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Michael C. Rainone L’41 was honored by the St. James School in Binghamton, N.Y., by having an annual award instituted, the Michael C. Rainone Award for Excellence in Scholarship.


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J. Henry Goldman W’43, Boca Raton, Fla., writes, “I flew 25 combat missions in the South Pacific in World War II as a navigator on a B-25 attack bomber in the Fifth Air Force. I wrote a book, Lucky Hank, a World War II Air Force Navigator, which is out in paperback and available on Amazon. I was an executive in the textile industry in New York for 40 years, before retiring to Boca West.”

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Robert H. Stovall W’48, Sarasota, Fla., is managing director of Wood Asset Management, Inc., and a life trustee of Wharton’s Securities Industry Institute. In February, Bob made his 43rd annual presentation, an economic forecast, to the local Ivy League Club.

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Dr. Kenneth D. Cohen C’49, a recent clinical professor of psychiatry at Penn School of Medicine, was honored last year by the Belmont Behavioral Treatment Center; an annual award there has been named after him. He was its clinical director and director of professional education, 1973-80.

Astrid T. Hanzalek CW’49
received a honorary doctorate from Charter Oak State College in New Britain, Conn., last year. The former chair of the board which governs the college, she also served in the state’s House of Representatives, 1971-1981.


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Peter Sigmund C’51 is looking forward to the reunion in May, and hopes to see many classmates there. His third grandchild, another boy, was born in January.

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Barbara Rivkin Cooper CW’52 writes, “Inspired by postings from other ‘oldtimers,’ and hoping to appear in ‘Alumni Notes’ before I make the ‘Obituaries,’ here is a quick update on my almost 60 years since graduating. I am married, 54 years, to Dr. Aaron Cooper: two children, Meryl and Mitchell, and four grandchildren. At 50, I decided to return to school and earned a master’s in taxation from Pace University in 1983; I have worked as a tax practitioner ever since. Reading, walking, and travel are among my favorite leisure activities, as well as involvement for nearly 50 years with the White Plains League of Women Voters. I continue my travel vicariously as my granddaughter, Tiffany, hops around the world, and I hope to have more opportunities to travel when the knees say it’s time. I keep in touch with a group of sisters from Penn’s chapter of Phi Sigma Sigma who meet as often as possible in the New York area. I also meet every few years with friends from Girls’ High, Class of Jan. 1948.”

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Shirley Magitson Grallnick Ed’53 writes that she splits the year between being “a Southern belle” in Boca Raton, Fla., and a “Northern run-around” in Wynnewood, Pa. “Many hours are spent involved with art, senior tennis, bridge, zumba aerobics, making porcelain dolls, and writing poetry.” A retired reading specialist, she volunteered in the Florida public elementary schools for 15 years and helped children prepare for the Florida Comprehensive Achievement Tests. Also, two of her paintings are displayed in the GSE building at Penn. She notes that her “most rewarding project has been creating an annual scholarship fund for eligible GSE students.”

Dr. Robert S. Maurer C’53, Edison, N.J., in January was presented with the O. J. Snyder Memorial Medal by the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. A founding faculty member of the UMDNJ School of Osteopathic Medicine, he served there for 32 years.

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John Weichsel C’53 WG’56 retired as town manager of  Southington, Conn., in January; he served 44 years there and 55 years overall in management. He is past president of the Connecticut Interlocal Risk Management Agency and the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities.

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Larry Abrams G’56 wrote a novel, The Philosophical Practitioner, which was published by Lulu in January.

Bernard M. Gross W’56 L’59 recently received an award from the Philadelphia Bar “in recognition of 50 years of distinguished service to the community and the profession, in the finest tradition of the Philadelphia lawyer.”

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Hugh MacMullan C’61 wrote Larke, El Capitan, And The Theory Of Everything, which was published by Xlibris last year.

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Idaherma Williams GFA’63 will have an exhibition of her watercolor and woodblock prints at the Museum of the American Hungarian Foundation in New Brunswick, N.J., from May 15 through Sept. 10.

Dr. Allen R. Savage D’63
has maintained a private practice in New Jersey for over 40 years. Last year he was elected chair of the International General Dental Institute of Implantology and Gerontology.

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Bob Driegert W’64, a Dallas attorney, last year was elected secretary for the American Association of Attorney-CPAs.


Paul G. Humber C’64 GEd’65 is director of www.CRMinistriesPhilly.com and is a pastor at www.LivingSaviourChurch.com. He edited Reasons to Affirm a Global Flood, which was published in January. “There are 35 other contributors and 55 reasons offered—most being scientific.”

Robert Talbot-Stern W’64 L’67, Sydney, rtts53@yahoo.com, is a visiting fellow, at the London School of Economics and the London Business School, for senior executive-education seminars in corporate governance and ethics. He writes that he is also an adviser on global financial-crisis issues to the British Financial Services Authority.

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Salvatore M. DeBunda W’65 L’68 is a co-managing partner of the Philadelphia office of Archer & Greiner, P.C., a regional law firm. A racehorse owner and breeder for over 20 years, he has been elected to a three-year term as president of the Pennsylvania Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, on which he has served for the last 15 years.

Richard P. Jaffe C’65,
a partner in the corporate-practice group of the Philadelphia law firm of Duane Morris LLP, has been appointed again to the global board of the Association for Corporate Growth.

Hon Edward G. Rendell C’65 Hon’00,
who in January completed two terms as governor of Pennsylvania, has returned to the law firm of Ballard Spahr LLP as a partner in its Philadelphia office. A former chair of the Democratic National Committee, two-term mayor of Philadelphia, and city district attorney, he focuses on public-private partnerships and issues relating to infrastructure, energy, the environment, healthcare, and higher education.

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Hon. Barbara S. Judge CW’66 is a former commissioner of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (1980-83) and a former chair of the British Atomic Energy Authority. For the UN’s International Women’s Day, March 8, she was recognized “as one of nine women … who shaped the world of securities and financial regulation” in a virtual exhibition by the SEC Historical Society (www.sechistorical.org).

