Class of 1963
Raoul N. Smith ’64 AM, ’68 PhD, retired as a volunteer research fellow and editor of the Journal of Icon Studies at the Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton, Mass.
Robert E. Nickerson merged his company Stone Tower Properties into MG Commercial, the area’s second largest commercial brokerage firm.
Lee A. Korhumel has been married for 30 years and has one son and four grandchildren. He retired as senior managing director of Wunderlich Securities in 2014 and continues to operate a small business corporation. He is also president of a family charitable foundation and enjoys creative writing, poetry, and reading.
Michael S. Greenwood and his wife moved to Hiram, Ohio, three years ago to be near their older son’s family. Michael writes: “I have been appointed to the Hiram Village Council for a 3.5-year term—an unlikely follow-up to my 50-plus year career as a tree physiologist.”
Frederick S. Crysler Jr. writes: “I’m finally retired, recently widowed, on dialysis, and planning to travel some.”
Tom Generous ’63 writes: “I had a terrific time at our 55th and am very proud to be a part of ’63!”
Webmaster George Bryant reports: “Over the weekend, 72 alumni and spouses came to campus to celebrate our 55th reunion. The weekend began with a Friday night dinner at the University Club and recognition of the class of 1963’s gift. The night’s entertainment included Tom Generous on the ukulele and Marty Lawyer, our perpetual cheerleader, singing Brown songs and other touching numbers. We then proceeded to the campus dance to dance the night away. On Saturday, we lunched at the Hope Club, where we elected our new officers and presented a gavel to our outstanding president of the last 10 years, Glenn Cashion. Our new class officers are: President Barbara Smith Langworthy, Vice President Bill Silverman, Secretary Marty McCauley Anderson, Treasurer Fred Parker, 60th Reunion Cochairs Mary Lou Clark Levine and Glenn Cashion, and Webmaster George Bryant. Jose Flores ’18, the recipient of our Class Scholarship for the last four years, also addressed the class. This was followed by a tour of the RISD Museum, arranged by Jim Seed. We returned to the Hope Club for dinner and entertainment by the Higher Keys, an excellent Brown coed a capella group. Professor Barrett Hazeltine also was honored and spoke to the group. After our march down College Hill on Sunday, we went on to Bailey’s Beach Club in Newport hosted by Dayton Carr, a spectacular event to close a wonderful weekend. On Friday noon, a group of 19 Pembrokers and three brave husbands gathered at the University Club for lunch. Barbara Langworthy spoke to the group about the special values that Pembroke instilled in us that made such an event a homecoming for old friends. We were also treated to a talk and discussion with Gail Cohee, the director of the Sarah Doyle Women’s Center and an associate dean and adjunct faculty member in Gender and Sexuality Studies. What an exchange, discussing women’s issues now and 55 years ago.”
Dale Perelman and the History Press have published Road to Rust: The Disintegration of the Steel Industry in Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio. Dale writes: “This is the second book in a series highlighting the struggle for unionism by William Z. Foster, Samuel Gompers, and John L. Lewis, who faced strong management opposition under men like Judge Elbert Gary of U.S. Steel and Tom Girdler of Republic Steel. Tensions exploded in a series of violent and often fatal strikes until the Steel Workers Organizing Committee succeeded in obtaining a contract in 1937. The rest of the story catalogs the slow death of the steel industry in most of the small towns in the region.” In addition to Road to Rust, Perelman has written several histories, including Mountain of Light, The Regent, Centenarians, and Steel. He also coauthored The Scottish Rite Cathedral of New Castle with Rob Cummings.
Brooke Kruger Lipsitt (see Paul Lipsitt ’50).
Hal Barwood published his fifth novel, Happenstance, wherein a gambler uncovers a scheme to perpetrate election fraud in Reno, Nevada. Find out more at www.finitearts.com and page 36.
Paul and Brooke Kruger Lipsitt ’63 became proud grandparents on Aug. 22, 2017, with the birth of their grandson, Zachary Joseph Gregorian. Zachary is the son of their daughter Sarah and her husband, Oshin Gregorian.
Dale Perelman published Road to Rust: The Disintegration of the Steel Industry in Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio with the History Press. He writes: “While unionists like John L. Lewis and Samuel Gompers battled for fair wages and working conditions, strong managers like Judge Elbert Gary and Tom Girdler opposed their every move. The book charts the bloody battles leading to the victory of the United Steel Workers in 1937 and follows the eventual decline of the American steel industry in the 1980s.”
Hal Barwood writes: “After a long career as a screenwriter and videogame designer, I’ve been writing books for the past few years. I have finished my fifth, Happenstance. Check it out at www.finitearts.com.”
Norby Fleisig writes: “The cities of Charleston and Mt. Pleasant in South Carolina and I hosted an eclipse party from Aug. 18 to 21. Spotty weather cleared up perfectly during the full passage. In attendance, mostly with significant others, were: Al Almonte Jr. ’62; Hal Chorney; Dave Connell; Joanne Rabold Connell ’64; Rick Croteau ’63; Bill Feinberg ’63, ’66 AM, ’73 PhD; Berge Gregian ’62; Guy Lombardo ’62; and Peter Papadopoulos ’62. All the gentlemen listed are alumni of the gone but not forgotten Plantations House. We try to get together yearly, and we invite others to join us.”
Eugene R. Bouley ’63 MAT has recovered from back surgery and returned to hiking, biking, and mountaineering trails in Florida and New Hampshire as chair of the Highlanders Chapter of the Florida Trails Assoc. His wife, Therese, who turned 80 last fall, still hikes with him. They had several grandchildren graduating last spring: two from high school, two from college, and one from graduate school.
Gene Newman, Gil Messing ’63, Rene Murai ’66, and Dean Vegosen ’65 met for a round of golf at Miami Beach Golf Club in Florida. Gene writes: “Great weather, some good shots, and some poor ones. Fun, enjoyment, peace, nature topped off with KE brotherhood. What could be better?”
Bruce Boydell writes: “2017 finished well with my having authored and self-published a book that has been on my to-do list for 20 years. It should be of interest to my friends and fellow graduates of Brown. It is titled Right Full Rudder: Courage to Change Course. I call it my life story book, each chapter dealing with an event or season of my life which deeply impacted my view of the world, other people, and my sense of personal purpose and meaning in life. The title chapter focuses on an event in my early years as a navy submarine officer, applying some skills and discipline I learned as an NROTC student at Brown. The chapter called ‘In Deo Speramus’ tells of my experience in the early 1960s as an undergraduate engineering student. I believe it has potential value to a wide range of people. My hope is that it will encourage fresh hope and courage in the face of circumstances and challenging situations.”
Class webmaster George Bryant reports: “Please mark your calendars for the class of 1963’s 55th reunion on May 25–27, 2018. Plans for the gala occasion include a Pembroke luncheon and class dinner at the University Club on Friday and a class luncheon and dinner at the Hope Club on Saturday. The class treasury will pay part of the costs of the dinners and meals. Other events, including sports and museum tours, are in the planning stages. Already more than 80 classmates and guests plan to attend. If you plan to attend, please let Jennifer Ketay Brock. We hope you will join your classmates for another memorable weekend and great camaraderie.”
From the November/December 2017 Issue
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Class webmaster George Bryant reports: “Plans are well under way for our gala 55th reunion on May 25–27. They include many exciting events, thanks to the efforts of 55th reunion cochairs Jennifer Ketay Brock and Jim Seed. We will have rooms available at a number of Providence hotels and bed and breakfasts, as well as at Bronson House in the newly renovated Keeney West Quadrangle. The following classmates and guests have indicated they plan to attend: Walt and Andrea Whitaker Baumann, Fritz and Jennifer Ketay Brock, Barbara and George Bryant, John Butler, Karen and Glenn Cashion, Joel M. Cohen, Elaine Piller Congress, Beverly Nanes Dubrin, Carol Spindler Duncan, Leslie Hart Eckholdt, Bobbi and Joe Fisler, Tom Generous, Janice and Tom Gunzelman, Sue and Tom Hoagland, Gigi and Axel Kornfuehrer, Mary Lou Levine, Daniel Funk, Brooke Kruger Lipsett and Paul Lipsett ’50, Sandra and Ernie Lucier, Stephanie and Robert Nickerson, Fred Parker, Nancy and Ernst Rothe, C. Wayne Peal, Carrie Roudebush, Nancy Scull, Eva and Jim Seed, Gary Seningen, Dick and Barbara Smith Langworthy, Arnie and Leslie Leopold Sucher and Sandra Turgay.” If you plan to attend, please contact Jennifer Ketay Brock.
From the September/October 2017 Issue
Class secretary George Bryant reports: “Fifty-one classmates and friends attended a most impressive mini-reunion for the class of 1963 in New York City on June 2–4. Classmates attending were: Norm Alt; Martha McCauley Anderson; Marshall Bedine; Carter Booth; Mike Cardozo; Dayton Carr; Glenn Cashion; Arline Micklas Cioffi; Elaine Piller Congress; Nancy Lahart Deschamps; Beverly Nanes Dubrin; Carol Spindler Duncan; Leslie Hart Eckholdt; Lew Feldstein; George Garland; Larry Gross; Tom Gunzelman; Jennifer Williams Ketay Brock; Barbara Smith Langworthy; Marty Lawyer; Mary Lou Clark Levine; Brooke Kruger Lipsitt; Phyllis Marsteller; Ann Reilly Mostoller; Fred Parker; Wayne Peal; Bob Phillips; Ernst Rothe; Nancy Scull; Jim Seed; Jane Sisk; Bob Sliney and his wife, Diane Jones Sliney ’64; Raoul Smith ’64 AM, ’68 PhD; and Kathy Gauthier Titchen. The mini-reunion began on Friday with three tours: first, behind the scenes of the American Museum of Natural History; second, a viewing of Thomas Benton’s “America Today” murals at the Metropolitan Museum; and third, an in-depth look at the American Museum of Natural History’s highly regarded ¡Cuba! exhibition, which explores the biodiversity of the island. That evening, classmates enjoyed an outstanding cocktail reception and dinner at the exclusive River Club on East 52nd Street, with magnificent views overlooking the East River. On Saturday, we explored the many cultural and other opportunities that abound in Gotham. In the afternoon, attendees gathered for cocktails at the rooftop bar of the Roger Smith Hotel, followed by a performance of the Broadway musical Great Comet at the Imperial Theater. On Sunday morning, we gathered for an abundant brunch at the Princeton Club on West 43rd Street, where we enjoyed mimosas and Bloody Marys on the terrace.
Planning is well under way for the class of 1963’s 55th reunion May 25-27, 2018. Please mark your calendars and get ready for another gala filled with sporting events, dinners, museum tours, great meals, and camaraderie. Please let us know if you hope to attend by sending an email to Glenn Cashion. Hope to see you then.”
Ray Fisher writes: “I’m working in Ukraine as director of NGO PVO CRAG-Ukraine. CRAG stands for Colorado Russia Agricultural Group. We worked in Russia for 20 years, but finally gave up and gave in to autocracy. Ukraine is a pivotal country in the tug-of-war between autocracy and democracy. See our website for the most recent update on the situation there. Despite the war in the east and continuing bureaucratic stealing, good things are happening. New young progressive and, hopefully, honest mayors and members of parliament are getting elected and doing good works for their communities. (CRAG-Ukraine.org). I went straight into the Peace Corps from Brown and was assigned to Malaya, which was Malaysia by the time I served there. It changed my life. I came back and earned a master’s in community development and since then have worked on and off in international development. In the meantime, we had to make a living, so my wife and I started and ran Sagebrush News Inc. in Colorado. We distributed the New York Times and other out-of-state newspapers and publications for 27 years.”
From the July/August 2017 Issue
James Hayman still lives in Portland, Me., where he enjoys writing murder mysteries. His fourth made the New York Times best-seller list, and HarperCollins published the fifth, The Girl on the Bridge, in May. He is proud to say it’s getting terrific reviews. He writes that the story starts with the gang rape of a young woman at a college fraternity party, an unintentionally timely subject. Twelve years later, the victim commits suicide by leaping from a bridge, and shortly after her death her attackers start mysteriously dying. “Are their deaths simple revenge?” James asks. “Or something more complex?”
Robert Reiss retired after 40 years as a dedicated and outstanding professor of mechanical engineering at Howard Univ.
From the May/June 2017 Issue
Brooke Lipsitt (see Paul Lipsitt ’50).
Judith Neal Murray writes: “Since 1995 I’ve been fortunate enough to have worked in three of Boston’s (and Cambridge’s) major art museums: the Museum of Fine Arts as manager of the gallery instructor program, the Gardner Museum as director of visitor learning, and the Harvard Art Museum as senior museum educator. For the past four years I’ve been teaching in programs that explore connections between art and medicine. I also lead monthly team building workshops at the Museum of Fine Arts for Brigham and Women’s Hospital integrated teaching units.”
Dale Richard Perelman writes: “The History Press has published my book Steel: The Story of Pittsburgh’s Iron and Steel Industry 1852–1902. The book highlights the battles between Carnegie Steel and Jones & Laughlin Steel and the underpaid, underappreciated immigrant workforce.”
Michael E. Starzak (see Bob Starzak ’70, ’75 MD).
From the March/April 2017 Issue
Glenn Cashion reports: “Planning for our June 2–4, 2017 mini-reunion in New York City is continuing. In January, we distributed the itinerary and started the registration process. As earlier reported, several museum tours are planned for Friday. We are very pleased to report that our gala reception/dinner on Friday night will be at the River Club, 447 E. 52nd Street, an outstanding venue: http://www.riverclubnyc.com/About.aspx . Reserve June 2–4 on your calendar and join many of your classmates for our ‘Big Apple’ event. Our headquarters hotel will be the Roger Smith, 501 Lexington Ave. We have a block of rooms reserved for our class at the very attractive rate of $239 plus tax/night. Book your room at rogersmith.reztrip.com .”
R. David Drucker writes: “Living on the seacoast of New Hampshire and being retired is the perfect combination. For structure I still write a poem a day, sing in three choirs (not simultaneously), am a UNH Marine docent, volunteer on the replica Gundalow Piscataqua as crew, and continue to be active in Rotary. After 32 years of mutual companionship with Mary, I’m still finding it difficult to adjust to living in our ‘forever’ house alone since she died in January 2015. I’m hanging out with daughter Diana and the grandkids—Christopher (who was 4 on the Fourth of July) and Rachel (now 8). Very comforting, as Diana is almost Mary’s twin. I’m always up for meeting any classmates in the area (or even if you’re not!).”
From the November/December 2016 Issue
George Bryant and Theta Delta Chi brothers Glenn Cashion, Ken Cohen, Tom Gunzelman, Fred Parker, and Dennis Redding gathered for a reunion on July 19 at Mike Paquin’s home in Framingham, Mass. George writes: “Helen Paquin prepared a scrumptious meal.”
