32 Joseph J. Chaiken ChE’32 celebrated his 100th birthday on Oct. 16 at the Mill in Spring Lakes Heights, N.J. He was surrounded by four generations of family and friends.
CELEBRATE YOUR REUNION: May 11-14, 2012 47Clifford Baumbach C’47 writes, “My wife, Gloria, and I have been married for 64 years and have a son, two daughters, and three grandsons. We retired to Center City Philadelphia 11 years ago and have been enjoying concerts, theatre, museums, restaurants, Phillies games, etc. In addition, we are still sailing, although most of it is now local. I have been active in civic and neighborhood committees and alumni affairs. Most of my work was in the information-technology field with the Atlantic Richfield Corp. (now part of BP) and Cigna Corp. I am looking forward to our 65th Reunion in May: best regards to all and hope to see you there.”
49 Donald Marks C’49, Highland Beach, Fla., was named a Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor in 2010 for his “personal, precious contribution to the United States’ decisive role in the liberation of our country during World War II.”
50 Frederick Selby W’50, New York, an investment banker, will be awarded the Explorers Club’s Citation of Merit later this month “for contributions to the organization and for exploration, primarily in Southeast Asia.”
55 Col. (Ret.) David Hughes G’55 was recently awarded the West Point Distinguished Graduate Award. He writes that he was the most combat decorated member of the Class of 1950 from the Korean and Vietnam wars; taught English he learned at Penn to cadets at West Point; became an early pioneer in personal-computer telecommunications; was branded the “Poet Laureate of the Network Nation”; received the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Pioneer Award in 1993; climbed to 15,000 ft. on Mt. Everest at 75 to install a wireless Skype network to permit the remote teaching of oral English to sherpas; and received the Colorado State Historic Preservation Award for Old Colorado City at its 2009 Sesquicentennial. He is completing his life’s story online at the multimedia website www.davehugheslegacy.net, and “plans to install a solar-powered, artificial-intelligence interactive wireless processor in [my] gravestone, so that [I] may continue to ‘Rage, rage, at the dying of the Light’ in silicon after [my] carbon self is gone.”
60 Bob Steiner C’60 wrote in early December, “I am still in practice full time in diagnostic radiology at Temple University, but my wife, Marilyn, and I still find time to travel. For example, we will be going on a ‘civilized safari’ this winter to Kenya and Tanzania. We are thrilled that our daughter, Emily, is a professor of English at Penn, although she broke the family tradition and attended Brown as an undergraduate instead of our alma mater.”
63Stephen Manheimer C’63 writes that recently in Barcelona, at the International Federation of Essential Oil and Aroma Trades congress, he was awarded the Ron Neal Award of Excellence, acknowledging “significant lifetime contributions to the essential-oil and aroma-trades industry.” He helped build his family enterprise, and in 2004, sold it to the Kerry Group Plc, a public company. He has remained with the company in a senior management position.
Idaherma Williams GFA’63, Princeton, N.J., had a solo show of her woodblock prints and watercolor paintings at the Villanova University Art Gallery from early January to mid-February.
64Lew Knickerbocker WG’64 has published his newest novel, The Earth Endures, “set in Argentina and about the CIA’s involvement during the downfall of president Juan Peron.”
66Peter Woolsey WG’66 writes, “I received my first MBA from INSEAD in 1963, and then won a Rotary Foundation Fellowship to Wharton, [where] I convinced Professor Dean Berry to successfully apply for and become dean of INSEAD. I also promoted the idea of linking Wharton and INSEAD from that time onwards. It took the efforts of many others before that became a reality over 10 years ago. When I attended Wharton I took my kayak with me, and even did 20 Eskimo rolls in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean en route to the USA (in the ship’s swimming pool). I’m planning to kayak the 400 miles from the most northern end of the English canal system, Kendal, to London in June, to arrive at the same time as the Olympic Games starts. 71st-year anniversary kayak trip in 2012! I’m hoping to repeat my 400-mile kayak trip next year to raise money towards a Wharton Graduate scholarship. I’m a 66 Class Ambassador trying to raise funds for Wharton.”
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67Steven S. Miller C’67 has become a member of the board of trustees of New York University.
Joseph A. Prim C’67 writes, “I was just elected to my third one-year term as treasurer of the Philadelphia Bar Association and a three-year term as a member of the board of the Union League of Philadelphia. I continue my practice as a principal of the firm Duca and Prim LLP.”
Paul Safer C’67 see Brad Jubelirer C’82.
68Jerry Kumin M’68 GM’72 is now “a clinical instructor in nutritional medicine, wellness, and health, instead of disease medicine, with the Renaissance Academy, a division of Florida Gulf Coast University. I will provide complimentary advice with my email email@example.com. Every day is paradise here in Naples, Fla.”
69Joseph H. Cooper W’69 L’72, who teaches ethics and media law courses at Quinnipiac University, writes the “Pauses and Moments” column at Psychology Today. His first blogs were “The Jobsian Choice—a Musing on Fears—opening up regarding the prospect of being opened up surgically” and “Bravery in an Interior Battle: An Impending Encounter with Polyps—A non-hero wonders how courage is summoned.”
