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

Jul, 2020
86
Language and Plague
In locked-down NYC, with a feverish son, Marie Myung-Ok Lee ’86 considers COVID-19 and Camus
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Marie Myung-Ok and son
Jun, 2020
GS 68

Ed Benson ’68 AM, ’71 PhD, writes: “Oscar Dupuy d’Angeac ’17 and his mates made a splendid 40-minute documentary, called Providence Lost, about a family harassed and then evicted by a landlord seeking to convert their building into student housing. The film turned into an effective tool for activists organizing around the housing crisis. One elderly parent died from living in their car during the filming, while the house remained vacant a year later.”

Jun, 2020
GS 14

Zhongquiang Zhang ’14 PhD has been awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor of mathematical sciences at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He is co-author of the book Numerical Methods for Stochastic Partial Differential Equations with White Noise and has helped organize WPI seminars on numerical methods, the Finite Element Circus Conference, and New England Numerical Analysis Day.

Jun, 2020
GS 03

Steve Anglin ’03 ScM has reached the 2,000+ professional applied computing books published/contributed to milestone for Apress Media, LLC, a Springer Nature company. Contact Steve at stevemanglin@gmail.com.

Jun, 2020
21
Masks, Meals, Viral Medium
The campus pitches in
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Illustration by Adam McCauley
Jun, 2020
20
Video-game Music
Five minutes with Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo ’20
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Photo of Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo
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
19
Epidemics 101
Students taking BIOL 0940A could never have dreamed how personally relevant the course would soon become.
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Illustration by Scott Bakal
Jun, 2020
18

Zachary Witkin will serve as a community health support agent with the Peace Corps in Senegal from 2020 until 2022.

Jun, 2020
17

Oscar Dupuy d’Angeac (see Ed Benson ’68 AM, ’71 PhD)

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
15

Jessica Sachs (see Brad Sachs ’78).

Related classes:
Class of 2015, Class of 1978
Jun, 2020
15

Izzy Rattner writes: “In his very first legal case after passing the bar and becoming a licensed attorney, Steven Chizen ’14 represented me in a personal injury settlement. We can’t share the details but are thrilled that Steven is undefeated in his law career!”

Jun, 2020
12

Sarah Levy wrote an essay for the New York Times about how she survived wedding season in her first year of sobriety. Five out of the seven weddings she attended that year were for fellow Brown classmates. Visit: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/15/fashion/weddings/how-i-survived-wedding-season-in-my-first-year-of-sobriety.html?

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
04
In the news

Abdullah Alsharekh ’04 has been named managing director of markets and investment banking at Kamco Invest, one of the largest investment firms in the Middle East. He previously led the economic and investment team of the Hareer and Boubyan Development Agency and was managing director at Sharq Capital, where he led investment activity across asset classes. He has held executive positions with Goldman Sachs, the National Bank of Kuwait, and NBK Capital.

Jun, 2020
02

Eli Batalion writes: “After collaborating with Jerome Sable ’01 on the Sundance and Toronto International Film Festival cult classic The Legend of Beaver Dam, and pivoting to the touring series YidLife Crisis, I have now put out my very first quasi-autobiographical solo project all about the trials and tribulations of living the start-up life: Appiness, a film supported by Telefilm Canada and distributed by Gravitas Ventures. Appiness is influenced in no small part by the Brown Entrepreneurship Program back in my senior year, a real game-changer in my career. The film is now available to rent or own on streaming services, including Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, Google Play, and Vudu; and on cable video on demand, including Comcast, Verizon, DirecTV, and Dish, in the United States.” 

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
00

Seth Andrew and his wife, Lana Zak, welcomed their third and final child in 2018. Seth writes: “Lana is an anchor at CBS and I’m launching new social enterprises at the intersection of technology, democracy, and education with DemocracyBuilders.org. We just moved back to New York City in January 2020.” Contact Seth at seth@alumni.brown.edu.

