Class of 1953
Glenn N. Bower of Southern Pines, N.C., is secluded in his retirement place. Although it is composed of four large apartment buildings and homes and cottages, about 300 people altogether, with three dining rooms in their clubhouse, all of these facilities are closed. He is allowed no visitors and meals are brought to his door. He is allowed to visit the grocery store. He says North Carolina’s governor was concerned that two health centers in Pinehurst did not report deaths in a timely fashion and that there has not been good reporting from the State in general. Glenn was an Alpha Delta Phi at Brown, and his late wife, Suzanne Griffiths ’53, four daughters and one granddaughter graduated from Brown.
Marvin Catler writes: “We finally moved full-time to Sarasota, where Edith and I are enjoying an active life at Pelican Cove.”
David Kramer writes: “In June, Nancy and I had the pleasure of seeing our grandson graduate magna cum laude with a degree in civil engineering from Florida State University in Tallahassee. Later that same day we watched as he received his commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. We planned to travel to the Eastern Townships of Quebec in October—it has become our annual respite from the sound and the fury emanating from Washington for the past few years.”
Ann Matteodo Dupre writes: “Having the good fortune to have three brothers precede me at Brown (Sam Matteodo ’51; Maurice Matteodo ’53; and Eugene Matteodo ’56, ’78 PhD)—their mantra was that it was appropriate for me to graduate in 1961 because it could be read upside down, proving I did not know if I was coming or going. It always raised my love and awareness to think of that distinction.”
Russell Pierce claims to be the only member of the Class of 1953 to march in the 251st Commencement procession. “I was especially proud that our family now has three generations of Brown graduates, including my wife Anne Guerry Pierce ’58, our daughter Betsy Pierce Dallapé ’86, and son Russell B. Pierce Jr. ’87 and his wife Lisa Strauss Pierce ’87, and their son Ethan G. Pierce ’19. Two other grandsons, Charles Dallapé ’22 and James Dallapé ’23, round out our family list. I ponder whether our family will end up with more Brown degrees than the original Brown family!”
Tom Wadden and George Bray ’53 published Handbook of Obesity Treatment, Second Edition (Guilford Press). Tom writes: “George and I were pleased to recall Brown in the book’s acknowledgement section: ‘We also pay tribute to our alma mater, Brown University, which we both attended as undergraduates more than 20 years apart, and left inspired to pursue careers in science. Little did we know that our paths would cross again in our efforts to treat obesity and diabetes. And finally, we thank our wives (whom we both met at Brown) for their love, support, and understanding.’ We are also principal investigators in Look AHEAD, a study investigating the long-term health consequences of weight loss and increased physical activity in patients with type 2 diabetes and obesity run by professor of psychiatry and human behavior at the Alpert Medical School, Dr. Rena Wing. Delia Smith West ’81 was the principal investigator from the University of Alabama. The Look AHEAD study is funded by the National Institutes of Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Disease, which is directed by Dr. Griffin Rodgers ’76.
After selling their Warwick, R.I., condominium, Elaine and Norman “Jessie” James moved to The Seasons, an assisted living facility in East Greenwich, R.I., in December. They would welcome hearing from classmates.
Stephen Sultan writes: “As always, I read with interest the September/October issue, particularly the feature on Cecile Richards. As a proud member of the class of ’53 it was disappointing to see continued silence about news from my classmates, though I realize our numbers are diminishing. At 86, I am happy and fortunate to still be upright. I’m a delighted grandpa of three beautiful granddaughters aged 11, 7, and 3. I am now retired five years after being president of Dramatists Play Service for more than 20 years, where I published more than 35 plays by Brown alumni. Judy and I divide our time between our apartment in New York City and a spacious townhouse in Lenox, Massachusetts, the heart of the Berkshires. We still sojourn in Palm Springs, California, for three months each winter. Life continues to be good and worthwhile. Let’s hear more from ’53.
Marvin Catler ’53 and his wife, Edith, returned to Brown for his 65th reunion. Marvin writes: “It was made even more significant by the graduation of our grandson, William Nober ’18. It was a great celebration, and we enjoyed meeting the few classmates who returned.”
Richard Bennett Walsh and Janet Colby Walsh ’53 wrote a book for children, A View of the Zoo, that was donated to the St. Louis Zoo as a fund raiser and sold very well. Janet did the drawings and they went to a book signing before Christmas at the zoo. They had fun and sold many books to raise money for the zoo. They have lived in St. Louis for close to 30 years since Dick retired, near all of their children and most of their grandchildren.
From the November/December 2017 Issue
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Norman James writes: “Greetings, classmates. It is great to be home again in our condo after hospital, nursing homes, and assisted living. I’m glad to report that my Elaine is getting physically stronger, but she has some mental problems. The brain surgeon reports she still has a tumor in her frontal lobe, but she rests comfortably most days.”
From the May/June 2017 Issue
David Kramer writes: “Nancy and I moved from Manhattan to our home in Litchfield, Connecticut, in May 2016. I retired from the practice of law as an arbitrator at the end of 2015. I remain as an employer trustee on welfare and pension funds, among other activities. Nancy continues to see patients part-time. We look forward to hearing from friends, and I particularly enjoy reading about members of the class in the BAM.”
From the September/October 2016 Issue
Betty Leaver Goff and Barbara Kemalian Stone (see Joan McMaster ’60).
From the May/June 2016 Issue
Larry Lundgren writes: “I have just submitted a Letter to the Editor concerning one of the main passions of what I call my 10th life, age 73–83, the American fixation on ‘race-based’ medicine, illustrated by a talk given by President Paxson with Dr. Alexander Scott. I write comments in this field every week in the New York Times and learn from other comments and replies that neither Times writers nor many commenters can imagine a world in which medical research is done without using ‘race’ as a variable. In Sweden no researcher would dream of following American practice. If you have thoughts about this contact me."
From the March/April 2016 Issue
Edith Oelbaum Biener (see Susan Biener Bergman ’78).
Elaine “Puff” Regan Dray, Peggy Kohlhepp Gardner, Betty Leaver Goff, Patty Chase Michaud, Sally Wilcox O’Day, Barbara Kemalian Stone, and Norma Byers Willis (see Susan Biener Bergman ’78).
