’43 | Louis E. Leopold W’43, Hollidaysburg, Pa., writes that he and his wife, Anna, had a second retirement in September, this time as volunteers from the Southwestern Pennsylvania’s Heritage Preservation Commission (U.S. Department of Interior). For a decade they served as Wayfinder columnists for Westsylvania, the commission’s regional heritage and lifestyle magazine, finding, photographing, and writing about the area’s attractions. In 1985 Lou retired as a political scientist at Penn State-Altoona, where he particularly enjoyed European-Mediterranean-Middle East security challenges, especially Cyprus. His teaching integrated candid photo images, “much as Prof. Mike Dorezas used in his 1940s Economic and Political Geography classes.” After Penn State, they were recruited into the National Park Service America’s industrial-heritage project; Lou and Anna were impressed by what the British were doing to save their canal and industrial history. As they once used to backpack in Europe, they have now got to know central and southwestern Pennsylvania really well. Fittingly, in a family of teachers, their last article was on the area’s one-room schools.
’48 | Ed Rosenbaum W’48 reports that he retired last year from his consulting and tax practice in northern Virginia, and with his wife, Ruth, divides time between Ocean City, Md., and Boynton Beach, Fla. His “younger daughter, Marjorie, recently married Mitchell Bassman, whose father, Herman ‘Reds’ Bassman, intercepted a pass and ran it back for a touchdown giving Ursinus College a 7-6 victory over the Penn eleven in 1934.”
’49 | Melvin Finkelstein W’49 celebrated his 80th birthday on Jan. 25. The former head of House of Westmore, Inc., a cosmetics and beauty-supplies manufacturer and distributor, retired when he sold the business in 1978. He is the creator of the Finkelstein Prep for Prep Scholarship at Penn and Subscriptions for Success, a program to provide magazines in schools for disadvantaged students. He is the father of Lawrence Finkelstein W’73 L’76, Dr. Amy H. Finkelstein CW’76 M’80 GM’84, and William P. Finkelstein W’80 WG’82, and the grandfather of Andrew J. Finkelstein W’02. There are at least a dozen other alumni members of the Finkelstein family.
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Emily Pritchard Cary CW’52 wrote The Treasure of Juniper Junction, her fourth romantic mystery; she credits the inspiration for the setting to the summer she spent at the University of Arizona archaeological field school on a fellowship granted by the late Dr. Loren Eiseley Gr’37. The third edition of her Pritchard Family History, tracing the line back to the Jamestown immigrant, was published last month by Heritage Press. She was also designated a prize winner for the fifth consecutive year in the Southern California Genealogical Society’s annual writing contest; several of her prize-winning stories excerpted from Growing Up Only, about her childhood in Pittsburgh during the Depression, have appeared in anthologies and on op-ed pages. Her arts and entertainment column appears twice weekly in the Examiner newspapers of Washington. Other articles are found at (www.chesapeakestyle.com). To beat the Arizona summer heat, she and her husband visit Britain annually to delve into historical, musical, and genealogical resources.
Sam Diamond W’52 L’55 wrote in March, “I now must decide what I want to do when I grow up. This month I retire from the law firm I co-founded in 1960. Last April I taught my last class of Benjamin Franklin Scholars. I’ve had a wonderful professional life as a lawyer, with great, long-term colleagues. Miriam and I have been married over 52 years and counting. Our three children delight us, and have supplied us with two wonderful daughters-in-law, a great son-in-law (a Penn math professor), and seven grandchildren. Now for a bit of R & R, engaging in public service, and maybe a bit of curmudgeonly writing.”
Janice Auritt Oser CW’52 wrote in early February that she “has started Eldercountry.com, an Internet magazine for ‘spirited seniors.’ The first issue is slated for April-May, and will include a ‘Spotlight’ feature profiling Claire Mamourian Harootunian Ed’52. Claire started out studying theater and was a member of Penn Players, but went on to become a distinguished sculptor, painter, and collage artist. A subsequent issue will turn the Spotlight on the Hon. Norma Levy Shapiro L’51, a senior Judge on the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and a well-known and much-honored Philadelphian.”
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’54 | Russel Kully W’54 continues as an of counsel with the Washington-based law firm of Arnold & Porter, principally representing large nonprofit entities. He and Hannah travel to Australia at least twice a year to be with their family there, “principally three lovely young ladies,” during which on four occasions, they have “bush camped” in the deep Outback, earning the respect but not the envy of their friends. Among a number of other commitments to organizations within their Pasadena community, they are both very involved with the art component of the Huntington Library, having given or promised their respective collections of British and American prints there.
Paul C. T. Loo WG’54, an executive director of the Hawaii offices of Morgan Stanley, in March was inducted into the Hawaii Business Hall of Fame. A former associate trustee of the University of Pennsylvania, a former president of the Honolulu Stock Exchange, he is a founding director of Hawaii Pacific University.
Robert R. Saylor SW’54 writes that last year “I self-published Guide to Successful Interviewing & Interrogation In Law Enforcement. The 150-page book has been favorably commented upon by law enforcement officials and Dr. Henry C. Lee, a renowned forensic pathologist.”
Norman J. Wohlken C’54 writes, “I saw my classmate Roger P. Craton W’54 on Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Verdi Opera Festival in Santa Barbara, Calif., and again on Sunday, Feb. 25, in Los Olivos, Calif., (a town made famous by the movie Sideways), where he is exhibiting his color photographs of Antarctica at the Wildling Art Museum through June 17 (www.wildlingmuseum.org). The exhibit, Fragile Environments: Antarctica and The Everglades, features the frozen desert scapes of Antarctica, rendered in pigment prints by him and the lush, verdant swamplands of Florida captured in black and white images by Clyde Butcher. According to the museum, ‘these contrasting works are a rich visual testament to the extraordinary diversity and beauty of this planet. Though observably and geographically at polar opposites, these environments share the same threatsof pollution, over fishing, and human intrusionsto their fragile systems.’ You may view these and other images that he has made at his website (www.rogercraton.com). Roger was a star as an undergraduate (Bowl Man, chair of Mask & Wig, Beta Gamma Sigma, Sphinx Senior Society) and he continues to sparkle with his new interest as a professional photographer, which he calls ‘As I See It.’”
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’55 | Dr. Bettyruth Walter CW’55 G’77 Gr’85 has recently returned from several weeks in India, where she enjoyed a biking trip through Rajasthan. Afterwards, she and her husband, Donald J. Goldberg W’51, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in London. She still teaches in the youth-educated-for-tomorrow program in Philadelphia and an adult-education course in linguistics. She also serves on the executive committee of the Penn Fund, interviews prospective freshman for Penn, and continues to row her shell on the Schuylkill River. She also sponsors a Penn freshman from West Virginia through her Walter Scholarship, which she established in celebration of her 50th Penn Reunion.
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’56 | Irene Sofian Herman CW’56 was included in the book Feminists Who Changed America 1963-1975, which was published by University of Illinois Press. It “presents biographies of 2,200 women and men whose successful actions created the modern women’s movement; the foremost criterion was being a changemaker.”
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’58 | Dr. S. William Seidman C’58 writes, “My book Inevitable Incompetence describes the reasons for the soaring costs of medical care: increasing medical injuries and deaths, fragmentation, increasing ‘hand-offs,’ bureaucratization, and the corporate model of medical care. [The book] outlines a process to reverse the direction of this impending disaster.”
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’59 | Douglas L. Wilson G’59 Gr’64, co-director of the Lincoln Studies Center at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., in April was awarded the Lincoln Prize for his book, Lincoln’s Sword: The Presidency and the Power of Words, which was published in November. His earlier book, Honor’s Voice: The Transformation of Abraham Lincoln, won the prize in 1999.
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’60 | Lois Kushner Cohen CW’60 retired last June from federal service after a career of 42 years. Her last position was as associate director for international health at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research in Bethesda, Md., where she was also director of the WHO Collaborating Center for Dental and Craniofacial Research. She currently serves as a consultant to the institute and to the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, and was recently appointed as a Paul Rogers Ambassador for Global Health Research. A symposium in tribute to her career was held last December at the National Institutes of Health. That month she was also inducted into “the Court of Honor as a Distinguished Daughter of the Philadelphia High School for Girls.”
Mark K. Kessler L’60 is a partner in the corporate and securities practice group of WolfBlock, the Philadelphia law firm. In January he received the 2007 Dennis H. Replansky Award from the Philadelphia Bar’s business-law section. A former chair of the section and of the Bar’s committee on securities regulation, he currently serves on the ABA’s committee on regulation of securities. He is a member of the board of Arcadia University.
Bert Lazerow C’60, professor of law at the University of San Diego, has been re-elected chair of the university senate there for this academic year.
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’61 | Murray Kleimon ChE’61 is vice president for business development for MD Resources, Inc., a healthcare service provider and consulting firm (www.mdresources.net). He is also a partner in Tryco, a commercial real estate firm that represents investors (www.trycollc.com). He lives in Naples, Fla., with his wife, Peggy. They have three daughters and four grandchildren.
Peter M. Schantz C’61 V’65 in February received the 2006 James A. McCallam Award from the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States for his “exceptional contributions to veterinary public health.” A senior service fellow in the parasitic-diseases division of the National Center for Zoonotic, Vectorborne, and Enteric Diseases at the CDC in Atlanta, he is recognized internationally as an authority on zoonotic parasitic diseases. An adjunct professor of international health at Emory University, he had received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Penn School of Veterinary Medicine in 1980. He is married to Mary Bartlett, a health-communications specialist in the same division at CDC. He has two daughters, a son, and two teenage stepsons, plus a dog and two cats.
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Katarina Tomljenovic Borer CW’62 Gr’66 is a professor of kinesiology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. In 2003 she published a monograph Exercise Endocrinology (Human Kinetics Publishers). Her husband, Dr. Paul Wenger, is a financial planner, and one of her daughters is Elizabeta Borer-Meyer C’85. Katarina e-mails that she enjoys her five grandchildren. She would love hearing from any of her classmates at <email@example.com>.
Joseph Fidanque Jr. W’62 lives in Panama City with his wife, Myra Maduro de Fidanque; they have three children and eight grandchildren. He is president of Fidanque Hermanos e Hijos, S.A., which has four parts: a travel agency, an electronic communications company, a call-center business, and a rental agency. He serves on the board of the Panama Stock Exchange.
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’63 | Dr. Ernest Price C’63 has been promoted to associate vice president of academic operations at the University of Phoenix, which has 73 campuses throughout the country; previously he was regional executive director of academic affairs for the Western and Mountain regions.
