The Classes

Photo of Pembroke Hangout  - girls in dorm room who quash stereotypes

PEMBROKE HANGOUT New collections created by Mary Murphy, archivist for the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women, include intimate images that often quash stereotypes about how young women behaved in the mid­-20th century. In this photo, donated by Carol (Canner) Gjelsvik ’59 (second from left), friends from the Class of 1959 share drinks and cigarettes in a dorm room. In an oral history recording, Gjelsvik discusses her experiences as a Jewish student at Pembroke College and describes becoming lifelong friends with Peggy (Brooks) Evans ’59 (right), one of two black Pembroke students in her class. Murphy journeys to people’s homes to gather items and information for the collections, which include the founding manifestos of the International Feminist Collective and miniature self-published magazines folded to resemble condom wrappers. Materials by and about women now make up 25 percent of the John Hay’s archives, and Murphy’s goal is to get to 51 percent: “I envision them fully representing the lives, aspirations, and achievements of women previously invisible to scholars.”  For more, visit library.brown.edu and follow links for A-Z Library, Collections, and Women.

May, 2019
GS 86

Constantine M. Megaridis ’86 ScM, ’87 PhD was appointed University Distinguished Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he has been since 1990. He is also director of the Micro/Nanoscale Fluid Transport Laboratory.

May, 2019
GS 17

Ashley Bowen ’17 PhD curated the exhibition Politics of Yellow Fever in Alexander Hamilton’s America at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Md.

May, 2019
GS 15

Shelley Fort ’15 MFA and her sister Claire are launching a fundraising campaign for their series Dear Sister directed by Robin Cloud.

May, 2019
GS 10

Yelena Biberman ’10 AM,’14 PhD will publish Gambling with Violence: State Outsourcing of War in Pakistan and India, with Oxford University Press in July. The book originates from Yelena’s Brown dissertation.

May, 2019
GS 10
4 Pulitzers!
A professor emeritus and 3 alumni take the top honor
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Photograph of Jackie Sibblies Drury ’10 at a desk
May, 2019
20
Sober Spring Break
Fun and connection for an "invisible minority"
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Photograph of SoBear members sitting together
May, 2019
19
Who We Are
Profiles of a few of the exceptional students graduating in 2019.
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portrait of Jennifer Mastrianni
May, 2019
19
Toilet Papers
A course on the history and science of human excrement is not a “gut.”
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Illustration of a colorful dragon
May, 2019
19
Erg Don’t Lie
An Olympic hopeful smashes a 22-year record
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Photograph of Alex Miklasevich ’19 holding a crew boat
Related classes:
Class of 2019, Class of 1997
May, 2019
19
Zap, You're Charged
An idea to get EV owners back on the road
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Photograph of Joey Asbel ’19 driving a car
May, 2019
18
Maryori Conde ’18, ’19 MAT
An activist for students of color, she planned to return to L.A. as a teacher
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May, 2019
14

Rory MacAneney and Sam Shepard  held a voter registration drive on Sept. 25, National Voter Registration Day. Sam and Rory are both second year law students and co-vice presidents at Boston University School of Law’s American Constitution Society. The ACS is a progressive legal organization founded in the wake of the Bush v. Gore decision, intended to promote the vitality of the U.S. Constitution and the fundamental values it expresses: individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, access to justice, democracy, and the rule of law. 

May, 2019
14
Seeing Stars
A new eyewear company that lets customers design the glasses
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Photograph of red King Children glasses lined up together
Related classes:
Class of 2014, GS Class of 2015
May, 2019
13

Edward Tremel married Amelia Hall (Georgetown ’13) in June 2018, in her hometown of Natchitoches, Louisiana. Edward writes: "We met at Cornell, where we’re both graduate students. I’m working on a PhD in computer science while she is pursuing one in English. Matthew Milano, who coincidentally is also getting a PhD in computer science at Cornell, was my best man and my friend Zach Kahn was in attendance."

May, 2019
12

Mikalei Gordon married Blair Alexander Simon on Sept. 30, at Villa Woodbine in Coconut Grove, Fla. The couple met in medical school and are currently in residency at Northwestern University Hospital in Chicago. The bridal party included maid of honor Shanelle Gordon ’14, bridesmaid Siffat Hingorani, Bi Yu Li, and groomsman Christian Talavera.

Related classes:
Class of 2012, Class of 2014
May, 2019
12
Cardio Blast
What started as campus fun is now a thriving busines
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Photograph of Sadie Kurzban ’12 making a silly face
May, 2019
11

Nicole Taykhman married Scott Ferrara at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden on Oct. 21, 2018. Groomsman Justin Satriano ’10, ’15 ScM, and bridesmaids Bruktaweit Addis and Lakshmi Madhavan stood alongside them. They were thrilled to be joined by guests Katie Meyers Satriano ’10, Jeremy Feigenbaum, Elena Albright, Michael Sunshine ’11 ScM, Kelly Devlin, Danielle Dahan, Dara Goldberg, Cailey Bromer, Danielle Candelora, Katie O’Brien, Matthew Becker ’13, Evan Carmouche, Aaron Zick, Jeremy Noah, Jacob Kopf, Osmar Olivo, Wendy Castillo, Drew Marano, Celina Pedrosa, and Felipe Umana. Several of the guests lived with the bride throughout college and studied abroad with her in the Brown in France program in the Fall of 2009.

May, 2019
09

Miguel Angel Blancarte Jr. graduated in December 2018 from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and the Walsh School of Foreign Service with a Master of Arts in International Business and Policy.

May, 2019
08

Jennifer Pallay Bassan ’09 ScM and her husband, Matthew, announce the Feb. 4 birth of their son, Elliott Reese Bassan.

Related classes:
Class of 2008, GS Class of 2009
May, 2019
08

Ariana Cannavo and Jack Murphy ’11 were married July 28 in Providence. In attendance were: Libby Boghossian ’09, Marc Bergschneider ’73, Mark Dee ’11, Daniel Deisley ’11, Casie Horgan ’11, Misha Joukowsky ’87, Allan Just ’05, Lawrence Livornese ’11, Lindsay McAlpine ’09, Luke McGee ’01, Portia Johnson McGee ’01, Phoebe Manzella Murphy ’82, Victoria Nguyen, Serin Seckin ’11, Catherine Starr ’05, and Deborah Dryer Vo ’06. Professor Barrett Hazeltine was also at the wedding.


Ariana Cannavo ’08 and Jack Murphy ’11 wedding photo
May, 2019
06

Clare Louise Frost writes: "After living in Istanbul full-time for nine years (I now go back and forth) I have opened a boutique called Tamam in New York’s East Village with two wonderful partners, Elizabeth Hewitt of Tulu Textiles, and renowned Turkish rug-and-textile dealer/collector Hüseyin Kaplan. We are a colorful gem of a boutique with handmade clothing, jewelry, bedding, ceramics, and more, as well as vintage and antique rugs and textiles. We serve a retail clientele looking for unique treasures and also work extensively with interior designers to find that perfect unique piece. We are open by chance and appointment. Find our daily hours on Instagram @shop_tamam. We look forward to greeting Brunonians and their friends."

May, 2019
06
Bringing Pikachu to Life
How the beloved Pokémon got to the big screen
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Dan Hernandez ’06 and Benji Samit ’06 standing in front of a Pokémon: Detective Pikachu poster
May, 2019
05
Investing in Change
A financial manager with a social conscience
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Photograph of Zach Teutsch ’05 sitting outside
May, 2019
04

Deylin Negron Smida and her husband, Jason Smida, announce the Nov. 28 birth of their daughter, Serafina Grace. She joins big sister Aurelia Celeste and big brother Xavier Scott. They live in Pittsburgh, where Deylin is an emergency medicine physician.

May, 2019
03

Brooke Stevens and her partner, Till Wirth (NYU ’07, Oxford ’12), welcomed their second son, Sven Lucian Stevens Wirth, on Jan. 15. Brooke writes that big brother Theodor Edwin is slowly warming up to him. The family lives in London.

May, 2019
03

Seth Dorsky and his wife, Heather, welcomed their second son on Nov.12, 2018.  He joins older brother Zachary.

May, 2019
02

Lydia Slaby’s memoir on transformation, Wait, It Gets Worse, was published on March 19. Lydia writes: “A very exciting result of years of hard work.” As Arianna Huffington wrote: “It’s an everywoman’s guide to living a life that matters.”

May, 2019
02

Virginia R. Herrmann coedited Imperial Peripheries in the Neo-Assyrian Period, published by University Press of Colorado & Utah State University Press.

May, 2019
01

Courtney Maum announces the July publication of her third novel, Costalegre and the January 2020 publication of her guide for writers, Before and After the Book Deal. She has also started a service called The Query Doula to assist writers with their agent query letters. 