Jun, 2020
99

Cort Malone and Al Lairson ’99 proudly announce the release of their new app, Tick Tock: The Game. Cort writes: “Tick Tock is a challenging and wildly addictive multiplayer strategy game where players race against each other and the clock to win real cash prizes. We would also like to thank Alex Walter ’99 for his contributions to Tick Tock, and for hosting us on his Alex Asks Anything podcast series to discuss the development of the App. To our fellow Brunonians: we welcome you to download Tick Tock (ticktockwin.com) and try to win!

Jun, 2020
98

Ian Maisel signed with the Johnson Talent Agency for feature film representation as an actor. Ian also creative directs promotional films, event advertisements, and 4K video channels featured on large-scale video installations in high-tech office buildings and restaurants across the country. His clients include the founder of the commercial video production company Elevar Pictures and the co-Chief Executive Officer of Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. You can view samples of Ian’s videos at www.ianmaisel.com.

Jun, 2020
98
In the news

Benjamin Moser 98 won a Pulitzer for the authorized, 800-page biography Sontag: Her Life and Work. Moser spent seven years working on the account of the acclaimed writer’s life. Susan Sontag taught at Brown in the mid-80s, and died in 2004. 

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

Sophia Ruan Gushée is launching a detox deep dive, the Ruan Detox Immersion, a structured program to help people detox toxic chemicals, heavy metals, and man-made radiation from their home, self-care, diet, and technologies. In connection, Sophia is publishing eight detox workbooks this year, including Cleaning Detox, Self-Care Detox, Home Design Detox, Kitchen Detox, and Technology Detox. Her website is www.ruanliving.com.

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
95

Lenore Zeuthen writes: “Brown alumni in Los Angeles are invited to join the new Brown Book Club. We meet every second Sunday, 2-4 p.m., at La Brea Bakery Cafe (468 South La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, 90036). Email me at lenorezeuthen@gmail.com to join the email list and follow us @BrownBookClub_LA on Instagram and Facebook.”

Jun, 2020
95

Celeste Katz Marston married Jonathan Marston (Cornell ’95) in a family ceremony in October in South Florida. She writes: “I’m excited to be starting a new chapter of life in Boston after nearly 20 years living and working in New York. I continue my written and radio reporting on politics and elections. Jon is a director of a new company that develops self-driving cars. I’d love to hear from friends.” Contact Celeste at celestekatz@protonmail.com.

Jun, 2020
94

Heather Seal Breslin (see Susan Seal ’66). 

Related classes:
Class of 1994, Class of 1966
Jun, 2020
93
In the news

New Jersey’s 34th Secretary of State, Tahesha Wright Way ’93, is chair of the New Jersey Complete Count Commission, which seeks to increase awareness around the state and develop a plan for getting people to return their census forms on time. She is also responsible for other initiatives focused on enhancing New Jersey’s civic health, including the State Council on the Arts and the State Archives.

Jun, 2020
93

Alina Moran has been named president of Dignity Health—California Hospital Medical Center and will lead the overall direction, strategy, and operation of the hospital. In her more recent role, she served as chief executive officer for NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan in East Harlem, N.Y., as well as chief patient growth officer for the NYC Health + Hospitals system. Contact Alina at alina.moran@dignityhealth.org.

Jun, 2020
93

William Castle writes: “After serving as Acting General Counsel of the Department of Defense for nearly a year under then Secretary Jim Mattis, Defense Secretary Mark Esper has awarded me the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service. The Medal is the highest that the Department can confer on a non-career federal employee and has previously been awarded to three presidents. The accompanying citation reads, in part, ‘Mr. William S. Castle is recognized for distinguished public service as Principal Deputy General Counsel… [and] was critical to successful outcomes in the most sensitive classified operational and intelligence matters of the Department… .’”

Jun, 2020
91
COVID-19 Crash Course
How Brown and a leading global health organization teamed up to swiftly push a user-friendly coronavirus management training package out into the world.
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West Africa's 2014 Ebola crisis
Jun, 2020
88

Fuller House Executive Producer/ Showrunners Bryan Behar and Steve Baldikoski ’90 welcomed their old schoolmate, legendary singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb ’90, to Fuller House, where she both played herself and performed her new single “Sing Out”—an LGBTQ anthem released in honor of Pride Week. Lisa also appeared in the series finale.

