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’36 | Henry Jonas Magaziner Ar’36 wrote Our Liberty Bell, which was published last year by Holiday House.


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’50 | Gene Nadel W’50 wrote in late April that “My wife and I recently returned from a beautiful, sunny week in Ft. Myers. Fla., spent with Richard Winneg W’50 and his wife. The Winnegs made the trip from their New Hampshire home shortly after he was honored by the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce as Citizen of the Year for 2007. He had set up Winwood Sportswear Inc. in Manchester in 1957, and ran the mill for three decades. He had helped found the Derryfield School. Currently Richard is chair of the Jewish Federation of Greater Manchester Foundation, trustee secretary of the Elliot Hospital, and director of the Manchester Regional Charitable Foundation.


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’54 | CELEBRATE YOUR REUNION: MAY 16-18, 2009

Robert Denney C’54, Berwyn, Pa., president of Robert Denney Associates Inc., was recently inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Legal Marketing Association. A past director of the association, he has written five books, two of which were published by the ABA.


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’55 | Bettyruth Walter CW’55 G’77 Gr’85 writes, “The Class of 1955 enjoyed a grand get-together on Oct. 17. Almost 50 of us met at my home on Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia for wine and food, and certainly good conversation. I venture a guess that a good time was had by all. After all these years, our class still interacts very well: we like one another! I could write about my Penn scholar, wonderful Whitney Erby W’09; or my biking trips last year to India, Thailand, and Laos; or about my teaching, writing, tennis, and sculling on the Schuylkill River. But I would rather share with you a turning over of my collection to our University of Pennsylvania Library. I donated almost 1,800 playbills or programs, which I have been collecting since 1947, of grand—and maybe not so grand—moments in the theater, at the ballet, and classical-music concerts. They are from all over America, as well as from many other countries. My personal prizes include my very first program, from my first journey to New York from Charleston with my family in 1947. I saw John Loves Mary at the Music Box, with Nina Foch, William Prince, and Tom Ewell, and I can still recall that eye- and mind-opening childhood experience. Another would be My Fair Lady with Rex Harrison and Julie Andrews, which I saw in a tryout performance here in Philadelphia at the Erlanger Theatre in 1956. Or the program from 1965, the evening I saw Suzanne Farrell and George Balanchine dance, he in the title role of his new ballet, Don Quixote, with the New York City Ballet. Of more recent vintage are the programs from Tony Kushner’s Angels in America, documenting seven hours of outstanding theater (1993), and Kevin Kline bringing to life Falstaff in Henry IV at Lincoln Center (2003). All of these programs are now available to anyone who cares to enjoy them on the sixth floor of Van Pelt. (Although I am not sure that they will stay exactly there.) I was delighted to give this piece of performing-arts history to our university. I have since collected almost another 100, which someday might join the others. I am hoping this second part of the collection grows and grows as I continue enjoying the culture scene here, in New York, Delhi, London, Tel Aviv, Berlin—or wherever else my journey through life takes me. It is not over yet!”


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’56 | Jim Heffernen W’56 writes that for the past three years he and Joe Moro W’55, Pete Odell C’55, George Evans W’55, and Al Loukas W’55 have gotten together with their wives “to party and reunion in Naples and Ft. Myers, Fla. All these guys were fraternity brothers at the Kappa Sigma House, 3706 Locust Walk.”


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’57 | Howard R. Berlin W’57 writes, “Following retirement in 2002 as a partner, managing director, and portfolio manager at Neuberger Berman LLC, Joy and I left the East and discovered Arizona as providing the environment which has proven just perfect. I am pleased to have recently been elected to the Board of the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian, and continue to be on the Board of Trustees at the Heard Museum in Phoenix. Both institutions serve as educators concerning the past and present lives of Indian communities throughout the Americas and to present for exhibition, many cultural art forms, both traditional and contemporary. Personal associations and friendships made in conjunction with these endeavors have proven to be ‘the best reward.’ My business activities are limited to directorships of several small, but growing private companies in the New York and Philadelphia area. It is always nice to hear from classmates, as they pass through what some call ‘paradise,’ at howardandjoy@hotmail.com.”


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’58 | Deborah Werst Seigman CW’58 wrote in late March that she would not be able to attend her 50th Reunion, “because we have another reunion to attend in mid-May, at Lehigh, and then we must return to Texas to finish the school year in the classroom. In spite of our joint retirements, my husband and I were invited to run a learning lab, on a federal grant for those high-school students in danger of not graduating. The numbers have dwindled as the re-tests were taken and passed, but there are still some who have yet to pass one or two remaining parts of the overall test.” She added, “Sometimes I actually dream of the campus as it was in the mid-1950s, and I am grateful for the opportunity of having studied at an NEH session a few years ago at Penn, on Arabic literature in translation.”


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’59 | CELEBRATE YOUR REUNION: MAY 16-18, 2009

Paul E. Bomze L’59 has been appointed managing-partner emeritus at the Philadelphia law firm of Kleinbard, Bell & Brecker LLP. With 43 years of service there, he will continue to practice fulltime, specializing in estates, employee benefits, and tax matters.

Robert M. Skaler Ar’59, a forensic architect in Cheltenham, Pa., has had his fourth book on Philadelphia’s architectural history, Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square, published last summer. For over 40 years, he has been collecting vintage photo postcards of Philadelphia, and used them to illustrate his books. At 65 years, he wrote his first book, West Philadelphia, University to 52nd Street, that shows the Penn campus and the surrounding Victorian neighborhood as they looked circa 1910. He is looking forward to meeting his fellow architectural classmates at his 50th Reunion in 2009.


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’60 | A. Donald Meltzer C’60 has received the Gold Medal award from the Radiology Society of New Jersey in recognition of his many years of service to the society. He and his wife, Harriet, live in Cherry Hill, N.J. He has been in practice for 36 years with Edwin Wilson C’58, and they have built a radiology practice that now has over 30 physicians and serves most of Burlington County.

Samuel I. Schwartz GCE’60 is president of Sam Schwartz Engineering, based in New York. In June he received the ASCE Metropolitan Section Annual Civil Engineering Award 2008.

Irv Segal SW’60, Elkins Park, Pa., is director of The Guided Tour, Inc., the first national and international travel program for persons with developmental challenges, which he founded in 1972, after almost a decade of setting up programs for people with developmental challenges. He was recently honored by Beth David Reform Congregation in Gladwyne for his many years of service to people with special needs. His wife, Zipporah B. Segal SW’90, also was honored for her work with him.


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’61 | Phyllis Young Murray GEd’61 is a literacy teacher in New York public schools. She is also founding president of One Love Tennis, Inc., which provides free tennis instruction to the young people of White Plains. In March she was honored by the Association of Black Educators in New York, Inc., for her exemplary teaching and community service.


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’62 | Robert F. Dannenbrink Jr. GAr’62 GCP’62 GFA’62 has been a senior urban designer with EDAW in Irvine, Calif., since 2005. In April he was inducted as a fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners for individual achievement in the planning profession.

Alvin Holm GAr’62 in May received a 2008 Arthur Ross Award for Excellence in the Classical Tradition (honorary board of directors prize) from the Institute of Classical Architecture and Classical America. (The award is named after Arthur Ross W’31 Hon’92, a co-founder and former chair of the institute.) Alvin has maintained his own practice in Philadelphia since 1976. He wrote the forthcoming book, The New American Vignola: A Textbook for Drawing the Orders.

Joanne Malkin CW’62 see Bruce Malkin C’67.

