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50 Sam Polis ChE’50, a decorated WWII veteran, led a procession of the American Legion, marching bands, and residents in his local Memorial Day parade in Wilton, Conn. In 1943 he took a leave from Penn to join the U.S. Army; he served in France and was held as POW in Germany. After the war he returned to Penn and graduated. Then he served in the Korean War, when he was promoted to captain. He and his wife, Betty, have lived in Wilton since 1974; they have two grown children.

52 Don Leff W’52 and his wife, Audrey, were featured in the May issue of Hudson Valley magazine for their award-winning Audrey’s Farmhouse Bed & Breakfast. They have consistently won prizes as the Best Pet-friendly B&B in the country. “We would be pleased to host any and all Penn alumni: (800) 501-3872 or (”

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54 Dr. Eugene N. Myers W’54 is professor and the Eye and Ear Foundation Chair of Otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He was recently appointed to the editorial board of the Turkish Archives of Otolaryngology, and in May was named one of 200 “Top Docs of 2005” by Pittsburgh magazine.

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56 Dr. Tsung O. Cheng GM’56 is a professor of medicine (cardiology) at George Washington University in Washington. Last year he was appointed a visiting professor at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont.; he also served as a visiting scholar at the Population Health Research Institute there.

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59 Robert Morris Skaler Ar’59 is a forensic architect in Cheltenham, Pa. In September he had his third book, Society Hill and Old City, published by Arcadia Publishing. His previous books, also on the history of Philadelphia architecture, were West Philadelphia, University City to 52nd Street; and Philadelphia’s Broad Street, North and South. He started writing history books at the age of 65, using his large collection of vintage postcards as the source of images for the books. He enjoys lecturing on Philadelphia at the turn of the century, and notes, “I am looking forward to our 50th Class Reunion in 2009.”

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60 Denise Scott Brown GCP’60 GAr’65 Hon’94 and Robert Venturi Hon’80 will receive the annual Master Builder Award of the Carpenters’ Company of the City and County of Philadelphia at the Arch Street Friends Meeting House on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 19. The two internationally renowned architects will then speak on their “Dreams and Themes.” For information on the event, (215) 925-0167.

Dr. Stanley C. Foster C’60 was recently named Teacher of the Year for the radiology department at Georgetown University Hospital. Professor of clinical radiology, he has worked there since his move from Boston to Washington four years ago. One son, Dr. Jonathan A. Foster C’88 WG’96, is a fourth-year resident in radiology at Georgetown.

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63 Byron Connell C’63 edited and co-wrote New York state’s new Statewide Plan for Higher Education for 2004-2012 (

Charles R. Morris C’63 L’71 has just published The Tycoons: How Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, Jay Gould, and J.P. Morgan Invented the American Supereconomy (Holt/Times Books, October). It is his ninth book. Among his previous books, The Cost of Good Intentions (1980) was selected for Best Books of the Year by The New York Times, and Computer Wars (1993) was one of Business Week’s Ten Best Business Books of the Year. He has also written for The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the Harvard Business Review, among other publications.

Dr. Ernest Price C’63 completed a doctor of education degree from the University of Sarasota in June. He is regional executive director of academic affairs for the University of Phoenix’s western region (Arizona, California, and Hawaii), with over 43,000 students on eight campuses.

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64 Anne Sceia Klein W’64 ASC’65 writes that her public relations firm, Anne Klein & Associates, received two 2005 Pyramid Awards for excellence in public relations from the New Jersey chapter of the Public Relations Society of America: One for community relations and the other for media relations.

Christopher D. Olmstead C’64 is chair of the family-law section of the State Bar of Georgia; he was recently presented with its highest citation, the 2005 Jack P. Turner Award, for his outstanding contributions and achievement. He also serves as president of the Georgia chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. And he was voted one of the Georgia “100 Super Lawyers” for 2005.

Dr. Ronald J. Schindler C’64 Gr’78 writes that by popular student acclaim he returned for his fourth consecutive term to teach occupational ethics this semester at Arcadia University, outside Philadelphia. The course “examines the moral issues of the modern work world, from Sartre to Finnish.”

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65 Murray A. Greenberg C’65 L’68 has been appointed county attorney for Miami-Dade County in Florida. For the past 25 years he served as first assistant county attorney. In addition he is an adjunct professor of law at the University of Miami and Florida International and St. Thomas universities. He is married to Phyllis Kirschner Greenberg CW’67; their sons are Ben Greenberg C’93 and Jerry Greenberg C’96 G’96.

Bill Yahraus C’65 ASC’67 and Robin Rosenthal C’76 announce the DVD release of their latest documentary, On the Muscle: Portrait of a Thoroughbred Racing Stable. As the husband and wife filmmaking team of Pony Highway Productions (, they “followed the equine athletes in Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella’s barn, chronicling the highs and lows of a year on the world-class racing circuit. The stories of six engaging equine characters culminate in a historic day at the Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.” (Robin wrote “Travels with Tarzan: A Documentary Odyssey,” about their making a circus documentary, Gazette May/June 1999.)

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67 Joseph Millar C’67 writes, “My first full collection of poems, Overtime, came out in 2001, published by Eastern Washington University. About eight years ago, I escaped the blue collar world; and, with the help of the book, secured an instructorship at Oregon State University. I won a NEA poetry fellowship in 2003.”

Dr. Stephen Permut C’67 is assistant dean of academic affiliations and chair of family and community medicine at Temple University School of Medicine. He has been elected to several positions in the AMA: Chair of the southeastern delegation, and vice chair of the council on legislation and of the trustees’ task force on patient safety.

Martin H. Redish C’67, the Louis and Harriet Ancel Professor of Law and Public Policy at the Northwestern University School of Law, has written The Logic of Persecution: Free Expression and the McCarthy Era. His 15th book, it was published recently by Stanford University Press.

Walter G. Reinhard C’67 is an attorney who specializes in energy and natural-resources law with the law firm of Norris, McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., in Somerville, N.J. He was included in “The New York Area’s Best Lawyers,” that ran in the Aug. 1 issue of New York magazine.

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68 Judith Finger CW’68 co-wrote Weaving a Legacy: Indian Baskets and the People of Owens Valley, California, which was published in January by the University of Utah Press.

Earl R. Franklin L’68 in June received the Bracebridge H. Young Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor of the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals; he had long served as an officer of the society. He is vice president and secretary of Eaton Corporation, a diversified industrial manufacturer in Cleveland. He lives in Pepper Pike, with his wife, Barbara Corwin Franklin OT’66; their daughter Elizabeth Franklin C’99.

Lee Gordon C’68 writes that he has “been subjected to the third degree,” receiving his MLA—master of liberal arts in the history of ideas—from Johns Hopkins University in May. He has practiced law in Baltimore since his graduation from Boalt Hall, University of California at Berkeley. His advice to his classmates: “Never let work interfere with your life-fulfilling travels.”

Joel N. Jacobson C’68 L’71 is an attorney who specializes in financial-institutions law with the law firm of Norris, McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., in Somerville, N.J. He was included in “The New York Area’s Best Lawyers,” that ran in the Aug. 1 issue of New York magazine.

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69 Shirley Clarke Franklin G’69 is mayor of Atlanta.

John P. Renwick III C’69 joined U.S. Trust, a wealth-management company, in September; based in its Stamford, Conn., office, he is vice president for new business development in upper Westchester and Fairfield counties. Previously he was a senior vice president in the Bank of America’s private-banking division in Greenwich. He lives in Katonah, N.Y., with his wife, Meryl.


71 Steven Gayle C’71 writes that he received this year’s Burton W. Marsh Distinguished Service Award from the Institute of Transportation Engineers. He is only the 35th recipient of this, the body’s most prestigious award. Showing his true volunteer spirit, earlier this year he led a group at the Boy Scout National Jamboree that taught traffic safety to over 2,000 Scouts in nine days. He is in his 20th year as executive director of the Binghamton (N.Y.) Metropolitan Transportation Study.

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72 Hon. Gary E. Jackson W’72 in June was sworn in as an Atlanta municipal-court judge by Mayor Shirley Clarke Franklin G’69. He had been a city-court judge.

Ron Malzer C’72 is thrilled that his son, Greg Dihlmann-Malzer EAS’09, has started his undergraduate studies at Penn.

David R. Oberlander C’72, Cherry Hill, N.J., a member of the real-estate and litigation practice groups in the Cherry Hill office of the law firm of Flaster/Greenberg P.C., was promoted to shareholder in September.

Terrence J. Pranses W’72 is president of Pranses Research Services, a market-research firm in Hoboken, N.J. He writes that in the last year he traveled to the Baltic countries. “Another leisure pursuit is helping the Hoboken Historical Museum. I’m also enjoying the theme and wine dinners at the Penn Club of New York.”