Bryan Behar, Steve  Baldikoski and Lisa Loeb on the set of Fuller House.

 

Jun, 2020
87

Benjamin Filene has been appointed the new Associate Director for Curatorial Affairs at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

Jun, 2020
87

Ilana Cass has taken over as the chair of obstetrics and gynecology at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center after 20 years in Los Angeles. She is joined on this New Hampshire adventure by her husband Robert “Bear” Barnes ’86 and their tenth grader, Leo. The move brings the family much closer to daughter Roxanne ’21, at Brown, as well as middle daughter Leila, who thought, incorrectly, that enrolling at Vassar would get her far away from her parents. Ilana writes: “We’re very new in town and would love to hear from ’86 or ’87 classmates.” Contact Ilana at bearbarnes1@gmail.com.

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)
Jun, 2020
86

Cecilia Pineda writes: “Hello ’86ers! Coming up on our 35th Reunion! Over the past year, from Cali to Italy and in between, our fellow classmates have connected in private homes, pubs, restaurants, and other venues to keep the Brown spirit alive. Please contact us at ceciliafpineda86@alumni.brown.edu if you are up for organizing local Between-Reunions events. If you haven’t already, you can join our Facebook group at https://facebook.com/groups/bruno86. On Instagram you can follow us at https://www.instagram.com/brownclassof1986. Be sure to tag us in your relevant photos as well. Our class site is https://sites.google.com/a/brown-class-of-1986. We are updating our slide show. How about some ‘Then and Now’ side-by-side scans? Send us updates for us to add at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5AtANNYk4o&feature=youtu.be.”

Jun, 2020
86

Steve Leara (see Bob Tracy ’76).

Related classes:
Class of 1986, Class of 1976
Jun, 2020
85

Jeannie Gainsburg’s first book, The Savvy Ally: A Guide for Becoming a Skilled LGBTQ+ Advocate, has been published by Rowman & Littlefield. She writes: “This book is an encouraging, engaging, humorous, and easy to understand guide for being an ally to the LGBTQ+ communities.” Jeannie can be reached at www.savvyallyaction.com or, alternatively, at savvyallyaction@gmail.com.

Jun, 2020
84

John Shalvey writes: “After 22 years as an independent financial planner, I chose to pursue my passion of health and fitness by becoming a doctor of chiropractic. Inspired by Rodney Dangerfield’s classic Back to School, Life University in Marietta, Georgia, became my home for five years. Many science prerequisites were completed before being accepted into the chiropractic curriculum. After returning to central Ohio, where I am the primary doctor at The Joint (ticker: JYNT) in Grandview, removing nerve interference through chiropractic adjustments is my passion now, along with nutrition guidance and, of course, proper strength training technique. Stop in for an adjustment from Dr. Hammerhead if you are ever in central Ohio.”  

Jun, 2020
84

Sheryl Renee Dobson was honored to have been selected as 1 of 32 artists to be featured in the “Dawn of A New Decade” group art exhibition sponsored by the Staten Island Arts Council. Included in the exhibit was her abstract painting “Safe Water” that focuses on the tragic contamination of the water with lead in Flint, Michigan.

Jun, 2020
83

Eric Jay Dolin’s newest book, A Furious Sky: The Five-Hundred-Year History of America’s Hurricanes, was published on June 9, 2020, with Liveright. It covers the science, politics, and human drama of hurricanes and their tremendous impact on American history. Eric writes: “For more on the book, and where I will be speaking this summer and fall, please visit www.ericjaydolin.com. And, if you are ever in Marblehead and want to grab a drink and get a tour of the town’s history, contact me.” Contact Eric at ericjayd@aol.com

Jun, 2020
81

Alfred Siewers writes: “I’m teaching English at Bucknell University again, after a year fellowship at Princeton’s James Madison Program, where I was William E. Simon Research Fellow in Religion and Public Life. Last year, I was ordained a Subdeacon in the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia. I am warden of a mission church in Lewisburg, St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco. My wife and I have two sons, one of whom is taller than me now, and another who soon will be.

