The Classes

Photo of Gilman P. Robinson at his registrar desk

INNOCENT BEGINNINGS With the school year on the horizon, we were drawn to this archival image of University Registrar Gilman P. Robinson, an 1878 alum, at his desk in 1884, the year he took over handling the records for Brown’s 224 enrolled students. Robinson was the son of Brown’s 7th president, Ezekiel Gilman Robinson, for whom Robinson Hall, which currently houses the economics department, was named. Under President Robinson’s 17-year leadership, many of Brown’s most recognizable buildings were built or planned—Sayles Hall, Slater, Wilson, Ladd Observatory—and “the front campus was transformed from a hayfield into an attractive lawn overshadowed by its beautiful elms,” according to a memorial address by Corporation Secretary Thomas D. Anderson, class of 1874. But research revealed a darker side to the story. While President Robinson had much to be proud of, a low point was surely the ignominious end to his son’s tenure as registrar: Gilman P. Robinson was charged with failing to deposit cash tuition payments. He resigned in 1889 and charges were dropped. His father resigned as president that same year.

Sep, 2019
GS 75

Michael Timberlake ’75 AM, ’79 PhD was appointed professor emeritus, department of sociology, University of Utah in 2018, where he had been a professor since 2001, including seven years as chair of the department. He currently lives in Seattle, with his wife, Terri Holland. His latest research is represented in a forthcoming book chapter which examines the integration of China’s key cities into the global network of cities based on headquarter-subsidiary patterns of Fortune 500 corporations.

 

Sep, 2019
GS 62
In the news

Alvin Rosenfeld ’62 AM, ’67 PhD, who has served for 30 years as the founding director of IU’s renowned Robert A. and Sandra S. Borns Jewish Studies Program, received the Indiana University President’s Medal for Excellence. He is also founding director of the Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism, one of the only university programs of its kind in the U.S., as reported by Indiana University News.

Sep, 2019
GS 17
Apollo 2019
A planetary science grad student on the 1969 moonwalk that fuels her lunar studies
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Ariel Deutsch standing outside an old NASA hangar
Sep, 2019
GS 13

Ashley Bowen’13 AM, ’17 PhD curated three exhibitions for the Exhibition Program at the National Library of Medicine in 2019. In June 2019, Rashes to Research: Scientists and Parents Confront the 1964 Rubella Epidemic opened to the public. This exhibition highlights the work of researchers and parents to limit the impact of rubella in the years before an effective vaccine nearly eliminated the disease from the United States. The banner exhibition and special display will be available through September 25, 2019 in the History of Medicine Division Reading Room, first floor of the U.S. National Library of Medicine, Building 38 on the Bethesda,  Maryland, campus of the National Institutes of Health.

 

Sep, 2019
GS 11
Fragile Beauty
Courtney Mattison ’11 AM creates ceramic installations about endangered coral reefs.
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Portrait of Courtney Mattison in her studio
Sep, 2019
1

Claudia Moscovici ’95 AM, ’97 PhD had her book Holocaust Memories: A Survey of Holocaust Memoirs, Histories, Novels, and Films published on June 15 by Rowman and Littlefield Publishing Group.

 

Sep, 2019
GS 07

Leslie Shimotakahara ’07 PhD writes: “My second novel, Red Oblivion, was published in September by Dundurn Press. The novel is a literary thriller set in Hong Kong. It deals with a daughter’s investigation into her father’s escape from Guangzhou, China, during the Cultural Revolution and the family secrets she confronts. More about the novel can be found at https://www.dundurn.com/books/Red-Oblivion.

 

Sep, 2019
21
They Danced in the Dining Room
Roxanne Barnes ’21 threw benefit parties at the Finlandia co-op
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Roxanne Barnes ’21 sitting on the stairs in the Finlandia co-op
Sep, 2019
21
Scooter Mania
Rental scooters are College Hill’s new ride.
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Motion-blurred photo of a student on a scooter
Related classes:
Class of 2021, Class of 2020
Sep, 2019
20
The Stigma Slayer
A student-founded arts organization combats silence around mental illness.
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portrait of Bella Roberts
Related classes:
Class of 2020, Class of 2021
Sep, 2019
18

Dylan Morrissey works with The Civics Center, which was founded last fall by Laura Brill ’87, who is a lawyer in Los Angeles and former clerk to Hon. Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Dylan writes: “After graduating, I became the nonprofit’s first employee and have been building it from the ground up under the direction of Ms. Brill. We met through Brown alumni networking channels and have had a great relationship starting this nonprofit. I wanted to share my op-ed that was published in the Sacramento Bee (https://www.sacbee.com/opinion/california-forum/article231054688.html). A letter to the editor written by Laura was also published in the New York Times last fall.”

 

Related classes:
Class of 2018, Class of 1987
Sep, 2019
18
Arrrcappella Anniversary
The Pirates turn 20
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The Pirate Scummy (Charlotte Senders ’18) sings out during a Reunion event in May.
Sep, 2019
18
Hi-Tech Ethics
Can CS majors save the world? The founders of a student startup think so.
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portrait of Adi Melamed '19 and Aaron Mayer '18
Related classes:
Class of 2018, Class of 2019
Sep, 2019
17
K-Pop
Sang Min Lim ’17 claims his space in K-pop
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Sang Min Lim ’17 eyes the camera
Sep, 2019
16

Nancy Holt writes: “At Brown I studied and received a bachelor of arts in biology. After Brown, I joined the Peace Corps and served for two years as an education volunteer in Nampula, Mozambique. I taught eighth and ninth grade chemistry. Since finishing my service last November, I have returned home to Woodstock, Maryland. I have been doing data entry work for a small minority owned business, while applying to graduate school. I am happy to say that I was accepted into the Masters of Education Program at the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University. Additionally, I received a Robert Noyce Teachers Scholarship through the National Science Foundation. This fall, I will be teaching eighth grade science at an elementary/middle school in Phoenix, Arizona. I’ll be part of a ten-student cohort, and we will teach at our schools during the day and take classes in the evenings. Our program will be completed in August 2020 and we will receive our master’s degrees along with Arizona state certification. After completing the program, Noyce Scholars are required to teach at a Title I school for two years.” Contact Nancy at (410) 979-3169; holt.nancye@gmail.com.

 

Sep, 2019
14
Fresh Ink
Books by Mona Awad ’14 MFA, Art Markman ’88, and Tim Murphy ’91
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Bunny, by Mona Awad ’14; Bring Your Brain To Work, by Art Markman ’88; and Correspondents, by Tim Murphy ’91 stacked
Sep, 2019
14

Joseph Cadabes was appointed organist at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Northridge, Calif. A classics concentrator, he spent his senior year under the tutelage of University Organist Mark Steinbach. He wishes to offer some special thanks to both Dr. Steinbach and to chorus conductor Fred Jodry.

 

Sep, 2019
12

Abby Colella married Dan Davidson ’11 and the following people were in attendance: father of the bride, Jay Colella ’79; man of honor, James Anglin Flynn ’11; aunt of the bride, Kim Colella DeMagistris ’81; Matthew Aks ’11; Michael Bleicher ’11; Skylar Fox ’15; Jenny Gorelick ’14; Natan Last ’12; Kelly Mallahan ’11; Jessie Medofer ’13; Kate Monks ’13; Meredith Mosbacher ’11; Luke Rohde ’11; Sam Schmerler ’11; Christiana Stephenson ’11; Adam Wyron ’13; and Leandro Zaneti ’12.

 

Sep, 2019
08

Eric Swoyer writes: “I recently crossed back into the United States after two years abroad on a motorcycle. I left San Francisco on April Fool’s Day 2017 and have since ridden to the tip of South America and back. My Kawasaki and I covered more than 40,000 miles together through 15 countries, filling one passport and beginning a second. I’ve learned to disappear at night, hidden away in jungles, mountains, and deserts, and to be gone by sunrise. I’ve been invited into the homes of countless strangers, carried on currents of generosity that span the Latin world. I’ve been robbed at machete point. I bought a machete. And I’m home. I hope to unpack the trip now, putting what’s been learned into writing. Please wish me luck.”

 

Sep, 2019
08

Adam Kriesberg joined the full-time faculty at Simmons University as assistant professor in the School of Library and Information Science in Fall 2019. Contact Adam at adam.kriesberg@simmons.edu.

 

Sep, 2019
04
The New Nunnery
A refurbished church, school, and convent become a sought-after New Orleans hotel
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Nathalie Jordi ’04 stands at the door of her hotel
Sep, 2019
04
Robo-Farmer
Can artificial intelligence make growing crops sustainable?
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The Root AI team displays their agricultural machinery
Sep, 2019
01
In the news

Attorney and partner of the law firm Proskauer Rose, Camille Higonnet ’01, has been named to Private Equity International’s “Future 40” list, a list of 40 leaders under the age of 40 who are shaping the future of private equity.

