The Classes

Image of Three Pembrokers

Spring Hijinks Mary Ann Holmes Hull ’50, Dianne Muth Herr ’50, and Joan Appel Garner ’50 balance on a railing outside Metcalf Hall in the spring of 1948. “That picture is a forceful reminder of who we once were!” says Hull, who now lives in Ontario. “Dianne and I probably met as freshmen. My ‘house’ was Barnes, on the edge of a high school field.”  “Barnes,” aka King House—named for Lida Shaw King, 1894 AM, who was dean of the women’s college from 1905 to 1922—was at 34 Barnes Street, right by the playing fields of Hope High. “There were lots of field mice everywhere, in our shoes, our dresser drawers,” Hull remembers. Sophomore year she and Herr were both in Metcalf. Loafers worn, “daringly,” with no socks were popular, and everyone had huarache sandals, she says. The two women met up for their 25th reunion, Hull with her entire family in tow: “We came via a rented Winnebago...our first and last such venture.  We had four children with us.” Herr and her husband lived out on Cape Cod at the time and invited Hull to visit before the reunion—“If,” Hull remembers, “the children stayed in the Winnebago. We were there overnight and had a wonderful visit.” —LOUISE SLOAN ’88

Jun, 2020
21
Masks, Meals, Viral Medium
The campus pitches in
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Illustration by Adam McCauley
Jun, 2020
20
First Responders
Many students rushed to help as COVID hit. A look at two group efforts.
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Illustration by Adam Mccauley
Jun, 2020
16
Minecraft campus
A digital version of Brown’s College Hill brings the community together during COVID-19
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Minecraft campus
Jun, 2020
10
Hometown Advocate
The new mayor of Cambridge, Mass., fights to keep the city affordable
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Cambridge Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui ’10
Related classes:
Class of 2010, Class of 2019
Jun, 2020
06
Crossword Constructor
A puzzle obsession “snowballs”
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Ross Trudeau
Related classes:
Class of 2006, Class of 2015
Jun, 2020
05
Share the Wealth
A new business accelerator aims to help co-ops succeed
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Jun, 2020
01
Better than Nothing
Founder of Pussyhat turns to making homemade masks
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Masks for Humanity
Jun, 2020
01
America’s Quarantine Dad
John Krasinski ’01 curates reasons to smile
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At-home set of SGN
Related classes:
Class of 2001, Class of 1999
Jun, 2020
97
Fresh Ink
Books by Sarah Ruhl ’97 ’01 MFA, David Jarmul ’75, and Andrew Altschul ’91
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Books by Sarah Ruhl, David Jarmul, and Andrew Altschul
Jun, 2020
97
Battling the Beast
Working the frontlines for the CDC
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Amanda Cohn
Related classes:
Class of 1997, Class of 1993
Jun, 2020
96
Climate Partners
A scientist and a lawyer make it easier to use lawsuits as a weapon against global warming.
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Illustration by Pete Ryan
Jun, 2020
87
College Prep
A new school serves high-achieving juniors and seniors in Zimbabwe
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Students of the United Student Achievers Program (USAP)
May, 2020
20
Mid-March
BAM interns on the spring’s sudden shift
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photo of Alina Kulman ’21
Related classes:
Class of 2020, Class of 2021
May, 2020
20
Woman in Charge
Meet the ROTC Patriot Battalion’s female leader
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portrait of Catherine Carignan ’20
May, 2020
20
Nevertheless, They Persisted
Meet seven extraordinary students graduating into a new world.
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portrait of Jeannette Gonzales-Wright
May, 2020
02
Crazy Times, Sane Decisions
Bina Venkataraman ’02 on why it’s more important than ever to plan ahead—and how to do it.
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portrait of Bina Venkataraman ’02
May, 2020
68
Lessons from 1918
An expert on last century’s influenza pandemic shares what history could have told us about COVID-19... if we’d been willing to listen.
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portrait of John M. Barry ’68
Apr, 2020
GS 88
Fresh Ink
Books by Ann Harleman ’88 AM, Sarah McFarland Taylor ’90, and Richard Lee Turits ’83
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Image of books by Ann Harleman ’88 AM, Sarah McFarland Taylor ’90, and Richard Lee Turits ’83
Apr, 2020
GS 88

 Ann Harleman ’88 AM published her fifth book Tell Me, Signora, a novel set in Italy just after 9/11. Its heroine, an archaeologist caught up in efforts to aid refugees from the Kosovo War, must make the choice of a lifetime.

 

Apr, 2020
GS 86
In the news

Joseph Coughlin ’86 AM, founder and director of MIT’s AgeLab and author of The Longevity Economy: Inside the World’s Fastest Growing, Most Misunderstood Market, will partner with CI Financial Corp. on how better to serve retired and aging clients whose investment needs and expectations are changing. He was named one of ten innovators for the 2019 Icons and Innovators list by InvestmentNews.

 

Apr, 2020
GS 75

Rakesh Kaul ’75 ScM writes “I published my second novel, Dawn: The Warrior Princess of Kashmi, with Penguin Press.”

Apr, 2020
GS 66

William Stork ’66 MAT writes: “I am still active as an educational consultant and have been asked to join the board of the Brown Club of Boston. As you may know from the news, Hong Kong has a bit of turmoil, but Brown’s spunky professor Josiah Carberry was there to see if the rumpus would have any effect on his research (he said ‘no’). A good visit, I hadn’t seen him since that celebration in his honor at the Brown Club of Boston several years ago.”

 

Apr, 2020
GS 09

Kaitlin Moran ’09 MAT launched Juntos Boston to support undocumented, unaccompanied youth in the greater Boston area. Visit juntosboston.org.

 

Apr, 2020
GS 08

Stephanie Fortunato ’08 AM, director of Providence’s Department of Art, Culture and Tourism since 2016, is among the four new appointees to the New England Foundation for the Arts Advisory Council. Contact Stephanie at sfortunato@providenceri.gov.

 

Apr, 2020
GS 04

Michelle Manes ’04 ScM, ’07 PhD is a coauthor of Linear Algebra and Geometry, published through the American Mathematical Society.

 

Apr, 2020
GS 03

 Marcia Chatelain ’03 AM, ’08 PhD, published Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America with Liveright Publishing. Franchise examines the hidden history of the relationship between the civil rights movement and the fast food industry. She was promoted to the rank of professor at Georgetown University, where she teaches history.

Apr, 2020
21
Debt Deterrent
A finance expert teaches kids about money before the banks can find them
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Yanely Espinal
Related classes:
Class of 2021, Class of 2011
Apr, 2020
21
Funny Girls
The Rib launches women into comedy careers
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Sindura Sriram ’21,  Suzanne Antoniou ’20, Allie Arnold ’20, Zara Norman ’22, Elisheva Goldberg ’22.
Apr, 2020
21
Code Red
Is that tech job worth taking?
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Illustration by Brian Stauffer
Related classes:
Class of 2021, Class of 2019
Apr, 2020
20
Leggings 24/7
Five minutes with Cat Buthod ’20, on her current obsession
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Cat Buthod ’20 Brown University
Apr, 2020
20
1,000 Rejections
How to get a cartoon in the New Yorker
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Self-portrait by Pia Mileaf-Patel
Apr, 2020
19
Dirty Filthy Basement
A faculty band rocks out
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Kerry Smith, Joe Meisel, Janet Blume and Baylor Fox-Kemper of Dirty Filthy Basement
Apr, 2020
18

Ernesto Renda had his first solo exhibition, “Frottage Works,” at the National Arts Club in New York City on February 3-27, 2020.

 

Apr, 2020
14

Ivy Alphonse-Crean and Jared Crean ’13, ’14 MAT, are thrilled to welcome their son Wesley into the world.
Wesley Anthony Alphonse Crean was born on Nov. 30, 2019.

 


Ivy Alphonse-Crean and Jared Crean baby photo
Apr, 2020
14
Miracle Drug?
Help may be on the way for Alzheimer’s and ALS
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Joshua Cohen, Justin Klee and Kent Leslie
Related classes:
Class of 2014, Class of 2015
Apr, 2020
13

Chelsea Walters and Justin Batcheller were married on June 16 at 320 Guest Ranch in Big Sky, Montana. The couple met at the Grad Center Bar during Spring Weekend in 2013. Currently, Justin is studying dentistry at UPenn and Chelsea is a general dentist. They live in the Philadelphia area. Fellow Brunonians in attendance were Clay Aldern, Moss Amer, Phil Bartel ’14, Annette Lopez ’14, Celi Khanyile-Lynch, Hannah Miles, Logan Mutz, Jeremiah Oteh, Jake Price ’14 ScMIMEE, Joey Resnick, and Sidney Scott.

 


Chelsea Waters and Justin Batcheller wedding photo
Apr, 2020
13

Katya Potkin married Bart Stein ’09 on June 29, 2019, in Park City, Utah. The wedding was officiated by Max Potkin and the wedding party included Ben Bernstein ’09, Alexandra Grieb ’17 MD, Catherine Gross, Emma Ramadan, and Tom Trudeau ’09.

