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40 Dr. Edith Torgan Penneys CW’40 M’43 GM’47 has recently retired “after 62 years of practicing medicine!” writes her daughter Bobbi Penneys Laufer CW’67 G’69. “After graduating as a chemistry major at Penn and serving an internship and residency in medicine, she practiced endocrinology until 1963, when she then took a second residency in psychiatry, and practiced in the Philadelphia area until last March. We all wish her a very happy retirement and hope she will enjoy her many new hobbies, including studying computers, playing the piano, and drawing.”

42 Dr. Leonard Apt C’42, professor of ophthalmology and the founding director of the division of pediatric ophthalmology at the Jules Stein Eye Institute at UCLA, was honored in March at the annual meeting of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. And in May he was awarded the S. Rodman Irvine Prize by the Stein institute, for “a faculty member whose career activities illuminate the finest in doctor-patient or doctor-student relationships and represent the highest traditions of the medical profession or the vision-science community.”

45 William Hjerpe ME’45 <mwhjerpe @earthlink.net> writes that one of his grandsons, Mason Hedberg, won an Intel Science Talent Search for $100,000 last year. His grandmother (Bill’s wife, Mary Lou) was diagnosed with a rare cancer, so Mason headed off to the laboratory—and invented a faster way to identify possible tumor suppressors. Currently at Brown, he plans on completing a dual M.D./Ph.D. With the media coverage, long-lost members of the extended family around the country got in touch and held a reunion last summer. Bill notes, “The prize money is unbelievable, but the acclaim, and the networking for his future, is even more valuable. He has met with business executives, Nobel Prize winners, doctors in research, &c. I should also note that a granddaughter is Katherine Fay Hjerpe C’01 G’01.”

49 Dr. Walter J. Gershenfeld G’49 Gr’64 served as president of the National Academy of Arbitrators for 2003-04, and in 2003 he received the George W. Taylor Award from the American Arbitration Association. This year he received a lifetime-achievement award from the Labor and Employment Relations Association; he was its president in 1995 when it was the Industrial Relations Research Association.

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53 Jerome Richard C’53 was a runner-up for this year’s PEN/Hemingway Award for his novel, The Kiss of the Prison Dancer.

54 Clive Klatzkin W’54, a certified public accountant and a certified financial planner who specializes in estate matters, is a senior partner with the firm of Klatzkin & Co. in Hamilton, N.J., and Bucks County, Pa. President of the Jewish Community Foundation of Princeton Mercer Bucks, he recently received the community-service award of the United Jewish Federation of Princeton Mercer Bucks, for his lifelong achievement and devotion to philanthropic causes in the area.

Moshe Sonnheim C’54 SW’56 writes, “My latest book is Welcome to the Club: The Art of Jewish Grandparenting. Based on a comprehensive review of general and Jewish literature on grandparenting (sociological, historical, and social work), and my study of members of the AACI (Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel), the book provides advice and resources for grandparents as their grandchildren move through the life cycle in the 21st century. I provide a ‘New Dictionary for Grandparents,’ and deal with such issues as alternative lifestyles, divorce, intermarriage, and the shadow of the Holocaust. A resident of Israel for the past 34 years, I am also a retired senior teacher of social work, and the proud grandfather of four (with one more on the way).”

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55 Hon. Jim Cacheris W’55, a U.S. district judge in Alexandria, Va., was recently appointed a judge of the Alien Terrorist Removal Court.

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56 Robert Dan LaMoreaux W’56 writes, “that I have retired from Michigan State University faculty, and since my wife died, I am living with my daughter in Lansing.”

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57 Fred MacFadden G’57 Gr’61 writes, “While disabled, I have had two literary papers read by proxies. Last October my paper on Nathaniel Hawthorne and Ellen Glasgow was read by Prof. Marc Ricciardi at the Suffolk campus of St. Joseph’s College on Long Island. My paper on Chinua Achebe and Ferenc Molnar was read in January by Prof. Liam Corley of Pt. Loma Nazarene College, at a conference at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Calif.”

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58 James Levy W’58 is president of Newbury Development Co., in Des Moines, Iowa. The company is constructing a complex of cottages at Winnapaug Pond, near Westerly, R.I., which are nestled in a 173-acre land trust. He found out about the opportunity from his classmate, Richard Bright W’58, a retired film producer in New York, who was canvassing the Northeast for a retirement housing site for James.

Dr. Norman W. Weissman C’58 was recently named to the L. R. Jordan Endowed Chair in Health Services Administration at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Health Related Professions. Co-director of its Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research and Education, he also holds university appointments as senior scientist at the Lister Hill Center for Health Policy, the Center for Disaster Preparedness, the Center for Aging, Arthritis Center, the Comprehensive Cancer Center, the General Clinical Research Center, and the Injury Control Research Center.

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59 Lloyd Zane Remick W’59 concentrates his practice in the areas of entertainment, sports, hospitality, and communications as an attorney and as president of Zane Management, a sports and entertainment consulting company. He co-wrote a chapter, “Labor Relations in Professional Sports,” in McGraw Hill’s 2005 The Management of Sport, and co-wrote an article, “Keeping the Little Guy Out: An Older Contract Advisor’s Concern, a Younger Contract Advisor’s Lament,” in the Villanova Sports and Entertainment Law Journal. An adjunct professor at Temple University School of Law, he has been a guest lecturer at the Penn Law School, having spoken on sports careers for lawyers.

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60 William Boyd Katz W’60, Philadelphia, wrote “Reason,” a poem on “terrorism, justice, the MidEast, and Iraqi involvement:” “Achilles, Hector and Troy. /Over the Aegean Sea, honor, destiny. /For the ages the guide of reason, /the principle of justice and right, /that of light, principality.”

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61 Howard Shapiro W’61 L’64, the founding president and chief executive officer of the Energy Association of New York, a trade organization, has announced he will retire in October, after serving as its head for 30 years. He and his wife, Mary, live in Menands.

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62 Allan G. Bortel W’62 retired from Wall Street in 1999, and has kept busy. He is chair of the Belvedere-Tiburon Library in Marin County, Calif., and a commissioner on the Marin County Commission on Aging; he has volunteered teaching computers to seniors and helping them with other low-tech challenges; he is co-head of his local community emergency response team, and vice president of Reedlands Property Owners Association. He also serves on the program and the library-program committees of The Security Analysts of San Francisco. And he is a director of Epic Bancorp, a bank-holding company in San Rafael.

James Edward Jones GFA’62, Baltimore, is a painter and printmaker, and retired professor of art. He was invited by the Great Blacks in Wax Museum, Inc., and the Senoje Consortium to present a show of his recent encaustic paintings, running Oct. 8-22. These wax paintings will become a part of the permanent collection at Great Blacks in Wax. The Newark, (N.J.) Public Library has acquired 40 of his prints, from 1962 to 2005.

Bonnie Stein Squires CW’62 G’65 co-hosts a weekly call-in talk show, Prism, on WHAT-AM in Philadelphia; they discuss current events from the point of view of race and ethnicity. She recently interviewed Penn Professor Steven Hahn, the Pulitzer prize-winning historian and author of A Nation Under our Feet. She also writes a weekly opinion column for The Main Line Times, the suburban weekly newspaper.

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63 Jon Brillman C’63, professor and head of neurology at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, has published Neurology in a Page (Blackwell Publishing).

Byron Connell C’63, as a member of the staff of the New York State Education Department’s Office of College and University Evaluation, briefed presidents of Thai universities on “Quality Assurance in Higher Education in New York State” during their April visit to New York as part of the U.S.-Thailand Higher Education Summit (which was sponsored in part by Penn Education).

Albert Stark L’63 is head of the law firm of Stark & Stark in Lawrenceville, N.J. In April he was recognized as a Citizen of the Year by the College of New Jersey for his contributions to its programs, the Public Issues Summit and the Center for Social Justice.

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64 Robert C. Heim W’64 L’72 is a partner in the Philadelphia law firm of Dechert LLP who chairs its litigation department and serves on its policy committee. In June he received a 2005 Burton Award for Achievement in Legal Writing for his article entitled, “Killer Class Actions Your Company Can Win,” which was originally published in Executive Counsel magazine in July 2004.

Barbra Shotel CW’64, a lawyer and freelance writer, delivered a lecture, “When World History and Personal History Collide: How Art Spiegelman Faced Two Such Collisions,” on April 2 at the Perkasie (Pa.) Library, in conjunction with Bucks County Library’s One Book One Bucks project, and on May 7 at the Levittown Library. Spiegelman’s Pulitzer Prize winning graphic novel Maus was selected as the One Book for 2005.

