Class of 1971
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Elie Hirschfeld writes: “This past fall was the opening of the Scenes of New York City: The Elie and Sarah Hirschfeld Collection exhibition at the New York Historical Society and Museum in New York City. It was a special treat for me and my family. If interested, there is more information under the “exhibitions” tab at nyhistory.org.
Elie Hirschfeld writes: “I seem to like sports a lot, still. During the pandemic I ran the New York City Marathon, 50th Anniversary, virtually. I started out my front door opposite Central Park, ran four loops around the park and ended up at home. My wife, Sarah, was there all along with water and supplies. I biked 85 miles from New York City to my home in the Hamptons arriving before noon. And in March, I ran the New York City Half-Marathon, again in Central Park, virtually. I am registered for the New York City Triathlon and a couple other tri’s. Let’s see if I can do it.”
Caroline Gates Anderson, founder and president of BloomAgainBklyn, has been named to Crain’s New York Business “Notables in Nonprofits and Philanthropy” for 2021. Caroline was celebrated alongside other nonprofit and philanthropy executives for coming to the “rescue of a city gripped by disaster.” Caroline was previously highlighted in BAM; see https://www.brownalumnimagazine.com/articles/2020-10-23/flower-power.
Class President Elie Hirschfeld reports: “Our 50th Reunion is now history. And, we also made history as the first virtual class reunions at Brown ever. Many classmates participated and all reports were good. But we all know, there is nothing like “in person.” Poet and author Anne Michaels famously wrote; ‘Reading a poem in translation… is like kissing a woman through a veil.’ I would add, but kissing through a veil is better than no kissing at all. With that in mind, we had a great reunion. The main event of the reunion was the panel discussion ‘My Life/My Brown,’ moderated by classmate Ralph Begleiter, former CNN world affairs correspondent. Panelists from the class included consultant Tom Acosta, voice of Siri and performance artist Susan Bennett, media executive Christy Carpenter, executive director of the National Center for Children and Families Sheryl Brissett Chapman, director of the National Museum of American History Spencer Crew, chair of Lincoln Center and director of Tishman Speyer Real Estate Kathy Farley, NASA astrophysicist Malcolm Niedner, affordable housing developer Josh Posner, executive director of the Schumann Fund Barbara Reisman, and trustee of Asia Foundation Ruby Shang. Following the panel discussion were breakout rooms where panelists continued discussions with classmates. The subjects of each breakout room were public interest institutions, student activism for life, eyes on the stars and earth, and media earthquakes. Rabbi Laura Geller led the memorial service to remember departed classmates. I was also invited to come to Brown during commencement to represent the class of 1971. I was interviewed for the welcome video that kicked off commencement weekend and walked through the Gates. Everything was so special for me this reunion, except I missed being with you. I missed seeing you, celebrating with you, and marching with you. Perhaps we can get together in person somehow, somewhere, soon. I am thinking about this a lot.”
Lise Pothin O’Farrell writes: “Dear classmates, my novels Happiness is a Lost Island and The Tears of God draw on my pre-Brown/Pembroke life in Seychelles, my years in the U.S., and my subsequent experience in Ireland. See https://www.logicpress.ie/authors/liseofarrell/.”
H. Scott Thomson writes: “I hung up my suit and put away the briefcase from my years consulting, then tossed the gym bag full of hoops gear into the closet back in 2003, after several national championships playing for the Olympic Club in San Francisco, to start a long journey into a world I knew nothing about—training horses. Turns out, I was pretty good at it. After studying with some of the top horsemen in the country and being labeled a natural, I’ve spent 20 years training hundreds of horses and riders of all ages in the art of natural horsemanship. I’ve even had the chance to work with some mustangs right off the range. My wife and I live in Silver City, New Mexico, in a little ranch that backs up to three million acres of National Forest. For the past 10 years I’ve written a column about horses for our local paper, which has been picked up by some national horse publications. It’s all been intellectually and physically rewarding, but the old saying ‘I know there’s money in horses because I put it there’ still holds true. It’s been great to see the Sports Foundation still going strong after my years as the founding executive director back in the early ’80s. Hope to make it back for our 50th—if I saddle up now, I might be there in time.” Contact Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Steve Nagata writes: “Now that we are in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, I was browsing through the online issues of BAM here in my home in Honolulu during stay at home protocols. I could not help but read the class of 1971 notes. Man, has time passed. I fondly remember the days of Poland House, the Sharpe Refectory, my wonderful time in the Brunaires singing group, the fraternity, and my futile attempts to learn a semblance of knowledge in the introductory geology course (barely passed), having been an avid liberal arts political science major. I was totally naïve coming to Brown and left, hopefully, a bit more mature. After Brown, I entered the Air Force and served for two years stateside during the Vietnam War days. Thereafter, I went to Boston College Law School and then started practicing law in Hawaii—first as a law clerk in the Hawaii Supreme Court, as a deputy in the Hawaii Attorney General’s office, and then at a series of law firms, culminating in the legal department of Hawaiian Electric Company. And now I’m happily retired, but teaching law at the local community college, doing tai chi and other various martial arts, and, of course, playing golf. Going to Brown molded a big part of my character and I am grateful for that. My best wishes to all of you.”
According to PR Newswire, Elie Hirschfeld ’71 has been appointed to the U.S. Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad, a government agency whose mission is to identify, protect, and preserve cemeteries, monuments, and historic buildings in Eastern and Central Europe that are associated with U.S. heritage.
Class vice president of communications, Geri Williams, writes to remind you that the 50th reunion is coming up May 22-24, 2020. “The Reunion Committee, chaired by Carole Collins and John Salinger, has already been meeting to plan fun and interesting events and ensure that our treasury is able to subsidize costs to make the reunion affordable for all. If you prefer hotel accommodations you should make reservations now, as most Providence hotels are already fully booked. Dorm rooms are guaranteed for all our classmates, but cost and location have not yet been determined. Our class webmaster, Denny Arar ’71 AM, will be posting classmate notes and reunion information updates on our class website sites.google.com/a/brown.edu/brown-class-of-1970 and on our Facebook page, which is only open to classmates. It’s easy to sign up: type ‘Brown University Class of 1970’ into the Facebook search bar, and ask to join the group. You can also send a note about yourself for the next class email newsletter to me at email@example.com. Since reunion registration and all updates and other information will only be communicated by email, it is important that Brown has your correct email address. To make sure you never miss an update about reunion or other activities, take a moment to check that your alumni profile is accurate at brown.edu/go/profile-contact. Need help? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (401) 863-9662. Hope to see you at Reunion in May.”
On October 26, the Brown University Corporation dedicated a memorial to Trustee Ken McDaniel. The memorial is an engraved concrete block lining a brick walkway in the Maddock Alumni Center gardens. Ken died on June 11, 2019, just 16 days after celebrating his 50th class reunion (See Farewell, BAM Obituaries, September/October). Following the dedication, the Class of 1969 presented a 154-page book created and published by his classmate Thelma Austin. The title is A Faithful Servant: Biographical Tribute to Kenneth Harrison McDaniel, 1947-2019. In addition to his biographical summary, the book features 24 tributes. Tributes were from President Christina Paxson and seven current and emeriti trustees, including Bernicestine McLeod Bailey ’68, Harold Bailey ’70, Sheryl Grooms Brissett Chapman ’71, Spencer Crew ’71, Galen V. Henderson ’93 MD, Susan Adler Kaplan ’58, ’65 MAT, and Preston Tisdale ’73. Nine classmates who contributed were Linda Abbott Antonucci, Phyllis Cunningham-Hutson, Gail DeCosta, Ido Jamar ’74 ScM, ’77 PhD, Anderson Kurtz, class president Joseph Petteruti, Theodore Sherrod, Wesley Smith, and Randall Ward. Two other alumni also contributed: Glenn Dixon ’70 and Russell Malbrough ’98. Others who contributed were professor Françoise Hamlin, Reza Clifton, Paul Simas, Stanley Thompson, and Rev. Adam Young. Copies of the book were presented to President Christina Paxson; Ken’s wife, Susan McDaniel; and the John Hay Library. All alumni are encouraged to have their autobiographies and biographies archived in the John Hay Library.
Class secretary Jill Hirst Scobie reports: “Once again, the old Angell House ‘Angells’ were lucky enough to gather for several days right after Labor Day at the Jersey shore (Beach Haven, Long Beach Island). Joe and Jane Bertram Miluski were our warm and welcoming hosts. This was the first time that Betty Wolin Baer attended. Hooray for that! Lois Dean was our photographer and videographer. Hooray for that! Coming from California, Judith Ann Perlin travelled the farthest distance. Hooray for that! Roz Kennedy Johnson kept us in stitches. Hooray for that! And I write about it in the BAM. Dick Scobie (Dartmouth ’56) became an honorary Angell by entertaining us all with his beachside bagpiping.
“On Alumni Weekend, Jim Furlong, John Reistrup, and I received the annual Alumni Service Award ‘by developing an exceptional communication strategy and digital plan…[they] have kept their class meaningfully connected.’ You’ll be glad to know that the interactive newsletter developed by John and Jim is ‘so popular, it is being included in the Brown University archive.’ Class co-presidents Sandy McFarland Taylor and Jim Moody, along with Jim’s wife Donna Moody, also attended. Highpoints of the evening were addresses by President Paxson and Spencer R. Crew ’71, a brilliant historian who is currently serving as the interim director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. There were several other ’58s in attendance, including Susan Adler Kaplan ’65 MAT, but, alas, we didn’t meet.”
Mark Pope is still practicing law in San Diego, although on a part-time basis. He writes: “I was pleased to have been one of the lead counsel on the groundbreaking California Supreme Court case, Dynamex Operations West v Superior Court, which makes it harder for companies to misclassify their workers as independent contractors. I’d love to hear from any of my classmates, especially if you’re heading to San Diego any time soon.”
Linda Schwartz writes: “I attended the launch party in London for the British Library’s Women in Publishing Oral Archive in April last year. I had been invited, along with the other founding committee members, for individual interviews at the British Library to form an oral archive about starting WIP and what it was like for women working in British book publishing in the ’70s and ’80s. We had wanted to start a network to help women move up in book publishing. Back then, there were very few women in management positions in relation to their numbers in the industry. This is improved now. The oral archive is stored at the British Library and online (http://www.womeninpublishinghistory.org.uk/). In London I started as a secretary at Hamish Hamilton Ltd., then moved into design and production at Heinemann Medical Books Ltd., and finally was the senior production manager at Hutchinson Ltd. I started my own small publishing company, Poplar Press Ltd., while still at Hutchinson. I left Hutchinson to run this full-time and eventually sold the company to David and Charles Ltd. when we moved from London to Spain. I’m retired from publishing and live with my husband, three donkeys, one horse, and four cats on our farm in Southern Spain.” Contact Linda at email@example.com.
Peter Rush writes: “I returned with lacrosse teammates to be honored at a game for the first Ivy Championship team from Brown. Marc Jacobs, Rupert Scofield, Rock Singewald, Wolky Toll and I made it on the field without a stumble. Wish more were there but good to be with old friends. Rick Buck ’70, John Buxton ’69, Randy Cooper ’69, and Greg Elliott ’69 were also present.”
Jane Trowbridge published a memoir entitled You Started What After 60? Highpointing Across America (available from Amazon and other retailers). Over this decade-long adventure, she recruited more than 63 people to join her, including Monica MacAdams for Washington D.C.’s highpoint (Fort Reno Park). Four months shy of her 70th birthday, Jane completed this project of attempting to reach the highest point in every state with bittersweet emotions: satisfied at reaching 46 highpoints, relieved to leave technical climbing behind her, yet wistful that this adventure had ended. Says Jane, “it was, well, a highpoint of my life.” Jane continues as a professor at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in New Orleans, working primarily on family planning in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. (See Beyond the Gates, July/August, 2019.)
Sue Wotiz Goldstein writes: “Irwin and I continue to enjoy living and working in San Diego. San Diego Sexual Medicine is 12 years old and neither one of us is ready to retire, especially because we are doing cutting edge work. We travel for conferences and to visit our grandchildren, ages 5 through 12, but especially love when they come to visit us at the beach. Look us up if you’re ever in SoCal.”
Robert Chapman, Nick Cerjanec, Eugene Su, Frank Sun and Steve Weinstein, all former roommates, convened for a three-day mini-reunion hosted by Dr. Chapman and his wife Andrea in Lakeland, Florida. Christy Carter-Su ’72, wife of Eugene, also attended. Some participants had not seen each other since graduation. A great time was had by all.
Paul Gregutt writes: “Working with my old WBRU buddy Moe Shore ’72, I’ve recorded and posted a music video portraying the human cost of homelessness: https://youtu.be/Bd8Yhft6MUA. Interested charities are invited to use it for fundraising and or general awareness raising activities. I continue in my 20th year as a contributing editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, currently reviewing and reporting on the wines of Oregon and Canada. I also write the Oregon section of the Hugh Johnson Pocket Wine Guide. I live just outside of Walla Walla and maintain an active performing schedule, both solo and with a variety of musician friends. I invite long lost friends to contact me via Facebook.”