Sep, 2019
00
Dual Mayors
Brown alums take the reins in Greece’s two largest cities
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A Grecian urn depicts Konstantinos Zervas ’89 ScM and Kostas Bakoyannis ’00
Related classes:
Class of 2000, GS Class of 1989
Sep, 2019
00

Shelby Freedman Harris announces the publication of her self-help book The Women’s Guide to Overcoming Insomnia: Get a Good Night’s Sleep Without Relying on Medication (W.W. Norton Books). She continues to see patients in her private psychology practice in Westchester County, N.Y., but is very excited to bring evidence-based insomnia treatment options to people who may not have easy access to sleep specialists. Contact Shelby at drshelbyharris@drshelbyharris.com.

 

Sep, 2019
00

Mike Cohen and his wife, Shira, announce the birth of twins Ida & Zev Cohen. Mike chairs the Department of Jewish Studies at Tulane University in New Orleans, and he recently published Cotton Capitalists: American Jewish Entrepreneurship in the Reconstruction Era. Contact him at mcohen@tulane.edu.

 

Sep, 2019
00

Megan Tracy Benson writes: “I represented my organization, JCA Heyman Interages Center, at the Global Intergenerational Conference in June in Portland, Oregon, presenting on ‘When Older Adults Take the Reins of Community-Based Intergenerational Program Planning’ and ‘Intergenerational Book Groups: Partnerships and Strategies for Success.’ Tom Benson ’98 and I are still living happily in Silver Spring, Maryland, and our kids will soon be 9 and 13 years old.”

 

Related classes:
Class of 2000, Class of 1998
Sep, 2019
99
Space Flight
Jessica Meir ’99 takes her first giant leap to the International Space Station
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Jessica Meir ’99 poses in her spacesuit
Sep, 2019
99
In the news

UC Berkeley head coach Lindsay Gottlieb ’99 has made history as the first women’s collegiate head coach ever to be recruited to the NBA. The Cleveland Cavaliers announced hiring Lindsay as assistant coach to John Beilein.

Sep, 2019
99

Agra Monagan writes that Dale and Kim Hemond Bertrand, who met during sophomore year and now are married with two children, met up with Heather Klemick and Elbert Ventura, who met freshman year and are now married with two children, during reunion weekend at Brown.

 


Agra Monagan ’99 and friends at reunion ’19
Sep, 2019
98
Investing in Diversity
A new venture capital fund seeks great ideas from “non-obvious” founders
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Alison Rosenthal ’98 smiles
Sep, 2019
98

Tyler Denmead writes: “In May 2019, I was voted the best lecturer amongst all faculty members at the University of Cambridge. I am a university lecturer in the Faculty of Education and a Fellow of Queens’ College. It was the most rewarding recognition that I have ever received. Since the announcement, I have been reflecting on how grateful I am for the amazing lecturers and teachers that I had in my Brown education twenty years ago—Wilbur Johnson, Ken Miller ’70, Evelyn Lincoln, Maggie Bickford, Sylvie Toux, David Cane, Heather Flewelling, Peter Hocking, Kath Connolly ’89, Kris Hermanns, and Janet Isserlis ’91 AM to name a few. Thank you.”

 

Sep, 2019
97

Lauren Acampora’s debut novel, The Paper Wasp, was published on June 11 by Grove Press.

Sep, 2019
96
Two Sons, One Chance
A powerful debut novel set in Trinidad
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Claire Adam ’96 relaxes
Sep, 2019
95

Anna Russakoff’s book Imagining the Miraculous: Miraculous Images of the Virgin Mary in French Illuminated Manuscripts, ca.1250-ca.1450, was published in March by Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies.

 

Sep, 2019
95
Keep It Simple
Four Brown alums and their integrated breast care center help make a cancer diagnosis a little easier
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Candid photo of Elizabeth Cureton ’95, and Veronica Shim ’95 MD
Sep, 2019
94

KGW, the NBC-affiliated television station in Portland, Oregon, announced that Greg Retsinas has been named news director, effective May 31, 2019. Greg had been regional digital director at TEGNA, which owns local broadcast stations around the country. In that role, he managed digital strategy for stations in the Western U.S., including KGW.

 

Sep, 2019
94

Licity Collins writes: “I am so excited to announce the release of my live album LOVE COURAGE YES, recorded at Ojai’s Underground Exchange. The release was featured on NPR’s Here & Now in a fun 10-minute interview with Lisa Mullins, which meant I got to actually interact with one of my favorite NPR voices. The album is full of rocking band sounds, as well as touching acoustic moments and personal spoken word readings. The Reply was written about a Brown friend I fell in love with long ago, and then again not-so-long ago. It’s wonderful to share the music and stories. Videos from the LOVE COURAGE YES show are up on YouTube and the album is available everywhere and on licitycollins.com.”

 

Sep, 2019
93
Sight Lines
A new film examines how blindness affects the creative process
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Headshot of Rodney Evans ’93
Sep, 2019
93

The board of directors of the National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International (NCBA CLUSA) is pleased to announce the election of Erbin Crowell, executive director of the Neighboring Food Co-Op Association (NFCA) and first vice chair of NCBA CLUSA’s board of directors, as the association’s new board chair, effective June 19.

 

Sep, 2019
92

Rachel Moore received an honorary doctorate in musical arts from Colburn Conservatory on May 10.

 

Sep, 2019
92

Catherine Harbour writes that Daniel Wilk, David Simons ’90, Michael Natkin ’89, James Acquavella, and David M. Cotter received an Oscar in February for the design and development of the Adobe After Effects software for motion graphics.

 

Sep, 2019
92

Freddy Bruce writes: “In early June a big group from the classes of 1990 to 1994 met in London at Ristorante Frescobaldi in Mayfair. The evening was organized by Azadeh Ghotbi ’91, whose photo exhibition in London a few months before was where the idea of a reunion in London came together. She, Charles Perry, Diana Frescobaldi, and Elena Pistorio, organized the event. Elena sadly was unable to attend the event. During dinner Diana stood up and took us on a journey through the villages of Tuscany that produced the wines we were drinking. Her family has been making wines for 11,000 years she said, and then corrected herself: they had been making wines for only 31 generations. Charles gave an impassioned speech about Brown, citing some of the recent statistics about 2,600 lucky youngsters offered places out of close to 40,000 applications. He spoke about early action at Brown, to which only Konstantin von Unger ’91 seemed to relate. Anastasia Manias, Matilda Douridas, Orsalia Parthenis ’93, Stefanos Pesmazoglou, and Thomas Giolmas came en masse with their Athenian good looks and smiles of the sunny Mediterranean life. Ashley Wodke Chiampo ’91 and Karan Paul were visiting from Singapore and India, respectively, and were able to make the event. Catalina Hoyos-Lago, “la Divina,” made a special trip from Colombia—never one to miss out on such a party. Hugh Warrender ’90 and Miles Montgomery ’90 ensured there was a lively after party at 5 Hertford Street dancing until the early hours... and there were many other alumni who gathered to celebrate our youth and friendships made together at Brown.”

 

Sep, 2019
91
Mr. Dinosaur
Paleontologist Matthew Carrano ’91 and the Smithsonian’s “Deep Time” exhibit. 
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Matthew Carrano ’91 grins alongside some dinosaur teeth
Sep, 2019
91
In the news

Amy Bach ’91, founder, executive director, and president of Measures for Justice (an organization that measures criminal justice performance by collecting, cleaning, and coding county-level criminal justice data), received The Charles Bronfman Prize for her commitment to reforming the criminal justice system.

Sep, 2019
89
In the news

Robert Harper Jr. ’89 was one of 633 certified scuba divers who came together from around the world and met at Deerfield Beach International Fishing Pier to raise awareness about the ocean and plastic pollution while breaking the Guinness World Record for the Largest Underwater Cleanup, as reported in the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

Sep, 2019
87

Christopher Jarvinen was awarded a Fulbright grant and served as the inaugural senior specialist at the Bankruptcy Law and Restruturing Research Center of the China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing, China.

 

Sep, 2019
86

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Southeast Chapter announced the professional winners of the 45th Annual Southeast Emmy Awards at a special ceremony at Atlanta's Grand Hyatt Buckhead. Art Berger received the Best Director and Best Technical Director awards. Art writes: “I specifically dedicated my Best Technical Director win to celebrating cultural diversity in the media. I firmly believe now more than ever we need to celebrate diversity and being a director is being a leader of a team that embraces all people. In my professional experience a diverse team is the strongest team. The Best Technical Director Emmy award went to our Spanish simulcast and I was extremely proud of this award, especially being nominated against Univision and Telemundo. I look back at my time at Brown and I would not have had the success in the business, working with Turner and ESPN, without my diverse experience at Brown University.” This is Art’s fifth Emmy award and eighteenth nomination.

 


Art Berger ’86 receives award
Sep, 2019
85

Ann Azzi Davenport writes: “I’m leading the new ‘Canvas’ arts and culture project for the PBS NewsHour funded by the Knight Foundation, while continuing to field produce stories across the country and internationally as I have done for almost 20 years. I’ll always be a ‘recovering political producer’ in some ways, but we view arts as an essential part of our broadcast—a different lens through which to see the world. I’ve run into and covered many Brown alums in the arts world through the years and it’s always affirming to see the contributions people are making. On a personal note, my husband, Rory, and I are soon to be empty-nesters with our daughter off to college and our son following this fall. Looking forward to the 35th reunion next spring! If you have story ideas you want to share or want to reconnect, hit me up at adavenport@newshour.org.”

