Class of 1978

Jun, 2024

Two reunion classes came together when Craig Convissar married Philip Maynard ’11 on Oct. 14, 2023. Craig writes that the joyful gathering in Beacon, N.Y. was attended by Brunonians galore, including proud parents Joanne Ahola ’77 and Keith Maynard ’78, as well as friends Jennifer Gordon Collier, Rebecca Dorfman, Ella Evans-Aguiar ’11, Suzanne Farer, Maxine Sharavsky Garrett ’05, Larry Livornese ’11, Karin Miller ’11, Rachel Mehlsak, Serin Seçkin ’11 and David Smith ’11. Contact Craig at

Craig Convissar ’06 wedding
Jun, 2024

Dr. Michele T. Pato published Nerve with Springer on Nov. 1. The publisher’s synopsis reads: “With profound candor and humor, Dr. Pato chronicles her journey through the enormous physical, psychological, and emotional challenges encountered following her traumatic brain injury, treatment, and recovery.”

Apr, 2024



Abby Schreiber ’11 wedding

Abby Schreiber married Jacob Stein in Westerlo, N.Y. on Aug. 5 and a multi-generational group of Brown alums were in attendance. Guests included Matt Doup, Ben Hyman, Ariel Hudes, Allie Kriesberg, Whitaker Lader, Maura Lynch, Kate Gannett Merrill, Liz Mooney, Charlie Posner, Kelsey Keith Posner, Kayla Ringelheim, Allison Seidner Robbins ’81, John Robbins ’78, ’81 MD, Eliot Schreiber ’78, Amin Shaikh, and Cecilia Strombeck

Apr, 2024
In the news

Carla Greenbaum ’78, ’81 MD, has been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Puget Sound Business Journal for her leadership in type 1 diabetes clinical research. Dr. Greenbaum serves as the director of the Benaroya Research Institute’s Center for Interventional Immunology.

Apr, 2024

David Hahn writes: “I collaborated on a video with brilliant visual artist Andreas Karaoulanis (also known as bestbefore). People have described the abstract style of the video as a Paul Klee painting in motion. ‘LIGHTNING ON SATURN’ uses my original composition that includes electric guitar, Moog synthesizer, and actual sounds of Saturn recorded by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, which explored the planet for many years beginning in 2004. (Andreas also created video for my piece Corporate Coitus.) You can see ‘LIGHTNING ON SATURN’ at 

Jan, 2024

David Shields cowrote the feature film I’ll Show You Mine, which received a rave review in the New York Times and is now streaming on multiple platforms, including Prime Video. 

Nov, 2023
Change Agent
Janet Yang ’78 ushers in a new atmosphere of inclusion at the Oscars Read More
Nov, 2023

Eliot Schreiber writes: “Our son, Henry, married Uttara Sivaram in a multi-day wedding event consisting of separate Hindu and Jewish ceremonies and wedding receptions, in Los Gatos, California. They met when both were at Stanford. The officiant was Rabbi Serena Eisenberg ’87, who was not only the executive director for Stanford Hillel, but previously executive director for Brown Hillel. Our daughter, Abigail Schreiber ’11, was best woman.”

Nov, 2023

Michael Blumstein joined EdgeCo Holdings ( ) as chief financial officer. Michael writes: “After a rather adventurous 16 months in my prior small-company position, I opted to return to financial services and something larger. For my fifth CFO gig, I am splitting my time between Pittsburgh and Stamford, Connecticut, while continuing to live outside New York City. Look me up—somewhere.”

Nov, 2023

John Blebea writes: “After many months of work, I just had two books published this year. The Healthy Veins Book is primarily meant for patients who have venous disease of the legs while Vascular and Endovascular Surgery: Clinical Diagnosis and Management is a textbook on vascular surgery. Both are available on Amazon in printed or Kindle versions.”

Aug, 2023

David Shields cowrote the feature-length film I’ll Show You Mine, which was coproduced by Mark and Jay Duplass, directed by Megan Griffiths, and stars actors Poorna Jagannathan and Casey Thomas Brown.

Aug, 2023
Affirmative Reaction
A letter from the Editor Read More
Jun, 2023

David Shields’s new book and film, How We Got Here: Melville Plus Nietzsche Divided by the Square Root of (Allan) Bloom Times Zizek (Squared) Equals Bannon has been purchased by Sublation Media for publication and distribution in January 2024.


Jun, 2023

Adrienne Muller Camesas writes: “We were thrilled to host a mini Brown reunion at the marriage of my daughter Alexandra Camesas ’14 with Daniel Mellynchuk ’14. In addition to all their friends were our classmates, including Ann Prestipino, Debbie Sullivan Fuller, Essie Rolnick Nash ’81 MD, Christina Evangelides Donovan, and Rita Manfredi-Shutler ’81 MD.”

Apr, 2023
In the news

Ned Abelson ’78, a nationally recognized environmental lawyer who is known for his expertise in brownfields redevelopment, transactional work (including lab leasing), and environmental insurance, has received the 2022 Lexology Client Choice award in the “Environment, USA” category for his work with Goulston & Storrs. He helps developers, investors, tenants, and lenders maximize the value of and successfully manage potential risks associated with contaminated properties, as reported in Impact Financial News

Jan, 2023

Ruth Bloomfield Margolin is enjoying retirement, keeping busy as president of her local Jewish Family Service agency board, serving on several other local boards, and finishing the occasional NY Times crossword puzzle. She enjoyed seeing several of her ’80 Brown friends at the wedding of her son, Nathan Margolin ’11, last May.

Jan, 2023

On July 21, Steve Owens was nominated by President Joe Biden to be chairman of the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB). He already is serving as a member of the CSB Board, after being nominated by President Biden and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2021. The CSB investigates accidents at chemical facilities in the United States that result in a fatality, serious injury, or substantial property damage and makes recommendations for preventing future accidents and minimizing the consequences from such accidents if they occur.

Steve Owens ’78
Nov, 2022

Nutter law firm chair Paul J. Ayoub ’78 has been reelected chair of the national Board of Governors of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. As board chair, Ayoub oversees governance of St. Jude, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary. Previously, he served as chair of the board of directors of American Lebanese Syrian Associated Charities (ALSAC), the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude. Since the outbreak of war in the Ukraine, St. Jude, working with its network of partners and ALSAC, helped evacuate over 700 Ukrainian children with cancer and their families to countries across Europe, as well as to St. Jude in Memphis. The far-reaching effort provided urgent help to Ukrainian families suffering through two profound events simultaneously: a cancer diagnosis of a child and a war.

Nov, 2022

Lisa Solod writes: “My first published novel, Shivah, is now out from Jaded Ibis Press. It’s been a lot of years of book writing and agents and submissions and contests placements and ‘almosts’ and then here it is. Essays and stories, etc. continue apace. Looking toward more novels out in the world before I die. Kids are grown and long flown, husband will retire next year and we shall relocate from Savannah to Asheville, where my daughter lives. You can access my work at”

Nov, 2022

Joy Sheffield Handelman and Marc Swift ’80 were married in Albany, Ga., on June 24, 2021, more than 40 years after meeting in Professor Silverman’s film class in 1977. They live in Albany, where they have been writing songs and recording them together. Marc creates amazing art and Joy teaches English at Albany State University.

Aug, 2022

On March 23, the New York Times Book Review published David Shields’s “By the Book” column. His new book, The Very Last Interview, was published by New York Review Books on April 12. The book has been adapted by Rachel Kempf and Nick Toti into a film of the same name. David cowrote the feature film I’ll Show You Mine, which was produced by Mark and Jay Duplass, directed by Megan Griffiths, and premiered April 16 at the Seattle International Film Festival.

Aug, 2022
Funny Times
Alternative comedy pioneer Beth Lapides ’78 writes a memoir Read More
Aug, 2022
Fresh Ink for September–October 2022
Books by Nancy Rubin Stuart ’67 MAT, Tory Henwood Hoen ’06, and David Shields ’78 Read More
Jun, 2022

Erroll Southers was appointed associate senior vice president of safety and risk assurance at the University of Southern California. He is responsible for overseeing all of the administration division’s safety departments; the Department of Public Safety, Environmental Health and Safety, and Fire Safety and Emergency Planning. Previously, he served on the faculty as a professor of practice in National and Homeland Security, director of the Safe Communities Institute, and director of Homegrown Violent Extremism Studies. He is in his 19th year at the university.

Erroll Southers ’78
Jun, 2022

David Shields’s new book, The Very Last Interview, was reviewed by New York Review of Books on March 29; it’s also been adapted into a film:

Jun, 2022

Beth Lapides was profiled by Vulture for her significance to stand-up comedy history She is the creator and host of Los Angeles’s groundbreaking alternative comedy show UnCabaret, where comedians tell personal stories they haven’t performed before. (No polished bits from their act.) She just released her new audiobook So You Need to Decide, which is part memoir and part recorded interviews. Like UnCabaret, it features intimate conversations with comedians, writers, and cultural icons about decisions they’ve made (and how and why) in the areas of family, work, love, moving, and spirituality.

Jun, 2022

David Hahn’s most recent compositions can be heard at:

Jun, 2022

Michael Blumstein writes: “I guess I’m not the retiring type. After nearly nine years at Oak Hill Advisors, I started a new position as chief financial officer of OpenExchange, The company provides high-end video technology and services to the major banks and various other corporations that have permanently moved many of their conferences and meetings online. For me, it’s always fun to meet new colleagues and figure out a new business—exercise for the mind.”

Apr, 2022

Benjamin Owens (see Steve Owens ’78).

Apr, 2022
Image of Steve Owens behind a microphone

Steve Owens writes: “On Sept. 9, I was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to be a member of the U.S. Chemical Safety & Hazard Investigation Board (CSB), having been nominated by President Biden earlier in the year. The CSB investigates accidents at facilities that produce, process, handle, and store chemicals and makes recommendations to prevent future accidents and protect human health and the environment. In addition, my wife, Karen Carter Owens, and I celebrated the wedding of our oldest son, John, to Haleigh Williams in Phoenix, Arizona, on November 13. Our son Benjamin ’17 was the best man. We were blessed to be joined at the wedding by many dear friends, including Jill Berkelhammer Zorn, Bob Keough, and Sue Goldberger ’76.”


Jan, 2022
The Brown Planet
Two upcoming NASA missions to Venus are led by Brown-educated scientists. Read More
Nov, 2021

Carl Weiner, an attorney with Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin, was selected to the 2021 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers List in the area of real estate, land use/zoning, and eminent domain.

Nov, 2021

For four consecutive years (2018-2021) Ron Kaufman has been awarded #1 Global Customer Service Guru in the World. This annual ranking by evaluates the top 30 thought leaders in 17 fields based on peer recommendations, publications, social media activity, and presentation. Ron has been working in the field of customer service and customer experience since 1991, when he moved to Singapore to work closely with the nation’s airline, airport, and government services. His work has since expanded to include a New York Times bestselling book, Uplifting Service, and 14 other books on service, business, and inspiration.

Nov, 2021
George Slept Here
Retracing President Washington’s journeys Read More
Aug, 2021

Penny Dinneen Hillemann is executive director of Rice County United Way in Northfield, Minn. Previously, she was vice president and senior communications counselor at Neuger, a strategic communications agency. She and David Keyes ’78 were married in 2008. She writes that the children she shares with former husband Eric Hillemann, Phoebe (Kenyon ’11), Hallie (Lawrence ’16), and Henry (St. Olaf ’23)—are “launched, or nearly so.” Penny has served on many boards and is learning to play bluegrass banjo.

Aug, 2021

David Shields cowrote I’ll Show You Mine, produced by Mark and Jay Duplass and starring Poorna Jagannathan and Casey Thomas Brown. 

Aug, 2021

Donna Gordon writes: “My novel What Ben Franklin Would Have Told Me is due out from Regal House in June 2022. While at Brown, I received the Kim Ann Arstark Award in creative writing. Afterwards, I was a Stegner Fellow in creative writing at Stanford. I’ve since published several short stories and have received literary awards. I was a PEN Discovery in New England and a Ploughshares Discovery over the years. BAM published my photo essay about my documentary photography project, “Putting Faces on the Unimaginable,” in October 1989. At the time, I had been interviewing and photographing former prisoners of conscience from all over the world. My novel was inspired by that experience. I was grateful to be able to translate so much of what I learned about oppression, torture, and imprisonment into my fictional story. The essay and photos from that project were shown at Harvard’s Fogg Museum, Boston’s French Library, and Tufts. Part of my story is that it took me until the age of 64 (65 when my book comes out) to publish my first novel. Life has taken me in many directions since graduating from Brown, but my days studying creative writing with Michael Harper, Jack Hawkes, and Edwin Honig were the beginnings of something that has never lost its hold. There was a power to the experience of being in those classrooms. There was a power to exploring the special collections at the John Hay Library, where I often went just to sit and be in that space where rare books were kept.” 

Jun, 2021
Stick It.
How do you get the world to work together, and fast, to get all of humanity vaccinated against COVID? Read More
Jun, 2021
The vaccine, commencement, and the passing of Vartan Gregorian. Read More
Apr, 2021
In the news

Oceanside, California’s first female and first Latinx mayor, Esther Sanchez ’78, took office on December 15. Prior to the election, Esther served as a member of the Oceanside City Council. She has worked as an attorney for more than 30 years, in both the public and private sector. She retired from the public defender’s office in 2008, after 20 years, and started her law office/business in Oceanside.

Apr, 2021

David Hahn writes: “I continue to work on music at this difficult time. Could we be nearing the point when our children and students ask: Did ordinary Americans know that the leader of the free world allowed a virus to kill his people? About the mass persecution of Black and brown people? Of the brutal internment of children? Of the tightening grip of authoritarianism? Here’s wishing for a peaceful transition before my next newsletter. I am working on a new collection of pieces to be included in a CD. Despite the fact that now rehearsing and studio recording are impossible, I am working remotely with musicians who contribute their parts online.” 

Apr, 2021

Russell Heath’s thriller novel Rinn’s Crossing was included on the Kirkus Reviews list of best indie mysteries, crime stories, and thrillers of 2020.

Apr, 2021

Richard Gordon created the Airgami respirator, an origami N95 respirator mask that self-conforms to the user’s face and is 95% efficient in filtering PM0.3, the hardest particle size to capture. The mask won the Reimagining Respiratory Protection QuickFire Challenge sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS, in October 2019. Gordon’s company, Air99, won a trophy and a $100,000 grant for the Airgami concept. The mask is available on

Apr, 2021

Donna Gordon writes: “At the ripe old age of 65, my debut novel What Ben Franklin Would Have Told Me will be published with Regal House in early 2022. My photo essay ‘Putting Faces on the Unimaginable’ was published in BAM, October 1989. The work I did back then with former prisoners of conscience helped fuel the writing of the novel.” 

Apr, 2021

Steve Owens writes: “I have been appointed by President Christina Paxson to a three-year term on the Brown University Community Council (BUCC). The BUCC is chaired by President Paxson and consists of representatives of the Brown administration, faculty, and staff; undergraduate, graduate, and medical students; and alumni. The BUCC serves as a ‘university-wide forum for discussion, debate, and advisory recommendations on a wide spectrum of issues and concerns’ and makes recommendations on ‘issues relating to University community policy, the governing of the University, and the overall welfare of the University.’”

Jan, 2021

David Shields’s documentary film Lynch: A History streamed in the fall on the Sundance Channel/AMC; the film was also available on a variety of other platforms, such as Amazon Prime, iTunes/AppleTV, GooglePlay, and Kanopy. His book Reality Hunger was named one of the 100 most important books of the last decade by LitHub.

Jan, 2021
Black Girl Magic
In the wake of the 1968 Black Student Walkout, a chapter of the politically engaged, storied Black sorority Delta Sigma Theta was born at Brown. Read More
Nov, 2020

David Hahn writes: “As I write we are all enduring the mass grief and restrictions due to the pandemic, as well as the public anger from the long-term systemic racism that continues to plague our society. The economic shock of these issues, highly exacerbated by a mentally ill president (at least Nero played the violin!), affects everyone. For me, outlining my recent work helps to maintain some semblance of things continuing to go on, even if not quite in the same way. Some of my new compositions are ‘Women of the Aeneid,’ ‘Kaj Ja Znam,’ ‘Amanda,’ ‘Virus Cosmos,’ and ‘Fantasia.’ Before the pandemic, I had a full schedule of performances, music therapy sessions with memory care patients, teaching lessons, and volunteering at a hospital. I expect things to pick up again when things open up a bit more. Feel free to send a line to say hello! I always enjoy hearing from Brown friends.”

Nov, 2020

Rick Carell writes: “Time to end the 1977 class news blackout. Brown lacrosse coach Cliff Stevenson was inducted into the Intercollegiate Men’s Lacrosse Coaches Association Hall of Fame last December in Baltimore.
Cliff’s doctor would not allow him to fly so he provided a video, in which he reminisced about team history, opined about NCAA rule changes, and generally out-hustled the other inductees. More than 60 of Cliff’s players attended, including class of ’77 star athletes George Caraberis, John Grill, Bill Isaacs, and my roommate, Dan Scofield. We shared many stories about Cliff and Brown, and all were thankful cell phone cameras did not exist during our playing days. With the COVID lockdowns, George assumed a leadership role to boost everyone’s spirits, hosting biweekly Zoom cocktail hours. We extended participation to other Brown sports teams and had guest appearances from John Gaddis, John Klupka, Gerry Muzzillo, Steve Narr ’78, and Pat Shattenkirk. Unfortunately, there are published concerns about Zoom’s encryption strength and now foreign governments may have derogatory information about who gave Cliff the pot brownies and several other troublesome incidents in the West Quad freshman year.” 

Rick Carell ’77 with friends
Aug, 2020

 Plain Dealer Art and Architecture Critic Steven Litt is the recipient of an award for visual arts journalism from the Dorothea and Leo Rabkin Foundation of Portland, Me. The award goes to “visual art journalists who, with artists, are the backbone of the art community in every part of the country,” the foundation said in its announcement.

Aug, 2020

Joshua Hammerman’s book Embracing Auschwitz: Forging a Vibrant, Life-Affirming Judaism that Takes the Holocaust Seriously was published in May. The publication was timed for the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the camps.

Aug, 2020

Class president Barbara Kirk Hail reports: “I have been in touch with several classmates to ask how they are faring during their coronavirus pandemic isolation. The virus has created a new reality for all of us. For our age group particularly, perhaps it is not all bad. It gives us time to think over, appreciate, and put in order, the experiences of our long lives. May we all come together in 2022 at Brown reunion and share our collective wisdom. All my hopes for good health for all of our classmates, and for the world.

