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CELEBRATE YOUR REUNION: MAY 13-14, 2005

45 Jerry Zaslow W’45 and his brothers Spencer Zaslow W’47 and Arnold Zaslow W’50 were each awarded the 2004 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the category of lifetime achievement for the greater Philadelphia and central-eastern Pennsylvania area. For almost 60 years they have worked together in the family business, ATD-American Co., which was founded by their father in 1931. The brothers are now eligible for the national Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, to be announced in November. They have also been inducted as lifetime members of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Hall of Fame. Based in Wyncote, Pa., the family firm is an international supplier of textiles, furniture, and safety and protective equipment.

47 A. Bruce Mainwaring C’47, retired president of Micro-Coax Inc., was elected a member of the American Philosophical Society in April. He is an emeritus trustee of the University and an emeritus member of the overseers of the University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

Spencer Zaslow W’47 see Jerry Zaslow W’45.

49 Dr. A. Noam Chomsky C’49 G’51 Gr’55 Hon’84, the Institute Professor of Linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was elected a member of the American Philosophical Society in April.

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50 Arnold Zaslow W’50 see Jerry Zaslow W’45.

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54 Dr. Harold Graff C’54 M’58 has been elected vice president of medical services for Magellan Health of Pennsylvania.

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55 Hon. James Cacheris W’55 is a U.S. district judge in Alexandria, Va. In May he was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award by George Washington University; he graduated from its law school in 1960.

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57 Hon. Myrna Paul Field CW’57 L’63 GL’72, administrative judge of the family division for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, in August was honored as Judge of the Year by the National Child Support Enforcement Association. This was in recognition of her efforts to improve the Family Court’s child-support work with an amnesty program, a job-placement program, and better case management for child-support workers. She also established a Wednesday night court and satellite offices in the city. The administrative judge since Feb. 2002, she was elected to the Court of Common Pleas Court in 1991. Judge Field and her husband, Harris Baum, live in Philadelphia.

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58 Dr. Alvino E. Fantini C’58 is an emeritus professor at World Learning’s School for Inter-national Training in Brattleboro, Vt., where he had been employed for the past 40 years. During his tenure he was involved in both intercultural communication and language education, working in the U.S. and abroad. He did research in both areas and published numerous articles and books. He also served on a national panel to develop the new National Foreign Language Standards for U.S. education. And he is a past-president of the professional society, the Society for Intercultural Education, Training, and Research International, and recipient of its highest award. He continues to serve as an international consultant in language education and intercultural communication.

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59 Martin Barr W’59 writes that he has been retired from IBM since 1996 and continues to live in Lexington, Ky. He was recently honored with the President’s Award of the Central Kentucky Jewish Federation in recognition of his work over the past years as president and chair of its annual campaign.

Dr. Henry Kressel WG’59 Gr’65, a managing director of the venture-capital management firm Warburg Pincus LLC, in July was elected to the board of the Sy Syms School of Business at Yeshiva University. Chair of the Sarnoff Corporation, he is also a member of the board of the Stanford Research Institute. He and his wife, Bertha Horowitz Kressel, have two children, Dr. Aron Kressel of New York and Kim Ephrat of Israel, and seven grandchildren.

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60 Howard P. Cantor W’60, a certified public accountant from Ramsey, N.J., was recently named an honorary member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. In addition to his accounting practice, he is treasurer of the NIA Group, LLC, a large regional insurance agency based in Paramus. Currently president of the Ramsey Council, he is completing his sixth year as a councilman. He and his wife, Pam, have lived there for over 20 years; they have two married children and three grandsons.

Albert M. Tantala C’60 CE’61 was appointed to a second term on the Pennsylvania State Registration Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists. He was also elected to the board of TF Financial Corp., a bank-holding company.

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62 Bonnie Stein Squires CW’62 G’65 has been named chair of the 80th anniversary celebration of the Gershman Y in Philadelphia. A board member there, she serves as vice-chair of its Jewish Film Festival.

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63 Dr. Bruce R. Kuklick C’63 G’65 Gr’68, the Roy F. and Jeannette P. Nichols Professor of History at the University, was elected a member of the American Philosophical Society in April.

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64 Dr. James E. Allison C’64 in May received the Distinguished Clinician Award of the American Gastroenterological Association. Retiring in 1998 after 24 years, he had served as a gastroenterologist and the assistant program director for internal medicine at the Kaiser Permanente’s Oakland Medical Center in California. Since then he has served as a clinical professor of medicine at the University of California San Francisco and as a member of the gastroenterology division at San Francisco General Hospital. He has also been an adjunct investigator at Kaiser’s research division. Last year he received the Premier Physician Award from the Bay Area chapter of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation. A national expert on screening for colon cancer, his research has been published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, The New England Journal of Medicine, and Gastro-enterology, and he is a peer reviewer for NEJM, Gastroenterology, and the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Michael B. Fein C’64, Cherry Hill, N.J., an attorney in the intellectual-property department of the Delaware Valley law firm of Cozen O’Connor, in June was honored for his pro-bono service with the Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers For The Arts. He also recently appeared in Philadelphia magazine as a “Pennsylvania Super Lawyer.”

Lois Foster Hirt DH’64 <loismile@aol.com> has published the story of how her mother and stepfather met again and married at the ages of 81 and 83, after a 60-year separation. It is included in Small Miracles for Families—Extraordinary Coincidences That Reaffirm Our Deepest Ties, edited by Yitta Halberstam and Judith Lowenthal.

Dr. Stanley B. Prusiner C’64 M’68 Hon’98 is professor of neurology and biochemistry and the founding director of the Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases at the University of California at San Francisco. He was awarded the 1997 Nobel Prize in Medicine for his pioneering discovery of prions as a new biological principle of infection. In April he received the PNC 2004 Common Wealth Award for Distinguished Service in science and invention.

Richard Schaye W’64, Lexington, Mass., writes “[I] retired after 31 years in public education, the past 22 as principal of Wayland Middle School. After my wife and I served as Peace Corps volunteers in India from 1966 to 1968, we both became teachers and happily found our work niche in life. We are looking forward to our first grandchild in December. My immediate plans are to volunteer for the Kerry campaign. When the campaign is over, I hope to re-learn how to sleep later than 6:00 a.m., something I last did at Penn. I still remember fondly the teaching of A. Z. Rubinstein G’50 Gr’54, E. Digby Baltzell W’39 Hon’89, and Alexander Riasanovsky, each of whom inspired me to become a teacher despite my inauspicious start at the Wharton School.”

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65 Margaret Conn Himelfarb CW’65 writes that in May she received a master’s in public health from Johns Hopkins University and has headed back to the workforce. Recognized with several awards for her diabetes-research education and advocacy, she successfully spearheaded a national campaign for a Diabetes Awareness postage stamp, which was issued by the U.S. Postal Service in 2001.

Norman MacAfee C’65, New York, has edited with a commentary The Gospel According to RFK: Why It Matters Now, published in June by Westview Press. It is the only collection of speeches from Robert Kennedy’s 1968 Presidential campaign.

Rabbi Anita Steiner CW’65 graduated in June from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote, Pa. Having made aliyah in 1975, she received a B.S.W. with honors from Bar-Ilan University in 1981 and then worked as a social worker in Israel for 20 years, most recently as coordinator of social services for Ethiopian Jews in Ashkelon. And she was an activist there in leftist politics, the feminist movement, and women’s peace groups. With clinical pastoral training for her rabbinical degree she is poised to realize her dream of working again in Israel, but now in hospice chaplaincy and with battered women.

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66 Richard Marker C’66 and his wife, Mirele Goldsmith, have merged their consulting practices under the name Marker Goldsmith Advisors (www.markergoldsmith.com). His specialty is strategic philanthropy, and hers is program evaluation. They work with families, foundations, and grantmaking organizations. In addition, Richard has been named senior fellow at NYU’s George Heyman Jr. Center for Philanthropy, where he also teaches.

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67 Kenneth J. Artis C’67 <kenartis@yahoo.com> was elevated to a 32nd-degree Mason on April 17.

Jonathan Kane W’67 is a partner in the Philadelphia-based law firm of Pepper Hamilton LLP and chair of its labor and employment group; he is resident in its Berwyn, Pa., office. In June he was elected a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, Inc.

Andrea Mitchell CW’67, Washington, is the chief foreign-affairs correspondent for NBC News. In April she received the PNC 2004 Common Wealth Award for Distinguished Service in mass communications.

Dr. Regna D. Darnell G’67 Gr’69, is professor of anthropology and the founding director of the First Nations studies program at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ont. She also serves as director of its Centre for Research and Teaching of Canadian Native Languages. In April she was elected a member of the American Philosophical Society.

Dr. Richard A. Schwartz C’67 has joined the Minneapolis intellectual-property law firm of Schwegman, Lundberg, Woessner & Kluth as a satellite patent attorney working in Virginia.

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68 Andrew Jay Schwartzman C’68 L’71 is president and CEO of the Media Access Project a 30-year-old non-profit, public-interest law firm that represents the public’s First Amendment rights before the FCC and the courts. He represents Prometheus Radio Project and other citizens’ groups in their appeal of last year’s FCC decision deregulating broadcast-media ownership rules, and presented arguments that convinced the U.S. Court of Appeals in Philadelphia to block the new rules from going into effect pending appeal. He is the first recipient of the Just Media Lifetime Achievement Award, presented in June by MediaRight and American University’s Center for Social Media and the Independent Television Service. The award is to be given to individuals who have made a significant contribution to the reform of media policy.

Dr. Joanne Stubbe CW’68, the Novartis Professor of Chemistry and Biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was elected a member of the American Philosophical Society in April.

