busier now than when I held a full-time job. I’m on the boards of the York (Pennsylvania) Symphony Orchestra and the York Community Theatre, and I volunteer for Hospice and the York Hospital. Our three engineer daughters have all married engineers, and I have no doubt that our five (to date) grandchildren will follow the lead of their parents and my engineer husband, Bill. My continuing goal, as the lone member of the family with a nonscientific degree, is to nurture their understanding of the value and importance of the arts.”
Barbara Clark Jeffers writes: “We sold our twenty-year-old business, Brevard Learning Clinic, to a national corporation last August. I will continue as executive director for a while. John ’56, ’63 MAT and I celebrated his retirement with a spectacular cruise around the British Isles with the Brown Travelers and Swan-Hellenic.”
Jacqueline Jones ’63 MAT has retired from her adjunct teaching job. Last summer she went to her 30th reunion from the Univ. of Paris, where she saw old classmates and spent three weeks reliving her Paris years.
Richard F. Judkins writes: “After forty years in both academic and private-practice medicine, I retired on July 1, 2003. I continue to participate in medical- and surgical-mission trips to the ‘Third World.’ My oldest daughter, Jennifer, has followed her dad and practices ear, nose, throat, head, and neck surgery locally in Providence. See you on the campus.”
Ann Golembewski Kagdis writes: “Retired five years ago after thirty-seven years in public education, the last twenty-six as building principal in Newark, N.J. I then started a second project for five years as an assessor with the Foundation for Educational Administration and opened an antiques and collectibles shop in Fairfield, Maine, summer season only. Now I’m headed back to sunny Florida where I’ve been photographing sea and sky.”
Robert P. Kasper retired from his chemical-engineering position with Givaudan Flavors, in East Hanover, N.J., on Halloween 2002 but continued to consult for Givaudan sporadically until last September. His wife, Adrienne, expects to retire from her human-resources position with Data Color International in early 2005. Robert’s daughter Sandra received her doctorate in clinical psychology in 2001 from American Univ. in Washington and continues to live and work in nearby Maryland.
Elizabeth Forstall Keen writes: “Don and I continue to enjoy retirement in central Florida. We keep busy with church, community activities, golf, visits with our five grandsons, and traveling. Our latest adventure was a three-week tour of China and Tibet.”
Lewis L. Krieger writes: “My daughter Liz Krieger ’97 is moving to New York City, having spent the last five years living first in San Francisco and then in Paris. She is a writer.”
Nina Wiita Krooss wrote in the spring: “Robert Krooss, my best friend and husband of forty-three years, died two years ago of cancer. Fortunately, a wonderful family has provided comfort and support. My daughter, Marnie, and her son, Kristian, live near me in Mountain Lakes, N.J. My son Jack, his wife, Susan, and their daughters Lydia and Vanessa live in San Francisco. Together we also managed the sale of Robert’s company and other estate matters. I am looking forward to seeing Brown and the classmates at our 45th reunion.”
Ben Koether (see Jonathan Cole ’67).
Marcia J. Lawton writes: “In 2003 I fulfilled a lifelong dream of writing a book. It’s called Beacon of Hope: A Guide to Internal Truth and is based on my life’s journey. Details are available at www.beaconofhope.us.”
Carl M. Lieberman writes: “Still practicing otolaryngology in Framingham, Mass., and still loving it. Daughter Joanna ’89 is a teacher in Cambridge, Mass. Daughter Hilary is a dean at Barnard, and son David is a medical student at Cornell. Son John is 12, daughter Sarah is 9.”
Carole Fishbain Liebson writes: “Shortly after the last reunion, I received a master’s degree in linguistics, and my husband and I moved into our new ‘old’ house. I’m still teaching English as a second language at a community college.”
Charles E. Mangan is retired.
David MacCallum wrote in the spring: “Just finished my career in investment banking which, as we all know, started in the Eisenhower administration. Worked in investment research, corporate finance, and venture capital in the health care industry—a field I knew nothing about as I never took biology and am still not sure where Wilson Hall is. I now run a hedge fund, finally having fun most days. I’m married to a wonderful woman, am the father of three (one of whom graduated in June ’03), and living in the Big Apple. Looking forward to being with the class of ’59. Still the greatest four years of my life.”