May, 2019
01
Service Through Sports
Connecting pro athletes with their communities
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Photograph of Rebekah Splaine Salwasser ’01 standing in the Boston Red Sox stadium
May, 2019
99

John H. Snyder founded Agnes Intelligence, a technology company that designs and implements custom AI solutions. His first project, a legal intelligence platform, was named a 2018 Global Finalist in IBM’s international AI competition. In collaboration with lawyers, scholars, and judges, John is a founder and leader of the Law & Data Science movement, which seeks to use data science to make our legal system affordable for ordinary people. John and his wife, Amy, welcomed a baby daughter, Agnes Charles Kirby Snyder, into the world on May 4, 2018. 

May, 2019
99
Political Player
Can Republicans reclaim the House in 2020?
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Photograph of Parker Hamilton Poling ’99 standing beside a marble column
May, 2019
97

Hope Rias ’97 MAT writes: “After graduating, I taught high school in New York City; Durban, South Africa; and Indianapolis, before pursuing my PhD. I completed my PhD in Education Leadership and Policy Studies at Indiana University in 2016. I am now working as an education professor at Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, Virginia. I published my first monograph, titled St. Louis School Desegregation: Patterns of Progress and Peril (2019 Palgrave Macmillan). In it, I examine Missouri’s history of soft racism to show how schools evaded desegregation until the 1980s. In the final chapter, I look at the police killing of Michael Brown in 2014 to show that his school never desegregated. I offer the suggestion that the lack of cultural interaction and lack of school financial resources that Brown endured as a result of faulty school policy represent the worst case scenario. I plead with education policymakers to revisit desegregation policies to eliminate the contemporary problem of school segregation.” 

May, 2019
96

The Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages awarded the NECTFL Teacher of the Year award to Rebecca Blouwolff of Brookline, Mass., representing the Massachusetts Foreign Language Association. Rebecca is a French teacher at Wellesley Middle School and received her award in February.

May, 2019
95

Miriam N. Rahav opened a functional medicine center in New York City in April 2017. Miriam writes: “Over the past year, we have added practitioners and expanded availability of unique and powerful healing services, including ozone ultraviolet blood irradiation therapy and biofeedback testing.” For more information visit https://rahavwellness.com.

May, 2019
94
Our One Percent Obsession
Why do so many of us spend our free time gaping at the super-rich on TV?
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illustration of a louche rich dude
May, 2019
94

Andrew Hoppin is living between Brooklyn, N.Y., and Portland, Ore., building CoverUS, a new startup helping fill financial gaps in healthcare. He’s also spending ample time in Wellington, New Zealand, as an Edmund Hillary Fellow mentoring impact entrepreneurs.

May, 2019
94

Suzanne Immerman Hajjar-Nejad and her husband, Mehdi, opened www.HafezRugGallery.com, a Persian and modern rug company specializing in high quality, handmade rugs from throughout the Middle East and Asia. Suzanne writes: “Personalized service and unbeatable prices are our hallmark. Special discounts for Brown alumni.”

May, 2019
94

Nicole R. Clement joined the faculty of Roger Williams School of Law in January as an adjunct professor teaching housing law and policy.

May, 2019
91

Jennifer Reid writes that she enjoys expanding the worldviews and sociolinguistic skills of middle-school students by teaching them to speak French. Her specialty is transforming shy seventh-graders into gabby eighth-graders by embracing the awkwardness and silliness inherent in learning to talk like a toddler when you’re 12. Jen writes: “My husband, Luis Andrade (Columbia ’90), and our seven-year-old daughter and I moved from Oakland to the suburban wilds of Lafayette, Calif., and are still searching for decent pizza and Mexican food. We went on a holiday lunchtime adventure with Amy Jervis, Raymond Ku ’92, Charlene Ku ’94, and Tim Smith ’93, and frequently see Triane Chang, Rachel Leventhal, and Kitty Vieth ’93.” 

May, 2019
91

Amanda Kim started writing again last year after a long break and was honored when TAYO Literary Magazine accepted a story and five poems. The short story is about foster kids trying to survive on their own and the poems are a series about lost languages and the casualness of death (written soon after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School). Amanda writes: “I’m in incredibly good company and it feels like home.”

May, 2019
91

Chris Donoho has been named practice area leader for Hogan Lovells Business Restructuring and Insolvency practice London office effective January 1. Chris has been with Hogan Lovells for nearly a decade, and since 2015 he has served the firm’s New York office as administrative partner. He spends much of his time protecting the rights of creditors in restructurings, frequently on behalf of investment funds or banks.

May, 2019
91

Illustrator Sandy Steen Bartholomew announces her newly released picture book, Ready, Set, GOrilla! (written by Melissa Stoller, Clear Fork Publishing, 2018). In this story, Gorilla likes to race with his pals but what he really loves is winning—at any cost. He cheats and misbehaves until none of his usual friends will play anymore. The arrival of equally competitive Gopher stops him in his tracks. What will it take to teach them the true meaning of friendship? Ready, Set, GO! 

May, 2019
91
Up, Up, and Away
A competition for personal flying machines
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Drawing of Gwen Lighter ’91 in a flying device
May, 2019
89

Derek Charles Livingston writes: “Friends, including Brian Herrera ’90, have seen my portrait in the National Museum of African American History and Culture, but I still haven’t made it to the exhibit. The image was taken at the Million Man March, for which I served as a co-organizer of a contingent of gay and bisexual men. This past January I won the New Hampshire Theatre Award for Best Lead Actor in a Professional Play. I played Hoke in Driving Miss Daisy at Jean’s Playhouse in Lincoln, New Hampshire. Like Morgan Freeman in the movie, I have my own grey beard now, but I’m bald on top. If you pass through Vegas, say hello. Otherwise, see you at our 30th!”

May, 2019
89

Ted Hosp joined Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama as Executive Director of Governmental Affairs in November 2018 after more than 20 years at the law firm of Maynard, Cooper & Gale. He writes that he is thrilled to be joining BCBS and is looking forward to this new challenge. He and his wife Alison are also excited about attending the 30th reunion and may try to convince one or more of the kids (ages 18, 16, 12 and 11) to come with them.

May, 2019
88
Big Game Hunting
One family’s passion for collecting Victorian table games
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Image from one of the board games
Related classes:
Class of 1988, Class of 1957
May, 2019
87
Dystopia Calling
Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, as retold on Hulu by Bruce Miller ’87, is having a moment.
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portrait of Bruce Miller
May, 2019
87

Matthew Frye Jacobson ’87 AM, ’92 PhD published The Historian’s Eye: Photography, History, and the American Present in May with University of North Carolina Press.

Related classes:
Class of 1987, Class of 1992
May, 2019
87

Rebecca Hardin and her husband, Arun Agrawal, are working at the University of Michigan building next-generation tools for teaching and research in the field of sustainability science. Learn more at www.learngala.com.

May, 2019
87

Lee Jamieson Englert writes that in keeping with Brown’s ongoing commitment to support first-generation students, Tom and Kate Egan Gilbane ’97 hosted an event in Boston in conjunction with The Steppingstone Foundation, a college access nonprofit supporting underserved students in the Boston area. Assistant Dean of the College for International Students and Associate Director of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program at Brown, Dr. Asabe Poloma, was the guest speaker.

Related classes:
Class of 1987, Class of 1997
May, 2019
86

James G. McLean writes: “After four years as presiding officer of faculty at SUNY Geneseo, I’ve returned to be a full-time professor in the department of physics and astronomy there, the largest undergraduates-only physics department in the nation.”

May, 2019
86

Jess Mandel was appointed the Kenneth M. Moser Professor of Medicine at UC San Diego and Chief of the Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine Division. He and Meg Leopold Mandel would like to hear from Brown friends if they are ever in the San Diego area.

May, 2019
86

Deborah Fletcher Blum writes: “We moved into a historic house in Hollywood and are restoring it. We continue to make progress producing the documentary about Carl Laemmle and the Jews he saved from the Nazis. We’ll keep you posted.”

May, 2019
85

Karen Smith Catlin’s second book, Better Allies: Everyday Actions to Create Inclusive, Engaging Workplaces, was published in January. After spending 25 years working in tech, Karen is now an advocate for inclusive workplaces, a leadership coach, and a frequent public speaker.

May, 2019
85

Cedric M. Bright, associate dean for inclusive excellence at UNC School of Medicine, has been named associate dean of admissions for the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. He will also serve as a clinical professor in the department of internal medicine. A graduate of UNC School of Medicine, Cedric has served on the UNC School of Medicine faculty since 2011. He has also served as assistant dean for admissions, director of the office of special programs, and director of pipeline programs, and has led UNC’s summer Medical Education Development program. He was featured in the 2015 AAMC report “Altering the Course: Black Males in Medicine” and participated in a National Academy of Sciences forum addressing the lack of black males in medicine. In 2017, he earned an award for Distinguished Service in the Health Field from the National Association of Medical Minority Educators.