From the September/October 2016 Issue
The class of 1963 enjoyed a mini-reunion in Boston, June 3–5, with 34 classmates in attendance, including George Bryant, Glenn Cashion, Elaine Pillar Congress, Nancy Lahart Deschamps, Carol Spindler Duncan, Leslie Hart Eckholdt, Joe Fisler, George Garland, Tom Gunzelman, Barbara Smith Langworthy, Judy Neal Murray, Bob Phillips, Ernst Rothe, Don Roy, Jim Seed, Jane Sisk, Bob and Diane Jones Sliney ’64, Charlie and Dan Sokoloff, Nick and Barbara Bordieri Spiezio ’61, and Marlene Richter Williamson. The event began with cocktails at the Millennium Bostonian Hotel, followed by an Italian dinner at the Villa Francesca Restaurant in the North End. We spent Saturday morning at the Art of the Americas Wing of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, where one of our guides was Judy Neal Murray. We enjoyed works by Copley, Homer, Cassatt, Sargent, and Pollock, to name just a few. Following sightseeing in the afternoon, we traveled to Symphony Hall for a Pops Concert with the Boston Symphony playing the score from Raiders of the Lost Ark while the film played on the big screen. On Sunday, we gathered in Copley Square for a guided Back Bay Architectural Tour. That afternoon saw us at the Boston Red Sox vs. Toronto Blue Jays game at Fenway Park.
George Bryant writes that Lambda Chi Alpha brothers gathered for a reunion on June 22 at the home of Bill Savicki in Dennis, Mass.: “A great time was had by all.” In attendance were John Arata, George Baum ’62, Colby Cameron, Charlie Donahue ’65, Bill Earle ’65, Joe Fisler, Jay Fluck ’65, Buddy Freeman, Joe Gillin ’61, John Hornyak, Mike Kimberly ’65, Ed Marecki ’65, John Parry ’65, Bill Potter ’62, Nick Spiezio, Bill Savicki, and Len Ronnie.
Phyllis Marsteller’s black-and-white photos “Gehry Forms: Details of the Fisher Center at Bard” will be exhibited at Montgomery Row, Rhinebeck, N.Y., in September.
Hilary Salk ’65 MAT published Eaves-dropping in Oberammergau, based on a true story about a German-Jewish convert to Catholicism who came to Oberammergau in 1934.
From the May/June 2016 Issue
James Hayman published his fourth and latest McCabe and Savage thriller, The Girl in the Glass. The book made the best-seller lists of the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. James writes: “Anyone who likes suspense thrillers can download the e-book or order the paperback from Amazon or Barnes & Noble.”
Michael E. Starzak, a professor emeritus at Binghamton Univ., writes: “Retirement has given me the opportunity to do more writing, both professional and autobiographical. I completed two books based on my family’s misadventures during my sabbaticals in France and Poland, Totally Immersed, The French Experience and Totally Immersed, The Polish Experience. I also wrote two science books, Essential Quantum Chemistry and Enzymes and Membrane Channels, from courses I developed. I’ve had more time to focus on converting renewable energy patents into commercial devices—and indulge a passion for figure skating.”
From the March/April 2016 Issue
The class of ’63 Boston mini-reunion is planned for June 3–5, 2016. Included in our mini-reunion will be the Pops, the North End, the charming Back Bay, and, of course, the Red Sox. We have secured a block of rooms at the Millennium Bostonian within blocks of the North End, Faneuil Hall, and Quincy Market. The agenda includes Friday night dinner in the North End, a Saturday morning tour of the new American wing of the Museum of Fine Arts, an evening at the Boston Pops, a Sunday morning tour of the architecture of Back Bay, and a Sunday afternoon Red Sox game. The committee of Nancy Perkins Arata, John Kaufman, Barbara Smith Langworthy, Gail Caslowitz Levine, Brooke Kruger Lipsitt, Judy Nead Murray, and Nancy Scull is hard at work getting us the best prices for all events. In addition to them, we are likely to see Karen and Glenn Cashion, Bob and Diane Jones Sliney ’64, Remy Zimmerman, Barbara and George Bryant, Mary Lou Clark Levine, Merle Farrington, Eva and Jim Seed, Nick and Barbara Bordieri Spiezio ’61, and many others. Let us know your plans by contacting Barbara Smith Langworthy.
Norm Alt writes: “I have recently been elected president of the Blue Hill Heritage Trust, a land conservation organization that owns or has conservation easements on more than 7,000 acres that have been chosen to preserve the natural character of Maine’s beautiful Blue Hill Peninsula. I have also recently been appointed a trustee of Kneisel Hall, a chamber music festival in Blue Hill, and one of the country’s most important summer retreats for gifted young string and piano players.”
Jennifer Ketay Brock writes: “My husband, Fritz, and I enjoyed last June’s mini-reunion in Philadelphia. Last October, we drove through California from San Francisco to Yosemite to our final stop in Pasadena for the second birthday of my son’s and his wife’s child, Olivia. At Christmas I heard from Peter G. McDonald’s widow, Jill, that their son Jamie now runs their Inchinnan Farm in Wilsonville, Oregon. Jamie is busy planting the new Eastern Hazelnut Blight-resistant cultivar on the farm. Announcing the release of the new cultivar in January, Oregon State Univ. breeder Shawn Mehlenbacher said, ‘[Peter] McDonald was instrumental in funding the breeder position at OSU and kept hope alive when Eastern Filbert Blight, a fungal pathogen, threatened hazelnut production in Oregon. . . . He pushed for a brighter future.’ A well-deserved honor, possibly unique among alumni in our class! Future travels for me and Fritz will be the Lower Rio Grande Valley this winter and Turkey next October.”
George Garland writes: “Discovering a quiet revolution using anaerobic digestion to combine water treatment and solid waste management. This produces electric power and compressed natural gas for vehicles. Planetary friends—the microbial universe!”
From the January/February 2016 Issue
Class president Glenn Cashion writes that this year’s class mini-reunion will take place in Boston, June 3–5. Members of the class of ’63 who wish to attend should contact Barbara Smith Langworthy.
Elaine Piller Congress published the second edition of her book, Social Work with Immigrants and Refugees: Legal Issues, Clinical Skills, and Advocacy, which she coedited with Fernando Chang-Muy.
Brooke Kruger Lipsitt ’63 (see Paul Lipsitt ’50).
From the November/December 2015 Issue
Class president Glenn Cashion reports that the class of 1963 will continue its annual tradition of mini-reunions in 2016. He writes: “Plans are underway for a few days of camaraderie in Boston in June 2016. Barbara Smith Langworthy is assembling a committee, and further details will be distributed to the class. If you plan to attend, contact Barbara.”
Michael Cardozo and Esther Lardent ’68 named recipients of the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Awards by The American Lawyer magazine. They were recognized at a dinner in New York City in October.
Dante Lanzetta writes: “After 12 years of retirement, Jane and I reached the magical point where we can no longer keep up with our 115-year-old house in Birmingham, Michigan, and have moved to what appears to me the prairie, Mundelein, Illinois. With all three “kids” and their spouses and four grandkids living nearby in Chicago, we finally gave up the three stories of stairs. Sadly, I also lost my immense shop in the basement with 9-foot ceilings. And of course I still miss the nearly 20 years involvement with Birmingham, including two terms as Mayor Pro Tem and three as Mayor, and the many other local, regional, and national organizations I worked with, some in leadership roles. I suppose I’ll finally have to learn to play proper bocce. Perversely, our eldest grandchild left for Michigan State University, only 75 miles from Birmingham, but 250 from our new home.”
Mary Lou Clark Levine writes: Enjoyed being with classmates at our Philadelphia mini-reunion in June, plus joining Barbara Smith Langworthy and her husband, Dick, at Upper Valley, Vermont, and at the New Hampshire Brown Club picnic in August. I still spend summers in New Hampshire, but escape the winters to my home in Florida where I am active in several groups. I joined the Orlando Brown Club last winter, feeding the homeless plus sorting donated goods at the local food bank. I have been fortunate to travel with my sister (also a widow) in the last few years to England, Israel, Czech Republic, Hungary, South America, Antarctica, and Hawaii. We’ve also driven cross country from Vermont to Seattle. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone again at the 2016 mini-reunion.”
Jay Parker writes: “Deborah and I have retired from our jobs and closed our bed and breakfast in Princess Anne, Maryland, and now live in Denver in order to be near two of our three daughters. We are living with our middle daughter, Antigone Parrish ’95 and her husband, Jeffrey ’97 PhD, and their daughters (prospective members of the classes of ’26 and ’30). Our home is also near our youngest daughter, Zoe and her husband, Artie Smith ’93. Best regards to all.”
From the September/October 2015 Issue
Class president Glenn Cashion writes: “I enjoyed meeting with several classmates over the past couple of weeks. I tested my struggling golf game with Bob Sliney in New Jersey and Nick Spiezio in Maryland. Axel Kornfuehre and his wife, Gigi, were visiting relatives nearby and joined us for dinner at our home. Fred Parker arrived two weeks later and accompanied us at the class of 1963 mini-reunion in Philadelphia, where classmates and guests met for a weekend of interesting events.”
Class webmaster George Bryant writes: “On June 12–14, members of the class of ’63 came to Philadelphia to enjoy our sixth mini-reunion. Many were joined by their spouses (a total of 37 attendees) for a weekend packed with adventure and good times. We began Friday night with cocktails at the rooftop lounge of the Hotel Monaco, our host hotel. We then proceeded to the Positano Coast Restaurant for dinner and reminiscing. While there, we celebrated the 50th wedding anniversary of Janice Fernald and Tom Huang. Saturday, we toured the National Constitution Center. During the afternoon, we took the Taste of Philly Food Tour at the Reading Terminal Market, a must for enjoying the culinary heritage of Pennsylvania. That evening, we enjoyed a cruise on the Delaware River aboard the Spirit of Philadelphia. Sunday, we were treated to a Barnes Foundation tour. Barnes has the world’s largest collection of Renoirs and many other precious paintings, including two Picassos from the Blue Period. The richness of the art was staggering. We rounded out the weekend with a hearty lunch at Jack’s Firehouse.”
From the May/June 2015 Issue
Thomas Bale writes: “I have been working to develop the Friends of the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice. Coleader of the project is Ann Coles. Those classmates who wish to support this Brown initiative can go online to www.gifts.brown.edu .”
From the March/April 2015 Issue
Class webmaster George Bryant writes: “Please plan on joining your classmates in Philadelphia for our 2015 mini-reunion from Friday, June 12, to Sunday, June 14. Our hotel is in the city’s historic center, and we’ll explore old and new historical, culinary, and cultural institutions and cruise the Delaware at night. Those who’ve indicated interest in attending are: Martha McCauley Anderson, Marshall and Joyce Cohen Bedine, Bill Caroselli and Dusty Kirk, Karen and Glenn Cashion, Elaine Piller Congress and Bob Snyder, Jean Amatneek Dowdall, Roberta and Joe Fisler, Jennifer Ketay Brock, Dick and Barbara Smith Langworthy, Marty Lawyer, Mary Lou Clark Levine, Nancy and Ernst Rothe, Jim Seed, Nick Spiezio, Kathy Gauthier Titchen, and Sandy and Walt White. Not on e-mail? Barbara will provide hotel reservation information, as well as where to send your check (by May 1) to book the class activities reservation. It will be great fun, so come on along!”
Elaine Piller Congress presented at several recent conferences, including the New York State Social Work Education Association and the Council of Social Work Education.
Lee A. Korhumel retired as senior managing director of Wunderlich Securities Inc. on May 30. He lives in Lake Forest, Ill., with his wife, Carol.
From the January/February 2015 Issue
Jennifer Ketay Brock retired from the Brown alumni relations office in 2009 and has since been living between Morningside Heights in Manhattan and Salisbury Township, Pa. She writes: “Under husband Fritz’s tutelage, I’ve become a better birder. We’ve spent a month in south Texas birding daily for the last five winters.” When she is not traveling, Jennifer sees Andrea Baumann, Janice Huang, and Leslie Sucher. She also visits art museums in New York City, audits music history classes in Pennsylvania, does Pilates, and spends time with her granddaughter, Olivia Ketay. “Hope to see many of you at the Philadelphia mini-reunion June 12–14.”
Nancy Lahart Deschamps writes: “The Brown mini-reunion in Williamsburg was wonderful. I’m grateful to all of those who organized it.”
Tom Generous writes: “Still buoyed by memories of the great 50th. Wasn’t it grand that the rain stopped just as the parade gathered and the sun came out just as we began to march? And how we led the singing of ‘Ever True’ all the way down the hill? But the disappointment that the four or five most recent classes didn’t know the song.”
Carl Lane retired from his practice as a cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon in Macon, Ga. He writes: “I work at the Macon Volunteer Clinic, where patients with no health insurance get free medical care, and I teach at the Medical Center of Central Georgia and the Mercer Univ. School of Medicine as needed. I have farmed for many years, raising beef cattle and growing timber, and continue to do so.”
Virginia Fairchild Pabst and her husband, Al, spend much of their time as docents at the California Academy of Sciences. She writes: “Learning something new each time we go keeps us going back for more.”
Dale Richard Perelman published his fourth book, Steel: The Story of Pittsburgh’s Iron and Steel Industry 1852–1902. He writes that the book “juxtaposes Allegheny County’s metal barons like Andrew Carnegie and Henry Clay Frick with the immigrant labor force who toiled in their mills.”
Nancy Scull writes: “I had coffee with a young woman from Brown’s class of 2013. She was networking to start a job search in the Boston area. It turns out her father runs the hospital in Arusha, Tanzania, where I had surgery for my broken leg four years ago. What are the odds? Brown is an amazing family.”
Charles Townsend won his fourth term on the Science, Technology, and Energy Committee in the New Hampshire House of Representatives.
Stephen Tracy continues as a longtime visitor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N. J. He writes: “In the past year, scholarly journals have published several of my articles on fifth-century B.C. inscriptions from Athens, Greece. Last May, I presented a paper at a conference in Athens on the Athenian Tribute Lists.”
From the November/December 2014 Issue
Robert Brown and his wife, Christine Neptune, operate the Robert Brown Gallery and the Neptune Fine Art Gallery at 1662 33rd St. NW, in the Georgetown area of Washington, D.C. Both previously operated art galleries in New York City. Visit their website at: www.georgetowngalleries.com .
George Bryant writes that his Lambda Chi Alpha brothers John Arata, Steve Billey, Colby Cameron, Joe Fisler, Dave Plimpton, Len Ronnie, Bill Savicki, Nick Spiezio, Bob Tortolani, and Mike Whitworth gathered on June 18 for a reunion at Mike’s house in Scituate, Mass.
Susan Fairchild Chase, Judy L. Harris, John Peeler, and Bruce Smithson had an unexpected mini-reunion on January 12, while bird-watching at El Dorado Lodge in Colombia, South America.
Elaine Piller Congress, an associate dean and professor at Fordham Univ. Graduate School of Social Service, was a presenter at the Head Start Research conference in Washington, D.C., on July 8. She was also the keynote speaker at the Society for Health Care Leadership on June 17. She presented on “Ethical Dilemmas and Decision-Making in Health Care” at the annual Network for Social Managers conference. She recently launched two new Fordham master’s programs, in nonprofit leadership and in social work.
James Hayman of Portland, Me., has written three McCabe/Savage police thrillers, set in Portland. All three were published internationally: by Harper Collins in the United States, Penguin in the U.K., and Random House in Europe. Two of the three, The Chill of Night and Darkness First made the USA Today national best-seller list. James reports he is currently working on a fourth novel about two identical murders that take place in the same prominent Portland family 108 years apart. After 40 years in advertising in New York City, he says writing is “great fun and hopefully I’ll be able to keep it up until they carry me out.”
Ted Heyck retired from the Los Angeles Office of the City Attorney, where he was a trial attorney for 25 years, defending the city and the LA police department. He has returned to his original love of acting in TV, film, and commercials, but still has private legal cases. He will appear and speak in a Santa suit in a Keurig commercial that will air this Christmas.
