Class of 1983
Washington Magazine released its list of Tech Titans 2022, the 225 most important and innovative leaders in Washington’s digital economy. Among the honorees were: David Cicilline ’83, chair of the antitrust subcommittee, U.S. House of Representatives; Catherine Marsh ’82, ’87 PhD, director, Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity; Tobin Moore ’04, cofounder and CEO, Optoro; Stefanie Tompkins ’93 ScM, ’97 PhD director, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency; and Adam Vitarello ’05, cofounder and president, Optoro.
Jeremy Cohen writes: “In late 2021, after almost 38 1/2 years, I retired from IBM. From my start in the Kingston New York Site Education Department teaching programming skills to new IBMers, I had a versatile career with stints in marketing, sales, technology and strategy consulting, program management, project management, and people analytics. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at IBM and the wide variety of opportunities I had. What’s next? Well, I’m taking off some time now, then I’m planning on doing a variety of volunteering, including at the new Atlanta P-Tech school, and at other IBM-sponsored events, such as Engineers Week. I also look forward to doing some travel, when/if the COVID pandemic finally subsides. I hope to see people at our 40th reunion in 2023 or hear from them at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Anne Schwartz writes: “After more than 35 years working in the field of health policy, I retired at the end of April 2022. Since 2012, I had served as executive director of the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC), which advises Congress, the Secretary of HHS, and the states, on policies affecting Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.”
Garet Lahvis published a moving essay in Aeon magazine that asks whether scientists can ever fully understand mental illness by remaining blind to the mental experiences of their lab animals (tinyurl.com/mv6n3yuh).
Washington Magazine released its list of Tech Titans 2022, the 225 most important and innovative leaders in Washington’s digital economy. Among the honorees were: David Cicilline ’83, chair of the antitrust subcommittee, U.S. House of Representatives; Catherine Marsh ’82, ’87 PhD, director, Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity; Tobin Moore ’04, cofounder and CEO, Optoro; Stefanie Tompkins ’93 ScM, ’97 PhD director, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency; and Adam Vitarello ’05, cofounder and president, Optoro.
Anne Skomorowsky’s book, The Carriers: What the Fragile X Gene Reveals About Family, Heredity, and Scientific Discovery, was published on May 3 with Columbia University Press.
Lake Forest College has named Dr. Jill M. Baren ’83 its first woman president, starting July 2022. A medical doctor, educator, and researcher, she brings to the role nearly 30 years of academic medicine and higher education administrative experience as well as a deep appreciation for and understanding of the liberal arts. At the time of the announcement, she was serving as provost and vice president of academic affairs at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia.
Anne Skomorowsky wrote The Carriers: What the Fragile X Gene Reveals About Family, Heredity, and Scientific Discovery, which was published by Columbia University Press in May.
Eric Dolin published Rebels At Sea: Privateering in the American Revolution on May 31 with Liveright, an imprint of W. W. Norton. The heroic story of the founding of the U.S. Navy during the Revolution has been told before, yet missing from most maritime histories of America’s first war is the ragtag fleet of private vessels that truly revealed the new nation’s character, above all its ambition and entrepreneurial ethos. Rebels at Sea corrects that significant omission and contends that privateers, though often seen as profiteers at best and pirates at worst, were in fact critical to the revolution’s outcome. Abounding with tales of daring maneuvers and deadly encounters, Rebels at Sea presents the American Revolution as we have rarely seen it before. To see where Eric will be speaking, please visit https://www.ericjaydolin.com/events.
Bobby Chang ’88 MD (see Pamela Wiseman ’83).
Bob Valentini ’87 ScM, ’93 MD, ’93 PhD (see Pamela Wiseman ’83).
Pamela Wiseman writes: “I connected with Mary Griffin Perna and Chris Perna, Bobby Chang ’88 MD, Karen Sadler, and Eliane Videira, and I obtained a recipe from Bob Valentini ’87 ScM, ’93 MD, ’93 PhD. I moved to Dallas in 2017 for an executive position leading supply chain transformation of a top-ten health system. I would be happy to assist my alumni friends in their pursuit of supply chain excellence. Timing is everything!”
Carl Weinberg published his second book, Red Dynamite: Creationism, Culture Wars, and Anticommunism. It shows how conservative Christians have used anticommunism to demonize Darwin. Carl writes: “I look forward to conversations sparked by the book, which is available from Cornell Press as a free download and a paperback.”
Bob Lincoln published his first book, Night Tour. He writes: “It’s a story of my experiences with the North Providence Fire Dept.and gives an inside look at what it’s like to be a firefighter/EMT. But more than that, it’s a fundraiser; my share of the proceeds goes to the Shriners Hospitals for Children who run the burn units in Boston and elsewhere, and also treat a number of illnesses and conditions that children encounter. The book is available at BarnesandNoble.com. I can be contacted at email@example.com.”
Simon Key writes: “After 27 years of building my company into the preeminent provider of software to forensic laboratories around the world, I’ve sold it and am an employee once again! For the past 15 years, I’ve split my time between homes in Arizona and the Big Island of Hawaii with Kerry Key, my wife of 34 years. I stay close to my two sons and two grandchildren and rebuild/repair classic British cars in my spare time. If you are ever in Arizona or Hawaii, I can provide local knowledge at the reasonable rate of a single beer.”
Anna Lenaker ’20 MPA published her memoir Able to Be Otherwise, an intimate account of her experiences and encounters with poverty, addiction, and climate change. In her book she writes about her time at Brown as a first generation low-income student. She was interviewed by Trending Globally, a podcast by the Watson Institute, and Congressman David Cicilline ’83 of Rhode Island wrote a praise quote for her book cover.
Frederick Thurber writes: “The Big Sky Journal published an article I wrote about a retreat I went on in Montana for men with cancer. Subsequently, Health Union hired me to be an advocate for ProstateCancer.net. In December, audible.com published my first audio book In the Wake of the Willows. It was narrated by Madeline Barker ’21 MFA (while in her closet) as detailed in the January BAM: https://www.brownalumnimagazine.com/articles/2021-01-11/the-actress-the-mic-and-the-wardrobe.”
The Chronicle of Philanthropy reported that Peter Case ’83 and Rebecca Rockefeller Lambert ’03, great-great-grandchildren of Standard Oil founder John D. Rockefeller Sr., have created the Equation Campaign and pledged a combined $30 million of their personal wealth to the effort aimed at supporting people on the front lines fighting new oil and gas development. The campaign, which is looking to raise $100 million, will fund all aspects of blocking new development, including lawsuits, protest activities, public relations, social-media campaigns, and legal support when people are arrested or blocked from exercising their First Amendment rights of speech and assembly.
Thomas Hatch published The Education We Need for a Future We Can’t Predict with Corwin. The book draws on 30 years of work learning from school reform efforts in the U.S. and in education systems around the world. It also describes the work of a number of organizations that are creating powerful educational experiences inside and outside schools. Thomas is a professor at Teachers College, Columbia University, as well as director of Columbia’s National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools, and Teaching. He welcomes hearing from Brown alums, particularly the many working in education.
Carolyn Davis published her book Eban and the Dolphins on Blurb.com. The young adult environmental fantasy centers on a boy genius who feels alienated from humans. With permission from a dolphin community, he elects to live in their pod.
At press time, these alums were appointed or awaiting appointment to the Biden administration: Jennifer Daskal ’94, deputy general counsel (cyber & technology), Department of Homeland Security; Elisabeth Donahue ’86, chief of staff, Council of Economic Advisers; Marc Etkind ’87, associate administrator for communications, NASA; Ruby Goldberg ’17, special assistant, Office of Land and Emergency Management, Environmental Protection Agency; Suzanne Goldberg ’85, deputy assistant secretary for strategic operation, U.S. Dept. of Education ; Roberta Jacobson ’82, coordinator, U.S. Southern Border, National Security Council; Jennifer Klein ’87, cochair, White House Gender Policy Council; Daniel Kohl ’87, director of government relations, AmeriCorps; Letise Houser LaFeir ’00, senior advisor, NOAA, U.S. Dept. of Commerce ; Emma Leheny ’92, principal deputy general council, U.S. Dept. of Education; Suzan Davidson LeVine ’93, interim political head, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Dept. of Labor; Sean Manning ’18, press assistant, Office of the Secretary, U.S. Dept. of Commerce ; Ben Miller ’07, senior advisor to the chief of staff, U.S. Dept. of Education; Melanie Nakagawa ’02, senior director, climate and energy, National Security Council; Victoria Nuland ’83, undersecretary of state for political affairs, State Dept.; Daniel Parnes ’10, special assistant to the ASD for energy environment & installations, Office of the Secretary of Defense; Tanya Sehgal ’06, special advisor and senior counsel, U.S. Dept. of Personnel Management; Stefanie Tompkins ’93 ScM, ’97 PhD, director, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency; Christina Tsafoulias ’04, supervisory congressional liaison specialist, Bureau for Legislative and Public Affairs, USAID; Janet Yellen ’67, Secretary of the Treasury; Todd Zabatkin ’10 MPP, deputy director for research (White House Communications Dept.) ; and Maria Zuber ’83 ScM, ’86 PhD, cochair, President Biden’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.
Pamela Wiseman writes: “I moved to Heath, Texas, four years ago with my husband, David Farley, to take on a new role at Baylor Scott & White in Dallas as vice president of supply chain. I am finding myself reinventing our approach right in the midst of the PPE challenges of COVID-19. Baylor Scott & White was named in Gartner’s Healthcare Supply Chain Top 25 for 2020. We live overlooking Lake Ray Hubbard and spend time boating out of Rush Creek. We’ve essentially recreated New England within 25 miles of the city. We meet up during summers on Seneca Lake in the Finger Lakes Region with Mary Griffin Perna and Chris Perna and see Karen Sadler as often as possible.”
Sara Low (see David Kramer ’53).
Roger W. Kaufman Jr. writes: “I’ve been an enthusiastic L.A. resident for 30 years but recently surprised myself by falling madly in love with Sedona, Arizona, and have now moved there permanently. I am happily rediscovering that I’ve always been a nature boy at heart. I am still seeing my California psychotherapy clients remotely and I am also now licensed for seeing clients in Arizona. I look forward to meeting other Brown alumni in the area.”
David Kramer was honored on Nov. 18 with the Theodore Gordon Flyfishers Founders Fund Award, which was “presented to an individual whose excellence in and outstanding dedication to environmental and water conservation serve as a model for future generations.” David writes: “I started fly-fishing at age 12 and continued for the next 70 years. In 1963, I was a founder of the Theodore Gordon Flyfishers. Over the years there have been many members who were Brown alumni, including Sara Low ’83 (one of the first women fly-fishing guides in America), John Selig ’58, and the late J. James Gordon ’52.”
Judith D. Schwartz published The Reindeer Chronicles: And Other Inspiring Stories of Working with Nature to Heal the Earth with Chelsea Green Publishing in August. The book is a global tour of earth repair, with stops in China, the Middle East, Spain, Hawaii, Norway, New Mexico, and the grasslands of Eastern Washington. Judy lives in southern Vermont with husband Tony Eprile ’79 AM. For more, see https://judithdschwartz.com/.
Eric Jay Dolin published A Furious Sky: The Five-Hundred-Year History of America’s Hurricanes. The book is a finalist for the 2020 Kirkus Prize for Nonfiction, which awards $50,000 to the winner.
Frederick Thurber and his wife Amy (RISD ’88) have teamed up with Madeleine Barker ’21 MFA, an actress in the Brown/Trinity program, to work on an audio version of his book, In the Wake of the Willows.
Jill M. Baren has been named provost and vice president of academic affairs at University of the Sciences. Dr. Baren is a national leader in academic medicine, healthcare, and higher education and comes to USciences from the University of Pennsylvania, where she was professor of emergency medicine, pediatrics, and medical ethics at the Perelman School of Medicine. She has served in the provost’s office as the Faculty Leadership Development Fellow. She is currently serving a term as president of the American Board of Emergency Medicine, whose mission is to ensure the highest standards in the specialty. Contact Jill at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eric Jay Dolin’s newest book, A Furious Sky: The Five-Hundred-Year History of America’s Hurricanes, was published on June 9, 2020, with Liveright. It covers the science, politics, and human drama of hurricanes and their tremendous impact on American history. Eric writes: “For more on the book, and where I will be speaking this summer and fall, please visit www.ericjaydolin.com. And, if you are ever in Marblehead and want to grab a drink and get a tour of the town’s history, contact me.” Contact Eric at email@example.com
Andrew Blauner writes: “My seventh anthology, which is called The Peanuts Papers: Writers and Cartoonists on Charlie Brown, Snoopy & the Gang, and the Meaning of Life was published by the August Library of America on October 22, and features contributions by many others with school ties, including: Lisa Birnbach ’78, David Kamp ’89, Peter Kramer, and Rick Moody ’83.
Phyllis Long Gressens writes: “I spent a delightful two weeks in Italy with daughters Margaret Gressens ’83 and Kate, my son-in-law, and my grandchildren—a week in a beautiful villa in Tuscany and a week in Rome and other destinations. I have enjoyed reunions with my classmates and have been looking fondly at a picture of myself, Joan Papkin Mann, Marcia Gallup MacDonald, and Joan Mintz Parlin on the porch of Allinson. Judy Cameron Whittaker was missed last year. We turn 80 this year! How did this happen? We were saddened by the death of Sheila McHale Bailey, a fellow Allinson grad.”
Susan Greenfield’s book Sacred Shelter: Thirteen Journeys of Homelessness and Healing was published by Fordham Univ. Press on December 4. It follows the lives of thirteen formerly homeless people and is written based on extensive oral-history interviews.
Edward Dimendberg, professor of Humanities and European Languages and Studies at the UC Irvine, received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the Getty Research Institute. He is in residence at the Getty during the 2018-19 academic year, where he is researching and writing his next book, The Los Angeles Project: Architectural and Urban Theories of the City of Exception and completing a critical edition of the 1935 book on the city by German geographer Anton Wagner.
Jerry Weil ’83, ’84 ScM writes: “Nearly two years in the making, my new cookbook, Not Just Desserts: Vegan/Gluten-Free Cooking, is now available on Amazon.”
Eric Dolin’s newest book, Black Flags, Blue Waters: The Epic History of America’s Most Notorious Pirates, was published on Sept. 18, 2018, by Liveright (an imprint of W. W. Norton) and is reviewed in this issue of Fresh Ink section, pg. 49. He will be giving book talks through out New England and beyond. You can find where he will be speaking at his website, www.ericjaydolin.com. He writes: “If you are in the area, please come by and say hello. This year, my wife, Jennifer, and I become empty-nesters, with our second child heading off to college.”
Jeremy Gaies published a new book, A Clear and Easy Guide to Collaborative Divorce. He also cofounded Tampa Bay Collaborative Trainers, a training group that prepares professionals to help families transition through divorce in a peaceful, out-of-court manner. Jeremy writes: “I love working with families, but my favorite thing of all is spending time with my own family, including Lisa Kellstedt Gaies ’85, Sarah, and Talia.”