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66 Lee R. Moyer EE’66 GEE’74 has rejoined Technology Service Corporation as vice president of operations. He recently completed a six-year term as a program manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, where he was responsible for the development of foliage-penetration radar systems; in recognition, he received the Office of the Secretary of Defense Exceptional Public Service Medal.

Rick Selvin C’66 <rickeditor@aol.com>, who retired as a writer and copy editor at The Philadelphia Daily News following a 1997 heart transplant, has become an after-school volunteer at the Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander University of Pennsylvania Partnership School; the K-through-8 public school was co-founded in 2002 by Penn and the City of Philadelphia. Rick organized a school newspaper club for fifth through eighth graders; students conducted interviews, wrote articles, took photographs, drew editorial cartoons and comic strips, and designed a puzzle and joke page for the two full-color issues published in the 2004-05 school year. He also helped a staff team create the school’s first yearbook, published to mark Penn Alexander’s first graduating class.

67 Susan Cahn Krieger CW’67, a sociologist who teaches feminist studies at Stanford University, wrote Things No Longer There: A Memoir of Losing Sight and Finding Vision, which was published in May by the University of Wisconsin Press.

Walter G. Reinhard C’67, Fanwood, N.J., an attorney with the Somerville law firm of Norris, McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., is included in the public-utility law section of the 2005-06 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. He serves on the boards of the Middlesex Water Company and the Fanwood Scotch Plains YMCA.

Eric R. White GEd’67 GrEd’75, executive director of the Division of Undergraduate Studies at Pennsylvania State University, was presented in March with its Award for Administrative Excellence, “recognizing performance, methods, and achievements that exemplify administrative excellence.”

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68 Susan R. Croll CW’68 GPU’94 is the senior executive director for administration in Penn’s School of Medicine. She was recently appointed to the board of trustees of Camden County College in New Jersey.

Frederick S. Keller M’68 is director and head of diagnostic radiology at the Dotter Interventional Institute in Portland, Ore. In April the Society of Interventional Radiology awarded him its Gold Medal for his many years of service, including as president in 1998. He is known for two areas of expertise, embolotherapy and the diagnosis and treatment of GI bleeding.

Bonnie J. O’Boyle CW’68 e-mails, “After living for 59 years on the same street in Bristol, Pa., last November I actually moved to a beautiful old place just outside Doylestown, closer to friends, family, and my two horses. I can’t imagine how people do this every few years, but after packing up three generations worth of stuff, I’ll never move again! The new town has welcomed me by popping me on the board of the Michener Museum, a fine regional-art museum which is well worth a visit by any local alumni who haven’t discovered it. Over the years I’ve lost track of some friends and would love to hear from them at <Sprinx325@aol.com>.”

Robert E. Wade W’68 in March was elected chair of the Franklin Mutual Series Funds Inc.

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69 C. Robert (Rob) Henrikson C’69 WAM’90, who became president and chief operating officer of MetLife, Inc., in June 2004, will become its board chair and chief executive officer in spring next year. He joined the company in 1972 as a sales representative. He is also chair of Penn’s S. S. Huebner Foundation for Insurance Education.

70 Judy Eron SAMP’70 is a clinical social worker and singer/songwriter who lives on the mountain desert outside Big Bend National Park in Texas. Her recent book, What Goes Up: Surviving the Manic Episode of a Loved One (published by Barricade Books), is taking her on travels as she speaks on bipolar disorder (www.judyeron.com).


71 Hank Herman C’71 wrote Accept My Kid, Please! A Dad’s Descent Into College Application Hell. [“Alumni Voices,” May/June]. Hank guarantees “the tale will ring true—whether you care to admit it or not!” In addition to his work as an author and humor columnist, he also teaches writing at Penn’s Kelly Writers House, Trinity College’s Academy of Lifelong Learning, and Westport (Conn.) Continuing Education.

Rabbi Yaakov (Jack) Kleiman C’71, Jerusalem, directs the Center for Kohanim and maintains its website (www.Cohen-Levi.org). He wrote DNA and Tradition: The Genetic Link to the Ancient Hebrews, which reports research of a direct genetic link between modern Jews and the ancient Hebrews.

72 Susan Irene Pidcoe SAMP’72 <hmarsella@aol.com> e-mails, “Following three years of reconstructing our 52-foot Sportfisherman yacht, Frantic Pace, my partner of 29 years and I left our jobs, gave away all but a few possessions to undertake our dream. Since Feb. 2, he and I and dog have been cruising and fishing the Caribbean, en-route to Venezuela and eventually Costa Rica—unless we discover another beautiful place we prefer to call home.”

Harold Alan Pincus C’72 is professor and executive vice chair of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He is also a senior scientist at the Rand Corp., and directs the Rand-University of Pittsburgh Health Institute; he also directs the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s national program on depression in primary care. He recently received the 2005 Vestermark Award from the American Psychiatric Association and the National Institute of Mental Health for his contributions to psychiatric education. He and his wife, Ellyn Roth CW’74, an arbitrator for the National Association of Security Dealers, have three sons: Zachary, who graduated from Princeton and works in New York as a reporter for Variety; Nathaniel, who graduated from Yale last year and manages farmers markets in Los Angeles; and Ezra, a freshman at Oberlin.

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73 Bill Keller C’73 <wmkell@hotmail.com> was recently appointed vice president for finance and administration of Kingsborough Community College, a part of CUNY, and which serves as the community college for Brooklyn. “I am very excited to return to the academic world. In addition to managing all financial and administrative functions for this college, that serves 15,000 degree students and another 15,000 in continuing education programs, I am working with the provost on a series of workforce and economic-development initiatives. I live in Port Washington and have three children, Emma (15), Sean (13), and Jake (three).”

Paula Weinberg Trauner SAMP’73, an early childhood teacher, writes that she and her husband, Bruce Trauner, are celebrating 32 years of marriage. They have just become grandparents to Aviyam, son of their son Joshua Trauner and his wife, Jessica, who live in Brooklyn, N.Y. Joshua, a graduate of MIT and NYU’s Wagner School, will graduate from Brooklyn Law School next spring. Paula and Bruce’s daughter, Meredith, who lives in Tucson, Ariz., is a graduate of Harvard University and the University of Arizona’s graduate program in women’s studies; she plans to apply for doctoral programs in public policy in the fall.

Dr. Karen Young CW’73 V’78 Gr’85 is a clinical professor in the pathobiological-sciences department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine. In April she received the Chancellor’s Hilldale Award for Excellence in Teaching. A press release noted, “Year after year, her peer and student evaluations come back with near-perfect marks, and frequently include praise such as ‘She should teach other teachers how to teach,’ and ‘Best course in the curriculum.’”

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74 Robert J. Fatovic’ GLA’74 has established Robert J. Fatovic’ AIA - Facility Consulting, an architectural and planning consulting practice. He is currently consulting on the new athletic center in Brooklyn for Long Island University, and the outdoor sports complex at Raleigh for the North Carolina State University. He represents the Washington D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission on the program-management team for the renovations of RFK Stadium. Previous accomplishments include the newly opened AmericanBank Center, a 10,000-seat multipurpose arena in Corpus Christi, Tex., the Belson Soccer Stadium for St. Johns University in Queens, N.Y., and the SAS Soccer Complex in Carey, N.C. He is also involved in the planning for Bermuda’s bid for the 2007 Cricket World Cup.

Harve Hnatiuk EE’74 is a vice president at Maida Engineering in Fort Washington, Pa. He has been recognized with fellow-grade membership in the National Society of Professional Engineers, which was established to honor those active members who have demonstrated exemplary service to the profession, the society, and the community. Currently he is chair of its critical-infrastructure homeland-security task force, and he was recently elected president-elect of the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers for 2005-06, and will serve as president in 2006-07. Harve is president of Penn’s Alumni Class Leadership Council and was president of the Class of 1974 from 1989 to 2004.

Alice Korngold CW’74 GEd’77 (www.alicekorngold.com) was the founding president of Business Volunteers Unlimited from 1993 to last February. Her new book, Leveraging Good Will: Strengthening Nonprofits by Engaging Businesses, was published in June by Jossey-Bass.

Rabbi Stephen M. Wylen C’74 proudly announces “the publication of my new book, The Seventy Faces of Torah: The Jewish Way of Reading the Sacred Scriptures (Paulist Press). Also, I received a Doctor of Divinity degree, honoris causa, from the Hebrew Union College in May.”