 

Apr, 2020
11

Writer Meara Sharma is the editor-in-chief of Adi, a newly launched literary magazine of global politics (adimagazine.com). Based in London, she can be reached on Twitter @mearasharma.

 

Apr, 2020
09
Watch As tickets disappear
Magic, mind reading and gravity-defying stage illusions
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Andrew Evans and the Magic Patio
Apr, 2020
09

Alex Michael and husband Harrison Noffs ’07 welcomed daughter Penelope Rhys Noffs to the world on Nov. 8 in Los Angeles. Alex writes: “Both mom and baby are healthy and our family couldn’t be happier.”

 

Related classes:
Class of 2009, Class of 2007
Apr, 2020
07
Charismatic Crawlers
Sam Jaffe ’07 and his Caterpillar Lab
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Image of caterpillars at the Caterpillar Lab by Sam Jaffe
Apr, 2020
05

Copresidents Roophy Roy and Jabari-Jason Tyson-Phipps report: “It’s been almost 15 years since we walked out the Van Wickle Gates and into the real world. We look forward to welcoming everyone back to share old memories and new stories during reunion 2020, May 22-24. Come join our 15-year reunion and take a walk down memory lane during Campus Dance and Field Day. Join us for exclusive class events, to kick back and catch up, or do some networking. Registration is open. Consider contributing to the class fund so we can have the best reunion ever. Sign up early to save more and look for our class Social Media groups to start the party early. We look forward to seeing you all.”

 

Apr, 2020
04

Nicholas Bayard writes: “In 2018, my wife, Sedia, and I welcomed a baby boy, Keaton, into our family. This past year, our oldest son, Ukweli, earned the rank of Eagle Scout, and I was appointed assistant chief equity officer for the city of Tacoma. My work involves addressing disparities in recruiting, hiring, and retention practices throughout the city, ensuring an equity lens is applied to all policy decision making and that we are building our collective consciousness as a city around issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion. We have an amazing office of ten people who investigate civil rights claims and provide training, community outreach, and policy support. Our chief equity officer, Diane Powers, is leading nationwide efforts to embed racial equity into public policy.”

 

Apr, 2020
03

Jessica Blanco-Busam ’04 MAT was appointed to the board of directors of the San Miguel School in Providence, R.I. San Miguel is a mission-based Lasallian boys school located in Providence that has been in operation since 1993. The school serves grades 5-8 students who come from underserved populations in the Providence area. Jessica has served on the Executive Director’s Council and is the middle school principal at Highlander Charter School in Providence. Contact her at jessica.blancobusam@gmail.com.

 

Related classes:
Class of 2003, GS Class of 2004
Apr, 2020
02

The Humans, a one-act play written by Stephen Karam, was performed at the San Jose Stage Company November 20 to December 15, 2019. The play opened on Broadway in 2016 after an engagement Off-Broadway in 2015. The Humans was a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Play.

 

Apr, 2020
01
Language’s Limits
The third novel by Ben Lerner ’01, ’03 MFA, grapples with excess, masculinity, and the limits—and possibilities—of verbal communication.
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Ben Lerner
Related classes:
Class of 2001, GS Class of 2003
Apr, 2020
01
In the news

Daniel N. Kantrovitz ’01 joined the Chicago Cubs as new vice president of scouting. Previously Daniel was assistant general manager of the Oakland Athletics and director of scouting for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Apr, 2020
01

Courtney Maum’s new book, Before and After the Book Deal: A Writer’s Guide to Finishing, Publishing, Promoting, and Surviving Your First Book, was published on Jan. 7.

 

Apr, 2020
00
Mentoring Matters
A little personal attention got Carlos Lejnieks ’00 to Brown, then Goldman Sachs. He’s paying it forward.
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Illustration by Tim Robinson
Related classes:
Class of 2000, Class of 1987
Apr, 2020
00

Cassidy Puckett received her PhD in sociology from Northwestern University and is an assistant professor at Emory University. She conducts research on the relationship between technological change and inequality in education, occupations, and health care. She published a solo-authored study in Harvard Educational Review called “CS4Some? Differences in Technology Learning Readiness” about new educational policies concerning computer science education. She is currently working on a book under advance contract related to this topic.

 

Apr, 2020
00

Rowan Paul and Naomi Ture are still living in the Bay Area. Naomi had a big year with her docuseries Pick of the Litter launching on Disney+, and her other doc, Blessed Child, premiered at Doc NYC. After a decade as a partner in an orthopedic group in San Francisco, Rowan has decided to launch his own regenerative sports medicine and orthopedics practice to allow him to stay at the cutting edge and innovate freely. He continues to be involved with several startups, including a wearable robotic exoskeleton company and a neuromodulation device for chronic pain. Rowan writes; “Our son, Teilan, now 5, is growing up to be a sweet, musical, happy boy.”

 

Apr, 2020
00

Spencer and Bethany Blanchard Haller dated all four years at Brown and tied the knot in Manning Chapel the August after graduation. They celebrated with family, friends, and classmates at the Faculty Club and heard that some enjoyed a post-wedding celebration at the Grad Center Bar. The Hallers live with their three active children in East Longmeadow, Mass. Spencer is a primary care physician and Bethany owns a yoga and meditation studio. Bethany writes: “Our family’s story began with meeting at Brown, and it will always hold a special place in our hearts.”

 

Apr, 2020
00

Sarah Johnson Atunah-Jay ’07 MD writes: “I can’t believe it’s been 20 years. I live in Minnesota with my sweet husband and three phenomenal children. I am an assistant professor of pediatrics at Mayo Clinic, where I conduct community-based participatory research on bias and discrimination and early childhood literacy.”

 

Related classes:
Class of 2000, MD Class of 2007
Apr, 2020
00

Communications cochair Jennie Kerson Pritzker reports: “Get ready for our 20th Reunion, which will take place May 22-24. We have lots of great activities planned and we are looking forward to catching up with all of you!”

 

Apr, 2020
97

Elana Horwich is on tour with her comedic cookbook-memoir Meal and a Spiel: How to be a Badass in the Kitchen. The book is based on her experiences living in Italy while taking time off from Brown, which ultimately led her to become an Italian studies major. She spoke at The Strand Bookstore in New York City and was interviewed by Andrew Shapiro ’90.

 

Related classes:
Class of 1997, Class of 1990
Apr, 2020
96

Kevin Murphy was appointed as a Municipal Court Judge for the City of Warwick (R.I.) in September 2019. Kevin writes: “It’s an honor to serve my community and my home state in this new capacity.”

 

Apr, 2020
95

Mark Tracy has joined Cloud Agronomics as their CEO. He writes: “Cloud Agronomics was founded by Jack Roswell ’20, David Schurman ’20, and Oleksiy Zhuk ’20, which is just the start of the many Brown connections to the company. Cloud Agronomics is transforming agriculture by utilizing hyperspectral imaging to capture unparalleled insights into plant health. With these insights Cloud is building a living, breathing map of global agriculture, which will make the food system more sustainable while also increasing its production.”

 

Apr, 2020
95

Communications chair Denielle Bertarelli-Webb reports: “We hope to see you in Providence in May to celebrate our 25th reunion. Friday, May 22: Stop by Andrews Commons between 7 and 9 p.m. for class drinks and appetizers before Campus Dance. Saturday, May 23: See you at Field Day starting at noon (wear your Class of 1995 reunion T-shirt), then join us from 6 to 10 p.m. for our very special “Camp Bruno” 25th Reunion Celebration Dinner and entertainment on the Ruth Simmons Quad. It’s not to be missed. Stay updated on all reunion activities via our class website https://bit.ly/38fDB9g and follow our Class of 1995 Facebook page.”

 

Apr, 2020
94
Health Warrior
As Deputy Surgeon General, Rear Admiral Erica G. Schwartz ’94, ’98 MD is on the front lines
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Image of Deputy Surgeon General, Rear Admiral Erica G. Schwartz
Apr, 2020
92

Stephen J. Thoma writes “After recently completing my third marathon, all within 18 months, I am pleased to announce that I will be competing in my second straight Boston Marathon in April 2020. Hoping to execute a 3:10 finish (hey I’m 49 years old). So I’m getting back into an appropriate training plan here in Colorado Springs. I would love to see my Brown wrestling buddies and fraternity brothers every half mile along the route holding up big signs of encouragement and to celebrate afterwards LOL. Anyways, a big thanks to my stepdaughters Breanne and Makenzie for all their support, motivation, and encouragement.”

