Jerome J. Shestack C’43 is an attorney, of counsel, with the Philadelphia law firm of WolfBlock LLP. In April he and his wife, Marciarose, received the M. Powell Lawton Quality of Life Award from the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging “for their lifetimes of pioneering professional achievement and their personal commitment to the public good.”
’45 | Charlotte Garretson Cronin CW’45 wrote and provided the illustrations for Sketches of Village to Town to City: Recalling Aberdeen, Maryland (Arm Press). She founded the Aberdeen Room Archives and Museum 20 years ago.
’47 | Dr. Slater E. Newman W’47, emeritus professor of psychology at North Carolina State University, was recently honored by the West Triangle and Wake County chapters of the United Nations Association for “a lifetime of efforts in the cause of human rights.” He helped found the ACLU of North Carolina and its Wake County chapter, served as adviser to the North Carolina State University’s chapter of Amnesty International, co-founded the Human Rights Coalition of North Carolina and North Carolinians Against Apartheid, and is serving on the board of North Carolinians Against the Death Penalty. He loves to lead the singing of “Ode to Joy” and “Let’s Ratify CEDAW.”
G. Robert Brown ME’48 writes, “My wife, Peggy, and I moved from Arizona to our, hopefully, final retirement home in Laguna Woods, Calif. I worked most of my life in the controls industry; a few of the companies include Conoflow, Honeywell, Fisher & Porter, ITT, Bourns Instrument, and Parker Hannifin. And a special tour, where I secretly invented the high-altitude flying helmet that Chuck Yeager wore while breaking the sound barrier in the Bell X1 plane. The equipment I developed is on display in the Franklin Institute in Washington, along with a statute of Chuck and the plane. Business planning was a very important program [at] ITT: I met my wife who was coordinator of the program. Enough said.”
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’50 | Larry Shprintz ChE’50 recently exhibited his art work at Penn; a solo print show, Origami Monoprints, was shown at the Burrison Gallery, and he participated in Hitoshi Nakazato: Print Series at the Arthur Ross Gallery.
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’51 | Dr. Stan Cherim C’51 writes that he has “been a retired chemistry professor for 10 years, and I love it. Plenty of travel, writing, and physical activity, including winning my age group in the Great Wall of China Half-Marathon May 2006, and now preparing for a trek from Kathmandu to the base camp of Mt. Everest in October.”
Elaine Goldberg Galen FA’51 and her husband, Edward Colker, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 3. She is a retired professor from SUNY, and he was an associate professor of fine arts at Penn, 1966-70. They continue to be active professionally exhibiting, and he also publishes limited editions. Both received residency awards to paint at Rochefort-en-Terre in France this September. Her work can be seen at (www.elainegalen.com); she is listed in Who’s Who in American Art; Feminists Who Changed America 1963-1975 (University of Illinois Press, 2006), and the Encyclopedia of North American Women Artists.
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’52 | Manny Bernstein W’52 writes that at Penn he majored in “Publications,” which helped him in the writing of his latest publication, a 380-page book The Secret Revolution: a Psychologist’s Adventures in Education (Trafford, 2007). It “makes a case for doing away with conventional schools and replacing them with learning centers: doing away with schooling and replacing it with education.” He has been in private practice as a psychotherapist in the little mountain village of Saranac Lake, N.Y., where his Yellow Pages ad reads, All Ages, All Problems, All Species. It used to read, The oldest psychologist still living, in the Adirondacks. He notes that at the age of 73, he joined the local improv group, where he “naturally is the oldest improv-er still alive. All Penn graduates are welcome to visit and be shown around town in Bubbles, a 1930 Model A Roadster with rumble seat.”
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Sonya Friedman CW’53 <Friedfirstname.lastname@example.org> was the originator of opera translation subtitles on television (The Metropolitan Opera Presents, Live from Lincoln Center, Great Performances) and of supertitles for live performances in opera houses throughout the U.S. She is currently in charge of titles for the new Metropolitan Opera matinee performances that are broadcast live to cinemas; she also writes titles for Met performances and the Met’s television subtitles. Her titles are available for rent to opera companies, music conservatories, universities, orchestras, and music groups (www.operatitles.net). On a personal note, she is married to Herman J. Engel, a documentary videomaker; they have three married children and eight grandchildren, and live in New York and Vermont.
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’55 | Edwin L. Carstensen Gr’55, emeritus professor of engineering at the University of Rochester, was awarded the Helmholtz-Rayleigh Interdisciplinary Silver Medal of the Acoustical Society of America for his contributions to the physics of biomedical ultrasound.
Anita Kushner CW’55 will have a solo exhibition, Then and Now, at Westbeth in Greenwich Village, from Aug. 25 to Sept. 9. The works involve different media and techniques, and reflect the over 30 years she spent living, painting, and teaching in Israel.
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’56 | Irene Sofian Herman CW’56 is included in Feminists Who Changed America 1963-1975, which was published by University of Illinois Press late last year. “It presents biographies of 2,200 women and men whose successful actions created the modern women’s movement.”
Gerald Kamens C’56 writes, “After three-plus decades of working in the U.S. Governmentincluding positions in the White House, Senate, Office of Management and Budget, Office of the Secretary of Defense, U.S. Information Agency, and Agency for International DevelopmentI started to do other things. I labored for a time in a conflict-resolution outfit, focusing on ways to reduce U.S. political and religious polarization. I’m in my 32nd year of volunteering for our local hospice. I also write (and get published) short stories, essays, and children’s picture books. My latest reinvention, this spring, was acting (and singing) in a musical, Purlie, my first play in 63 years, where the average age of the other leads was probably 40 or so. I played a comic villain. Good typecasting, and very reinvigorating.”
Sally Wendkos Olds CW’56 was profiled in Feminists Who Changed America 1963-1975, (published last year by the University of Illinois Press), for her contributions to the women’s movement. In December she was inducted into the “Court of Honor” as a “Distinguished Daughter” of the Philadelphia High School for Girls. As a member of the past-presidents committee and the First Amendment committee of the American Society of Journalists & Authors, she recently presented its 2007 service award. She is currently writing a book for modern grandmothers, and is revising The Complete Book of Breastfeeding for its fourth edition.
Merle Greenblatt Zucker CW’56 writes that she retired in 2001, after she and her husband sold City Line Optical Co. in Overbrook Park, Philadelphia, “and expected to take it easy after 43 years in business. Then in 2004, after he passed away, I took on a new career as legislative assistant to State Representative Kathy Manderino at her district office in Roxborough. I am also the current president of my condo association in Bala Cynwyd. I am pleased to take a course at Penn as a senior associate now and then, when I have some free time. My daughter, Nina Zucker, has her own PR firm, and my son, Marc Zucker, is an attorney with Weir & Partners in Philadelphia. His wife, Karen, is a district judge in Lower Merion, where they live with their two sons.”
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’57 | James F. Tucker Gr’57 recently completed his term as president of the William Preston Society, an advisory group to the president of Virginia Tech University. A retired senior vice president of research development at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, he had served as president of what is now Virginia State University. He is past recipient of the Ben Franklin Award from the local Wharton alumni club. He has written seven books on economics and finance; currently he serves as an arbitrator for the New York Stock Exchange.
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Julian H. Gingold C’58 writes, “After 30 years with Morgan Stanley, I recently moved over to UBS Financial as senior vice president of wealth management. I had served on several trade boards during the administrations of Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush. I am now serving on corporate boards, including Cybrinth and Radio America. Married and living in New York, I have two grown children and one grandchild.”
Dr. George H. Heilmeier EE’58 is chair emeritus of Telcordia Technologies, formerly Bellcore, a communications-software company. He received the Kyoto Prize in Advanced Technology in 2005 for his invention of the liquid-crystal display in the 1960s. He serves on the Defense Science Board, and the National Security Agency Advisory Board, and is a trustee of Fidelity Investment Corp.
Dr. Michael L. Steiner C’58 retired from the private practice of pediatrics and pediatric cardiology in July, after 40 years as president of Children’s Physicians of Palm Beach County, which he co-founded in 1967. He continues to serve as a consultant to the Florida state Division of Children’s Medical Services and volunteers at the Caridad Clinic for migrant children. He and his wife, Diane, live in Palm Beach Gardens and celebrated their 46th anniversary in December. Their three daughters are married and the parents of five grandchildren. Mike and Diane would be happy to hear from old friends from Penn and Phi Ep at <email@example.com>.