As for myself, I am self-isolating in my condo in Warren, Rhode Island, but the adjacent bike path allows a physical and emotional release with walks along the river and opportunities to observe ospreys perched on their nests before darting down to scoop up fish to feed their young. My daughter, Cindy Andrews Elder ’13 MPA, fills my grocery list weekly and disinfects all boxes, cans, fresh vegetables, and fruit before delivering it to my refrigerator. My son, Clinton Andrews ’78, a professor at Rutgers, had to master the new art of teaching a seminar in urban planning by Zoom. My daughter, Elizabeth Andrews Byers ’79, is working from home in Elkins, West Virginia, through webinars and Zoom with her fellows at the State DEM. Elizabeth’s husband, Alton, is home writing proposals for their next trip to Nepal, where they study glacial melting. Their son, Daniel Byers ’08, is studying filmmaking at Columbia University and finished his academic year on Zoom while living with his parents. For the first two weeks after arriving home, his parents sealed off a section of the house for him and served him his dinner on a stump outside his door. It is a quiet household, all three of them in their separate corners, online, working hard. At 5 p.m. they break and go for a long walk six feet apart with masks on. The new reality.”

Jun, 2020

Jessica Sachs (see Brad Sachs ’78).

Jun, 2020

Brad Sachs and Karen Meckler are now in their 40th year of marriage, having met during freshman year. Brad’s newest book, The Good Enough Therapist: Futility, Failure and Forgiveness in Treatment, was published by Routledge in October 2019. He continues to write and to see patients in Columbia, Md. Karen continues working as a psychiatrist at a mental health clinic and in private practice. Their daughter, Jessica Sachs ’15, is now halfway through medical school at The Medical College of Wisconsin. They have two granddaughters, courtesy of their oldest son and daughter-in-law, and have already begun the process of inviting the girls to consider matriculating at Brown, a possibility that would not occur for at least another decade. Contact Brad at or through his website, Contact Karen at

Jun, 2020

David Hahn writes: “I was a comp lit/classics student at Brown. I have since developed a career as a composer. My new CD, pressed and released to the masses on June 1, 2019, is titled For the Trees and is dedicated to Greta Thunberg, a pioneer revolutionary for climate action. Though CDs have been eclipsed by streaming, I prefer physical media. Please write if you would like a copy. Also, when asked by my friend, Marilynn Mair ’70, an international mandolin luminary, to provide a piece for her new anthology, I composed a set of variations on the theme from The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle, to be published by Mel Bay in 2020.”

Jun, 2020

Marilynn Mair (see David Hahn ’78).

Jan, 2020

David Shields’s film Lynch: A History, a documentary about retired NFL star Marshawn Lynch’s use of silence as a form of protest, appeared in the International Documentary Film Festival of Amsterdam, “the premier documentary film festival in the world.”

Jan, 2020
In the news

Leora R. Levy ’78 was nominated by President Donald Trump to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Chile. She currently serves as the Republican National committeewoman for the State of Connecticut and previously was finance chair of the Connecticut Republican Party.

Nov, 2019

Andrew Blauner writes: “My seventh anthology, which is called The Peanuts Papers: Writers and Cartoonists on Charlie Brown, Snoopy & the Gang, and the Meaning of Life was published by the August Library of America on October 22, and features contributions by many others with school ties, including: Lisa Birnbach ’78, David Kamp ’89, Peter Kramer, and Rick Moody ’83.

Nov, 2019

David Shields’s film Lynch: A History, a kaleidoscopic documentary about Marshawn Lynch’s use of silence as a form of protest, was released on August 1 on Amazon, AppleTV, Google Play, and Vimeo. In his rave review in the New Yorker, Hua Hsu wrote, “The film’s relentless rhythm overwhelms and overpowers you. Random acts of terror, across time and space, reveal a pattern. It’s a gradient of American carnage.”


Nov, 2019
Revolutionary Radio
Filmmaker Bill Lichtenstein ’78 tells the WBCN story Read More
Sep, 2019
In the news

The Los Angeles Times reported Janet Yang ’78, producer of such films as The Joy Luck Club and The People vs. Larry Flynt, has been appointed a governor-at-large of the board of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and will serve a three-year term.

Jul, 2019
In the news

The GAVI Alliance is one of three groups providing funds for the first phase of malaria vaccine pilots in Kenya, Ghana, and Malawi. The organization’s CEO is Seth Berkley ’78, ’81 MD, a medical epidemiologist and global advocate on the power of vaccines, who is also founder and former president and CEO of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative.


Jul, 2019

Ralph Strawn writes: “This is my first submission to the BAM since I graduated. I entered Brown with the class of ’77 but took a year off to live and work in England. I finally graduated as a fifth-year senior with the class of ’78. I like to joke with friends of mine who are big college football fans in Alabama, where I have practiced law since 1981, that I unsuccessfully redshirted myself in 1976 in a failed attempt to get Brown’s football team back to the Rose Bowl when I returned. Also, on April 1, I joined my wife, two daughters, and brother Roger Strawn at a Brown alumni seminar hosted by Josiah Carberry, legendary professor of psychoceramics. He was speaking about his recent trip to some of those unnamed places ‘where certain fungal infections are common’ you have to tell your doctor that you’ve been to if you’re taking certain medications advertised on TV. We were looking forward to hearing about an archaeological dig for cracked pots in some tropical or exotic faraway place, but unfortunately he had only been to the Ohio and Mississippi River valleys, Central New York, and Texas, where histoplasmosis is especially common.”


Jul, 2019

 David Shields published his 22nd book, The Trouble with Men: Reflections on Sex, Love, Marriage, Porn, and Power, in February.


Jul, 2019

Bill Lichtenstein writes: “Our new landmark feature-length documentary film WBCN and The American Revolution won best documentary at the DC Independent Film Festival, played the prestigious Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose, and was chosen to be the Centerpiece: Documentary Spotlight at the Independent Film Festival Boston. The film tells the previously untold story of the early days of the legendary, radical underground radio station, WBCN-FM, set against the dazzling and profound social, political, and cultural changes that took place in Boston and nationally from the late-1960s through the early 1970s. I worked at WBCN starting at age 14 in 1970, before coming to Brown, and later worked at WBRU, launching my career in media.”


May, 2019
4 Pulitzers!
A professor emeritus and 3 alumni take the top honor Read More
May, 2019
Ultimate Fame
An Ultimate Frisbee pioneer reflects on his college days Read More
May, 2019

Jill Moser’s solo exhibition, Borrowed Light, was held March 23-April 27 at Edward Cella Art + Architecture in Los Angeles.

May, 2019

Rabbi Joshua Hammerman’s new book Mensch-Marks: Life Lessons of a Human Rabbi —Wisdom for Untethered Times was published on April 2 with Meryl Moss Media. You can read all about the book and see early reviews at its website He will be visiting the Brown campus in the future to talk about the book.

May, 2019

Maxwell “Mac” Sturtz, who turned 100 on Jan. 24, marked this special milestone with a grand party attended by more than 60 close friends and relatives who came from far and wide to celebrate with him at Primavera Restaurant in Croton Falls, N.Y. In honor of his centennial, the Westchester County board of legislators declared January 24, 2019, “Maxwell Sturtz Day.” Mac also received a number of letters and accolades, including a certificate from Brown University and the Brown Alumni Association. Congratulatory letters and toasts were presented by his daughter, Laura Sturtz Kleinman ’77, and his son, Ted Sturtz ’80. Attilio Cecchin ’78, recruited by Mac and who has stayed in touch over these many years, made a presentation to Mac from the Brown Football Association in recognition of his successful efforts in the 1970s to draft players for Brown football, including Eliot Warner ’76, and Kevin Webb ’78, both of whom played on the 1976 Ivy League Championship Team.

Jan, 2019

Earl D. Varney retired in 2017 but his plans to travel the world were on hold for the first year due to health issues. He writes: “My wife’s cancer is now at bay and I’m on blood thinners, so in 2019 we’ll see some world travel for sure.”


Jan, 2019

Susan Squires received her acting diploma in May 2018 from the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts in Georgetown, one week before her youngest son graduated college. Susan writes: “I waited a long time to return to my first love. It would be great to connect with fellow alums in the arts anywhere, but particularly in the D.C. area.”


Jan, 2019

Elizabeth R. Neblett finished the third edition of English in Action, a four-level series for adults studying ESL. She and her writing partner expect to be doing workshops around the country. Presently they are booked for Seattle, Milwaukee, New York City, and Naples, Fla. She writes that she is still teaching ESL full-time and baking whenever she has time off.


Jan, 2019

Thomas C. Albertson is living in Redding, Conn., with his wife, Cathey, to whom he has been married 34 years. They have three grown children. Their oldest son is in the Army, a daughter lives in New Zealand, and the youngest son works for a craft brewery in New York City. Thomas worked for 25 years on Wall Street as an institutional equity sales trader and lived in New Canaan, Conn., where he also ran the youth lacrosse program for 15 years. He still follows Brown lacrosse. Currently he is working with Jim Love ’78 at a subsidiary of CVS which bought the company last year.


Jan, 2019

Jean Robertson Finn writes: “The furthest thing from my mind was attending my 70th reunion at the age of 91. However my son, Tom ’78, was celebrating his 40th and convinced me to go. I stayed in Keeney Quad and it was convenient for most events. Although understandably the class of 1948 was poorly attended, Gloria Markoff Winston, our class president, and I bonded and attended several programs together and even marched down the hill. It was a wonderful weekend and I was so glad I went. At present, I’m living in an independent community, Waterman Village, in Mount Dora, Florida. I’m very pleased with all the accommodations and the activities available.”

Nov, 2018
Fresh Ink
New books by Nathaniel Philbrick '78, Eric Klinenberg '93 and Robin Green '67. Read More
Nov, 2018

David Shields ’78’s new work, Nobody Hates Trump More than Trump: An Intervention, appeared on Thought Catalog on Sept. 10.


Jul, 2018

Benjamin N. Owens (see Stephen and Karen Carter Owens ’78).


Jul, 2018

Stephen and Karen Carter Owens write that Steve is president of the class of ’78 and also serves as president of the Brown Association of Class Leaders and on the Brown Alumni Association Board of Governors. Karen is a partner with Coppersmith Brockelman PLC in Phoenix, practicing health care law. Steve is a partner with Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP, also in Phoenix. Their younger son, Benjamin N. Owens ’17, is working on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Their older son, John C. Owens (Tulane ’10), is a research analyst with the Greater Phoenix Economic Council and a graduate student at Arizona State Univ. 

Jul, 2018
State of the Nation
A crowded forum featured DNC chair Tom Perez ’83 Read More
Jul, 2018
Head in the Stars 
A pioneer for women studying space reaches out to a new generation Read More
May, 2018
From Concept to Cure
A $50M gift aims to turn research into medicine, stat. Read More
May, 2018

Sheryl Jacobs writes: “My husband, Stephen Shorofsky ’78, and I continue to live and work in Baltimore. I have a private practice as a clinical psychologist in Pikesville, while Steve works in the cardiology department of the Univ. of Maryland as head of electrophysiology. Our oldest son, Michael, is a pediatric cardiology fellow at the Univ. of Virginia, while our younger son, Benjamin, works in Chicago at the Delta Institute on environmental sustainability.”


May, 2018
Fresh Ink
New books by Blue Balliett ’78, Timothy J. Shannon ’86, and Steven Wallace ’83 Read More
Apr, 2018 reported that in mid-January Michael Zimbalist ’78, a former senior vice president of advertising products and research and development at the New York Times, became the first-ever chief strategy and innovation officer at Philadelphia Media Network, which owns the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News, and The network’s board chair said, “He’s creative, innovative and energetic—with a nuanced understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing the newspaper industry.” “I wanted to get back into the news industry,” said Zimbalist, a former member of the BAM board of editors. “That’s my passion.”

Apr, 2018

Alan Mills writes: “As the executive director of the Uptown People’s Law Center in Chicago, I continue my 35-plus year career as a lawyer representing prisoners subjected to unconstitutional conditions in Illinois prisons, tenants facing wrongful eviction, and disabled people wrongfully denied Social Security disability benefits. The National Legal Aid & Defender Association honored me Dec. 8 with the Reginald Heber Smith Award, recognizing the ‘dedicated service and outstanding achievements of a civil legal aid attorney.’ I look forward to reconnecting with old friends at our 40th reunion.”

Apr, 2018

David Hahn writes: “Passionate Isolation is a the second CD from Concert Imaginaire. It was recorded in January 2017 with help from a grant from the Jack Straw Cultural Center. The title is from R. Buckminster Fuller’s No More Secondhand God. We were joined in the recording by violinist Leslie Shank and guitarist Joseph Hagedorn, who volunteered their time and prodigious talents. The 16 tracks are eclectic and quite intense yet also include moments of humor and consonance. On Jan. 21, Concert Imaginaire played at the Jack Straw Cultural Center in Seattle. Undoubtedly, we will have other performances in 2018. Drop a line to say hello or to commission a piece or to hire Concert Imaginaire for a concert in your area. It will also be available as digital download through my label, The Sublunar Society. Radiophrenia, a creative temporary radio show based in Glasgow, Scotland, has broadcast my piece Slogan as part of its two-week exploration into current trends in sound and transmission arts. Slogan is a spoken-word piece that attempts to clarify the inner meaning of a certain political slogan. You can hear a version of it on my SoundCloud page. Urban Arts Berlin, an arts collective dedicated to new and challenging music, has included my caveman pop tune “Ooka Fookoo” in its collection called Sonic Little Cat, which is experimental music for children. You can find and/or buy a copy of that piece here. I am working on a new composition titled Technicians of the Sacred, a madrigal cycle for choir and percussion. The texts are poems from indigenous people around the world.”

Jan, 2018

Robin Hazard Ray writes: “Many Brown folks turned out to hear me talk about my historical mystery novel, The Strangers’ Tomb, at the Watertown Public Library in Massachusetts. I was delighted to see Constance Ahlstrom ’79, Randall Albright ’78, Diana Ensor ’79, and H. Parker James ’78.”

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From the November/December 2017 Issue

Susan Armington continues to work in art, community, and storytelling with her ‘Talking Suitcases’ project. She writes that she visited Fukushima, Japan, at the invitation of local activists; led a workshop; then came home and wrote about the experience. “It was eye-opening, moving, and deeply disturbing. I wrote a short memoir called ‘After the Sky Fell’ that appears in the June/July issue of Progressive magazine. A blog entry about the art-making workshop is at .”

Don Share coedited Who Reads Poetry, published on Oct. 20 by the Univ. of Chicago Press.

Earl Varney writes: “Retirement finally arrived in June 2017. My wife and I welcome this new chapter of our lives. We hope to visit family and friends around the country in the months and years to come.”

From the September/October 2017 Issue

David Hahn writes: “Following an intensive week of sessions in January, there were some follow-up sessions to complete the recording of the new CD for my band Concert Imaginaire, tentatively called Works. I am now working with producer Steve Fisk to create final versions of the music for the release both as a physical CD and as digital downloads through my label, The Sublunar Society. My new compositions include ‘Slogan,’ an exploration of the meanings behind political catchphrases for narrators and an ensemble of instruments, of which you can hear a version at , and ‘Dorchester Sunset,’ a new piece written for Concert Imaginaire, which will premiere in our 2017–18 season. I have also published sheet music versions of my recent ‘Chippewa Songs’ for soprano & guitar and ‘Start Spreadin’ the News,’ a solo guitar arrangement of the song ‘New York, New York.’ As a solo guitarist, I have been volunteering in the healing music department of the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. This involves performing soothing music in various patient waiting areas to help cut stress and create a more relaxed atmosphere.”

From the May/June 2017 Issue

On Feb. 21, James Franco’s film of David Shields’s book I Think You’re Totally Wrong: A Quarrel was released, and Shields’s 20th book, Other People: Takes & Mistakes, was recently published by Knopf.

From the March/April 2017 Issue

Paul Ayoub and his daughter, Lizzie, launched their book, Inspire Me! A Father-Daughter Book of Quotations to Motivate, Teach and Inspire. They will donate all profits from the book to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Paul’s father, Joseph Ayoub, was among the original group that helped Danny Thomas start St. Jude in the 1950s.

Abby Cohen writes that she had the pleasure of surprising Dan Tisch at his 60th birthday celebration dinner held in Washington, D.C., and hosted by his wife, Robbie Ross-Tisch. She was already travelling east to see her daughter Maya Sandler ’13, who is attending Yale in the history of medicine program at the school of medicine (David Mantell has a daughter at the Yale drama school, and Dave introduced them) and her son Jesse, who has just begun at Wesleyan. In recent months Abby has been in touch with Michael Gevelber, who recently traveled to Smith to see his daughter Eliana. This communication occurred because he wanted to learn some tips about making his late mother’s “sacher pusserl” cookies which she baked and sent to him at Brown (and for which Abby had immediately snagged the recipe, realizing how amazing they were). Abby has also been in touch with former senior suitemate Gleen “Missy” Towne, who is living in New Hampshire; Andres V. Maricq, who lives in Salt Lake City; and Alan Mills and Karen Zaccor, who live in Chicago. Alan recently went to Providence and, while there, paid a visit to the tree they all planted in remembrance of Nancy Bell. Nancy’s tree, planted at our fifth reunion, is now a huge witch hazel tree on the front green near the Carrie Tower. Others who contributed to it include Steve and Sheryl Shorofsky ’79, Chuck and Jane MacFarland, Marjorie Swig, and Elliot Steger.

Dr. Charles F. von Gunten writes: “I’m working to build a hospice and palliative care program for a large health system serving central Ohio. I’m also contemplating retirement and returning to church music that I let go when I chose medicine as a career.”

From the January/February 2017 Issue

In Minneapolis, Susan Armington continues to lead Talking Suitcases, an art and story project for communities to share their lives and what matters to them most. With the West Bank Community Development Corporation, she is a finalist for ArtPlace’s National Creative Placemaking Award of up to $500,000 for a three-year project for neighbors to create and implement a shared vision for safety in their public spaces. Talking Suitcases is a core component of the project.

From the November/December 2016 Issue

Paul J. Ayoub, a partner at Nutter McClennen & Fish, a Boston-based law firm, was elected as the vice chair of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce board of directors. A longtime member of the board’s executive committee, Ayoub also serves as secretary and general counsel, as well as cochair of the Chamber’s Real Estate Development Committee.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Advisory Committee on Restraints and Seclusion honored Bill Lichtenstein with its 2016 Gloria Huntley Award. Lichtenstein is a former ABC News investigative producer and president of the independent media production company Lichtenstein Creative Media. His work focusing on mental health followed his own diagnosis and recovery from bipolar disorder in 1986. Most recently, Lichtenstein’s reporting exposed the widespread use and harm caused by physical restraints and seclusion rooms in schools across the country with children as young as three years old. Lichtenstein first learned about the practice when he discovered that his own five-year-old daughter had been locked in an isolation room almost daily for up to an hour at a time over a three-month period in a Lexington, Mass., public kindergarten. His article in the New York Times in 2012 exposed and sparked a national debate about these practices. He has received more than 60 journalism honors, including a Peabody Award, a United Nations Media Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, eight National Headliner Awards, and three National News Emmy Award nominations. He has written for the New York Times, the Nation, the Village Voice, the Boston Globe, and Huffington Post, among others.