Dr. Howard I. Kaplan MtE’66 Gr’70 is vice president, chemicals and by-products, for US Magnesium LLC in Salt Lake City. He has been appointed to a three-year term on the Railroad Shipper Transportation Advisory Council of the Surface Transportation Board (US Department of Transportation). Howard and his “wife of 42 wonderful years,” Georgia, live in Las Vegas, halfway between their two children and four grandchildren.

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Barry Krisberg C’67 Gr’71 has been appointed the research and policy director of the Chief Justice Earl Warren Center on Law and Social Policy at the University of California Berkeley law school.

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Hon. James Gardner Colins C’68, a former president judge of the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, is a member of the general-litigation department in the Philadelphia office of the law firm of Cozen O’Connor, who specializes in insurance and public-utility regulation. In January, he appeared on a Pennsylvania Cable Network program, “Should Pennsylvania Hold a Constitutional Convention?”

Leonard N. Huber C’68 is the elementary school psychologist for the Greenfield (Mass.) public schools. He is looking forward to the 50th Reunion of his junior high-school class in May.

Lawrence Kramer C’68 is a professor of music and English at Fordham University; his latest book, Interpreting Music, was published by the Penn Press this year.

James J. Restivo C’68, a commercial litigator, is a partner in the Pittsburgh office of the law firm of Reed Smith LLP. In February he was named one of the “2011 BTI Client Service All-Stars” by BTI Consulting Group.

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Bob Whitcomb C’69, Annapolis, Md., writes that he has “become a significant community activist. While still working as controller for a small water-treatment service business, [I am] also serving on three non-profit boards and [am] an active Rotarian.” He is founding president of a lobbying organization to protect waterways in his county, “the one with the most shoreline on the western shores of the Chesapeake Bay.” He was president recently of the Severn River Association, “which is celebrating its 100th anniversary as the oldest organization protecting a river.” Bob and his wife celebrated their 40th anniversary last summer with a cruise down the Danube; in their spare time they sail their 38 ft. Freedom sailboat on the Chesapeake Bay.

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Stu Widman W’70, swidman@millershakman.com, a commercial litigator, has now arbitrated or mediated over $1.5 billion of disputes; last year, as counsel, he obtained a $5.75 million judgment after a six-month trial in California. He completed his 12th year on the national faculty of the American Arbitration Association, and recently attained fellowship status with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London. This month, Stu finishes his sixth and final year as an alderman of Lake Forest, Ill. Two of his sons married in 2009 and 2010, and his other two children are engaged, with weddings this year and next. His “three weeks in New Zealand in 2010 were fabulous.”

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Patrick Vinton Kirch C’71 is a professor of anthropology and integrative biology at the University of California, Berkeley; he wrote How Chiefs Became Kings: Divine Kingship and the Rise of Archaic States in Ancient Hawi’i, which was published by the University of California Press last year.

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Dr. Helen F. Giles-Gee CW’72 GEd’73 Gr’83, president of Keene State College in New Hampshire, has been appointed chair of the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

Dr. Myron S. Graff D’72 is an orthodontist who maintains a practice in New Port Richey and Trinity, Fla. (www.smilesbygraff.com). Last year he received a Commissioners Business Recognition Award from the Florida Education Foundation and the Florida Department of Education, especially as he sponsors need-based scholarships to students in the local high schools.

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Robert J. Bayuk GrEd’73 was named the 2011 School Psychologist of the Year by the National Association of School Psychologists. “Dr. Bob,” who is in private practice as a licensed psychologist in Worland, Wyo., is also chair of the Wyoming Board of Psychology.

Virginia Strickland Brooking CW’73 see Emerson Dean Brooking CGS’74.

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Anthony S. Bartolomeo CE’74 is president and CEO of Pennoni Associates, an engineering, design, and consulting firm in Philadelphia. Chair of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, he has been appointed to the state’s Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission.

Emerson Dean Brooking CGS’74 and Virginia Strickland Brooking CW’73 write, “We last submitted an Alumni Note almost 22 years ago, when we proudly announced the birth of our son, Emerson Thomas Brooking C’11. Though raised deep in the woods of northeast Georgia, he set his sights on the Ivy League and was delighted to become a member of the Class of 2011. He has thrived on all that Penn has offered: outstanding and inspiring professors; peers of great wit, talent, and diversity; and the myriad opportunities available in the vibrant and stimulating community that is Penn today. [He] savored the history and traditions of freshman year in the Quad, then moved to the 20th floor of Harrison House (known to us as High Rise South). During his sophomore, junior, and senior years, Emerson Thomas enjoyed writing his opinion column, “Southern Comfort,” for the DP … he got elected to the UA beginning junior year and was privileged to serve on the UA budget committee during his senior year … Penn has been a gift of experiences and opportunities for our son. We are pleased and proud to see how Penn has grown into a much richer, safer, and student-focused environment than we encountered in our time. We are also grateful for all the administration, faculty, staff, and students who have made it so.”

John Hazard Forbes C’74, a former art appraiser in New York, wrote Old Money America: Aristocracy in the Age of Obama, which was published by iUniverse, Inc., last year.

Joseph Glantz C’74 wrote Philadelphia Before You Were Born: Art and Artists of the Philadelphia Press (Volume 1), a paperback, which was published by CreateSpace in January.

Roderick S. Speer Gr’74 wrote Byron and Scott: The Waverley Novels and Historical Engagement, which was published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing in 2009. Roderick taught for five years in Canada and then pursued a civil-service career in Washington.

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Lawrence J. Tabas C’75 G’75 is chair of the healthcare-practice group, chair of the election-law-practice group, and a senior partner in the business and financial-reorganization departments of the Philadelphia law firm of Obermayer, Rebmann, Maxwell & Hippel LLP. In February he was appointed to the state’s Independent Regulatory Review Commission; he continues to serve as general counsel of the Republican State Committee of Pennsylvania.