May, 2019
83
Finding a Home
First-person stories of people trying to overcome homelessness
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Drawing of Susan Greenfield ’83 writing in a book
May, 2019
82

Brad Voigt, vice president of development at the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Larry Kerson ’64, chairman emeritus of the Brown Alumni Club of Philadelphia, co-hosted an event for Brown alumni and their families in the Greater Philadelphia area who attended the Orchestra’s performance of Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II on Jan. 6 at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. The event included a brunch for 55 guests, special guest appearance and discussion with Orchestra violinist Davyd Booth, a performance by The Philadelphia Orchestra accompanying classic cartoons, and a backstage tour.

Related classes:
Class of 1982, Class of 1964
May, 2019
82

Barbara A. Pitkin has led the International Technical Assistance Program at the U.S. Department of the Interior for the past 23 years. She has overseen natural and cultural resource management programs in Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and Asia. She lives in Vienna, Va., with her husband, son, daughter, and dog, Sunny.

May, 2019
80
Fresh Ink
New books by Kate Ascher '80, Thomas Mallon '73 and Monique Tello '95.
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May, 2019
80
Truth to Power
CNN and the role of the press during the Trump era
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Photograph of Jim Acosta
May, 2019
79
Forever Light
The sun will trace an infinity symbol on a new campus sundial
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Photograph of students welding the sculpture
Related classes:
Class of 1979, Class of 2020
May, 2019
78
Ultimate Fame
An Ultimate Frisbee pioneer reflects on his college days
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Photograph of Ron Kaufman ’78 with his ultimate frisbee team
May, 2019
78

Jill Moser’s solo exhibition, Borrowed Light, was held March 23-April 27 at Edward Cella Art + Architecture in Los Angeles.

May, 2019
78

Rabbi Joshua Hammerman’s new book Mensch-Marks: Life Lessons of a Human Rabbi —Wisdom for Untethered Times was published on April 2 with Meryl Moss Media. You can read all about the book and see early reviews at its website https://www.menschmarks.com/p/reviews-and-endorsements.html. He will be visiting the Brown campus in the future to talk about the book.

May, 2019
77
Set in Stone
Undertaking a huge restoration project in the Philippines
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Mark Gillen ’77 and his wife, Delmafe Festin, standing at the Manila American Cemetery between stone columns
May, 2019
75

Susan A. Ross writes: “It’s hard to believe I have lived in the Seattle area for almost 40 years. I keep busy with my art and gardening. Our children live in Berlin, Germany, and New York City, so lots of opportunity for travel.”

May, 2019
75

Craig N. Martin left the Association for Financial Professionals last year after 13 years and 40 years in capital markets and corporate treasury and finance. He now spends more time with his children and two grandsons, who all live in the Baltimore area. He works part-time as the director of the U.S. practice for the Treasury Recruitment Company.

May, 2019
74

Anne Berchenko Weisholtz and Steven Weisholtz announce the wedding of their son, Daniel ’02 to YunXiang Chu on June 10, 2018, in Copake Lake, N.Y. In attendance were Boris Abromov ’00; Daniel Ko ’01; George Kong ’02, ’03 ScM; Eric Snyder ’03; and Cara Zeldis Snyder ’03. Daniel is a neurologist with a specialty in epilepsy at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

May, 2019
74

Class of 1974 co-vice president for communications Jim Morris writes: “The Class is now fully immersed in its spectacular 45th reunion that sets a new standard for future reunions. All of your class officers look forward to sharing pictures of classmates at the festivities through email and on our Class of 1974 website.”

May, 2019
73

Benny Sato Ambush is a professional theatrical stage director and educator. His directing projects for the 2018-2019 theatrical season include: August Wilson’s Fences, Florida Rep, Ft. Myers, Fla., Jan. 11 – 30; Nathan Alan Davis’s Nat Turner in Jerusalem, Actors Shakespeare Project, Boston, Feb. 2-24; Hansol Jung’s Cardboard Piano, The New Rep, Watertown, Mass., Mar. 23 to April 14; Marcus Gardley’s black odyssey boston, Central Square Theatre, Cambridge, Mass.,  April 24 to May 19. In April Benny was inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Theatre.

May, 2019
71

Sue Wotiz Goldstein writes: “Irwin and I continue to enjoy living and working in San Diego. San Diego Sexual Medicine is 12 years old and neither one of us is ready to retire, especially because we are doing cutting edge work. We travel for conferences and to visit our grandchildren, ages 5 through 12, but especially love when they come to visit us at the beach. Look us up if you’re ever in SoCal.”

May, 2019
71

Robert Chapman, Nick Cerjanec, Eugene Su, Frank Sun and Steve Weinstein, all former roommates, convened for a three-day mini-reunion hosted by Dr. Chapman and his wife Andrea in Lakeland, Florida. Christy Carter-Su ’72, wife of Eugene, also attended. Some participants had not seen each other since graduation. A great time was had by all.

Related classes:
Class of 1971, Class of 1972
May, 2019
70

Christopher Kende writes: “I’m still practicing law with Cozen O’Connor, practicing primarily insurance, reinsurance and transportation law. I also teach transportation law as an adjunct professor at Brooklyn Law School every other year. Still married (40+ years). Can’t afford to retire.”

May, 2019
70

Across the Street—An East Side Story, written by composer Janet Hay and Dean Alexander (story/book/lyrics) was selected for submission to National Alliance for Musical Theater (NAMT), a major musical theater competition in New York City. Dean writes: “Our 1939 play centers around conflict between the Jews and Irish on the lower East Side of New York.”

May, 2019
69

Jonathan Cowan launched Socialize ACE, a new home training system for autistic issues through his company, Peak Achievement Training. The Socialize ACE uses a new form of brainwave biofeedback which trains a 40 cycle gamma brain rhythm he named Neureka! because it is involved in processing new learning and discoveries. He writes: “Training with Neureka! also improves positive feelings, which are known to enhance long-term health.” His previous release, the Peak BrainHappiness Trainer, combined this into a more varied clinical neurofeedback product by adding training for focus and alertness. Jonathan states that this long and winding road actually started with an independent study project during his last year at Brown. 

May, 2019
67

Ira Cotton retired in June after a long career in information technology consulting and management, the last 20 years of which were with IBM. Some years ago, as a hobby, Ira started writing and self-publishing philatelic handbooks in the area of fish and game license stamps. He released his 8th handbook under a PaperQuest Press imprint titled Texas Fish & Game Stamps. For information on all Ira’s handbooks visit www.PaperQuestPress.com. Ira writes: “Six years ago my wife and I relocated to Naples, Florida. We would welcome meeting classmates who may be visiting the area.”

May, 2019
67

David Chichester writes: “In the spirit of downsizing and seizing an attractive housing opportunity, Hilde and I moved on Bainbridge Island from a large home with a great view on the southwest side of the island, to a lovely condo right on the Eagle Harbor Marina with a view of Seattle. We are now walking distance to the village and the ferry. Disposing of five rooms of furniture was a liberating experience. We welcome classmate visitors (and we still have a guest room). I attended a shipmates reunion for the USS Ponchatoula. What a great time...50 years since we were refueling and reprovisioning all the naval ships in the Gulf of Tonkin and along the coast of South Vietnam. The bonds of mutual service remain strong. I continue with my volunteer activities as copresident of the Sports Foundation, member of the Advisory Council on Athletics and a trustee of Bloodworks Northwest (Blood Bank and Research Institute). I play tennis, hike, and visit the gym from time to time. Our family is happy and healthy, and we are blessed.”

May, 2019
67

Delvyn C. Case Jr. began writing columns about religion and medicine for the Portland Press Herald in Maine in 1992. In 1994, he became director of drama for First Baptist Church in Portland. He retired from active hematology/oncology practice in Portland in 2008. After moving to Bonita Springs, Fla., he continued to write and direct, serving as director of drama at First Presbyterian Church in Bonita Springs. He also writes about international, social, and women’s issues and has had plays produced at festivals around the U.S. and abroad. He’s a member of the Dramatists Guild of America and the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. He and his wife Carole are healthy and have three children, five grandchildren, and another grandchild on the way.

May, 2019
66

Mark Lurie writes: “My biography of Lewis Galantière, Galantière, The Lost Generation’s Forgotten Man, has garnered excellent reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Midwest Book Review, and academia. It has also been purchased by the libraries of prominent universities.”

May, 2019
65

Anne Rodems White was reelected to an eighth term on the Livermore Valley School District board in California. Anne was first elected in 1990. She has also been a board member of the California School Board Association Audit and Bylaws Committee.

May, 2019
65

Jim Schreiber is the new chairman of the board for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy in Purchase, N.Y. Jim writes: “I am delighted four of my five children went to Brown; my eldest, Samantha Schreiber ’92 and three of my four quadruplets—Amanda, Danielle and Zachary—all ’95. My remaining quadruplet daughter, Elisabeth, was accepted, but sadly chose to go to Barnard instead. Our strong ties to Brown continue, as Zachary is now a Brown trustee.”