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’64 | Anne Sceia Klein W’64 ASC’65 is president of Anne Klein & Associates, Inc., a public-relations firm based in Marlton, N.J.; in February she was named by NJBiz magazine as one of “New Jersey’s Best 50 Women in Business.” Her firm is also the Philadelphia office of Pinnacle Worldwide, an international network of independent public-relations firms.
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’66 | Prudence String Humber Nu’66 <firstname.lastname@example.org> is executive director of Alpha Pregnancy Services in Philadelphia. “This is a Christian agency devoted to helping women of all backgrounds carry children to birth and beyond. Counseling, birth training, support, and clothing are all part of what is provided free of charge. Christian churches collectively give so this ministry of mercy may continue,” writes her husband, Paul G. Humber C’64 GEd’66. “She has been happily married for over 40 years, and has three children and seven grandchildren. Her missionary son, Paul D. Humber C’95, serves people in Pointe Noire, Congo. Her daughter, Ruth P. Brittain C’95, plans to go with her husband and family to Papua New Guinea for a four-month term of missionary service.”
Andrea P. Leers GAr’66 is founding principal of Leers Weinzapfel Associates, a Boston firm of architects, which won the 2007 AIA Firm Award.
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Dr. Jameel Ahmad Gr’67 is chair and professor of civil engineering at Cooper Union College in New York. He was recently elected a life member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He also serves on the board of advisers of Verdant Power, LLC, a renewable-energy company based in Virginia.
Lawrence J. Beaser C’67, a partner with Blank Rome LLP, who also serves as counsel to the board of the Philadelphia Bar Association, in January was re-appointed to the board of The Philadelphia Foundation, having earlier served on it from 1995 to 2005.
Dr. Robert H. Cox GrE’67, a professor at the Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, at Lankenau Hospital near Philadelphia, received a three-year, $293,000 grant from the W. W. Smith Charitable Trust for his research project on how specific interactions of mutated proteins contribute to high blood pressure. He joined the staff there in 2000 after serving as a professor of physiology at Penn.
Alice Murdoch Dagit CW’67 writes, “I’m really looking forward to all the fun of a fantastic 40th Reunion, especially our fabulous Class of 1967 Friday Night Partygettin’ down to all the hot dance tunes of our youth, recapturing those nostalgic Penn years, or just catching up with the people who were so large a part of such an important segment of our lives. I certainly hope a huge contingent will be with us to relive memories and make terrific new ones, because the fun and exuberance will escalate in direct proportion to the size of the crowd. I hope no one misses out on this once-in-a-lifetime ‘be-in’.”
Ronald B. Glazer L’67, a senior partner in the real-estate practice group of the Philadelphia law firm WolfBlock, in March taught a continuing legal education course on “Developing and Creating Common Interest Communities in Pennsylvania.”
Dr. Tim Lachman M’67, Wynnewood, Pa., has been appointed assistant professor of neurology at Temple University School of Medicine; a general adult neurologist, he specializes in neuromuscular diseases. Previously he was a clinical assistant professor of neurology at Thomas Jefferson University.
Walter G. Reinhard C’67, Fanwood, N.J., is an attorney who specializes in energy and utilities law with the law firm of Norris, McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., in Somerville, N.J., and serves on the board of the Middlesex Water Company. He has been included in the public-utilities section of The Best Lawyers in America 2007.
Paul C. Williams W’67, Chicago, is a managing director for Nuveen Investments, Inc., which provides managed assets and structured investment products to financial advisers. He also serves as a trustee of the University and president of Penn Alumni. In February he received the CASE Robert L. Payton Award for Voluntary Service from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, its highest award for volunteers in higher education who “demonstrate leadership in advancement programs, furtherance of the philanthropic tradition, and public articulation of needs, goals, and issues in education.” It was only after re-engaging with Penn as a part of planning his 25th Reunion in 1992, that he began to be involved as a volunteer and donor, becoming a member of the Board of Overseers for the School of Arts and Sciences in 1994 and a member of the Trustees of the University, as an alumni trustee representing the Midwest region, in 2000; he accepted the position of president of Penn Alumni in 2003.
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’68 | Irwin Arieff C’68 writes that, “after nearly four decades in journalism, including 23 years with the Reuters news agency in Washington, Paris, New York, and the United Nations,” he has taken early retirement “to pursue some personal and professional projects at a slightly slower pace than that offered by wire-service journalism.” He will remain in New York. His wife of 33 years, Deborah Baldwin CW’71, is a senior editor at Time Inc.’s Real Simple magazine, after six years at The New York Times. Their daughter Alexis (25) is pursuing a master’s in international relations at Yale University, after three years with the Committee to Protect Journalists in New York.
Joel N. Jacobson C’68 L’71 is a shareholder with the law firm of Norris, McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., in Somerville, N.J., who specializes in financial-institutions law. He has again been included in the banking-law section of The Best Lawyers in America 2007.
Kenneth D. Meskin W’68, Short Hills, N.J., is an attorney who specializes in trust and estate planning with the law firm of Norris, McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., in Somerville, N.J. He was selected for inclusion in the trusts and estates section of The Best Lawyers in America 2007.
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’69 | Susan Maizel Chambré G’69 Gr’76 is a professor of sociology at Baruch College, CUNY. Her book, Fighting for Our Lives: New York’s AIDS Community and the Politics of Disease, was recently published by Rutgers University Press. She and her husband Bob, the principal in Chambré and Co., are the parents of four and the grandparents of three. She would be happy to hear from old friends at <email@example.com>.
Laurence M. Kahn C’69 GEd’71 writes, “At an age when many of my peers are retired or thinking about retiring, I am now launched, at age 60, into my third career (after education and law).” He works with Help Now, in Medford, Ore., which “provides professional advocacy assistance to those in need, with a focus on finding solutions to our clients’ problems or on resolving their disputesso long as these problems or disputes are not legal in nature (www.helpnowadvocacy.org).”
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’70 | Dr. Barnard A. Kaplan C’70 M’74 was recently elected chief of ophthalmology at the Virtua-West Jersey Health System, which has three hospitals in Camden and Burlington counties. He and Dr. Sydney L. Tyson C’82 are principal partners of Eye Associates, a comprehensive ophthalmology practice with six locations throughout southern New Jersey. His daughter, Naomi Kaplan, will be a freshman in September.
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’71 | Robert Hallock W’71 recently became president of Dietwatch.com, a leading online weight-loss website. He writes, “I should have listened to my heart at Wharton, and majored in marketing and not finance. I love helping people get healthy online and helping other companies develop wellness tools and community for their employees and customers. It seems as if some of my fellow Penn grads already have retired, but I’m still running around at work and with my young kids.”
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Stephen Levene C’72 WG’77 recently founded Reporter Newspapers in Atlanta, which publishes two bi-weeklies, the Sandy Springs Reporter and the Buckhead Reporter.
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’74 | Claire Marcus CW’74 FA’76 GFA’78 is conducting Pennsylvania Council on the Arts residencies at Pen Argyl Area High School and Old Forge Elementary School this spring. She had completed an after-school program at Southern Lehigh Middle School and a Celtic Cultural Alliance outreach project at Lehigh University. She also has an installation, Her Nestlings: Chinese Princess Tree, as part of the Art in City Hall/Spring Manifestations exhibit in Philadelphia until June 15.
Roy Wepner L’74 is a patent lawyer in Westfield, N.J. He wrote and had published The Postwarriors: Boomers Aging Badly. “It is a series of essays about the quirks and foibles of the aging baby-boom generation; many of the essays were previously published in The Princeton Packet.”
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’75 | Nina Brown GLA’75 is a principal of Brown, Richardson & Rowe, Inc., a Boston firm of landscape architects and planners, which has designed two parks to reshape the river waterfront of Providence, R.I., on land reclaimed by the relocation of the Interstate 195 overpass.
Richard Oshlo Jr. G’75 writes, “I have just been appointed the state budget director by Chet Culver, the newly elected governor of Iowa. Previously I was the policy director for Tom Vilsack, former governor of Iowa, corporate treasurer of a Fortune 250 corporation, vice president of JP Morgan & Co., and chief of staff to U.S. Senator John Culver.”
Edward A. Ryan C’75 L’78 was promoted to executive vice president and general counsel of Marriott International, Inc., last November; he joined the company in 1996. “I live in Washington with my wife, Catie, and two teenagers, Moira and Connor.”
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’76 | Nina M. Gussack C’76 GEd’76, Wynnewood, Pa., chair of the pharmaceutical and medical litigation and counseling practice of the Philadelphia law firm of Pepper Hamilton LLP, in February was elected chair of the executive committee; she is the first woman to serve in that role in the firm’s 117-year history.
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Stanford R. Solomon C’77 writes, “My wife, Sabrina, and I are proud to announce the birth of our fifth child, Ellesheva Benton Solomon, born on Dec. 6. She joined her siblings: Beryl Aliza Solomon C’02 GPU’04, who is now attending a graduate program at the Parsons School of Design in New York; Shayna Marlee (Tulane, 2006); Isaac Barrett (NYU, 2010); and Arielle Rose (preschool). In addition to parenting responsibilities, I am managing partner of the Solomon Tropp Law Group, P.A., which is a law firm of 15 lawyers and a support staff of 35. My practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and family law. I look forward to returning for my 30th Reunion in May.”
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’78 | Drusilla Menaker C’78 see John J. Daniszewski W’79.
Janet Wilcox ASC’78 (www.janet wilcox.com) a voice actress and UCLA Extension instructor, wrote Voiceovers: Techniques and Tactics for Success, which was published in late March by the Allworth Press.
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’79 | John J. Daniszewski W’79 was appointed international editor of the Associated Press last May, coming back to the United States after 18 years as a foreign correspondent. He now supervises more than 500 journalists and editors worldwide. He started his journalistic career reporting for the Philadelphia bureau while a student at Penn. He returned to the AP after 10 years as a foreign correspondent for The Los Angeles Times, based in Cairo, Moscow, Baghdad, and London. Previously he had worked for the AP from Philadelphia, New York, Poland, and South Africa. John is married to Drusilla Menaker C’78, who is a senior media advisor for IREX, a non-profit international-development organization that supports the strengthening of media sectors in countries emerging from conflict or undergoing transition. They have two children, Anna (13) and Ben (15), and live in Nyack, N.Y.
Robert G. Katz G’79, Villanova, Pa., recently joined the law firm of Cozen O’Connor, as an associate in its general-litigation department and based in its West Conshohocken office. Previously he was chief staff attorney to the Hon. Sandra Schultz Newman of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.
Lois Liebowitz C’79 writes, “I am pleased to announce the recent arrival of Cara Rae Liebowitz from Nanchang, Jiangxi, China. She was born on Oct. 28, 2005, and joins her older sister, Melissa, on the Upper West Side of New York.”