Barbara Weisberg CW’68 writes, “I’m delighted to announce the publication of my book, Talking to the Dead: Kate and Maggie Fox and the Rise of Spiritualism (Harper SanFrancisco). Part mystery, part ghost story and part cultural history, it’s a non-fiction look at the lives and times of the two charismatic young sisters who founded the Spiritualist movement in America in the 1840s. I received the Lila Wallace-Readers Digest Fellowship for Creative Writers from the American Antiquarian Society to do research for the book, called “a lively tale of a little-known slice of American history” by Publishers Weekly. Before embarking on my search for the Fox sisters’ true story, I was a freelance television producer. I live with my stepchildren and my husband, the writer and television producer David Black, in New York.”

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70 Dr. Theodore Kharpertian C’70 is professor of English at Hudson County Community College in Jersey City, N.J. His new book, a memoir of his father entitled Hagop: An Armenian Genocide Survivor’s Journey to Freedom, has been published by the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (Belmont, Mass.). He also wrote A Hand to Turn the Time: The Menippean Satires of Thomas Pynchon. He lives in Montclair with his wife, Zoe, a professional wallpaper hanger; daughter, Kiara, a sophomore at Mount Holyoke College; and son, Devin (to whom Hagop is dedicated), a sophomore at Montclair High School.

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71 Barry M. Abelson L’71, Bryn Mawr, Pa., is chair of the executive committee and of the corporate and securities-practice group of the Philadelphia-based law firm of Pepper Hamilton LLP. In June the Philadelphia chapter of the American Jewish Committee presented him with its 2004 Judge Learned Hand Award, which recognizes the contributions of outstanding members of the Philadelphia legal community who have distinguished themselves through their professional achievements, and their dedicated leadership and commitment to the community. He serves on the boards of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America, the Children’s Crisis Treatment Center, and Operation Warm, which distributed 50,000 coats to needy children in the Philadelphia area last winter. And in July he was elected to the board of the Greater Philadelphia Venture Group; he will co-chair its mid-Atlantic venture conference next year. He also serves on the board of Penn’s Institute for Law and Economics. Barry is married to Robin Abelson and the father of four children.

Prof. Drew Gilpin Faust G’71 Gr’75 is dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies and the Lincoln Professor of History at Harvard University; in April she was elected a member of the American Philosophical Society. She was the Annenberg Professor of History and director of the women’s studies program at Penn until 2000.

Jeffrey R. Horowitz C’71 L’74 has been named interim president and chief executive officer of Danielson Holding Corporation, an American Stock Exchange-listed company with subsidiaries offering waste-to-energy services, barging and marine-construction and services, barge and boat manufacturing, warehousing services, and a variety of insurance products.

Ken Roemer Gr’71 wrote in late June, “Two weeks ago I became a grandpa for the second time: Kate Roemer arrived and completes my son Michael’s happy Austin (Tex.) family of Kathy (wife) and Alex (big brother). Michael received a master’s in Asian studies from UT Austin a month ago, and his big sister Vonnie married Jon Murad two months ago. A year ago my wife, Micki, took a job with the U.S. Dept. of Education as a general manager in Federal Student Aid, School Delivery Channel, FSA Application, School Eligibility and Delivery Channel—a nice concise government title that will no doubt change as bureaucracies morph! I’m still teaching at UT Arlington. Since 2002 I’ve published Michibata de Deatta Nippon (A Sidewalker’s Japan) and Utopian Audiences: How Readers Locate Nowhere. I’m completing the Cambridge Companion to Native American Literature, and am president of the Society of Utopian Studies. So, I’m enjoying a growing family, I’m president of nowhere, and I’m sleeping with a fed.”

Robert Woodward C’71 (aka Peanutbutter) has teamed up with Steven Weisz C’78 GEd’79 and his dance group, Music & Motion Dance Productions (www.music-and-motion.com). Their new piece, Illuminescence, will be performed at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival on Sept. 7, 8, and 14. From their press release: “Under the artistic direction of Steven Weisz, light becomes the foundational element through which sculpture and movement arise and coalesce. This is the first collaborative effort between this young dance group and veteran Philadelphia sculptor, Peanutbutter/Robert Woodward. This original dance work is a lush fusion of colors, emerging to create an array of visual illusions while set to a mix of world electronica.”

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72 Andreas M. Georghiou W’72 G’76 writes, “I have recently taken on the additional responsibility of president, Worldsat, an SES Global company engaged in the provision of satellite-communication services on a global basis. At the same time, I have maintained my responsibilities as a member of the management committee of the parent company in which I still hold the position of senior vice president, business operations. My wife of 30 years, Diane, and I live in New Hope, Pa. We have two grand children, Alexander and Andreas McKendry. Our children, Angella and Constantine, live nearby while our daughter, Lenia, has just graduated from Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla.”

Terri Jacobs Keville CW’72, an attorney who practices in Los Angeles, in March became president of the California Society for Healthcare Attorneys.

Dr. Jeffrey H. Rempell D’72, a dentist who has maintained a practice in Clifton, N.J., for almost 30 years, recently completed a term as president of the New Jersey Dental Association. He serves on the American Dental Association’s council on dental benefits, and on the board of Donated Dental Services of New Jersey. He and his wife, Gail, live in Montville, and they have three children: Michael, who lives in Pittsburgh with his wife, Dawn, and son, Zachary; Pamela, who lives in Florida; and Lindsey, who is a student at George Washington University in Washington.

Gilbert S. Rothenberg C’72, an attorney with the tax division of the U.S. Department of Justice, has been appointed chief of the appellate section, which he joined in 1975. He is also an adjunct professor of law at American University’s Washington College of Law. He lives in Fairfax Station, Va., with his wife, Lynn (a pastel artist), and son, Artie, a high-school freshman. When not enmeshed in tax-law controversies, Gilbert can be found on the golf course.

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73 Janet Millenson CW’73 has been elected president of the Maryland Ornithological Society, which was founded in 1945 and has nearly 2,000 members in 15 chapters. It compiles the official bird lists for Maryland and the District of Columbia, publishes a variety of books and periodicals, maintains sanctuaries, supports research, and offers programs and field trips for birders across the state.

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74 Don Eckhart WG’74 writes, “I retired early this year from the Ohio Legislative Service Commission, a non-partisan agency providing research and analysis for the Ohio General Assembly. I am now a candidate for the Ohio Senate, running as an Independent for the election on Nov. 2. My wife, Sue Ellen, and I have been married for 32 years, and we have two adult sons.”

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75 Amy Levin SAMP’75 writes that Elaine Zislin SAMP’75 of Leawood, Kans., in March was recognized Occupational Therapist of the Year by the Kansas Occupational Therapy Association.

John Livingston C’75 was recently promoted to president of Tishman Construction Corporation’s eastern region, having served as the firm’s chief operating officer. He joined the company in 1994.

Dr. Louis E. Rossman D’75 GD’77, an endodontist in Center City Philadelphia and a clinical professor of endodontics at Penn Dental, was elected treasurer of the American Association of Endodontists in May. Louis and his wife, Val, have two children, Alexis Rossman C’06 (20), and Benjamin (14), and live in Bala Cynwyd, Pa.

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76 Aldonna Ambler SW’76, president and CEO of Ambler Growth Strategy Consultants, Inc., in Hammonton, N.J., presented a program, “Blasting Past Plateaus,” at the Women’s Leadership Exchange Southern California Conference in August; she will also be a presenter at the group’s Atlanta conference in September and the New York conference in November.

77 David W. Allen Jr. W’77 and his family were one of three recipients of the Points of Light Foundation’s National Family Volunteer Award; he also received a President’s Volunteer Service Award, silver level. He is president-elect of the Minnesota Physician-Patient Alliance, chair of the governance committee for the Hamm Clinic (a mental health clinic in St. Paul that serves clients regardless of their ability to pay), and chair of the Bloomington (Minn.) Youth Coffeehouse Initiative, and he serves on the boards of Bloomington United for Youth and Advocates for Marketplace Options on Mainstreet. David is CEO of his own health-care consulting firm, PIE, Inc. (www.allenpie.com). His wife, Mary, and his sons Treb (21) and Matt (19) are also active volunteers. Treb begins studies at the University of Oxford in September for his junior year abroad from Williams College, and Matt has matriculated at Grinnell College in Iowa.

Jon Becker C’77 in May completed a 230-mile kayak descent of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. He lives in Boulder with his wife, Lynn Israel, and two sons, Jorin (13) and Avi (11), and operates SolarGlass Window and Door with his brothers David Becker W’77 and Boone Becker.

Stuart Gold C’77 writes, “I am a partner in Mandelbaum, Salsburg, Gold, Lazris, Discenza & Steinberg, P.C., in West Orange, N.J., where I specialize in commercial litigation and bankruptcy. My wife, Diana d’Ambra, and I have two children: Emma, a high-school junior who is spending the summer at Penn, and Ben, a seventh-grader who became a bar mitzvah on June 19.”

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78 Ellen B. Fishman L’78, New York, has been made a partner in the Manhattan law firm of Martin, Clearwater & Bell LLP. She is head of its appellate litigation department.

Vincent T. Lombardo C’78, an assistant Ohio attorney general living in Cleveland, is the new president-elect of the Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association. A life member of the association, he is a 1981 graduate of the Cleveland Marshall College of Law of Cleveland State University.

Steven Weisz C’78 GEd’79 see Robert Woodward C’71.

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79 Sonia Delgado C’79 GPU’85, a government lobbyist with the firm Princeton Public Affairs Group, in June was appointed interim chair of the trustees of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She also serves on the board of Presbyterian Homes. She lives in Hopewell with her husband and two children.