Fil Lewitt is living in Bangkok, Thailand, with his wife. He has written two novels of the Mercy Investigations Series, Killer Picture Postcards and Gay Blade, both set in San Francisco. He writes: “Go to Amazon Books to Fil Lewitt to reach my own page and noodle around in any and all. Keeping busy, having a great life, and staying away from the United States.”
Dale Richard Perelman completed Steel: The Story of Pittsburgh’s Iron and Steel Industry 1852–1902. The history brings alive the bloody labor battles between the haves and the have-nots, culminating with the sale of Carnegie Steel to J. P. Morgan in 1901 and the creation of U.S. Steel.
Nancy Scull continues her work to improve the educational environment for Tanzanian children through her nonprofit company, Friends of Meali International Inc., which has helped transform the Meali Primary School in just five years. She is now implementing similar educational improvement projects at the Losirwa Primary School and the Oldeani Primary School, while continuing to support selected programs at Meali. Her goal is “to improve the educational achievement levels of these children by making their environment more conducive to learning.” She writes: “Already, more Meali kids are qualifying for secondary school, and we are helping to make sure they enroll by providing first-year scholarship support.” For more information visit www.friendsofmeali.org .
W. Bruce Smithson and several other alumni stumbled upon each other on Jan. 12 while bird-watching in Colombia. They met at the El Dorado Lodge, located several thousand feet above the town of Santa Marta on the Caribbean Sea. Five Brown alumni traveling together enjoying their mutual hobby of birding encountered a second group of 14 birders traveling under the auspices of the Carolina Bird Club and led by Brown alumnus Scott Winton ’07. Bruce writes: “I was part of this second group and bumped into one of the first group on the grounds of the lodge, where I became aware that we had a mini-reunion going on! We met later in the dining room and got a picture of the group.” The other alumni present were Al Benford ’61, Larry Chase ’62, Susan Fairchild Chase, John Peeler, and Judy Harris Peeler.
Mike Whitworth and Lambda Chi Alpha brothers John Arata, Steve Billey, Colby Cameron, Joe Fisler, Dave Plimpton, Len Ronnie, Bill Savicki, Nick Spiezio, and Bob Tortolani gathered on June 18 for a mini-reunion at Mike’s house in Scituate, Mass.
From the September/October 2014 Issue
Martin Lawyer reports: “In May our class had an off-year away-from-campus reunion in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. During four days in Williamsburg we had a wonderful time renewing acquaintances and learning about life during the 1770s in the Virginia colony. Under the direction of class president Glenn Cashion and local Williamsburg classmate Joe Fisler and his wife, Bobbi, we had two formal dinners and numerous other inclusive gatherings at eating places and historic points of interest. In attendance were Glenn’s wife, Karen; Nancy Lahart Deschamps; Carol Spindler Duncan; Leslie Hart Eckholdt; Axel Kornfuehrer and his wife, Gigi; Barbara Smith Langworthy and her husband, Dick; Mary Lou Clark Levine; Ann Reilly Mostoller; Walt Olson; Bob Phillips and his wife, Adriana; Ernst Rothe and his wife, Nancy; Nancy Scull; Bob Sliney and his wife, Diane Jones Sliney ’64; Nick Spiezio and his wife, Barbara Bordieri Spiezio ’61; Kathy Tichen; and Marty Lawyer. At the Saturday night dinner, we were joined by Karen Kellog ’64 and her husband, Patrick Laughlin.”
David Garnes’s book Waitin’ for the Train to Come In: A Novel of World War II was released in 2013. Visit his website, www.amazon.com/author/davidgarnes , to see more of his work. He writes: “Enjoyed seeing everyone at last year’s reunion.”
Lawrence R. Gross is completing his 33rd year as a trustee of the Great Neck (N.Y.) Board of Education. For the first time since his election in 1981, he was opposed for the position this year and conducted a full campaign. He writes: “Fortunately, I won the election and will begin my 34th year. Education is a very serious undertaking in Great Neck, and I continue to enjoy being part of the board.”
Kenneth Scher writes: “I recently closed my surgical practice (no Obamacare for me) to pursue long-delayed interests: gardening, flower photography, and poetry. Due to the severity of Wisconsin winters, my wife, Kim, and I are relocating to the bluegrass region of Kentucky.”
From the July/August 2014 Issue
David Gubits (see Danny Gubits ’91).
James Hayman published his third McCabe/Savage thriller, Darkness First, with HarperCollins. It’s available both as an e-book and as a mass-market paperback. James writes: “Darkness First made the USA Today national bestseller list and has gotten great reviews, including a starred review from Library Journal.”
From the May/June 2014 Issue
Class president Glenn Cashion reports that several classmates will be rekindling the enthusiasm of last year’s 50th reunion at the 2014 mini-reunion at Colonial Williamsburg on May 15–18. Approximately 30 classmates and guests will be in attendance. The weekend will include golf, sightseeing at Colonial Williamsburg and nearby historical locales, and dining in CW venues. Saturday’s dinner will feature a guest speaker and a 250th Brown Anniversary celebration.
Lawrence Axelrod writes: “Leslie and I are buying a home at the Four Lakes Golf Club in Winter Haven, Florida. I was on the golf team in high school, but have not played since then. If the game of golf is like riding a bicycle this should work out well.”
Dayton T. Carr writes: “On Jan. 18, I spent an enjoyable evening with Stephen Mayne and his wife, Linda. I had not seen him at all for 50 years, until our reunion. He and his wife were in New York for the opening night of Beautiful, a show with Carole King. It was great seeing them and learning about his law practice and charmed life in San Francisco. I hope to see them again soon.”
Robert Rosen writes: “My daughter, Brooke Rosen Tyroler ’96, is a surgical veterinarian in Albuquerque, with two daughters. My son, Andrew Rosen ’92, is an orthodontist in Tucson with three sons. We have lived in El Paso, Texas, for almost 42 years. All is well.”
From the March/April 2014 Issue
Tom Generous writes: “Since we were together again on the hill in May, I saw some Plantations House guys in Charleston, South Carolina, and saw more of them at a reunion in January at Riviera Beach, Florida. The group spans three Brown classes, and we have a great time. I stay in touch with Rick Croteau, Lucky Finder Newfeld, Ann Reilly Mostoller, and Peter Papadopoulos ’62. I went to Italy in October, ten days in Caserta, which my friend and I used as a base to explore Vesuvian and other history. My two grandchildren are wonderful, and my two daughters and I have rented a Delaware getaway for July.”
Philip Jay Lewitt writes: “Here in Thailand the BAM arrives later rather than earlier, but I was pleased, after 50 years of no contact, to see a photo of Dan Alper at our 50th reunion. He is still recognizably the guy he was half a century ago! My father, Al Lewitt ’33, and Dan’s uncle, Mark Alper ’33, were best friends from Brown until their deaths not so long ago. Also to read of Barry Walter ’62 and the course in socialism he’s teaching. Barry and I both played upright jazz bass back in the day, though he was by far the better player. My best to them both. As for me, still living in Thailand, but moving next year to southern Arizona. I’m still writing books, mostly thriller novels. The latest is Killer Picture Postcards, set in San Francisco, and the first novel in a new PI series. Go to Amazon to take a free look at the various books available, eight at last count. Had I not been halfway around the world living on a university teacher’s pension, I would have joined the 50th festivities.”
Joyce Richardson writes: “Two knee replacements later, I feel 20 years younger. This news is in response to Mark B. Lefkowitz’s ’67 discouraging such surgery. With an excellent surgeon and physical therapist, as well as a Feldenkrais ‘Walk for Life’ workshop, I have been very fortunate. I am playing the euphonium in a New York City new horizons band. Google ‘new horizons’ if you want to revive your beautiful music career.”
From the January/February 2014 Issue
Frederick S. Crysler retired from parish ministry in 2006 and writes that he is busier than ever.
R. David Drucker writes: “Mary and I are New Englanders once again after almost 20 years in Upstate New York. I have retired from directing small historical museums and now have the time to complete a book-length manuscript I’ve been working on for the past three decades. Our new digs, 25 Durrell St. Dover, N.H., are between our daughter and my sister. Convenient!”
Carl E. Lane is semi-retired after practicing thoracic and cardiovascular surgery in Macon, Ga. He currently works with surgery residents and medical students at Mercer Univ. School of Medicine in Macon. He also works at the Macon Volunteer Clinic, providing free medical care to patients with no medical insurance. He has farmed for years and continues to do so, raising beef cattle.
Leonard Ronnie returned from a trip to the United Arab Emirates, Kenya, and Tanzania. He writes: “Great experience. Everyone should visit Africa to appreciate what we have in America.”
Merrill Ruck writes: “After 34 years in the U.S. Navy; eight years at the NATO command in Norfolk, Virginia; then eight years as executive director at the Naval Postgraduate School Foundation in Monterey, California, I have retired. My wife, Diane, and I moved to Aurora, Colorado, to a 3600-square foot house on the golf course. We now live eight miles from our daughter; son-in-law; our granddaughter, Maci, 3; and grandson, Daniel, 7. Retirement near the grandchildren is terrific.”
From the November/December 2013 Issue
Class secretary John Kaufmann reports: “Diman House served as our headquarters for the class of 1963’s 50th reunion, attended by an impressive 193 participants, who enjoyed an interesting and varied series of events over the weekend. In addition to several University-wide activities, we were treated to such events as a golf tournament hosted by Tom Hoagland on Friday and a number of tennis matches put together by Joe Fisler. Elaine Piller Congress presided over a Pembroke luncheon with more than 50 attendees. After hearing an outstanding address by Mike Cardozo on his role as legal counsel for the City of New York, more than 100 members received a docent-led tour of the RISD museum, which is truly of international caliber. Perhaps the highlight of Saturday was the class dinner, which 288 of us attended. Organized by Norm Alt, it featured an exhibition of literary and artistic works by 23 classmates as well as a riveting performance by the Boston Camerata, led by Joel I. Cohen. It was proudly announced that the Class Gift, to which 372 classmates contributed, had reached more than $700,000, with a participation rate of 65.3 percent. To see if your name is on the Honor Roll list of donors, check out http://annualfund.brown.edu/honorroll/Book/Donors.aspSX?Tag1=1TAG&Tag2=1960&Tag3=1963 . On Sunday more than 100 of us spent a lovely day at the Newport Yacht Club, hosted by Dayton Carr. George Bryant, Jane Sisk, and Barbara Langworthy are due a huge round of thanks for their tireless work in putting together and distributing the 50th-reunion yearbook. You may view photos from the reunion at http://brown1963reunion shutterfly.com . Please take note that our Facebook address is https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/116848398336007/ and our fabulous website is https://alumni.brown.edu/classes/1963/ . Finally, if you have any tidbits of news you would like to share with your classmates via the BAM please send it to me.”
Steven Field (see Mildred Robinson Field ’41).
Brooke Kruger Lipsitt (see June Gibbs ’50).
From the September/October 2013 Issue
J. English Austin writes: “I certainly enjoyed reading the reflections of classmates in our yearbook. Mine was one of the briefest. To expand, I note my favorite department classics professor, John Rowe Workman; and advisors Charles Arthur Lynch, Charles Alexander Robinson, and John Ambrose. My favorite yearly event was the Latin carol service at Alumnae Hall. Long live the liberal arts arm of our alma mater.”
Elaine Piller Congress writes: “The Pembroke reunion luncheon at the University Club on May 24 was a great beginning for our 50th Brown reunion weekend. Forty-four Pembrokers, as well as several spouses, attended the luncheon. A major highlight was keynote speaker Jane Lancaster ’93 AM, ’98 PhD, who is writing the history of Brown for the 250th Anniversary next year and has many publications about women. The focus of her interesting interactive talk was the history of women at Brown, as well as Pembroke College.”
David Gubits (see Engagements & Weddings, Danny Gubits ’91).
William Ladin writes: “My spouse, Robin, and I are celebrating our 49th anniversary and have four married children and six grandchildren. They live on the east and west coasts and we spend much of our time traveling between the two. I have been on the edge of high tech almost all of my business life and now run a small company called Internet America, wirelessly bringing high-speed Internet to non-served and under-served rural communities in and around Texas. I doubt I will ever retire voluntarily. Life is getting busier, between business, grandchildren, and trying to travel more and farther while we still can. Best to all.”
From the May/June 2013 Issue
The class officers write: “More than 200 members of the class have indicated that they will attend the gala 50th Reunion! Hopefully you will be part of our first-class celebration. There are many exciting and unusual things planned. Several faculty members who taught us in the 1960s will attend our class dinner. Class members’ art and literary works will be displayed during the cocktail reception beforehand. The class luncheon will feature a talk by Mike Cardozo, who is serving as NYC’s Corporation Counsel, and there will be a guided private tour of the RISD Art Museum for class members on Saturday afternoon. We look forward to seeing you there!”
The 50th reunion gift and participation committees write: “In honor of our 50th Reunion, please mark this important milestone with a gift to the 2012–13 Brown Annual Fund. With all of our help, our class will surpass its goal of $1 million with 50 percent participation. Send in your gift now to include it in our presentation to the University during reunion weekend, May 24–26. The deadline for submission is June 30. Send your gift to: Brown University, Class of 1963, Box 1877, Providence, R.I. 02912, or log on to www.gifts.brown.edu. If you have already made a gift, thank you!”
Barry Bainton, a cancer survivor, writes: “Since entering semi-retirement, I have been a volunteer on the board of the Coggeshall Farm Museum in Bristol, Rhode Island. This is like déja vu. Back as an undergraduate, I worked as a research assistant at the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology. Those were among my fondest memories at Brown. The Coggeshall Farm Museum is a living late-18th-century farm dedicated to preserving the practices, buildings, lifestyle, and heirloom animals and crops of the period. It is currently planning a long overdue endowment campaign to help support its long-range programs.”
From the March/April 2013 Issue
Ted Heyck writes: “Our class reunion is this year—50 years. I hope to see everyone there.”
Janice Fernald Huang and the 1963 class officers write: “As of December 31, 195 classmates have said they will be attending our big 50th reunion in May. For a current list of attendees, see our class web site at http://alumni.brown.edu/classes/1963/ To add your name to the list, contact class president Glenn Cashion. We hope everyone will join us on the weekend of May 24–26, 2013. The tentative schedule for the reunion weekend can also be found on our class web site. Activities are planned from Friday through Sunday, culminating with a class outing at the Yacht Club in Newport, R.I. Also, at our gala Saturday night dinner we will be able to renew friendships with several faculty and administrators from our days on College Hill: George Borts, Wendell Dietrich, Walter Feldman, Arlene Gorton ’52, Barrett Hazeltine, Lewis Lipsitt, Donald Rohr, and Lea Williams. See you in May!”
David A. Sanders writes: “In 2010, my daughter, Rachel Sanders ’10, became a Brown alum with a bachelor’s degree in literary arts, and I became professor emeritus after 42 years of full-time teaching, mostly in college English departments. My book on Robert Frost was published in August 2011. Since then, I’ve enjoyed more time with my veterinarian wife, Sara, and, whenever possible, with our two children, who live and work far from our home in Pittsford, N.Y. Between my ongoing scholarship, teaching, gardening, stonework, tennis, running, shopping, cooking, and the care of two Airedale terriers, I hardly have time for an afternoon nap. Though I may have a conflict for the weekend of our 50th reunion, I plan to attend the dinner on Saturday, May 25.”