Deahn Berrini published a historical novel, A Roanoke Story, which came out in October from Somerset Hall Press of Boston. The story is a meticulously researched recounting of the first English colony in America, as told from the point of view of the Roanoke Native People. Historian James Horn praised it: “A Roanoke Story takes us as close as we are likely to get to understanding the thoughts, feelings, words, and actions of Native men and women who could not leave any trace in the written record of themselves or of what they thought of the strangers who entered their lands.”
Carmen Rodriguez reports: “Our reunion promises to be better than in any prior year. For those of you who, like me, enjoy getting together with classmates, especially over a terrific meal, you will not be disappointed.”
Eric Sahn writes: “I was honored to host a celebration of life in honor of our good friend Tom Paulhus, who passed away in summer. Friends attending, many from across the country, included Chris Brancato ’84, Sassan Ghahramani, Dave Kopel ’82, Mike Lutz, Steve Oddo, Dave Ray ’84, and Ken Valyo.”
Former U.S. ambassador to NATO and Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland ’83 is the new CEO of the Center for a New American Security, a Washington-based think tank founded in 2007 that specializes in national security issues.
Doug Edwards writes: “After t aking five years to eke out a bachelor of arts in English from Brown, I was convinced I’d never sit in another classroom. Yet somehow I managed to make it through the MFA program at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and now am only one degree behind my wife, Kristen Benson Edwards ’83, who got her PhD in Russian and Soviet history from Stanford. While it’s still Dr. and Mr. Edwards, I am closing the gap. My work will be on display at a student gallery in San Francisco during the month of March.”
Jeffrey K. Miller and Mary Reid Miller announce the Aug. 19 marriage of their daughter, Stephanie Anne Miller, to Tyler Christian Arpin. The ceremony took place on the water at the Reid family home in Kittery Point, Me., and was attended by Anne Maria Contarino, Ellen Duke Erhardt, and Susan Flad Parker. Family and friends danced the night away, and the evening was topped off with a fireworks show over the harbor.
Todd R. Iliff of Edina Minn., opened a squash facility in suburban Minneapolis. The new club, Boast Squash, features five world-class international singles squash courts, a glass wall, an international singles show court, and two North American hardball doubles courts, one with a full glass side wall for viewing. As part of its grand opening on Oct. 1, Boast Squash hosted an exhibition match between World Professional Squash Champion Karim Abdel Gawad and highranking professional Mazen Hesham. Any Brown alumni looking for a game when in Minnesota should contact Todd at Boast Squash.
Glenn Bower writes: “ My wife, Suzanne Griffiths Bower ’53, was suffering from Alzheimer’s and confined to a nursing home, so we could not attend the reunion. My daughters Pamela L. Bower-Basso ’77 and Priscilla S. Smyth ’87 were there. Pam has a daughter in the class of 2018. Our other two daughters, Elizabeth A. Hudgins ’79 and Emily Bower ’ 83, also were not able to be there, but Sue’s brother, Andrew Griffiths ’62, did attend. Sue’s father was in the class of 1927, so we have a lot of Brown connections. I was an Alpha Delt. I believe our survivors are down to three, Ralph Crosby, Norm Steere, and me.”
From the November/December 2017 Issue
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Nicole Anderes Raphaelson and husband Jeff attended the swearing-in ceremony of Jeff’s fellow Boston Univ. law school alum Bill Barrett as a judge to the Massachusetts Superior Court Bench by Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito in March. Bill was previously a partner at Esdaile, Barrett, Jacob and Mone in Boston. His wife and three children attended, along with Bill’s parents. Nicole writes: “We can report that Bill is as wise, funny, and heartfelt as ever!”
From the September/October 2017 Issue
Cheryl Jacobs Ehrlich writes that she continues her “scrappy third-act career as a playwright” with a 2017 production of The Cupcake Conspiracy: Terrorism Is Easy, Marriage Is Complicated, her full-length comedy collaboration with Philip J. Kaplan ’80 and the Florentine Players of Omaha. Her new full-length noir comedy, The Maltese Babka, had a fully staged reading with the Westchester Collaborative Theater in New York and awaits its introduction to community theatre. Her play The Lilac Ticket was published in The Best American Short Plays of 2014–15 (Applause/Hal Leonard). Visit her website, www.CJ-Ehrlich.com to see more of her work and accomplishments.
Julie Brin Nadler (see Jaime Alberts ’02).
From the May/June 2017 Issue
Amy Silberstein is director of development and donor services at the Brookline Community Foundation in Brookline, Mass.
Gerald Weil published a dessert cookbook, Just Desserts: Gluten Dairy Free Cooking To Die For, available through Amazon in soft cover and on Kindle.
From the March/April 2017 Issue
Lisa Kristel writes: “If you’re looking for something delicious and literary to do, come to #YeahYouWrite, the author reading I host at Bo’s Kitchen and Bar Room (6 W. 24th, NYC). Critically acclaimed authors, literary cocktails, great food, and lots of fun. For our schedule and a look at past events www.bosrestaurant.com/yeahyouwrite .”
Neil McKittrick, a shareholder in the Boston office of Ogletree Deakins, was elected as a Fellow in the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and inducted into the College in November 2016 in Chicago.
Samuel Zwetchkenbaum moved back to Providence and is working as chief of the Oral Health Division in the Rhode Island Department of Health.
From the November/December 2016 Issue
Jeff Goldman was invited to the White House to participate in a conference with immigration advocates from around the country. The June 29 conference, sponsored by the White House Task Force on New Americans, brought together leaders to brainstorm strategies to integrate professional immigrants into the current workforce. Jeff has a private practice in Cambridge, Mass., representing technology and science companies for business immigration matters, and currently serves as chairman of Governor Charlie Baker’s Advisory Council on Refugees and Immigrants.
From the September/October 2016 Issue
Michael J. LaPierre released his first book, The Christian Leader’s Worldview, on Amazon.
Bob Walsh’s wife, Gail Colburn, passed away on Mar. 8, after a long battle with ALS. He writes: “She was the bravest person I know.”
From the July/August 2016 Issue
From the May/June 2016 Issue
Bradley Banko writes: “Living a blessed life with three active sons in a wonderful place. Old classmates are welcome to visit us in Hudson, Ohio.”
Eric Jay Dolin published his book Brilliant Beacons: A History of the American Lighthouse with W.W. Norton in April (see Fresh Ink ). He writes: “Last December, Twentieth Century Fox staged an advance private screening of The Revenant for me and my wife so I could give my perspective on the historical accuracy of the movie (one of my earlier books is on the fur trade). It was an unusual experience sitting in an empty theater with two security guards watching us so that we didn’t film any of the movie. I ended up writing an introduction for the screenplay, which was sent to members of the Writer’s Guild of America, so that The Revenant could be considered for the award of best-adapted screenplay.” Eric and his family live in Marblehead, Mass., and he welcomes visitors.
Celia Yu-Chien Wu Sophonpanich writes: “The Brown University Alumni Club of Thailand is alive and doing well. We recently had a fun Bangkok games night attended by more than 30 alumni, current students, one new student, and family and friends. Some of the attendees were Douglas Anderson ’62 AM and Wanna Wibulswasdi Anderson ’62 AM; Sahakait Benyasut ’18; Loni Berry ’76, ’89 AM; Ravida Charntanawet ’13; Nathporn Chatusripitak ’96; Grace Dalrymple ’13; Joy deLeon ’12; Sally Goldin ’75, ’75 AM; Trin Indra-Opas ’92; Shruti Kothari ’14; Monnawat Krasaesian ’19; Prae Leeswadtrukul ’18; Cremson Lorhpipat ’15; Michael Markell ’18; Thee Meensuk ’17; Ilya Raskin ’14; Nucha Sibunruang ’05; Chali Sophonpanich; Julie Sophonpanich ’12; Natcha Sophonpanich ’20; Pornchai Suchitta ’79 AM, ’83 PhD; David Anthony Tice ’01; Pam Vimolvanich ’96; and Anh Vo ’18.”
Pamela Wiseman moved from Connecticut to northeastern Pennsylvania to take a role with General Electric as an executive in operations. She writes: “On the first weekend in the new town, and because I was wearing a Brown sweatshirt, I had the good fortune to meet another alum, Terry Warburton ’69, and his wife, Jan. Terry’s uncle, Ralph Warburton (Dartmouth grad and U.S. Winter Olympic Hockey Team ’48), was a very close friend of my late father, John Wiseman (Penn ’54, Dartmouth ’56). The Brown network is alive and well.”
From the March/April 2016 Issue
Kimon Manolius writes: “Finally got out of litigation. Now serving as general counsel to the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District.”
Susan Katz Miller spoke about her book Being Both: Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family (Beacon Press) on The Today Show, at the Parliament of the World’s Religions, at a White House event, and at a Brown Club event in Washington, D.C. Find future events at susankatzmiller.com
Rick Moody (see Jack Bonner IV ’84 AM).
Dan A. Nelson became an assistant administrator at Vernon Memorial Healthcare in Viroqua, Wis., in October after 30 years of employment there. He works with several hospital departments in his new position and writes: “I continue to enjoy the challenges of rural medicine and caring for the community we live in. We welcome any Brunonians passing through the ‘driftless’ area of southwestern Wisconsin. I often connect with Brown football teammate and roommate Steve Brown ’83, who is strength and conditioning coach at UW Oshkosh.”
From the November/December 2015 Issue
Anne Edwards Ejnes is entering her 17th year teaching at La Salle Academy in Providence, where the middle school program is expanding and has been renamed De La Salle Middle School. Anne teaches sixth- and seventh-grade social studies. Her husband, Yul Ejnes ’82 ’85 MD, continues his medical practice in Cranston, R.I., and his involvement in various medical organizations. She writes: “Our older son, Sam, lives in Los Angeles and works in post-production sound for film and television, including Selma and Game of Thrones. Josh, our younger son, attended the Univ. of Mississippi for the last two years, but transferred to DePaul Univ. in Chicago for his junior year; he’s also pursuing his interest in stand-up comedy.”
From the September/October 2015 Issue
Adrienne Homet Hand, a freelance editor in Washington, D.C., coauthored the book Make Way for Women: Men and Women Leading Together Improve Culture and Profits with John Keyser, a 40-year business veteran and leadership consultant. She writes: “This is a book written by a man and a woman that aims to shake up the Old Boys’ Club—and shows exactly how to bring more women into senior leadership.”
From the May/June 2015 Issue
C.J. Ehrlich and Philip Kaplan ’80 visited Rover Dramawerks in Plano, Tex. for the world premiere of their full-length comedy collaboration, The Cupcake Conspiracy. C.J. writes that the play “ran through January to stellar reviews and is available for hilarious new productions. Both of us are playwrights based in New York and have had work published in Smith & Kraus’s annual Best Ten-Minute Plays anthologies.”
David McCain published his first book, I Love You Dad, a charming combination of first-person accounts and loving memories. David says I Love You Dad is a true, funny, and moving story of a father’s life and his impact on those around him. The book is available on Amazon. David thanks his classmates and Brown friends who influenced the telling of this story throughout the years. David lives in Coral Gables, Fla. with his wife of 27 years, Margarita, and his two sons, Johnny and Daniel. Old friends are always welcome to write, call, or e-mail.
Susan Katz Miller published Being Both: Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family in 2013. Since then, she writes that she has been traveling and speaking at universities, conferences, churches, and synagogues. Find her on twitter @beingboth.
Gwenn Masterman Snider writes: “Three years after opening the Nantucket Hotel and Resort on Nantucket, we were named one of the Top 25 Hotels in the United States by tripadvisor.com’s 2015 Travelers’ Choice award. I hope to see fellow Bears on either island. The Winnetu Oceanside Resort on Martha’s Vineyard is also ranked the #1 hotel in Edgartown, Mass., on tripadvisor.com. Classmate Laurie Rubin Spangle ’84 AM is a frequent visitor.”
From the March/April 2015 Issue
Jeremy Gaies published his book, Mindful Co-Parenting: A Child-Friendly Path through Divorce. He writes: “It is a concise, easy-to-read guide for parents who are considering or pursuing a divorce, with a focus on doing what is best for the children at every step in the process.”
Kemi Nakabayashi writes: “I returned to work at the Pacific Medical Center clinic in Renton, Wash., after a leave of absence to travel and work on family projects. Among them, I helped my husband, Jim Norton, produce his CD, Time Remembered: Compositions of Bill Evans, released by Origin Records. I continue to serve on the executive council of the American College of Physicians Washington Chapter, and look forward to the next national meeting in Boston in late April.”
Anne Sugden writes: “I am pleasantly divorced from my classmate Luca Ippolito. This leaves four children who celebrate with us the inevitability of moving on in life.”
From the January/February 2015 Issue
Craig A. Horowitz’s book The Legislative Legacy of Edward M. Kennedy was published by McFarland & Co. It is in 142 college libraries, including Brown, Harvard, Princeton, and Penn.
Janine Idelson writes that 2014 was a big year. Her sons graduated on the same day—her oldest, Ben Cowan ’14, from Brown, and her youngest, Andrew, from the Loomis Chafee School. Andrew is now a freshman at Bowdoin. She writes: “We are very proud of their accomplishments.”
Lisa Amico Kristel and her husband, Steven, are celebrating the one-year anniversary of their restaurant Bo’s Kitchen and Bar Room at 6 W. 24th St. in New York City. Summer of 2014 was their fifth year owning South Edison in Montauk. Lisa writes: “Great to see Brown alums at both spots.”
From the November/December 2014 Issue
Susan Celia Greenfield writes: “The last time Matt Weissman and I wrote to the BAM, our son had just been born. Now he is a freshman at Berklee. Our daughter, Anna, graduated from Grinnell in 2013. For those in denial, I regret to say that the clichés about passing time are true. We would love to hear from old friends via e-mail or Facebook.” Matt and Susan live in Manhattan. Matt is general regulatory counsel at PSEG in Newark. Susan is a professor of English at Fordham and recently published a “Last Lecture” in the LA Review of Books (5/25/14) and a short story in Literary Mama (8/10/14).
From the September/October 2014 Issue
John Montgomery ’93 MD has been named the American Cancer Society’s 2014 Florida division board chair.
From the July/August 2014 Issue
Craig Chapin became the acting president of Christ Bible Seminary in Nagoya, Japan, in March 2013.
Pete Evans and Lisa Heavey Evans (see Katie Evans Goldman ’10).
In May, Elisa Marmer Milkes exhibited her paintings of some of the local villagers she met during service trips to Nicaragua. The exhibition benefitted Bridges to Community, the organization that runs the trips. “The paintings are intended to convey the sense of community among the villagers and hopefully promote a sense of global community.”
From the May/June 2014 Issue
Catherine Duckett writes: “A large part of my job involves getting students connected with summer research opportunities such as my summer research in Maine under professor Doug Morse. I would love to hear from any of Dr. Morse’s former students with whom I worked. I am in close touch with Susan L. Kelley ’84, whose wedding I attended as matron of honor in September. Susan married William DeGrado, a professor of biochemistry at UC San Francisco. Alumni in attendance included Sharon Lubkin ’86, Janet Novak ’86, and Louis Novoa-Takahara ’84. We all had a fantastic time at the reception at Susan’s aunt’s home, largely because we were delighted to see Susan so happy. Most of us cut the rug, too, if only because they did play ‘Let’s Do the Time Warp Again!’”