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’59 | Herbert Bangs GAr’59 is a former county architect and principal master planner for Baltimore. A designer for Buckminster Fuller’s firm Geodesics, he and his wife live in a solar house he designed and built in Ruxton, Md. His book, The Return to Sacred Architecture, “an inspirational call for a revival of the tenets of traditional architecture,” was published by Inner Traditions in January.
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’60 | Mark Belafsky C’60 writes, “I recently retired from my second career as a high-school basketball coach, and from a 20-year stint as medical director of the New Jersey State Athletic Commission, to move to Davis, Calif., to follow the grandkids. In November I was elected to the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame for my work in developing the unified medical rules and regulations governing boxing, now in use around the world. I also applied these to the developing sport of mixed martial arts, and New Jersey was the first state to sanction the sport in its current form. My wife, Betty Forman Belafsky CW’62, retired from her law practice also. My daughter, Caryn Belafsky C’88, is practicing pediatrics and internal medicine in Medford, Ore., and my son, Peter, is director of the Voice and Swallowing Center at UC Davis.”
Lois Kushner Cohen CW’60, a consultant at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research in Bethesda, Md., has been named a Paul Rogers ambassador for global health research, and will work to build a national discussion about the issue.
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’61 | Ya’akov Aronson Ed ‘61 <aronson @mail.biu.ac.il>, who retired in 2004 after working 30 years in the Bar Ilan University Library in Ramat Gan, Israel (the last 18 of which as director), now works part time for that university’s Responsa Project, which was recently awarded the Israel Prize, the country’s equivalent of a Pulitzer. His five daughters are married and to date have added 21 grandchildren to the family, with three more on the way.
Frederick Rankin MacFadden Jr. Gr’61, emeritus professor of English at Coppin State University in Baltimore, writes that his short story, “Eagle One-Wing against a Spirit Woman,” was presented in May at the South Central Conference on Christianity and Literature that was sponsored by Xavier University.
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’62 | Gilbert W. Harrison W’62 L’65 is chair and chief executive officer of Financo, Inc., a New York investment-banking company he founded in 1971 that specializes in mergers, acquisitions, and divestures for the retail, apparel, and cosmetics industries. Recently he was named co-chair of the Educational Foundation for the Fashion Industries, the support body of the Fashion Institute of Technology (SUNY). He also serves as treasurer of the Southampton Hospital Foundation, and on the executive committee of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice.
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Thomas T. Allan C’63 wrote Mattasqwatt Island; his debut novel, it was published last year by Vantage Press.
John Herman Bunch PT’63, Raleigh, N.C., received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine last December, “for his years of service and dedication to the citizens of North Carolina.” He has provided physical therapy and athletic training to Carolinians for over 50 years, and served as president of the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy.
Vladimir Guerrero ME’63 G’69 wrote The Anza Trail and the Settling of California, which was published by Heyday Books in June 2006.
Jay Phelan C’63 wrote in early April, “Within a month of retiring from the U.S. Navy in 2005, I went to work as a NASA contract flight surgeon in Houston. An important part of my job is to spend time in Star City, Russia, taking care of our astronauts training for six-month tours on the International Space Station. I’m currently in my second stint there. I’ve not only worked with the astronauts, I’ve also met space tourists Greg Olsen, Anousheh Ansari, and Charles Simonyi. All three have paid Russia significant sums for the privilege of training long and hard for less than two weeks on the ISS. And they’ve all felt that they got their money’s worth. When I’m not in Russia, I continue working in Houston. I recently earned my NASA flight-surgeon wings, and am now certified to sit at the surgeon’s console in Mission Control. It’s a truly fascinating job, one that I could never have envisioned I’d be doing 44 years after graduation!”
Idaherma Williams GFA’63 (www.idaherma .com) emails, “I have a one-artist show of my woodblock prints, The 12 Labors of Hercules, through July 13, at the Erdman Art Gallery at the Princeton Theological Seminary. This exhibition was shown in London in Dec. 2005, and the Philadelphia Sketch Club last January. It will now be shown in Princeton with a new digital print. I also won a prize for printmaking in the art of the flower show at the sketch club in February.”
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’64 | Judd S. Levy W’64 was founder and CEO of the Community Development Trust, the country’s only real-estate investment trust dedicated to financing community-development projects, including affordable rental properties in West Philadelphia. In March he was confirmed as the new chair of both the New York State Housing Finance Agency and the State of New York Mortgage Agency. Judd lives in New York with his wife, Susan.
David L. Lightner G’64 wrote Slavery and the Commerce Power: How the Struggle Against the Interstate Slave Trade Led to the Civil War, which was published by Yale University Press in November.
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’66 | Dr. Arthur M. Shapiro C’66, pro-fessor of evolution and ecology in the Center for Population Biology at U.C. Davis, wrote Field Guide to Butterflies of the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento Valley Regions (University of California Press). He also released to public access the website (http:// butterfly.ucdavis.edu), which contains a 36-year butterfly-monitoring database, one of the two largest in the world (the other is in the U.K.). The database and site were developed with a grant from the National Science Foundation. “The data should be of interest to researchers working on biotic responses to global change.”
Hal Taussig Gr’66 was featured in a front-page story of The Philadelphia Inquirer on March 26, “Unsung fortune: Untours’ founder lives abundantly on little as his wealth aids world.” It tells of his travel company and the foundation he set up for low-interest loans; there is a brief video of him on its website (www.untoursfoundation.org).
Kathleen Hill Zichy CW’66 WG’71 <zichy@ aol.com> was recently appointed president and chief executive officer of the Forsyth Health Foundation in Boston, which she had joined in 2004 as president and COO. It finances biomedical research at the Forsyth Institute, an independent affiliate of Harvard University. She recently returned from an extended trekking expedition in Argentine and Chilean Patagonia, “with exciting accommodations that included the upper deck of a triple-decker bunk bed in I, Refugio Los Cuernos, a mountain hostel in Torres del Paine. Departing from Punta Arenas, I sailed to Ushuaia, disembarking by zodiac in unforgiving winds at Cape Horn. I had the opportunity to ascend the sheer precipice of this desolate outpost and site of 850 shipwrecks. The journey included horseback riding in the Ushuaia amidst the silver snows of the Suzanna Mountains.” Kathy is a tango dancer and the trip concluded with a bit of tango dancing in the milongas of Buenos Aires to break in her red patent leather tango shoes.
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’67 | Kenneth J. Artis C’67 <kenartis@ yahoo.com> has been elected to the board of the Black River Falls School District in Wisconsin.
Don Cassidy W’67 <Lake28Wh67@hotmail.com> emails that he “recently ‘retired’ after 16 years as senior analyst with funds tracker Lipper.” Now, he is founding president of the Retirement Investing Institute, an educational foundation with the “mission to educate Americans to be skilled investors without exposing them to any investment product-sales pressures (www.R-I-I.org).”
Richard R. Rulon L’67 is a founding partner of the immigration-law firm of Klasko, Rulon, Stock, & Seltzer LLP in Philadelphia. He was recently honored by the American Immigration Lawyers Association; he is a former chair of its foundation and a former chair of the Philadelphia chapter.
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Robert Hubbell W’70 has joined Cantor Fitzgerald L.P., in New York as managing director, communications and marketing. Previously he was an executive director at KPMG LLP.
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’71 | Barry M. Abelson L’71 is a senior partner in the corporate and securities practice group of the Philadelphia law firm of Pepper Hamilton LLP. In June he received the Blair Thompson Lifetime Venture Award from the Mid-Atlantic Capital Alliance, in “recognition of a successful role in furthering the region’s venture capital base.” He also serves on the boards of the Children’s Crisis Treatment Center, which provides mental health services to the city’s neediest children and their families, and Operation Warm, which nationally distributes coats to needy children; and on the board of Penn’s Institute of Law and Economics.
Dennis E. Gale GCP’71 is professor of public administration and political science at Rutgers University. He wrote Greater New Jersey: Living in the Shadow of Gotham, which was published in September by the Penn Press.