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75 Robin Mendelwager W’75 writes, “I have just opened an Emack & Bolio’s ice-cream store in New York’s SoHo district. The store features specialty ice cream, frozen yogurt, smoothies, pastries, Neuhaus chocolates, espresso, teas, and much more.”

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76 Mark Kadzielski L’76, a partner-in-charge of the Los Angeles office of the international law firm of Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P., was named in March to the American Health Lawyers Association’s inaugural class of fellows. He represents hospitals, medical staffs, managed-care enterprises, and health-care providers. He was selected as a Southern California “Super Lawyer” by Health Law for 2004 and 2005.

Thomas C Senter W’76, a partner and chair of the employee-benefits practice group of the Woodbridge, N.J., office of Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP, has been appointed to the trustees of the Englewood Hospital and Medical Center Foundation.

77 Andrew A. Chirls C’77 is chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association and a partner in the business-litigation practice group of the Philadelphia office of Wolf Block. In April he received the Equality Forum Distinguished Service Award for his contributions to the Philadelphia gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community. He was instrumental in establishing the Bar’s committee on the legal rights of lesbians and gay men, and he led the effort to get the city’s 25 largest firms to endorse a model non-discrimination policy that includes lesbians and gay men.

Sean P. Colgan C’77 <spc1@imius.com> e-mails that he bicycled across Costa Rica last summer, from the Pacific to the Atlantic, on a mountain bike in five days with his 1980 Olympic teammates and his son, Aindriu, who is a freshman at Dartmouth. “The five-day ride is part of the hardest mountain bike race in the world.” Last September he and his wife and four children moved to Steamboat Springs, Colo. “The 7,000 people at 7,000 feet, with 450 inches of snow a year is much more relaxing than the Main Line.”

Lora Siegler Thody C’77 and her partner, Serena Thody, both senior principal attorney editors for Thomson/West in Rochester, N.Y., are ecstatic to announce the birth in January of their son, Sean Mark Shepherd Thody.

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

Alan Rubin W’78 WG’78, Short Hills, N.J., has been selected for the Best Lawyers in America 2005-06. He is a partner in the tax and corporate departments of Cole, Schotz, Meisel, Forman & Leonard, P.A., and concentrates on international and tax matters of mergers and acquisitions, secured and revolving credit facilities, joint ventures, and reorganizations. He is editor of a chapter in the 2005 New Jersey Tax Handbook. Alan and his wife, Janet, have three children: Daniel, the eldest, will enter Penn this fall in the Class of 2009.

Robert L. Wallace ME’78 is president and CEO of Bithgroup Technologies, an IT company. He writes that “recent business travels have taken me to Saõ Paulo, Arusha, Tanzania, and Kampala, Uganda. That I am a proud alumnus of Penn was an added bonus in the many sidebar conversations that helped me seal the deal. Nevertheless, it is always a pleasure to be reminded of how fortunate I am to be in the elite circle of Penn alumni. I now live in Clarksville, Md., with my beautiful wife, Carolyn Green-Wallace. I am the proud father of five children: Robert Jr., Joshua, Collin, Jordan, and Taylor. I am also the grandfather of two incredible and spirited kids, Ryan and Ayla. And, in case anyone is wondering, I am still the competitive athlete that I was some 27 years ago: I am looking forward to challenging fellow alumni to a friendly match-up on either the basketball or tennis courts at our next reunion.”

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79 Len Bernstein GCE’79 is a special-projects coordinator for the Philadelphia Water Department. He has been recognized with fellow-grade membership by the National Society of Professional Engineers, as he has “demonstrated exemplary service to the profession, the society, and the community.” He has been elected secretary-treasurer for 2006-07, and currently serves on its constitution and by-laws task force.

Mark G. Kuzyk C’79 G’81 Gr’85 is associate chair and the Boeing Distinguished Professor of Physics at Washington State University. Selected to deliver its 2005 Distinguished Faculty address, he spoke on “From Black Holes to the Internet: How We Use the Scientific Method to Understand the Mysteries of Things Unseen.”

Jonathan Lansner W’79 <jlansner@ocregister.com> writes that this is his 20th year (“Gulp!”) at The Orange County Register in Southern California. Its business columnist, he is serving as the 2005-06 president of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, a 3,400-member national trade group for financial journalists. He lives in Trabuco Canyon with his wife, Marianne, and children Rachel (11) and Jake (seven).

Michael E. Scullin C’79, an attorney, is of counsel to the Philadelphia law firm of Monteverde, McAlee & Hurd. He was recently appointed to the board of the Alliance Française de Philadelphie; he also serves on the board of the French-American Chamber of Commerce in Philadelphia.

M. Kelly Tillery L’79 joined the Philadelphia-based law firm of Pepper Hamilton LLP in May as a partner in its intellectual-property practice group. Previously he was a senior partner and chair of the intellectual-property and e-commerce group of Leonard, Tillery & Sciolla, LLP, the firm he co-founded in 1982. With a specialty in anti-counterfeiting protection, he has been in the forefront of obtaining injunctions to protect the trademarks and copyrights of performing artists and software and designer manufacturers. He serves as an arbitrator of domain-name and other disputes for the National Arbitration Forum, and as a proctor in admiralty with the Maritime Law Association. He also is a senior adviser to the Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.

Kathleen M. Watson C’79, Bryn Mawr, Pa., in March joined Schultz & Williams, Inc., as a senior associate. Based in Philadelphia, it is a development, marketing, and management consulting firm dedicated to serving nonprofit organizations. Most recently she was vice president for development at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.

Dr. Marisa Weiss C’79 M’84 is a breast radiation oncologist at Lankenau Hospital, near Philadelphia, who founded the nonprofit breastcancer.org in 1999, and has written Living Beyond Breast Cancer. In May she was honored with the cover story in Philadelphia magazine’s “Top Doc” issue for her pioneering efforts to improve patients’ access to reliable medical information and facilitate stronger doctor-patient relationships. She was the first radiation oncologist in the Philadelphia region to treat early stage breast-cancer patients with partial breast radiation therapy, which reduces the therapy from six weeks to one week; the technique will soon be launched as a national clinical trial to study its effectiveness compared to the current standard of care involving radiation therapy of the whole breast after lumpectomy.

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80 Merle Woldenberg Wolff C’80 and her husband, David Wolff C’81, and Harriet Wachs Shaiman C’84 GEd’84 WG’89 and her husband, Joel Shaiman EE’83 WG’89, were honored in June by the Abraham Joshua Heschel School, a pluralistic Jewish day school in New York, for their dedication and commitment to the school community.

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81 Frederick A. Kramer GAr’81 became president in January of ADD Inc., an architecture, and interior- and graphic-design firm based in Cambridge, Mass. Since joining the firm in 1981, he has led the design of corporate, residential, and retail projects across the country, including, recently, the award-winning Brighton Landing/New Balance world headquarters in Boston; and several large mixed-use residential projects (Cronin’s Landing and Longview Place in Waltham, and Park Essex and Atelier 505 in Boston). He serves on the boards of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and the Boston City/Build Committee.

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82 Laurie B. Kazenoff C’82 was elected to the board of the NephCure Foundation, the organization dedicated to finding a cure for the rare kidney disease Nephrotic Syndrome (including FSGS). She has her own tax-law practice, and assists in the management of the medical practice of her husband, Dr. Robert Kazenoff. They have three sons, ages 15, 12, and eight, and live in Lloyd Harbor, N.Y.

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83 Arden Schneider C’83 writes that she and her husband, Rick Hunt, still love living in New York, where she is vice president of human resources at Medidata Solutions, a provider of electronic clinical-data management for the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. He is vice president and account director at Gillespie Advertising in Princeton, N.J., and on the faculty at New York University. Arden would love to hear from old Penn friends and can be reached at <toarden@hotmail.com>.

John Vilot W’83 and his wife, Jennifer, proudly announce the birth of their son, Frank Thomas, On May 4  at 11:31 a.m. Weighing in at 6 lbs. 5 oz., and 20 1⁄2 inches long, he joins 22-month-old big sister, Alexandra Alison. John is an account manager at Motorola, Inc.

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84 Xiomara Corral C’84 <xiomara_corral@hotmail.com> has joined LPL Financial Services in Boston as vice president and associate counsel. She lives with her husband, Michael Dominy, in West Roxbury.

David B. Kaplan C’84 writes, “I am still living in Kennett Square, Pa., near scenic Longwood Gardens, with my wife, Bea, and my two daughters, Natalie (10) and Abigail (eight). Professionally, I have been appointed chair of anesthesiology at Jennersville Regional Hospital. I welcome contact from Penn friends at <David_Kaplan@chs.net> or phone (610) 388-4578.