 

Apr, 2020
91
Family Secrets
In a new book, Jessica Pearce Rotondi ’07 pieces together the decades-long search for her uncle gone missing in Vietnam.
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Jessica Pearce Rotondi
Related classes:
Class of 1991, Class of 2007
Apr, 2020
90
Shenandoah’s Sound
Chad Fischer ’90 writes musical scores for national parks
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Chad Fischer
Apr, 2020
90

Becky Bleifeld Black and Matt Black ’91 are still living in Paris. Becky writes: “We originally came for my job at the NBA, fast-forward 15 years and we’ve started a nonprofit, Rock U. (www.rock-u.fr), that brings kids together from all over the world to learn responsibility, confidence, and teamwork by playing rock music together. Brunonians whose kids are part of the past and present Rock U. family include Anne Beale ’84, Nicole Williams Roland ’88, Johnny Stein ’88, and Laura Voorhees Victoir ’00. We’ve had innumerable Brown alums stop by as they pass through Paris; please look us up next time you’re here!”

 

Apr, 2020
90

The class reunion committee reports: “Hey class of 1990! We’re counting down the days until our 30th Reunion. We’ve got a lot of great things planned for reunion weekend, and we can’t wait to see everyone. Registration is now open, so please head to brunonia.brown.edu to sign up. We’ll be kicking things off Friday night with a class welcome celebration in front of Meehan and then head over together to Campus Dance. Don’t miss our class forum on Saturday and a special dinner on Saturday night. There’s a lot more planned so make sure you’re following our updates on the Class of 1990 Facebook page and our tweets at @brownclassof90. See you soon.”

 

Apr, 2020
89
In the news

Ellen LaPointe ’89 is the new CEO of Fenway Health, an LGBT health care, research, and advocacy organization headquartered in Boston. She previously served as president and CEO of Northern California Grantmakers in San Francisco.

Apr, 2020
86
In the news

Ka Yee Lee ’86 has been appointed new provost of the University of Chicago, the first female in the role. She joined the university in 1998 as an assistant professor of chemistry and was named vice provost in 2018.

 

Apr, 2020
85

Darcy Honig Simon writes: “I am so excited to attend not only my 35th reunion, but also the graduation of my daughter, Juliana Simon ’20. Juliana followed in my footsteps, playing varsity tennis at Brown, and is my favorite doubles partner. We have competed in mother/daughter tennis tournaments over the past few years and to date have won two national titles. Professionally, after earning a JD/MBA at UCLA, I practiced corporate/securities law for 10 years and am now the executive administrator of a full-service law firm in Century City (Los Angeles).”

Apr, 2020
85

Reunion chairs Daphne Moore and Nancy Shaw Chochrek write: “Hey, classmates, we’re super excited about our upcoming reunion. We have a really fun line-up of events scheduled, beginning with a pregame party Friday evening on the Front Green before Campus Dance. On Saturday, we’re trying out something new—an afternoon forum looking at the question of how we lean into the third act with a renewed and maybe revised sense of purpose. We’ll hear from a panel of our classmates about the twists and turns their own paths have taken and how the lenses they’re using to shape their journeys now relate to the ones they were using when they graduated from Brown. The highlight of the weekend’s festivities will be Funk Nite on Saturday night at Sayles Hall, where we plan to party like it’s 1999 (or even 1985) and, as always, on Sunday we’ll walk through the Van Wickle Gates once again in the Commencement procession. If you haven’t made your plans yet, please do so now. We’re looking forward to an amazing weekend in which we relive some great memories and make some wonderful new ones.”

Apr, 2020
84

Sheryl Renee Dobson’s work has been selected by the Staten Island Arts Council to appear in its upcoming “Dawn of a New Decade” group art exhibit. The opening reception for the exhibit was on Thursday, January 23, 2020 and the exhibit will run until the end of April 2020. See ttps://statenislandarts.org/event/12331/.

 

Apr, 2020
82

 Linda Peters writes: “I can’t believe I turned 60 in January. As part of this milestone in my life, I’m inviting Brown folks who know me to send me photos and remembrances—especially humorous ones (Brown Chorus members, hint, hint...) to my email so I can share them with my family here in Chicago. Send to: Ljpagape12@gmail.com. I’ve collaborated with two amazingly talented Brown grads, Simon Moore ’00 and Stephanie Morimoto ’99, in my former position as director of development at the Northwest Side Housing Center. In October, I transitioned to a newly created position as director of older adult programs—how appropriate. As part of my job, I run the Kelvyn Park Senior Satellite Center and I’m still doing development work, but now focused on our older adult programs. I’m also in my first year of an Ed.D. program in Higher Education Leadership at National Louis University.”

 

Apr, 2020
80

Kristin Faust was named by Illinois Governor J. B. Pritzker as executive director of the state of Illinois ’s housing finance agency, the Illinois Housing Development Authority. She writes: “IHDA is something akin to a public bank for affordable housing. It administers the vast majority of funding for the creation and preservation of affordable housing for the state. With my daughter, Sojourner, off studying at Emory University in Atlanta, I was just getting the hang of being an empty nester. I spent the last five years as president of Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago. I’m looking forward to this new challenge.”

 

Apr, 2020
80

Our 40th reunion plans are in place. Please join classmates for a fabulous celebration May 22-24, 2020. Our theme? “Reunited and It Feels So Good!” We’ve got tunes to guide our way…with blasts from the past and cheers to the future. A slide show is being created for the weekend so send photos from our time at Brown. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to reminisce. Email pictures to tmotolanez123@gmail.com by April 30, 2020.

 

Apr, 2020
76
Explorer Barbie
Boots made for walking and other amazing accessories
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Doll in the likeness of Nalini Nadkarni
Related classes:
Class of 1976, Class of 2015
Apr, 2020
76

Steven Maricic writes: “In my novel Defense Mechanism, Colonel Sam Sawyer, the chief of security at a crucial Air Force base in the Arizona desert, learns of a plot to destroy the U.S. in a massive attack and tries his best to stop it. The antagonist, Johnnie Lonetree, is Native American, and Native culture pounds like a drum throughout the tale. In one sense it is a suspense story, but on another level it is about the psychological defense mechanisms all of us employ:
how we protect ourselves, often without knowing it, from the slings and arrows of harsh reality. Visit https://maricic.weebly.com for more.”

 

Apr, 2020
75
In the news

Joan Reede ’75, dean for diversity and community partnership at Harvard Medical School and professor of medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, has been elected as a 2019 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She was recognized for her “distinguished contributions to the fields of workforce, mentoring, and leadership development in biomedical sciences and health policy.”

Apr, 2020
75

Rhonda Port Walker reports: “Our 45th reunion is just around the corner. Join your 1975 classmates in the festivities May 22-24, 2020. All reunion communications will be electronic so be sure to visit brunonia.brown.edu to update your email address. Check our class website and Facebook page for reunion weekend details—both can be accessed through the Brunonia website.”

 

Apr, 2020
73

Class president Marie Stoeckel and class secretary Mary Hutchings Reed have teamed up with the $3.5 million Build Together campaign to help establish a Catholic Center on Prospect Street to serve the Brown and RISD communities. They are hoping to raise $250,000 to name the Center’s garden in memory of Fr. Howard O’Shea, who was the Catholic Chaplain from 1967-1994. Details about this and other giving opportunities are available at www.Brownrisdcatholic.org/campaign [or /fr-oshealegacy].

 

Apr, 2020
71
In the news

According to PR Newswire, Elie Hirschfeld ’71 has been appointed to the U.S. Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad, a government agency whose mission is to identify, protect, and preserve cemeteries, monuments, and historic buildings in Eastern and Central Europe that are associated with U.S. heritage.

Apr, 2020
70

 Allen G. Castner has retired from Castner Wealth Management after more than 40 years in the financial services business. He and his wife, Erin, enjoy their retirement spending time with their four children and four grandchildren and living in Morristown, N.J., Kiawah Island, S.C., and Vero Beach, Fla.

 

Apr, 2020
70

Your class officers and reunion committee urge you to join us at our 50th Reunion May 22-24. This will be a wonderful opportunity to reminisce about our time at Brown, catch up with friends, and experience all the changes that have occurred at Brown over the years. We have planned festive dinners on Friday and Saturday nights, lunch with our own forum on Saturday, an architecture tour of changes at Brown led by Class President Jack Renshaw, a memorial service, and of course the commencement procession down College Hill on Sunday. Thanks to the generosity of classmates donating dues over the past four years, fees for registration and events will be significantly subsidized allowing classmates to pay, on average, $19 less per event than previous 50th Reunion classes. Make sure your email address is correct on Brunonia (brunonia.brown.edu). Registration is online only and opens in early April. Register early so that your name will be on the attending list, which may encourage more classmates to decide to attend. Also, by registering early you will save additional fees imposed after May 1. Don’t forget to fill out your survey for your page in our 50th Reunion yearbook. The invitation came in an email from Class President Jack Renshaw in late November. Denny Arar (denny@miaow.com) has been updating our website and Class of ’70 Facebook page; you can send her information about you, pictures, and whether you will be coming to reunion, or you can do it the old fashioned way by emailing Geri Williams at geri3williams@comcast.net. Hope to see you in May.”