Don Share edited Basil Bunting: The Poems, published by Faber and Faber.

From the July/August 2016 Issue

Michael Lukasiewicz writes: “After more than 30 years in the Midwest, we are moving back to the Northeast.”

John Rosario-Perez continues to practice psychotherapy and psychoanalysis in Cambridge, Mass. His personal essay on college mental health and suicide prevention was published in CommonHealth, the website of Boston’s NPR station, WBUR.

David Shields’s book, I Think You’re Totally Wrong: A Quarrel, was adapted into film. Shields stars as himself, and James Franco directs.

From the May/June 2016 Issue

Paul Ayoub was elected chair of the national board of directors of American Lebanese Syrian Associated Charities (ALSAC), the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. Paul is a partner at the Boston law firm Nutter McClennen & Fish.

From the March/April 2016 Issue

Susan Biener Bergman writes: “I am honored to be included in the ‘City Girls’ class of ’53 luncheon. These incredible women, including my late mother, Edith Oelbaum Biener ’53, have met for lunch every year since their graduation. Thank you to Elaine “Puff” Regan Dray ’53 and her daughter Jane Dray Katzman ’81, Peggy Kohlhepp Gardner ’53, Betty Leaver Goff ’53, Patty Chase Michaud ’53, Sally Wilcox O’Day ’53, Lee Sullivan, Barbara Kemalian Stone ’53, and Norma Byers Willis ’53.”

Peter Michaelis writes: “Need a house in Northern Westchester/Hudson Valley? Contact me. Also, have gotten back into my photography and now drone photography.”

Jill Moser is a painter living and working in New York City, exhibiting internationally. She is represented by Lennon, Weinberg. View her website at

Deborah Shulevitz writes: “After practicing corporate finance for 20 years, I joined academia and am now finishing my PhD degree in medieval history at Columbia. I still live on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with my husband, Ori Schwartzburg (NYU ’79), and my two children, Alex (Connecticut College ’13) and Rosa (Bard College ’16).”

Earl Varney writes: “The Earl of Varney is alive and well, hoping to retire in two or three years. We are empty-nesters now; our son is a rocket scientist and our daughter is rocketing to success in retail.” 

From the January/February 2016 Issue

John Chen (see Jackie Chen ’06).

Abby Cohen joined the federal government in December 2014, after more than 30 years of working on policies to promote child care. She now serves as a regional program manager for the Administration for Children and Families’ Office of Child Care, where she administers the Child Care Development Fund in America in Arizona, Nevada, California, Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands.

Terry Gallagher’s translation of Self-Reference ENGINE, a science fiction novel by Toh EnJoe, was honored in December with the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission Prize for the Translation of Japanese Literature, administered by Columbia’s Donald Keene Center of Japanese Culture. Terry writes: “This book was my fifth translation published by Viz Media in San Francisco.”

Brad Sachs writes that he and Karen Meckler were delighted to see their daughter, Jessica Sachs ’15, graduate last May. Karen continues to work as a psychiatrist both privately and at a day hospital. Brad continues his private practice as a psychologist and recently published his book, Why Am I Telling You This? And Other Poems from Psychotherapy. Additional information about Brad’s work and writing can be found at his website, .

David Shields published his latest book, War Is Beautiful: The New York Times Pictorial Guide to the Glamour of Armed Conflict, in which he explains why he no longer reads the New York Times. In a review, Publishers Weekly wrote: “Shields has crafted a unique visual antiwar polemic exploring the role of the media in shaping contemporary propaganda.” 

From the November/December 2015 Issue

Susan Biener Bergman (see Betty Leaver Goff ’53).

Andra Barmash Greene attended the wedding of Amy Genkins’s son in New York City. Andra writes: “Amy and I were Brown classmates and Harvard Law School (1981) roommates. Both of us are certified yoga instructors.” Andra heads the class action defense practice group at Irell & Manella LLP.

Marcia Zaiac Wasser and Dan Wasser ’76 write: “All is well with the Wassers in New Jersey. Very excited that our eldest daughter, Maddie ’10, starts at MIT Sloan School of Management this fall. Melissa will be a senior at Syracuse, and Caryn is an ad exec in New York City.”

From the September/October 2015 Issue

Jeanne Adams writes that she is still enjoying retirement on Cape Cod, including activities with the Brown Club of Cape Cod, Cape Cod Volunteers, and Habitat of Cape Cod.

Jonathan Bell (see Bernie Bell ’42).

From the May/June 2015 Issue

Robert and Paula Condaxis Angell (see William Condaxis ’55).

Don Share has been awarded a 2015 inaugural VIDA Award from the organization VIDA: Women in Literary Arts for his work and contributions to gender equality in American literary culture.

From the March/April 2015 Issue

Christopher Freiberger joined Provident Bank as senior vice president/chief information officer. In this newly created position, Christopher will lead the bank’s information technology strategy to ensure operational efficiency and security to support the bank’s growth and quality initiatives.

Jill Moser’s recent paintings and prints ran in a New York City show at the Lennon, Weinberg Gallery in Chelsea from Nov. 6 to Dec. 20. See more of her work at

George Rush published his book Scandal: A Manual in October 2013. He writes that the book, coauthored with his wife, Joanna Molloy, is “my uncalled-for memoir of writing for New York’s tabloids. I now work at Lorne Michaels’s company, Broadway Video, and contribute tales of my road trip to the Wall Street Journal and Yahoo! Travel.”

Deborah Shulevitz writes: “Having left the practice of law a number of years ago, I am now working on a doctorate in medieval European history at Columbia. My two children are growing up fast: Alex (Connecticut College ’13) and Rosa (Bard College ’16).

From the January/February 2015 Issue

Judith A. Gintz is a senior compensation consultant with FM Global in Johnston, R.I. She soloed in her Cessna 152 on Aug. 9.

Es Rolnick Nash ’81 MD joined Health Advocate as vice president of comprehensive care in 2012. Her son, Jake, graduated from George Washington Univ., and her daughter Rachel Nash ’09 graduated from medical school and started a medicine residency. Rachel’s twin, Leah, works as a program analyst at CMS.

Bill Sikov presented results from a national study of preoperative chemotherapy in women with triple negative breast cancer, an aggressive form of the disease, at the 2013 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. The study showed that the addition of another chemotherapy drug, carboplatin, significantly increases the percentage of patients for whom the cancer disappeared before surgery. This may become the new standard of care. He thanks his colleagues and the patients who agreed to participate in the study.

From the November/December 2014 Issue

Masha Hamilton’s fifth novel, What Changes Everything, is now available in paperback. She completed 16 months as director of communications and public diplomacy at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, and is now vice president of communications at Concern Worldwide.

Carl Weiner, an attorney at the law firm of Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin, was chosen by his peers for The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the area of land use and zoning law. Carl also writes that his bond with Brown has been further strengthened by the recent engagement of his son, Scott Weiner ’11, to Caroline Segal ’11.

From the September/October 2014 Issue 

Philip D. Gibbons recently released the documentary The Devil and the Death Penalty. This award-winning film examines the dysfunctional state of the California capital punishment system via the case of Lawrence Bittaker, a convicted serial murderer who has been on San Quentin’s death row since 1981. For more information visit

Ted Selker joined Servicely’s board of advisors. An IBM fellow, he is responsible for innovative products ranging from notebook computers to operating systems. He spent 10 years at the MIT media lab driving the Context Aware Computing group and five years at CMU Silicon Valley running the Considerate Systems group. He has also held positions with Xerox PARC and Atari Research Labs.

Alan T. Sherman was promoted to professor of computer science at the Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), where he directs the UMBC Center for Information Security and Assurance. As a member of the Scantegrity and Random Sample Elections projects, his research interests include high-integrity voting systems. He also serves as a cryptologic consultant to industry. As director of the chess program, Sherman led the UMBC chess team to a record six national collegiate championships and ten Pan-American championships.

From the July/August 2014 Issue

John Burnham (see Micki Israel Balaban ’51).

Harry Goldman and Debbie Helfner Goldman (see Katie Evans Goldman ’10).

David R. Lewis continues to do justice reform work for the U.S. Department of Justice at U.S. embassies overseas. He is currently working in Belgrade, Serbia.

Michael Zimbalist is senior vice president of ad products and R+D at the New York Times. He lives in Montclair, N.J., with his wife, Melissa, and their three children: Quentin, Lila, and Peri.

From the May/June 2014 Issue

Seth Morris announces the wedding of his daughter Victoria Anne to Andrew Selva on Oct. 5. He writes: “It was a beautiful event on a gorgeous evening at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Victoria, 29, is a director of digital sales and marketing at Viacom and graduated from Oberlin College. Andrew, 34, is an HR director at Univision and graduated from Fordham. Among the guests was a strong contingent of alums who have been close to my family over the past four decades, including Eric Allison, George Caraberis ’77, Bob Farnham ’77, John Klupka ’77, Jerry Massa ’77, Gerry Muzzillo ’77, and Mike Wallace ’77. It was truly one of the best days ever for me and my family, especially since my mother of 91 years was able to be there and enjoy the special day. She passed away very unexpectedly just five weeks later, but her memory lives strong with every person who ever knew this amazing woman.” 


From the March/April 2014 Issue

Adrienne Muller Camesas writes: “I was thrilled and honored to receive the Nan Tracy Award at the BAA ceremony. I am still a practicing cardiologist in Long Island.”

Christopher Freiberger joined Centrix Bank’s management team as vice president of information technology. Prior to joining Centrix Bank, Freiberger was a senior IT architect at St. Mary’s Bank in Manchester, N.H.

David Hahn has released Concert Imaginaire, a full-length CD for which he composed all the music himself. His album Fortune’s Wheel was produced by Steve Fisk for Fin Records. The album artwork was created by Cal Schenkel, well known for his work for Frank Zappa. Fortune’s Wheel is available at 

Maria Zaiac Wasser and Dan Wasser ’76 celebrated their 35th anniversary in June. “Ever true to Brown … and each other.” 


From the January/February 2014 Issue

Jeffrey Greenberg and Lisa Weber Greenberg ’80 enjoyed returning to Brown for Jeffrey’s 35th reunion. He writes: “It was great to see old friends, including two of my old roommates, Peter Bopp and Bill Lichtenstein. It was an extra special visit because my son, Zachary Greenberg ’13, graduated with a dual degree in chemistry and economics, and we were joined by the rest of the family, including my daughter, Alison Greenberg ’10. Especially meaningful was marching in the graduation procession for the second time and then watching my son march down College Hill with his friends.”

John Plotkin moved to Oregon and serves as president and CEO of SAIF Corp., Oregon’s state-chartered workers’ compensation fund. He served as interim CEO of Pinnacol Assurance, Colorado’s quasi-public workers’ compensation fund, commencing in January 2013.

Erroll G. Southers writes: “There is life after the confirmation process. I just published my first book, Homegrown Violent Extremism, and earned my doctoral degree at the Univ. of Southern California. I am the associate director of research transition at the Department of Homeland Security National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE) and an adjunct professor in the Sol Price School of Public Policy at USC. You may recall, I was President Barack Obama’s first nominee for Transportation Security Administration assistant secretary, and served as California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s deputy director for critical infrastructure of the California Office of Homeland Security. I am also the managing director of the counter-terrorism and infrastructure protection division for TAL Global Corporation, an American-Israeli international security consulting firm, and I teach at the International Institute of Counter-Terrorism in Herzliya, Israel. I have been able to keep up with classmates when I am in the D.C. area, as I am a member of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Homeland Security Project. Life continues to be as exciting as my FBI SWAT days—never a dull moment!”

From the November/December 2013 Issue

Christopher Freiberger has been appointed vice president of information technology at Centrix Bank, Manchester, N.H.

Mary Friar and Richard Riddle (see Engagements & Weddings, Julia Riddle Winter ’08).

Don Share is the editor of Poetry magazine, the 12th in its 100-year history.


From the September/October 2013 Issue

Jonathan Bell (see Bernie Bell ’42).

Michael Blumstein writes: “After nine years as chief financial officer of Gerson Lehrman Group and Argus Information & Advisory Services, I became CFO of Oak Hill Advisors, a large, successful, and growing credit-focused investment management firm. This position seems to bring together much of what I did during my 19 years on Wall Street and my tenure as a CFO, and I hope to be here for the long haul.”

Fredlyn Album Heller writes: “My husband, Scott (Penn ’77), and I are adjusting to life as empty nesters. Younger daughter Amelia is a freshman at Hamilton and older daughter Sophie is a junior at Harvard. I have taken up rowing and am often on the Hudson River at dawn. Our next-door neighbors and great friends for the past 17 years are Jane Gurland Lein ’77 and Larry Lein ’77.”

Bill Lichtenstein’s New York Times article on schools’ use of physical restraint and seclusion rooms received an honorable mention in this year’s competition for the Casey Medals for Meritorious Journalism. The awards recognize exemplary reporting on children and families. The press release read: “After learning that his 5-year-old daughter had been repeatedly locked in a converted closet in her elementary school, the author exposed the largely unknown use of seclusion rooms and physical restraints as forms of punishment in schools around the U.S. The piece attracted a flood of media attention to the issue, sparked tremendous response from readers, and helped coalesce a national effort to end these practices and promote positive behavior interventions in schools.”

Don Share has been named editor of Poetry magazine. He is the 12th editor in the magazine’s 101-year history.

From the May/June 2013 Issue

Cochairs of the 35th Reunion Gift Committee, Richard C. Dresdale, Habib Y. Gorgi, and Samuel M. Mencoff, write: “In honor of our 35th reunion, please mark this important milestone year with a gift to the 2012–13 Brown Annual Fund. With your help, the class of 1978 will surpass its goal of $2.5 million with 43 percent participation. We hope you will make your gift by June 30, 2013, and join us over Reunion Weekend to celebrate the class’s success. Please send your gift to: Brown University, Class of 1978, 110 Elm Street, Providence, R.I. 02912 or log on to If you have already made a gift, thank you!”

David Shields’s new book, How Literature Saved My Life, was published by Knopf on Feb. 5. His book tour will take him to 30 American cities. See his website, , for his itinerary. 


From the March/April 2013 Issue

Richard Dresdale, Habib Gorgi, and Sam Mencoff write: “Save the date for our 35th reunion over Memorial Day weekend, May 24–26! Check out the reunion website, . If you plan on joining us, book your hotel early and watch your mail for the official invitation. Blurbs and bios are welcome. Also, be sure to make your 35th reunion gift to the Brown Annual Fund at between now and reunion weekend to help us reach our class goal. Looking forward to seeing everyone in May!”

Brad Sachs’s new book, Family Centered Treatment with Struggling Young Adults: A Clinician’s Guide to the Transition From Adolescence to Autonomy, was published by Routledge. Additional information about the book and his previous ones can be found at He and his wife, Karen Meckler, celebrated their 32nd wedding anniversary and continue to live and work in Columbia, Md. Their youngest child, Jessica ’15, is completing her sophomore year at Brown, and their first grandchild, Autumn, is about to turn 3.

David Shields’s 14th book, How Literature Saved My Life, was published by Knopf in February. He’ll be giving readings throughout the country. See his website:

From the January/February 2013 Issue

Zdenka Seiner Griswold writes: “Since 2009, my husband, Jack (Williams ’75), and I have been sailing our Valiant 42, Kite, from Maine via the Caribbean and Colombia through the Panama Canal and across the many beautiful islands of the South Pacific.”

Alan T. Sherman returned to the White Mountains in New Hampshire to ascend the summits of the Northern Presidential Range in a 30-mile circuit from Pinkham Notch. With him were his 16-year old son, William; David Rudofsky; and Mark Ryan. Two years ago they hiked the Southern Presidential Range for their first “reunion hike,” in which the three Brown friends and chess team members repeated a variation of a hike from their sophomore year. David is an independent consultant in New York City helping businesses improve profits and manage costs. Mark teaches math at The Math Center in the Chicago area and is the author of several books, including Calculus for Dummies. Alan is an associate professor of computer science at the Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore County, where he designs high-integrity cryptographic voting systems. After 37 years, the three still enjoy the challenge and natural beauty of climbing mountains 5,000 feet or higher.

Michael Ursillo writes he is thrilled to congratulate his wife, Diane Finkle, who was selected as the U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge for the District of Rhode Island. The current judge retired after 44 years on the bench, so Diane is only the second judge in that position. “She won’t stay that long,” Michael says.

Earl Varney writes: “Hooray! Finally an empty nester, although not yet retired. My son, Roger (Cornell ’12 PhD, Electrical Engineering), has a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo. Daughter Hilary (Hampshire College ’12) is employed by the Smith College bookstore in Northampton, Mass. Mina and I are enjoying a quiet household, more travel opportunities, and non-children-centric extracurricular pursuits.”


From the November/December 2012 Issue

Class officers Richard Dresdale, Habib Gorgi, and Sam Mencoff write: “Save the date for our 35th reunion May 24–26, 2013! It’s not too late to join the 35th reunion gift committee. Simply inquire at Also, be sure to make your class gift to the Brown Annual Fund at by reunion weekend to help us reach our class goal and make a positive impact on life at Brown today. Ever true…”

Andy Revkin (see Amelia Stern Revkin ’53).

From the September/October 2012 Issue

Jeanne E. Adams writes: “As a member of the earliest group of Resumed Undergraduate Education (RUE) students, I have been enjoying retirement on Cape Cod. Life is very busy here year ’round. I volunteer with Habitat of Cape Cod, the local and countywide Health and Human Services Advisory Committees, and a new Cape Cod volunteer group. I am also a reviewer for the Cape Cod and Falmouth foundations.”

Jonathan Bell (see Bernie Bell ’42).

David Knights is president of Preservation New Jersey, which identifies endangered historic structures and organizes financial support for their restoration. David lives in Hopewell, N.J., where he serves as president of the Borough Council. He works for Picus Associates in Princeton.

Tani Hofferman Sapirstein writes: “I am delighted and slightly stunned that my daughter Kate ’12 graduated this year.”

Don Share’s latest books are Wishbone, a volume of poems published by Black Sparrow; Bunting’s Persia, about the British poet Basil Bunting; and The Open Door: 100 Poems, 100 Years of Poetry Magazine, published by the Univ. of Chicago Press. His translations of Miguel Hernandez will be published in 2013 by the New York Review of Books Classics.


From the May/June 2012 Issue

Stephen Frater moved back to R.I. for the first time since graduation. His World War II-themed nonfiction book, Hell Above Earth, is being published in the U.S. by St. Martin’s Press and in the U.K. by Robson Publishing. In January he was appointed writer-in-residence at URI’s Harrington School of Communication and Media, where he teaches “The Art, Craft and Business of Nonfiction in the 21st Century.” He is writing the authorized biography of the late R.I. governor Bruce Sundlun. Stephen writes: “Good to be home and to catch up with fellow Brunonians. My father, Stephan Frater, M.D., a former assistant professor at Brown’s School of Medicine and chief of nuclear medicine at R. I. Hospital, recently celebrated his 90th birthday, and former Brown colleagues and medical students joined the family for a memorable bash at Federal Hill’s famed Blue Grotto restaurant. The good doctor was just about the last one to leave.”