Dr. Jack Sariego C’79 is associate professor of surgery at Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. After 10 years in Mississippi, and two tours of duty with Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, he and his family have returned to his hometown, where he now practices as a general surgeon and surgical oncologist. He had been chief of surgery at Ocean Springs Hospital, which was directly hit by Hurricane Katrina; he headed the medical relief and recovery effort in the town during and after that catastrophe.
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’80 | Leonard Bernstein C’80 W’80 is a partner in the Philadelphia office of Reed Smith LLP who chairs its financial-services regulatory group. He was recently appointed to the executive committee of the Support Center for Child Advocates in Philadelphia, which provides free legal and social services to the city’s abused and neglected children. He was also recently named to the executive committee of the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce in Philadelphia.
Steve Mendelsohn W’80 < firstname.lastname@example.org> became executive director of Project Rebirth in 2005; it is “a non-profit documentary film organization that is making the only time-lapse movie of the complete rebirth of Ground Zero.” Since 2002 the project “has been filming everything that takes place at the World Trade Center site and will continue to do so until the buildings are all completed.” They are also filming “the lives of 10 people who were seriously affected by the events of 9/11, as they rebuild their lives over 10 years. The film will be in the Memorial Museum at Ground Zero (opening in 2010) and will also be released globally as a feature-length documentary. The project budget is $13 million and [we] have raised $9 million so far.”
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’81 | Jay Dubow W’81 L’84 in February joined the Philadelphia law firm of Pepper Hamilton LLP as a partner in its Philadelphia office; he specializes in securities litigation and SEC enforcement; previously he was a partner at WolfBlock LLP. He serves on the advisory board of the Haverford Trust Company.
Marshall Ellison WG’81 has joined the SolomonEdwardsGroup, LLC, an accounting and finance services firm, as senior manager of the business consultants and accountants team in the Vienna, Va., office.
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Susan Bakewell-Sachs GNu’82 Gr’92, dean of the School of Nursing, Health, and Exercise Science at the College of New Jersey, in March was honored by the March of Dimes as the 2007 Reality Awards Amazing Race Winner; it is a statewide recognition of maternal child health nurses.
Joseph M. Masessa C’82, a dermatologist who maintains a practice in Rockaway, N.J., is also a professional race-car driver, and finished his second season in the Nascar Busch Ease Series with a 17th place overall finish and 11th place best finish. “Sponsors and friends may e-mail at <email@example.com>.”
Dr. William Terens C’82 writes, “I am a urologist in private practice in central New Jersey. I am also chief of the urology division at Raritan Bay Medical Center and JFK Medical Center, and the director of the Men’s Health Center of New Jersey. I live in Scotch Plains with my wife, Heidi, and our three children, Natalie (17), Tyler (13), and Caroline (nine).”
Rob Weber EAS’82 W’82 was recently appointed president and chair of Intellifit Corporation, which provides guaranteed-fit technology for online apparel shopping. He lives in Wayne, Pa., with his wife, Ellen Edelman Weber W’82, and two daughters, Rebecca and Rachel.
Joanne Gover Yoshida W’82 GAr’86 <joanne firstname.lastname@example.org> lives in Oita, Japan, and continues to work on and exhibit paintings and mixed media works on paper. Last year she began a program of teaching English to children through art.
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’83 | Peter J. Schankowitz C’83 writes, “I am still living in Manhattan Beach, Calif., with my wife Kathy (11 years later, one very patient woman) and my daughters, Carly (nine) and Casey (eight in June). After 11 years of being the least important person in the ‘house of estrogen,’ I think that I win the patience award. Then again, who is listening? I just finished executive-producing a new comedy pilot for NBC called Comedy Colosseum. As further evidence for my wife’s loving observation that I have no direction, after many years of creating, writing, and producing television shows, and after over four years as president of worldwide development for Vin Di Bona Productions (‘America’s Funniest Home Videos’ etc.), I am embarking on a new media venture as the CEO of VideoJug America, Inc., an online ‘encyclopedia of life’ or, as we say on our site, ‘life explained on film.’ We’re basically bringing all forms of wisdom to the world in HD, and hope to teach the planet everything from how to tie a bowtie to how to raise a great kid to how to live forever. I’m very excited about this and hope you will all check out the site. I stay in touch as much as possible with fellow Los Angeles Mask & Wiggers Lew Schneider C’83, Mark Cronin EAS’86, and Steve Bevilacqua C’86, and many other alums.”
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’84 | Michal Clements W’84 WG’89, Evanston, Ill., formed a new company: Insight to Action, a management-consulting firm specializing in product creation, naming, and positioning, and brand development. Among its clients are Quaker, Clorox, Tropicana, Kraft, and Key Bank.
Elizabeth Ladenson C’84 is associate professor of French and comparative literature at Columbia University. She wrote Dirt for Art’s Sake: Books on Trial from Madame Bovary to Lolita, which examines prominent modern literary obscenity trials; it was published in February by Cornell University Press.
Wendy Simonds C’84 <email@example.com> is associate professor of sociology at Georgia State University in Atlanta. She is co-editor of Sex Matters: The Sexuality and Society Reader (second edition, Allyn & Bacon) and co-author, with Bari Meltzer Norman G’01 Gr’04, of Laboring On: Birth in Transition in the United States (Routledge), both published this year.
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’85 | Betsy Andrews C’85 in 2004 wrote New Jersey, “a book-length poem … a pastiche of landscape, consciousness, history, politics, food, fossil fuel, and war.” Winner of the 2007 Brittingham Prize in Poetry, she also wrote She-Devil (2003) and In Trouble (2004).
Sergio C. Coscia C’85, Philadelphia, has been promoted to associate at Hillier Architecture in Philadelphia, where he is working on the new campus for Episcopal Academy, the new Philadelphia offices for CBS, and the new Catto Community School and Boys & Girls Club of Camden, N.J.
Joseph N. DiStefano C’85 resigned his job as a Philadelphia Inquirer business reporter after 10 years to take a job on the U.S. finance reporting team at Bloomberg News in New York. He covers “Citigroup and JPMorgan, Chase & Co., a few blocks down Park Avenue from our building at 59th and Lexington, where Le Cirque is on the first floor, Beyoncé lives upstairs, and Charlie Rose does his interviews down the hall.” Joe writes that during his last year at the Inquirer, he covered “the break-up of newspaper owner Knight-Ridder Inc. and bids from six would-be owners, including Chris Harte and Avista Capital Partners, who went on to buy the Minneapolis Star-Tribune; Dean Singleton and MediaNews Corp., who recently bought the San Jose Mercury-News; Ron Burkle’s Yucaipa Cos., which is trying to buy The Los Angeles Times; David Black, who bought the Akron Beacon-Journal; Mort Zuckerman WG’61 of the New York Daily News; and local ad mogul Brian P. Tierney C’79, whose group won control of the Inquirer, Daily News, and philly.com for $515 million. Joe also wrote Comcasted (2005), which tells how alumni Ralph J. Roberts W’41 Hon’05 and Brian L. Roberts W’81 built the nation’s biggest cable TV monopoly. Quakers who want to share their Citigroup, Smith Barney, JPMorgan and Chase stories, views and experiences are very welcome to contact [me] at firstname.lastname@example.org>.”
Sheldon Gosline C’85 is publicity manager for Shangri-La Group Corp. in Ithaca, N.Y., which runs a number of gift shops in New York state and Pennsylvania, and publishes academic books, designs couture garments, and offers a selection of Louis Vuitton items. In February he received a Forbes Enterprise Award on behalf of the company.
Lawrence D. Greenberg W’85 WG’86 is a general partner and working adviser with Alydar Capital, a fund-management company he had founded in 1997. He serves on the boards of a number of not-for-profit organizations, including as chair of Tenacity, which serves Boston’s at-risk, underprivileged youth; as a trustee and campaign chair for Temple Shir Tikva in Wayland; and on the board of Combined Jewish Philanthropies. Last December he was appointed an overseer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston.
John C. Hawley Gr’85 is professor and chair of English at Santa Clara University in California. President of the U.S. chapter of the Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies, he co-edited The Postcolonial and the Global (2004).
Elissa Brill Pashkin C’85 married Paul Pashkin, an accountant, last summer. They are thrilled to announce the arrival home in July of their daughter Halle Sayre, now two, who was born in Nov. 2004 in St. Petersburg, Russia. Elissa, who received a master’s and doctorate in music composition from Temple University, is chair of music at Holyoke Community College in western Massachusetts. Last October she attended the premier of her orchestra piece Fanfare 60/40/10, which was commissioned by the Holyoke Civic Symphony.
Shari Solomon C’85 L’91 WG’91, an associate in the real-estate practice group of the Philadelphia law firm of WolfBlock LLP, in March spoke at a panel presentation on “Re-Entering the Workforce: A UBS Fellowship Program for Professional Women” that was presented by the Wharton School and UBS.
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’86 | Ralph Cathcart C’86 writes, “I am very excited to announce that the book The Sundowners: The History of the Black Prizefighter, Volume II (1870-1930), has been published. I co-wrote the book with historian Kevin R. Smith. The book features my father, who is also pictured on the cover, and numerous other boxing greats who have been largely forgotten. Their stories are truly amazing and oftentimes extend far beyond boxing. For example, my father also spoke seven languages, was a professional tap-dancer, became an English professor, and was a civil-rights pioneer in the 1930s. The book can be purchased at www.lulu.com. I am currently of counsel to Ladas & Parry, LLP, practicing intellectual-property, entertainment, and sports law.”
Paul Cohn C’86 see Abigail Aronson C’91.
Daniel R. Guadalupe L’86, Plainsboro, N.J., an attorney with the Somerville law firm of Norris, McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., has been admitted as an arbitrator to the American Arbitration Association’s commercial panel.
Dr. Steven G. Wallach C’86 is an assistant clinical professor of plastic and reconstructive surgery at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He was selected as president-elect of the New York Regional Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and will become president in 2008. He is also a technical editor for the Aesthetic Surgery Journal, the official journal for the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Inc. He was an invited lecturer at the international conference Advances in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery: The Cutting Edge, last November; he spoke on innovations in body-contour procedures including circumferential abdominoplasty after massive weight loss, vertical breast reductions, and breast augmentation in combination with tummy tucks. Steven has an aesthetic plastic-surgery practice in Manhattan, and lives in Westchester with his wife and three sons.
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Genevieve Jacobi C’87 writes, “Our son, Nicholas, was born naturally at the Mountain Midwifery Center in Denver on Feb. 18. He joins siblings Alexander (eight) and Vivian (six), who were also present at the birth. For the last two years, I have been working part time in private practice as a therapist specializing in adoption matters. My husband is vice president of sales and marketing for a Norwegian biochemical company; we divide our time between our Boulder home and our farm on an island in southern Norway.”
