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30 Dr. Frank R. Braden Jr. C’30 M’33 turned 100 on March 27, writes a granddaughter. “After 75 years practicing family medicine, Doc still sees patients—and figures he will retire when his youngest child does. We can’t wait to see what his second century has in store for him.”

41 Hon. William T. Coleman Jr. C’41 Hon’76 is a senior partner and the senior counselor in the Washington office of the international law firm of O’Melveny & Myers. He had served as Secretary of Transportation in the Ford administration, and was a former president of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. In February he was honored at a Washington symposium in tribute to him, hosted by Pennsylvania’s U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, and in commemoration of Black History Month.

42 Irving Levine C’42, founder and president of Copley Fund Inc., writes that “for 2008, Copley is ranked #3 nationally in performance by The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and #2 by The Washington Post.” Also, he is “ranked #1 in New England in 80- and 85-doubles tennis.”

43 Warren R. Monsees W’43 was featured in an article, “Ladders of Memory,” in The New York Times (June 29, 2008) about the rolling-ladder company that he runs with his son, Gregg P. Monsees W’71, and its 1886 Manhattan building.

44 Dr. Mary Clark Keyser V’44 has written two novels, The Secret Lives of Doctors and Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary. She is writing a third book, “Mary, Mary, Do Be Wary,” in which the action starts the day she graduated from Penn.

Edwin J. Berkowitz C’49, chair of JE Berkowitz LP, an architectural glass manufacturer in Pedricktown, N.J., is the 2009 entrepreneur-in-residence at the Rutgers University’s Family Business Institute.

George Wills W’49 was inducted into the Middle States Tennis Hall of Fame this past October. As a student, he had played varsity tennis for four years and was captain during his senior year. He is co-president of the Class of 1949.

 53  Charles Potash C’53 was honored recently by the Cheltenham School District for his 38 years of service as its solicitor.

Alan Miles Ruben C’53 G’56 L’56 is an emeritus professor at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and an advisory professor of law at Fu Dan University in Shanghai. Last August he lectured on “Arbitration Developments” at an Ohio State Bar seminar.


55  Dr. Uri Bargai C’55 V’59 is professor emeritus of veterinary medicine at the Hebrew University in Israel.


57 Gaeton J. Fonzi C’57 writes that his book about the assassination of President Kennedy, The Last Investigation, is being republished, “with updated revelatory content,” by the Mary Ferrell Foundation.



59 Dr. H. L. Todd Addis V’59 has written a memoir A Backward Glance: Hounds, Horses, Veterinary Medicine.


60 Myron Sildon W’60, chair of the Sildon Law Group, was profiled in The Kansas City Star (Nov. 4).

Walter M. Woolf V’60 runs Air Animal Pet Movers, which he founded with his late wife, Millie, in 1977.


61   Maxine Weisman Greenberg Ed’61 writes, “My son Erik Greenberg Anjou wrote, directed, and produced the new film 8: Ivy League Football and America, which features a lot about Penn. I am a real-estate agent with Prudential Fox and Roach; my area is Margate, Longport, Ventnor, and AC [in New Jersey].”

Frederick Rankin MacFadden Jr. Gr’61, a professor emeritus at Coppin State University in Baltimore, wrote the story “I Got You Now, Tom Sawyer,” which was accepted for the April conference of the Western division of the Conference on Christianity and Literature. It is about “a homeless, mentally challenged woman, an aficionado of Injun Joe; she pursues a boy, whom she identifies as the witness that testified against her hero in the novel.” He also wrote an autobiographical paper: “To Draw the Tadpole, Then the Frog: A Demonstration School for My Expanding Aquarium.” It traces his intellectual growth “in the culture of knowledge, chiefly through the bio-spiritual studies of man and man’s zoological stewardship connection with creation.” By request, that paper was submitted to the Rowan University library.


65  Murray A. Greenberg C’65 L’68 has joined the Miami law firm of Stearns, Weaver, Miller, Weissler, Alhadeff & Sitterson as of counsel in the land-use, environment, and government-affairs department. Previously he was county attorney for Miami-Dade County. He serves as an adjunct professor at the law schools of the University of Miami and the Florida International and St. Thomas universities, teaching state and local government, taxation, and election law; he is also certified as a mediator and an arbitrator. With a career that “has focused on all aspects of local-government law,” he is special counsel to the Miami-Dade County School Board. He is married to Phyllis Kirschner Greenberg CW’67: their sons are Ben Greenberg C’93 and Jerry Greenberg C’96 G’96.

Robert Temple C’65 writes that he and his wife wrote The Sphinx Mystery, published in February in the USA by Inner Traditions. They live in England, where they also “run a theatrical-design archive, a Romanian cultural foundation, a Green-cement company (holding international patents on a new process with the potential to reverse climate change by producing cement with zero-carbon emissions; the cement industry being the worst air-polluter of any industry), and a new music mini-label which has just issued ‘The Art of the Fugue’ by Bach, played on solo piano.” Robert is also a visiting professor of the history and philosophy of science at Tsinghua University in Beijing.


66 Louis N. Marks W’66 L’69 is of counsel in the business department of the Philadelphia law firm of Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP. Specializing in corporate law, previously he was a partner at Sugarman & Marks, LLP.


67   David A. Goldstein W’67 writes, “After serving as the Michigan deputy appellate defender, I decided to write full-time.” He has been nominated for a 2008 Best American Story Award; he is awaiting the publication of a short-story collection.

Tom Hayes WG’67,, is managing partner of the New England Consulting Group. His book, Maverick Marketing: Trailride Into the Wild West of New Marketing, was just published by Amazon.

Rick Hill WG’67, managing principal of the Hill Investment Group in St. Louis, was included in the “Top 250 Wealth Advisors” by Worth magazine (October-November).