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80 Dr. Philip J. Kellman Gr’80 is director of the Human Perception Laboratory and professor of cognitive science and psychology at UCLA. In April he delivered the 2004 Irvin Rock Memorial Lecture at the University of California, Berkeley, which “is named for one of the great vision scientists of the 20th century, and spotlights important research in the field of visual perception.”

Kerry Scott Schuman W’80, Jenkintown, Pa., a partner with the law firm of Jaffe, Friedman, Schuman, Nemeroff, Applebaum & McCaffery, P.C., in Elkins Park, was a presenter at the spring seminar on “Title Insurance Claims and the Title Agent,” sponsored by the Chicago Title Insurance Company and Ticor Title Insurance Company.

Bruce Vrana ChE’80 GCh’82 <vrana9@comcast.net> is pleased to report that his son, Robert, starts at Penn as a member of the Class of 2008, in the College. He graduated from Tower Hill School in Wilmington, Del., where his sister, Laura, has completed her freshman year and has Ivy ambitions of her own. Bruce is “still” employed by DuPont as an in-house engineering consultant.

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81 Deborah Livornese C’81 <dlivornese@bucbeardsley.com> e-mails, “After 21-plus years of living in Northern California, I returned to the East Coast with my husband, Bill Kuran, an engineer for the federal government, and daughter Olivia (three). We’ve settled in Potomac, Md., and I am working as an attorney with a firm in D.C. specializing in food and drug law.

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82 Scott Rothbort W’82, president of LakeView Asset Management, LLC, which specializes in customized, separate-account investment management, and general partner of LakeView Investment Partners, L.P., is a frequent guest on Bloomberg Radio, as well as Bloomberg TV. He has also appeared numerous times on CNBC’s Kudlow & Cramer, speaking on such market issues as McDonald’s and Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. His wife, Layni Horowitz Rothbort C’82, is an attorney with an active real-estate practice in northern and central New Jersey. In her spare time she also doubles as a chauffeur to their five children, Cory (16), Danielle (14), Carly (11), Steven (10), and Adam (seven). Scott can be reached at <scott@lakeviewasset.com> and Layni can be reached at <LSRESQ1@yahoo.com>.

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83 Bradley S. Daniels C’83 WG’89, Lower Gwynedd, Pa., has joined Rorer Asset Management, a Philadelphia-based investment-management firm, as a senior equity analyst who specializes in mid-cap stocks. Previously he was a research analyst and portfolio manager at Miller, Anderson & Sherred/Morgan Stanley Investment Management.

Gayle P. Levy C’83 W’83 has joined Edwards & Angell, a national law firm, as a partner in its insurance and reinsurance department in New York. Previously she was a partner at the law firm of Dewey Ballantine, LLP, where she practiced in the corporate-insurance and insurance-insolvency area for 15 years.

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84 Christine Brentani C’84 wrote Portfolio Management in Practice, which was published earlier this year by Elsevier Butterworth-Heinemann.

Bradford Hudson C’84 married Caroline Coco in May. He is a development officer at Boston University and she is a stockbroker at Deutsche Bank Alex. Brown. Steven Saltzman W’86 was an usher.

Richard A. Niesenbaum C’84 Gr’92 has been named chair of the biology department at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa. An associate professor, he joined its faculty in 1993.

Ira B. Polikoff C’84 W’84 <ira.b.polikoff@aexp.com> e-mails, “I recently relocated to London with my wife, Jacalyn, and our three children, Jack (nine), Benjamin (six), and Samantha (one). I continue to work for American Express, and am now CFO for the global-establishment services division based here in London. Having missed out on the junior-year-abroad opportunity, my family and I are now taking advantage of the location to experience the sites and history of the U.K. and the European continent.”

Dr. Jerome R. Potozkin C’84 and his wife, Dr. Monica Brar, have celebrated the birth of their second son, David; he joins 22-month-old Samuel to form the Potozkin team of “Sam and Dave.”

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85 Jacob C. Cohn C’85, Cherry Hill, N.J., an attorney with the Philadelphia-area law firm of Cozen O’Connor, spoke on “Unraveling the Gordian Knot of Asymptomatic Asbestos Claimants” at Mealey’s Asbestos Bankruptcy Conference in June.

David Fialkoff C’85 has written Stanley Newman Presents Quiz Show, which was published by Random House in July. A bona fide trivia buff, he was a contestant on Jeopardy! and one of the players on the very first episode of the American Who Wants to be a Millionaire? He describes the book as “a collection of one-player trivia games specially designed for quiz-show fans.”

Chris Mario C’85 writes that a group of Penn friends gathered on Memorial Day weekend at his home in Wilmington, N.C., to celebrate the 40th birthday of S. Marc Meachem W’87. They were Lisa Richardson C’88, Dave Smith W’85, Joe Harrison C’85, Marylou Rowe C’85, Linda Richardson C’85, Liz King C’87, and Heidi E. von B¸low C’85 and Fritz von B¸low C’85 G’92. The Penn flag flew in the background.

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86 Jonathan C. Beard C’86 writes, “In a gulfside wedding at Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., I married the lovely and talented Jennifer A. Turner, on Oct. 12, 2002. And, we announce the birth of our son, Jadon, in January. He joins my seven-year-old daughter, Kailey, in our happy household. I am still working (eighth year) as president and CEO of Columbus Compact Corporation, a nonprofit community-development corporation.”

Larry D. Gasteiger C’86 writes, “I am pleased to report that I have been named legal adviser to the Hon. Joseph T. Kelliher, a commissioner at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in Washington. I advise him on electric, natural-gas, and hydropower policy issues.”

Coleman O’Donovan C’86 reports the birth of Finn Patrick O’Donovan on March 13; he joins his brother Liam (eight) and two sisters, Maeve (six) and Molly (five).

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87 Jeff Hack W’87 now heads corporate strategy at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. Previously he was chief financial officer of the Smith Barney brokerage unit of Citicorp, which he joined in 1994.

Dr. Kenneth A. Kaplan C’87 lives in East Brunswick, N.J., with his wife, Dr. Deborah Goldberg Kaplan, a clinical child psychologist and their two children, Samuel Alexander (four), and Hannah Rose (two). He is in private practice in otolaryngology with Advanced Otolaryngology Associates, also in East Brunswick.

Esther Schlessinger-Mita C’87 GEd’88 writes that, “Roy Mita, and my son, RJ, welcomed a new addition, Ilena Hartley, on July 11, 2003. I am also now working part-time with the Council for Relationships (formerly the Penn Council for Relationships), as a psychologist in the Paoli and Lionville, Pa., offices.”

Peter C. Wu EAS’87 has joined the faculty in the surgery department at the University of Washington, and Veterans’ Affairs Puget Sound, after completing surgical-oncology fellowships at the University of Chicago and National Cancer Institute. During that time he received the SSO James Ewing Oncology Fellowship to support his research in novel treatments of advanced GI cancers. He and Lily Lee Wen Su L’93 live in Issaquah, Wash., with their five-year-old daughter, Cameron, two-year-old son, Brandon, and six-year-old Samoyed, Pooh. They can be contacted at <pcwu@u.washington.edu>.

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88 Jonathon Ament C’88 has received his doctoral degree from the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University. He is currently senior project director in the research department for United Jewish Communities. He and his wife, Amy, live in Riverdale, N.Y., and are the very proud parents of Ezra David and Joshua Ilan, born on March 3, 2003. “Raising brand new Chicago Cub fans in New York has been challenging, but rewarding!”

Dr. Sue Carver C’88 and her husband, Ed Wile, are proud to announce the birth of Lucy Greta Wile on April 6. Sue, Ed, Lucy, and big brother Ethan live in Oceanside, N.Y., and look forward to hearing from old friends at <carverpsyd@aol.com>.

Marci Cohen W’88 and Jonathan Vinson Gr’95 proudly announce the birth of their first child, Graham Ivan Vinson, on May 18. Marci is a multimedia librarian at Northbrook (Ill.) Public Library, and Jack is a knowledge-management consultant with Knowledge Jolt, Inc. They live in Evanston.

Randi Dorman C’88 and Rob Paulus welcome the arrival of their first child, Skye Victoria Paulus; she was born on June 10 in Tucson, Ariz., and weighed 6 lbs. “We are mesmerized by her every move, and are having a ball with her!”

Brett Dorny EAS’88 W’88 <bndorny@dornylaw.com> e-mails that after many years in large Boston law firms, he recently opened his own law practice in Central Massachusetts. A registered patent attorney, he practices in all aspects of intellectual-property law.

John P. Halfpenny C’88 and Mary Bossart Halfpenny C’89 are thrilled to announce the birth of twin boys, Samuel Ellis and Jude Alexander, on Nov. 4, 2003, in Philadelphia.

Marc Levy W’88 writes that he folded his direct-marketing firm in the aftermath of 9/11, and is now working as an electrician’s helper. He can be reached at <mtlevy@yahoo.com>.

John Timperio C’88 in June joined the law firm of Dechert LLP as a partner in its finance and real-estate group; he is based in the Charlotte office. Previously he was a partner at Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw.

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89 Mary Bossart Halfpenny C’89 see John P. Halfpenny C’88.

Ann-Gail Bregianes Hult W’89 and her husband, Fred, are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter, Madelyn Jane Hult, on March 28. “She looks just like her big brother, George (two). Hopefully that will change with time.” Ann-Gail can’t wait to take a “field trip” to Penn to show her children the old alma mater and give them something to strive for.

Howard S. Krooks L’89 e-mails, “I have been elected to serve as chair of the New York State Bar Association’s elder-law section for the 2004-05 term. I have been practicing elder law since 1991 at Littman Krooks LLP in New York and White Plains. I live in Westchester County with my wife, Robin, and three children, Gavin (six), Jocelyn (three), and Noah (one), along with our two Labrador retrievers, Monte and Roxy. Please feel free to catch up at <hkrooks@lkllp.com>.”