Alban Salaman C’71, a partner in the law firm of Holland & Knight LLP in Washington, was recently chosen by Worth magazine (December issue) as one of the top 100 trust and estate lawyers in the nation.
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’72 | John Jones WG’72 leads the provincial-reconstruction team for Diyala province in Iraq, which is a joint effort between the State Department and the Defense Department. With 27 years service in the U.S. Foreign Service, he volunteered for this, a radical change: “I selected Diyala because I knew it was going be a difficult place, but felt also that I had the ability with my experience as a [diplomat], which is really needed.”
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Edward Allan Brawley GrS’73, emeritus professor of social work at Arizona State University, has written a book on the life and work of Robert Hunter, Speaking Out for America’s Poor: A Millionaire Socialist in the Progressive Era, which was published by Humanity Books in March.
Dorothy Warner Greene CW’73 <dorygreene @hotmail.com> and Dr. Andrew C. Greene C’73 M’77 are proud to announce the marriage on May 12 of their son Brian Ross Greene to Robyn Elizabeth Fried, who had met in second grade and started dating during their senior year at Millburn High School in New Jersey (as did his parents). Brian, who attended Lafayette College and is studying for an MBA at Columbia Business School, is a summer intern associate in the investment-banking unit at JPMorgan Chase & Company in Manhattan. Robyn is an account supervisor in the consumer-marketing division of GCI Group, a public-relations agency in Manhattan. Dory and Andy’s older son, Evan, is an associate at Proskauer Rose, a law firm in Manhattan, and is married to Hilary Scop (a clarinetist with the Austin Symphony in Texas and the West Side Winds in Manhattan). Dory is executive editor of The American Journal for Nurse Practitioners and editor of Women’s Health Care: A Practical Journal for Nurse Practitioners. Andy is a cardiologist with Summit Medical Group, a multi-specialty practice located in Berkeley Heights, N.J.
Dr. James M. Seltzer C’73 M’77 wrote “Involuntary exposure to tobacco smoke in children,” which appeared in the fall edition of California Pediatrician. He also spoke at the November meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology on “The Environmental Evaluation of a Home: Evaluating Methods and Results” and “Air Filtration and Health Effects of Indoor Air Pollution.” He helped organize the symposium in December, at the University of California School of Medicine, “Mold: State of the Medical and Environmental Science,” where he spoke on “Mold, Fact and Controversy.” And in January he was a panel participant at a workshop held by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, on “Children’s Environmental Health Research: Past, present, and future.”
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’74 | Walter Jospin W’74 was recently elected board chair of the Anti-Defamation League, Southeastern Region. He is a partner in the Atlanta office of the law firm of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP, where he specializes in M&A, private equity, and SEC enforcement matters.
H. Ronald Klasko L’74 is chair and founding partner of the immigration-law firm of Klasko, Rulon, Stock, & Seltzer LLP in Philadelphia. He has been included, for the 10th year, in the 2007 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. He recently addressed a gathering of foreign medical graduates on immigration laws affecting their training in the U.S.
John Sopko C’74 has been appointed chief counsel for oversight and investigations for the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. He most recently served as deputy director at the Homeland Security Institute, after leading investigations for the House Select Committee on Homeland Security and the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations [see “Terror Investigator,” Gazette May|June 2004 (www.upenn.edu/gazette/0504/ 0504pro02.html)].
Roy Wepner L’74 wrote The Postwarriors: Boomers Aging Badly, which was published this year by iUniverse. “This series of essays, many published in The Princeton Packet, takes an inside look at the leading edge of the boomer generation as it careers headlong through middle age and toward points beyond. Explore how boomers have complicated everything from snobbery to coffee. Discover why boomers take themselves seriously, and why no one else should.”
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’75 | Emily Chalef Sanders CW’75, president of Sanders Financial Management, spoke on “India and the U.S.: Emerging Market Opportunities,” a symposium in April at Georgia Tech; it followed a tour of India by Georgia businesspeople, in which she participated.
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’76 | Steve Kieran GAr’76 and James Timberlake GAr’77 are partners of the Philadelphia architectural firm KieranTimberlake Associates LLP, which recently won six national AIA awards for their work, notably at Pierson and Davenport colleges at Yale University, the Noyes Community Recreation Center at Cornell University, and ‘green technology’ at Sidwell Friends School in Washington.
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Andy Jacobyansky C’77 <jacobyansky@ optonline .net> “After Penn I got an MBA at the University of Chicago, worked in New York as a banker, power-plant developer, and bond analyst, and for the past five years, have lived in East Hampton, with Ralph Gibson (Harvard, 1978), my partner of nearly 27 (!) years.”
James Timberlake GAr’77 see Steve Kieran GAr’76.
Nancy L. Walkley C’77 is Connecticut state manager and counsel for United General Title Insurance Company. She writes, “I am pleased to announce the graduation of my oldest child, Alison, from Dickinson College this year and her upcoming journey to Malawi as a Peace Corps Volunteer where she will be a community-health coordinator for the next two years. We are proud of her commitment to global community service and her bravery in doing so. My son, Ben, will be a freshman at Tufts University in the fall, leaving my husband, John, and I with an empty nestand an excuse to visit Africa.”
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Dr. Stephen L. Comite C’78 M’82 maintains a private dermatology practice in Manhattan, where he treats general and cosmetic skin conditions; he is affiliated with the dermatology department at Mount Sinai Medical Center. Recently he co-wrote a peer-reviewed paper on Botox injections to lessen hyperhidrosis, or increased sweating, that was published in the journal Dermatologic Surgery. He lectures frequently, and trains other physicians in cosmetic procedures.
Dr. Barbara J. Turner M’78 GEd’84 is professor of medicine and director of primary care physician-scientist fellowships at Penn. In April she was elected to the Board of Regents of the American College of Physicians.
Jordan Yarett L’78, a corporate partner in the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP in Manhattan, was named a “Dealmaker of the Year” in the April issue of The American Lawyer, for his representation of Lehman Brothers Inc., the lead underwriter and sole-structuring agent for Dunkin’ Brands Inc. (Dunkin’ Donuts, Baskin-Robbins, Togo’s) in its $1.7-billion assets securitization.
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’79 | Dr. Andrea Baldeck M’79 GM’84 received the Angell Medal in May from the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology for her distinguished service as a Museum supporter. Initially appointed to its board of overseers in 1991, she is a photographer and author, whose latest work is Closely Observed (2006).
Dr. Barry Fabius C’79 is president, BFHealthCare, a provider of physician services, and vice president and medical director, geriatrics, for Holy Redeemer Health System in Meadowbrook, Pa. He writes he is “still living in Valley Forge with my wife, Donna Boorse Fabius GNu’89, and three great kids.”
’81 | Baldev Lamba GLA’81 is principal of Lamba Associates, Inc., a landscape-architecture firm in Doylestown, Pa., and an associate professor of landscape architecture at Temple University. He helped design the First Ladies Water Garden, the showpiece of the new three-acre National Garden, adjacent to the U.S. Botanic Garden, the U.S. Capitol, and the National Museum of the American Indian. He and his wife, Marie Lamba C’84, plan to take their family to visit the garden this summer: “I hope the kids will be proud their dad had a hand in the creation of this monument. And I especially hope they will see how expressing their own culture can have a profound influence in the world.” For Baldev, who became a U.S. citizen in 1999, it is a symbol of belonging: “I feel like I have a claim on a piece of this grand landscape. Like I’m part of the fabric now.”
Lenore Diamond Robins WG’81 writes that she has been a professional artist for the past 20 years (www.LenoreDiamondRobins.com). She exhibits her “contemporary, three-dimensional wall art” through the Images Gallery of the Artists’ Guild of the Boca Raton Museum of Art; she currently serves as guild president. She is also represented by Art Fusion Galleries in Miami, the WIT Gallery in Lenox, Mass., and Indigo Gallery in Ft. Collins, Colo. She lives in Boca Raton, Fla., with her husband, Stephen, her daughter, Cara, and their golden retriever, Max.
Robert J. Rohrberger C’81 joined Fox Rothschild LLP in May as a partner in the litigation department and resident in its Roseland, N.J., office. He specializes in complex commercial litigation.