Wendy Drexler CW’69 writes, “I’m currently living in Belmont, Mass., with my husband, Herb Friedman, an adoption attorney, and our 15-year-old cat and two feral kittens. My first full-length collection of poetry, Western Motel, will be published in April by WordTech Communications and be available through Amazon. I was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Cider Press Review, and my poems have appeared in Penn’s Peregrine, Salon, and The Penn Review, among many other journals and anthologies. I’m a poetry editor for Sanctuary, the magazine of the Massachusetts Audubon Society. My chapbook, Gas Stations, Drive-Ins, the Bright Motels (Pudding House, 2007), was also nominated for a Pushcart. After retiring from full-time work, as an editor of language-art materials, I continue to do freelance editing and proofreading, and monitor bluebird nests for Audubon. For samples of my poems and my reading schedule, please visit my website www.wendydrexlerpoetry.com.”
William G. Stead CE’69 GCE’70 G’81 and Cynthia A. Stead GEd’74 celebrated 40 years of marriage on Dec. 19. Cindy is retired and lives in Chambersburg, Pa., waiting for Bill to return from his last assignment. He is in Tel Aviv as a senior consultant to the Israeli government for the design and construction of their first subway line.
70Hon. Howland W. Abramson C’70 WG’72, who retired in December as a judge of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, has joined Panafrican Satellite Communications Inc., which in the US is based in Washington, as vice president and chief compliance officer. The “world’s first primarily African-owned private satellite-broadband company,” its focus is “to provide accessible and affordable connections in Africa.”
Dale Crawford EE’70, Orange Park, Fla., writes, “To celebrate the 45th anniversary of our arrival at Penn, most of the 1966-67 denizens of the second floor of Warwick met in Chicago from Sept. 23 to 25. Attending [with me] were George Bean C’70 (Tenafly, N.J.), Jonathan Boyer C’70 (Chicago), Steve Chanecka W’70 (Sacramento, Calif.), Ron Fryrear CE’70 (Louisville, Ky.), Kirk Hawley C’70 (Birmingham, Ala.), Jim Hughes C’70 (Bismarck, N.D.), Jay Jaffee W’70 (Minneapolis), Tom Kelley C’70 (Freeport, Maine), Nils Olson C’70 (Frederick, Md.), and Duane Stephens C’70 (Berkeley, Calif.). There were three doctors, one dentist, one each of an architect, attorney, social worker, and engineer, with the remainder being businessmen, and two of us were retired. All of us are or have been married, 10 of us are fathers (of 11 daughters and 10 sons), one is a grandfather, three are cancer survivors (two of prostate and one of bladder), and one is a veteran (there were more veterans among our offspring). Our youngest child was 16, and our oldest was 39 at the time. We were not able to locate all hall residents, so if this reaches anyone that we were unable to reach, please get in touch with one of us.”
Dr. Marie Savard HUP’70 Nu’72 M’76 GM’79 has joined the Philadelphia office of Diversified Search, an executive search firm, as a managing director in its healthcare practice. A part-time contributor for ABC News, she was corporate medical director of NewCourtland, a provider of affordable senior housing, nursing homes, and community services. Dr. Savard is a Trustee of the University and serves on the Board of Overseers of the School of Nursing.
71Margit Novack CW’71 GCP’75 has operated Moving Solutions, one of the largest senior-move management businesses in the country, since 1996. The founding president of the National Association of Senior Move Management, she was honored with its creation of the Margit Novack Award for Outstanding Contributions to Senior Move Management.
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72Steven L. Cantor C’72 is managing partner of Cantor & Webb P.A., a Miami-based law firm that specializes in high-net-worth international clientele and businesses in tax and estate planning, and real estate and probate matters. In January, he received the Founder’s Award for Outstanding Achievement from the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners; he served as its chair in the late 1990s.
John M. Jones WG’72 is a former US ambassador to the Republic of Guyana and a senior Foreign Service officer who retired after 32 years of diplomatic service. An adjunct professor in the School of Management and the School of Public Policy at the George Mason University, he is a visiting professor at the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies at the National Defense University, and a project adviser to the Marine Corps University Command and Staff College in Quantico, Va. In addition, he continues to help train Foreign Service officers in conflict prevention and response at the National Foreign Affairs Training Center in Arlington.
Lee Evan Tabas C’72 ME’72 writes, “Elizabeth Tabas Carson C’00 and Todd Carson [were] pleased to welcome Alistair James Tabas Carson to our family and announce the much awaited name for Tabas Carson baby boy number 2. He was born on Dec. 20, and was a healthy 7 lbs. 7 oz.”
Dr. P. Gregory Warden C’72, a Distinguished Professor of Art History at Southern Methodist University, will be the next president of Franklin College Switzerland.
75Karen Andrade-Mims CW’75, executive director of UIH Family Partners, a child-welfare nonprofit in Trenton, N.J., has been named the 2012 Zeta Woman of the Year by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority for “her significant contributions to the greater Trenton community.”