Barbara Werther CW’75 has joined the construction group in the Washington office of the law firm of Ober|Kaler. Previously, she was a partner with Howrey LLP. She also serves on the executive board of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

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Leslie Wohlman Himmel CW’76, managing partner of Himmel + Meringoff Properties, was thrilled to receive the Bernard H. Mendik Lifetime Leadership in Real Estate Award in January from the Real Estate Board of New York, “for a lifetime of exceptional accomplishment in the profession and for her invaluable contributions to New York’s leadership in real estate.”

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Jon Becker C’77, jon@treeswaterpeople.org, has been elected to his third term as president of Trees, Water & People; it “does pioneering micro-enterprise-based community scale renewable energy and resource projects in Central America and on Indian reservations in the US.” It received the 2008 Rio Tinto International Prize for Sustainability and the UN Environment Programme Sasakawa Prize for 2010.

Mona Zeehandelaar W’77 has been appointed assistant vice president of presidential advisory councils and philanthropy at Drexel University. Chairwoman of the Philadelphia chapter of the American Associates of Ben Gurion University, she recently was elected to the national board.

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Bruce D. Greenberg C’79, a partner at Lite DePalma Greenberg, LLC, in Newark, N.J., and “a veteran appellate practitioner,” has started www.appellatelaw-nj.com, the state’s first appellate-law blog. It focuses on appellate law and practice, and has special attention to decisions of the state Supreme Court, the appellate division, and the federal Third Circuit Court of Appeals.

Julia A. Hendon C’79, an associate professor of anthropology at Gettysburg College, wrote Houses in a Landscape: Memory and Everyday Life in Mesoamerica, which was published by Duke University Press in last year.

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Lori Blueweiss-Konstantopoulos C’80 writes, “My new company, www.euphoriaoliveoil.com, brings fresh extra virgin olive oil from the foothills of Mt. Taygetos in Greece to the US. My family has been making this 100% Koroneiki olive oil for 10 generations. It’s the real thing! My world as an official evoo junkie, which began 20 years ago when I moved to Greece, isn’t a far cry from my life as a Peace Corps volunteer almost 30 years ago. Teaching the Burkina Be how to build dykes in the fields to reduce soil erosion, supporting a small family olive grove in Greece, it’s all good for the planet. In between I’ve led many lives. I raised two children I adore, was a photographer for a year in Paris where I was going to be the next Cartier-Bresson, received a graduate degree from NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service, and worked in the public and not-for-profit sectors on both sides of the pond. I continue to enjoy the ridiculously amazing tastes and health benefits of Greek cuisine, and make a point of swimming in the Aegean any chance I get.”

Peter Fritzsche C’80, a professor of history at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, wrote The Turbulent World of Franz Göll: An Ordinary Berliner Writes the Twentieth Century, which was published by Harvard University Press this year.

Vincent J. Palusci C’80 and Roslyn Scheiber Palusci C’80 write that they have “returned home and moved to Murray Hill in Manhattan.” He is professor of pediatrics at NYU School of Medicine; his new book, Child Abuse & Neglect: A Diagnostic Guide, with 256 pages and 577 images, has been published by Manson Publishing. She, Rozpal1@gmail.com, is a regional development associate with the University of Notre Dame.

William Weiner C’80 is a partner at Duane Morris LLP in Princeton, N.J., who specializes in healthcare law, representing physicians, group practices, and privately held companies. He is also president of the Princeton Committee on Foreign Relations.

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Joel D. Jacobs C’81 is vice president and chief information officer of the Mitre Corporation, a not-for-profit based in Bedford, Mass., that manages federally funded R&D centers. He has been named a 2011 “Premier 100 IT Leader” by Computerworld magazine.

David Sable W’81 M’86 teaches “Entrepreneurship in Biotechnology” at Columbia University. He is on the boards of Genenews, Inc., and Hamilton Thorne Ltd., and is portfolio manager for the Special Situations Life Sciences Fund. He lives in New York with his wife, Priya, and their children Nikhil (14) and Tarana (11).

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Bruce Thomas Boehrer C’82, a professor of English at Florida State University, wrote Animal Characters: Nonhuman Beings in Early Modern Literature, which was published by the Penn Press last year.

Richard Steffens W’82 GPU’88, Richard.Steffens@trade.gov, was confirmed last summer by the US Senate as a member of the Senior Foreign Service. He is now assigned to the US Embassy in Ottawa as minister counselor for commercial affairs.

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Dean Papademetriou C’83 participated recently in the Boston-Haifa Leadership Exchange, a group of civic leaders from Boston who traveled to meet their counterparts in Haifa, Boston’s sister city in Israel; the program was co-sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council and the Boston Center for Community and Justice.

Jonathan Sackner-Bernstein EAS’83 recently led the launch of the innovation initiative at the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, where he is the associate center director for technology and innovation.

Cantor Howard A. Shalowitz C’83 and Cara Shalowitz are elated to announce the birth of their son, Maxwell Ethan Shalowitz, on March 7 (Rosh Chodesh Adar II); he weighed 8 lbs. 7 oz. and was 21 inches long. He was named after Howard’s father Mervin Shalowitz (Heb., Mordechai). “Max and his parents live in Creve Coeur, Missouri’s only Gold Certified ‘green’ home.”

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Curtis W. Penn C’84 lives in Dix Hills, N.Y., with his wife, Sharon, and four children ages four to 16. He writes that his firm, the Penn Design Group, recently completed the design, photography, and printing for several Walmart merchandising programs, including full-color catalogs and in-store signage. He invites alumni to visit www.penndesigngroup.com, become a friend of the Penn Design Group on Facebook, or email him at curtis@penndesigngroup.com .

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Keya Ganguly ASC’85, a professor of cultural studies and comparative literature at the University of Minnesota, wrote Cinema, Emergence, and the Films of Satyajit Ray, which was published by the University of California Press last year.