Andrew London G’89 Gr’93, Syracuse, N.Y., is an associate professor of sociology in the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. In June he was awarded a 2004 Vision Fund grant that supports new academic initiatives and faculty innovation at the small project or course level. The project, requested by the Syracuse University Senate, involved a regional conference and a faculty reading seminar to lay the groundwork for a proposed minor in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender studies at Syracuse.

Suzy Kahn Weinberg C’89 <suzyweinberg@rcn.com> e-mails, “I live in Chicago, my hometown, with my husband, Jeff, an aspiring real estate mogul, and our three terrific kids, Shulie (six), Molly (four), and Aidan (one). After receiving an M.S. in marketing communications from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, I worked for Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) and then became a full-fledged video producer—my true passion—for a small creative local company. I’m now home full time, when not at Costco, Target, or driving carpool. I keep in touch with dear friends from Penn: Nancy Lataif Ruiz C’89, Karyn Fell Taeyaerts C’89, Christopher Cook C’89, Catherine White Murphy C’89 GEd’92, Karen Palmer Brown Nu’89, and Rosanna Bermejo Espaillot C’89. I’m determined to get us all to our 20th Reunion in five years!”

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CELEBRATE YOUR REUNION: MAY 13-14, 2005

90 Ira Aaron Apfel C’90 <iapfel@yahoo.com> and Gina Kim are proud to announce the birth of a baby girl, Isabel Marks Apfel; she was born on May 7 in Washington, and weighed 7 lb. 12 oz. Sophie (who will be four on Nov. 16) is very pleased to have a little sister.

Alex Feldman C’90 wrote in June, “After a great 18 months at CNBC, I have decided to move on. My last day was June 4. I absolutely loved my time at CNBC and being back in Asia. My decision to leave was one of the hardest of my life thus far, and I will be forever grateful. In the short time I was at CNBC, we accomplished quite a lot—subscribers grew by 21 percent and affiliate sales revenue grew by 17 percent, despite SARS last year. While there were lots of significant accomplishments (including launching CNBC’s first streaming and first mobile deals), and we were able to renew all key contracts that expired during my tenure, I was most honored to be a part of the CNBC team that negotiated the deal and then launched the MGM movie channel in Greater China and Southeast Asia. The fact that I was able to work with old friends at MGM Networks made it even more rewarding. I look forward to watching CNBC and MGM continue to grow in the years to come. I certainly will miss Asia, the TV industry, and all my great friends from the last 11 years in the region. Hopefully, my new role will give me a chance to continue to stay in touch and work with many of you. However, at the end of the day, I was offered a fantastic opportunity to grow and learn which I could not turn down. As of June 14, I will be joining the U.S. Department of State in Washington as coordinator for international information programs, which carries the rank of a U.S. assistant secretary of state. My major focus will be to try to positively influence the way the world perceives America—a job that is not getting any easier. I will have the support of almost 300 full-time and 100 contract staff in Washington. I am honored to serve my country in this important role which will surely impact my friends outside the U.S. in the years to come.”

Dr. Reiko Maki Fitzsimonds C’90 Gr’95 was recently promoted to associate professor of physiology in the Yale Medical School where she had been an assistant professor. And Patrick Fitzsimonds C’95 recently left Deutsche Bank in New York and joined UBS Investment Bank as an associate director. They live in Connecticut with their “beautiful daughters, four-year old Sonoe Elizabeth (Sonni) and two-year old Sophia Katherine (Fia).” Reiko and Patrick would love to hear from any old Penn friends at <reiko.fitzsimonds@alumni.upenn.edu> or <patrick.fitzsimonds@alumni.upenn.edu>.

Dr. Paul Pasles C’90 writes, “On June 12, the Mount Laurel (N.J.) Public Library dedicated a garden plaza in honor of Steve Wolownik C’68, [who] founded and directed the Penn Balalaika Orchestra for many years, and was a reference librarian at the Lippincott Library of the Wharton School. The ceremony to dedicate ‘Steve’s Garden’ was set to music, of course. Many of the orchestra alumni and other friends of Steve performed in his honor at the memorial, including Jennifer Geiger C’90, Elliot Borgman C’71, Martha Von Rosenstiel CW’72, Serge Rogosin, Donna Skarbo Sensor C’90, Carmen Valentino, Alan Zemel C’76 G’76 and Marlis Zemel, Edythe Fein, Sue Anderson, and Ricci Dichter. Penn Balalaika alumni who are interested in hearing about future gatherings should contact Rick Heald <ricklist_99@yahoo.com>.”

Erinn Sitner Salaman W’90 and her husband, Mitchell, are thrilled to announce the birth of their second child, Ryan Scott, on Oct. 11, 2003. Big brother A.J. is so excited to finally have a little brother to play with.

Daniel W. Simcox C’90 has joined the Philadelphia law firm of Buchanan Ingersoll PC as a shareholder in its financial-institutions and real-estate section.

Brian Jay Ward C’90 and Travis Neighbor “Libby” Ward C’90 G’90 are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter, Aislin Isabelle Ward. She was born on May 9, Mother’s Day, at 10 lbs. and 1 oz. She received an enthusiastic welcome from elder daughter, Lila, who is now three years old. Brian is an architect at Niles Bolton Associates in Atlanta and Travis is editor of Home, a quarterly design edition of Atlanta magazine.

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91 Duchess Harris C’91, chair and associate professor of American studies at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., has been granted tenure; she has taught there since 1998. Her area of interest is 20th-century African-American political history.

Jill Nagle CGS’91 <Jill@GetPublished.com> is delighted to announce the birth of her third book, How to Find an Agent Who Can Sell Your Book for Top Dollar: Jill’s Guerilla Tips and Tricks, which is also her first book to come out initially in electronic format (www.FindTheRightAgent.com). This newest addition to Jill’s cyber-shelf comes almost exactly a year after her first child—labors of love, both. “What mother has time to write
a book during her child’s first year of life? Why, one with a partner committed to egalitarian child care, of course. We’re all very blessed around here. Stay tuned.”

Christine Turner White C’91, and her husband, Colin are delighted to announce the birth of their first child, a son, named Duncan John White, born on April 24 and weighing in at 7 lbs. 13 oz. “Mom will be enjoying maternity leave this summer at their home in Wakefield, Mass., and can be reached at <whitect@aol.com>.”

Ellen Zeisler C’91 writes, “After working as public defender in Brooklyn for three years, I married Jonathan Barnard and moved to London. We met at Penn when he was an exchange student from the University of Edinburgh. I am now qualified as a lawyer in England where I practice white-collar criminal defense. Jonathan and I are thrilled to announce the birth of our daughter, Olivia Grace Barnard, on Feb. 11.”

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92 Mike Guastella C’92 and his wife, Beth, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Katie, on Feb. 7, 2003. They moved a few blocks north and live on the Upper East Side of Manhattan near Central Park. Mike also recently accepted a promotion to vice president of strategy and development at TD Waterhouse Investor Services. He would love to hear from friends at <mikegws@yahoo.com>.

Jay R. Halbert W’92 and his wife, Randi, are thrilled to announce the birth of their son, Alex Benjamin, on May 31. Big sister Melanie Paula (almost three) is “learning to accept that we aren’t going to return him.” The family lives in the Philadelphia suburbs and can be reached at <jhalbert@comcast.net>.

Alexander F. Hoffman C’92 e-mails, “My wife, Allison Chausmer Hoffman, and I are now the proud parents of our first child, Noah Simon, who was born May 18, weighing in at a whopping 9 lbs. 3 oz. His grandfather, Dr. Stephen Hoffman C’62 M’66, has already anointed him as a Phillies fan, which explains his fussy behavior. Despite having two Ph.D.’s in the house, we’re pretty much finding what every new parent finds: the kid runs the show! We can be reached at <alexhoffman@comcast.net>.”

Kimberly Killmer Hollister EAS’92 GEng’96 Gr’99 e-mails, “My husband, Jim, and I are very happy to announce the birth of our first child, Russell James, on Feb. 29, our Leap Year baby. We are living in Denville, N.J. I was recently promoted to associate professor at Montclair State University. We can be reached at <jimkim39@optonline.net>.”

Daryl Michalik C’92 e-mails, “I’ve been living in beautiful San Francisco for the last five years after escaping from the rat race in Manhattan. I’m currently working for Owl Marketing, Inc. (www.owlmarketing.com), which helps small online businesses do more marketing with less time and money by providing Web-based marketing software including, AdWatch ad tracking. I can be reached at <darylmic@yahoo.com>.”

Jim Om C’92 and Jennifer Pico Om C’93 are happy to announce the birth of their daughter, Penelope, on June 11. “We picked the name because Penel comes from the Hebrew word meaning in the presence of God. She joins big brother P.J. (four) and sister Phoebe (two) in our ever-growing family. Our new church, the River Church of New Jersey, is also growing and developing a rich spiritual community, for which we praise God. We would love to hear from friends at <omjim@aol.com> and <jenom1@aol.com>.

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93 Ann Dushane C’93 e-mailed in early July, “I have lived in eight different cities, including several in France, since leaving Penn. I spent eight years with MCI in a number of different roles all across the U.S. In April I graduated from Thunderbird, the Garvin School of International Management, where I received the highest award bestowed on a graduating student, the Lt. General Barton K. Yount Award, for character, scholarship, and accomplishment most closely resembling that of the founder of Thunderbird. I am now in the oil industry in Tulsa, Okla., working as the international IT project manager for Baker Hughes’s Centrilift division. I will be traveling all around the world, starting off with China in July and Dubai in August. I would love to hear from long lost friends at <adushane2@cox.net>.”

Jonathan Goldstein C’93 L’05 and his wife, Julia Goldstein, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Katharine Wood Goldstein, on June 7. They live in Center City Philadelphia.

