Class of 2019
Eric Lewin writes: “On July 3, I married the love of my life, Emily Shire, in Mamaroneck (N.Y.) Although Emily made the grave mistake of turning down Brown to attend a school just outside of Boston and not Tufts, fortunately many, many Brunonians, including numerous Brunonian family members, were in attendance. These included father of the bride Howard Shire ’75, mother of the bride Sharon Eisenstat Shire ’81, best man and brother of the groom Adam Lewin ’09, bridesmaid and sister-in-law of the groom Sara Epstein Lewin ’08, and groomsman and brother of the bride Ethan Shire ’19. Other family and friends attending included faculty and alumni ranging from the class of 1975 to the class of 2022.5. I sincerely thank the Alumni Office for letting me borrow a banner for the photo. Ever True!” (see Howard Shire ’75).
Emma Matarasso is studying at Imperial College in London for a master’s of science in climate change, management, and finance. She writes: “Brown was a wonderful experience and preparation.”
Jeff Stewart writes: “Breakaway Partners was acquired by Komodo Health. What is interesting is the high concentration of Brown folks on the Breakaway side! There is Andrew Laubscher ’07 (married to Amanda Puffer ’05, ’08 ScM), PJ Santoro ’04, and myself (married to Karen Steinig ’91, parent to two sons ’20 and ’24). Also on our team are Andrew Coggins ’18 and Dylan Groos ’19. A nice ‘conclusion’ to a gathering of several Brunonians across a few decades.”
Janet Leung ’16 earned a Bronze medal in women’s softball with Team Canada in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. Other Brown Bears competing included Hanna Barakat ’21 of Team Palestine in track and field; Jagger Stephens ’20 represented Guam in swimming; and Cicely Madden ’18, Alex Miklasevich ’19, and Anders Weiss ’15 competed for Team USA in rowing events.
Jack Brook moved to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, to work as a Henry Luce Scholar at the Bophana Audiovisual Resources Center, which trains Cambodian youth to be filmmakers. The Center’s focus on conservation filmmaking led him to the forests of the Mondulkiri province where he got to spend some time with rescue elephants in a nature preserve managed by the local Bunong community. When out of the jungle, he’s been slowly learning to read, write, and speak the Khmer language.
Stephen Buchwald writes: “2019 was a big year for the Buchwald-Haber household. Our son, Nathan Haber Buchwald ’19, graduated from Brown with a degree in chemistry. I was the recipient of several major awards, including the Roger Adams Award from the American Chemical Society and the Wolf Prize in chemistry.”
Nancy Harris writes: “My husband, Brad Parsons ’76, and I enjoyed seeing our youngest son Colby Parsons ’19 graduate. He joins his older brothers, Spencer Parsons ’13 and Cameron Parsons ’14. With all the boys living in different cities in the coming years, we can now happily look forward to seeing them at the many Brown reunions ahead.”
Russell Pierce claims to be the only member of the Class of 1953 to march in the 251st Commencement procession. “I was especially proud that our family now has three generations of Brown graduates, including my wife Anne Guerry Pierce ’58, our daughter Betsy Pierce Dallapé ’86, and son Russell B. Pierce Jr. ’87 and his wife Lisa Strauss Pierce ’87, and their son Ethan G. Pierce ’19. Two other grandsons, Charles Dallapé ’22 and James Dallapé ’23, round out our family list. I ponder whether our family will end up with more Brown degrees than the original Brown family!”
Alexander M.F. Barry ’19, of Calabasas, Calif.; Jan. 12, of Ewing sarcoma. He was a writer. At age 20, his short story, Fence, was published in the Catamaran Literary Reader. He was chosen for the “Top 25 to Watch” by Glimmer Train for his story Saguaro and at Brown he won the Mark Baumer Prize for Language Art. He traveled the world, visited five continents and studied abroad in London. He enjoyed books, stories, words, puns, jokes, superheroes, poems, and comics. He is survived by his parents, two sisters, grandparents, and aunts, uncles, and cousins.