Adrienne Masters Huang and Harry Huang report that their daughter Marcy was accepted to the class of 2016. She joins her sister, Monica Huang ’10, and brother Russell Huang ’12.

Rita Manfredi-Shutler is living in the Washington, D.C., area. She is on the emergency medicine faculty at George Washington Univ. and has three children: one in middle school, one in high school, and one in college. Rita is doing research on spirituality in emergency medicine and the role of palliative care.

David Shields coauthored a new book, Jeff, One Lonely Guy, which was published in March. 

From the March/April 2012 Issue

Michael Blumstein writes: “After 7-plus years as CFO of Gerson Lehrman Group, I joined Argus Information as chief administrative and financial officer in late November. The company is about the size of GLG in 2004, and I think the business model is equally compelling. Check out the website,, for details.”

David Hahn announces a new single off the audio collage “Apocalypse Cow” and the experimental electric guitar piece “Chernobyl.” This seven-inch 45 rpm will be a hand-numbered limited-edition release on heavy golden vinyl with original cover art and extensive liner notes, from the “boutique” label Fin Records. An Apocalypse Cow T-shirt is also available at David has also formed a new quintet called Concert Imaginaire, which features his original music. Details available at

Amy Horne is living in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., with her husband, Douglas, and their 15-year-old daughter, Eva. They have not begun the college search, but Brown is already on Eva’s list. Amy has a part-time clinical psychology private practice in Solana Beach, Calif.

Steven J. Miller writes: “In a year of highs and lows, daughter Emma’s senior project on Irish literature took her to Ireland last May, and she was selected by her peers to deliver the Laurel School commencement address last June. She launched her Kenyon College career as director of the Renegade Theater production of Arsenic and Old Lace in November. Son Aidan, who is in seventh grade at Hawken Middle School, became a Bar Mitzvah in October. The law firm has had a terrifically successful year, our 26th on behalf of clients.”

Seth Morris resides in New Canaan, Conn., with his wife, Shelley. He is president and CEO of Carole Hochman Design Group.

Andy Novick and his wife, Ulli, make their home in Sudbury, Mass., with their two sons, Eric, 17, and Tommy, 14. Novick Software, Andy’s consulting company, continues to specialize in high-performance SQL server databases.

David Shields’s 12th book, Jeff, One Lonely Guy, cowritten with Jeff Ragsdale and Michael Logan, is forthcoming from Amazon Publications in February 2012.

Marcie Freedman Slepian and husband David Slepian are delighted to have a child at Brown. Their daughter, Susie, is in the class of 2015. Son Zachary graduated from Princeton in 2011.

Lisa Solod Warren writes: “I finally fulfilled my dream to move by the water. I am living and writing in Savannah. I blog at”

From the January/February 2012 Issue

Lisa G. Arrowood (see Raymond P. Ausrotas '91).

David Evelyn writes: "We moved to Ithaca, N.Y., several years ago, and I am the medical director of the Cayuga Medical Center. My daughter Sarah Evelyn '12 graduates this May, and I hope to see some of my classmates at the Campus Dance."

Mary Friar (see Julia Riddle '08).

Charles Gauvin joined the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace as chief development officer. Richard Riddle (see Engagements & Weddings, Julia Riddle '08).

From the November/December 2011 Issue

Lynn Steinberg Redd (see Engagements & Weddings, Lisa Spector '07 MPP).

From the July/August 2011 Issue

Patricia Arnold Buss retired from the U.S. Navy in 2008, after 21 years of active duty in the medical corps and more than 30 years after accepting her scholarship to attend medical school at Brown. She is now vice president and chief medical director for Health Net Government and Specialty Services, working in Arlington, Va. She is still an assistant professor of surgery at Uniformed Services Univ. of the Health Sciences.

Adrienne Muller Camesas writes: "I'm thrilled that my daughter, Alex '14, is at Brown. Visiting Brown has brought back wonderful memories. Our son is at Bucknell, class of 2013. Both children are away, leaving us empty nesters. I'm sad but definitely getting more sleep."

Debbie Helfner Goldman (see Engagements & Weddings, Sam Goldman '08).

Sue Rosenstein Reiss (see Engagements & Weddings, Philissa Cramer '05).

From the May/June 2011 Issue

Charles Kerr (see Allen Kerr '50).

From the March/April 2011 Issue

Linda Podrasky Clarke (see Engagements & Weddings, Russell Pollock '76).

Pam Najera writes that her father, Gabriel A. Najera, a respected former consulting psychiatrist at Brown and RISD and an active member of the Providence community, died on June 19 in San Jose, Calif., surrounded by his family.

Brad Sachs and Karen Meckler recently celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary and the birth of their first grandchild, topped off with the news that their youngest child, Jessica, was admitted to Brown's class of 2015. They write that they "look forward to intruding on their daughter regularly over the course of the next several years." Brad continues his family psychology practice, and his newest book is aptly titled Emptying the Nest: Launching Your Young Adult Toward Success and Self-Reliance (Macmillan). Karen is a consulting psychiatrist in Baltimore and maintains a private practice in Columbia. More information on Brad's research and books is at

David Shields's Reality Hunger: A Manifesto, which the New York Times called "mind-bending" and GQ said was "the most provocative, brain-rewiring book of 2010," was published in paperback by Vintage in February; also published in February was The Inevitable: Contemporary Writers Confront the Inevitable, which David coedited with Bradford Morrow.

From the January/February 2011 Issue

Jacob Asher and Nancy Hosay write: "We are looking forward to Commencement to see our daughter, Sophie Asher '11, graduate."

W.W. Norton will publish The Inevitable: Contemporary Writers Confront Death, edited by David Shields and Bradford Morrow, in February.

Lisa Solod (see Engagements & Weddings, Katherine Oxnard Ellis '87).


From the September/October 2010 Issue

David Hahn writes: "A recital of my compositions called What Is the Word took place on April 23 in Seattle. The event was sponsored in part by the Mayor of Seattle's Office of the Arts and Cultural Affairs and by Vox Novus, a composer collective. The concert featured works for choir, electronics, chamber music, and solo guitar. The concert featured a number of premieres, including: What Is the Word, a seven-part madrigal setting the poetry of Samuel Beckett for 16-voice choir; Songs From Ariel, a setting of three poems by Sylvia Plath for women's voices; Tautologies, for flute and electronics; and Journey to Love, for solo guitar." David also designed the sound for the Seattle Public Theatre's March production of Dying City, a play by Christopher Shinn, directed by John Vreek. David's four-movement piece for violin and guitar, W Is for Weasel, has been published by Clear Note Publications. Hear examples at

Karen Berlin Ishii writes: "After 30 years traveling around the world, I took a leap of faith and moved to Manhattan, where I am working hard to replicate the success of my tutoring business in Boston. It's great to be back in the city after all these years—on the Upper West Side this time instead of the E. Village. I am enjoying making new friends with the Brown Club of N.Y. (of which I am a proud sponsor) and reveling in Act 3 of my life! My son Jun is a graduate of Northeastern Univ. who lives and works in Cambridge. Kei is a junior at Beloit College, majoring in anthropology and German."

Beth Lapides performed her evolutionary comedy show, 100% Happy 88% of the Time, at Club Oberon in Boston and at the Triad in New York City.

From the May/June 2010 Issue

Catherine Golden writes that her twin sons, Jesse and Emmet Golden-Marx '13, entered Brown this past fall. She writes: "It has been fun to return to campus to visit, and Brown is a great fit for them. I would be interested in hearing from any other classmates whose children are now at Brown." Catherine's job as a Victorianist at Skidmore College keeps her busy with her sons away. Her latest book also came out this past fall, entitled Posting It: The Victorian Revolution in Letter Writing. She gave a public lecture about the subject at the Smithsonian on Jan. 10, the 170th anniversary of the coming of the Penny Post.

Elizabeth Venditti (see Barbara Carucci Venditti '53).

David Wallace recently started a math tutoring business in San Francisco.

From the March/April 2010 Issue

Chet Kerr (see Allen S. Kerr '50).

Burton H. Lee has been appointed by Irish Prime Minister David Cowen to serve on Ireland's National Innovation Taskforce. Burton leads Stanford Engineering school's program on European Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

From the January/February 2010 Issue

Jacob Asher and Nancy Hosay write that Nancy is working at the Stanford Alumni Center in volunteer relations, while Jack is a northern California market medical executive for Cigna Healthcare. Sophie '11 is in Edinburgh for her junior year, while her sister, Maggie, "attacks 9th grade with gusto."

Paul Cromwell (see Laura Martin '04).

Peter Kocot is chairman of the Mass. House Committee on Ethics, and recently participated in the reform of the state's ethics, campaign-finance, and lobbying laws. He was assisted by Pamela Wilmot '82, executive director of Mass. Common Cause, and the Hon. Charles B. Swartwood III '62, chairman of the Mass. Ethics Commission. Peter writes: "Brown was well-represented in this far reaching reform effort!"

David Shields' tenth book Reality Hunger: A Manifesto will be published by Knopf in February.

The oldest daughter of Marcia Zaiac Wasser and Dan Wasser, Maddie '10, will graduate in May. The couple's younger daughters are Caryn, a junior at the Univ. of Md., and Melissa, a sophomore at Cushing Academy. Marcia is in her 15th year as CMO at Source Communications, and Dan is an entertainment lawyer at Franklin Weinrib Rudell & Vassallo. They write: "If any Brown friends will be at graduation weekend, please let us know!"

From the November/December 2009 Issue

Pete Hauser's daughter, Meg, is a member of the class of 2013. He writes: "I'm glad to have cause to visit the campus more frequently. I've also hung up the rugby cleats (long ago) and now tackle the local trout population. If anyone is passing through the Danbury/Ridgefield, Connecticut, area and wants to go fly-fishing, I would be grateful for an excuse to take some time off from the corporate law practice."

From the September/October 2009 Issue

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Jonathan Bell (see Bernie Bell '42).

David Hahn won a 2009 City Artist Project Award from the Seattle Mayor's Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs. He plans to use the award to compose and record a new work for choir based on poetry by Samuel Beckett. The working title for the new piece is What Is the Word. David also writes essays, performs concert series, and composes soundtracks for documentary and short films such as Gun Day and To Serve Mann by Nils Osmara.

Rabbi Joshua Hammerman and Mara Aisenberg Hammerman '81 write that their son Ethan joined the Brown class of 2013. Ethan will continue a family tradition that includes his late grandfather Howard Aisenberg '41 and uncle Andrew Aisenberg '84. At the 28th annual American Jewish Press Association Awards ceremony in Chicago, Joshua won the "Award for Excellence in a Single Commentary" for his blog entry "An Open Letter to Malcolm Hoenlein," calling on Jewish leaders to incur the excommunication of Bernard Madoff. The article initially appeared on, and was later distributed widely by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Mara, Josh, and Ethan's younger brother, Daniel, live in Stamford, Conn., with their two standard poodles, Crosby and Chloe.

Sue Kahn writes: "I left Genzyme and the corporate world in Jan. 2007, after 23 years in the world of biotech, genetic testing, and medical devices. Seeking to move into the nonprofit sector, some months later I was fortunate to be hired as executive director for the National Tay-Sachs & Allied Diseases Assoc. It's very exciting since it connects with the work that I did at Genzyme, as well as giving me the opportunity to lead a nonprofit. It's a great organization with a long history (over 50 years) of supporting patients and their families in many ways plus being involved in funding cutting-edge research, education, advocacy and carrier screening. Coincidentally, I was hired by a Brown alum, Tim Lord '88, who is now the board president."

Martha Mazonson Scarborough and her family moved to Singapore after eight years in Russia and Romania. William is a finance director in Singapore, and Jesse is a senior at the Singapore American School. Martha writes that she is going back to school as well, and that the food in Singapore is amazing.From the July/August 2009 Issue

Diane Heller received a mini grant from the R.I. Council for the Humanities for research on the film Edward M. Bannister: An American Artist. Diane writes that Nicholas Bruno '76 introduced her to Bannister's story at Commencement 2008 and has since provided his extensive personal R.I. art history research and contacts. To learn more, go to:

From the May/June 2009 Issue

Andra Barmash Greene is the managing partner of Irell & Manella LLP in Newport Beach, Calif. Andra continues her full-time business litigation practice.

From the January/February 2009 Issue

Sarah Stratton Genton and her husband, Tom, have settled in Madrid, Spain, for the next three years after 21 years in the U.S. Foreign Service, which included postings in Zimbabwe, Cameroon, Burkina Faso, El Salvador, Bolivia, Suriname, and Washington, D.C. They have two daughters in college. Sarah would enjoy hearing from other Brown alums in Madrid or any old friends traveling to Spain.

Cathy Gill Oulighan (see Christopher Gill '82).

Tani Hofferman Sapirstein and her husband, Jon, report that their daughter, Kale, is a member of the class of 2012.

David Shields's most recent book, the New York Times bestseller The Thing About Life Is That One Day You'll Be Dead, will be out in paperback in February.

Earl Varney is Vanguard's manager of corporate insurance and continues to perform as a trombonist (learn about his band at His son graduated from Cornell in December and will enter a PhD program in electrical engineering in the spring. His daughter is at Hampshire College.

Ted Von Gerichten (see Elizabeth Roach '03).

Marcia Zaiac Wasser writes: "Much to our disbelief, we are empty nesters! Our youngest daughter, Melissa, just started high school at Cushing Academy in Ashburnham, Mass. Maddie '10 is studying in Barcelona this semester, and Caryn is a sophomore at the Univ. of Maryland. I am CMO of Source Communications, and Dan Wasser '76 is a partner at Franklin, Weinrib, Rudell & Vassallo, where he practices entertainment law."

From the November/December 2008 Issue

Martha Mazonson Scarborough and her family are moving to Singapore after five years in Russia and three in Romania. Her husband will work for the Singapore American School.

Jody Ziegler '84 PhD writes: "Holy Cross has just awarded me an endowed chair to be the first Edward A. O'Rorke Professor in Liberal Arts. Brown still remains my intellectual muse in many ways."

From the September/October 2008 Issue

David Hahn's percussion sextet, Mbira, has just been published by C. Alan Company. He and his daughters also recently starred in a YouTube video that illustrated his musical tantrum about getting a big donut. The video is available at He traveled with his family to Croatia last summer.

From the July/August 2008 Issue

Stephen A. Owens and his wife, Karen Carter Owens, live in Scottsdale, Ariz., with their two sons, John, 16, and Ben, 13. They celebrated Ben's bar mitzvah on February 16, 2008. They were joined by Bob and Sue Goldberger Keough '76; their daughter, Nina Keough '07; Jill Berkelhammer Zorn; and Rich Peppers. Steve serves as director of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality. Karen is a partner in the health care law firm of Coppersmith Gordon Schermer & Brockelman PLC in Phoenix.

Elizabeth Howlett Roberts (see Susanna Rhodes Beckwith '92).

Ron Wilson cycled across the U.S. from Los Angeles to Boston in May and June with CrossRoads Cycling. Ron writes: "This fulfills a dream I had back in 1976. Does anyone remember Bikecentennial? I see this as a spiritual journey, to step away from the routine for seven weeks. The opportunity to do this is courtesy of the company that bought my previous employer, who had synergy targets to meet. Their loss is my gain! I have been living in Cambridge, Mass., since 1983 with my wife of 25 years, Robin, and son Nick (Ithaca College '10). I would love to hear from band members and classmates."

From the May/June 2008 Issue

Class officers report: "It has come to our attention that some of you still communicate by 'snail mail' or have outdated email addresses on Brown's database. Given monetary and environmental concerns, Brown is now communicating reunion information by email ONLY. Please contact with your updated information so that we can keep you informed about our 30th reunion and other class activities."

John Gevertz (see Susan Goldberg Gevertz '83).

Peter Lauro (see Elaine Berlinsky Fain '70).

David Shields's book, The Thing About Life Is That One Day You'll Be Dead, was published by Knopf in February. Thomas Lynch, reviewing the book in the Boston Globe, wrote, "There are paragraphs so finely wrought, so precisely tuned to the narrow-band channels between reader and writer, that the caught breath of inspiration and the sighs of expiration leave us grinning and breathless."

Debby Shulevitz writes: "I still live on Manhattan's Upper West Side with my family and am attending Columbia's graduate school part time, as well as taking care of two teenagers, Alex, 17, who will be graduating from high school this spring, and Rosa, 14, a freshman."

Earl Varney writes he is an insurance manager at Vanguard. His son continues to excel at Cornell working towards becoming a space engineer, and his daughter is leaning towards a small Massachusetts school.

From the March/April 2008 Issue

Jonathan Bell (see Bernie Bell '42).

Holly Hanson writes: "I am still at Mount Holyoke, now working on a history of the erosion of political accountability over the past 150 years in the city of Kampala. Trying to divide my life between Uganda and the United States is not easy! I would love to hear from friends."

Harry and Adrienne Masters Huang write: "Our son, Russell, has been accepted into the class of 2012, where he will join his sister Monica '10. Harry continues his private practice as an ophthalmologist in Bethesda, Md.; Adrienne manages Harry's practice and serves as chairman of the board for the Joy of Motion Dance Center. We look forward to visiting Brown with our youngest daughter, Marcy, 13."

David Shields's new book, The Thing About Life Is That One Day You'll Be Dead, has just been published by Alfred A. Knopf. Library Journal calls it "an elegant meditation on our blood-and-bones existence from birth through adolescence, adulthood, old age, and death."

From the January / February 2008 Issue

Susan Armington writes: “I am a roster artist for the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Community Programs in the Arts, and I do art residencies throughout the state and beyond. My love of art, literature, and foreign languages come together in my work, which often includes texts and maps. My painting, Geography of Home, a large-scale map of the Twin Cities made out of the words and languages of people who live there, is hanging in the Minneapolis Mayor’s office and will be on view at the Minnesota History Center next year. Meanwhile, I continue to develop ‘Talking Suitcases,’ my art- and community-building project that brings together people from all walks of life to create art about their stories and what matters most to them. The work explores issues of immigration, grief, loss, spirituality, and identity, and currently focuses on building personal connection among residents in public housing. (See my Web site”

Lisa Arrowood was named cochair of the tort committee of the litigation section of the Boston Bar Association. The tort committee considers all matters relating to injury and damage to persons and property. Lisa is a founding partner at Todd & Weld LLP and a graduate of Harvard Law School.

Jonathan Bell (see Bernie Bell ’42).