Irvin Lustig writes: “A combined 30th reunion for me and the graduation of my daughter, Joanna Lustig ’13, made for a memorable weekend.”
From the March/April 2014 Issue
William Cunningham published his first novel, The Strategist. It is available in e-book form and hardcover at Amazon and as an e-book at Barnes and Noble and iBooks. Bill’s day job is investment leader of credit portfolios at Nationwide Insurance in Columbus, Ohio, where he’s been renewing old ties with Fred Coons ’84. After retiring from the practice of law to raise their children, Patricia Rogers Cunningham ’83 has started a new career as an adjunct professor of mathematics at Fairfield Univ. (Conn.). She is also vice president of the Tiny Miracles Foundation, a Fairfield County-based nonprofit that provides support services to the families of severely premature babies. Their son Evan is a senior at Georgetown, and their son Dylan is a junior in high school.
Ryne Johnson is a prosthodontist and director of Newton Wellesley Dental Partners in Newton, Mass. His cutting-edge computer-assisted implant dentistry was showcased in the Best of Boston Magazine 2013, Vanity Fair, and GQ in November. Ryne reports that daughter Alexandra is the soccer goalie for Boston College, and son Zakare is doing well at Wheeler. Ryne and his wife, Donna, welcome visitors to their home in Westwood, Mass.
Arnold Sarazen ’87 MD and Susan Meschwitz Sarazen ’89 PhD write that their son, Nicholas Sarazen ’17, is a freshman at Brown.
Whitney Stewart has been a children’s book author since the 1980s and has traveled around the world to research her books. She also teaches a course in mindfulness at Tulane. She loves reconnecting to the Brown community.
From the November/December 2013 Issue
Deborah Robinson (see Elsie Zelman Robinson ’51).
From the September/October 2013 Issue
Phil Gould, chair of Brown’s English department, published Writing the Rebellion: Loyalists and the Literature of Politics in British America with Oxford Univ. Press in May. It is a new look at the literary and cultural history of the American Revolution from the perspective of the Loyalists.
Sara Low published A Guide’s Guide to Fly-fishing Mistakes: Common Problems and How to Correct Them.
Bruce Munroe just completed his master’s in systems engineering at Worcester Polytechnic. He was working for Sun Microsystems and is now at Oracle after their 2009 merger. He writes: “It was nice being a student again, but I think I’ll hold off on the PhD for another 30 years.”
Tracy Williams-Murphy writes: “I’m working for Portland State Univ.’s Graduate School of Education, managing programs in the special education department. My daughter, Brittni, now 28, lives in Las Vegas so I’m an empty nester, with only me and my dog, Angel, to look after.”
From the May/June 2013 Issue
Sassan Ghahramani and Adam Todd got together in Newark in December, joined by Adam’s brother, John, on the occasion of the Rolling Stones’ 50th anniversary concert. While a good time was had by all, it was noted with some distress that the concession-stand lines for Mrs. Fields Cookies were as long as those for beer (Altamont it was not). Adam and Sassan did agree, however, that the Stones by and large did sound better than Escapism, their old band at Brown with Paul Powers ’82 and Kevin DelDuca ’85. They look forward to a good turnout at the upcoming reunion.
From the March/April 2013 Issue
Michael Perskin MD ’86 was recently named associate chair for clinical affairs in the department of medicine at NYU Langone School of Medicine.
From the January/February 2013 Issue
Brenda Balon writes: “Save the date: Memorial Day Weekend, May 24–26, 2013. Your class officers and reunion committee are planning a not-to-be-missed reunion weekend to honor our 30th. Meet our 19th president, Christina Paxson, or visit your old haunts (Brown Bookstore, Avon Theater, Spectrum India, Berk’s Shoes, Andreas Greek restaurant—all still on Thayer Street!). Start connecting now with classmates via our class website (alumni.brown.edu/classes/1983) or go to Facebook and search for class of 1983; there you will find nearly 250 of us. Online registration will be available on Mar. 1. See you soon!”
From the November/December 2012 Issue
Diana Revkin (see Amelia Stern Revkin ’53).
From the September/October 2012 Issue
Janine Idelson (see Hal Gadon ’49).
Chuck Muzdakis’s daughter, Madeleine Ellis Muzdakis, is a member of the class of 2016.
Rob Tannenbaum (see Births & Adoptions ’83).
Victoria Westhead writes that she joined the Pembroke Center Associates Council and is enjoying meeting other alumnae and reconnecting with the world of academics. This spring she attended the Women’s Leadership Conference: 120 Years of Women at Brown. She and her husband, John, live in Brooklyn Heights with their two children, Abby and Nat. Victoria works as a freelance development consultant and event producer.
From the May/June 2012 Issue
Karen Brinkmann writes: “After a long and fruitful career with Latham & Watkins, I opened my own law practice this year, and I’m enjoying the challenges and blessings of running things for myself. Fred, my husband of 25 years, provides strong back-office support, and many friends are on my list to visit as soon as opportunity presents itself. Check it out at www.karenbrinkmann.com.”
In the fall of 2011, Lynne Sachs presented a two-weekend survey of her films at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., culminating in a screening and lecture on her current project, “Your Day Is My Night.” Lynne lives in Brooklyn, New York City, with her husband, Mark, and her two daughters, Maya, 16, and Non, 14.
From the March/April 2012 Issue
Ellen Doherty Granoff is proud to announce that Caroline Doherty Granoff will join the class of 2016.
Lisa Amico Kristel and her husband, Steven, are involved with an innovative online giving platform called GiveLocally.net, which provides a way to help working class people who face hardships but are overlooked by charities and government services. Recipients are prescreened and vetted, and givers choose whom they want to help and can track exactly how their gifts are used. Donations are not made in cash but in kind, for example as grocery store gift cards or as direct payments to landlords or doctors.
Steven Wallace enjoyed his return to Brown as a guest lecturer for Engn 1930—Social Entrepreneurism. He is still running the Ghanaian Chocolate Co. that he founded 20 years ago. He writes: “It’s immensely satisfying work and a lot of fun too.” He is proud to be able to march with his twins, Hannah ’13 and Josh ’13.
Robert Walsh writes: “I am too young to have been honored by the Rhode Island Labor History Society.”
From the January/February 2012 Issue
Marcia Fusilli writes: "It's less than two years until our 30th reunion. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone again. We seem to be getting younger every year. I've transitioned from corporate to nonprofit and am enjoying the world of fundraising. I balance that with yoga, hiking, and biking. I'd love to see Brown friends when they're in NYC."
Anne Schwartz writes: "After an incredible and often challenging four years in Paris, my family has returned home to Washington, D.C. I've also returned to the field of health policy as deputy editor, special content, for the journal Health Affairs."
From the November/December 2011 Issue
Glynn Edwards (see Ron Edwards '58).
From the July/August 2011 Issue
Karen Becker is a veterinarian and consultant. She has two children and is living in Rockville, Md.
Eric Jay Dolin writes: "Please check out the book trailer for my new e-book, The Ph.D. Survival Guide, a humorous look at the process of getting a PhD (illustrated with numerous cartoons, and available on Kindle and Nook). The YouTube link is: http://youtu.be/cZv6Kr7xWXc?hd=1. If you know anyone getting a PhD or thinking about getting a PhD, or who just knows someone in a PhD program, please pass this link along."
Pete and Lisa Heavey Evans '85 ScM (see Engagements & Weddings, Sam Goldman '08).
Hadley Feldman (see Roger Feldman '60).
Lisa Amico Kristel and her husband, Steven, are planning the second season of South Edison, their restaurant in Montauk, N.Y. All three of their children worked there last summer: Liz, 24, as a chef; Anna, 22, as a bartender; and Nate, 17, as barback/busboy/barista. They are looking forward to seeing and feeding more friends this year.
Victoria Westhead writes that she is alive and well, living and working in Brooklyn, N.Y., with her husband and two children.
From the May/June 2011 Issue
Cheryl Jacobs Ehrlich's play Noir in Second Class was published in The Best Ten-Minute Plays of 2011. Her play Second-Hand Gifts was a 2010 Heideman Award finalist in the Actors Theatre of Louisville's National Ten-Minute Play Contest. Her Home Sweet Homeland Security was published in February in the anthology G-Men in G-Strings: The J. Edgar Hoover Follies. Upcoming productions include It Skips a Generation at the Ariel Theatre in Philadelphia. Cheryl lives in Westchester, N.Y., with her husband and three children.
Silvia Fido-Rudman (see Sam Sutter '75).
H. B. Siegel (see Sheldon P. Siegel '56).
Peter-John Leone passed the Certified Public Accountant exam last summer and became a licensed CPA in Virginia. Peter writes: "If you are looking for a midlife challenge, I highly recommend the CPA exam. It's a test of stamina, if nothing else." Peter moved two summers ago after finishing graduate school. He now works as the CFO for Children, Youth, and Family Services Inc., a nonprofit social services organization in Charlottesville, Va. "We love living in a university town again and appreciate the warmer climate. I must be the last person on Earth to not have a Facebook account, but fellow Brunonians are welcome to e-mail me."
Cindy Teele (see Patricia Linder Teele '62).
Robert Walsh writes: "Between my day job at NEA Rhode Island, my political interests, and my medical issues, I continue to find multiple ways to keep fellow Brown alumni fully employed!"
From the March/April 2011 Issue
Chris Lutes (see Frank Wezniak '54).
Steve Wallace writes that he enjoys returning to campus to watch his son Josh '13 perform in plays and his daughter Hannah '13 compete for the track team. She is third on Brown's all-time pole vault list. Steve enjoyed guest lecturing in the social entrepreneurship class taught by professors Barrett Hazeltine, Geoffrey Kirkman'91, and Alan Harlam. Steve also appeared in a new history department video.
From the January/February 2011 Issue
Robin Auchincloss became director of campus planning at Bronx Community College.
Jim Giddings (see Chipper Brown '77).
Lisa Nelowet Grice recently returned from taking her parents to Prague to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. She writes that she had a fun summer that included dancing at a music festival on the Colorado River with Carol Norton '82. Her son, Elijah, is in second grade. Lisa is enjoying environmental-sustainability consulting for U.S. companies.
From the September/October 2010 Issue
Edward Dimendberg is a professor of film and media studies, visual studies, and German at UC Irvine.
Eric Dolin was a consultant for Ric Burns's two-hour documentary, Into The Deep: America, Whaling, & The World, which aired May 10 on WGBH's American Experience. For more background visit http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/introduction/whaling-intro/.
Jacqueline Fern (see Matt Fern '55).
Janet Friedman Mann writes: "I am a professor at Georgetown Univ., got married in 2008, and still take frequent trips to Australia for dolphin research. Later this year, the BBC (jointly with Discovery) will feature a film on my research tentatively titled The Dolphins of Shark Bay. It was a ton of work, but anything to make my mother happy. I am still smitten with animal field research. When I'm not in the outback, fellow alums can track me down easily in D.C."
Susan Warshauer Kahn has been living in Ljubljana, Slovenia, with her five-year old son, Oliver, since December while her husband, Peter Kahn (Univ. of Chicago '81 PhD), works on a legal reform project in nearby Kosovo for the year. She is learning the Slovenian language at the Univ. of Ljubljana. She writes that she has enjoyed the camaraderie of her fellow classmate in the Slovene course, Eva Kranjc '09. Eva is on a Fulbright scholarship, studying water utility ownership under the influence of recent government and EU changes.
From the July/August 2010 Issue
Eric J. Dolin has a new book coming out in July, Fur, Fortune, and Empire: The Epic History of the Fur Trade in America. He is currently working on a history of the American-China Trade. He lives in Marblehead, Mass., with his wife and two children. For more information on Eric's writing, please visit www.ericjaydolin.com.
After a year of colon cancer treatments, Maureen O'Brien is feeling healthy and eager to return to her work as a parent coach and guest speaker. Her newest book is Advantage, Mom: 20 Lessons from a Parenting Pro. More information on the book can be found at www.destinationparenting.com. She writes that she and George Garcia have been touring local colleges and hope their twins can get into the Brown class of '16.
From the May/June 2010 Issue
Irvin Lustig writes that he visited his daughter, Joanna Lustig '13, during Family Weekend and spent Saturday playing with the Brown Band, discovering that it was much easier to run around with a baritone sax when he was 30 years younger.
Neil McKittrick became one of the founding shareholders of the Boston office of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak, & Stewart PC, a national labor, employment, and litigation law firm.
From the March/April 2010 Issue
Todd Andrews (see Cleo Palelis Hazard '51 and Brian Lopez '00).
Leslie Kamen Siegel '83 ScM (see Hilary Gerstein '03).
Gwenn Masterman Snider and Joan MacLeod Heminway recently joined the Pembroke Center Associates Council. Gwenn writes: "I look forward to deepening my ties to this important center of research on issues of gender. I am also proud that my daughter Annie is a member of the class of 2013 and enjoying every minute. My older son graduates this spring from Tufts, and thank goodness we still have a high school freshman living at home."
From the January/February 2010 Issue
Julie Carlson relaunched her home-design website, Remodelista.com. The site is growing and has put her back in touch with such design-world classmates as architect Nick Winton '85 and publisher Sarah Medford.
Todd and Ann Campbell Hampson '82 celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary this summer with friends old and new. Brown was represented by Paul Wood, Ariane Cherbuliez '84, and Chris Darke. Todd continues to do software consulting in R.I., while Ann teaches at the Paul Cuffee School in Providence.
Michael Tekulsky enjoys life as a realtor in San Francisco with his partner Ron. He would enjoy hearing from classmates visiting the city.
From the November/December 2009 Issue
Deahn Berrini's novel, Milkweed, was published by Somerset Hall Press in May 2009. It's the homecoming story of a Vietnam veteran, set in Ipswich, Mass., amid the Greek immigrant community. Deahn and Russell Leblang live in Swampscott, Mass., with their two children. Visit www.deahnberrini.com.
From the September/October 2009 Issue
Carl Mela and his family are enjoying Chapel Hill, N.C., where, he writes, "We Republicans are as common as palm trees in Providence!" This year Carl received an endowed chair at Duke; his research focuses on economic and econometric models of new media and firm marketing strategy. He welcomes the chance to see classmates if they are passing through.
Anne Schwartz has a blog about her family's adventures in Paris and the perils of cross-cultural communication: http://justanotheramericaninparis.blogspot.com.
From the July/August 2009 Issue
Karen Brinkmann writes that her daughter, Katherine, 15, died at home on March 30. A burial service was held at St. Francis Episcopal Church, 10033 River Rd., Potomac, Md. 20854, on May 16. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Katherine's memory may be made to St. Francis (www.stfrancispotomac.org) or to KEEN of Greater Washington, D.C. (www.keengreaterdc.org).
