The Classes

Photo of five seersucker friends

Chasing Chet Worthington For 20 years, five friends have walked together through the Van Wickle Gates. It started with a vow to reconnect once a year. “Let’s let Brown do the work for us,” Josh Mandel, far left, says the thinking went. The seersucker came a couple of years later. “When we graduated in 1999, the oldest living alum was Chet Worthington, class of 1923. He showed up to the commencement march each year looking great, in a seersucker suit,” says Seth Orkand, second from left. “We thought, hey, we should keep doing this until we are the oldest guys here—and decided we should dress the part, too,” says Josh Lawrence, second from right. “We got seersucker suits on sale at Brooks Brothers outlet,” says Andrew Mirsky, center. Some of them even still fit. “We had a sign, ‘Chasing Chet Worthington: 3 marches down, 77 to go,’” says Josh Edelglass, far right. “Brown’s commencement is a unique interaction between the graduates and those who have gone before,” says Mandel. “We go back and live the Brown feeling for that weekend, and get that rush that we get when we walk down College Hill. That rush never goes away.”

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," talks about the future of the flagship newspaper.
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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
78
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
78

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.”
 

 

Jul, 2019
78

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

 

Jul, 2019
78

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.”

 

Jul, 2019
77

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.”

 

Jul, 2019
75

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.

 

Jul, 2019
74

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

 

Jul, 2019
74

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.

 

Jul, 2019
71
High Climbing
An alum challenges herself with "highpointing" and then writes a book about it
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Jul, 2019
67

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
66

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.”

 

Jul, 2019
60

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

 

Jul, 2019
60

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!”

 

Jul, 2019
59

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.”

 

Jul, 2019
59

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.”

 

Jul, 2019
59

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
59

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.”

 

Jul, 2019
58

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
58

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.”

 

Jul, 2019
58

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.”

 

Jul, 2019
58

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
57

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.

 

Jul, 2019
57

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.

 

Jul, 2019
57

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.

 

Jul, 2019
56

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.

 

Jul, 2019
48
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
48

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.”

 

Jul, 2019
39
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
GS 86

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

May, 2019
GS 17

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

May, 2019
GS 15

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

May, 2019
GS 10

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

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

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

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

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

May, 2019
12

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

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

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

May, 2019
09

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

May, 2019
08

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

May, 2019
03

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

May, 2019
03

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

May, 2019
02

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

May, 2019
02

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

May, 2019
01

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

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

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

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

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

May, 2019
96

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

May, 2019
95

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

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

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

May, 2019
94

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

May, 2019
94

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

May, 2019
91

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

May, 2019
91

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

May, 2019
91

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

May, 2019
91

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

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

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

May, 2019
89

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

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

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

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

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

May, 2019
87

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

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

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

May, 2019
86

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

May, 2019
86

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

May, 2019
85

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

May, 2019
85

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May, 2019
78

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

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

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

May, 2019
75

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

May, 2019
74

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

May, 2019
74

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

May, 2019
73

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

May, 2019
71

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

May, 2019
71

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

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

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

May, 2019
70

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

May, 2019
69

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

May, 2019
67

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

May, 2019
67

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

May, 2019
67

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

May, 2019
66

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

May, 2019
65

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

May, 2019
65

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

May, 2019
64

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

May, 2019
64

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

May, 2019
60

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

May, 2019
59

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

May, 2019
58

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

May, 2019
58

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

May, 2019
57

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

May, 2019
57

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

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

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

May, 2019
57

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

May, 2019
57

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

May, 2019
57

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

May, 2019
55

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

May, 2019
54

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

May, 2019
52

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

May, 2019
51

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

May, 2019
40

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

Mar, 2019
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Kang Sun ’88 PhD is working on his third company in renewable energy. He is currently CEO of Amprius Inc, a high energy density lithium ion battery developer and manufacturer based on silicon anode technology. His solar battery company, JA Solar, launched an IPO on NASDAQ in 2007 and his solar tracking system company, RayTracker, was acquired by First Solar Inc in 2011.

 

Mar, 2019
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Brown physics professor and codirector of Brown’s Presidential Scholars Program, Stephon Alexander ’95 ScM, ’97 ScM, ’00 PhD, has been elected president of the National Society of Black Physicists. His research work focuses on the interface between cosmology and particle physics.

Related classes:
GS Class of 1995, FAC
Mar, 2019
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Christopher Pugliese ’95 AM completed his EdD in Educational Leadership from Neumann Univ. in Aston, Pa. The title of his dissertation was The Study of the Influence of Bidirectional Teacher-Student Relationships on Teacher Wellbeing. Chris looks forward to implementing the findings in order to improve relationships and wellbeing in schools.

Mar, 2019
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In the news

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

Mar, 2019
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The Cartoonist
Enlivening investment banking reports
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Mar, 2019
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Pathology Breakthrough?
Betting on AI to revolutionize how we detect and treat serious disease
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Mar, 2019
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A New Reality
The latest novel by Leni Zumas ’94 imagines the impact of restricted reproductive rights
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Mar, 2019
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Fleece Busters
Saving our oceans from microfiber pollution
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Mar, 2019
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Bergman: A Year in a Life
Film examines the life of director Ingmar Bergman
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Related classes:
Class of 1992, Class of 1982
Mar, 2019
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Fair Chance
Can you live a lawful life after prison?
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James Forman ’88 speaking
Mar, 2019
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Continental Scale
Beth Conover ’87 heads up a new policy center with far-reaching conservation goals
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Mar, 2019
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Looking at Death
Reimagine End of Life is really about living fully
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Mar, 2019
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Riding the Dream
A longtime cycling coach helps underprivileged youth
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Mar, 2019
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Tumultuous Times
A new book chronicles higher education in the Sixties
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