Frederic H. Karr C’67 became the book critic for Our Town News in Coral Springs, Fla., in January. He was book critic for its sister publications, Senior News (from 1998) and Broward News (from 2001), which have both closed.

Dr. Fredrick T. Sherman ChE’67,, has assumed the position of chief medical officer for community and managed-care services for ArchCare, formerly the Catholic Health Care System of the Archdiocese of New York. He is also a professor of geriatrics and medicine at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine and medical editor of the journal Geriatrics since 2001.

69  Susan Berland Penn CW’69 writes, “I have enjoyed staying involved with Penn through the years. Whether it be visiting my children at Penn (Jon Penn C’97 and Stacey Penn C’99), conducting alumni interviews, meeting stellar professors at MetroNJ Penn club events, founding a Penn summer-internship program in New Jersey—it is impressive when alums unselfishly mentor students—or being outreach co-chair for my 40th Reunion. I remain all Red and Blue: I even married a man named Penn.”


70  Sherrie Raiken Savett CW’70 L’73, chair of the securities-litigation department and a managing principal of the Philadelphia law firm of Berger & Montague, P.C., in February spoke on “An Eventful Year in Securities Litigation” at a New York symposium of the Professional Liability Underwriting Society.

Toni Schmiegelow CW’70 married Jerome Gaskins on Jan. 2.

71  Marvin N. Schoenhals WG’71, chair of WSFS Financial Corporation, in January received the 2009 Josiah Marvel Cup Award from the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce.

72  Catherine Walleigh Carnevale V’72 retired last year as director of international affairs at the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. She served for 34 years with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Dr. William E. Wright M’72 edited the new second edition of the medical textbook Couturier’s Occupational and Environmental Infectious Diseases (OEM Press). He is president and medical director of WorkWright, Inc., an occupational-health consulting company, based in McLean, Va.

73  Jerry D. Frantz V’73 retired in January as vice president of drug-safety evaluation for the Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceutical Research Institute after a 19-year career there.

74   H. Ronald Klasko L’74, the founding partner of the Philadelphia-based immigration-law firm Klasko, Rulon, Stock & Seltzer LLP, in February addressed the Florida Association of Realtors on immigration options for foreign investors, and in March spoke at a conference of the south Florida chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Theodore B. Robinson V’74 received the 2008 Meritorious Service Award from the American Veterinary Medical Association for the project he began eight years ago providing veterinary care on Native American reservations, and in which PennVet students participate.

John F. Sopko C’74 has joined the international law firm Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP as a partner in its Washington office. Previously, he was chief counsel for oversight and investigations for the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Susanna J. Sturgis CW’74 writes, “My first novel, The Mud of the Place, has just been published. It’s set on Martha’s Vineyard, where I’ve lived for nearly 25 years. For more information, check out I can also be reached at”

Dr. Harry W. Werner V’74 is the 2009 president of the American Association of Equine Practitioners.


75  Dr. Louis E. Rossman D’75 GD’77, an endodontist who maintains a practice in Philadelphia, serves as a clinical professor of endodontics at Penn’s School of Dental Medicine. He is president of the American Association of Endodontists for 2008-09. He and his wife, Val, live in Bala Cynwyd, Pa.; they have two children, Alexis H. Rossman C’06 (studying law at Villanova University) and Benjamin (a freshman at Dartmouth College).


76  Dr. Michael P. Malloy L’76, a law professor who specializes in domestic and international banking, writes that he “achieved a financial-services hat trick” at the January meeting of the Association of American Law Schools. He presented a paper, “Coordination, Cooperation, and Harmonization: Utility and International Regulation;” participated in a discussion on the resolution of failing institutions; and served on a panel “Does Modern Financial Institution Regulation Work?”


77  Dr. Michael C. Coleman Gr’77 is a professor of English at the University of Jyväskylä in Finland. He is a dual citizen there and of Ireland. Two years ago he published his third book in the U.S.: American Indians, the Irish and Government Schooling: A Comparative Study. In March 2008 he was named “Teacher of the Year” at his university. Last October he was appointed professor; he became a tenured lecturer in 1972 (most members of European faculties are lecturers). In March he was named “Teacher of the Year in Intercultural Environment” by his university’s student union.

Dr. Christian E. Newcomer V’77 is associate provost for animal research and resources and associate professor of comparative medicine at Johns Hopkins University. He was recently appointed executive director of the Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care.


78 Richard S. Dunham C’78 G’78 is the Washington bureau chief of The Houston Chronicle. He is also president of the Eric Friedheim Library, the educational arm of the National Press Club.

Dr. Vanessa Northington Gamble M’78 G’84 Gr’87 joined the faculty at George Washington University in 2007 as a University Professor of medical humanities. In March she was honored by the American Medical Student Association with a Women Leaders in Medicine Award for her “demonstrated leadership and lifelong commitment to the field of medicine and public health.” Specializing in equity and justice in healthcare, she chaired the committee that led the successful campaign to obtain an apology in 1997 from President Clinton for the infamous U.S. Public Health Syphilis Study at Tuskegee.

79  Michael Bernhard C’79 is the inaugural holder of the Raymond and Miriam Ehrlich Eminent Scholar Chair in the political-science department at the University of Florida. For 20 years he was on the faculty of Penn State University.

Dr. Robin Feltoon G’79, Hanover, Mass., owner of Holly Tree Dental practice, was recently elected to the board of the New England Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. She volunteers at Father Bill’s Place and serves on the local “No Place for Hate” Committee.

John M. Hart GAr’79 GCP’79, a principal in the planning and urban-design group of the Washington office of RTKL Associates, in December was presidentially appointed to the National Capital Planning Commission: “I have been appointed to a six-year term as the Maryland representative.”