Deahn Berrini Leblang's novel Milkweed was published by Somerset Hall Press in May. The story, set on the coast north of Boston, follows a soldier's return home during the Vietnam years. Deahn writes that the book was inspired by a Vietnam seminar taught by Brown history professor Charles Neu.
Bob Walsh writes that he still hopes to make a complete recovery from his stroke last January.
From the May/June 2009 Issue
Joel Schlessinger's work on new forms of Botox was highlighted in the Wall Street Journal and in magazines. He writes that he is especially happy his daughter Claire will be entering Brown as a freshman in the fall.
From the March/April 2009 Issue
Todd Andrews (see Cleo Palelis Hazard '51).
Mark Rafael recently wrote a book on acting called Telling Stories: A Grand Unifying Theory of Acting Techniques. Look for excerpts at www.tellingstoriesbook.com.
From the January/February 2009 Issue
Karen Becker writes that she was sorry she was unable to attend the 25th reunion, during which she was traveling in Africa. She works in USAID's Africa bureau as an animal and public health adviser.
Edward Dimendberg is the Univ. of California President's Fellow in the Humanities during this academic year and the Spring 2009 Daimler Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin.
John M. Montgomery '93 MD, a family physician from Jacksonville, Fla., was awarded the 2008 Robert Graham Physician Executive Award by the American Academy of Family Physicians at the academy's annual meeting in September.
From the November/December 2008 Issue
Peter Case (see Manya K. Rubinstein '01).
From the September/October 2008 Issue
Jacqueline Fern (see Matt Fern '55).
Carol Kessler '87 MD is a child and adolescent community psychiatrist who has worked with the underserved population in New York and Central America. She recently contributed to and coedited a book, Mental Health Needs of Young Offenders: Forging Paths Toward Reintegration and Rehabilitation, with Cambridge Univ. Press.
Brian Loo and wife Lisa announce the May 23 arrival of Jason Thomas Kaimana Bowden Loo. Brian writes: "We now have a trio of joyful energetic boys: James Christopher, 7, Joshua Alexander, 4, and new addition Jason Thomas, who keep us young and active."
Pam Wiseman writes: "Hi to all. After six years as vice president of operations for LeCroy Corp., I have just accepted an exciting new position with United Technologies Corp. that is surprisingly taking me full circle. My new position, director of raw materials procurement for the UTC Division: Pratt and Whitney, has many aspects related to geology. I am now responsible for the supply chain and relationships related to the raw materials used in the manufacture of jet engines. I am involved with every step from the mills to the forgers to the recycling of finished products. My husband, dogs and cats, and I are relocating from Monroe, N.Y., to Cheshire, Conn., in the near future. In our spare time, we are supervising a major remodeling project, expanding our summer home on the Finger Lakes. We can't wait to spend quality time up there. We welcome visits from old friends."
From the July/August 2008 Issue
Carol Warren Simon writes that after more than seven years in Denver, she and her family relocated to the San Francisco Bay area. Carol's husband is senior vice president for human resources at Pacific Gas & Electric, and Carol is taking a break from law practice to help the family get settled. Daughters Isabel, 11, and Mia, 9, are adjusting nicely.
From the May/June 2008 Issue
Susan Goldberg Gevertz writes: "My husband, John '78, and I are really looking forward to attending both our reunions this May with our two daughters, Rebecca, 15, and Annie, 12. While we spend a fair amount of time visiting family in Providence, it's been years since we've seen many of our Brown friends. See everyone soon!"
David Harlow writes: "I put out my own shingle a couple of years ago continuing my health care law and consulting practice, and started blogging at HealthBlawg; http://healthblawg.typepad.com. The New York Times featured my blog among a handful of small-business blogs in a recent article. Heather Zacker '86 and I still live in Newton, Mass., with our three kids. Some of us like the winter weather, some don't."
Neil V. McKittrick has been named cochair of the Labor Law Committee of the Boston Bar Association's Labor and Employment Section. He practices at Goulston & Storrs in Boston.
From the March/April 2008 Issue
Class president Carmen Rodriguez reports: "It is only a few weeks away! Save the date: May 23–25! Go to our class website, alumni.brown.edu/classes/1983/ for more information. As of December 2007 more than 140 classmates have let me know they plan to come to our reunion. 1983 Classmates attending the 2008 reunion: Lisa Aliferis, Sean Altman, John Atwater, Emily Lance Averbook, Brenda Balon, Andrea Terzi Baum, Ron Beller, Anne Berkowitch, Jenny Blessing, Laura Haynes Collector, Lauren Corrao, Bill Cunningham, Patty Rogers Cunningham, Lisa Gertzis Curhan, Jan Phillips Davis, Ted Dewan, Sara Dioguardi, Charlie Ditkoff, David G. Durand, David Emmett, Lisa Heavey Evans, Jackie Fern, Cinny Field, Beth Zalusky Finkelstein, William R. Fisher, Addie Fiske, Marcia Fusilli, Lisa Gertzis Curhan, George Garcia, Sassan Ghahramani, Jeff Goldman, Santina Goodman, Steve Gresham, Kay Levinson Gurtin, John Hare, Howard Haronian, Dana D’Alessandro Haseotes, Joan MacLeod Heminway, Ellen Hilsinger, Karen Hoffman, Adrienne Homet, Tamara Hoover, Jim Hunt, Janine Idelson, Cheryl Jackson, Dorsey James, Henrik Jones, Susan Warshauer Kahn, Maud Kalborg, Andy Kau, Patsy Keenan-Byrne, Gary Khachian, Catherine Knickerbocker, Rodney Knight, Erin Krantz, Lisa Amico Kristel, Pete Krupp, Emily Lance, Ginny Shave Lemmerman, Peter-John Leone, Marjory Schwartz Levey, Elizabeth Manko Libby, Bob Lincoln, Craig Linden, Midori A. Lockett, Rob MacAneney, Leslie Lawler McElwreath, Neil McKittrick, Mary McLean, Lauren MacColl Maass, Joanne Jaffin Mason, Sarah Medford, Karen Melchior, Ferne Mele, Brad Middlekauff, Steve Migliori, Elisa Marmer Milkes, Daniel Mintz, Edward Mitchell, Julie Lee Morgan, Jennifer Moses, Bruce Munroe, Delores Ng, Maureen O’Brien, Steve Oddo, Meg Percesepe-Carty, Michael H. Perskin, Lisa Nelson Peterson, Rob Petty, Nancy Prendergast, Mary Griffin Perna, Rachel Pierson, Dr. Suna M. Qasim, Marianne Chelovich Quoyeser, Diana Revkin, Carmen Rodriguez, Drew Rosenberg, Peter E. Ruhlin, Lynne Sachs, Eric Sahn, David Salesin, Tom Sander, Marti Schiff, Anne Schwartz, Judy Schwartz, Amy Silberstein, Lee Silberstein, Carol Warren Simon, Jeff Sklar, Annette Zwick Smithline, Shep Smithline, Gwenn Masterman Snider, Iris Sonnenschein, Jonathan Spencer, Dee Dee Isaacs Sturr, Rob Tannenbaum, Frieda Taylor, Lucienne Thys-Senocak, Christine Vachon, Karen Wisbaum Van Dyke, Olga Vannucci, Judy Wells Vigar, Steve Wallace, Gary Weiss, Jerry Weil, Jim Weinberg, Eugene Wong, Frankie Zarb.
Todd Andrews (see Cleo Palelis Hazard '51).
Matt Cairns and his family are enjoying life in Hopkinton, N.H. Matt is a litigation partner at Ransmeier Spellman in Concord and was recently elected second vice president of DRI, the largest international organization of attorneys representing businesses, individuals, and insurers in civil litigation. He ran the Marine Corps marathon last year with Sheilah McCarthy '85. He will not be able to make the 25th reunion due to an out-of-the-country business commitment that weekend but will be there in spirit.
Charles Gordon writes: "Last year Sue and I added Kyle and Abrianna to our family, which includes Caleb, 9, and Carter, 5. I am in my fifth year as medical director of NY Pain Management, PLLC, and am in the middle of building a new office-based surgery site in Clifton Park, N.Y. We spend the winter weekends skiing at Killington."
Robin Herbison and Les Wu '82 write: "Les is still with Bell Labs, although it is now part of Alcatel-Lucent. He still resolves each year to bike and ski more. Robin is chief educator for their two home-schooled children. The role includes lots of driving for fencing and music lessons, archeology camp, etc."
Michael Lewis has been married 15 years and recently started a new job as vice president for Premium Finance Co. out of Woodland Hills, Calif.
Elizabeth Marsh is the assistant professor of multimedia in the department of advertising and public relations within the school of journalism and mass communication at Florida International University.
Tracy Williams-Murphy lives in Beaverton, Ore. and is with the educational publisher Elsevier, working with medical, nursing, and other allied health care programs. She still does radio at KINK.FM (101.9 FM) online and on air.
From the January / February 2008 Issue
William Brown ’87 MD (see Celinda Gourd ’04).
Jeremy Cohen continues to work as a consultant within IBM’s HR/Learning headquarters and looks forward to joining the IBM Quarter-Century Club. He writes: “Our family is doing well, with our daughter Michelle starting high school this year. I’m looking forward to the upcoming reunion and hope it will be warmer than our 20th was!”
Leslie Lawler McElwreath writes: “I am living in Greenwich, Conn., my home since 1988, with my husband and two children, Margot, 14, and Emmet, 11. I sell residential real estate for Sotheby’s. I am definitely attending our 25th Reunion and am looking forward to seeing you all then.”
Nicole Yankelovich Mordecai writes: “My husband, David, and our 9-year-old daughter, Rachel, live with me and our two Portuguese water dogs in Weston, Mass. I still work at Sun Microsystems in the research labs, and after 16 years I still love it. My most recent project is an open-source virtual environment for business and education called Project Wonderland (wonderland.dev.java.net).”
Mary Lynn Raggenbass-Metayer writes: “I’m still in the mergers and acquisitions arena after all these years, although I am now self-employed and enjoying it. I recently enrolled in an art history course (in German) and have developed an affinity for early Christian art and architecture. Would love to attend the reunion in May and revisit my favorite haunts, including the Ivy Room, where I spent countless formative hours, and Sayles Hall, with its fond memories of midnight concerts during reading period. I’m trying to get my Swiss husband equally geared up for the reunion (anyone out there having a similar experience explaining the vagaries of class reunions to someone who has not been through our system?). Greetings from Zurich.”
David Shorr writes: “In this election season, I’ve had a small franchise in bipartisan foreign policy; one of my Stanley Foundation projects resulted in a new book, Bridging the Foreign Policy Divide. I let my inner partisan come out on evenings and weekends, helping Al Franken become the next U.S. senator from Minnesota.”
Lucienne Thys-Senocak writes: “I continue to teach in the archaeology and history of art department at Koc Univ. in Istanbul and am directing the restoration project of an Ottoman fortress at the entrance to the Dardanelles. My book, Ottoman Women Builders: The Architectural Patronage of Hadice Turhan Sultan, came out last spring. My husband, Dogan, and I are busy with our daughters, Natali Rezan, 16, and Beatrice Selen, 14, our large Anatolian sheep dog, and our parrot, as well as a small vineyard we started four years ago near the north Aegean village of Assos. I help organize alumni in Turkey and enjoyed taking my daughters on a visit to the campus last summer. I hope to be at the 25th reunion. If any alumni are passing through Istanbul, please let me know.”
From the November / December 2007 Issue
Anne Schwartz writes: “After 25 years in Washington, D.C., our family is packing up and moving to Paris. My husband, David Stonner, a longtime employee of the National Science Foundation (NSF), has been named head of NSF’s Europe office. We moved in August to an apartment in the 16th arrondissement; our daughters—Julia, 13, and Hope, 8—attend the Marymount International School and American School of Paris, respectively. I am looking forward to a break from professional life to soak up all that Paris and Europe have to offer.”
Celia Wu Sophonpanich writes: “The Brown alumni and students of Thailand had a great potluck dinner party to send off the class of 2011. Almost 40 people attended, from the class of 1962 to current students: Wanni Wibulswasdi Anderson ’62 AM, Douglas Anderson ’62 AM, Sally Goldin ’75 AM, Lonzia Berry ’76, ’89 AM, Supawan Lamsam Panyarachun ’77, Sudhana Napombejra ’81, Pornchai Suchitta ’83 PhD, Chali Sophonpanich, Celia Sophonpanich, Norawat Charoen-Rajapark ’84, Vilart Tejapaibul ’84, Michael Spangler ’87, Trin Indra-Opas ’93, Brook Vinicchayakul ’94, Vijak Sethaput ’96, Pranapda Phornprapha ’98, Thapana Phanich ’00, Kom Promsuttikul ’03, Plern Suraphongchai ’04, Pinn Siraprapasiri ’05, Rahpiporn Techapaibul ’07, and current students Pui Ching ’09, Tanika Panyarachun ’10, Kantapon Kaewtip ’10, Nalin Tejavibulya ’11, Sorawis Sangtawesin ’11, Theeradej Thaweerattanasinp ’11.”
Beth Zalusky Finkelstein writes: “All is well in Chappaqua, N.Y., where we have been living for the past thirteen years. My husband, Stuart, is a partner at Skadden Arps in New York City; our son, Sam, 15, is an avid lacrosse player; and Julia, 13, is a lover of musical theater and dance. I spend most of my days trying to keep up with them, though I often feel as if I am just running in circles with my hair on fire sometimes. When I do get a minute, I knit, of all things! Would love to hear from old friends!”
From the September / October 2007 Issue
Eric Jay Dolin writes: "My wife, Jennifer, and kids, Lily and Harry, enjoy being back in New England and living in Marblehead, Mass. My newest book, Leviathan: The History of Whaling in America, has been published to positive reviews in such places as the New Yorker and the New York Times. Please visit my Web site, www.ericjaydolin.com, to find out more about the book and my East Coast book tour."
Diane Dolphin is director of programs at Leadership Rhode Island, an educational foundation that offers community-leadership development programs. She is responsible for the coordination, oversight, and quality management of the programs. Diane was earlier owner of a consulting firm and was the first executive director of the R.I. Organ Donor Awareness Coalition. She lives in Smithfield, R.I.
Robyne Hayman Martin writes: "I'm still alive and well and living in St. Louis. After forty-five years of the single life, I met the most wonderful man in the world and married Robert Martin on November 11. Ann-Maria Contarino, Anne Edwards Ejnes, and Mitchell Sundt were in the wedding party. The ceremony was held on a scenic bluff overlooking the Mississippi and Illinois rivers. Suddenly I'm the mother of twin 22-year-old women and have adopted a dog to go with my two cats. Bob and I live in the home I've had for ten years."
Todd Schurz of South Bend, Ind., followed in the footsteps of his father to become CEO of Schurz Communications, a diversified, privately owned media company with thirteen daily newspapers, eight weeklies, thirteen radio stations, two cable companies, and a printing company. He assumed the position on July 1.