Mark E. Danner is still working. He manages Straub Distributing Co. in Orange County, Calif.
Jeffrey L. Purvin writes: “After a long career in business, I’m working full-time with my wife, Francesca, on the University of Fashion website, where she’s handling the fashion end and I’m handling the business end. It’s been a great way for me to learn some new skills and keep my brain sharp in retirement. I’m taking a break from music after rejoining my Brown bandmate, Mark Blumenkranz ’72, ’75 MD, ’76 MMSc and the Fabulous Kangaroos a few years ago in Silicon Valley. I’ve stayed in touch with many of my other Brown classmates, including Mike Byers ’71, Noah Dorsky ’74, Peter Mansfield ’71, Eric Oliner ’72, and Peter Reinke.”
Wendy C. Wolf’s son, Adam Wolf Axler ’08, married Hannah Copperman ’08 in April. Many Brown graduates attended. Wendy spends four months in Martha’s Vineyard and the rest of the year in Haverford, Pa.
Frederick D.O.D. Giannini writes: “I retired and practice law part-time on the Island of Hawaii. I live in Kealakekua, but not in a little grass shack.”
Patricia L. Gerbarg writes: “Dick and I are reducing our clinical practice hours as our work with Breath Body Mind expands. Collaborating with several nonprofits, BBM programs for trauma recovery are being provided to genocide survivors in Rwanda, refugee children in Bangladesh, and the Boko Haram survivors in Nigeria. No Limit Generation is launching its global educational platform using some of our training videos to teach NGO workers about PTSD and methods to help children refugees recover. For more information contact me through our website breath-body-mind.com.”
Dorothy Laverty Carlson is living on the coast of Maine and has a busy private clinical social work practice. At the end of summer she visited with Merrie Roosa Inderfurth at Merrie’s home in R.I. “Wonderful to reconnect and share Brown memories.”
Leon M. Cammen writes: “My wife, Inge-Lise, and I both retired in 2015 and now live in Edgecomb, Maine. Inge-Lise was a nurse. I began my career as a marine ecologist at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in Maine and then moved to Washington to join National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Sea Grant College Program, serving as national director from 2006 until my retirement. My daughter, Kristina, is an assistant professor at the University of Maine, specializing in marine mammal ecology and genetics. My son, Alex, is an invasive plant specialist with the National Park Service in South Dakota.”
Burton F. Boltuch retired as an employment litigator and is now serving as a mediator and arbitrator, while also enjoying traveling.
Susan Cameron Bennett writes: “My main occupation right now is doing Siri presentations and speaker events. I tell the story of the Siri recordings, the voice career business in general, and the effect Siri has had on my life. Contact Wes Stevens for booking info at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Marvin Homonoff ’71 writes: “After 40 years of living in Barrington, Rhode Island, we have moved our northern home to Bristol. Great town, great food, and great views. Winters are spent, for the most part, in Delray Beach, Florida.”
Kevin Nguyen (see Alan Birnbaum ’71).
Bonnie Chock Burke writes: “After 35 years, I retired from public school counseling, mostly in the state of Hawaii. I’ve been retired now for five years. I stay active traveling and continue to sing with the Hawaii Opera Theatre Chorus—been singing with this organization since 1992.”
Alan Birnbaum writes: “‘Brown...cold winters.’ That was an odd but true phrase to hear in the doctors’ lounge of St. Agnes Medical Center in Fresno, where I have been active staff since 1979 and currently serve as the chairman of the neurology division and medical director of the stroke program, not to mention now teaching our very first class of internal medicine residents. I turned around and saw a very young doctor in green scrubs, not one of our own residents, but house staff from a cooperating local hospital, Valley Children’s Hospital, where my late mother, a pediatrician, had practiced for a quarter century. And with that, I met Kevin Nguyen ’14, who had just completed four years of medical school at UC Davis, and had come for his opening pediatrics rotation in our hospital’s nursery.”
Mark Halliday ’76 AM (see ’71).
David Braslow (see Patricia Gerbarg ’71).
Richard Martin writes: “In December 2015, I retired as a partner at the Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe law firm in New York City, and joined Deloitte Global the following day as deputy general counsel. I am responsible for monitoring civil, regulatory, and criminal claims against all Deloitte member firms outside the United States. After 26 years in private practice and 10 years as a federal prosecutor, the new job is highly stimulatory and very invigorating.”
Mark Halliday’s ’76 AM seventh book of poems, Losers Dream On, was published in February by the University of Chicago Press. He is a distinguished professor of literature and creative writing at Ohio Univ., where he has taught since 1996.
Patricia Gerbarg and her husband, Richard Brown, announce the birth of their first grandchild, Brianne, born to their son, David Braslow ’07 and his wife, Kathleen. They continue to train breath-body-mind teachers who have brought the healing breath practices to thousands of survivors of war and genocide in South Sudan, Rwanda, Uganda, and other countries.
Laura Geller writes: “I am now Rabbi Emerita of Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills. My encore career focuses on engaging boomers like me with the Jewish Community. I am a cofounder of Chai Village LA, the first synagogue-based village (part of the National Village to Village Movement). I was named as an ‘Influencer in Aging for 2017’ by Next Avenue.”
Frederick David writes: “I am still a practicing radiation oncologist in Santa Rosa, California, where I have enjoyed the wines, biking, and good friends for more than three years. Our daughter, Laura, opened her dental practice in Santa Rosa. Our son, Bryan David ’11, started his master’s program at Duke University in environmental studies. Susan and I are starting to travel more and I still get away for a week of heli-skiing in Canada every winter. If you are visiting the wine country let me know.”
J.A. Hijiya writes: “It’s been a year since I independently published a memoir, A Piece of Valiant Dust: An Essay in Living, and the number of sales on Amazon has already reached two figures. The book is not really about me but about everybody and what they do: walking, itching and scratching, seeing (or not), eating and drinking, reading and writing, and even dying, though I haven’t technically done the last one yet. In the book I write about people at Brown. I never mention the University by name, but the people are not quite as fortunate.”
Robert G. Flanders Jr. writes: “In November, after a long career as a lawyer, state supreme court justice, and problem-solving public official, I announced my candidacy for election to the United States Senate for Rhode Island in 2018. I am running as a Republican and am seeking the party’s nomination to challenge incumbent Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse. I would, of course, be grateful for any help and support that Brown graduates, faculty, and students may be able to provide in this endeavor.
Anthony Evangelista writes: “I retired from the veterinary profession in mid 2017 and have found many things to fill my free time. The year 2017 also brought the Oct. 16 arrival of our first grandchild, Jacqueline Mae, who will also occupy some of our free time. We feel blessed.”
Robert Bostian Jr. retired as vice president and chief actuary of United Retirement Plan Consultants. He now works as a home-based employee and chief actuary for the Pension Studio. When not working, he and his wife travel the world, frequently accompanied by classmate Andrew Chlebus and his wife.
Donald S. Baillie writes: “I bought a home in Sarasota, Florida, where my neighbors are fellow Toad Hall brothers—Dave Schreiner and Charles Watt ’71. Sad to hear of the passing of fellow Toad brother Stephen Prescott Greene. One of a kind, and he’ll be missed.”
Peter Rush writes: “ My debut novel after all these years, Wild World, has been published. It is set in Providence back in 1970 and 1971 during the turmoil over the Vietnam War. The story ties in nicely with the multipart Ken Burns series, The Vietnam War, as well as our current political climate. For my roommates from Benevolent Street, it will bring back some memories—not all positive—of the time.”
From the November/December 2017 Issue
Ma’ayan Narva Sands was ordained as a rabbi in June 2016 by the Rabbinical School at Hebrew College in Newton, Mass. She writes: “I changed my first name to Ma’ayan in 2013 after I finished treatment for cancer. The name is Hebrew meaning ‘a well-spring’ and has the connotation of wisdom. I’m happily married and living in Brookline, Massachusetts. I have four grown children and three grandchildren and counting. I published my first children’s book, Does God Have Ears That Really Work? I’m grateful to be healthy, gainfully employed, and having a lot of fun and fulfillment from my life.”
Barry Stults continues to work full-time as professor of medicine at the Univ. of Utah Medical Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.
From the September/October 2017 Issue
James A. Hijiya’s book, A Piece of Valiant Dust: An Essay in Living, was published Mar. 10.
Paul Schopf ’73 ScM, retired from teaching as a member of the climate dynamics faculty in the Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Earth Sciences at George Mason Univ. in Fairfax, Va. He has been appointed a professor emeritus in GMU’s College of Science. He is now enjoying life with his wife, Jane Seigler ’73, on their small horse farm in Laytonsville, Md.
From the July/August 2017 Issue
Dr. Peter R. Freund retired to Whidbey Island, Wash., after 35 years at the Univ. of Washington and running an anesthesiology practice. He writes that he is still actively seeking new knowledge from the world around him from natural and archival resources.
From the May/June 2017 Issue
Robert Clancy writes: “My wife, Cindy, passed away in August after a long battle with ovarian cancer. She thoroughly enjoyed her last chance to mingle with my Brown classmates who came to the reunion last May.”
From the March/April 2017 Issue
Jim Hochman began two new jobs this past year. He joined Schain, Banks, Kenny & Schwartz Ltd. as partner and joined the faculty of John Marshall Law School, both in Chicago. He writes: “I continue to serve as president of the Blue Spring Lake Management District. Just not ready to slow down yet.”
From the January/February 2017 Issue
Elizabeth Jones, Mary Catherine Boyle, Allyson Dickie, and Deborah Hill Coop had a 45th mini-reunion in June. Elizabeth writes: “We spent a lovely afternoon in Deb’s backyard eating a delicious luncheon she had prepared and catching up on the last 45 years. We had so much to talk about, we continued our reunion over a seafood dinner in a nice, small restaurant in Wickford, R.I. It was a great day and a great way to reconnect with good friends from Pembroke.”
From the September/October 2016 Issue
Joshua Posner and Eileen Rudden ’72 became grandparents in April. Sam Posner ’03 and Mari Fujiuchi Posner (’01 RISD) had a son. Joe Posner ’07 is running Vox.com Videos and Charlie Posner ’11 headed to Yale School of Organization and Management.
Robert Stearns has moved back to the Boston area after 21 years in Houston.
From the July/August 2016 Issue
Ralph Begleiter retired from a 17-year second career at the Univ. of Delaware, where he taught journalism and political science. He writes: “My courses focused on media literacy and understanding the international role of media in global politics. I took students to Cuba, Antarctica, the Middle East, Argentina, Uruguay, and to a U.S. national political convention. My students produced three award-winning TV news documentaries on controversial subjects. I brought more than 100 prominent speakers to campus for Global Agenda and National Agenda, two series that developed from my previous career as CNN’s world affairs correspondent. I’m now looking forward to personal travel and spending time with family.”
From the May/June 2016 Issue
Susan Graber Slusky (see Kelly Alpert Vest ’90).
From the March/April 2016 Issue
B. Ronald Boemker and his wife, Laurie, were honored by USA Track and Field with the Heliodoro and Patricia Rico Lifetime Achievement Award. Ron writes: “A Pan American athlete in the 1970s, Laurie has been involved as a referee at numerous USATF and NCAA championships and, most recently, was chosen as the referee for the women’s Olympic marathon trials. I was a member of Brown crew and have directed numerous national and international events, the most prestigious of which was managing the track and field competition at the 1996 Paralympics.” Laurie and Ron live in Rhode Island and remain involved in several events a year, from local to international levels. They celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary last July.
Bill Bucklin retired from Litchfield High School in Connecticut after 40 years of teaching English. He is now “loving every minute” of teaching English to “students who learn differently” at the Forman School in Litchfield.
Scott Fritschle writes: “I treasure the friendships I made at Brown.”
Barbara Reisman (see Daniel Leventhal ’07).
Everett Schenk (see Karen R. Brown ’89).
From the January/February 2016 Issue
Mark Asquino ’75 AM, ’78 PhD, retired from the Foreign Service in September. He writes that his 36-year career included overseas postings in Latin America, Europe, Central Asia, and Africa; his final assignment was serving as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Equatorial Guinea (2012–2015).
Elizabeth Jones writes: “My husband, Breck, and I are still living in northern Virginia. Our house is full with us, my mother, our two adult sons, and our golden retriever, Ryno. I am retired and do not miss practicing law at all. Except for a couple of surgeries, life is good. E-mail me if you have the time.”
Beth Barrett Levy (see Danielle Levy Fisher ’02).
Dennis Pacheco (see David Pacheco ’07).
From the November/December 2015 Issue
Barbara Baig’s second book, Spellbinding Sentences: A Writer’s Guide to Achieving Excellence and Captivating Readers, was published in August by Writer’s Digest. She writes: “Endorsed by Ursula K. Le Guin, Jane Brox, Edward Dolnick, Mark Bauerlein, and other writers, Sentences is a classroom in a book for aspiring writers who want to master the art of making powerful sentences. The book also received an endorsement from Stewart Baker ’69, author of the award-winning Skating on Stilts: Why We Aren’t Stopping Tomorrow’s Terrorism.” Barbara teaches in the MFA program in creative writing at Lesley Univ. and at WhereWritersLearn.com .