From the January/February 2016 Issue
Russell Pierce (see Joyce Gillespie Briggs ’58).
From the November/December 2015 Issue
Betty Leaver Goff writes: “On July 31, nine Pembrokers had their annual summer luncheon at T’s Restaurant in East Greenwich, Rhode Island. Class members included Elaine Regan Dray, Peggy Kohlhepp Gardner, Pat Chase Michaud, Sally Wilcox O’Day, Janice Swanson Post, Barbara Kemalian Stone, Lee Torres Sullivan, and Norma Byers Willis. Guests were Susan Biener Bergman ’78 (daughter of Edie Oelbaum Biener), and Jane Dray Katzman ’81 (Elaine’s daughter). Jane has agreed to be our official photographer.”
From the September/October 2014 Issue
Raymond A. Covill’s new book, Revisiting Armageddon: Asteroids in the Gulf of Mexico, is published by Brighton Publishing.
From the July/August 2014 Issue
Ruth Hessenthaler Lewart writes: “I am still quite active in BCUG, my local computer club. I also do some hiking and geocaching (treasure hunting that uses a GPS). That is about the extent of my mathematics. Oh, except that I am also a workshop coleader for Excel.”
Bob Shumaker and wife Beverly celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Oct. 17. He writes: “I had planned on a special gathering but had a heart attack at the end of September and surgery to follow, so we made a family gathering our highlight, and it was! I know the geology department at Brown is thriving. It inspired me to a lifetime of study and enjoyment.”
Ann Peterson Zablocki continues to enjoy life in New York City.
From the May/June 2014 Issue
Mary Ellyn Dufek grows organic navel oranges in the southern California wine country. She planned a mini get-together with Maureen Simons Thompson, who lives in Berkeley, Calif. She writes: “Visits from classmates are always welcome.”
Stephen Sultan retired as president and general counsel of Dramatists Play Service in New York City, then joined his wife, Judy Korman Sultan, in Palm Springs, California. In March he flew to Buenos Aires to begin a 30-day cruise along the Pacific coast of South America. “It’s an exciting and nervous time all at once,” he writes.
Steve van Westendorp writes: “Great to see all of our classmates who could make the 60th. Laura Mae and I have been in Raleigh for the past 30 years since retiring from the U.S. Navy. We are finding that as the years go by we can’t do as much traveling as in years past, but we do manage to spend the heaviest parts of these cold North Carolina winters in Sarasota, Florida, as we have for the past ten years. I find it regrettable that Brown continues to reject ROTC programs, which provided me a most satisfying career opportunity in support of our basic freedoms.”
From the March/April 2014 Issue
John Andrews, the class webmaster, has loaded pictures from the 60th reunion onto the class website with the help of Jan Swanson Post, Barbara Kemalian Stone, and Alumni Relations staff person Wendy Goodman. To see the photos, go to www.alumni.brown.edu/classes/1953
Patricia Michaud (see George Caraberis ’77).
From the January/February 2014 Issue
Stephen Sultan writes: “After running Dramatists Play Service for the last 21 years, I retired and became president emeritus. I was honored, along with Christopher Durang, whose plays I publish, by Primary Stages at their annual gala on Nov. 11. Primary Stages is one of the major nonprofit theaters in New York City. I made it to my 60th reunion, and, in spite of the weather, was happy to see such a good turnout for the old guys.”
From the May/June 2013 Issue
David Robinson writes: “I’m having a bad hair decade. It’s thick and full, nape to brow, ear to ear, as brown as the Brown beanie that once sat on it. Trouble is, I’m 80. At our 50th reunion ten years ago, the rumor drifted around to me that I must be coloring my hair. No, I’ve just got freshman hair sharing a head with dental implants, reading glasses, and turkey neck. My sons rag me for keeping my genes to myself. One of them lives under a wispy Nixonian peninsula flanked by gulfs of glistening scalp. Another’s hairline spans ear to ear by the polar route; with a full beard, only his head’s upper front quadrant sees the sun. I am often mistaken for their younger brother. In May we’ll reunite, and the rumor will surely revive. And I’ll totter down College Hill sporting a button that says, ‘No I Don’t!’ Don’t what – color my hair? Use Viagra? Read the BAM? Let ‘em guess.”
Beverly Schwartz Rosen writes: “I am now living at Wayland Manor in Providence’s Wayland Square. It has been a good choice, made with lots of family help. I am painting more seriously with a wonderful teacher, a RISD graduate, at the Hamilton House. Family is good, interesting, and offbeat, and I am proud of them.”
Class president Janice Swanson Post reports: "We are fast approaching our 60th reunion and are looking forward to seeing classmates again. Festivities start on Friday May 24, and there is still time to make reservations for the events. To register online, go to http://alumni.brown.edu and click on the Reunion Registration link to begin your registration. If you have not yet sent in a reunion gift to the Brown Annual Fund and be included in the participation by classmates, you can send your gift to: Brown University, Gift Cashier, Box 1877, Providence, RI 02912. We hope for a record participation percentage. If you have already sent in your contribution, we thank you."
From the January/February 2013 Issue
John M. Andrews writes: “Looking forward to our 60th reunion!”
Louis W. Bauman writes: “I can’t believe our 60th Reunion is coming up. All is well with my wife and me and our five grown children, who have blessed us with nine grandchildren ranging in age from five to twenty-one, three of whom are in college. I had a quadruple bypass last year, fortunately with no complications, and I’m still practicing law in my home town of Eastchester, N.Y. I also still serve on the Hawthorne Cedar Knolls School Board (over 40 years now). Life goes on as I move through my 81st year, knowing that only keeping active and being of service wherever and however I can will serve me best as I continue to live a day at a time for the rest of my days.”
Lyle E. Bourne Jr. writes: “Eighty years old and still trucking. I’m retired and living the life of ease, enjoying friends and family. But, as the song goes: ‘Don’t get around much anymore.’ Staying in touch through the BAM and class news.”