Laura Stanley was appointed head of New York City's Trans Fat Health Center, which was created by New York City's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the New York City College of Technology/CUNY to help food professionals switch from artificial trans fats to healthier oils. Laura is a former editorial staffer at Wine Spectator and Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and resides with her husband, Charles C. Collins '80, and her daughter in Flatbush, N.Y. She has also taught culinary arts to New York City elementary-school students for the nonprofit Spoons Across America and conducted cooking classes for learning-disabled teenagers.
Lancelot Williams writes: "It's hard to believe that I've been in Southern California for fifteen years. I've recently joined an anesthesiology group at Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital in Whittier, Calif. Life is goodâ€”I am truly blessed! I encourage all friends to get in touch."
From the July / August 2007 Issue
Andrew W. Durfee and his family loved watching Aurora ’10 settle in at Brown this past year. He writes: “She has already reintroduced us to the Brown band (trumpet) and the BDH (art editor). Could Eliza (Class of 2015) be next? It’s great to be back!”
Edison Freire received the Alec Dickson Servant Leader Award in March from the National Youth Leadership Council. The award recognizes leaders in the service-learning movement and was presented to the Philadelphia-based educator at the eighteenth annual National Service-Learning Conference in Albuquerque.
Sergei Kuharsky has joined the Food Network as its new general manager. He writes: “It’s the perfect marriage of my lifelong passion for cooking and my media-entertainment career. On the home front, my wife, Celia, and I continue to enjoy a wonderful life with our children, Nicholas and Katarina, in the Princeton area. We are fortunate to share a meal from time to time with fellow Sigma Chi alums Tim Wojciechowicz ’82, Paul Yelavich ’82, Mark Bishop ’84, Alan Goldman ’85 and Perry Vella ’84 and their families.”
Phillip Levy writes: “My wife, Robin Wolf ’82, and I continue to live happily in Newton, Mass. Our daughter, Rachel, graduated high school this past spring and is spending a year in Israel before beginning college in the fall of ’07. Max, 16, and Isaac, 12, manage to keep us busy. I am still a real estate lawyer with Goulston & Storrs in Boston.”
Joanne Jaffin Mason, her husband, Doug Mason, and son, Tyler, moved to Weston, Conn. after many years in New York City. Joanne will continue to work in New York.
Sarah E. Meyer writes: “In Feb., I left my position as Microsoft’s community-affairs director. Having overseen the company’s corporate philanthropy and employee programs for almost nine years, I decided it was time for a change. I spent the next three months in South India working as a volunteer for an NGO focused on social-justice issues for women and children. I also spent time in Kashmir and Bhutan. Since returning to Seattle, I am providing consulting services to foundations and corporate giving programs.”
Carmen Garcia Rodriguez (see Valerie Phillips ’98).
Carol Warren Simon writes: “I’m still enjoying life in Denver. My husband, John Simon (Colorado College ’86), and I have two terrific daughters: Isabel, 10, and Mia, 8. I am counsel (part-time) at a commercial litigation boutique law firm.”
Cindy Teele (see Patricia Linder Teele ’62).
From the May / June 2007 Issue
Joan MacLeod Hemingway writes: “I edited and contributed to a newly released law book, Martha Stewart’s Legal Troubles. It’s mostly meant as a secondary text for law and business schoolteachers, but it also should be of interest to lawyers who practice in white-collar crime, securities, regulation, and corporate law. The publisher is Carolina Academic Press, and it’s available from them or on amazon.com.”
Diana Revkin writes: “After many years of design and project management on the client side, I made the big leap and I am now a senior associate at TPG Architecture (www.tpgarchitecture.com), a 200-person firm based in NYC. We are very busy and continuing to hire; if interested, please email me. My husband, Yair Svorai, and I recently became LEED-accredited professionals through the U.S. Green Building Council, hoping to become more involved with sustainable design. Yair is a principal of Jordan Group Partners, LLC, which provides real estate development and investment advisory services.”
From the March / April 2007 Issue
Peggy Adams writes: “Life is good on East Parish Farm. My husband, John, and I, together with our children, Virginia, 14, Katherine, 12, and Josiah, 11, share the modest acreage with sixteen critters. For all the hard work, we have lots of laughs and many great stories. Until we figure out a way to monetize the fun, I am maintaining my day job with Wellington Management Co. in Boston.”
Jennifer Bagg lives in Mamaroneck, N.Y., with her husband, Matthew, and two children, Brandon, 9, and Sabrina, 8. She loves boating, swimming, and Bikram yoga. She has had a private internal-medicine practice since 1991.
Felicia DeDominicis writes: “My husband, Gary Flynn (Wesleyan ’74), and I continue to enjoy a full and wonderful life with our children, Francesca and Michaela, as well as with our family’s pets, Boomerang and Chipper. The girls enjoy school and sports, and we get a kick out of helping them with all their activities and cheering them on. Last year I left the big-law-firm life and joined a regional specialty hospital as chief legal officer. The transition has been interesting, and working for a not-for-profit health care organization is very satisfying."
Stephen D. Gresham continues to shuttle between Madison, Conn., and New York City, where Jane works at WCBS-TV. Steve’s third book for financial advisers, Advisor for Life, will be published in the spring by John Wiley & Sons.
Susan Warshauer Kahn writes: “I’m working on a play and teach occasional graduate courses in online communication programs at Georgetown in Washington, D.C. After getting a PhD in English from the University of Texas at Austin, I became an English professor and directed the Center for Literary Computing at West Virginia University in Morgantown. In 2000 I moved to the D.C. area and am now enjoying our new neighborhood in Chevy Chase, Md., with my husband, Peter (U. Chicago, ’81 PhD), and son, Oliver, 2. Peter is an economist and lawyer and consults on judicial reform abroad. We recently saw Lynne Sachs and Zita Nunes.”
Franci Riegelhaupt Kraman writes: “I am living in the suburbs of Philadelphia with my husband, David, and our two sons, Jason, 14, and Brian, 12. I am working part-time on internal-medicine consulting. I’d love to hear from classmates and old friends.”
Lisa Ratti writes: “In January 2006 my husband, Jim, and I welcomed Jack Henry Boyle to the world. He joins big brother Alex, 3. I work part-time as a clinical psychologist in Chicago and enjoy full-time the exuberance and chaos.”
Bruce Rogen writes that he has been married to Christin Dobak Rogen since 1998. They have two children, Jack, 5, and Lily, 1½. Bruce is a physician administrator for Kaiser Permanente in Los Angeles, and Christine is a nursing administrator at the same facility. The entire family plans on attending the upcoming 25th reunion in 2008 and visiting New England for an extended vacation.
Michael Tekulsky writes: “My partner, Ron, and I are making a career change and becoming country realtors in the Sierra foothills. We love the flexibility and being close to nature. Brown alums are encouraged to visit us in Pollock Pines, Nature’s Wonderland.”
Alexandra Warsh (see Robert L. Warsh ’51).
Jerry Weil ’84 ScM writes: “I have been working for the past year and a half at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, helping to create their state-of-the-art planetarium show. After five years of renovations, the observatory reopened to the public in November. I’ve been continuing with my acting career and my theater company, Guerrilla Theatre, which is flourishing. A documentary is under way about the making of our most recent production, Banned Plays. Check us out at www.guerrilatheatre.com.”
Linda Ablow Youngentob and her husband, Bob, have three daughters—Lisa, 16, Jamie, 13, and Casey, 10. They live in Potomac, Md. Linda is an adjunct professor teaching business at the Rockville campus of Montgomery College.
From the January / February 2007 Issue
Brad Banko writes: “My wife, Sharon, and I married in 2000 when I was finishing residency training in family practice at Akron City Hospital in northeast Ohio. I am presently working as a primary care physician in the Cleveland Veterans Administration Medical System and am based in Lorain, Ohio. Sharon works as a nurse in cardiac surgery at the Cleveland Clinic. We have three beautiful boys—James, 4, Thomas, 2, and Matthew, 1. We live in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. I keep in touch with fellow Brown physics grad Bill Currie (now a professor at Michigan) and Mitch Sundt (spying for Amazon in Washington State). I visited with Rolf van Widenfelt in San Francisco in 1998. In the past year I have been involved with starting a rowing club on the Portage Lakes. We have two sweep eights and one sweep four and about thirty-five members. I would be happy to hear from old friends from the class of 1983.”
Karen Becker writes: “I am working for the U.S. government in the area of public health emergency preparedness. I have a terrific 7-year-old daughter, Jocelyn, a cat, and two horses. My husband, Johannes van Dam, is a medical doctor working for the Population Council. It would be wonderful to hear from friends!
Alaric Tate writes: “I am presently working as a process engineer in the high-speed electronics group at Lucent. I am also pursuing a PhD in materials engineering on a part-time basis at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J.”
Jeree Palmer Wade writes: “I am a life coach and counselor in New York. I also continue to travel with Shades of Harlem. Shades of Harlem was born at Brown.”
Marcia Wiley and Marie Ghitman ’84 were recently appointed as codirectors of the Black Rock City Institute of Behav ioral Research. The institute focuses on sociological issues surrounding the Burning Man art festival. They write: “We are interested in connecting with other Brown alumni for on-site research projects in August–September.
From the September / October 2006 Issue
Mark Evens writes: “After twenty years in northern California and a career as a technical writer in the software industry, I answered a call to liberal religious ministry. I received my MDiv from Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, Calif., in May 2005. This year I have been in Sacramento as interim minister at a small but feisty congregation. I am returning to my roots in the suburbs of Detroit this summer to begin service as associate minister at the Birmingham Unitarian Church in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Having lost touch with many Brown acquaintances over the years and moving to a new city as a single person, I am especially interested in reconnecting with old friends and meeting new people with a Brown affiliation.”
Paul Quick writes: “I am working as a physician at Tom Waddell Health Center in the San Francisco Department of Public Health, doing general internal medicine, HIV care, and addiction medicine. I was recently reminded of the old LGSA (Lesbian and Gay Student Alliance) and its predecessor, the GSA (Gay Students Association). Sad to say, many who were with us then have passed away. I remember Derek Jones, Brian Greenbaum, and Eric Brudner ’84. I’m sure there were others. As the rest of us are getting more middle-aged and forgetful, it seems we’re in danger of losing the early history of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, and questioning (LGBTIQQ) organizations at Brown. I’d love to have those involved in the early years send me your recollections. Let’s figure out a way to commit our oral history to writing.” Diana Revkin (see Amelia Stern Revkin ’53).
From the May / June 2006 Issue
Marcia Fusilli is taking a break from corporate America to work at her mom’s former 1926 drug store and soda fountain. Marcia writes: “I’m selling off everything that is not attached to the walls or the ceiling (attached to the walls are beautiful mahogany and glass shelves with mirrors). I’ve already sold a 1926 lollipop scale, mortars and pestles, and soda fountain glasses, but I still have much more to go, including Snow Globes, a 1921 National Cash Register, and a load of medicine bottles including remedies such as Lydia Pinkham’s and Humphrey’s. Interested alums can e-mail.”
From the March / April 2005 Issue
Edward Dimendberg is associate professor of film and media studies and visual studies at the Univ. of California, Irvine. His book Film Noir and the Spaces of Modernity (Harvard) was published in 2004.
Emily Schultz Frank and Joshua Frank celebrated the bar mitzvah of their son Richie on Nov. 13, at Temple Shir Tikva in Wayland, Mass. Also in attendance were Emily and Josh’s daughter, Lily, 9, Emily’s brother Andrew Schultz Spindler ’85, and friends Marnie Seif, Bill Land, Jessica Kovar Lichtenstein, Mark Lichtenstein, Rebecca Drill ’82, Peter Alpert ’82, and Susan Boynton Christopherson ’82. Emily lives in Natick, Mass., with her family.
From the November / December 2004 Issue
Robert M. Freund has published Cosmetic Breast Surgery: A Complete Guide to Making the Right Decision— From A to Double D . Last year he was selected as one of New York magazine’s “Best Beauty Docs.” He lives in New York City with his wife, Judy, and their children, Jake, 8, Ben, 6, and Emily, 4.”
After twenty-two years in Chicago, Kay Levinson Gurtin and Bill Gurtin ’82 have moved to Southern California with their two kids, Grant, 14, and Liza, 10. “If you are in the San Diego area, e-mail us!”they write.
From the September / October 2004 Issue
Brian Harper has become the first African-American health commissioner for Suffolk County, Long Island. He looks forward to hearing from old friends.
Marcia Siam Wiley and John Sparks ’84 announce the September 2003 birth of North Sparks, delivered by Barbara Detering ’85. Marcia and John live in Seattle, where John is a physician and white-water canoeist and Marcia is a glass artist.
From the July / August 2004 Issue
Jeff Goldman writes: “Judi and I try to balance the kids’ softball, soccer, and social life with our own crazy schedules—probably the same as most of you. Danielle, 11, Alexa, 9, and Jake, 3, are still angry that we missed last year’s reunion due to torrential rain. I am still happy running the immigration practice group at Testa Hurwitz in Boston.”
Jonathan Gray and his wife, Roxanne Okun Gray (Dartmouth ’83), are happy to (somewhat belatedly) announce the July 26, 2003, birth of twins Jason and Morris (“Morrie”).
Luca Ippolito and Anne Sugden write: “Our four children, ages 2 to 15, keep us very busy these days. We’re too old for a two-year-old. Special thanks to Deborah Brown who got us to go to the reunion last May.”
Rene Radusky writes: “After nineteen years in the San Francisco Bay Area, I have relocated to Buffalo, N.Y. In 2000 I married Frank Latcham (UC Berkeley ’85, San Jose State ’99 MSW) and missed our 20th reunion waiting for the July 1 arrival of our first child, Isabella Colleen. We are enjoying getting to know western New York.”
Don Samuels writes: “I’m living in Denver with my two sons, Andy and Mike, and am a partner in the law firm of Holme, Roberts and Owen. I’m delighted to announce that on July 14 I will marry Sherri Tobin, who will move into and add a lot of class to our ‘frat house.’ ”
From the May / June 2004 Issue
Cliff Dutton (see Derek Charles Livingston ’89).
Fred Peck writes: “I am celebrating the beginning of my second year as a consultant providing leaders of nonprofit organizations with strategic planning and board development expertise. I am delighted to live now in the vicinity of Spokane, Wash.”
From the March / April 2004 Issue
Irvin Lustig ’83 ScM writes: “I worked on a project over the past year to provide software to the NFL to compute their regular season schedule. The 2003 schedule was their best ever. This was the ultimate project—using my profession and my first love outside of work.”
From the January / February 2004 Issue
David AvRutick, of Charleston, S.C., is president of the School of the Building Arts (SoBA). He served on SoBA’s board of directors from 2001 to 2003. He previously was president and CEO of Publishing Solutions Inc.
Margaret Percesepe-Carty writes: “Having stayed home to raise my family of four children, I now find myself in the challenging role of ‘parent of teenagers.’ Though I have taught early childhood music for six years, I am now looking for a ‘real’ job to help fund our looming college tuition bills.”
Gordon Thames and his wife, Mary Owen, announce the April 25 birth of Mary Elizabeth. She joins sister Ella, 2, and brother Gordon III, 9. Gordon writes: “Raising children and running Arbor Properties Inc., a regional apartment construction, development, and management firm, keep me busy.”