80   Bob LoBue W’80 G’89 is now vice president in charge of global university alliances for SAP AG. He directed the implementation of a new academic portal (, “which links students and professors with SAP customers and partners worldwide.” His new blog is found there. Previously, he was dean of the international-business school at Reutlingen University in Germany; he remains a professor there on leave of absence. He was also named a “Top 10 Professor of the Year” in 2007 and 2008 by the national German student magazine Unicum Beruf. Bob’s most recent article, “Is accounting at odds with corporate governance?”, was published in the European Journal of International Management in January.


81  Kyra McGrath L’81 has been appointed executive vice president and COO of WHYY, Philadelphia’s public television and radio broadcaster.

Dr. Thaddeus J. Spinks V’81 runs the Animal Hospital of Sussex County in Augusta, N.J.


82 Jeffrey R. Babbin W’82, a litigation partner in the appellate practice group of Wiggin and Dana LLP in New Haven, Conn., has became a fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers.


83  Dr. Robert Glassberg EE’83 writes, “I’ve been living in Linwood, N.J., for 17 years now with my wife, Lisa, and two daughters Shayna (13 and recently bat-mitzvahed) and Lily (11). [I have been] practicing clinical (neuro)radiology here at Atlantic Medical Imaging for my entire professional career, alongside over 30 partners and over 350 employees, eight offices and three hospital departments. These last years I’m also serving as president and CEO, so I have reduced my clinical time by half and changed my focus to running it as a business, but managing it as a practice. It’s great here: the shore is minutes away, Philadelphia (Penn) about an hour, and New York, where we’re from, about two hours. I’ve also enjoyed serving Penn as a secondary-schools committee member for years now, and am now co-chair for South Jersey.”


84 Xiomara Corral C’84 recently joined Citizens Bank in Boston as senior counsel. She was formerly a vice president and associate counsel with LPL Financial there. She lives with her husband, Michael W. Dominy, in West Roxbury.

Sarah Feldman C’84 married Jeffrey Harrison Laite on March 29. She is “beyond thrilled: predictions to the contrary, no apocalypse was reported and the Earth did not spin off its axis.” “Senior editorial director for The N (soon to be TeeNICK), MTV Networks’ digital channel for teens,” she is “currently working on a book about the lost art of being a ‘dame’ and a children’s book about empathy and animals. When not writing for teens and dames, [I] can be found trolling flea markets, hanging out with [my] many dogs and parrots, training for the NYC Marathon, and swing dancing.” She can be found on Facebook and LinkedIn as Dixie Feldman.

Joy H. Kaufman-Feldman C’84, East Greenwich, R.I., writes that she recently published her first book, called Joyful Cooking in the Pursuit of Good Health: Ingredients to balance, restore, and heal. Previous to this venture, she worked as a lawyer. At age 46, she has finally found her passion, nutrition, and is now a nutritional consultant. She is married to

Dr. Michael Feldman C’83 M’87 GM’91 and they have “two lovely children, Brian (18), Samantha (12). To learn more about the book, see”

Dr. Peter Brampton Koelle G’84 Gr’95 writes that he is “engaged in research and exploring new opportunities after 17 years of teaching Spanish and Portuguese, language and cultural history, at Bryn Mawr College.”

Dr. Stephen J. Peoples V’84 is vice president of graduate medical education for DePuy, Inc., based in Warsaw, Ind. He recently became a member of the American Orthopaedic Association.

Faith Glickman Rossi C’84 has become a partner at Lerner & Holmes PC, a boutique real-estate law firm in Boston. She specializes in real estate and general business transactions serving a variety of national and local clients. Fred Rossi C’84 WG’90 owns Rossi Custom Woodwork, a custom-furniture and cabinetmaking business located on the North Shore; established in 2000, it specializes in residential work. They live in Manchester-by-the-Sea with their two teenage sons, A. J. and Tyler, and can be reached at


85  Rick Ohye C’85 writes, “I went to medical school at Ohio State University: I stayed for my general- and thoracic-surgery residencies before going to the University of Michigan in 1998 for a fellowship in pediatric-cardiovascular surgery. Currently, I am head of the pediatric-cardiovascular surgery division at Michigan. However, most importantly, my wife, Bonnie, and I have two loving daughters, Maddie (eight) and Lily (seven), and a rescued Border Collie mix, Gina (three). My hobbies are (cheap red) wine, working out, and playing beer-league ice hockey. Bonnie is a triathlete and will be competing in her first Ironman this year. (Disclaimer: the remainder is written by my daughters.) Maddie enjoys piano, swim team, and her friends, and she loves her sister. Lily enjoys piano, tennis very, very much, and has lots of friends that she likes to play with. Gina is a good vacuum cleaner (responds to command: ‘Clean up in aisle 5!’), and likes to bring in the packages from the UPS man.”

Dr. Lincoln Pao C’85 writes, “I have been serving as head of radiation oncology for the New York State Radiological Society for the past couple of years. I also serve as a councilor for the American College of Radiology, national delegate. Serving on various boards for the American Cancer Society, and previously regional vice president, has also been rewarding.”

86  Brad Berkowitz W’86 recently published his first book: The 21st Century Guide to Bachelorhood: Lessons Learned Over the Past Twenty Years. “I am currently working to finish my second book about the life of three-time world champion boxer Iran Barkley. In addition, I have become director of business development at Infinity Commerce Solutions.”

Dr. Spencer A. Johnston V’86 has been appointed the Edward H. Gunst Professor of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the University of Georgia.

87   Amalfi Ramirez Finnerty CGS’87 writes that in March she exhibited in Casa de Venezuela’s Dialogo 365, “which seeks to explore a visual dialogue for further thought on social and cultural understanding of Latin America,” at the Ice Box in Philadelphia’s Crane Arts Building. She was also in February’s high-school art-teacher show at the Philadelphia Sketch Club.