From the September/October 2015 Issue
Don Herron has published two books over the last several years, The Misadventures of Interpreter Sam and First Steps in Seismic Interpretation.
From the May/June 2015 Issue
Sue Wotiz Goldstein writes: “This has been a great year—celebrated our 40th anniversary by renewing our vows last June surrounded by family and friends, including our son Bryan and his wife, Jaime Abel Goldstein ’99; daughter Lauren Goldstein Mack ’02 and her husband, Richmond Mack ’03; son Andrew and his husband, Jamie; and our five grandchildren. Also attending were our staff at San Diego Sexual Medicine, including Claudia Carranza Gardner ’09. Irwin Goldstein ’71 stepped down after 10 years as editor of the Journal of Sexual Medicine and was named editor of the Sexual Medicine Reviews. He was also awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Society for Sexual Medicine. At home, we are enjoying our new beach place at Mission Bay, San Diego.”
Connie Sancetta ’73 ScM writes that after seven years in Cleveland, she is involved in the Italian community as president of a small charity; a member of the Italian American Cultural Foundation; secretary of an Italian genealogy club; and chairperson of an Italian advisory council for the Western Reserve Historical Society. Last May she published Here in Cerchio: Letters to an Italian Immigrant, and in October she received an award from the city of Cleveland for her community contributions. In her spare time, she removes several feet of snow from the roof in winter and during the rest of the year cultivates a large flower garden of native plants unappetizing to deer.
Edwin M. Wilson and his wife are still innkeepers after 22 years. They helped form an arts center that has featured live entertainment, movies, and art showcases for the last 15 years. They would enjoy hearing from classmates and welcome all to join them for skiing at their lodge at Mount Snow, Vt.
From the March/April 2015 Issue
Patricia Gerbarg writes: “We launched our new website, Breath-Body-Mind.com , as an educational hub for integrative treatments in mental health. This decade is the time to focus on spreading the information and knowledge we have accumulated during the last 40 years of lectures, workshops, and publications and applying them to stress reduction, PTSD, disaster relief, military trauma, children, health-care workers, schizophrenia, and such stress-related medical illnesses as inflammatory bowel disease. Our family is well. All three children are Brown graduates developing their careers. All have wonderful partners, and the youngest, David Braslow ’07, married in October. Hoping for grandchildren!”
Malcolm Neidner is deputy senior project scientist for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, scheduled for launch in late 2018.
Barbara Reisman (see Adam Leventhal ’01).
From the January/February 2015 Issue
Bruce Andelson writes: “I am still practicing law as a corporate partner with the Greenberg Glusker firm in Los Angeles. I went on a fabulous trip to France with my wife, Jan; our daughter, Sari; her husband, Justin; our son, Lee; and his girlfriend, Nadia. We spent 10 days in Paris and six days biking through Provence. It was one of our best trips ever.”
Ralph Begleiter (see Elizabeth Loza ’01).
Richard J. Forde retired from the practice of psychiatry in January 2013. He writes: “I take weekly piano lessons at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. In April 2014, I married my longtime partner, David Foushee (Yale ’78). Except for earthquakes, we enjoy living in Napa Valley, Calif.”
Leslie Larsen Gottert and her husband, Peter Gottert ’70, live in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where Leslie teaches a course on heritage conservation to architecture students and Peter works in public health. Leslie writes that her daughter Ella was married in Baltimore in 2012. Her son, Colby Gottert ’03, and his wife, Ann Runquist Gottert ’02, who live in Chapel Hill, N.C., had a daughter, Lillian Soraya.
Louis Grossman’s sixth and seventh grandchildren were born in April and May: Ayla, daughter of Holly and Joel Grossman ’99, and Jared, son of Dara and David Grossman ’02.
Walter Johnson’s son, Douglas, married Samantha Gladstone last June in West Newton, Mass. Guests at the celebration included Peter Czukor and his wife, Isabelle; George Dougherty; David Fein and his wife, Rita; and Isaac Braddock and his partner, Louise Fulton. Walter writes: “I welcome hearing from other Brown friends.”
Beth Barrett Levy (see Danielle Levy ’02).
Jane Nash Maller writes: “After enjoying a career as an art history professor and raising two children, I have now shifted gears. I volunteer two days a week pricing art and antiques for a charity shop in Bethesda, Maryland. I have also been taking painting classes and have begun to exhibit my work in the local area.”
Elisse Walter and her husband, Ronald Stern, retired. They have a granddaughter, Samantha Hermione, who is the daughter of Evan Stern ’06 and Grace So.
From the November/December 2014 Issue
Elisse Walter was appointed in August to serve as a public governor to the board of Wall Street’s self-funded regulator, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. She is a former government regulator who twice served as head of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
From the September/October 2014 Issue
In June, B. Ronald Boemker retired after 40 years of teaching high school in Rhode Island. He writes: “For the last 20 years I have been married to Laurie Barr from Columbus, Ohio. After leaving Kentucky for Brown, I became a Rhode Islander. I was an assistant coach on the Brown crew for several seasons, then head coach at URI for seven years. For the last 35 years I’ve been involved in track as a coach, administrator, and official. Highlights include being in charge of the track competition at the 1996 Paralympic Games and directing four national championships. Laurie and I are still very active in the sport at the local and the highest levels and were chosen together by USA Track and Field for its Humanitarian Service Award in 2008. I still keep ties to Kentucky and am proud to have been commissioned an official ‘Kentucky Colonel’ by the governor in 1996.”
Bonnie Chock Burke retired in July 2013 after 40 years in public education. She still sings in the Hawaii Opera Theater Chorus.
From the July/August 2014 Issue
Stephen Pollock writes: “My son Jeremy will be starting a cardiology fellowship at the Univ. of Maryland Hospital. My son Spencer is working as a litigator for State Farm Insurance in Baltimore.”
Douglas Smith (see Virginia Wilson Smith ’48).
Geoffrey Strauss married Jane Tomlin (Univ. of Kentucky ’72) on Feb. 8 in Baltimore. Present at the ceremony were brothers Gordon Strauss ’69 and Victor Strauss ’70.
From the May/June 2014 Issue
Arthur Van Dyke is 64 and thinking about retirement. He writes that his proudest achievement is being the grandfather of three.
From the March/April 2014 Issue
Maureen Kenny was named dean of the Lynch School of Education at Boston College.
Steve Maslowski writes: “My career in wildlife photography has evolved into producing educational science videos, which I really enjoy, though kids may view the matter differently.”
Stephen H. Pollock practices cardiology at St. Joseph Hospital in Maryland. His son Jeremy is completing his internal medicine training at Vanderbilt and will return to Baltimore to start a cardiology fellowship. His son Spencer is an attorney with State Farm in Baltimore.
From the January/February 2014 Issue
Christy Carpenter writes: “This past summer, I moved with my husband, actor Robert Walden, to Austin, Texas, where I am an independent management consultant, primarily with nonprofit clients in Texas and beyond.”
Anthony Caldamone ’75 MMSc, ’75 MD (see Engagements & Weddings, Michaela Corrente ’09)
Connie Jo Dickerson writes: “My daughter, Elizabeth Young ’13, graduated with honors in literary arts and is now in the MFA program at the New School in New York City. My son finally found a job at the Housing Works Bookstore and Café in SoHo. In between renovation projects on our new ‘old’ house in Wilton, Connecticut, I’m available for freelance work of the editorial, historical, or bibliographical variety.”
Susan Harris Seater ’78 PhD and her husband, John Seater ’69, ’72 AM, ’74 ScM, ’75 PhD, retired and moved to Massachusetts to be near their children, Elizabeth Seater ’99 and Robert Seater (Haverford College ’02). “Four grandchildren are the incentive.”
From the May/June 2013 Issue
David Bradley (See Engagements & Weddings, Susan Keane ’05).
Bruce W. Brewer is a member of the Long Island Plastic Surgical Group and is chief of the division of plastic surgery at North Shore Univ. Hospital at Glen Cove. His son is Reid P. Brewer ’07.
Malcolm B. Niedner Jr. enjoys working at NASA. He serves as the deputy senior project technical scientist for the James Webb Space Telescope, which is scheduled to launch in 2018. For 18 years he worked as deputy senior project scientist for the Hubble Space Telescope.
From the March/April 2013 Issue
Bruce Andelson writes: “I am still working as a lawyer in Los Angeles as a corporate partner at Greenberg Glusker. My wife, Jan, and I have two wonderful children. Our daughter, Sari, is a nurse in the emergency room in Cedars-Sinai in L.A., and our son, Lee, is in sales at Equinox Fitness Centers, an international chain; Lee is headquartered in L.A. Sari is engaged and will be married in July. We love her fiancé and can’t wait for the wedding.”
Christy Carpenter and her husband, Robert Walden, are living on a mountaintop near Little Rock, Ark., where she is CEO of a new center for thought leadership focused on food security, social entrepreneurship, and civic engagement. Robert is starring in Happily Divorced, a TV Land sitcom, with Fran Drescher. He will play Willie Loman in a spring production of Death of a Salesman.
Bob Clancy writes: “My wife, Cindy, and I moved to Marion, Mass., last year to accommodate my fishing obsession in retirement. My knees are still holding up (barely), so we still spend ski seasons in Fayston, Vt. We’d love to hear from classmates passing through either location.”
Gilbert Conover (See Engagements & Weddings, Margot Lawton ’07).
Robert G. Flanders recently finished a stint as state-appointed receiver for the financially troubled city of Central Falls, R.I. The city has now emerged from bankruptcy with a balanced budget and the elimination of a $6 million deficit.
Patricia Gerbarg writes: “Rick and I keep very busy with our clinical practices, research, teaching, and writing. This year our books Non-Drug Treatments for ADHD and The Healing Power of Breath won awards. Please visit www.haveahealthymind.com . Our kids, Laura Braslow ’01, Joshua Braslow ’03, and David Braslow ’07, are getting a PhD, MD, and DEd, respectively.”
Elizabeth Jones writes: “Retirement is good. I am enjoying learning to play the piano on my laptop and taking courses I could not fit into my schedule in college. I am also enjoying travelling with my husband, having my mother’s companionship, and genealogy. I could do without the aches and pains of aging.”
Ronald Markoff ’71 AM (see Engagements & Weddings, Sheryl Shapiro ’03).
Lei Novak (see Engagements & Weddings, Sheryl Shapiro ’03).
Joe Roback (see Births & Adoptions, Rebecca Roback Blitstein ’00).
David Rubin (see Births & Adoptions, Elizabeth Rubin Clements ’00, ’02 AM).
From the January/February 2013 Issue
Patricia Gerbarg writes: “Our latest book, The Healing Power of the Breath: Simple Techniques to Reduce Stress and Anxiety, Enhance Concentration, and Balance Your Emotions, just won the 2012 Living Now Book Awards Gold Medal for Best Book in the Meditation and Relaxation Category.”
Marvin S. Wasser writes: “I am still working full-time in my pediatric practice. I am also giving service to Brown in my volunteer position as clinical assistant professor of pediatrics in the medical school. My wife, Ellie, and I enjoy our empty nest, thanks to our three adult children and two young grandchildren. We also sing in two choruses.”
From the November/December 2012 Issue
On June 29, the U.S. Senate confirmed Mark L. Asquino ’75 AM, ’78 PhD, as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Equatorial Guinea. Mark and his wife, Jane, departed in late August for a three-year tour in the West Central African nation.
From the September/October 2012 Issue
Mary E. Power, professor of integrative biology at UC Berkeley, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences.
From the March/April 2012 Issue
David Bloom writes: “My son Joshua Bloom ’14 (the third generation of Blooms at Brown) currently resides in North Slater, where I lived during my sophomore year. He assures me that the quarterbacking records I established on the Green back then remain uncontested today. I am executive-in-residence at Philosophy IB, a management consulting firm where I work with clients on talent-related issues.”
Robert Bostian was named chief actuary of United Retirement Plan Consultants Inc., a national retirement planning and actuarial consulting firm with 18 U.S. offices. He is the father of four and grandfather of six, and still lives near Brown in Seekonk, Mass.
Gene Nelson was honored as the 2012 Citizen of the Year of Sebastopol, Calif., for his years of community service. A United Church of Christ minister, Gene has served his Sebastopol congregation since 1978 and has been involved in disaster relief following devastating local floods, as well as in the development of affordable housing, faith-based community organizing, and the Sonoma County Homeless Task Force.
David Snyder ’75 MD (see Births & Adoptions, Cara Zeldis Snyder ’04).
From the March/April 2012 Issue
Elizabeth Jones has been retired from her solo law practice for the past seven years. She has been filling time with genealogy, gardening, travel, and her two golden retrievers, Ryno and Gracie. Elizabeth writes: “All in all, a good life.”
From the January/February 2012 Issue
Armen Shahinian of Franklin Lakes, N.J., has been selected for inclusion in the 2012 edition of Best Lawyers in America.
From the November/December 2011 Issue
Joyce Nakada writes: "I recently returned from serving in the Peace Corps in Ecuador for a year and a half. While I didn't change the world, it felt great to do something I always wanted to do before I died. (P.S. I'm not actively dying, but, hey, you know it's coming ...)."