Grace Azevedo Murphy ’67 AM writes: “My daughter Grace ’Babs‘ ’89 married John Cregan (Boston College ’83) on May 22, and my son David ’95 is marrying Suzanne Valliere (UConn ’92) on July 24. My son Bill (Harvard ’88) is teaching international relations at Penn. Dave and I are well, traveling a lot and enjoying our lives.”
Caryl-Ann Miller Nieforth writes: “I chair the book sale for Friends of Rochambeau, library of my childhood. Deck has two bands that play at contra dances, which we frequent, and he’s now crafting violins. Daughter Deb Bloomberg, RN, is assistant director of admissions at Chestnut Hill (Mass.) School. Son Andy Feldman ’86, ’91 MD is chief of residents and fellows in pathology at National Cancer Institute (NIH) in Bethesda, Md. Mother, Beatrice Wattman Miller ’35, celebrated her 90th birthday at the Faculty Club.”
Michael and Brooke Hunt Mitchell (see Katherine Mitchell Constan ’88).
Theodore Osmer writes that he retired from Guardian Life Insurance in November and is renovating a house and otherwise taking it easy.
David N. Page writes: “I retired from an active institutional and commercial architectural practice in New Hampshire in 2000. The last twenty years have been primarily involved with the multiphase renovation and expansion of the N.H. State Prison and development of the new U.S. District Courthouse in Concord. Recent volunteer activities have included a thirteen-year tenure as a public member of the N.H. Judicial Council, working to improve administration of justice in the state, and a recent appointment to the N.H. Supreme Court’s Professional Conduct Committee, which reviews and acts on claims against attorneys. My wife, Lee, and I live on Lake Sunapee and look forward to visits from our two boys, their wives, and our two granddaughters. We winter in Vero Beach, Fla.”
Vail Berkman Palomino writes that her son Adrian is a first-year medical student at UC San Francisco and daughter Lindsay is a pheresis nurse at Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley, Calif.
George J. Posejpal wrote in the spring: “I was recalled to the San Angelo Saints as director of sales on Christmas Eve. I am now in Texas again. (Check the map for San Angelo.) See you all at reunion time.”
Leonard B. Santos wrote in the spring: “I’m enjoying retirement in central Pennsylvania, where eating Hershey chocolate has become a hobby (obsession?). Visited the alma mater in October during a nostalgia jaunt through New England and thoroughly enjoyed a leisurely walk around the beautifully maintained campus—it sure brought back fantastic memories. Looking forward to our 45th and hope to see and get reacquainted with old friends and classmates.”
John Sherman wrote in the spring: “Marcia and I are happily retired in Clemson, S.C., a lovely little college town with friendly people, great weather, and a surprising range of indoor and outdoor activities. The nearby lakes stretch into North Carolina, and we’ve taken up kayaking to enjoy them more fully. I’m active in the local Habitat for Humanity chapter and sing in the church choir. We see Marji and Jim Mayer as well as Gail and Andy Davis from time to time. We’re looking forward to the reunion and a chance to reconnect with classmates.”
Jim Steiner writes: “I’m still in business doing costumes for college reunions and performing groups. I sing with the Big Apple Chorus, a barbershop group in New York City, and am still traveling the country playing center field with a 65-plus softball team. I played baseball in the alumni game on Commencement weekend and urge my fellow players to join me. I became a grandfather for the first time seven months ago and love it.”
John A. Ward writes: “I am still enjoying life in Brewster, on Cape Cod. I spoke with my roommate, Joel Di Paola, and we plan to get together this year.”
From the May / June 2004 Issue
Reunion weekend is May 28–31. For more information, contact reunion headquarters at (401) 863-1947 or email@example.com.
Raynor W. Clark writes: “I retired last year from the Connecticut State Fire Marshal’s Office after sixteen years. I am still a local fire marshal and past fire chief in my hometown of Killingworth, Conn. My oldest son is a career and volunteer firefighter. Second son Scott ’95 is in the investment business in California, and my daughter is in the development office at Harvard. I’m looking forward to the 45th.”