Tobias A. Wolf C’84 <toby@mightyelk.com> married John W. Skurchak III C’87 <john@mightyelk.com> at their home in Jamaica Plain, Mass., on July 31, 2004. Toby is a landscape architect with Halvorson Design Partnership in Boston and John is a painter, graphic designer, and art director.

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85 Celeste Clement GEd’85 is an experienced writer who is working toward publication of her book, Children’s Literature and the Imagination. She is seeking a publisher, editor, legitimate agent, and a published illustrator of children’s books. More information is available at <celesteclement@aol.com>.

Joseph N. DiStefano C’85, a business reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer, e-mails he has written his first book, Comcasted: How Ralph and Brian Roberts Took Over America’s TV, One Deal at a Time (Camino Books, Philadelphia, 2005) [“Briefly Noted,” May/June]. “It’s the unauthorized biography of the nation’s biggest cable TV and fastest-growing Internet company, its founder, Ralph J. Roberts W’41, and current CEO, Ralph’s son Brian L. Roberts W’81.” Joe notes that Comcast gave him limited cooperation but declined to grant extended access to the Robertses unless Comcast could see parts of the book first: “I’ve interviewed lots of CEOs, and gotten the brush-off from others, but neither I nor any publisher I know would agree to give a subject prior approval. Plus there was so much good material on these guys, and plenty of knowledgeable people willing to talk. The Boston Globe called the book ‘a brisk, readable survey,’ CableWorld called it ‘fascinating,’ Publishers Weekly called it ‘hard-hitting’ and ‘unflinching’; while a Philadelphia magazine, after an initial favorable notice provoked a sheaf of outraged letters from beneficiaries of Comcast corporate charity, declared that it didn’t like the book at all. I’ve become a very minor-league celebrity: local cable and PBS shows, presentations and book signings at public libraries, schools, and Barnes & Noble stores, AM talk-radio programs.” Joe has been furnished with other good material from Penn people; one magazine article, about Saul P. Steinberg W’59 and his former Reliance Insurance Co., was included in the book Best Business Stories of the Year 2003 (Vintage/Random House); and he has reviewed books by Dr. Michael Useem, and the Law School’s Dr. David A. Skeel. Joe, who is an interviewer for his local Penn secondary-school committee, lives near Philadelphia with his wife and six kids; they don’t have cable because, “we’d watch it all the time, and life is too short.” He appreciates hearing from old Newman, Stouffer, and West Philly friends “and any Penn alumnus with a good story” at <jdistefano@phillynews.com>.

Prof. Sheldon L. Gosline C’85 is director of the Hieratic Font Project at Northeast Normal University, Changchun, China, and head of Shangri-La Publications in Warren Center, Pa. In April he gave two papers at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Alexandria, Egypt, on his approach to studying Egyptian hieratic paleography, and on his deciphering the ancient Indus Valley Script (http://shangrilapublications.org/hp/indus.html). He is reputedly the first modern person to be able to read this script, thought to be undecipherable since its discovery about a century ago.

John C. Hawley Gr’85 is professor of English at Santa Clara University and president of its faculty senate. He wrote Amitav Ghosh: An Introduction, and edited 10 books, and is currently working on globalization and postcolonial theory. He recently spent a month at the Rockefeller Research Center at Bellagio in Italy.

Holly Love EAS’85 <holly@hollylove.com> has moved from Havertown to Phoenixville, Pa., with her fiancé, actual rocket scientist Jim Fields. She notes, “Write especially if you’d like to help me overcome the anguish of sticking to my guns and not changing my last name when we get married. I’ve enjoyed lifelong compliments on my name and hate to dissociate from the freelance writing bylines I’ve accrued, but Holly Fields is so utterly perfect at connoting the ‘nature girl’ I’ve become. The decision to finally marry at 41 was not nearly so difficult! Oh, the dilemmas we Penn grads must face.”

Jacqueline Raymond C’85 e-mailed in late April, “I regretfully cannot attend the 20th Class Reunion, but will be there in spirit. I’ve recently become an active chairperson in the New Orleans Penn Club (a new chapter) and completed alumni interviews for the Baton Rouge area. After years in the pharma industry, I’ve made the warm Gulf home and operate an independent clinical-research company, Leeds Clinical Resources, LLC. The website is under construction, however I can be reached at <jrarymond@leedsclinical.com> or <jacqueline272001@yahoo.com>. I currently reside in Baton Rouge, but will be relocating into a new home this fall, closer to N.O., on the Northshore. As they say here: Laissez les bons temps rouler (“Let the Good Times Roll”). And do drop me a line!”

Tremain Smith C’85 had some of her work in the exhibit Oil & Wax, at the Wallingford (Pa.) Arts Center in May and June 18 (www.tremainsmith.com).

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86 Barbara Yanez Vega C’86 married Yovanis Vega on Dec. 18.

Steven M. Wilker C’86 GEd’87 is an attorney with Tonkon Torp LLP in Portland, Ore.; he serves on its managing board. Specializing in trial and appellate work, he was recently recognized by being included in the annual 40 under 40 list of The Business Journal.

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87 Michael J. Brody C’87 is the director and curator of the Marvin Samson Center for the History of Pharmacy and the museum at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, which is near Penn. He writes that the center is staging a three-month exhibition, closing on July 21, of medical illustrations (gouache paintings) by Frank Henry Netter (1906-91).

Joseph R. Halprin C’87 W’87 L’91 see Annette Quinn Halprin C’88.

Dan Petronella C’87 writes, “It’s been a busy year for my wife, Katie, and me. We became the happy parents of Daniel Anthony Petronella on Jan. 27; he weighed in at 8 lbs. 11 oz., and 21 inches long. Both mother and child are doing well. I accepted a new position last August as director of financial planning and analysis at Abercrombie & Fitch in New Albany, Ohio. My father relocated from Rhode Island to Columbus in May 2004 so he could be near his grandson when he made his appearance.”

John W. Skurchak III C’87 see Tobias A. Wolf C’84.

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88 Karen L. Cajka C’88, assistant professor of English at East Tennessee State University, won this year’s Irish-American Research Travel Fellowship from the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. She will continue research in Dublin and Belfast this year on Dorothea Annesley DuBois, the novelist and poet who wrote The Lady’s Polite Secretary, Or New Female Letter Writer (1772), which has a short grammar of English. DuBois figures prominently in Karen’s projected book on 18th-century women grammarians.

Rosalind Copisarow G’88 WG’88 was recently appointed senior vice president of Accion International, in charge of international operations for Africa, Asia, and Europe. She had helped start microfinance institutions Fundusz Mikro in Poland and Street in Britain. And she contributed to the policy advisory group of the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor, the World Bank-led multilateral institute for best practices in microfinance.

Annette Quinn Halprin C’88 and Joseph R. Halprin C’87 W’87 L’91 are thrilled to announce the birth of their first child: “Our daughter, Quinn Rickard Halprin, was born at 9:55 p.m. on Dec. 8, weighing 7 lb. 9 3/4 oz., and 20 1/4 inches in length. Based on current sleep deprivation please call before 9 p.m.—and don’t expect us to close Smokey Joe’s ever again. Lastly, we just need a nice Sig Ep boy to meet her 20 years from now during new-student week, or at the drop/add go naked party (not): Do they still have those? We can be reached at <Halprin@optonline.net>, and look forward to finally being able to share children stories with the rest of you.”

Johan W. E. Maitland C’88 W’88 in April joined the law firm of Downs, Rachlin & Martin PLLC of Burlington, Vt., as a partner in its labor and employment practice group. Previously he was a partner in the firm of Gravel & Shea, where he had practiced law since 1999.

Carol Ann Di Noia Mueller L’88 joined the real-estate practice group of Duane Morris LLP in May as a partner in its Philadelphia office.

John Velis C’88 <john.velis@uk.abnamro.com> has been named director of macro strategy for the portfolio-management group of the large international Dutch-based bank ABN AMRO. He had been at HSBC Bank as a global-equity strategist before then. Still based in London, he sends his greetings to all his old Penn mates.

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89 Robert Alpern W’89 <rob.alpern@eaglerealtygroup.com> recently was promoted to vice president of real estate development at Eagle Realty Group, and overseers various projects in Cincinnati, including its first, new downtown office building in a decade. He was also appointed to the steering committee of the Cincinnati chapter of the Urban Land Institute. On the home front, Rob and his wife, Cara, have two daughters, Lena (five) and Jessica (two), and a small sailboat which they sail on a nearby lake. He writes that he “had a great time seeing other alumni and laughing a lot at the recent Mask & Wig show in Cincinnati.”