Majid Naini Gr’85, www.naini.net, was “honored by Turkey’s Directorate of Culture and Tourism and the International Mevlana Foundation to be a keynote speaker at the 737th anniversary of the passing of Rumi (shabe aruz), attended by over 50,000 people from all over the world.”

Dr. Mary Roberts GNu’85, director of nursing for maternal services at Memorial Hospital West in Pembroke Pines, Fla., is co-principal investigator of a study for public cord-blood donation for stem-cell transplants. She writes that she lived in south Florida for the past 24 years. “The warm winters are always appreciated.” Her sons, Joe and Jim, are entrepreneurs, owning their own businesses in transportation trucking and diesel and marine repair. She and her husband, Bill, “enjoy golfing on the beautiful courses of south Florida. [They] still have a house in Ocean City, N.J., and enjoy summer travel to the Jersey Shore.”

Neil Sandvold GAr’85 and Andrew Blanda GAr’85 of the Philadelphia firm Sandvold Blanda Architecture + Interiors have launched a new website, www.sandvoldblanda.com, featuring new design work, as well as an overview of the firm’s 15-year history.”

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William M. Klimon C’87, an attorney with the Washington law firm of Caplin & Drysdale, in February was promoted to membership. He specializes in corporate governance and transactions, particularly for nonprofits.

Neil Lanctot C’87 wrote Campy: The Two Lives of Roy Campanella, which was published by Simon & Schuster in March.

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Dr. Alicia Salzer C’88, www.aliciasalzer.com, writes, “I have had a very interesting and varied career. I obtained a medical degree, became a psychiatrist, worked as a radio talk-show host, a documentary filmmaker, a television personality, and now am an author. Somehow, to my own amazement, I continue to juggle these roles because they work for each other in the common interest of raising awareness about mental-health topics. Along the way I have balanced a life as an openly gay professional in medicine, in the media, and on the playground as the mother of two girls. This is tricky terrain. But one thing I learned at the big diverse school that was Penn is that there is a niche somewhere in which each and every one of us can shine. My latest endeavor is a book based on my work as a trauma psychiatrist.” Back to Life: Getting Past Your Past with Resilience, Strength, and Optimism, was published by William Morrow in January.

Judy Lobel C’88 is now marketing director, travel retail, for Bobbi Brown and is happy to be back at the Estée Lauder Company. Previously, she was a senior marketing manager for the mark division of Avon.

John M. Walker C’88 writes that as he missed his 20th Reunion, he would enjoy getting back in touch with former classmates. “For those visiting Switzerland, or even just passing through, feel free to drop me a line, especially if you take a train. After nearly two decades in private industry across North America and Europe, I joined the Swiss Federal Railways in 2009 as chief procurement and supply-chain officer, where I am responsible for supplier management and in-house manufacturing. A significant factor that swayed my decision is that the railway logo and the colors of our trains are identical to Penn’s red and blue—so how could I say no? Hope to see you all at the 25th Reunion in two years! Contact me at johnmwalker@yahoo.com.”

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Suzanne Seltzer C’89, a partner in the immigration-law firm of Klasko, Rulon, Stock & Seltzer and head of its New York office, has been included in this year’s edition of Best Lawyers in America and in the International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers 2011.

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Kathryn Boockvar C’90 is proud to announce that she is running for judge of the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court, one of three statewide appellate courts. She recently won the endorsement of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party, and was recommended by the Pennsylvania Bar’s judicial-evaluation committee. Kathy would love to hear from classmates: contact her at Kathy@boockvar.com or visit www.boockvar.com for more information.

Bret Parker C’90 joined Elizabeth Arden, Inc., in New York as vice president and associate general counsel.

Brad Umansky W’90, who owns his own commercial real-estate company, Progressive Real Estate Partners (www.ValueAddedBook.com), has just written his first book, Value Added: Successful strategies for listing and selling investment real estate. He lives in Southern California, happily married to Lauren, his wife of 18 years; he is especially proud of his three children, Jason (15), Rachel (14), and Hannah (12). Brad and Lauren can be found on weekends cheering on all three kids at the soccer field.

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Duchess Harris C’91 writes that after starting law school in June 2007, she graduated from the William Mitchell College of Law on Jan. 15; her focus was public-interest law. She has returned to Macalester College (St. Paul, Minn.) as an associate professor, and is incorporating her new legal education into the curriculum. She is proud to have three children, two books, and one husband.

Bob Hotes GAr’91 GFA’93 is a senior associate at John Milner Architects, Inc., in Philadelphia, where he specializes in the restoration and rehabilitation of institutional, non-profit, and governmental historic buildings. Earlier this year he was selected as the 2011 Richard Morris Hunt Fellow by the American Architectural Foundation and the French Heritage Society.

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Barry Jay Mark C’92 and Jorie Green Mark C’96 are proud to announce the birth of their son Charlie Joseph on Nov. 1, at Memorial West Hospital in Pembroke Pines, Fla.; he weighed 8 lbs. 9 oz., and was 19 inches long. “Big brother Jacob (seven) and big sister Rebecca (five) are absolutely crazy about ‘their baby,’ who is still too young to get on their nerves or break their toys.” Barry, an allergist, practices in south Florida and Jorie is communications and social-media editor for Amadeus North America.

Jerrilyn McGregory Gr’92 is an associate professor of folklore at the Florida State University in Tallahassee. She wrote Downhome Gospel: African American Spiritual Activism in Wiregrass Country, which was published recently by the University Press of Mississippi.

Elisa Wirtschafter Nu’92 GNu’98, elisanp@aol.com, writes, “Nathan and I are so happy to announce the birth of Talia Liora on Dec. 17. Big siblings Benjamin (10), Adam (eight), and Shira (five) are excited to have ‘even teams’ in the family now. We’d love to hear from you if you are living in or visiting Israel.”