Peter Mackie (see Gordon Morton ’93).
From the March / April 2004 Issue
Your 45th reunion plans are complete, and we hope to see you back at Brown on May 28–31! Join fellow classmates for a great reunion weekend. Registration information will arrive soon, so please make your reservation early. Register online at alumni.brown.edu. Contact reunion headquarters with any questions at (401) 863-1947 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
L. J. Deftos writes: “When I received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Univ. of Vermont School of Medicine, I began to realize that I had been remiss in maintaining my alma mater connections, so here is an ersatz forty-plus-year update. After Brown, I graduated from the Univ. of Vermont School of Medicine and trained at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City. I continued my medical training at the National Institutes of Health, and in 1968 I became a clinical and research fellow at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. In 1972 I moved to UC San Diego as chief of endocrinology at the VA Medical Center and rose to the rank of professor of medicine, my current position. My clinical, teaching, and research activities focus on disorders of calcium and skeletal metabolism. A growing interest in scientific evidence led me to a JD degree from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in 1994 and an LLM from the Univ. of San Diego School of Law in 2000. My wife, Marie, is a professor in the business school at San Diego State Univ. We have a daughter, Marina, and a son, Michael.”
Yvette Greifer Kahn and Judy Kirsh (see Stephen Filler ’69).
Caryl-Ann Miller Nieforth writes: “My mom, Beatrice Wattman Miller ’35, was feted at the Brown Faculty Club on the occasion of her 90th birthday. Alumni present included Beatrice’s brother, Dr. Edwin Z. Wattman ’45, and her sister-in-law, Frances Singer Wattman ’39. Other guests included Grace Kennison Alpert ’51, Harold Harris ’50, and Martin Temkin ’50.
Brooke Hunt Mitchell writes: “See the Jan./Feb. issue of BAM for my recent debut as a children’s book illustrator for the Catch the Moon CD and accompanying book, which included music by Lisa Loeb ’90 and my daughter, Elizabeth Mitchell ’90. It was great fun.”
From the January / February 2004 Issue
Mark your calendars for our 45th reunion, May 28–31. It promises to be a great weekend. Registration packets will be mailed out in April. If your address changes, or if you haven’t received any reunion-related mailings in this academic year, please contact reunion headquarters at (401) 863-1947 or email@example.com.
Philip DiSaia received UC Irvine’s top honor, the UCI Medal, in recognition of his exceptional support for the university’s mission of teaching, research, and public service. Philip holds the Dorothy J. Marsh Chair in Reproductive Biology and is chief of gynecology and gynecologic oncology at UCI Medical Center.
Carol Canner Gjelsvik and Atle Gjelsvik ’62 Ph.D. write: “We are delighted that our daughter, Annie Gjelsvik ’91, found a fabulous boy, Karlo Berger ’86. Cousin Lizzie Canner ’91 introduced them.” (See also Annie Gjelsvik ’91.)
John Howard ’65 M.A.T. has retired after sixteen years as headmaster of Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School in Bradenton, Fla. While Howard was headmaster, the school expanded its campus, tripled its enrollment, and increased its operating budget sevenfold.
Charlie Mangan writes: “I’m retired in Philadelphia.”
Joan Mintz Parlin writes: “I retired as principal of the middle school at Newark Academy in Livingston, N.J. I enjoyed working there for nineteen years. I am teaching ESL as a volunteer through the Literacy Volunteers of America program and spending time with our three children and ten grandchildren.”
Robert Stein (see Megan Kathleen Bourgeois ’97).
Carroll Trainor Stein (see Megan Kathleen Bourgeois ’97).
From the November / December 2002 Issue
Philip J. DiSaia, division chief of gynecologic oncology at UC Irvine Medical Center, has been elected to a four-year term as president of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. As president he will oversee the processes of certification and recertification of obstetricians and gynecologists across the nation.
Leslie Eber (see Adam Smith '96).
Ruth Sidel Espo writes: "Steve '52 and I had a wonderful time at his 50th reunion. I'm happy to report that I just retired from many years in the field of development and am content spending my days playing golf. We are expecting our first grandchild on Thanksgiving Day."