From the May / June 2003 Issue
Barbara Winkler Hughes is a USAID foreign service officer posted in Lusaka, Zambia. Barbara writes: “I hope to be in Nepal right around reunion time finalizing the adoption of our second child! I’m the Southern Africa area chair for BASC. We have a small but dedicated volunteer crew in this part of the world.”
Barbara Sarbin has started Something Good in the World, a nonprofit educational organization offering a variety of programs, including a day school for young children, a youth movement for teenagers, and a musical-theater storytelling troupe. Earth School, the longest-running program, brings new methods of education into classrooms.
From the March / April 2003 Issue
Class president Carmen Rodriguez writes: “Are you ready for our 20th reunion? The date is May 23–26, so plan to be there. Our reunion activities committee has planned an awesome weekend, including a clambake. Stay through Commencement and relive the moment of walking through the Van Wickle Gates. Also, don’t forget to check out the class Web Site at alumni.brown.edu/classes/1983 for all the latest reunion information. If you have not heard from us, contact the reunion office at (401) 863-1947. Can’t wait to see everyone!”
Lisa Nelowet Grice writes: “Paul and I are happy to announce the Nov. 15 birth of Elijah Asher Grice. He looks darling in his hand-me-downs from the sons of Nicole Anderes Raphaelson and Deirdre Ryan Hanford.”
From the November / December 2002 Issue
Sean Altman writes: "I continue to sing and write songs in New York City, and my new album, alt.mania, is available at www. seanaltman.com. Billy Straus '82 produced the record. I also perform a cappella with former High Jinks (and Rockapella alumni) Steve Keyes '84 and Charlie Evett '84 in the GrooveBarbers (groovebarbers.com)."
Jon Anderson writes: "I am finishing my thirteenth year as an attorney at Edwards & Angell in Providence. I'm also a candidate for state representative for Rumford and for Pawtucket, where I live."
Cynthia Field writes that she received a Ph.D. in clinical psychology in May. She is seeing patients at the William Alanson White Institute and plans to begin postdoctoral training in psychoanalysis there this fall.
Susan Greenfield and Matthew Weissman '82 live in New York City with their children Anna, 11, and Lenny, 7. Susan's book, Mothering Daughters: Novels and the Politics of Family Romance, was published this year by Wayne State University Press. Matt is a partner with Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer in Woodbridge, N.J., where he specializes in public-utility issues.
Brian Harper writes that he has been promoted to senior vice president of community affairs at Nassau University Medical Center in Long Island, N.Y. Harper will serve as medical director for seven community health centers that serve low-income patients.
Peter Mogayzel writes that he has been appointed director of the Cystic Fibrosis Center at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. He is currently an assistant professor of pediatrics and medical director of the Pediatric Lung Transplantation Program. He lives with his wife, Cyndra, and their daughter, Elizabeth, 6, in Annapolis, Md.
From the September / October 2002 Issue
Leslie Lawler McElwreath is a Realtor in Greenwich, Conn.
Lisa Edmondson Tanous writes: "I am living in Sun Valley, Idaho, with my husband, Adam Tanous, and our two children, Max, 4, and Chloe, 8 months. After homeschooling several families over the past few years, I have started a new career in real estate, hoping for success while still enjoying life in Idaho. While my net worth has not increased, my skiing, hiking, and camping skills are well honed."
From the July / August 2002 Issue
Gary Cheng writes: "I spoke at the World Economic Forum's China Summit in Beijing on ԁAddressing China's Healthcare Challenges.' I was also nominated by the WEF as one of China's Future Generation of Leaders."
Cheryl Jacobs Ehrlich writes: "I never thought I'd be arrested for something as mundane as carrying tweezers through an airport, but we live in interesting times. I'm busy in London as a freelance editor of science books. I'm still organizing theater outings for the expat community, studying biochemistry, and trying to keep my three boys out of trouble and away from video games."
Rich Mueller writes: "Several Phi Psi brothers enjoyed a whirlwind weekend reunion in Las Vegas in May 2001. Participants included Eric Sahn, Steve Oddo, Mark Seiden, Dave Kopel '82, Mike Lutz, Chris Brancato '84, and Sassan Ghahramani. We hope other Phi Psi brothers will join us at future reunions."
Robert A. Walsh Jr. writes: "Gail Colburn and I were married on July 8, 2000. In May 2001 I received a master's in labor relations at the University of Rhode Island and was named executive director of the National Education Association of Rhode Island."
Pamela Wiseman writes: "In October 2001 I accepted a new position with Le Croy Corp. as vice president, worldwide operations. In January I moved to Monroe, N.Y., with my husband, David Farley."
From the May / June 2002 Issue
All Delta Tau alumni are asked to return to Brown on May 27 to join the Commencement procession in memory of the Delts who were heroes and victims of September 11: Dave Laychak, Chuck Margiotta '79, Ray Rocha '95, and Paul Sloan '97. A Delt reunion is also planned for Friday, May 24.
Ted Dewan has moved from London to Oxford. He is building his very first garden shed out of bits salvaged from the car parts factory being dismantled at the end of his street. He can be reached through his children's-book Web site, www.wormworks. com.
Bob Levy writes that he married Elizabeth Whitney Allen (Cornell University '93) at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse on Feb. 9.
Lisa Nelowet writes: "I'm thrilled to announce my engagement to Paul Grice. I'm still working as the director of Greenhouse Gas Management for CH2M HILL. Paul is a freelance photographer. We're happily skiing and climbing in gorgeous Golden, Colo."
From the September / October 2000 Issue
Eric D. Daniels was elected the fourth managing partner in the law firm of Robinson & Cole. He has chaired the firm’s trial and appellate advocacy practice for the past three years. Eric lives in Glastonbury, Conn., with his wife, Patricia Campanella, and their children, Jake, 2, and Christina, 1.5 months.
Sarah "Pease" Herndon Glaser teamed with former rival, J.J. Isler, to secure a slot on the U.S. sailing team for the women’s 470 class in the 2000 Olympics. At the 470 Olympic trials, held last October in St. Petersburg, Fla., the pair won eight of fifteen races.
David Harlow is president and chairman of the Metropolitan Boston Emergency Medical Services Council. Also a partner in the health-care practice group of Posternak, Blankstein & Lund, David played a role in the policy development that led to the passage of a state law to improve emergency medical services.
Marnie Seif and William Land, of Newton, Mass., announce the birth of Zoe on Feb. 14. Zoe joins sister Sasha, 7. Marnie is vice president and general counsel of RSA Security Inc. in Bedford, Mass., and Bill is a forensic and geriatric psychiatrist in private practice. Bill also specializes in training psychiatrists to pass the psychiatry board examination.
James Stulman ’83 (see Elga Kron Stulman ’54).
From the July / August 2000 Issue
Elias Bendeck and his wife, Suzanne, announce the birth of their first child, Alexander Elias, on April 23, 1999. Elias, who is a doctor, and Suzanne were married Oct. 28, 1995, in Honduras, Central America. The family lives in Boca Raton, Fla. Friends are encouraged to visit or e-mail.
Felicia DeDominicis, of Farmington, Conn., writes: "My husband, Gary Flynn (Wesleyan ’74), and I welcomed Michaela Garyn on Nov. 30. She is a delightful baby who has won all our hearts, including that of her big sister, Francesca Ruth, 6. We are in touch with Lucia Susani, Carmela Fratianni ’84, and Mark Bohm ’84, all of whom are very well."
Eric Jay Dolin coauthored The Duck Stamp Story (Krause Publications), which is about conservation pioneers who found a way to raise money to protect migratory waterfowl in North America.
Peter-John Leone was named director of the Indiana University Press. Peter-John was previously marketing director and director of science, technology, and medicine publishing at Cambridge University Press in New York City.
Janet Mann co-edited Cetacean Societies: Field Studies of Dolphins and Whales (University of Chicago Press). Janet is an associate professor of psychology and biology at Georgetown.
From the May / June 2000 Issue
Tracey Dickerman Bilski writes: "I am enjoying my new venture as a private art dealer now that our daughters, Amanda, 10; Meredith, 8; and Charlotte, 6, are in school. The recent attention on our town, Chappaqua, N.Y. (due to the Clintons’ new home there), combined with Internet exposure, have been great for business. I just signed on as a listed gallery on artnet.com (www.artnet.com/bilski.html). I’m interested in hearing from alumni who make their living as artists. On another front, I am commissioner of girls’ softball in Chappaqua (they found me), coordinating four leagues for girls ages 8 to 13 and coaching spring and summer fast-pitch teams."
Emmitt Carlton, of Alexandria, Va., writes that he became assistant director of the telecommunications consumer division in the Federal Communications Commission’s bureau of enforcement.
Cole Fauver writes that he is a partner at the Minneapolis law firm Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, where he practices patent litigation. His son, John, is 5.
Jeffrey Goldman writes: "Life is great. I am blessed to be surrounded by my wife, Judi; daughters Alexa and Danielle; my own immigration-law practice in Boston; and the beach down the street. One career highlight is speaking at Brown about immigration matters each year to all foreign students. I would love to hear from lost friends and from alumni who work with foreign nationals in high-tech or biotech."
Andrew Kau writes: "Laura Hattendorf (University of Pennsylvania ’85) and I have two kids who chase each other around the house. Good thing those older architects designed good circulation paths. Nathan, 2, loves to follow his older sister, Madeline, wherever she goes. I’m teaching them the fine art of pattern recognition, such as choo-choo train tracks, Orion’s Belt, and I Spy. We love living in Silicon Valley, although Laura would call it the Bay Area and deny having anything to do with silicon. I, on the other hand, would love it if even the coffee mugs had some networked intelligence."
Lisa Shulman writes that she is director of infant- and toddler-developmental services at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine’s Kennedy Center in the Bronx, N.Y.
From the March / April 2000 Issue
Steve Brown, of La Mesa, Calif., writes: “I married Romi Symington on July 10 in San Diego. Guests included Dave Laychak and Pat Dillon. I am head strength-and-conditioning coach at the University of San Diego and am looking forward to our matchup on the gridiron with the Bears next fall.” .
Lisa Shulman; her husband, Jay Knopf (Babson ’79); and their son, Robbie, 4, welcomed Emily Joy to the family on Sept. 15, just hours before Hurricane Floyd hit the area.
Lou Maxwell Taylor released Cheshire Tree Suite, a CD of original, melodic vocal and instrumental music. Information, reviews, and some MP3s can be found at http://welcome. to/the-cheshire-tree.
From the January / February 2000 Issue
Alex Garbers Pruner (see Sam Garbers Adams '90).
H.B. Siegel writes: "I've moved to Seattle to take a new job with Amazon.com forming the company's media-technology group. I enjoyed being chief technology officer of Industrial Light and Magic for the previous three years. Making Star Wars and other films was fun, but the lure of the Internet frontier was too much to resist. My wife, Vineeta, and our son, Alex, 3, enjoyed Seattle's wonderful summer.
From the November / December 1999 Issue
Craig Chapin married Yumiko Mashimo on August 1 in Tokyo. Craig teaches at a private secondary school in Japan and serves as a part-time pastor at a nearby church.
Brian Loo writes: "After a four-year stint in Hawaii, Lisa and I have returned to Los Angeles. Lisa is teaching first grade, and I am back in the consulting industry."
Peter Wang writes: "I have taken a position with a 'way cool' Internet e-commerce start-up, ECOM Worldwide, in Houston. However, I have not begun wearing a goatee, and none of my body parts are pierced."
Shep and Annette Zwick Smithline, of Maple Grove, Minn., along with big brother Zachary, welcomed Gabriel Ethan into the world on Dec. 2, 1998. Shep writes: "Though we were both applied-math majors, we have recently come to the realization that 1+1 does not always equal 2. Annette works as an anesthesiologist in Minneapolis and wishes she got as much sleep as her patients, while I work with David Doherty at Network Computing Services, a company that sells supercomputer time to industry and the government."
From the September / October 1999 Issue
The class of '83 will publish classmates' memories of John F. Kennedy Jr. in an upcoming newsletter. Anyone who would like to share an anecdote or remembrance is invited to call class president Carmen Garcia Rodriguez.
Debbie Ching was selected by U.S. Secretary of Defense William Cohen to serve a three-year appointment on the defense advisory committee on women in the services. The committee of civilian men and women provides recommendations relevant to the optimum utilization of women in the armed forces and on the quality-of-life issues impacting military women. Debbie is also principal of Ching Consulting. She previously worked for nine successful seasons as head soccer coach at Punahou School in Honolulu.
Chris Granda writes: "Globe-trotting to developing countries for the environmental-consulting firm I helped start keeps me busy. It's harder now that our daughter, Madeleine, is 3. Bonny and I spend our time keeping up with her."
Marjory Schwartz Levey, of Westboro, Mass., was awarded the 1998-99 Anna & Samuel Pinanski Teaching Prize, given by the biological sciences department at Wellesley College, where she is a professor. In nomination letters, students described Marjory as enthusiastic, animated, and inspiring.
Karen A. Mignone, of Rye, N.Y., was named managing partner of the New Jersey office of McGovern, Noel, and Benik. She was previously a senior associate in the environmental department at Hannoch Weisman, P.C., and Adler, Pollock & Sheehan. She is also an adjunct professor at Pace University.
Mark Rafael (a.k.a. Mark Truitt) is an actor living and working in Los Angeles. He writes: "I've been in James Cameron's Titanic, along with miscellaneous television and theater projects. I would love to hear from any alums in southern California."
Anne Schwartz, of Washington, D.C., and her husband, David Stonner, announce the arrival of Hope Alina Stonner on May 15. Julia, almost 5, is a proud big sister. Anne writes: "After maternity leave I will be returning to my job as vice president of Grantmakers in Health, an organization that works with more than 160 private foundations and corporate giving programs. We try to help them be better informed about developments in health policy and the health system so they can be strategic in the dollars they invest. Sorry, I can't give help in getting grants!"
From the July / August 1999 Issue
Michael R. Clarke, Orange, N.J., has been named a partner at Shanley & Fisher. A member of the litigation department, he joined the firm in 1994. His work includes insurance defense, product liability, commercial litigation, medical malpractice, criminal litigation, and employment litigation. Michael is a member of the litigation section of the American, New Jersey State, Garden State and Essex County bar associations. He and his wife, Pamela, have two children.
Beth Stevens Rattner and her husband, Steven, live in Rye, N.Y., with their children, Jake, 7; Paige, 412; and Eli, 2.
Jacqueline Samols writes: "Although I never thought I'd find myself putting down roots on the West Coast, it seems this is where I'll be for quite a long time. I gave birth to my much adored daughter, Halle Isabelle Krieger on Dec. 12, 1997, in Los Angeles. Her father is Jay Krieger (Denison '84). I am still pursuing a doctorate in communications, albeit at a much slower pace since her birth. I enjoy the balancing act of keeping my feet in the playground and my nose in academic texts."