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’88 | Marc Falkoff C’88 is an assistant professor of law at Northern Illinois University, where he teaches criminal law, criminal procedure, and habeas corpus. For the past three years he has represented 17 Yemenis being detained as “enemy combatants” by the U.S. military at Guantanamo Bay. He recently edited a collection of detainee poetry called Poems from Guantanamo: The Detainees Speak, which will be published by the University of Iowa Press in August.
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’89 | Aaron Dai C’89 New York, <dai email@example.com> had his new work, The Night Before Christmas, for orchestra and narrator, premiered in December by the Chelsea Symphony and actor Richard Kind. Aaron is working on a ballet, in collaboration with a choreographer. A pianist who performs in concerts, he also accompanies and coaches vocalists and instrumentalists at the Mannes College of Music.
Scott Glickman C’89 <firstname.lastname@example.org> has joined TPG Capital, a San Francisco-based private-equity firm.
Ingrid Zoba Hyde W’89 and her husband, David, are thrilled to announce the birth of their twins, Tyler and Kristina, on Sept. 26. Ingrid is taking a break from the corporate world, where she was most recently vice president of a division of Del Monte Foods in San Francisco. David sells residential real estate. Ingrid stays in close touch with her Penn friends, and recently attended the wedding of Kay Cee Drass Jacobson W’89 in Colorado; also attending were Maria Grecky VanHees W’89, Lory Pilchik C’89, Colleen Boyle McHugh W’89, Karen Engdahl Dugan Nu’89, Glens Vrettas Colman C’89, Chris Joseph Dickson C’89, Stephanie Mishkin Cassone C’89, and Kerrianne Kelly Caldwell C’90. This group of friends gets together as often as possible, with the next reunion planned for this fall, which will include Kim Carson Thomas C’91.
Branko Kesler C’89 M’94 e-mails, “Nancy and I welcomed our third son, Andrew, this month. Big brothers Ben and Brad are eight and six respectively. I practice pulmonary/critical care in Lowell, Mass. Hope old friends and classmates are well.”
Howard S. Krooks L’89, Boca Raton, Fla., recently received an award for his work as co-chair of the compact working group of the New York State Bar’s elder-law section, for advocacy work he performed before and since relocating to Florida in Sept. 2005. Now a partner in the law firm of Elder Law Associates PA, he remains of counsel to Littman Krooks LLP in New York.
Jeffrey Nadaner L’89 has been appointed deputy assistant secretary of defense for partnership strategy, “overseeing U.S. security cooperation in more than 150 countries and the global posture of US forces.” He, his wife, Deborah, and their three children, Abigail, Isaac, and Lena, live in Maryland.
Suzanne Pappas Quint C’89 and her husband, Joe Quint, are happy to announce the birth of their twins, Leo Montgomery Quint and Sabrina Madeline Quint, on Nov. 9. She is associate publisher for All You and Life magazines, and lives in Greenwich Village.
Monica Taylor C’89 is an associate professor of curriculum and teaching in the College of Education at Montclair State University in New Jersey. Her book, Whole language teaching, whole-hearted practice: Looking back, looking forward, was published by Peter Lang in November.
Robert A. Pelberg C’89
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’90 | Ronald Chillemi C’90 has served since 2002 as an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of New Jersey, where he prosecutes white-collar fraud. In October he received the U.S. Department of Justice’s Director’s Award for Superior Performance for his work as lead prosecutor in U.S. v. Kenneth Jenkins et al. (successful convictions followed a three-year investigation of a violent crack-cocaine ring in four states that laundered money by mortgage fraud). He lives in the Philadelphia area with his wife, Barbara, and their son.
Edwin Chociey C’90 married Theresa Pulle on Dec. 16 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Roman Catholic Church in Ardsley, N.Y. Groomsmen included Paul Baker C’90, Ravi Viswanathan EAS’90 WG’98, and Erik Wayda EAS’90 W’90, and other alumni attending included Ingrid Mazul Viswanathan WG’98, Lynn Halpern Lederman C’90, and Dana McCarren C’93 L’97. Ed and Theresa live in New York, where he is a partner with the law firm of Riker, Danzig, Scherer, Hyland & Perretti LLP, and she is a fourth and fifth grade teacher at the Earth School on the Lower East Side.
Judith Silverman Hodara C’90 GEd’97 GrEd’03 married Dr. Roberto Hodara in Dec. 2005 in Philadelphia. They met during his post-doctoral fellowship on Parkinson’s Disease at Children’s Hospital, introduced at a celebration at their synagogue on 18th and Spruce streets. The wedding guest list included classmates from all her studies at Penn, as well as her career at the undergraduate-admissions offices in the Graduate School of Education and the Wharton School. Her doctorate was on quasi-affiliated academic institutions and their roles on the college campus, through the lens of Hillel at Penn. Currently she is a senior associate director at Wharton MBA Admissions, and he is a second-year resident at Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. While hard at work on her Spanish, as he is from Uruguay, she would love to connect with friends and classmates who come to campus or Philadelphia <judiths@ wharton.upenn.edu>.
Michael W. McTigue Jr. C’90, a partner in the Philadelphia office of the law firm of Drinker, Biddle & Reath, is a vice chair of its commercial-litigation practice group. He was recognized by BTI Consulting Group as one of its 2007 Client Service All-Star Team “whom clients identified as delivering unsurpassed excellence in client service.”
Richard A. Raffetto W’90, a managing director at The Bank of New York, writes that he was recently promoted to “head up one of the financial-institutions banking teams, a primary industry focus for this banking and financial services firm based in New York.” He and his wife, Ariane, are also proud to announce the birth of their third child, Alexandra, last November; she joined sisters Sophia (seven) and Gabriella (five), both of whom also wore Penn logo clothes as babies. They live in Bay Head, N.J. Richard remains an active participant in Penn’s Secondary Schools Committee, interviewing aspiring Penn students from central New Jersey.
Dr. Murray Shames C’90 see Francie Linsky Shames C’92.
Sari Steinberg C’90 <SariScribe@aol.com and her daughter now live in Skokie, Ill., where Sari is busy writing (everything from children’s books to newsletters to a Holocaust survivor’s memoirs) and serving in her new capacity as Midwest regional coordinator of the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America. She’d love to hear from her old Penn friends, and even make new ones: “It’s funny how many times I’ve clicked with new people, only to find out later that they are Penn alumni, too.”
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’91 | Abigail Aronson C’91 and Paul Cohn C’86 married on July 29 at a party in Washington. They exchanged vows in a short ceremony officiated by Stuart Gibbs C’91, with family and friends, including Ira Gluck C’91, Leslie Jeng C’91 W’91, Julie Ginsberg Kass C’91 G’91, Jenny Libien C’91, Kim Morel C’91, Loren Noveck C’91, Jennifer Friedman-Pink C’95, Rachel Schwartz C’91, Rebecca Scott C’99, Katherine Sharkey C’91, Eve Simon C’91, and Tracy Soforenko C’91 W’91 “looking on to make sure [we] weren’t kidding.” After honeymooning in rehearsals for a production of The Pirates of Penzance, they began 10 months of Albanian-language training with the U.S. Department of State. They expect to spend their first anniversary in transit to Albania, where she will serve as consul at the American Embassy in Tirana, while he takes up oil painting and public-sector consulting, and is otherwise introduced to the life of a Foreign Service spouse.
Chris Gomez C’91 W’91 has taken a new role within Hewlett-Packard, as the vice president of finance for the imaging and printing group, supporting the Europe, Middle East, and Africa regional sales team. He had earlier served as vice president of finance for the inkjet systems global business unit. Chris is in the process of relocating his family from San Diego, Calif., to Stuttgart, Germany. He has been with the company for almost 10 years, first joining Compaq in 1997, and then formally joining HP when they merged in 2002.
Deesha M. Hill W’91 was recently promoted to assistant general counsel for Verizon Business in Manhattan. She currently serves as president of the New York chapter of Penn’s Black Alumni Society.
Kellie Lawrie W’91 writes that she is back stateside after more than a decade in Jamaica. She is working for Florida Power & Light as a senior financial analyst in the nuclear division, and is making her home in Homestead, Fla.
Robert Murdocca W’91 wrote in January, “We had yet another spectacular holiday season, as Erika, my wife, always makes things special and fun. Kieran (our son, now five) had a wonderful time seeing relatives and enjoying the holiday season. As for me, I am now one of eight partners trying to get a real estate private-equity fund raised and established (value-add industrial and flex). We have a Wall Street investment bank helping us with the placement, and hopefully I will have good news to report.”
Dr. Jason Weisstein C’91 has relocated with his wife and three children to the beautiful Pacific Northwest. He has joined the faculty at the University of Washington’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery as one of few specialists on the West Coast caring for children and adults with bone and soft-tissue tumors. Sammy, Mikaela, and Brian are all enjoying the winter snow.
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Leslie Schneider Boen C’92 and Dr. Derek Boen V’98 are thrilled to announce the birth of their second son, Brendan Kelly Boen, on Jan. 10 in Morristown, N.J. Derek is a practicing veterinarian in West Orange, and Leslie is a part-time stay-at-home mom to Brendan and big brother Sean (three), as well as founding president of Cornerstone Editorial Services LLC, an editorial-services bureau for nonprofit, educational, and healthcare organizations. They live in Andover.
William Jaffe C’92 M’99 see Jane Kim Jaffe C’95.
Eric T. Levin C’92 <email@example.com> and his wife, Jennifer, are pleased to announce the birth of their second child, Alexandra Michelle, on May 11, 2006; she weighed 6 lbs. and was 17.5 inches long. “Big sister Sofia Elise, who just turned two in December, is happy to have a playmate besides Sonny the dog and Ralph Barney the fish. We live in Coral Gables, a suburb of Miami. I still work for Gold Coast Beverage, my family business; we sell beer and wine and no, you can’t have any free samples. See you at the 15th Reunion.”
Hooman Noorchashm C’92 Gr’01 M’02 and Amy J. Reed Gr’02 M’05 are proud to announce the birth of their son, Joshua Reed Noorchashm, at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania on Jan. 21.
Dr. Dan Polster C’92 and his wife, Dr. Amy Polster, are proud to announce the birth of a third child, Shawna Rose Polster, on Dec. 7. She and her big sisters, Julia and Vanessa, are keeping their parents quite busy. In between diapers, bottles, ballet classes, and Sesame Street, Dan runs a private psychiatric practice in the Cleveland area, and would love to hear from classmates at <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Amy is a dermatologist at the Cleveland Clinic.