Pam Nathanson C’89 G’03 e-mails, “My husband, David Perry, and I are proud to announce the birth of our second daughter, Rena Sage Perry, on Nov. 11. She joins her big sister Sophia, who is four. Since finishing my master’s in bioethics at Penn in 2003, I work at home as a consultant in both public health and bioethics. I’d love to hear from old Penn friends at <pnathanson@comcast.net>.”

Jessica L. Neuwirth G’89 Gr’97 has been named associate curator of household furnishings in the research, collections, and library department of Old Sturbridge Village, Mass. (www.osv.org). Previously she was director of academic programs at Historic Deerfield.

Jim Wamsley EAS’89 and his wife, Sara, would like to announce the birth of their first child, daughter Raina James, on Dec. 22. She weighed in at 7 lbs. 12 oz., and has been enjoying long walks and music, especially reggae and early doo-wop. Jim and Sara live in Cape Hatteras, N.C., and Cocoa Beach, Fla., where he is a principal with the firm TLC Engineering for Architecture. “Although life has been great, I would love to hear from Dougie, Mookie, and some of my old comrades at <james.wamsley@tlc-eng.com>.”

Paige Kester Waterman Nu’89 and John Waterman W’89 EAS’90 WG’97 announce the birth of their son, Benjamin Jacob, on March 31 at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. “Aunt Alison Kester Dura Nu’86 and Uncle Paul Dura M’87 were among the early visitors. Paige is working as a physician in the Department of Medicine at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, while John is a partner in IBM Business Consulting Services. Feel free to contact us at <paigenjohn1@comcast.net>.”

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90 David Eisman C’90 W’90 in April was named partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. A corporate lawyer, he is located in its Los Angeles office.

Abbey Linfert C’90 and Chris Amsler released their second album, Talking with the Dead, in February. A husband-wife team, they write, record, and perform as The Rusticators (www.isart.com).

Fabio E. Marino EAS’90, a partner in the Silicon Valley office of Bingham McCutchen LLP, was named in March to head its IP-litigation and patent-prosecution group.

Dr. Kathleen Nicoll C’90 writes that she has left her day job as a petroleum geologist with ChevronTexaco to return to academia, “again!” She is a Royal Society research fellow and lecturer in geography at the University of Oxford, and divides her time between the U.K. and the Bay Area.

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91 Jacob W. Doft W’91 see Suzanne Weiss Doft C’92.

Dr. Lawrence F. Eichenfield GM’91 is a clinical professor in the pediatrics and medicine departments at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and chief of pediatric and adolescent dermatology at Children’s Hospital, San Diego. In April he was elected to a four-year term jointly on the boards of the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Academy of Dermatology Association. He also serves as a trustee of the Dermatology Foundation.

Juan Payeras W’91 see Luisa Caro C’92 W’92.

David Perla C’91 L’94 see Sanjay Kamlani L’94.

Patti Pruett C’91 <patti_pruett@timeinc.com> was recently promoted at Time Warner’s Sports Illustrated to director, Southeast, for the SI franchise, overseeing print, radio, television, online, and sports sponsorships. She has relocated from Boston to Atlanta.

Dr. Kirk Thibault EAS’91 GEng’93 Gr’97 and Stephanie Dehne Thibault C’94 are delighted to announce the birth of their son, William Maine Thibault, on April 4; he was 7 lbs. 10 oz and 20 3/4 inches in length. He joins his big sister, Amelia, who is three. The family lives outside Philadelphia in Berwyn, Pa.

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92 Luisa Caro C’92 W’92 and Juan Payeras W’91 happily announce the birth of their daughter, Carolina, in Aug. 2004; she joined big brother, Nicolas (three).

Suzanne Weiss Doft C’92 and Jacob W. Doft W’91 of New York are pleased to announce the birth of their fourth child, Joseph Emanuel Doft; he joins his three older sisters, Eliana (seven), Dara (five), and Hannah (three). Suzanne is a director/team leader at Pfizer Inc., and Jacob manages a hedge fund, Highline Capital Management.

Elizabeth Gerst C’92 married Nikola Ivanov at the St. Regis Hotel in New York on Oct. 10. A number of alumni were part of the celebration, including Rhonda Ebert Schnipper C’92 L’95 and Dr. Eric Schnipper C’90, Joshua Fitzgerald C’90, Bobbi Rebell C’92, Nancy Levy Silver C’92, Greg Rosen C’93 G’93, and Howard Cohen C’81. Elizabeth writes, “Shortly after our wedding we moved to London, where Nikola is a vice president at JPMorgan Asset Management. I am a TV reporter and producer, specializing in business news. Since relocating here, I’ve had the good fortune to reconnect with Andrew Howell C’92 and Leigh Large W’93. I welcome e-mails from my former classmates at <elizabethgerst1@aol.com>. [Incidentally,] I have been nominated for two 2005 Emmy Awards for two television series I recently produced.”

Kirsten Peters Nathanson C’92 and her husband, Scott, are thrilled to share the news of the birth of their second child, Gunnar Jonah Nathanson, on Sept. 21; he joins big brother Gus (four). Kirsten is “back at work as an attorney at Crowell & Moring LLP in Washington, where she has a fabulous part-time arrangement, specializes in environmental law, and was promoted to counsel in January.” She would love to hear news from those she has lost touch with at <knathanson@crowell.com>.

Edward Ostad C’92 see Lisa Ohebshalom Ostad C’98.

Susan Chae Rank C’92, Canton, Ohio, in April joined the law firm of Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLP, as an associate in its employment and workers’ compensation practice group; she had previously been in private practice. She earned her J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law in 1998.

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93 Mark Anastasio GEE’93, professor of biomedical engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology, is working on cancer radiation therapy as part of a two-year NIH grant, notably a 3-D imaging technique for tumors to improve dose efficiency.

Jonathan Barek W’93 married Elisabeth Jaffe at Tappan Hill in Tarrytown, N.Y., on Oct. 16. Alumni in the wedding party included Jeffrey Anapolsky C’93 W’93, H. Peter Nesvold C’93, and William Shraga W’93. Other alumni attending included Cynthia Dauber Anapolsky W’93, Dollaya Chaibongsai W’93, Richard Chang W’93, Lisa Chen W’93, Christine Lutton Foster C’93 and David Foster EAS’93, Jonathan Goldstein C’93 L’05, Kevin Lombardi W’93, and Sonya Park C’93. Elisabeth and Jonathan live in Menlo Park, Calif., where she is an intellectual-property litigation attorney with Latham & Watkins, and he is a venture capitalist with Telos Venture Partners in Palo Alto.

Eric Bell GEng’93 WG’97 writes, “Patsy and I are pleased to announce the birth of Grace Martina Bell, on April 10; she weighed 8 lbs. 13 oz., and was 20 inches long. We are slowly coming up the parenthood learning curve. Meanwhile, I am back in venture capital: I recently joined Seattle-based Vulcan, Inc., as a senior associate investing in early stage life-sciences companies. I am looking forward to the new challenges of both fatherhood and Vulcan.”

Lisa Shapiro Hauselman C’93 and Nicholas Hauselman proudly announce the birth of their daughter, Sophie Frances, on Sept. 9. Lisa is finishing her pediatric residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and plans to practice in the area.

Becky Bergman Maher Nu’93 and her husband, Chris, “announce the birth of our second son, Bryce Gregory Maher, on Nov. 21. Big brother Braden is doing a great job sharing toys and attention, especially for a three year old. Life is amazing with two sons! We have continued our migration East, and are now in Westport, Conn. I would love to hear from alumni friends at <bandcmaher@hotmail.com>.”

Leigh-Ann Maltz-Dichter C’93 and Eric Dichter C’93 <edice@comcast.net> are thrilled to announce (belatedly) the birth of their son, Jason Max, on Sept. 9. His big sister, Samantha (now three years old), loves her not-so-little brother! Leigh-Ann still enjoys practicing family dentistry in Narberth, Pa., and Eric is happily practicing intellectual-property law for Johnson & Johnson at Centocor in Radnor.

James P. Markham EAS’93, Philadelphia, received a 2005 Young Civil Engineer of the Year award in May from the Philadelphia section of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He has been with Pennoni Associates at its University City office for the past six years, where he is involved in transportation design for PennDOT and several local municipalities. Earlier this year he was recognized as Delaware Valley Young Engineer of the Year.