Jayne Seminare Docherty writes: “I made full professor and achieved the Eastern Mennonite Univ. equivalent of tenure this year. I celebrated my 50th birthday by riding horses on a 4,000-acre ranch in Alberta. Life continues to be full of interesting peace-building work and travels: Lebanon, India, Sri Lanka, Jordan, and various places in Europe, as well as much work in the United States. The Shenandoah Valley is beautiful, and it is always nice to come home. Sorry to miss the reunion, but it is in the middle of our Summer Peace Building Institute. For more about what I do see:”

Howard Feldstein writes: “I married Kathleen Flowers on July 7, 2007. We packed St. John Coltrane African Orthodox Church in San Francisco with family and friends, including Pak Chan ’79, then honeymooned in Italy. We live in Santa Cruz, Calif., with two wonderful cats—Hurricane Katrina refugees who were airlifted here by Doris Day! Kathleen is a bilingual kindergarten teacher and a poet. Part of our rich relationship includes her ongoing encounter with a rare form of cancer (urachal); anyone wanting to share information is welcome to contact me. Although I no longer work in public radio (I’m back in the natural-foods business), I still host a jazz program called Giant Steps every Sunday night. Trane lives!”

Jill Moser showed new paintings at the Lennon Weinberg Gallery in New York City from Nov. 1 through Dec. 8. Jill’s Web site is

Mark Reynolds (see Ben Gerhardstein ’04).

Michael Ursillo writes: “After a year of chaos, we’re finally settled in our new home in South Kingstown, R.I., and our sophomore and senior college girls have acquiesced to staying at the new nest every now and then. My firm has grown to seven attorneys so we’re looking for expanded space—the chaos thus begins anew!”

Lisa Solod Warren writes: “After living in France for two years, we returned in the summer of 2003. In January 2005, my husband and I separated, and our divorce was finalized a year later. I am fortunate to be married now to an amazing man, Michael Warren. This past summer we moved down the road to Staunton, Va., where my daughter attends Stuart Hall School. My son, after a year at Colgate, is now taking courses at the Univ. of Virginia and working in Charlottesville. My first book, Desire: Women Write About Wanting, was published by Seal Press in early November. Check out my Web site at for more information. I do hope to make it to reunion.”

Marcia Zaiac Wasser writes: “All is well with the Wassers! Maddie ’10 is a happy sophomore at Brown, and Caryn is a freshman (also happy) at the Univ. of Maryland. Our baby, Melissa, is in 8th grade. We recently celebrated her bat mitzvah with dear Brown friends in attendance: Paula Condaxis Angell, Rob Angell, Lynn Steinberg Redd, Tracy Miller, and Randy Seiler Margulis. Dan Wasser ’76 still enjoys entertainment law, and I still enjoy advertising.”

From the November / December 2007 Issue

Marcia Zaiac Wasser and Daniel Wasser ’76 write: “Greetings from the Wassers! We’re happy to report that Maddie had an awesome freshman year at Brown. Our second-born, Caryn, is heading the other way on Amtrak to attend the Univ. of Maryland. That leaves Melissa, 13, home alone with mom and dad. See you at our 30th reunion!” Dan continues to practice entertainment law at Franklin, Weinrib, Rudell & Vassallo P.C., and Marcia is chief marketing officer at Source Communications.

From the September / October 2007 Issue

Jonathan Bell (see Meryl Smith Raskin '66).

Robert Di Marzo is the president of U.S. operations for Pfizer Animal Health.

Celia Hartmann writes: "In May I completed a master's degree in library and information science and a certificate in archival studies from the Palmer School of Long Island Univ. Returning to the classroom after almost thirty years was an eye-opener. I'm now working as a project archivist for the Winthrop Group in New York. Our daughter, Emily Garfield, '09, is halfway through her Brown education; Alice is a senior in high school."

Andrea Udoff (see Andrew Goldsmith '99).

Carl Weiner writes: "I recently enjoyed attending the Boldly Brown gathering in Philadelphia and was particularly pleased to note that my name card designated me as Carl Weiner '78 and P '11, reflecting the acceptance of my son Scott into this year's freshman class. Besides being 'Ever True to Brown,' I have an even more compelling reason to visit Brown more frequently."

From the July / August 2007 Issue

Rozan Stone Anderson writes: “In June 2005, I married Brian Anderson, an attorney here in Madison, Wis. Daughter Elissa is now a freshman at Carleton College, and daughter Shari is a freshman at the Univ. of Mich. We look forward to our next reunion!”

James V. Capecelatro and his wife have been in Colo. for twenty-eight years. Their oldest child, Maria, is part of the class of 2010.

Doug Climan writes: “I’m back in the western hemisphere after back-to-back tours of diplomatic duty in Pakistan and Afghanistan.”

Tad Devine writes: “My wife, Ellen, and I are living in McLean, Va., with our children Jackie and Thomas, who both attend Langley High School. Our daughter Anne is a sophomore at Brown. I am working as a media consultant on campaigns here in the U.S. and around the world. I am pleased that my firm was able to work on five winning U.S. Senate races this past Nov., after disappointments in both the Gore and Kerry campaigns. I plan to spend much of next year working on campaigns in Europe and Latin America, and look forward to continued success for Democrats in 2008.”

Lex duPont and his wife, Laurance, live in Los Angeles, where he is a director of photography for television and film. This spring he had two dramatic TV series on air: Lincoln Heights and Raines.

David G. Evelyn writes: “My family and I recently moved to Ithaca, N.Y., where I am the vice president for medical affairs at Cayuga Medical Center. Our oldest, Sarah, was just accepted at Brown and will be starting in 2008 after a year as a Rotary Exchange student in Brazil."

Deborah Helfner Goldman writes: “I am a busy mother of three sons and have an active academic practice in pediatric gastroenterology. My oldest son is a law student in New York City, my middle son is a junior at Brown on the crew team, and my ‘caboose’ is a 10-year-old. I love to visit Providence and would welcome any contact with my classmates.”

Paul Gordon’s son, Ben, graduated from Brown in 2006, and his daughter, Miriam, will graduate from Brown in 2008.

Andra Barmash Greene will be listed on the 2007 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in commercial litigation.

Nancy Wiegers Greenwald lives with her husband, three children, three cats, and a dog in Madison, Wis.

David Hahn writes: “‘The Mask of Sanity,’ my new electronic piece, premiered Nov. 12 at the Electric Island Concert (Bainbridge Island, Wash.) and was also performed at the Bellingham Electronic Arts Festival on Dec. 3. In Feb., the premiere of ‘W Is for Weasel,’ my four-movement suite for violin and guitar was held in Minneapolis. On Jan. 18, 2008, my ‘Concerto Anatolia’ for solo guitar and orchestra will be given its world premiere performance by the Antalya State Symphony Orchestra in Antalya, Turkey.”

Brucie Harvey has loved catching up with former Brook St. housemates Kathy Buechel ’77 and Andrea Levere ’77 this year. Formerly president of Alcoa Foundation, Kathy has been commuting from Pittsburgh to work at Harvard’s Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations. Andrea, who is president of the Corporation for Enterprise Development in Washington, D.C., has been in Providence several times dropping off, visiting, and picking up her son, Alex Mazerov ’10. The BAM’s managing editor, Brucie lives near campus with her daughter, Nellie, 9. They’ve traveled a lot this year, with trips to South Africa, Wyo., Fla., and Washington, D.C., where they ran into a third Brook St. housemate, Kirk Purvis ’77, outside the National Museum of the American Indian last fall.

Robin Denise Johnson currently owns a business doing multicultural leadership development and executive coaching. To get more information, visit www.drrobin

Benjamin D. Levine, was recently appointed to help lead funding efforts in space medicine research for the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI). NSBRI was created by NASA to research and help solve the health effects related to long-duration space travel—i.e., the upcoming lunar and Mars missions.

Leora Rosenberg Levy writes: “My twins are now 17 and looking at colleges. My younger son is looking at his brothers’ rooms, trying to decide which one he will get when they go to college! I am very active and on the board of the Bruce Museum of Arts and Sciences in Greenwich, Conn. I’m also on the board of Adopt-a-Dog, a rescue organization, and I chair a committee to build a new animal shelter in Greenwich. In addition to my three sons and my wonderful husband, Steve, I have four dogs—three Labrador retrievers and a Havanese. They are all show dogs, and my Havanese just won an Award of Merit at the Eukanuba National Championship Dog Show. This is very prestigious in the dog show world because of the level of competition. The next stop was in Westminster in Feb. and Crufts in England next year. Steve and I have also been involved politically, both locally and nationally, which is very interesting, to say the least.”

Seth Morris has been president of Carole Hochman Designs Group since 2001. He writes: “My daughter, Victoria, has just graduated from Oberlin College and has begun working at Viacom in the MTV division. We are very proud of her. My wife, Shelley, runs a very successful interior design company. I am looking forward to seeing some wonderful old friends in 2008.”

Wendy Finkel Moskowitz writes: “I am living in Rye, N.Y., with my husband, Dan. We have four children: Ari is graduating from Washington Univ. in St. Louis this year and is off to medical school; Deena is a sophomore at Washington Univ.; Rafi is in eleventh grade; and Maya is in ninth grade. I work part-time for a real-estate company in New York City.”

Esther Rolnick Nash ’81 MD is the senior medical director for Population Health and Wellness at Independence Blue Cross. Her twin girls are college sophomores, one at Brown and the other at Lehigh, and her son is in tenth grade.

Roger A. Ranz writes: “I am looking forward to the thirtieth reunion, because my son, Austin ’08, will be graduating from Brown at the same time. It’s been extra special cheering for him and his club soccer and table-tennis teams this year at national tournaments.”

Elizabeth Howlett Roberts writes: “On Jan. 2, I was sworn in as lieutenant governor of R.I., after having served ten years in the state senate. My husband, Tom, teaches at RISD. We have two daughters: Kathleen is a freshman at Carleton College and Nora is a freshman at Moses Brown School in Providence.”

Marcia Zaiac Wasser writes: “We’re thrilled to have our daughter, Maddie, at Brown, class of 2010! While she was a freshman, she lived two doors from my freshman room!”

Marc Wortman writes: “My book about the founding squad in the Navy Reserve and the nucleus of the Navy Air Service in WWI, The Millionaires’ Unit, came out last spring. It is in development as a feature film. On the family side, I’m getting it going and coming: my daughter, Rebecca, is a high-school senior and my son, Charlie, is in day care.”

From the May / June 2007 Issue

Elaine Sayers Buck writes: “My daughter Charlotte Buck ’07 will graduate from Brown in May, and we will all be there to help celebrate as history repeats itself.”

Nancy J. Hament writes: “My husband, Rick Scarola (Yale ’79, Univ. of Michigan JD ’82), and I are thrilled to announce the Sept. 7, 2006, birth of our second daughter, Caia Frances Maize Moon Hament Scarola. For all you late bloomers (like me), Caia was born from embryos we froze six—count ’em, six—years ago! She actually predates her five-year old sister, Avalon, by about six months. Technology is amazing! We’re so happy to have expanded our family, but now that we’re pushing 50, I think we’re done!”

John Kutz writes: “I was very happy with my life living in Rehoboth, Mass., working at Textron as a tax attorney, when suddenly I was seized with a massive stroke. Unable to return to work, I pouted for about two minutes until I struck on a new venture—the poetry business. The results were mildly surprising: publication from The Aurorean, Fighting Chance Magazine, Through Spider’s Eyes, Small Brushes, Poetic Voices, and South Boston Literary Gazette, among others. My spouse, Nancy (who is a gem), works, and Nicola, 10, teases her dad to death (which I love passionately), and I cook (my pork gratinée brings tears, I assure you).”

Grace Laurencin writes: “After fifteen years in a group medical practice, I left to start a concierge medical practice, the first in Santa Cruz County. I actually like the challenges posed by being a physician-entrepreneur. Most importantly, I am now practicing medicine the way I want. With two kids applying to colleges, the home front has been hectic. We’re pretty much in the cross-your-fingers-and-see mode. I look forward to seeing everyone next year.”

Peter Norvig, director of research at Google, was recognized by the Association of Computing Machinery as one of their 2006 fellows for his contributions to artificial intelligence and information retrieval. Also named were John V. Guttag ’71, ’73 ScM, professor of electrical engineering and computer science at MIT, for contributions to algebraic specifications and abstract data types, and Stanley B. Zdonik, professor of computer science at Brown, for contributions to database systems and data management.

From the January / February 2007 Issue

Peter Bearman (see Joshua Bearman ’00).

Dr. James L. Frank was named director of surgical oncology at Saint Francis Medical Center in Hartford, Conn. He and wife, Leslie, live in Longmeadow, Mass., raising Margaux, Alessandra, and James— all future potential Brown undergraduates.

Robert Jones writes: “Like many of you, I turned 50 this year—a.k.a. the new 30! I’m actually healthier than I was at Brown. I quit smoking in 1983, drinking in 1999, and I am about twenty-five pounds lighter. I’m not retired yet, but thinking about it. The last kids go to college in 2010. I would love to hear from any of you. Go, Bruno!”

Willis Pember’s environmentally friendly design for Aspen, Colorado’s Wagner Park Edge project was featured in the September issue of Architectural Record in an article called “Selling the Light of Day.” The photovoltaic-powered project has received awards from the American Institute of Architects, the American Society of Landscape Architects, and the American Council of Engineering Companies.

Lauren Krantz Reiter writes: “After nearly twenty-five years of living and practicing architecture in New York City, I have moved with my husband and two children to beautiful coastal Maine, where a more relaxed and outdoor life has already swept us up in its many charms. Less people live in our town than lived on our block in New York!”

Dr. Brad Sachs’s newest book, When No One Understands: Letters to a Teenager on Life, Loss, and the Hard Road to Adulthood (Shambhala), based on his between-sessions correspondence with a suicidal adolescent whom he was treating, was recently published. He and Dr. Karen Meckler recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary and continue raising their three teenagers (one in college, one in high school, one in middle school) and two dogs (both profoundly uneducated) in Columbia, Md.

Don Share’s new book of poems, Squandermania, is available from Salt Publishing (, and his critical edition of the poems of Basil Bunting is in the works at Faber & Faber. In January he becomes editor of Literary Imagination, the journal of the Association of Literary Scholars and Critics, which will be published by Oxford University Press. Having lectured at Oxford University by invitation of Professor of Poetry Chris topher Ricks, he returns to Oxford in ’07 to speak about poetry in translation.

Marc Wortman’s book The Millionaire’s Unit, about a group of privileged Yale undergrads who formed a flying club that became the founding squad in the Navy Air Reserves and the nucleus of the Navy Air Service in World War I, was published in the spring. Working Title Films optioned it for development as a feature film.

From the September / October 2006 Issue


Linda Jaivin writes: “My fifth novel, The Infernal Optimist (Fourth Estate, Harper- Collins Australia), a dark comedy set inside an immigration detention center, appeared to great reviews. The Sydney Morning Herald called it ‘an Australian Catch-22.’ It came out of my experiences over three years of visiting asylum seekers in detention. It’s available from”

Susan Manchester was named the top real estate attorney in the state of New Hampshire by Chambers USA. Her law firm, Manchester, N.H.–based Sheehan Phinney Bass and Green, was named the top law firm in New Hampshire in real estate law as well.

Katherine Nagler writes: “After raising five sons (now ages 14 to 25), I have been named executive director of the Indian­apolis Museum of Contemporary Art. IMOCA is a small but lively place dedicated to bringing contemporary art to Indian­apolis. I feel like I am hanging out with my kids since I am the only employee over 35, but we have a good time exhibiting edgy art in the heartland. I would love to hear from my classmates.”

Robin Spear and John Cleary are proud of their son Matthew Cleary, who was bar mitzvahed on May 20 in New York City. Leslie Goldwater Nelson and David Nelson and Jody Levine Mahr and Eugene Mahr attended.

From the May / June 2006 Issue

Lisa Christenson Caswell (see Jettabee “Chris” Christenson Edman ’54).

Peter Kovacs and Ruth Kovacs report that their oldest son, Jamie, will be a member of the class of 2010. After Hurricane Katrina, Peter writes: “We are back home in Metairie, having bought a house in Baton Rouge, fretted as our boys missed five weeks of school, and learned that a Brown education does not prepare you for the mysteries of floating sheetrock.”

Steven Miller writes: “After twenty-five years (twenty in our own boutique law firm), the practice remains exciting and demanding. Emma, 12, loves theater and writing; Aidan, 7, loves basketball and baseball. We all went to Suzanne’s Tufts reunion last year and we all look forward to our next visit to Brown!”

Annette L. Nazareth was appointed by President George W. Bush to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and sworn in on Aug. 4. She previously directed the commission’s division of market regulation, having joined the commission in 1998 as senior counsel to chairman Arthur Levitt. Annette is married to Roger W. Ferguson Jr., vice chairman of the board of governors of the Federal Reserve System. They have two children.

From the January / February 2006 Issue

Lawrence S. Benjamin is chief executive of the U.S. Foodservice division of international food giant Royal Ahold. He previously was the CEO of NutraSweet Co.

Kathleen Cote Bowling writes: “I am still practicing ob-gyn at Women & Infants Hospital in Providence. My husband, Bill Bowling ’78, died Dec. 11, 2001, after battling multiple myeloma. Our sons are well—Will is a freshman at Brown, Nate is a senior in high school, and Clark is in the eighth grade.”

Aaron Brandes writes: “I am seeking employment in bioinformatics or computational biology. Ilana is in first grade, and Tamar and Aviva have started preschool.”

Lois Bryant writes: “I have moved from Long Island, N.Y., to Ann Arbor, Mich.”

George Caraberis has been recognized as a Knight of the Order of the White Rose of Finland for his role in strengthening Finnish-American economic relations. Finnish Consul General Jukka Leino decorated George in a New York City ceremony on October 7. Classmates Gerald Massa, Michael Wallace, John Klupka, and their spouses attended. George was chairman of the Finnish-American Chamber of Commerce from 1996 to 1998 and has been a managing director for the New York investment bank Fredericks Michael & Co. for the past seventeen years.

Keith Hemmerling writes: “Five of my CDs have been added to the library of MIT’s radio station, WMBR-Boston, and I am a featured artist on Weirdsville Web Radio.”

Anna Bobiak Nagurney ’80 Ph.D. edited Innovations in Financial and Economic Networks (Edward Elgar Publishing). Anna is the John F. Smith Memorial Professor at the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and the director of the Virtual Center for Supernetworks.

Susan Sampliner writes that she is company manager of Wicked, a big new Broadway musical at the Gershwin Theatre.

Brent Taylor writes: “I was promoted to global head of compliance for JP Morgan Chase, where I am also a managing director and associate general counsel. I’m having fun coaching the soccer team of my youngest daughter, Jackie, and am enjoying life with my wife, Carla, and my two girls.”

