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38 |Alfred J. Dann W’38 watched his grandson, Brett A. McCurdy C’09, graduate in May. Brett’s mother writes, “Dad is robust, but 93 is still 93. He lives in Montgomery County, Pa., and remains a loyal Quaker fan.” 


43 | Robert Wissoker W’43 has retired and moved with his wife, Marian, to Irving Cypen Tower Independent Living at Miami Jewish Home, where he was recently elected president of the tenant council, responsible for representing the tenants to Michael Brodie C’78 W’78 WG’84, executive director of residential living there. 



50 | Larry Shprintz ChE’50 exhibited in EastWestSouthNorth, a group photography show at the Addams Gallery, in May and June.

Dr. Edward D. Weil Ch’50,, a research professor at the Polytechnic Institute of NYU, had a book, Flame Retardants for Plastics and Textiles: Practical Applications, published in June by Hanser Publications. He consults on this topic and is responsible for two industrial post-doctoral researchers in New York state, with whom he coordinates by tele-conferencing from his home in Copley, Ohio, where he also does volunteer work for the University of Akron Research Foundation. He has also been granted a recent patent, approximately his 210th, on a phosphorus-based flame retardant which is in commercial evaluation for circuit-board applications. He also advises on environmental aspects of plastics and chemicals.

52 | Mark R. Bernstein C’52, Charlotte, N.C., is a retired partner and of counsel at the law firm of firm of Parker, Poe, Adams & Bernstein. In June the North Carolina Bar awarded him its H. Brent McKnight Renaissance Lawyer Award.

Norman P. Zarwin C’52 L’55 is a founding shareholder of the Philadelphia law firm of Zarwin, Baum, DeVito, Kaplan, Schaer & Toddy, P.C., who specializes in petroleum marketing. In April he received a 2009 Lifeline Award from the Philadelphia Friends of American Friends of Magen David Adom, in recognition of his longtime commitment to the Jewish community and the people of Israel. He serves as chair of the Scholarship Foundation of the Union League. 

54 | Daniel Lerner C’54 ASC’61, founder and former owner of KISS-100 FM and Y100 FM in Philadelphia, writes that he and his wife, Lyn, recently endowed the Lerner Garden of the Five Senses at the Coastal Maine Botanical Garden in Boothbay (which opened on June 19). They share their time between Boothbay Harbor, Merion Station, Pa., and Palm Beach, Fla.

Dr. Eugene N. Myers W’54, a Distinguished Professor and an emeritus chair of otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh, lectured to the American Society of Geriatric Otolaryngology in May on “Deciding on when to operate on the elderly patient.” He also participated in the XIX World Congress of Otolaryngology in June, and received a Gold Medal from the International Federation of Oto-Rhino-Laryngological Societies for his work for the federation and international otolaryngology. 


55 | Gwenda Acton Barnitz CW’55, who retired in 2002 from work at the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Fla., has “published The Dragon Hunters: Lake of Fire, a fantasy for middle-school children with a Swedenborgian twist. The sequel, The Dragon Hunters: Children of Isis, is expected to be published by Fountain Publishing in late November.”

Edward Blumstein W’55
 has been a practicing attorney for over 45 years; he specializes in mediation and arbitration for families, businesses, and government agencies. He was appointed president, for 2009-10, of the Council for Relationships, a non-profit, relationship-counseling agency. 

58 | Dr. Michael Lewis C’58 Gr’62 is a University Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the Institute for the Study of Child Development at the UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Recently he was elected to the board of the Eastern Psychological Association and was invited to the editorial board of Neurobehavioral HIV Medicine. In August he received the 2009 Urie Bronfenbrenner Award for Lifetime Contribution to Developmental Psychology in the Service of Science and Society from the American Psychological Association. 

59 | Michael J. Freed W’59, Chicago, is the founding principal of the law firm of Freed, Kanner, London & Millen LLC. An associate governor of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, in June he received an honorary fellowship for his professional achievements and his commitment to that university and Israel. He is also a trustee of the Cancer Research Foundation in Chicago. 