From the July/August 2011 Issue
Michael Kilgore writes that he is beginning the eighth chapter of his professional life after graduation by establishing a not-for-profit concert series and music academy—Music in Paradise.
Stephen H. Pollock continues as director of the Heart Institute at St. Joseph Medical Center in Baltimore. He has two sons. One graduated from the Univ. of Maryland School of Medicine in May and the other is in his second year at the Univ. of Baltimore Law School.
From the May/June 2011 Issue [40th]
Reunion gift committee cochairs Chip Babcock and John Barylick report: "We are looking forward to seeing you at our 40th reunion May 27–29! The reunion gift committee has been hard at work raising annual-fund dollars in honor of our 40th reunion. We've set a goal of $1,025,000 (a new 40th reunion record) and want to thank our classmates who've contributed toward this important effort. If you haven't made your gift, please do so at: www.gifts.brown.edu."
Henry and Lynne Moore Healy '69 write that their son, Michael Healy '05, married Jennifer Pelzel (Princeton '06) on Sept. 18 in New Canaan, Conn. Michael and Jennifer both work in Westport, Conn.
James Hochman is a real estate partner at Coman & Anderson, Lisle, Ill.
From the March/April 2011 Issue
Barbara Baig has taught writing to undergraduates, graduate students, and working adults for nearly 30 years, including two decades at Harvard Divinity School. She now teaches in the MFA program in creative writing at Lesley Univ. Writer's Digest just published her book, How To Be a Writer: Building Your Creative Skills Through Practice and Play. She also offers free practice-based writing lessons at www.wherewriterslearn.com.
Kenneth Cohen (see Engagements & Weddings, Dara Cohen '01).
Sue Wotiz Goldstein writes: "After three years in San Diego, it really feels like our home." Her daughter, Lauren Goldstein Mack '02, and her husband, Jeremy Mack '03, moved in with Sue last year. Her son Andrew is in nearby Los Angeles. Now Sue is waiting to see where her son Bryan and his wife, Jaime Abel Goldstein '99, settle. Sue has been running clinical trials and educational programs in the San Diego Sexual Medicine practice that she runs with her husband, Irwin Goldstein '71. He continues to treat patients, perform research, write, and lecture. Last year, he coedited a textbook, Female Sexual Pain Disorders, and he recently coauthored a book for the public, When Sex Hurts. They would be happy to see friends in San Diego or at their beach house in Gloucester, Mass.
Jack Mayhew (see John Mayhew '43).
From the January/February 2011 Issue
Tom Byers was a visiting professor at the Sorbonne (Paris IV) last spring. He continues in his position as professor of English and director of the Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society at the Univ. of Louisville, where he is also chairing a committee trying to start a film and digital-media program. He has two children, Jack (Amherst '08) and Anna (Bowdoin '11). Tom recently had dinner in Louisville with his old roommate, Ed Rejuney, who lives in Washington, D.C.
Fred David (see Engagements & Weddings, Nick Zakrasek '06).
Connie Jo Dickerson writes that she has been in touch with the "Emery 4th-Floor Flamers"—Ann Beardsley, Betsy Batchelor, Christy Carpenter, and Maureen Kenny—for their upcoming 40th reunion. Connie enjoys frequent visits with her daughter, Liz Young '13, a member of Tech House, and with Professor Tom Gleason and family. She is a librarian at the Mark Twain Library in Redding, Conn.
Patricia Gerbarg and her husband, Richard P. Brown, teach their stress-reduction workshop, Breath~Body~Mind, to health care professionals, survivors of mass disasters, people with health issues, and the general public. To follow their work in integrative psychiatry, visit their website, www.haveahealthymind.com.
Louis Grossman (see Engagements & Weddings, Seth Orkand '99).
Elie Hirschfeld celebrated his 60th birthday on May 2 with a party at the Plaza Hotel. Several classmates attended, including Ned Wilson, Carol Robinson, Louis Schepp '74 ScM, Thomas Acosta, and Oliver Cromwell. Elie completed the Paris Triathlon July 2010, swimming in the Seine, biking in the Bois de Boulougne, and running in the streets of Paris. Elie also completed the Mighty Hamptons Triathlon, in Southampton, Long Island, in Sept. and finished second in the over-60 category.
Beverly Burton James (see Jay Z. James '47).
Richard Madden, a family physician in Belen, N. Mex., has been elected to the board of directors of the American Academy of Family Physicians, which represents 94,700 physicians and medical students nationwide. Madden was elected to a three-year term by the Congress of Delegates.
Jack Mayhew (see John Mayhew Jr. '43).
Susan Harris Seater '78 PhD and John Seater '69 announce the August and September births of their first grandchildren—a granddaughter in Ashland, Mass., from their son, and a grandson in Cambridge, Mass., from their daughter, Elizabeth Seater '99.
From the September/October 2010 Issue
Jane Trowbridge Bertrand, chair of the Department of Health Systems Management at the Tulane Univ. School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, has been invested as the first Neal A. and Mary Vanselow Chair in Health Management and Policy. Her work has focused on promoting family-planning programs in Central America and Northern Africa. Her plans include the continued international expansion of her department's training and research programs.
From the July/August 2010 Issue
Carolyn R. Smith is back in Geneva, where her interpreting career began more than 30 years ago. She is an interpreter at the arms reduction talks designed to replace the expired Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START). She writes: "At meetings with the Russians the tenor is occasionally reminiscent of the old Cold War days, but for the most part it's more cordial than it used to be. For me it's old friends from years ago."
From the May/June 2010 Issue
Jennifer Daley recently joined UMass Memorial Health as the executive vice president and chief operating officer of their academic health center.
Elie Hirschfeld completed the Israman Ironman Distance Triathlon on Jan. 29 in Eilat, Israel, as the 54th finisher.
Ruby Shang is working for the Clinton Climate Initiative and the Clinton Health Access Initiative in Asia.
John W. Thompson retired in July. He is active in amateur radio contesting, the Selinsgrove (Pa.) Rotary, the Barbershop Harmony Society, and the Susquehanna Valley Amateur Radio Club, and he writes for the National Contest Journal. He has five grandchildren.
Marvin Wasser is still practicing pediatrics and teaching first-year Brown medical students in his office. He and his wife are enjoying their empty nest now that their three children are leading their own lives. The oldest recently gave them their first grandchild. In February, he returned to Brown and played the clarinet for the 40th anniversary reunion hockey band at the Brown-Harvard game.
From the March/April 2010 Issue
Connie Dickerson writes that her daughter, Elizabeth Young, is a member of the class of 2013, and her son, William Young, graduated from Lewis & Clark College. Connie looks forward to putting her recently earned master's degree in library science to work and in the meantime is available for freelance writing and editing assignments in the New York City area.
Barbara Mangiante Ravetti is a campaign specialist for a professional fund-raising firm in Los Angeles. The firm raises money for performing arts, museums, and universities, which, she writes, is a real challenge in these difficult times. She volunteers and is a member of the parents' support group at Daniel's Place, an organization for young people with such mental illnesses as bipolar disorder, depression, and schizophrenia. She writes: "I'd like to hear from anyone dealing with these illnesses and from my classmates."
Carol Robinson Schepp and Louis Schepp '74 ScM (see Lev Nelson '04).
Susan Rodgers, professor of anthropology and chair of the sociology and anthropology department at Holy Cross, has been named the W. Arthur Garrity Sr. Professor in Human Nature, Ethics, and Society. As the Garrity professor, she will continue her research on the politics of literature and art in Indonesia.
From the January/February 2010 Issue
Bob Clancy retired from the investment business last February with the intention of becoming a high school math teacher. He landed a long-term substitute teacher assignment in the spring and hoped that the experience would get him a permanent assignment in the fall. Bob writes: "Unfortunately, schools apparently aren't interested in teachers with my nontraditional training background. It now looks as I'm fully retired, and I plan to ski and fish excessively with a clear conscience."
Roberta Bobbie Ornstein married Rusty Aertsen on Oct. 10, 2009. Rust graduated from Harvard in 1970 and is involved with real estate and venture capital in Boston. Bobbie is active in Brookline politics and real estate, and teaches art at the Museum of Fine Arts.
From the November/December 2009 Issue
Ralph Begleiter writes that his Global Agenda class at the Univ. of Delaware met weekly by videoconference with students in Dubai, and several of his students received grants to travel there for spring break. Just as Ralph turned 60, he celebrated his tenth anniversary at UD, and earned the College of Arts and Sciences' Excellence in Teaching award. He arrived at UD after a career in broadcast journalism as a foreign correspondent for CNN. In June, he celebrated the marriage of his son Joel Begleiter '98 to Liz Loza '01 in Paso Robles, Calif., at a ceremony officiated by Leon Begleiter, who is approaching his 90th birthday and is going strong. In July, Ralph capped a lifetime of international travel by con- quering his seventh continent (97 countries) with a trip to Australia and New Zealand to give a series of presentations on media, politics, and journalism.
Robert Jauron (see Caroline Jauron Siefken '01).
Patience Thomas (see Allen Thomas '97).
From the September/October 2009 Issue
Jason Monzack (see Allegra Devon Maletz '03).
From the July/August 2009 Issue
Stephen B. Fullerton has two new restaurant projects due to open in Feb. 2010 next to Gulfstream Park Race Course in Fla. through his company, Caffe Retail.
From the May/June 2009 Issue
Jeffrey A. Carver returned to print with the newest novel in his science fiction series, The Chaos Chronicles. The fourth book in the series, Sunborn, was published by Tor Books in Oct. Earlier novels are in E-book format for free download on his website: www.starrigger.net. He's now hard at work on book five at his home in Arlington, Mass. Meanwhile, his older daughter, Alexandra, is in her sophomore year at Bard College in New York, while his younger daughter, Julia, continues to home-school through high school, and his wife, Allysen, works as an editor and writer at the Educational Development Center in Newton, Mass. Visit Jeff's blog at starrigger.blogspot.com.
Daniel Grossman (see Emily Grossman Reilly '98).
Thelissa A. Harris writes that she enjoys full-time private practice in adult and geriatric psychiatry in the Hartford, Conn., area. For the last 14 years she has been the psychiatric consultant for the Seabury Continuing Care Retirement Community in Bloomfield, Conn. For fun she visits and travels with family from Houston and creates adventures with her friends around the world.
From the March/April 2009 Issue
Mark Halliday has been teaching creative writing at Ohio Univ. since 1996. His fifth book of poetry, Keep This Forever, was published in 2008 by Tupelo Press.
Timothy Manor, a lawyer with Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed in Orlando, Fla., has been included in The Best Lawyers in America 2009 in the areas of commercial litigation, corporate law, and real estate law.
Robert W. Novak received the 2008 College of American Pathologists Lifetime Achievement Award for his positive impact on the pathology profession. He is chairman of the department of pathology and laboratory medicine and director of the medical technology program at Akron Children's Hospital in Ohio.
From the January/February 2009 Issue
Dan Grossman (see Joanna Grossman '03).
Mark Halliday '76 AM has been teaching creative writing at Ohio Univ. since 1996. His fifth book of poems, Keep This Forever, was published by Tupelo Press.
From the November/December 2008 Issue
Mark Asquino '78 PhD has been assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum as deputy chief of mission after serving as principal deputy in the U.S. State Department's Office for Reconstruction and Stabilization. Mark and his wife departed for Sudan in July.
From the September/October 2008 Issue
Charles L. Babcock was recently named one of the "Best Lawyers in Dallas 2008" by D Magazine. He is a partner in the litigation section of Jackson Walker L.L.P.
Robert E. Jauron (see Caroline Jauron '01).
From the July/August 2008 Issue
B. Christopher Bene and his firm, Chang Bene Design, Ltd., received the 2008 Business Week/Architectural Record China Award for the Southside House, Hong Kong. The award was presented at a design conference in Shanghai in May. The project was also featured in Architectural Digest magazine in October 2006.
Louis Grossman (see Rebecca Spielfogel Polivy '02).
Cornelius J. Madera Jr. is living in Osterville, Mass. He retired from practicing law and building shopping centers, and as mayor of Tuxedo Park, N.Y., in 2002. He now spends his time building and selling 1930s period shingle-style homes on the Cape." (see Meghan Madera Bent '98).
Amy Grossman Sands (see Rebecca Spielfogel Polivy '02).
From the May/June 2008 Issue
Sue Wotiz Goldstein and Irwin Goldstein write: "After two years of transition, in which time Irwin traveled the globe teaching and I co-authored my first book, When Sex Isn't Good, we have finally moved to San Diego and are very happy to be living here downtown. I coordinate educational programs for San Diego Sexual Medicine, and Irwin sees patients in between his responsibilities as director of Sexual Medicine at Alvarado Hospital, clinical professor of surgery at UC San Diego, and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Sexual Medicine. We enjoy showing our new hometown to our children and grandchildren when they visit—Bryan (Amherst '99), wife Jaime Abel Goldstein '99, and their son, Tyler; Lauren Goldstein Mack '02, her husband, Jeremy Mack '03, and their son, Jayden; and Andrew (Dartmouth '01). We still fly east to visit my mom, Miriam Rose Wotiz '46."