Bonnie Squires CW’62 G’65, president of Squires Consulting, a communications and fundraising consulting firm in Wynnewood, Pa., is also a columnist for The Main Line Times and host-producer of Bonnie’s Beat, a weekly cable interview show. She was recently named one of the state’s “Best 50 Women in Business” for 2008.


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Thomas Temple Allan C’63 wrote Mattasqwatt Island, which was published by Vantage Press in 2006.

David G. De Long GAr’63, professor of historic preservation in the School of Design, co-edited Eero Saarinen: Buildings From The Balthazar Korab Archive, which was published by W. W. Norton in June.

Leonard Hopwood WG’63 writes, “Unfortunately I was unable to make the Penn event in London on June 5. In recent French elections, I was elected a town councillor here in Divonne-les-Bains (the first Brit!), and we had an important meeting on that day.”


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’64 | CELEBRATE YOUR REUNION: MAY 16-18, 2009

Dr. Carl E. Bartecchi M’64 wrote A Doctor’s Vietnam Journal, which was published last year by Merriam Press.

Michael H. Levin C’64 and Nora Jean Bieler Levin CW’65 G’66 are happily pursuing their diverse careers in Washington and Martha’s Vineyard, Mass. She is executive director of Caring from a Distance, Inc., a nonprofit electronic clearinghouse that assists long-distance caregivers (www.cfad.org). He is managing director of the Michael H. Levin Law Group PLLC and NLGC, LLC, a renewable-energy investment-banking firm (www.mhllawgrp.com). Previously he was an environmental/environmental-finance partner at three national law firms, after leaving his last government post as national regulatory-reform director with the EPA. He recently was awarded the 2008 annual juried prize for best poetry published during 2007 by the Washington Independent Writers, “the country’s largest writing organization outside New York.” Their son Jeremy Ben Levin C’93 manages revolving funds and subsidiary energy-efficiency projects for the World Bank in India and Nepal. In July 2006 he married Michelle O’Hara Levin, thanks to whom Mike and Jean look forward to their first grandchild in September. Their second son Daniel Hirsch Levin is an artist and museum staff member in Washington.

Bill Onorato L’64 writes, “I retired as legal adviser, energy, for the World Bank several years ago. But I continue consulting and teaching, occasionally. For example, I just returned from Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where I was keynote speaker on petroleum legislation at the UNDP-sponsored conference in March on ‘Fuelling Poverty Reduction with Oil and Gas Revenues,’ It was a quick but very successful trip. I teach a international-petroleum legal-training course twice a year in London, and I spend my summers on a pristine lake in Maine. In the autumn I usually travel across the world on Himalayan adventures. In the last several years I’ve been twice to Tibet and Bhutan and numerous times to Nepal. This year I plan to go hiking in Sikkim in October.”

Kenneth T. Pearlman C’64 GCP’74, head of city and regional planning at Ohio State University, Columbus, in April was inducted as a fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners.


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’65 | Nora Jean Bieler Levin CW’65 G’66 see Michael H. Levin C’64.

Mark Yudof C65 L’68 has been appointed chancellor of the University of California system; he had served as chancellor of the University of Texas system since 2002.


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’66 | D. Dodge Thompson C’66 is chief of exhibitions at the National Gallery of Art in Washington. He wrote, “I am about to inaugurate Hidden Treasures from the National Museum of Kabul, Afghanistan, which makes its debut at the National Gallery (late May), before visits to San Francisco, Houston, and the Metropolitan Museum in New York. There are many interesting stories to be told about the negotiations, to be sure. Then in October we preview Pompeii and the Roman Villa: Art and Culture around the Bay of Naples, a project of the National Gallery and the Italian government, and the first important ancient Roman exhibition presented in Washington.”

Dr. Alice J. Zal G’66 Nu’80 was recently elected vice president of the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association. She maintains a private practice in Norristown, is an active staff member at Mercy Suburban and Montgomery hospitals, and serves on the adjunct faculty of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.


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’67 | Nancy Jacobs Grossman CW’67 celebrates her 35th wedding anniversary this month. In honor of the occasion, she and her husband, Stan, will tour the Gulf of Naples, joined by daughter, Jillian Hirsch C’97, and her husband, Jason, and their one-year-old son, Dylan; and son, Judd Grossman C’00 L’04 and his wife, Meredith S. Grossman C’02. Nancy notes that she is also celebrating her 35th year as director of student life at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.

Gary Kalmus W’67 retired last year from the State of New Jersey, after a 25-year information-technology career; for the last nine years he was manager of business-continuity planning for the Office of Information Technology. He is now an independent business-continuity consultant, serving businesses of all sizes.

Blair A. Lasky W’67 has joined the Office of Sponsored Research at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, as a cost analyst. He moved to Chapel Hill last year, after living in São Paulo for more than three years; he taught English and worked as a translator there.

Bruce Malkin C’67 and Joanne Malkin CW’62 went to Berkeley in mid-May to celebrate the graduation of their daughter, Jennifer Malkin C’99, with an MBA. “She has already been hired by Apple Computers to begin full time in July in its corporate-social-responsibility division—where else would a Berkeley grad go?”

Norman Pearlstine L’67 has been appointed to the newly created position of chief content officer for Bloomberg L.P. Previously he was senior adviser for telecom and media at the Carlyle Group in New York, and before that had been editor-in-chief of Time Inc. for 11 years. He wrote Off the Record: The Press, the Government, and the War over Anonymous Sources (2007).

Richard Shain W’67 recently received the Bob Cheyne Lifetime Commitment Award from the Jimmy Fund, the fundraising arm of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, which is given for “outstanding contributions and dedication to the life-saving mission of the institute.”

David P. Varady GCP’67 Gr’71, professor of planning at the University of Cincinnati, has been elected a fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners. He also received the 2008 George Rieveschl Jr. Award for Creative or Scholarly Work, from the University of Cincinnati. His most recent book Neighborhood Choices: Section 8 Housing Vouchers and Residential Mobility, was published last year by the Center for Urban Policy Research at Rutgers University.


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’68 | Gary Garczynski W’68, president of National Capital Land and Development, in May was inducted into the National Housing Hall of Fame of the National Association of Home Builders. A founding member of the Greater Washington Smart Growth Alliance, he also serves on the boards of the Washington Airport Task Force and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta. He and his wife, Jane, live in Clifton, Va.

Ernest W. Hutton Jr. Ar’68 GAr’70 GCP’70 GFA’70, New York, is principal of Hutton Associates, Inc. In April he was inducted as a fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners for individual achievement in the planning profession over the past four decades.

Lawrence Kramer C’68 co-edited a volume, Beyond the Soundtrack: Representing Music in Cinema, which was published last year by the University of California

Joel N. Jacobson C’68 L’71, Chatham, N.J., is a shareholder with the law firm of Norris, McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., in Somerville, who specializes in financial-institutions law. In March he was re-elected chair of his town’s planning board.

Dr. Susan McMullen O’Brien Nu’68 GNu’72, Wyndmoor, Pa., dean of the nursing school at Thomas Edison State College, was awarded the 2008 Cares Award for Excellence in Education by the New Jersey State Nurses Association.

James Redeker L’68 is chair of the employment-services practice group and a member of the executive committee of the law firm of WolfBlock LLP in Philadelphia. He was included as one of the “50 Most Powerful Employment Attorneys” in the nation in the March 2 issue of Human Resource Executive.


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’70 | Morris A. Nunes C’70 W’70 has joined Bob Ross Inc., producer of The Joy of Painting with Bob Ross, as its chief executive officer, after serving for 26 years as its outside general counsel.

Bernard Schenkler C’70, bschenkler@damonmorey.com, last winter moved to Buffalo, N.Y., and joined Damon & Morey LLP as special counsel in its business-litigation and insolvency department.