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’82 | Alex Klapwald C’82 has been promoted to vice president of manufacturing for Advantage Business Media, a business-to-business magazine and Internet publisher. His two sons, Aaron and Zachary, keep Alex and his wife, Marissa, busy with their many activities. “Aaron recently debuted on trombone in Flat Stanley, a ska band, and Zachary is heading for basketball playoffs in the local rec league, and is excited to be attending the Harry Potter camp at Penn this summer.”
Grace Oh Kraybill C’82 emails, “I have been home full-time since 2002 to be with our son, Jinsok, who turned five in June. I am looking to return to architecture in the next year or so. Anyone wishing to contact me: I live an hour outside of Philly <firstname.lastname@example.org>.”
Fr. James Martin W’82 wrote Becoming Who You Are: Insights on the True Self from Thomas Merton and Other Saints, which was published by Hidden Spring in September.
Liz Zinbarg Nover C’82 <LNover@gratz.edu> emails, “I have recently accepted a position as director of the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School of Gratz College, a university-level, pluralistic, adult Jewish education-program serving the greater Philadelphia area. I also train children for bat and bar mitzvah. I live in Doylestown with my husband, David, and family: We have two daughters, Lori (16) and Amanda (19), who has completed her freshman year at Tufts University.”
Jeff Penfil C’82 writes, “I have owned Preventive Dentistry and Laser Center in West Chester, Pa., for the last 15 years. I do cutting-edge (pun intended) dentistry: lasers, sleep-apnea treatment, Invisalign, etc. I also feel blessed for what life has given me: a wonderful wife (Sue), and two amazing daughters (Rachael and Alli), as well as a rewarding career. Therefore, I feel a strong need to give back, and am an elected director of both the Westtown-Goshen Rotary Club and Kesher Israel Congregation. I eventually expect to be president of both, but not at the same time.”
Andrew B. Robins C’82 is an officer and shareholder of the law firm of Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla in Middletown, N.J., who specializes in environmental law; in April he was inducted into the New Jersey Builders Association’s Associate Hall of Fame. He and his wife, Dr. Michele Schultz, live in Ocean, N.J., with their three children, Jake (14), Evan (13), and Aly (11).
Mark Tornetta EE’82 wrote in early April, “I am still living in Windermere, Fla., happily married to Dana Mendicino Tornetta, and we are proud parents of Alexandra Maria Tornetta (three). I miss all my old Penn friends a lot and hope to see as many of them as possible at the 25th Reunion. Do not believe anything you read about me if you google my name.”
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Jerry Epstein W’83 L’86 writes, “I was honored to have been profiled by the Legal Times in a feature story on ‘Ten of the Washington Area’s Top Business Litigation Attorneys.’ I’m still having a great time after 17 years at Jenner & Block, surrounded by amazingly talented and public-spirited colleagues. My wife, Jayme, and I are busy catching glimpses of our very independent daughter, Laura (15), while hoping our son, Alex (11), stays a kid for at least a few more years.”
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’84 | Beatrice Bernstein EAS’84, Glen Rock, N.J., vice president of operations for Flashpoint Medica in New York, was honored in May as a “Rising Star” by the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association. Also treasurer for Glen Rock Soccer, she is married to Jay Bernstein and has three children, Marc (eight), Eliana (11), and Raizel (13).
Brian L. Rubin W’84 co-wrote “Tips for the Newlywed Regulators: NASD, NYSE Merger is a Good Time to Rethink Regulatory Oversight,” which was published in The National Law Journal recently. He had been NASD’s deputy chief counsel of enforcement, and now is a Washington partner at the law firm of Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan, where he represents clients being investigated and prosecuted by the SEC, NASD, NYSE, and the states.
Shanin Specter L’84, Philadelphia, will this month receive the Milton D. Rosenberg Award from the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, for “devotion to injured victims, qualities of leadership, and service to the [association].”
Theodore Tysak Gr’84 is a principal scientist in the consumer and industrial specialties division of Rohm & Haas Company who specializes in floor-care research. He was recently honored with the company’s Otto Haas Award for Technical Excellence.
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’86 | Steven Cohen W’86 has been selected to receive the American Jewish Committee Southern New Jersey Community Service Award, for “his involvement in community-development activities and contributions to the Jewish community.” He and his wife, Stefanie Levine Cohen C’86 G’86, live in Cherry Hill with their three daughters, Jessica (14), Maddie (10), and Lizzie (six). He is a transactional lawyer at Morgan Lewis and co-manages the firm’s emerging business and technology practice, and Stefanie is working on her first novel.
Christine Himes G’86 Gr’89, Pompey, N.Y., professor of sociology at Syracuse University, received its 2007 University Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award, which is sponsored by the United Methodist Church.
Dr. David B. Nash WG’86 is associate dean and director of the Office of Health Policy and Clinical Outcomes at Thomas Jefferson University. He co-edited Practicing Medicine in the 21st Century, which was published last year by the American College of Physician Executives.
Gloria J. Roberts L’86 is vice president of service-experience leadership for the FedEx Corporation. Earlier this year she was named one of the “Top 50 Under 50 African-American MBAs.”
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’87 | Clint Broden C’87 married Nancy Kennedy in May 2006 on Grand Cayman Island; they traveled to Thailand for their honeymoon and now live in Dallas. He has been a partner in Broden & Mickelsen, practicing criminal defense since the firm was founded in 1998.
Rocco C. Cipparone Jr. L’87 is principal in the Law Offices of Rocco C. Cipparone Jr., in Haddon Heights, N.J. A former federal prosecutor, he specializes in complex federal criminal-defense and plaintiff’s personal- injury matters. He also teaches criminal practice at Rutgers University Law School.
Dr. Steven K. Gold W’87, Lexington, Mass., wrote Entrepreneur’s Notebook: Practical Advice for Starting a New Business Venture, which was re-released in January by ThincFast Publications.
Keith E. Gottfried W’87 writes, “I recently left my position in the Bush Administration as general counsel of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and joined the law firm of Blank Rome LLP as a partner in their Washington office.”
Dr. Pearl Steinbuch G’87 GrW’92 is director of the business school at Mount Ida College in Newton, Mass.; she will serve on the 2007-08 economics-1 peer-review committee for the Fulbright senior-specialists program.
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Rabbi Niles Elliot Goldstein C’88 is founding rabbi of the New Shul in Manhattan. His Gonzo Judaism: A Bold Path for Renewing an Ancient Faith, was published in September by St. Martin’s Press.
Joe Granda EE’88 WG’93 emails, “I have recently taken on a new role as EVP, marketing, for Syclo. It is an exciting opportunity since Syclo has over 700 customers in 29 countries, and is a leader in mobile software for extending enterprise applications built on a mobile platform recognized by Gartner Research. I would be glad to hear from old friends at <email@example.com>.”
Claudia Horwitz C’88 is part of a collaborative that produced the short video Exploring Liberation Spirituality: Growing a Movement of Spiritual Activism (www.stonecircles.org).
Girish Pancha GEE’88 is executive vice president of products for Informatica, a data-integration company in Redwood City, Calif.
Marshall J. Walthew L’88 has joined the commercial-litigation practice group of Pepper Hamilton LLP, as a partner in its Philadelphia office. Previously he was a partner with Dechert LLP, where he had practiced since 1989. He serves on the board of the Haverford College Arboretum Association.
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’89 | Daniel G. Bauer C’89 has served as head football coach and assistant principal at Beverly High School in Massachusetts, after seven years as the defensive coordinator at Tufts University. He was recently named Coach of the Year for the North Shore by the Lynn Daily Item. Last year he led the school team to a 9-1 record, including a 28-7 rout of its archrival, Salem. He and his wife, Bethany Donovan Bauer Nu’89, have two children, son Zach and daughter Mackenzie.
Christopher G. Brown C’89 in May became a named partner in the law firm of Begos, Horgan & Brown LLP in Westport, Conn.; he has been with the firm since 2002. He specializes in financial and insurance litigation.
Eli Cardet C’89 is director of flagship projects and global retail design for Aveda Corporation in New York. She emails, “to share the news on a wonderfully completed project in Madrid. The new Aveda Lifestyle Salon and Spa in the Salamanca neighborhood is the flagship for the launch of the brand in Spain.” As the architectural-design director, she worked with Irama Pradera W’89, a partner at Proyectos Retiro, and project coordinator for the construction. “The project was a case study in innovative, sustainable design strategies such as grey-water recycling, 100% FSC woods, and zero VOC paints. It is featured in Vogue Español and AD Spain in May and June respectively. This has been a very rewarding year, having also completed the new Aveda Lifestyle Salon and Spa in Osaka, Japan, and the new global retail design prototype for the Aveda stores. Would love to hear from friends at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.”