Apr, 2020
69

Ruth Medak writes: “I am still enjoying the benefits of my great education at Brown. My career started with private practice in internal medicine primary care, then medical quality improvement and finally shifted to hospice and palliative care about 10 years ago. I still can’t believe my luck in being hired by a great hospice serving about 550 patients in a remarkable health system, working with fabulous people from the top of the hierarchy to the aides. Seven years ago (at age 65!) I became the hospice medical director and have enjoyed it so much that I will be working until they make me retire. Meanwhile, life is good, health is excellent, energy outstanding, and friends and family are all doing well. I am soon off to Kathmandu to attend my goddaughter’s traditional three-day Nepali wedding and go on my third trek with one of my sisters. Portland is beautiful with the leaves turning and not too much rain yet. Sadly, I missed the reunion but was thinking of you all. Stay well, contented, and fulfilled.”

 

Apr, 2020
69

Celebrating a career of work on major law firm mergers, dissolutions, and other disputes that have shaped the industry, the New York Law Journal honored Les Corwin, managing partner of Eisner, LLP’s New York office, with its 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award.

 

Apr, 2020
66

Doug Gortner writes: “In my eleven years living in wonderful Nashville, I have met but one Brown alumna, no alumnus. I retired from development work to devote my full time to my artistic bent. Those few of you who can conjure up my face may recall that I played jazz piano in a coffee house up above Toy Suns. Well, I still can’t read music, have had bones removed from both thumbs, and now have no feeling in my fingertips (inherited from my dad). Nonetheless, to my total consternation, l am now considered a top private-party corporate-function pianist in Music City. I am also acting in commercials and music videos. Finally, I sell photographs, taken with a $250 camera, for $350. I’m very excited to have been invited to hang a one-man show at a downtown gallery. If you are in Nashville let’s get together.”

 

Apr, 2020
65

Paul Hammond’s fourth historical novel, Diamond, a novel of the American Revolution, is available on Amazon.

 

Apr, 2020
64

David Brodsky writes: “I am approaching my tenth year as a full-time arbitrator and mediator of complex commercial and financial disputes, acting out of my independent firm of Brodsky ADR LLC. Last May, I was elected as a Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators (CCA) and I was inducted in October. See ccarbitrators.org. The CCA is a peer-selected group comprised of nationally and internationally recognized commercial arbitrators. Meanwhile, five members of the class of 1964 still meet monthly for lunch: Richard Fried, Philip Hahn, Jonathan Small, Larry Sorkin, and me.”

 

Apr, 2020
63

Dale Richard Perelman’s nonfiction book, New Castle’s Kandunce Murders: Mystery and the Devil in Northwest Pennsylvania, was released in November.

 

Apr, 2020
63

Class secretary Martha McCauley Anderson reports: “The class of ’63 is planning our 2020 mini-reunion as a wrap-around event to the Fall Alumni Weekend. We will gather Wednesday evening and schedule activities up to the start of the weekend. As soon as the Alumni Weekend dates are announced, we will hunt for the best hotel prices and get all the information out to you. Providence is beautiful in the fall and we hope many of you can join us. Contact Barbara Smith Langworthy for details: blangwort@aol.com.”

 

Apr, 2020
61
Stroke of Luck
How a ragtag team of club rowers from Brown almost took the national varsity championship in 1960.
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varsity rowing team 1960
Apr, 2020
60

Ed Sheridan writes: “This class of ’60 alumnus lives across the country from Brown in the San Juan Islands of Washington State. I remain involved in education of one sort or another. I tell traditional folktales in our elementary school on Lopez Island and I am active with the Family Resource Center here as a mentor. Our three children live in California and Alaska and my wife Diana and I live in a small senior community here on Lopez Island where I learn about community development every day.”

 

Apr, 2020
60

Class copresidents Bill Brisk and Cheryl Lampe Tennille report: “Our 60th reunion—can you believe it?— is coming up on May 22-24. Our committee has put together a weekend full of events planned for your enjoyment in seeing old friends and making new ones and stimulating your academic interest. Please join us.”

Apr, 2020
58

Pat Fogarty-Cavagnaro writes: “I have been in Italy for 45 years, married here, and have a son who’s been sent as a parish priest to just south of Amsterdam, Holland. My first 15 years were in Florence, where I taught English at Scuola Superiore per Interpreti e Traduttori and did lots of translations as well as my own writing. The last 30 years I have lived in Rome, where I started an English series on Italian arts for a Roman publisher. After that I did freelance work, translations, and further writing and book columns. On the non-work side, living in Florence and Rome is just as amazing as you might imagine. My memories of Pembroke and Brown remain strong, especially working with many classmates on The Pembroke Record and in the Student Government Association.”

 

Apr, 2020
57

Gus A. White III was the Feb. 27 guest speaker for the Black History Month Fireside Chat Series, sponsored by the Offices of Diversity and Inclusion of the Harvard Medical School, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. He was also a plenary session speaker for the 2019 Annual Medical Education Conference of the Student National Medical Association. The session was entitled, “First Among Firsts: Breaking down barriers and defining the leadership path” held in Philadelphia on April 18, 2019. On May 9, Gus presented the Dr. Augustus A. White III and Family Faculty Professionalism Award at Stanford School of Medicine. In mid-May, Gus led a “Fireside Chat” presentation at the Feagin Leadership Forum at Duke University, a program founded by his former Vietnam colleague, the late Dr. John Feagin. He was a guest on the Movement is Life Health Disparities podcast series. The episode is entitled: “Fellow humans, meet Professor Augustus White III, MD.” It was posted May 31, 2019. Podcast page: http://www.movementislifecaucus.com/podcasts/ Gus recently became a member of the HistoryMakers Medical Advisory Board. His term will extend through 2022. The second edition of his book, Seeing Patients: Unconscious Bias in Health Care, which he cowrote with David Chanoff (Harvard University Press, 2011), was updated and published under a new title: Seeing Patients: A Surgeon’s Story of Race and Medical Bias (Harvard University Press, November 2019). Gus and his coauthors, David Chanoff and Jon Land, are currently working with their literary agent on a book with the working title Overcoming.

 

Apr, 2020
56

Jim McGuinness, Tom Holmes, and their families attended the Brown-Dartmouth hockey game. All were impressed with the rink and the pictorial display of men’s and women’s hockey, but were disappointed with the meager student turn-out supporting the team.

 

Apr, 2020
55

John O’Brien writes: “Sad to learn of the death of Gordon Perry. He was a stalwart member of our class who devoted countless hours to the Sports Foundation and the Football Association. He was a founding member of these important University functions. Gordon, along with Art Joukowsky and Dave Zucconi, were instrumental in making all men’s and women’s sports a significant part of the Brown education. I hear regularly from Don DeCiccio who is enjoying the warm Florida weather. He and Sandy have already made their reservations in Providence for our 65th year reunion. The 65th is coming up fast. The plans for the event are coming together and details will soon be sent to the class members. We look forward to seeing everybody.”

 

Apr, 2020
55

Warren Ilchmann writes: “It is hard to believe that we graduated from Brown 65 years ago and will celebrate that occasion with a reunion in May. I didn’t retire until seven years ago and so have pursued an active life since graduating. In retirement, however, I find the chief responsibility daily is to invent a purpose. I soften that process by belonging to two book groups, attending two “short courses” at a local college and taking a nine-week course twice a year at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I am now in my sixteenth course. Fortunately, Brown is here with frequent visits with classmates Ken Peterson and his wife, Joe Blumberg and his wife, John Monaghan, and Walter Goldfarb—people I did not know well in 1955, but who have become close friends since. More reacquaintances will be made as we organize for our 65th reunion. Thanks to the University and our class subsidies, there is no charge for any of our class events. However, please register the meal choices for you and your guests. You may register online at www.brunonia.edu or by calling the reunion headquarters at 401-863-7783. Please join us for this special event. Let me add a personal note about giving at the time of our 65th Reunion. The most I have ever given anywhere and at any time and what I have just contributed to Brown, in gratitude, is $19,550.00. I hope another classmate can give in gratitude $1,955,000.00 or $195,500.00 or even $1955.00. Brown provided the framework and composition for our future lives. We need to say thank you and help Brown continue to play that critical role.”

 

Apr, 2020
55

Class secretary Lucy Brubaker Tortolani reports: “Looking forward to seeing members of the class of 1955 at our 65th reunion. Hope you’re planning to come back to College Hill for this special occasion May 22-24, 2020. Exciting class events, as well as University programs featuring faculty and distinguished alumni, will be on tap for the weekend. Please look for news from the University with more details on the weekend schedule and on suggested accommodations in the Providence area.”

 

Apr, 2020
52
Women’s Warrior
Arlene Gorton ’52, who fought for female athletes
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Photo of Arlene Gorton ’52
Apr, 2020
50

UPDATE: Class president Paul Lipsitt writes: “Much is topsy turvy since our last class note. The bad news is that our well planned 70th Reunion for May has been postponed. The good news is that we will look forward to it. My co-chair, Caroline Decatur Chick and I, are thinking ahead to that time and that many classmates will be with us then. We are remaining sheltered, and maintaining contact with friends and relatives through the marvel of electronics. FaceTime reassures us that grandchildren do not forget us, and Zoom is wonderful for courses and parties. Ever true.”