61Frederick Rankin MacFadden Jr. Gr’61, a professor emeritus at Coppin State University, has submitted the third and fourth installments of his academic memoir, “The Heart of the Demonstration: Vectors of Molecules, Human and Otherwise” and “To Draw Dress-ups: A Demonstration by Artists, One Real and One Imaginary,” to Rowan University’s library.

David Norcross L’61 was recently elected chair of the Republican National Lawyers Association, “which has a membership of over 3,500 attorneys nationwide, [and] provides education and support for attorneys interested in election law, administration, voting and registration issues, and campaign finance.” 

62 |Joseph J. Connolly C’62 L’65 has joined the corporate, finance, and capital-markets department of the Philadelphia law firm of Stevens & Lee; he specializes in acquisition and divestiture transactions. 

63 | Dr. Leslie A. Hoffman Nu’63 is professor and chair of the acute and tertiary care department at the University of Pittsburgh nursing school. In May she received the first outstanding educator award from the American Thoracic Society for her “lifetime contribution in education and mentoring.”

Dr. Ernest Price C’63
 has been named provost of the University of the Rockies in Colorado Springs. He is leaving the position of associate vice president for academic operations at University of Phoenix.

Bob Weidman C’63
 is a retired U.S. Navy rear-admiral and is an alumnus of the Navy ROTC program at Penn; recently he was elected president of the Alamo Council of the Navy League of the United States. 

64 | Charles Horner C’64 wrote Rising China and Its Postmodern Fate, which was published by the University of Georgia Press in May.

Anne Sceia Klein W’64 ASC’65 is president of Anne Klein Communications Group, LLC ( She recently presented a Web seminar on how to develop a crisis communications plan, sponsored by PR Newswire.

Michael Levin C’64 is managing member of the Michael H. Levin Law Group PLLC and two renewable-energy investment-banking entities, NLGC LLC (which focuses on landfill-gas, biomass, and hydrokinetic facilities) and Carbon Finance Strategies LLC (which focuses on advanced solar facilities). In May he read 21 of his poems at an event sponsored by the Bailey Law Group at the University Club of Washington (

Hyman Myers Ar’64 GAr’65 is director of preservation services for Vitetta, a Philadelphia-based architectural and engineering firm. He recently received the James Biddle Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia. He has directed preservation work on the 1976 restoration of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, followed in 1980 by the restoration and conversion of the Bellevue Stratford Hotel, as well as work on Independence Hall, the Academy of Music, Girard College, the Reading Terminal Train Shed, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Philadelphia City Hall. He also led the restoration projects for the Pennsylvania Capitol Building in Harrisburg, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington. Hy’s most notable public service was his 27-year membership on the designation committee of the Philadelphia Historical Commission. 


65 | Natvar Bhavsar GFA’65 writes that his painting “Abdhee 2006” will be exhibited at the Museo Fortuny in Venice during the Venice Biennale (till November). 

67 | Arthur L. Pressman C’67, of the international law firm Nixon Peabody LLP, was recognized in the 2009 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business; he specializes in franchising. 

68 | Sheldon Kwiat W’68 is president of Kwiat, a 102-year-old diamond jewelry firm, whose flagship boutique on Madison Avenue in Manhattan opened in 2008. He serves on the executive board of the Diamond Manufacturers and Importers Association and on the board of the Jewelers Security Alliance. In July he was elected vice-chair of the YAI/National Institute for People with Disabilities. 

69 | Dr. Marylouise Welch Nu’69, West Hartford, Conn., a professor of nursing and director of the graduate nursing program at St. Joseph College there, recently received its 2009 Rev. John J. Stack Teaching Excellence Award. 


70 | Dr. Adele Lindenmeyr CW’70, professor of history at Villanova University, has been appointed dean of graduate studies there; she will oversee the PhD in continental philosophy and over 20 master’s programs in liberal arts and sciences. Her daughter, Ellen Mossman C’07, enters Penn Law this month. 