David P. France C’89 writes, “Laurenz and I are moving to Switzerland: He accepted a job with Novartis in his hometown of Basle. I plan to travel back and forth to New York.”
Clare Metcalf C’89 was promoted in May to senior client partner in the consumer-market department of the Chicago office of Korn/Ferry International, an executive recruitment firm.
Warren Thune C’89 married Tama Freedman on Dec. 23 in Delray Beach, Fla. Groomsmen included Howard Herman C’89, Tom Nissley C’89, and Todd Siff C’89. Warren and Tama live in Washington, where he is an executive director for the Corporate Executive Board and she teaches high-school English in Montgomery County, Md.
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’90 | Warwick Anderson G’90 Gr’92 is a professor of medical history and the history of science at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He wrote Colonial Pathologies: American Tropical Medicine, Race, and Hygiene in the Philippines, which was published last year by Duke University Press. His earlier work, The Cultivation of Whiteness: Science, Health, and Racial Destiny in Australia (2003), was re-released as a paperback by Duke last year.
Alan Berger GLA’90, an associate professor of landscape architecture at Harvard University, has been awarded a Rome Prize by the American Academy in Rome. Provided with a stipend, a studio, and room and board for up to two years, he will extend his work on the reclamation and re-use of despoiled and derelict places by examining the famous Pontine Marshes, which first had drainage attempts in 312 BCE, when the Via Appia was built through them.
Amy Egger C’90 and James Kaplan WG’96 are thrilled to announce the birth of their son, Matthew Eric Kaplan, on April 26; he joined big brother Adam (two). They live in Manhattan, where Amy is of counsel in the real-estate department of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker, and James is a principal at McKinsey & Company.
Tim Jannetta C’90 WG’98 married Kate Hartnett in December. “My brothers, Steve Jannetta W’86 L’89 and Greg Jannetta W’88 WG’94, served as best men; Michael Hill C’91, John Pearce C’91 WG’98, and Frank Markey WG’98 served as groomsmen; and Michael Baker WG’98 did a reading. Kate and I live in Rosemont, Pa. I work for Morgan Stanley Investment Management in public fund sales.”
Fabio Marino EAS’90 writes, “My wife, Robin, and I are proud to announce the birth of our daughter Sofia. We live in the Willow Glen area of San Jose, Calif., and I am partner with Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP in Menlo Park, where I specialize in patent litigation and lead the firm’s strategic IP-counseling practice.”
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’91 | David E. Kanter EAS’91 W’91 <email@example.com> emails that he is very happy to have returned to live and work in Philadelphia as faculty at Temple University in the College of Education (science education). He takes his research on biology teaching and learning in urban schools, including his NIH-funded “Minority K-12 Initiative for Teachers and Students” (www.temple.edu/crhde/BioQ). “This project aims to help Philadelphia area teachers use the project-based biology curricula, and the technology that goes with them, that I designed and tested in Chicago. I would love to connect with people in town doing related work.”
Nicholas D. Paige G’91 Gr’96 is assistant professor of French at the University of California, Berkeley. He edited and translated Zayde, by Marie-Madeleine Lafayette, which was published by the University of Chicago Press last year.
Alyssa Goldstein Sepinwall C’91 is an associate professor of history at California State University, San Marcos. She wrote The Abbé Grégoire and the French Revolution: The Making of Modern Universalism, which was published in 2005 by the University of California Press.
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’92 | Steve Coopersmith C’92 writes, “I recently moved my law practice to the San Diego law firm La Bella & McNamara LLP. I continue as a business litigator, but will also handle securities and internal corporate investigations and some white-collar criminal defense. My wife, Tanya, and I live in a beach town just north of sunny San Diego and enjoy all that this wonderful area has to offer.”
Mary Donoghue C’92 and Aaron Donoghue C’92 joyfully announce the birth of third daughter, Emily Margaret, last September; she joined big sisters Marion (six) and Maeve (four). “Aaron is now an attending physician in the emergency department and critical-care department at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. I am still taking a break from teaching, staying home with the girls in our ‘new’ old home in Bala Cynwyd, a suburb of Philly. Aaron <firstname.lastname@example.org> and I <email@example.com> would love to hear from our old Penn friends with whom we’ve lost touch.”
Elizabeth Gerst C’92 and her husband, Nick Ivanov, are delighted to announce the birth of their first child, Emma Rose Ivanov, on Nov. 12 in New York. Elizabeth is now working at CNBC, where she is a producer on Closing Bell with Maria Bartiromo.
Ruthlyn Greenfield-Webster Nu’92 writes, “Co-captain of the Penn women’s track and field team 1991-92, last fall I came out of retirement and after 14 years resumed active competition. This past March I traveled to Boston for the USA Track and Field 2007 National Indoor Masters Championships. All of the following applies to my age group, women 35-39. I won a gold medal in the women’s triple jump, successfully becoming the 2007 national champion, and won a silver medal in the long jump. I am ranked #1 in the USA in the women’s triple jump, and earned All-American status in both the triple jump and the long jump. I have submitted my results for world ranking, but the 2007 rankings have not been done as yet; I think from what I’ve seen in the 2006 rankings that I should be in at least the top 15. I plan on attending the world masters championships in Italy this September. I will be competing in some local meets in the tri-state area over the summer, and then going up to Maine for the outdoor national championships, Aug. 2-5. I live in Yonkers, N.Y., with my husband and two daughters, now four and eight. I am still a practicing registered nurse, and owner of Greenfield-Webster Consulting, LLC (www.greenfieldwebsterconsulting.com), a medical-legal consulting company. I also play competitive volleyball and I bowl.”
Kristen A. Haring C’92 wrote Ham Radio’s Technical Culture, which was published in January by MIT Press.
Scott L. Hawley C’92 W’92 co-wrote Museums of Atlanta: A Guide for Residents and Visitors, which was published recently by Westholme Publishing.
David Perry C’92 emailed in early April, “Finally something good to announce! I have just completed requirements for a master’s in library and information science at Drexel University. I am working at the Swedenborg Library of Bryn Athyn College, just outside of Philadelphia, and enjoying it very much. I am also planning an August wedding to the lovely Tiffany Keal. I would love to hear from any Penn friends at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.”
Jennifer B. Reich C’92 co-edited the book How to Lose 9,000 lbs. (or Less): Advice From 516 Dieters Who Did, which was published in Jan. 2006 by Hundreds of Heads Books.
Glenn Yeck C’92 <email@example.com> emailed in late April, “I hope the 15th Reunion went well, and am sorry I couldn’t be there to participate. The nation called, and I’m currently serving as the first U.S. Naval Attaché to Nigeria. Pretty interesting work actually, tackling such issues as maritime security, piracy, fisheries poaching, oil bunkering, human smuggling, arms trafficking, and the like. Will be back in the States in mid-June, perhaps to return to school to study environmental law, pending admissions results. Otherwise it’ll be back to work on the wildlife law-enforcement beat in Miami and South Florida. Please drop a line, and check out (www.yeckart.com) in the meantime.”
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Eric Blank W’93, Las Vegas, is an attorney and television legal analyst. He wrote and recently published The Success of Robert Fitzgibbons, “an inspirational illustrated book … that encourages people of all ages to discover and realize their dreams. The central message is, It’s never too late to follow your heart (www.robertfitzgibbons.com).”
Maryellen Feehery Hank EAS’93 L’98 married Matthew Hank on April 1, 2006, in Philadelphia. Many alumni shared this special day with them, including matron-of-honor Kathleen Feehery Johnson C’96 EAS’96 L’01, best man Chad Boonswang C’93, and wedding party members Bill Feehery EAS’92, Paul Feehery EAS’97, and Sonia Verma Parekh W’93. Other Penn guests came to celebrate: Jennifer Yang W’93, Michael Whidden C’93 and Christie Shaw Whidden W’93, Nancy Boudreau C’93, Valerie Brand Pipano C’96, Beth Seyle Fenton L’98, Michele Hangley L’98, Amanda Goff L’98, Robert Murray L’98, Jake Kobrick L’98, Jeff Gross L’98, Andy Gavrin L’98 WG’04 and Lori Krim Gavrin Gr’01, Kim Johnsen L’98, Nancy Pace L’98, Jason Menegakis L’98, David Kessler GFA’97 L’97, and Genevieve Noone Parsons M’97. Maryellen is a partner specializing in intellectual-property with Reed Smith; she and Matt live in Center City Philadelphia.