From the January/February 2013 Issue
Class secretary Janice Fernald Huang writes: “Plans are going well for our 50th reunion in May. As of mid-October, 151 classmates were planning to attend the festivities. The list of attendees is being maintained at http://alumni.brown.edu/classes/1963/, where you will also find a list of hotels and B&Bs that have special rates for our class during the reunion weekend. (Campus housing information will be sent out in March.) If you plan to attend, please notify class president Glenn Cashion so that your name may be added to the list. In addition, the website has a tentative schedule of events being planned by reunion committees. We encourage all classmates to join us for a memorable weekend!”
From the November/December 2012 Issue
Janice Fernald Huang and the 1963 class officers write, “As of September 1, 126 classmates have said that they will be attending our big 50th reunion next May. For a current list of attendees, see our class website: http://alumni.brown.edu/classes/1963/. Our reunion committees are planning a wonderful array of events. We hope that everyone will join us in Providence on the weekend of May 24–26, 2013. To add your name to the list, contact class president, Glenn Cashion.”
Stephen V. Tracy reports that his major work Inscriptiones Atticae Euclidis Anno Posteriores. Ed. Tertia. Pars I: Fasc. 5: Leges et Decreta Annorum 229/8–168/7 has just been published in Germany. His collaborator and coauthor is Voula N. Bardani. The work was done under the auspices of the Inscriptiones Graecae project of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences, and the publisher is Walter De Gruyter. Stephen is emeritus professor of Greek and Latin at Ohio State Univ. and former director of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. He is currently at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.
From the September/October 2012 Issue
Class secretary Janice Fernald Huang reports that 33 classmates and spouses attended a mini-reunion in Baltimore May 11–13 at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel. A Baltimore Orioles vs.Tampa Bay Rays game was one of many highlights. The following classmates and guests attended: Marshall and Joyce Cohen Bedine ’66, Karen and Glenn Cashion, Joel Cohen, Elaine Pillar Congress, Roberta and Joe Fisler, Tom Generous, Leigh and Henry Hammond, Dick and Barbara Langworthy, Marty Lawyer, Dick Morgan, Mary and Robert Nelson, Eva and Jim Seed, Jane and Kim Sherman, Jane Sisk, Diane Jones Sliney ’64 and Bob Sliney, Barbara Bordieri Spiezio ’61 and Nick Spiezio, Katherine and Joe Sullivan, Kathy Titchen, and Liz and Bob Tortolani. They are excited about attending the big 50th reunion next May.
From the May/June 2012 Issue
Class president Glenn Cashion reports: “The big 50th for ’63 celebration, May 24–26, 2013, is just a year away. We encourage you to attend and to urge classmates to come along. Since future correspondence will be primarily by e-mail, please advise Alumni Relations of your e-mail address.”
Jane English Austin writes: “I’m enjoying the freedom of retirement, living by my own rules (all legal), travelling, enjoying North Carolina temperatures, good books, magazines, music, and art—all of which we have an abundance of locally.”
Elaine Piller Congress writes: “I continue to work full-time as associate dean and professor at Fordham Univ. Graduate School of Social Science in New York City. In 2010 I received the Social Work Educator of the Year award from the New York State Social Work Education Association and the Mental Health Advocacy Award from the Hispanic Mental Health Professionals Association. This year I also began my term as chair of the Council on Publications for the Council on Social Work Education.”
Clement DeLucia (see Lenore Donofrio DeLucia ’58.)
From the March/April 2012 Issue
Dayton Carr writes: “William Van Ness recently celebrated an important birthday at a surprise party beautifully planned and executed by his wife, Anne, and his children, including Will Van Ness ’02 and Paige Van Ness ’06.”
Frederick Crysler writes: “I retired from parish ministry in 2006 and am now busier than ever in the Episcopal church and beyond. I would love to hear from anybody seeing this note.”
Nancy Lahart Deschamps writes: “After 10 years in Tucson, I moved back to New York City. I am happy to be here, close to my daughter, and I’m back working as a realtor in Forest Hills, New York. Tucson is a great place, but, after my parents passed, New York is home again.”
Robert A. Eisenbeis writes: “I retired in 2007 from the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta but soon started a new career as managing director and chief monetary economist for Cumberland Advisors. That has led to many TV appearances on Bloomberg, FOX Business, and CNBC. Topping off the year was the arrival of our first grandchild, Ariana.”
Marye Harrison writes: “As my husband and I continue to adjust to his growing dementia, we now live in separate areas of the continuing care retirement community where we moved almost eight years ago. This year my first book of poems and sketches, Full Face to the Light, will be published by Antrim House.”
John H. Mensher writes: “I retired from active practice in August. I am now a clinical assistant professor on the faculty of the department of ophthalmology at the Univ. of Washington. We are enjoying our first grandchild, Vera, born April 4 to our son Dan and his wife, Joanna, who live in Portland, Washington.”
Nancy Correy Scull writes: “I just returned from my third trip to Tanzania. (No broken bones this time.) It’s so heartwarming to see the progress we’ve made at the Meali Primary School and experience the excitement of the 350 children there. Such personal involvement makes charitable giving exceptionally rewarding. In just three months we’ve built a student center that they said would otherwise have taken 20 years.”
Sandra Turgay writes: “I am finally ending seven years of raising grandchildren, so I anticipate becoming more active in the community again. The practice of tai chi has helped me remain physically and mentally healthy. I look forward to the 2013 celebration.”
From the January/February 2012 Issue
Tom Bale writes: "I am sorry to hear of Maureen McFadden Mainen's passing. I remember having a good time with her at a Brown Yacht Club party. All of a sudden she looked at her watch: 'Oh, my gosh! I will miss my curfew.' We raced several blocks from the Seekonk back to Pembroke's Andrews Hall, just making the deadline, all out of breath. I am sorry for Mike and the children over their loss of Maureen."
Robert Brown announces the opening of his new gallery space in the Book Hill Section of Georgetown, Washington, D.C. Robert writes: "Please visit us when in D.C. at 1662 33rd St., NW."
From the November/December 2011 Issue
Class secretary Janice Fernald Huang writes: "Brothers from the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, class of 1963, gathered in Marblehead, Mass., on Aug. 10. In attendance were host John Arata, Steve Billey, Colby Cameron, Joe Fisler, Dave Plimpton, Len Ronnie, Bill Savicki, Nick Spiezio, Bob Tortolani, and Mike Whitworth. John Arata and his wife, Nancy Perkins, were most gracious hosts, who provided drinks, hors d'oeuvres, coffee, and cupcakes at their home and arranged for a luncheon at the Dolphin Yacht Club and a guided walking tour of Marblehead. The brothers were reuniting after 20, 30, and even 48 years. Everyone agreed it was great fun to catch up with one another's lives and to share memories from their time together at Brown."
John Mensher retired from the practice of ophthalmology as of Aug. 30, but will be on the adjunct faculty teaching ophthalmology at the UW Medical School. His wife, Gail, is second-in-command at Valley School, in Seattle. His older son, Daniel, an environmental lawyer, became a father in March, and son Ian is clerking for a federal district court judge in Seattle. Ian was married in August 2010 to Jessica Levin, a lawyer in practice in Seattle.
From the July/August 2011 Issue
Robert Goering retired in 1993 after 30 years in the U.S. Air Force. Recently he retired for a second time—as mayor of the Village of Clinton, N.Y., a position he held for the past 14 years.
Ted Heyck retired from public service as a deputy city attorney in Los Angeles this past year and has returned to his first love, theater. He and his spouse, David Rambo, an executive producer on V and formerly a writer and producer on CSI Las Vegas, have a new play headed for Broadway, The Lifeguard: The Life and Times of Ronald Reagan.
John H. Mensher writes that he is contemplating retirement. John's wife, Gail, is second-in-command at One Valley School, Seattle. His two sons, both lawyers, are married. His older son, Daniel, an environmental lawyer, became a father in March. His son, Ian, is currently clerking for a federal court judge in Seattle and was married in August to Jessica Levin, a lawyer in practice in Seattle.
Nancy C. Scull writes: "My nonprofit company continues to grow. For the Meali Primary School in rural Tanzania, we have provided textbooks, desks, a rainwater collection system with a 50,000-liter tank, and decent housing for all seven teachers. Our next project: a student center with space for school assemblies, a library, a lunchroom, and a secure room for future technology-based education tools. Check us out at www.americanfriendsofmeali.org."
From the May/June 2011 Issue
William R. Caroselli, a partner at the firm Caroselli, Beachler, McTiernan & Conboy LLC, was named Best Lawyer's Pittsburgh Product Liability Lawyer of the Year for 2011.
David Garnes's new book, From My Life: Travels and Adventures, is a collection of 22 essays. See David's author site at amazon.com.
James Hayman's debut suspense thriller, The Cutting, was published in January by Penguin U.K. He writes: "The Cutting is the first in a series featuring my alter ego—Portland, Maine, homicide detective Michael McCabe. It was initially published by St. Martin's Press in the United States and Canada in 2009 and received mostly terrific reviews." According to the Portland (Maine) Press-Herald, "Rarely does a new novelist make a debut, in Maine or anywhere else, as polished, well-paced and plotted as this one." Random House introduced McCabe to German readers in March and will bring the book out in Turkey at the end of the year."
Axel Kornfuehrer retired in Dec. after 38 years as a DP/MiS/IS/IT professional. He writes: "It was a nice way to celebrate my 70th birthday."
Toni McKerrow and her husband, Martin, made a trip to Jordan and Syria in May 2010. They explored the ancient city of Petra, where Brown long has been doing excavations. They will take a Lindblad expedition to the fjords of Norway and to polar bear country along the Arctic Circle in May. Since Martin retired from Lehman Brothers, he and Toni have become residents of Nantucket, Mass., but still keep their apartment in New York City. They now have five grandchildren, ages 10 to 2, and enjoy having them visit Nantucket. At the end of last summer, Toni's 10-year term on the board of Nantucket's Maria Mitchell Assoc. (MMA) ended. For the past three years she served as board president, during which time the MMA's astronomy program received a presidential award for mentoring in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) fields. The MMA also did a land swap with the Nantucket Land Bank to acquire property to expand the aquarium and create a science center close to Nantucket's waterfront. She is still involved in the planning aspects of this project and chairs this year's gala.
John H. Mensher writes: "All is well in Seattle. I contemplate full retirement. My sons, Daniel and Ian, flourish in their law careers. Dan is an environmental lawyer at Lewis & Clark, and Ian clerks for a federal district court judge. Both are married. My wife, Gail, works at the Valley School."
Marion Post enjoys retired life in Florida after 33 years of teaching. She writes: "I enjoy getting to Connecticut to visit my daughter, who practices law there, and to the Maine shore a few times each year. I am discovering the joys and challenges of watercolor painting and have also traveled to Great Britain and Mexico since retiring. And then there's golf 365! I would love to hear from my classmates, especially the motley crew from King House."
Jon W. Zeder practices law with his own firm and is of counsel to a larger firm. He recently enjoyed playing golf with Peter Schaedel.
From the March/April 2011 Issue
Edward Berman writes: "Even with the advancements of modern medicine (bypass surgery and joint replacement), I am very, very far from the Brunonian who tossed the 35-pound weight behind the Marvel Gymnasium. By substituting at the local high school and being involved with BASC, I find the opportunities to be involved with today's young rejuvenating, and I recommend BASC to those who wish to rekindle some of the fond memories of the Brown experience."
In 2009, Elaine Piller Congress and Fernando Chang-Muy of the Penn Law School coedited Social Work with Immigrants and Refugees: Legal Issues, Clinical Skills and Advocacy. Elaine continues as associate dean and professor at Fordham's Graduate School of Social Sciences in New York City.
Eleanor Lindgren Smith is a lifelong resident of Chatham, N.J. She is active in local historic preservation and Chatham Summit Friends Meeting. Her favorite travel destination is Pasadena, Calif., to visit her daughter, Jessica, and two-year-old granddaughter, Hannah Linden.
Elizabeth Reeside Thatcher writes that her granddaughters, Suzanne, 4, and Sarah, 2, have moved to the United States from France with their parents. "They don't speak much English, but they are learning."
From the January/February 2011 Issue
Richard Forbes writes that his daughters, Hannah and Leah, both 15, attend the Sharon Academy in Vermont and hope to become Brown students.
Charles Mandell is still practicing hospital radiology part-time and is founder and chairman of the American Radiologist Network, which provides software solutions and radiology solutions to more than 1,500 nursing facilities.
Phyllis Marsteller had a photography show, "Multiples: Black-and-White Photos in Pairs and Series," at Montgomery Rowin Rhinebeck, N.Y., in the fall.
Joanna E. Rapf '73 PhD reports that her son Alex was married on July 3. Alex is a cinematographer and his wife, Melanie, is an art educator. They live in Queens, N.Y. Joanna continues to teach film at the Univ. of Oklahoma and summers at Dartmouth.
Merrill Ruck has been executive director of the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) Foundation for five years. Jim Greene is also at NPS.
Nicholas J. Spiezio and his wife, Barbara Bordieri Spiezio '61, have been living in the Washington, D.C., area since 1993. Their three children and four grandchildren live nearby. He is a semi-retired attorney and enjoys doing real estate settlements, playing golf, reading books, and spending time with his grandchildren.
Stephen V. Tracy has a long-term visitorship in the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton. His book Pericles: A Sourcebook and Reader was published by the Univ. of California Press in 2009. Studies in Greek Epigraphy and History in Honor of Stephen V. Tracy edited by G. Reger, F. X. Ryan, and T. F. Winters has just appeared. The book contains 33 papers from scholars in eight different nations as well as a list of Tracy's publications from 1967 to the present. He and his wife, June W. Allison, split their time between Princeton and the beach in St. Augustine, Fla.
From the September/October 2010 Issue
Class secretary Janice Fernald Huang reports: "You may now directly post your news on the class of 1963 Facebook page by going to www.facebook.com and typing Brown University Class of 1963 in the search line at the top of the first page. You must, of course, use your Facebook password to gain access. You may be surprised at how many of our classmates have Facebook pages. Be sure to click the join button (near the top of the page and below the picture) in order to join the class of 1963 Facebook group.
"The class held its mini-reunion on June 27 in Lowell, Mass. Activities began with lunch at a local restaurant, followed by a lecture on one of Lowell's famous sons, Jack Kerouac. The history of Lowell, the jewel of the American Industrial Revolution, was then brought to life through tours of the National Historical Park, guided by park rangers, and included Lowell's historic textile mills, canal, and town. The 18 classmates and their 14 guests then enjoyed a cocktail party at the beautiful home and gardens of Carol Spindler Duncan and her husband, George. Leslie Hart Eckholdt and Carol ably orchestrated this very successful event. Classmates in attendance included Norm Alt, George Bryant. John Butler, Glenn Cashion, David Garnes, Kathy Gauthier Titchen, Camp Gordinier, Tom Gunzelman, Leslie Hart Eckholdt, Barbara Smith Langworthy, Brooke Kruger Lipsitt, Judy Neal Murray, Elaine Pillar Congress, Nancy Scull, Jim Seed, Bob Sliney, Carol Spindler Duncan, and Joe Sullivan."
Robert Brown retired in 2008 from Dade Christian School in Miami, Fla., where he taught high school science and Bible for eight years. Previously he worked for more than 25 years as a pastor and senior pastor of churches in Middletown, N.Y.; West Milton, Ohio; Pittsburgh; and Miami Lakes, Fla. He moved from Miami to South Lyon, Mich., to be near his son, Jason, and family in Milford, Mich., and daughter Stacy and her family in South Bend, Ind. In retirement Robert is teaching political science, philosophy and U.S history for the Univ. of Phoenix's on-campus program in Detroit. He writes: "On June 5, my family celebrated the first birthday of my first and only grandson: Aidan Robert Brown. Life goes on and life finds a way."