 

Sep, 2019
84

Karen Dukess’s first novel, The Last Book Party, was published by Henry Holt on July 9. A Barnes & Noble Discover New Writers pick, and an Indie Next Great Reads selection by the American Booksellers Association, The Last Book Party is a coming of age story set in 1987 in New York City publishing and in a Cape Cod literary community.

 

Sep, 2019
83
An American Tragedy
A new book chronicles the life of John F. Kennedy ’83
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Photograph of John F. Kennedy Jr. ’83 as a child with his grandmother
Sep, 2019
82

Lisa Rothstein illustrated the sixth edition of How to Survive Your Freshman Year: By Hundreds of Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors Who Did. Lisa writes: “I’m fresh into my ‘second act’ in life as a professional cartoonist after a long career in business. In the past year, I’ve sold a couple of cartoons to The New Yorker, including one of their most shared and liked cartoons ever, with anchors from multiple major news networks across the political spectrum sharing it on social media. I’ve come a long way since drawing cartoons to advertise for BSA. Observant readers of the book will recognize the Brown campus as the setting for many of the cartoons.”

 

Sep, 2019
80
Tony Horwitz ’80
Finding the American story that lies between red and blue
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Photo of Tony Horowtiz ’80 Puliter Prize winning author Farewell
Sep, 2019
79

Doug Dykaar’s wife, Donna Strickland, won the Nobel Prize in Physics.

 

Sep, 2019
78
In the news

The Los Angeles Times reported Janet Yang ’78, producer of such films as The Joy Luck Club and The People vs. Larry Flynt, has been appointed a governor-at-large of the board of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and will serve a three-year term.

Sep, 2019
77

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.”

 

Sep, 2019
74
In the news

The St. Louis Bridge Center, the seventh largest duplicate bridge club in the United States, has elected Richard Lazaroff ’74 to the board of directors. Lazaroff, a retired pediatrician, is also author of a parenting book entitled Some Assembly Required.

Sep, 2019
72

Bill Armitage ’74 ScM and Dave Baldauf completed a coast-to-coast drive in Dave’s Tesla. Dave dropped Bill in San Francisco to visit with his daughter Amelia ’15, and completed the return trip solo. Their trip was somewhat of a reprise of their dash from the Ratty to the Kennedy Space Center (accompanied by classmate Bill Davies ’77 ScM) to watch the night launch of Apollo 17.

 

Sep, 2019
71

Linda Schwartz writes: “I attended the launch party in London for the British Library’s Women in Publishing Oral Archive in April last year. I had been invited, along with the other founding committee members, for individual interviews at the British Library to form an oral archive about starting WIP and what it was like for women working in British book publishing in the ’70s and ’80s. We had wanted to start a network to help women move up in book publishing. Back then, there were very few women in management positions in relation to their numbers in the industry. This is improved now. The oral archive is stored at the British Library and online (http://www.womeninpublishinghistory.org.uk/). In London I started as a secretary at Hamish Hamilton Ltd., then moved into design and production at Heinemann Medical Books Ltd., and finally was the senior production manager at Hutchinson Ltd. I started my own small publishing company, Poplar Press Ltd., while still at Hutchinson. I left Hutchinson to run this full-time and eventually sold the company to David and Charles Ltd. when we moved from London to Spain. I’m retired from publishing and live with my husband, three donkeys, one horse, and four cats on our farm in Southern Spain.” Contact Linda at lgs131@gmail.com.

 

Sep, 2019
71

Peter Rush writes: “I returned with lacrosse teammates to be honored at a game for the first Ivy Championship team from Brown. Marc Jacobs, Rupert Scofield, Rock Singewald, Wolky Toll and I made it on the field without a stumble. Wish more were there but good to be with old friends. Rick Buck ’70, John Buxton ’69, Randy Cooper ’69, and Greg Elliott ’69 were also present.”

 

Sep, 2019
71

Jane Trowbridge published a memoir entitled You Started What After 60? Highpointing Across America (available from Amazon and other retailers). Over this decade-long adventure, she recruited more than 63 people to join her, including Monica MacAdams for Washington D.C.’s highpoint (Fort Reno Park). Four months shy of her 70th birthday, Jane completed this project of attempting to reach the highest point in every state with bittersweet emotions: satisfied at reaching 46 highpoints, relieved to leave technical climbing behind her, yet wistful that this adventure had ended. Says Jane, “it was, well, a highpoint of my life.” Jane continues as a professor at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in New Orleans, working primarily on family planning in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. (See Beyond the Gates, July/August, 2019.)

Sep, 2019
70

Rev. Tom Momberg was recognized on stage at the Jabberwocks’ 70th Anniversary Reunion during commencement week for his leadership and musical direction of the group’s late ’60s break from traditional glee club fare. His pioneering interpretations of modern pop and rock fostered subsequent decades of lively popular entertainment by Jabberwocks groups.

 

Sep, 2019
70

Paul Raymond Michaud ’70 AM writes about the unexpected death of his wife of 34 years, Annie Héon Leclerc. “We lived a life of love, separately but together, like our heroes Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir, in two separate apartments overlooking the Château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye in the western suburb of Paris. I am moving into Annie’s apartment joined by our pet chartreuse Mélisande.” Contact Paul at Domaine de Montval, 37, avenue Auguste Renoir, F-78160 Marly-le-Roi, France; paulmichaud@free.fr.

 

Related classes:
Class of 1970, GS Class of 1970
Sep, 2019
70

Dean Alexander, together with composer Janet Hay, has written (story, lyrics) a musical titled Across the Street — An East Side Story, which premiered in Victorville, Calif., in April 2017. The play was selected as a sponsored submission to the NAMT festival in New York City and subsequently scheduled as a concert reading in North Hollywood on August 1.

 

Sep, 2019
69
Ken McDaniel ’69
Walkout leader and champion for low-income students in STEM
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Photo of Ken McDaniel ’69 with others on stage at his 50th reunion
Sep, 2019
69

Spike Gonzales, Charles Shumway ’58, ’66 AM, and Roger Young ’50 have been playing tennis together at the Wilderness Country Club in Naples, Fla., for the last decade.

 


Spike gonzales ’69 and his tennis buddies
Sep, 2019
69

Class secretary Linda Abbott Antonucci reports: “What a reunion! Our 50th reunion was a huge success. We had 240 registered classmates representing 31 percent of our classmates. Including spouses and guests, over 360 attended the reunion. These numbers look very impressive, much like our 25th reunion. We may have set a new attendance record for a 50th. From a dazzling Friday night dinner to a fabulous Sunday luncheon, the events were spectacular. The Black Student Walkout of ’68 forum Saturday morning was phenomenal and well attended. The Jim Northrop Show at noon on Saturday starred Ira Magaziner and Pembroker Ido Jamar ’74 ScM, ’77 PhD. Folks are still talking about this tour de force which included the back story leading to the development of the New Curriculum and a personal behind the scenes account of the 1968 Black Student Walkout. Jim’s Q&A on “What are we going to do with the rest of our lives?” electrified the audience. Saturday afternoon’s Designing Brilliance, the Gorham event at the RISD Museum, drew more than 75 people, and the class of 1969 forum on the Vietnam War was standing room only at the John Hay Library. The class memorial service led by Rev. Mark Brennan and Rev. Richard Crocker early Saturday evening was uplifting. The march down the Hill, where the class was greeted with thunderous applause, brought the class full circle, since for many attendees it was their first time passing through the Van Wickle Gates. We have some sad news to report that reunion committee member and Brown Trustee Ken McDaniel passed away on June 11 from a heart attack (see Obits, pg. 66). Condolences can be sent to his family at 56 Circuit Dr., Cranston, RI 02905. Along with Ken, reunion committee members Kathy Au, Thelma Austin, Guillermo Bahamon, Kate Bornstein, Les Corwin, Phyllis Cunningham-Hutson, Mike D’Ambra, Ido Jamar, Ira Magaziner, Jim Northrop, and Scott Somers were vital to our reunion’s success. We had such great diversity of thought and enthusiasm. Congratulations to all who worked so diligently on the forums, t-shirts, and special events. You made us all look good and we salute you and thank you for all your hard work. We must also thank our 50th reunion sponsors J. Scott Burns and Jim Northrop. They provided the class with substantial financial support. This enabled us to have premium liquor, a subsidy for the very special class of 1969 designer t-shirts, and a beautiful catered lunch on Sunday. A special mention also goes to Guillermo Bahamon, who convinced his friend, Brown professor and New Yorker magazine cartoonist Ed Koren, to design our distinctive t-shirts. Class secretary Linda Antonucci and class treasurer Richard Blackman have volunteered to open up a Class of 1969 t-shirt shop. They will send you a “larger than the average bear” t-shirt (sizes XL or 2XL are all that remain) if you send Richard a check for $19.69 payable to Brown University Class of 1969 and send to Bentsen-Combies-Blackman Insurance, 631 Main St., East Greenwich, RI 02818. Ladies, you will own the perfect replacement for your nightgown. Guys, you can bulk up and be the big bear on the block! Once again, thanks to everyone who attended our 50th reunion. It was a blast and maybe the best in a long line of very excellent class of 1969 reunions. You know that we always have the best parties!”