Peter Kindel GCP’93 GAr’94 <peter.kindel @topografis.com> emails, “After 12 years with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP in Chicago, I am excited to report I have initiated a new architecture firm specializing in large-scale, mixed-use projects. Called Topografisfrom the Greek topo (place) and grafis (image)it will specialize in sustainable urbanism, with an emphasis on both economic and environmental issues. I welcome any contact with or references from alumni who are in development, real estate, or allied fields. Please visit our site (www.topografis.com) or email me directly.”
Adam Naddelman C’93 and Dana Lucci-Naddelman W’94 celebrated their 10th anniversary in May. (They met at Penn the fall of 1992: Many alumni were at their wedding, including best man Rob Naddelman C’95 and maid of honor Jeanne Mahoney C’94.) They recently welcomed their third child, Sarah Anne, last October, who joined big brothers Jacob (five) and Zachary (three). Adam is executive vice president and managing partner of Princeton Nassau Pediatrics, a 15-physician general pediatric practice with offices in Princeton and West Windsor, N.J. “We live in Princeton, and still keep in touch with lots of good friends from Penn.”
Tedor Whitman G’93 joined Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo in April as curator of education. He had been director of adult education and biological stewardship at Teatown Lake Reservation in Yorktown, N.Y.
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’94 | Laurie Stalberg Gigliotti C’94 “My husband, Aaron, and I are delighted to announce the birth of our second child, Ivan Alexander Gigliotti, on Feb. 16 in Santa Monica, Calif.; he weighed a healthy 8 lbs. 13 oz. He joined his older brother Bruno at our home in Sherman Oaks. With two boys 15 months apart, we have our hands a little full right now, but I would love to hear from old Penn friends at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.”
Dana Lucci-Naddelman W’94 see Adam Naddelman C’93.
Renee Ryerson Marousis C’94 writes, “My husband, Kostas, and I are wrapped entirely around the fingers of our twin daughters, Eleni Melissa and Zoe Morgan, who were born in Chicago on Sept. 13. Leveraging their influence in the household, Eleni and Zoe recently launched the ‘Down with puréed zucchini’ campaign, which the competition responded to with the gorilla-marketing tactic, ‘disguise-the-zucchini-in-the-rice-cereal.’ Results are still pending.”
Dan Simon C’94 and his wife, Katherine, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Harley Stephen Simon, and their first child. They live in San Francisco, where Dan works as an on-air correspondent for CNN.
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’95 | Wendy Feiner C’95 and Matt Feiner W’95 L’98 proudly announce the birth of their son, Joshua Max, on March 4; he weighed 7 lbs. 1 oz. They live in Newton, Mass., where Matt is corporate counsel for Oracle Corporation. They would love to hear from Penn friends at <email@example.com>.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,
Courtney Mizel Green W’95 writes, “My husband, Steven, and I are excited to announce the birth of our daughter, Isabella Grace Green, on Jan. 23; her big sister, Zoë (17 months at the time), couldn’t have bern more excited. We are currently living in Denver, where I am the interim director of the Center for Empowered Living and Learning, which will open in September with an interactive, multimedia exhibit, Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere; Understanding the Threat of Terrorism.”
Kali N. Gross G’95 Gr’99 is an assistant professor of history and director of Africana studies at Drexel University. She wrote Colored Amazons: Crime, Violence, and Black Women in the City of Brotherly Love, 1880-1910, which was published in September by Duke University Press.
Jaimy Levine Hamburg L’95 has been promoted to counsel at Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP, where she practices environmental law and litigation. She and her husband, Jeff, live in Chicago with their children Gabe (five) and Goldie (three).
Cara Lockwood C’95 wrote Wuthering High, which was published through MTV Books/Pocket Books last year; her fifth novel, it is her first for a teen audience.
Dorian Mazurkevich C’95 was recently appointed U.S. regional intellectual-property attaché for Latin America for the U.S. Department of Commerce; he is based in the U.S. Consulate General in São Paulo.
Charisse Y. Tang W’95 and her husband, Timothy, are very happy to announce the birth of their fourth child, Paul, on Nov. 3 (7 lbs. 15 oz., and 20.5 inches). He joined 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.
Jessica Wallack-Cohen C’95 and Andrew Cohen are happy to announce the birth of their daughter, Alexandra Cooper Cohen, on Jan. 16 in San Francisco.
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’96 | Deborah Chasan-Sloan C’96 writes, “My husband, Dave, and I are thrilled to announce the birth of our fourth child, Raphael Isaac, on Sept. 27. He joins big brother Rami (five) and twin sisters Penina and Gabriella (two). We live in Washington, where I am an attorney with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Dave works for IBM.”
David Gallai C’96 see Joanna Mack Gallai C’97.
James Kaplan WG’96 see Amy Egger C’90.
Andra Fogel Shea C’96 and her husband, Barry, are thrilled to announce the birth of Charles Ryan Shea, on March 27. They live in Boston, where Andra works in marketing for a financial-services firm and Barry is a pulmonary and critical care fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Lee Stern C’96 and Matthew Stern C’96 announce the birth of their daughter, Lana Meredith Stern, on March 6.
Todd Whitenack C’96 writes, “My wife, Ginger Brang Whitenack, and I are pleased to announce the birth of our daughter, Lyla James Whitenack, on March 25 at New York Presbyterian Hospital. She was 6 lbs. 8 oz., 20 inches long, and absolutely adorable. We live in the West Village. Ginger is a freelance fashion editor for several major fashion magazines and I am a director on the investment-management team at BBR Partners, a multi-family office in New York. I’d love to hear from alumni at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.”
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’97 | Kristen Chasse Agami Nu’97 <email@example.com> would love to hear from classmates and friends. “The 10th Reunion had me thinking a lot about all the good and hard times at Penn. On the radio, Pearl Jam songs remind me of freshman year: Ware College House with Laura, John, Jeannie, and Lori. Remember that dinky computer room? Sophomore yearsynchronized swimming! I still cannot hear any Lion King song without memories of those friends. Remember feeling like we’d drown doing an eight-person Ferris wheel under water? This was the hardest year for a nursing student and I will never forget my friendship with Paula Sones Nu’97. Junior and senior yearSparks Dance Company. I still dream about going back to college for another degree and rejoining Sparks! Christie, Meghan, Christine, Bonnie, everyone! Your faces are still clear in my mind. Will you ever forget Roger Williams’ ‘Follies,’ Enya’s ‘Sail Away,’ or Billy Joel’s ‘Italian Restaurant’? Even George Michael’s ‘Freedom’ song brings back good memories and I wasn’t even in that dance! Yet, now it’s starting to feel farther away; recently, I joined an adult jazz dance class in Reading, Mass. I think my performing years are over. To all my Arts House neighbors in the Highrise, thanks for listening and procrastinating with me. I will also never forget the time two people from my Bible-study group brought me homemade chocolate-chip cookies during finals week. What have I been up to? Well, I beat the odds and married my high-school sweetheart Mark Agami in Oct. 1999. My daughter, Rebecca Anne, was born in May 2002 (and to sleep at night, still listens to Enya). Daniel Mark was born in Sept. 2005; he loves to dance in circles right now. Rusted Root is his current favorite. Hey, didn’t I see that concert too?! I work per diem as a nurse at Children’s Hospital Boston. Michelle Mooney Hoang Nu’97, I talk to you three times a week, so what can I say?! Thanks for sticking by me and listening through our sleep-deprived young-child years! To all of the wonderful people who touched my life from 1993 to 1997, I wish you all happiness and the ability to enjoy the simple things in life. I want you to know that everyone in my college years will be a part of me forever!”