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Erik I. Moreno W’94, senior vice president, corporate development, for the Fox Networks Group, Los Angeles, is “co-general manager of the Mobile Content Venture, a joint venture of 12 broadcasters that are working to deliver live digital television to mobile devices in the US.” He was recently elected to the board of USA Funds, “an Indianapolis-based nonprofit that helps American families benefit from postsecondary education.”

Brooke Wurst C’94 writes, “In 2007, I founded the Triad Trust, a nonprofit that trains local leaders to create sustainable HIV education programs in the world’s most affected regions. Since then, I split my time between the US and Southern Africa. Recognizing the need to increase access to anonymous, confidential HIV testing in rural areas, I developed RemoteID, a new, patent-pending electricity-independent, biometric technology. The combination of the interactive, improvisation-based HIV education and RemoteID has increased rates of testing amongst program participants to 89%, compared to less than 3%, of the regional population at large. Other members of the Penn community have been instrumental in volunteering and supporting Triad’s work here and in Africa. Dr. Gabriel Ledger C’94, Kim Frumin C’97, and Katherine Wald SW’04 have worked with us in the Nkomazi region; Emmy-winner Jonathan Hock C’85 featured Triad and South African Jazz legend Hugh Masekela in Umlando: Through My Father’s Eyes, his 10-part documentary for ESPN’s coverage of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Jillian Balis C’93 featured Triad on her philanthropic-commerce site www.SpendforGood.com. Thanks to OFSA rock star Anne-Marie Staples, Penn’s Greek leaders welcomed me in Sept. 2009 and led a successful drive to raise needed program resources. Hundreds of other Quakers have shown their love at events across the US. And my longtime sidekick, Doug Rudisch W’91, has been a tireless supporter—and amazing dog daddy while I’m away from home. Would love to hear from other alums interested in becoming involved: bwurst@triadtrust.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.”

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Heidi Grant Halvorson C’95, www.heidigranthalvorson.com, has written a new book, Succeed: How We Can Reach Our Goals.

Dr. Jason James C’95, an obstetrician-gynecologist in private practice in Miami, writes that he “recently spearheaded an effort to develop and implement a universal screening protocol for postpartum depression at Baptist Hospital of Miami. Now fully implemented, every woman who delivers a child there will be screened before hospital discharge and two weeks later. With nearly 5000 deliveries per year, this program has the potential to impact many women and save lives.” The 2010 American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Issue of the Year recipient for conducting research regarding postpartum depression, he can be contacted at www.femcare-obgyn.com or drjjames@gmail.com.

Dr. Caryn Siegel C’95 D’99 married Andy Finley on Oct. 9 at the W New York Hotel in Manhattan. The bridal party included matron of honor Bonnie Siegel Weisenberg C’98, Adena Friedman C’95, Jennifer Feuer Kahn C’95, and Dr. Heather Brosnan D’99. Other alumni attending were Staci Feldman Miller C’95, Melinda Graham Hecht C’95, Dr. Tracy Bohn C’98, Dr. Cezar Mitrut D’99, Dr. David Bandola D’99, and Dr. Julie Cernigliaro D’01. Caryn and Andy live in New York, where she is a pediatric dentist and partner in the dental practice Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics on the Upper East Side and he works for Rose Associates. In November, they also had a wedding reception in Andy’s hometown of Fremont, Neb.

Dan Soloway C’95 and his wife, Andrea, are happy to announce the birth of their second daughter, Tali Alessia, on Valentine’s Day. All grandparents are thrilled, including David Soloway W’63 and Anthony Maltese Ar’55. Dan writes, “2011 is becoming a busy year” as in March he joined Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group as operations manager.

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Scott Harris C’96 and his wife, Sara Schildkraut Harris, and big sister Millie, are delighted to announce the birth of their daughter, Elizabeth Simone Harris, on Dec. 23 in New York. They “look forward to sharing a wonderful 15th Reunion with old friends in May and would love to catch up with classmates. Send us an email and say hello at sharris@bhsusa.com.”

Jorie Green Mark C’96 see Barry Jay Mark C’92.

Nadav G. Shelef C’96
is an assistant professor of political science and the Harvey Meyerhoff Assistant Professor of Modern Israel Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; he wrote Evolving Nationalism: Homeland, Identity, and Religion in Israel, 1925-2005, which was published by Cornell University Press last year.

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Amy Bourne C’97 married Jesse Kane Peck on July 17 at the Bourne Farm in Falmouth, Mass. Many alumni attended, including Natalie Margulies Steinberg C’97 and her husband, Howard Steinberg W’88, Elizabeth Bernstein Hinajosa C’97, Tzipora Lubarr C’97, Elizabeth Pelligrini C’97, and Eric Einstein W’94. There was a big showing from the Harris family including Zach Harris W’05, Adam Harris C’00, Colby Kant Harris C’99, and Jayne Harris CW’73. Amy and Jesse live in New York, where she works in marketing at International Flavors & Fragrances Inc., and he is an architect at the Polshek Partnership.

Margarita Dimas Cultu W’97 and Deniz Cultu EE’97 proudly announce the arrival of Alejandro Emre on Aug. 20, weighing 7 lbs. 8.5 oz., and measuring 20 inches. He joined big sister Carolina Izel, who is now four. They continue to live in Minneapolis.

Stacy Caruso DeSerio C’97 and her husband, Joe, welcomed son Nicholas Peter into the world on April 11, 2010; he weighed 6 lbs. 11.2 oz., and measured 19 1/2 inches long. “It’s been a busy but rewarding year, as the doting parents happily celebrated his first birthday in April.” They currently live in Dumont, N.J., while Stacy works as a drug-safety specialist at Celgene Corporation in Summit.

Amy Scharf Fond C’97 and her husband, Jason, are “proud to announce the birth of twins! Daughter Bailey Grace and son Cooper Penn were born on Feb. 10 in New Jersey. Big sister Layla Shea is getting used to two new babies in the house.” They live in Woodcliff Lake.