 

Related classes:
Class of 1969, GS Class of 1974
Sep, 2019
68

Jesse Jupiter continues to practice hand and upper extremity surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Jesse has been named an International Pioneer in Hand Surgery by the International Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand, as well as the first Distinguished Alumnus of the Combined Harvard Orthopedic Residency Program.

 

Sep, 2019
68

Jay Hedlund writes: “Our classmate Flint Taylor, one of America’s top civil and human rights lawyers and a cofounder of the People’s Law Office in Chicago, has published a new book, The Torture Machine, outlining his nearly 50-year career fighting racism in the criminal justice system. He was one of the lawyers who represented the families of slain Chicago Black Panthers Fred Hampton and Mark Clark in the landmark civil rights case against the Chicago police, the Cook County state’s attorney, and the FBI’s COINTELPRO agents. Throughout his career he has represented numerous survivors of Chicago police torture in criminal and civil cases, as well as in seeking and winning reparations. He was also cocounsel in the civil rights case brought by the victims of the KKK and neo-Nazi terror in Greensboro, North Carolina, in 1979. The story he tells in The Torture Machine is engaging and compelling, particularly timely with the current national focus on police and community relations (particularly communities of color), the Black Lives Matter movement, and a new attention to criminal justice and penal reform.”

 

Sep, 2019
67

Vicki Robin writes: “Your Money or Your Life, Revised and Updated for 2018 was published a year ago to help another generation with money, career, and life. I’ve been active with Sound Defense Alliance in challenging the expansion of navy training and testing out of Whidbey Island Naval Air Station and over the Olympic National Park. I’m blogging at vickirobin.com and yourmoneyoryourlife.com and welcome Brown friends to join me there.”

 

Sep, 2019
66

David Beckman and his wife, Sharon, are active in AVP—Alternative to Violence Project. David writes: “With others, we go into maximum security prisons and facilitate three-day workshops with 20 inmates at a time on conflict resolution. This allows inmates to rediscover their humanity and grow beyond who they were when they committed their crimes.”

 

Sep, 2019
63

Hal Barwood writes: “Now that I’m safe from the temptations of actual work, I continue to write. My latest novel is called Fulfillment. It’s all about a newbie getting his feet wet in the treacherous waters of video game development. Check it out at my website www.finitearts.com.”

 

Sep, 2019
63

Class secretary Martha McCauley Anderson reports: “On May 7-10 the class of 1963 enjoyed a mini-reunion in Charleston, South Carolina, making it our ninth mini-reunion. Events included a tour of the USS Yorktown, Fort Sumter, the Charleston Museum, Middleton Place, and a carriage tour of historic Charleston. This was our first three-night reunion and our first mid-week reunion. A great time was had by all. Class attendees included George Bryant, Glenn Cashion, Bill Dyer, Joe Fisler, Barbara Smith Langworthy, Marty Lawyer, Mary Lou Clark Levine, Brooke Kruger Lipsitt, Ann Reilly Mostoller, Fred Parker, Wayne Peal, Bob Phillips, Ernst Rothe, and Nancy Scull.

 

Sep, 2019
61

Arthur Solomon writes: “I guess that I’m semi-retired because I now split my time among my real estate development business, two nonprofit boards, and my family’s minor league baseball teams—the Hartford Yard Goats and the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. I’m really enjoying and learning a great deal from my board work at the Trinity Repertory Company in Providence and the Florida Atlantic University Lifelong Learning Program in Jupiter, Florida.”

 

Sep, 2019
61

John Sculley writes: “My wife, Diane, and I moved into our new home in Palm Beach, Florida, in February. I still work helping health-tech entrepreneurs build their transformative innovation companies. Diane, who is also a data scientist, is my business partner. I travel routinely to the Boston area to RxAdvance, a health-tech company where I am chief marketing officer and board chairman. Diane and I traveled this summer to France, Marrakesh, and Bermuda.”

 

Sep, 2019
61

Charles Rood writes: “My wife, Shane, and I anticipate moving into an apartment in a senior community with meals and services. The community is currently under construction and should be available this winter here in Oro Valley. We are very active in volunteer work in this Tucson suburb so want to stay close by.”

 

Sep, 2019
61

Beth Burwell Griffiths writes: “Although I am spending more time in Florida, I still return to New Hampshire for Christmas and a couple of months in the summer on Lake Mascoma in Enfield.”

 

Sep, 2019
61

Richard Grant received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Environmental Law Institute at the National Wetlands Awards in Washington, D.C.

 

Sep, 2019
61

Ann Matteodo Dupre writes: “Having the good fortune to have three brothers precede me at Brown (Sam Matteodo ’51; Maurice Matteodo ’53; and Eugene Matteodo ’56, ’78 PhD)—their mantra was that it was appropriate for me to graduate in 1961 because it could be read upside down, proving I did not know if I was coming or going. It always raised my love and awareness to think of that distinction.”

 

Sep, 2019
60

Les Weinstein and Lynn Jatlow celebrated their first wedding anniversary and their 37th Valentine’s Day this past February. Les writes: “We were married at our home in Bethesda, Maryland, last year by a ‘rent-a-rabbi’ that we found on the internet, and the ceremony was watched via Skype by our three children and six grandchildren who live in Texas and Vermont. Quite the twenty-first century wedding!” Contact Les at lynnles@comcast.net.

 

Sep, 2019
59

Class secretary Caryl-Ann Miller Nieforth reports: “There were 70 class of 59’ers, plus some spouses and children, who returned to campus for their 60th reunion. Good for us! Yet there were 71 on our five-year ‘In Memoriam’ list. Our regrets. The Friday and Saturday night Faculty Club and University Club dinners were delicious. In addition,  our Pembroke Club luncheon under the tent at Maddock featured a talk by our current class of 1959 scholarship recipient, Violet Sackett ’20. Thirty-two women, and a couple of loyal daughters, reminisced about their years on campus and beyond. Our class meeting was chaired by our new president, Diane Scola, who rendered a fitting memorial to our late president of many decades, Clark A. Sammartino. Officers David Merchant  (Treasurer) and Caryl-Ann Miller Nieforth (Secretary) gave reports and Reunion Committeeman and Brown’s Sports Archivist, Peter Mackie, spoke on A Brief History of the Brown Bear. Sunday’s weather was glorious for our class contingent’s procession down the Hill, led by Class Marshals Caryl-Ann and Charlene Ingraham Underhill.”

 

Sep, 2019
57

John Wolfe writes: “I was very pleased to have an all-too-brief visit from Britten Dean and wife Kayoko Ishizaki. Their itinerary allowed only time for a nice dinner, plus the ‘Wolfe Lightning-quick Blitzkrieg Tour’ of the local Anchorage area.”

 

Sep, 2019
57

 Judy and George Rollinson are enjoying life in the Prestwick Chase retirement community in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., where they moved in May. “Staff and other residents have been friendly and welcoming,” says George, “and the facility is quite nice. We encourage classmates who have not yet made such a move to give it serious consideration.”

 

Sep, 2019
57

Dorothy Crews Herzberg writes: “I was selected for a Who’s Who Lifetime Achievement Award. I believe it comes out in 2020. I’ve done community organization for 50 years and worked in law enforcement (including the IRS!) and teaching. I’ve written four books, including one on the Peace Corps. I am curious if any classmates have been in the Peace Corps. My husband, Doug, began teaching in a new school, Pinole Valley High, in August.” Contact Dorothy at dorothyherzberg@gmail.com.

 

Sep, 2019
57

Britten Dean writes: “My latest book has just come out, a translation of The Wasteland by Japanese author Takako Takahashi, an unusual novel by a woman Christian writer. Rush to buy it while supplies last! With that project completed I was in a carefree mood, ready to enjoy a long-planned trip to Alaska in May. This included a land portion from Fairbanks to Anchorage (taking in Denali) and then a cruise from Seward to Vancouver, B.C., taking in Glacier Bay National Park, the Inland Passage, and interesting stops along the way. When in Anchorage, Kayoko and I met up with John Wolfe, a classmate and Theta Delta Chi fraternity brother. We had a fine dinner together and a personalized tour of Anchorage and environs.”