Elliot Mark Olen C’75, a business and trusts/estates attorney based in Bucks County, Pa., spoke on medical directives and “Ethics involving Estate Planning” at a National Business Institute seminar in Philadelphia last December.
Judy West CW’75 GEd’75 writes that her company, English That Works, Inc., is celebrating 15 years of providing language-skills and cultural-awareness training to professionals with international backgrounds. These services have enabled participants to present their ideas and expertise effectively, communicate assertively, increase their professional visibility and credibility, and improve their American English speech and pronunciation.
76 Michael P. Malloy L’76, a Distinguished Professor and Scholar at the University of the Pacific’s law school, writes that Aspen and Wolters Kluwer Law and Business have just published the first volume in the new, second edition of his three-volume work Banking Law and Regulation, and that the third edition of his casebook Banking and Financial Services Law has been published by Carolina Academic Press. In July, he spoke on the Eurozone crisis at the 8th Annual International Law Conference in Athens.
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77Dr. Edwin S. Rosenberg GD’77 D’81 is clinical professor of periodontics and implant dentistry of surgical sciences at New York University, who was a recent director of periodontics and implant dentistry at Penn Dental Medicine; he also maintains a private practice in Philadelphia. Last November, he received the Master Clinician Award from the American Academy of Periodontology.
78Dr. Malcolm Z. Roth C’78 became president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons at its annual meeting in September. He and his wife, Lisa, relocated to Albany, N.Y., as he became chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery at Albany Medical Center in September.
80Susan Weiss Behrend Nu’80 GNu’86, an oncology clinical nurse specialist at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, served as the 2011 Health Manpower Development Programme nurse expert at the National Cancer Center Singapore; she provided a program on radiation oncology nursing. Joanne Knee Coleman GNu’80, writes that she has become a professional artist; she paints “contemporary impressionism” (www.joannekcoleman.com).
Steven Rabinowitz Nu’80 GNu’84 writes of the “recent arrival of my fourth grandchild, Chloe Lynn, in Surfside, S.C., joining brother Jonathan, and cousins Halie and Shawn of Henrico, Va. My beehive did well this year, providing 40 lbs. of honey; [it] survived the accidental crushing of the queen by the resident beekeeper (me), and the girls were able to make a new queen, and in a bold move I doubled my number of hives. I also recently made the acquaintance of a member of HUP School of Nursing and learned how to sterilize glass syringes, sharpen needles, and remove burrs from the needles, and the best way to dissolve morphine with a Bunsen burner in NaCl in order to make morphine for injection, [as] I am working as a certified registered nurse anesthetist at the University of Virginia Health Systems.”
Hilda Shirk SW’80 writes that she has a “new position as CEO with SouthEast Lancaster Health Services, a federally qualified community health center serving Lancaster County in three city locations with a staff of 135 and a budget of $10 million offering medical and dental services to people with limited healthcare options. Previously, [I was] self-employed, offering administrative support to nonprofits, including the Partnership for Public Health of Lancaster County and the Medical Expense Plan for MHS Alliance. Also, [I] was president and CEO for Family Service Partners in York for 16 years.”
81 Dr. Howard Frumkin M’81 GM’85 has co-edited a new book, Making Healthy Places: Designing and Building for Health, Well-being, and Sustainability, which was published by Island Press last August.
Kyra McGrath L’81, executive vice president and chief operating officer of WHYY, was named as “one of six 2011 Trailblazers in the community whose lives and leadership make an impact” by PathWays PA, which works to help low-income women, children, and families in the region achieve self-sufficiency.
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82Brad Jubelirer C’82, a pediatrician, writes that he and “Paul Safer C’67, a recently retired general surgeon, and Stephanie Brian C’94, an anesthesiologist, served on a 10-day surgical mission in Riobamba, Ecuador [late last year]. On the flight down we were surprised to discover that we were all Penn alumni. Through private philanthropy, fundraising, and support of Middlesex Hospital in Middletown, Conn., we along with a team of 10 other dedicated health professionals provided surgical care to the needy indigenous population of this impoverished region. A feeling of accomplishment and contribution was experienced by all.”
84Eric Hamell C’84 writes that his review of Ranger’s Apprentice Book 8: The Kings of Clonmel by John Flanagan (2010) recently appeared in ICSA Today, the magazine of the International Cultic Studies Association.
85Bruce Roth C’85 writes, “I am honored to report that I have recently been elected to my third term as a magisterial district judge in the City of Lancaster, Pa., where I also practice law in the Personal Injury Law Group. I have also enjoyed dealing in fine vintage guitars on my website, www.vintagebluesguitars.com, for the last five years. I would enjoy hearing from any classmates who may wish to contact me.”
Dr. Ilene Warner-Maron G’85, president of Alden Geriatric Consultants, Inc., and of the Institute for Continuing Education and Research at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, has been inducted as a fellow into the College of Physicians of Philadelphia.
86 Mary Zemyan Polito GNu’86 earned a doctorate of nursing practice from Duquesne University with highest honors, summa cum laude; her dissertation focused on examination and treatment rates of people with diabetic retinopathy. She works as adjunct faculty at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. She is married to Dr. Joseph Polito, an ophthalmologist, and they have two daughters, Sara and Catherine.