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’71 | Jaques Black C’71, president of daSilva Architects in New York, specializes in designing healing environments for the mentally ill; he is working on the redevelopment of the psychiatric facilities at New York-Presbyterian’s Westchester campus. He co-presented a workshop at the annual meeting of the APA on “The Design and Renovation of Therapeutic Space in an Over-Regulated and Under-Funded World.”

Joseph J. Feeney Gr’71, professor of English at Saint Joseph’s University, wrote The Playfulness of Gerard Manley Hopkins, which was recently published by Ashgate Press (U.K.). “Long considered an intense poet of nature, religion, and psychological depression, Hopkins is shown here as playful and witty: a Victorian Jesuit priest who loved puns, whimsy, and bizarre incongruities.” The editor of Hopkins’ poetry, Dr. Catherine Phillips (University of Cambridge), has called the book ‘an important contribution to a new phase in Hopkins studies.’”


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’72 | Nancy Plain Goldfeder CW’72 in June received the 2008 Spur Award (Best Western Juvenile Nonfiction) from the Western Writers of America for her book Sagebrush and Paintbrush: The Story of Charlie Russell, The Cowboy Artist. It is her eighth book of nonfiction for children. She has three grown daughters (two of whom are alumni) and lives with her husband Alan, in Short Hills, N.J.


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’73 | Dick Yates C’73 writes that he “recently retired following 30 years at Oregon State Hospital (the original Cuckoo’s Nest) as unit director for a transition and discharge ward.” He now has more time to devote to music publishing, backpacking, and photography. “Former McIlhenny denizens” can contact him at www.yatesguitar.com.


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’74 | CELEBRATE YOUR REUNION: MAY 16-18, 2009

Theodore B. Robinson V’74 writes, “I have just been notified by the American Veterinary Medical Association that I have been selected to receive the 2008 meritorious-service award. This was for the Native American volunteer project that I started eight years ago, and has expanded to now include Penn Vet students.”


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’75 | Albert G. Handelman W’75 writes that, for the second year in a row, he was named by Worth magazine as one of the top 100 lawyers in the United States serving the needs of affluent families. And he was named a “Northern California Super Lawyer” by Law & Politics magazine, for the third year in a row. An attorney who practices trusts and estates law in Santa Rosa, Calif., he serves as chair of the Community Foundation Sonoma County.


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’76 | Bruce G. Joseph C’76 W’76 is chair of the copyright practice of the Washington law firm of Wiley Rein LLP. Legal Times recently named him one of the area’s “Leading Intellectual Property Lawyers” for copyright and trademark law.

Mary Theresa Metzler C’76 is a partner in the labor, employment, and immigration group in the litigation department of the Philadelphia law firm of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll. She was a contributing editor to the ABA’s recently issued 2007 supplement to The Developing Labor Law.

Eugene J. Toni W’76 in May received the first outstanding-alumni award from Camden County College in Blackwood, N.J. He was to have graduated from there in 1969, but instead volunteered to serve in Vietnam, but lost both legs below the knee to a landmine; among the honors he received for his military service were a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star for valor. He transferred to Penn, and while here, worked with university officials to increase accessibility for physically challenged students. Following graduation, he joined the civil service in Washington, working as a director of government contracts for the military. Over the years he has helped fellow war amputees in recovery, rehabilitation, and adjustment, most recently with Iraq-war veterans. He and his wife, Nancy, live in Alexandria, Va., and have three adult daughters.


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’77 | Dr. Sydney M. Evans V’77 G’86 is professor of radiation oncology and director of the radiation-biology research program in the Medical School. In early April she emailed, “I have been accepted into the ELAM program at Drexel for next year. The Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Program for Women is the nation’s only in-depth program focused on preparing senior women faculty at schools of medicine, dentistry, and public health to move into positions of institutional leadership where they can effect positive change. The year-long program develops the professional and personal skills required to lead and manage successfully in today’s complex healthcare environment, with special attention to the unique challenges facing women in leadership positions.”

Mary Beth Fielder C’77 is a senior lecturer at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. Working with the Hot Sun Foundation in Nairobi, Kenya, she recently led a series of film workshops for 20 aspiring moviemakers from Kibera, a sprawling slum there, said to be the largest in Africa. This followed her work with a graduate student whose thesis film, Kibera Kid (2006), played at the Berlin Film Festival and won a Student Emmy. “In spite of some of the harshest living conditions imaginable, these kids have incredible talent and enthusiasm and they desperately want to tell their stories. I teach storytelling for film. I hope to give them some of the tools to make films.”

Martin M. Shenkman W’77 wrote Funding the Cure: Helping a Loved One with MS Through Charitable Giving to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, which was published recently by Demos Medical Publishing,

Linda Stewart W’77 is president and CEO of Epoch Partners, LLC (www.epochworkforce.com). Based in Boston, with operations in New York and San Francisco, it is a broker for independently employed financial-services executives and other professionals, matching them with companies for limited periods. In the 20 years prior to founding the company, Linda held senior executive positions with several Fidelity Investment companies. She is married to Joseph Figueiredo Stewart W’77, and is the daughter of Betsy Bratton Stewart DH’52 and George Stewart W’53.


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’78 | Mark A. Hewitt GAr’78 in May received a 2008 Arthur Ross Award for Excellence in the Classical Tradition (for history and writing) from the Institute of Classical Architecture and Classical America. (The award is named after Arthur Ross W’31 Hon’92, a co-founder and former chair of the institute). In 1998 Mark opened a practice in New Jersey, specializing in domestic architecture. He is planning his next book on historic-preservation theory: “I am striving to reframe the debate about historic buildings and the current environment in ways that make historic buildings more natural denizens of the environment we live in now, and less like untouchable artifacts.”

Paul Root Wolpe C’78 writes that, “after a total of 27 years at Penn (if you include the undergraduate years),” he is moving to Atlanta with his wife, Valerie Root Wolpe C’79. He will become the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Bioethics, professor of medicine, and the director of the Center for Ethics at Emory University. Beginning in August, he will commute between Atlanta and Philadelphia the first year as their “younger daughter finishes her senior year of high school, and then Valerie will move down in summer 2009: she is a life coach and a healthcare search consultant.”

Fran Korenman Yoshida C’78 GEd’79 and her husband, Takayoshi Yoshida, live in New York with their 16 year-old son, Eric, who attends the United Nations International School. Fran, who was formerly an adjunct professor of English as a Second Language at New York University, is now a full-time ESL teacher at Eric’s school, working with students and faculty from all over the world.


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’79 | CELEBRATE YOUR REUNION: MAY 16-18, 2009

Neil Plakcy C’79, www.mahu books.com, announces the publication of his third mystery novel, Mahu Fire, “which Publishers Weekly had called ‘engrossing’ and a ‘sharp whodunit.’ In the book, published by Alyson Books, Honolulu homicide detective Kimo Kanapa’aka investigates a bombing at a charity event in support of gay marriage, and falls in love with a sexy fire investigator.”


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’80 | Allan Lewis W’80, Newton, Mass., writes that he “recently began working in healthcare, after noticing the information-management opportunities still available.” He works for “Partners Healthcare System in Boston, a large integrated network which includes the Massachusetts General and the Brigham and Women’s hospitals, performing data analysis to upgrade and standardize the scheduling and revenue cycle.”

Steven P. Lowy C’80 is founding president and director of Portico New York, Inc., which specializes in “Non-Objective modern art.” This summer the gallery will present an exhibition of paintings and jewelery by the Non-Objective artist Rolph Scarlett (1889-1984).