Jo Ellen Johnson Parker Gr’87 is executive director of the National Institute for Technology and Liberal Education Parker in Ann Arbor, Mich. In July she becomes president of Sweet Briar College in Virginia.

Robert Stocks G’87 with his wife runs Senior Transition Services, based in Huntingdon Valley, Pa. He retired in 2000 after 32 years with Rohm and Haas.


88  Matthew Algeo C’88 emails, “I continue to follow Allyson, my lovely Foreign-Service-officer wife, around the world. Last year she dragged me from Mali (West Africa) to Rome. I didn’t complain. I am also busy shamelessly flogging my new book, Harry Truman’s Excellent Adventure ( It’s about an amusing road trip the former president took in 1953. It’s brilliant, trust me. I would love to hear from old Penn friends at As I am currently without a ‘real’ job, all emails will be answered most promptly.”

Dr. Lyle Berkowitz EAS’88 was selected as one of “Twenty Individuals Who Make Healthcare Better” in HealthLeaders magazine (December), for his founding the Szollosi Healthcare Innovation Program ( A primary-care physician, he is also the medical director of clinical-information systems for a large medical group in Chicago, where he lives with his wife, Dana, and their son and daughter, Blake and Devyn, grandchildren of Dr. Gerald M. Berkowitz C’55.
Karen Deaver W’88
emails, “After 19 years doing project management in both private industry and the federal government and loving it very much, I quit in 2007 to stay home with my three amazing kids, Kathy (11), Jacob (six), and Anna (four). We live in Harford County, Md., and are constantly fixing up the house. I got diagnosed with breast cancer in February so have added conquering that to my ‘to do’ list! I am using a website to log progress and updates. If you are interested, check out I’d love to hear from old friends and classmates Hope all of you are doing well.”

Russell Langsam C’88 has joined American Jewish World Service as director of service. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Anne Sherman, and children Benjamin (five) and Claudia (two).

Dr. Gregory A. Lewbart V’88 is professor of aquatic animal medicine at North Carolina State University.

Paul Piantino C’88 is a partner in the commercial-litigation department of the Philadelphia law firm of White and Williams LLP and is based in its office in Paramus, N.J. He specializes in civil litigation and trial practice.

89  Joseph E. Ingoldsby GLA’89 runs Landscape Mosaics. A recent exhibition was Requiem for a Drowning Landscape at the New York Hall of Science, which showed the impact of climate change on the New England coastline; pictures were in Orion magazine (March-April). Vanishing Landscapes and Endangered Species will be at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum this May and June; its focus is the Midwest and New England. Also in June, “a monumental earthwork, called Endangered Species, is to be completed in Illinois, following the ancient tradition of animal-effigy mounds.” He is planning another installation, Spirits of Whooping Cranes, for this summer. A recent publication is the monograph Vanishing Landscapes: The Atlantic Salt Marsh (Leonardo journal, April).

Lolita K. Jackson EAS’89 writes, “As reunion chair I am looking forward to seeing all of my classmates. We had several successful pre-reunion events in various cities around the country, kicked off by a great Los Angeles event in November with our last event taking place in New York in April 23, the Thursday before Penn Relays. We will have some fabulous events during Alumni Weekend, including class parties both Friday and Saturday evenings, a gospel brunch on Sunday, and the viewing of our class movie—which includes footage from our entire senior year and every Reunion. For more information, join our class Facebook page (over 400 strong) or the class website ( class/1989/20threunion). On a personal note, I have been named U.S. chair of the British-American Project, a fellowship of leaders from the U.S. and the U.K. in various professions who are inducted between the ages of 28 to 40 to foster the transatlantic relationship. Fellows include Egbert Perry CE’76 WG’78 GCE’79, Chaka Fattah G’86, Marc Morial C’80, Farah Jimenez C’90 L’96, Joan Harrison C’81, Lee Huang W’95 G’06, Tom Reynolds W’91, and Alex Feldman C’90. The 2010 conference will take place in Philadelphia, with Farah as conference chair, and we look forward to showing the Brits the best of Philly, and the best of Penn.”

John Maimone EAS’89 emails, “I have been working as vice president of client services in the telecom practice group of the Nielsen Company in San Francisco. My 15-month-old baby boy, Roman Daniel, and I recently moved to São Paulo, Brazil, where I will be working with all of the wireless phone-carriers for the next few years. I would very much like to connect with the Penn community here for social events and networking: please feel free to email me Obrigado!

Eric McCormick C’89 L’93, special counsel in the intellectual-property group in the New York office of Duane Morris LLP, was elected in February to a three-year term on the executive committee of the corporate-counsel section of the New York State Bar.


90  Dr. Timothy J. Ireland V’90 in February opened Newtown Veterinary Hospital, a small-animal hospital outside Philadelphia.
Scott Kurashige C’90 has received the 2008 Albert J. Beveridge Award from the American Historical Association for The Shifting Grounds of Race: Black and Japanese Americans in the Making of Multiethnic Los Angeles (Princeton University Press). He is taking a residential fellowship for this academic year from the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard University.

Emily Levin Mendell W’90 lives in Wallingford, Pa., with her husband, Dave Mendell C’90, who teaches fourth grade and two sons, Noah (11) and Chase (nine). She has been head of communications for the National Venture Capital Association for the last five years, and is also a regular contributor to and, and co-authors a daily blog

Dr. Marian I. Siegel V’90 is with the Metropolitan Cat Hospital in Owings Mills, Md. She was recently named “Good Doctor of the Year” by the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association for her work with feral cats.