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94 Hilary M. Bowers C’94 e-mails, “After graduating from the University of Washington School of Medicine in 2000, Peter and I moved to Santa Monica, Calif. I completed my residency in pediatrics at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles in June 2003. Residency was a bit of a Penn reunion: Monica Asnani C’94, Arthur Cho EAS’96, Keren Ebel-Frommer C’96, Lisa Shapiro Hauselman C’93, and Vania Nguyen EAS’89 GEng’91 Gr’94 were all there at overlapping times. Since then I have been working in private practice in Culver City, and enjoying the beach. On Jan. 11, after eight years of marriage and 39 weeks of gestation, we welcomed our twins, Elijah Max (8 lbs. 2 oz.) and Miriam Winifred (6 lbs. 7oz.) into the world. It’s been quite a whirlwind since, but a lot of fun. We can be reached at <quakers94@yahoo.com> and would love to catch up with old friends.”

Thomas Caleel C’94 WG’03 in March was appointed director of MBA admissions and financial aid at the Wharton School. Since getting his own MBA, he worked at Cagan McAfee Capital Partners, a Silicon Valley private-equity firm, where he performed analysis for portfolio companies and raised public and private funds in the energy, recycling, and life-sciences industries. Previously he had worked with finance and high-tech companies in Switzerland and Russia.

Samantha Kleier Forbes C’94 <samantha@ ghkrealty.com> e-mails that after nearly 10 years at the entertainment public-relations firm Susan Blond, she joined her family’s residential real-estate brokerage company, Gumley Haft Kleier, last year as a real estate broker and vice president of publicity and marketing. In addition to brokering the sales of many apartments in Manhattan, she has also been featured regularly in The New York Times, The New York Post, and New York magazine. She looks forward to working with all of her Penn classmates in their “quest for the ultimate New York apartment!”

Renard C. François C’94 has joined the Tennessee law firm of Bass, Berry & Sims PLC as an associate in its litigation-practice area and based in its downtown Nashville office. Previously he was an attorney adviser to the director of the U.S. Bureau of Consumer Protection in Washington.

Dr. Lori Brand Frank C’94 has joined the Jefferson Heart Institute of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, and has been appointed an instructor in medicine at the Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. Her research interests include echocardiography and nuclear cardiology.

Michael Gorelick C’94 and his wife, Alice, are thrilled to announce the birth of their twin daughters, Ava Rose (4 lbs. 3 oz.) and Sarah Isabella (4 lbs. 13 oz.), on Feb. 1 in New York. “Mom, Dad, and the girls are doing great!”

Karen Idra Kaiser C’94 and her husband, Paulo, are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter, Isabel Riva, on Dec. 14 in New York. “Mom, dad, and baby are all doing well.”

Sanjay Kamlani L’94 and David Perla C’91 L’94 are now co-CEO’s of Pangea3 LLC, a global legal-outsourcing company that provides services to U.S. and U.K. clients using lawyers in its offices in Mumbai, India. David wrote in late March, “Our Penn Law alumni have been incredibly supportive and helpful throughout the past 18 months as we created and launched our new company, and many of them are now clients. Please visit us at (www.pangea3.com).”

Brandon Krueger W’94 recently celebrated the completion of his new album with a CD release party; he was joined by Ramiro Parada EAS’94, who had traveled from Panama, and Terence Cooper W’94 WG’03 (who sent in this note). Brandon often performs in the D.C. area at Jammin’ Java and Tiffany Tavern.

Vejas Liulevicius Gr’94, associate professor of history at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities for his project, “German Utopias in Eastern Europe,” a study of modern changes in the German national identity.

Jonathan L. Prenner C’94 GM’02 <jonathan prenner@hotmail.com> e-mails, “My wife, Becky, and I are thrilled to announce the birth of our daughter, Sofia, on March 15. We live next to the campus in Princeton, N.J., and I am a retinal specialist at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick. We would love to hear from old friends!”

Meridith Blank Taylor C’94 e-mails, “On Sept. 13, Luke Patrick Taylor bounded into the world to the delight of his parents, Daniel Taylor and I. I have decided to leave my position at SBC to be a fulltime mom for Luke. He is full of energy and excitement. I just hope I will be able to keep up with him. We are blessed to be living in warm Austin, Tex., so we can play outside. I would love to hear from any other alumni in the area <meri_taylor@yahoo.com>.”

Stephanie Dehne Thibault C’94 see Dr. Kirk Thibault EAS’91 GEng’93 Gr’97.

Aaron Wernick C’94 recently married Donna Morgan, and Bryan Verona W’94 and Meredith Lane Verona C’95 hosted a wedding celebration for them in New York. Other alumni attending were Jason Seiden W’95 and Vanessa Ruda Seiden C’95, Michael Lemberg C’94, Craig Perlmutter C’94, Gabe Levitt W’94, Camilo Taveras EAS’94, and Jessica Rappaport C’94. Aaron can be contacted at <aaronwernick@sbcglobal.net>.

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95 Andy Deemer C’95 e-mails, “After nine years in corporate dotcom, I’ve finally returned to my roots in independent film, and am currently co-producing Lloyd Kaufman’s Poultrygeist: Attack of the Chicken Zombies!, among other low-budget feature projects. Full info at (www.theandydeemer.com).”

Marc Dubin C’95 M’99 see Anat Barnir Dubin SW’97.

Rosemarie Fabien Gr’95 has been named to the board of the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia. A senior writer with Hillier Architecture since 1993, she is married to Thomas Normile CE’79, with whom she has three children.

Kym Ganeles C’95 e-mailed in April, “I am excited to announce my engagement to Jeremy ‘Bix’ Bixler of Council Bluffs, Iowa. We will marry on Sept. 3 on the Auraria campus in beautiful downtown Denver, and are currently in the process of buying our first home in Denver. We’re looking forward to a summer of remodeling and landscape projects, traveling to Philly for the big 10th Reunion, camping with our dogs, Mindy and Lilly—and planning our wedding! Anyone who wants to get in touch with me can do so at <kganeles@yahoo.com>.”

Stacy S. Kim GEd’95 Gr’00 and her husband, Kyle Okimoto, joyfully announce the birth of their daughter, Allison Nuri Okimoto, on June 29, 2004. They live in New York. Stacy recently left her position as research scientist at the National Center for Children and Families at Columbia University in order to be with Allison full-time.

Nyles Lannon C’95 (www.nlannon.com) has released his first solo music CD, Chemical Friends (Badman Recording Company). Available in most stores and Amazon.com, it received “much critical acclaim” and was hailed as “The Best Album of 2004” by The San Francisco Bay Guardian.

Jay Matsueda W’95 writes, “On March 2 the Los Angeles Penn Club hosted the 2005 PENN Fest at Hollywood’s hip Cin[e]space club. Amongst the bands performing was the group Four Years Old, with me as guitarist, and photographed by Paul Yarin EAS’94, singer Kristofer McNeeley, and special guest guitarist Matthew Grief (who has even been described by Chet Atkins as ‘one of the best young classical guitarists around today.’) It was a great show that doubled as a successful CD-release party for the band (www.fouryearsold.net). Gabriel Mann C’95 (aka Gabe Rutman) performed on keyboards with a guitarist as a duo in support of the release.”

Nat Weiner EAS’95 and his wife, Elizabeth, are pleased to announce the arrival of their first child, Jacob Christopher, on Oct. 30. Nat works for General Electric—Advanced Materials as a unit manager, and Elizabeth is a full-time mom right now. They recently moved to Evansville, Ind., from Alabama, where they lived for the past five years; they are happy to be closer to family in the Midwest, but miss the abundant sunshine in the South.

Elin Brenner Young W’95 and Dr. Jeffrey Young welcomed their second son, Shane Brendan, on June 30, 2004. Elin is an attorney practicing securities litigation with Ulmer & Berne LLP in Cleveland.

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96 Daniel Googel EAS’96 W’96 and his wife, Jody, are proud to announce the birth of their twin girls, Alexa Sloan and Carly Dylan, on April 15. They live in New York, where he is a vice president with the Easton Capital Investment Group, a venture-capital firm.

Rachel Chazin Halperin C’96 and her husband, Jason, proudly announce the birth of their son, Jack Chazin Halperin, on Jan. 15.

Pamela Bierman Mittman C’96 and her husband, Howard, became proud parents with their first child, Lucas Jared, on March 5. “Arriving one month early, he weighed 5 lbs. 12 oz., and was 18. 5 inches long at birth. The happy family lives in Manhattan, where mom is assistant dean of MBA career services and student activities at NYU Stern, and dad is the Northeast advertising manager for Popular Science magazine. Aunt Julie Bierman C’99, pursuing her own MBA at Harvard Business School, is the ecstatic godmother to her new nephew.”