Jun, 2020
80

Christian McBurney published George Washington’s Nemesis: The Outrageous Treason and Unfair Court-Martial of Major General Charles Lee During the Revolutionary War on January 30 with Savas Beatie. The book relies on original documents (some newly discovered) to combine two dramatic stories involving the military law of treason and Court Martials, creating a balanced view of the American Revolution’s most fascinating personality.

Jun, 2020
80

Melanie Mitchell’s new book, Artificial Intelligence: A Guide for Thinking Humans, was published in 2019 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Jun, 2020
79

Bill Woodson writes: “Finishing up my first year as a Sarasota resident and dean and chief diversity officer at the New College of Florida. I’m putting my recently awarded PhD in organizational leadership from the University of Minnesota to work! Feeling particularly connected to Brown after attending the September 2018 All Class Black Reunion, and our 40-year class reunion in May 2019. Really good to see Al Glenn, Honey Goldberg, Kevin Guynn, Marc and Marcia Band McReynolds, and Sylvia Ortiz, and way too many more classmates to name at our 40th and I’m already talking to those who missed out about making the 45th. If you’re passing through SRQ (Sarasota), an email will likely get you a lunch!” Contact Bill at bill.woodson@yahoo.com.

Jun, 2020
78

Brad Sachs and Karen Meckler are now in their 40th year of marriage, having met during freshman year. Brad’s newest book, The Good Enough Therapist: Futility, Failure and Forgiveness in Treatment, was published by Routledge in October 2019. He continues to write and to see patients in Columbia, Md. Karen continues working as a psychiatrist at a mental health clinic and in private practice. Their daughter, Jessica Sachs ’15, is now halfway through medical school at The Medical College of Wisconsin. They have two granddaughters, courtesy of their oldest son and daughter-in-law, and have already begun the process of inviting the girls to consider matriculating at Brown, a possibility that would not occur for at least another decade. Contact Brad at drbradsachs@gmail.com or through his website, www.drbradsachs.com. Contact Karen at drkarenmeckler@gmail.com.

Jun, 2020
78

David Hahn writes: “I was a comp lit/classics student at Brown. I have since developed a career as a composer. My new CD, pressed and released to the masses on June 1, 2019, is titled For the Trees and is dedicated to Greta Thunberg, a pioneer revolutionary for climate action. Though CDs have been eclipsed by streaming, I prefer physical media. Please write if you would like a copy. Also, when asked by my friend, Marilynn Mair ’70, an international mandolin luminary, to provide a piece for her new anthology, I composed a set of variations on the theme from The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle, to be published by Mel Bay in 2020.”

Jun, 2020
77

Frank Feldman writes: “Six of my brand-new piano recordings are now available to hear and/or download on Spotify, Amazon, Apple Music, YouTube, and elsewhere on the net, including ‘Anima,’ ‘Take the 7 Train,’ and ‘Classical-ish.’

Jun, 2020
76

Bob Tracy writes: “My wife Kathy and I live in Hoover, Alabama. We are experiencing empty nest syndrome as our daughters, both Ole Miss graduates, are living in Nashville, Tennessee. Our oldest girl was married on March 2 in Birmingham, Alabama. Mike Bernert and his wife attended, as well as Steve Leara ’86 and his wife. I have been in the carbon and graphite business for nearly 44 years, all with the same company. There is no retirement date in sight. My wife and I would certainly enjoy hearing from Brown friends.” Contact Bob at bob.tracy@morganplc.com.

Jun, 2020
76

William Grebenc writes: “I retired in June 2019, having been employed in various commodity trading positions with Continental Grain, Cargill, Peabody Energy, and COFCO International.”