Robert Lin C’97 see Erayna Jackson Lin Nu’98.

Jenny Lattanzio Moles C’97
and her husband, Scooter, are overjoyed to announce the birth of their son, Thomas Stephen Moles. Chip was born on Jan. 26, and was 8 lbs. and 19 1/2 inches long. “Big brother Will (five) and sister Meggie (four) think the new addition is the bee’s knees and are doing their best to make him feel welcome.” Jenny recently completed an Anusara Yoga teacher training program and is looking forward to teaching as much as possible after the dust settles; she would love to hear from old friends at jennylmoles@gmail.com.

Cristina Lopez O’Keeffe C’97 and her husband, Thomas, welcomed their third daughter, Patricia Aurora, into the world on Jan. 13. “Her big sisters Dalia (four) and Juliana (two) are pleased to have someone else to share their passion for princesses, fairies, and, of course, Dora the Explorer.” They lives in Stewart Manor, N.Y., where Cristina is a freelance writer. She would be happy to connect with alumni via her website www.lookoutcommunications.com.

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Keith Blackman C’98 and Rebecca Jaskow Blackman C’98 are overjoyed with love for their beautiful daughter, Seraphina Victoria, who was born March 5, 2010, in New York. She weighed 6 lbs. and was 19 inches long, and joined her loving big sisters Ariella (six) and Julianna (three), who delight in making their baby sister giggle.

Adam Eisner C’98 and Amy Eisner W’98 announce the January birth of their daughter, Lauren Isabelle; she is named in memory of her grandfather, Dr. Larry Eisner M’74. Amy, Adam, Lauren, and her brothers Matthew (six) and Andy (three) live in Bethesda, Md.

Jeff Goldstein C’98 and Mark Sanderson GAr’00, with Digsau, their Philadelphia-based architecture firm, received the 2010 Philadelphia Emerging Architecture Prize; awarded bi-annually, it “recognizes firms whose body of work exhibits high levels of architectural design and thinking.” In addition, “two recent projects were recognized with design awards by the Philadelphia chapter of the AIA. The mixed-use proposal for Oxford Lamp Factory, a research initiative with the Community Design Collaborative, was awarded a Merit Award for its innovative adaptation of an abandoned structure and the Pavilion & Children’s Discovery Garden at Sister Cities Park received an Honor Award for its provocative interaction between building and landscape. Construction on the pavilion, in Logan Square, is expected to begin this year.”

Erayna Jackson Lin Nu’98 writes “On Dec. 10, my husband, Robert Lin C’97, and I welcomed our third child, Xander Eli, into the world. After a very difficult pregnancy, he was born completely healthy, weighing 8 lbs. and 15 oz. His older sister, Alisha (nine), and brother, Bryson (five), have been showering him with kisses and helping me take care of him. On Nov. 21, Rob successfully completed the Philadelphia Marathon, raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I was diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia at three months pregnant and this was his way of giving back to a wonderful organization. The kids and I were there at the finish line, cheering him on. Now that he’s completed a half-marathon and full marathon, he’s thinking of trying a triathlon. Anyone who is interested in getting back in touch with us can find us on Facebook.”

Dr. Marissa McClure C’98, an assistant professor of art at the University of Arizona, received its 2010 Charles and Irene Putnam Award for Excellence in Teaching. She is the daughter of Richard Steelman McClure C’72.

Christine Albanese McGrath C’98
and Jess McGrath C’98 are proud to announce the birth of their second son, Jackson Charles McGrath, on Oct. 31. He joined big brother William, now 3 1/2. Prior to his birth, the family moved from Fairfield, Conn., to Verona, N.J., to be closer to friends and family. Jess continues to work as a principal in the retirement, risk, and finance business at Mercer in New York. After five years working at Aetna in marketing, Christine has decided to take some time off to raise the two boys. They can be reached at jessmcgrath@mindspring.com.

Bonnie Siegel C’98 married Mitchell Weisenberg on Aug. 21 in Jericho, N.Y. Caryn Siegel C’95 D’99 was maid of honor and Tracy Bohn C’98 was a bridesmaid. Alumni attending were Lauren Arbittier Davis EAS’98 W’98, William Peter Niner W’98, Mary Carol Campbell C’98, Matthew Roy C’98, Marjorie Soifer C’98, Michelle Mussafi C’98 W’98, Wendie Klapper C’83, and Michael Ratner V’59. Bonnie is director of the Child and Family Institute outpatient department at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center and maintains a family- and couples-therapy private practice; Mitchell is a financial professional and they live on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

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Matthew L. Adler C’99 was recently appointed by President Obama to the US Holocaust Memorial Council. Matthew and his wife, Amanda, have two children, Ella Riley Adler and Jaden Seth Adler, who was born on Aug. 16.

Julie Buxbaum C’99
wrote After You, her second novel, which was published by Random House last year; she lives in London with her husband and baby daughter.

Dave Crystal C’99 is running for mayor of Miami Beach, “in order to restore fiscal sanity and professional integrity to the city (www.CrystalforMayor.com).”

Christopher Mora L’99, a lieutenant commander in the Navy JAG Corps, serving as officer-in-charge of the Region Legal Service Office Southeast’s branch office New Orleans, was recognized for the second time by New Orleans CityBusiness magazine as one of the local “top 50 attorneys” as he was selected to the Leadership in Law Class of 2011.

Thomas Pologruto C’99 G’99
and his wife, Dawn Pologruto, are excited to announce the birth of their son, John Robert, on Jan. 30 in Huntington, N.Y.; he weighed 9 lbs. 3 oz., and measured 21 inches.

John Smolenski G’99 Gr’01
teaches history at the University of California, Davis; he wrote Friends and Strangers: The Making of a Creole Culture in Colonial Pennsylvania, which was published by the Penn Press this year.

Samuel Bradford Tabas C’99,
bradtabas@hotmail.com, and his wife, Clementine, live in Paris with their 16-month-old son, Leor. Brad began teaching for the spring semester in Parsons, Paris; in the autumn, he will teach also in the Science and Polytechnic University.