Jonathan Spencer writes: "After many years of law firm life, I have decided to make the move to an in-house position. I am now senior corporate counsel for Cable & Wireless USA in northern Virginia. However, as a city person, I refuse to move to the suburbs, and I now experience the joys of reverse commuting from Washington, D.C."
Peter Wang, Houston, has left oil and gas to make a complete career change. He now works for ECOM Worldwide, a firm that facilitates electronic data interchange for e-commerce transactions.
From the May / June 1999 Issue
Marjorie E. Berman and her husband, Joel Kosman (Swarthmore '83), returned from China last summer with their newly adopted daughter Sophia Robbie Ji who was born in Jiangxi province on June 1, 1997. Marjorie writes: "I love being a mom as well as running my own law practice, Krantz & Berman. It's been quite an exciting year. I would love to hear from any classmates - especially any '83ers who have adopted a daughter from China. Would also love to talk to anyone thinking about embarking on this amazing journey."
Edward Dimendberg has been appointed assistant professor of Germanic languages and literatures, film and video, and architecture at the University of Michigan.
Jacqueline S. Fern and Michael Winston (Dartmouth '84) announce the birth of Emily Lauren Winston on Oct. 16. Emily joins her brother, Benjamin Marc. Emily's Brown relatives include Mattis I. Fern '55 and Steven A. Fern '86.
Stephen Oddo and his wife, Amy, announce the birth of Francesca Catherine on Dec. 22. She joins Gabriella, 4, and Arianna, 2. Stephen works in human resources for the state of Massachusetts.
From the March / April 1999 Issue
William Stevens '87 M.D. writes: "I am (finally) out of the army and happy to be a civilian again.The many changes for my wife, Lynne, and I include the addition of our son, Jonathan William, who was born Oct. 2, 1997." William is on the faculty of the University of California at San Francisco, where he completed his spine surgery fellowship in 1994.
From the January / February 1999 Issue
Ted Dewan and Helen Cooper toasted the birth of Pandora Dewan on July 31.
Tamara Hoover married Daniel Smothers in Portland, Oreg., on Aug. 8. Angie Hill Rappaport, Tamara's freshman roommate, was a bridesmaid. Tamara writes: "Having miraculously survived breast cancer less than one year ago, I am so grateful for my husband and the many friends I saw at the reunion in May." Dan and Tamara live in San Diego, where she is an emergency physician for the U.S. Navy and he is an electrical engineer.
Emily Eldridge lives in Seattle with her husband, Michael Silberman, and daughter, Sophie, who will be 2 on April 30. Microsoft lured them away from New York City, to which they plan to return in two years. Emily is looking for Kelly Conlin.
Mary Lynn Metayer Raggenbass married Marc Raggenbass, a Swiss attorney, in a ceremony held in Pontresina, near St. Moritz. "We were married in a 12th-century mountain chapel and then celebrated in the company of friends and family amid the baroque splendor of the Grand Hotel Kronenhof. We are living in Zollikon, outside Zürich, where I work for CSFB in mergers & acquisitions. Marc is publishing his LL.M. thesis here on mergers and acquisitions while working for the Swiss National Bank."
David Salesin, associate professor of computer science and engineering at the University of Washington, was named Washington Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in November.
Amy Silberstein, Newton, Mass., and Jim Cohen announce the birth of Caroline Rose on Sept. 5. She joins Douglas, 7, and Julia, 5.
Bob Walsh notes that, after fifteen years on Elton Street in Providence, he has moved to 230 Eighth Street, also in Providence 02906. Bob is president of the Brown Club of Rhode Island. In 1999, Bob will be on sabbatical from his position as assistant executive director of the National Education Association of Rhode Island.
From the November / December 1998 Issue
Ted Vehse received his Ph.D. in the history of religions from the University of Chicago Divinity School in June. His dissertation was titled "Foundations of the Reform Movement in Hamburg: German Judaism in Transition during the Early 19th Century." Ted is visiting assistant professor of humanities and religious studies in the philosophy department at West Virginia University. A third generation Ph.D., Ted was preceded in teaching at W.V.U. by both his father, physicist William Everett Vehse, and his grandfather, mathematician Charles Henry Vehse '18, '32 Ph.D. Buffy Stoloff Vehse is a writer/editor at West Virginia University. Ted and Buffy's son, Nathan, is 5.
From the September / October 1998 Issue
Sarah Conyngham (see Bettie Lou Carpenter Conyngham '48).
Ted Dewan, London, has published The Sorcerer's Apprentice (Bantam Doubleday Dell).
Paul Gebhard and Gwenn Sewell Gebhard '82 returned to Washington, D.C., this summer after two-and-a-half years in Brussels, Belgium. Paul was posted to the U.S. mission to NATO, where he worked on the enlargement of NATO and the Partnership for Peace program. Paul writes: "Our girls, Jessica, 9, and Emma, 5, loved their experience in Brussels. They thrived at the local French language public school. Gwenn continued to work, and took French classes to keep up with our daughters." In mid-July Paul began as a special assistant to the Secretary of Defense. Bob Lincoln (see Larry Lincoln '50).
From the July / August 1998 Issue
Jeffrey Bantly, Batavia, Ill., embarked on a new career path at Lucent Technologies and is recently engaged.
Ted Bird is vice president of global medical education for Sofamor Danek in Memphis, the leading spinal/cranial medical-device company worldwide. He has two kids, Ross, 7, and Lily, 4.
Katherine Howard Bolton writes: "This New Englander headed west to Ohio upon marriage to Bill Bolton (Penn '70) in 1988. Since I've been here, I've had two sons, Charlie, 8, and William, 5, and am a full-time mom and explorer of Cleveland's many cultural institutions. Right now I'm starting a lecture series on nineteenth-century European paintings with the curator at the Cleveland Museum of Art, in addition to practicing piano daily with the boys and being chief bottlewasher at home."
Karen Brinkmann, Bowie, Md., recently escaped from the federal government and returned to private practice.
Athena Demopulos Brodsky and her husband, Adam, announce the birth of Leah Rebeka on Dec. 23, 1996. Leah was delivered by Peter Brown '82, '85 M.D. Athena lives in Scituate, Mass.
David Hambleton Browne is working in application development and systems analysis at a nonprofit HMO.
R. Matthew Cairns lives in Concord, N.H., where he regularly sees Chris Reid '87, Mark Rouvalis, Gina Cohen '81, Karen Anderson '95, and Margaret Tretbar '86.
Jeremy M. Cohen writes: "Wife Penney, 5-year-old daughter Michelle, and I are doing well." Jeremy lives in Roswell, Ga.
Chris Conte and his wife announce the birth of their first child, Alex, in June 1997. Chris writes: "Alex, a healthy, brown-eyed boy, is fantastic."
Bruce J. Edgerly lives in Boulder, Colo., with his wife, Karen Hyde (Univ. of Colo. '84), and their 1-year-old son, Stuart. Bruce is the cofounder of Backcountry Access, a small equipment-manufacturing company. He also is a contributing editor for Powder magazine and a frequent contributor to Couloir and Men's Journal. He skipped the reunion to kayak the raging floodwaters of El Niño.
Cheryl Jacobs Ehrlich, Chappaqua, N.Y., recently appeared in "Women and Love," an evening of original one-act plays at the Herbert Mark Newman Theatre in Pleasantville, N.Y. She also produced You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown for the Chappaqua Drama Group.
Emily Schultz Frank lives in Natick, Mass., with husband Josh Frank and two children, Richie, 6, and Lily, 3. Emily is a psychologist who conducts evaluations of delinquent adolescents for the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services.
Mary Garren, Quincy, Mass., manages the cleanup of hazadous waste sites at the EPA. Mary writes: "The site from the book/movie A Civil Action is mine." Mary and her partner, Marie, just celebrated eleven years together.
Jeremy Gaies writes: "My wife, Lisa Kellstedt Gaies '86, and our daughters, Sarah and Talia, recently moved into what we hope will be our dream house - after a few years of renovations. Meanwhile, we both work as clinical psychologists and spend our limited free time playing in the lake behind our house. Old friends please come and share it with us."
Pamela Glintenkamp is a producer for Sandpail Productions, which creates educational and documentary programs in both video and multimedia formats. The company is based in Studio City, Calif.
Lucy Niebruegge Golden and her son, Luke, 2, live on a 300-acre farm overlooking New Hampshire's Franconia Notch. Lucy is a jeweler and sells her work at shows and to stores and galleries.
Paula S. Gordon worked with a humanitarian organization in Bosnia and Herzegovina from 1996 until recently. She established PLAN B, her own domestic company, in Zenica (near Sarajevo). Paula writes: "It will engage in trade and services geared to the needs of international professionals, as well as the production of performances and special events."
Cathy Gortner left her job as vice president of business development for a high-tech company a year ago and is now a singer-songwriter. Cathy writes: "A recording career looks promising, and I am excited. I write mostly soft rock ballads, but have some hard rock songs as well. I seem to be making the `in' connections, and these people are positive, so next year I will hopefully have the miracle fully unroll. It's looking good!"
Robin J. Herbison and Les J. Wu '82 have a 2-year-old daughter. They live in Mountain Lakes, N.J.
Craig A. Horowitz and Cathy Seidman live in Santa Monica, Calif., with their children, Nicole, 5, and twins Jake and Jordan, 2. Craig continues to practice labor and employment law at his firm, Ott & Horowitz. Peggy Kenton is senior designer for girlswear at Polo Ralph Lauren in New York City. Peggy writes: "One of the nicest aspects of the job is the commute, which is a twenty-minute walk from my pre-war apartment on Manhattan's Upper East Side to the office on Madison Avenue."
Kristin Kruger married Paul H. Kight in Buffalo, N.Y., on Aug. 9, 1997. Kristin is a vice president with the Western New York Healthcare Association, a regional advocacy organization for hospitals and health systems. She lives in Amherst, N.Y.
Barbara Weiss Kimmel and Hank Kimmel '82 live in Atlanta with their children Lois, 5, Joey, 3, and Georgia, 4 months.
Nancy Lee and Jack Fitzpatrick '81 live in Greenville, N.C. Both are on the faculty at East Carolina University's school of medicine; Jack is a pediatric surgeon, and Nancy is an endocrinologist.
Evonne Levy was appointed assistant professor in the department of fine art at the University of Toronto. She is also on the editorial board of Public, a Toronto-based cultural-theory and art journal. Evonne co-edited Icons and Idols in 1997.
Jessica Kovar Lichtenstein lives in Manhattan with her husband, Mark, and daughter, Claire, 3. Her job at Harper-Collins Publishers allows her to read lots of fiction, and she still loves living in New York City.
Robert A. Lincoln was promoted to quality-engineering supervisor in the field measurement and control division at the Foxboro Co. in Foxboro, Mass. His wife, Kathi, is an administrative assistant at Reebok in Stoughton. They live in Taunton, Mass., with their cat, Chauncey.
Reid Litwack writes: "Liz and I had triplets a year ago - two boys and a girl. By three months they all had more hair than I do." The family lives in Indianapolis.
Mary Lynn Metayer is engaged to a Swiss lawyer, whom she plans to marry in August. Mary Lynn writes: "Our dream is to have the wedding in a small town in the mountains." She is still at M&A at Credit Suisse First Boston, where she was promoted to director in 1996. In her free time, she spends weekends hiking with her fiancé. She has been living in Switzerland for ten years.
Karen Melchior, Mountain View, Calif., and her husband, Fred Fisher, welcomed their first child, Audrey Marguerite, on Feb. 10. "We're all doing well and adjusting to 3 a.m. feedings," Karen writes. Ed Mitchell (see Elizabeth Mushinsky Mitchell '58).
Scott Nixon and his wife, Kathleen, live in Morristown, N.J. Scott is a consultant with McAlinden Associates, a New York City firm specializing in developing the communication skills of senior and high-potential executives. Scott writes: "I am fortunate to do a lot of international travel; I'm frequently in the U.K., and in the past six months I've conducted programs in Japan, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, India, China, and Germany for an international clientele that includes some of the world's leading professional service firms."
Peter K. Poli's new position as CFO of an Internet brokerage firm, Discover Brokerage Direct, "has turned out to be a great experience," he writes. "My daughters, Cara, 7, and Courtney, 4, are skiing great. They certainly didn't get the genes from me." Peter lives in Moraga, Calif.
Glenn Prescod '89 M.D. has been back in Rhode Island for 31/2 years. A vitreoretinal surgeon in private practice with an ophthalmology group.
Diana Revkin (see Amelia Stern Revkin '53).
Randy Barr Rosamond announces the arrival of her daughter, Hannah Wu Rosamond, born Aug. 9, 1996. Randy writes: "Troy (LSU '82) and I traveled to Guangzhon and Fuzhou provinces in China (and did get to see the `new Hong Kong') to bring Hannah home. She is more than a delight. After spending the past few years on the south shores of Oahu and Maui, Troy and I have settled into New Orleans for a while. I finally did the grad-school thing and got an M.P.H. from Tulane, but am still an R.N. We'll see what comes up next. Right now Hannah and I have lots of playing to do."
Laurie Rubin '84 A.M. and Morgan Spangle '81 announce the birth of their second child, Natalie, on March 16. Natalie was delivered at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City by Michael Plotnick '84, '87 M.D. Grandparents Richard Rubin '51 and Helene Rice Rubin '51 are overjoyed.
Ray Russo (see Raymond Russo '55).
Lynne Sachs and her partner, Mark Street, announce the birth of their second daughter, Noa Moncada Street-Sachs.
Mimi Wishner Segel "became a reproducer" after ten years as a producer at WCVB-TV in Boston. She is at home full-time with Aaron, 31/2, and Lainey, 16 months, and has recently started freelance writing and producing. Mimi's husband, Jim Segel, has two older daughters, Jennie, 21, and Becca, 19. Mimi writes: "The six of us enjoy life together; home runs the gamut from proms to Pampers." Mimi lives in Needham, Mass.
Pamela Smith, Wheeling, W.Va., is working in teaching and educational research, as well as on a doctoral dissertation in mathematics education.
Iris Sonnenschein and Eugene Wong are living in Chestnut Hill, Mass., with Talia, 71/2, and Elan, 41/2.
Jeff Spock and his wife, Lidia, announce the arrival of their daughter, Zoe Ilona, born in April 1997. The family lives in Maisons-Laffitte, France.
Mariana Stockly Tupper is still freelance writing and enjoying motherhood.
Steven C. Wallace, Whitefish Bay, Wis., announces the birth of his third child, Benjamin. Steven is founder and president of the Omanhene Cocoa Bean Co., makers of chocolate and hot cocoa at their factory in Ghana, West Africa. Steven was selected to serve on the executive committee of the board of directors of AFS-USA, the oldest student-exchange program in the world.
Barbara Winkler and Richard Hughes (Princeton '85, Johns Hopkins '93 M.A.) were married in May 1997. Last July, they had an abbreviated local wedding ceremony in Nepal, where they met and had been living. In October, Barbara left her position as reproductive health technical adviser at USAID/ Nepal after four years there. In January, she and Rick relocated to Guinea, West Africa, where they both continue to work in international public health. Barbara is consulting and Rick is continuing his work with JHPIEGO (a Johns Hopkins program for international education in reproductive health).