Lee Evan Tabas C’72 ME’72 is president of Tabasfunding, which provides capital for entrepreneurs to expand or acquire businesses. He consults, and does charitable work personally and through the Samuel Tabas Family Foundation. He is also executive-in-residence at the School of Business Administration at Philadelphia University. Lee also has fun: He and his wife, Nancy, recently crossed-off the map some states they had not previously visited by touring Nebraska, Iowa, and North and South Dakota. One daughter, Elizabeth Rebecca Tabas C’01, is engaged to Todd Carson; they plan to marry next August in Vermont. A Canadian, he works in the London office of Goldman Sachs. She is a third-year law student at Fordham University. Lee’s son, Samuel Bradford Tabas C’99, visited China as part of a delegation from NYU on culture and language. He is a doctoral fellow in comparative literature at New York University.

Joe Williams C’72 <> has recently published poems in Route 101 Worksheets and the Journal of New Jersey Poets. His poem, “Letter to Randall Jarrell,” appears in the fall issue of Margie: The American Journal of Poetry. He recently read his poem “How I Like” on Michael Feldman’s NPR show, Whad’Ya Know.

Jared Wolovnick W’72 writes that his youngest daughter, Diana, has just started her master’s at Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice, and that he was recently promoted to assistant general counsel of New Jersey-based Insurance Services Office, Inc.

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73 Dr. Adam Garfinkle C’73 Gr’79 writes that he has left the U.S. State Department, where he served as principal speechwriter to Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice, to become founding editor of The American Interest, a Washington-based quarterly magazine of American politics, culture, and foreign policy.

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74 Bill Carito C’74 is CEO of Sage Systems, LLC, in Boston, a provider of Internet tools for managing political campaigns for both candidates (“Democrats only”) and organizations. “We’re taking campaign organization from multiple databases housed on separate computers to a single-list system for tracking donors, volunteers, and voters, and Web-organizing activity.” He helped found the company in 2003, putting his 30 years of experience as a political consultant and lobbyist into building its array of campaign products. Bill and his wife, Barbara Ross CW’75, who is COO of WebCT, Inc., in Lynnfield, recently moved to the vibrant Davis Square neighborhood of Somerville.

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75 Dr. DuPont Guerry IV GM’75 is director of the melanoma program and professor of medicine at the Abrahamson Cancer Center at Penn. He co-wrote Melanoma: Prevention, Detection, and Treatment, which was released in its second edition in May, published by Yale University Press.

Albert G. Handelman W’75 is an attorney who practices trusts and estates law in Santa Rosa, Calif. He was recently selected as one of the “Top 100 Super Lawyers in Northern California” for 2005, and is the only lawyer in Sonoma County named to the list. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.

Barbara Ross CW’75 see Bill Carito C’74.

Dr. Louis E. Rossman D’75 GD’77 is an endodontist in Center City Philadelphia and a clinical professor of endodontics at Penn Dental, who also serves as a endodontics consultant for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. In April he was elected secretary of the American Association of Endodontists; he was treasurer for 2004-05. He and his wife, Val, live in Bala Cynwyd, Pa.; they have two children, Alexis Rossman C’06 (21), and Benjamin (15).

Lawrence J. Tabas C’75 G’75, Penn Valley, Pa., is a senior partner in the Philadelphia law firm of Obermayer, Rebmann, Maxwell & Hippel LLP, serving in its creditor’s rights, bankruptcy, and financial department and as chair of the healthcare-practice group. In July he was appointed general counsel of the Republican State Committee of Pennsylvania. He had served as chair of the state litigation team for the Bush-Cheney presidential campaign last year.

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76 Stewart J. Eisenberg C’76, a trial lawyer for over 25 years, is a shareholder in the Philadelphia law firm of Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Schleifer, Weinstein & Winkler, P.C. In July he received the 2005 Milton D. Rosenberg Award from the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association as a “stalwart leader and tireless volunteer [for the association], a skillful litigator, and a true believer in the rights of injured consumers.”

Robin Rosenthal C’76 see Bill Yahraus C’65 ASC’67.

Judith K. Trichon W’76 see Karen Krasnow Waterman C’79.

77 Arthur P. Kreiger C’77 is co-founder of Anderson & Kreiger LLP, an environmental law firm in Cambridge, Mass. The firm received the Founders’ Award for outstanding pro bono assistance to community groups from Alternatives for Community and Environment, a local environmental-justice group. Art worked with residents of a Boston neighborhood to compel the gas utility to be responsive to their concerns: The utility accelerated its repair schedule and set up better procedures for handling gas leaks

Richard W. Yost C’77 and Christopher M. Tretta L’78 recently celebrated their 10th anniversary as Yost & Tretta, LLP, in Philadelphia ( They both were also chosen by Philadelphia magazine as “Pennsylvania Super Lawyers” for 2005.

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78 Dr. Stephen L. Comite C’78 M’82 <> maintains a private dermatology practice in midtown Manhattan, and he is affiliated with the Mount Sinai Medical Center. He recently wrote three peer-reviewed articles for an Internet dermatology journal ( He looks forward to hearing from any classmates, undergraduate or medical school, as well as people interested in the journal articles.

Nancy Fullam CGS’78, Newtown Square, Pa., is a shareholder in the Philadelphia law firm of McEldrew & Fullam, P.C. She also serves as an adjunct faculty member of the Temple University law school. In July she became president of the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association.

Christopher M. Tretta L’78 see Richard W. Yost C’77.

Steven Weisz C’78 GEd’79 and his dance group, Music & Motion Dance Productions (, once again performed at the Philadelphia Fringe and Live Arts Festival in early September. They premiered Elements, a dance work that takes the theme of the four Elements of antiquity. A press release noted, “A dazzling abstract piece, [with] striking choreography in a kaleidoscope of movement and creativity. Each element is portrayed with a mixture of dance styles, ranging from classical ballet to modern, lyrical, hip-hop, gymnastics, and acrobatic dance.”

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79 Robert Bires W’79 has been named dean of student life at the McCallie School in Chattanooga, Tenn., where he has taught English for the past 23 years. He will develop leadership and community-service programs for the private all-boys school.

Mike Sherman C’79 W’79 is executive director of customer insights for Synovate, a global market-research firm based in Hong Kong. Prior to that he spent 17 years at McKinsey & Company, leading their Asia-Pacific marketing practice and he co-founded their global CRM practice. He was recently elected chair of New York-based AFS-USA, a high-school exchange organization. Serving on its the board since 1998, he was himself an AFS exchange student to Turkey in 1974.

Karen Krasnow Waterman C’79 writes, “For completely different reasons and by completely different paths, my sister, Judith K. Trichon W’76, and I have both started executive graduate programs this year. I’m a lawyer who’s also had an IT career, and I’m now a Sloan Fellow at MIT. My sister was a consulting manager before leaving paid work to raise children and do executive charity work (she’s been on the board at Einstein among other things); she’s now in the Cornell e-MBA program. I think we’re representative of a generation that realizes that work life doesn’t end at 60.”

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81 Dr. Lloyd Paul Aiello C’81, Belmont, Mass., was promoted in May to director of the Beetham Eye Institute of the Joslin Diabetes Center; he continues as head of eye research at Joslin, and serves as an associate professor of ophthalmology at the Harvard Medical School. His research focuses on diabetic retinopathy, a complication of diabetes. His father, Dr. Lloyd M. Aiello, was the former director of the institute.

John D. Woodward Jr. W’81 has rejoined the Rand Corporation as associate director of its Intelligence Policy Center in Arlington, Va. Previously he was director of the U.S. Department of Defense’s Biometrics Management Office, where he received the Department of the Army’s Outstanding Civilian Service Award for his work on biometric technologies for the U.S. efforts against terrorism. He had been a senior policy analyst at Rand from 2000-03, and a CIA operations officer for 12 years.

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82 Dr. Howard Frumkin M’82 GM’85 in September became director of the National Center for Environmental Health and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. For the last 15 years he was head of environmental and occupational health at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health and professor of medicine at Emory Medical School.

Constance Harsh C’82 G’82 Gr’87 has been promoted to professor of English at Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y.

Richard Steffens W’82 GPU’88 recently received the federal Inter-agency ICASS Outstanding Leader of the Year Award for his work in developing a method for outsourcing embassy administrative functions. Recently the commercial counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Prague, he has been assigned to be the next commercial counselor at the embassy in Kiev, responsible for American trade relations with Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia. He assumes the post next summer, following a year of language training.

Deborah Wong C’82 is spending this academic year an NEH fellow at the National Humanities Center in North Carolina. She is working on a book about “race, gender, sexuality, belief, and the bodies created through Japanese American taiko and the political economy of Pacific Rim multiculturalism.” Her second book, Speak It Louder: Asian Americans Making Music, was published in 2004.

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83 Dr. Robert Feinstein C’83 writes that “I married a wonderful woman, Jennifer Schwartz, on April 10 in Hillsboro Beach, Fla. My brother, Paul Feinstein C’86, was my best man, and attending were some of my Penn friends, Bill Owens EE’83 WG’91, Peter Neumann C’83 G’85, Marlene Miller Buchwald W’83, Scott Baker C’85, and Carlos Deupi W’85.”