71 | Nila G. Betof SW’71, Richboro, Pa., is chief operating officer of the Leaders Edge in Bala Cynwyd. She was appointed in July to a one-year term as secretary of the Forum of Executive Women.

Deborah S. Layton CGS’71 is pleased to announce the recent publication of her book, The Everything Wills and Estate Planning Book. Debbie, who retired in 2006 as director of estates and trusts for Penn’s Office of Gift Planning, is a freelance writer for Super Lawyers.

Dr. Tagi Sagafi-nejad G’71 Gr’79 is the Radcliffe Killam Distinguished Professor of International Business and director of the Center for the Study of Western Hemispheric Trade at Texas A&M International University in Laredo, Tex. He recently wrote United Nations and Transnational Corporations: From Code of Conduct to Global Compact, which was published by Indiana University Press. “The preface is by my mentor and friend Dr. Howard V. Perlmutter, emeritus professor [of social architecture and management] at the Wharton School.”

72 | Tano Cabanyes C’72 writes that Gaiatec, his environmental-design firm, based in the U.S. and Spain, has a new website,

Charles P. Jacobs C’72, of the international law firm Nixon Peabody LLP, was recognized in the 2009 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business; he specializes in private-equity-fund formation.

Dr. Mariell Jessup CW’72, professor of medicine at Penn and medical director of its heart failure and transplantation program, in July was appointed associate chief-clinical affairs for the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine and also medical director of the Penn Heart and Vascular Center, which is located in the new Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine.

Robert Wemischner C’72
 announces the publication of his fourth book, The Dessert Architect (Delmar Cengage Learning), “a book for professional pastry chefs and serious amateurs alike on crafting multi-component plated desserts.” He teaches professional baking at Los Angeles Trade Technical College and writes extensively about food.

Deborah R. Willig CW’72
 is managing partner of the Philadelphia law firm of Willig, Williams & Davidson, who specializes in labor and employment law. She was recently elected chair of the French International School of Philadelphia, in Bala Cynwyd.

73 | Susan L. Benson GNu’73 graduated in May from the University of Colorado with a doctorate in nursing practice.

Nancy Gold CW’73 is of counsel in the Law Firm of Charny, Charny & Karpousis, P.A., in Mt. Laurel, N.J.; it specializes in divorce and family, business, and real estate law. Other partners there are Judith Schneeberg Charny C’81 and Karen Rose Karpousis C’88.

Dr. Laurence Kotlikoff C’73 was recently named a William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professor at Boston University for his outstanding contribution to teaching and research in economics.

Jill Haber Pallone CW’73 G’76 GEd’77 see Bob Pallone C’77 G’83.

74 | Anthony S. Bartolomeo CE’74 is president and CEO of Pennoni Associates, a consulting-engineering firm in Philadelphia. He recently joined the industry-leaders council of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the external advisory board for the professional master’s programs at Penn in earth and environmental science.

Harve Hnatiuk EE’74 was recognized in June as the 2009 Engineer of the Year by the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers. A vice president of Maida Engineering in Ft. Washington, he is leading a project to upgrade the control systems of the trams in the Gateway Arch in St. Louis.

H. Ronald Klasko L’74, Philadelphia, the founding partner of the immigration-law firm of Klasko, Rulon, Stock & Seltzer LLP, in June spoke to the Association of International Educators on visas and residence status. 


75 | Fred Bowen C’75,, retired in Sept. 2008 as an attorney with the Department of Labor in Washington. He is pursuing his second career: a children’s author. His most recent books, Touchdown Trouble and Soccer Team Upset (published last month by Peachtree Publishers), are “part of a series that combines sports fiction and sports history for kids ages 7-12.” He also writes a weekly sports column for kids in The Washington Post.

Daniel W. Sklar C’75,
 of the international law firm Nixon Peabody LLP, was recognized as a top lawyer in the 2009 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business; he specializes in corporate and commercial bankruptcy and is based in its New Hampshire office.