Terri Frisella Vanderlinde and her family, including the animals and the babysitter, moved to Portsmouth, N.H. Terri writes: "I got released from indentured servitude in the Army and am now enjoying a heavenly group ob-gyn practice and just enough primary care to keep the insurance companies happy. Husband Jan really likes his E.R. position in the nearby town of Exeter. When not at work, I am reveling in gourmet cooking, and Jan is getting a wood shop set up in the basement to build all those projects I keep finding for him to do. The kids, Chelsea and Reed, are happy, healthy, and loving children."
Jerry Weil is acting and computer animating in Los Angeles. He appears in the film The Last Stand with Scott Valentine, Corey Feldman, and Todd Bridges. He has also done a commercial for the film Half Baked.
Pamela J. Wiseman, Vestal, N.Y., writes: "It was a busy 1997! I have a new house (including eight acres, a barn, covered bridge, and stream) and a new husband, David Farley. David retired from the U.S. Army in 1994 after twenty years as a special-operations helicopter pilot. Two German shorthaired pointer pups round out the family."
From the May / June 1998 Issue
Cynthia Field is in the second year of a doctoral program in clinical psychology. She sees patients at the William Alanson White Institute inManhattan. Cynthia writes: "I spend most weekends in Essex, Conn., where, with the help of my brother, Rich '78, I'm renovating an old Federal house, planning next year's garden, and counting the days until the boat's in the water. Visitors en route to the reunion are welcome."
Ryne Johnson recently built a house in Dartmouth, Mass., where he lives with his wife, Donna, and their children, Alexandra and Zakare. "My dental practice, Discriminating Dental Care, continues to grow, and I've become very busy. My golf game has really suffered," Ryne writes. He was promoted to major in the Rhode Island Air National Guard and heads its dental division.
Suzy Kim, Decatur, Ga., and her husband, Walter Ott, announce the birth of Michael David Ott on Sept. 5. Michael joins his brother, Christopher, 3, "to form a very happy family," Suzy writes. Walter and Suzy still teach at Emory University.
William Poole VIII and Janet Levinger '81 moved to the Seattle area a year ago. Will is working for Microsoft, and Janet is working part-time as a business/marketing consultant for nonprofit organizations. William, 7, is in the first grade, and Sarah is 31/2.
Anne Vila and her husband, Steve Jacobs (M.I.T. '81), announce the arrival of their first child, Julia Suzanne, born in May 1997. In September, Anne began a yearlong research fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities. In December, she received the advance copies of her first book, Englightenment and Pathology: Sensibility in the Literature and Medicine of Eighteenth-Century France (Johns Hopkins University Press). She is still teaching at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
Luise A. Woelflein received a master's degree in environmental studies fromYale in 1996 and relocated to Anchorage, Alaska, with her husband. They started their own consulting firm and do science curriculum development and program planning for local and national conservation groups.
From the March / April 1998 Issue
15th Reunion Get ready to celebrate our 15th reunion, May 22-25. Joan MacLeod Heminway, Brenda Balon, Ron Christman, Beth Zalusky Finkelstein, Carmen Garcia-Rodriguez, Alexandra Garbers Pruner, and Judith Wells Vigar have been planning an unforgettable weekend. Be sure to return the survey you received in your fall mailing. The registration packet should arrive by late April, so return your forms as soon as you receive them. If you do not receive your packet, please call reunion headquarters at (401) 863-1947.
Jeff Bazarian, an emergency physician at the University of Rochester Hospital, recently presented his findings on minor head injury and post-concussive syndrome at the American College of Emergency Physicians' Scientific Assembly in San Francisco. There he met up with Kit Boss, who works as a TV writer in Los Angeles. Jeff and Kit relived their days as Hegeman roommates by looking for something to do on a Saturday night, concluding that a better party must be going on somewhere else. They also visited the 30th anniversary celebration of the Summer of Love, where they tried to visualize Ham Lord.
Emmitt Carlton was elected to a two-year term as president of the Virginia NAACP at its annual convention in Williamsburg, Va., in October. E
Deborah Crowell runs a marketing and distribution company. She taught a feng shui financial workshop in January. In the studio, she is making flowers with nails and cement. "We finished renovating our apartment in Manhattan" she writes. "And I'm home- schooling our 5-year-old son, Aviv. I'm looking forward to the reunion in May. I missed the 10th because Aviv was a newborn."
Deborah DeBare and Peg Langhammer, Kingston, R.I., announce the arrival of their daughter Mariana. She was born April 15, 1996, in Campulung, Romania.
Steven J. Frank has published The Uncertainty Principle (Permeable Press), "a tale of life and the pursuit of the unknown (not to mention cash) at MIT," he writes, "with Brown entering the picture at the very end." This is Steven's first novel, although he has published numerous short stories. He is a patent lawyer in Boston.
James and Paula Salustio Giglio '84 announce the birth of Sophia. Rebecca, 4, is proud of her baby sister. Paula will soon resume her work at Ikos Systems, and Jim has returned to Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center as director of emergency medicine.
Cathy Gortner writes: "I've left my career in high tech for a new career in music. I've always played piano and guitar; now I'm taking voice lessons from the top pop coach in L.A. and have written rock/R&B ballads and dance tunes. I've sold my house in the Bay area to move to Redondo Beach."
Eric Sahn and his wife, Amy, are happy to announce that Zachary, 4, has a new little brother, Lucas. "We are also moving into a new home in Redwood City, Calif., and I have a new job developing and building apartment communities."
Lancelot L. Williams is working in an anesthesiology private group practice in Lakewood, Calif. He still keeps in regular touch with his freshman roommate, Dexter Arrington.
Marlene Cutitar ’83, ’86 MD, of Warwick, R.I.; May 23, from cancer. She did her residency and fellowship at Rhode Island Hospital and the Miriam Hospital. Her areas of expertise were in surgical oncology, breast surgery, and general surgery, as well as gastrointestinal surgery. She was a clinical assistant professor of surgery at Warren Alpert Medical School and a member of the clinical faculty advisory committee. She was also a member of the American Medical Women’s Association and the R.I. chapter of the American College of Surgeons. On April 29, 2022, she was named a “Top Doc” in breast surgery by Rhode Island Monthly, an honor she had also received in 2019. She is survived by her husband, Donald Acevedo.
Jay Sorgman ’83, of Norton, Mass.; Sept. 5, 2020, of glioblastoma. After graduating from Brown, he attended the University of Massachusetts Medical School and became a gastroenterologist in Providence. He was on staff at Rhode Island and Miriam hospitals. He was active with the alumni council at University of Massachusetts Medical School and enjoyed teaching students, residents, and fellows. He served as a clinical assistant professor of medicine at Brown and was a Tufts University teaching fellow. He liked to travel and learn about other cultures and immerse himself in their history. He was proud to say he had visited all 50 states and 44 countries. He is survived by his husband, Anthony Wilson; his father; a brother and sister-in-law; and nieces and nephews.
Edward N. Belt Jr. ’83, of Riverside, R.I.; Mar. 18. He worked at Blue Cross Blue Shield and later became the vice president of Delta Dental of Massachusetts and then the director of marketing at Blue Cross in 1984. He began his own company, Primarily Care, providing compensation, benefits planning and consultation services in Rhode Island for more than 20 years before merging with CBIZ in 2012. He continued to work at CBIZ Primarily Care until 2018. He volunteered with numerous organizations serving on community boards and committees but was most proud to have served on the Bishop’s Council for the Diocese. He enjoyed music and singing and was instrumental in starting a gospel choir at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church. He also was active in prison ministry. He is survived by his wife, Gail; his mother; six children; and 11 grandchildren.
Mark J. Plesent ’83, of New York City; Feb. 19, of cancer. He joined Working Theatre as an intern in 1989 and quickly became managing director. He served as development director of Lar Lubovitch Dance Company from 1992 to 1996 before returning to Working Theatre as producing director. He became the sole producing artistic director in 2010 and brought on Tamilla Woodard in 2020 to serve as co-artistic director. Under his leadership, Working Theater was honored with six Drama Desk Award nominations, a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble for Tabletop, and three Audelco Awards. He also founded the company’s community arts education program TheaterWorks, which provides classes in writing and performance for working people. He instituted a ticket subsidy program to provide low-cost tickets to groups of working people and in 2015 he founded Five Boroughs One City, which is a community-based theater producing project aimed at fostering dialogue about pressing social justice issues within and between the diverse working-class communities of New York City. He is survived by his husband, Roger Belknap; his parents; two sisters; and several nieces and nephews.
Anne J. Arvidson ’83, of East Greenwich, R.I.; Mar. 15. She started her teaching career at Rocky Hill County Day School and then spent the next 30 years as an English teacher at Exeter West Greenwich Regional High School before retiring. She worked with Reading Across Rhode Island to promote literacy and the value of reading within the state. In addition, she had her own free little library outside her home that she filled for her neighborhood. She is survived by a sister, two nieces, and a nephew.
Robert Stanley ’83, of Suffield, Conn.; Apr. 20, of cancer. He began working at G. Fox in Hartford, then accepted a position at Suffield Academy, his former school, where he taught for 13 years and held various positions including varsity hockey coach and dean of students. For three years he was director of Camp Rising Sun, a camp for children with cancer, while pursuing his master’s at Yale Divinity School. From 2000 to 2020, he was president of the American Secondary Schools for International Students and Teachers. He was recognized in 2015 with an award from the Institute of International Education. He is survived by his wife, Anne; two daughters; his mother; a brother and sister-in-law; and several nieces and nephews.
Jonathan R. Spencer ’83, of Arlington, Va.; May 13. He was an attorney. He served as general counsel of the Museum of Science Fiction in Washington, D.C., was vice president and associate general counsel of Verisign, general counsel of Shenandoah Telecommunications Company, and associate general counsel of Cable & Wireless Communications. He is survived by three brothers, two sisters-in-law, and 10 nieces and nephews.
Vishwas A. Narurkar ’83, of San Francisco; Feb. 1. He was chief of the dermatology division and assistant professor of dermatology at UC Davis, where he helped to develop laser technology for laser hair removal. Additionally, he established the Bay Area Laser Institute and joined the practice of Dr. Kathy Fields. He lectured at national and international scientific and medical meetings for 20 years and expanded his career into areas of clinical research, participating in over 50 clinical trials in lasers and injectables. In 2005 he cofounded Cosmetic Boot Camp, a pre-eminent meeting for aesthetic core physicians. Phi Beta Kappa. He enjoyed traveling and lecturing and is survived by his partner, Mike Hirner.
Paul D. Quick ’83, of San Francisco; Nov. 2, of multiple organ failure post heart transplant. He was last employed by the San Francisco Department of Public Health (DPH), Tom Waddell Health Center/Homeless Programs, where he practiced general internal medicine and HIV care. He was the medical co-chair of Project Homeless Connect and had been working to re-establish a Tenderloin adult day health program for the HIV population. Diagnosed with a congenital heart defect at age 1, he underwent open heart surgery at age 5 and was pronounced cured. During his 20s he had abnormal heart rhythms and by age 44 developed progressive congestive heart failure due to a gene deletion. He attended Brown but left in 1981 without a degree and moved to California, where he attended City College and became an emergency medical technician working in the East Bay area. After attending Stanford-Foothill Paramedic Program in 1985, he worked as a paramedic in East Oakland with Allied Ambulance. In 1988 he joined the San Francisco DPH Paramedic Division. He returned to City College part-time while working as a paramedic and in 1991 graduated. He then returned to Brown and graduated in 1993 with a concentration focusing on an interdisciplinary approach to HIV/AIDS, sexuality, and addiction. Back on campus he appeared in two plays, was a contributing writer to the Brown Daily Herald, and served on the Committees for Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Issues and Independent Concentration Studies. He was named a 1993 Joslin award winner. He received his MD from UC School of Medicine at Davis in 1997 and trained in primary care internal medicine at Cambridge Hospital/Harvard Medical School from 1997 to 2002. He practiced at St. Anthony Free Medical Clinic in San Francisco before returning to DPH as a physician in 2002, working full-time until his cardiac disease forced him to retire in 2008, when he was placed on the heart transplant list. He was active in politics and the labor movement. He was an organizer for the Service Employees International Union and a member of the Union of American Physicians and Dentists. He was elected to the San Francisco Green Party County Council in 2004 and was a dedicated San Francisco Giants fan. He is survived by cousins, friends, coworkers, and patients whose lives he touched.
Marlene G. Brown ’83, of West Windsor, N.J.; Oct. 26, of breast cancer. After earning a JD from Rutgers Law School-Newark, she worked at the accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche and later clerked for Judge Lawrence Lasser, presiding judge of the New Jersey Tax Court. Following the clerkship, she had a long career with the State of New Jersey Division of Law, most recently as senior deputy attorney general and section chief. She argued several significant cases before the New Jersey Supreme Court and served as a fellow with the National Association of Attorneys General U.S. Supreme Court Fellowship Program in Washington, D.C. She was active with Congregation Beth Chaim, serving as sisterhood president, was a board member of the Central Jersey Youth Orchestra, and was an active volunteer and fundraiser for the Breast Cancer Resource Center. She enjoyed music, the theater, swimming, and traveling. She is survived by her husband, David; two sons; her parents; a sister and brother; and two nieces.
Russell D. Leblang ’83, of Swampscott, Mass.; Aug. 25, after a year-long battle with hepatic angiosarcoma. He founded Landay, Leblang & Stern law firm, where he built a successful practice in international trade finance, traveling widely, including twice a year to South America. He was an avid marathoner and is survived by his wife, Deahn L. Berrini ’83; son Alexander ’12; a daughter; his mother; two brothers; and nine nieces and nephews.
Paul R. Kemp ’83, of Seattle; Aug. 12, 2017. He was injured shortly after graduating from Brown, leaving him quadriplegic. After a year in the hospital and rehab, he moved to Seattle to continue his studies and obtained a ScM from the Univ. of Washington in 1993. He is survived by his mother and many friends.
James M. Scott ’83, of Baltimore; Sept. 20, of liver cancer. He was a noted costume designer whose work was featured on stage and in operas. He began designing his first costumes as a student for Brown productions and, after graduating, went on to earn an MFA in theater from NYU. His professional career as a costume designer began with the Cubiculo Theatre in New York City in 1986 with the production of The Yellow Wallpaper. He did costume design work for several theaters in New York. In 1989 and 1990 his work was featured in Vineyard Theater productions, the Great Lakes Theatre Festival, the New York Shakespeare Festival, and the Philadelphia Drama Guild. In addition to theater work, he enjoyed designing for the Wolf Trap Opera Co., the Minnesota Opera, and Juilliard Opera Center Productions at Lincoln Center. He designed costumes for the American Ballet Theatre and for The Barber of Seville, directed by Placido Domingo. He was an amateur figure skater and designed costumes for ice skater Tomas Verner of the Czech Republic for his 2007 World Championship and the 2014 Olympic games. He was an avid world traveler and enjoyed classic Hollywood films and solving crossword puzzles. He is survived by his father and a sister.