Jan Zlotnick writes: “I was honored to direct and cowrite and produce (with Mike Wallace and Jerry Massa) The Magnificent Andersons, the story of the 1976 Ivy League Champions and 2001 Hall of Fame Team. The film was dedicated to the memory and inspirational lives of coach John Anderson; Lt. Charlie Margiotta ’79, a firefighter who was killed responding to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York City; and Dave Zucconi ’55. It also honors and recognizes Ron Dalgliesh ’91 and Artemis Joukowsky ’55. The 35-minute documentary was enjoyed by teammates, friends, family, and supporters of the 1976 team just prior to the 125th Brown Football Anniversary Dinner at the Westin, Providence, where ESPN’s Chris Berman was master of ceremonies. The film was made possible by contributions of thousands of print and video images and other reference materials, and by the financial support of alumni including Mike Sherman, Mike Prairie, Chris Berman, Jim Love ’78, Seth Morris ’78, Stan Maximovich ’79, Rich Riddle ’78, Bob Farnham, Brian Delle Donne ’78, Bob Forster ’79, Jan Zlotnick, Mike Wallace, Jerry Massa, George Caraberis, Gerry Muzzillo, and Wally Shields ’80.

From the March / April 2005 Issue

David Hahn writes: “My piece Passionate Isolation, a three-movement suite for guitar and mandolin, has won the 2004 composition contest sponsored by the Classical Mandolin Society of America (CMSA). The award carries a cash prize. The piece will be featured at the next CMSA conference in Denver 2005.” Listeners can hear a free MP3 of David’s audio animation Ooka Fookoo at His electronic piece “Goo Me”was released on Capstone Records’ 60x60 CD as a compilation of Vox Novus.

John C. Plotkin joined Harry M. Sterling and James P. Gregory as a member of the firm’s Denver office. He has more than twenty years’ experience in complex commercial litigation and dispute resolution including property disputes, valuation, construction, securities, corporate governance, and bankruptcy litigation.

From the November / December 2004 Issue

Michael Blumstein left Morgan Stanley after thirteen years to try working in a smaller company. “I have become the chief financial officer of the Gerson Lehrman Group, a rapidly expanding, well-positioned provider of research expertise to institutional investors,” he writes. “I couldn’t be more pleased by the move. On the home front, Jonah, 17, is gearing up to apply to colleges this fall; Amanda, 13, is preparing for her bat mitzvah; and Cara, 6, is poised to enter the first grade. Eve and I have convinced ourselves that the tumult keeps us young.”

Bill Lichtenstein and his company, Lichtenstein Creative Media (LCM), received several broadcast journalism honors for recent programs, including a Media Award from the United Nations for the special report “War,” hosted by John Hockenberry, which aired on the national weekly public radio series The Infinite Mind. The program was also honored with a Gold World Medal from the International Radio Awards of the New York Festivals, which also awarded the show the Grand Award, designating it the “best news and information programming for 2003.” LCM also won a Grand Award from the American Women in Television and Radio for The Infinite Mind program on domestic violence, and a Gracie Allen Award for the documentary film West 47th Street, which aired on PBS’s P.O.V. LCM also won an award from the National Mental Health Association for an episode of The Infinite Mind series titled “In Any Language: Immigrant Mental Health.” Bill lives in New York with his wife, June, and four-year-old daughter, Rose.

From the September / October 2004 Issue

David Hahn completed a three-movement suite for mandolin and guitar called “Passionate Isolation” and is working on some electronic music and compositions for choir. He writes: “The past season has been a busy one. On June 1, I saw the performance of my percussion ensemble ‘Mbira’ at Seattle’s Kane Hall by the Univ. of Washington’s percussion ensemble. In April, my friend, guitarist Cem Duruoz, played my ‘4 Short Pieces for Classical Guitar’ as part of his Carnegie Hall debut program. In March the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra gave a series of three performances of my ‘Concerto ala Barocco.’ ” For more information and music excerpts, visit

Fred Jacobs (see Michael J. Hutter ’67).

Randall Kaplan was elected chairman of the board of Hillel, the largest Jewish campus organization in the world, after serving as the chairman-elect for the last year. He is the owner and CEO of Capsule Group and a resident of Greensboro, N.C.

Roosevelt “Robby” Robinson III writes: “After thirteen years owning a Ford dealership, I have decided to complicate my life even more by buying a second dealership on the north side of Dayton, Ohio. That, and two high school students at home, makes life exciting. It was great to see so many people at our 25th reunion last year.”

Elliot Steger writes: “I released my fourth CD of original jazz compositions for piano and trio, Joyful Blue, and performed at a CD-release concert for an audience of 700 people. I donate profits to the American Cancer Society, the Alzheimer’s Association, and the MS Society.” For more information visit CD?”

From the July / August 2004 Issue

Doug Climan is a U.S. Foreign Service officer posted as economic counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad. He writes: “Post-9/11 Pakistan has emerged as a key ally in the global war on terrorism, and while security threats make day-to-day living a bit of a challenge, it has been an extraordinary opportunity on the cutting edge of U.S. foreign policy.” Doug administers a multibillion-dollar economic assistance program focused on education, health care, and democratization initiatives. This fall he begins a year at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Diane Heller writes: “Los Angeles is well infiltrated with Brown alumni. There are Brown groups for every interest. I joined all of them in 2004 and can attend at least two Brown events a week, assuring me that, at least twice a week, someone will understand me. In Los Angeles we have (1) the only alumna group outside Providence, (2) the regular Brown Club, (3) the Brown Entertainment Group, (3) a Brown subgroup within Siggraph (computer graphics), and soon (4) an all-Brown supermarket featuring a take-out facility called The Ratty and built right next to the No-Carb Market. (The latter is actually real.) Around the turn of the century, I was employed by non-Brown people (I am very liberal) in documentary filmmaking—Celebrate the Century, for CNN. Happily, during those years technology finally caught up to me, making animation all the more enjoyable. Thus my new Web site:, which shows film clips and takes the place of a demo reel. It’s great to be back in animation, as I can work from Los Angeles or back in New Hampshire. I need plenty of free time for Brown events. See you soon.”

Hilary Kacser is pleased to continue her collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History as part of the new exhibit, “America on the Move.” She portrays Flossie Mae Harp Haggard, mother of singer-songwriter Merle Haggard. Bringing to life the true story of one family’s 1930s migration from Oklahoma to California along the famed Route 66 (an actual piece of the US Highway forms part of the exhibit), this ten-minute, one-woman installation within the larger exhibit will be performed on “Route 66” on select Saturdays between April 10 and July 31.

Newton Key and Robert Bucholz coedited Sources and Debates in English History, 1485–1714, and cowrote Early Modern England, 1485–1714: A Narrative History.

M. Carell Laurent writes: “I am back in the United States after nearly twenty years of living and working overseas. The culture shock and adjustment is harder for me than for my two children, Nicholas, 16, and Caitlin, 11, who are both thrilled to be experiencing Washington, D.C. I am with the Office of Food for Peace in the U.S. Agency for International Development and would love to hear from old friends.”

Steve Narr writes: “My move to the corporate offices of Dominion Exploration & Production Inc. dictated relocation to Houston in the past year. The weather is good but traffic is terrible. I travel regularly to Oklahoma City; New Orleans; Richmond, Va.; and Calgary, Canada. Anyone up for dinner? My wife, Susan, has joined the pediatric cardiovascular surgical team at Texas Children’s Hospital.”

David Shields has published Body Politic: The Great American Sport Machine. Two earlier books Remote: Reflections on Life in the Shadow of Celebrity and Heroes: A Novel, have been reissued in paperback.

Erroll G. Southers is an adjunct professor of terrorism, homeland security, and public policy at USC. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has chosen USC as the first Homeland Security Center of Excellence. The university is expected to receive $12 million over the next three years to study risk analysis related to the economic consequences of terrorist threats and events.

From the May / June 2004 Issue

Abby Cohen writes: “Despite the drenching rain, I had a great time seeing wonderful friends at our 25th reunion, including Missy O’Hayer Towne; Villu Maricq; Dan Tisch and his wife, Robbie; Elliot and Marlene Fantucchio Steger; Michael Gevelber and his wife, Michele; Chuck MacFarland and his wife, Jane; Alan Mills and Karen Zaccor; Mandy Stearns Merullo; Gary Maltz; Harold Ginsberg; David Slepian; Marjorie Swig; and many others. The only person missing was my roommate at Brown, Nancy Bell, who died in a fire a few years after graduation. Her absence was truly palpable. We searched for the tree we planted in her memory at our fifth reunion but weren’t sure which one it was. David Mantell did the investigative work to locate the tree, and with the incredible assistance of Dorcas Baker at Brown, we were able to install a plaque in August in memory of Nancy. Steve Shorofsky, who wasn’t able to attend the reunion, joined with us to fund the plaque.”

Catherine J. Golden’s recent publication, Images of the Woman Reader in Victorian British and American Fiction (University Press of Florida, 2003) is in fact her fifth publication and not her first as incorrectly stated in the March/April ’04 issue.

Annette Nazareth (see Delores LaPorte Nazareth ’55).

Tom Turnbull II is still enjoying running Soccer Skills and Drills Inc., now in its fifteenth year. His wife, Ann, is breeding toy poodles and Chinese crested dogs.

Pam Weisberg announces the April 11, 2003, arrival of her second son, Kalman Jacob Weisberg. “Big brother Simon, 5, and I are both thrilled,” she writes. “Sorry for the belated notice; Kal has been an easy baby and Simon is a very helpful older brother, but the trials of being a working single mom allow for some things to fall through the cracks.”

From the March / April 2004 Issue

John Blebea just moved to Philadelphia as professor of surgery and chief of the section of vascular surgery at Temple. He writes: “After six years at Penn State and Hershey, the traffic takes a bit of getting used to!”

Christopher A. Freiberger has been promoted to vice president/director at St. Mary’s Bank, Manchester, N.H.

Catherine Golden is now professor of English at Skidmore College. In November 2003 she published her first book, Images of the Woman Reader in Victorian British and American Fiction (Univ. Press of Florida). Catherine writes: “The book explores the vibrant reading debate during the nineteenth century on both sides of the Atlantic.”

David Hahn attended the premiere of his Concerto alla Barocco for four guitars and orchestra in November at the Riverfront Theater in Owensboro, Ky. The piece is scheduled for performances with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra in March. On Dec. 4, 2003, the Univ. of Washington Singers premiered David’s Christmas carol, Tirlee, Tirlo, and in January the same ensemble premiered his sacred choral work, De omnibus apotolis. In March, guitarist Cem Duruoz will perform his 4 Short Pieces as part of his Carnegie Hall debut, and in June, the Univ. of Washington’s Percussion Ensemble will perform his Mbira.

Nathaniel Philbrick (see James W. Hanner ’58).

From the January / February 2004 Issue

Kenneth B. Ain ’81 M.D. writes: “Much has happened in more than two decades. Although I started out as an endocrinologist in the late 1980s at the National Institutes of Health, I joined the faculty of the University of Kentucky in 1991 to start the thyroid oncology program. My two sons, Jacob, 8, and Maxwell, 10, are doing well. Both they and their dad have been blessed by my recent marriage to M. Sara Rosenthal, who has joined the U.K. faculty as an assistant professor of bioethics. Sara combines her academic pursuits with her role as a health writer and publisher.”

John Blebea was appointed section chief of vascular surgery at Temple University Hospital and professor of surgery at Temple University School of Medicine. He will also serve as director of Temple’s Vascular Diagnostic Laboratory and director of Temple’s Vascular Surgery Fellowship Program. John previously was a professor of surgery and radiology at Penn State College of Medicine.

Attilio Cecchin writes: “Sophia Rose Cecchin was born on May 31. Sophia, Susan, and I reside in Brookline, Mass.”

Sid Good and his brother Bruce ’85 run Good Marketing, Inc., a product development and consulting firm specializing in the kids market. They have worked with Fisher-Price, Hasbro, and Mattel, among others. Sid and Bruce report that their nephew, Josh Miller, will be graduating from Brown in May and is this year’s co-chair of the Entrepreneurship Program.

Frederick. J. Jacobs has been appointed to the new government relations team of Hodgson Russ. He advises heath care and other business entities on matters involving governmental relations at the federal, state, and local levels.

Stephen Keefe writes: “I want to let my former classmates and friends know that I was interviewed for a History Channel documentary titled Dracula’s Family Tree. My involvement grew out of a trip I took in the summer of 1972 with a Romanian friend whose father, Boston College history professor Radu Florescu, has spent several decades researching the links between his family and the 15th-century Wallachian prince Vlad Tepes, whom the Romanians refer to as Dracula. In July 2002, thirty years after our first visit, my friend and I returned to Romania to be interviewed by a British journalist for the documentary.”

Andy Revkin is the winner of the National Academies Communication Award for Newspaper/Magazine. Andy, a science reporter for the New York Times, was recognized for his insightful, comprehensive coverage of the complex science and policy issues of global climate change. He received a $20,000 cash award during a ceremony on Nov. 14 at the National Academies’ Beckman Center in Irvine, Calif.

From the November / December 2003 Issue

Patricia Howell Geyer (see Maxwell Howell ’51).

Peter Lauro joined Edwards & Angell as a partner in the intellectual property practice group in the firm’s Boston office.

Wendy Yondorf’s new play, I’m Peggy Guggenheim and You’re Not, was given two staged readings at the Mint Theatre in New York City in June.

From the May / June 2003 Issue

Don Share writes that his third book, Union (Zoo Press/Univ. of Nebraska Press), a collection of poems, received a glowing review in Publishers Weekly.

Lisa Solod writes: “We have been living in Paris, where my husband is on leave from his university professor job. Our two children are in a bilingual school and are now fluent in French. I am still writing fiction, essays, and articles and am very much enjoying living abroad again. We will return to Virginia this summer.”

From the March / April 2003 Issue

Class secretary Beth Davis writes: “Ready, set—our 25th reunion is around the corner. We have a fun lineup of events planned for our classmates and families over the weekend, including a reception with President Ruth Simmons on Friday afternoon, a gala dinner under a tent on the College Green before Campus Dance, a family picnic on Saturday afternoon, and a champagne-and-dessert reception at the Pops Concert on Saturday night. Then on Sunday, we’ll have our class meeting and a wonderful seminar featuring Tom Binet, followed by a clambake, which will be hosted by leadership gifts committee cochair Sam Mencoff and his wife Ann, at their home in Newport. Monday, of course, is the Commencement march down the hill—a highlight worth staying for. You can get more information from reunion headquarters at (401) 863-1947, or e-mail Don’t forget to check out all the latest class news on our Web site, Come, enjoy, and catch up on the changes in Providence, at Brown, and, of course, with our classmates.”

Bill Barnert writes: “After taking a year off, I decided to finally pursue the degree everyone thought I already had—a master’s in computer science—at Tufts University. I’m hoping to see lots of familiar faces at our 25th reunion this May.

Laurie Rocchio ’78 (see Nancy Dee ’82).

From the November / December 2002 Issue

Clint Andrews writes that he teaches planning at Rutgers University and has published Humble Analysis: The Practice of Joint Fact-Finding (Praeger, 2002). He and his partner, Ellen Cotter, will spend a sabbatical next year in England. Find them at

Elliot Steger writes: "My third CD, Making Time, made up of original jazz compositions for trio and solo piano, was recently released. I was featured on WICN-FM's Jazz New England program and have played several benefit concerts. All profits from the CD go to the American Cancer Society, the Alzheimer's Association, and the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Sample or purchase the CD at"

From the September / October 2002 Issue

Kim Brown Fader writes: "With great sadness I report the loss of my husband, Bruce Fader, who died suddenly in February. Survivors include my two children, Ben Fader, 17, and Sophie Fader, 12; three adult children from Bruce's previous marriage, including Anna Fader, Emily Fader, and Alexander Fader; and his mother, Beulah Rothman."

David Shields has published Enough about You: Adventures in Autobiography (Simon & Schuster).

From the July / August 2002 Issue

Jayne Seminare Docherty writes: "I am now associate professor of conflict studies in the Conflict Transformation Program at Eastern Mennonite University. My book, Learning Lessons from Waco: When the Parties Bring Their Gods to the Negotiation Table (Syracuse University Press), was published in November. We love living in the Shenandoah Valley."

Josh Elbaum (see Rhona Edelbaum '84).

Felicia Moreland Robinson writes: "I'm living and working as a nurse-midwife in southern New Hampshire. Son William, 7, and my husband, David, and I are all eagerly awaiting our trip to Russia to adopt Tanya, 11."

From the May / June 2002 Issue

Bill Barnert writes: "After almost twenty years at the same company, I decided to take a sabbatical. I am volunteering with Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, working with homeless kids, tutoring high school students, doing more public speaking on gay rights with SpeakOut, and performing in a musical."

Nancy Hament and her husband, Rick Scarola (Yale '79), celebrated the Nov. 30 birth of Avalon Grace Hament Scarola. Nancy writes: "All friends with good advice on parenting (for us latecomers) are welcome to e-mail."

Eve Simon Oettinger (see Marilyn and Bill Simon '54).

Jeffrey Prudden writes: "I am tennis director for several children's camps. Classmates, please look me up." J

Herb Schultz writes: "In 1997, after fifteen years in New York, my wife, Denise, and I decided to move to sunny south Florida to open our own insurance business. We have three children: Matt, 19, is a freshman at the University of Florida; Michelle, 16, is a junior in high school; and Eric, 10, is in 5th grade."

Erroll Southers is a security consultant for Arnold's All-Stars, a program supported by actor Arnold Schwarzenegger to help inner-city schoolkids. Erroll, a former FBI special agent, is president and CEO of Risk Management Consultants International.

From the September / October 2000 Issue

David Hahn writes: "I was awarded a 2000 GAP grant from Seattle’s Artist Trust. The grants support the composition, creation, and recording of an original-music CD of experimental electric guitar and samples. My project, with the working title StopShots, will have as its theme the epidemic of gun violence that is gripping our country."

Judith Wainger Johnson writes: "Deciding that twenty-two years between degrees was enough, I graduated in May from Simmons College with a master’s in communications management. I also experienced graduation from the other side of the podium as one of the commencement speakers. I have been in Rhode Island for ten years, working for the past eight at Johnson & Wales, where I am executive director of communications. I live in Warwick with my two teenage children, Alexis and Ian, and would love to get in touch with classmates in the area."

Tracy E. Miller was elected chair of the New York State Bar Association’s 1,100- member health-law section. She is a clinical associate professor at the department of health policy at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

From the July / August 2000 Issue

Martin Carr ’81 M.D., of Fullerton, Calif., writes: "My wife, Mary, and I enjoy raising our sons: David, 6; James, 41Ú2; and John Patrick, 21Ú2. Classmate Brian Margolis ’81 M.D. visited us last summer with his wonderful wife, Rachel, and their four children. We scanned a photograph of ourselves and e-mailed it to Ken Bloch ’81 M.D. We hope our classmates are having a great year."

Cathy Gill Oulighan (see Diana Coates Gill ’54).