Francie Linsky Shames C’92 and Dr. Murray Shames C’90 are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter, Ellie Ryan, on May 11, 2006. She joined her older sister, Claire, who turned four on Jan. 30.
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Brian S. Glatt C’93 M’97 is proud to announce the opening of his new practice, the Premier Plastic Surgery Center of New Jersey, in Morristown (www.drbrianglatt.com). Brian writes that he had a busy year; besides opening the new private practice, he married Jessica Marshall in September, and after a honeymoon in South Africa, they moved into their first house in Short Hills.
Jeffrey Joseph Kaufman C’93 and Marcie Rachael Gluskin L’05 are thrilled to announce their engagement. Jeffrey “proposed on March 10, on bended knee in New York’s Rubin Museum of Art, and Marcie joyfully accepted.” They live together near Lincoln Center on the Upper West Side; she is an associate at Weil, Gotshal & Manges, and he is vice president of programming for the National Broadband Network, a new digital startup from NBC.
Rebecca Bergman Maher Nu’93 writes, “We welcomed Brooke Marie Maher to our family on Dec. 26. Braden (five) and Bryce (two) are enamored with a baby sisterfor now. We are happy to be back in the Bay Area, having moved to Moraga, Calif., in August.”
Allison Bieber McKibben C’93 and Jeffrey S. McKibben W’93 proudly announce the birth of their daughter, Riley Peete McKibben, on Nov. 7; she was welcomed by big sister Morgan (three). They live in New York, where Allison manages her own executive-recruiting firm that specializes in placing professionals into private-equity positions <email@example.com>, and Jeff is a principal with Odyssey Investment Partners, a private-investment firm <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Jennifer Milano C’93 writes, “My husband, Michael Sessine, and I are very happy to announce the birth of our son, Owen Milano Sessine, on Nov. 10! He joined his proud big sister, Zoe (three).”
Audra Bernstein Sapherstein C’93 and her husband, Michael Sapherstein, are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter, Raya Dori, on Dec. 8. She joined big brother Jack, who was born on Aug. 8, 2005. They live in West Orange, N.J.
Dr. Joanna Fein Siegel C’93 and her husband, Herrick, joyfully announce the birth of their son, Grant Derek, on Oct. 30. “He was welcomed by his big brothers, Nicholas and Dylan. Several alumni were able to celebrate at his bris, including his pediatrician, Dr. Robert Levin W’70, Scott Gewant C’90, Dr. Hank Frohsin C’92, and Laurie Jacoby Glusman C’92. We are still living in Birmingham, Ala., where I am working as a gastroenterologist/hepatologist <email@example.com>.”
Tanya Stein C’93 and her husband, David, are thrilled to announce the birth of their son, Mattisyahu Avraham, on Nov. 8; he was 9 lbs. 10 oz., and 21 inches long, and was welcomed by his big sister, two-year-old Idit Noa. (“Mattisyahu was David’s maternal grandfather, and Avraham was my paternal grandfather and paternal step-grandfather, as well as David’s paternal-paternal great grandfather.”) Sharing in their joy and excitement were Tanya’s father, Dr. Norman Adler, former associate dean, professor, and founder of the biological basis of behavior program, and a brother Ari Adler W’95. Tanya completed her thesis in elementary education the day before giving birth; she graduates with her master’s in education this spring, and will also have a reading-specialist credential. “The proud abba, David, is a wonderful classical saxophonist, and professionally, is a CPA in Beverly Hills. Friends can reach [me] at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.”
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’94 | Dana Rebak Doctorow C’94 WG’00 and David Doctorow C’95 are pleased to announce the birth of their second child, Sara Nicole, on Dec. 1. She joined big brother Justin, who turned three in February. Dana works part-time in eBusiness at LifeScan, and David is a global-marketing director at Hewlett-Packard. The family lives in Mountain View, Calif.
Samantha Kleier Forbes C’94 and her husband, J. P. Forbes, had their first baby, a son, Chase Andrew Forbes, on May 9, 2006.
Deborah W. Hong W’94 has become a partner of the law firm of Stradley, Ronon, Stevens & Young, LLP; based in the Malvern, Pa., office, she is a member of its business-practice group.
Ulrich Kausch EAS’94, Bonn, Germany, wrote China-Pioniere. “How do seasoned managers run their China business? What are the lessons they learned along the way?” Find out more at his website (www.chinapioniere.de/en).
Mindy Nagorsky C’94 W’94 see Ronen Israel EAS’95 W’95.
Eric Schwartz C’94 writes that he is “celebrating new son Douglas, not named after roommate Douglas Baumstein C’94. Also, I just became a partner in Anne Arundel Urology, Annapolis, Md.eight months early!”
Dan Simon C’94 moved to San Francisco from Los Angeles. He works as a correspondent for CNN, contributing to such programs as Anderson Cooper 360 and Paula Zahn Now. He wrote in late January that he and his wife, Katherine, were expecting their first child in April.
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’95 | Michael Chi C’95 married Kelly Fugo in a destination wedding with close family and friends at the Grand Lido Braco resort in Jamaica on Dec 16. Winston Cheng W’95 was the best man and James Lee W’95 was a groomsman. Michael recently received his Ph.D. in neuroscience-psychobiology from Purdue University, and is now a post-doctoral scientist in the Department of Cell and Molecular Physiology at UNC at Chapel Hill, studying the contribution of inflammation on obesity; he would love to catch up with old friends at <email@example.com>.
David Doctorow C’95 see Dana Rebak Doctorow C’94 WG’00.
Brian Feldman C’95 see Jordana Harris Feldman C’97 L’00.
Gregory Scott Gennarelli C’95 <gsgennarelli @salsack.com> e-mails, “In Sept. 2005, my wife Michelle gave birth to our second child, Lauren. She joined big brother Matthew, now five. I am still an attorney with Salenger, Sack, Schwartz & Kimmel (www.SSSKLaw.com) in Manhattan and Woodbury, N.Y., practicing plaintiff’s personal-injury and medical malpractice. We live in Huntington, N.Y.”
Edmund J. Haughey III EAS’95, Washington, in February was elected to partner in the New York-based intellectual-property law firm Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto.
Ronen Israel EAS’95 W’95 and Mindy Nagorsky C’94 W’94 are happy to announce the birth of their son, Ariel David Israel, on Feb. 1. He joined big sister Madeline (two). Mindy is an associate at Skadden Arps in New York and Ronen is a partner at AQR Capital in Greenwich, Conn. They live in Purchase, N.Y.
Jane Kim Jaffe C’95 and William Jaffe C’92 M’99 are ecstatic to announce the birth of their twin daughters, Alexandra Kim Jaffe and Samantha Kim Jaffe, on Feb. 17 in Philadelphia. Billy is an attending urologist at Temple University Hospital, where Jane is also completing an internal-medicine residency.
Gary Kaplan EAS’95 writes, “My wife, Sheila, and I are thrilled to announce the birth of our son, Brandon, on Feb. 17. I am currently producing two feature films: The Fifth Beatle (www.fifthbeatlemovie.com), based on the life of Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein, and written and directed by Vivek Tiwary C’96 W’96; and Down & Dirty Pictures, based on the Hollywood exposé bestseller.”
Laura Radosh C’95 married Tosh Butt on Nov. 11 at the Westin Hotel in Philadelphia. The maid of honor was Corey Schmidt Meizlik C’95 (Laura and she realized that they had lived across the street from each other at Penn, but did not meet until later). Melissa Brecher C’95, Jill Bernie Yormak C’95, and Laura’s brother, Lee Radosh C’93, were in the bridal party. Guests included Alison B. Monk C’93 and David Monk C’93, Julie DeGarmo C’95, Douglas Dietrich WG’00, Matthew Berman C’94, Roxanne Patel Shepelavy C’93 and Daniel Shepelavy C’93, Marcia Z. Harwitz C’93 and David Harwitz C’88, Brian Kestenbaum C’95, Reuben Advani WG’01, and Subhash Viswanathan WG’01. Laura moved back home to Philadelphia from New York last July to be with Tosh, who came here from London to be product director in the U.S. for the adult-hepatitis and travel vaccines of GlaxoSmithKline. She is an independent strategic-marketing consultant, with a specialty in pharmaceutical marketing, and can be reached at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Liz Rudnick C’95 and her husband, Elton Parker, welcomed their first child, Hugh Adam Parker, on Sept. 26. With Lucy, the dog, they live in the Cleveland area, where Liz and Elton are both attorneys.
Allison Winn Scotch C’95 e-mails, “I’m thrilled to announce the arrival of two labors of love. First, my husband, Adam, and I welcomed our daughter, Amelia Miller Scotch, on Dec. 5. She joined big brother Campbell (two), who couldn’t be more obsessed with her. Our dog, Pedro, is less pleased. Second, my debut novel, The Department of Lost and Found, will be released in hardcover by HarperCollins in May. I’ll be heading out from my home base in New York to visit a few cities around the country, including Philadelphia, and would love to catch up with old classmates. Check out (www.allisonwinn.com) for more details and feel free to drop me a note: I’d love to hear from old friends.”
Stephen J. Shapiro C’95 has been elected to partnership in the law firm of Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis LLP; based in its Philadelphia office, his practice includes all areas of civil and appellate litigation.
Charisse Yuen Tang W’95 and her husband, Timothy, are very happy to update classmates about the birth on Nov. 3 of their fourth child, Paul (7 lbs. 15 oz., and 20.5 inches). He joins his three older sisters, Grace (five), Christine (three), and Mary (two). Charisse enjoys raising her children as a full-time mother. Timothy continues to work at Hughes Network Systems as a marketing director. They live in Gaithersburg, Md., and enjoy serving their church, the Chinese Community Church of Washington.
Mark Trachtenberg C’95, an attorney in the Houston office of Haynes & Boone, LLP, the Texas corporate law firm, was named partner earlier this year. A member of its appellate section, he specializes in school-finance litigation.
Dr. Richard Westreich C’95 writes that he and Dr. Stacy Jacobs C’97 are “excited to announce the birth of our daughter, Ava Jordan Westreich, on June 9, 2006. She is an incredible addition to our family: Every day she reminds us why life is meant to be cherished. I am also pleased to announce the opening of my second facial plastic-surgery office, on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. I have been practicing in Brooklyn Heights for the past two years, under an academic appointment with SUNY-Downstate Medical Center. I would love to hear from old friends in the area, especially those with young children. I also invite all interested alumni to visit me at either of my practice locations (www.newyorknose.com).”