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’81 | Michael F. Barrett C’81, Gladwyne, Pa., is the managing shareholder of Saltz, Mongeluzzi, Barrett & Bendesky, PC, who focuses on plaintiff representation in medical-error and civil-rights violations cases. In March he was inducted a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Catherine Bristow C’81 writes, “My Strange and Terrible Malady, a fiction book for teens with Asperger Syndrome, has just been published by the Asperger Autism Publishing Company and included in its ‘Sensory Gang Summer Reading Program.’ This is my first novel. For more information on it and other works for children on the autism spectrum, visit www.asperger.net.”

Dr. Gary Frishman C’81, Gary.Frishman@brown.edu, is a professor of obstetrics and gynecology and associate division director for reproductive endocrinology and infertility at Brown University. He was recently appointed residency program director at Women & Infants’ Hospital in Providence, one of the 10 largest obstetric hospitals in the country. Active in the Brown academic community, he also serves on the boards of the AAGL and the Society for Reproductive Surgeons and on the editorial boards of The Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology and The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist. Gary notes, “Most importantly,” he is “married to Meredith Curren, going on 17 years,” with Sam (15), Caroline, (14), Henry (10) as his “best achievements.”

Caren L. Karpf W’81, a CPA and financial planner with First Financial Group/Mass Mutual, in March gave a talk to women students on “Managing Your Finances: A Workshop for Penn Women,” which was presented by Women in Leadership Series. Her daughter, Meredith Karpf C’08, co-chair of the group’s executive board, observed: “I knew the interest would be strong, but the turnout was unbelievable; the WILS plans to make the lecture an annual event.”

’82 | Thomas M. Gallagher C’82, a partner of the law firm of Pepper Hamilton LLP in Philadelphia, has been named chair of its white-collar and corporate-investigations practice group. He specializes in the healthcare industry.

Henry S. Hoberman C’82 L’85 has been appointed executive vice president and general counsel of RHI Entertainment in New York. Previously he was senior vice president of ABC, Inc., having been with The Walt Disney Company/ABC, Inc. for 10 years.

Dr. Gregg L. Semenza M’82 Gr’84, professor of pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University, is a member of the McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine and director of the vascular-biology program at the Hopkins Institute for Cell Engineering. Known for his work on the molecular mechanisms of oxygen regulation, he was recently elected to the National Academy of Sciences.


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’83 | Kevin Reinis ME’83 GME’84, kareinis@aol.com, emailed in early April, “I am now president and CEO of NetStreams in Austin, Tex., and after five years of commuting to California, it is wonderful to be living and working in Austin again. Check us out; if you need a great audio, video solution, let me know (www.netstreams.com). All the family is doing well. Alex is 17, Sara 16, David 11, and Kristina nine. Looking forward to the 25th Reunion and meeting up with all my Sam The House buddies. STHL!”

Zoe Weil C’83 G’83 wrote Claude and Medea: The Hellburn Dogs, which was published last year by Lantern Books.


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’84 | CELEBRATE YOUR REUNION: MAY 16-18, 2009

Brian L. Rubin W’84 has been appointed to the board of advisors of the Securities and Exchange Commission Historical Society. Recently listed in the Best Lawyers in America, he is a securities-enforcement partner with the Washington office of Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan.


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’85 | Nancy Bea Miller C’85 had a one-person show of her still-lifes and landscapes at the Sherry French Gallery in New York in May and June.

Peter Staffeld GCh’85 Gr’88, a manufacturing consultant with Staffeld Engineering Services, the firm he founded. writes that he passed the Pennsylvania Professional Engineer’s examination. He is an adjunct professor of chemistry at Lehigh Carbon Community College and an adjunct professor of business and computer science at DeSales University.

Dr. James Thomson V’85 Gr’88, professor of anatomy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is director of regenerative biology at the new Morgridge Institute for Research there and chief pathologist at the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center. A prominent developmental biologist known for his work in stem-cell research, he was recently elected to the National Academy of Sciences.


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’86 | J. Stuart Dickstein C’86 and Nancy Shapiro are delighted to announce the birth of Yona Shalev Dickstein on Feb. 28. He was welcomed by big brothers Zev (six) and Gefen (three). “We continue to live in the Republic of Cambridge, Mass., where I am now a stay-at-home dad and Nancy continues to be a geropsychologist and oboist.”

Jeffrey M. Goyette C’86, Dillsburg, Pa., is president of the JMG Wealth Management Group, which is affiliated with LPL Financial. In February he was named to the LPL Financial Chairman’s Club for his “exceptional performance and commitment to client service” last year. A member of Penn’s Institute for Economic Research, he recently founded the JMG Wealth Management Group Charitable Foundation.


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’87 | Dr. Tracy Bartick-Sedrish C’87 and her husband, Dr. Steven Sedrish, are thrilled to announce the opening of Upstate Equine Medical Center, an equine medical and surgical referral facility in Saratoga County, N.Y. “Any long-lost friends should feel free to contact me at tracyeve212@yahoo.com.”


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’88 | Hayim Y. Sheynin Gr’88 wrote Risk: A Battle for Redemption. A Tragedy in Two Acts, which was published last year by Booksurge Publishing.


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’89 | CELEBRATE YOUR REUNION: MAY 16-18, 2009

Keith Wasserstrom W’89 L’92 writes, “I had a baby boy, Ethan, on Jan. 17. My wife, Jessica Wasserstrom EAS’90 W’90, met me at Penn (she was my cheerleading partner). [Our other] kids are Megan (13), Jonah (12), and Seth (eight). Anyway, I am still in touch with my roommates, Roy Larson W’89 (partner at Baker McKenzie in Miami), Steven Schultz C’89 (some kind of acute-care pediatric doctor and my co-coach of our community basketball team), and David Raphael W’89 (founder of Phluant, a mobile-device application provider). Roy has two girls and just had a boy six months ago (I was present at the bris). Schultz has three boys from his first marriage and his second wife brought him another boy and two girls. Raph has two girls. I am now running Agile Reporting, Inc. (www.agilecreditreport.com or www.all3in1.com). We do exactly what myfreecreditreport.com does. I am also consulting and placing medical labs in doctors’ offices.”


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’90 | Karen Mace Sartain C’90 writes, “I have been living on Long Island for almost six years now. We moved from Miami, where I had been working as an assistant public defender for Miami-Dade County. My husband, Paul, was transferred here for his job with Viacom/MTV Networks. He works in Hauppauge and Manhattan, and we live in East Setauket, near Port Jefferson. It has been an adjustment, to say the least, after a lifetime of living in Florida. Our kids, Shannon (nine) and Will (seven) love it, and are keeping me beyond busy! I seem to remember lots of Long Islanders at Penn and would love to hear from anyone nearby at sartain@optonline.net.”

Donna Skarbo Sensor C’90 is pleased to announce her art website www.embryonicthought.com. “Drop by and view original, abstract acrylic paintings and pottery.”


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’91 | Eric Cohen W’91 lives in New York with his wife, Stefanie Lerner, and their children Cooper (five), Carson (three), and Samantha (18 months) and Charlotte (18 months).

Brayton Connard C’91 is human-resources director for Monroe County, N.Y., where Rochester is located. He was featured in a issue of Plansponsor magazine earlier this year for his implementing a retirement-investment plan for the county’s staff; there was 80% participation by December.

Danielle Folser-Lussier C’91 wrote Music Divided: Bartók’s Legacy in Cold War Culture, which was published last year by the University of California Press.

Beth Eskin Haas C’91 is a partner in the product-liability and mass-tort practice of the Philadelphia law firm of Blank Rome LLP. In March she was included by Settlement Music School in “Settlement 100,” its group of accomplished alumni.