Joshua Hammerman writes that his book, Seeking God in Cyberspace, will be published in September. A preview is online at Josh is rabbi of Temple Beth El in Stamford, Conn. His previous publications include three personal essays for the New York Times Magazine. He and Mara Aisenberg Hammerman ’81, a psychologist and adjunct professor at Norwalk Community College, have lived in Stamford for thirteen years. Josh, Mara, and their children – Ethan, 9, and Daniel, 7 – would love to hear from Brown friends.

Nancy Librett lives outside Philadelphia with her husband, Jeffrey Lindy, who is a criminal defense attorney, and her two children: Isaac, 8, and Olivia, 41 1/2. After working in advertising and living in New York City for ten years, Nancy is now a freelance copywriter.

From the May / June 2000 Issue

Robert Aaronson writes: "It’s been a big year. My wife, Anne, and I had our first child, Jonah Lucas, on May 5, 1999. We spent most of the fall in Toronto on the set of my first film as an independent producer. Two of Us, starring Aidan Quinn as Paul McCartney and Jared Harris as John Lennon, was broadcast on VH1 in February. I have since returned to the film-executive ranks as vice president of acquisitions and coproductions for Seven Arts Films, a domestic film-distribution and international-sales company."

Donna Osborne Bradley writes: "After practicing law for a number of years, I have changed careers. I am director of the Job Alliance of St. Louis, a twelve-week biblically based employment program. Job Alliance is one ministry of World Impact, which has ministries in many inner cities in the United States. I finally love my job! Over the years, I have lost touch with many classmates and would love to hear from them."

Bob Fertik, of New York City, writes that he and David Lytel ’80 have launched to provide Internet services for Democratic candidates and voters, and to transform politics for the digital age.

John Paul Grandy, of Hockessin, Del., writes that his daughter, Samantha, 13, is back in the U.S. after studying for two years in Southern India. His son, Robert, 7, is in the second grade.

Fred Jacobs writes: "In January I was named a partner and head of the health-law practice in the New York City office of Greenberg, Traurig."

Saul Shapiro writes that he made the jump from old media to new when he left ABC to join Gist Communications as C.O.O. in December. Gist ( provides TV listings on the Internet. "Make us your home page," Saul writes, adding: "Our twins, Frances and Spencer, 4, are in preschool here in Manhattan. Soon enough, I suppose it’s off to the ’burbs."

From the March / April 2000 Issue

Charlotte Bruce “Brucie” Harvey writes that she traveled to China last spring to adopt her daughter, Nellie Ting, who turned 2 in February. After a five-month leave, Brucie is back at work part-time helping to edit Boston College Magazine.

From the January / February 2000 Issue

Julia Bady married Robert McGuigan (Carleton College '64) on Aug. 21 in Greenfield, Mass. She is now stepmother of Abby, 17, and Gabe, 19. "Instant family!" she writes. They live in Turners Falls, Mass., where Julia teaches piano. She also performs concerts throughout New England. Robert is a mathematics professor at Westfield State College, an amateur violinist and violist, and an avid Go player. Since 1992, Julia has been studying and teaching the Taubman technique, a method of piano playing that she reports dramatically improves fluidity, ease, and interpretation, and can also heal and prevent technique-related injuries. Julia and Robert would love to hear from friends.

Bill Hamlin (see Marty Lawyer '63).

Susan Jacobson has published Communication Skills for Conservation Professionals (Island Press). She is an associate professor in the wildlife ecology and conservation department and director of the program for studies in tro- pical conservation at the University of Florida at Gainesville.

Don Share writes that he was awarded the Premio Valle-Inclan from the U.K. Society of Authors for his work translating Miguel Hernandez. The prize is tentatively scheduled to be presented in London by the Spanish ambassador.

David Shields has published Black Planet: Facing Race During an NBA Season (Crown/Random House). An excerpt appeared in the New York Times Magazine.

From the November / December 1999 Issue

Cathy Gill Oulighan (see Diana Gill '54).

Paul Stoddard (see Marshall H. Cohen '54).

From the September / October 1999 Issue

Fred Meyers, his wife, Sue, and sons Alex and Zachary are keeping busy in Chester County, Pa. Fred is finishing his eleventh year in private practice in gastroenterology and is finally learning how to surf the Web.

From the July / August 1999 Issue

Marc D. Machlin, Silver Spring, Md., has joined the board of editors of the Antitrust Report, a monthly journal. Marc is a partner in the antitrust group of Pepper Hamiliton.

Annette Nazareth, Washington, D.C., is the new director of the market regulation division at the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C. Her mother, Dolores LaPorte Nazareth '55, reports that Annette is the first woman to hold this influential position. Annette will be the principal regulator of the securities markets, the clearance and settlement system, and the investment banking community. She is married to Roger Ferguson, a Federal Reserve Board member. They have two children. Annette and Roger were delighted to meet President E. Gordon Gee at Renaissance Weekend in December.

David Paul, Hermosa Beach, Calif., and his wife, Leyla Woods, announce the birth of Lazlo Samuel on Feb. 4. Sylvia Aranka, their first child, will soon be 3. David is senior international counsel for Honda at its Americas headquarters in Torrance, Calif.

Russell Wasley has a law practice in San Luis Obispo, Calif.

From the May / June 1999 Issue

Jonathan Blake and his wife, Lisa, have returned home and settled on the North Shore of Chicago after three-and-a-half years in Singapore, where Jonathan was a regional account director for McDonald's Restaurants. Jonathan writes: "We left as a couple, but have returned as a family, having produced two adorable little boys while living overseas. Adam Fairbanks, 2, and Andrew Harris, 9 months, are adjusting admirably to their new surroundings." Jonathan has begun a new assignment with the Leo Burnett ad agency as the vice president and international account director on Hallmark Greeting Cards. "Singapore was terrific, affording us the opportunity for extensive travel and adventure throughout the Asia/Pacific region, but it's equally great to be back home, closer to family and friends."

Debbie Brown writes: "Employing procrastination skills honed at Brown both in the event and the reporting, I married Gene Gindi in August 1993." Many Brown alums attended. Debbie is an associate professor of biochemistry and cell biology at SUNY-Stony Brook.

Paolo B. DePetrillo '81 M.D. and Mark McDonough have published The Alcohol Withdrawal Treatment Manual, the first full-length work on the subject. Paolo is a senior investigator at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md. Mark is a Web applications designer in Reston, Va. Their book has a Web site at They're already hard at work on their second book.

Celia Hartmann (see Ruth Bains Hartmann '43.)

Erroll G. Southers writes: "I have had a blessed year. After serving for five years as chief of protective services at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, I have been named assistant vice president of visitor services. This came at a crucial time as we prepared to host 'Van Gogh's Van Goghs' earlier this year. Last spring I completed a master's in public administration at the University of Southern California. While serving on the board of directors of the Western Museums Association, I was named chair of the American Society for Industrial Security's international standing committee for libraries, museums, and cultural properties. I spend a great deal of time traveling and conducting seminars and workshops on visitor services, emergency preparedness, and risk management. As the saying goes, 'You can rest when you are dead!' During a recent visit to the National Gallery of Art, I was able to catch up with Eliot Battle and Charles Watkins. It was great to see and hear that our classmates are all doing well."

From the March / April 1999 Issue

Karen Berlin Ishii moved from London to Boston last summer, and is settled in Brookline with her sons Jun, 14, and Kei, 9. Karen writes: "The children are very much enjoying their first experience living in America and going to school in English, having been born overseas and raised abroad all their lives until now. Brookline is very charming, and I, too, am thrilled to be back in the United States after sixteen years living abroad." Karen is a Web designer, with a showcase site at Any Brown alums in the field are encouraged to get in touch, as are, of course, any long-lost friends.

Richard Lindsay (see Mary Williams Lindsay '52).

From the January / February 1999 Issue

Robert Anderson and his wife, Siew-Kim, New York City, announce the birth of Julian, their third child. Robert writes: "I'm fortunate to be able to spend time with the family, as I enjoy a year's sabbatical after selling my partnership in Furman Sely to ING."

Richard L. Field served as a U.S. delegate to the U.N. Commission on International Trade Law, a working group on electronic commerce that is harmonizing national rules for electronic signatures, in July. In March he spoke on electronic commerce in Asia at the dedication ceremonies for Harvard's Asia Center. Richard practices technology law and is an adjunct professor in electronic finance at the Columbia Business School.

David Gernert lives in Katonah, N.Y., with his wife, Nancy, and four children, Annalie, Jack, Luke, and Hope. A literary agent in New York City, his clients include Mark Childress, John Grisham, Peter Guralnick, and Peter Straub.

Michael Holleran has published Boston's "Changeful Times": Origins of Preservation and Planning in America (John Hopkins University Press).

Grace Laurencin writes: "Life is good in Santa Cruz. My son, Jordy, will shortly be a bar mitzvah. My daughter, Maya, is entering fourth grade. My private family-medicine practice is full and challenging. I am now recovering from a trip to Europe with my partner and our four kids, as well as from my first backpacking expedition."

Michael Margulis '81 M.D., Roslyn, N.Y., announces the birth of Ilana, who is greatly loved by her sister, Jessica, who is 6.

Tani Hofferman Sapirstein, Longmeadow, Mass., is busy practicing employment law. "My husband and I are in practice together," she writes. "Our third-grade daughter is poised to move into the family business."

Don Share has edited Seneca in English (Penguin Classics), a compilaton of the poetry of playwright and philosopher Seneca the Younger.

Elliot Steger has released his first CD of original solo piano music. The songs are an eclectic mix of new age, jazz, blues, and pop tunes that he has composed during the past twenty years. Profits from the CD will go to health-related charities, including the American Cancer Society, the Multiple Sclerosis Society, and the Alzheimer's Association. Elliot, who continues his "day job" as an internist at Acton Medical Associates, lives in Acton, Mass., with his wife, Marlene Fantucchio Steger, and children, Jessica, 13, and Adam, 10. Visit http:// for information about Elliot's CD.

From the November / December 1998 Issue

Class secretary Beth Davis reports: With Brown Reunion tambourines in hand, we made a joyful noise while marching down the hill, ending our reunion festivities in style. The tambourines were the brainchild of Diane Heller and were the envy of the classes marching near us. Other highlights of the weekend included Campus Dance, field day, dinner and dancing at the Westin Hotel, and the well-attended Pops concert with Ray Charles. Thanks to Brian Daves for arranging the music at our reunion headquarters for the post-Pops party, demonstrating that there are members of our class who can still party late.

About 200 of our classmates and their families came back to campus for the reunion events. If anyone has any pictures you can part with or make copies of, we are putting together a class album. Please include a caption, with the names of people in the picture and send them to Kate Barry, 577 Main St., Warren, R.I. 02885.

U.S. Navy Capt. Patricia L. Buss '81 M.D. has reported for duty at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Md. She joined the Navy in 1977.

Stephanie de Jesus writes: "I've been working hard as the new medical director of Palm Gardens/Palm Tree nursing care facilities in Brooklyn, N.Y., maintaining an affiliation with Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. Hi to classmates who can remember back to the days of the Latin-American students organization."

Annette LaPorte Nazareth is managing director at Salomon Smith Barney in New York. Her husband, Roger W. Ferguson Jr. is a member of the board of governors of the Federal Reserve System. They have two children, Roger III, 7, and Caroline, 4. Annette's mother is Dolores LaPorte Nazareth '55.

David Shields's novel Dead Languages was recently reissued in paperback by Graywolf Press in its Rediscovery series. His new book, Black Planet, which uses the Seattle Sonics' 1994-95 NBA season as a vehicle for exploring American race relations, is forthcoming next year from Harmony Books/ Crown, a division of Random House.

Earl D. Varney recently left the world of banking to join The Vanguard Group of Investment Companies in Malvern, Pa., as a risk manager and manager of corporate insurance needs for a mutual fund complex. "It has been a hectic six months with plenty of new challenges in 1998," he writes. "All in all, it has been a great career move."

From the September / October 1998 Issue

Mike Blumstein and his wife, Eve Caligor, announce the birth of Cara Joan Blumstein on Feb. 22. Cara has been a real novelty for Jonah, 11, and Amanda, 61Ž2. Mike is a managing director covering insurance stocks in the equity research department at Morgan Stanley Dean Witter in New York City.

Andrew Chaikin's book, A Man on the Moon, was recently released in paperback. The HBO miniseries From Earth to the Moon was based in part on the book.

Don Share translated poems by Miguel Hernández for I Have Lots of Heart: Selected Poems (Dufour Editions) and wrote the book's introduction. Don is a poet, editor, and translator who works for Partisan Review. His translations of Hernández from Spanish received the PEN/New England Discovery Award for translation.

Warren J. Strudwick Jr. has served as team physician and orthopedic surgeon for the Oakland Raiders for the past two years. He remains the only African-American physician caring for a team in the National Football League. In 1996, Warren served as a physician for the Olympics and for the U.S. track and field team. He is also team physician for the University of California, Berkeley.

From the July / August 1998 Issue

Jeanne E. Adams (RUE) is enjoying retirement by the ocean in Falmouth, Mass. She and her husband, Levi (a vice president emeritus at Brown), are still active in several health-related Rhode Island institutions and are picking up some volunteer activities in Falmouth.

Edith Adams Allison, Amherst, Mass., writes: "My life in a small town includes four kids, a Waldorf School, and the ongoing course in Life 101."

Paul Ayoub, Newton, Mass., is a partner in the Boston firm of Peabody & Arnold, focusing on real estate and finance development. He and his wife, Jane, have a daughter, Lizzie.

Eliot Battle completed his dermatology residency in June in Washington, D.C., and was planning on doing a fellowship at Harvard in laser research.

Richard Bauerfeld, Wilton, Conn., announces the birth of Gregory on June 3, 1997. He joins brothers Eric, 7, and Jonathan, 4.

Steven L. Blazar was named chief of orthopedic surgery at Miriam Hospital in Providence. He specializes in spine surgery and is a managing partner of the Orthopedic Group, a ten-person practice. Steven lives in Providence with his wife, Cheryl, and two children, Ilyse, 7, and Jonathan, 5.

John Blebea, Hummelstown, Pa., works at Penn State College of Medicine as an associate professor of surgery and director of the vascular diagnostic laboratory and the vascular research lab.

Taunya M. Brownlee graduated from Georgetown University's school of medicine in 1991 and completed her residency at the Georgetown University/Providence Hospital family practice program in 1994. In private practice until 1997, she is now a physician with the Police and Fire Clinic in Washington, D.C., where she provides medical services to public-safety employees.

John S. Burnham and Rachel Balaban '80 have lived in Middletown, R.I., for nine years and have three energetic daughters: Isabel, 9, Olivia, 7, and Sophie, 41/2. John writes: "They lead us from school to dance studio to soccer field."

Adrienne Muller Camesas, West Islip, N.Y., is married with two small children. She is in the midst of a large cardiology group merger to deal with the pressures of managed care and the health-care revolution.

Seth Cohen writes: "After fourteen years in Manhattan, I just moved to Park Slope, Brooklyn. I call it `Big Sky Country.' And I'm having a blast with my business, making videos for weddings, bar mitzvahs, etc. I enjoy finding funny, human stories on these red-letter days."

Lee F. Callander Doyle, Watertown, Mass., became certified as an infant and toddler teacher and has been teaching at the daycare center her daughter, Rosita, attends. Lee writes: "Rosita has become a cheerful, zippy, sweet toddler! As a single parent, I'm often tired, but she is just so wonderful that I perk up and keep going. (I do miss playing in a band and don't have a social life to speak of. These thing are on the back burner till she gets older, I guess.) She is the greatest, most unexpected blessing ever to happen to me."

Cheryl Weisbard Foung is a special assistant to the city attorney for the city of San Francisco; she was formerly a law partner at Sideman & Bancroft. Cheryl is the mother of Monique, 3, and stepmother of Alejandro, 15, and Cristina, 12. She is married to Steven Foung, a professor of medicine at Stanford University, where they live on campus.

Charla Gabert relocated with her employer to Walnut Creek, Calif., about thirty minutes from San Francisco. "David and I are enjoying the northern California lifestyle and welcome out-of-town guests," she writes.

Barbara Garner's son, Seth, was born on April 22, 1995, joining his brother, Lee. Barbara writes: "I was diagnosed with breast cancer on May 4, 1997. After surgery and six months of chemotherapy, I am doing well, but I urge my classmates to be vigilant in doing breast self-examinations and getting mammograms. And to take an active role in your care. Too many of us are dying of this."

Eve Gordon is acting and living in Santa Monica with her husband, actor Todd Waring, and their daughters, Tess, 4, and Grace, 1. T

Andra Barmash Greene, Irvine, Calif., was appointed to the management committee of her law firm, Irell & Manella.

Laura S. Grillo is a historian of religions and a senior fellow at the Institute for the Advanced Study of Religions. Laura, who lives in Chicago, is preparing a book on divination in African religions. She is engaged to Henry Pernet, Secrétaire Générale of the Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève, Switzerland.

Susan Haber and Steve Buchwald '77 were married in 1993; Nathan Haber Buchwald was born on Oct. 28, 1996. Susan is a senior economist at Health Economics Research Inc. in Waltham, Mass. Steve is the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Professor of Chemistry at M.I.T.

Celia Hartmann is a freelance writer in New York City. Celia writes: "I'm making the inevitable adjustment from writing and editing for print to providing content for the on-line world."

Ilyse Gottlieb Johnson, Midlothian, Va., writes: "I'm enjoying radio advertising sales at WKHK-FM and being a mom to Callie, 6, and Jacob, 4. In my `spare' time I exercise faithfully, trying to keep the excess forty-five pounds off that I seemed to pick up over the years. I'm now even a size smaller than when I was at Brown."

Judy Kaye has lived in Providence for more than eleven years. She writes: "Life is full and blessed. After being a legal services lawyer for ten years, I started a training and consulting practice on diversity issues. I have three fabulous kids: a 9-year-old son and 5-year-old identical-twin daughters. My husband, Bruce Phillips (Wesleyan '78), whom I met during his junior-year stint at Brown, is a family physician, a feminist, and a mensch. We are both blessed to be working part-time so that we can seek that ultimate balance of work, family, exercise, friends, spiritual growth, and appreciating being alive. So far, so good."

Rita A. Manfredi '81 M.D. works in emergency medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Her husband, Col. Philip Shutler, USMC, is working at the Pentagon. They have two children, Lauren, 3, and Philip Charles, 5.

Seth Morris, Pound Ridge, N.Y., sold his company, Val Mode Lingerie, in July 1996 and is now executive vice president of sales at Carole Hochman Designs. His daughter, Victoria, 14, hopes to attend Brown.

Esther Rolnick Nash '81 M.D., Lafayette Hill, Pa., is a senior medical director for managed-care operations for Prudential HealthCare. Husband David B. Nash is associate dean of health policy at Thomas Jefferson University. Their twin girls are 10 years old, and son Jake is 7. Es writes: "My seven Brown years were and are pivotal in my life. They gave me the knowledge and tools to continuously learn. I'm having trouble believing it's been twenty years since graduation."