Marvin Catler writes: “We have left West Hartford, Conn., after 55 years, returning to Hull, Mass. We plan to spend six months in Sarasota, four months in Hull, and to visit our children and grandchildren the rest of the time. Looking forward to the 60th reunion.”
Duane Clarridge writes: “I have left California for a variety of reasons: to be closer to my clients (and time zone of Afghanistan and Pakistan), closer to children and grandchildren for support in declining years, and because California is bankrupt (with no light in sight), full of criminal politicians, public service unions out of control, a coming devastating water shortage, and a population of ‘takers versus makers.’”
Stavroula Balomenos Demitre writes: “I have retired to Brooksby Village in Peabody, Mass., and I love it. I am here with my eight-year-old Shih Tzu, Andre, and he loves it too. As usual, I have gotten involved with the musical groups.”
Ulises Giberga writes: “My wife, Jane, and I have moved to Manhattan after 35 years in Forest Hills Gardens, N.Y. Fred Fort and I get together for lunch several times a year, and I occasionally see Brown graduates from other classes.”
Barbara Reese Howard writes she is looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones at the 60th.
Frank W. Krohn is enjoying life as a retired sales executive in North Carolina. He has three children and four grandchildren. He would like to reestablish relationships with his classmates.
Carlos S. Miranda sends best wishes to everyone.
Steven van Westendorp writes: “After so many years away from Brown, we certainly hope to make it back this year. In the interim, we continue enjoying life here in North Carolina and still get in a fair amount of travel. We join some of the ‘snow birds’ from up north as they head for Florida come wintertime. I am long since retired from the U.S. Navy and from a few years of teaching here in Raleigh. Laura Mae’s and my health seems to be holding up pretty well, for which we are most thankful. I volunteer with the USO, church, a local radio station, and a soup kitchen—just enough to keep me out of trouble! Hope to see some familiar faces on the Hill come spring.”
Joanna Chiotinos Zauchenberger writes: “As much as I would love to attend the reunion, I am unable to leave my husband, who is bedridden with Parkinson’s. Greetings and best wishes to classmates. I will be thinking of you, hoping you still remember me. If, by some freakish accident, any of you land in Kansas, do call me.”
From the November/December 2012 Issue
Betty Leaver Goff writes: “On July 20 the ‘Pembrokers’ held a summer luncheon at the Shrine Imperial Room at Rhodes Place in Cranston, R.I. Those attending were Louise Anthony Brundage, Betty Leaver Goff, Gloria Villany Holland, Jane Hovey, Patricia Eastwood Kann, Mary Jean Kelly McKenna, Patricia Chase Michaud, Sally Wilcox O’Day, Janice Swanson Post, Amelia Stern Revkin, Barbara Kemalian Stone, and Lee Torres Sullivan. We are looking forward to our 60th reunion in May.”
Amelia Stern Revkin and Bill Revkin write: “No longer Rhode Islanders, we celebrated our 60th anniversary with a family reunion in Branford, Conn., our new summer home. Of 59 family members present, seven were Brown alumni: son Jim Revkin ’81 MD; son Andy Revkin ’78; daughter Diana Revkin ’83; brother Mike Stern ’57; nephew Richard Stern ’88; niece Barbara Revkin ’70; cousin Morris Schwartz ’49. Winters we continue to live in Stuart, Fla., but we plan to go back to R.I. for the 60th reunion of the class of ’53 next May!”
From the September/October 2012 Issue
Betty Leaver Goff (see Joan Hoost McMaster ’60).
From the May/June 2012 Issue
Bob Baldini writes: “I achieved my 20th year of retirement from Corning Inc. on April 1 and continue an active lifestyle with volunteer work and traveling. I have toured all 50 states and continents and more than 70 countries. Hopefully I can continue this pace.”
Rita Schorr-Germain and her husband, Sumner J.P. Germain, moved to Emeritus Assisted Living to be close to their daughter, Emily Germain-Lee, and her family.
Alan Goldberg writes: “Iris and I are excited to be moving into a beautiful new senior residence with magnificent views of Lake Michigan. I have been busy taking courses at the Univ. of Wisconsin–Milwaukee and am now lecturing there on cardiovascular physiology. I am enjoying the teaching and the contact with students (mostly undergrads but some PhD candidates as well). Sorry to learn about the death of our very dear friend Gerald Markowitz ’53.”
Joanne Webster McSherry writes: “We are getting older, but things are going well. My husband, Mike McSherry ’54, and I are still in Charleston, South Carolina, but are figuring out how to move north near our four families: three in the Boston area and one on Cape Cod.”
Stephen Sultan writes: “Our daughter Arian has given Judy and me the most beautiful little baby girl, Avery Harper Rothman. See you at the 60th!”
From the March/April 2012 Issue
William Aznavourian writes: “I am moving well. I'm very busy involved with community activities and occasional travel.”
Jack Fleuridas writes: “Sold my business importing hairdressing and barber cutlery and cosmetic applicators in 2001. Since then I have kept busy teaching scissor sharpening and selling on eBay and at an antiques and collectors flea market. During the warmer months I spend a lot of time gardening and surf fishing. In the fall I still go upland bird hunting, and I also take several vacations a year. Last June, we drove from New Jersey to Colorado and Arizona. It was an enjoyable three-week trip.”
Rita Schorr Germain writes: “Sumner and I retired to a retirement community in Baltimore, close to Emily Germain Lee and her family. Mirah and her family live in East Brunswick, N.J.”
Recently the Sons of Union Veterans presented a certificate of commendation to Caroline and Robert Jacobsen reading as follows: “On behalf of the Sons of Union Veterans in recognition of your valuable help in preserving the memory of the Union soldiers of 1861–1865.”
Charles E. Knox writes: “My wife, Patricia (Rutgers ’57), and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary on Dec. 23, 2010, with a lively party in our house in Carlsbad, California, attended by many friends and relatives from across the country. I finally retired at the age of 74, but have spent most of my time caring for Pat for the past seven years. She’s finally back to health.”
Patricia Chase Michaud writes that her first great-granddaughter, Hayden Lynn Caraberis, was born on Mar. 31, 2011. Paternal grandfather is George Caraberis ’77.