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’92 | Kristen L. Billiar GEng’92 Gr’98, Worcester, Mass., associate professor of biomedical engineering at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, received its Board of Trustees’ Award for Academic Advising.

Paul Cali GAr’92 has joined DRS Architects in Pittsburgh. Previously an associate at Perkins Eastman Architects, he was lead designer for the Lutheran Home at Concord Village in Westlake, Ohio.

Joseph Lee Coyle GAr’92 has been appointed associate principal at Cannon Design, an architectural, engineering, and planning firm in Baltimore. His recent projects include a basketball-practice facility at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a multi-story research center at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater.

Jordan Labkon C’92, jlabkon@vedderprice.com, emails, “I was elected shareholder at Vedder Price P.C. in Chicago, where I practice in the areas of aircraft and equipment finance and general corporate law. I would love to reconnect with old friends, when I am visiting our offices in New York and Washington.”

Sherrie L. Pietranico-Cole Gr’92 is research leader, Discovery Chemistry, at Hoffmann-La Roche Inc. in Nutley, N.J. In May she received a Tribute to Women and Industry Award from the YWCA of Bergen County.

Jeffrey Weinstock C’92, Jeffrey.Weinstock@cmich.edu, associate professor of English at Central Michigan University, is happy to report that he has won its 2007-08 “Excellence in Teaching Award.


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’93 | Melissa B. Brisman W’93 writes, “I am happy to report my reproductive-law practice is thriving, with a recent wave of national publicity [see her website www.reproductivelawyer.com].”

Lisa Shapiro Hauselman C’93 and Nicholas Hauselman proudly announce the birth of their second child, Moses Henry, on Dec. 31. Big sister Sophie (almost four) is thrilled. Lisa is a pediatrician in private practice in Beverly Hills.

Amy Carolan Hickey C’93 emails, “I currently live in Portland, Ore., and work as a physician, practicing internal medicine as a hospitalist. My husband, Matthew, and I are excited to announce the birth of our daughter, Madeline, on April 4; she weighed 7 lbs. 12 oz., and measured 21 inches. I would love to hear from old friends at amdeca@hotmail.com.”

Natasha Kapoor Sriraman C’93 and Rajesh Sriraman are proud to announce the birth of a baby girl, Ahalya Kapoor Sriraman, on July 26, 2007. She joined big sister Sahara (five), and big brother Ishan (three). “Even though things get crazy, we are having a great time!” Natasha currently practices pediatrics part-time in Bronxville, N.Y. Rajesh is director of the ICU in Forest Hills, Queens.


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’94 | CELEBRATE YOUR REUNION: MAY 16-18, 2009

Kenneth Baer C’94 and Caron Gremont are happy to announce the birth of their daughter, Avital Hannah, on Feb. 28, in Washington. “Avital entered the world at 7 lbs. 7 oz., and 20.5 inches. She joins her mother who is an account supervisor at Porter Novelli, Inc., the worldwide marketing and PR firm, and her father who is the founder of Baer Communications, LLC, and co-editor of the new progressive quarterly, Democracy: A Journal of Ideas (www.DemocracyJournal.org).”

Bret Bernstein W’94 and his wife, Michele, are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Parker Drew Bernstein, on Feb. 9. Big brother Max, turning four in September, loves the new addition to the family. Bret recently left the public-accounting world after 10 years, and has joined the federal-tax reporting group of Tyco International’s fire and security segment based in Boca Raton, Fla. (bretkbernstein@bellsouth.net).

Candace Cape Cavalier C’94 and her husband, Andrew Falkenstein, are proud to announce the birth of their second daughter, Eva Claire, on April 5. “Her big sister, Rachel (two), seems very happy also!”

Marci Gordon C’94 is an attorney in the real-estate department of the Baltimore office of Ballard, Spahr, Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP. In April she was recognized as one of the “Leaders in Their Field” in this year’s edition of Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.

Gui Karyo EE’94 writes, “My wife, Rachel, and I welcomed our first child, Sonya Leah, into our family in November.”


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’95 | Jennifer Mascarenhas C’95 and her husband, Wade Davis, “are delighted to announce the birth of our second son, Torin, on April 9. Older brother, Cullen (three years), is excited to have a baby brother. We live in Manhattan, where I am an anesthesiologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and Wade is senior vice president at Viacom. We look forward to hearing from friends at jmmd73@yahoo.com.”

Celeste Perron Oberfest C’95 and her husband, Jason Oberfest, are very happy to announce the birth of their son, John Churchill Oberfest, on Jan. 26 in Los Angeles. His paternal grandparents are Susan Stafford CW’68 and Peter Oberfest C’65.

Samir Shah W’95 see Anojja Persad Shah W’97.


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’96 | Robert B. Friedman W’96 writes, “I was recently elected partner in the law firm of King & Spalding. I live in Atlanta, with my wife, Suzanne, and two daughters.”

Andrew Glassberg C’96 married Mia Olsen on Dec. 31 at the Prince George Ballroom in New York. They celebrated this special New Year’s Eve with many Penn friends, including Rob Jaffe C’96, Allison Gordon C’96, Seth Ladetsky C’96, Michael Lembeck C’96, Erica Weinfeld Lembeck C’98, Alexander Trivas Nu’96, Jonathan Wachtel C’96, Jason Lehman W’96, Mark Schneyer W’96, David D’Alessandro C’96, Rachel Bluth W’96, Jon Bluth C’99, Catherine Steinberg Bluth C’99, Noah Farbstein W’97, Stan Parker C’98, and Brian Snyder W’00.

Paul Higday EAS’96 W’96 see Laura Paladino Higday C’97 G’97.

Steve Leitzell C’96 L’99 and Lainie Welsh Leitzell C’97 are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Gemma Audrey, on March 31 in Philadelphia. She joined big brother Jack, who turned three in May.

Andrew Monfried C’96 and his wife, Marnie, are thrilled to announce the arrival of their daughter, Addison Reyna, on Feb. 15. They live in Carrollton, Tex., where he works for Locke, Lord, Bissell & Liddell LLP and “longs for properly made cheesesteaks, Yuengling, and Tastykake Jelly Krimpets.”

Melissa Kaplan Pollack C’96 and Jason Pollack C’96 are thrilled to announce the birth of their son, Carter Maxwell, on April 10. He tipped the scales at 8 lbs. 3 oz. With his big sister, Alex, they live in Irvington, N.Y., in Westchester County.

Mark Pollak C’96 is an attorney in the real-estate department of the Baltimore office of Ballard, Spahr, Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP. In April he was recognized as one of the “Leaders in Their Field” in this year’s edition of Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.


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’97 | Alan (Hayim) Albert C’97, alanalbert04@gmail.com, writes that he recently obtained his first published legal decision of a successful appeal before the New Jersey appellate division, as well as his first reversal of a criminal conviction, also before the appellate division, while an associate at Bisceglie & Demarco, LLC in West Paterson. On Aug. 28, he and his wife, Danielle Avny Albert, will celebrate their 10th anniversary, with their three children, Matthew Steven (nine), Shira Debra (four), and Rebecca Miriam (eight months).

Marcy Schulder Barkan C’97 and Andrew Barkan W’97 are thrilled to announce the birth of their son, Ian Harris, on Feb. 5. He joined big sister Sophie, who will be four in August. Proud family members include Amy Schulder C’94, Melissa Barkan Wallach CAS’95, and Howard Schulder W’67.

Vanessa Eisemann C’97 writes, “My partner, Cate Whiting, and I welcomed the birth of our son, Benjamin Jacob Whiting-Eisemann, on April 1; he weighed 8 lbs. 4 oz., and measured 21 inches. His first trip to Penn will be this May to attend the graduation of his uncle Bradley Eisemann C’08. During my pregnancy, I had the honor of working on the briefing for the case challenging California’s ban on marriage between same-sex couples, as my office, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, is lead counsel representing the couples.”