From the September / October 2002 Issue
Bow Davis writes that he has published Duchamp: Domestic Patterns, Covers and Threads (Midmarch Arts Press). Bow is a longtime art historian at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore.
From the May / June 2002 Issue
Leonard J. Deftos writes: "When I received the Distinguished Alumnus Award last June from the University of Vermont School of Medicine, I realized that I had been remiss in maintaining my Brown connections. I'm currently a professor of medicine at the University of California, San Diego, where I serve as chief of endocrinology at the VA Medical Center. I also received a law degree from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in 1994. My wife, Marie, is a professor in the Business School of San Diego State University. My son, Michael, is enrolled in the M.D./Ph.D. program at the University of Washington in Seattle."
S. Albert D. Hanser writes: "I managed to flunk retirement after having cleaned the garage three straight days and being threatened with therapy by my wife. I started the Sanibel/Captiva Trust Company, an independent private trust company, providing comprehensive investment and financial services. My son Albert '96 works for Deutsche Bank in London."
Arthur Levin '62 A.M. writes that he retired from his dual career as a computer scientist and information technology manager and sommelier but continues to work as a food and wine columnist and wine consultant. He and his wife, Marcella, now divide their time between Pleasant Valley, N.Y., and Sarasota, Fla. Read his work at www.ichef.com.
Fourtin Powell writes: "I am slowly recovering from cancer surgery. I have given up my part-time land-use planning consulting for now."
From the September / October 2000 Issue
Dave Hoiles Sr. announces the birth on Feb. 29 of his grandson, Maxwell Gray Moody, who is the son of Dave’s youngest daughter, Kate, and her husband, Brian. Maxwell was welcomed by two brothers, his aunt, Vickie ’89, and his uncle, David Jr. Dave adds that he would like to make contact with Richard Carnes and Edward Olivier.
From the July / August 2000 Issue
Class secretary Caryl-Ann Miller Nieforth reports: "I was awarded the Nan Tracy ’46 Award for outstanding class leadership at the annual meeting of class officers on Oct. 1. Guests included my mother, Beatrice Wattman Miller ’35, my aunt, Frances Singer Wattman ’39, and my uncle, Edwin Z. Wattman ’45. My son, Andrew L. Feldman ’86, ’91 M.D., is a surgical fellow at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Md. I was also acknowledged at the Homecoming game and the alumni recognition ceremony during leadership weekend. I was an aide to the chief marshal at last year’s Commencement March. I have been class secretary and a reunion-committee member since graduation.
"Jack Rosenblum and Corinne Dugas have been married for more than twenty years and have a teenage daughter. Jack has a law degree and a doctorate in education, and Corinne has a master’s in education. Working with couples is one thing they enjoy doing together. As a post-retirement project, Jack has founded LoveWorks: Skills for the Journey of Committed Partnership in Deerfield, Mass."
Gail Cohen Borod (see Marshall H. Cohen ’54).
Rube Weiner announces the birth of his grandchild, Leah Rose Brandstein, on Aug. 17, 1999. Leah is the daughter of Karen Weiner Brandstein ’89 and Michael Brandstein ’88, ’95 Ph.D., of Acton, Mass. Karen teaches third grade in Concord, Mass., and Mike is an assistant professor of electrical engineering at Harvard. Rube still lives in Ithaca, N.Y., with his wife, Elline. They migrate to Naples, Fla., in the winter.
From the May / June 2000 Issue
Brooke "Bonnie" Hunt Mitchell writes that she has another son-in-law (see Elizabeth Mitchell ’90) and another grandchild (see Katherine Mitchell Constan ’88). "Life is good," Bonnie writes, adding that she has more time to spend on painting and on the issue of hunger.
Michael W. Mitchell (see Elizabeth Mitchell ’90).