Vicky Lai Wong EAS’95 and Edwin Wong are happy to announce the birth of their second child, Emily Grace Wong, on Dec. 7 in Ridgewood, N.J.; she weighed 5 lbs. 7 oz., and was 18 3/4 inches long. Big sister Lily (three) welcomed her with lots of kisses and hugs. Vicky is taking some time off before returning back to work as a senior manager at Deloitte & Touche.
Daniel Zola C’95 and his wife, Julie, are thrilled to be back in Manhattan; after a short stint living in Hoboken, N.J., for three years, they returned to New York. Both agree, “It’s good to be home.”
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’96 | Michael J. Avenatti C’96, Manhattan Beach, Calif., a plaintiffs’ trial lawyer with the Santa Monica law firm of Greene, Broillet & Wheeler, was included in the “2007 Top 20 Under 40” list of lawyers, published on Jan. 31 in both the Los Angeles Daily Journal and the San Francisco Daily Journal.
Jennifer A. L. Battle C’96 G’96 has been elected to partnership in the law firm of Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis LLP; based in its Philadelphia office, she specializes in commercial litigation, mass tort, and products-liability defense.
Michael E. Baughman L’96, a commercial litigator and media lawyer, in February joined Pepper Hamilton LLP as a partner in its Philadelphia office. Previously he was a partner with Dechert LLP.
Jennifer Beltrami L’96 in February was elected to partner in the law firm of WolfBlock; based in its New York office, she litigates complex commercial cases.
Allison Cherner Bender C’96 <agbender @gmail.com> and her husband, Jason, are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Eleanor Addison Bender, on Jan. 23. “Ella surprised us all by showing up six weeks early. She is doing great, and Will loves being a big brother.” They live outside of St. Louis.
Tracy Gross Kahn C’96 W’96 <tracy@ chemistrybridal.com> e-mails, “I was very excited to be amongst the first to meet Lana Meredith Stern, the gorgeous newborn daughter of Lee Hofstetter Stern C’96 and Matt Stern C’96! She is beautiful and charming, and already taking great care of her mom and dad.”
Beth Limon Jacobson C’96 <bjacobson@ sandw.com> e-mails, “I have been married for four years to my husband, Bradley A. Jacobson, and we welcomed our daughter, our first child, Presley Bella, on Nov. 7. She was a healthy, beautiful baby weighing 6 lbs. 3 oz., and was 20 inches long. She is doing great (keeping us busy) and doesn’t stop smiling. My husband and I are both attorneys practicing law in Boston: I am a senior litigation associate at Sullivan & Worcester LLP and Brad, a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig LLP, has a corporate and securities law practice. We live in Marblehead and love the proximity to the ocean. I am still in close touch with Ashley Magids Gaines C’96. I would love to hear from alumni in the Boston area, and from others with whom I have lost touch since my wedding (Kelly!).
Andrea Sachs Otto C’96 writes, “My husband Josh and I are thrilled to welcome our third child: Nathaniel Brice Otto was born on Feb. 20. His big brother Oliver (four) and big sister Amelia (two) are so excited to have a new baby. My husband and I are learning how to play zone defense instead of man-to-man.”
John Parker G’96 Gr’99 has been appointed an associate professor of English at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn. A specialist in medieval and Renaissance drama, he wrote The Aesthetics of Antichrist: From Christian Drama to Christopher Marlowe, to be published by Cornell University Press this fall.
Marilyn O. Primiano C’96 <moprimiano @hotmail.com> joined Pangea3, a legal outsourcing firm, as vice president, legal service (India); she is based in Mumbai, where she has lived for the last two years while working for another outsourcing company.
Lance Rogers C’96 GPU’97, a commercial-litigation attorney, in February joined the Philadelphia law firm of Pepper Hamilton LLP; previously he had been with Dechert LLP. A commissioner of Lower Merion township, he also represents the Friends of Camp Security, who are committed to saving America’s last remaining undisturbed Revolutionary War prisoner-of-war camp, in York, Pa.
Sofia Rossato C’96 <email@example.com> and Dave Sullivan welcomed the birth of their second child, Xavier Jose Sullivan, on Nov. 5. He joined his sister, Isabella Sullivan (almost three). Sofia is vice president of business development at Wall Street On Demand, and Dave is a senior software engineer with Avanquest. They “live in Boulder and are enjoying the heck out of it.”
Bett Schumacher C’96 and Ray Rennard welcomed son Henry Augustus Rennard on June 8. Henry’s big sister Stella is three.
Dr. Michael Serlin C’96 see Atara Margolies C’01 GAr’04 GFA’04.
Stephen J. Shapiro C’96 was elected to the partnership of the law firm Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP; he works out of the Philadelphia office, and his practice includes all areas of civil and appellate litigation.
Chad Sumner C’96 G’96 e-mails, “Since Oct. 2004, I married, bought a house with my wife, Emily, in Hamilton, Mass., lost my father suddenly, had two sons (William Bradford on May 25, 2005, and Henry Taft on Jan. 31, 2007), launched a wetland contracting firm, managed a scant few ski days, and have led an otherwise ordinary life in the Boston suburbsa Jets fan through three Patriots’ Superbowls. Here’s hoping all my Quaker contemporaries are thriving in their own rights: Write anytime <firstname.lastname@example.org>.”
Jayson Tonkon W’96 see Andrea Koplove C’97.
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Shana Berman C’97 and Greg Berman C’97 are proud to announce the birth of their first son, Ander Elias, on Feb. 2. They currently live in Manhattan, and would love to hear from old friends at <shana email@example.com>.
Bea De La Torre C’97 married Jed Freedlander C’97 on Nov. 4; they had met as freshmen in 1993. Jed’s father, Barrett Freedlander C’62, wrote, “If the Penn crowd at the Princeton men’s football game was slightly thinner than in the past, it may have been because so many alumni chose to converge on San Juan that weekend to attend the wedding. Alumni couples attending who had met at Penn included Matt Guerrieri C’98 and Sandra Kuehn Guerrieri C’95, Jose Ricardo Otero W’96 and Maruchi Valdes EAS’97, August Cole C’97 and Corinne Alexander C’97, Trey Fitzpatrick C’98 and Nora Campbell Fitzpatrick C’99, and Caith Kushner C’99 W’99 and Anna Figueras Kushner C’97. Alumni attending, without Penn spousesin some cases, without any spousesincluded Carl Irace C’97, Jeff Estes W’96, Hudson Osgood C’97, Marc Gilman C’99, Jeff Lin W’97, Joe Galone W’97, Jose Luis Molina-Paez EAS’95 WG’99, Tom Chyla C’97, Jason Sturman EAS’97 W’97, Andy McBrien C’97, Abigail Suberman C’98 WG’04, Edward Dale C’98, Jonathan Nunes C’98, Rishi Patel EE’98 W’98, Michelle Lenihan C’97, Jennifer Satz C’97, Jean Pierre Divo W’96, Brian Christian D’97, and Tom Shelton W’99. Alumni attending, from a generation older, were David Reinauer W’62, Edward Bergman C’63, and Steve Irace C’65 G’66. And Freedlanders galore: Jed’s father, Barrett Freedlander, David Freedlander C’00 (brother), Laura Freedlander C’08 (sister), Howard Freedlander C’67 (uncle), and Bess Freedlander C’02 (cousin). The only alumnus invited who chose to attend the game instead was George A. Weiss W’65, but he gave the couple a great present. Bea and Jed live in Brooklyn; he is practicing law with the international law firm of DLA Piper Rudnick, and she is working for the City of New York as a city planner.”
Vanessa Eisemann C’97 is fulfilling her dream of being a full-time gay-rights advocate: In January she began working as a staff attorney for the National Center for Lesbian Rights (www.nclrights.org). She and her spouse, Cate Whiting, who is also an attorney, relocated from Los Angeles to San Francisco for the new job.
Josh Gottheimer C’97 see Marla Tusk W’98.
Jordana Harris Feldman C’97 L’00 and Brian Feldman C’95 are thrilled to announce the birth of their son, Gabriel Harris Feldman, on Jan. 11. “Other proud family members include Gabe’s grandmother Renée Glaser Harris Sackey CW’70, great-grandfather Dr. Irving J. Harris D’41, g-dparents uncle Dr. Jon Harris C’94 and aunt Rabbi Dena Klein C’94, and uncle Kevin Cohen C’90.”
Matt Hendell Nu’97 GNu’98 and Christine D. Hendell Nu’99 GNu’00 are thrilled to announce the birth of their second child, Madeleine Grace, on June 10, 2005, and weighing 7 lbs. 8 oz. “She is more than feisty enough to keep up with her now five-year-old brother, John, and is keeping us all in stitches. We have moved from Philadelphia to York, Pa., to move our careers in a new direction. We are both still practicing as CPNPs, Matt in pediatric neurology and Christine in pediatric endocrinology.”
Adam Illfelder W’97 see Danielle Volk Illfelder C’98.
Dr. Stacy Jacobs C’97 see Dr. Richard Westreich C’95.
John W. Jones Jr. SW’97, an associate with the Philadelphia law firm of Pepper Hamilton LLP, has been elected to the partnership. He concentrates on corporate and healthcare matters.
Andrea Koplove C’97 and Jayson Tonkon W’96 are thrilled to announce the birth of their son, Samuel William Tonkon, on July 5 in Los Angeles. “Sam enjoys long walks on the beach, classical music, and hanging with big sisters Lola (his dog) and Isabel (his cat).”
Jennifer Lattanzio Moles C’97 and her husband, Scooter, are thrilled to announce the birth of their beautiful daughter, Meaghan Seaver Moles, on Jan 18. Brother Will (almost two) would like to send Meg right back where she came from. In April the family moved to a new house in Stamford, Conn., and would love to hear from old friends at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Ryan Papir C’97 married Erica Lowenfels on June 10, 2006, at the Yale Club of New York. Alumni attending included groomsmen Ethan Bloom C’97 and Rob Blumhof C’97, and friends Jeff Sherry W’97, Michael Gerstner W’97, David Winter C’99, and Matthew Shaines C’97. Ryan and Erica live in Manhattan, where he is an associate in the litigation department of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, and she is director of admissions at the Caedmon School, a private school.
Jeremy Valentine EAS’97 see Seana Giobbi Valentine CGS’01 GEd’01.
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’98 | Dr. Derek Boen V’98 see Leslie Schneider Boen C’92.
Anthony L. Cirillo G’98, Huntersville, N.C., president of Fast Forward Marketing Consulting, recently became a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Ruth Lowenstein Glasser C’98 received her Ph.D in child clinical psychology from St. John’s University in January. She lives in Passaic, N.J., with her husband, Rabbi Yaakov Glasser, and her children Rina Shifra (five), Chaim Moshe (four), and Neima Leba (almost two). She would love to hear from old Penn friends at <email@example.com>.