Marla Rossman Milgram C’83 has joined the intellectual-property group of the Philadelphia law firm of Pepper Hamilton LLC, specializing in computer software and commercial transactions. She also serves as vice president and general counsel of, Inc., a network of 7,000 industry websites and online communities to provide business professionals with job-search and networking tools ( She lives in Haverford, Pa., with her husband, Rich, and their two daughters, Lauren (seven) and Caroline (three), and would love to hear from old friends at <>.

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84 Steven E. Bram C’84 writes, “My company, Bombo Sports & Entertainment, has released a DVD on last season’s Philadelphia Eagles’s quest to win the Superbowl. It’s a sports film, but it’s really about Philadelphia and its fans.”

Yaron Eitan WG’84 writes, “I have published recently a book, Riding the Waves: The Rise and Fall of GeoTek, which is a personal experience business book (”

Cheryl Harris C’84 <> is fulfilling a life-long dream and relocating to London, where she will practice as a solicitor in the litigation practice of DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary.

Dr. Gary Koretzky Gr’84 M’84, the Leonard Jarett Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Penn School of Medicine, in September was appointed chief of the rheumatology division at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He had returned to Penn in 1999, as professor of pathology and laboratory medicine, and director of the signal-transduction program at the Abramson Cancer Center. He is internationally recognized for his research on T cells, or lymphocytes, which play an important role in combating infection and destroying cancerous tissue. Serving on the advisory panels of Nature Reviews: Immunology and the Journal of Experimental Medicine, he is editor in chief of Immunological Reviews.

A. Elliott Rittenhouse G’84 is the first director of the Sovereign Center for Leadership and Management Development at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Previously he had headed his own management-consulting firm. He is pursuing a doctorate in organizational leadership and human-resource development at Nova Southeastern University.

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85 Debbie Shrager C’85 and Scott Ableman C’85 ( write that they are still in the Washington area, where she is running a small charitable foundation while pursuing a degree in library science. He joined Inphonic, Inc., last year as senior vice president for marketing. “He is working too much, but having a lot of fun and enjoying the commute into Georgetown, which includes taking Ethan (10) and Hannah (seven) to school.”

Tremain Smith C’85 ( has her first exhibit on the West Coast, at Santa Monica’s Lowe Gallery through Nov. 20; it is a new collection of encaustic and mixed-media works.

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86 Daniel R. Guadalupe L’86, Plainsboro, N.J., a member of the Somerville law firm Norris, McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., spoke on “Litigation and Dispute Resolution Under AIA Contracts” at an August seminar on that topic. He has been named vice president of GlassRoots, which was founded to help young people in the Newark area develop life-skills through workshops in glass-beadmaking, tile-making, and glass casting, and the corresponding basics of business (

Andrew P. Karamouzis C’86 was elected in June to a four-year term as a village trustee of the Village of Rockville Centre, N.Y. He is a partner with the law firm of Moran & d’Arcambal, and concentrates on complex civil litigation, real estate, and employment law.

Dr. David A. Liebergall C’86 and Dr. Susan M. Levin-Liebergall C’87 recently celebrated their 15th wedding anniversary. They live in Montebello, N.Y., with their four children, Julia (12), Rachel (eight), Andrew (six), and Benjamin (two). “David practices ophthalmology at Liebergall Eye Associates and is chief of ophthalmology at Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern, N.Y. Sue is currently a part-time physician at Bergen Family Practice in Ramsey, N.J., and a full time Mommy at home. We miss the carefree days at Penn. Friends, please get in touch at <>.”

Dr. Linda Nied Prieto C’86 <lprieto2@ > e-mails, “I have finally taken the plunge and started my own medical practice: Sunshine Home Physicians, LLC, is strictly a home-visit internal-medicine and palliative-care medicine practice. I see home-bound patients in their homes and assisted-living facilities. So far, I am enjoying myself immensely and wonder why I did not do this before. I am otherwise busy with my husband, Jose, and our four children, Samuel (11), Elena (nine), Sophia (five), and Joshua (four). I hope to be at our 20th Reunion and see others in my Class.”

John Terino C’86 G’91 Gr’01 <> and Susan Fitzgerald Terino C’86 <> have moved to Cairo. He is working as the deputy chief of the aviation division in the Office of Military Cooperation at the U.S. Embassy. She is completing studies to receive her teaching certificate. They hope to do a lot of travel in Europe and the Middle East with their children in the coming years.

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87 Maureen Corrigan Gr’87 is book critic for NPR’s Fresh Air, and teaches literature at Georgetown University; she also writes a regular mystery column for The Washington Post. At the Penn Bookstore in October she read from and signed copies of her new book, Leave Me Alone, I’m Reading: Finding and Losing Myself in Books.

Stephen Holmes GAr’87 has been an architect since 1990 with Centerbrook Architects and Planners in Centerbrook, Conn.; in July he was named a senior associate. His past projects include the Garde Arts Center in New London and the master plan for New Haven Long Wharf, and the expansion of the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Fla. His current work includes the fine-arts building at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro and the Fitzsimmons Library at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Aurora.

Dr. Susan M. Levin-Liebergall C’87 see Dr. David A. Liebergall C’86.

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88 Kyra K. Bromley C’88 is a member of the litigation department of the New York-based international law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, who specializes in antitrust law; in August she was named to counsel in the firm.

Caitlin Mackesy Davies C’88 writes that she remembers “being infuriated when the late Professor Paul Korshin wrote the comment, ‘Close, but no cigar,’ on my admittedly pretty lame paper on Poe. He will be missed.”

Marci Hamilton L’88 is the Paul R. Verkuil Chair in Public Law at Yeshiva University’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, and specializes in church-state relations and federalism. In September she spoke on “God vs. the Gavel: Religion and the Rule of Law” at an event at the Penn Bookstore.

Jill Marie Reinach C’88 e-mails, “Since the beginning of this year and during the recent historical events, I have had the honor and privilege of serving as international media adviser to Shimon Peres, vice prime minister of the State of Israel. I feel no less blessed to also have found a wonderful man, Dr. Eyal Solganik, as my soulmate. I would be delighted to hear from friends and old Smokey Joe’s buddies at <>.”

Ruth Anne Robbins C’88 is a clinical associate professor of law at Rutgers University in Camden, N.J. She began its domestic-violence clinic in 2002 and has been teaching legal writing courses since 1996. Her article, “Painting With Print,” about incorporating typography into legal documents as a form of persuasion, appears as a reprint on the website of the federal Court of Appeals ( She is married to Steven C. Robbins W’88, a partner at Reed Smith, LLP. They have two daughters, Shelby (seven) and Gwendolyn (four), who both love to attend Penn football games.

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89 Ed Hochberg W’89 <ed.hochberg> e-mails that in April he was elevated to senior vice president and principal for Towers Perrin Reinsurance in Philadelphia, where he serves insurance-company clients in the U.S., Bermuda, and the U.K. When not at work, he is vice president of Congregation Beth El in Cherry Hill, N.J. “The better half of the team, Debbie Steinsaltz Hochberg C’92, besides running the house, works part-time as office manager for a local airplane-parts distributor, and is chair of the early-childhood board at Beth El. They live in Mt. Laurel with their three children, Amanda (eight), Jeffrey (six), and Joseph (two).

Art Jenkins C’89 M’93 wrote in early August, “A busy three months for me: The birth of my second daughter, Victoria Chase Jenkins, in April; I sat for and passed my oral neurosurgery boards in May; and I moved from Manhattan to Greenwich, Conn., in June. My research lab is finally getting up and running to develop new treatments for chronic spinal-cord injuries, and we have a Phase-II clinical trial for the treatment of acute spinal-cord injuries. This October I’ll be attending the wedding of Ken Kazahaya EE’89 M’93 GM’98 WG’04.”

Stephanie Ralph Kager C’89 see Christopher D. Kager C’90 M’94.

Andrew J. Shapiro C’89 see Yael Weinman C’90.

Zalman Suldan C’89 <> announces that he has completed his medical training: “Finally!” He recently finished a nephrology fellowship at the New York Medical College-Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, and will join BSD Nephrology and Hypertension in Hackensack, N.J. He attended Cornell University Medical College (“but still rooted for the Red and Blue!”), where he received his M.D. and a Ph.D. in cell and molecular biology. He then did his internal-medicine residency at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, where he was chief medical resident. Zal and his wife, Dora, married in 1993, and they now have three wonderful children.

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90 Joshua W. Cohen C’90 has joined the law firm of Day, Berry & Howard as counsel in its New Haven, Conn., office, where he specializes in commercial litigation. He lives in Weston with his wife, Nancy, and their three children. And he serves on the board of the Friends of Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital.

Blair Davis C’90 recently moved to Oakland, Calif., with her boyfriend, Jamie Vaida, a metal artist, to pursue a doctoral degree in psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco.