Jonathan McRoberts was named the top financial advisor in the state of Hawaii in the February 2008 issue of Hawaii Business. He writes: "Although I feel this is tantamount to being recognized as the sanest lunatic in the asylum, I am still proud of the relative merits of the recognition. When not working or surfing."
From the March/April 2008 Issue
Bruce Andelson writes that his law firm merged with Bingham McCutchen and so he is now a corporate partner at Bingham McCutchen. His office remains in Santa Monica. His wife is an emergency room nurse; his daughter is in nursing school after graduating from the University of Miami; and his son is in college in Santa Barbara.
Deborah Bell (see Bernie Bell '42).
Susan Cameron Bennett writes: "My husband, guitarist Rick Hinkle, and I are still involved in our band (www.theinteractiveband.com) and music and voice-over production (www.audiocammusic.com; www.susancbennett.com) in Atlanta. We've been married nearly 11 years now, and moved to our latest home/studio in 2006."
Francisco A. Besosa writes: "After graduating from Brown, my son, Francisco '07, is a student at Tulane University Law School in New Orleans."
Ann-Frazer Kephart Brown writes: "The vignettes of 1971 are impressive, and a little overwhelming. As for me, I am a high school art teacher, a single parent, and happily partnered lesbian, as well as the very poor mother of a high school drop-out. However, my beautiful boy has since gotten a GED, works full time, and takes classes at the local community college. My daughter is a senior in high school and eager for the 'real world.' No Brown graduates for me, I fear. Maybe the next generation will fill the gap. Oh, and I raise my dad's alpacas on the side."
Maurene Fritz writes: "Our granddaughter, Resheet, 2, is the delight of our lives. Living in Israel, a small country, we have lots of opportunity for hands-on grandparenting. Work in the high-tech field continues to be hectic: the global village is a reality, but traveling to a customer in Australia is still a long trip!"
Patricia Gerbarg writes: "My husband, Richard P. Brown, and I are writing a book on integrative psychiatry, How to Use Herbs, Nutrients and Yoga in Mental Health Care, to be published by Norton this year. Our first book together, The Rhodiola Revolution, introduced an ancient medicinal herb that enhances both physical and mental energy. Our son David Braslow '07 graduated from Brown and received a MathAmerica Fellowship. Our other two Brown graduates, Laura Braslow '01 and Josh Braslow '03, are living in New York City. Laura is a consultant in nonprofit management. Josh is a film editor. Visit us at www.haveahealthymind.com."
Nicholas P. Lampshire is in his 15th year of living happily in Camden, S.C. He recently visited Peter Burkland and Storm Scott. He hopes to visit with Susan and Fred David in Santa Rosa in April.
Jeffrey Meikle (see Vanessa Meikle Schulman '03).
Connie Sancetta '73 ScM writes: "I gave myself early retirement from the National Science Foundation; moved to the Cleveland area, where my favorite cousins live; and got married in June. I'm a part-time volunteer at the Western Reserve Historical Society, where I'm translating letters donated to the Italian-American section by the descendants of immigrants."
David Snyder '75 MD (see Cara Zeldis '04).
From the January / February 2008 Issue
Charles Babcock, a litigation partner in Jackson Walker’s Houston office, was named a 2007 Texas Super Lawyer and made the list of the state’s top 100 attorneys.
Deborah Bell (see Bernie Bell ’42).
John W. Mayhew III (see John W. Mayhew ’43).
From the November / December 2007 Issue
Richard Gourse ’80 PhD, a professor of bacteriology at the Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison, has received a MERIT award from the National Institute of Health. MERIT awards, short for Method to Extend Research in Time, recognize researchers who have demonstrated superior competence and outstanding productivity in research endeavors of special importance or promise. Richard’s research focuses on the mechanisms behind the first step of gene expression transcription.
Dennis Pacheco Jr. (see John Kawaoka ’00).
From the September / October 2007 Issue
Joanna Burstein (see Rena Benson Burstein '47)
Susan Rodgers still loves being an anthropology professor at Holy Cross. She had a delightful sabbatical last year with three trips to Indonesia. She was guest curator for an exhibition, Gold Cloths of Sumatra: Indonesia's Songkets from Ceremony to Commodity, at the Cantor Gallery at Holy Cross.From the July / August 2007 Issue
David Altshuler ’71 AM writes: “I am happy to report that my consulting practice has begun its fifth year. My work focuses on strategic planning, board training, and financial resource development for museums, universities, and other nonprofit clients in the U.S., Great Britain, and Israel.”
Fred David writes: “My son Bryan will be walking in through the Van Wickle Gates this fall as a member of the class of 2011. Bryan is the fourth consecutive generation to attend Brown: 1899, 1936, 1971, 2011. When he walks out the Van Wickle Gates, I’ll be able to enjoy his graduation and my 40th reunion.”
Connie Jo Dickerson writes: “I’m still doing freelance editorial work, but also studying for a library science degree, specializing in rare books and Slavic studies. My son, Bill, is a junior at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Ore. My daughter, Liz, is a sophomore at Weston High School in Conn. My husband, Jon Young (Swarthmore ’74), is celebrating his twenty-fifth year at HBO.”
Marvin Homonoff writes: “71 has always been my lucky number. From my home address as a youngster to my graduation college year, the number has repeatedly popped up in a good way. Sure enough on July 1, my first grandchild, Hailey Rose Homonoff, was born to my son Matthew and daughter-in-law, Sophie. Linda and I are frequent travelers to Arlington, Va., to see her, or we meet in R.I. or at our home in Delray Beach, Fla. I know all of you who are grandparents know the pleasure and I hope every one of you can experience it someday.”
Joan Markey (see Valerie Phillips ’98).
From the May / June 2007 Issue
Edward Alt writes: “I am enjoying my second career as a financial planner and advisor for small businesses and high-net worth individuals. I regularly see friends and classmates from Brown both socially and related to business.”
Mark L. Asquino ’78 PhD and his wife, Jane, returned from Kazakhstan in June, where he was deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy. Mark is now deputy coordinator for reconstruction and stabilization at the State Department.
Francisco A. Besosa writes: “My son, Francisco, graduates from Brown in May 2007. After more than twenty-five years as the BASC Area Chair for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, I turned over the chair to an alumna. Since October 2006, I have been a U.S. district judge in Puerto Rico, appointed by President Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. My roommate at Brown, Geoff Strauss, was one of the speakers at my investiture. My wife, Enid, is a Commonwealth of Puerto Rico Superior Court judge. She swore me in as a federal judge.”
Paul D. Cooke writes: “My wife, Ruth; our daughter, Emma; and I moved from Texas to Concord, Mass., in late 2004. We miss the great state of Texas, but New England is lovely too, especially in the fall. I’d love to hear from old friends from 1967-1968.”
John V. Guttag ’73 ScM (see Peter Norvig ’78).
Alan Hammond writes: “I have just started a new career. I was recently ordained as a Presbyterian minister and am serving as an interim pastor in Logan, Utah, at the First Presbyterian Church.”
Steven Hopping has been married to Julia since 1995, and they have five children. He is the director for the Center for Cosmetic Surgery in Washington, D.C., clinical professor of surgery at George Washington University, and president-elect of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery for 2008.
Janet E. Levy writes: “After twenty-seven years in a joint department of sociology and anthropology at UNC-Charlotte, I will become chair of a new department of anthropology in August 2007. The university and the city have doubled in size since I moved here in 1980. Please stop to visit if you are in the area.”
Jonathan McRoberts and his partner were named as the two top financial advisors in Hawaii in the September issue of Hawaii Business. Although he has to endure the twice-monthly short visits to his Morgan Stanley office in Honolulu, he spends most days working out of his home office on Kauai.
David S. Nolan is enjoying retirement with his wife, Carol, and a growing brood of grandchildren (four and counting).
From the March / April 2007 Issue
Richard L. Abbott writes: “I’m self-employed in Quebec as a builder specializing in custom fiberglass products. Inventions and designs can be found at www.designbyabbott.piczo.com. At the first ski race of the year at Lake Louise in the Canadian Rockies, I saw downhill racers using the ‘ribbon tuck,’ an application of wedge propulsion to alpine racing that I invented ten years ago. I have two boys, Tom, 7, and Mike, 12.”
Robert P. Clancy writes: “It was great to see old friends at last year’s 35th reunion. I’ll be attending commencement because my daughter will graduate from Brown, officially leaving my wife, Cindy, and me with an empty nest. I’d love to hear from any old friends who happen to pass through either Wayland, Mass. or Fayston, Vt.”
Mark Danner is a managing partner of a beer distribution company in Orange County, Calif. He has three children, ages 11, 13, and 15.
From the January / February 2007 Issue
Charles “Chip” Babcock, an attorney at Jackson Walker LLP, was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2007 for commercial litigation and First Amendment law.
From the September / October 2006 Issue
Charles “Chip” Babcock was recognized as an outstanding lawyer in his field in the 2006 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, an attorney/ firm directory published annually. He is a partner in the Houston office of Jackson Walker, works within the media, litigation, and appellate practice groups, and has developed a national litigation practice in his twenty-eight-year career at Jackson Walker. He has represented Oprah Winfrey in a suit brought against her by Texas cattlemen and, most recently, successfully defended the Chicago Tribune in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Ill.
James Hochman writes: “After a twenty- two-year stint as regional counsel for CB Richard Ellis (formally Coldwell Banker), I have joined Coman and Anderson in Lisle, Ill., as partner and head of the firm’s real estate department, concentrating in commercial real estate transactions, real estate brokerage law and legislation, and real estate–related litigation. I live in Burr Ridge, Ill., with my wife, Linda Legner. Our daughter, Jessica, attends the Univ. of Wisconsin at Madison. We would love to hear from old friends.”
Class of 1971’s reunion chairman, Robert Solomon, reports: “Once again the class of 1971 came together to celebrate the largest 35th reunion in the University’s history. After a welcoming reception at Alpha Epsilon Pi (Kappa Sigma in our day), class members made their way to the Hope Club for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres before heading up the Hill to Campus Dance, still the world’s greatest outdoor cocktail party. Saturday morning was marked by our own memorial service for class members who have passed away. Led once again by our friend Rev. Dick Dannenfelser, it was a time of somber reflection and commemoration of old friends who shared our time at Brown. In true ’71 fashion, the service included controversy and high emotion and concluded with the classmates uniting warmly as only friends of nearly forty years can. After the president’s address, we moved to Pembroke Field for the first-ever class BBQ luncheon under a large tent. On a perfect afternoon, the turnout was large, and the barbecue prepared by Tchula Ribs (Mississippi) was excellent. The University even included unlimited wine. Saturday night’s class dinner was held at the Squantum Association. This was the second event we’ve held at Squantum, and it turned out to be even more spectacular than the 25th reunion clambake in 1996.
“The largest gathering of classmates since our graduation marched down College Hill behind our banner. The procession was led by Hector Laudati ’31, father of our classmate Roz Laudati. Hector was celebrating his 75th reunion. As the senior class approached the First Baptist Church, nearly forty classmates adjourned to 3 Steeple Street (known as Armando’s Crystal Tap in 1971) for an unsanctioned reunion event featuring Bloody Marys and hamburgers. Finally, a very special thank you to classmates who arrived from the far corners of the globe to attend the reunion. Ruby Shang arrived from Singapore, proving her true devotion to Brown. We had a wonderful time, and Ned, Deborah, and I can’t wait to start planning for the 40th in 2011.”
From the May / June 2006 Issue
Reunion ’06 weekend is almost here—May 26– 28. Return to campus to renew ties with old friends. Start with Campus Dance and finish the weekend by passing once again through the Van Wickle Gates. Visit the reunion Web site for complete details: http://alumni. brown.edu/news_events/reunions.
John Barylick and Chris Barker got a jump on their upcoming 35th reunion with a snowboarding trip to Zermatt, Switzerland, in January. They were joined by their spouses, Marie Tinsley Barylick and Valerie Waidler. John is a principal in the law firm of Wistow & Barylick Inc. in Providence, while Marie is a program coordinator for Volunteers in Providence Schools. Their daughter Anne Barylick ’03 is an EMT supervisor at Brown Medical Services. Chris Baker is a physician in family practice in Santa Rosa, Calif., and Valerie is a hospice counseling supervisor. All look forward to seeing their classmates in May.
Chris Bene’s firm, Chang Bene Design, has received a 2006 Business Week/Architectural Record China award for his Two Houses Into One project in Shanghai.
Jeffrey A. Carver writes: “Allysen and I are busy home-schooling one teenage daughter and have another daughter who is an avid high school wrestler. Both are aspiring authors. As for my own career, after several years of absence from the science fiction bookshelves, I returned this year with something different—a novelization of the SciFi Channel’s Battlestar Galactica: The Miniseries. It was a fun change of pace (very different from the original TV series, by the way) and a respite from the long haul of my newest novel, Sunborn (still in progress). Last year, I also made available a free online course for aspiring young science fiction and fantasy writers—at www.writesf.com—and started another sort of writing at starrigger.blogspot.com. One of the great rewards of the Web is discovering that you have readers as far away as New Zealand and Kathmandu! Please send your aspiring authors to the course and visit me at the blog!”