David J. Steerman C’86 is a partner in the litigation department and a member of the family-law practice group of the Philadelphia law firm of Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP. In November, he spoke at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s program “Philadelphia County Domestic Relations Practice.”
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87Lenore Kantor C’87 is currently senior director, head of marketing and communications, for FXall, a “leading institutional foreign-exchange trading platform.” She obtained her MBA from Columbia Business School and has “worked in various executive-marketing and product management roles across diverse financial-services businesses.” As a certified life coach, she also “helps select clients to realize their personal and professional goals.” Lenore currently lives in New York and travels regularly for work, most often to London, where she has visited with Carolyn S. Wyatt C’87. She looks forward to returning to Penn to celebrate her 25th Reunion with former roommates Tracie Lanter C’87 and Karol Nielsen C’87 and to honor her mother, Isa Kantor CW’62, whom she wished could be there for her 50th Reunion.
88Dr. Junko Hibiya Gr’88 has been elected as the first woman president of International Christian University in Tokyo. “Penn and ICU have had an exchange agreement for more than three decades,” writes Thomas T. Winant G’69. “I am a former dean and assistant to the president at ICU. Hibiya assumes office on April 1.”
90 Michael Ganz W’90 and his wife, Lori, are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Lexi Maya, on Dec. 20. “Lexi arrived on the first night of Hanukkah, weighing 7 lbs. 6 oz. and measuring 20 inches. A true bundle of love, joy, and inspiration.”
91Christine Enemark C’91 has joined Amazon as associate general counsel-movies, overseeing the acquisition of video content for distribution on Amazon.com and affiliate sites. Previously, she was a corporate partner at Covington & Burling, LLP, practicing in its content licensing, technology transactions, outsourcing, joint venture, and commercial practice. She earned her JD from Columbia University.
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92Dr. Marc Lazare C’92,www.drmarclazare.com, a cosmetic and general dentist with a newly relocated office in Manhattan (61st Street & Park Ave.), has just written a new book, Dr. Lazare’s The Patient’s Guide to Dentistry, which is “the ultimate guide to everything you would like to know and everything you should know about your dental health.”
93Joann Ahrens C’93 and her husband, Jim Marrin, are thrilled to announce the birth of their son, Jack Griffin Marrin, on Sept. 1. “Jack is a very happy, easy baby, who is especially adored by big brothers James (eight) and Logan (five).” After taking time off with the baby, Joann will continue to work part-time at the Visiting Nurse Service of New York as a manager and consultant on new projects; Jim runs a solo law practice from their home. They live in Babylon on Long Island and cannot wait to take Jack to the beach next summer.
94Sara Braun C’94 and Dan Weisberg are pleased to announce the arrival of Owen Sy, born on Sept. 23. “He was 6 lbs. 5 oz. at birth but he is now more than double that weight.” They live in Chicago where Sara is a marketing director at Kraft Foods.
Fernando de Aragón Gr’94 writes, “I am happy to announce the publication of my first novel: Dos Santos is a captivating story set in the earliest days (1508-11) of the Spanish conquest of Borikén, the Caribbean island that would eventually be called Puerto Rico.”
Laurie Stalberg Gigliotti C’94 and her husband, Aaron, are delighted to announce the birth of their handsome new son, Alexei John, on April 10. He joins his three older siblings, Bruno (six), Ivan (five), and Agatha (three), at their home in Sherman Oaks, Calif.
Amy Schulder Kazanoff C’94 and her husband, Peter, are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter, Lillian Ida Kazanoff, on Sept. 9. “Lily has brought tons of joy and laughter to her family.”
Omar Khan C’94 G’94 writes, “For the last several years, I have been honored to teach Penn Med students as a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. I have also completed my third round of teaching the year’s undergraduate Penn Reading Project book. Lots of learning, on my end at least. Clinical work is busy and I remain active in global-health projects as well.”
Miguel E. Rodriguez C’94 L’99 recently joined the White House Office of Legislative Affairs as a special assistant to the President. He had previously served as a deputy assistant secretary at the State Department.
Karim M. Tiro G’94 Gr’99 is associate professor of history at Xavier University in Cincinnati. He wrote The People of the Standing Stone: The Oneida Nation from the Revolution through the Era of Removal, which was published last year by the University of Massachusetts Press.
95 Dr. James H. Comey GrEd’95 is writer-in-residence at Stages of Imagination (www.stagesofimagination.org), an award-winning, nonprofit, entertainment and learning organization he cofounded; in 2010 he retired from public education, after 37 years. He has released Uncommon Glory, a coming-of-age ebook, through the Amazon Kindle Bookstore; set between 1957 and 1960 in Drexel Hill, Pa., and Atlantic City, it centers upon an Irish-American altar boy.
Christopher Hartwell C’95 writes, “I received my PhD in economics from the Warsaw School of Economics. My adviser was Leszek Balcerowicz, the father of ‘shock therapy’ and the man who did the most to transform Poland into a successful and free-market economy. My dissertation, on the role of institutions in economic transformation, was accepted by the Collegium of Economic Analysis on Dec. 13, a fact made all the more significant by it being the 30th anniversary of the Communist regime declaring martial law in Poland. It has been a good year for us, as my wife, Kristen Wysocki Hartwell, also received her MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana. I believe we are now the definition of a power couple.”