Christopher D. Kager C’90 M’94 e-mails, “My wife, Stephanie Ralph Kager C’89, and I have been in Lancaster, Pa., for the past four years. I am a neurosurgeon and a partner in Lancaster NeuroScience and Spine Associates ( She is a retired pediatrician and full-time mom: Sophia, our fifth child, was born May 2004 and is now 18 months old. We still get back to Penn a couple of times each year, and are trying to show our oldest daughter the better points of attending college at Penn. Any old friends can reach us at <>.”

Adam B. Sherr C’90 GEd’00 GrEd’07 see Sarah Jayne Walters Sherr Nu’98 GNu’01.

Carol Slater Smolenski C’90 GEd’91 competed with the Merrimack Valley Chorus at the Sweet Adelines International Harmony Classic in Greenville, S.C., in July; they placed fourth in the Division-A competition. “Boston-area alumnae who love to sing and perform are encouraged to contact me at <> for an opportunity to join this award-winning show chorus, or check out (”

Yael Weinman C’90 <> and Andrew J. Shapiro C’89 <>, who married in 2002, are thrilled to announce that their son, Samuel Charles Shapiro, was born on March 7. They live in Washington. Yael is a legal adviser in the international consumer-protection division of the Federal Trade Commission. Andrew is senior defense and foreign-policy adviser to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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91 Craig Boreth C’91 has written a new book, How to Iron Your Own Damn Shirt: The Perfect Husband Handbook, Featuring over 50 Foolproof Ways to Win, Woo, and Wow Your Wife. In early September he signed copies at the Penn Bookstore.

Brian P. Crowner C’91 and Katherine Chuko Crowner C’92 happily announce the birth of their son, James Finnegan Crowner, on June 14; he was 9 lbs. 13 oz., and 22.5 inches. “His big sister Maggie (two) loves having a baby brother. We will move to Media, Pa., this fall. We’d love to hear from old friends at <>.”

William J. Fenrich C’91 has been elected partner at the law firm of Davis, Polk & Wardwell. He lives in New York with his wife, Jeanmarie, and their son, Kellen (two).

Tim Hogan EAS’91 W’91 and Bill Fischer C’92 are founders of DVD Station, which in July won the Retailer of the Year Award from the Video Software Dealer’s Association. Only three years into the film-rental business, they took their stores into neighborhoods that are traditionally too expensive for a video store, creating “a cutting edge experience that attracts both old and young.” This is the fifth national award that Tim has accumulated in his career.

Robert J. Hotes GAr’91 GFA’93, Philadelphia, an historic-preservation architect, has joined Hillier Architecture as an associate in its adaptive-reuse practice group. One current project is the Rittenhouse Regency on 18th and Locust streets (it is the old 1927 Penn Athletic Club building). For the past 10 years he has co-chaired the AIA Philadelphia’s historic-preservation committee. In July he spoke on “Philadelphia’s Gateways: Past, Present and Future” at the International Union of Architects congress in Istanbul.

Herb Roselle G’91, trombonist, and Bob Ferguson G’98, trumpeter, with other faculty musicians from Rowan University in Glassboro, N.J., and Philadelphia’s University of the Arts, performed a series of jazz concerts in Rome in late August. Herb and Bob have been performing in Atlantic City and Philadelphia for the last 30 years.

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92 Jason Cole W’92 writes, “It’s been a busy few years. Let’s start with the kids. Both Sarah and Benjamin are in school full-time and seem to love it. We’re committed to the public-school system, but we do supplement their normal curricula just to keep them sharp. You know, the usual: Dictionary memorization or biology before breakfast, number theory in the evenings. They can’t get enough of irrational numbers! We expect Sarah to finish college by age 13 (14 if she double majors) but we plan to let Ben go through school at the normal pace so that he can get that football scholarship. Some dreams just have to be pursued, you know? My wife, Rachel, figured out the answer to the question, ‘What do you do with a BA in English?’ You write Jewish pop music, of course! After finding decent international success with her first two CDs, she is now entertaining offers from several major record labels. The real deal-breaker (besides royalties and distribution, of course) is getting one of them to commit to a concert-tour slate that fits in with the kids’ vacation schedules. She’ll work it out perfectly, of course. She always does. In the meantime, you can find her current releases at ( That leaves me, I suppose. It’s been several years since I struck out on my own, but my company is doing well. We were a little disappointed at only moving up 43 places in the Inc. 500 this year, but my sales guys have promised to do better this year, and I believe them. The IPO plans are still on track for some time next spring, so I’m not worried. The business slowdown had a beneficial side effect, though, since it enabled me to finish my third book, If I Can Do It, Anyone Can! (Look for it in the business/self-help section of your local Barnes & Noble next spring.) With such a busy life, I need to find ways to relax. For me, that means bicycling. I finished my third 100-mile ride of the year over Labor Day weekend, but I don’t know if I’ll have time to get in another one before the weather turns. That ride up Mt. Washington sure looks tempting, though. If any Penn friends out there want to reconnect and get the real inside scoop, you can contact me at <>. Hope to hear from you soon!”

Katherine Chuko Crowner C’92 see Brian P. Crowner C’91.

Kurt Ekert W’92 <> is group vice president for strategic business development at Cendant Corporation. He lives in Chatham, N.J., with his wife, Samantha, and children Julia (four) and Cole (two).

Bill Fischer C’92 see Tim Hogan EAS’91 W’91.

Dr. Sandra Zimmer Garred C’92 <sanmzim@> e-mails, “I completed my residency in internal medicine in 1999 in Phoenix. Since I became accustomed to wearing open-toed shoes all year long, I decided to stay here in the desert, where I work as a primary-care physician with a large, combined cardiology and internal-medicine practice. I married Keith Garred, my soulmate (yes, really), a native of my home state of Michigan, in Jan. 2003. Carolyn Gold Aberman C’92 and Jennifer Ternoey Glassman W’92 were special wedding guests. My husband and I welcomed our first child, Leah Reese Garred, last January.”

Jeffrey S. Jacobson C’92 GPU’93 and Janice Jackson Jacobson C’92 are proud to announce the birth of their first child, Julia Lenore Jacobson, on Sept. 5 in New York. “Julia, mom and dad are doing fine.”

Jennifer Moros W’92 married Dag Aaman of Oslo, Norway, on Aug. 20. Alumni who joined in the celebration included Serge Olhovsky C’91, Kurt Reidenbach W’92, and Christine White C’91 (who sent in this note). Jennifer and Dag currently live and work in New York.

Jeffrey M. Rosin C’92 e-mails, “I’m pleased to report that my first novel, Lipstick’s Legacy, has just been published. It is a Boston-based crime, coming-of-age novel in the tradition of Mystic River and Good Will Hunting. Grab a copy on Amazon, order one from your local bookstore, or just visit my website ( Anyone in the movie industry? I’m interested in selling the movie rights. All of my best; e-mail me to say hello <>.”

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93 Christina Davis C’93 is thrilled to announce that she has just been named associate director of the creative-writing program at NYU, and that her first collection of poems, Forth a Raven, was recently selected for publication.

Jed Fishback C’93 W’93 <> and his wife, Breena, welcomed their son, Jordan David, into the world on Sept. 29, 2004; he joins big sister Jillian, now three. Jed is a principal at Booz Allen Hamilton in New York, and focuses on strategy and technology consulting in the healthcare industry.

David Foster EAS’93 and Christine Lutton Foster C’93 are thrilled to announce the birth of their second son, Andrew David Foster, on June 21; he weighed 9 lbs. 11 oz., and was 22 inches long. He joins big sister Katie (five) and big brother William (two). David continues to serve as intellectual-property counsel at Actel Corp. in Mountain View, Calif. Christine keeps busy at home with the three kids and does occasional pieces as a contributing writer for Stanford’s alumni magazine.

Ed Gold W’93 <> in May launched Gold Business Management to provide bookkeeping and financial support to entertainment clients. “This venture is the culmination of 12 years of work in the music industry. The current roster of clients includes five record labels, four bands, music publishers, and post-production equipment rental. A very modest website is up at (”

Yael Rubenstein Kaufman C’93 <> and Bob Kaufman are thrilled to announce the birth of their son, Ari Jacob Kaufman, on April 6. Hear Ari’s first radio interview (at 17 days old!) and read about his new stroller speed record on Ari’s blog ( They live in Anchorage, Alaska, where Yael manages Alaska Channel, a tourism media business. They’d love visitors anytime, and friends can check out their website ( to start planning.

Suzanne Kimball C’93 e-mails, “I recently joined the Arena Management Group/Phoenix Coyotes as executive director of arena marketing for the Glendale Arena in Arizona. I’ll be overseeing the marketing of both the arena and all arena events, and assisting with the booking of events. The arena is also home to the NHL Phoenix Coyotes and the National Lacrosse League Arizona Sting. I’m excited to be back in the sports and entertainment industry! And would love to hear from old friends at <>.”