91  Jacob Doft W’91 see Suzanne Doft C’92.
Lance Jacobs C’91 is a member of the tax-practice group of the law firm of Pepper Hamilton LLP, and is based in its Washington office. In January he was elected of counsel. He joined the firm in 2005.

Dr. Heidi B. Stout V’91 is executive director of Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research based in Newark, Del.; she will remain part of the oiled-wildlife response team.

Lou Weiss W’91 has been promoted to the new position of chief marketing officer for The Vitamin Shoppe, based in North Bergen, N.J. He joined the company in 2006 as head of Vitamin Shoppe Direct.


92  Nicholas Centrella L’92 is managing shareholder of the Philadelphia law firm of Conrad O’Brien PC. He spoke at a January program of the local chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel on “Are You Ready for the Friday Afternoon SEC or DOJ Subpoena?”

Suzanne Doft C’92 and Jacob Doft W’91 are pleased to announce the birth of their fifth child, Caleb Heller Doft, on Jan. 6, “weighing a whopping 10 lbs. 6 oz. He joins his proud siblings Eliana (11), Dara (nine), Hannah (seven), and Joey (four).”

Maureen Hargaden V’92 is director of research on safety and technical sciences at Roche Pharmaceuticals, Nutley, N.J.

Dr. Patricia M. Hogan V’92 opened a new clinic, Hogan Equine LLC, at Fair Winds Farm in Brattleboro, Vt., in April last year.

Howard Hsu W’92 was recently named music director of the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra, and assistant professor of music and director of orchestra studies at Valdosta State University in Georgia. He is completing a year as visiting assistant professor of music at the University of Connecticut and associate conductor of its orchestra.

Jeffrey S. Jacobson C’92 GPU’93 and Janice Jackson Jacobson C’93 “welcomed our daughter Rebecca Kacey to the world on Jan. 6, joining her very happy big sister Julia. We’re living in Montclair, N.J., and our email addresses are  and .”

Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock C’92,, co-edited Approaches to Teaching the Prose and Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe, which was published in January by the Modern Language Association of America.


93  Christina Davis C’93 G’93 has moved from New York to Boston to become curator of poetry at the Woodberry Poetry Room at Harvard University. She is also happy to share the news of her 2009 Witter Bynner Fellowship from the Library of Congress ($10,000), selected by U. S. poet laureate Kay Ryan. She thanks “the Penn English department and the folks at Kelly Writers House for their crucial support of emerging writers.”

Janice Jackson Jacobson C’93 see Jeffrey S. Jacobson C’92 GPU’93.

Dr. Matthew Klein C’93 is an associate professor of plastic surgery at the University of Washington and associate director of its regional burn center. He has been named the inaugural holder of the David and Nancy Auth-Washington Research Foundation Endowed Chair for Restorative Burn Surgery there.

Julie Avila Stuckmann W’93 writes, “I recently changed my email address I would love to hear from old friends. I am currently living in Los Angeles with my husband and two daughters, and I’ve had the pleasure of catching up with some old classmates recently.”

Mark Whitcher W’93 wrote in late February, “I just returned from a wonderful two-week trip to Antarctica with my girlfriend, Anna. We were joined by several other alumni, including Dr. Norman Singer W’60 and his wife, Anna, Scott Webster L’96 and his husband, Peter, Stan Misajet G’01 and his wife, Laura, and Nancy Steptoe MT’72. In addition to making new friendships, I think it is very safe to say that we all gained a deep respect for the majesty and beauty of the great white continent.”

94  Kenneth Baer C’94 writes that on Jan. 21, he “joined the White House as associate director for communications and strategic planning at the Office of Management and Budget.”
Pamela Grebow Ehrenberg C’94 emailed to announce the birth of her son, Nathan Eric, in November. He is also the son of Eric Ehrenberg, who died in August. Pam, Nathan, and his big sister Talia (almost four) live in Washington, and can be reached at

Dr. Rosemarie Fabien Gr’94 is president of Fabien Communications, a public-relations agency for architecture and design firms. She received the 2008 Lewis Mumford Award for Architecture Communications “in recognition of her commitment to advancing dialogue between architecture firms, the public, and the media.” She also serves on the boards of the Preservation Alliance and Collab, the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s group for modern and contemporary design. Her husband is Thomas J. Normile CE’78.

Michael Friedman C’94 and his wife, Deena, are “thrilled to announce the birth of twins, Daniel Joshua and Sophia Lily (Penn Class of 2030), on Jan. 2. We’d love to get in touch with old Penn friends at”

Lisa Korsten Price L’94 and Jeremy Price welcomed a baby boy, Alex Joshua Price, on Jan. 5. He joined big sister Lindsey at the family home in Westport, Conn.


95  Dr. Eric M. Bregman V’95 is president of the Veterinary Medical Association of New York City for 2009.

Dr. Brian Caton G’95 Gr’03, professor of history at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, spoke there in March on “The Problem of Pakistan: What Should We Do?”

Harris Cohen C’95 and his wife, Jamie, are pleased to announce the birth of their second child, Bailey Reese, on February 10 in Abington, Pa. She joined big brother Jacob, who recently turned three. Harris practices family medicine in Hatboro, and is excited to announce that he has “fulfilled a lifelong dream by being selected as a contestant for Jeopardy! Tune in to your local ABC affiliate on June 2 to see if my Penn education helped lead me to Ken Jennings-esque domination.”

Brian Feldman C’95 see Jordy Harris Feldman C’97 L’00.

Dr. Patricia M. Khuly V’95 WG’97 is a small-animal veterinarian at Sunset Animal Clinic in Miami, who also founded the blog in 2005. She writes a weekly column for The Miami Herald, and is a regular contributor to Veterinary Economics, The Bark, and Veterinary Product News, and is a reporter for the Veterinary News Network. Patty lives in South Miami with her son, Max, her French bulldogs, Vincent and Sophie Sue, her goat, Poppy, and her corn snake, Dart.