Mika Rao-Kalapatapu C’96 and her husband, Vish, are happy to announce the birth of their son, Jaisal, on Dec. 18. He joined big sister Asha, who turned two in April. Mika and her family continue to live in scenic Savannah, Ga., where Vish practices medicine. Right now, Mika is enjoying being a stay-at-home mom but continues to remain active in civic and community issues, as well as maintaining her freelance PR/writing practice. She would love to hear from old friends at <mika_rao@yahoo.com>.

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97 Senwan Akhtar W’97 has joined the law firm of Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP as an associate in its real-estate department and resident in the Woodbridge, N.J., office.

Anat Barnir Dubin SW’97 and Marc Dubin C’95 M’99 are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Aidan Mollie Dubin, on April 17 at Memorial Hospital in Savannah, Ga. Anat, Marc, Aidan, and big sisters Raina and Shayne will move to Baltimore in August, where he will join the otolaryngology department at Johns Hopkins.

Dr. Jeffrey Lebensburger C’97 is a pediatric resident at the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Women and Children in Orlando, Fla. He and his wife, Dr. Heather Lebensburger, are the proud parents of Rachel Lauren Lebensburger, who was born on Jan. 21.

Jessica Woolery Parcheta C’97 married Daniel Parcheta on April 29 in Zermatt, Switzerland, in the presence of their immediate families. The wedding took place first thing in the morning so they could get in a half-day of skiing on their wedding day.

Annie Rizzo C’97 married Eric Burnquist C’97 on May 15, 2004, at her parents’ home in Anguilla, British West Indies. Alan Waxman C’97, Sarah Netter Boone C’97 and Andrew Boone C’97, Liz Edison C’98, Austin Rettig W’97, Mike Miller W’97, Brian Higgins C’96, Abigail Hopkins C’97 GAr’07, Ron Heller C’97, Steve Teodecki W’97, Parker Gregg W’01, Justin Lowe C’97, and Mark Manzo W’96 were all there and helped celebrate.

Michelle Miller Rosen C’97 married Ian Rosen at Temple Beth Torah in Melville, N.Y., on April 2. Her sister, Dr. Deborah Miller C’98, was maid of honor. Also in the bridal party were Ian’s sister, Kira Rosen C’01, Hayley Lattman C’97, and Tara Rodney W’99. Other alumni attending included Michelle’s father, Dr. Howard Miller D’71, her cousin Jennifer Goldman C’03, Judy Levy Battaglia Nu’96 GNu’98, Lainie Welsh Leitzell C’97 and Steven Leitzell C’96 L’99, Marjorie Cutler Fern C’97, Lauren Hertzog C’98, and Nancy Solnik C’97 W’97. Ian and Michelle recently moved from Manhattan to New Jersey, where she is serving a judicial clerkship to Hon. Michael K. Diamond, presiding judge in the family division, Passaic County; and in the fall will work at Chamlin, Rosen, Uliano & Witherington. Ian manages Thomson Financial’s large-client investment-banking segment in Manhattan.

Michele Philip Rubin C’97 married Rich Rubin on March 20 at the Pierre Hotel in New York. Attending the wedding were co-maid-of-honor Meredith Peters C’98 (who sent in this note), bridesmaids Jessica Salzman Sullum C’97 and Lisa Levenson C’97, as well as Jennifer Barten Katz EAS’98 and Craig Meyers W’98. Michele and Rich enjoyed a beautiful honeymoon in Africa.

Jeremy Valentine EAS’97 see Seana Giobbi Valentine CGS’01 GEd’01.

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98 Sapna Amin C’98 W’98 married Anuragh Mehta on Feb. 26 in Houston, Tex. They had a memorable wedding weekend with many close friends from Penn: Members of the wedding party included Denise Lee W’98, Sonia Survanshi C’98 EAS’98, Neena Desai C’99, and David Birnbaum WG’05, and other friends attending included Deborah Loomis C’98 W’98, Sean Mandelbaum C’98 W’98, Rishi Patel EE’98 W’98, Alyse Dann Bodine C’98 and James Bodine W’86 WG’94, Melissa Bernstein C’98, Samantha Drohan Nu’98, and John Ghose L’05. Sapna and Anu honeymooned in Costa Rica. They live in Houston, where she is a second-year resident in internal medicine at Baylor and he is an attorney at King & Spalding, LLP.

Lucrecia Castro C’98 W’98 married Patrick Lane on April 22 in Orlando, Fla. Alumni present included her brother and groomsman Alejandro Castro W’01 and bridesmaid Shubha Sivakumar C’98 W’98, and Tim Kelly W’98, Alli Feldman C’98, Monica Bilboul C’98, and Sarah Braverman C’00. Lucrecia and Patrick honeymooned in Italy for two weeks before returning to New York, where they live.

Sasha Schamber Chriss C’98 and her husband, Alex, are happy to announce the birth of their son, Matthew, on March 16. They live in Sudbury, Mass. Sasha would love to hear from old friends at <schriss@post.harvard.edu>.

Rachel Kohen C’98 <rskohen@aol.com> e-mailed in April, “I am excited to announce my engagement to Joshua Heckler of New City, N.Y. We are currently living in New York and will be relocating to Boston in June. We will be celebrating our wedding with many of our Penn friends on Oct. 29.”

Dr. Heidi Korn C’98 married Dr. Ryan Dedels on March 5 in a beautiful beach ceremony in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Alumni attending included Harris Nizel C’97 and Hana Brancato Nizel C’98, David Nizel GEE’73, Stacie Brensilver Berman C’97 and Jeff Berman C’97, Gary Korn W’70 L’74, and Jay Luck W’71. Heidi finished her endodontic specialty in June and Ryan is practicing general dentistry. They are relocating to sunny Florida this summer, and can be reached at <hkorn@umich.edu>.

Lisa Ohebshalom Ostad C’98 and Edward Ostad C’92 happily announce the birth of their son, Samuel. His big sister Gabrielle (two) is equally excited about the new addition to the family.

Adam Schwartz C’98 married Sami Weisberg C’00 in Phoenix, Ariz., on April 3. Penn friends joining them in their celebration included David Greenspan C’98 L’01, Alan Kessler C’98, Ross Kogon W’98, Lee Rosen C’98, Josh Dickstein C’98 GPU’00, Sam Andorsky C’00, Rachel Weissman EAS’00, Elan Dobbs C’00 G’00, Jonathan Kopelovich C’00, and Robert Shujman W’00. Adam and Sami live in Chicago, where he is in his fourth year of an orthopedic-surgery residency and she is starting her pediatrics residency.

99 Elia Michelle Haza C’99 married Pablo Lafuente C’02 on Dec. 18 in Bethesda, Md. Alumni attending included Moira Molloy GNu’92, Stefanie Hsu Fu W’99 and her husband, Su-Ting Fu, Lauray MacElhern C’99, Matthew Lee C’00, Marilyn Fu C’99, Rick Shobin C’99, and Leo Abaunza W’00. Best Man, Pablo’s brother, Daniel Lafuente, will be a freshman this fall. Elia and Pablo took their honeymoon in London and Paris.

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00 Jack Hattem C’00 and Alyssa Rand happily announce their marriage on Nov. 20 at the Sephardic Temple in Cedarhurst, N.Y. Alumni in the wedding party included Andrew Weinberger C’00, Brian Cohen C’00, Jared Mudge C’00, and Rachel Scher C’01; others celebrating included David Herman C’00, Satish Pillalamarri C’00, Andrew Rothstein C’00 EAS’00, Josh Remick C’00 and Amy Koenigsberg Remick C’00, Bess Collier C’00, Samantha Shevins W’00, Sandy Bemporad C’01, Yoni Saposh W’01, and Ilana Derman C’01. Alyssa and Jack live in New York, where she is a speech pathologist and he is a portfolio manager.