Barbara G. Werther CW’75,, is an attorney who specializes in government contracts and construction with the law firm of Howrey LLP in Washington. She was named to Chambers for the last three years and Superlawyers for the last two years. 

76Waln K. Brown Gr’76 wrote Growing Up in the Care of Strangers: the Experiences, Insights, and Recommendations of 11 Former Foster Kids,which was published recently by the William Gladden Foundation Press.

Michael P. Malloy L’76, a Distinguished Professor and Scholar at the University of the Pacific’s law school in Sacramento, Calif., presented a staged reading of Sophocles’ Antigone in one of his classes. 

77 Neal J. McNamara C’77, of the international law firm Nixon Peabody LLP, was recognized as a top lawyer in the 2009 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business; he specializes in labor and employment law, and is based in its Rhode Island office.

Bob Pallone C’77 G’83 and Jill Haber Pallone CW’73 G’76 GEd’77 email, “After a wonderful decade in Maine, where Bob was director of corporate and foundation relations at Bates College, we have moved to Lugano, on Lake Lugano, in the only Italian-speaking canton of Switzerland. He is engaged in fundraising and alumni-relations work as vice president for advancement at Franklin College Switzerland (, a small U.S.-chartered, residential liberal-arts college, whose mission is to integrate international perspectives into all aspects of a student’s educational experience. Jill continues her creative-writing endeavors and is seeking opportunities to connect us both to our new community. We both decided that we wanted an adventure at this point in our lives and are enjoying total immersion in the culture and language of this stunning region, which combines the best of Italy and Switzerland. (Franklin College Switzerland was named for Ben Franklin, in honor of his role as the first ambassador of the fledgling United States.) In May 2010 we will celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary! Friends are invited to email us at”

Martin M. Shenkman W’77 was profiled in Forbes magazine (July 13) for his work in recent years providing free legal advice for those with MS and other chronic diseases. His most recent book is Estate Planning for People with a Chronic Condition or Disability (Demos Medical Publishing): the royalties go to charity. He is finishing a book (for distribution by the Michael J. Fox Foundation) that covers both estate planning and charitable giving for the families of those with Parkinson’s disease. 

78 | Michael Brodie C’78 W’78 WG’84, is executive director of residential living at Irving Cypen Tower Independent Living at Miami Jewish Home; he has worked there for 18 years.

Richard DeMaria SAMP’78,, presented “Incorporating Rehabilitation Services into the Post-mastectomy Breast-reconstructed Patient” in July at the annual meeting of the Breast Surgical Society of Japan.

Dr. Susan Mellott GNu’78, founding CEO of Mellott & Associates, a healthcare-consulting company, in Houston, Tex., received this year’s Indiana University of Pennsylvania Distinguished Alumni Award. She and her husband, Scott, have one daughter and two grandchildren.

79 | Betsy Hickcox GAr’79, Glastonbury, Conn., is an architect with Tai Soo Kim Partners, who was recently promoted to senior associate. She specializes in academic science facilities. 


80 | Leonard A. Bernstein C’80, a partner in the Philadelphia law firm of Reed Smith, has been elected to a second term as president of the Support Center for Child Advocates.

Dr. G. David Elkin C’80 M’85 is a consultation-liaison psychiatrist at San Francisco General Hospital, where he co-directs medical-student education. He recently received the Osler Award, a lifetime-teaching award from the graduating class of the University of California, San Francisco. He serves on the hospital-ethics committee and leads efforts to bring the humanities to medical student and resident training. He lives with his wife, Claudia Toomey, a psychologist, and children, Jonathan and Nikki, in Oakland.