 

Sep, 2019
54

Class secretary Marshall H. Cohen reflects on the historic 65th class reunion. “We had a near record 35 participants, a large turnout for our class size. We all enjoyed near and on-campus activities and meals and perfect spring weather. A class newsletter is in the printing process and will contain details and photographs. Here are a few highlights: Class Treasurer Frank Wezniak reported that our class set a new record for a 65th reunion with a gift to the Brown Annual Fund of $162,701 (as of May), a team effort with special thanks to Paul Benedum, Roy Gainsburg, Al Petteruti, and Frank Wezniak. The class enjoyed receptions and dinners and luncheons (between lectures and campus visits) at the Hope and University clubs. Brown songs were sung by the ’54- Freelancers” (any classmate remembering the lyrics) seated and between food courses, with encouragement and emotion enabled by an open bar. Class officers were voted into office for the next term of service. New officers are: President Ed Bishop, Vice President Ron Abdow, Treasurer Frank Wezniak, and Secretary Marshall H. Cohen. Warm appreciation was extended to outgoing president  Red Judkins. Special thanks were extended for the generosity of Betty and Jon Berberian for hosting a “ninth inning” reception to our class attendees at their home following the commencement activities. As secretary, I join all my classmates in thanking Jill Stange and her assistants from the Brown Alumni Relations Office for enabling all the activities to run smoothly and solving the problems before they occurred. As to rumors that were circulated during the reunion weekend: (1) A special van was commissioned from Pembroke or Brown class treasuries to finance transportation from the Van Wickle Gates to the gambling casino in Connecticut, thereby avoiding walking round trip on College Hill during the long commencement procession—Not True; (2) My photographs are somewhat blurry because I was forced to shoot with one hand, holding up tux trousers that were provided one size too large—Absolutely True; (3) The class is optimistically planning a mini reunion cruise prior to our 70th reunion—Very True.”

 

Sep, 2019
54

Class secretary Margery Gould Sharp reports: “There were 28 of us at our 65th reunion on Memorial Day weekend 2019—eight women and 20 men. Here are some comments from the eight Pembrokers:
Nancy Kaufman Judkins and Red Judkins are still enjoying life in Albuquerque. They attended their eldest grandchild’s graduation from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash. Their younger grandson is a freshman there. ‘Our 65th reunion was wonderful.’
Felice Rinder Kirsh writes she planned a July cruise up the West Coast of Norway: ‘It’s always been on my bucket list.’
Anne Clowes McKay says: ‘Living in Vermont within walking distance to Canada and loving everything about being there. Luckily I’m in very good health and spirits.’
Barbara Nahigian Merguerian is enjoying retirement and spending time with her two daughters and two granddaughters (one just graduated from Tufts). She’s also volunteering with several women’s organizations.
‘It means the world to me to be at Brown for the 65th and to be living adjacent to my freshman roommate, Jane O’Hara Page,’ says Diane Lake Northrop. ‘Here’s to the 70th!’
Jane O’Hara Page writes: ‘We left Brown 65 years ago but Brown never left us! How wonderful to be reunited. I have four children, four grandchildren,  and a Dartmouth husband.’
Barbara Patton Sciarra moved from Winnetka, Ill., to 1000 Manor Dr., Wilmette, Ill. 60091-1025.
Margery Gould Sharp lives in Vermont. ‘We had a rugged winter this year but I kept going. My daughter and granddaughter did the driving to bring me to the 65th. Still writing publicity, book reviews, and short plays for production.’
Marilyn Carlson Simon and Bill Simon of Southbury, Conn. are happy to announce they’ll be great-grandparents in October—it’s a boy!
Finally, the eight of us held our separate election of officers for our Pembroke contingent and they are: President Felice Rinder Kirsh, Vice President Jeane Nelson, Treasurer Nancy Kaufman Judkins, and Secretary Margery Gould Sharp.”

 

Sep, 2019
53

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!”

 

Sep, 2019
50

Marjorie Matz Henning writes: “I’m sorry that I couldn’t be with you on May 23. My husband Ted and I are fine and are still living in Manhasset, Long Island. We have three children and five grandchildren. I’m still playing tennis and our last trip was to Iceland.”

 

Sep, 2019
50

Temple Fawcett keeps busy with local Rhode Island politics plus the Rhode Island music, theater, and art scene.

 

Sep, 2019
50

Eugene F. Ahearn writes: “Sorry I had to pass on our mini-reunion this year. I’ve had my 93rd birthday and feel fine, but I’m restricting my travels to about a 10-mile radius of home. My focus is on maintaining health, exercise, walking, and being social. All of us here at Mercy Ridge renewed our driver’s licenses to our 100th birthdays.”

 

Sep, 2019
50

Class secretary LeRoy F. Anderson reports: “The great class of 1950 (I believe the largest in history) held a mini-reunion on Thursday, May 23, at the University Club, which was an ideal location for our great reception. The setting was just right and the chef’s team prepared a most delicious meal. There was an abundance of comradeship as we all caught up on family and Brown news. Additionally, we focused enthusiastically, and with some disbelief, on our 70th celebration coming along in 2020. Attendees included myself and my wife, Claire Anderson, Caroline Decatur Chick, Pauline Longo Denning, Temple Fawcett, Nancy Chick Hyde ’80, Russ Kinne, Brooke Kruger Lipsitt ’63, Paul D. Lipsitt, William L. Mayer, Donald B. McLellan, Jeffrey S. Michaelson ’80, and Rita Caslowitz Michaelson.”

 

Sep, 2019
49

Class secretary Hal Gadon reports: “We had a great weekend to celebrate our 70th reunion, including the weather which was superb and typical at Brown Commencements. We enjoyed meeting and greeting our former Brown classmates at the delicious dinners held at the Hope Club on Friday and Saturday evenings, as well as a very fine lunch at the University Club on Saturday afternoon. It all culminated in a number of gatherings at the College Green for the traditional commencement march down College Hill. A number of us marched part way or all the way behind our class banner led by our class marshal Alan Flink, who was leading us through the open Van Wickle Gates and proudly continuing down the hill twirling his marshal’s baton and cane through thunderous applause and high-five acclaim to the very end. Alan said this is something he will never forget and this unique Brown tradition is something we all continue to remember and enjoy. Our 70th reunion attendees included Class President Mars Bishop, Vice President Alan Flink, Secretary/Treasurer Hal Gadon, Robert Galkin, Sumner Alpert, Gerrit Sanford, Robert Fechtor, Ken MacLean, Morris Schwartz, William Clarke, and Rev. John Townsend. A class meeting was held with much praise given to class officers and directors who were unanimously reelected to continue serving for eternity. Our next class reunion will be our 75th in 2024. Save the Date!”

 


Hal Gadon ’49 with Commencement marshal Alan Flink
Sep, 2019
49

Dolores Pastore DiPrete reports: “Congratulations to all classmates whether you were able to attend or not. Many were with us in spirit but unable to attend due to physical limitations. Present for our luncheon were Anne Day Archibald and myself from Rhode Island, Rose Jamiel Falugo and Marion Stewart Wenzel from Florida, and Anita Powell Olson and Vivian Bergquist Clark from Massachusetts. Terry Arcand Hughes, Marjorie Logan Hiles and Ginny Fitzpatrick Bainton met with us and Lois Jagolinzer Fain for the 38th annual Dr. Carl and Dorothy O. Jagolinzer Memorial Concert and it was a stellar performance. The Brown reunion committee treated us royally with rides to and from all events and satisfied our every need. Thank you Ellamae Andrews Magee for your newsy note and donation; Marilyn Callahan Kindelan and Mardy Fox Rawls for notes; and to many who made calls to Lois and me. Unfortunately, many postcards were returned to me. Please keep your current addresses up to date with the alumni office. I was honored to serve as a class marshal but I must confess that I did not make it to the finish line. Walking through the Van Wickle Gates was humbling. Part way down the hill I sat in a wheelchair for an hour cheering the younger classes forward and then I realized that I could not take another step. My undergraduate assistant politely wheeled me back to my dorm.”

 

Sep, 2019
44

Lillian Carneglia Affleck writes: “The 75th reunion might be ‘the last hoorah’ but it was one of the best! Unfortunately, several classmates had to bow out at the last minute, leaving three stalwart women (no men) to experience time honored memories. Isabel Howard Alexander arrived from Oklahoma with her entire three generation family. Hope Richards Brothers was accompanied by her daughter-in-law, and I attended with most of my family from near and far. The University is to be commended for planning both informative and elegant venues long to be remembered. Friday and Saturday dinners at the Hope Club were exceptional. Hors d’oeuvres were followed by gourmet dinners that deserve a five-star rating. The luncheon at the University Club on Saturday was just as superior. We took a moment to remember and toast our living and deceased classmates. The 75th joined the 65th and 60th reunion classes to celebrate together at all events and the spirit and jovial camaraderie filled the air. The highlight of the weekend was the commencement procession. Isabel and I were honored to be marshals for the Class of ’44. No other university can match the spirit, pageantry, and emotion of marching down College Hill to the applause and adulation of the alumni, especially the seniors. Tears, cheers, and high fives were shared. We felt like rock stars! After the commencement march, Izzy and I rewarded ourselves and treated our families to a delicious luncheon at the Faculty Club—the Grand Finale!”