William V. Polleys III writes that his daughter, Cate Polleys ’85, is an executive in Chicago and New York City. William is still skiing, and is retiring as chairman of the board of the National Council of Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries.
Edgar F. Staff writes: “Besides being an Episcopal priest, I’ve done many other things early on. I was production stage manager for Trinity Rep. I was in theater early on with Sock & Buskin, the Providence Players, City Nights Dinner Theater, Ocean State Light Opera, etc. I sang in several Episcopal choirs. Things are fine and I attend Grace Church in Providence.”
Barbara Carucci Venditti writes: “We have finally downsized.”
From the January/February 2012 Issue
Robert Baldani writes: "As of Apr. 1, 2011, I achieved my 20th year of retirement from Corning Inc. I continue to be very active with volunteer work and traveling. I have toured the 50 states and the seven continents and have visited more than 70 countries."
Leonard Glaser writes that he has been happily married for 53 years. He retired from the industrial real estate business and spends leisure days in Longboat Key, Fla., and West Orange, N.J. He is the grandfather of six collegians, one high school student, and one middle school student.
Stephen Sultan writes: "Our daughter Arian and her husband, Aaron Rothman, are new parents of an eight-month-old baby girl, Avery Harper Rothman. Judy and I now have two beautiful granddaughters, since my son Peter has a 4-year-old named Mila. I'm still working as fast as I can as president of Dramatists Play Service, publishing and licensing plays in the stock and amateur market."
From the November/December 2011 Issue
Vice president Betty Leaver Goff reports: "On July 15, 14 Pembrokers met for lunch at the Shrine Imperial Room, R.I. Those who attended were Louise Anthony Brundage, Gloria Villany Holland, Jane Hovey, Patricia Eastwood Kann, Mary Jean Kelly McKenna, Sally Wilcox O'Day, Janice Swanson Post, Beverly Schwartz Rosen, Edie Wiedeman Smith, Barbara Kemalian Stone, Lee Torres Sullivan, Joan Powers Valinote, Norma Byers Willis, and myself."
From the July/August 2011 Issue
Rayner Weir and his wife just celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary. They have three grandchildren, and all are healthy.
From the March/April 2011 Issue
George and Marilyn Rice Bray write that they have traveled this year to Antarctica, the Chinese Silk Road, the Baltic countries, and West Africa in December. George continues to work full-time at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center while commuting back and forth to San Francisco.
Duane Clarridge runs a privately funded professional intelligence service supporting coalition forces in Afghanistan via force protection. He writes: "So sorry to see the total collapse of my old CIA organization and most of the rest of the U.S. intelligence agencies."
From the September/October 2010 Issue
Alan Goldberg writes: "I recently had the distinct pleasure of being on the Provincial French Countryside trip conducted by the Brown Travelers. We saw and did so much and were with such a compatible group. Muriel, our tour leader, was extraordinarily knowledgeable about French life, arts, history, etc. Professor Lewis Seifert made important contributions, and it was the best trip my wife and I had ever taken. But what made the trip unusually special for me was the joy to have met a fraternity brother, Walter Goldfarb '55, whom I had not seen in 57 years! The two English majors immediately bonded and continued to reminisce about old times throughout the trip."
From the July/August 2010 Issue
Stephen Sultan, president of Dramatists Play Service Inc., writes that Wall Street Journal drama critic Terry Teachout reported in January on the 11 most-produced plays of the past decade, 10 of which are represented by Dramatists Play Service.
From the May/June 2010 Issue
Constance Wrubel Carrigan congratulates Brown Alumni Magazine for its grand revamp. She says: "It has been so much more interesting."
Alan Goldberg recently wrote a book titled The Doors of St. Michael's, Hidesheim. The book is found on the shelves of the Univ. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Library and is scheduled to be on the reserve reading list for a course in medieval art history.
Peg Ogden is a member of the board of directors of Project Eye-to-Eye, a mentoring program for students with learning differences.
Dave Traynor writes that after retiring from NDE/Abrams Publishing in 1997, he formed his own company, Traynor Educational Services Inc., which he reluctantly closed in 2009 following the death of his wife, Charlotte (Wheaton '56) from pancreatic cancer. "The news from Brown is always welcome and it adds to the New England flavor of the sign in my driveway—Red Sox Fans Only."
Barbara Carucci Venditti writes that her daughter, Elizabeth Venditti '78, worked with George Bray on a National Institutes of Health project about diabetes prevention.
Rayner Weir and his wife, Adele (Winthrop Univ. '54), are well and looking forward to their 50th anniversary. They continue to live in Charlotte, N.C., but now also have time to stay at their house at Ocean Isle Beach, N.C. "Time does fly!"
From the March/April 2010 Issue
Bill Polleys writes that Ellen Greene has written and published Remembering the Sweet Things: One List, Two Lives and Twenty Years of Marriage. The story and selections are about her late husband, Marshall Greene.
From the January/February 2010 Issue
Alan Goldberg would welcome any communications regarding his book, Doors of St. Michael's, Hildesheim.
Stephen Sultan is the president and technical counsel of Dramatists Play Service Inc., a play-licensing and publishing company. Stephen writes: "This year I am proud to say that we are publishing the Pulitzer Prize–winning play Ruined by Lynn Nottage '86. Lynn has also just been elected to the board of directors of the company."
From the November/December 2009 Issue
Lyle Bourne, of Boulder, Colo., is a professor of psychology and a member of the Rocky Mountain Brown Club, which he says is a small but lively group.
Larry Lundgren is still in Sweden and is interested in corresponding with classmates by e-mail. If interested, contact Janice Swanson Post for his e-mail address.
Patricia Chase Michaud (see George Caraberis '77).
Betty Leaver Goff reports that 14 Pembrokers and three guests met for lunch on July 17 at the Shrine Imperial Room in Cranston, R.I. Class members who attended were Edie Oelbaum Biener, Peggy Kohlhepp Gardner, Betty Leaver Goff, Gloria Villany Holland, Jane Hovey, Pat Eastwood Kann, Mary Jean Kelly McKenna, Pat Chase Michaud, Sally Wilcox O'Day, Janice Swanson Post, Barbara Kemalian Stone, Lee Torres Sullivan, Joan Powers Valinote, and Norma Byers Willis. For information on future meetings or to report any news, please contact Jan Swanson Post or Betty Goff.