Randi Harari C’98 married Jonathan Mason on Dec. 2 in New Rochelle, N.Y. Alumni celebrating with them were new brother-in-law by marriage, Seth Berger C’91, Caroline Herman Bullerjahn C’98, Tara Mark C’95, Jamie Miles C’98, Jodi Gold Moss C’98 and Matthew Moss C’96, Whitney Namm Pollack C’98 GGS’05 and Joe Pollack C’98 WG’05, Suzanne Riskin C’98, Amanda Turkus C’98, and Jessica Lennon Whitney C’98. They spent their honeymoon in the Galapagos before returning to New York, where Randi is a corporate attorney at Morrison Cohen LLP and Jon is a talent agent at Don Buchwald & Associates.
Danielle Volk Illfelder C’98 and Adam Illfelder W’97 are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Ilana Charlotte Illfelder, on Jan. 12 in Boston; she weighed 6 lbs. 14 oz., and was 19 inches long.
Jolie M. Siegel C’98 L’01, an attorney in the corporate department of the Boston law firm of Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP, is participating in the 2007 Boston’s future leader’s program of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce.
Marla Tusk W’98 married Josh Gottheimer C’97 on Dec. 9 at Half Moon in Montego Bay, Jamaica. They were thrilled to be surrounded by many of their Penn friends and family, including bridesmaids Yael Aufgang C’99 and Erica Greenbaum Bank C’98, best man Adam Kupperman W’97, and groomsmen Neil Sheth EAS’97, Bradley Tusk C’94, and Jordan Zaken W’97. Other alumni who attended were Jonathan Aspatore C’96, Kenny Baer C’94, Jennifer Wigman Feinberg C’98 and Josh Feinberg C’98 WG’07, Seth Fliegler C’97 G’03 WG’03 and Samantha Grebow Fliegler C’97, Ben Harris C’97, Hayley Brenner Kupperman C’97, Zach Lutsky C’97, Brent Neiman EAS’99 W’99, Scott Schreiber C’00, Brian Werfel C’97 and Sandi Shurgin Werfel C’97, and Dr. Mary Frances Berry. Marla and Josh enjoyed an incredible two-week honeymoon in Thailand after the wedding. They live in Washington.
Jon Zucker W’98, a Los Angeles singer-songwriter, in January made his television debut on Good Day Sacramento, where he performed three songs and was interviewed by Taryn Winter Brill C’00, “the show’s dynamic co-host. Jon was in town promoting his new album, Constant State of Fantasy, which is available on iTunes, Amazon, and CDBaby.com. He has been busy touring the West Coast, and pursuing television and film licensing deals for his music; clips at (www.jonzucker.com).”
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’99 | Jamie Lauren Berger C’99 married Andrew Geiger on Dec. 2 at the InterContinental Hotel in New Orleans. Alumni in the wedding party included Emily Bogdanoff Jaffe W’99, Julie Virag Coren C’98, and Elliot Ellis C’99 M’03. Jamie and Andrew honeymooned in Africa. They live in Manhattan, where he is assistant vice president of Capital Markets Advisors, a financial advisory firm, and she is a litigation attorney at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP; she can be reached at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Jessica Schiffman Fefferman C’99 and her husband, David Fefferman, are thrilled to announce the birth of their first child, Jackson Harris, on Nov. 16. They live happily in Winchester, just north of Boston, and would love to hear from friends at <email@example.com>.
Christine D. Hendell Nu’99 GNu’00 see Matt Hendell Nu’97 GNu’98.
Eric E. Martins L’99, managing director of Duane Morris Government Affairs-New Jersey, was appointed in January to the newly established New Jersey Economic Growth Council. He also serves on the board of the South Jersey Port Corporation.
Lindsay Stern Ornstein C’99 and her husband, Gus Ornstein, welcomed their first child, Maya Hannah Ornstein, on Nov. 22. They live on the Upper West Side in Manhattan, and Lindsay works in commercial real estate.
Alex Rodriguez W’99 writes, “I married Ania Hernandez on Jan. 14 at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Pinecrest, Fla. Our reception was held at the Coco Plum Club in south Miami. Alumni attending included Richard Cardona C’96 and Maureen Brzoska-Cardona Nu’99, and Jason Arvey C’98. My wife and I had a lovely wedding, and for our honeymoon went to the islands of Moorea and Bora Bora. We stopped in Los Angeles on our return to see Darin Weeks W’98. I’m currently with The Protective Group, Inc., where I am the general manager of the commercial division, and my wife is a managing consultant with IBM Global Services. Friends can contact me at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.”
Scott A. Silverstone Gr’99 is an associate professor of international relations at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. His second book, Preventive War and American Democracy, was published by Routledge Press in February; it “examines how American leaders and citizens faced the preventive-war temptation from the end of World War II through the Iraq war of 2003, and explores the implications of this history for American foreign policy.”
Arthur Smolensky C’99 e-mails, “My wife, Kirsten Rabe C’99, and I have moved to Tucson, Ariz., where she is an associate law professor and I started my residency in emergency medicine. We are loving our time here in the desert!”
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’00 | Lori Baluta C’00 married Kenneth Rorke near her hometown of Shickshinny, Pa., on May 27, 2006. Diane Skorina C’00 was a bridesmaid, and alumni attending included Jami Story Vibbert C’00, Kristen Renshaw C’00, Ada Stein C’00, and John Sindoni C’00 L’03. After a honeymoon in Cape Cod, Lori and Kenny returned to the Washington area, where she works at the Discovery Channel and he is a software engineer.
Taryn Winter Brill C’00 is currently a co-host anchor and reporter for Good Day Sacramento and the CBS affiliate in Sacramento (www.cw31.com). She writes that she “can also be seen nationally as host of the Emmy-nominated AOL Music-on-Demand, available on Time Warner Digital Cable (channel 1002 in New York and channel 1 in Los Angeles; check local listings). Go Quakers!” Los Angeles singer-songwriter Jon Zucker W’98 made his television debut in January on her program, where he performed three songs and was interviewed by her.
Samantha Evian C’00 <email@example.com>, an associate with the family-law group of Spector, Gadon & Rosen, P.C., recently helped launch the Philadelphia chapter of “the Old Girls Network, a creative business development group for women professionals.” Active in the Philadelphia Bar’s family-law section, she also practices in New Jersey. And she is vice president of the Neshama group of Hadassah, and active in the Business Networking International.
Jennifer Chayo Fenton C’00 and her husband, Chris Fenton, are thrilled to announce the birth of their twins, Dylan Hudson and Kaylie Ryan, on Jan. 19 in Los Angeles. Jennifer works for the Cancer Legal Resource Center, providing legal resources to people living with cancer. Chris is a partner with H2F Entertainment, a management/film production company in Hollywood.
Catherine Zorc C’00 married Joshua Krotec EAS’01 W’01 in Baltimore on Sept. 23. Penn was well represented at the ceremony by family and friends; the wedding party included maid-of-honor Eileen Zorc C’00; best man Nicholas Krotec W’08; bridesmaids Jennifer Caccavo C’00, Lisa Garaffo Gallagher EAS’00, Amy Hibler C’00, and Kathryn Kalbach Nu’00; and groomsmen Kevin Dreyer EAS’00, Dustin Marshall W’00, and James Oakley C’00. Other alumni attending included Josh’s parents, Joseph Krotec C’72 and Susan Temple Krotec NTS’71 Nu’77, and family members Mark Krotec C’77, Judith Kraft WG’93, Travis Hong C’00, Aaron Peskin C’02, and Kristopher Powell GAr’06; and friends Jenna Mitby C’08, Jason Sabat L’04, Jason Feldman EAS’02 and Eileen McCarthy Feldman EAS’02 W’02, Loren Buck W’01, Imri Eisner C’01 W’01, Paola DellaPeruta Doebel C’01 and Erik Doebel W’00, Adam Snow EAS’00, David Klein EAS’00, Anil Seetharam EAS’00 W’00, Monica Shah C’00, Anar Bhimani C’00, Eugene Park C’00, Emily McCourt C’00 EAS’00, Daniel Boland EAS’95 W’95, Thomas Flynn W’77, Robert Krill CGS’73, Jay Johnson C’73 and Lisa Bowen Johnson CW’74, Anne Bowen Dannenberg CW’74, Andrew Gordon W’72, Joseph Young W’72, David Tritton W’72, Joseph Dougherty W’72, Joseph Mallon W’72, James Matson W’72, Francis DeLone C’72, and Seth Glick C’71 GM’79. Following a wonderful honeymoon in Slovenia and Croatia, Cathy and Josh returned to their respective careers as a fourth-year student at University of Maryland School of Medicine and a vice president at Aerospace Products International, Inc., in Memphis, Tenn. They plan to return to the Philadelphia area this summer, as she begins her residency in pediatrics at duPont Children’s Hospital in Wilmington.
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’01 | Brooke Anthony C’01 married Michael Karber on Oct. 7 at the University Club of Chicago. Bridesmaids included Debbi Bauml Schultz C’00 WEv’05 and Meghan Bilton Norton C’01; attending the celebration were Ethan Schultz L’05, Matthew Norton W’01 WG’08, Rhonda Quain EAS’02 M’07, Gentry Klein W’01, Jennifer Abrams W’01, David Stier C’99 L’03, Lauren Weiss C’01, David Aviram C’01, Ryan Matthews C’01, Alexander Reich C’05, and Barry Ross W’74. Michael and Brooke live in Chicago, where he is an associate at Pircher, Nichols & Meeks and she is an associate at Schiff Hardin.
Jonathan Gerstein C’01 see Rachel King C’03.
Joshua Krotec EAS’01 W’01 see Catherine Zorc C’00.
Atara Margolies C’01 GAr’04 GFA’04 married Dr. Michael Serlin C’96 on Nov. 5 at Beth Tfiloh Congregation in Baltimore. As their years at Penn did not overlap, the Penn alumni crowd at the wedding spanned several classes: Partying friends and relatives included Miriam Bieler C’02, Gary Cantor L’77, Dr. Jacob Dubroff C’97 EAS’97, Dr. Benjamin Fogelman C’97, Abby Kra Friedman Nu’01, Jonathan Galler L’03 and Brandy Gormas Galler GPU’01 L’03, Ariel Glasner C’01 W’01, David Glasner C’00 G’00, Talia Golubtchik C’00, Tamara Kushnir Groman C’01, Adam Heilman C’95, Seth Isenberg C’01, Ethan Isenberg C’99 EAS’99, Dr. Ariel Katz C’95, Lytal Kaufman EAS’00, Debra Kobrin Levy C’00, Joel Margolies W’98, Mark Pollack W’79, David Prager W’99, Ayala Zoltan Rockoff C’00, Dr. Jonathan Rogers EAS’00, Benjamin Rubin C’97, Shira Schlaff C’00 L’03, Abi Dauber Sterne C’01 G’01, Malka Strasberg C’00, Mitch Taragin GAr’00, Deborah Veetal GEd’04, Rachel Steinberg Warschawski C’99, and Jason Yablon C’00. Atara and Mike live on the Upper West Side of Manhattan; she is working in architecture and urban design at Cooper, Robertson & Partners, and he is a infectious-diseases physician at North General Hospital in Harlem.