Katherine G. Farley has been nominated as chairman of the Lincoln Center Development Project. Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts is undergoing a campus transformation.
From the March / April 2005 Issue
Class secretary Edward M. Alt reports: “I attended the 40th reunion of the Brown Rugby Football Club. Having long ago given up playing the game, I still can enjoy the camaraderie and extracurricular fun that make the sport unique.”
Chip Babcock was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2005–2006 for his work in business litigation and railroad law. He is a partner in the Fort Worth office of the Texas law firm Jackson Walker. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a member of the American Law Institute.
Susan Cameron Bennett is busy doing voice work and managing The Interactive! Band; susancbennett.com.
Francisco A. Besosa writes: “For more than twenty years I’ve been the area chair for BASC for the Puerto Rico/U.S. Virgin Islands area. My son Francisco is a member of the Brown class of 2007.”
Merry Bullock writes: “I’m living in Bethesda, Md., with Lunhes, 17, and Julia, 12. Last summer I married Bruce M. Jakosky a professor of astrobiology at the Univ. of Colo., whom I met on an airplane.
Mark Danner writes: “I have been in the beer business for twenty-seven years. After twenty-four years with Anheuser-Busch, I am a managing partner of an independent distribution in Orange County, Calif., called Straub Distributing.”
Theodore A. Del Donno writes: “My son Andrew ’06 is majoring in mechanical engineering at Brown. His graduation in 2006 will coincide with our 35th reunion. I’ll be there.”
Jamie Evrard’s recent paintings were exhibited at the Bau-Xi Gallery in Vancouver, B.C., in January. She writes: “I’ve taken up trapeze with a circus school here in Vancouver.”
Deborah Kapp writes: “I live just outside Chicago with my husband and two sons. During the day I teach ministry at McCormick Theological Seminary, where I am an associate professor and (for the 2004–05 academic year) acting dean of the faculty. Most days, all is well.”
Thomas R. Petty was named CFO at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in September of 2003.
Josh Posner writes: “A number of us in the class of 1971 are organizing a scholarship fund in memory of Charles Baldwin, former University chaplain, who died in November 2002. Please contact me if you are interested in learning how you can participate.”
Susan Rogers writes that she’s still an anthropology professor and director of Asian studies at Holy Cross, in Worcester, Mass., and is looking forward to a sabbatical in 2005–06.
Marilyn Wallace Shealey writes that her daughter Leslie Friedman graduated from Brown in May.
Robert Vigorita writes: “Our son Jason happily left little Rhody for George Washington Univ., where he’s running on the crosscountry team.”
From the November / December 2004 Issue
Chip Babcock, a partner in Jackson Walker’s Houston office, was inducted into the International Academy of Trial Lawyers on July 16 in Toronto. He was one of seven individuals to receive this prestigious honor. Chip has more than twenty-five years of experience in complex commercial litigation. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, where he serves on the United States/Canada committee. In 1999, Chip was appointed chairman of the Texas Supreme Court Advisory Committee and was reappointed in 2002. He is also a member of the American Law Institute.
From the September / October 2004 Issue
Bruce A. Henderson was named as CEO of Imation Corp., a manufacturer of removable storage media.
James Northrup writes that he is co-founder of a publicly traded gaming company in London, and his son J. D. Northrup ’00, who is Phi Beta Kappa, writes electronic music. “Visit us at pipecreekranch.com.”
From the July / August 2004 Issue
Christy Carpenter writes: “I’ve moved back to New York City from Los Angeles to become executive director of the Museum of Television & Radio Media Center.”
Bob Clancy writes: “What a way to empty the nest. Our daughter Christine ’07 enrolled at Brown last fall and is very happy there. My wife, Cindy, is pursuing a master’s degree, making me the only member of the family not paying tuition. I still split time working in Vermont and Massachusetts.”
From the May / June 2004 Issue
Richard Bedrosian is the president of MySelfHelp.com. He writes that the company has received more than $1.8 million in grants from the National Institute of Mental Health to develop online, interactive self-help programs for depression, eating disorders, and other psychological illnesses.
Marvin Homonoff (see Shelby Freedman ’00).
Rupe Scofield (see Rick Carell ’77).
David Snyder ’75 MD (see Jonathan Grossberg ’02).
Deborah Tegarden (see Lois Thornton Tegarden ’46).
From the March / April 2004 Issue
Chip Babcock was selected as a 2003 Texas Super Lawyer in the November issue of Texas Monthly. He writes that he was also named to the 2003 Texas Top 100 Lawyers and the Dallas/Fort Worth Top 100 lists.
Ron Markoff ’71 AM and Karen Triedman ’79 were married in June 2001. They live in Providence, where Ron practices law and Karen teaches color classes at RISD and works as a freelance design writer. Ron was honored in Rhode Island Monthly as one of the top forty-nine real estate lawyers in the state. Karen coauthored her first book, Color Graphics: Color and Graphic Design (Rockport, 2002). They have three daughters, Stephanie, Sidra, and Allegra.
From the January / February 2004 Issue
Fred C. David writes: “I remain active in BASC and try to get as many applicants as possible to matriculate at Brown. Daughter Laura is studying in London and Ankara, Turkey, in her junior year at Bates. Bryan is a freshman at Sonoma Academy and is practicing his lacrosse stick handling year-round. I continue to practice radiation oncology in Santa Rosa.”
Martha Clark Goss was elected to the board of American Water.
Stephen H. Pollock is director of the Heart Institute at St. Joseph Medical Center in Baltimore. The hospital has the largest cardiovascular program in Maryland, performing more than 1,300 heart surgeries a year.
From the March / April 2003 Issue
Marvin Homonoff writes: “My wife, Linda, and I recently celebrated our 25th anniversary. I still maintain a law practice with the firm of Homonoff, Levine & Pulner in Providence, and serve as probate judge in Barrington. My daughter, Heather, a recent graduate of Wesleyan, won a Fulbright to study in Morocco. My son, Mathew, was married this past summer and is living with his new bride in Alexandria, Va.”
From the November / December 2002 Issue
Brad Duckrow (see Helen Cymrot '99).
Cornelius J. Madera Jr. (see Meghan Madera '98).
From the July / August 2002 Issue
Carol Locke Campbell writes: "I am president-elect of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, which will be a three-year gig. Our 25,000 members provide a large percentage of all the mental health services in California. I'm enjoying life in San Jose."
Peter Rush writes: "I enjoyed seeing friends last year. I'm still in New York but now have offices in Washington and Atlanta. I bought my first lacrosse stick since college and am teaching my 8-year-old daughter to play."
Storm Scott writes: "I retired to Sarasota Fla., in 1986 and have found my niche in the rental market and rehabilitation of older homes. I'm presently restoring a 1924 bungalow, my seventh restoration. After this one I plan to travel."
Glenn Whitmore (see Michael Kavanau '85).
From the May / June 2002 Issue
David Morgan writes: "After thirty years of mill manufacturing management, I am giving retirement a try - at least until a better offer comes around."
From the November / December 2000 Issue
Kenneth S. Cohen writes that the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel named him one of the nation’s top benefits attorneys. One of 172 charter fellows inducted on July 8 into the new organization, Kenneth is senior vice president at the MassMutual Financial Group. He was cited for demonstrating “outstanding qualities of leadership, character, ability, and professional responsibility.” The induction ceremony, held in New York City, culminated a year-long celebration of the 25th anniversary of the enactment of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). Kenneth was a member of the U.S. Department of Labor’s ERISA Advisory Council from 1996 to 1999, serving as vice chairman in 1999. He has testified before Congress many times. After joining MassMutual in 1974, he was admitted to practice by the Massachusetts Bar Association in 1975, the Federal District Court of Massachusetts in 1978, and the U.S. Supreme Court in 1985. He has been a member of the American Bar Association since 1975 and the Association of Life Insurance Counsel since 1984. His daughter is Dara ’01.
Robert G. Flanders Jr. of East Greenwich, R.I., was named board chairman of the YMCA of Greater Providence. A member of the Rhode Island Supreme Court since 1996, Robert will oversee the YMCA’s five-year plan to strengthen its role as the premier family resource organization in the region and a catalyst for community improvement.
Lee Makowski was named director of the Biosciences Division at Argonne (Ill.) National Labs. He and his wife, Diane Rodi Makowski (Columbia ’83 G.S.A.S.), along with their three sons, ages 13, 10, and 8, moved to Hinsdale, Ill., which is an easy commute to Argonne, where Diane is a staff scientist.
From the September / October 2000 Issue
Carol Altman writes: "I continue to enjoy a busy ob/gyn private practice in Portland, Maine. My husband, Frank, divides his time between anesthesia and critical-care clinical research. Graduations ’R’ Us this year: we attended the ceremonies of our three daughters, Janet (Stanford), Joan (Wesleyan), and Katherine (Waynflete). Katherine headed to a computer-science program at the University of Miami in the fall."
Alan Peck writes: "The local newspaper recently featured a woman in her seventies who was auctioning the family ranch and moving from California to another state. When queried why, she said, ‘My father always said we should relocate every ten years and renew ourselves.’ After nineteen years in the same abode in Silicon Valley, my wife and I realized we were nine years behind schedule, so we sold our house, said goodbye to the Valley, and moved to Sarasota, Fla. We’ve been here for six weeks, and we’re enjoying our new life thoroughly. We’re engaging in new activities, making new friends, and finding new challenges. Our friends and family have already visited; we will return to California to do likewise. All things considered, we think that lady’s father had the right idea."
From the July / August 2000 Issue
Alan M. Birnbaum writes: "When I potentially get to meet Vanderbilt Chancellor E. Gordon Gee in October at my 25th medical reunion in Nashville, Tenn., I will be taking along my new wife, Kathleen Mulligan, whom I will marry on Sept. 16. I remain in the private practice of neurology, largely forensic, in my hometown of Fresno, Calif., where I have lived for more than twenty years."
Martha Clark Goss, of Bernardsville, N.J., was appointed to the board of IBJ Whitehall Business Credit Corp. Martha is CFO of Capital Markets Co., an e-business solutions provider that focuses on the world’s financial markets. Martha was previously CFO of Booz-Allen & Hamilton.
From the May / June 2000 Issue
John H. Fitzgibbon III has been appointed managing partner of the Hartford office of KPMG. John provides assurance and advisory services to insurance clients. He joined KPMG in 1973 and was elected a partner in 1983. He lives in Hartford with his wife and three daughters.
Faith Mason Fraser writes: "I earned a master’s in library science from Simmons College in 1974 and a master’s in clinical psychology from John F. Kennedy University in Orinda, Calif., in 1997. I am a reference librarian at the San Jose (Calif.) Public Library and an intern in marriage and family therapy in Mountain View, Calif. My son, Erik, 23, was married last summer; my daughter, Robin, 21, is a junior at Bryn Mawr majoring in linguistics. In my spare time I like to knit and go houseboating."
Douglas Jones writes: "I am a partner of Bayard, Oot, Jones & Associates, a firm established in 1997 that now provides advertising representation to more than a dozen magazines and Web sites. We’re not saving the world, but it’s a kick to finally own the business into which I put so much time. Meg and I have two boys, Andy, 8, and Tim, 3. I had an unsuccessful run for town meeting this fall and will remain active in the town Democratic party. Also keeping us busy are several PTA activities and my responsibilities as chair of Andy’s Cub Scout pack committee."
Jonathan Merritt, of State College, Pa., writes: "I’m happily entering my twentieth year at Penn State, where I am director of academic advising in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. A fond hello to old friends."
Robert Thorley, of Walpole, Mass., writes: "We now understand the impact of ‘empty nest.’ Beth, 21, is in her senior year at the University of Pennsylvania; Kate, 19, is in her second year of a six-year doctoral program at Simmons College; and Sarah ’03 is 18. The home and the phone are now very quiet. Sometimes my wife, Pam, and I actually have free time. Pam has enrolled in a master’s in nursing program at Regis College. I continue to battle cancer while working as the director of materials, logistics, and production operations for Bayer Diagnostics in Walpole."
Marvin S. Wasser, of Cranston, R.I., writes: "I am in my twentieth year of pediatrics, enjoying my solo private practice as much as ever. I also continue my activity on the clinical faculty of the Brown Medical School. My children are growing up: stepson Jason, 26, works in public relations for the Women’s NBA; Rachel, 19, is a sophomore at Arizona State University; and Emily, 16, is a high-school sophomore. Steve Patent visited from San Francisco in the fall and we enjoyed watching the Brown football team’s victory over Columbia to capture the Ivy championship."
From the March / April 2000 Issue
Mark Asquino ’78 Ph.D. writes that he arrived in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, last summer to assume the position of public-affairs officer at the U.S. embassy. He serves as embassy spokes-man and directs educational-exchange and cultural programs.
Deborah Navas, of Newmarket, N.H., has published Murdered by His Wife, A Tale of Crime and Punishment in 18th-Century Massachusetts. An independent scholar, she is also the author of a short-story collection, Things We Lost, Gave Away, Bought High and Sold Low, and the winner of the PEN Syndicated Fiction Award and the New Hampshire Writers Project Emerging Writer Award.