May, 2019
64

Judith MacIntosh O’Neill and Thomas J. O’Neill III have been enjoying retirement for many years now, spending time with their family and traveling the world. They traveled for a month in Central Asia visiting Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan. Tom plays trombone in a number of swing bands and orchestras and Judith remains busy gardening and knitting. "It was a fabulous trip learning about these newly free countries. We are thrilled that our granddaughter Claire Harrison ’20 is enjoying Brown. Her parents are Christine O’Neill Harrison ’91 and Marc Harrison ’92."

May, 2019
64

Robin Veeder Dailey writes: “My cousin and close childhood companion was on a Baltic cruise when she discovered one of her fellow passengers was Anne Hupper Blacksten, my Pembroke classmate. Anne was known to her classmates as ‘the French Girl’ as she had just lived in France for six years. Small world.” 

May, 2019
60

Tom Rollinson, who began playing duplicate bridge at the Brown Bridge Club in 1956, regularly partnering with Jef Fall, recently achieved the rank of Ruby Life Master in the American Contract Bridge League.

May, 2019
59

Tony Morgan writes: “After a long and successful career in market research and advertising (Exec VP, TBWA Advertising), I have spent the last dozen years writing mostly fiction. Two novels were followed by an anthology of some 30 short stories, literary essays, and personal remembrances called The Book of Morgan. Two years ago, I helped to create another anthology of local authors which I edited and to which I contributed. I am expecting twin grandkids and they are included in my latest true story, My Great Uncle Oetzi, which begins 5,000 years ago.”

May, 2019
58

Bob Sanchez writes: “With two sets of twin grandchildren (4 years and 18 years), we are watching them enter preschool and college, respectively. We visit them in Connecticut at Christmas and they visit us in Florida during spring break. I am still busy heading up the Pelican Bay Property Owners Association, the Reserve Officers Association, and the Brown Club. I’m still interviewing Brown applicants, still playing tennis and bridge two or three times each week, and still writing letters and articles for the Naples Daily News and the Pelican Bay Post. We’re fully recovered after riding out Hurricane Irma, which passed right over our heads here in Naples.”

May, 2019
58

Hays Rockwell writes: “We’re still living in rural Rhody in the house we had built 17 years ago. Among the visits to the doctor that our age group knows well, I am working on another small memoir, mainly for the readership of our children and theirs. It’s about the places where we’ve lived and worked and the ways in which each shaped what passes for my character. Of course, Brown is one such place. I especially liked writing that chapter.”

May, 2019
57

Augustus A. White III presented a lecture hosted by the department of orthopaedic surgery at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in February and became the Inaugural Alvin H. Crawford, MD Eminent Visiting Scholar. His book, Seeing Patients: Unconscious Bias in Health Care, which he co-authored, will be reissued under a new title: Seeing Patients: A Surgeon’s Story of Race and Medical Bias. Gus and his co-author are currently drafting another book, Out from Under: Essential Lessons to Live the Life You Want.

May, 2019
57

Mark Kessler writes: “Steve Cutler and I again upheld the honor of the class of ’57 against Bob Gordon ’56 and Steve Rogers ’56 on the golf links at Jupiter Country Club in Florida, in February. No one got injured.” This annual clash of the same foursome has been going on for 16 consecutive years.

Related classes:
Class of 1957, Class of 1956
May, 2019
57

Lee Jacobus ’59 AM writes: “Joanna and I met Anita and Gus White over the holidays at the home of a mutual friend. We had a good talk/mini-reunion. In February, I had lunch with Ned Perkins ’59, and Bill Chadwick ’58, both of whom now live nearby. We had some reminiscences of Brown in the days of our youth.”

May, 2019
57

Dorothy Crews Herzberg writes: “Doug took a break from teaching computers in high school, for surgery. He is recovering and hopefully going back to teaching. He is not ready to retire. We have been married seven years now.”

May, 2019
57

Joe Gerstein writes: “I have finished my second term as president of SMART Recovery Self-Help Network, which is science-based and self-empowering and applies to any sort of addiction. It has been endorsed by almost all pertinent U.S. Government agencies. In the 25 years separating my terms, the network has grown from 13 to 3,000 free meetings in 23 countries, facilitated by thousands of trained volunteers. For information: smartrecovery.org."

May, 2019
57

Ronald E. Baker writes that he is enjoying the best of a cold Canadian winter keeping very active. “I just finished cutting forest undergrowth to open up Savanna grassland patches for oak tree seedlings on the 2,500-acre St. Williams, Ontario Forest Reserve, where I’m a trustee. On January 27, I interviewed four admission candidates with a team of 24 Toronto Brown Club Alumni members led by Dr. Albino Chiodo. I’ve been elected president of the Rotary Club of Simcoe for 2020-2021. I’m planning to return to Brown for Commencement and hoping many ’57 classmates will show up.”

May, 2019
55

John O’Brien and Anne Murphy O’Brien were happy to see their son Bill O’Brien ’92 selected as Brown’s chosen honoree at the Ivy Football Association dinner in New York City this past January. About 150 Brunonians were in attendance, including Brown’s new football coach, James Perry ’00. John writes, “We continue to stay in touch with our Naples, Florida friends, including Don Diciccio, who seems to be hard at work on improving his golf game.” John and Anne look forward to the 65th Reunion in 2020, which they hope will be well attended.

May, 2019
54

Marty Kantor’s new book Social Sadomasochism: How Emotional Dominance and Submission Affect People’s Lives is scheduled for late 2019 publication by Praeger publishers.

May, 2019
52

Class secretary David Nichols reports the Class of 1952 Endowment Scholarship fund was presented to Reed Jaworski ’20, with a concentration is math, physics, and philosophy, for the fiscal year 2017-2018 and to Natalie Montufar ’21, with a goal to attend medical school and become a neurosurgeon to help people with Alzheimer’s disease, for the fiscal year 2018-2019.

May, 2019
51

George Wallerstein retired from teaching astronomy at the University of Washington in 2003 but continues his research on the chemical composition of stars.

May, 2019
40

Maxwell “Mac” Sturtz, who turned 100 on Jan. 24, marked this special milestone with a grand party attended by more than 60 close friends and relatives who came from far and wide to celebrate with him at Primavera Restaurant in Croton Falls, N.Y. In honor of his centennial, the Westchester County board of legislators declared January 24, 2019, “Maxwell Sturtz Day.” Mac also received a number of letters and accolades, including a certificate from Brown University and the Brown Alumni Association. Congratulatory letters and toasts were presented by his daughter, Laura Sturtz Kleinman ’77, and his son, Ted Sturtz ’80. Attilio Cecchin ’78, recruited by Mac and who has stayed in touch over these many years, made a presentation to Mac from the Brown Football Association in recognition of his successful efforts in the 1970s to draft players for Brown football, including Eliot Warner ’76, and Kevin Webb ’78, both of whom played on the 1976 Ivy League Championship Team.

Mar, 2019
GS 88

Kang Sun ’88 PhD is working on his third company in renewable energy. He is currently CEO of Amprius Inc, a high energy density lithium ion battery developer and manufacturer based on silicon anode technology. His solar battery company, JA Solar, launched an IPO on NASDAQ in 2007 and his solar tracking system company, RayTracker, was acquired by First Solar Inc in 2011.

 

Mar, 2019
GS 65

Arthur S. Reber ’65 AM, ’67 PhD writes: “My most recent book, The First Minds: Caterpillars, Karyotes, and Consciousness was published in November by Oxford University Press. The thesis of the volume is a radical one: namely that consciousness and sentience first appeared along with the very first life forms, the prokaryotes. Yes, bacteria have (very tiny) minds. Just as all other species evolved from these primitive beginnings, so did all forms of mental life. I retired from Brooklyn College and the Grad Center of CUNY in 2005. Rhiannon Allen and I live in Point Roberts, Washington, just a stone’s throw from Vancouver, British Columbia. We both have courtesy appointments in the psychology department at the University of British Columbia, which completes a life-circle as my first academic job was at UBC.”

 

Mar, 2019
1

Brown physics professor and codirector of Brown’s Presidential Scholars Program, Stephon Alexander ’95 ScM, ’97 ScM, ’00 PhD, has been elected president of the National Society of Black Physicists. His research work focuses on the interface between cosmology and particle physics.

Related classes:
GS Class of 1995, FAC
Mar, 2019
1

Christopher Pugliese ’95 AM completed his EdD in Educational Leadership from Neumann Univ. in Aston, Pa. The title of his dissertation was The Study of the Influence of Bidirectional Teacher-Student Relationships on Teacher Wellbeing. Chris looks forward to implementing the findings in order to improve relationships and wellbeing in schools.

Mar, 2019
16

Elina Pliakos writes: “I started medical school in Chicago. Since my sophomore year of college I had been working with Dr. Mylonakis, who is the chief of infectious disease at Rhode Island Hospital. I have co-authored several papers with him. Last year we published three cost-effectiveness studies on which I am first author. The last one got approved by the journal Chest; it discusses how using corticosteroids in addition to antibiotics for the treatment of pneumonia can result in significant savings for U.S. hospitals. The other two cover rapid diagnostics for sepsis and antimicrobial locks for infection prevention and were published in 2017 in Clinical Microbiology Reviews and Clinical Infectious Diseases.