Elissa Laitin EAS’93 started Run-Against Bush.org, a grassroots political committee, with several friends in January. She e-mailed in early July, “We have thousands of people running and walking in our t-shirts in all 50 states, with the goal of raising money and political awareness in order to elect a new president. With $150K raised in six months, we are making plans to make major donations in several swing states.” She would love to hear from friends and interested runners at <elaitin@post.harvard.edu>.

Richard Allen Martineau C’93, along with his wife, Michele, and their son, Michael Richard (a Penn hopeful) proudly announce that the family will be expecting another addition sometime in November. Alumni sharing in their excitement are Richard’s parents, Allen Laureat Martineau C’65 and Diane Sturtevant Martineau DH’65. Richard is senior implementation analyst for Quadramed, Inc., and Michele is webmaster for the Lehigh Cement Company. Together they run Logical-E Web Design, a Web-design consulting business. Contact Rich, Michele, and Michael at <martineau_family@hotmail.com>.

Allison Bieber McKibben C’93 and Jeffrey McKibben W’93 are thrilled to announce the birth of their first child, Morgan Jules McKibben, on April 19. Allison started her own executive-recruiting firm, The McKibben Group, in 2002, specializing in searches for private-equity firms and hedge funds. Jeff is a principal at Odyssey Investment Partners, a private-equity firm. They live in New York and would love to hear from Penn friends at <allison@mckibbengroup.com> and <jmckibben@odysseyinvestment.com>.

Brian C. Newberry C’93 e-mails, “In May I announced my run for the Rhode Island state senate. I’m taking on an entrenched incumbent, so it will be a difficult challenge, but I look forward to the campaign. I’d like to thank my fellow alums, too numerous to name, who have donated money and also Valerie Blassey EAS’94, who spent many hours creating the graphic design for my literature. Anyone interested in learning more, please check out (www.BrianNewberry.org).”

Jennifer Pico Om C’93 see Jim Om C’92.

Sheila Saegh W’93 and David Henretta happily wed on June 26 in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. At the wedding were Sam Saegh EAS’01 W’01, Elizabeth Bernard C’92, Amy Schneidman Bloom C’93, Emily Harrison Ginsburg C’93, Katie Gitelson C’93, Gretchen Weiss Oatman C’93, Meredith Prevor C’93, Holt Price C’93, Grant Rippetoe W’94, Allison Lane Rubler C’93, Alec Thomson C’93, Ed Ware C’94, and Colby Zintl C’93. Sheila and David live in Chicago, where she practices law with the firm of Jones Day.

Samir S. Shah C’93 writes, “I am currently a pediatrician and infectious-diseases specialist at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. My book, Pediatric Complaints and Diagnostic Dilemmas: A Case-Based Approach, was recently published by Lippincott Williams and Wilkins. It uses cases of actual patients to teach physicians how to think through common complaints (such as cough or back pain) and how to recognize when the complaint is a warning of a more serious disease process. The reader has the opportunity to review the patient’s photos or MRIs or X-rays in an attempt to make the diagnosis before we give the answer. This approach is the one used by Dr. Lisa Sanders for the Sunday New York Times, except that this book attempts to teach physicians and students rather than the general public.”

Lisa Bardfeld Shapiro C’93 and her husband, Jeff, are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter, Brooke Hannah, on March 22. She was born at 6 lbs. 15 oz., and was 19 1/2 inches long. “I am back at work as the advancement systems manager at the Chemical Heritage Foundation part-time and am loving being a mom to my beautiful little girl! I look forward to hearing from any classmates or bandos at <lshap11@comcast.net>.”

Lily Lee Wen Su L’93 see Peter C. Wu EAS’87.

Susan Stone Wilbanks W’93 and her husband, Dylan Wilbanks, are delighted to announce the birth of their first child, Annabel Charlotte, on April 6 in Seattle. Susan had to have labor induced because of gestational hypertension, and she endured four grueling days of contractions before the baby finally took the hint. “It was hell at the time, but Annabel is worth it.” And besides, Susan’s yet to meet any woman who can top her labor story. She is now at home with Annabel and her other “baby,” Wilbanks Communications, a freelance-writing business specializing in resumes and cover letters; she can be reached at <stonewilbanks@comcast.net>.

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94 Jennifer Herman Clair C’94 writes, “I wanted to write to announce the success and expansion of my business, Home Cooking (www.homecookingny.com), which offers private in-home cooking classes to students in the Manhattan area. The business has been so successful that I have recently had to add three additional culinary instructors to my growing list of employees. While I didn’t pass through Wharton (except a Marketing 101 class) in my time at Penn, I am now getting a crash course in business every single day.”

Menno Ellis W’94 e-mails, “Last year I married Keri Heye in Dallas, Tex. Alumni attending were Allan Hong W’94, Marc Ernaga W’93, Jaime Quintanilla W’94, Francis Cueto W’93, Marta Pernas C’94, and Nelson Tao W’94. I also recently made a career change: I joined the marketing-strategy consulting firm Achenbaum, Bogda Associates (www.abaconsulting.com) as a partner in Dallas. After five years with A.T. Kearney’s strategy practice I decided to move to a smaller, more entrepreneurial group that would allow me to further concentrate on marketing and revenue-growth consulting. I can be contacted at <menno@abaconsulting.com>.”

Robert Maitner Jr. GPU’94 e-mails, “I am still working for IBM Business Consulting Services, and was promoted this past spring to managing consultant. I work in federal financial-management consulting, and recently had an article accepted for publication in the Association of Government Accountants’ Journal of Government Financial Management. My partner, Troy Prinkey C’95, and I just bought a new house in Chattanooga, Tenn. He defended his Ph.D. dissertation at the University of Virginia in April, and has accepted a Spanish faculty position at the University of the South in Sewanee. We are very excited about our new home, but still miss Charlottesville after being there for eight years. I can be reached at <robert.e.maitner@us.ibm.com>.”

Heather Peikes C’94 V’98, a board-certified veterinary dermatologist in New York, earlier this year opened a new practice, Animal Allergy and Dermatology. “People laugh when you mention dogs have allergies, but when you have a dog with allergies—and it’s sleeping with you and up all night, licking its paws, itching, and keeping you up, it’s not good for the dog and it’s not good for you.” Though most of her patients suffer from allergies, she also treats chin acne (common in boxers and mastiffs) and sunburn (hairless Chinese Cresteds).

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CELEBRATE YOUR REUNION: MAY 13-14, 2005

95 Janet Chin C’95 GPU’00 married Dr. Albert Chen M’97 on Feb. 14. The ceremony was held in Valley View Bible Church in Paradise Valley, Ariz., and the reception was held at the Westin Kierland in Scottsdale. Several Penn friends and family attended, including bridesmaid Judy Kuo C’95, brother-in-law John Adams GAr’94, brother-in-law Rick Yee WEv’99, Dr. Henry Shih M’97, Jessica Yin Gerena C’95, Susan Lee Chen C’95 and Michael Chen EAS’93, Sue Yu Yim W’93, Alice Yang Ho Nu’93 GNu’97, Norbert Hsu C’94 W’94, Vivian Wu C’94 W’94, Daniel Lin W’94, Erwin Chen C’95, Ingrid Shih W’95, Dr. Daniel Leung D’95 GD’98, Dr. Frank Shic C’94 and Vivian Yang Shic C’96, Cynthia Lam Chen C’96, and Angela Wong C’96. Al is currently an active duty officer in the U.S. Air Force, working as a general surgeon at Luke AFB in Arizona. Janet is working as an education program specialist at the Arizona Department of Education in Phoenix. They would love to hear from Penn friends at <janetchin@alumni.upenn.edu>.

Richard Chow W’95 WG’01 married Rebecca Brian C’02, the daughter of Dr. Donna Brian GNu’89 Gr’96 on May 30 in Bensalem, Pa.. The bridal party included Norbert Hsu C’94 W’94 and Deborah Eng C’02. Penn guests included Anthony Cheng C’07, Vivian Wu C’94 W’94, Grace Ho EE’93 and Gary Mui EAS’93 W’93, Susan Lee Chen C’95 and Michael Chen EAS’93, Jessica Lee W’96, Janet Chin Chen C’95 GPU’00, Matthew Kratter EAS’95 W’95, Josielyne Pacifico Lau C’95, Jason Mahoney WG’01, Amitabh Godha WG’01, Keith Johnson WG’01, Jason Springer WG’01, Derek Chin WG’01, Gabriella Wortmann G’01 WG’01, Alexandra Cambouris C’03, Christie Flemming W’02, Dora Kravitz C’03, Kate Moore Norris C’02, Sandra Rizkalla C’02, Jen Tsai C’02, Josh Chekofsky W’01, Lina Kuterman Nu’02, Brett Danaher GrW’08, Stephen Hochheiser C’76, and Michael Watson, Wharton staff. Richard wrote, “We enjoyed a wonderful honeymoon in the South Pacific, traveling between Tahiti and New Zealand, and currently live in New York.”

Lindsay Gruber Dunham C’95 and her husband, Chris Dunham, are thrilled to announce the birth of their son, John Wyatt Dunham, who was born in New York on March 1. Wyatt (he is called by his middle name) is eagerly looking forward to visiting the Penn campus soon.

Patrick Fitzsimonds C’95 see Dr. Reiko Maki Fitzsimonds C’90 Gr’95.

Jessica Fuller Nu’95 and her husband, James Piggott, are proud to announce the birth of their second son, Aiden James. He was born in October last year, and joins big brother Jacob, who is three.