John Davis II '63 (see Pauline H. Davis '56).
Beverly Nanes Dubrin's newest book, Tea Culture, was published by Penn/Imagine in April, with worldwide distribution in English-speaking countries. The book focuses on tea in modern-day culture and includes more than 30 recipes for tea beverages—hot, cold, and alcoholic—as well as recipes and suggestions for food to serve at tea parties. Beverly says that as she worked toward her manuscript deadline, her main memory was of writing her economics thesis in 1963.
Tom Generous spent a week in Rio de Janeiro. He writes: "Although by myself, I found that my ukulele and the four bossa nova songs I had learned proved to be splendid door openers all around the town and on the beaches."
St. Martin's Press published Jim Hayman's second Mike McCabe suspense thriller, The Chill of Night, in July.
Ted Heyck writes: "On Oct. 18, 2008, I married my partner of 35 years, David Rambo. At that time he was a producer and writer with CSI: Las Vegas and I was a deputy city attorney with the city of Los Angeles. Since then, in January 2010 I retired from legal practice with the city and resumed an acting career that began 55 years ago in high school and had been placed on hiatus 35 years ago when I became an assistant district attorney in Brooklyn, N.Y. David is now an executive producer and writer with V, a new and controversial science series, and in production on a new one-man Broadway show expected to open next spring, entitled The Life Guard, about Ronald Reagan." Ted and David live in Calif.
Fil Lewitt and his wife, Tomomi Maeda, have retired and have been living in Railei Beach in southern Thailand for a year and a half. Fil is almost finished with a non-fiction book, called The Zen Follies, about Zen Buddhism in the U.S. and his journey with it. Fil writes: "I'm happy to say that my belief that I never needed to work for money except to get money, turns out to be true: we are both wonderfully busy and healthy." Check out Fil at www.raileibeachclub.com, Houses #20A & 20B.
Joseph Small will retire at the end of this year after 22 years as director of the Presbyterian Church U.S. Office of Theology and Worship. He has published two books this year: To Be Reformed: Living the Tradition and Let Us Reason Together: Christians and Jews in Conversation.
From the May/June 2010 Issue
Michael Cardozo (see Sheryl Cardozo'92).
Eugene Jaleski is enjoying his involvement with politics in his first year as a town commissioner.
From the March/April 2010 Issue
Bruce Boydell writes that he is enjoying life as founder and principal consultant of Lifespan Coaching and Consulting (www.lifespanconsulting.com).
Robert A. Brown retired in August 2008 to South Lyon, Mich., to be closer to his son and daughter and their families. His first grandson was born on June 5.
Nancy Lahart Deschamps lives in Forest Hills, N.Y., which has been her home since graduation. She is a realtor in New York City. Her daughter, Renee, is in New York as well.
Alan Geller works two days a week as an ophthalmologist in Yuma, Ariz. His son, Jeff, was married in November. His daughter, Michelle Geller '92, has three children: Gabriel, 5, and twins Eliza and Rebecca, 3. Alan enjoys spending time with them during the summer.
Brooke Kruger Lipsitt (see Paul Lipsitt '50).
Vince Rinella (see Hilary Gerstein '03).
Stephen Tracy is a scholar in residence at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. N.J. He published a general book for students entitled Pericles: A Sourcebook and Reader, Univ. of Calif. Press, 2009.
From the January/February 2010 Issue
Rodelinde Albrecht celebrated the 25th anniversary of Concerned Singles, the nationwide introduction service she cofounded in 1984 and which she now directs. She also continues to freelance as editor, graphic designer, translator, publishing consultant, figure model, and actor, and she has taken up videography and video editing semiprofessionally. In her spare time she writes, exhibits her sculpture, volunteers with Recording for the Blind, and sings with the Stockbridge Festival Chorus.
English Austin writes "Twenty years in North Carolina certifies me as a tarheel." English's son Benjamin and his wife, Amy, have a daughter and a son, which English considers a blessing. Her son James graduated from the Calif. School of the Arts this past May.
Ned Clayton writes that on Aug. 11 he hosted fifteen Delta Phi fraternity brothers and their spouses or significant others from three Brown classes for three days of fun and friendship in Old Lyme, Conn. The fun included cocktail parties, a lobster bake, a Connecticut River Cruise, formal dinners, and theater at the Goodspeed Opera House. There was also beaching, walking, bike rides, and tennis.
Michael Greenwood retired from the Univ. of Maryland on Aug. 31 and is now professor emeritus. He is still active in publishing.
Joe Kovalchick writes, "I am an only son, and my son is an only son, but now I have five grandsons. Look out, Brown!"
Peter McDonald and Jill continue to farm hazelnuts and timber in Oregon's Willamette Valley. They have also been traveling, recently in Italy and India.
Robert McKenna writes: "After working for Fidelity in New York City for the past five years, my son James is coming back to San Diego to take over McKenna Financial. I can't wait."
Joanna Rapf '73 PhD continues to teach film at the Univ. of Oklahoma. She has no plans to retire, although she enjoys summers at her cabin on New Hampshire's Connecticut River.
From the November/December 2009 Issue
John C. Davis II writes that he enjoys life on the Olympic Peninsula, overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca. "Weather in the 'Olympic Rainshadow' is great," he says. "I may even get to continue some flying. If not, the house and golf will keep me busy."
Dick E. Garabedian writes: "I lit up when seeing Brown's flag waving over the University's discovery and excavation of the Great Temple in Petra (Jordan). At the site, my wife, Marilyn, and I connected with a young Bedouin girl, Amina, who expressed a fondness for Martha Joukowsky from the Brown anthropology team for her kindness. Amina insisted Marilyn take a gift: her choice of the necklaces Amina was selling." Dick and Marilyn are retired and traveling, after selling their 103-year-old Oakland, Calif.–based business, Saroni Total Food Ingredients, to ConAgra. They owned the company for 15 years. The Garabedians live in the San Francisco environs.
John McMahon and his wife participated in the annual MS150 bike ride from R.I. to Conn. back in June. On Commencement weekend John played in the alumni rugby game. He writes: "Thank you, Jay Fluck. As rugby coach and class president, Jay persuaded the undergrads to let me live through it."
Gordon and Deborah Allen Thomas (see Allen Thomas '97).
From the September/October 2009 Issue
Gene Jaleski was elected to the Longboat Key (Fla.) Town Commission in March. He writes: "It's a wonderful full-time position paying nothing and perhaps the best occupation I have experienced. My companion, Elisabeth, and I travel, mostly to France, and otherwise remain fully engaged in life." They share three daughters and four grandchildren who all live on the west coast.
Nancy C. Scull writes: "I have started a nonprofit corporation, American Friends of Meali, raising money for Meali Primary School in Karatu, Tanzania. We received our tax-deductible status in April and are now in full-fledged fund-raising mode. We have already provided new desks and textbooks. Tap water will be next."
From the July/August 2009 Issue
Class secretary Janice Fernald Huang writes: "The mini-reunion on Mar. 12 was a great success. Those of us who were able to be there enjoyed the presentation by Michael Cardozo and the tour of the Yacht Club hosted by Dayton Carr. Our web master, George Bryant, has posted some pictures on our website. While there, you might consider providing George some personal news. He can post longer biographical material than can be included in the BAM and he is anxious for updates. The address is http://alumni.brown.edu/classes/1963/. Click on Reunion and Class Events."
Those attending the mini-reunion included Maryann and Norm Alt, Martha Mc Cauley Anderson and guest Westa Hopkins, Sandra Kinder Bertsch, Nancy and Michael Cardozo, Dayton Carr, Karen and R. Glenn Cashion, Elaine Piller Congress and husband Robert Snyder, George Garland and guest Polly Franchini, Lawrence Gross, Richard Hirsch, Larrine Holbrooke, Bruce Mishkin, Carol Burchard O'Hare, Adriana and Robert Phillips, Harris Schrank, Robert and Diane Jones Sliney '64, Justin Sliney '96, Eleanor Lindgren Smith, Leslie Leopold Sucher and Arnold Sucher, Sandy and Walter White, Mimi Shorr, Charles Blank, Carter Booth, Dale Burg '62, and Michael Littenberg-Brown '04.
Roger Breslow and his wife, Mary, recently traveled to South America with Robert Hummerstone '57 and met Ron Wilson '64 in Buenos Aires and Ylonka Szabo '01 in Rio de Janeiro. Roger writes: "So I guess we Brown alumni get around."
Michael Cardozo set a record for the longest tenure of a New York City corporation counsel of seven years and three months. He serves as the city's chief lawyer.
Philip Lewitt retired from his job as professor of humanities at Kyoto Seika Univ. after 32 years in Japanese universities, 19 of them at Seika. He published three novels last year. He enjoys great health and practices yoga and meditation, and swims. He and his wife, Tomomi Maeda, have moved to a home on the beach at Railei Beach Club in Krabi, Thailand.
From the May/June 2009 Issue
Robert Brown writes: "I finally retired to Michigan after more than 25 years in the ministry and eight years teaching science and Bible at a Christian school in Miami. Presently, I am teaching history part-time at the Univ. of Phoenix and awaiting the birth of my first grandson in June."
Tom Generous writes: "All is well. Diane responds well to chemo and is doing just fine. Both our daughters climbed high in their worlds, but have now lost their jobs. I'm still pretending that I'm much younger, despite some protesting arthritis. A major loss for me was on Dec. 30, when a burglar stole both our computers. I've lost all addresses, postal and e-mail, of my classmates. I'm grateful to those who sent holiday cards, because they made it possible to reconnect. Please e-mail me."
Axel Kornfuehrer still works as a data analyst at Medica Health Plan. He writes that he is the only Medicare-aged person in the department.
Katharine Gauthier Titchen, who lives and writes in Honolulu, reports: "I was widowed in 2006, after a 34-year marriage to Australian photojournalist John Titchen. I spent most of my career writing for newspapers, magazines, and PBS. I work on a novel I never found time to publish. My son, John, is a U.S. Coast Guard officer in Honolulu, and my daughter, Kanani, is a medical student at Thomas Jefferson Univ. in Philadelphia. I'm always interested in hearing from classmates and old friends."
From the March/April 2009 Issue
Roger Breslow has been practicing medicine for 35 years. He writes: " I'm still having fun, so I haven't retired. I have raised three children and have two grandchildren."
Robert Feild writes that he enjoys walking his dog, playing tennis, and learning to sail. He still explores and spends time with his kids, Elizabeth and David, as well as with his third wife, Trish.
Joe Fisler writes: "We spent three weeks in Providence celebrating the arrival of our first granddaughter. We revisited several familiar buildings, took in a hockey game, and cheered the Brown band on its way to the stadium. Needless to say, we'll be making this trip often in the future!"
John H. Mensher still works part-time in ophthalmology with the Poly Clinic in Seattle. His wife, Gail, teaches French and is a school administrator as well. His two sons are practicing law.
Joanna E. Rapf writes: "I'm still teaching film at the Univ. of Oklahoma, but I spent last year (my sabbatical) at Dartmouth. My son, Alex, is a cameraman in New York City and doing well. No grandchildren."
From the January/February 2009 Issue
Elaine Piller Congress's book, Social Work with Immigrants and Refugees: Legal Issues, Clinical Skills, and Advocacy, was published by Springer Publishing Co. in October 2008.
Fil Lewitt writes: "My three lit-pop novels, all thrillers, Tight, Dead White Males, and Millennial Blues are now available from Amazon.com. In other news, I'm starting my final semester as a humanities professor in Kyoto. In January 2009, my wife of two years, Tomomi, and I will be moving to our home at Railei Beach Club in Krabi, Thailand.
Brooke Kruger Lipsitt (see Eugene McNally '50).
Lyn Closson Pizer and Steve Pizer '62 report that their daughter, Ginger '94, married Jon Hochberg in Austin, Tex., on July 12, 2008. In August, Ginger received her PhD in linguistics from the Univ. of Texas. She lives in Mississippi and works as an assistant professor of linguistics in the English department at Mississippi State Univ.
From the November/December 2008 Issue
David Garnes writes: "Since retiring as a librarian (11 years at Columbia, 23 at UConn), I've published a book of poetry and am in the process of finishing two novels with a WWII setting. I'm also a part-time manager and guide at the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst, Mass., and am heavily involved in leading book discussions for the Conn. Humanities Council. Seeing classmates at the recent 45th reunion—my first—was a treat. I'd love to reconnect with others."
From the September/October 2008 Issue
Class secretary Jennifer Williams Ketay reports: "After ten enjoyable years as your class secretary, which saw a nice increase in contributions to this section of the BAM, I am retiring, and Janice Fernald Huang will be taking over the job. Thank you, Janice! Especially those who have yet to let us know what you are up to these days, please send your news to Janice."
Norm Alt celebrated the marriage of his older daughter, Elizabeth Alt '96, to Marcus Dahllof at a party last September that was attended by many friends from Brown, including the groom's sister, Caroline Dahllof '96, '99 ScM. Last November, he trekked from Lukla, Nepal, to Kala Patthar (18,200 feet) to view the south face of Everest.
Elaine Pillar Congress writes she has recently become interested in international social work, after careers in community health and academia. She has traveled around the world three times and visited 22 different countries. She is a representative for the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) at the United Nations and also the North American representative for IFSW Permanent Ethics Committee. Her recent publications include Legal and Social Work Practice with Immigrants and Refugees and Teaching Social Work Values and Ethics. She remains a tenured professor and associate dean at Fordham's Graduate School of Social Service.
Arnold Gass writes: "I am deeply grieved by not being able to attend the 45th reunion of the class of '63. I continue as professor of internal medicine at the UC San Diego School of Medicine and associate chief of staff at the VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS). I also cochair the hospital ethics advisory team and oversee all extramural clinical activity for VASDHS. My wife, Joan Loeb Gass '64, has been teaching AP English and coordinating the gifted-and-talented education program at Scripps Ranch High School in San Diego. For the past four years she has been voted the most inspirational female teacher by the senior class. It is quite likely Joan will retire at the end of this academic year, primarily to be a grandparent to some or all of our five grandchildren. Our oldest son, Jonathan, works as an attorney in international arbitration and lives with our daughter-in-law, Sophia Van Wingerden, and our three oldest and bilingual grandchildren in Amsterdam. Our middle son, Corey, works in the business IT office of Qualcomm, San Diego's largest private employer, and lives with his wife, Gwen, and our two youngest grandchildren. Our bachelor son, Ari, is now working in the underwriting department of California Blue Shield. I look forward to seeing y'all no later than 2013 when our class celebrates its 50th reunion."
Mary Clark Levine writes: "Just a year after retiring to Florida from our 'semi-retirement' project (not really) of owning and operating the Dana Place Inn in Jackson, N.H., my husband, Harris, passed away suddenly in November. We had a wonderful 45 years, and I was very fortunate that we were able to share not only our home and family but also our business life together. Our son, Richard (Rollins College '85), is managing the inn for me now, while our daughter, Cheryl (Rollins '86), is a wedding and portrait photographer in Brookline, Mass. I am trying to start a new life here in Apoka, Fla., and feel badly that the timing was not right for our 45th reunion. I look forward to greeting classmates at our 50th in 2013."