Jun, 2020
74

Frank Morgan has begun a two-year term as president of the St. George’s Society of New York in its 250th anniversary year. With a staff of five, including two social workers, it provides housing, nutrition and other assistance to those of British and Commonwealth descent in distress in the tri-state area. It also awards scholarships at Lehman and Hunter Colleges and supports pediatric cancer patients and their families visiting from the United Kingdom for treatment in New York. Frank writes: “After a life of many blessings, it is time to give back.” Visit: www.stgeorgessociety.org

Jun, 2020
74

William A. Darity and A. Kirsten Mullen published From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-First Century on April 20 with UNC Press.

Jun, 2020
74
In the news

Stuart Symington IV ’74 has been appointed special envoy for South Sudan by the U.S. State Department. There, he will lead efforts to support the peace process and a successful political transition. He is a retired ambassador who previously served as chief of mission in Nigeria from 2016 to 2019, Rwanda from 2008 to 2011, and Djibouti from 2006 to 2008.

Jun, 2020
74

Brian Bixby, co-chair of Burns & Levinson’s Private Client Group and chair of the Probate & Trust Litigation Group, was named to the Massachusetts Clients’ Security Board, which works to preserve the public’s trust in the legal profession by reimbursing client-victims who have suffered financial losses due to misappropriations by Massachusetts lawyers.

Jun, 2020
73

Bruce Miller is the 2020 recipient of the Weaver-Tremblay Award for Applied Anthropology, given by the Canadian Anthropology Society/ La Société Canadienne d’Anthropologie (CASCA). The award is the highest honor for anthropology in Canada. Portions of the award citation read: “Dr. Miller’s work with Indigenous communities has demonstrated the value of oral history as evidence in trials involving Indigenous communities in Canada, the United States . . . His work is grounded in community and driven by community interests. In today’s bitterly divided world, scholars like Bruce Miller serve as needed reminders of how important it is to design and conduct research in ways that will build capacity within Indigenous communities and contribute to expanding understanding about Indigenous culture within settler society.” He is a professor of anthropology at the University of British Columbia-Vancouver and author/editor of eight books, among them Oral History on Trial and The Problem of Justice: Tradition and Law in the Coast Salish World.

Jun, 2020
72

Jeff Paine writes: “After two-plus years of hard work, my wife and I have just converted much of the ground floor of our house in Hossegor, France, into a modern, private, two-bedroom holiday rental apartment. Good chance that I may be there this summer as well and we can catch up in person. I will put together a special Brown welcome package if you let me know you’re coming over email or at bit.ly/2L4LuFq.” Contact Jeff at jtpaine@att.net.

Jun, 2020
72

William Liddicoet writes: “On Oct. 19, 2019, a dogwood tree was dedicated in the memory of Richard B. Noonan, who passed away on May 26, 2019. The ceremony was presided over by Chaplain Janet Cooper-Nelson and in attendance were his sister Jean Noonan Mojo, his daughters Kendra and Brooke Noonan, and friends and classmates Rulon Anderson, Daniel Cummings, Chas Gross, Samuel Halpern, Robert Hayes, Fred Radway, Richard Ramsay ’71, and myself. The tree is planted in Patriots Court and is marked by a plaque bearing a quotation from W.B. Yeats: ‘Think where man's glory most begins and ends, and say my glory was I had such friends.’ We hope all Dick Noonan’s friends, classmates, and fraternity brothers will take a moment to visit his memorial when next on campus.”

Richard Bernard Noonan

Jun, 2020
70

Marilynn Mair (see David Hahn ’78).

Related classes:
Class of 1970, Class of 1978
Jun, 2020
70

Jim Lukens writes: “I am happily retired from the third of my three loosely linked professional careers. After leaving Brown with a degree in English, I earned a PhD in American literature from Indiana University and I taught there, as well as at the University of the Pacific and at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where I found myself writing grant proposals in support of its writing programs. Thus began nearly a decade in university development, now called advancement, which included stints at Yale and Brown. Money-raising then led to a two-decade career in money management, which I pursued at Keystone Bank, Putnam Bank, and the Bank of New York-Mellon, all three in Boston. In retirement, I enjoy fly-fishing for trout and salmon, both near my cabin in northern Maine and elsewhere across North America; working on cold water conservation issues, mainly through Trout Unlimited; and reading in and about 19th century American literature. In some ways, my life seems to have come full circle. I live in Amesbury, Massachusetts, with my wife of 30 years, Margaret Connell, a dedicated nurse practitioner who still works in order to support my three bad habits, as described above.” 