 


Lillian Carneglia Affleck ’44 Commencement walk
Jul, 2019
GS 79

Jerry Coker ’79 AM published his third World War II novel, Hunt of the Kite (Procol Press). He writes: “Of interest to Brunonians are the watercolor covers, front and back, created by my friend Kay Cassill specifically for the book. Kay is an artist based in Cape Cod and Saline, Michigan, and she is the widow of novelist and former Brown professor R.V. Cassill.”

 

Jul, 2019
GS 71

John B. Hattendorf ’71 AM, an internationally prominent maritime historian, former professor at the Naval War College in Newport, and author of dozens of books and essays on naval and maritime history, was inducted into the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame in May.

 

Jul, 2019
GS 17
Fred’s Reds
From the greenhouse to the Green
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Jackson, director of Brown’s Plant Environmental Center, with his hand-tended Commencement geraniums
Jul, 2019
GS 13

Ashley E. Bowen ’13 AM, ’17 PhD, curated Rise, Serve, Lead! America’s Women Physicians, a banner exhibition with the U.S. National Library of Medicine that went up at the Bethesda campus of the National Institutes of Health in March. The exhibition, in commemoration of Women’s History Month, highlighted the lives and achievements of more than 300 women physicians who have made a difference through their medical practice and research, work as activists, service as administrators, and mentorship to the next generation of physicians. The companion online adaptation includes an educational component and a digital gallery of books and journal articles authored by some of the doctors profiled in the exhibition that give a view into both their scientific research and experiences in a male-dominated field.

 

Jul, 2019
GS 10
ER Apps
From Fitbits to medical diagnostics
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Dr. Megan Ranney ’10 MPH, at her Commencement forum
Jul, 2019
19
Through the Gates, Together
Father-daughter grads
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Father and daughter who walked at Commencement together
Related classes:
Class of 2019, GS Class of 2019
Jul, 2019
19
Classmates Behind Bars
What happened when students at Brown and at a nearby prison took the same course—together.
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portrait of Joshua and Sophie
Jul, 2019
19
Northern Aggression
A Brown symposium looks at the key role Rhode Island—and all of New England—played in the slave trade.
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photo of John Brown House at dusk
Jul, 2019
13

Ishaan Sethi has been named to the Forbes Asia 30 Under 30 2019 list under the Media, Marketing, and Advertising category for his work on the Delta App, India’s first and only homegrown LGBTQ+ app, and PropheSee, an analytics software service.

 

Jul, 2019
12
World Class
Rugby referee Emily Hsieh ’12 aims for the Olympics
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Jul, 2019
11
A Long Recovery
Helping to create community spaces in storm-battered Puerto Rico
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Jul, 2019
11
In the news

Chicago singer and poet Jamila Woods ’11 released her new album LEGACY! LEGACY! on May 10 via Jagjaguwar. It is her second full-length album following 2016’s HEAVN. Each of the 13 songs is named after someone who has made a lasting impact on the artist.

 

Jul, 2019
11

Nick Martell writes: “Thrilled to share with you that my company MarketSnacks has been acquired by fintech unicorn Robinhood. I believe Brown last referenced MarketSnacks when we were named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 List and when we launched our top-rated podcast series. This exit is something that I’m proud to share with the school since it so profoundly shaped our entrepreneurial journey, and I hope publicity of it can benefit Brown’s continuing growth as an entrepreneurship magnet.”
 

 

Jul, 2019
10
Partners in Verse
Taking their spoken-word poetry around the world
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Related classes:
Class of 2010, GS Class of 2012
Jul, 2019
09

Laura Thompson writes: “I joined a group of Bay Area social justice and healthcare leaders on a pilgrimage to Alabama to learn more about the racial disparities in economic opportunity and healthcare there. I was astounded to learn that two of our wonderful hosts, Tamera Coyne-Beasley ’87 and Morissa Ladinsky ’85, were both proud Brown alumnae! Three members of Brown’s Office of the Chaplains and Religious Life, Jeremy Ogunba, Ulli K Ryder, and Rabbi Michelle Dardashti, were also meaningful members of our group. I continue to be amazed by the powerful work being done by Brown staff and alumni across the globe.”

 


Laura Thompson ’09
Jul, 2019
09

Ijeoma Njaka and Jeff Bayne were married on Sept. 29 in Washington, D.C. Alumni celebrating with them included Ross Beckman ’13 MD; Kimberly Dickinson ’14 MPH, ’14 MD; Mark Doss; Miles Fujiki; Amal Hassan ’10; Rohan Keshwara; Jasmine Leonard ’14 MD; Katie Okamoto; Neeta Pal, Patrick Pangan; Lydia Sharlow; Kam Sripada; and Daniel Woolridge ’10. The couple met while studying abroad in Stockholm, Sweden, during their junior year—although, Ijeoma writes, “Jeff is pretty certain we were in the same multivariable calculus class in our first year.”

 

Jul, 2019
09

Emilie Aries published her first book, Bossed Up: A Grown Woman’s Guide to Getting Your Sh*t Together, in May, and she hosted a free book tour stop at the Brown CareerLAB during reunion weekend. The book chronicles Emilie’s own story paired with research-backed actionable advice and dozens of real stories from a diverse array of women in the Bossed Up community who’ve applied these lessons to their own careers.

 

Jul, 2019
08
Puzzling Days
Powerful brains at work for the annual MIT Mystery Hunt
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Jul, 2019
05
Curated Cuisine
African American home cooking in the academy
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Food journalist Toni Tipton-Martin
Jul, 2019
04
In the news

The Boston Globe profiled Joshua Lessing ’04, cofounder and CEO of Root AI. The research company aims to create intelligent robots that will help growers build the farms of the future, developing technology that will help solve some of the most enduring challenges in agriculture.

 

Jul, 2019
03
Public Enemy No. 1
Arthur Gregg Sulzberger ’03, publisher of the “failing New York Times"
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portrait of AG Sulzberger
Jul, 2019
03
In the news

The National Law Journal named Matthew R. Kittay ’03, who is cochair of mergers and acquisitions at Fox Rothschild LLP, a Trailblazer in Cannabis Law. This nationally recognized distinction is presented to attorneys who are agents of change in the new and rapidly developing industry.

Jul, 2019
02
Wilderness Therapy
Transformative learning in the backwoods of Maine
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Jul, 2019
02

Robert Newcomb ’06 AM, ’08 PhD, writes that after four months of training, he ran up the Rock of Gibraltar while in Gibraltar on a research trip. The run, traditionally considered a fitness test by the Royal Navy, is approximately 2.7 miles in length, rising from sea level to 1,350 feet, with an average incline of 8 percent.

 

Jul, 2019
02

Alison Friedman moved to Hong Kong in 2017 after 15-plus years in Beijing to be artistic director of the West Kowloon Cultural District. Its first arts center, The Xiqu Centre, opened in January 2018 and celebrates more than 300 forms of Chinese opera. Freespace, Hong Kong’s new center for contemporary performance, opens its doors this summer with a season of local and international dance, theater, music, and more. The Brown Alumni Association of Hong Kong recently invited Alison to speak at an event. She would love to connect with more alums in the region. Contact her at alison.friedman@wkcda.hk.

 

Jul, 2019
02
Fresh Ink
New books by Mark Mayer '06, Mathangi Subramanian '02 and Wendy Walker '89.
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Jul, 2019
01
Out There
John Krasinski ’01 on ditching your comfort zone
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John Krasinski before the Baccalaureate address
Jul, 2019
00

Amanda Ciafone, professor at the University of Illinois, published Counter-Cola: A Multinational History of the Global Corporation, in April. She writes: “It’s a scholarly book but uses a popular topic, The Coca-Cola Company, to tell the history of global capitalism and its critiques for a generalist audience.”

 

Jul, 2019
96
Andrew Yang Wants to Give You $1,000
Andrew Yang ’96 and his surprisingly successful presidential candidacy.
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Andrew Yang at a campaign rally
Related classes:
Class of 1996, Class of 1981
Jul, 2019
95
The Accidental Director
A longtime Hollywood writer-producer takes his turn at the helm
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Jul, 2019
93

Ian Reifowitz published The Tribalization of Politics: How Rush Limbaugh’s Race-Baiting Rhetoric on the Obama Presidency Paved the Way for Trump, (Ig Publishing) in May. Ian writes: “It explores how Limbaugh sought to tribalize our politics through his racially divisive, falsehood-ridden portrayal of President Obama. By playing and preying on white anxiety, Limbaugh laid the groundwork for the election of a president who essentially adopted his view of the Obama presidency.”

 

Jul, 2019
92
Grammy Award Winner
Violinist Lili Haydn '92 wins a Grammy
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Jul, 2019
91
Rich But Nice
Sociologist Rachel Sherman ’91 on why 1-percenters need to see themselves as virtuous
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Jul, 2019
91
World Wide Beginnings
The web’s roots at Brown
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In a vintage photo, Christine Braun ’70 works with a light pen
Related classes:
Class of 1991, GS Class of 1994
Jul, 2019
90
In the news

Clinical immunologist, Dr. Helen Su ’90, ’98 MD, ’98 PhD, is the recipient of the Drukier Prize in Children’s Health Research, presented by Weill Cornell Medicine for recognition of her innovative research into rare pediatric immunodeficiency diseases and translating findings into potential treatments. Her work has provided critical insights into DOCK8 immunodeficiency syndrome.