Janet Procaccini, who has taught Italian and French for twenty-three years at the Warwick, R.I., junior-high school, writes that she was thrilled to have Jason Vigorita, son of Mary-Ellen and Robert Vigorita, in her Italian class these past two years. Jay won second place in the Rhode Island Teachers of Italian exam, missing first place by two points. Jay’s dad led the class on an unforgettable trip to the Federal Hill section of Providence.
David A. Snyder ’75 M.D., an ophthalmologist in Delray Beach, Fla., was elected to the board of corporators of the Schepens Eye Research Institute. He specializes in macular and retinal diseases at Delray Eye Associates.
From the January / February 2000 Issue
Christy Carpenter, of Sausalito, Calif., writes: "I was just elected vice chair of the board of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which oversees public television and radio. President Clinton appointed me to the board in 1998."
Alan R. Hammond writes: "I had a busy August. I retired from the U.S. Army, moved to Salt Lake City, started work with Evans & Sutherland, and dropped Kristina '03 off to start her Brown education."
Donald I. Abrams, a doctor, writes that he is president of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association. He lives in San Francisco.
Eric Oliner, director of facilities planning and design at Hartford Hospital, writes that he has been elected as this year's president of the Connecticut chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
From the September / October 1999 Issue
Carol Locke Campbell hosts a talk-radio show called Speaking for Mental Health that airs on Tuesdays on WALE-AM in Providence and KFNX-AM in Phoenix. Several Brown faculty members have been guests. Carol writes: "Technology allows me to do the show from my home in San Jose, Calif. I'm enjoying my career as a marriage and family therapist."
Tom Goin, Jim Hijiya, Dave Riley, and Ed Szymanoski recently held a reunion of the Jameson House basement gang in Bali, Indonesia. Tom served as recreation director and interpreter, having spent the past fifteen years in Jakarta. Jim ventured forth from Dartmouth, Mass.; Dave from Hudson, Ohio; and Ed from Alexandria, Va. Jim writes: "We were chaperoned by my wife, Barbara, and Dave's wife, Tessie, while Ed's wife, Lauren, and son, Petey, kept the home fires burning. Highlights of the excursion included observing the sunrise from the top of the ancient Buddhist temple at Borobudur, Java; watching a traditional legong dance in the yard of an oceanside villa on Bali; discovering fruits like rambutan, mangosteen, salak, and (Ed's favorite) durian; and playing more bridge and hearts than at any time since college."
Thomas R. Petty, of Palatine, Ill., has been named director of business affairs at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. Thomas was senior pastor of First United Methodist Church, Palatine, and was treasurer and director of administrative services for the Northern Illinois conference of the United Methodist Church. During a past sabbatical, he was a portfolio manager and financial planner. As an ordained United Methodist minister, he has also served Illinois churches in Sterling, Yorkville, Millbrook, and Roselle.
From the July / August 1999 Issue
Jane Trowbridge Bertrand (see Leon F. Bouvier '71 Ph.D.).
Richard Gourse (see Samuel Gourse '40).
Katherine Hay, Northampton, Mass., writes: "Yes, I, and some others in the class of '71, will be 50 this spring. It's a good time to celebrate, so my husband, Chris, a mere 46, and I headed to Costa Rica in April to commune with spider monkeys, butterflies, toucans, and maybe, just maybe, a resplendent quetzal."
Nicholas Lampshire, Camden, S.C., writes: "After walking house to house from August to election day, I was elected to a four-year term on the Camden city council."
Christine Riley and her husband, Alan McConkie, are now breeding alpacas at their ranch in tiny Gaston, Oreg. She writes: "In our spare time we work for Intel Corp., where I am a manager of end-user research. Take a tour of our ranch at www.upstreamranch.com."
Susan Vanderkulk White is assistant dean of the graduate school of business at the University of Texas at Austin, where she also teaches corporate finance. She writes: "My husband, Bob, and I just celebrated our 26th anniversary. We have three children, Valerie, 23; Karen, 19; and Stephanie, 16."
From the May / June 1999 Issue
Jeffrey Hurwit '71 A.M. is professor of art history and classics at the University of Oregon. His new book, The Athenian Acropolis: History, Mythology, and Archaeology from the Neolithic Era to the Present, has been published by Cambridge University Press. Jeff and his wife, Martha Ravits, assistant professor of women's studies at Oregon, have three children: Joshua, a freshman at Stanford; Sarah, a high school freshman; and Daniel, a 5th grader."
From the March / April 1999 Issue
Burton Boltuch has joined the employment law group of Gordon & Rees in the firm's San Francisco office.
Elie Hirschfeld and his wife, Susan, announce the birth of Jonathan on Aug. 30. "Everyone is healthy and happy," Elie writes.
Jimmy M. Saiku, a U.S. Navy commander, recently participated in a remembrance ceremony for prisoners of war and military personnel missing in action while on a six-month deployment to the Western Pacific Ocean and Arabian Gulf aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln.
From the January / February 1999 Issue
Ralph Begleiter, CNN world affairs correspondent, hosts a twenty-four-part weekly broadcast called Cold War Postscript, Sunday nights at nine (EST), immediately following the weekly one-hour documentary, Cold War. Postscript attempts to make connections between key events and themes in the history of the Cold War and global affairs today. Both programs continue through April 4.
Robert Chapman was elected to a three-year term as chief executive officer of Watson Clinic, a 175-physician, multispecialty group based in Lakeland, Fla.
David G. Cox writes: "During the 1996-97 school year, I was recognized by Cranbrook School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, for my twentieth year as a member of the residential faculty of the Upper School. Last school year I was awarded a special grant and sabbatical for this school year to work with Habitat for Humanity. Since June, I have assisted in the building of homes in Houston; Charlotte, N.C.; and Detroit. I plan to work with several other affiliates, including an international one, before returning to the classroom next September."
Daniel Gabe, Concord, Calif., retired as a captain in the U.S. Navy after twenty-five years of service. He now works in logistics management for the Ghirardelli Chocolate Co. in San Leandro, Calif. Dan's final Navy tour included London for two and a half years.
Mary Jane Minkin (see Dan Klein '86).
Jimmy M. Saiku, a Navy commander, is serving aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln. Saiku's six-month deployment will take him to Hong Kong, Singapore, and the United Arab Emirates.
William A. Smith, Chicago, is a director with Answerthink Consulting Group, which helps Fortune 500 companies with performance reporting and planning. He recently spent nine days in Turkey with his partner. "The trip was lots of fun," he writes, "and we saw lots of ruins - or perhaps rubble?" William is often quoted in CFO and Controller, which he calls an alarming experience.
Marvin Wasser practices pediatrics in Cranston, R.I., and is also a clinical instructor in pediatrics at the Brown Medical School. Older daughter Rachel, 18, just began college at Arizona State University, and younger daughter Emily, 14, has begun high school and is on the soccer team. "Tennis and playing saxophone in a wind ensemble are my favorite diversions," he writes. "My wife, Ellie, helps me in my office."
Charlie Watt, Waltham, Mass., has joined TASA Worldwide/JSK as a principal in their Lexington, Mass., office. The company is one of the world's largest executive search firms. Charlie is a member of its information technology practice group. He was previously with IBM and also ran his own search firm.
From the November / December 1998 Issue
Richard D'Wayne Hinds writes: "I'm having a ball installing S.A.P. payroll for Pennzoil in Houston!"
From the September / October 1998 Issue
Christy Carpenter, an independent communications consultant in Sausalito, Calif., was recently appointed to the board of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting by President Clinton.
Richard Kadison, Dover, Mass., married Providence native Maria Latour last summer. Richard was recently appointed chief of mental health at Harvard University Health Services.
Barbara Reisman, Montclair, N.J., has been named a leadership fellow for 1998 by Leadership New Jersey. She is executive director of the Schumann Fund for New Jersey, a private foundation that provides grants for causes such as early childhood development and environmental protection.
From the July / August 1998 Issue
Merry Bullock lives in Tallinn, Estonia, with her children, Luukas, 10, and Juulia, 5. She works on science policy at the Estonian Academy of Sciences, teaches psychology at the university, and is enjoying life "in this most interesting of times," she reports. "This is a really unique place. Come see it for yourself!"
Carol Locke Campbell was elected president of the Santa Clara Valley Chapter of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.
Gordon Hay was appointed actuary for SAFECO Insurance Co. of America's board of directors. Gordon, a personal-lines actuary for SAFECO, lives in Kirkland, Wash., with wife Chris and their two children.
Paul T. von Oeyen '75 M.D., Bloomfield Hills, Mich., received an Alumni Service Award in 1997. He continues to serve on the corporation committee in biomedical affairs and is chair of the subcommittee on student affairs. "I enjoy getting back to campus at least twice a year," he writes.
From the May / June 1998 Issue
Scott C. Bush works for Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. in Springfield, Mass. He is second vice president and associate general counsel in MassMutual's law department, where he works on the company's real estate investments. Commercial real estate investment has been his area of concentration since he began practicing law in 1974. Scott joined MassMutual almost two years ago as a result of a merger with his previous employer, Connecticut Mutual Life. He is happily divorced and living in Enfield, Conn. Scott writes: "Constant change and unpredictability are, at the same time, life's great challenge and life's great charm. In one twelve-month period, I started this new job, divorced, moved, and took (and passed) the Massachusetts bar exam. Life indeed goes on, and very happily. I have two wonderful children of whom I am most proud: Jennifer, 27, and Robert, 17. I am also very happy to be working with three of Brown's finest in the MassMutual law department: Dave Kline '59, Al Santopietro '69, and Ken Cohen."
Carol Locke Campbell, San Jose, Calif., was elected president of the Santa Clara Valley chapter of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.
Terry Schwadron joined the New York Times in January as senior editor for information and technology. Terry had worked at the Los Angeles Times for seventeen years. His wife, Patch Simon Schwadron '72, and daughter Hannah, 16, moved to the Upper West Side in June. Patch (a former member of the BAM board) was conducting her New York job search in the field of career development and counseling at the time of this report. Their daughter Julia, 21, graduates from the University of California at San Diego in June with a degree in studio art and sociology. Son Louis, 19, is a French horn player studying at the New England Conservatory.
Carolyn Smith, MillValley,Calif., spent last fall in Russia, the Ukraine, and central Asia teaching seminars for the U.N. on H.I.V. counseling. "I taught 250 doctors, some of whom were afraid to touch someone with H.I.V.,"Carolyn writes. "It was extremely challenging work that had its own little moments of reward and satisfaction."
From the March / April 1998 Issue
Fred David reports that he and Nick Lampshire held the North Caswell Hall freshman dorm 30th reunion in September in Camden, S.C. "Nick and I hadn't seen each other since graduation," Fred writes. "The visit included true Southern hospitality, historical tours, a bike ride through the cotton fields, and alligator-watching near the antebellum house where we had dinner. We barely had time to catch up on the intervening thirty years."
Charlotte Downey '78 Ph.D., Riverside, R.I., a researcher in Brown's English department, has published a new edition of Edward Channing's Lectures Read to the Seniors in Harvard College (1856). It is the thirty-fourth volume in her series American Linguistics 1700-1900.
Peter Mansfield lives in Tasmania, Australia, with his wife, Karen, and their children, Laura, 3, and Reuben, 1. Peter teaches finance at the University of Tasmania.
Jeffrey L. Meikle '71 A.M. authored American Plastic: A Cultural History (Rutgers University Press), now available in paperback. The book explores plastic's discovery, production, distribution, use, and symbolic influence on style and popular imagination from the 1870s to the present. American Plastic won the 1996 Dexter Prize from the Society for the History of Technology and was a 1996 Choice Outstanding Academic Book. Jeffrey is a professor of American studies and art history at the University of Texas at Austin, where he directs the American studies program.
David T. Morgan is a general manager of Rayonier's southeast lumber operations. His daughter, Kathryn, is a junior at Montana State University, and his son, Scott, is a freshman at the University of Georgia.
Annemarie C. Schwarzkopf, Decatur, Ga., continues to work with foreign student placement in U.S. secondary schools and universities. She would love to hear from friends.
William A. Smith still lives in Chicago "with the cats" and works for the Hackett Group, a management consulting firm.
Jeffrey “Oz” M. Suerth ’71, of Petaluma, Calif.; May 5. He was a journalist at the Newaygo County Sun then moved into public relations at both Gerber and the Guardsmen. He enjoyed golfing, sailing, reading, and relaxing. He is survived by two children, two granddaughters, three stepdaughters, two sisters, a brother-in-law, seven nieces and nephews, and his former wife, Pat Suerth.
Milton “Con” Schmidt Jr. ’71, of Medfield, Mass.; May 10. At Brown he was a star hockey player. After Brown, he continued playing in the semi-professional league for two years with the Dayton Gems in Ohio and one year with the Oklahoma City Blazers in Oklahoma. Following his playing days, he went on to coach hockey for two years as the assistant coach at West Point in New York, two years at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and one year at Princeton University in New Jersey. After marrying and settling in Medfield in 1979, he became the assistant athletic director at Babson College for two years. He later was an independent sales representative for O’Brien and Johnson in Braintree, Mass. (representing Balfour), and then spent the next 35 years in the yearbook industry representing Taylor Publishing Company of Dallas, covering Massachusetts until his retirement in 2017. He is survived by his wife, Marguerite, two daughters; a sister and brother-in-law; and many nieces and nephews.