Mar, 2019
14

Nate Wardwell married Jared Misner in November. Adam Katz officiated, while Joshua Linden and Timothy Parsons ’15 ScM were groomsmen. Also in attendance were Brook Achterhof ’15; Duane Barksdale ’17 Jeffrey Baum ’15; Natalie Diacovo; Drew Hansen ’15; Margaret Hanson; Dara Illowsky; Ryan Joudeh ’16, ’17 AM; Raghava Kamalesh; Russyan Mabeza ’15; Noah Prestwich; Derek Shay ’16; and Ben Simon ’11,’12 ScM.

 


Nate Wardwell ’14 wedding photo
Mar, 2019
14

Ivy Alphonse-Leja and Jared Crean ’13 were married in November in Boston. The couple was thrilled to have several Brown grads in attendance at their wedding.

 


Ivy Alphonse-Leja ’14 wedding photo
Related classes:
Class of 2014, Class of 2013
Mar, 2019
14

Our 5th reunion is, unbelievably, happening in a few months, May 24-26. The reunion kicks off on Friday night during the opening reception at Alumnae Hall, and then on to Campus Dance. The next morning, you can meet up with friends on Thayer Street or at Field Day and see some impressive talks at the alumni forums. On Saturday night, we’ll meet at #Party at the Ratty as a throwback to our Senior Week #Fratty in the Ratty. Sunday will be the time for the procession honoring the Class of 2019. To keep up-to-date on our class events throughout the weekend, log in to Brunonia and update your profile with your latest contact information.

 

Mar, 2019
12
In the news

The 2019 Forbes 30 Under 30 featuring the brightest young entrepreneurs, innovators, and game changers of the year in 20 different industries included: Claire DeBoer ’12, partner of New York City’s King Restaurant; Trang Duong ’18, cofounder of Penta; Amelia Friedman ’14, cofounder of Hatch Apps; Dakota Gruener ’11, executive director of ID2020; Ross Harrow ’11, cofounder of Flour Shop; Jessica Liu ’13, engineering manager at Figma; Melanie Masarin ’12, head of retail and offline experiences at Glossier; Alex Morse ’11, mayor of Holyoke, Mass.; Viet Nguyen ’17, cofounder of EdMobilizer; and Alexander Salter ’12, an MD-PhD candidate at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, who is studying T-cells.

Mar, 2019
09

It is time to start thinking about our 10th reunion coming up on May 24-26.  The celebrations will kick off on Friday night during the opening reception at Alumnae Hall. We will roll out from there to Campus Dance to reconnect and dance, dance, dance the night away.  There is plenty of time on Saturday to rendezvous on Thayer Street, join in the games at Field Day and take in some alumni forums. Saturday night the DJs Alex Werth ’09 and Alicia Maule ’11 will get you moving at the ‘Best I Ever Had’ 10th Reunion Throwback Party. The weekend won’t be complete without the procession honoring the Class of 2019 and our fellow alumni on Sunday morning. Be sure to log in to Brunonia and update your profile with your latest contact information so that you don’t miss out on our class communications.

Mar, 2019
08

Kathleen Lavery and Lucas Renick were married on Aug. 18 in Greenwich, Conn. The bride and groom met during their senior year. The wedding party included matron of honor Wesley Royce, Lauren Falkoff Eggert, Jacquelyn Rudis MacDonald, Jamil McClintock, and Emily Anderson Press. The bride’s brother, Michael Lavery ’02, did a reading at the ceremony. The wedding brought together many friends, including David and Kathryn Bannon Hearington, Deshaun Mars ’09 AM, Jasmine Plummer, Ari Press, and Paul Raymond. Kathleen writes: “It was a joyful celebration filled with love, laughter, and dancing to many Fish Co classics, until we sailed away into the night.”
 


Kathleen Lavery ’08 wedding photo
Mar, 2019
07

Almaz Dessie ’11 MD married Michael Moffat on Oct. 7 at the Belle Isle Boat House in Detroit, Mich. Their friend Kira Neel ’05,’19 MD officiated the ceremony. Almaz is an assistant professor of emergency medicine and pediatrics at Columbia University Medical Center in New York and practices as a pediatric emergency doctor at New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital. Michael is also a physician, practicing as a pediatric hospitalist at NYU Langone Hospital in Brooklyn. The couple met in 2012 during their pediatrics residency at the University of California, San Francisco Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland. They have a mutual love of music, global health, and travel. The wedding was a four-day celebration of love, community, and blessings. They honored their Ethiopian and Jewish traditions and surprised their guests with a reunion performance by their band from their residency days in California (Almaz sings lead and Mike plays guitar). Members of Almaz’s former dance company at Brown, New Works/World Traditions, also surprised them with a West African dance performance at the reception. In attendance were Senior Lecturer in Theatre Arts and Performance Studies Michelle Bach-Coulibaly; Elizabeth Anto ’06, ’11 MD; Tarik Asmerom ’05; Praveen Basaviah ’05; Nora Blackall ’08; Alykhan Boolani ’06; Mark Brown II ’09; Jalle Dafa; Vanessa Danziger ’11; Sheila Desai ’05; Sybil Dessie ’04, ’08 MD; Chris Erway ’06 AM, ’11 PhD; Sushil Jacob ’05; Jazzmen Johnson’15 AM; Jori Ketten ’02; Kira Neel ’05, ’19 MD; Meghan O’Brien ’06; Ethan Philbrick ’08; Micah Salkind ’06, ’10 AM,’16 PhD; Sophie Shackleton ’09; Daniel Sobol ’09; Matthew Soursourian ’08; Ida Specker ’09; Alexx Temeña ’16; Nicole Thompson ’08;  Monica Tilly ’11 MD; Jessica Vosburgh; Chantel Whittle ’12; Kenya Wright ’15; Ali John Zarrabi ’06, ’12 MD; and Leonora Zoninsein ’08.


Almaz Dessie ’07 wedding photo
Mar, 2019
04
The Cartoonist
Enlivening investment banking reports
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Mar, 2019
04

It’s been 15 years since we exited the Van Winkle Gates. Now’s the time to start reconnecting with your ’04 classmates! Our 15th Reunion commences on May 24th, So please make your arrangements to travel east, west, south, or north! Kicking off with “Friday Night Lights” party in Alumnae Hall. Then we will migrate to Campus Dance shortly after nightfall. Saturday brings a host of activities throughout the day; Alumni Forums, President’s Reception, and Field Day soiree. Attend one, attend all, the schedule is yours to create, so you can make time to meet up with and your dorm, lab, or teammate! Our evening will end with a Sweet Fifteen celebration, where you can dance to  ’80s tunes with your favorite libation! Sunday starts early to honor the Class of 2019, don’t forget to gather for the procession on the Main Green! Please log in to Brunonia and update your profile. See you in four months, in May, on College Hill with a smile! Reunion Questions? email classof2004@alumni.brown.edu

 

Mar, 2019
02
Pathology Breakthrough?
Betting on AI to revolutionize how we detect and treat serious disease
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Mar, 2019
02

David Salguero and Alison Carroll were married on Sept. 22 at St. Francis Winery in Sonoma Valley, Calif. In attendance were more than a dozen Brown alumni from different years, including David’s sister Rachel Salguero Kowalsky ’97 and groomsman Kevin Smith. The couple met at a London Business School alumni event in 2016 and now live in Palo Alto, Calif.

Related classes:
Class of 2002, Class of 1997
Mar, 2019
01

Jabberwocks Alumni Association President James Rich writes: “Calling All Jabberwocks Alumni—The 70th reunion of the Jabberwocks will be held on campus at Brown over commencement weekend, May 24-26. Don’t miss this next quinquennial opportunity to join Jabberwocks alumni spanning seven decades in celebrating the 70th anniversary of the group’s founding in 1949. There will be plenty of merriment, food, and drink, and of course singing over two splendid days on campus.”
 

Mar, 2019
00
In the news

Circe by Madeline Miller ’00, ’01 AM and My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh ’11 MFA were listed as 2 of the 12 New York Times 2018 Best Book Covers.

Mar, 2019
99

Join the class of 1999 for our 20th reunion this year. We will have class specific events on 5/24 and 5/25. Join our class prior to campus dance on 5/24 for cocktails and hearty hors d’oeuvres.  We will also have a class dinner on 5/25. We hope to see you there. Please contact any of the class officers with questions or see our Facebook page.  
 

Mar, 2019
98

Carter E. Graham is dean of curriculum and students for the middle school at Marin Primary and Middle School.