Abeer Hoque W’95 G’99 writes, “I was selected to receive a 2012 NEA Literature Fellowship.”
Jennifer Feuer Kahn C’95 and her husband, Jim, are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter, Hayley Stuart Kahn, on April 26; she weighed 6 lbs. 6 oz., and measured 19.9 inches in length at birth. “Hayley has been keeping us very busy, which is why this announcement is so late!” They live in Manhattan.
Stacey Dinstell Pfaff C’95 and her husband, Doug Pfaff, are delighted to announce the birth of their son Ari Jacob, who joined the family on June 8. He was welcomed home by big brother Liam (three), who is having a great time making Ari laugh and smile.
Falguni Desai W’96 writes, “I have recently arrived back in New York, after 18 months working in Hong Kong. I am still with Thomson Reuters working in a strategic-development role. Hong Kong was vibrant and I enjoyed my assignment abroad. The best kept secret about Hong Kong: hiking trails wrap around the entire city, giving city dwellers easy access to beautiful views and lush greenery. Now that I am back, I am hoping to catch up with friends and alumni in the NYC area.”
John McGowan G’96 writes that he continues on in the film, television, and new-media acting areas. Most recently, he appeared as a principal in a Capital One national commercial; he had a speaking role in the upcoming Spielberg movie Lincoln.
97Ben Craig G’97, Philadelphia, is principal and founder of Swap-Ex, a startup commodity-swaps trading platform; previously, he was president of the NASDAQ OMX Futures Exchange. In November, he received the outstanding young-alumni award from Birmingham-Southern College in Alabama.
Jason Vinikoor C’97 and his wife, Carla, are excited to announce the birth of their daughter, Brooke Lila, on Aug. 2. Brooke was welcomed home by big sisters Maya and Abby. They recently relocated from south Florida to Rye Brook, N.Y., as he joined Altrinsic Global Advisors in Greenwich, Conn.
98 Seth Charnow W’98 and Noemi Charnow are thrilled to announce the birth of their third son, Daniel Asher, on Sept. 17. Daniel Gusenoff L’98 and his wife, Alyssa, welcomed Alexander Charles on Sept. 10; he joined big brother Zack. They live in Newton, Mass.
Lisa Bard Levine C’98 and Wilton Cahn Levine C’96 are proud to announce the birth of Samantha Dyllen Levine on Oct. 25. She joined very excited big brothers Joshua and Benjamin.
Rachel Mann Scheinberg C’98 and Jeremy Scheinberg EAS’96 are happy to announce the birth of their second child, Jacob Benjamin Scheinberg. “This cool kid was born on 11/11/11 at 11:11pm—all on his own, not scheduled. We love hearing from Penn friends: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.”
99 Edward W. Chang C’99 has joined Blank Rome LLP as Of Counsel in its corporate-litigation group, and is based in its Philadelphia office; previously he was a partner at Dilworth Paxson LLP. He specializes in consumer financial services and commercial litigation.
Michael E. Pikiel Jr. C’99 in January was appointed a partner of Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P.; he specializes in public-private partnerships and project and public finance. Last year, he was included in the Rising Stars list of New York Metro Super Lawyers.
00 Elizabeth Tabas Carson C’00 and Todd Carson were pleased to welcome their second son, Alistair James Tabas Carson, born on Dec. 20; he was 7 lbs. 7 oz.
Michelle Glickman Chudow C’00 and Eric Chudow EAS’02 GEng’02 are pleased to announce the birth of their second son, Jonathan Boaz, last May. He joined Ross Micah (born Dec 2008), who absolutely loves being a big brother. Michelle is currently a pediatric attending in the pediatric ED at Franklin Square Hospital Center just outside Baltimore, and is an active member of the child-protection team there, with a focus on child physical and sexual abuse, while Eric continues to enjoy working on computer network security. They would love to hear from friends and classmates at firstname.lastname@example.org.
David Glasner C’00 G’00 married Elana Hoenig on Dec. 4 in Mentor, Ohio. He is principal of the Urban Assembly Academy of Government and Law in New York; she graduated from Barnard College and is a middle-school math teacher at Rabbi Haskel Lookstein Middle School of Ramaz in New York. Alumni attending included Atara Margolies C’01 GAr’04 GFA’04, Tamara Kushnir Groman C’01, Jesse Rubenfeld W’01, Aryeh Aslan W’00, and David’s brother, Ariel Glasner C’01 W’01.
Michelle Holme C’00 recently received a Grammy nomination for art direction for Bruce Springsteen’s The Promise: The Darkness On The Edge Of Town Story. This is her second nomination and she is looking forward to attending the ceremony in Los Angeles on Feb. 12.
Samantha Gerber Levine C’00 and Eric Levine C’01 are happy to announce the birth of their daughter, Hadley Jordan Levine, on Nov. 22 in New York. Haddie joined big brother Henry, who turned two in September.