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Emily Lizt Frank C’00 and Brad Frank W’00 are “thrilled to announce the birth of our son, Charles Matthew Frank, on Dec. 19. He joined big sister Tessa (two), who could not be more happy to have a little brother. Seven years ago we followed Brad’s roots back to Minneapolis, where we all live today.”

Judd B. Grossman C’00 L’04 see Meredith W. Grossman C’02.

Laura Rosenberg Hosid C’00
and Jared Hosid are happy to announce the birth of Sadie Ayla Hosid on Sept. 19. Proud family members include grandfather Stephen Rosenberg W’70 and uncle Jeffrey Daman C’97 G’00 L’00. Sadie is also blessed by the memory of her great-grandfather Jerome Rosenberg W’38. Laura and Jared live in Bethesda, Md., where she is a career counselor at Georgetown University Law Center and he is an attorney with the US Department of Justice.

Joshua B. Kohn EAS’00 W’00 GEng’01, Bryn Mawr, Pa., has been appointed to principal at Turner Investments in Berwyn, where he is a portfolio manager and global security analyst who covers the cyclical sectors.

Vincent Montemaggiore EAS’00 and Alexis Maffei Montemaggiore C’00 are thrilled to announce the birth of their son, Brice Vincent, on Jan. 13; he weighed 6 lbs. 2 oz., and was 19  inches long. They live in Boston, where Vincent is a portfolio manager & research analyst at Fidelity Investments and Alexis is director of marketing at Living Proof Inc., a beauty start-up company.

Heather Ness C’00 writes, “My son, Lucas Bryan Ness, was born on Feb. 3. My husband, Michael Ness, and I are ecstatic to welcome him!”

Mark Sanderson GAr’00 see Jeff Goldstein C’98.

CELEBRATE YOUR REUNION: May 13-16, 2011
 
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Elizabeth Tabas Carson C’01, erti979@hotmail.com, her husband, Todd Carson, and their son, Justin, last year moved from London to Philadelphia; they live in the Art Museum area. She is a lawyer at the Pepper Hamilton.

Lauren Manton C’01 writes, “Josh and I welcomed daughter #2, sweet Eliza Brooke, on July 2. Amalia (almost four) is loving being a big sister. We are still living in New York.”

Sara Mostafa-Ray C’01 has joined the Honolulu law firm of Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert as an associate in its immigration and naturalization and business and commercial practice groups. She previously worked at Cooley LLP in California, before moving to Hawaii in 2008.

Alexis Gultanoff Schostak C’01 and Michael E. Schostak W’01 are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter, Hayley Lauren Schostak, on Oct. 25; she weighed 7 lbs. 9 oz., and measured 19  inches. They live in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., and “are looking forward to taking Hayley to Penn for the first time this May.”

Matt Thornton C’01 G’03 married Emily Barson on May 30, 2010, at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. Rabbi Seth Goren C’94 G’94 L’98 officiated. Terry Ryan C’99 and David Perez y Perez W’01 served as groomsmen. Other alumni attending were Kendall Lin W’99, Avish Parashar E’95, Mike Worth C’98, Janice Ryan GEng’06, Ryan Kelly C’02, Ed Zawadzki CGS’05, Vicky Chertok EAS’03, Jesse Spector C’02, Caroline Dube Spector C’04, Brad Moore C’01 G’04 GEd’05, Katherine Sledge Moore C’03, Nate Berry C’04, Josh Raha EE’96, Paula Rutledge Raha Nu’96 GNu’97, Alex Bolkhovsky EAS’98, Andy Bechhoefer C’85, Jennifer Cody C’01, and Amanda Hill WG’12. Matt and Emily joined Mark Teague and Kenn Kweder (who played the reception) on stage to entertain the crowd; they honeymooned in the Canary Islands, Spain, Italy, and France. They live in Washington, where he is communications director for Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and she is director of scheduling and advance for HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
 
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Leslie Drogin C’02 Gr’03 married David Sack on Jan. 16 at the Woodbury Jewish Center in New York. The wedding party included bridesmaids Jocelyn Palmer C’02 and Amy Malerba C’98 Gr’03, and groomsman Lee Gerson C’02. Joining them in the celebration were Beth Tobias Altschuler C’02, Rachel Belsky C’02, Alexandra Certilman Kay C’02, Johanna Goldstein Meadows C’02, Alistair Meadows C’02, Elizabeth Silverman C’02, Serena David W’02, Samuel Kaplan W’02, Stacie Zerdecki Bishop C’02, Wendy Ginsberg Gr’04, and Scott Sokoloff C’05. Leslie and David, who celebrated their honeymoon in Brazil, currently live in the D.C. area; she is a lobbyist at K&L Gates, LLP, and he is the founder and commissioner of Cityball, LLC, a coed recreational-sports league.

Jean E. Feerick Gr’02, an assistant professor of English at Brown University, wrote Strangers in Blood: Relocating Race in the Renaissance, which was published by the University of Toronto Press last year.

Christina Chiew Gaspar C’02 writes, “I wanted to send you some news from our neck of the woods. My husband, Tim Gaspar, and I are proud to announce the birth of our son, Ryan Gaspar, on Feb. 22. We currently live in Woodland Hills, Calif. I work as an attorney with a branch of the US Department of Justice, and Tim owns an insurance agency.”

Meredith W. Grossman C’02 and Judd B. Grossman C’00 L’04 are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter, Eliza Morgan, on Aug. 22; she weighed 6 lbs. 15 oz.

Dr. Solimar Otero Gr’02, an assistant professor of English at Louisiana State University, wrote Afro-Cuban Diasporas in the Atlantic World, which deals with Afro-Cuban repatriation to Nigeria, and was published last year by the University of Rochester Press in its African History and the Diaspora series.