Annette L. Nazareth, New Rochelle, N.Y., joined Smith Barney as a managing director and general counsel for the firm's capital markets division in May 1997. Her husband, Roger Ferguson, is a member of the board of governors of the Federal Reserve System in Washington, D.C. They have two children, Roger III, 6, and Caroline, 3.

Elizabeth R. Neblett is in her tenth year at Union County College in Elizabeth, N.J., where she teaches E.S.L. to a "diverse immigrant population," she writes. "Friends in my CS 101 (100?) class would be surprised to hear I'm in an educational technology program at N.Y.U. I'm hoping to use my new knowledge of technology to assist my students. For fun, I try to use my frequent flier miles traveling to Salermo, Italy, and to N'awlins."

Stephen A. Owens is running for Congress in Arizona's 6th congressional district. Steve ran in 1996 and came within 2,474 votes of defeating the incumbent in one of the closest congressional races in the country. Steve's candidacy has been highlighted in the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, and the Washington Post. He is an attorney in the Phoenix law firm Muchmore & Wallwork, where he practices environmental law. Steve's wife, Karen Carter Owens, continues her law practice at Lewis & Roca in Phoenix, where she concentrates on health-care law. Steve and Karen live in Scottsdale, Ariz., with their sons, John, 6, and Ben, 3.

Lauren Krantz Reiter is still living in New York City. Her second child, Charlotte, born in the fall of 1996, joined Max, 5.

Andy Revkin (see Amelia Stern Revkin '53).

Richard D. Riddle and his wife, Mary B. Friar, live in Cheshire, Conn., with daughters Julia, Katie, Maggie, and Kelly. Mary was promoted to associate professor of radiology at the University of Connecticut Health Center. Richard became partners with a general dentist on Main Street in Southington, Conn.

Jeffrey S. Robbins completed a six-month stint as deputy chief counsel to the Democrats on the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee's special investigation into campaign fundraising practices during the 1996 election. During that time, he also served as chief counsel for the Democrats on the U.S. Senate's permanent subcommittee on investigations. He then returned to his law firm, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glousky and Popeo, in Boston.

Mitchell C. Rosenberg '81 M.D., writes: "My lovely wife, Martha, and I have three great kids, Matthew, 11, Ellen, 10, and Perry, 5. We keep busy with their school and sports demands and activities in the Cherry Hill (N.J.) community, where I practice invasive cardiology."

Anne M. Ryan is working as a veterinary pathologist at Genentech in San Francisco. Her husband, Dan, is a visiting professor at Texas A&M University, so "we're living in both California and Texas, racking up frequent flier miles and long-distance phone bills," Anne writes.

Eliot B. Schreiber and his wife, Jayne, have two children, Abigail, 9, and Henry, 5. Eliot is a senior vice president at Lipson Alport Glass & Associates, an international brand-identity marketing-consulting firm. The family lives in Chicago.

Alan T. Sherman is an associate professor of computer science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He is enjoying a sabbatical year as a cryptographic researcher at Trusted Information Systems Inc.

Michele Dreyfuss Sherrill and Fred Sherrill live in Short Hills, N.J. Fred is the sales manager for Merrill Lynch's Somerset complex in New Jersey, and Michele is managing the busy lives of four children, painting, and studying Hebrew.

Bill Sikov, wife Carol, and children Mark, 6, and Jennifer, 4, continue to enjoy Providence's renaissance. Bill is a hematologist-oncologist at Providence's Miriam Hospital and an assistant professor of medicine at Brown's medical school. He is active in clinical research and serves as the director of the hematology-oncology fellowship.

Earl D. Varney, Wallingford, Pa., left the banking industry after twenty years to go into its sister industry, mutual funds. As risk manager and head of corporate insurance for the Vanguard Group Inc., he has lots of new challenges.

Marcia Zaiac Wasser, Scotch Plains, N.J., is cofounder of the Nanny Training Program, an all-in-one kit for parents, with everything they need to know to hire, train, and manage their child-care provider. Marcia writes: "Call (1) 888-NannyA1 for more information and to say hi."

Jill Weiskopf, Sharon, Mass., married Larry Sandberg (Northeastern '76) on June 12, 1994. Jill is in her tenth year of practicing pediatrics at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care of New England in Warwick, R.I. She is also singing alto for her sixth year in the Zamir Chorale of Boston.

Stephanie Wolf-Rosenblum lives in Hollis, N.H., with husband Mike and daughters Raissa, 13, and Ariel, 10. Stephanie splits her time between a clinical practice in pulmonary/critical care/sleep medicine and health-care administration as medical director of a multispeciality group practice. She writes, "Under the `work hard, play hard' category, weekends are devoted to travel and skiing."

From the May / June 1998 Issue

Martin F. Carr '81 M.D. writes: "Greetings to my '78 classmates. Three wonderful guys, David, 4, James, 3, and John Patrick, 1, are making this reunion one that my wife, Mary, and I will attend only in a virtual sense. (Anyone setting up a Web site video link for the 20th reunion?) I'm busy as a stomach doctor in Fullerton, Calif., a nice city eight miles from Disneyland. Like everyone out here who can type, my hobby is writing, but I'm as yet unpublished and unoptioned. Fortunately, I still like my day job. Best wishes to my fellow med-sci classmates who make it to Providence this year."

David Hahn and his wife, Gordana Crnkovic, announce the birth of their first child, Zora, born Nov. 28. Zora was delivered by Dr. Barbara Detering '85. David and Gordana live in Seattle and are hoping to move to the East Coast in the near future. David is a composer and recently published a suite of pieces for mandolin and guitar titled Zoological Bagatelles. The work was premiered in November by the Mair-Davis Duo (Mark Davis '69 and Marilynn Mair '70) at the Kentucky Center for the Arts in Louisville. Last year, David received an award from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers.

Bill Lichtenstein, New York City, and June Peoples were married June 21, 1997, at the Seven Hills Country Inn in Lenox, Mass. June is a former city editor with the Times Herald Record, a daily newspaper outside New York City. She is currently working with Bill at Lichtenstein Creative Media as the producer of the public radio program "The Infinite Mind," featuring Dr. Fred Goodwin and John Hockenberry.

Amanda Stearns Merullo and her husband, Roland '75, announce the birth of their first child, Alexandra Stearns Merullo, born Dec. 17 in Northampton, Mass. Amanda writes: "After eighteen years of marriage we've entered a new realm! Roland is teaching one semester a year at Bennington College and working on his third novel, which will be published by Holt in the fall. I am on maternity leave from my job as photographer at Historic Deerfield Museum. We are both lucky to be home to enjoy Alexandra's first months."

From the May / June 1998 Issue

Martin F. Carr '81 M.D. writes: "Greetings to my '78 classmates. Three wonderful guys, David, 4, James, 3, and John Patrick, 1, are making this reunion one that my wife, Mary, and I will attend only in a virtual sense. (Anyone setting up a Web site video link for the 20th reunion?) I'm busy as a stomach doctor in Fullerton, Calif., a nice city eight miles from Disneyland. Like everyone out here who can type, my hobby is writing, but I'm as yet unpublished and unoptioned. Fortunately, I still like my day job. Best wishes to my fellow med-sci classmates who make it to Providence this year."

David Hahn and his wife, Gordana Crnkovic, announce the birth of their first child, Zora, born Nov. 28. Zora was delivered by Dr. Barbara Detering '85. David and Gordana live in Seattle and are hoping to move to the East Coast in the near future. David is a composer and recently published a suite of pieces for mandolin and guitar titled Zoological Bagatelles. The work was premiered in November by the Mair-Davis Duo (Mark Davis '69 and Marilynn Mair '70) at the Kentucky Center for the Arts in Louisville. Last year, David received an award from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers.

Bill Lichtenstein, New York City, and June Peoples were married June 21, 1997, at the Seven Hills Country Inn in Lenox, Mass. June is a former city editor with the Times Herald Record, a daily newspaper outside New York City. She is currently working with Bill at Lichtenstein Creative Media as the producer of the public radio program "The Infinite Mind," featuring Dr. Fred Goodwin and John Hockenberry.

Amanda Stearns Merullo and her husband, Roland '75, announce the birth of their first child, Alexandra Stearns Merullo, born Dec. 17 in Northampton, Mass. Amanda writes: "After eighteen years of marriage we've entered a new realm! Roland is teaching one semester a year at Bennington College and working on his third novel, which will be published by Holt in the fall. I am on maternity leave from my job as photographer at Historic Deerfield Museum. We are both lucky to be home to enjoy Alexandra's first months."

From the March / April 1998 Issue

Save the dates, May 22-25. Our 20th reunion promises to be a memorable weekend. Come to one event or come to them all, but be sure to come back to Brown to meet old and new friends. You should be receiving your registration packet shortly. If you did not receive the fall mailing, please contact reunion headquarters at (401) 863-1947.

John Cohn (see James J. Na '95).

Judith Dupré, New York City, published Bridges (Black Dog & Leventhal), the story and photographs of the world's greatest and most noteworthy spans. Judith is the author of the best-selling book Skyscrapers and has developed numerous programs for the appreciation of visual arts around the world.

Richard L. Field is advising in the development of domestic and international legal standards for electronic commerce payment and digital signatures. He was previously in-house technology and payment counsel for J.P. Morgan and Manufacturers Hanover Trust.

Sid Good (see Bruce Good '85).

Eve Gordon is living in Santa Monica with her husband, Todd Waring, and daughters Tess, 4, and Grace, 1.

Steve Greenberg (see Darcy Brown '88).

Ilyse Gottlieb Johnson writes: "I'm jumping ship from SFX Broadcasting's K95 to Clear Channel's WTVR. Still an account executive, and still pounding the pavement in Richmond. I'd love to hear from any old WBRUsers and friends."

Dan Kahn moved to Seekonk, Mass., in 1995 with his wife, Kathy, and kids Justin, 9 and Lucy 6 1/2. He works at the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts doing school grants and diversity programs. He's editing some recordings of local Cape Verdean music for Rounder, when he's not homesteading or following soccer.

Debra Kantorowitz-Leff has become an independent travel consultant. She and her husband, Richard Leff '76, recently traveled to Russia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, England, Singapore, and Vietnam. This year they will go to Amsterdam and a safari in Kenya. "Sarah, 10, and Sashi, 8, are world travelers and love it," Debra writes.

Debbie Good Miller (see Bruce Good '85).

Judith A. Gintz White moved from Boston in February 1997 to take a position as compensation consultant at the Hartford Insurance Group, Hartford. On Sept. 20, she married Larry Andrew White of Madison, Conn. He is president of L.A. White Construction in the Connecticut River Valley. "We recently returned from a wonderful honeymoon in Corsica and Paris," Judith writes. "Currently we are completing the finishing touches on our new home. Larry plans to obtain his teaching certification in history and study historical building restoration. I am seriously considering taking the plunge from corporate life to something more entrepreneurial in nature."



Apr, 2024

Donald Gomes ’78, of New Bedford, Mass.; Aug. 6, after a long illness. He was employed as a compliance officer for the city of New Bedford until his retirement. He was active in his community and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He is survived by four children, five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, a brother-in-law, and many nieces and nephews. 

Apr, 2024

Robert E. Henenlotter ’78 of Westlake, Fla.; May 18, 2022, of complications from primary progressive aphasia and a heart attack. He graduated from Golden Gate University Law School and specialized in entertainment law. He was general counsel for computer manufacturer Xybernaut Corp. in Virginia. At Brown he played soccer and rugby and was a member of Delta Phi Omega. He was a member of Brown Student Agencies organizing concerts his senior year, promoting Elvis Costello and Utopia featuring Todd Rundgren among others. He enjoyed rock and roll, cycling, and coaching youth soccer. He spent his later years enjoying an outdoor environment, ushering concerts at the Mauch Chunk Opera House, and attending concerts at Penn’s Peak. He is survived by his wife, Jackie; two daughters; a sister; and a brother.  

Nov, 2023

Howard A. Peyton ’78, of Atlanta; June 15. He worked in sales and marketing for many years before receiving a Master of Divinity degree from Interdenominational Theological Center in 2015. He enjoyed preaching, singing, and playing cards with family and friends. He is survived by a daughter, a son, a daughter-in-law, two sisters, and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. 

Jun, 2023

Rupert W. Scofield ’71, of Chatham, N.Y.; Nov. 27, as a result of several strokes. After graduating from Brown, where he was an All-Ivy and All-New England lacrosse player, he joined the Peace Corps and worked side-by-side with subsistence farmers in Guatemala, then worked as a land reform activist with the AFL-CIO during the height of the civil war in El Salvador. He earned master’s degrees in both agricultural economics and public administration from the University of Wisconsin, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Roehampton, London. In 1984 he cofounded FINCA, a pioneer in the field of microfinance. FINCA’s revolutionary approach, known as Village Banking, provided financial services to mostly illiterate women farmers, shopkeepers, and laborers so they could build their own pathway out of poverty. Today, its network of community banks serves millions on five continents. As FINCA president and CEO, he mentored and inspired countless others, while demonstrating how to live a life of purpose and meaning. He wrote four books during the course of his career. He is survived by his wife, Lorraine; two daughters; a son; three grandchildren; brothers Frank ’69 and Daniel ’78; sister-in-law Lisa Bird Scofield ’77; and several nieces and nephews.

Aug, 2022

Mark P. DeSouza ’78, of Newburyport, Mass.; Mar. 11. After graduating with a degree in civil engineering, he went on to have a career with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, retiring in 2017. He was an avid hiker, runner, mountain biker, and golfer, and also enjoyed softball, hockey, and downhill skiing. He is survived by his wife, Nancy; his mother; and six siblings and their spouses.


Jun, 2022

Randy Seiler Margulis ’78, of Woodcliff Lake, N.J.; Jan. 2, following a long illness. She earned an MBA from Harvard University and pursued a career in high level finance positions at CBS television. She retired in 1991 as assistant controller. She was a member of Temple Emanuel of the Pascack Valley and Edgewood Country Club. She enjoyed playing tennis, traveling, and spending time with her family. She is survived by her husband, Stephen ’78, ’81 MD; a daughter; a son; her mother; a brother; and brother-in-law Michael Margulis ’78, ’81 MD.

Jun, 2022

Steven F. Killough ’78, of Lancaster, Pa.; Nov. 12, of traumatic brain injuries suffered after he was struck by a vehicle in October. He was a pediatrician. He joined Lancaster Pediatrics in 1989, was an advocate for child health and safety, and was involved with the Lancaster Cleft Palate Clinic, Habitat for Humanity, and St. James Episcopal Church. He enjoyed playing guitar and ukulele and entertaining his staff with a song or a poem. He is survived by his wife, Nan; a daughter; and a son.


Jun, 2022

Robert M. Chafetz ’78, of Montreal, Canada; Jan. 3. After Brown he continued graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Computer and Information Science.He held positions involving computer science, artificial intelligence, writing, and editing. He is survived by three children, two grandchildren, and a brother.


Oct, 2021

Laura V. Dowd ’78, of Roslindale, Mass.; Apr. 2, following a stroke and year-long struggle with lung cancer. She was a gifted musician who played and performed frequently and for many years was the piano accompanist for her church choir. She was also a homemaker and active volunteer in her children’s school, particularly in the arts and music programs. She enjoyed gardening and cooking. She is survived by her husband, David; three daughters; two aunts; cousins; and nieces and nephews.

Apr, 2021

Edward “Ted” von Gerichten ’78, of Boston; Sept. 19, after a seven-year battle with cancer. He was an attorney in Brown’s Office of the General Counsel for his entire career (1983-2013). He was a member of Brown’s men’s soccer team that reached the NCAA tournament final rounds during two of his seasons. He enjoyed sailing competitively on Narragansett Bay and giving back to the community, including coaching youth soccer. He held leadership roles in the Rhode Island Soccer Association, ultimately serving as president of Bruno United FC. He was a supporter of the YMCA, serving on the Bayside YMCA board of directors in Barrington for several years. He is survived by his wife, Carmen; two daughters, including Kristina von Gerichten ’13; and a son-in-law.

Jun, 2020

Peter N. Lycurgus ’78, of Saratoga, Calif.; Dec. 12, after a battle with multiple sclerosis. He worked at Apple Computer and is survived by his wife, Ginny; two children, including son Timothy ’15; and a brother.


Jan, 2020

Edwin L. Gaskin ’78, of Bowie, Md.; Aug. 22. He is survived by his wife, Kindra.


Sep, 2018

Charles W. Reckard ’78, of Warwick, R.I.; Mar. 21. He managed Brown’s Grad Center Bar, Pot au Feu; Leo’s; and other restaurants and nightclubs in the Providence area for several years. After leaving the service industry, he worked for more than 25 years at Cox Communications, where he was a producer, director, editor, and audio engineer specializing in live event programming. He was the recipient of four Emmy Awards for excellence in broadcasting. He is survived by his wife, Lucia O’Reilly ’74; four brothers; and two sisters-in-law.


Sep, 2018

Peter V. Kocot ’78, of Florence, Mass.; Feb. 27, after a brief illness. He was chief of staff for State Rep. Bill Nagle for more than 20 years. At the time of his death he held the title of chairman of the Joint Committee on Health Care Finance. During his tenure he was instrumental in the fight for civil rights, same-sex marriage rights, and landmark ethics reform. In 2015 he led the charge to reform and modernize Massachusetts’s public records laws. At Brown he was a member of the 1976 Ivy League championship football team. He enjoyed fishing and cooking. He is survived by his wife, Shauneen; two sons; four siblings; and several nieces and nephews.


Sep, 2018

Susan Costabile Bubna ’78, of Colony, Kans.; Mar. 22. She was a nurse for more than 10 years at Olathe Medical Center. Later, she pastored the Colony Community Church, served as a drama coach at the local high school for several years, coordinated the Good News Club for 20 years, and directed theater for young adults with the Garnett Chamber Players Community Theater. She enjoyed biking, writing poetry, traveling, and taking care of her farm animals. She is survived by her husband, Stephen; three daughters; a sister; and a brother.


Jul, 2018

Elisabeth H. Elkind ’78, of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Mar. 13, of cancer. After receiving a master’s degree in library science from Simmons College and a second master’s in American history from NYU, she worked as an archivist at the New York Public Library and Harvard University’s Widener and Houghton Libraries. She is survived by her husband, David Alquist; two daughters; a brother; and nieces and nephews.


Feb, 2018

Mark R. Harris ’78, of Shrewsbury, Mass.; Oct. 13. He worked as a senior financial analyst at Honeywell in Newton, Mass., and director of financial planning at Bull HN Information Systems in Waltham, Mass., before joining Fidelity Management Trust in Boston, where he was director of marketing. He is survived by his wife, Nancy; three children; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; his mother; a sister; a brother; and two nephews.

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