Erica Sandler Gross C’95 and Dr. Aaron Gross C’95 welcomed with love their daughter, Ava Madeline, on Nov. 25. Ava had her naming ceremony in May, which was attended by Marci Rosenfeld Hertzog C’95 and Adam Hertzog C’95. Other proud alumni sharing in the joy include Ava’s great aunt Michele Alperin CGS’78, cousin Rebekah Grossman G’99, and great-great aunt and uncle Sarah Nagle Grossman CW’47 and Morton Grossman W’47. Aaron is a dentist in Hamden, Conn., and Erica is manager of sales strategy at ESPN, Inc. They live in Woodbridge, Conn., and would love to hear from their Penn friends at <ericagross@sbcglobal.net>.

Gwenn Kalow C’95 married Dr. Andrew Fallis on May 30 in New York. Alumni attending included bridesmaid Amy Sykes Dosik C’94, and Doug Hodis C’93, Christopher Wilkes C’97, and Erin McGrath C’95. “I am still working as an associate at Davis, Polk & Wardwell in New York, and Andrew practices family medicine in New York.”

Gabriele Marcotti C’95 married Jennifer Burgess on May 29 at the Castello Durini in Alzate Brianza, Italy. Alumni attending included Brian Erling W’95, Tony Estrella EE’95 WG’02, Kathy Nguyen Lomotan C’97, Alissa Kaye C’95, and Garry Khasidy W’95 and his wife, Miriam Chikvashvili Khasidy L’03. Gabriele and Jennifer live in London where he is an author, radio broadcaster, and columnist for The Times.

Troy Prinkey C’95 see Robert Maitner Jr. GPU’94.

Leslie Finkelstein Rosen C’95 <rosenleslie@hotmail.com> e-mails, “My husband Alan and I are thrilled to announce the birth of our third son, Leo, on Sept. 17, 2003. He joined big sister Lily and big brother Aidan who turned three in May. I am still working as an attorney doing per-diem work, and we are all living happily in Harrison, N.Y.”

Paul Shrater W’95 writes, “I am proud to announce the launch of a company started and run by my family—I am assisting with the marketing and warehousing—called Minimus (www.minimus.biz). It has hundreds of individual travel-sized items for travel, camping, home, desk, purse, care packages, first-aid kits, and more. Take a look, make a purchase, if so inclined, and let me know any feedback about the site—and please, pass this along or tell your friends.”

Peter C. Spier C’95 is thrilled to announce his marriage to Dr. Kristi Kozlov Spier on July 21 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Chicago. Alumni attending the wedding included Dr. Federico Rossi C’95, Ed Schnitzer C’94 and Cindy Horesh Schnitzer C’96, Jeff Smith W’94, Stacey Sarfatti C’96, and Alyson Littman C’95. Peter is a commercial real estate and finance attorney with Pedersen & Houpt in Chicago and serves on the board of the Jewish Council for Youth Services, and Kristi is an ophthalmic surgeon with Lakeshore Eye Associates in Chicago. Peter would love to hear from his classmates at <peter_spier@hotmail.com>.

Neil Boyden Tanner GPU’95, a senior associate with Pepper Hamilton LLP, and Alessandro M. Barzaghi GL’03, a visiting foreign attorney with the firm, were members of the organizing committee of a May meeting in Philadelphia of L’Association Internationale des Jeunes Avocats (the International Association of Young Lawyers).

Jonathan Vinson Gr’95 see Marci Cohen W’88.

Elizabeth Needham Waddell C’95 and Perry Waddell are happy to announce their marriage on Aug. 16, 2003, in Clemson, S.C. They live in New York. She received a Ph.D. in sociomedical sciences from Columbia University, and is now a postdoctoral fellow at the Medical and Health Research Association of New York City.

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96 Alexis Bennett C’96 announces her engagement to Adam Rosenfeld which took place on April 17 in the beautiful gardens of Chanticleer in Wayne, Pa. A spring wedding is planned. She recently completed her Ph.D. in clinical psychology and will be working as an adjunct instructor at Bryn Mawr College and as a staff psychologist at Bryn Mawr’s Child Study Institute. He works as the applications and productivity manager for the TIP/modular-space division of GE. They live in Havertown.

Shari Bart Gottlieb C’96 G’97 and Daniel Gottlieb are proud to announce the birth of their first child, Diana Natasha, on Feb 11. Shari continues to work as a graphic designer from their home in Norwalk, Conn.

Jorie Green Mark C’96 is happy to announce the June publication of her first book, Bride in Overdrive (St. Martin’s Griffin). A chronicle of bridal mania following her engagement to Barry Mark C’93, it is a “hysterical memoir of one bride’s march toward marital bliss, and a tender look at the fears and joys that come to the surface as the big day approaches. A must-read for any bride who’s given serious thought to what kind of underpants she should wear on her big day. Much of the book is set on Penn’s campus. To read an excerpt visit (www.brideinoverdrive.com).”

Dr. Alyssa Rheingold C’96 <rheingaa@musc.edu> and her husband, Benjamin Jones, announce with love the birth of their baby girl, Saffron Nina, on June 10.

Suzie Roth C’96 <sroth@suzieroth.com> e-mails that she and Max Greenhut C’96 <maxgreenhut@hotmail.com> recently celebrated their 10th anniversary: “Woo-hoo!” Her Santa Monica multimedia design firm, Suzie Roth Design, is beginning its fourth year. Max is working in corporate communications for a technology company and recently completed the second draft of his first novel.

Mark J. Thompson WAM’96 was appointed director general of the BBC in May. Having worked there for some 23 years, he left in 2001 to become CEO of Channel 4, a commercial network. In an interview on the announcement he said, “I joined this organisation as a trainee in 1979, and if anyone had told me then that I’d be sitting here as the director general I’d have laughed in their faces.”

Craig Wellen C’96 W’96 and Carrie Wellen are proud to announce the birth of their beautiful daughter, Lara Hailey, on April 27. They live on the Upper East Side in New York. Craig is a vice president with SG Barr Devlin, an investment-banking boutique that focuses on mergers and acquisitions in the utility sector, and Carrie is a speech-language pathologist in private practice.

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97 Kevin S. Boyle L’97 and Elizabeth A. Pelayo got engaged during a romantic stroll on the beach in Miami. They will exchange vows in January during an intimate island wedding in the Florida Keys.

Albert Chen M’97 see Janet Chin C’95 GPU’00.

Tom Foley C’97 wrote in July, “I am getting married on Aug. 1 to Jennifer Newman in Short Hills, N.J. I am currently director of human resources for P&O Ports, a global marine terminal operator. I recently spent some time on an international assignment in Manila, and will be leaving for another assignment in Sydney at the end of the year.”

Katie Hort C’97 writes, “I married James Clement at New York’s The Water Club on June 5, and am currently working as a district attorney in the Bronx.”

Dr. Shahin Kazemi GD’97 and Dr. Jennifer Lee Kazemi C’97 D’00 are happy to announce the birth of their son, Armeen Lee Kazemi, on March 30 in Philadelphia.

Jonathan King C’97 EAS’97 see Lori Werfel King EAS’99 W’99.

Elisa Behar Lemmer C’97 L’00 and Graeme Lemmer EAS’97 are thrilled to announce the birth of their son, Zachary David, born on March 30, weighing 7 lbs. 2 oz., and measuring 18.75 inches. Zach and his parents live in Miami, where Elisa is an attorney at Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP, and Graeme is a senior project manager at JM Family Enterprises; they married on August 13, 2000, at Temple Emanu-El in Miami Beach. They would love to hear from old friends at <elisalemmer@yahoo.com>.

Julia Loscalzo C’97 will marry Joseph Giordano on July 30 in Boston. After meeting five years ago at Boston University studying for their MBAs, they now live in Boca Raton, Fla. She is working on the account-management side of a small advertising agency. Joe works in Fort Lauderdale as a director of institutional bond sales for Countrywide Securities. Julia sends a big hug to all her Penn friends, and would love to see any alumni who are in the area and catch up with those she hasn’t talked to in a while <julialoscalzo@yahoo.com>.

Mark Pennesi EAS’97 writes, “I recently graduated from Baylor College of Medicine with a combined M.D./Ph.D. degree. I am moving to San Diego for a year for an internship at Scripps Mercy Hospital. After that I will start my residency in ophthalmology at the University of California, San Francisco.”

Justin Piergrossi W’97 and Amy Hoopes Piergrossi C’97 happily announce the birth of their daughter, Ella Marie, on Feb. 26. She took her first trip to Disneyworld in May and was christened in June. Attending were godmother Gretchen Eschbacher Koch W’97 and Damon Clemow C’97 WG’04. Justin, Amy, and Ella live in San Francisco, where he is head basketball coach at Skyline College and Amy is a senior marketing manager at E. & J. Gallo Winery.

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98 David A. Brown EE’98 W’98 married Rhea Coblentz on May 25, 2003, in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Alumni attending the wedding included Matthew Sabbatino EAS’99, Cory Cresiski C’98 EAS’98, Alfonso Chang EAS’98, Tony Hsu W’98 WG’04, Michael Chao C’98, Konrad Gruson C’98, Jason Pike W’98 WG’05, Carol Ying C’99 W’99, Namita Penugonda GAr’98, and Laurie Nestler-Williams C’97. David is a finance manager with Verizon Wireless and Rhea is a television producer with NBA Entertainment. They live in South Orange, N.J., and can be reached at <rheadave2003@yahoo.com>.

Melissa Donald C’98 and Matthew Melton are happy to announce their engagement. They are planning to marry in May in Philadelphia, and look forward to celebrating with many Penn friends. Matt and Mel live and work in Manhattan, and became engaged earlier this spring in their favorite place, Vail, Colo. They love to hear from friends at <meldonald18@yahoo.com>.