Kelly Curtin McDow GEd’00 and her husband, Matthew, are thrilled to announce the birth of their son, Tyler Patrick McDow, on Dec. 30. He joined big brother Zachary, who turned two in December. Kelly and her family currently live in Aberdeen, N.J.; she recently started her 13th year of teaching.
Jessica Schraub Norman C’00 and her husband, Maxwell David Norman C’00, are pleased to announce the birth of their second child, and second son, Andrew Jesse Norman, on Nov. 5. “Everyone is well, and big brother Jonah (who turned three on Nov. 19) has been very loving and supportive, so far.” Jessica was recently promoted to vice president of school finance at ExEd, where she has worked for five years. Maxwell was recently promoted to manager, employment law, at Forever 21, Inc. where he has served as associate counsel for four and a half years.
Debbi Bauml Schultz C’00 and Ethan Schultz L’05 joyfully (and belatedly) announce the birth of their daughter, Elena Drew Schultz, on Dec. 6, 2010. They live in Washington, and welcome hearing from other alumni in the DC area.
Alona Fleissig Schwarz W’00 and her husband, Scott, are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Julia Elizabeth, on Dec. 7; she weighed 7 lbs. 14 oz., and was 21 inches long. She was welcomed home by her very excited big sister, Sara, who will be three at the end of March. Alona and Scott moved from Manhattan to northwest New Jersey a year and a half ago and are enjoying suburban life with their family, along with the extra space.
01Jared Finegold W’01 WG’02 and Sabrina Finegold are proud to announce the birth of their second child, a son, Julian Paul, on Dec. 20. They live in Palo Alto, Calif.
Regina Hendricks-Halliday Nu’01 GNu’06 writes, “And then there were three. It is with great joy that my husband, Scott, and I announce the birth of our daughter, Charlotte Ruth Halliday, on Nov. 14. Charlie joined her two big brothers Scott (four) and Michael (two). Our family is now complete.”
Aaron Karo W’01 writes that his fourth book and first novel, Lexapros and Cons, will be published by Macmillan in April.
Ben Oren W’01 and his wife, Rebecca, are very happy to announce the birth of their son, Wyatt Asher, on Sept. 4; born 7 lbs. 9 oz. and 21 1/2 inches, Wyatt joined big sister Nina (almost three). They live in Westport, Conn.; Ben is currently a managing director at Credit Suisse in New York.
Scott Taffet C’01 and Stacy Baum Taffet C’01 are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter, Brooke Rachel Taffet, on Dec. 31. They live in Irvington, N.Y.
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02Stacey Marmor Balaban W’02 married Matthew Balaban on May 29 at the Westchester Country Club in Rye, N.Y. Many alumni attended, including Anupama Yerramalli C’02, Serena David W’02, Rachel Rosenblatt C’02, Marcy Smirnoff C’02, Jordana Kaye C’02, Jana Weiss Markowicz EAS’02, Robyn Badiner Bedil C’02, Allyson Bohensky Kaufman C’02, Jocelyn Landau Palmer C’02 ASC’09, Scott Palmer Gr’10, Michael Vondriska W’02, Benjamin Melinger EAS’02 W’02, Daniel Melinger C’99, Lawrence Krovlev W’02, Melissa Manne W’03, Jodie Resnick C’03, Jonathan Phillips C’02 L’07, Anjali Wagle Phillips C’02 L’07, and Jennifer Goldman C’03.
Heather Brammeier GFA’02 is an associate professor of art at Bradley University in Peoria, Ill. She exhibited in the traveling show Re-Generation, which in January was at the Painting Center in Manhattan; it presented the work of three generations of painter-teachers, beginning with Josef Albers, and including the late Penn professor Bob Slutzky. Also participating were Carrie Patterson GFA’98 and Deirdre Murphy GFA’00, who curated the show.
Dr. Adam Friedman C’02 and his wife, Sarah Goldin Friedman, are delighted to announce the birth of their son, Oliver Keith Friedman, on Nov. 8 in New York.
Dr. Natalie Gallant C’02 married Dr. Todd Zynda on Nov. 12 at the Sacred Heart Chapel of Loyola Marymount University in Marina Del Rey, Calif. “A beautiful reception followed at Mountaingate Country Club in Bel Air. We were thrilled to celebrate with fellow alumni, including bridesmaids Courtney Dornstein C’02 and Ranjani Sankarin C’02, as well as dear friends Matthew McAllister C’02, Matthew Homme W’02, Tasnim Beg C’02, Dr. Alexandra Channing C’02, and Victoria Entine W’02.” Natalie and Todd live in Manhattan Beach: she is chief resident of pediatrics-medical genetics at UCLA, where she will stay for a fellowship in medical biochemical genetics, and he is chief fellow of cardiology at UC Irvine, where he will complete a fellowship in interventional cardiology.
Lawrence Hershon C’02 married Heather Spinner on May 14 at The Excellence in Playa Mujeres, Mexico. The wedding party included Larry Krovlev W’02 and Jared Rubin W’02. Joining them in the celebration were Todd Simon C’02, David Berkley C’02, and David Magier C’02. Lawrence and Heather currently live in the Columbia, S.C., area; he is an attorney with Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP and she is a paralegal with Robinson McFadden PC.