From the September/October 2009 Issue
Alan Goldberg writes: "Since my retirement from medical practice five years ago I have been very busy taking courses in history, art history, and philosophy that I wished I could have taken while an undergraduate at Brown. I have just published my first book, Doors of St. Michael's, Hildesheim, and it has been accepted by the library of the Univ. of Wisc.–Milwaukee for its reserve book list for medieval art history."
From the July/August 2009 Issue
Hal Fleming has published The Brides' Fair, a tale of international intrigue and terrorism set in Morocco, where he lived for five years. Hal spent 10 years in West and North Africa, and has worked for the Peace Corps, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, and UNICEF.
From the January/February 2009 Issue
Betty Goff writes: "Do you remember the wet weather at our 50th reunion? Well, the weather for our 55th was perfect! The reunion began on May 30th with the reception at our class headquarters, followed by dinner at the Chancellor's dining room. The women's Saturday luncheon was at the Portrait Room at the Brown Faculty Club, and for the men it was at the Huttner Room. Saturday evening the dinner was at the Hope Club. All reunion events are now held at Brown. All the events culminated with the traditional Commencement march down College Hill. Attendance consisted of 56 class members and 32 guests. Overall, the class raised $7,950,730 for all University priorities, which is a record for the 55th reunion!"
George Junghanns recently published his new book, The Phoenix circa Anno Domini, which has a dramatically new view of ecclesiastical forgeries from the fall of the Roman Empire/Jerusalem to the present.
Patricia Chase Michaud, Arthur O'Day, and Sandy Wilcox O'Day (see George Caraberis '77).
Bill Polleys writes that he is trying to become the oldest ski instructor at the Canyons Resort in Park City, Utah.
From the November/December 2008 Issue
Mary Ellyn Dufek writes: "My orange grove turned out its best crop yet, though we struggle with the water limitations. In spite of the drought, there was a wonderful show of wildflowers in the spring, both in the desert and in my back lots. Any classmate is a welcome visitor."
From the May/June 2008 Issue
Ulises Giberga writes: "I continue to enjoy retirement tremendously (12 years now!). Acting in an off-off Broadway group, the St. Bart's Players, at St. Bartholomew's Church in Manhattan, gives me particular pleasure. I'm currently appearing in a mixed-cast production of Twelve Angry Men as juror #7, with the pretty unique distinction that there are two other Brown graduates in the cast; Leslie Engel '76 (juror #4) and Jonah Rosen '01 (juror #5). How's that for three generations of Brown actors! Unfortunately, I'll miss our 55th reunion, as our son, Peter, is getting married that weekend. So... I'll look forward to our 60th."
From the March/April 2008 Issue
Reunion co-chairs John Andrews and Barbara Kemalian Stone report: "Our 55th Reunion is fast approaching! Save the dates May 23–25, 2008. Return to your alma mater and renew friendships. Your reunion committee is supporting the University's back-to-campus program, which hosts our reunion events in the environs of the Brown campus."
Norman C. Bassett has retired from the retail furniture business after 50 years. He hopes to continue sailing and maintaining in Maine.
From the January / February 2008 Issue
Class secretary Betty Leaver Goff reports: “On July 20, 2007, nineteen alumnae got together at The Imperial Room in Rhodes Place in Cranston, R.I. Those who attended what has become an annual event were Ellen Leete Bell, Edith Oelbaum Biener, Fanny Bojar, Louise Anthony Brundage, Margaret Kohlhepp Gardner, Betty Leaver Goff, Gloria Villaney Holland, Jane Hovey, Patricia Eastwood Kann, Mary Jean Kelly McKenna, Patricia Chase Michaud, Sally Wilcox O’Day, Janice Swanson Post, Edie Wiedeman Smith, Barbara Kemalian Stone, Lee Torres Sullivan, Joan Carmody Theve, Joan Powers Valinote, and Norma Byers Willis.
Anyone who would like to receive notice about next year’s luncheon, please contact Janice Post or Betty Goff. Hope to see many of you at our 55th reunion in May!”
Pat Parcher Cleaveland (see Lena B. Chen ’73).
Martin Cohen writes that, because of children and grandchildren in Las Vegas and San Francisco, he has a vacation home in Reno: “We continue to have a place in Florida, but the West is now home for seven months. There are a few Brown grads here, but none from our class.”
Joanne Webster McSherry writes: “I have ten grandchildren, all 12 years old and under. I still spend four months in West Falmouth, Mass., and eight months in Charleston, S.C. All is well.”
Carlos S. Miranda writes: “Retirement has been great. I travel to Europe every year, mostly to Portugal, where we have many relatives. I retired as vice president of Kellogg International, and we live in Sarasota, Fla. I am a volunteer county court mediator in Sarasota. I have been married to Natalie for fifty-seven years, and we have three children, four grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter.”
From the September / October 2007 Issue
Spero Karol (see Marilyn Karol Pelosi '76)
From the July / August 2007 Issue
Joe Johnston writes: “I enjoyed a wonderful, long-overdue luncheon with Norm James, Dave Lownes, and Bob Lundin, and our ladies. Everyone was still upright, and no one had lost his appetite.”
Peg Ogden (see Valerie Phillips ’98).
From the May / June 2007 Issue
Alfred E. Mackiewicz writes: “Even though I lost my wife of forty-eight years two years ago, I still miss her. I didn’t have the finances or class to attend any of the functions at Brown, but I would like to hear from any of my classmates or football players from the early fifties as I was also a member of the team.”
Beverly Schwartz Rosen writes: “I am well and busy with classes at the Brown Community for Learning in Retirement, and painting at Hamilton House. No major trips since India (Jan./Feb. ’06), but contemplating China. Did a driving trip last summer to see long-lost relatives. Recently I’ve seen a daughter in Brooklyn; cousin Abraham Schwartz ’41 and his wife, Dotty, in Cherry Hill, N.J. and brother there; my daughter and her family in Virginia; and friend Marcia Bromberg (Brown’s Office of International Studies in the 1970’s) in Ashville, N.C. Long trip for driving, but great to see the folks and beautiful country.”