Mar, 2019
94
A New Reality
The latest novel by Leni Zumas ’94 imagines the impact of restricted reproductive rights
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Mar, 2019
94

Darcy Leach writes: “After getting a PhD in sociology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 2006 and teaching in the sociology department at Boston College from 2006 to 2009, I began a tenure track as assistant professor at Bradley University in 2009 and was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 2015. I was recently elected chair of the Department of Sociology, Criminology, and Social Work.”
 

Mar, 2019
94

Tom Atwood’s second photography book, Kings & Queens in Their Castles, won first place in the book category of the International Photography Awards, as well as an award at the Lucie Awards.

Mar, 2019
94

Class of 1994 Leaders & 25th Anniversary Reunion Committee report: “We are putting the finishing touches on our 25th reunion, which is right around the corner. We hope you have all made your plans and booked your lodging, but if not, it isn’t too late. For information, please go to: https://brunonia.brown.edu/alumni/events/info/travel-and-housing. The more of us who come back to College Hill, the more exciting and memorable the weekend will be. We can’t wait to get back to campus to see you all.”

 

Mar, 2019
93
Fleece Busters
Saving our oceans from microfiber pollution
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Mar, 2019
93

John J. Sheinbaum published Good Music: What It Is and Who Gets to Decide in December. In the book, John turns to a range of musical examples spanning Mahler’s symphonies, jazz improvisations, and Bruce Springsteen’s hits to analyze the dominant categories used for evaluating music in the West, questioning what we appreciate and what we miss by adhering to those value systems. You can read more about the book at: https://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/G/bo31043323.html

Mar, 2019
92
Bergman: A Year in a Life
Film examines the life of director Ingmar Bergman
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Related classes:
Class of 1992, Class of 1982
Mar, 2019
91

Azadeh Ghotbi had a photography exhibit in London January 20-24, 2019 at Herrick Gallery. Visit her website at www.AzadehGhotbi.photography.

 

Mar, 2019
91

Rob Dumanois, Bill O’Brien ’92, Rod Wooters, and David Tauber ’90 enjoyed time together on Dec. 2 at the Houston Texans vs Cleveland Browns game at NRG Stadium.


Rod Wooters ’91 Houston Texans game
Mar, 2019
90
In the news

Sangeeta Bhatia ’90 has been named an associate faculty member of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University, where she will be part of the new 3D Organ Engineering Initiative.

Mar, 2019
89

Rex Chiu ’94 MD writes that Brown Phi Kappa Psi had a mini West Coast reunion in San Francisco. In attendance were Steve Baldikoski ’90, Ernest Bates ’88, Bryan Behar ’88, Bill Benjamin ’88, Frank Chiu ’91, ’95 MD, Paul Good, Andrew Guldman, Bob Houser, David Jaffe, Ari Klionsky, Jeffrey Lefstin, Christian Smith, Raphael Winick ’88, and host Chris Masto. “We talked about returning to the 30th reunion en masse in the spring. I am looking forward to seeing many of these guys again and many other classmates in May.”

 


Rex Chiu ’89 Phi Kappa Psi reunion photo
Mar, 2019
89

It seems like our 25th just wrapped up, but our 30th reunion is only months away. The Reunion Committee has already started working so you will start hearing a lot more about the weekend and the events that are being planned. As always, though, the events that you remember from past reunions and from our time as undergraduates, like Campus Dance and Field Day, will of course be big parts of the weekend. We had a fantastic group back to Providence in 2014 and we hope that you will make plans to be at Brown for Memorial Day weekend 2019. Be on the lookout also for mini-reunion functions in your cities or nearby and please take the time to update your contact information through BRAVO so that we can get you all the information about our 30th Reunion.

 

Mar, 2019
88
Fair Chance
Can you live a lawful life after prison?
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James Forman ’88 speaking
Mar, 2019
87
Continental Scale
Beth Conover ’87 heads up a new policy center with far-reaching conservation goals
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Mar, 2019
87

Charlotte Morgan writes: “Last year my husband Dave and I welcomed our second son, Dashiell Dean, who is now 19 months old, running, climbing, and jabbering in a weird mix of baby talk and Spanish. Brother Finn alternates between being annoyed and wanting to play with him. Our robotics and global recruiting business is doing well as both industries continue to grow. I would love to be in touch with ’86 or ’87 classmates.”

Mar, 2019
87

Linda Liau-Bergsneider was elected to the National Academy of Medicine on Oct. 15.

Mar, 2019
87

Kaia Miller Goldstein and Jono are still living in Back Bay, Boston, with their two daughters. Kaia writes: “I have somehow managed to hang on to my international economic development career while raising our  now teenage daughters. A favorite client country has been Rwanda, where I have been involved for almost 20 years. I love to see old friends from Brown. Visit Rwanda, it’s an amazing little country.”

 

Mar, 2019
86
In the news

Tom Catena ’86, a physician who has been practicing in the Huba Mountains of Sudan since 2008, has been named the first chair of the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative, an organization launched on behalf of the survivors of the Armenian Genocide. The organization was cofounded by former Brown President Vartan Gregorian.

Mar, 2019
86

Andrew B. Shaindlin writes: “I’m excited to return to Brown as vice president for Alumni Relations and looking forward to reconnecting with the Brown community and with Providence with Martha Gallo-Shaindlin.

 

Mar, 2019
85
Ma Maisel 
The roles keep coming for actress Marin Hinkle ’88
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Photograph of Marin Hinkle '88
Related classes:
Class of 1985, Class of 1986
Mar, 2019
84

Tracy Brownell Weisman and husband Tony ’82 have relocated to New England after living in Chicago since graduation. Tracy writes: “I closed my speechwriting consultancy to focus on my art practice, which combines digital photography and quilt making, and to help us get resettled. Tony is CMO at Dunkin’ Brands. We divide our time between Boston and my hometown of Narragansett, Rhode Island, where our just-finished home has plenty of room for guests. If you’re in either area, please get in touch.”

 

Mar, 2019
84

Darcy Travlos writes: “Our reunion is just weeks away and all indications point to a really impressive turnout. Come back and visit with the most classmates you’ve seen since graduation. Informal, Fun, Festive; our reunion is designed to recreate May 1984, launching the weekend with all the right ingredients to mingle and pregame before Campus Dance on Friday, a festive throw-back to Spring Weekend on Saturday afternoon, and Funk Night preceded by food and drink to get you revved up. This is the #ReunionNotToMiss!! See you there.”

 

Mar, 2019
84

Dale Baker writes: “My third career in education took another step this past fall with a faculty appointment at Basis Independent School in McLean, Virginia. I will be teaching a variety of subjects to middle school and high school students. I’m enjoying married life with Laurie Miller after our nuptials in July."

Mar, 2019
83
Looking at Death
Reimagine End of Life is really about living fully
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Mar, 2019
82
Riding the Dream
A longtime cycling coach helps underprivileged youth
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Mar, 2019
81

Susan Ross published a second middle grade novel in February titled Searching for Lottie. It is a contemporary mystery about a 12-year-old girl researching the young violinist she was named after who disappeared during the Holocaust. The story was inspired by members of Susan’s family. Susan wrote about discovering the music of a relative who perished in “Sweet Strings of Sorrow”   https://www.brownalumnimagazine.com/articles/2012-05-23/sweet-strings-of-sorrow, a 2012 May/June BAM article.

 

Mar, 2019
81

Elena Thornton Kissel’s daughter Lucy Kissel ’13 married Evan Altman ’13 on Aug. 24 in Newport, R.I.

 

Related classes:
Class of 1981, Class of 2013
Mar, 2019
79

Johanna Bergmans Musselman and Bob Sussman report: “It is time to start thinking about our 40th reunion coming up May 24 -26, 2019.  Get your party shoes on and join us for our opening dinner on Friday night in Sayles Hall followed by the always magical Campus Dance.  Saturday’s lunch, ‘Hobnob with Kabobs,’ will be followed by a class forum. Saturday evening’s event will include a Rhode Island style clam boil and dancing to the sounds of Donna Summer, Blondie, and Toto (to name a few). Join our Facebook group Brown Class of 1979 and watch for email updates. And of course, we will gather on Sunday morning to process down College Hill with our fellow alumni and celebrate the Class of 2019. Be sure to log in to Brunonia and update your profile with your latest contact information so that you don’t miss out. If you have reunion questions, please reach out to us.

Mar, 2019
77

Bill Marinelli was appointed COO of Physical Sciences Inc. in Andover, Mass., after 35 years with the company performing advanced technology development in the defense, aerospace, energy, and life sciences fields. He continues to support internships via the BrownConnect program and invites applicants for summer 2019 positions.