Apr, 2020
50

Class copresidents Caroline Decatur Chick and Paul Lipsitt report: “We hope you will be joining us for our 70th reunion on May 22-24, 2020. Thanks to the University and our class subsidies, there is no charge for any of our class events. However, please register meal choices for you and your guests. You may register online at www.brunonia.edu or by calling the reunion headquarters at 401-863-7783. Please join us for this special event.”

 

Apr, 2020
49

Anne Day Archibald writes: “By the time you read this message the 2019 Reunion Weekend is long over. However, it’s not too late to list the 49ers who came to their 70th—Vivian Bergquist Clark, Delores Pastore DiPrete, Barbara Falconer Lofton, Lois Jagolinzer Fain, Rose Jamiel Falugo, Marian Stewart Wenzel, and myself. It was a wonderful opportunity to renew friendships, reminisce, appreciate the outstanding hospitality of the University’s staff and student helpers, and experience the excitement of campus life today. Also, Delores reports that in December, she and Marjorie Logan Hiles and Virginia Fitzpatrick Bainton joined other members of the Kent County Pembroke Club for their annual holiday luncheon at T’s Restaurant in East Greenwich, R.I. In the future, anyone who has a new address or news they’d like to share, please send it directly to the BAM for publication. As we start a new year, may we each do whatever we can to help make the world a kinder, safer place.”

 

Jan, 2020
GS 91

Bernard Gluckstern ’91 AM established the Center for The Preservation of American Democracy on Sept. 6, with a mission of protecting the American electoral process. He calls on tech CEOs, especially, to devote resources and technology toward the urgent task of updating and protecting voting software before the next presidential election. He writes that tech leaders should hold a summit to “devise a strategic paradigm that is adequate to this task and then to ensure its deployment throughout the United States prior to the 2020 election.” For more information visit preserveamericandemocracy.com.

Jan, 2020
GS 86
Bye, Felicia
Suzanne Whang ’86 ScM found the humor in everything, even if it killed her
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Suzanne Whang ’86 ScM photo doing standup comedy
Jan, 2020
GS 65

Christopher Hewitt ’65 AM, ’70 PhD, had his book Catching Terrorists in America: From Martin Luther King Jr.’s Murder to the Boston Marathon Bombing published in 2019. He writes that this will be his last book as he spends most of his free time playing with his four-year-old granddaughter. Contact him at hewitt@umbc.edu.

Jan, 2020
21
Whichever Way You Wear It
Brown Black Hairitage likes your style
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Photo of Kimberly Collins ’22 and Lauren Brown ’22
Related classes:
Class of 2021, Class of 2022
Jan, 2020
20
Not Even Looking at My Grades
Oren Karp ’20 "went crazy" with the New Curriculum.
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Photo of Oren Karp ’20 on steps of Robert Center
Jan, 2020
20
From Scholarship to Shelter
Student research bolstered legislation to stop housing discrimination in R.I.
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Jennah Gosciak ’19 and Oscar d'Angeac ’17 on the steps of the RI State House
Jan, 2020
20
A Major of One’s Own
Independent concentrations are a flagship of the Open Curriculum.
Here are 5 being pursued today.
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Illustration by Karol Banach
Related classes:
Class of 2020, Class of 2021
Jan, 2020
20
Fixed It.
A better deal for Brown vets
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Photo of former Marine Michael Muir ’20 and his dog Sasha B. Muir enjoy their yard in North Providence.
Related classes:
Class of 2020, Class of 1988
Jan, 2020
19
How Open is “Open”?
First-gen college students still encounter socioeconomic walls.
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Image of Dylan Garcia ’20
Jan, 2020
14

Julia Gibson’s first collection of poetry, Two Doors, is available for pre-order at claresongbirdspub.com/new-voices. Among other topics, the collection explores the vicissitudes of a long-term relationship started when she and her partner were both at Brown. Also an aerospace engineer, her personal site is at julia-gibson.com.  

Jan, 2020
14

Patrick Cox married his Perkins sweetheart, Nicole Peterson, on Aug. 2, in Brooklyn, N.Y. They were delighted to have several classmates attend, including his brother, Alex Cox ’08, and Jimmy “Sprinkles” Besancon ’15 ScM, Brian Drake, Richard Mosesso, Mariana Munera ’16, Jane Park ’15, Lena Parker-Duncan, Elizabeth Ruben ’16 MD, Sylvia Tomayko-Peters, Andrea Wister, and Sabrina Yu ’15.


Photo of Patrick Cox ’14 and Nicole Peterson ’14 wedding
Jan, 2020
13

Laura Curlin and Matt Nichols were married on Sept. 7 in San Francisco. The couple met during orientation at Brown in 2009 and got engaged on campus at their five-year reunion. They celebrated their nuptials with many friends from the class of 2013, exactly ten years after the day they met.

Jan, 2020
12
Word of Mouth
There are no recipes at King, in Manhattan’s SoHo. “Everything is verbal in the kitchen,” says Clare de Boer ’12.
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Clare de Boer ’12 in her Soho, Manhattan, restaurant King
Related classes:
Class of 2012, Class of 2013
Jan, 2020
11

Lily Cohen writes: “After spending four years living in a cabin without running water, I mastered the art of the one pot meal and the one baby wipe shower. I have since completed over a year with indoor plumbing after moving for an employment opportunity to crash robots around the world. Unfortunately, Snuffles, my small corgi, got jealous of my frequent travel with the robotic dogs so I went back to school. You can contact me @lilyofthepingo.”

Jan, 2020
08

Andrea B. Korb married Greg Hardes in Maine on August 25. In attendance were Miriam Altman, Clare Barkeley Berman, Doug Berman ’09, Steve Daniels ’09, Jadie DeTolla, Sophie Elgort, Cyprian Kibuka, Richard Korb ’73, Mariana Lee ’06, Jordan Middendorf, Alejandra Piers-Torres, Chloe Southern ’10, Meredith Woodhouse and Yeye Zhang


Photo of wedding of Andrea B. Korb ’08
Jan, 2020
08

Linnea Anderson Drew has begun her annual campaign to bring awareness and knowledge to her immediate neighbor.

Jan, 2020
08

Amy Baxter Bailey continues construction of a division of space against neighbors and unwanted trespassers.

Jan, 2020
08

Natalie Hewitt upgraded to 50 more square feet in her apartment and found an unused coffee press.

Jan, 2020
07

Megan Denault married Greg Costigan at Blithewold Mansion in Bristol, R.I. on July 6. In attendance were fellow Brunonians Sarina Chernock, Michelle Denault ’01, Lydia Hamilton, Michael Keefrider ’04, Carrie Petri Meatto, Chris Meatto ’06, Dara Mendelsohn, and Matthew Weaver ’02.

Jan, 2020
06

Matt Kozar married Noelle Bucellato on Aug. 18 at St. Joseph’s Church in Somers, N.Y., with a reception at Le Chateau in South Salem, N.Y. Matt writes: “We celebrated with friends and family, including our Brown family, Paul Berry ’07, Neil Rajan ’07, Steven Stacey ’07, who were groomsmen; and Saul McDonald flew across the country from California to join the festivities. Noelle and I live in the suburbs of New York City. She works in the compliance department at BNP Paribas, a French bank. I work at the Mount Sinai Health System, where I handle press, communications, and media relations. I’ve also continued news reporting on a part-time basis. I file stories on the weekend for WCBS-TV in New York City. If you’re in the area, let us know. We’d love to catch up.”

Related classes:
Class of 2006, Class of 2007
Jan, 2020
06
In the news

Nadiem A. Makarim ’06 was named by Indonesian President Joko Widodo as the country’s new Minister of Education and Culture. Nadiem, cofounder of ride-hailing and payments firm Gojek, stepped down from his CEO position of Gojeck to accept this role.

Jan, 2020
05

Alida Kinney McGlone and Patrick McGlone, along with their daughter Marin, announce the Sept. 21 birth of baby brother Thomas. Alida writes: “He surprised the family by arriving five weeks early and while the family was away on vacation at Myrtle Beach, but everyone is doing well now.”

Jan, 2020
05

Katy Flynn-O’Brien married Morgan Doocy, whom she met when doing her general surgery residency at the University of Washington. They were married in Seattle, with Caroline Carney Hayes, Jessica Brown Bailey, and Kristina Casadei in attendance. Katy and Morgan live in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where Katy is completing her pediatric surgery fellowship. Contact Katy at kflynnobrien@gmail.com.

Jan, 2020
03

After a 12-year partnership and the birth of their two sons, Brooke Stevens and Till Wirth (’07 NYU, ’12 Oxford) were married in Oxford, England on August 9, where they completed their MBAs together in 2012. In attendance were bridesmaids Frances Betancourt, Erika Faires ’04 and Ellen Goldstein ’04, all former Brown women’s crew teammates. They were also joined by Alex Agloro ’05, Luke Balleny ’06, Eric Heimark ’14, Andrew Keats ’04, Nicole Morris ’04 and Matt Salzler ’02. 