From the March / April 2000 Issue
Allen I. Polsby was recognized by U.S. Representative Sam Gejdenson on Oct. 25. At the time, Allen was the outgoing associate general counsel for legislation and regulations at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The congressman said, “For the past twenty-five years and more, Mr. Polsby has had a hand in the technical, legal aspects of virtually every appropriations measure that has affected HUD and funding for assisted housing and community development.... One needs only to compare an appropriation law of twenty-five years ago with a current one to see Mr. Polsby’s impact.”Allen started his civil-service career in 1963 as a trial lawyer at the Civil Aeronautics Board, then went to HUD three years later. He has drafted such bills as the Federal Housing Corporation Charter Act and America’s Private Investment Companies Act, which is part of President Clinton’s New Markets Initiative. Allen lives in Bethesda, Md., with his wife, Gail, a private psychotherapist and a faculty member at the Washington School of Psychiatry. They have two children, Dan, a lawyer, and Abigail, a wilderness guide.
From the January / February 2000 Issue
Marsha Goyett MacDonald (see Vince MacDonald Jr. '90).
Ernest von Simson, of New York City, writes: "I have sold my company, the Research Board, and started a new consulting firm, Ostriker, von Simson Inc., from which I am time sharing with my four grandchildren, Gace, Clair, Jad, and Adam.
From the November / December 1999 Issue
Bill Hodges has been appointed a judge of the District Court of Nassau County on Long Island. "After I'd been practicing law for thirty-three years, my wife suggested it was time to put all this practice to good use," Bill writes. Son Jonathan '98 is associated with the New York City law firm of Plunkett & Jaffe.
From the September / October 1999 Issue
Joan Appel Lester, of Lexington, Mass., has earned a doctorate in Native American art from the Union Institute. Her dissertation is History on Birchbark: The Art of Tomah Joseph, Passamaquoddy: A Retrospective Study, Exhibit and Catalog Rethinking Turn-of-the-Century Tourist Art. Joan is an educator and curator at the Boston Children's Museum and a lecturer in Native American studies at Tufts University.
From the July / August 1999 Issue
Philip J. DiSaia, Santa Ana, Calif., received an honorary degree in medicine and surgery from the University of Genoa in Italy. He writes that he received the award "in a very colorful ceremony, following the dedication of a new women's hospital at the university medical center." His lecture was titled, "Advances in Hormone Replacement Therapy and Cancer." Fewer than twelve such honorary degrees in medicine have been awarded to foreign doctors. Philip is a professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at UC-Irvine, where he holds the Dorothy Marsh Chair in Reproductive Biology.
Jacqueline Jones, Wethersfield, Conn., retired in June from teaching secondary-level Spanish. She now teaches two classes per semester at Central Connecticut State University.
Peter Skowronek, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., and his wife, Anne, were looking forward to the 40th reunion and quinquennial life experience with the Brunonian family.
From the May / June 1999 Issue
John A. Ward writes: "During 1998 I moved to Brewster, Mass., after living in Dennis for sixteen years. I spend my time gardening; playing my piano, some golf, and some tennis; and doing beach activities. I live near w '48 and his wife, Natalie '68 A.M. There is much to do here on Cape Cod, and we have a very active seniors' group in town."
From the March / April 1999 Issue
The countdown has started for the 40th reunion, May 28_31. It will be a great weekend, but it won't be the same without you! Join us as at such traditional favorites as Campus Dance, the Pops concert, and a delightful class dinner. We will also enjoy downtown Providence's newest tradition, WaterFire. Registration packets will arrive soon, so reply early and stay for the entire weekend. Please call reunion headquarters at (401) 863-1947 with any questions.
Report from Class Secretary Caryl-Ann Miller Nieforth: "Kim and Liz Zopfi Chace received the Providence Mayor's Renaissance Award in recognition of their outstanding leadership and philanthropy in promoting the arts.
Andrew L. Feldman '86, '91 M.D. married Christen Iannone in Providence on Nov. 7. Alumni in attendance included the groom's grandmother, Beatrice Wattman Miller '35, and the groom's parents, Martin L. Feldman '58 and Caryl-Ann Miller Nieforth. Andy is a surgical fellow at the National Cancer Institute, and Christen is an intern at the Institute of Child and Adolescent Behavior, Bethesda, Md."