William Twaddell (see Fraser Lang '67).
From the July/August 2008 Issue
Larry Axelrod writes: "I retired in 2007 as architectural designer with ZAK Architecture in San Francisco (zakarchitecture.com) after 35 years with various Bay Area, Calif., firms. I married my soulmate, Leslie Joan Eldredge, of Attica, N.Y., on September 12, 2007, in Las Vegas."
Michael Cardozo (see Sheryl Cardozo '92).
John H. Mensher is working part-time as an ophthalmologist with the Polyclinic in Seattle, Wash. His sons, Daniel and Ian, graduated from law school last spring and passed their bar exams. They are currently law clerks for judges.
Walter W. White joined Bank of America in their premier banking division in New Jersey. He has been happily married to his wife, Sandy, for 30 years and they have three daughters: Chrissie graduated from Cornell in '03, Heather graduated from Virginia Tech in '05, and Whitney is a sophomore at Northwestern, where she is on the fencing team.
From the May/June 2008 Issue
Tom Generous writes: "I've finally reached the end of a squash career that has been a joy, both playing and coaching at Choate and at UNC since 1976. Little bits of arthritis here and there make it too uncomfortable. Now I hope to have more time for the flute and the ukulele."
Brooke Kruger Lipsitt writes: "Paul '50 and I have sold our home of 24 years and are enjoying apartment living while in search for a new, smaller house. Paul continues to work part-time at the Boston Univ. mental health clinic. Our daughter, Sarah, 27, is recently engaged, and I stay busy with political action."
Richard P. Miller (see Rebecca Miller Glenn '96).
Hilary Salk '65 MAT writes: "Some things endure: my marriage of 44 years to Stephen Salk; my mother (Pembroke '32) at age 96; myself with five granddaughters, one applying to Brown for fall of '08. Some things change: after 33 years on President Ave., Providence, I have moved to New York, now in Brooklyn across from the Brooklyn Museum and the Botanic Gardens, and near my mother, my two children, and four of my five granddaughters. I've become a member of the Union Temple just down the street and seem to have become a born-again Jew. I continue to seek publication of a novel, Unter Oberammergau, inspired by the true story of a man who lived in this German village famous for its Passion Play and was attacked on Krystallnacht by a group of men, one of whom was allegedly the man who played Jesus in the 1950 play."
From the March/April 2008 Issue
Elaine Piller Congress writes: "I continue as a professor and became an associate dean at Fordham's Graduate School of Social Service in 2002. The second edition of my book, Multicultural Perspective in Working with Families, was published in 2005. I also represent the nongovernmental organization The International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) at the U.N., and am the North American representative to the International Ethics Committee for IFSW."
Lucy Diggs writes: "Somewhat late in my life (age 59) I took up tennis. It quickly turned into a passion. Last fall the United States Tennis Association team for senior women that I captained qualified for the National Championships, which means that we were in the top 65 percent of USTA League players in the country. Out of the seventeen teams who qualified for nationals, we finished fifth. Certainly my Brown education helped get us there. Tennis is mental as well as physical, and captaining a team requires strategy and managing people. A thorough knowledge of Machiavelli also helped."
Robert A. Eisenbeis recently retired as executive vice president and director of research at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and is looking forward to an active and busy retirement.
Lewis Feldstein coauthored Better Together with Robert Putnam. Lewis has three children and three grandchildren and enjoys catching up with Brown friends at events.
Tom Generous writes: "Diane has made a brilliant recovery from multiple myeloma. We were unaware how lucky we were to be only three miles from the world-class oncology department at the University of North Carolina!"
Betsy Hammatt Hawes was awarded the Silva Award by the US Orienteering Federation for her work with the Hudson Valley Orienteering organization.
Gregory D. McLaughlin founded his own company, North East Sales Services Inc., last year. The company trains auto sales personnel. He writes, "This year has been wildly successful."
John H. Mensher writes: "After practicing full-time since completing residency in 1973, I am now working part-time in ophthalmology at the Polyclinic in Seattle. Both sons, Daniel and Ian, have graduated from law school and are clerking for judges in Washington (Ninth Circuit) and Oregon (State Court of Appeals). My wife, Gail, continues teaching French and is an administrator for a small school in Seattle, the Valley School. She also teaches French at the Women's University Club in Seattle."
Joanna E. Rapf '73 Phd writes: "I continue as a professor of film and English at the University of Oklahoma. During the academic year 2007-2008, I am on sabbatical at Dartmouth, working on various film-related projects. My son, Alex, is a cameraman in New York City."
David Sanders writes: "Daughter Rachel '10 is now a sophomore at Brown."
Nancy C. Scull writes: "In October, I shared an extended Cape Cod weekend with Ann Reilly Mostoller, Ann Kidder Bickford, and Victoria Buchanan Ward. All are highly energetic and enjoying varied interests, as well as grandchildren. It was great fun! Now, I'm off to East Africa, a lifelong dream! See you all at our reunion in May."
Ward Thompson retired with his wife, Diana, to the Sierra foothill community of Lake Wildwood, California, which named him its 2007 Citizen of the Year for establishing a Canada goose control program that works. "Playing Pied Piper is a switch from my foreign affairs career," Ward writes, "but is at least as gratifying."
Richard G. Tiberius transferred from the Univ. of Toronto medical school to the Univ. of Miami medical school to help medical teachers improve their teaching. He will be reducing his time at the university to give more attention to his oil painting, which is going well. He will have another showing in Boca Raton and his work can be viewed at tiberiusart.com.
From the January / February 2008 Issue
Class Secretary Jennifer Williams Ketay reports: “I encourage you to send news. Please share with us where you are in life and what you are doing; inquiring minds want to know! Watching the August preparations on campus for the class of 2011, I was reminded that it was 48 years ago that we were in the same situation. How amazing to think of connections and friendships (and marriages) forged then that still continue, and lives built upon what we learned here at Brown, in the classroom and out. Do plan on coming back Memorial Day Weekend to join your classmates at the stimulating faculty and alumni forums. See the new buildings and how great Wilson Hall looks following its summer-long cleaning. Your Reunion Committee, headed by Bob Nickerson, is planning a great time for all, and to make it truly great we need you there. May 23-25, 2008, are the dates to keep in mind!”
On a personal note, Jennifer writes: “I continue to love working with the alumni relations department at Brown and with alumni clubs all over the world. Last year I met with alumni club leaders in more than 30 U.S. locations and in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Paris, and London. The number and quality of the events that Brown’s 80 alumni clubs are putting on is very impressive. My son Sam continues to work as a director of commercials and a freelance cameraman in New York City, and my daughter Sarah was granted a PhD in social psychology and is working in a lab at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine. I still love travel, even though I do it so much for work, and spent two weeks in the Dordogne and in Paris last April.”
Cochair of the 65th Reunion, Jack Hess, reports: “Edna Coogan Snow and I as cochairs of the upcoming 65th Reunion hope you’ve marked the dates May 23-25, 2008, on your calendar. We will focus both on our reunion and on recognizing the Class of 2008, beginning with a reception on Friday, May 23, and winding up with the Commencement procession on Sunday, May 25. Details will follow.”
Andrea Whitaker Baumann writes: “I am still recovering from a knee operation. Walt and I took one cruise—Egypt in February for 14 days with Grand Circle Travel. It was a fantastic journey through ancient Egypt: five days in Cairo, one day in Alexandria, six days cruising up the Nile from Luxor to Aswan seeing all the temples and tombs (including Tutankhamen’s), and one day flying to Abu Simbel. Otherwise, I keep teaching my strength/aerobic/stretching/balance classes each week. We now have five grandchildren, ages 15, 12, 4, almost 4, and 6 months. Our five children are all doing well and remain busy with children or dogs or cats.”
Judy Neal Murray writes: “After enduring the humbling experience of signing up for Social Security and Medicare, I decided that the best antidote was to start a new job. In July, I was hired by Harvard to initiate a student docent program, training undergraduates to lead gallery talks and tours for fellow classmates and alumni in the Fogg, Busch-Reisinger, and Sackler Museums. I’m also coteaching a Harvard Medical School course, Training the Eye: Improving the Art of Physical Diagnosis, that develops students’ observational skills by looking at art. Best of all, I recently became a grandmother to grandson Owen and granddaughter Sophia. I am looking forward to catching up with classmates at our 45th reunion this spring.”
William L. Palmisciano writes: “I had an opportunity last summer to get together with classmate Bob Sliney and his wife, Diane Jones Sliney ’64. I had seen neither since graduation. We had a wonderful boat tour of Narragansett Bay together.”
Leslie Leopold Sucher and Liz Nowlin Drumm joined Janice Fernald Huang and her husband, Tom Huang, on a family-and-friends retirement birthday celebration trip touring the newly tourist-friendly national parks in China. They report they enjoyed incredible sights, fantastic fun, and memorable sharing.
From the November / December 2007 Issue
Stephen Tracy writes: “I have just retired after completing five years as director and professor of classical studies at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, Greece. The school represents the interests of all American archaeologists working in Greece and acts as their liaison with the Greek authorities. It also provides graduate students in archaeology and classics and related disciplines with first-hand experience of the material culture of Greece. It was an exciting and enjoyable assignment that was made more challenging by the international political situation and the weakness of the dollar against the euro.
“I am now director emeritus of the school and also emeritus professor of Greek and Latin at Ohio State Univ. My wife, June W. Allison, and I are living near the beach in St. Augustine, Fla. I am currently revising a reader on Pericles that will be published later this year by the Univ. of California Press. Our son, Benjamin A. Tracy ’07 is attending the Univ. of Virginia Law School.”
From the September / October 2007 Issue
Class Secretary Jennifer Williams Ketay reports: "It seems distant now, but before we know it our 45th reunion, next May 23-25, will be upon us. Please put those dates on your calendar and plan to join your classmates for a great time on College Hill. Also, please keep those class notes coming by sending your news to me or to the BAM at email@example.com or Box 1854, Providence 02912."
From the May / June 2007 Issue
Class secretary Jennifer Williams Ketay reports: “Many thanks to the more than 60 classmates who contributed dues to the class treasury. Those who haven’t done so, please get them in by the end of June by sending dues (and more news) to me. And thanks also to the increasing numbers of you who have contributed news to the Class Notes section! We hope that inspires even more of you to update all of us on your doings, comings, goings, etc. Please e-mail me with your news, or send directly to alumni_magazine@Brown.edu. Only one year to go until our sensational 45th reunion! Please put May 23-25, 2008, in your mental calendars for your return to Brown.”
Martha Anderson will retire from teaching in June.
Robert A. Brown has been teaching high school science and Bible at Dade Christian School in Miami, Fla. He would love to hear from former classmates.
Ray Fisher writes: “I am now director of NGO CRAG (Colorado Russia Agricultural Group). I travel to Russia and thereabouts twice a year. Our CRAG newsletter is up to issue 36. My wife, Judy (Univ. of Tennessee ’68), is a counselor at a high school in Colorado Springs. My son, Matt, graduated from the University of Colorado in journalism and advertising in 2004. He is a downhill bike racer and works at University Bicycles in Boulder. My wife and I ran a business in Colorado for twenty-seven years, Sagebrush News Inc., distributing out-of-state newspapers including the New York Times. Thanks to Professor Brown for starting me in Russian language.”
Mary Mathewson Grusin writes: “I am working at the Marquesa Hotel, named best in Florida by Travel & Leisure Magazine. My husband, Richard, is a dive-boat captain for Lost Reef Adventures in Key West. I am on the board of the Key West Literary Seminar, an event that draws a national audience to Key West every January. Let us know when you visit the southernmost point in the U.S.A.”
Carl E. Lane writes: “I have been in practice doing cardiovascular and thoracic surgery for many years in Macon, Georgia. We have also been involved with teaching at Mercer University School of Medicine in Macon. I have also had a commercial farm operation for many years, primarily raising beef cattle.”
Robert J. Rosen writes: “I have been living in El Paso, Texas, for thirty-three years still practicing ophthalmology. I’m in touch with Larry Gross regularly, and Rich Hirsch and Dan Alper occasionally. Both children graduated from Brown (Andrew ’92 and Brooke Rosen Tyroler ’96).”
Harris Schrank writes: “I have spent nearly a decade running Harris Schrank Fine Prints, specializing in fine old master and modern prints.”
Bob Sliney writes: “I have retired to R.I. on a part-time basis via the purchase of a condominium overlooking Bristol Harbor. We are enjoying it as much the second time around and would gladly welcome any classmates.”
William Van Ness writes: “Daughter Paige graduated with the Class of 2006.”
From the March / April 2007 Issue
Joseph Fisler writes: “Our son-in-law received tenure at Brown in 2006 and a promotion to associate professor in the computer science department. He and our daughter, who received tenure in computer science at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, are on sabbatical, dividing their time between Edinburgh, Boston, Australia, and Texas. They love living in Providence, and we welcome the opportunity to visit them and the campus whenever we can.”
Alan S. Geller (see Michele Geller ’92).
Mary Mathewson Grusin is working at the Marquesa Hotel in Key West, Fla., which was named best in Florida by Travel & Leisure magazine. Her husband, Richard, is a dive boat captain for Lost Reef Adventures in Key West. She is on the board of the Key West Literary Seminar, an event that draws a national audience every January. She writes: “Let us know when you visit the southernmost point in the U.S.A."
Stewart Hauser is nearing retirement but still represents New York City on several homeland security committees in Washington, D.C. He enjoys teaching, consulting, and developing programs for importing and exporting. He married Michelle Maslow on December 17 after a long courtship.
Robert S. Hodavance plans to attend the 45th reunion in 2008, when his daughter Kristen (his last undergraduate) graduates from Brown. This year she received honorable mention as an All-Ivy field-hockey goalie. She has started three straight years for Brown.
Barbara Hoffman continues as a prominent arts and entertainment attorney. She writes: “In connection with my recently published book, Art and Cultural Heritage: Law, Policy and Practice, I have made presentations and was hosted in London; Newport; Xian, China; Shanghai; Alta; New York City; Boston; and Washington, D.C.”
Lee Korhumel, after selling his firm, Chicago Capitol, Inc., to Wunderlich Securities Inc., serves as senior managing director, working primarily with individual clients on their investment strategies.
Philip Jay Lewitt writes: “In May, at 65, I married the lovely Miss Tomomi Maeda, age 29, after six years together as partners. We’re having a grand life in Kyoto, Japan, where I’ve lived and taught university for thirty years.”
Toni McKerrow writes: “I have four grandchildren, ages 2 through 5. My husband, Martin, retired last spring from Lehman Brothers. He enjoyed his unbroken summer in Nantucket so much that we stayed on past Columbus Day, with a two-week break in September to play golf in Scotland. We were back in New York City for the winter. I look forward to travel in the spring and turning my snow bunnies into a ski team this winter. I am still vice president of the Maria Mitchell Association on Nantucket, and Martin is chairman of the board of trustees at Bloomfield College in New Jersey.”
Robert Nickerson writes: “As chairman of our 45th reunion committee, I believe that it is never too early to reach out for assistance from my classmates. If you have an interest in being on the committee for our 2008 reunion, or if you have thoughts on any of the events, or if you would like to encourage classmate attendance, please reach out to me. Our first reunion committee meeting will be sometime in September 2007, and the reunion will be on the weekend of May 23, 2008.”
Bill Palmisciano reports that his daughter Lynne M. Palmisciano ’90, ’94 MD is now an emergency room attending physician at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence. Bill just celebrated his third wedding anniversary with his wife, Judy (his first wife passed away eight years ago).