Photo of wedding of Brooke Stevens ’03
Jan, 2020
03
Portrait of Conflict
Filmed in the jungles of Colombia, Monos is being compared to Apocalypse Now.
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Image of Alejandro Landes ’03 on set of Monos
Related classes:
Class of 2003, Class of 2004
Jan, 2020
02

Frank Lesser’s short-form animated series, You’re Not a Monster, premiered on IMDb TV in October. He writes: “It’s 10 episodes, each around four or five minutes long, and it stars Kelsey Grammer, Eric Stonestreet (Cam on Modern Family), and Aparna Nancherla, as well as guest actors Ellie Kemper, Amy Sedaris, Patton Oswalt, Adam Pally, and more.”

Jan, 2020
02

Lila Rose Kaplan’s play, We All Fall Down, played at the Huntington Theatre in January, directed by Melia Bensussen ’84.

Jan, 2020
02
Born Too Soon
A new book examines the rise in premature births
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Image of author and Brown alum Sarah DiGregorio and daughter
Related classes:
Class of 2002, Class of 2021
Jan, 2020
02
“You’re Not a Monster”
New bite-size series starring Kelsey Grammer and Eric Stonestreet
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portrait of Frank Lesser ’02
Jan, 2020
01

Kali Wallace’s science fiction thriller Salvation Day is being developed as a movie. Producer Ben Forkner and screenwriter Karl Gajdusek are adapting the novel for Entertainment One. Salvation Day tells the story of a group of people trapped aboard an abandoned spaceship with a dangerous and mysterious virus.

Jan, 2020
01

Rick Jaime-Bettan and his husband Gabe Jaime-Bettan announce the Feb. 15, 2019 birth of their son, Xander Noah Jaime-Bettan. The family moved from Manhattan to Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. and would love to connect with Brown alumni, particularly any other LGBT families in Westchester.

Jan, 2020
01

Elizabeth Alsop announces the publication of her book, Making Conversation in Modernist Fiction, by Ohio State Univ. Press.

Jan, 2020
00

Cindy Limawararut Gunja writes: “My husband, Mushtaq Gunja, appeared as a contestant on Jeopardy! on October 24. I posted to the Brown class of 2000 Facebook group, too. Mushtaq makes this the third Brown ’00 alum to compete on Jeopardy! in the last year, joining Adam F. Watkins and Cristina Somolinos Morales. Exciting times! We’re both looking forward to our 20th reunion this May.”

Jan, 2020
99
Locker-Room Doc
Philadelphia’s top orthopedic surgeon for star athletes
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Image of Dr. Christopher Dodson ’99, MD ’03, with the Philadelphia 76ers
Jan, 2020
98

Rachel Roegman’s first book, Equity Visits: A New Approach to Supporting Equity-Focused School and District Leadership, was published on September 17. She writes: “This book is intended to be a resource for professional learning communities at the school and district level; for district and school level leaders who are engaged in the implementation of an equity-focused agenda; and as a resource for schools of education invested in preparing leaders in traditional and non-traditional preparation programs.”

Jan, 2020
97

Sushma Joshi’s exhibition of paintings about the Nepal earthquake in the group exhibit The Art of Resilience opened at the World Bank in October and runs through January.

Jan, 2020
97
DIY Influencer
A craft blogger takes off
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Image of Charlotte (Martin) Smith ’97 at her third fixer-upper in suburban Connecticut
Jan, 2020
95

Catherine Kai-Ping Lin’s book Sports and Foreign Policy in Taiwan: Nationalism in International Politics, was published in September 2019 by Academica Press.

Jan, 2020
95
Changemakers
The Brotherhood/Sister Sol hits 25
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Image of Jason Warwin ’95, Rahsan-Rahsan Lindsay ’94, Jeremi Duru ’95 and Khary Lazarre-White ’95 of The Brotherhood Sister Sol
Jan, 2020
93

Sarah Abrevaya Stein, professor of history and Maurice Amado Chair at UCLA, announces the publication of her ninth book, Family Papers: a Sephardic Journey Through the Twentieth Century (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2019).  Contact Sarah at sarahastein.com or @sarahastein.

Jan, 2020
90

Courtney Wilson writes that Didier Jean-Baptiste, Ruta Brickus, Joan Gelin, Elena Gerli, John Kim, Jeff Snow, and Jonathan Steinberg attended the Reunion Summit during the 2020 Alumni Fall Weekend.

Jan, 2020
90

Adam Komisarof was voted the next president of the International Academy for Intercultural Research, a global academic association composed of scholars dedicated to the understanding and improvement of intercultural relations through social science research. Contact him at komisarof.adam@gmail.com

Jan, 2020
90
Speaking for Trees
As head of American Forests, Jad Daley ’90 looks to the woods to help solve climate change.
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Illustration of John Daley of American Forests by Meg Moore
Jan, 2020
89
Alien Worlds
A new book of short stories from award-winning author Ted Chiang ’89
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Image of author Ted Chiang ’89
Jan, 2020
87

“I’m at the Big House! After dropping my oldest daughter Sara off in Nashville to launch her music career, I headed to Ann Arbor to visit my other daughters, Liv ’21 and Mary ’23, at the University of Michigan.”

Jan, 2020
87
2069
Brown has spent 50 years ahead of the curve in higher education. What innovations will mark the next 50?
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illustration of a woman under a stylized tree
Jan, 2020
87
Open Minds
For 50 years, Brown’s Open Curriculum has produced innovative leaders. What’s the next Big Idea?
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illustration of face made from intersecting circles
Jan, 2020
85

Ellen Taschioglou Parsons writes: “Get ready to celebrate our 35th reunion on May 22-24, 2020. Find the latest info and updates by logging onto our class website on Brunonia (brunonia.brown.edu) or by joining our Class of ’85 group on Facebook and LinkedIn. If all else fails, just reach out to me directly at ellenparsons@gmail.com.”

Jan, 2020
84
“We All Fall Down”
A new play focusing on family and religion premieres in Boston
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Image of playwright Lila Rose Kaplan and director Melia Bensussen of play We All Fall Down
Related classes:
Class of 1984, Class of 2002
Jan, 2020
84

We All Fall Down, a play by Lila Rose Kaplan’s ’02, played at the Huntington Theatre in January, directed by Melia Bensussen.

Jan, 2020
84

Calastone, a global funds network, appointed Dan Kramer vice chairman to lead their American expansion.

Jan, 2020
84

Harry Holt writes: “On Oct. 3, the company I work for, BITHGROUPTechnologies, was recognized as one of the Top 100 Minority Business Enterprises for 2019 by the Capital Region Minority Supplier Development Council. We also received an award for being the Supplier of the Year in the Class 3 category business with sales between $10-$50 million. I am the vice president of operations. Another alum, Tina Patterson ’85, was also recognized at this event. Her company, Jade Solutions, LLC, was also selected as a Top 100 MBE winner by the Capital Region Minority Supplier Development Council. Tina is a principal at Jade Solutions, a woman-owned, minority-owned business.”

Related classes:
Class of 1984, Class of 1985
Jan, 2020
84
Fresh Ink
Books by Karen Dukess ’84, Akemi Johnson ’04, and Susan Rebecca White ’99
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Image of books by Karen Dukess ’84, Akemi Johnson ’04, and Susan Rebecca White ’99
Jan, 2020
81
In the news

John J. Sullivan ’81, Deputy Secretary of State, was also nominated by President Donald Trump to be the U.S. Ambassador to Russia.  

Jan, 2020
81

Laila Mehdi writes: “We now have two Brown grads in our house. It was a blast marching in the alumni procession for my son Jack Hilfinger’s ’19 graduation in May. Jack concentrated in computer science and economics. I have been living outside Seattle with my family since 1996. I am a member of the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra and teach private violin and viola lessons.”

Related classes:
Class of 1981, Class of 1991
Jan, 2020
81
In the news

Brian T. Moynihan ’81, CEO of Bank of America, hosted this year’s Latino Corporate Directors Association Convening in New York. Launched in October 2016, LCDA’s inaugural convening has become the most prominent gathering of U.S. Latinos at the highest levels of corporate leadership.The event brings more than 130 CEOs and C-suite executives to discuss boardroom issues, particularly the business case for board diversity and inclusion. Three corporations that have two or more U.S. Latinos on their boards received awards, including Regional Management Corp., where Peter Knitzer ’80 serves as president and CEO.

Related classes:
Class of 1981, Class of 1980
Jan, 2020
78

David Shields’s film Lynch: A History, a documentary about retired NFL star Marshawn Lynch’s use of silence as a form of protest, appeared in the International Documentary Film Festival of Amsterdam, “the premier documentary film festival in the world.”

Jan, 2020
78
In the news

Leora R. Levy ’78 was nominated by President Donald Trump to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Chile. She currently serves as the Republican National committeewoman for the State of Connecticut and previously was finance chair of the Connecticut Republican Party.