Jennifer Jaye Cheifetz C’97 GEd’00 and Dr. Andrew T. Cheifetz D’01 GEd’01 proudly announce the birth of their daughter, Layla Faryn Cheifetz, on March 8. “She was welcomed by big brother Cooper (a year and a half at the time), who smiles at the sight of his baby sister, and Gracie (dog) who woefully retreats to the bedroom, realizing there is now another child to steal the attention away from her.” The happy (yet tired) family live in Amherst, N.H., where Andrew is a pediatric dentist. They would love to hear from old friends at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Randy Figatner Epstein W’97 <Repstein@ myredshoesllc.com> is thrilled to announce the birth of Sima and Maya; the twins join their two older sisters, Orli and Ella. Randy is co-founder of a real-estate management company and runs a consulting practice that maximizes business cash flow.
Joanna Mack Gallai C’97 and David Gallai C’96 welcomed their second child, Leora, into the family in February. She joined big brother Benjamin (three); they live in Forest Hills, N.Y. David is an attorney at Chadbourne & Parke LLP, and specializes in employment and employee-benefit matters. Joanna is vice president of communications for PennNYC, the alumni association of New York City. “Sign up for the listserv (www.pennnyc.org). It’s free!”
Stephanie Simon Katz C’97 writes, “My husband, Bennett, and I are thrilled to announce the birth of our daughter, Thea Shai, on Dec. 18 in New York.”
Elisa Behar Lemmer C’97 L’00 and Graeme Lemmer EAS’97 are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter, Sadie Amelia, on April 5. She joined big brother Zachary, who already has taken her under his wing. Graeme, Elisa, Zachary, and Sadie live in South Florida, where Elisa is an attorney at Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP, and Graeme is a project manager at JM Family Enterprises. They both would love to hear from their old classmates at <email@example.com>.
Leslie Levin L’97 has joined the law firm of Cuddy & Feder as special counsel in the trusts and estates department of its White Plains (N.Y.) office. Previously she was with Troutman Sanders.
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Ashley Nichols Blevins W’98 and her husband, Webb, are thrilled to announce the arrival of their third child, Frances McKinley Blevins, on April 15. She joined her big sister Royce (four) and big brother Harry (two) in the family.
Sasha Schamber Chriss C’98 <schriss@ post.harvard.edu> and her husband, Alex, are proud to announce the birth of their second child, Peter William Chriss: he joined big brother Matthew (two) and the rest of the family in Austin, Tex.
Laura Dave C’98 wrote London Is the Best City in America; her debut novel, it was published last year by Viking.
Shannon Dietzmann Elliott C’98 married Brent Elliott on July 29, 2006, in Ridley Park, Pa.; the wedding party included her brother, Joseph Dietzmann EAS’96, and fellow Alpha Phi, Amy McAllister Solwecki C’00. Many alumni celebrated with the bride and groom, including her friends Jessica Cray Ferry C’97 GEd’98, Caroline Chait Berens C’97, Denise Valukonis Ochs C’99 and Christopher Ochs W’00, Denise Tiedeman Gerber C’99, Patti Cho C’99, Corey Ventetuolo C’99, Tiffany Watkins C’98, Alma Gilo EAS’96, Sean Jenkins W’96, Tim Kelly W’98, Mike Mendelsohn W’98, and Matt McAllister C’02. Shannon and Brent honeymooned in Riviera Maya before returning to their home outside Philadelphia. They both work for Urban Outfitters Inc. in Philadelphia: She is a senior buyer for the Anthropologie home division and he is an associate import manager.
Laurie Flanagan Nu’98, Brighton, Mass., a nurse in the Dana-1 adult-infusion clinic at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, was recognized in the annual “Salute to Nurses of BostonWorks,” that appeared in the May 6 supplement to The Boston Globe.
Michael Schleigh C’98 <firstname.lastname@example.org> emails that he graduated in May from the Beasley School of Law of Temple University with an LLM in trial advocacy. “My wife of two years, Shelley Beard, and I have settled in Lansdowne, Pa.”
Kimberly Coulter Shoptaw C’98 writes, “My daughter, Sadie Michele Shoptaw, was born on Jan. 18. I live in Orange, Calif., with my husband, Mark, and two cats, Cowboy and Karma.”
Jill Tanen C’98 married Jordan Kuhn on March 3 at the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami. Alumni attending the wedding included Darren Levy W’98, Ben Prusky EAS’96 W’96, Serena Godwin C’96, Joseph Fernandez W’00, and Avi Kollenscher W’02. Jill and Jordan live in Tampa; she has opened her own real-estate marking firm there, after working for the Related Companies and Starwood Hotels & Resorts in New York. Last October she graduated from Columbia University with a master’s in real-estate development. He recently joined his family’s car dealership, Kuhn Honda-Volkswagen in Tampa, after receiving his MBA from New York University.
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’99 | Rebecca Heller Block C’99 and her husband, Kevin, are thrilled to announce the birth of their son, Joshua Gordon, on Feb. 20. They live in Houston, Tex., where she is a consultant for a non-profit consulting firm.
Bradley Coburn W’99 <email@example.com> was selected as a “Texas Rising Star” in the April issue of Texas Monthly. He practices intellectual property and commercial litigation in Austin at Fish & Richardson, P.C.
Scott Glosserman C’99 directed, produced, and co-wrote Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006), about a documentary crew and a serial killer. He is working on two new features, “Tal,” based on Paul Fenimore Cooper’s novel, and “Mudville,” a fusion of baseball fact and folklore. He lives in Hollywood with his dog, Bailey.
Leslie Adelson Lewin C’99 and her husband, Nick, are thrilled to announce the birth of their son, Samuel Leo Lewin, on Dec. 8. Leslie and Nick live in New York, and are enjoying their time with Sam immensely. She is the camp director at Seeds of Peace, an international not-for-profit that works with youth in conflict regions, and is pursuing an MPA in nonprofit management at NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service.
Natalie Georgakis Pauli EAS’99 and Samuel Pauli are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter, Alexa Sofia, on March 15; she weighed 5 lbs. 14 oz., and is rapidly growing. They live in Hamden, Conn., where Natalie is finishing her internal-medicine residency and will work as a hospitalist at Yale-New Haven Hospital this fall.
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’00 | Brooke Agulnick W’00 married Todd Wise C’01 on April 28 at the Crystal Plaza in Livingston, N.J. “It was a fun-filled weekend and included many alumni. In the wedding party were Allison Menell Lean C’99, Allison Davis Starr C’00, Richard Lapidos W’02, Jon Gerstein C’01, Mike Moskowitz W’00, Peter Rackoff EAS’01, and Alex Abrams C’00. Other alumni attending included Michael Lean C’98, Rachel King Gerstein C’03, Jennifer Young Abrams C’02, Melissa Freed Cohen C’99, Gary Trief C’01, Lauren Silbert C’03, Jennifer Silbert O’Neil-Dunne C’98, Matt Fedors EAS’01, Brian Hindo C’02, and Mark Valenti EAS’01.”
Bret J. Danow L’00 married Stacy Meyer on March 24 at the Pearl River Hilton in Pearl River, N.Y. Attending the celebration were Matthew Danow L’99, Brad Dashoff L’00, Mark Wetzstein L’00, Jason Dougal L’99, Seth Ladetsky C’96, Michael Kraver C’99 L’02, and Rachel Marcus C’99. Bret and Stacy live in New York, where he is an associate at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP and she is a designer of children’s clothing at Longstreet.
Benjy Grinberg C’00 writes that after graduating he immediately headed to New York, where he worked as executive assistant to the president of Arista Records. When the latter left to become president of Island Def Jam, Benjy started Rostrum Records on his own. Since 2003 he has had an artist with a #1 Billboard single and “three other projects on the verge of becoming internationally acclaimed acts. Rostrum Records was most recently featured in the ‘Breaking’ section of Rolling Stone magazine, along with our top hip-hop act, Wiz Khalifa, out of Pittsburgh.”
Meryl Koenig C’00 married Jay Sole on Dec. 16 at the Sephardic Temple in Cedarhurst, N.Y. The bridesmaids included Hilary Steuer Grasso C’00; also attending were Benjamin Shoval W’00, Noah Rosenthal C’00, Jeremie Dufault C’00, Tara Gray EAS’00, Karen Conn Mavros C’00, David Danish W’00, Brian Cohen C’00, Sandra Berkowitz Gaffner C’92, and Dylan Brooks W’00. Meryl and Jay enjoyed their honeymoon aboard the Queen Mary 2. She is a faculty member in the music department of Adelphi University and freelances as a French hornist <firstname.lastname@example.org>. He is an associate securities analyst at Morgan Stanley. They live in White Plains, N.Y.