Bari Meltzer Norman G’01 Gr’04 is in private practice as a college-admissions counselor in Miami, guiding students and parents through the maze of applying to college. She is co-editor of Sex Matters: The Sexuality and Society Reader (second edition, Allyn & Bacon) and co-author, with Wendy Simonds C’84, of Laboring On: Birth in Transition in the United States (Routledge), both published this year.
Kathleen Ruane C’01 W’01 married Michael Raffaele L’01 on Sept. 23 in Villanova, Pa. Delfina Baribeau W’01 was a bridesmaid and Greg Rankin C’01 W’01, Tom Coenen C’01 W’01, Winnie Ching W’01, and Randy Cinco C’99 attended. Kathleen, who received her MBA from Duke University, continues to work for the management-consulting firm Gap International in Springfield, Pa.; Michael recently took a job with the appeals unit of the Philadelphia Federal Defenders. They spent two wonderful weeks in Italy for their honeymoon.
Luca Trento C’01 and Peggy Grillo Trento C’02 write, “We are happy to announce the birth of our son, Matteo William Trento, on Feb. 28. He was born with a hefty weight of 6 and a half lbs. Baby Matteo is now happy at home with his parents and his two-and-a-half-year-old sister Sofia. We live in Los Angeles, where Luca is a second-year pediatrics resident at UCLA and Peggy works as a land-use consultant for Craig Lawson & Company.”
Seana Giobbi Valentine CGS’01 GEd’01 and her husband, Jeremy Valentine EAS’97, joyfully announce the birth of their son, Luke Thomas, on Jan. 31. Big sister Molly, who turned two on New Year’s Eve, is thrilled about having a new baby in the house in Wynnewood, Pa. Jeremy works as a network administrator in the technology department of the Lower Merion School District, and Seana is currently on leave from her position as literacy specialist at Penn Wynne Elementary.
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Kumail Colombowala C’02 married Saira Banatwala on Aug. 26 in Karachi; alumni attending were Omar Akbar W’02, Sasank Chary C’02 W’02, Stephen W. Kelly C’02, Ahmad Zuberi W’01, and Fahd Chinoy C’01. Saira works at Banc of America Securities in New York and Kumail is finishing his second year at the Harvard Business School; upon completion, he plans to move back to New York.
David Lerner W’02 and Tracy Bloom C’03 are delighted to announce their engagement, which took place just before Thanksgiving weekend. They live in New York, where he is an associate on the derivatives-sales desk at Goldman Sachs and she is assistant manager for library marketing at Random House Children’s Books, while pursuing her master’s in library science at Pratt Institute. They will marry this November, in Great Neck, N.Y., and are looking forward to celebrating this exciting year with many of their Penn friends.
Maria Miller McKinney W’02 writes, “My husband, Dan, and I are thrilled to announce the arrival of our daughter, Sadie Marie McKinney, on Feb. 10, weighing 7 lbs. 1 oz., and measuring 20 inches long. We couldn’t be happier!”
Amy J. Reed Gr’02 M’05 see Hooman Noorchashm C’92 Gr’01 M’02.
Jasmin Rosemberg C’02, a former columnist for The New York Post, has sold her first novel, How the Other Half Hamptons, to Warner Books. “An inside glimpse into the world of summer shareholders, ‘this Hamptons sharehouse will play host to drunken escapades, hot tub hookups, hideous hangovers, and juvenile mischief.’”
Beryl A. Solomon C’02 GPU’04 is attending a graduate program at the Parsons School of Design in New York.
Suzette Solomon C’02 and Patrick Murray are happy to announce their engagement. They will marry on August 12 in Indianapolis, where they live, and where she is vice president of Aledo Consulting, a life-science and healthcare-consulting firm. Suzette is also proud to announce that she and her dad “won the 2006 National Super Senior Father/Daughter Grass Court Tennis Championships. I would love to hear from Penn friends at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.”
Rachel Mendelsohn White C’02 and Jeremy White are thrilled to announce the birth of their son, Matthew Evan, on Sept. 15; he weighed 8 lbs. 4 oz., and measured 21 inches long. They live in Washington and can be reached at <email@example.com>.
Peggy Grillo Trento C’02 see Luca Trento C’01.
Rick Wilson EAS’02 and Deena Marchan C’03 proudly welcomed their first son, Marcus Jalen, in November. They live in Elizabeth, N.J.
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’03 | Tracy Bloom C’03 see David Lerner W’02.
Allison Faith Goldberg C’03 married Lawrence Helfgott Kessler on Aug. 6, in Wilmington, Del. Bridesmaids included Shira Kurtz C’03 and Rebecca Chanales Chasan C’03; other alumni attending were Daniel Alpert C’03, Jonah Lowenfeld C’03, David Finkler C’03, Jon Adler W’02, Michael Chasan EE’02 GEE’02, and Matthew Tanzer W’02. Allison is a fourth-year medical student at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York and is applying for a surgical residency; Larry is currently a legal assistant at Thatcher, Proffitt & Wood.
Erika Johnson GCP’03, Boston, a city planner with Daylor Consulting Group, Inc., in Braintree, has earned the designation of AICP, or certified planner, from the American Institute of Certified Planners. Most recently she assisted with the Article-80 permitting for the Griggs Street residential development in Allston, and managed the Route 146 Corridor study for the towns of Douglas, Northbridge, Sutton, and Uxbridge. And she has volunteered teaching planning to students at the Rogers Middle School in Hyde Park.
Rachel King C’03 married Jonathan Gerstein C’01 on Aug. 6 in her hometown of Bethesda, Md. They started dating at Penn and got engaged in Dec. 2005. “The ceremony took place at Congregation Beth El and a reception followed at Strathmore Music Center in Rockville, Md. It was a beautiful wedding and included many alumni.” In the wedding party were Leigh Wasserstrom C’03, Todd Wise C’01, and Richard Lapidos W’02. Other alumni attending included Rachel’s father, Bert King GCP’76, her uncle and aunt David King C’72 and Eunice Searles King Nu’71, and her cousin Mark King C’99. After honeymooning in Hawaii, Rachel and Jon returned home to Philadelphia, where she is currently getting her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Temple University and he works for the law firm Gerstein, Strauss, & Rinaldi, LLP, in New York.
Deena Marchan C’03 see Rick Wilson EAS’02.
Rebecca Tracy Rotem C’03 married Erez Rotem on Aug. 20 in Vienna, Va. She is the daughter of Edelle and William Tracy GCh’78; she had met Erez at a housewarming party that Mackenzie Tepel C’04 EAS’04 gave in Hoboken, N.J., in Jan. 2005. Wedding guests from Penn included Alexia Baiman C’04, Alexandra Bliss C’03, Mei Elansary C’04, Michelle Gilbert C’03, Brooke Jones C’03 W’03, Alexander Sirotkin C’77, Jennifer Stromberg C’03, Mackenzie Tepel, and Emily Turner C’03 L’09. Following the wedding, Becky and Erez honeymooned in Hawaii and currently live in Hoboken; she will attend Fordham Law School in August and he is president of Integrity Life Settlements, an insurance-brokerage firm in Manhattan.
Kelly Slattery C’03 and Chris Pennington C’03 are excited to announce their engagement: He proposed on Dec. 22 during a trip to New York. She is finishing up her first year at Penn’s School of Veterinary Medicine, and he works as a commercial real-estate broker for Binswanger. An August wedding in Center City is planned.
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’04 | Stefan Frank GGS’04, Philadelphia, has been promoted to director of national programs at the National Constitution Center, which he had joined last year as a programs manager.
Ariella Hochsztein C’04 married Elliot Friedman at Woodbury Jewish Center in Woodbury, N.Y., on Jan. 7. “Included in our ceremony were Zoe Goldfarb C’05 W’05, Jennifer Ingerman C’05 and her fiancé, Adam Yedlin C’04, Danielle Savitsky C’05, Marisa Tuchinsky W’02, and Alexander Chester C’05. Our guests included Shira Bender C’08, Aliza Boim C’06, Jason Cik EAS’05, Jessica Fisher C’04, Rebecca Fishman C’03 and Jay Lipsey W’01, Michael Frankel C’03, Jonathan Glanzman C’02 and his fiancée, Talia Blanchard, Audrey Hutt C’04, Jennifer Katz C’05 and her husband, Adam Katz, Nicole Landzberg C’06, Amara Levine-Reich C’01 and her husband, Eli Reich, Marc Melzer L’05, Jeffrey Miller W’03 and his wife, Allison Miller, Sharon Mori C’04, Rebecca Nanasi Nu’05, Elana Newberger C’05, Jonah Rubin C’05, Elliot Schreiber D’08, Jessica Schreiber C’06 and Andrew Zinaman W’05 (who recently announced their engagement), Evan Silverstein C’06 EAS’06, and Jessica Tuchinsky C’02. We were so grateful that so many of our Penn friends traveled from near and far to celebrate with us. I am currently in my third year at Weill Medical College of Cornell University and Elliot is a fixed-income analyst with the Sumitomo Trust and Banking Co. We live on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.”
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’05 | Marcie Rachael Gluskin L’05 see Jeffrey Joseph Kaufman C’93.
Shirin Soleimany C’05 and Brad Green C’05 are happy to announce their engagement, which they recently celebrated at the St. Regis in New York with close friends and family. They met in 2003, during a Penn Summer Abroad in Florence, and have been together ever since. Alumni who attended included Chad Barrs W’04, Sarah Brenner C’04, Matthew Carter C’07, Justin Director C’05, Lauren Druyan C’05, Dara Goldstein C’05, Nicole Eshaghpour W’06, Chezley Howle W’05, Alicia Kay C’05, Anthony Mozer C’05, Caroline Rubens C’05, Joseph Schmidt W’06, Anna Hsu C’07 W’07, Peter Shannon W’04, Alexis Weissman C’05, and Dr. Steven Weissman C’74 D’78 and Ana Terner Weissman W’78. Shirin currently works as a health-management analyst for Hewitt Associates, and Brad, in his second year of law school at Fordham Law, is planning to work at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan this summer. They are planning to marry early next year.
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