Davis Liu W’93 <> recently was selected by his peers to serve a three-year term on the board of TPMG, “the nation’s largest medical group, with over 5,000 physicians; it is responsible for the care of roughly 1 in 4 or 3.2 million Northern Californians.” Quakers interested in relocating and practicing medicine in Northern California should e-mail him. He lives with his wife and daughter in Sacramento.

Libby Liu L’93 WG’93 in September was appointed president of Radio Free Asia, the nonprofit East Asia broadcaster( She had been vice president for administration and finance there. She is the first woman ever to lead a U.S. broadcasting entity, including Voice of America and Radio Free Europe.

Justin Sambol C’93 e-mails, “After 12 long years of medical training, I have finally completed a fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery. I am an assistant professor of surgery at the New Jersey Medical School, practicing cardiac and thoracic surgery. I live in Short Hills with my wife, Jane, and our two-year-old daughter, Emma. I would love to hear from some former classmates at <>.”

Byron G. Stier C’93 has joined the faculty of Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles; he specializes in mass tort litigation.

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94 John Cipriano C’94 and Anna Saurbier Cipriano C’94 are delighted to announce the birth of their daughter, Sofia Giuseppina, in June. “Like her parents, she is easy-going yet inquisitive. She is definitely a city girl, as the family lives in New York.”

Renard François C’94, an associate in the litigation practice of the Tennessee law firm of Bass, Berry & Sims PLC, has been named chair of the intellectual-property and Internet-law committee of the ABA’s young-lawyers division.

Arun Iyer C’94 G’02 married Laura Silver on Nov. 6, 2004, at the Firebird Restaurant in New York. With their son, Oliver, and Criseyde (a black Lab mix), they left Manhattan, after 12 years of living there, for greener pastures in northern Virginia. They now live in Herndon, and welcomed their second son, Matthias Rohan, on July 24. Awaiting completion of their house in Leesburg this winter, they can be reached at <>.

Olivia Johnson C’94 M’99 married Kevin Easley on Jan. 15 at the Little Church of the West in Las Vegas. She is a medical officer with the Food and Drug Administration and he is a sales director for The Hartford; they live in Bethesda, Md.

Allison Keech C’94 married Jefferson Sanka on Aug. 20 in Malibu, Calif. They met while working for ESPN at the 2000 Winter X Games in Vermont. After a honeymoon on Kauai, they returned home to Los Angeles, where she runs SuperCrafty, her craft- and knitting-supply company, and he splits his time between studies at UCLA and working in IT sales.

Mary Elizabeth Kelly Maye C’94 SW’96 and her husband, Diarmuid Maye, welcomed twin daughters, Helen Kateri and Christine Mary, on July 24. Mary Beth is senior clinical social worker for the VNA of Boston, and lives with her family in Milton.

Mindy Nagorsky C’94 W’94 see Ronen Israel EAS’95 W’95.

Marty Nelson W’94 and Melissa Nelson are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter, Sasha Fiora, on April 9. Marty, Melissa, Sasha, and big sister Ariella (three) live near Seattle, where he is a portfolio manager for the Bill Gates investment group and Melissa is an associate at the law firm Perkins Coie.

Bindi Shah-Johnson EAS’94 GM’01 and Todd Johnson C’95 M’00 WG’03 happily announce the birth of their daughter, Maya Shah Johnson, on March 4. Bindi, Todd, and Maya live in New York, where he works as a consultant for McKinsey and Company; Bindi recently completed her fellowship in cardiac electrophysiology at Cornell Medical Center and has decided to stay on as an assistant professor of medicine. Maya is anxiously awaiting her first Penn reunion.

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95 Leo Congeni C’95 and Jane DiLeo Congeni C’95 are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Mariella Audrey, on March 16. “She weighed in at 6 lbs. 4 oz., and is doing great.”

Carl Forsling W’95 writes, “I have recently had several milestones. In May I made in back to Penn during Alumni Weekend, for the first time in five years, and enjoyed seeing everybody, especially my AXP brothers. In June I was promoted to the rank of major in the U.S. Marine Corps. On Aug. 7, my wife, Tommi, delivered our second child, Amelia. She joins her older brother, Spencer, in the our new home in Sneads Ferry, N.C., near the M.C. Base Camp Lejeune. I also just received my designation as a co-pilot in the MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor. This aircraft will replace the aging CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter. I’m continuing to work towards designation as an aircraft commander and am having a blast flying one of the military’s newest machines.”

Jessica Fuller Nu’95 and her husband, Jamey Piggott, are pleased to announce the birth of their third child, Kathryn Gloria Rose Piggott, on Aug. 21. She joins her older brothers, Jacob (four) and Aiden (two).

William J. Green L’95 has joined the law firm of Pepper Hamilton LLP as of counsel in its Philadelphia office. Previously he was general counsel of Composite Materials Technology, LLC, in Atlanta.

Ronen Israel EAS’95 W’95 and Mindy Nagorsky C’94 W’94 are happy to announce the birth of their daughter, Madeline Yehudit Israel, on June 9. “We made a move, just three weeks later, out to a house in Purchase, N.Y. Ronen is a vice president at AQR Capital and I am an associate at Skadden Arps.”

Todd Johnson C’95 M’00 WG’03 see Bindi Shah-Johnson EAS’94 GM’01.

Jordana Horn Marinoff C’95 L’99 and Nathan Marinoff L’98 are the proud parents of Rahm Efraim Marinoff, who was born on May 6 at 6:05 a.m., at 7 lbs. 12 oz., and 20 and 3/8 inches. “Big brother Zev (one and a half), as well as the rest of the family, was delighted to meet Rami. We were too tired to make it to Jordana’s 10th Reunion one week later, but we’ll see you at the 20th. Please be in touch <>.”

David C. Mays EAS’95 e-mails that he has graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and started as an assistant professor in civil engineering at the University of Colorado at Denver. He welcomes contact at <>.

Jesse Pines C’95 M’07 see Lori Uscher C’01.

Jennifer Rossell Robison C’95 and Bill Robison L’98 welcomed their first child, Emmett James, into the world on June 8. His aunts include Sheila Rossell Lincoln Nu’92 and Shelley Rossell Rust C’93 G’93. Jen, Bill, and Emmett live in Chicago, where Bill works as an attorney for Sachnoff & Weaver. Jen recently resigned from her marketing position at the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago and is enjoying being at home with Emmett. They would love to hear from Penn friends and can be reached at <>.

Lori Solomon Siembieda C’95 and Christian Siembieda W’95 have had another baby girl: Charlotte Campbell Siembieda was born on Aug. 14. Their friends Tracy Gross Kahn C’96 W’96 and Joshua Kahn C’96 W’96 write, “Everyone is happy, healthy, and doing great, especially big sister, Nicole Devon Siembieda (2.5 years old).”

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96 Ananya Dash C’96 married Michael Holland before 350 guests in a traditional Hindu ceremony, with some personalized twists, in West Orange, N.J., on Aug. 20. “The ceremony included the groom’s entrance in a silver convertible, a Roman Catholic priest, a phalanx of bridesmaids who delighted in wearing saris for the first time, and a very tall group of groomsmen who once comprised the Williams College varsity basketball team.” The substantial Penn contingent included Katrina Riddick Reynolds C’96 and Craig Reynolds C’95 (with baby Nathan), Kate Perry Penberthy C’96, Danielle Gray Jankowich C’96 L’00 (who sent in this note) and Andrew Jankowich L’00, Patty McInerney W’96, Amanda Rothwell C’96, and Wendy Goodrich W’96. After a honeymoon in Hawaii, Ananya and Michael, both attorneys, returned to their home in New York.

Joshua Deringer C’96 and Ellen Deringer L’00 are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Sasha Holly, on Aug. 22. They live in Philadelphia, where Josh is an attorney in the investment-management group at Drinker, Biddle & Reath LLP and Ellen is an attorney in the personal-law department of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.

Jonathan Solomon Erulkar C’96 married Deirdre Holden Carroll in Lake Forest, Ill., on Aug. 1, 2004. Several members of both families were in the wedding party, as were Joshua Berlin W’95, Gerry Greenberg C’96 G’96, Jeremy Kahn C’96, and Jeff Spencer C’96. Other Penn people who attended the weekend festivities were Jeff’s wife, Priti Bhansali C’95, and Mike Dinger C’96. Jonathan and Dede met in graduate school at Yale: He was completing his medical degree, while she was completing a master’s in nursing. After graduation he began a five-year residency program in orthopaedic-surgery and rehabilitation at Yale medical school and Yale-New Haven Hospital. A board-certified psychiatric clinical nurse specialist and adult nurse practitioner, she began serving as a research co-investigator and clinical-faculty member in the clinical-trials program at the Yale Child Study Center. Currently he is a chief resident and on the clinical faculty in his fifth year of residency, and she is in the third year of her Ph.D. studies at Boston College. Since their honeymoon on Anguilla, they settled into married life in Branford, Conn. In 2006, however, they will move to Boston, where Jonathan has accepted a spine-surgery fellowship at the New England Baptist Hospital and clinical-faculty appointment with Tufts University School of Medicine.