Jun, 2020
70

Dean Alexander writes that a summary of his work on autism and pica was published in Autism Research Review International, Vol 3, No. 3 2019, with full text at ResearchGate. He also publishes political parodies on his YouTube channel, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7yecFJs1dG4KOFhox5Ki2Q/. Contact Dean at deanalexanderphd@gmail.com.

Jun, 2020
70
In the news

Robert Simpson ’70 is founder, artistic director, and conductor of the Houston Chamber Choir, which won a Grammy award for Best Choral Performance for a Signum Records recording of “Durufle: Complete Choral Works.” He accepted his award along with his wife, Marianna Parnas-Simpson, a Houston Chamber Choir member.

Jun, 2020
69

Thomas Lindsey sold his home and moved to an apartment. He discontinued his online book sale business, but helps charities resell donated books to used book stores. He writes: “$800-1,000/year isn’t a lot, but helps each of them with petty cash purchases. My Daniel Shays’s Rebellion blog is thomasklindsey.com. I have 48 Rebellion research subtopics that keep me active.”

Jun, 2020
66

Allison Summ Williams writes: “Finally retired after 31 years as a school librarian. I joined classmates Laura Corwin and Susan Spivak for a mini reunion in New York City, where Laura lives full-time and Susan for half the year. We saw a musical, walked the High Line, took lots of public transportation and had hours of great conversation. Now that I’m liberated, I hope this visit will be more frequent.”

Jun, 2020
66

Susan Seal writes: “Since retiring in 2010, I have been working to rescue an important historic site in my town of Hartsdale, New York. The Odell House Rochambeau Headquarters is on the National Register for its importance as the building where General Rochambeau stayed for six weeks in 1781 while he and George Washington planned the final battles of the Revolution. It was in this house, still in original condition but sadly deteriorated, that the decision was made to march to Yorktown, Virginia, instead of confronting the British in Manhattan. The 5,000 French forces and 4,000 Continental troops were camped in the surrounding fields. This meeting was a milestone marking the French American alliance and is part of the Washington Rochambeau Revolutionary Route of the National Parks Service. I formed a nonprofit, Friends of OHRH and received 501c3 status. It needs lots of work but we have community support and great interest. We expect to be open in time for the 250th anniversary in 2026. Check out our website, www.odellrochambeau.org. Have a tour the next time you’re in New York. Aside from OHRH, my husband of 50 years, David Lafayette ’65, and I are blessed to spend time with our two daughters, Heather Seal Breslin ’94 and Kate Seal Stempel (UNH ’97) and four grandchildren, and to lead active lives.”

Jun, 2020
64

Rich Ulmer writes: “I’m now in work year number 55, split almost equally between pharmaceuticals (28 years at Allergan) and non-animal testing (26 years at InVitro International), with one year off for a delayed honeymoon. Today I am blessed to announce that InVitro’s second of three technologies has reached Global Harmonization System (GHS/OECD) regulatory adoption. This process took 10 years, 10 months, and 22 days to achieve at great time and expense. While awaiting this blessing, however, the number of animals saved from testing via our unregulated technologies reached (during 30+ years) the millions. InVitro International (OTC Market/IVRO) is publicly owned and one of only three companies in the world with a business model to research, develop, and market globally in vitro test methods which reduce/replace testing on animals. The U.S. is currently eight years behind Europe in legislating out of practice tests performed on animals when a regulatory approved in vitro test exists. Our population of 325 million or more in 90+ million households must become more award of this national tardiness. It’s both sad and a disgrace in my opinion.”