From the March / April 2007 Issue
Gloria Holland writes: “Sorry I missed our mini-reunion in October. I was too busy moving to my new condo in a converted school. It is taking longer than I anticipated to settle in.”
Larry Lundren writes he is having the best years of his life in Linkoping, Sweden, working at the Red Cross with refugees from Iraq (including Kurdistan) and Africa. Many of these refugees have become close friends who educate him about their Middle Eastern cultures and teach him to dance to Iraqi music. He is playing trumpet in Ansgar’s Mission Church Big Band and Wind Orchestra and also getting a 21st-century college education by keeping up with daughter Annika’s courses at the University of Vermont. He’s also receiving a psychology education by translating articles from Swedish to English for university researchers.
From the January / February 2007 Issue
Dr. J. Thomas Johnston retired in 2001 after forty-three years in country practice. He has four successful children and is still married to Jane Hensyl ’52. They have seven grandchildren. They still live in Wyoming and enjoy skiing, horses, and music.
Beverly Schwartz Rosen writes: “Happily retired; traveled to India last winter; four trips to Asia in the last five years; art at the Newport Museum, R.I. Watercolor Society; family is flourishing; grandchildren are either in college or almost there—a good life in a tough world.”
Barbara Carucci Venditti writes: “Jerry and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary in Hawaii, where we lived for the first two years of our married life. We were happy to discover that the aloha spirit is alive and well and that Kailua Beach has not changed.”
Howard Wenzel was elected in 2005 to a two-year term as president of the property owners’ association of the Albrook Garden Community, where he lives. Albrook was a former U.S. Air Force Base located in the old Canal Zone, which was turned over to Panama in 1997. Howard writes: “This is my first experience in city government and politics. A significant portion of my time is spent taking action with Panamanian government entities to fight off pressure of developers who want to build new projects in the area. Most of my life has been spent as a developer of real estate projects, and now I am in the reverse role, trying to discourage them in order to maintain the quality of life in our community. In any event, it’s an interesting challenge.”
From the September / October 2006 Issue
Morris J. Levin (see Lloyd Levin ’80).
Amelia Stern Revkin writes: “This is our third year as Floridians, but no 55-plus gated community condo for us—just a small house near the north fork of the St. Lucie river. Yes, it’s flat, but great for biking and gardening. Yes, summers are hot, but Bill ’50 and I can sail and race our old Ranger 23 year round. No more snow, sleet, or ice on Greenwich Bay for us. (Remember that cold, raw, soaking-wet 50th reunion weekend?) We had our own Brown reunion last year when all the family—including sons Jim ’81 MD and Andy ’78, daughter Diana ’83, and my brother, Mike Stern ’57—came down to celebrate my mother’s 100th year. We do plan visits to Connecticut, New York, and Rhode Island during hurricane season, although Andy, our environmental journalist, thinks the storms may move farther north this year. Read all about it in his latest book, The North Pole WAS Here. Regards to all.”
From the May / June 2006 Issue
Class treasurer Burt Priest will happily receive class dues ($35) at 301 Metro Center Blvd., Warwick, R.I. 02886.
Curtis Kruger and his wife, Nancy, are back in Florida after a long and difficult boat trip from Maine. After the Christmas holidays, they began planning a trip to the Keys, and in May they plan a return voyage to East Boothbay, Maine.
From the September / October 2004 Issue
Robert Conley writes from China: “At an impromptu Brown Club of Shanghai meeting in a neat snug called Sasha’s, Lisa Movius ’98, George Hogeman ’79, and I raised our glasses to toast Brown’s president, Ruth J. Simmons, for opening doors to the global future of Brown’s students. Xie xie (thank you) was our toast. Lisa, a resident journalist, covers Shanghai and southern China’s exploding world of pop culture. George is the American Consular Affairs officer in Shanghai. I was there as a guest of the Foreign Correspondents Club of Shanghai to do a seminar on my field, the dynamics of change—in this case, news in the twenty-first century. So, to our class, let me say zai jian (see you again) at the next reunion.”
From the July / August 2004 Issue
Rita Schorr Germain writes: “Sumner and I still enjoy working in our respective professions and travel as often as we can. Emily is an associate professor at Johns Hopkins Medical School and her husband is full professor. Mirah is an urban planner; her husband, Murray, is a senior partner in a private radiology practice. Benjamin, 10, Emma, 6, and Rachel, 3, are a joy! Sorry I could not attend our 50th. I would love to hear from all!”
From the May / June 2004 Issue
Peg Ogden writes: “There will never be another reunion like our 50th. I still enjoying mediating for the Better Business Bureau of New York City.”
From the January / February 2004 Issue
Brenda Balze Feleppa and Ed Feleppa write: “We look forward to the 55th Jabberwocks reunion next May.”
Tom Geismar (see Amanda McKnight Jaffe ’98).
Edward A. White, of Stone Mountain, Ga., writes: “My first grandchild was born March 24 and will be christened at their Episcopal church soon. Her name is Ellen ‘Ellie’ Layne, honoring her late grandmother, Elaine.”
Jim Winoker (see Alyson Yashar ’89).
From the March / April 2003 Issue
The 50th-reunion planning committee asks you to save May 23–26 for our milestone reunion. Details are finalized, and you will soon receive registration information in the mail. Your reunion yearbook editors, Kenneth Knowles and Edith Biener, have been working hard, and the yearbook is sure to be a highlight of our celebration. You will receive this memento whether or not you attend the reunion. If you have any questions, or you have not received any reunion mailing to date, please call (401) 863-1947. See you on campus!
Howard Wenzel writes: “My wife, Anne Barr ’54, and I landed in a small plane on the Ruth Glacier on Mt. McKinley, Alaska, in late June. We continue to live in Panama. Anne is the librarian of the International School. I work as sales representative for the Pilkington Glass Group in Panama and Central America. I also spend many hours volunteering as the director of a nonprofit English-language academy of the Panamanian Business Sector. See you at the 50th.”