Nancy Epstein Korff C’95 and her husband, Joshua Korff, are delighted to announce the birth of their third child, Sarah Annabelle, on Nov. 13. She joined big brother Samuel Leonard (four), and big sister Rose Julia (two). They live in Manhattan and would love to hear from old Penn friends at

Garrett H. Schade C’95 EAS’95 see Amy Stover Schade C’98.

Dr. Steven E. Suter V’95 Gr’01 is the veterinary oncologist in charge of the canine bone-marrow transplant program at North Carolina State University in Raleigh.

Charisse Y. Tang W’95 and her husband, Timothy, are very happy to update classmates about the birth of their fifth child, Joshua (8 lbs., 21 inches), on April 13, 2008. He joined his three older sisters, Grace (seven), Christine (five), and Mary (three), and older brother Paul (two). Charisse writes that she truly enjoys raising her children as a full-time mother. Timothy continues to work at Hughes Network Systems as a marketing director. The family lives in Gaithersburg, Md., and “enjoy encouraging other families to keep on going strong in love, joy, and faith in Christ, through their opportunities to fellowship” at the Church of the Redeemer and the Gaithersburg Chinese Alliance Church and the Chinese Community Church in Washington. Whenever the latter “needs a volunteer preacher,” Charisse notes that she “supports Timothy to be available to help preach.”

Jason Taylor EAS’95 W’95 see Kate Finnefrock C’98.


96  Savina Eneva W’96 and her husband, Carsten Boekhorst, are delighted to announce the birth of their daughter, Nathalie Florence, on Dec. 17. They live in London, where Savina works as an investment manager in the real-estate investment team of the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation.

Joyce E. Koh C’96 writes that No Boundaries, the film she co-produced, (, was included in Philadelphia CineFest earlier this spring.

Jeanne Levin Lipson C’96 and Shane Lipson EAS’98 W’98 GEng’98 are thrilled to announce the birth of Marshall Ethan, quickly followed by his twin brother, Ross Theodore, on Oct. 18 in New York. Shane is a vice president of operations at Willis, while Jeanne has successfully made the transition to Barclays Capital from her former position at Lehman Brothers.

Alexis Bennett Rosenfeld C’96 and her husband, Adam, are excited to announce the birth of their second son, Caleb Reid, on Oct. 9. Big brother Asher (who turned three in April) is enjoying his new sibling.

Dr. Anupama Shrivastava Shah C’96 and Rajeev S. Shah EAS’97 W’97 are thrilled to announce the birth of their son, Sajan Rajeev Shah, on Jan. 29; he weighed 8 lbs. 7 oz., and measured 21 inches. He was welcomed home by his proud big brother Rohan, who turned two in December.

97  Dr. Amy I. Bentz V’97 is the veterinarian manager of the professional service center at Veterinary Learning Systems in Yardley, Pa.
Dr. Sapna Chaudhary C’97 married Rahul Siddharth on Sept. 27 at Oheka Castle on Long Island. The wedding party included Shelby Landman Lewis C’97. Other alumni attending were Lindsey Gordon Schwabe C’97, Dr. Regan Valfer C’97, Alyson Landa Margulies C’97, and Neeta Rastogi Singh EAS’97 W’97. Sapna and Rahul live in New York.

Jordy Harris Feldman C’97 L’00 and Brian Feldman C’95 are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter, Naomi Josephine, on Feb. 10 in New York. Her proud big brother Gabriel turned two in January.

Rajeev S. Shah EAS’97 W’97 see Dr. Anupama Shrivastava Shah C’96.

Jeffrey Sherry W’97 and Pauline Santos-Sherry are proud to announce the birth of Rebecca Anne Sherry on Jan. 17 at 4:20 a.m., in Englewood Hospital in New Jersey; she weighed 6 lbs. 7 oz., and measured 19 inches. She joined big sister Allison (two), who begins pre-school this fall, in their Fort Lee home.

Dr. Bonnie H. Shope V’97, with Veterinary Dental Services in Acton, Mass., recently passed the boards in veterinary dentistry.

Dr. Alisa Siceloff V’97 gave birth to Savannah Isabella Siceloff in March 2008. She has two other children, Alexis and Rex.


98   Heather Weine Brochin C’98 and her husband, Gregg, are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter, Emma Gabrielle, on May 6, 2008; she joined big sister Julia at their home in South Orange, N.J. Heather is an employment attorney at Day Pitney LLP in New Jersey.

Seth Charnow W’98 and Noemi Charnow are thrilled to announce the birth of their second son, Benjamin Aaron, on Jan. 13.

Kate Finnefrock C’98 and Jason Taylor EAS’95 W’95 write, “We are excited to announce the birth of our daughter, Ellie Jo Taylor, on July20.

Kevin Greenberg L’98, Philadelphia, head of the government-relations and regulatory-law practice group of the law firm of Flaster/Greenberg, who specializes in business, corporate, and real estate law, was named to this year’s “40 Under 40” list of Philadelphia Business Journal.

Shane Lipson EAS’98 W’98 GEng’98 see Jeanne Levin Lipson C’96.

Amy Stover Schade C’98 and Garrett H. Schade C’95 EAS’95 are happy to announce the birth of their son, Owen Clayton Schade, on Dec. 16; he weighed 6 lbs. 11 oz., and was 20 inches long. They live in Hoboken, N.J.

Cameron Schmitt C’98 and his wife, Lauren, are thrilled to announce the birth of their first child, Shaylor James, on Jan. 30.