Yoshio Inazumi GAr’02, with Marshall Moya Design in Washington, is project manager for a new student center at the University of the District of Columbia. In October, the firm received a Professional Design Excellence Award from the National Organization of Minority Architects for its work on the center.
Ben Koch C’02 writes, “I’m excited to report that I married Courtney Resnick on Nov. 19 at Landerhaven in Cleveland. Alumni attending included Andrew McLaughlin C’01, Josh Pechar C’01, and Ethan Rogers C’02, as well as longtime family friends Joyce Pulitzer CW’60 and Sidney Pulitzer W’57. After spending Thanksgiving week with family in Cleveland, we honeymooned on an eastern Caribbean cruise. After the honeymoon, we returned to Dallas, where Courtney is an assistant buyer at JCPenney and I’m looking for a way to use my brand new PhD in history from the University of Texas at Austin.”
Ariel Horn Levenson C’02 writes, “My husband and I are excited to announce the birth of our second daughter, Eliana Rose Levenson, on July 15. She joins big sister Lila (three), who enjoys using scissors, gluing noodles to paper, and jumping off couches in her superhero cape. Eliana likes to spend her free time in a bouncy seat watching us unload the dishwasher; she also enjoys drooling and battling with the astronaut-monkey she thinks is out to get her on her play mat. We’re living in New Jersey now, where I am also teaching. Additionally, since Eliana was born, I’ve been blogging about our family and the realities of parenthood on my blog ‘Attack of the Mombies,’ with the goal of telling people ‘the real deal’ about parenthood. My personal shame-o-meter is off, so feel free to enjoy it at www.attackofthemombies.wordpress.com.”
Milan Vora C’02 married Neha Mehrotra on Dec. 3 at the Heritage Highlands in Tucson, Ariz. Celebrating with them in the wedding festivities were Reza Madani C’03, Milli Shah Bhashyam C’02 W’02, Shriyam Bhashyam C’02, Anisha Jangi C’02 W’02, Sapna Mistry C’02, Akash Shah C’02, Raj Dedhia C’03, Ajay Damani W’99, Kamini Damani C’99, Dr. Farideh Madani GD’78 GD’80 D’84 (a professor at Penn Dental), Shalin Patel W’03, Ambar Bhattacharyya W’03, Arvindh Kumar W’03, Akash Ghiya W’03, Jay Patel EAS’04, Neeraj Gupta C’04, Robby Singh Sikka C’04, Manisha Sheth C’95, and Deepa Frabizzio D’02. Milan and Neha will be moving to Delaware to live and work as physicians.
03Amanda Kramer Borden WG’03 married Dr. William Borden C’96 on Nov. 5 at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington. In January, they relocated from New York to Washington. Amanda is a Broad resident in urban education and Bill is a cardiologist currently serving as a senior adviser in the US Department of Health and Human Services and is on the medical-school faculty at Cornell University. They were thrilled to have many Penn friends and family at their wedding, including Joe Acevedo WG’03, David Austern C’61, Elizabeth Austern C’97 EAS’97, Dr. George Bell C’99, Camilla Cho WG’03, Brian Fields WG’03, Greg Fraser WG’03, Don Gavin W’64 L’67, Josh Glasser C’97, Bonnie Goldsborough WG’03, Lisa Gunty WG’94, Soyoung Kang WG’03, Eric Kanter WG’03, Debbie Kim WG’03, Sara Kleinberg C’96 WG’03, Beth Kramer C’90, Sarah Leshner C’98 WG’03, Jill Allison Opell C’97, Kael Reicin C’96, Michael Robbins WG’03, A. Roy Rosenthal C’64, Nettana Samroengraja WG’03, Scott Segal WG’03, and Dr. Michael Serlin C’96.
Alexis Decerbo W’03 married Vicktor Volpe W’03 on Dec. 10 at St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church in Bridgeport, Conn.; a reception followed at the New Haven Lawn Club. The wedding party included bridesmaid and toast-giver Jessica Kennedy W’04, her husband, Sam Gabbita WG’04, best man and toast-giver Don Pawleksi C’03, and groomsman Kevin Wachter W’03 and his wife, Kazuko An C’03. Other Penn guests included Elizabeth Abrams EAS’03 W’03, David Bard EAS’02 WG’11, Greg Berman W’02, Deepti Chauhan W’03, Yale Cohen W’03, David Cohen EAS’02 W’02 WG’10, Caitlin Crowley Nu’03, Frank DePaoli EAS’03, Sarah Duggan-Schwarzschild C’03, Lisa Gerson C’03, Sona Karia W’04, Dmitry Koltunov EAS’03, Brett Manfrey W’03, Lauren Staudinger W’03, Brent Tasugi W’03, and Nam Trinh EAS’03. Alexis is the buyer of Estée Lauder cosmetics, skincare, and fragrances for Macy’s and Vicktor operates a wholesale building-supply company on Long Island, as well as a small real-estate management company. After honeymooning in the Turks and Caicos Islands and Beaver Creek, Colo., they continue to make their home in New York.