Tracy Gross Kahn C’96 W’96 <tracy@> e-mails, “To share the really fabulous news of the wedding of Michele Drobny Nu’96 and Andrew Witleib on Aug. 27 here in New York. It was a beautiful evening, with many alumni attending, including myself and my husband, Josh Kahn C’96 W’96, Karen Berkman Deutsch C’96, Beata Drizin Kirr W’96, Betsy Ruttenberg Contant C’96, Meredith Baker Schlanger C’96 and Dan Schlanger W’99, and Pam Bierman Mittman C’96.

Franklin L. Lavin WG’96, the U.S. Ambassador to Singapore, was nominated in August to become the Commerce Department’s undersecretary for International Trade. Earlier in his career he had served at Commerce as deputy assistant secretary for Asia and the Pacific.

Steve Leitzell C’96 L’99 and Lainie Leitzell C’97 are proud to announce the birth of their son, Jack Cameron, on May 14 in Philadelphia.

Andrea Foley Veneziano Nu’96 e-mails, “My husband, Angelo, and I are happy to announce the birth of our first child, Marco Calogero, on Sept. 22, 2004. I am currently working part-time as a clinical-case simulation analyst at the National Board of Medical Examiners. We live in Cherry Hill, N.J., and would love to hear from old friends at <>.”

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97 Erin Cohen Berk C’97 and her husband, Brad, are happy to announce the birth of their second child, Madelyn Jules, born on July 1. She joins big brother Hudson, who is two. The happy family live in Westport, Conn.

Sean Coleman C’97, Erie, Pa., is a financial representative with Northwestern Mutual Financial Network. Earlier this year he received a 2005 Generation-E Leadership Award from Young Erie Professionals, affiliated with the Technology Council of Northwest Pennsylvania; he has served as a youth program facilitator at the Erie Conference on African American Affairs and as a vice-chair of the Booker T. Washington Center. He also serves on the board of the local redevelopment authority.

Slava Frid EAS’97 W’97 <> e-mails, “My wife, Jenya, and I are proud parents once again: Michael Efim Frid was born on June 2, much to the delight of his big sister Anna. I have changed jobs since our last announcement and am working for Gemini Systems, LLC in New York. Other classmates here are Evan Herbst EAS’97 and Lenny Zeltser EAS’97. Obviously they have contributed generously to Michael’s new Penn education fund.”

Nicole Lemire Garlic C’97 has joined the Cherry Hill, N.J., law firm of Flaster/Greenberg; specializing in construction law, she is part of its real-estate practice group. Previously she was with the Law Offices of Michael S. Simon, which was acquired by Flaster.

Jason Kirschner W’97 married Marina Mellicovsky on June 18 in Buenos Aires. Alumni attending the event included Tolga Latif EAS’96 W’96, Steven Gresdo W’96, Matt Silk W’97, William Choi W’96, Paul Godinez C’96, Andy Wong W’96, Scott Friedberg W’97, Michael Fieldstone W’97, Javed Siddique W’98, Michael DeMarco C’98 EAS’98, Earn Tay C’98 W’98, and Andrea Hall Copleman Nu’03 GNu’04. Jason and Marina took their honeymoon in Brazil and can be reached at>.

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

Lisa Levenson C’97 <> e-mails, “After six years at Bloomberg News, I’m starting the full-time MBA program at Columbia University in August. Other classmates joining me at Columbia include Andrew Kim C’97, Amanda Moses C’97, and Todd Sternberg W’97; amazingly, none of us knew each other as undergrads. I’m looking forward to exploring job opportunities in equity research or strategic planning, and hopefully to finding some time for freelance writing as well.”

Robert Lin C’97 see Erayna Jackson Lin Nu’98.

Jennifer Lattanzio Moles C’97 and her husband Thomas Seaver “Scooter” Moles are thrilled to announce the birth of their first baby, William Peck, on July 28. He weighed in at 7 lbs. 5 oz., and was 20 inches long. “Six weeks later he looks like a full-grown man in comparison.” The family is happy and healthy and living in Rye, N.Y. Jenny writes, “We celebrated our first wedding anniversary on May 1. I have recently retired from book publishing specifically and corporate life in general and look forward to resuming the advanced portion of my yoga teacher training this coming February. I would love to hear from old friends at <>.”

Didem Un EE’97 W’97 wrote in early July that she would marry Cuneyt H. Ates EE’98 W’98 in Istanbul on Aug. 27.

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98 Cuneyt H. Ates EE’98 W’98 see Didem Un EE’97 W’97.

Jennifer Barten EAS’98 married Ross Katz on Dec. 5, 2004, at the Sephardic Temple in Cedarhurst, N.Y. Members of the wedding party included Marc Isser C’95, Meredith Peters Hale C’98, and Gabrielle Weber C’01. Other alumni attending included Jaime Becker C’98, Monica Bilboul C’98, Allison Feldman C’98 (who sent in this note), Michele Philip Rubin C’97, Jeremy Scheinberg EAS’96 and Rachel Mann Scheinberg C’98, Jason Schlachter C’03, and Bonnie Fishbein Yedlin PT’73. After honeymooning in Australia, Jennifer and Ross returned to their home in New York, where she is an IT business analyst, and he is a sales engineer.

Matthew Bodenstein C’98 G’04 see Michelle Isaacs Nu’99.

Alexandra Bresnan C’98 became engaged to Jonas Bronk in June. They have moved to Los Angeles, where she now attends UCLA business school (Allison I. Keller C’98 sent in this note).

Anthony Cirillo G’98 writes, “I wrote a book that has been published for about a year called Who Moved My Dentures? 13 Myths About Aging and Long-term Care in America. I give a rather unique perspective on this industry that strikes fear into many, and dispel myths through human-interest stories of people I have met in my travels as a healthcare consultant, performer, and ombudsman to this industry (”

Brett Cohen EAS’98 WG’04 and Jennifer Shook Cohen C’99 GEng’99 are thrilled to announce the birth of their son, Nathan Brandon Cohen, on June 6; he weighed 6 lbs. 14 oz., and measured 20.5 inches at birth. They are enjoying the excitement of being new parents and living in Chicago, where Brett is a consultant at Bain & Company and Jen is taking a break from her job at C1 Consulting to stay at home with Nathan; they would love to hear from friends at <>.

Rachel Ehrlich C’98 L’01 married Russ Albanese L’01 on July 24 at the Glen Island Harbour Club in New Rochelle, N.Y. Members of the wedding party included her mother, Wendy Ehrlich ASC’73, maid of honor Steph Dinkes L’01, bridesmaids Alison Farber C’98, Dr. Sabrina Khan C’98, Capt. Julia Oh EAS’98, Marti Speranza C’98, and Maria Zuckerman C’98; and groomsman Larry Seymour L’01. Other Penn friends and family joining the celebration included Lori Fife C’80, Sean Monaghan C’79, Jennifer Sanders C’98, Dr. Jill Schwartz Sacks C’99, Deborah Weisbein Dee L’01, and Henry Weinberger G’79. Sara Newman Shames C’98 W’98 and Christina Wolf C’98 unfortunately were unable to attend. After honeymooning in Hawaii, Rachel and Russ returned home to New York; they can be reached at <>.

Bob Ferguson G’98 see Herb Roselle G’91.

Meredith Peters Hale C’98 married Christopher Hale on May 14 in a lakefront ceremony at Sinapi’s Ceola Manor in New York. In the bridal party were co-matron of honor Michele Philip Rubin C’97 and bridesmaid Corina Zappia C’98. Also helping them celebrate were Alli Feldman C’98, Monica Bilboul C’98, and Beatrice Williams C’98. Meredith and Chris honeymooned in Italy and returned to New York, where they live.

Donald J. Kim C’98, Philadelphia, in May received a master’s in divinity from Westminster Theological Seminary.

Erayna Jackson Lin Nu’98 writes, “I and my husband, Robert Lin C’97, welcomed our second child into the world on July 18. Bryson Connor was born weighing 9 lbs., was and 20” long. His older sister, Alisha (almost four), adores him and is a big helper.”

Nathan Marinoff L’98 see Jordana Horn Marinoff C’95 L’99.

Erik Metzroth W’98 married Amanda Leader in East Hampton, N.Y., on Aug. 6. Alumni attending included groomsmen Mark Gaffney EAS’98, Adam Klarfeld C’99, Dean Schaffer C’99; and Marco Lagos W’98, Phillip Bridwell C’98, Alexander Golant C’99 M’03, Paul Welch W’97, Andrew Bauer C’98, Ezechiel Copic C’98, Todd Rendle C’97, Terrence Demorest C’99, Brian Stafford W’98, Kevin Hoover C’97, Michelle Horovitz C’01, Elisia Abrams C’99, and Alisa Lefkowitz L’97. Erik and Amanda will honeymoon in Lanai in January. They live in Norfolk, Va., but are planning a move to Washington early next year.