Colleen Kelly Finegan C’98 and Michael Finegan are happy to announce the birth of their daughter, Kelly Elizabeth, on May 27 at 12:06 p.m., weighing 7 lbs. 2 oz. They live in Drexel Hill, Pa. A speech therapist, Colleen started her company, Speech and Language Associates, in January, and Michael works for Lower Merion Township.

Sheba Karim C’98 married Faisal Ansari on May 29 in Parsippany, N.J. Alumni attending included Rahim Rahemtulla C’98, Abeer Hoque W’95 G’99, Arsal Ahmad C’97, Manisha Ahuja Sethi C’98 and Neil Sethi C’97, Cynthia Kueppers C’98, Emily Thompson C’98, Arun Agarwal W’97, and Melissa Chadwick Dunn WG’98 and Brian Dunn WG’97. Sheba and Faisal continue to live in New York.

Dr. Joel Laudenbach D’98 GD’04 writes that in July he was appointed director of geriatric dentistry at the Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery. He maintains his private practice in oral medicine in Center City Philadelphia.

Meredith Peters C’98 got engaged to Chris Hale on June 19. “Just days before her 28th birthday, and unbeknownst to her, Chris conspired with her friends to postpone her birthday celebration and took her on a surprise trip to the Jersey Shore, where he proposed.” They will get married in late 2005, most likely September, in New York.” (This note was sent in by Alli Feldman C’98.)

Rena Sichel Rosen C’98 and Jason Rosen welcomed their first child, Benjamin Miles Rosen, on Nov. 9, 2003. He was born at 8 lbs. 4 oz. and 21 inches. “We live on the Upper West Side of Manhattan where Benjamin is quickly getting to know every playground in the neighborhood.”

Ilana Santiago C’98 married Itay Reiss at the Beverly Hills Hotel on May 30. Wedding-party alumni included her mother, Janet Kramer Santiago CW’66 GEd’67, her sister and maid-of-honor Consuelo Santiago C’94 L’97, and bridesmaids Jaime Blanc C’98 and Amanda Cohen C’99. Other alumni who celebrated with them include Ilana’s cousin Bonnie Weiser Brauer WG’92, Sue Kim C’98, Amy Kroll C’98, P.J. Lewis C’99, Liz Camp C’98 and Tivon Moffitt C’98, Ginny Friedman C’94, Jeffrey Gelb M’92, and Jeff Golenberg C’91. Ilana and Itay live in Los Angeles, where she runs Ottie Inc. (actress Allison Janney’s company), and he is a talent agent at United Talent Agency. Ilana can be reached at <Ilanasantiago@yahoo.com>.

James T. Tucker GL’98 GrL’01 is an attorney with Bryan Cave LLP in Phoenix, Ariz., and a member of its labor and employment client service group. An adjunct professor at Arizona State University’s Barrett Honors College, in July he was elected to a two-year term on the board of the Arizona State University Alumni Association and to a one-year term as president of the Barrett chapter.

Sarah Weinstock-Blum C’98 and Michael Blum C’98 proudly announce the birth of Susan Margery, a sister to Hannah Gabrielle. “We are living in Englewood, N.J. Michael is currently an analyst at Wachovia Securities and Sarah teaches seventh-grade English at a local private elementary school.”

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99 Samara Barend C’99 after Penn went on to spearhead the I-86 Campaign, an eight-year project which converted New York’s State Route 17 into Interstate 86; this is expected to bring thousands of jobs, and billions of dollars, to the Southern Tier of the state. She worked as upstate director for Sen. Hillary Clinton’s campaign in 2000. And shortly after the September 11th attacks, Sam founded Minds of Steel, a non-profit promoting the benefits of physical fitness for mental illness, especially in the case of children. And she recently received a master’s in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She is currently running for the U.S. Congress in New York’s 29th District. Recent fundraising has helped her become a serious candidate with a real chance of winning in November. If elected, she will be the youngest woman to serve in Congress.

Lori Werfel King EAS’99 W’99 married Jonathan King C’97 EAS’97 on May 22 on Long Island. Alumni in the wedding party included Laurel Siegel Landau C’98, Caryn Silverman C’00, Brian Werfel C’97 and Sandi Shurgin Werfel C’97, Eric Werfel C’03 EAS’03, Dana Zelman C’98, and Ken Zide C’97 GGS’98. Other alumni attending included Stefanie Allister C’00, Paul Bannister EAS’98, Brian Bohr C’96, Samara Churgin C’97, Jeremy Diringer EAS’97 and Judy Silver Diringer C’97, Alyssa Eisner C’98, Scott Engelman W’97, Amy Fan C’99, Kathy Frenck C’97, Dan Goodman EAS’99 W’99, Robyn Guest W’98, Cheryl Harmelin C’98, Meryl Horowitz C’98, Scott Horowitz C’96, Lisa Johnson C’99, Jeremy Kalan EAS’99 W’99, Brian Kaplan W’97, Brad Karmiol EAS’97 W’97, Jodi Kimelstein W’98, Jeanne Levin C’96, Diane Lewis C’00, Holly Fogle Lieberman W’96 and Jeff Lieberman EAS’96 W’96, Shane Lipson EAS’98 W’98 GEng’98, Lauren Mann C’97, Erik Marth W’96, Fran McCloskey C’97, Jim Morley W’96, Scott Murray EAS’97, Heidi Pechter C’99, Dana Brakman Reiser C’95 and Jeff Reiser C’95, Ryan Sacco EAS’98 W’98 GEng’98, Tamar Shuldiner EAS’98, Jenifer Gross Slone C’95 and Steve Slone W’95, and Dan Soloway C’95. Lori and Jon live in New York where they are both attending Columbia Business School.

Kimberly Kirby EAS’99, Alexandria, Va., has joined Burns & Levinson LLP, a Boston-based law firm, as an associate in its Washington office and part of the firm’s intellectual-property group.

Romy E. Mehlman C’99 has been promoted to director of worldwide theatrical market research for the Columbia TriStar Marketing Group. She now handles all domestic and international research for all Sony Pictures Entertainment theatrical releases. Previously she was director of domestic theatrical research for Columbia TriStar.

Dr. Rebecca Seidel C’99 <rls003@jefferson.edu> is pleased to announce her graduation from Jefferson Medical College on June 4. She will be doing a transitional-year internship at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, followed by a residency in diagnostic radiology at Emory University. She and her husband, Dr. Gary Frank M’00, are very excited to relocate to Atlanta.

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CELEBRATE YOUR REUNION: MAY 13-14, 2005

00 Danielle Cantor C’00 has gotten engaged to Mark Doman. They live in Washington, where she is a director in sports marketing and he has just graduated from law school. The wedding is set for Sept. 2005 in D.C. (This note was sent in by Blayne Ross W’01.)

Alona Fleissig W’00 married Scott Schwarz May 23 in Livingston, N.J. Bess Madway Collier C’00 served as the maid-of-honor and Laura Swibel Rosenthal C’00 EAS’00 was a bridesmaid. Dalia Feldman C’00, Elana Gold C’00, Ruthie Neuhaus C’00, Michael Rosenthal EAS’00 W’00 WG’01, Miritte Steinberg C’00, Laura Vogel W’00, and Shira Widman W’01 all helped celebrate. Alona works in the credit department at Goldman Sachs and Scott is a medical resident at NYU Medical Center; they live in New York and can be reached at <alonag@verizon.net>.

Gary Frank M’00 see Rebecca Seidel C’99.

Jen Goldstein C’00 has been teaching skating and has taught “thousands of students including John Cusack (the actor) and Dr. J (Julius Irving).” Now she has written lyrics to a “rappin’ instructional skatin’” song, “The Boogie Back Rap” by Phat SK8trax from the Skate 101 DVD/CD. It “teaches everyone how to backwards.” Go to (www.skate101.com) to read about Jen and hear a clip of the song.

Josh Heald W’00 writes, “After two and a half years of living in L.A. and working on developing my screenwriting career, I sold a script to New Line Cinema in late April, a comedy entitled “Open Bar.” It’s in the vein of Old School, about two friends who fulfill a lifelong dream of owning the bar that they used to sneak into in high school. Jon Hurwitz W’00, and his writing partner, Hayden Schlossberg, are the sole producers on the project. I’m looking forward to the doors that this may open for me, as I can officially remove the word aspiring from in front of my job description.” The three also had a script, “All You Can Eat,” a comedy about eating contests, accepted by New Line in July.

Jon Hurwitz W’00, Los Angeles, is co-writer of Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, which was released in July (www.haroldandkumar.com).

Elissa Mecklenburger Imran W’00 married Shafi Imran on April 24 in Fort Worth, Tex. Alumni attending included maid-of-honor Eilisa Daly C’98 and guests Robert Jenkins EAS’00, Kasia Lenio Nu’99, John Montgomery EAS’97, Joseph Manzo C’00, Sapphira Gratz Nu’01, Melody Nescot Nu’00, Lisa Romito EAS’00, Lawrence Schlyen W’00, Patrick Shilling C’99, Faisal Siddiqui EE’97 W’97, Paul Van Dorpe EAS’99 W’99, Jill Maglione C’00, Brian Weinstein C’00 and Jamie Palan C’99, Jason Willey W’99, Jess LeMay EAS’00, Jamie Wilson C’00, Kelly Wiltse Nu’01, Burton Schwartz C’63, and Kenneth Baum W’55. Elissa and Shafi enjoyed a wonderful two-week honeymoon in Hawaii, and have since bought an apartment in Brooklyn Heights. She recently joined BearingPoint as a senior consultant in its financial-services practice, and he is a vice president with Bank of America; she can be reached at <elissameck@hotmail.com>.

Susie Lockman C’00 <susanlockman@hotmail.com> happily announces that she is engaged to Steve Eilenberg. They met at the D. E. Shaw group, where she is a proprietary equities and futures trader and he is a proprietary convertible-bonds trader. They are planning a spring wedding.