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Megan Collins Amselle C’03, a biologist with the American Type Culture Collection in Manassas, Va., in December became registered as a certified microbiologist.

Matt Blackstone C’03, www.mattblackstonebooks.com, writes, “it brings me great pleasure to share news that my debut novel, A Scary Scene in a Scary Movie, is due out July 5 with Farrar, Straus & Giroux. It is about a teen with OCD and a friend who tutors him in the art of playing it cool.”

David Finkler C’03
has joined the Pittsburgh law firm of Leech Tishman Fuscaldo & Lampl, LLC, as an associate in its bankruptcy and creditors’ rights and litigation practice groups. He had earlier worked for Dickstein Shapiro, LLP, in Washington.

Rachel Friedman C’03 G’07 wrote the travel memoir The Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost: A Memoir of Three Continents, Two Friends, and One Unexpected Adventure, which was published in March by Bantam Books. It was chosen as one of Target’s “Breakout Books” of the year.

Cheryl L. Isaac C’03
married Marc Aaron on Feb. 20 at the Tappan Hill Mansion in Tarrytown, N.Y. They met after he worked with and became friends with her sister Lauren, and then dated long distance for over a year before they were able to be in Washington together. Although the wedding took place on Feb. 20, Cheryl and Marc legally married earlier in Connecticut, in support of that state’s law allowing all couples to marry, regardless of sexual orientation. Members of the bridal party included Ella Chinitz C’03, Julia Sturniolo C’03, Katie Schottenstein Ullman W’03, and Michael Cohen GEd’10. Also at the wedding were Adam Adler W’03, Carrie Rieger Brownlie C’02, Michael Brownlie C’02, Dr. Noah Chinitz EAS’02, Sarah Cohn C’03, Talia Riklis-Day C’02 WG’07, Andy Day C’01 WG’07, Ariel Glasner C’01, Jessica Binder Graham W’03, Josh Klein C’02, Dr. Amanda Scheiner McClain C’01, Rebecca Rindler C’03, David Skolnick EAS’03 W’03, Gina Ciraldo Stabile C’03, Frank Sturniolo EAS’00, Mike Levine W’76, and Lynn Shesser GNu’77. Marc (a Michigan Wolverine) and Cheryl continue to live Washington, where he is a consultant with Accenture and she is a lawyer performing government relations work at ML Strategies (part of the law firm Mintz Levin).

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Joseph Cohn G’04 L’04 has joined the Law Offices of Rhonda Hill Wilson, P.C., a Philadelphia nursing-home negligence firm, as an associate. Previously, he was a staff attorney at the AIDS Law Project.

David Goldstein C’04 W’04
and his wife, Shanna, are thrilled to announce the birth of their twins, Charlie Gabriel and Emma Eliana, on Jan. 16. They live in Riverdale, N.Y.

Tiago Mateus W’04,
London, tiagomateus@gmail.com, writes that he “recently graduated from the INSEAD MBA program and has joined Insiteo, the world’s only provider of indoor location-based services compatible with most mobile phones.”

Hannah Megacz Nu’04 has completed an eight-month assignment, as a field nurse in a refugee camp on the Somalian border, with Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders. This is her fourth assignment with them; past ones include the Democratic Republic of Congo, Niger, and Cameroon.

Richard Simons GEng’04, Philadelphia, has been appointed to principal at Turner Investments in Berwyn, where he is a portfolio manager and global security analyst, covering the healthcare sector.

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Raghav Bajaj EAS’05 L’08 is now an associate in the electronics practice group of the Washington intellectual-property law firm of Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox. Previously, he was IP counsel to an Internet startup and an associate at Dickstein Shapiro LLP.

Jessica Gebhart Nu’05 married Brian Zeller on June 19 at the Lord Baltimore Hotel in Baltimore. The wedding party included Sylvia Petta EAS’05, and joining in the celebration were Chau Wing Lam C’05 and Shawna Petersen Brown W’05. Jessica and Brian live outside of Baltimore, where she is a nurse practitioner in a primary-care pediatric office and he works on the criminal-interdiction team of the Maryland State Police.

Lesley Horton C’05, an attorney at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP in New York, has been jointly appointed by the city council and the mayor to the New York City Lobbying Commission.

Rebecca Simon C’05, www.rebeccasimonart.com, maintains a studio in Brooklyn. She had paintings in several shows over the past year, including her MFA thesis exhibition at Hunter College in New York; Hunter Satellite 2D, a group exhibition; the 92nd Street Y Faculty Exhibition; Cool and Collected, a group exhibition of Brooklyn artists at Kenise Barnes Gallery in Larchmont; a group exhibition at the Queensferry Gallery in Edinburgh, Scotland; and in Free Range: Painting and the University of Pennsylvania, at Penn earlier this year.

CELEBRATE YOUR REUNION: May 13-16, 2011

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Freda Song Drechsler G’07 GrW’09, Narberth, Pa., has been appointed to principal at Turner Investments in Berwyn, where she is a quantitative-research manager and portfolio manager.

Orlando Soria GFA’07 writes, “I’m on a new HGTV show, Secrets From A Stylist, which premiered [in late February]. It’s on at 9pm on Saturdays, and I’m the on-camera assistant to the host (www.hgtv.com/secrets-from-a-stylist/show/index.html).”

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Kevin Robert Clark EAS’08 married Yashoda Ashok Khandkar C’08 on Feb. 19 in Salt Lake City, her hometown. They met during their “freshman year at Penn and have been inseparable ever since.” They look forward to spending the rest of their lives together and are grateful to have celebrated with so many fellow alumni.

Collette DeBenedetto C’08 writes, “I have been cast in the new P90x exercise DVD’s p90x: mc2, set to be released later this year. P90x is the top fitness product in the nation.”

Dr. Paul Marthers GrEd’08, vice president for enrollment and dean of undergraduate and graduate admissions at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, wrote Eighth Sister No More: The Origins and Evolution of Connecticut College, which was published recently by Peter Lang Publishing.

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