Zack Miller C’98 received a Ph.D. in economics from Rice University in May. He is now an assistant professor of economics at the University of Missouri, and specializes in time-series econometrics. He and his wife, Betsy, live in Columbia.

Gwen Baron Raphan C’98 and her husband, Eric, are happy to announce the birth of their son, Jacob Maxwell, on June 28. They live in New York, where she is a pediatric resident at Mount Sinai Hospital.

Katherine Richardson-Carr C’98 married Kevin Carr in August in a harborside ceremony on Cape Cod; Jennifer McBrien-Dunn C’98 was a bridesmaid and Suzanne Rode W’98 attended. Katie is a bankruptcy and corporate-restructuring attorney in Manhattan, and Kevin works in finance. They enjoyed an extended honeymoon in South Africa and Mauritius.

Bill Robison L’98 see Jennifer Rossell Robison C’95.

Sarah Jayne Walters Sherr Nu’98 GNu’01 and Adam B. Sherr C’90 GEd’00 GrEd’07 are pleased to announce that their second child, Anna Victoria Sherr, is now walking. This event has made them realize their “negligence in submitting an announcement that she was born on June 1, 2004, at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania! What can we do, she’s the second child? We do have her first steps on video. Anna (Class of 2026) was welcomed into the family by sister Alexa Faith (Class of 2024), grandparents David Sherr C’66 GEE’68 GrE’74 and Bonnie Sherr CW’65 GEng’70 and aunt Abigail Sherr vanRoode C’94 G’95, who is expecting a member of the class of 2028 in January. And, of course, none of this would have been possible without Aaron Bechtel C’31, who, sadly, passed on before he could see Anna. We also moved this summer, leaving Haddonfield, N.J., for the close-knit community of Oaklyn nearby. We’d love to keep in touch with all of our friends and, because we both still work on campus, we are there all the time and would love to show friends a tour of all of the new things on campus—like the spanking new entrance to the Nursing Education Building and Adam’s adjoining new office! You can contact us at <> or, individually Adam at <> or Sarah <>. We’ll see you at Homecoming! Go Penn!”

Eva L. Soller C’98 e-mails, “My husband, Ari, and our two daughters just welcomed our new son into the world. We live in Israel, where I work as a patent agent. I welcome friends to e-mail me at <>.”

Jennifer Feldman Wanner C’98 married Andrew L. Wanner on July 16 at the Buttermilk Falls Inn and Spa in Milton, N.Y., in a beautiful outdoor ceremony overlooking the Hudson River. Lots of alumni were there to help celebrate, including Melissa Chiat C’98 and Maria Zuckerman C’98 (both of whom sent in this note), as well as Romina Birnbaum C’98, Adrienne Dale C’98, Jaime Becker C’98, Jeff Engelberg W’98 WG’99, Ashwin Verma WG’99, Marc Simon C’96 and Melissa de Leon C’99. Jennifer and Andrew spent their honeymoon in Bali, Vietnam, and Singapore and then returned home to New York, where she is an associate at Martin, Clearwater & Bell, LLP, and he is a vice president and director in institutional equities at TD Securities. “Always happy to hear from old Penn friends, you can get in touch with the new Mrs. Wanner at <>.”

Cindy Young W’98 writes, “This past June I graduated from Harvard Business School with an MBA. I have moved to New York, and am working at LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton as brand manager of Hennessy Cognac. I look forward to catching up with Penn friends in the city.”

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99 Jennifer Shook Cohen C’99 GEng’99 see Brett Cohen EAS’98 WG’04.

Jessica Schiffman Fefferman C’99 <> just celebrated her one-year wedding anniversary with David Fefferman. They married last Oct. 16 at Gedney Farm in the Berkshires. She is the daughter of Gerri Stein Schiffman C’69 and he is the grandson of Sidney H. Gehl C’34. Alumni attending included Neena Desai Ghose C’99 (bridesmaid), John Ghose L’05, Lauren Wald C’99, Michel Cogan Belden W’98 and Bill Belden C’97 WG’06, and Barbara Koller Huston WG’75 and John Huston WG’75. Jessica and David recently moved to Winchester, Mass., where he is a practicing physician. She earned her master’s in public health from Boston University in 2001, and has since been working at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. She recently helped to form its e-health innovation team, where she manages large-scale technology programs for clinicians.

Michelle Isaacs Nu’99 married Matthew Bodenstein C’98 G’04 on July 17 in North Wales, Pa. Alumni who participated in the ceremony included best man Shamit Mehta W’97, groomsman Daniel Branower C’98, and bridesmaid Christine Lacuesta Nu’99, as well as Raina Bhujle W’98 and Zolfa Valiani-Merchant EAS’98. Other Penn guests included Michael Malvey C’99, Arshad Merchant EAS’92 W’92, Sy Damle EAS’99 W’99, Linda Passanante Nu’98, Marc Shapiro C’97, Melissa James C’99, James Balaguer C’99, Jeffrey Greenhouse W’97, Siddharth Suri EAS’99 Gr’05, Miranda Stockett G01 Gr’06, and Jaime Pew C’98. Michelle and Matt honeymooned in Hawaii and currently live in Wynnewood, Pa. He is a chemist at Merck and is in his second year at Temple Law School. She is a nurse at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and is completing her MSN at Thomas Jefferson University.

Dr. Andrew Larson M’99 is a general surgeon with special interests in surgical nutrition, advanced laparoscopic surgery, and bariatric surgery; he maintains practices in Atlantis, Wellington, and Boynton Beach, Fla. He co-wrote with his wife, The Gold Coast Cure: The 5-Week Health & Body Makeover, which was published in May by Health Communications Inc.

Mai Nguyen C’99 is serving a three-year term on the Montgomery County (Md.) Commission for Women. She advises on gender inequities in laws, policies, and procedures. In June she left the healthcare-policy group at Powell Goldstein LLP and joined the federal Food and Drug Administration as regulatory counsel.

Samuel Bradford Tabas C’99 visited China as part of a delegation from NYU on culture and language. He is a doctoral fellow in comparative literature at New York University.

Denise Valukonis C’99 and Christopher Ochs W’00 are pleased to announce their engagement last February in London. She is currently a graphic designer for SAP America, Inc. in Newtown Square, Pa. He is a consultant for Mercer Inc. in Philadelphia, and is pursuing his JD at Temple Law. The wedding is planned for June in Philadelphia.

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00 Ellen Deringer L’00 see Joshua Deringer C’96.

Jillian K. Lucas-Baker C’00 is pleased to announce her marriage to Gamal Baker on Sept. 17 in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Alumni in the wedding party included Camille Parara C’00 and Lakshmi Natarajan C’99; others celebrating included Haile Arrindell C’00, Anthony Coombs C’02, Leslie Heredia C’00 WG’05, Adela Llumpo C’00, and Qurran Rogers C’00. Jillian and Gamal live in Philadelphia, where she is working towards her doctorate in public health and he is a technical support analyst.

Suzanne N. Morse ASC’00 in July joined O’Neill and Associates, a Boston lobbying and PR firm, as an associate director. Previously she was communications manager for Voice of the Faithful, a group formed in response to the sexual-abuse crisis in the Roman Catholic Church, and parish-closings in the Archdiocese of Boston. She lives in the Brighton district of Boston.

Christopher Ochs W’00 see Denise Valukonis C’99.

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01 Russ Albanese L’01 see Rachel Ehrlich C’98 L’01.

Bryan Antman EAS’01 W’01 married Francisca Geyer on Aug. 27, 2004, at El Cortez in San Diego. The wedding party included best man Brian Chirls EAS’00 W’00 and groomsman Mark Glassman C’00. Bryan and Francisca live in the Bay Area, where he is a senior financial analyst working for a public finance consulting firm.

Douglas N. Calhoun C’01 G’01 e-mailed in late August, “I have been teaching at international schools since Penn. However, about two months ago I set out with two graduates of UCSB to drive from Gambia in West Africa to South Africa and then back up the continent’s other side. As we travel we are doing journalism on HIV/AIDS-related issues and maintaining a website ( Additionally, if you happen to know of any alumni who are working in the field of AIDS in Africa, I would love to be put in touch with them in order to visit their projects and give them some coverage.”