99  Hillary Aisenstein C’99 married Brandon Kane EAS’99 in Las Vegas on Jan. 21. Celebrants included Nicole Ovadia W’99, Julia Chan C’99, Jennifer Frankel C’99, Becky Feinberg C’99, Sugirtha Vivekananthan Stathis C’99, Steve Erdman C’99, Doug Haber EAS’99, Fawn McNeil Haber C’99, Mahesh Swaminathan EAS’99, Rupesh Patel C’99 EAS’99, Rachel King EAS’99, and Antoine Jones C’99.

Brad Bernstein C’99 and his wife, Jillian, are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter, Farryn Leah, on Jan. 27; she weighed 6 lbs. 7 oz., and measured 19 inches.

Dr. David Casarett GM’99 is an associate professor in the geriatric-medicine division at Penn Medicine and staff physician and director of the palliative-care service at the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He will lead an initiative established late last year by the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs to improve the quality of healthcare throughout its system that veterans receive at the end of life.

B. Lafe Metz L’99 was promoted in February to shareholder of the Pittsburgh law firm of Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney PC. He specializes in state and local tax litigation.

Christopher Mora L’99 is a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve JAG Corps. In Oct. 2007 he accepted an active-duty recall appointment as the Navy’s military legal counsel for installations in Louisiana. In May last year he was awarded the U.S. Navy’s commendation and achievement medals for his work on a real-estate partnership to “redevelop Naval Support Activity New Orleans as Federal City.” And in June he graduated from the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, R.I., with a master’s in national security and strategic studies. He writes that he was “selected to the New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute Class of 2009 and the New Orleans CityBusiness Leadership in Law Class of 2009, as one of the top 50 attorneys in the greater New Orleans region.”

Karen Plotkin C’99 married Roben Farzad on Oct. 26 in Richmond, Va. They were honored to have close friend Rabbi Annie Tucker C’99 co-officiate at the ceremony. Other alumni who joined in and helped to make the weekend celebration special included Karen’s cousin Andrew Vorenberg C’99, Emily Lieff Yolkut C’99, Tammy Reiss Arnow C’99, Joseph Jordano W’99, Jaime Blank Gerber C’99, Debra Kurshan C’00, Rachael Goldfarb C’99, Erin Mittelstaedt C’99, and Emily Lebovitz C’99. Karen and Roben currently live and work in Manhattan.


00  Yuval D. Bar-Or GrW’00 writes, “I recently launched my new company,, aimed at corporations, government entities, and not-for-profit organizations seeking to improve leadership and decision-making in the face of uncertainty. I have also just published my first book, Leveraging People for a Corporate Turnaround: Leadership and Management Guidance for Organizational Change (TLB Publishing). Many thanks to fellow alumni and faculty members whose wisdom contributed to this project. I hope to see my second book, Is a PhD for Me? Life Inside the Ivory Towers: A Cautionary Guide for Aspiring Doctoral Students, in print by May.

Dr. Anne E. Hessinger V’00 has been promoted to major in the U.S. Army and is awaiting her next assignment as a civil-affairs veterinarian. She recently finished an internship with the World Organization for Animal Health in Paris.

Lou Kolman EAS’00 and Claire Kolman GEd’06 are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Makena Natalie Kolman, on Dec. 30 in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Becky Rubin C’00 writes, “In May 2008, I married Stephen Tountas in Lawrenceville, N.J. We honeymooned in France and Italy. We both live in Manhattan and work as attorneys.”

Neal Shah W’00 married Shweta Vora on Sept. 13 at the Hyatt Regency in New Brunswick, N.J. Alumni who attended included Joon Kyung W’01, Anuj Khanna W’01, Jason Makuch W’02, Tiffany Fujioka W’02, Sandip Agarwala EAS’01 WG’07, Monica Agarwala W’00 WG’07, Anita Mehta C’01, Paul Sethi W’01, Peter Hicks C’01 W’01, Raj Ramachandran EAS’01 W’01, Richa Ramachandran C’00, Ankur Vora W’98, Nazar Khan C’98, Karthik Anbalagan C’03, Shirin Ghadessey C’01 WG’07, Vikas Desai W’01, Hema Khatri W’01, Shaji Philip C’04, Habib Rahbar C’01, Ameesh Shah W’01, Neha Parikh Shah C’01, Amir Attar W’01, and Ronnie Shah EAS’02 W’02. Neal and Shweta honeymooned in St. Lucia and Turkey, and live in London.

01  Carolyn Faulkner-Beitzel GEd’01,, in November received a PhD in professional-studies education (specializing in K-16 online teaching and learning) from Capella University. She found that teachers, without training in online pedagogy, struggle to transform their practices from the brick-and-mortar to the online classroom. Currently an instructional coach at Academy Park High School in Folcroft, Pa., she is pursuing a K-12 principal certificate from Neumann College. She also teaches education and social-science courses at several colleges and universities, both traditional and online, and is a distance-learning consultant through her company, DLC.

Gina M. LaPlaca C’01 recently joined Verizon New Jersey as director, state-government affairs, after a three-year stint as deputy budget director and associate general counsel for the majority office of the New Jersey General Assembly. She graduated from Fordham University’s law school in 2004.

Donna Christi Stachowicz Nu’01 and Sebastian Stachowicz Nu’01 proudly welcomed the birth of their daughter, Jillian Elizabeth, on Feb. 17. “Jilly Bean, as we affectionately call her, arrived three weeks early and is healthy.” They live in San Diego.

Melissa Kaufman Stoloff W’01 and Matthew Stoloff C’01 are delighted to announce the birth of their daughter, Emma Miriam, on Feb. 6; she weighed 6 lbs. 3 oz., and measured 19 3/4 inches long. The family lives in Tempe, Arizona.