 

Mar, 2019
75

Tom Wadden and George Bray ’53 published Handbook of Obesity Treatment, Second Edition (Guilford Press). Tom writes: “George and I were pleased to recall Brown in the book’s acknowledgement section: ‘We also pay tribute to our alma mater, Brown University, which we both attended as undergraduates more than 20 years apart, and left inspired to pursue careers in science. Little did we know that our paths would cross again in our efforts to treat obesity and diabetes. And finally, we thank our wives (whom we both met at Brown) for their love, support, and understanding.’ We are also principal investigators in Look AHEAD, a study investigating the long-term health consequences of weight loss and increased physical activity in patients with type 2 diabetes and obesity run by professor of psychiatry and human behavior at the Alpert Medical School, Dr. Rena Wing. Delia Smith West ’81 was the principal investigator from the University of Alabama. The Look AHEAD study is funded by the National Institutes of Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Disease, which is directed by Dr. Griffin Rodgers ’76.

 

Mar, 2019
75

Judson P. Savskas retired from UConn and is now doing career and academic consulting. He writes that Providence has been home for five years and it’s great.

 

Mar, 2019
75

Robert J. Rubeor writes: “Hurtling toward retirement—51 years of work is sufficient. We are moving to Bethany Beach, Delaware, in the summer. The children and grandchildren moved to Bend, Oregon, and Bolton, Missouri, this past year so travel is a big part of our retirement agenda.”

 

Mar, 2019
75

Jose Miranda retired in November after 38 years of emergency medicine practice. Jose is still married to his wife of 45 years and has two grown boys and two grandchildren ages 7 and 9.

 

Mar, 2019
74

Richard Ziolkowski writes: “I am sorry that I will miss our 45th reunion but it coincides with a conference a friend is running and I promised to be there. I was the 2014-2015 U.S. Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Advanced Science and Technology sponsored by the Australian Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO). I was with DSTO’s Advanced Materials Division at its Fisherman’s Bend site in Melbourne applying my metamaterial and antenna expertise to problems of mutual interest. My Fulbright journey took me across Australia to give state presentations in Perth, Adelaide, Hobart, and Sydney. A friend was starting a research center, the Global Big Data Technologies Centre in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology at The University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and asked if I would be interested in joining in the fun. I said yes and my Fulbright journey in Australia has continued. I have been a distinguished professor for half-time the last three years with UTS and The University of Arizona in Tucson, Ariz. Because the UA thought I was too much of a scholar and was tiring of the half-time situation, I retired from it in May 2018 in order to be at UTS for the majority of the next few years. I am a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, The Optical Society, and American Physical Society and was president of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society in 2005. I received the Honorary Doctorate, Doctor Technish Honoris Causa, from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) in 2012. I have been informed that I am the recipient of the 2019 IEEE Electromagnetics Award, one of the IEEE Technical Field Awards. I have indeed been a very busy scholar as an academic. My Google Scholar page is open if anyone is interested in the technical details. I will look forward to being at our 50th reunion in 2024.”

 

Mar, 2019
74

Dee Michel writes: “After many years of research, writing and hunting for a publisher, my book Friends of Dorothy: Why Gay Boys and Gay Men Love The Wizard of Oz is available! A sample chapter, ways to get a copy, blog, etc. can be found at www.deemichel.info. I would love to hear from classmates and gay Oz fans."

 

Mar, 2019
74

Ken Field will present a program of the animation of his late wife, animator Karen Aqua, with his soundtrack music rearranged for a live ensemble of four alto saxophones and drums, at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston on March 22, 2019.  His group Revolutionary Snake Ensemble is scheduled to perform on Mardi Gras at The Regattabar. Also in March, Ken will be awarded the annual Children’s Champion Award for his 30 years of service to Tutoring Plus of Cambridge, where he currently serves as vice president of the board of directors.

 

Mar, 2019
74

Jeffrey Austerlitz ’78 MD writes: “After 40 years of practicing medicine, the last 14 in primary care at the Providence VA Medical Center, where I was also in charge of the third-year medicine clerkship outpatient experience at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University, I have decided to retire. I plan to spend more time with Joanne, my wife of 38 years, my two grown children, three grandchildren, and the rest of my extended family.”

 

Related classes:
Class of 1974, MD Class of 1978
Mar, 2019
74

Class president Carol Norris Brown reports: “Our class reunion is just around the corner and we are looking forward to catching up with our classmates in Providence May 24-26, 2019.  Make sure to check for your registration materials via email from Brown and make your reservations for the weekend. We are expecting a great turnout for our 45th.”

 

Mar, 2019
73
In the news

Atty. Preston Tisdale ’73, Brown trustee, former BAM board member, and former president of the Alumni Association, has been appointed to the executive committee of the Public Justice Foundation, an organization that spearheads litigation and education efforts to aid and protect the public, helping to increase access to justice and combat threats to the justice system.

Mar, 2019
73

James E. Gillooly writes: “After 25 years as the Boston executive director of the Central Artery/Ted Williams Tunnel (think Big Dig) Team and deputy commissioner of the Boston Transportation Department, I will be retiring in 2019. Shout out to my Phi Kappa Psi brothers.”

 

Mar, 2019
73

Elizabeth Ruedisueli George ’76 MD and Bob George ’77 MD write that they are “sorta” retired after 38 years in a family practice in rural Mercersburg, Pa. Bob still fills in at the office “as needed.” They continue with nonprofit work to promote community wellness through walkability/bikeability, water way revitalization, and healthy eating programs. Healthyeatingadventure.org describes their local program promoting a plant-based lifestyle. Golfing, biking, and hiking  are on the list, topped by travel to visit grandchildren and daughter Megan George Herold ’02 in Wyoming; son Ben ’02 in Canada; and daughter Ann in Orlando, Fla.

 

Mar, 2019
73

Walter S. Bopp writes: “My wife, Marguerite, and I moved to Jamestown, Rhode Island, full-time at the beginning of last summer. We had many guests visit us, including Ned and Liz Berman Hazen ’76. I had a fun time at reunion getting to catch up with Dana and Jim Hahn  and George Kapner, my freshman roommate. Doug Squires, our class treasurer, and I stay in frequent dialogue. Doug and Maggie stayed with us as well last summer.”

 

Related classes:
Class of 1973, Class of 1976
Mar, 2019
72

Eric Nadel published an illustrated book of limericks titled LIM-ERIC!: Whimsical Rhymes from the Voice of the Texas Rangers and his Friends. It is available exclusively on Amazon and directly from Eric. This is his fourth book since 1997. He just completed his 40th year as the radio voice of the Texas Rangers.

 

Mar, 2019
71

Paul Gregutt writes: “Working with my old WBRU buddy Moe Shore ’72,  I’ve recorded and posted a music video portraying the human cost of homelessness:  https://youtu.be/Bd8Yhft6MUA. Interested charities are invited to use it for fundraising and or general awareness raising activities. I continue in my 20th year as a contributing editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, currently reviewing and reporting on the wines of Oregon and Canada. I also write the Oregon section of the Hugh Johnson Pocket Wine Guide. I live just outside of Walla Walla and maintain an active performing schedule, both solo and with a variety of musician friends. I invite long lost friends to contact me via Facebook.”

Related classes:
Class of 1971, Class of 1972
Mar, 2019
71

Mark E. Danner is still working. He manages Straub Distributing Co. in Orange County, Calif.

 

Mar, 2019
70

Suzanne A. Kalbach’s husband, Asit Bhattacharya, died in April 2018.

 

Mar, 2019
69
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Mar, 2019
69

Joe Higgins retired on Oct. 6 after five years as office manager at the Watchung Arts Center, then celebrated his 70th birthday on Oct.19 vacationing in the 1000 Islands. He’s looking forward to the 50th reunion. 

Mar, 2019
69

Gregory “Spike” Gonzales continues to run tennis programs and teach tennis in Naples, Fla. For the second time in five years, he was named Collier County’s Tennis Pro of the Year. His 16-year-old daughter, Solana, and 10-year-old son, Alejandro, are excelling in tennis, golf, and flag football.

 

Mar, 2019
69

The Class Reunion Committee reports: “As we prepare for our 50th Reunion May 24-26, 2019, the class officers and reunion committee invite you to join us for this momentous event.  Remember that you can only register online, and there is a deadline. After that date you can still register, but the University will impose a late fee. Highlights of our upcoming reunion include a class-led University forum on the 50th anniversary of the New (now Open) Curriculum as well as the December 1968 Black Student Walkout. There will also be a special forum on the Vietnam War and its effect on our classmates. We are planning on a big turnout. Call your fellow classmates and prepare to party like it’s 1969.”

 

Mar, 2019
68

Donald Nunlist-Young is still practicing family medicine in Cincinnati. A new granddaughter, Paige, joins his two grandsons, Jake and Cole. Donald writes: “As CFO of our family truck and train club, I will have to propose some changes to our club rules and a more feminine touch to our playtime!”

 

Mar, 2019
67

Ricker Winsor published a photographic biography, Francine, in December. Ricker writes: “I have sold almost 200 paintings over the years to good people. I am happy about that. My production of paintings is slowing down naturally because of my busy teaching schedule, something I didn’t expect. But I will keep drawing, which is a great pleasure.”