Chas Peruto C’01 married Puja Suneja W’01 on June 18 at the Hyatt Penn’s landing in Philadelphia. They live in Bala Cynwyd. In the wedding party were Alexandre Batlle W’00, Alexander Hernandez W’01, Brendan Chandonnet C’01, Nicholas Sommer C’01, Matt Levy W’01, Neha Parikh Shah C’01, Katherine Hostvedt Nu’01 GNu’03 Gr’08, Elizabeth Underwood C’01, and Emily Bair C’03. Also attending were Thad McElroy C’03, Shaun Loughrey W’03, Ben Bross C’02, Darren Jordan C’01, Joseph Borstein C’02 L’05, Brant Keuhn C’02, Phillip Koblence EAS’00, Sharon Han C’01 L’06, Chris Thomson C’00, Daniel Levy C’00, David Babad C’99, Jack Galuchie C’02, Amir Attaar W’01, George Nanos EAS’01, Ben Yarbrough C’01, Scott Eisenberg C’01, Erica Gold EAS’01 W’01, Matthew Girgenti C’02, Ameesh Shah W’01, William Damask C’78, Doug Lynch W’77, Cory Resnick C’01 D’05, and Anthea Williams D’05. John Kushner C’04 missed his flight from London and could not attend. Chas also wrote that Alexander Hernandez is engaged to Diell Barton, and they live in New York. Brendan Chandonnet is engaged to Nicole Lillibridge; both attorneys in Philadelphia, they met at the William & Mary law school. Brian Moore W’99 is engaged to Randi Spinner C’01; they live in New York.

Kira Rosen C’01 is engaged to Evan Dabby. They met on the beach in Florida. She graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School and is finishing a judicial clerkship at the New Jersey Supreme Court, and then will practice at Latham & Watkins, LLP, in Newark.

Caroline Noel Sunquist C’01 married Timothy Joseph Becker on Aug. 6 in the chapel of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, where both are currently earning their master’s. Their fathers, Rev. Bruce Becker and Rev. Dr. Scott Sunquist, officiated the ceremony and their siblings were matron of honor (Bethany Sunquist Lomelino) and best man Jake Becker C’02 GEd’02; participating in the wedding were bridesmaids Heidi Lutjens Nu’01 and Carrie Wang C’01, and special music djembe player Jess Rodriguez Becker C’03. Other alumni attending were Carol Wong Holtzman C’01 and Dave Holtzman C’02 M’07, Wilson Lee EAS’01 W’01, Biju Mathew C’01, and Steve Strawser C’00 and Eun Lee Strawser C’03. Caroline and Timothy will continue living Pittsburgh for the next two years as they finish their respective degrees.

Elizabeth Rebecca Tabas C’01 is engaged to Todd Carson; they plan to marry next August in Vermont. She is a third-year law student at Fordham University. A Canadian, he works in the London office of Goldman Sachs.

Lori Uscher C’01 married Jesse Pines C’95 M’07 on Sept. 10 in Vienna, Va. The bridal party included Becky Wasserman C’01, Shayna Maskell C’01, Justin Burks C’95, and Tobias Dengel EAS’94 W’94. Other alumni there included Michele Sacks Fenkel C’00 and Jonathan Fenkel C’00, Jaime Hojdila Semonche C’01 GGS’05 and Pete Semonche C’02, Nora Kalter C’01, Cam Winton C’01, Emily Hoffman C’02, Eric Weingart C’02, Nora Kirk C’94, and Audrey Rosinberg C’95. “Because Jesse and Lori lived together in the suburbs of Philadelphia prior to the wedding, the only thing that has really changed is that they now have nicer, fluffier towels. He is an ED physician at HUP and she is a public-health doctoral student at Johns Hopkins.”

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02 Ross Giambalvo EE’02 GEng’04 married Haeley Morris W’02 on June 10 at the Westin Resort at Our Lucaya on Grand Bahama Island. They were joined by 60 of their family and friends, including Phoebe Belcher W’02, Loren Buck W’01, Chris Crisman C’03, Sona Desai EE’02, Yeenee Kim W’04, Jen Kirshenbaum C’02, Todd Leri EE’03 GEng’05, Carrie Masten C’02, Ryan Matley EAS’02, Whit Matthews C’02 and Anne Deger Matthews C’02, Laura Maurizi C’02, Robert McCarthy WEv’04, Bethany Powell W’02, Brian Reagan EE’02 and Cara Kusko Reagan C’02, Sarah Scott C’03 W’03, Katie Strickland W’01, and Craig White WEv’02. Despite a brush with Arlene, the first tropical storm of the year, the wedding guests still managed to enjoy a long weekend of sailing, golf, and lounging by the pool. Ross and Haeley took their honeymoon in St. John. They live in Boston, where they are both business strategy consultants for the Monitor Group.

Jessica Naylor C’02 married Dan Minkoff on July 3 in San Francisco. Amy Ruth Barr C’02 was there to join the celebration. Jessica and Dan met while both were attending Harvard’s Graduate School of Design: He graduated in June, and she is currently writing her thesis and looking forward to graduating in January. They have moved to San Francisco and invite any friends to join them on the West Coast. She may be reached at <>.

Jacquelyn Ona C’02 married John Cascarano on Sept. 3 in New York. The wedding party included Jo Piazza C’02 (who sent in this note) and Florrie Hallenbeck C’02. Alumni and Tri Delta sisters attending the reception, held at the TriBeCa Rooftop, included Sabrina Fenton C’02, Brinkley Tappan C’02 L’05, Diana Miller C’03, Keith Peter W’02, Brady Thurman W’03, Anne Seidler C’01, Alex Simon C’02, and Will Clark C’02. Jackie and John both graduated from the University of Michigan law school. After a honeymoon in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, they returned to their new house in Atlanta, where she is to open Dulce, a women’s clothing boutique, and he is a real estate attorney.

Mike Parker W’02 married Lindsey Patterson on July 2 in Orchard Lake, Mich., after a year-long engagement. Among the 220 guests were brother and a best man Luke Parker C’95, Prof. Nicholas Constan L’64, and Don Ambrose C’86. Many former oarsmen from Penn men’s heavyweight rowing were present, including groomsman Joel Frankel C’02 D’06, usher John Fife C’02, ceremony-reader Brian Conley C’02, Doug Sieg C’01, K. Sean Finnerty C’03, and Mike Witalec W’04. Mike and Lindsey moved to the Washington area, anticipating the start of her graduate program in deaf studies at Gallaudet University; he had accepted an equity-analyst position at Friedman, Billings, Ramsey & Co., Inc. in Arlington.

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 03 Holly R. Blanchard C’03 <holly> has been elected an associate editor of the Seton Hall Law Review. She is currently serving as an intern for the Hon. Stephen J. Berstein of the Superior Court of New Jersey, and as a research assistant to Prof. Rachel. D. Godsil at Seton Hall University School of Law.

Alexandra Budin C’03 married Jason Auerbach C’04 on July 4 at Temple Emanu-El in Closter, N.J. Penn was well represented and a special round of “The Red and Blue” was sung during the dancing. Attending the wedding included bridesmaids Gabrielle Sirner C’03 and Elizabeth Elson C’03, best man Michael Auerbach C’06, groomsmen David Goldstein C’04 W’04, and Michael Neustein W’04. Other Penn guests included Suzanne Aeder Auerbach C’85, Elana Blivaiss Baronofsky Nu’04 W’04, Simon Brief C’04, Susan Maltzman Gordon CW’71, Steven Herbst Nu’05, Rebecca Guttman C’04 L’07, Rachel Kellerman Kessler C’04 and Jonathan Kessler M’06, Audrey Hutt C’04, Kim Isenberg Kra C’04 and Jonathan Kra EAS’04, Shira Kurtz C’03, Uri Moche EAS’04, Andrew Paris C’03, Samantha Platt C’05, Judy Gerber Portnoy C’04 and Eli Portnoy C’04, Dalia Rotter Nu’04, Emily Ruda C’05, Dana Septimus C’03, Edan Shapiro C’04, Ben Siscovick C’04, Navah Spero C’04, Etan Spira C’03, Josh Strauss C’04, Sara Timen C’03, Chantal Tugendhaft Ulmer C’03, Rachel Weinberg C’04, Hildegard Kanamuller Toth C’79, Arthur Albert GM’82, Joel Rakow C’78, Robert Krugman M’66, Alan Lubarr D’68, Richard Rosenbluth GM’76, Marion Deutsch Taxin C’67 GEd’68 and Richard Taxin C’64 M’68 GM’72. After enjoying a honeymoon in Costa Rica, Jason and Ali began their married life in New York. She is completing her master’s in nutrition at NYU, and he is a first-year law student at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law; and they can be contacted at <> or <>.

Dane Hyatt Carswell EAS’03 and his wife, Jessica O’Neil Carswell, recently moved to Park Hall, Md., and bought their first house. He works at J.F. Taylor, Inc., doing government-contracted work on flight simulators. They recently adopted a puppy, Captain, who definitely fills their home with energy and excitement.

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 04 Jason Auerbach C’04 see Alexandra Budin C’03.

Aaron Krawitz C’04 is in his second year at the University of Michigan Law School.

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 05 Alex Feldman C’05, Bryn Mawr, Pa., was a summer intern in the urban-design practice group of Hillier Architecture in Philadelphia. He is now studying at the London School of Economics.

Gabrielle Mashbaum Nu’05 married Jonah Heilman C’05 recently. They live on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

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