Samantha Grebow Fliegler C’97 and Seth Fliegler C’97 G’03 WG’03 are thrilled to announce the birth of their second daughter, Alix Rachel, on April 14. She joined excited big sister Abby (two) and is looking forward to her Penn graduation in 2030.

Evan Herbst EAS’97, Oceanside, N.Y., and his wife, Shelley, are thrilled to announce the birth of their twin daughters, Talia Daniela and Elisha Ariela, on Nov. 24; they weighed 4 lbs. 13 oz. each.

Laura Paladino Higday C’97 G’97 and Paul Higday EAS’96 W’96 are thrilled to announce the birth of their second child, Ella Ann, on May 2; she weighed 7 lbs. 12 oz. With her proud big sister, Liz, they live in Glen Allen, Va.

Marc Leibert C’97 see Crissy Franchetti C’99.

Lainie Welsh Leitzell C’97 see Steve Leitzell C’96 L’99.

Heather Paul Mokotoff Nu’97 GNu’01 and her husband, Gregory, are happy to announce the birth of their second child, Olivia Greer, on Jan. 15. She joined big brother, Jackson Paul (1 1/2). Heather is a pediatric nurse practitioner with the Yale children’s diabetes program in New Haven; the family lives in Trumbull. She would love to hear from Penn friends at heather.mokotoff@yale.edu.

James G. Mundie CGS’97 announces the arrival of Declan Fergus Mundie to him and Kate Mundie on April 17 at 2:09 p.m.; he weighed 7 lbs. 12 oz., and was 21 inches long. Thus far, Declan seems to be a really easygoing and good-natured kid—a trend we hope continues at least until he’s 18.”

Han Nguyen C’97 has been elected to partner in the law firm of Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis LLP. He specializes in general commercial litigation in the Philadelphia office.

Anojja Persad Shah W’97 and Samir Shah W’95 are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter Arielle Leila, on April 4. They live in New York, where Anojja is a journalist with SmartMoney magazine and Samir is a portfolio manager with the hedge fund Bull Path Capital. They would love to hear from classmates at Anojja@gmail.com.

Natalie Kotzer Yellin C’97 see Jason Yellin C’98 W’98.


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’98 | Michael Weaver W’98, Daniel Nunn W’98, Shalini Ramasunder C’98, Rishi Patel EE’98 W’98, Daniel Fogelman C’97, and Daina Richie W’98, write in tribute to their classmate and lifelong friend, Kenan Daren Adams W’98 [“Obituaries,” May|June]:

“After a heroic five-year battle with cancer Kenan Daren Adams was laid to rest in Los Angeles, California, on November 2, 2007, at the age of 31.

“After graduating from Penn, Kenan went on to a very successful career in real estate investment. He later earned an MBA from Northwestern’s J.L. Kellogg School of Management in 2003. He thrived at major firms including Starwood Capital Group in New York and Thailand and Willis Stein in Chicago before returning home to Los Angeles.

“In his final weeks with us, Kenan was continuously surrounded by his unconditionally loving and devoted family and many close friends. Kenan is survived by his parents Kenneth and Sylvia Adams; his siblings Jamal and Kendra Adams; his nieces Jaylen Adams, Kennedy Taylor, and Leila Taylor; his nephew Jerod Adams; his grandmothers Margaret Morrison and Gene Matthews; and his many aunts, uncles, and cousins; and his countless friends.

“‘If love could have saved him, he’d still be here with us.’

“With all of our love, respect, and gratitude, we toast to you, our brave friend, Kenan.

Your courage awed us,

your spirit inspired us,

your humor lifted us,

and your friendship grounded us.

Your circle of life will live on in us all.”

Erica Greenbaum Bank C’98 and her husband, Eliot, welcomed a daughter, Talia Sarit, on March 31. She joined her big brother and sister, who are enjoying having Erica home on maternity leave from Deloitte Consulting, where she is a senior manager in their human-capital advisory practice.

Keith Blackman C’98 and Rebecca Jaskow Blackman C’98 are “overjoyed to announce the birth of our second daughter, Julianna Sophia, on June 11, 2007. She weighed 6 lbs. 5 oz., and was 18 inches long, and was welcomed home by her adoring big sister Ariella Maia, who turns four in August. We will celebrate our eighth wedding anniversary this summer. Keith is an associate at Debevoise & Plimpton, LLP in New York, and Rebecca is thrilled to stay home caring for our two precious girls!”

Mike Ferguson W’98 see Amanda Johnson Ferguson C’99.

Jamie Schuller Grant C’98 GEd’99 and her husband, Stephen, are delighted to announce the arrival of their son Carter Frederick, born Feb. 6 (10 lbs. 4 oz., and 21 inches) in Drexel Hill, Pa. “Our little butterball was warmly welcomed by our immediate and extended family, including Grandma Betty Schuller Gentner CGS’89, Aunt Elizabeth Schuller Eshelman C’93, and Uncle Bryan Eshelman WG’02, and by family friends Gavin Cheong EAS’98, Elizabeth Conboy Bartone Nu’98, and Lucia Palant EAS’98. Carter looks forward to joining the Class of 2030.”

Jean-Pierre Lespinasse W’98 writes, “In February I accepted the position of director of marketing at the National Basketball Association, concentrating on the NBA Development League, a minor league, or ‘feeder’ system (www.d-league.com).”

Susana Tapia Sullivan W’98 married Shawn Sullivan on April 25, the seventh anniversary of the day when they first met. Their destination wedding was a black-tie celebration in Sedona, Ariz. They credit their match to the chair and CEO of Puma AG, their previous employer. In 2002 they left to start their own car dealership, Tapsus Auto Brokers, in North Miami Beach. They live in Coconut Grove with their toy fox terriers, which they take to work with them everyday.

Danielle Davis Trucksess C’98 married Chris Trucksess last year; they live in Rosemont, Pa. She is in the last year of her Ph.D program in clinical psychology, and recently matched at Penn’s Counseling and Psychological Services Center for her pre-doctoral clinical-internship year. She wrote in late April: “I am very excited to be back on campus in August, and am looking forward to our 10th Reunion in May.”

Jason Yellin C’98 W’98 and Natalie Kotzer Yellin C’97 are thrilled to announce the birth of their son, Henry Milton, on April 27. Big brother Nathaniel, is also excited with the new addition to the family. They live in New York, and would love to hear from old friends at nyellin@yahoo.com.

Cindy Young W’98 write that after many years of working in brand management, she has made a switch to brand-strategy consulting; earlier this year she became account director with BrandAsset Consulting, part of Young & Rubicam Brands. She continues to work in New York, where she has been since graduating from Harvard Business School in 2005.


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 ’99 | CELEBRATE YOUR REUNION: MAY 16-18, 2009

Lindsay Elliman Falvey C’99 and her husband, Brendan Falvey, are proud to announce the birth of their son, Jackson Mackay Falvey, on July 10, 2007. They currently live in Denver.

Amanda Johnson Ferguson C’99 and Mike Ferguson W’98 are thrilled to announce the birth of their son, Rex Michael Ferguson, on April 19. They live in Orinda, Calif., where Amanda (abj27@hotmail.com) is staying busy at home taking care of the baby and their English Coonhoud, Hank, while Mike works for Fisher Investments in San Mateo.

Crissy Franchetti C’99 and Marc Leibert C’97 are “pleased to announce the birth of our first child, Hannah Jane, on April 1.”