Rachel King Gerstein C’03 and Jonathan Gerstein C’01 are thrilled to announce the birth of their son, Ari Ryan Gerstein, on Oct. 14; he weighed 7 lbs. 15 oz., and was 20 inches long. They look forward to Ari joining the Penn class of 2033!
Brett D. Wilson Gr’03, an associate professor of English at the College of William & Mary, writes, “I have just had a scholarly book published: A Race of Female Patriots: Women and Public Spirit on the British Stage, 1688-1745 has just come out from Bucknell University Press.”
04Elisabeth Anderson C’04 married Michael Rapport on Oct. 22. The ceremony took place at the Church of St. Peter of Alcantara in Port Washington, N.Y., with the reception at the Hempstead House at Sands Point Preserve. Alumni attending included Andy Chediak W’05, Jamie Diaz C’04, Elizabeth Downing C’04, Irene Park C’05, Karla Taylor Bays C’04, Jie Hui Zhu C’04 W’04, Philip Li C’82 WG’86, Elizabeth Raun Schlesinger C’99 and Adam Schlesinger C’02 W’02 WG’10, and Michael Hyun W’99.
Lauren Gorsky Gordon C’04 writes, “It is with much love that my husband, Andrew Gordon, and I announce the birth of our son, Cooper Wyatt Gordon. He joined our family in New York on Jan. 8 at 12:39pm, weighing 8 lbs. and measuring 20 1/2 inches long.” 05Kenneth Kim C’05 married Shauna Fraser on Oct. 1 in sunny Pasadena, Calif. The wedding party included groomsmen Adam Hellman C’05 and Qing-Min Chen EAS’05. Celebrating Quaker attendees included Carrie Delone C’05, Jeff Waring EAS’05, Katherine Chen W’05, Keith Randall C’05, Michael Southworth C’05, Richard Lin W’05, and Susan Lee C’05, with numerous other alumni sending their love and best wishes from far-off locations. Ken and Shauna currently live in Manhattan Beach, with their dog Riley: Shauna is an attorney in Los Angeles, Ken is a M&A consultant, and Riley is still looking for work.
06Daniel Koch EE’06 last November launched “a sparklingly new website with a dead-simple concept: post a question with a binary set of answers (yes/no, good/bad, stay-in-the-relationship/leave-the-relationship, etc.) and the world votes to provide an answer. Got a tough decision in your life? The Reckoner can provide clarity, using democracy (www.thereckoner.net).”
Tara Leanne Krueger C’06 GCP’07 married Aaron Patrick Gallen Donovan on Sept. 3 at the New England Aquarium in Boston. The wedding party included Irene Godoy C’05, and also celebrating were Vicky Sakr W’06 and Kitty O’Hare M’04 GM’08. Tara and Aaron live in Cambridge; she works as a public-transit planner for Nelson/Nygaard Consulting, a sustainable-transportation planning firm, and he is director of communications for SEIU Local 509. She has taken his matrilineal last name, Gallen, and he has taken part of her name, Lee, as his middle name.
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07Whitney Casser C’07 married Ryan Harris on Sept. 24. Megan Madden Santangelo C’07 and Elise Peters Carey W’07 served as bridesmaids. The wedding was also attended by Matt Carey C’07, Samantha DiTata C’07, April Hail C’08, Ilana Kafer C’07, Katy Kreider C’07, Alice Lin C’07, Jenna Moss C’07, and Lindsay Zucker C’07. Whitney is a senior editor at New York Family magazine and Ryan, a Duke University and Harvard Law School graduate, works at Cravath, Swaine and Moore LLP in New York; they live in Brooklyn.
Francis M. Hult Gr’07 writes that he has been “awarded the title of docent, Finland’s second highest academic rank,” by the University of Jyväskylä “in recognition of his scholarly work in discourse studies and educational linguistics.”
08Silvia Diaz L’08, Philadelphia, has joined Wisler Pearlstine, LLP, in Blue Bell, Pa., as an associate in its education-law group. Previously, she was an associate in the business-litigation group of Goodwin Procter.
Ed Greenlee LPS’08 is associate director for public services at Penn’s Biddle Law Library. He co-edited Whose God Rules? Is the United States a Secular Nation or a Theolegal Democracy?, which was published recently by Palgrave Macmillan.
10Shermin de Silva Gr’10 writes, “I am now a postdoctoral researcher studying Asian elephants [in Sri Lanka] … [and] I’m a part of a new experiment, #SciFund, a first-ever attempt to see whether crowdfunding can be used to fund small-scale but real science and as a way to for scientists to engage with the public … Science funding in the US has been declining, and this is one alternative to traditional funding agencies, particularly for students and projects that require only a few hundred or thousand dollars. The crowdfunding paradigm has worked in the microfinance sector and the arts, but is largely untried in the sciences.”
11Eric Rabe G’11, principal of Eric Rabe Communications Strategies, recently became senior adviser on communications issues for Fels Research & Consulting, the consulting practice of Penn’s Fels Institute of Government for public-sector and non-profit organizations.
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