Jan, 2020
75

Rhonda Port Walker reports: “Our 45th reunion is just around the corner! Start planning now to join your 1975 classmates in the festivities May 22-24, 2020. All reunion communications will be electronic so be sure to visit alumni.brown.edu to update your email address. As reunion weekend activities are finalized, information will be posted on our class website and Facebook page (both can be accessed through the alumni website—Community/Classes).”

Jan, 2020
73

Mike “Mendy” Sobol writes: “I released my second speculative novel, Virtual Fire, on July 1. The book’s opening chapters take place during the height of the Vietnam War protests on the campus of a fictional university based on Brown. Special thanks and a shout-out to Brown archivist Raymond Butti, who helped with my research and provided me with copies of the BAM from the fateful month of May 1970. My 2015 novel, The Speed of Darkness—A Tale of Space, Time, and Aliens Who LOVE to Party! features a hockey-playing, space-faring Brown University professor. I hope that somewhere in an English department in the sky, my creative writing teacher, author John Hawkes, and my beloved classmate, author, attorney, and thoroughbred racehorse trainer Cary Robertson ’70, are smiling.”

Related classes:
Class of 1973, Class of 1970
Jan, 2020
73

“I hope that somewhere in an English department in the sky, my creative writing teacher, author Jack Hawkes, and my beloved classmate, author, attorney, and thoroughbred racehorse trainer Cary Robertson ’70, are smiling.

 

Jan, 2020
70

Class vice president of communications, Geri Williams, writes to remind you that the 50th reunion is coming up May 22-24, 2020. “The Reunion Committee, chaired by Carole Collins and John Salinger, has already been meeting to plan fun and interesting events and ensure that our treasury is able to subsidize costs to make the reunion affordable for all. If you prefer hotel accommodations you should make reservations now, as most Providence hotels are already fully booked. Dorm rooms are guaranteed for all our classmates, but cost and location have not yet been determined. Our class webmaster, Denny Arar ’71 AM, will be posting classmate notes and reunion information updates on our class website sites.google.com/a/brown.edu/brown-class-of-1970 and on our Facebook page, which is only open to classmates. It’s easy to sign up: type ‘Brown University Class of 1970’ into the Facebook search bar, and ask to join the group. You can also send a note about yourself for the next class email newsletter to me at geri3williams@comcast.net. Since reunion registration and all updates and other information will only be communicated by email, it is important that Brown has your correct email address. To make sure you never miss an update about reunion or other activities, take a moment to check that your alumni profile is accurate at brown.edu/go/profile-contact. Need help? Email  alumni_help@brown.edu  or call (401) 863-9662. Hope to see you at Reunion in May.”

Related classes:
Class of 1970, Class of 1971
Jan, 2020
70

Class president Jack Renshaw writes: “On behalf of all of the class of 1970 I want to thank all of our classmates serving on both the Class Reunion Activities Committee and those on the Class Gift Committee for their hard work preparing for our upcoming 50th reunion in May. With all of the energy being put into these preparations I am confident that this reunion will be setting records. One goal we are working hard to ensure is that this reunion will be the most fun ever! Another goal is to set a record for our Class Gift to the Annual Fund, and we can do that if we all try to achieve a personal best in our individual gifts. It is largely because of our giving to the Annual Fund that Brown has become the extraordinary educational institution it is today. Please also be aware that in the near future we will all be receiving an email with instructions about how to participate in our 50th Reunion Yearbook. This document will be a fun way to connect with other classmates both to share what we have been doing, as well as to learn what others have been doing over the past 50 years. Let’s try to get 100 percent participation. I know it has been requested previously, but please be sure that the Alumni Office has your up-to-date email address. Virtually all class communications, including the invitation to register for the reunion, will be coming BY EMAIL ONLY so if Brown does not have your current email address you will unfortunately miss out. Thanks very much…and I will be looking forward to seeing everyone in Providence May 22-24, 2020.”

Jan, 2020
69

On October 26, the Brown University Corporation dedicated a memorial to Trustee Ken McDaniel. The memorial is an engraved concrete block lining a brick walkway in the Maddock Alumni Center gardens. Ken died on June 11, 2019, just 16 days after celebrating his 50th class reunion (See Farewell, BAM Obituaries, September/October). Following the dedication, the Class of 1969 presented a 154-page book created and published by his classmate Thelma Austin. The title is A Faithful Servant: Biographical Tribute to Kenneth Harrison McDaniel, 1947-2019. In addition to his biographical summary, the book features 24 tributes. Tributes were from President Christina Paxson and seven current and emeriti trustees, including Bernicestine McLeod Bailey ’68, Harold Bailey ’70, Sheryl Grooms Brissett Chapman ’71, Spencer Crew ’71, Galen V. Henderson ’93 MD, Susan Adler Kaplan ’58, ’65 MAT, and Preston Tisdale ’73. Nine classmates who contributed were Linda Abbott Antonucci, Phyllis Cunningham-Hutson, Gail DeCosta, Ido Jamar ’74 ScM, ’77 PhD, Anderson Kurtz, class president Joseph Petteruti, Theodore Sherrod, Wesley Smith, and Randall Ward. Two other alumni also contributed: Glenn Dixon ’70 and Russell Malbrough ’98. Others who contributed were professor Françoise Hamlin, Reza Clifton, Paul Simas, Stanley Thompson, and Rev. Adam Young. Copies of the book were presented to President Christina Paxson; Ken’s wife, Susan McDaniel; and the John Hay Library. All alumni are encouraged to have their autobiographies and biographies archived in the John Hay Library.


Photo of author Thelma Austin ’69
Jan, 2020
68

Leo Plante and Richard Verney had a surprise mini-reunion at a reception commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Monadnock Paper Mills in Bennington, N.H. Monadnock is the oldest continuously operated paper mill in the U.S. It has been owned by the Verney family for two generations.


Image of Leo Plante ’68
Jan, 2020
68

Jack and Kitty Walker Keane, along with Elissa and Bob Bernius; Joni and Bob Cohan; Mary and Richard Grant; and Alan ’67 and Janet McClendon Vaskas were participants on a Brown Travelers cruise in the Greek Islands in September. 


Image of Brown Travelers group
Related classes:
Class of 1968, Class of 1967
Jan, 2020
64

David Brodsky writes: “I am approaching my tenth year as a full-time arbitrator and mediator of complex commercial and financial disputes, acting out of my independent firm of Brodsky ADR LLC. Last May, I was elected as a Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators (CCA) and I was inducted in October. See ccarbitrators.org. The CCA is a peer-selected group comprised of nationally and internationally recognized commercial arbitrators. Meanwhile, five members of the class of 1964 still meet monthly for lunch: Richard Fried, Philip Hahn, Jonathan Small, Larry Sorkin, and me.” 

Jan, 2020
60

Margaret Smith Skovira and her husband, Joe, enjoyed the Brown Travelers trip to Portugal in July. They live in Lexington, Va. She writes that she is looking forward to the 60th reunion.

Jan, 2020
60

James T. Johnson writes: “It’s about time for me to send in a summary update on myself. When I entered Brown in the fall of 1956 as the first of my family to go to college, I had no idea how Brown would open new worlds to me and help to shape the development of my life. Starting out in physics, I eventually got my degree in mathematics/economics and went on to pursue a PhD in religious ethics at Princeton. I embarked on a teaching career at Rutgers University, received several national grants, authored a number of books, and edited two scholarly journals. Mine has been a full, happy, and productive life, and I honor Brown for the experiences that got me started.” Contact James at jtj@scarletmail.rutgers.edu

Jan, 2020
59

Aaron Mendelson fully retired from Northwestern Mutual five years ago and has been involved in urban education in Springfield, Mass. In 2011 he was a founding trustee of Veritas Preparatory Charter School, in addition to working with a group of business leaders in Springfield to improve the district schools. Sadly, his wife of 59 years, Cyndy, passed away in early summer 2019, having suffered from Alzeheimer’s for nine years. He is now living in a retirement community in Longmeadow, Mass., where he is very active. He remains close to fellow classmates Jerry Moskowitz and Alan Weber, whom he visits in Mill Valley, Calif. He writes: “Thankfully my health is good and I am able to remain active and happy.”

Jan, 2020
58

Bob Sanchez continues to interview Brown applicants and represents Brown at “College Night” at Golden Gate High School. He writes many letters to the editor (Naples Daily News) and articles for the Pelican Bay Post and serves as president of both the Pelican Bay Property Owners Association (14,000 residents) and the Reserve Officers Association. After 10 years, he is turning over the presidency of the Brown Club but remains on the board. He leads Great Decisions seminars for the Council on World Affairs and serves on the Golden Apple Committee for Collier County, which recognizes outstanding teachers and awards grants to worthwhile schoolroom projects. He manages to play tennis and bridge three times a week.

Jan, 2020
58

Ellen Lowenstein Boschwitz completed a year-long yoga course and is now a certified yoga instructor and is teaching classes. Her husband of 63 years, former U.S. Senator Rudy Boschwitz, remains deeply involved with his former Senate colleagues.