Hilary Ross Salk writes: “Fast forward living: five granddaughters, same husband. We live in New York City, doors away from Penn Station, which is convenient for traveling back and forth between the Big Apple and the Small Plum (Providence.) Almost all my family lives in Brooklyn, including my mother, Ruth Berger Ross ’32, age 95. Current dream: to have my novel, Unter Obergammergau, published.”
Nancy Scull and Ann Reilly Mostoller had a lovely November visit with Ann Kidder Bickford, who retired to Prescott, Ariz., in 2000. They enjoyed reviving their bridge skills and seeing some local birds, which, Nancy writes, were “quite different from those on the East Coast (where I live) and Tennessee (Ann Mostoller’s home).”
G. William Spohn III retired from Coleman Spohn Corporation after forty-four years with the company. Coleman Spohn is a regional mechanical contractor based in Cleveland, Ohio, and William served as executive vice president and operations manager for many of his years there. He consults from his new home in Mebane, N.C.”
Remy Zimmerman is still working as a product liability litigator at Wiggin & Dana and still married to Darlene. They have two sons (both single!), Kent, 34, who markets wine online for boutique West Coast wineries (www.openmarketwine.com), and Tad, 30, who is a pharmaceutical sales rep.
From the January / February 2007 Issue
Tom Bale writes: “It sounds like the vast majority of us are not reachable. We can only guess. I respond because I worry about the possible pandemic flu. Even though there is a continuous flow of information in the news and our federal government is allocating great sums of money to prepare us for this catastrophe, I find most of the people I talk to really aren’t up to considering what we may face. My first question to all our bright classmates: in the best of the most sophisticated public relations operations, what strategy would be suggested to overcome denial and resistance to planning for survival in a flu pandemic? A second question: do PR firms do pro bono work when the social cause is a great professional challenge? This has become my volunteer activity. I have been looking for something that would demand the best of what I had to offer and this issue jumped out at me. If this pandemic came, it could very well wipe out my handicapped daughter. There’s the personal ripple up my spine. I’m working half-time now as a family therapist, so I have a lot of time beyond digging in the garden in the sun.”
Barbara Blangwort writes: “I am very sorry I had to miss the Boston event. I would dearly love to have been there and see everyone and have a day of just fun and good talk. Alas, it was my son Paul’s birthday. In general that would be no big deal for an about-to-be-27-year-old, but given our last year, it was very important that we all be together. His brother John, 28, died last September, and we’re all still grieving. John had epilepsy, apparently well under control, but he passed away in his sleep, perhaps because of the disease. Christmas and New Year’s were very hard, as you can imagine. Life goes on, though. At age 64 I just became a Level 1 professional ski instructor. I specialize in blind and developmentally disabled students at Bretton Woods. I’m also in charge of getting grants for our newly formed Boys and Girls Club of the North Country. Given all my deadlines and everything we have had to do to settle our son’s estate, it has been a very hectic year. I am back to being a full-time volunteer. By the way, he may not have won the gold in the Olympics, but Bode Miller is a hero of mine. He has a fund-raiser every year at Bretton Woods called BodeFest and he donates all the proceeds to the Adaptive Ski Program. He is also the largest contributor to our Boys and Girls Club and just a genuinely nice person. I send my best to everyone.”
Lucy Diggs writes: “I have some news that I would really like everyone to know. For the past ten years I have been making quilts with fabric I have dyed myself using dyes and methods that predate the Civil War. After the Civil War chemical dyes came into general use and by the turn of the century had more or less completely replaced the old natural dyes. It’s something most people don’t think about, but from the dawn of history up to the Civil War, all cloth that was colored in any way was dyed with natural dyes. This includes the robes of the Egyptian pharaohs, the Bayeux and Gobelin tapestries, the Oriental rugs of the Turkish sultans, the gowns of Queen Elizabeth I, the French blue of Napoleon’s soldiers, the British Redcoats, etc. Colors produced from natural dyes are more complex, subtle, vibrant, softer, and altogether more beautiful, in my opinion, than those created by the currently used chemical dyes. In February, there was an exhibit of my quilts at Cattle Track Gallery in Scottsdale, Ariz. In conjunction with the show, Cattle Track Press published a limited-edition book of my quilts together with commentary about the dyes and some riffs on the quilt makers of old. This volume, Old Dyes, New Quilts, may be purchased for $350 from Cattle Track Press, 6105 N. Cattle Track Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85250. I’m living nowadays in the country in the California wine district. I have a large garden that includes quantities of organic vegetables and many dye plants. I would love to see or hear from any classmates.”
Judy Brick Freedman writes: “My life is split between a Manhattan apartment, an Ocala, Fla., horse farm, and our voting residence, a farm in Charlotteville, N.Y. I maintain my practice, studies, and teaching of Iyengar yoga. Though no longer traveling to present workshops, I remain involved with the international yoga community as I study in alternate years in India and assess aspiring teachers throughout the United States. Last October I hosted Sri B.K.S. Iyengar in New York City, as he completed his book and television tour in the U.S.A. I’m on the executive committee of the board of trustees of Glimmerglass Opera Company and active in supporting young musical artists. Collecting antique horse trappings, an outgrowth of my interest in horses and riding, connects me to fascinating places and people. I am on the advisory council of the Textile Museum in D.C. My husband, Allen R. Freedman, though officially retired, remains active in business, mostly in this country but more recently in China. We never have as much time as we would like to visit children and grandchildren in Bellingham, Wash., and Summit, N.J. Please get in touch so we can arrange a visit.”
Tom Generous writes: “Somehow I’ve kept in some kind of contact with a few of our classmates who were and remain dear. Because there are others I’ve lost, I hope to hear from anyone who would like to hear from me. After the Navy, I got a PhD at Stanford, then taught at Choate, the Connecticut prep school, for twenty-eight years. I went there because I wanted to coach, and it turned out great for that and many other reasons. Diane and I retired in 1999 and moved to Carrboro, N.C., a village totally enclosed within Chapel Hill. She’s traditionally retired, in a garden, a movie, and a book club, and is the social director of the neighborhood association. Very valuable woman, our neighbors all think. I teach one history course and one squash course at UNC. We both go to all the basketball games. Our daughters Michelle and Suzanne will be 40 and 37 this summer—yikes! Both are professionals at the top of their games, but neither is married. Years ago, both my grandfather and my dad, without knowing that the other had said so, told me that they began to die when they quit working. They were Depression guys, you see, so they identified themselves by their jobs. Well, I could see that in me, too, so I was determined I was going to learn things that I could do in retirement. Two of the results: I’m fairly good at both the flute and the ukulele. Thinking of me singing ‘Pearly Shells’ in the Hawaiian language and my Rhode Island accent is pretty scary, isn’t it? Another one is I write a lot. Since leaving Choate there’s been a university press book, Sweet Pea at War, about a WWII U.S. Navy ship, and a tongue-in-cheek article about successful Presidential death in an online magazine. Please get in touch, hear?”
Margaret Lang writes: “In my retirement from a career in physical therapy, I’ve now published fourteen stories—many in Chicken Soup for the Soul. I’m also a Christian speaker/teacher with engagements in the United States, Thailand, East Timor, and Australia. My hope is to help the poor overseas. Six months a year I teach orphans in Thailand and assist with a health clinic in East Timor. My daughter is a physician/missionary to Asia, and my son a worship leader. I’m happy to say that I have two granddaughters."
Marty Lawyer writes: “In October 2006, I saw two classmates, Doug Barnes and Henry Hammond, at the Brown– Georgetown football game in D.C. Henry’s wife was there, too. I also saw three of my fraternity brothers—Dr. Charlie Jackson ’64, Maurice ‘Rocky’ Mountain ’65, and Bob Bidwell ’64. Ross Dicker ’66, whom I knew well both at Brown and at Vanderbilt Law, was there, too. So I saw and spent some good time with several old friends from Brunonia’s days. The game was fun, with the Brown Band in good form. The temperature was in the nineties, but you don’t mind when Brown is winning. After that weekend, I went to Vermont for some bicycling, which is how I happened to be passing through the D.C. area from Florida. Those two bike Vermont tours were my fifth and sixth.”
Norman Reynolds ’65 ScM writes: “As the guy who was turned down for Navy ROTC because I was a premed student, I would like to point out that I’m a retired colonel of the U.S. Army after thirty-five and a half years of service in the Army National Guard. Yes, I was confirmed at ‘Smokey Steve’s’ across the street from the Refectory, but now I serve as senior warden of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Milwaukee, and will soon be acting rector as my ordained rector takes his sabbatical. In my spare time, I’m chief of neurology at the Milwaukee VAMC and professor of neurology at the Medical College of Wisconsin.”
Sara Silberman writes: “I am now blissfully retired, having completed nearly forty years of teaching U.S. history at Connecticut College. I am finding that being essentially unscheduled after all these years is wonderful. Equally, I am treasuring the opportunity at last to devote my full attention to a book that I’ve been working on for years—a biography of Dr. Edith Banfield Jackson (1895–1977; Vassar ’16; Hopkins Medical School ’21), who was analyzed by Sigmund Freud from 1930 to 1936 and then spent her career (1936–60) as a professor of pediatrics and psychiatry at Yale. I’m also treasuring the additional time that I can spend with my husband, who retired from teaching philosophy at the University of Connecticut, with my two daughters, and with friends. My husband and I moved to Pawtucket, R.I., just blocks over the Providence line, seven years ago, and we are much enjoying Providence—ready access to Brown and to theater and music in Boston.”
Douglas White writes: “Classmates with interest can learn much about me from my labyrinthine Web site: http:// eclectic.ss.uci. edu/drwhite/. It’s used for university teaching, databases, downloadable publications, and to compensate for the inevitable complexity of life and the pervasive memory loss that ensues. There are pictures of pugs and a grandchild as well. We are not long for this planet, so we might as well make use of the Web. I wish our classmates the best.”
From the September / October 2006 Issue
Rear Admiral James B. Greene Jr.,U.S. Navy retired,received the Naval Postgraduate Distinguished Alumni Award on May 17 from the president, Rear Admiral Richard Wells. James is the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) acquisition chair and was recognized for his significant contributions to and impact on the educational programs of NPS. He was a member of the Brown NROTC program.
Brooke Kruger Lipsitt (see Paul Lipsitt ’50).
Rear Admiral Merrill Ruck, U.S. Navy retired,has taken an appointment as executive director of the Naval Postgraduate School Foundation. The foundation is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization through which donations can be made available to the school. The Naval Postgraduate School, founded in 1909, is the primary source of graduate education for the military. Merrill was commissioned through the Brown NROTC program.
Bruce Saypol (see Josh Saypol ’92).
From the March / April 2005 Issue
Finn M. W. Caspersen (see Charles M. Royce ’61) is chairman of the board and CEO of Knickerbocker, of Gladstone, N.J. about being busier in retirement than when working; for me that mostly means helping Amish neighbors and church and Masonic activities. Grandchildren, of course—fifteen! Our door is always open to all Brown affiliates passing through, especially those of the class of ’59 who remember me. We are located about fifteen miles south of Iowa City in Grant Wood country. We are very close to the Amanas.”
Richard F. Judkins writes: “Retired after forty years of ENT/HNS practice on July 1, 2003. Enjoying golf and winter in Palmetto, Fla.”
Bernard G. Koether II writes: “Go to glaciersociety.org for the full story.”
Theodore K. Mathews writes that he retired after 37 years as a professor of music at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Ga. J.
Stewart McLaughlin writes: “For the past three years I have been the court-appointed receiver of Brunswick Hospital in Amityville, N.Y., a 474-bed private hospital that became involved in a contract dispute concerning its sale and ownership. A great experience for a country lawyer!”
Aaron Mendelson writes: “I am taking more time off from the insurance and investment business. Spending time in Naples, Fla., visiting friends, skiing with our daughter in Breckenridge, Colo., and going to Smith College with Cyndy auditing a course. I am very grateful for our good health.”
Brooke “Bonnie” Hunt Mitchell writes that she was very disappointed to miss the reunion. “When the Pembroke group photo arrived, it was great to recognize faces. Best wishes to you all.”
John R. Morava writes: “Carol and I enjoyed the Brown D-Day trip to France and England even more in the company of classmate Andy Davis and his wife, Gail.”
David L. Morton welcomed grandson Samuel Morton Kleid on Sept. 25, in Los Angeles, Calif. His parents are Melissa Morton ’92 and Mark Kleid ’92.”
Fiftieth reunion cochair Caryl-Ann Miller Nieforth writes: “Please contact me if you are interested in being on our reunion committee."
Robert Pratt writes: “I’m still kickin’, but slower.”
Judith Eastburn Sawyer retired Aug. 31 from Randolph Macon Woman’s College in Lynchburg, Va., after seventeen years with the Macon Bookshop.
John W. Soggs writes: “I retired from the real estate development business at 55, but my son Randy finished law school and chose to."
Marion Post and Joseph Hardman ’64 celebrated their daughter Tracey’s wedding Sept. 24, in Connecticut. Chip Cutcliffe ’64 and Debbie Payne Cutcliffe ’65 attended. Tracey Hardman (Colby College and UConn Law) and her husband, Steven Hryniewicz (Notre Dame and UConn Law), practice law and reside in the Hartford area.
From the November / December 2004 Issue
William R. Caroselli was named a “top 100 Pennsylvania Super Lawyer” by Law & Politics and Philadelphia magazine. He writes: “On June 25, I married Dusty Elias Kirk and am living in Fox Chapel, Pa. I am practicing law full time and finishing my last year as chairman of the board of the Easter Seals of Western Pennsylvania. My wife is also a lawyer, but in another firm.”
Steve Tracy (see Mark A. Tracy ’95).
From the September / October 2004 Issue
Gail Caslowitz Levine (see Jeffrey W. Goodman ’96).
From the July / August 2004 Issue
R. David Drucker just celebrated his fourth year as director of the Chenonga County Historical Society Museum in Norwich, N.Y. He earlier managed Shako:wi Cultural Center for the Oneida Indian Nation, and is still doing research in Mesoamerican archaeology, archaeoastronomy, and linguistics. He writes: “I am now returning to teach anthropology as an adjunct at Utica College—Native peoples of North America. I haven’t considered returning to radio, but teaching and museum management are a certain (if more limited) form of entertaining audiences. I’d love to hear from old classmates.”
George Garland writes: “I continue to help the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area promote better U.S.–U.N. relations and the millennium development goals. What better way to apply mathematics?”
Bob Rosen (see Harlow L. Paul Jr. ’40).
Nancy Scull writes: “My new career as a photographic artist is progressing. I’ve just finished a show at the Cape (Cod) Museum of Fine Arts and will have a second solo exhibition at Boston’s Eclipse Gallery in November. In between are juried exhibitions at various art associations and a couple of private solo shows. A very busy year.”
From the January / February 2004 Issue
Lewis Feldstein has coauthored Better Together: Restoring the American Community (Simon & Schuster) with Robert Putnam. Lewis, who has had a long career in civic activism, and Putman report on how Americans are developing new ways of making connections among people, reestablishing bonds of trust and understanding, and revitalizing civic spirit.
Tom Generous writes: “I’m working part-time at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill as both an adjunct professor of military history and squash coach. I teach one course, an undergrad research seminar on guerrilla warfare since 1945, in which the students learn to “do” history. My new book, Sweet Pea at War: A History of USS Portland, was just published by University Press of Kentucky. Marty Lawyer stopped by after the reunion last May. Diane and I would love to see others, too.”