 

Mar, 2019
67

Brian Murphy and members of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity held a reunion in mid-October in Gettysburg to celebrate the 55th anniversary of when they met as freshman in the Fall of 1963. Sherill Moyer and his wife, Mary, arranged all the activities for the three-day gathering, including tours of the museum and battlefield at the Gettysburg National Military Park and the Eisenhower National Historic Site, and the home and farm of General and President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The Moyers also arranged a special talk by Professor of History and the Director of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College, Peter Gallagher. He has written several books on the Civil War and is considered an expert on the Battle of Gettysburg. Attending the reunion were Frank Langworth, Sherill Moyer, Brian Murphy, Bob O’ Day, Dave Olson, Jim Rooney, Mike Rubinger, Joe Ruma, Jim Van Blarcom, Butch Wilder, and Steve Wiley.

 


Kappa Sigma Fraternity reunion
Mar, 2019
67

Albin Moser writes: “My introduction to the Narragansett Boat Club came in February ’64. I was in search of a good way to stay in shape for football. I got what I wished for and ended up adopting rowing as the sport that has occupied a good deal of my free time throughout these many years. I rowed with many excellent Brown crews, coached Brown freshman crews, and developed many scullers at the Narragansett Boat Club. The sculling program I started in 1971 continues to this day. Its cumulative effect has led to more NBC members, more activity, more equipment, and a larger boathouse. I retired as the club’s director of rowing in September. In my honor, the Boat Club has named its River Road boathouse after me. My thanks to NBC and all of the many persons I have coached.”

Mar, 2019
66

Jaclynne Horn Laxon writes: “Are there class of ’66 Pembrokers who would like to establish contact with one another via email?  You may be unaware of classmates living in your area. Let’s open the door to online discussions and perhaps regional gatherings in person. If this appeals to you, please send your email address to me. I will create a list serve and share it (only) among interested classmates.”  

 

Mar, 2019
66

 Ronald Dwight writes: “Pamela and I have retired to our horse breeding farm in Poland, in the lake region two hours north of Warsaw. We do agrotourism and have six luxury rooms with private baths over the stable overlooking the canal and Lake Mielno. We breed Trakehners, the Prussian warmbloods. Poland is very safe—no terrorism so far.”

 

Mar, 2019
66

Jay A. Burgess writes: “On Dec. 4, I was awarded the Medal of the Order of the Madara Horseman, First Class, by Bulgarian President Rumen Radev. The presentation was made by Ambassador Tihomir Stoytchev at the Bulgarian Embassy in Washington, D.C. This medal, one of Bulgaria’s very highest awards bestowed on foreign citizens, was given for my efforts for more than 40 years in helping develop U.S.-Bulgarian economic and commercial relations.  Previously in my career, I received similar presidential medals from Hungary (Officers Cross, Order of Merit, 2005); Poland (Officers Cross, Order of Merit, 2012); and Romania (Order of the Star of Romania, 2016), as well as the Czech Republic, Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ highest distinction for foreigners, the Silver Medal of Jan Masaryk in 2016. After a 40-year career at the U.S. Department of Commerce working on European affairs, I retired  in early 2016 as director for Europe, with USDOC trade policy and business development responsibility for 39 European countries; and I occasionally served as Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Europe and Eurasia. It was a highly stimulating, challenging, and rewarding career, whichI thoroughly enjoyed. In some respects, it was like I never left the political science curriculum at Brown. It was very gratifying to see old teammates, fraternity brothers, and classmates at our 50th Reunion in 2016.”

 

Mar, 2019
64

David Brodsky writes: “Every month, five members of the class of ’64 get together for a roundtable lunch: Richard Fried, Phil Hahn, Jon Small, Larry Sorkin, and me. Great conversations and camaraderie. I continue my practice as a commercial arbitrator and mediator—these are complex and challenging cases and I love the work. Stacey and I now live on Manhattan’s Upper West Side on Riverside Drive, facing the park and the Hudson River. We walk our two adopted dogs in the park daily, where they happily chase squirrels. I hope to see you all at our 55th reunion.”

 

Mar, 2019
63

Fred Parker has been elected chairman of the town of Barnstable (Mass.) Golf Advisory Committee. He invites all golfers to come to the Cape and enjoy their two great golf courses in Hyannis and Old Barnstable.

 

Mar, 2019
63

Carol Spindler Duncan was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network at its annual conference held in October in Framingham, Massachusetts.

 

 

Mar, 2019
63

Class secretary Martha McCauley Anderson reports: “A class of ’63 mini-reunion is planned for May 7-10 in Charleston, S.C., at historic Francis Marion Hotel. A treat for history buffs, shoppers, and southern hospitality lovers. Tour the USS Yorktown at Patriot’s Point, enjoy a carriage ride of the historic district, discover the Charleston, cruise to Fort Sumter National Monument, and finish up at Middletown Place plantation. If interested, contact Class President Barbara Smith Langworthy. Watch for more details in class email blasts. Reunion planners need a critical number of alums to move forward with plans.

 

Mar, 2019
62

Randolph Steinen ’73 PhD volunteers with the Connecticut Geological Survey at the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. He is also involved with quadrangle mapping and the geology of local state parks. He has posted several Earthcaches, which are geocaches—or treasure hunts using global positioning software—that specifically indicate interesting geological formations or processes. These can be looked up on EarthCache.org.

 

Related classes:
Class of 1962, GS Class of 1973
Mar, 2019
62

Emily Mott-Smith MacKenzie writes: “2017-2018 was a memorable year, mainly because I survived a traumatic brain injury in December 2017 and was pretty much recovered by June 2018. We had to cancel a planned trip for January 2017 to Vietnam, but rescheduled to this January. We also enjoyed a two-week excursion in Portugal this past fall. I am still teaching an aerobics class, and I’m super involved in the Damariscotta River Association Conservation Land Trust and the Coastal Senior College program. My five granddaughters are grand. Coming to Maine? Come see us!”

 

Mar, 2019
62

John Andes published Vengeance in October with Black Opal Books.

Mar, 2019
61

Steven H. Sewall writes: “They say 80 is the new 60 so I am trying to remain active. I continue to practice office orthopedics three days a week. In addition, I have joined the Harvard Institute of Learning in Retirement and have been taking courses such as Medicine, Mortality, and the Prose of Chekhov. I am still playing violin in a community orchestra and playing chamber music in string quartets. This past summer I spent a week at chamber music camp at Brandeis University, where I was coached on quartets by Mozart, Beethoven, and Fauré that I had studied. Sue and I have traveled a bit to Norway, Morocco, and a bike trip through Provence. Our grandchildren are growing into adults too. The oldest is an illustrator having graduated from the Ringling College of Art and Design. The next is a junior at the University of Maryland and is in computer science. My third grandchild is just starting school at the Fashion Institute of Technology where she is interested in fashion design. My youngest grandchild is a junior in high school who loves engineering. I am looking forward to our 60th reunion in 2021 and trying to remain healthy!”

Mar, 2019
61

Douglas Hackett went on a two-week tour of Israel last April and on a one-week American cruise to New England (Martha’s Vineyard, Block Island, Nantucket, Newport) with lobster every night.

 

Mar, 2019
59

Jim Steiner writes: “My wife Jill and I are spending eight months in Miami Beach and four months on Fire Island, New York.  I’m still working and very happy and still singing. Can’t wait to see my classmates.”

 

Mar, 2019
59

Diane Scola is great-grandmother to Beckett Scola Dexter.

 

Mar, 2019
59

Len Santos hopes “to see many of my ’59 classmates at our upcoming reunion, for it ’s ‘RAHRAH Brunonia’ time once again.” He and his wife, Ardis, have been enjoying life residing in the Hershey, Pa., area, Chocolate Capital of the World. For the last 27 years, they have wintered in Oahu.

 

Mar, 2019
59

Jane Nylander is serving as a trustee of Old Sturbridge Village, an honorary trustee of Historic Deerfield, and was elected trustee emerita of the New Hampshire Historical Society.  She lives in Portsmouth (N.H.) and has completed a book about New England parade floats, 1788-1940.

 

Mar, 2019
59

Roger Morrison has retired to St. Petersburg after a very interesting career in advertising with J.Walter Thompson Co. (NYC) and Eastman Kodak in Rochester (N.Y.).

 

Mar, 2019
59

“Retirement suits us well,” writes Marcia Gallup MacDonald. “We live five months in Branford, Connecticut, and seven months in Vero Beach, Florida.  I am very interested in attending our 60th reunion.”

 

Mar, 2019
59

Alfred and Joan Rosensweig Lucco are “extremely delighted that their grandson, Henry Willard Lucco, enrolled in Brown’s freshman class of 2022.”

 

Mar, 2019
59

B.G. Koether is celebrating the 50th birthday of the founding of his company, KitchenBrains. His daughter and two sons are all intimately involved with the company and he is still working full-time. His seven grandchildren range in age from 21 years to 6 months.

 

Mar, 2019
59

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.”

 

Related classes:
Class of 1959, Class of 1983

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