Elizabeth D. Whiting ’71, of Leesburg, Va.; Sept. 8, 2021. After graduation from the University of Virginia School of Law, she was hired as an assistant county attorney in Prince William County and in 1982 was promoted to deputy. As a statewide leader in the commonwealth’s legal community, she was recognized in 2002 with the Local Government Attorneys of Virginia’s Edward J. Finnegan Distinguished Service Award, named after her deceased husband. She is survived by two sons, a daughter-in-law, five grandchildren, a sister, and two nieces.
Rick R. Gaskins ’71, of Doral, Fla.; Mar. 26, of multiple myeloma. For the past 40 years he worked as a forensic economist and was a frequent speaker at conferences. He was a devoted family man and later in life enjoyed dressing up as Santa Claus for the neighborhood children. His hobbies included woodworking, gardening, beer brewing, and trumpet playing. He is survived by his partner, Kathi; two daughters, including Jennifer Gaskins ’02; a granddaughter; and three sisters.
Betsy Rosenstein Franklin ’71, of Dedham, Mass.; Jan. 16. She was active in the theater at Brown, then worked for the Village Voice in New York before attending Boston University School of Law. She worked as in-house counsel for the City of Boston Employment and Economic Policy Administration and later for the Rhode Island Narragansett Bay Commission. In 1985, she changed careers and became a certified master scuba divemaster and instructor. For the next several years she taught scuba in Islamorada, Fla., until she suffered a stroke following a medical procedure, leaving her disabled in mobility and speech. She succeeded in living independently in Islamorada and later in Boston. She enjoyed traveling to Alaska and France and remained active in her community. She is survived by her brother Michael ’78, ’81 MD, and his wife; and a niece and a nephew.
Allen J. Shers ’71, of Portsmouth, R.I.; Nov. 5. He worked as a real estate broker, consultant, and appraiser for more than 40 years. He served on several boards including the Newport County Board of Realtors, the Portsmouth Water Board, and the Housing Committee for Portsmouth. He is survived by his wife, Regina; a son and daughter-in-law; two grandchildren; and a sister.
Joseph A. DiLorenzo ’71, ’73 MMSc, ’75 MD, of Saunderstown, R.I.; Jan. 12. He opened his own internal medicine practice in Cranston and was affiliated with Our Lady of Fatima Hospital and Roger Williams Medical Center. He was an avid camper and enjoyed hiking and canoeing. He is survived by a sister and brother-in-law, and seven nieces and nephews.
James V. Mazzarella ’71, of Phnom Penh, Cambodia; Jan. 18, 2021, from a heart attack. He held various jobs before attending Rhode Island College to earn an MAT. He taught for several years in a Montessori school in Rhode Island. In 1991, he began a career teaching in international schools in Southeast Asia, China, and the Middle East, retiring from teaching in Cambodia. He is survived by a stepdaughter, a sister, and two nieces.
Rebecca Denny Ulshen ’71, of Durham, N.C.; May 17, of pancreatic cancer. In addition to her Brown degree, she earned a master’s in recreational therapy from Duke and degrees in journalism and social work from UNC before completing a law degree at Georgetown University. She provided legal aid to the elder community and contributed background research to a variety of legal cases at Consilio LLC. She was an accomplished seamstress and enjoyed providing a home to several dogs and cats. She is survived by two brothers and nieces and nephews.
Stephen L. Lehrer ’71, of Cranston, R.I.; Feb. 13. He received a master’s degree in education from Rhode Island College and taught for more than 30 years in the Bristol/Warren school system as a high school math teacher and technology coordinator. He was also a trainer for Teachers in Technology. For many years he worked at Camp JORI as an assistant director and then, in 1991, he worked in the summers as program director at Camp Taconic in the Berkshires of Massachusetts. He was the volunteer usher coordinator at Trinity Repertory Company for many years and an avid Boston sports fan. He is survived by his wife, Freda; a daughter; a son and daughter-in-law; a granddaughter; a sister and brother-in-law; and five nieces and nephews.
Thomas E. Rosenbaum ’72 AM (see ’71).
Constance H. Buchanan ’71 AM, of New York City; Sept. 16, of complications from Parkinson’s disease. She led the Women’s Studies in Religion Program at Harvard Divinity School for two decades. Hired at age 30 in 1977, she stayed at Harvard until 1997. Along with directing the Women’s Studies in Religion Program, she was a faculty member and associate dean at the school and spent six years as special assistant to the president. Her greatest legacy was directing what is known as WSRP, which annually hosts five full-time research associates who serve as visiting faculty for a year and work on book-length projects. She published Choosing to Lead: Women and the Crisis of American Values in 1996, became a senior program officer at the Ford Foundation in 1997 and retired a decade later, well into her Parkinson’s diagnosis.
Thomas E. Rosenbaum ’71, ’72 AM, of Mamaroneck, N.Y.; Sept. 16, of cancer. He worked for more than 40 years at the Rockefeller Archive Center in Sleepy Hollow, N.Y. He also worked on behalf of the Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation of White Plains, N.Y., the United Way of Westchester, and several other organizations. He was the recipient of many awards for his service and dedication. He is survived by a sister, brother-in-law, niece, and nephew.
Thomas Goin ’71, of Jakarta-Pusat, Indonesia; Apr. 10, 2020, of cancer. He was a foreign legal adviser from 1984 to 2018. As a child of a Foreign Service officer, he grew up in Indonesia, Turkey, and Brazil. He traveled around the country giving lectures on law. He also coached teams for moot court. Previously, he worked at Bechtel Group and Thelin, Marrin, Johnson & Bridges, both in San Francisco. He enjoyed playing chess. He is survived by his mother, a sister, a brother, two nieces, and several cousins and friends.
Enrique Sauer ’71 PhD, of Orlando, Fla.; July 26, of pneumonia as a result of COVID-19. He became a citizen of the United States and started his career as a scientist in the aerospace industry. In 1980, he moved to Orlando after taking a position at Martin Marietta, from which he retired in 2008. He is survived by his wife, Vera; two sons and their spouses; five grandchildren; and two sisters.
Marc L. Jacobs ’71, of Newton, Pa.; July 9, suffering a heart attack while bicycling. He was a bio-engineer and former member of the Brown lacrosse team. He is survived by his wife, Sandy; a daughter; a son and daughter-in-law; a stepson; two grandchildren; his mother, and a sister.
Robert G. Driscoll ’71, of Portsmouth, R.I.; Aug. 19, after a brief illness. After graduating from the University of Maine School of Law, he worked in private practice for many years before taking on the position of town administrator for Portsmouth from 1990-2011. He also served as town solicitor and served on the Town Council. He remained active through the community, serving on the board of directors for the Portsmouth Free Public Library, R.I. League of Cities and Towns, and the Police Officers Standards Board. For several years, Bob also enjoyed sharing his knowledge and experience as a professor of business law at Salve Regina University. He is survived by his partner, Susan Barrett; a sister; a brother and sister-in-law; two nieces; and a nephew.
Robert J. Donahue ’71, of Norwood, Mass.; Feb. 15. He taught at Norwood High School for two years before enrolling at Suffolk University Law School. He joined his father’s law practice and together they formed Donahue & Donahue in Norwood. He was on the board of directors at Norwood Bank, a founding member and board member of The Friends of St. Nick, and was active in the Friends of Norwood Hockey and the Norwood Gridiron Club. He also enjoyed playing golf and spending time with family. He is survived by his wife, Theresa; a son; three grandchildren; a sister and brother-in-law; brother Charles ’65 and sister-in-law; and several nieces and nephews.
John Jeffery Reinke ’71, of Grand Rapids, Mich.; May 27, of a stroke. After obtaining his MBA from the University of Michigan, he used his skill sets in careers at Eastman Kodak in Rochester, N.Y.; Whirlpool in Benton Harbor, Mich.; and American Seating and National Heritage Academies in Grand Rapids. He taught probability, statistics, and project management as an adjunct professor at Central Michigan University, Indiana University at South Bend, Notre Dame, and Davenport University. He retired in 2013 and volunteered at a local elementary school for five years. He also interviewed prospective Brown students for 30 years. He enjoyed playing the piano, singing in the church choir, traveling throughout the United States, and spending time with family at their lake cottage in Michigan and their beach villa in Florida. He is survived by his wife, Kathy; three sons;
and nine grandchildren.
Dorothy Hutchins Forman ’71, of Pittsburgh; Dec. 23, after a long battle with lung disease. She was a professional visual artist in Pittsburgh for 40 years and a member of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Society of Artists, and the Pittsburgh Women’s Critique Group. She was a longtime member of Hamilton Presbyterian Church, where she sang in the choir and participated in Bible study. She enjoyed traveling, gardening, playing tennis, and going to galleries, museums, and the theater. She is survived by her husband, Robert ’70 ScM; two sons; a grandson; a sister-in-law; and a brother-in-law.
John K. Mell ’71, of Summit, N.J.; Nov. 21, from colon cancer. He worked in international finance at Bristol-Myers Squibb, Citibank, and Resources Global Professionals, serving as a chief administrative officer before retiring in 2014. In retirement he worked at SAGE’s Furniture Restoration Workshop. He was an avid genealogist and enjoyed reading. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. Phi Delta Beta. He is survived by his wife, Anne; three children and their spouses; seven grandchildren; his mother; and a brother.
Nancy Dadekhian Hersey ’71, of Cranston, R.I.; Oct. 31. She is survived by five children, including daughter Alicia Hersey ’15, ’20 MD.
David R. Bradley ’71, of Avon, Conn.; Nov. 30. After Brown, he entered the actuarial program at The Hartford, where he rose to executive vice president during his 29-year tenure. He was an accomplished musician and in addition to being the organist at Asylum Hill Congregational Church, he formed the Worthington Trio with his wife as a member. He was a member of the American Academy of Actuaries and the Rhode Island National Guard. He enjoyed playing golf, tennis, and squash, and was an avid fan of the UConn women’s basketball team. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen; a daughter and her spouse; a son; a grandson; a stepson; his mother; and a sister.
Andrew J. Black ’71, of Millbrook, N.Y.; Aug. 27. Shortly after graduating, he joined the Bilous family real estate business in Queens, N.Y. and remained there until his retirement in 2002. He was an active participant in the Millbrook community and enjoyed traveling the world and attending the theater in Manhattan. He also enjoyed military history and making annual pilgrimages to Pennsylvania to play “war games,” which went on for days.
John C. Theofanis Jr. ’71, of Austin, Tex.; June 2, of pancreatic cancer. After graduation, he traveled to Greece and taught English. He returned to Austin and worked as a sports writer, waiter, and middle school English teacher before obtaining an MFA from the University of Texas, where he later served as an academic adviser. He was most proud of his work with the TIP Scholars Program in the College of Natural Sciences and was recognized for his work with the James W. Vick Award for Academic Advising. He retired at age 62 and traveled, hosted a local TV show, wrote a novel, and painted—eventually putting on two art shows during a period of his illness. He is survived by his wife, Mona; daughter Rosa Theofanis ’97 and her spouse; two grandchildren; his parents; a sister and brother; two sisters-in-law; three brothers-in-law; an aunt and uncle; and 14 nieces and nephews.
William P. Morrow Jr. ’71, of Worcester, Mass.; Dec. 15. He worked as an appraisal specialist for Modern Manufacturing in Worcester before retiring. He was an avid Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots fan and enjoyed time at the beach. He is survived by his wife, Diane, and her son; a sister and brother-in-law; a brother; and nieces and nephews.
Stephen A. Williamson ’71, of Danvers, Mass.; Nov. 24, as a result of stroke complications. He worked for several companies as a management consultant and eventually worked independently until his retirement. For many years he served on the Danvers School Committee and was active in local issues. He enjoyed coaching his children in soccer and following their sporting endeavors, and was able to enjoy his granddaughter playing soccer for a few years. He is survived by his wife, Susan; a daughter and son-in-law; a son and daughter-in-law; four grandchildren; and two sisters.
Carl C. Chan ’71, of Monterey, Calif.; Sept. 2. He served in the U.S. Air Force as a science and administrative officer from 1971 to 1984. After receiving a master's in library science, he moved to Monterey and pursued a career as a librarian at the Aiso Library of the Defense Language Institute until his retirement. He was past president of the Chinese-American Librarians Assoc., vice president of the Salinas Chapter of the Chinese Americans Citizens Alliance, treasurer of the Monterey Bay Lion Dance Team, and served on the vestry of St. James Episcopal Church, where he also sang in the choir. He is survived by his brother Russell ’68.
William M. Abraham ’71, of Miami; Jan. 14, of prostate cancer. He spent nearly 40 years as director of medical research at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach. He is survived by his wife, Kay; two sons and their spouses; three grandchildren; a sister; and several nieces and nephews.