From the September / October 2002 Issue
Bob Kay writes: "I practice psychiatry three days a week in community mental health settings and one day a week at the Philadelphia School of Psychoanalysis. My recent Psychiatric Times article, "The Know-Nothing Psychiatrist," has elicited some positive response. I'm also heavily involved in the homeschooling movement, the teaching of reading, the application of sociobiology to the raising of children, and the promotion of single-payer, universal health care for all Americans."
From the July / August 2002 Issue
Joyce Wilson Linthicum writes: "I've been living at the foot of St. Andrews Mountain for seven years. In 2000 I bought a cottage at Bethany Beach, Del., and spend winter there by the ocean. I have three grandsons: Bill, 5, and Joe and Ben, both 3. My daughter, Mary, and her husband, David, live close by in West Virginia."
Thomas Luff wrote in April: "I'm planning to finally retire in August and then take a monthlong cruise in Europe."
From the September / October 2000 Issue
Frederick Ulbrich Jr. is chairman emeritus of Ulbrich Stainless Steels and Special Metals, which won the MassMutual national family business of the year award. The company is based in New Haven.
From the July / August 2000 Issue
George A. Bray, M.D., was named Boyd Professor at Louisiana State University. His wife, Marilyn Rice Bray, writes: "We have moved to San Francisco. George commutes to L.S.U., where he continues his research. He has no plans to retire and is funded for nine more years."
From the May / June 2000 Issue
Frederick L. Reynolds, of Groton, Mass., writes: "I recently retired from my position as a senior vice president at Fidelity Investments after twenty-nine years with the firm. I continue to be actively engaged in the nonprofit boards of Simon’s Rock College, the Indian Hill Music Center, Deaconess Nashoba Hospital, and the Groton Public Library Endowment."
From the March / April 2000 Issue
Duncan MacMillan (see Anne MacMillan Pedrero ’91).
From the January / February 2000 Issue
Corresponding secretary Gene D'Andrea reports: "Marty Cohen writes that he is mostly retired and enjoying life at 3731 Toulouse Dr., Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. 33410. From May through October he lives at 5809 Nicholson Ln., #1504, North Bethesda, Md. 20852."
Paul Goldman (see Ilene S. Goldman '87).
From the November / December 1999 Issue
Class corresponding secretary Gene D'Andrea reports: "The class of 1953 expresses its sincere sympathy to the family of Dr. Helen Melaragno. Helen passed away on Aug. 5. Gifts in her memory may be sent to the 1953 Class Scholarship Fund."
Len Glaser, of Watchung, N.J., and Stratton Mountain, Vt., has retired from the industrial real estate business and has lots of time to enjoy his eight grandchildren. He and his wife, Helen, enjoyed the Brown travelers' cruise to the eight Baltic Sea countries in June. Len was reuinted after forty-eight years with his Psychology 101 professor, Lorrin Riggs. Len writes: "The highly educational voyage was enjoyably and efficiently hosted by Laura Freid, executive vice president of public affairs and university relations."
From the July / August 1999 Issue
The class of 1953 extends its deepest sympathy to Ellen Leete Bell on the passing of her husband, Vernon D. Bell.
George Bray Jr., Baton Rouge, La., will retire as director of the Pennington Biomedical Research Center on Aug. 1. George, who recently had a grant funded for an additional eight years, also won a National Merit Award. He will remain on the faculty and do research at Pennington.
From the May / June 1999 Issue
John Andersen, Lake Forest, Ill., and John Andersen Jr. '79, Wilmette, Ill., climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in February 1998. There was an unusual amount of snow, which made the climb more difficult, but they made it to the summit and fixed a Brown banner on the mountaintop.
Helen Ware Larkin writes that she and her husband, Jack, taught English in Xi'an, China, in October through an Elderhostel service project. The purpose of the project was to expose Chinese students to native English speakers, since many of their teachers have not studied abroad. "The whole experience was unbelievable, exhilarating, frustrating, and, above all, educational. We found the students to be active, squirmy, and noisy, just like our own. Most of them were also intent on taking advantage of our presence. They would approach us in the hall to practice their English as soon as we arrived at school. They were solicitous, enthusiastic, and friendly and invariably asked if we knew Madonna or Michael Jackson. I pointed out my gray hair and asked if their parents liked their music. That always got a response. Based on our experience with these children, China has a great future. We were in Xi'an for three weeks, and had an opportunity to go sightseeing on weekends. We saw the terra-cotta warriors, the excavations of a Neolithic (4000 B.C.) village, the Great Mosque, a farming village community, jade workshops, silk rug workshops, and the various sights in the city of Xi'an itself. Xi'an was the capital of China for more than 1,000 years, so there is a lot of history right in the city. Our group of eighteen, perhaps because of the combination of service and gray hair, was the most compatible group I have ever traveled with. It was wrenching to say good-bye. I cannot recommend the experience highly enough, but add the caveat that you can't sweat the small stuff (and it's all small stuff)."
From the November / December 1998 Issue
Rita Schorr Germain, Lancaster, Pa., did an interview with the Shoah Foundation. "It was a challenging experience, full of pain and joy, of losses and traumas of the war, of the Holocaust, and of the trauma of displacement and emigrations," she writes. "Yet it was positive having to look at my whole life and feel complete and whole. I plan to deposit copies of my three videotapes at the Pembroke Center and the Schlesinger Radcliffe Library.
Our daughters and their families are a source of pride and joy. I have two grandchildren, Benjamin, 4, and Emma Claire, 8 months. They are a joy and a blessing. Sumner is still teaching full time and wants to continue as long as he can. I have gone back to studying piano, so my Steinway is working hard. My flower, vegetable, and herb gardens are something to share with family and friends. I did cut down on community work; but when needed, I respond. On July 5 we celebrated forty years of marriage, a historical achievement. We are still good friends. Hoping to see all my classmates in our reunion 2003."
The April 1998 issue of the Annals of Tropical Medicine & Parasitology was dedicated to the late Robert L. Kaiser, who passed away in 1995. The dedication read in part: "Dr. Kaiser was instrumental, during his thirty-year career in epidemiology and tropical-medicine research at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, in helping change the direction of malaria control from mosquito control to drug prophylaxis and treatment."