Jan, 2020
58

Class secretary Jill Hirst Scobie reports: “Once again, the old Angell House ‘Angells’ were lucky enough to gather for several days right after Labor Day at the Jersey shore (Beach Haven, Long Beach Island).  Joe and Jane Bertram Miluski were our warm and welcoming hosts. This was the first time that Betty Wolin Baer attended. Hooray for that!  Lois Dean was our photographer and videographer. Hooray for that! Coming from California, Judith Ann Perlin travelled the farthest distance. Hooray for that!  Roz Kennedy Johnson kept us in stitches. Hooray for that! And I write about it in the BAM. Dick Scobie (Dartmouth ’56) became an honorary Angell by entertaining us all with his beachside bagpiping. 

“On Alumni Weekend, Jim Furlong, John Reistrup, and I received the annual Alumni Service Award ‘by developing an exceptional communication strategy and digital plan…[they] have kept their class meaningfully connected.’  You’ll be glad to know that the interactive newsletter developed by John and Jim is ‘so popular, it is being included in the Brown University archive.’ Class co-presidents Sandy McFarland Taylor and Jim Moody, along with Jim’s wife Donna Moody, also attended. Highpoints of the evening were addresses by President Paxson and Spencer R. Crew ’71, a brilliant historian who is currently serving as the interim director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. There were several other ’58s in attendance, including Susan Adler Kaplan ’65 MAT, but, alas, we didn’t meet.”

Jan, 2020
55

J. Roy McKechnie ’55 writes: “Our 65th reunion now pends…actual dates are May 22-24, 2020. We hope to have a good turnout so if you plan to attend it’s vital that you make accommodation arrangements pronto! Those charged with reunion plans will confer shortly and you will be informed of their decisions. Also, if you would like to help please contact me at blmckechnie@msn.com. Although classmates requested seating on the hill, it will not be possible for us post filing under the Van Wickle Gates. If the walk down the hill is too strenuous you can return to campus if needed. Barbara and I continue to tend to the grandkids we came out here to help with (they’re doing splendidly, of course), and we have become more deeply involved in local doings than anticipated, and get out of town as frequently as possible. Our Puerto Vallarta hideaway is a blessing. Meanwhile, industrial-strength travel absorbs us. Last year’s key trip was Vietnam and Cambodia and this year’s, sans outright warfare, Israel/Jordan/Egypt. Blessings… and more later.”

Nov, 2019
GS 99

Timothy J. Cooley ’99 PhD was elected president of the Society for Ethnomusicology in 2019. He succeeds Gregory Barz ’97 PhD. Cooley is professor of ethnomusicology at UC Santa Barbara and Barz is the director of the School of Music at Boston University. In addition, Cooley’s edited volume Cultural Sustainabilities: Music, Media, Language, Advocacy, was published this past spring by the University of Illinois Press. The volume pays homage to Brown emeritus professor of ethnomusicology, Jeff Todd Titon.

 

Nov, 2019
GS 94

Thomas S. Harrington ’94 PhD has published the following titles over the past five years: A Citizen’s Democracy in Authoritarian Times: An American View on the Catalan Drive for Independence Valencia (University of Valencia Press, 2019); Una democràcia cívica en temps autoritaris: Apunts d’un nord-americà sobre el Procès sobiranista a Catalunya (Barcelona: Gregal, 2018); Public Intellectuals and Nation Building in the Iberian Peninsula 1900-1925: The Alchemy of Identity (Bucknell University Press, 2015); and Livin’ la Vida Barroca: American Culture in an Age of Imperial Orthodoxies (University of Valencia Press, 2014).

 

Nov, 2019
GS 89

Eileen Angelini ’89 AM, ’93 PhD writes: “After an amazing year as the 2018-2019 Whichard Distinguished Visiting Professor in the humanities in the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences in the department of foreign languages and literature at East Carolina University, I am thrilled to begin my new position as the associate dean of the School for Graduate Studies at SUNY Empire State College.”

 

Nov, 2019
GS 06

Jane H. Hong ’06 AM published Opening the Gates to Asia: A Transpacific History of How America Repealed Asian Exclusion on Nov. 18 through UNC Press.

 

Nov, 2019
19
Fighting for Their Future
Lauren Maunus ’19 and Emma Bouton ’20 have been on the front lines of the growing youth environmental movement.
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illustration of student being arrested at a demonstration
Related classes:
Class of 2019, Class of 2020
Nov, 2019
17
I’m In
Ellie Gravitte ’17 directs commercial for “A Million Little Things”
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Image of Ellie Gravitte ’17 on Women's Production Program
Related classes:
Class of 2017, Class of 1995
Nov, 2019
13

Olga Rocha and Peter Vail were married on Aug. 3 at Grace Episcopal Church in downtown Providence. Molly Lao officiated the nuptials with Stephen Albright, Brittany Fidalgo, Anthony Rivera ’14 and Zach Sosa serving in the bridal party. Fellow Brunonians Mahalia Clark ’15; Mariah Lohse ’14; Annam Nguyen ’12,’13 ScM; Grace Palmer; Brian Sokolow; and David Storch were also in attendance.
 

 

Related classes:
Class of 2013, GS Class of 2013
Nov, 2019
12
In the news

BBC Sports reported that Robert T. Farnham ’12 has been added to the Belfast Giants of Northern Ireland ice hockey roster for the 2019/2020 season. A power forward, he joins the Giants from the AHL’s Springfield Thunderbirds having previously played in the NHL for the New Jersey Devils, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Montreal Canadiens.  

Nov, 2019
12

Kevin Koopman and his wife, Devin, celebrated the April 3 birth of their son, Ky Benaldo Koopman. He joins the family with their daughter, Lael.
 

 

Nov, 2019
11

Andy Newton and Michael Bleicher published From the Campaign Trail or Thereabouts on September 12 with Humorist Books, an imprint of the Weekly Humorist.

 


Andy Newton and Michael Bleicher ’11
Nov, 2019
08
In the news

Mark K. Ramadan ’08 is CEO of Hu Master Holdings, which includes the restaurant Hu Kitchen, as well as its growing chocolate and snack food division, Hu Products. Mark was previously cofounder of Sir Kensington’s, which he started with Scott W.H. Norton ’08, who serves as CEO of the company. Both alums were featured in “Niche Marketers” in the July/August 2008 BAM.

Nov, 2019
08

Julia Hazen married Zev Simpser on June 8. In attendance were Michelle Beaulieu, Sally Berman ’81, Kimbie Casten, Hillary Dixler, Dave Eichler ’09, Liz Berman Hazen ’76, Ned Hazen ’73, Lara Henneman ’07, Howell Jackson ’76, Nancy Leopold ’76, John Magladery ’73, Jordan Middendorf, Connie Berman Moore ’85, Nina Mozes, Stuart Schussel, and Jeff Wagner ’73.

 

Nov, 2019
07

To celebrate their clandestine 2014 Copenhagen City Hall wedding, Andrew Shield and Ib Tunby Gulbrandsen enjoyed merrymaking this summer in Copenhagen, Winchester (Mass.), Los Angeles, and Fredrikstad (Norway), with Thomas Bassett ’05, Zinzi Clemmons, Andrew Jacobs ’08, Michelle Joy, Nicholas Kennedy ’10, Madeleine Lipshie-Williams, and Michael Norris ’11.

 

Nov, 2019
07

Jessica Pearce Rotondi married Ravi Mody on May 26 at The Crane Estate in Ipswich, Mass. Jessica is an editor and writer in New York. Her first book about her family’s 36-year search to bring her missing uncle home from the CIA-led “Secret War” in Laos, inspired by Professor Elizabeth Taylor at Brown, will be published in April 2020 by Unnamed Press. What We Inherit chronicles her journey across Southeast Asia in the wake of her mother’s death, following a trail of declassified documents and maps that lead her to family secrets. Ravi is vice president of data at Daily Harvest. Jessica and Ravi met at a startup in Soho, where they decided to test firsthand what happens when you combine marketing and data. Jess thought it was strange but delightful that Ravi was always in the office kitchen when she was. Ravi heard the jingling bells of Jess’s dog, Lola, following her every move, so Ravi knew when it was time to snack. Their wedding was a three-day celebration combining Indian and Western traditions, including a blanket ceremony where they were draped with a quilt Jessica’s mother made her during her freshman year at Brown. In attendance were Lauren Anderson, Erikson Arcaira, Kate Johnston, Rahim Kassam-Adams ’09, David McNamee, Elizabeth Dickson McNamee, Stephanie Minor, Maggie Mustard, and Sam Rotondi ’69.

 


Jessica Pearce Rotondi ’07 wedding photo
Related classes:
Class of 2007, Class of 1969
Nov, 2019
94
Say it Through Song
Licity Collins ’94 releases live album
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Photo of musician Licity Collins ’94
Nov, 2019
81
Losers for the Win
A new book of essays looks at why we love Charlie Brown
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illustration inspired by Charles Schultz's Peanuts

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