Mike Loester EAS’99 and his wife, Meg, are extremely happy to announce the birth of their son, Patrick Brendan, on June 1, 2007; he weighed 9 lb. 4 oz., and was 22 in. long. They live in Towson, Md. Mike is a project manager with the Johns Hopkins University design and construction department.

Jeremy Mittman C’99 and Rebecca Fenigstein Mittman C’01 G’01 are happy to announce the birth of their son, Gabriel Ethan Mittman, on April 7 in Los Angeles; he was 6 lbs. 8 oz., and 19 inches.

Katy Stock Pinter W’99 and her husband, Jason, are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Benjamin David Pinter, on Feb. 22. Katy and Jason live in Chicago where she is a senior consultant with the Chartis Group.

Srirupa Roy Gr’99 wrote Beyond Belief: India and the Politics of Postcolonial Nationalism, which was published last year by Duke University Press.

Alexandria Derby Schenk C’99 and Jason Schenk are happy to announce the birth of their daughter, Ava Madeleine Schenk, on Jan. 3. She was “welcomed into the world by her proud Penn family: grandfather William Derby C’61 WG’65, grandmother (and two-time Penn parent) Sylvia Derby, aunt Christiane Derby Williams C’96, Diane Derby Dodson NTS’57 Nu’60 GNu’73, Adams Dodson Jr. WG’77, Anne Dodson Chen C’97 GEd’98, and Dr. John Dodson C’99. Great-grandmother Helen Leslie Derby DH’27 would have been very proud.” Alex and Jason live in Mt. Laurel, N.J.

Antonio Viego Gr’99 wrote Dead Subjects: Toward a Politics of Loss in Latino Studies, which was published by Duke University Press.

David Winter C’99 and his wife, Elizabeth Winter, are thrilled to announce the birth of their first child, son Charles Marvin, on Feb. 27. They currently live in New York.


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 ’00 | Susan Lockman Eilenberg C’00 and her husband, Steve, joyously welcomed Seth Ryan Eilenberg to the world on April 15; he weighed 7 lbs. 8 oz., and measured 21 inches long. Susie and Steve live in New York and work as proprietary traders at the D. E. Shaw group. She would love to hear from old friends at susie_eilenberg@yahoo.com.

Alex Gleser W’00 see Leslie Keller Gleser C’01.

Sharmin Hakim C’00 and Dr. Mohamed Gaffoor are proud to announce the birth of their son, Naseer Abdul Gaffoor, on April 6. He weighed 7 lbs. 1 oz., and was 20 inches long. Sharmin is currently on maternity leave from her job as a research assistant at the Center for Technology and School Change at Teachers College, Columbia University. She is also finishing up her dissertation while Mohamed is working as a pediatric critical-care physician at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn. They live on Long Island in Lynbrook.

Lytal Kaufman EAS’00 and Jonathan Grob are thrilled to announce the birth of their son, Yaniv Shai Kaufman-Grob, on April 16. He was welcomed by his very excited big brother Oneg (four). The Kaufman-Grobs live in Sharon, Mass., and can be reached at lkaufman@alumni.upenn.edu

Jimmy Liao EAS’00 W’00 emails, “After five years at the Associated Press, I recently joined the Corcoran Group in New York as a residential real estate agent. I’m excited about my new career and would love to hear from old friends at jamesliao@gmail.com.”

Sandi Apfeldorf Sack C’00 and her husband, Victor Sack, welcomed their son, Oliver Mitchell, to the world on Oct. 30; he weighed 6 lbs. 12 oz., and was 20 inches. They live in New York.

Hillary Novick Sherman C’00 and David Sherman C’00 are thrilled to announce the birth of their first child, Zachary Michael Sherman, on March 4.


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’01 | Marilyn Assicurato C’01 married Mark Lion C’02 on Dec. 31 in a beautiful ceremony in Woodcliff Lake, N.J. His father is Bob Lion C’69. Their “spectacular New Year’s Eve wedding was attended by many alumni, including maid of honor Amanda Scheiner C’01, bridesmaids Lisa Silver Richman C’01, Philippa Content C’00, and Lindsay Lion Jauss C’98; and groomsman Fred Jauss C’99. Other alumni happily ringing in the new year” with Mark and Marilyn included Jessica Oliff C’00, Jeffrey Aldridge EAS’01, Bryan Bachrad W’01, Monte Bogatz C’01, Bryant Crooke W’01, Andrew Herman C’01, Stefanie Poulos-Hopkins C’01, Justin Hopkins C’01, Ari Johnson C’01, Anna Katz C’01, Jennifer Landsidle C’01, Meryl Cohen Levin C’01, Joey Levin EAS’01 W’01, George Nanos EAS’01, Michael Pak W’01, Isabel Rioja-Scott C’01, Brad Shron C’01, Jill Rothkopf Steinberg C’01, Tara Glenn C’02, Jeremy Traster C’02, and Katie Truitt C’02. Marilyn and Mark live in New York, where he is a high-school English teacher and she is an attorney.

Stacy Baum C’01 married Scott Taffet C’01 on Nov. 3 at the Chanticler in Short Hills, N.J. The wedding party included maid of honor Alison Sokolove C’01, bridesmaids Nora Kalter C’01, Jennie Rosenzweig C’01 GEd’04, Lauren Sierchio C’01, and Jill Wygoda C’01; groomsmen Joshua Cohen W’01, Ross Hammer WG’08, Steven Kalter W’00, Joshua Lerner C’99, Justin Rosenberg W’01, Brian Rosenzweig C’01, and Adam Schiff C’01. Numerous other alumni attended as well. Stacy and Scott met as college freshman in Community House. They now live in New York, where she works in marketing at PepsiCo and he is an attorney.

Leslie Keller Gleser C’01 and Alex Gleser W’00 are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter, Grace Violet Gleser, on Dec. 8 in New York. Her proud aunts and uncles include Theodore Gleser W’02, Dina Wizmur C’02, Meredith Keller C’04, and Zachary Gleser W’06.

Kurt Klinger EAS’01 married Eric Wilensky L’03 on Sat., April 5, at the FUEL House in Old City Philadelphia. Rabbi Jill Maderer of Congregation Rodeph Shalom presided; although not recognized by the civil authorities, the marriage is recognized by their synagogue. Kurt and Eric “stood in front of family, friends, and God,” and shared their love for and commitment to one another; they “feel as married to each other as any other couple in this country, regardless of the civil discrimination” they face. Kurt’s sister, Karen Klinger Kauffman W’95, was in the wedding party, along with Anna Nagayeva Friedman C’99, Joseph Cruz C’97, and Nicholas Setteducato C’00. Many other alumni, as well as current and Penn staff, also attended. Eric is an associate in the Delaware corporate-law counseling group of Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP in Wilmington, and Kurt is a senior IT project leader in Wharton Computing at Penn; they currently live in Old City with their cat, Stitch, and dog, Gromit.

Rebecca Fenigstein Mittman C’01 G’01 see Jeremy Mittman C’99.

Alex M. Spiotta C’01 M’05 and Vicki Luria Spiotta Nu’01 GNu’04 are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Lucia Gabrielle on April 14 in Cleveland. Alex is completing his residency training in neurological surgery at the Cleveland Clinic and Vicki is working in nursing informatics at Siemens Medical Solutions.


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’02 | John Carroll C’02 recently accepted the 2007 Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year award from the Eastern Seaboard Environmental Committee for his development of Carroll Energy Solutions, a Philadelphia-based, energy-efficiency company.