 

Jul, 2019
90

In December, Laura Grossfield Birger was appointed chief of the criminal division for the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. Laura returns to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, where she previously worked as a prosecutor from 1997 to 2007, after spending the last 11 years as a partner for Cooley LLP in New York.

 

Jul, 2019
89

Aaron Meskin writes: “My family and I are moving back to the U.S. after 14 years in Leeds, England. I’ll be starting in July as the head of philosophy at the University of Georgia and I’m very much looking forward to living in the Classic City and enjoying the music scene there. I’ve published Poems, Philosophy & Coffee with Valley Press. The book, which I worked on with the award-winning English poet Helen Mort, is a sort of conversation between a poet and some philosophers of art. Topics explored include bad art, a song by Belle and Sebastian, meals, oversinging, rock climbing, street art, and tattooing. And there’s coffee in there, too.You can find out more at https://www.valleypressuk.com/book/121/opposite__poems,_philosophy_&_coffee.”

 

Jul, 2019
88

John Powers, chief corporate development officer for Deloitte, was appointed as the president of the AmpleHarvest.org board of directors. AmpleHarvest.org, a virtual solution to food waste and hunger, is a not-for-profit 501c3 organization that’s ending food insecurity and waste nationwide by networking millions of gardeners with thousands of local food pantries.

 

Jul, 2019
85

Neil Goldberg writes: “I’m excited to report that a book of my recent photographs will be published this spring by Esopus Books. The book, entitled Other People’s Prescriptions, features selections from a recent photographic series in which I photographed bespectacled New Yorkers from behind to afford a glimpse of the city through their corrective lenses. The New Yorker magazine’s Louis Menard wrote the introduction. Please visit my website at https://neilgoldberg.com.”

 

Jul, 2019
85

Anne Azzi Davenport, after field producing arts and culture stories for most of her 20 years at PBS NewsHour, is leading its new Canvas project funded by the Knight Foundation. Canvas augments NewsHour’s long-standing coverage of a wide variety of arts and artists around the country and internationally. Anne writes: “I’ve run into and covered many Brown alums in the arts world through the years and it’s always affirming to see the contributions people are making. On a personal note, my husband, Rory, and I are soon to be empty-nesters with our daughter off to college and our son soon to follow. Looking forward to the 35th reunion next spring.” If you have ideas you want to share, contact Anne at adavenport@newshour.org.

 

Jul, 2019
85

Joycelyn Agagon Datu writes: “Happy to report that I am practicing internal medicine in Boston. I split my time between Boston and Cape Cod with my husband Kevin. My proudest achievement is serving as chairperson of the Love for Life Foundation of Philippine American Physicians in America, a nonprofit organization that helps provide affordable healthcare to remote areas of the Philippines. Ten years ago, we established the Dr. Jesus A. Datu Medical Center in Bacolor, Province of Pampanga, Philippines, a charity hospital which has served thousands of poor Filipinos and successfully performed over 160,000 surgeries. Check us out on Facebook at the Dr. Jesus A. Datu Medical Center page.”    

Jul, 2019
84

Alexander Weindling was featured in a Forbes magazine story for his company Clean Origin, which sells lab-grown diamonds online at an affordable price.

 

Jul, 2019
82

Julia Flynn Siler published her third book, The White Devil’s Daughters: The Women Who Fought Slavery in San Francisco’s Chinatown (Knopf) in May. She writes: “It is a history of the trafficking of Asian girls and young women that flourished in San Francisco during the first century of Chinese immigration (1848-1943) and the ‘safe house’ on the edge of Chinatown that became a refuge for those seeking their freedom.” Jeremy Rhee ’20 worked as her research intern on the book. For more information on the book and the events visit: www.juliaflynnsiler.com.

 

Jul, 2019
82

Artwork by Alison Berard Rector will be exhibited in a solo show at Greenhut Galleries in Portland, Maine, in August. The exhibit, titled Train Journey, will feature 15 oil paintings inspired by train travel. For more information, visit www.alisonrector.com or greenhutgalleries.com.

 

Jul, 2019
81
Birth Mama
The long and satisfying career of Afua Hassan ’81
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Jul, 2019
81

Sue Kalt writes: “2019 is UNESCO’s Year of the Indigenous Languages. I’ve been researching and documenting language change in rural Quechua-speaking communities of Bolivia and Peru for the past dozen years while teaching community college in Boston. Your help is needed to finish publication of my second archival video collection of storytelling interviews with children in Chuquisaca. See MamaSusan.org for more details.”

 

Jul, 2019
80
In the news

Alison Ressler ’80, a partner at Sullivan & Cromwell, was one of four professionals named to the Los Angeles Business Journal’s 2019 Business Hall of Fame for her work in mergers and acquisitions.

Jul, 2019
79

Rick Stockwell has written a Christian fantasy novel entitled The Wall. Rick writes: “The book is primarily based in Connecticut, but features several scenes from Brown. The takeaway for Brunonians is that each of us needs to figure out where we’ll go when we die. It’s fine to plan for retirement, but we need to plan for post-retirement as well.”

 

Jul, 2019
79

Amy Ross Scheinerman published a two-volume book entitled The Talmud of Relationships, and it is a National Jewish Book Award finalist.

 

Jul, 2019
79

Lino Lipinsky was sworn in as a judge on the Colorado Court of Appeals on Jan. 9. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Lino was a partner at Dentons US LLP, where he chaired the firm’s Colorado litigation practice group. He continues to serve as the first vice president of the Denver Bar Association, a member of the board of governors of the Colorado Bar Association, and a board member of the Colorado Judicial Institute. Lino is also a member of the Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct committee.

 

Jul, 2019
79

Doug Dykaar writes: “My wife, Donna Strickland, won the Nobel Prize in physics.”

 

Jul, 2019
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In the news

The GAVI Alliance is one of three groups providing funds for the first phase of malaria vaccine pilots in Kenya, Ghana, and Malawi. The organization’s CEO is Seth Berkley ’78, ’81 MD, a medical epidemiologist and global advocate on the power of vaccines, who is also founder and former president and CEO of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative.

 

Related classes:
Class of 1978, MD Class of 1981
Jul, 2019
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Ralph Strawn writes: “This is my first submission to the BAM since I graduated. I entered Brown with the class of ’77 but took a year off to live and work in England. I finally graduated as a fifth-year senior with the class of ’78. I like to joke with friends of mine who are big college football fans in Alabama, where I have practiced law since 1981, that I unsuccessfully redshirted myself in 1976 in a failed attempt to get Brown’s football team back to the Rose Bowl when I returned. Also, on April 1, I joined my wife, two daughters, and brother Roger Strawn at a Brown alumni seminar hosted by Josiah Carberry, legendary professor of psychoceramics. He was speaking about his recent trip to some of those unnamed places ‘where certain fungal infections are common’ you have to tell your doctor that you’ve been to if you’re taking certain medications advertised on TV. We were looking forward to hearing about an archaeological dig for cracked pots in some tropical or exotic faraway place, but unfortunately he had only been to the Ohio and Mississippi River valleys, Central New York, and Texas, where histoplasmosis is especially common.”
 

 

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 David Shields published his 22nd book, The Trouble with Men: Reflections on Sex, Love, Marriage, Porn, and Power, in February.

 

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Bill Lichtenstein writes: “Our new landmark feature-length documentary film WBCN and The American Revolution won best documentary at the DC Independent Film Festival, played the prestigious Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose, and was chosen to be the Centerpiece: Documentary Spotlight at the Independent Film Festival Boston. The film tells the previously untold story of the early days of the legendary, radical underground radio station, WBCN-FM, set against the dazzling and profound social, political, and cultural changes that took place in Boston and nationally from the late-1960s through the early 1970s. I worked at WBCN starting at age 14 in 1970, before coming to Brown, and later worked at WBRU, launching my career in media.”

 

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Seth Hilary Jackson writes: “I was chosen as a headliner at AlumniFest on April 26, a one-night music extravaganza with 25-plus of the top New York Topliner Camp artists taking to the wild and wacky stages of Rubulad in Brooklyn, New York, to perform a variety of live music.”

 

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Beth Shadur received a grant from the Illinois Arts Council to pursue her National Parks Project. This project involves a number of paintings to be exhibited throughout Illinois that investigate the effects of man on the pristine environments of various national parks. Under the grant, Shadur visited five parks in Utah and is creating paintings that look at the impact of climate change, industry, tourism, and fracking, as well as the cultural history of each park.

 

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Elizabeth Beckhard Waller married William C. Woods (Yale ’70) in a small, private ceremony on March 5 in Ocala, Fla.