Laura Rosenberg C’00 married Jared Hosid on April 10 in an outdoor ceremony overlooking the water in Newport, R.I. Members of the wedding party included Jamie Cohen C’00, Jeffrey Daman C’97 G’00 L’00, Pamela Ritter Goldman W’00 L’05, Bill Grimaldi C’00, Laurie Schenkel C’00, and Jodi Schiffman C’00. Family members included Laura’s father, Stephen Rosenberg W’70, Jerome Rosenberg W’38 (her grandfather, attending in spirit), and Edna Mazer Rosenberg FA’33. Many other alumni helped celebrate, including Samantha Arluck C’00, Neil Berlin GEng’00, Lauren Brown W’00, Allison Caplis C’00, Judy Barta Daman CW’70 and Dr. Lauren Daman C’68, Jennifer Davis C’00, Alyson Fien C’01, Daniel Goldman C’00, Emily Johnson C’00, Rachel Markowitz C’00, John Papianou L’01, Amy Koenigsberg Remick C’00 and Josh Remick C’00, Tina Schimmenti W’00, Matthew Schonholz C’00 L’05, and Jan Polan Shore SW’73. After a honeymoon in southern Italy, Jared and Laura returned to their home in Philadelphia, where they are both attorneys; they can be reached at <lauraabby@gmail.com>.

Sami Weisberg C’00 see Adam Schwartz C’98.

Vladimir Yakopson C’00 married Sophie Shuklin on April 10 at Colleen’s in Philadelphia. Jake Wong C’00 (who sent in this note) and Chan Park C’97 Nu’97 were groomsmen. Also present were David Crystal C’99, Jord Sonneveld EAS’00, Julia Kozorovitsky EAS’02, Sasha Pugachevsky C’99, and Titi Alabi C’01. Though unable to attend, Jenny Baras C’02 GEd’03 presented a wonderful painting. Following the wedding the couple honeymooned in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Chan, Titi, and Vladimir received MD’s from Thomas Jefferson University in June: Vladimir then started his training in ophthalmology at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center as a captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. Sophie will pursue an MBA at the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. Vladimir would love to hear from college friends <vovik24@yahoo.com>.

Tim Zolandz C’00 wrote, “In April, my wife, Lisa, and I celebrated our first anniversary. It has been a hectic year as I continue to work in the forensic DNA field and she teaches 7th grade science. We took some time off to travel to Atlanta for a party celebrating the marriage of former roommate Chris Kulinski EAS’00. Two more ‘415’ weddings are coming up later this year.”

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01 Ivan Espinoza-Madrigal C’01, New York, announces his graduation from NYU School of Law, where he was a Root-Tilden-Kern Scholar. He will be working as a law clerk to a federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Aaron Karo W’01 published Ruminations on Twentysomething Life, his second book, in May. It is the sequel to Ruminations on College Life, a compilation of e-mail columns he wrote while at Penn; both were published by Simon & Schuster. He also signed a deal with 20th Century Fox to create a sitcom about twentysomething life; he wrote in early April that having finished the pilot script, he was shopping it to networks. His bi-weekly e-mail column, “Ruminations,” can be read at (www.AaronKaro.com).

Amy Spotts C’01 married Sean Maloney on Sept. 4 in Hershey, Pa.; the wedding party included maids-of-honor Anne Doty W’01 and Kelly Boyle C’01. Amy and Sean both graduated from Harvard Law School in June 2004; they live in Manhattan, and are employed by Dewey Ballantine LLP as corporate attorneys.

Seana Giobbi Valentine CGS’01 GEd’01 and her husband, Jeremy Valentine EAS’97, are delighted to announce the birth of their first child, Molly Fay, a little New Year’s baby, on Dec. 31 at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia. After maternity leave, Seana resumes her position as a literacy specialist at Penn Wynne Elementary School: Jeremy is also employed by Lower Merion School District as a network administrator in its technology department. They live in Wynnewood, Pa.

Michael B. Verille C’01 <mverille@laborlawyers.com> graduated from the University of Florida College of Law in December, and has joined the law firm of Fisher & Phillips LLP, a national labor and employment law firm. He is an associate attorney in its Orlando office and represents management.

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02 Tripp Hornick C’02 <Louis.Hornick.III@alumni.upenn.edu>, Los Angeles, e-mails, “I am producing a new Broadway-bound musical out on the West Coast called The Melody Lingers On: The Songs of Irving Berlin. It opened at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood on June 23, and stars Kathryn Crosby leading a full cast of Broadway veterans. The fast-paced song and dance show features hit after hit, including ‘White Christmas,’ ‘Blue Skies,’ and ‘God Bless America.’ The Los Angeles run ends on July 10 for a hiatus before heading off to New York for a scheduled run this fall. Details have yet to be secured, but when they are I would love to have a special night for Penn and Ivy alumni and have a special discounted ticket and reception.”

Nidhi Khaitan EAS’02 married Arvind Ram on May 6 in an early morning ceremony in Maple Shade, N.J. Alumni attending the event included Arti Kalidas EAS’02 W’02, Niki Kanodia C’02 L’05, Dana Klinek C’02 (who sent in this note), Laura Lai EAS’02, Craig Platt C’02, Sugata Ray W’01 WG’08, James Steadman C’02, and Alex Wong C’02. Nidhi and Arvind, who now live in Hackensack, enjoyed a lively reception filled with smiles, laughter, and dancing, before heading off to their honeymoon in Curaçao.

Pablo Lafuente C’02 see Elia Michelle Haza C’99.

Ken Merriam EAS’02 and Jacqueline Bueso C’02 married a year ago, on July 17, 2004, in their hometown Tegucigalpa, Honduras. He had proposed the previous November, in a surprise getaway trip to the Bahamas—with the help of Sabrina Marie Leon EAS’03, who had boarded the cruise with an unsuspecting bride-to-be. Once they reached Grand Bahama Island, they headed to Banana Bay, where Ken kneeled to propose on the white clay-like sand. Months later, they entered a church filled with their loved ones and adorned with lavender roses, white lilies, and silver candles; Sabrina Marie traveled to be there as one of their bridesmaids. The maid-of-honor was Anabella Bueso Davis, the bride’s sister and best friend; other bridesmaids included her childhood friends Maria Del Mar Lopez and Maria Renee Alvarenga, and Ken’s sister Ana Rocio. The groomsmen included Jacqueline’s brother Emanuel Bueso and Ken’s three older brothers: Ian, Jim, and the best-man Ruy. Among the 400 guests who joined them in celebration, “under what seemed to be a star-filled reception hall with thousands of white lights shining from above,” were Jose Ruben Mendoza W’68, Robert Vinelli W’72, and one of his daughters, Linda Vinelli C’98, Alejandro Bendeck C’00 EAS’00, and Jorge Simon EAS’03 W’03. Ken and Jacqueline honeymooned in Hawaii and now live in Cambridge, Mass. There she follows in her father’s footsteps as she attends Harvard University, where she is pursuing an MPA in international development, while Ken has been awarded a full scholarship to pursue a MBA/MS in engineering at MIT.

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 03 Catharine Hill C’03 married Jason Gavenonis C’03 on Aug. 7, 2004, at St. Agatha-St. James Church near Penn’s campus. The late Fr. Chuck Pfeffer officiated, and a reception followed at the Union League. Present was Irene Kikuta Moy CW’58, Catie’s pre-school teacher at Norwood-Fontbonne Academy in Chestnut Hill (Catie also met Dan Thistle C’03 there, as three-year-old students, and Fr. Chuck was its unofficial chaplain). Alumni attending the wedding included groomsman Aaron Short C’03, bridesmaids Lucia Leone C’03, Andrea Arias C’04 G’04, and reader Erin Douglas C’04, and Mikaelyn Austin C’04, Patrick M. Barrett C’03, Alexander J. Davie C’00, William Sarrett C’03 EAS’03, Jeff Jarrett C’03, Richard K. Strauss C’03 W’03, Sunny Wong W’03, Christine Royer C’03 G’04, Andrew Dobshinsky EAS’03 GCP’05 GFA’05, and Dan Thistle. Catie and Jason have made their home in Waltham, Mass.; she is a first-year law student at Boston University, and he is a chemistry fellow at Boston College.

Vincent M. Maniaci GrEd’03 has become the new president of American International College in Springfield, Mass. He was vice president for institutional advancement at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky. He and his wife, Sarah, have four children, Samantha (13), Zoe (11), Dante (nine), and Sydney (three).

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 04 Aaron Krawitz C’04 has completed his first year at the University of Michigan Law School. This summer he is interning for Federal District Judge Sidney H. Stein in New York.

Donna Gentile O’Donnell Gr’04 has been appointed to a four-year term on the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s health-research advisory committee; established as part of the state’s tobacco-settlement legislation, it awards research grants for clinical, health-services, and biomedical research.

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05 Daniel J. Lubel C’05 made the film, Untitled in Long Island, which he describes as “a coming of age film” (currently privately released). It won Best Undergraduate Comedy at the Ivy Film Festival in April. Daniel assures, “The film is by no means anti-Long Island. It merely addresses several of its quirks the only way I know how, through comedy.”

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