Rachel Mesch Gr’00 is an assistant professor of French at Columbia University. She wrote The Hysteric’s Revenge: French Women Writers at the Fin de Siècle, which was published by Vanderbilt University Press last year.
Katy Platt C’00 married Jason Miller C’00 on Aug. 25, 2006, at the Coonamessett Inn in Falmouth, Mass. They were thrilled so many Penn friends joined them in the celebration. The wedding party included Katy’s father, John Platt M’77, and Susan Altman Weinstein C’00, Dr. Mark Metzl C’00, Dr. Michael Flicker C’00, Brian Snyder W’00, and Steve Fechheimer W’00. Also attending were Gina Rossitto Fechheimer W’00, Emily Johnson C’00, Jake Peters EAS’01 W’01, Nicole Davison W’01, and Michael Fox W’02. Katy and Jason enjoyed a leisurely honeymoon in the Greek isles and then returned to Menlo Park, Calif., where he is a consultant for BCG and she is finishing up her MBA at Stanford.
Lloyd Rosenman W’00 married Brooke Cohen on March 31 at Fresh Meadow Country Club in Great Neck, N.Y. Alumni in the bridal party included Jeffrey Hoffner W’00, Jon Hurwitz W’00, Josh Heald W’00, and Lloyd’s sister, Hayley Rejwan C’96. Other alumni attending included Lindsay Faber Chiat C’00 and Michael Chiat C’00, Kimberly Epstein Schlenger C’00, Samatha Shevins Chalson W’00, and Daniel Goldman C’00 and Pamela Ritter Goldman W’00 L’05. Lloyd, who works in his family’s business, Stuyvesant Fuel Service Corp., with his father, Martin Rosenman W’66, and brother can be reached at <lrosenman@ stuyfuel.com>. Brooke is a manager at Deloitte in the multi-state tax group.
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’01 | Dr. Andrew T. Cheifetz D’01 GEd’01 see Jennifer Jaye Cheifetz C’97 GEd’00.
Pam Jenoff L’01 wrote The Kommandant’s Girl, which was published in March by Mira Books; her first novel, it is set in Nazi-occupied Poland.
Aaron Karo W’01 this September is celebrating the 10th anniversary of his column, “Ruminations,” which began as an email sent to 20 people from his Quad dorm room in 1997, and has since spawned two bestselling books and an email column with over 50,000 subscribers around the world (www.AaronKaro.com). He currently lives in Los Angeles.
Jill Rothkopf C’01 married Jonathan Steinberg on March 24 at Angel Orensanz Foundation in New York. Participating in the wedding were bridesmaids Lisa Silver C’01, Meryl Cohen Levin C’01, and Tara Glenn C’02. Other alumni attending the wedding were Amanda Scheiner C’01, Julia Gabella C’01, Marilyn Assicurato C’01, Mark Lion C’02, Philippa Content C’00, Julia Rubenfeld C’03, Leslie K. Gleser C’01 and Alex Gleser W’00, Stef Poulos-Hopkins C’01 and Justin Hopkins C’01, Jennifer Landsidle C’01, and Joey Levin EAS’01 W’01. Jill and Jon live in New York, where she teaches in a collaborative kindergarten class at PS 41, The Greenwich Village School. He is managing director of sales at a boutique broker-dealer, DeMatteo Monness. They met in 2005 when they were set up on a blind date.
Todd Wise C’01 see Brooke Agulnick W’00.
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’02 | Lisa Ratner Fieldston W’02 married Ross Fieldston C’02 at the Essex House hotel in New York on Aug. 19, 2006. They had dated since their freshman year; they met while living down the hall from each other in the Quad. The bridesmaids included Melissa Birnbaum C’02, Alexandra Certilman C’02, Nicole Wallen Heffner C’02, Margo Katz Rosenberg C’00, Melanie Schmid C’02, and Danielle Weiss C’02. Ross’s best men were his brothers, Evan Fieldston M’02 WG’03, Todd Fieldston C’04, and Brett Fieldston (Columbia), and his groomsmen included Alexander Crisses W’02, Richard Finkelstein C’02, and Andrew Glaser EAS’02 W’02. Other family and friends who helped to celebrate included Ross’s parents, Gail Seideman Fieldston GEd’73 and Ken Fieldston D’74, Dale Borenstein Bell MT’81 and Allan Bell C’81, Russell Dritz W’01, Mark Ellis C’01, Marcy Roffe-Franz C’86 and Peter Franz W’86, Gay Levine Gershoni W’69, Dara Gilwit Hammerman C’00, David Kay C’01, Erica Keenholtz C’02, Bianca Keyfetz W’02, Russell Kling W’01, Milton Lewin W’83, Jill Linker C’02, John Matley W’02, Joshua Miller L’05, Brad Rosenberg W’00, Adam Shapiro L’96, Karen Stone L’05, Diane Young Uniman C’76 and Howard Uniman W’77, and Leslie Wepner W’02. After a wonderful two-week honeymoon in Tahiti, Lisa and Ross returned to New York, where they live; she is an associate in the private-client group at Dechert LLP and he is an associate in the corporate department at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.
Michael Williams C’02 see Lauren Furst C’04.
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Danielle Contillo W’03 and Michael Razewski W’03 are excited to announce their engagement. He proposed on Vail Mountain, on March 2. They began dating at Penn in 2001, after working on a marketing project together for Professor Kahn’s Marketing 211: Consumer Behavior Class. Michael works as a financial analyst in New York; Danielle graduated from Cardozo Law School in May, and begins her career as an assistant district attorney for New York County in the fall. They plan to marry on June 14, 2008, at the Sagamore Resort on Lake George.
Ainka J. Fulani WG’03 writes that she has returned to the University of California at Berkeley in the new position of associate director for MBA career advising and programs, Haas School of Business. Most recently she was manager of operations for recruiting and staffing at Gap, Inc.
Matthew Mallet CW’03 and Melissa Kaufman C’03 are happy to announce their engagement. The proposal took place in the Logan Airport baggage claim: While they were waiting for his luggage, she noticed a large box on the baggage carousal with the message Melissa Kaufman, will you marry me? He is currently working in his family printing business in Pittsburgh <email@example.com>, and she is completing her final year at UCLA Law before moving to Pittsburgh <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Dennis Mahoney Tupper W’03 married Gina Marie Iannaccone on March 24 at his high school, Delbarton, in Morristown, N.J., and the reception was held at the Pleasantdale Chateau. Catherine M. Tupper C’06 was a bridesmaid. Dennis and Gina live in Jersey City.
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’04 | Lauren Furst C’04 married Michael Williams C’02 on Oct. 7 at the Puck Building in New York. Alumni in the wedding party included Lauren’s father, Allen Furst W’75, bridesmaids Faye Arrington C’04 and Sarah Lux C’04, and groomsman Mark Seigel W’02. Lauren and Michael live in New York, where she is a planner for Lord & Taylor and he is a senior product manager for ITG.
Jane Gordon G’04 Gr’05 teaches political science at Temple University, where she is also associate director of the Institute for the Study of Race and Social Thought. She co-edited A Companion to African-American Studies (Blackwell’s, 2006) and Not Only the Master’s Tools: African-American Studies in Theory and Practice (Paradigm Publishers, 2006).
Stacey E. V. Wood C’04 has been selected as a 2007 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellow, which is funded by the U.S. Department of State. She plans to pursue a master’s degree in international relations and then join the Foreign Service. As part of the program, this summer she works for a member of Congress on international affairs, and in the summer of 2008 will serve overseas in a U.S. embassy.
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’06 | Melody Joy Kramer C’06 writes “I just got a new job, which will hopefully prevent my parents from forcibly enrolling me in medical school. I’m now a writer and producer for Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me, NPR’s humorous-news trivia show. It records in front of a live audience on Thursdays in Chicago, which means I’m leaving NPR in D.C. and heading to the Midwest. I’d love to hear from any Quakers in the Chicago area, as well as anyone who has any funny story ideas for the show, at <email@example.com>.”
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