Lois Graboys, Barrington, R.I., announces that her daughter, Rabbi Angela Graboys Rudner '84, gave birth to her first child, Julianne, on Nov. 13. Angela lives in Baltimore with her husband, Lewis, and has most recently been teaching Judaic studies at the University of Maryland_Catensville campus.
Rube Weiner and wife, Elline, live in Ithaca, N.Y., when they are not wintering in Naples, Fla. Rube practiced internal medicine from 1967 to 1990 in Ithaca; since then, he has been developing real estate. Daughter Karen '89 and her husband, Mike Brandstein '88, both achieved top academic honors at Brown. Rube's two sons, Walt and Dave, did similarly at the University of Rochester. All are in excellent health. "I eagerly look forward to the 40th reunion in May," Rube writes.
From the January / February 1999 Issue
Save the dates, May 28-31, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of our graduation from Brown. The reunion planning committee is gearing up for a great weekend and hopes that you can join in. Don't forget to send back those reunion biographies! If you need another copy of the biography survey or did not receive the fall mailing, please call reunion headquarters at (401) 863-1947.
Al Stern (see Keelan Stern '89).
From the November / December 1998 Issue
Classmates, get ready to join us, May 28-31, for the 40th anniversary of our graduation from Brown. We hope you will be able to join us as the reunion planning committee gears up for a great weekend. Please call reunion headquarters at (401) 863-1947 with your questions or suggestions.
H. Wilson Hodges was elected as a fellow of the New York State Bar Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the New York State Bar Association. He was one of fifteen attorneys elected from the state of New York. His youngest son, Jonathan '98, graduated from Brown this year.
From the September / October 1998 Issue
Commencement weekend 1999 will be our 40th reunion! Come back and reminisce at Campus Dance, or while walking across the Green, or in Sayles Hall. Meet our new president and see Waterplace Park, Water Fire on the river, the Providence Mall, and the future home of the Haffenreffer Museum. Women, I hope to see you all at the Pembroke luncheon!
- Caryl-Ann Miller, secretary and reunion chair
Caryl-Ann Miller married Dexter E. Nieforth on June 7 at Brown's Manning Chapel, with a reception at the Brown Faculty Club. A contra dance followed at Faunce House. Hon. Victoria Santopietro Lederberg, a Rhode Island Supreme Court judge, officiated. In attendance were the bride's mother, Beatrice Wattman Miller '35, and her son, Andrew L. Feldman '86, '91 M.D.
Michael M. Peters celebrated a mini-reunion at the wedding of his son, Jamey (Wake Forest '93), in Decatur, Ala. In attendance were Bob Kresko, Bob Battle '60, Sam Flora '60, Wellesley Smith '61, Arty Smith '93, and Glasgow Phillips '92. A gift to Wake Forest in the amount of $500,000 was given by the Brown alums in honor of Jamey. Michael is still traveling the world for Milliken and Co., "opening new markets wherever and whenever I can, while sneaking off for a few holidays in Provence, Brittany Coast, etc.," he writes. "I try and keep business trips exclusively for winter months so I can enjoy kayaking, sailing, and surfing at my Cape home on Pleasant Bay during the warm weather. I have no plans to retire."
Clark Sammartino, class president, is a retired oral surgeon, financial adviser, and well-known boxing judge who works fights all over the world. Twenty years ago, he retired as an undefeated professional fighter. (This note was submitted by Caryl-Ann Miller.) George Ullrich (see Nicole Ullrich 90).
From the July / August 1998 Issue
Philip J. DiSaia was elected to the American College of Surgeons' board of governors, on which he will serve a three-year term. Philip is professional-services president of the University of California, Irvine, Heath System and chief of the division of gynecologic oncology at UCI Medical Center.
From the March / April 1998 Issue
Whitney Lane has created a Web site, www. whitneylane.com. "I designed the site to highlight an exhibit of my photography, which ranges from corporate, travel, and stock, to one of my true loves - underwater photography," he writes. "After Brown and RISD, I worked as an advertising art director in New York City for ten years, and twenty-five years ago I opened my own business, Lane Photography Studio."
Aaron Seidman (see Pam Gerrol '87).