Jun, 2020
63

Dale Richard Perelman has written his eighth book, New Castle’s Kadunce Murders, published by the History Press under its True Crime Series. The story centers around the brutal killing of a mother and her 4-year-old daughter by a satanist and a convicted serial rapist/murderer. The outcome of the murder trials may lead to as many questions as answers.

Jun, 2020
60

Carolyn Nygren Curran writes: “Last May a potter friend mentioned senior independent living places in the Philly area with pottery studios and swimming pools. Eureka! By October this widow had moved from her house in North Carolina to the Quadrangle at 3300 Darby Road, Apartment 1106, Haverford, Pa. 19041. It’s a hotbed of creativity and cultural life with seemingly no ‘old thinking’ people. Three of my pieces were selected for Clay Studio’s annual ‘Small Favors’ show in Philly, and other opportunities for continuing my career as a potter are also close at hand. I’m midway between my three sons and their families. Perfect!” Contact Carolyn at cncpots2gmail.com.

Jun, 2020
58

Class secretary Jill Hirst Scobie reports: “Copresident Jim Moody is proposing that we have our fifth ‘mini-reunion’ in Boston, either in the fall of 2020 or the spring of 2021. Boston is a charming historic city rich in culture with wonderful museums and galleries, music venues from the BSO to Passim’s and everything in between—restaurants of every style and ethnicity, theaters, parks, glorious public sculpture, etc. So much to do, see, and enjoy. Jim is looking for some ’58s who would volunteer to see this event to its successful completion. If you would be interested, please contact him at jamesr.moody@gmail.com. This is a wonderful way to renew old friendships and hold this thought...time, it is a wastin’.”

Jun, 2020
57

Judith Corbett Bartow and her husband, Arthur, sold their upstate mountain house and are back at home full-time in New York City. Judy is writing fiction again and has just published Last Chances, a story collection, with Page Publishing. Arthur is busy writing a memoir of his life in theatre, and daughter Joanna currently chairs the Department of International Languages and Cultures at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

Jun, 2020
55

Alan Lawson writes: “With my many years in the Boston College history department over, Mary Beth and I have moved to Providence, my original hometown. Before leaving, we benefited from Warren Ilchman’s gift of tickets to see the wonderful exhibit of works about Casanova at the Museum of Fine Arts, curated by Warren’s son, Frederick. That event had a nostalgic tinge for Mary Beth because, as a student at Wellesley College, she was Frederick’s babysitter. Now that I’m back ‘home,’ I plan to continue my historian ways at Brown and at the Rhode Island Historical Society, researching a family memoir. I am also glad to be here to help with plans for our 65th reunion and to look after the class treasury.”

Jun, 2020
54

Hovey Tyndall reunited with his Theta Delta Chi fraternity brothers Mark Hopkins, Dean John Seibert, and William Simon in Concord, Mass., along with their wives, including Marilyn Carlson Simon. The four fraternity brothers have remained in touch for 66 years.

Jun, 2020
53

Marvin Catler writes: “We finally moved full-time to Sarasota, where Edith and I are enjoying an active life at Pelican Cove.”

Jun, 2020
52

Beverly Calderwood Hart writes: “Here is the report on the Class of 1952 fund established to help Brown University achieve need-blind admissions and a diverse community of qualified students: Principal: $265,233.73. Endowment value: $859,208.83. Endowment distribution on July l, 2019: $32,873.26.”

Jun, 2020
48

Gloria Markoff Winston writes: “I missed seeing all of my Pembroke classmates at our 70th reunion. I still live in Providence at Laurelmead Cooperative retirement home with many Brown professors and alums. My family member count now is 12 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. I would love to hear from anyone from the class of 1948.” Contact Gloria at 355 Blackstone Blvd., #530, Providence, 02906; gmwinston@yahoo.com.

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.
Read More
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.
Read More
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.
Read More
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
Read More
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.
Read More
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
Read More
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
Fighting the Good Fight
Arlene Gorton ’52: a warrior for female athletes through turbulent times, including the Brown-Pembroke merger and the passage of Title IX.
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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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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.

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