Jean Vallee Kates writes: “My three sons are married and I have two granddaughters now. I am still working full-time as a college English teacher. In the past, Brown and Pembroke alumni living in Israel had mini-reunions. Who are the alumni in Israel today?”
Robert McKenna writes: “I am married to Ann Dewitt McKenna, with four sons. Timothy lives with his wife, Elbey, and son, Diego, in Caracas, Venezuela. Christopher is vice president of McKenna Financial Inc., John is married to Karissa Ellis and had twins, Fiona and Ian, last February. James has been traveling in Europe since March 2003. Ann and I founded McKenna Financial in San Diego in 1969.”
From the March / April 2003 Issue
Reunion weekend, May 23–26, is rapidly approaching. Registration information will arrive in the spring. If you did not receive the fall reunion mailing, please contact reunion headquarters at (401) 863-1947 or reunions @brown.edu.
Marty Lawyer writes: “I’d like to invite classmates to join me May 19–22 for a pre-reunion bike tour in Vermont. Contact me or visit bikevermont.com for more information. I’m really looking forward to the reunion.”
Peter Wehmann (see Todd Wehmann ’94).
From the November / December 2002 Issue
Steve Cymrot (see Helen Cymrot '99).
Robert N. Nelson writes: "I am pleased to announce the arrival of David Lanier Nelson, my second grandchild and first grandson. Lanier, as he will be called, is the son of David and Jennifer Nelson of Macon, Ga. David's mother is Anne Milbouer Nelson '64, '66 M.A.T. of Hyde Park, Mass. I am still working half-time as a senior research associate at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. I hope to make it to our 40th reunion next spring. It would be my first since the 15th."
From the September / October 2000 Issue
John Burnham (see Lyndon Burnham ’32)
From the July / August 2000 Issue
Gail Caslowitz Levine (see Jane Levine Snyder ’88).
Phyllis J. Marsteller, of Metuchen, N.J., writes that she accompanied former employees of the British Antarctic Survey on their return to Marguerite Bay, Antarctica, in February.
Babette Freund Sackheim writes: "I’m now ‘commuting’ between California and Huntsville, Ala., where my husband, Bob, is assistant director of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center."
From the May / June 2000 Issue
Dan Alper, Michael Cardozo, and Larry Gross (see Ty Alper ’95).
From the March / April 2000 Issue
Barbara Chernell Faigin (see Randy Faigin ’90).
Robert J. Rosen, of El Paso, Tex., writes: “I am pleased to announce the birth of our first grandchild, Blake Andrew Rosen (Brown 2021), son of Andrew Todd Rosen ’91 and his wife, Cathy.”
From the January / February 2000 Issue
Marty Lawyer reports he has been divorced since April and is still living in Tampa, Fla.
Bob Nelson writes: "My son David and his wife, Jennifer, gave me my first grandchild, Elizabeth Anne Nelson, born Sept. 28. David's mother is Anne Milbouer '64. I am in my last year of teaching chemistry at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Ga., and look forward to moving to Bowie, Md., in May to join my wife, Mary; to enjoy retirement; and to work part-time for NASA at Goddard Space Flight Center."
From the November / December 1999 Issue
John W. Sparks (see Norman E. Searle '30).
From the September / October 1999 Issue
Finn M. W. Caspersen received an honorary degree from Johns Hopkins University in May. Finn is chairman of the Hodson Trust at Johns Hopkins, where grants have steadily increased under his guidance. He is also chairman and C.E.O. of the Beneficial Corp.
From the July / August 1999 Issue
Jean Vallee Kates writes: "Since 1963 I have been living on a kibbutz in Israel. I have three boys, ages 22, 25, and 28. My eldest is in charge of field crops on the kibbutz. My middle son is going to study art, and my youngest is an army officer. I teach English at a teacher-training college in Tel Aviv. I very rarely meet anyone who went to Brown or Pembroke, but I'd love to hear from anyone who is coming to Israel."
Robert Kroin, chief architect of the Boston Redevelopment Authority, has been awarded the Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture, given by the American Institute of Architects. The award is the nation's highest honor for public architecture. Robert has contributed to the designs of such Boston landmarks as the New England Holocaust Memorial, the Hynes Convention Center, and Copley Place. He lives in Brookline, Mass.
John Peeler's book, Building Democracy in Latin America (Lynne Rienner Publishers) has been awarded the Arthur P. Whitaker Prize by the Middle Atlantic Council of Latin American Studies for the best book published by a council member in the last year. John, of Lewisburg, Pa., is professor and chair of political science at Bucknell University.
Nancy Scull, Cambridge, Mass., writes: "Last July I left Digital Equipment Corp., where I had been vice president of analyst relations, in the wake of its acquisition by Compaq. In September I drove from Anchorage, Alaska, to Montreal, Canada, with Mary "Kibby" Carlisle Schultheis, who was moving back to New England after twenty-five years in Alaska. Great trip! I am currently enjoying a 'sabbatical' year catching up on all those things one just never gets to do while working. I'm also starting a consulting practice."
From the March / April 1999 Issue
Robert J. Rosen, El Paso, Tex., and Jane J. Rosen announce that their son, Andrew T. Rosen '92, received his D.D.S. degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in May. Andrew and his bride of two years, the former Cathy Jones, live in Houston, where he is a resident in orthodontics.
From the January / February 1999 Issue
John Andrus, of Andrus Realty Group, is president of the Chicago Association of Realtors' board of directors.
Finn Caspersen (see Artemis Joukowsky '55).
Carol N. King, Groton, Conn., misses seeing classmates at their 35th reunion. Carol and her husband, Peter, led a sailing safari on Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe. Their company, King Yacht Charters, organizes sailing trips in fascinating locations around the world, including many for Cruising World magazine.
From the November / December 1998 Issue
Bob Eisenbeis is senior vice president and director of research at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. Bob and his wife Mimi moved to Atlanta from Chapel Hill, N.C., where he was the Wachovia Professor of Banking at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Bob has published more than five books and ninety articles. This is his third tour in the Federal Reserve, where he is involved in the monetary policy process. "The work at the Fed is fresh, challenging, and enjoyable," he writes. Bob and Mimi's son, Mark, works for Centura Banks in Rocky Mount, N.C., and their daughter, Jill, is a junior at Brenau University in Gainesville, Ga.
Janice Huang (see Steven Huang '93).
From the November / December 1998 Issue
Bob Eisenbeis is senior vice president and director of research at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. Bob and his wife Mimi moved to Atlanta from Chapel Hill, N.C., where he was the Wachovia Professor of Banking at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Bob has published more than five books and ninety articles. This is his third tour in the Federal Reserve, where he is involved in the monetary policy process. "The work at the Fed is fresh, challenging, and enjoyable," he writes. Bob and Mimi's son, Mark, works for Centura Banks in Rocky Mount, N.C., and their daughter, Jill, is a junior at Brenau University in Gainesville, Ga.
Janice Huang (see Steven Huang '93).
From the September / October 1998 Issue
Our 35th reunion was a celebration of connecting and reconnecting. It was great to see old friends and meet new ones. The weekend gave us an opportunity to see the many exciting changes on campus and around the "Renaissance City" of Providence. From the Saturday night dinner on the banks of the Seekonk River to the Water Fire on the Moshassuck River downtown, we had a bird's-eye view of all the changes. It was great to see so many of our classmates return. Keep that connection going by sending in your class notes to the BAM. - Bob Nickerson, class president
- 35th reunion attendees included: Judith Rice Abate, James Abernathy, Daniel Alper, Norman Alt, Andrea Whitaker Baumann, Judith Watman Bernstein, Sandra Kinder Bertsch, Carter Booth, Stephen Bray, Elaine Butler Cameron, Susan Mason Carlisle, Dayton Carr, Robert Cashion, Finn Caspersen, Shirley Brothers Clay, Elaine Piller Congress, Elizabeth Nowlin Drumm, Carol Spindler Duncan, Lewis Feldstein, William Generous, Lawrence Gross, John Gunzelman, Henry Hammond, Stewart Hauser, Theodore Heyck, Thomas Hoagland, Janice Fernald Huang, Richard Johnson, John Kaufmann, Jennifer Williams Ketay, Carol Norton King, Robert Kroin, Clarence Lawyer, Gail Caslowitz Levine, Brooke Kruger Lipsitt, Robert Matzke, Devereaux McClatchey, Daniel McDonald, Arlene Arnold McGibbon, Judith Neal Murray, David L. Myers, Peter Nickerson, Robert Nickerson, Carol Burchard O'Hare, Fred Parker, Robert Reiss, Donald Roy, Hilary Ross Salk, Bruce Saypol, William Schnell, Nancy Scull, James Seed, Eleanor Lindgren Smith, Charles Bond Sokoloff, Leslie Leopold Sucher, Paul Sydlowski, Robert Tortolani, Sandra Camp Turgay, David Wheatland, Gordon Williams, and Dennis Wyckoff.
From the July / August 1998 Issue
Suzanne Walter Bassani (see Margaret Jacoby '52).
Sandra Kinder Bertsch's husband, Bill '61, is president and CEO of A.W. Bertsch Inc., floor brokers at the New York Stock Exchange. Their son, Todd, is the company's chairman of operations. He was married in Tulsa, Okla., on Sept. 27, 1997, to Amy Merrill Schermerhorn, granddaughter of Edwin J. Schermerhorn '34 and Phoebe Merrill Schermerhorn '36. Sandy and Bill's son, Will, is a vice president at Merrill Lynch. He was married in New York City on Oct. 19, 1996, to Lindsey Bunkelmann. Their daughter, Hilary '88, is an architect with Ehrenkrantz, Eckshet & Kuhn in New York City. Recently, Sandy and Bill purchased a vacation home in Palm Beach. They have lived in Oyster Bay, Long Island, since 1976.
Carter Booth, Westfield, N.J., is a managing director in the global bank at Chase Manhattan in New York City. Carter reports that he "serves on the steering committee of thirteen international banks to assist in restructuring the Indonesian private-sector debt." He is spending a lot of time in Singapore and Jakarta.
Roger Breslow is in his twenty-fifth year of internal-medicine practice with Slocom-Dickson medical group in New Hartford, N.Y. His three children attended Middlebury, Yale, and Wellesley. Roger, who is president of the board and a volunteer physician at a free clinic in Utica, N.Y., writes: "The community has been good to me."
R. Glenn Cashion and his wife, Karen, returned to the United States in March after four "thoroughly enjoyable" years in the U.K. March also marked Glenn's 35th anniversary with AT&T. Glenn writes: "The question is, what do I do with the rest of my life?"
Kenmore Commoss, Marblehead, Mass., writes: "While sailing a forty-two-foot chartered boat from Dominica to Martinique in March 1997, we encountered a flare from the crew of a sunken sailboat. In twenty-five- mile-per-hour winds and twenty-foot-high seas, we searched for a man who was unable to get into the lifeboat with the other crew. After two hours we found him and saved his life. So much for those sunny, calm, Caribbean sailing experiences."
Elaine Piller Congress, New York City, was appointed a full professor at Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service. She has published more than twenty books and articles on social-work ethics and cultural diversity.
Susan Davis married Offia Nwali of Ameka, Nigeria. Susan is doing a microenterprise program in Ameka while also maintaining her Chicago company and home.
Elizabeth Nowlin Drumm, Baltimore, married Larry E. Drumm (Bloomsburg State College, Gettysburg Theological Seminary) in January 1993. Larry serves as a pastor at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Baltimore. Elizabeth has been working for the Department of Defense for twenty years.
Alan S. Geller, Scottsdale, Ariz., and his wife, Rosi, spend winters in Arizona, where Alan has a part-time practice in ophthalmology. They live in the East from April to October. Their daughter, Michele '92, graduated from medical school in May.
Helen Baroway Goldman is still teaching high-school English in Boulder, Colo. Her son, Dan, who attended Brown for a year before transferring to Stanford, is doing computer graphics for the new Star Wars films. Her younger son, Jon, is a junior at Stanford, and her husband teaches physics at the University of Colorado.
Michael A. Gureasko is in private practice in general, geriatric, and addiction psychiatry in Cincinnati. He is president of the Cincinnati Psychiatric Society. His wife, Patricia, is an interior decorator, and they have two daughters.
Jennifer Williams Ketay moved from Hanover, N.H., to New York City, where she is enjoying Morningside Heights and big-city life. Sarah, 20, is a sophomore at Mount Holyoke College; Sam, 24, is in the beginning stages of a career as cameraman and future documentary filmmaker. Jennifer is an assistant in affiliate sales at Comedy Central, the cable television network. She spends her leisure time with friends at the movies, the ballet, and concerts. She is slowly trying to improve her apartment, built in 1911.
Ted Knox, Centerville, Ohio, works with Ints Kaleps '64 in the new Air Force research lab at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
Stephen S. Mayne is practicing law in San Francisco with Steefel, Levitt & Weiss, a sixty-person firm. He lives with his wife, Linda, in Marin County, where they are raising two young soccer players, Matthew, 12, and Rebecca, 10, who they hope will be Brunonians someday.
Arlene Arnold McGibbon, Westmount, Quebec, writes: "Life in Montreal is full. I'm teaching and exploring the possibilities of using hatha yoga study to align the mind, body, and spirit. I'm also continuing studies in self-realization in association with the International Meditation Institute in Kullu, India. And while working on what might be called the interior life (spirit), I'm able in a somewhat parallel way to adapt the manifest world of forms, as I assist clients to realize their interior decorating fantasies. I fill the hours in between enjoying the bliss of good friends; sharing my husband Peter's whirlwind life of deals and destinations (next, the Bahamas); absorbing the wonderful world of computers, as brought to me daily by our son, Zachary, the Internet whiz; trying to stay light with daughter Heather's next life adventure; and traveling. I try always to work from the knowledge that this great illusion of `my life,' this movie screen that seems to be my reality, should not be taken too seriously."
John Peeler is the author of Building Democracy in Latin America (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 1998). He teaches political science at Bucknell and has been elected chair of the faculty.
Joanna E. Rapf '73 Ph.D., Hanover, N.H., was promoted to full professor at the University of Oklahoma, where she teaches film in the English department. Her son, Alex, is a junior and a film major at Emerson College in Boston.
Hilary Ross Salk is a broker with Salk Real Estate in Providence. She was recently hired as a social worker in North Providence schools. Hilary enjoys birdwatching and being with her 7-year-old granddaughter.
Jeff Small (see Michael Gannon '91).
Francis Williams (Frank Guglielmino) received his law degree from Suffolk University Law School in 1978 and now practices law in Providence at 400 Reservoir Ave., #1-A. Francis enjoys serving as a coach to the Brown Mock Trial Team.
From the May / June 1998 Issue
John C. Pennoyer has been superintendent of Adams County School District 14 (Comerce City, Colo.) since September.
From the March / April 1998 Issue
The great class of '63 is ready to celebrate, and we want you to be there. Save the dates, May 22-25, and come back to Brown. Your committee has planned a wide array of activities, so come share old and new memories. You should be receiving your registration packet shortly. If you did not receive the fall mailing, please contact reunion headquarters at (401) 863-1947.
Richard M. Bernstein was appointed Pennsylvania chair of the U.S. Supreme Court Historical Society. Richard is a partner in the Philadelphia law firm of Hoyle, Morris & Kerr. He practices in various areas of commercial litigation, including antitrust and product liability.