 

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Warren Marcus writes that after 17 years in the classroom and 26 years at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, he downshifted at the end of April. His emphasis at USHMM has been teacher training, docent training, working with military audiences, and Holocaust Encyclopedia online content. He will continue to work part-time for the Museum in those areas. He’s also planning to do some consulting, charity work, substitute teaching, political activism, and as much tennis as he can handle. He and wife Lisa have been married for 31 years and have two grown children, Ally and Joey.

 

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High Climbing
An alum takes up "highpointing" at age 60
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Jul, 2019
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Bruce McIntosh and Margot Lynn Gedert ’90 organized a workshop titled “Fun with Paint” for a program called Diffendoofer Day in Chama, New Mexico, this past March. The program, which Bruce operates, is named after the Dr. Seuss book Hooray for Diffendoofer Day! and encourages new ways of seeing and thinking through a series of workshop experiences for children and adults of all ages. “Dive into Books” followed “Fun with Paint Day.” Contact Bruce at bruce_chama@yahoo.com to learn more about his art programs. Contact Margot at firewoodartstudio@gmail.com or go to www.firewoodartstudio.com to learn more about her intuitive painting process.

 


Bruce McIntosh ’67 & Margot Lynn Gedert ’90
Related classes:
Class of 1967, Class of 1990
Jul, 2019
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Peter Clark writes: “My son, Austen Clark ’20, has thoroughly enjoyed participating in two club sports; tennis and soccer, which have been very successful. He is cocaptain of the tennis team, which returned from the nationals in Arizona having finished #19 out of 64 teams. Quite a feat! Austen is also a member of the club soccer team. That team won the Ivy League tournament for the third year in a row.”

 

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Tom Rollinson was the featured contrabassoon soloist at a concert by the Clovis Community Band in New Mexico.

 

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Joan Hoost McMaster hosted Junior League of Rhode Island members and their guests at the Brown Faculty Club on Saturday, April 27, for the 5th Annual Women Authors Luncheon. The guest authors were Emily Arnold McCully ’61 and Mary-Kim Arnold ’93, ’95 MFA. McCully has written and illustrated more than 30 children’s books and was awarded a Caldecott Medal. She spoke about her most recent book, She Did It!, a compendium of the success stories of 21 prominent American women. Arnold is a writer, poet, and visual artist, and serves as a visiting lecturer in English at Brown. Her new book, Latency for the Long Moment, is a memoir of her life as a South Korean orphan who was adopted and raised by American parents. She describes her continuing search for her birth mother over the years and wonders what life would be like if they were to meet some day. Following the authors’ presentations, there was a book-signing. Joan writes: “A delightful afternoon!”

 

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Carol Holzapfel McCutcheon writes: “I retired about ten years ago from practicing psychotherapy and started spending six months a year in Italy. My two kids live in Florida. I visit them often and each has two children, all in high school. Hard to believe it’s our 60th Reunion.”

 

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Sally Spaugh Mahan writes: “Two and a half years ago, after Jerry retired from Penn State University as a distinguished professor of physics, we moved to Acton to be closer to our daughter Susan and her family. This is returning home for me, because my roots are here in the Boston North Shore. We are enjoying the challenge of becoming involved in another new community.”

 

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Martha McKay Frigoletto writes: “My husband of 50 years, Fredric Frigoletto ’54, passed away in 2016. He had lived with a heart transplant for 13 years. I am blessed with our two daughters and seven grandchildren who live in the same town—Wellesley, Massachusetts. I’d love to hear from any near or far ’59ers.”

 

Related classes:
Class of 1959, Class of 1954
Jul, 2019
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Caryl-Ann Miller Nieforth reports: “Our thanks to the 60th Reunion Gift Committee; Liz Zopfi Chace, Diane Scola, and Peter Mackie. The current recipient of our Class of 1959 Scholarship fund, Violet Sackett ’20, who was the guest of honor at our Pembroke Luncheon and speaker at our 1959 Class Meeting on Saturday afternoon, is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in biology, focused on climate change and the impacts on our ecosystem. She is also a captain of the Brown Running Club.”

 

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Emil Soucar writes: “I am a retired Temple University emeritus associate professor. Since retirement in 2010, I have had a small counseling psychology practice in Wenonah, New Jersey. My wife of 51 years passed away in 2011. My daughter, Beth Soucar ’91, also has a psychology practice in Newtown, Pennsylvania, and my son Robert is a landscaping artist.”

 

Related classes:
Class of 1958, Class of 1991
Jul, 2019
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Dick Lang writes: “After I married Susan Haydock Lang ’59 and graduated from law school we moved to Kalamazoo, Michigan, where I was a trust attorney with a bank for four years. I then practiced law and was a partner with a firm for 21 years handling civil law matters and doing a considerable amount of trial work, including appellate practice. We later moved to our cherry farm in Northport, Michigan, and I became general counsel for Wolverine Power Cooperative for 11 years. After 36 years of full-time law practice I retired at age 62 from Wolverine and started a part-time law practice (representing many clients and also doing some pro bono work). At age 75, I am fully retired and have stayed involved in organizations including the Lions Club and our church. We have three grown children and six grandchildren. Susan, after teaching, retail work, art work, and nursing home employment, has developed dementia and I am her caregiver, but she is still able to knit, read, and be active as much as possible with friends. I now have heart disease, but we’ve had a good life. We remember many friends at Brown and say ‘hello’ to you.”

 

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Dick Carolan writes: “Last fall Hugo Mainelli, Ed Eastman, and I lunched together in Newport, Rhode Island, with Joe Tebo, who was on an East Coast cruise. It was a great time.”

 

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Class secretary Jill Hirst Scobie reports for Jerry Levine: “It is my sad duty to pass on news for Jerry Levine. In October his son, James H. Levine, died suddenly of a massive heart attack at work, just two weeks shy of his 53rd birthday. He leaves sisters Jodi Levine Avergun ’84 and Debby Levine Rifkin (UMass ’85), and mother Linda Paige-Levine (Columbia ’66, NYU ’68).”

 

Related classes:
Class of 1958, Class of 1984
Jul, 2019
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Judy and George Rollinson moved to Prestwick Chase, a retirement community in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and are enjoying their new home. They are familiar with the area, as Judy attended Skidmore and has been an active alumna, and one of their sons lives 15 minutes away. They look forward to staying in touch.

 

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Dick Godfrey writes that he is winding up his work with Direct Relief, now the largest humanitarian aid organization in the U.S. providing medical aid to millions of people around the world.

 

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Carol Werlock Cobb continues to have a busy law practice in Newburgh, N.Y., with emphasis on family law, including matrimonial, as well as real estate.

 

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Professor Nancy Shuster writes: “I am still teaching in Naples, Florida, and also in Narragansett, Rhode Island. I enjoy living and teaching in both locations six months each year. Many of my students are seniors who are writing their life stories. It is a joy to be able to still do the teaching and I learn from my students as well. I have three adult children, six grandchildren, and a partner I have been with for 35 years. My tennis days are over, but I do enjoy daily swims in Florida. If anyone wants to connect, I love to hear from classmates.” Contact Nancy at nshu4@aol.com.

 

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Robing Them Right
Ginie Callas ’48 has outfitted decades of honorary degree recipients
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Callas, 93, holding the honorary degree regalia
Related classes:
Class of 1948, Class of 2020
Jul, 2019
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Gloria Markoff Winston writes: “Since 2008 I have been living at Laurelmead. I have spent my winters in Palm Beach, Florida, since 1982 and fully returned to Providence (no more ‘snow birding’) in 2015. I have everything I need in life except Florida sunshine so I take my vitamin D pills every day. I play duplicate bridge every week and join the poker game at night and still find time to volunteer at Miriam Hospital. Many of my life-long friends that I followed to Laurelmead are no longer here, but I am surrounded by new friends, many of whom are also members of the Brown family, including Paul Alexander ’67, ’69 ScM; Janet McWain Colby ’60; Rosemary Mizener Colt ’84 PhD; Abraham Ehrenhaus ’45; Marilyn Silverman Ehrenhaus ’49; Deborah Mulcare ’68; John Schultz ’62 ScM,’68 PhD; Daniel Siegel ’57; Eugene Weinberg ’51; Robert Wood ’58; Louise Wood ’75 MAT; and Lucinda Dohanian-Welch ’00. We also have many esteemed Brown faculty members, past and present, including Lewis Lipsitt, Robert Davis, Laura Durand, Frank Durand, Francis McNelis, Gordon Wood, John Coleman, Annette Coleman, Robert E. Lanou, Richard Yund, and Nancy C. Rhodes, who was an associate director of admissions at Brown.”

 

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100 Years of Gratitude
Teresa Elizabeth Gagnon Mellone ’39, ’62 AM at her 80th reunion
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Photo of Teresa Elizabeth Gagnon mellone ’39, ’62 AM
Related classes:
Class of 1939, GS Class of 1962
May, 2019
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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
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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
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Who We Are
Profiles of a few of the exceptional students graduating in 2019.
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portrait of Jennifer Mastrianni
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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. 

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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."

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Fresh Ink
New books by Kate Ascher '80, Thomas Mallon '73 and Monique Tello '95.
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