From the September / October 1998 Issue
- 45th reunion attendees included: John Andersen, John Andrews, Ellen Leete Bell, Samuel Bernstein, Edith Oelbaum Biener, Harold Bigler, Robert Briggs, Barbara Bogle, Fanny Bojar, Mary-Elizabeth Hogan Boyd, Elliott Brown, Louise Anthony Brundage, William Burgoon, David Busing, James Carey, Marvin Catler, Deborah Roads Caulkins, Leah Belle Korn Chernov, Duane Clarridge, Martin Cohen, Joseph Coughlin, Eugene D'Andrea, Stavroula Balomenos Demitre, Lincoln Ekstrom, Ruth Burt Ekstrom, James Fernald, Harold Fleming, Frederick Fort, Alfred Geller, Ulises Giberga, Ann Harrington Gifford, Betty Leaver Goff, Paul Goldman, Charles Gnassi, Joan Turner Hastings, Harry Hauser, Janice Milne Hess, John Hill, Gloria Villany Holland, Eleanor Hovey, Norman James, Patricia Eastwood Kann, Kenneth Knowles, David Kramer, Morris Levin, Robert Lundin, Lawrence Lundgren, Myron Mandel, James McGough, Mary Jean Kelly McKenna, Richard Mendelsohn, Peggy Ogden, Russell Pierce, Robert Pike, Burton Priest, Janice Swanson Post, Amelia Stern Revkin, Beverly Schwartz Rosen, Eleanor Ekblade Seaman, Harriett Rubin Sherman, Joanne Butler Sherman, Edythe Wiedeman Smith, William Spindel, Carl Stenberg, Barbara Kemalian Stone, Dale Strand, Stephen Sultan, Joseph Tauro, Joan Powers Valinote, Barbara Carucci Venditti, Dick Vreeland, Gloria Rosenhirsch Wallick, Richard Webb, William Whitehouse, Winthrop Wilbur, James Winoker, Nancy Siederowf Wolfson, Donn Worth, Ann Peterson Zablocki, and Ralph Zalusky.
Joseph L. Tauro (see Elizabeth Tauro Saunders 84).
From the July / August 1998 Issue
John A. Andersen, Lake Forest, Ill., retired from Northern Trust Bank in 1996 after thirty-nine years of service. He is now a consultant to the bank. His eleventh grandchild was born to David '82 and Mary Andersen last February.
Sam Bernstein, New Canaan, Conn., is an attorney in Stamford, Conn. He is the senior partner of Zone & Bernstein and is affiliated with his son, Harold, in the practice. His daughter, Cathy, is an appraiser with Met Life in White Plains, N.Y. Sam is married to the former Sarey Frankel; they celebrated forty-three years of marriage last December. The couple has four grandchildren: Leora, 12, Robert, 10, Franni, 6, and Hannah, 16 months. Sam still plays the violin and is also into weightlifting ("anything but garbage and groceries," he writes).
Katherine MacKenty Bigelow spent two years at Pembroke before marrying Robert P. Bigelow in 1951. They have four children and nine grandchildren. Katherine graduated summa cum laude (and first in her class in humanities) from Northeastern University in 1983, earning a degree in English literature. Since then she has written, edited, and lectured.
Bob Briggs (see Sandy McFarland Taylor '58).
Louise Anthony Brundage, Hamden, Conn., writes: "Instead of sensibly retiring like a normal person, I have just started a new job as director of the Hamden Public Library."
Frederick L. Fort, Wilton, Conn., retired on April 1 as managing director of Marsh and McLennan Inc. after serving for forty-three years in the United States, Mexico, and Venezuela.
Eugene R. Gray's first wife, Beverly, died Feb. 14, 1994, after a year of illness. Eugene writes: "I have remarried to Phyllis Hessler, who has been a widow for a few years. We both attend St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Plymouth, Ind. We got to know each other through mutual attendance at a support group for persons who have lost a mate. We started out as acquaintances, became friends, and as good friends both realized we were in love. We were married Dec. 30, 1995. We just completed our new home, where we look forward to many happy years together when we both retire. Phyl is a mother of one daughter and grandmother of two. She has been a first-grade teacher and college professor, and is now a school psychologist."
Jack Norberg (see Joe Tebo '58).
Thomas H. Patten Jr., Claremont, Calif., was a visiting professor of human-resource management at the National College of Industrial Relations in Dublin, Ireland, in 1997. He later served in the same capacity at Korea University in Seoul. His lectures will be published in Korean this year.
Russell Pierce (see Sandy McFarland Taylor '58).
Amelia Stern Revkin, Stuart, Fla., writes: "A Brown reunion is always a family affair." Brown alumni in Amelia's family include husband Bill '50, son Jim '81 M.D., son Andy '78, daughter Diana '83, brother Mike Stern '57, nephew Richard Stern '88, and nieces Barbara '70 and Elaine Revkin '66.
Ann Peterson Zablocki, Ridgewood, N.J., is teaching E.S.L. in a junior high school in New York City.
From the May / June 1998 Issue
Robert Shumaker is professor emeritus at West Virginia University, where he taught in the geology department. "I'm having the time of my life doing research, working with grad students, and traveling with my bride of forty-four years, Beverly,"Bob writes.
From the May / June 1998 Issue
Robert Shumaker is professor emeritus at West Virginia University, where he taught in the geology department. "I'm having the time of my life doing research, working with grad students, and traveling with my bride of forty-four years, Beverly,"Bob writes.
From the March / April 1998 Issue
45th Reunion We hope you have reserved the weekend of May 22-25 for your 45th reunion. The excitement is building, and we hope as many classmates as possible return for this event. You should be receiving your registration packet shortly. If you have not received reunion information, please contact headquarters at (401) 863-3380.
Bud Brown (see Darcy Brown '88).
Francis J. Lutz received the 1997 James J. McLaughlin Professionalism Award from the New Jersey State Bar Association. The award is given to attorneys who demonstrate civility, legal competence, and professionalism in the practice of civil trial law. Francis is an attorney with Lutz, Shafranski, Gorman & Mahoney in New Brunswick, N.J.