David Lerner W’02 married Tracy Bloom C’03 on Nov. 10 at Temple Beth-El in Great Neck, N.Y. Members of the wedding party included co-best men Joshua Lerner C’99 and Jonathan Lerner C’06; groomsmen Steven Kalter W’00 and Justin Rosenberg W’01; bridesmaids Liane Moneta C’03 and Jodie Resnick C’03; and David’s mother, Emily Brown Lerner GEd’71. Other alumni attending included Jessica Binder W’03, Allan Bloom C’91, Jack Clabby L’05, Joshua Cohen W’01, Lisa Ratner Fieldston W’02, Ross Fieldston C’02, Jamie Greenberg W’02 L’05, Nora Ginsberg Kalter C’01, Elyssa Koretz C’03 GEd’04, Courtney Koslow C’99, Julie Berstein Palley C’03, Joshua Palley C’04, Jennie Salwen Rosenzweig C’01 GEd’04, Brian Rosenzweig C’01, Jonathan Schmerin C’00, Liz Slochower C’03, Ali Sokolove C’01, and Julie Thaler C’03. David and Tracy celebrated their honeymoon in Moorea and Bora Bora. They live in New York, where he is a vice president in equity-derivative sales at Goldman Sachs and she manages library marketing at Random House Children’s Books.

Mark Lion C’02 see Marilyn Assicurato C’01.


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’03 | Hasan Ahmed Ansari C’03 has recently been appointed president of the Penn Alumni Club of Central New Jersey. He and his wife, Hina Kharbey C’03 EAS’03, live in West Windsor, where he works as a project manager for Merrill Lynch and she as vice president of operations for Novovision Inc. Hasan took over as president when Herb Vine W’57 decided to step down, after leading the club for over 25 years. The Penn Club of Central New Jersey was started 45 years ago and maintains a proud tradition of serving the large alumni community in the region (www.alumni.upenn.edu/club/centralnj.html). Hasan and Hina Ansari can be reached at hasan@alumni.upenn.edu.

Julie Berstein C’03 married Josh Palley C’04 on Sept. 1 at Easton’s Beach in Newport, R.I. “It was a long weekend at the beach filled with family, friends, and many alumni, and the Penn a cappella group Penn Six sung a special parody.” In the bridal party were Julie Thaler C’03, Liane Moneta C’03, Liz Slochower C’03, Alyson Waxman Levine C’03, Adam Yanoff C’01, Ben Langsfeld C’01, and Tripp Kise C’06. Other alumni attending were Rya Conrad-Bradshaw C’03, Elyssa Koretz C’03, Blake McShane W’02, Tracy Bloom C’03, David Lerner W’02, Nikki Cyter C’03, Stephen Sack GM’07, Jodie Resnick C’03, Lauren Waxman C’03, Andrew Richman C’02, Sara Richman C’02, Jason Pike W’98, Matt Hartman C’04, Oren Isacoff W’06, Daniel Berstein W’07, Ashley Krauss C’03, Alex Hayden C’04, Lilia Tamm C’04, Josh’s mother, Robin Palley C’72, Pearl Lichten C’49 (his grandmother), Harold Lichten C’74, Russ Henkin L’72, Rachel Saifer Goldman SW’00, and Jerome Shestack C’43. Julie and Josh live in Philadelphia: she is currently counsel at the Pennsylvania Securities Commission and he is a consultant at Diamond Management and Technology Consultants.

Tracy Bloom C’03 see David Lerner W’02.

Eric Wilensky L’03 see Kurt Klinger EAS’01.


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’04 | CELEBRATE YOUR REUNION: MAY 16-18, 2009

Daniel Todd Goldstein C’04 married Dara Tye Goldstein C’05 on April 5 at Congregation Beth Sholom in Elkins Park, Pa. The groomsmen included Dean Feith Tye C’09, Eric Rosenzweig C’04, Eric Hirschhorn C’04, Benjamin Levy C’04, James Heyer C’05, and Daniel Silvers W’98 WG’99. The bridesmaids included Blake Kohn C’05, Alana Amarosa C’05, and Drew Feith Tye C’09. Other alumni attending included Daniel Schmerin C’03, Cathy Chavkin Schmerin C’03, Frank Volpicelli C’04, Adam Osterweil C’04, Adam Kaye C’04, Michael Rosner W’04, Allison Rosenzweig C’04, Emily Gewirtz C’05, Danielle Trief C’05, Anna Black C’05, Connor O’Brien C’05, Emily Brotman C’05, Johanna Flaum C’05, Melanie Haber C’05, Jamie Horowitz C’05, Jackie Yecies C’05, Kimberly Silverberg C’05, Adam Levin C’05, Seth Weisman C’05, Julie Wertheimer C’07, and Dustin Blank C’09. Daniel and Dara enjoyed their honeymoon in Italy. They live in Philadelphia, where she works as a public-relations/event coordinator at AgileCat and he is preparing to graduate from Jefferson Medical College and begin an orthopaedic surgery residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia.

Josh Palley C’04 see Julie Berstein C’03.

Keri Vislocky W’04 writes, “After meeting on campus years ago, Jon Gantman W’04 took Emily Conn C’05 back to Locust Walk, where it all began, to ask her to marry him. Following her acceptance, they celebrated downtown with friends and family, who are all looking forward to their March 2009 wedding. Ben Golden W’04 and Molly Cahill C’07 are engaged to be married next year in Philadelphia. They live in New York, where she is a candidate for a PhD in neuroscience at NYU and he is an associate in the equity-derivatives department at Banc of America Securities.”


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’06 | Michelle Gadsden-Williams G’06 is vice president and global head of diversity and inclusion at Novartis Pharma AG in Basel, Switzerland. Prior to that position, which she took up in Jan. 2007, she had served as head of diversity and inclusion at Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. in East Hanover, N.J. In April she was named Businesswoman of the Year by the Harvard University Black Men’s Forum for “her work in diversity and inclusion and for her service to the community at large in the U.S.” She serves on the boards of the SLE Lupus Foundation and the Jackie Robinson Foundation.

Melody Joy Kramer C’06 writes, “I’m still working as the director and associate producer for the NPR humor show Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me. The show just won a Peabody Award, which means I’m now consuming only liquids until I can shove my tush into appropriate formal wear for the ceremony. Given the dimensions of my tush, I may never consume solid food again. I miss you all, and chewing.”

Annette Tran C’06 writes, “I am excited to announce that my good friend Allie White C’06 and David Levy are engaged! They live in Chicago and are planning a wedding in August. She is the daughter of Tom and Linda Schwartz White CW’73. The wedding party will include man-of-honor Jeff Gottfried C’06 ASC’12 and bridesmaids Margot Ann Miller C’06 and me.”


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’07 | Anthony Gil GPU’07 is an assistant district attorney for Montgomery County in Pennsylvania.

Bo Zhou C’07 EAS’07, bzhou@alumni.upenn.edu, writes, “Towards the end of my senior year at Penn, I was convinced that various aspects of biotechnology such as genetic engineering and regenerative medicine will play a very major part in shaping the economies of the future. Thus, in the midst of trying to decide how to make the best use of my Ivy League education, I abstained from the insidious enticements of Wall Street and decided to take a year off to do research in genetics at Harvard Medical School. The year off provided me with a great opportunity to be immersed in one of the world’s biggest biotechnology hubs and to learn about all the hottest areas pursued by the biotechnology start-ups and venture-capital firms around the Boston area, fueled by innovative and daring entrepreneurial ideas from a couple of the world’s leading think-tanks, Harvard and MIT. Disgusted by the New England weather, I ultimately decided go to Silicon Valley and pursue graduate studies at Stanford University School of Medicine in the fall, while taking a venture-capital summer internship at Draper Fisher Jurvetson. Biotechnology has great promise and potential in the advancement of our society, and I will be there to push the boundaries.”


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