Nicole Melchiorre C’00 married Paul Manion C’00 on March 27 at the Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter & Paul in Philadelphia. The wedding party included the bride’s sister and matron-of-honor Dawn Melchiorre Connell W’98, bridesmaids Erika Frankel C’00, Danielle Katzir C’01, Monique Mayer W’00, Rachel Tanner Van Meter W’00 and Julie Turner C’00 (who sent in this note), and groomsmen Dave Cox W’00 and Matthew Manion W’92, Paul’s brother. Also participating in the wedding were Paul’s sisters, Elizabeth Manion Oliver W’86 and Amy Manion Swift C’93. Many alumni attended, including Nicole’s brother-in-law John Connell EAS’98, Paul’s brother-in-law, Thomas Swift C’95, Katrina Borisjuk W’99, Claire Cavanaugh C’01, Jennifer Denlow C’02, Karein Donahue Freehill Nu’00, Sayuri Ganepola C’00, Matt Hasson W’99, Adam Harris C’00 and Colby Kant C’99, Kevin Heck C’00 and Jeanine Gubler Heck EAS’99, Kim McConnell C’00, Rachel Police C’00, Mark Van Meter W’98, and Heather Victor Stecker C’00. The reception was held at the Glen Foerd Mansion. Nicole and Paul, best friends since living on the same hall their freshman year, enjoyed a beautiful honeymoon in Riviera Maya and now live in Center City Philadelphia.

Melanie C. Redmond C’00 <melanie@alumni.upenn.edu> has joined the Glenmede Trust Company in Philadelphia as a foundation administrator in the philanthropic advisory services department (working with Linda Fisher L’73, managing director). In late June she left her post as director of alumni and parent programs at Friends Select School, a position she had held since 2001. She regularly attends gatherings with close friends Shafeqah Archie C’00, LeAndra Marcelle Thompson C’00, and Noelle Lee C’00. Melanie would also like to start the round of applause that LeAndra deserves for recently being accepted into the Penn Vet School. “I’d love to catch up with more old friends—I can’t believe our 5th Reunion is right around the corner!”

Michele Sacks C’00 married Dr. Jonathan Fenkel C’00 on May 30 at the Ritz-Carlton in Philadelphia. The wedding party included Kimberly Epstein C’00, Lindsay Goldstein C’00, Beth Harkavy C’02, Marisa Blankfeld W’00, Margo Katz Rosenberg C’00, Dr. Alyse Rudnicki C’00, and David Baronoff C’99 L’02. Many Penn friends and family attended, including David Berkley C’02, Claudia Blumenfeld C’00, Amanda Brown WG’06, Dr. Ari Bunim C’00, Dr. Arthur Chernoff M’72, Dr. Marcia Ensinger Chernoff Gr’73, Marc Chodock EAS’00 W’00, Janice Kolber Dalinka CW’71 and Dr. Murray Dalinka GM’74, Barbara Gilbert CW’74 GEd’77 and Dr. Steven Gilbert D’77, Casey Halpern C’03 M’07, Edward Hoffman W’69 WG’70 and Susan Katz Hoffman L’74 WG’74, Zachary Klehr C’00, Hon. Samuel Lehrer W’51 L’54, Ron Lin C’01 EAS’01, Stephanie Lloyd G’03 L’03, Erin McCutcheon C’00, Dr. Henry Miller C’59 D’64, Maxwell Norman C’00, Dr. Joel Raichlen M’77, Jason Rifkin C’00, Brad Rosenberg W’00, Michelle Sahl GGS’02, Katie Freedman Schwartz C’96, Teddy Swigert C’01, Lee Tabas C’72 ME’72, and Benjamin Wallfisch C’00. Michele and Jon now live in the Washington area; she is entering her second year at the Georgetown University Law Center, and he is a first-year resident in internal medicine at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Raymond Tsang EAS’00 <raymond.tsang@pruagents.com.hk> e-mails, “I just got a promotion to senior insurance consultant earlier this year. I am living in Hong Kong.”

Janice Wang C’00 graduated in June from Harvard University with a master’s in architecture degree. She is happy to announce her engagement to Herman Pontzer, a Ph.D. student in biological anthropology at Harvard; they will be married in the fall 2005 and will continue to live in Cambridge.

Sarah Weber C’00 GEd’02 and Jeff Burns M’02 celebrated their one-year wedding anniversary in August: they married on Aug. 9, 2003, in St. Louis. At the wedding were Tom Chavez M’02, Kate Robertson GEd’02, and Rachel Rankin GEd’02. Sarah e-mails, “We had a wonderful honeymoon in San Francisco and came back to West Hartford, Conn., where Jeff is completing his residency in orthopedic surgery. I am a third-grade teacher in Farmington. We can be reached at <srwjkwb@hotmail.com>.”

Warren Zuckerman C’00 married Liliane DiLeo on June 6 at the South Shore Country Club in Staten Island, N.Y. Victor Chen EAS’00 and Talib Saifee C’00 W’00 were groomsmen; also attending were Alison Bernstein C’00, Kapil Kedia EAS’00, and Jean Kim C’00. Warren and Liliane live in Manhattan, where he has begun a residency in pediatric medicine at the Children’s Hospital of New York at Columbia, and she continues working as a nuclear-medicine technologist at St. Vincent’s Catholic Medical Center.

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01 Dana Anderson C’01 and Aaron Smidt W’01 are happy to announce their engagement which took place on May 9 in Maui; a wedding is being planned for June 4. They currently live in New York, and can be reached at <danaanyc@hotmail.com> and <aaronsmidt@yahoo.com>.

Vince Galko GPU’01 has been named deputy executive director of the Bush-Cheney 2004 Re-election Campaign.

Rajan Merchant W’01 e-mails, “I am still working as a business analyst for the start-up technology consulting firm that I joined after graduation, which has taken me to such exotic locales as Pittsburgh and Hartford for work. In February I was promoted to principal. I can be reached at <rmerchant@triteksol.com>.”

Lori Uscher C’01 and Dr. Jesse Pine C’95 were engaged on July 9 in Paris—after plans for a truly romantic getaway in Camden, N.J., fell through, unexpectedly. “Jesse recently completed his residency at the University of Virginia and has assumed a faculty position at Penn’s Department of Emergency Medicine. I am starting my Ph.D. in health-policy management at Johns Hopkins and becoming an expert at the stretch of highway between Baltimore and Philly. We are planning to get hitched in September 2005.”

Tina Wilhelmsson W’01 married Chris Booth on July 11 in San Diego. They are both senior tax associates with Deloitte in San Diego, and live in Chula Vista. Tina completed her master’s in accountancy and taxation from San Diego State University last December.

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02 Amy Ruth Barr C’02 has begun her master’s in early childhood and special education at Bank Street College. She was recently honored by Manhattan Jewish Experience for her fundraising for Israeli charities and her studies in Judaism. She has started a young-leadership group at 5th Avenue Synagogue, where she currently teaches nursery school.

Rebecca Brian C’02 see Richard Chow W’95 WG’01.

Jeff Burns M’02 see Sarah Weber C’00 GEd’02.

Anne Deger C’02 married R. Whit Matthews C’02 on June 12 in Pittsburgh. The ceremony was held at Sacred Heart Church, followed by a reception at Oakmont Country Club. The wedding party included bridesmaids Janna Ritzcovan C’02 and Cara Kusko Reagan C’02, and groomsmen Loren Buck W’01, Ross Giambalvo EE’02 GEng’04, and Todd Leri EE’03. Other alumni attending included Frank Bastone C’02, Yeenee Kim W’04, Robert McCarthy WEv’04, Haeley Morris W’02, L. Read Mortimer C’01, Brian Reagan EE’02, Craig White WEv’02, and Brian Wills M’05. Anne and Whit enjoyed a wonderful honeymoon in Aruba. They currently live in Philadelphia’s Art Museum area. Anne will be attending Temple’s Beasley School of Law in the fall. Whit is a financial administrator in the Department of Medicine at Penn and head coach of the Penn men’s ice-hockey team. They can be reached at <deger@alumni.upenn.edu> and <rwm@alumni.upenn.edu>.

Haig C. Didizian EAS’02 and Nicole L. Scipione C’02 were engaged on April 18 in Valley Forge National Park. The wedding will take place in Oct. 2005, with fellow classmates Amie Florman C’02, Christopher Spina C’02, Jeffrey Barg C’02, Tamara MacKay C’02, and Wayne Davis EAS’02 serving as bridesmaids and groomsmen.

Emily Hoffman C’02 and Eric Weingart C’02 are excited to announce their engagement; the wedding is planned for September 2005. They met in Negotiations class during their senior year at Penn; they live in Arlington, Va.

Haeley Morris W’02 and Ross Giambalvo EE’02 GEng’04 were engaged on July 2 during a picnic in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park. After spending two years living in different cities, over the summer they were hunting for an apartment together in Boston. Ross, who completed his master’s in systems engineering in May, will join Haeley as a consultant for the Monitor Group. They are planning a wedding for next summer.

Patricia Schiaffini Gr’02 has been named assistant professor of Chinese and director of the Oldenborg Center for Modern Languages and International Relations at Pomona College. The center is a residential hall that allows residents to immerse themselves in a foreign language and provides the entire campus with a wide variety of intercultural activities. She had spent two years as program director for Penn’s East Asia House. She is a reviewer for World Literature Today and a co-editor of the forthcoming Selected Studies in Modern Tibetan Literature (Brill Academic Publishers).

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03 Andrew Altman C’03 recently joined Charles Dunn Company, the commercial real-estate firm, as an associate in the brokerage-services group; he is based in its downtown Los Angeles office.

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