02  Omar Akbar W’02 married Mehr Qureshi on Dec. 27 at the Royal Palm Golf and Country Club in Lahore, Pakistan. Alumni attending included Aziz Faqir W’02, Ali Munir C’03, Shahab Rashid W’02, Salman Tarin C’03, Saad Hassan GEng’02, and Usman Hassan EAS’06 W’06. Omar and Mehr celebrated their honeymoon in the Maldives. They currently live in New York; he is pursuing an MBA at Columbia Business School while she is pursuing an MPA at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs.

Danielle Lewin W’02 married Matt Horan on April 4 in Miami. The wedding guests included bridesmaid Heather Higgins C’01, and Andrew McLaughlin C’01, Sarah Goodstine W’01, Laurie Levin C’95, and Gina LaPlaca C’01. Danielle and Matt currently live in New York.


03  Dr. Alison Joy Abramson V’03 married Matthew Adam Hasson on Jan. 19, 2008. She is associate veterinarian at the Park East Animal Hospital in Manhattan.

Dani Miodownik G’03 Gr’05 teaches at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He recently received a three-year Yigal Allon Fellowship, which are awarded annually to that country’s outstanding researchers.

Abhishek Sharma EAS’03 married Nidhi Mehrotra in the Raj Palace in Jaipur, India, on Feb. 26. “Although I am from Dubai, we figured we will have a destination wedding with all our friends. Lots of Penn people attended, including Gaurav Vachhar W’04, Rohan Jain W’05, Priyank Tayal W’04, Vivek Sidhwani C’03, Akshay Mansukhani W’02 WG’04, Varun Lumba W’03, Gaurav Patodia W’03, and Vishal Jatia EAS’03.”

Chris Stanchak WEv’03 writes, “An article in the winter edition of MBA Jungle gives a ‘play-by-play’ look inside the life of an entrepreneur as I manage the growth of, Web-based event-ticketing for small- to medium-sized events and organizers.” He founded the company at Penn; it was launched from within the Wharton venture-initiation-program incubator.

Mary Stokes L’03 and her husband, Mark, welcomed their third child, Maeve Mickley Stokes, on Jan. 12. Maeve joins big sister Lauren (six) and brother Luke (three). Mary is an attorney with the law firm of Blank Rome LLP.

04  Walter P. Hauser GAr’04, Pawling, N.Y., has been appointed an associate in Kaeyer, Garment & Davidson Architects & Engineers, PC, in Mt. Kisco. He joined them as a project architect in 2004. He is the project architect for infrastructure improvements to the White Plains city schools.
Dr. Cailin Heinze V’04 is in a small-animal clinical-nutrition residency at the University of California at Davis.

Joshua Strauss C’04 see Danielle Savitsky C’05.


05  Lauren Kowtna C’05 is engaged to Tom Giedgowd: they will marry in the summer of 2010. They currently work in New York, but will move this summer for him to attend business school. They are also expecting their first child for this October.

Andrew Olsen W’05 married Sarah Scott Nu’06 on Sept. 26 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Doylestown, Pa., followed by a reception at the Aldie Mansion. They met in April 2003 and got engaged at the BioPond Garden on campus in July 2007. The wedding party included best man Tom Olsen EAS’02 GEng’03, as well as groomsmen Adrian Becker EAS’05 W’05 GEng’06 and Matt Verghese EAS’06 W’06. The wedding guests also included Catie Hommes Becker Nu’03 GNu’06 and Jennifer Heck Nu’04. Andrew and Sarah enjoyed a wonderful honeymoon in Antigua and St. Lucia. They currently live near New York, where he works as an equity-research associate and she as a registered nurse.

Danielle Savitsky C’05 married Joshua Strauss C’04 on Dec. 21 at the Westmount Country Club in West Paterson, N.J. Alumni in the bridal party included Michal Parness Goldman C’05, Jennifer Ingerman Yedlin C’05, Irvin Schlussel W’03, and Edan Shapiro C’04. Other alumni who attended the wedding include Aliza Boim C’06, Elana Okrent Bogdanksy W’06, Alexander Chester C’05, Andrew Dikman C’04, Audrey Hutt Frankel C’05, Michael Frankel C’03, Dr. Ariella Hochsztein Friedman C’04, Zoe Goldfarb C’05 W’05, Nina Gribetz C’05, Sam Jesselson C’07, Jonathan Jesselson C’09, Jennifer Frank Katz C’05, Katie Liberman C’07, Rachel Lowy W’06, Sharon Mori C’04, Alyssa Parsons C’04, Gil Perl C’00, Jonah Rubin C’05, Stephanie Gros Saban C’98 W’98, Joshua Schainker C’06 W’06, Jeffrey Sharon C’05, Adina Zoltan Shyovitz C’04, David Shyovitz C’04, Neta Tenenhaus EAS’07, Dr. Adam Yedlin C’04, and Ali Budin Auerbach C’04. Jason Auerbach C’04 led the group of alums in a gleeful rendition of “The Red and Blue.” Danielle and Joshua live on the Upper East Side in Manhattan. They plan to go to Costa Rica on their honeymoon. She is a fourth-year medical student at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, and will start an ophthalmology residency at New York University in July 2010. He is a fourth-year medical student at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, and will begin an internal-medicine residency in July.


06  Claire Kolman GEd’06 see Lou Kolman EAS’00.

Sarah Scott Nu’06 see Andrew Olsen W’05.


08 Kathryn Cunningham Hall C’08 M’12 founded the non-profit Power Up Gambia in 2006, after she had volunteered at the Sulayman Junkung General Hospital there and was appalled by its lack of electricity. In March she helped in the setting up of solar panels at a hospital in Bwiam (

Dr. Casey Kurtz V’08 has joined the French Creek Veterinary Hospital in Pottstown and the County Companion Animal Hospital in Morgantown, Pa.



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