Robert G. Phelps C’80 recently retired as deputy public defender at the Santa Clara County Public and Alternate Defender offices. This fall he will matriculate in the screenwriting MFA program at UCLA’s School of Theater, Film, and Television; he is negotiating an option agreement for a television series he created on criminal-defense work. He welcomes “correspondence from Penn friends, particularly those with PGA credentials,”

Dr. Laura J. Steinberg CE’80 is beginning her second year as dean of the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science at Syracuse University. “After 22 years ‘down South,’ in North Carolina for graduate school, at Tulane University in New Orleans as a professor, and then at Southern Methodist University as chair of environmental and civil engineering,” she “is thrilled to be back in the Northeast, [and] is re-connecting with old friends from Penn and would love to hear from more.” She also invites her classmates to view her blog on engineering and engineering education at ( 

81 Judith Schneeberg Charny C’81 is practicing divorce and family law in her own firm, the Law Firm of Charny, Charny & Karpousis, P.A., in Mt. Laurel, N.J., which also specializes in business and real estate law. Other partners there are Karen Rose Karpousis C’88 and Nancy Gold C’73. Recently Judy was again named “Top Divorce Attorney” by South Jersey magazine.

Earle Hager W’81, a development manager with the global-commercialization group at the IC2 Institute at the University of Texas at Austin, is currently working with the Indian Defence Research Development Organisation to commercialize their technologies. In May he received his MBA from Baylor University. He lives in Austin with his wife, Jane, and their children, Alex and Sarah.

Anne Millbrooke Gr’81, Bozeman, Mont.,, wrote the recently published reference book Abbreviations, Acronyms, and Alphabets of Aviation: A Guide to Contemporary and Historical Terms Found in Aviation Literature. Her textbook Aviation History remains in print for its 10th year. She notes, “In March 2010, during the finish of the Iditarod dogsled race in Nome, Alaska, I will be delivering my 10th annual [history] lecture series, sponsored by the Western Arctic National Parklands.”

Leslie Sutton-Smith C’81 writes, “I am engaged to be married to Mark Blackman. We dated when I was a freshman at Barnard in 1976 and he a junior at Columbia. Later that year I transferred to UPenn, and 32 years later his brother ran into my brother in New York. The rest is history. It was like we were never apart. Mark is founding co-director of ArtsPower, a non-profit theatre-production company.”

82 | Alexander Klapwald C’82 is vice president of operations for Rodale, Inc., which publishes Prevention, Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Runner’s World,and other magazines, as well as the bestselling “Eat This, Not That” series of books. Alex just celebrated his 20th wedding anniversary with his wife, Marissa; they live in New Providence, N.J., with their two teenage sons, Aaron and Zach, and their two-year old rat-terrier, Spock.

Ted Marcus C’82 writes that he and Esther recently celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary in Jerusalem, where they relocated four years ago with their eight children. He has “been working in IT project management for the last 10+ years and recently started some small e-commerce initiatives: and are up and running, and others are on the way. Old friends are invited to be in touch at”

James Emmett Ryan C’82, an associate professor of English at Auburn University in Alabama, wrote Imaginary Friends: Representing Quakers in American Culture, 1650–1950, which was published by the University of Wisconsin Press in August. 

83 | Lynn R. Axelroth L’83, a partner in the real-estate department at Ballard, Spahr, Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP, was honored in May by Commercial Real Estate Women Philadelphia for her significant impact on the commercial real estate industry over the past 25 years. She had lead roles in the development of the Phillies’ new ballpark, the Philadelphia Orchestra’s move to Verizon Hall, and Penn’s acquisition of the U.S. Postal Service’s property around 30th Street.

Dr. Paul R. Feldman D’83 received a fellowship in May from the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, which is based in Philadelphia.

Dang Phan EE’83
 is a managing partner of Grove International Partners, a global real estate private equity firm in New York. In June he delivered the commencement address at the Loomis Chaffee School in Connecticut; a trustee for the last seven years, he was first there as a student 34 years ago, after his family had fled Vietnam.

Jeffery M. Zitron C’83 W’83,
 a partner with the Law Offices of Menden, Freiman & Zitron, LLP in Atlanta, was recognized as a “2009 Georgia Super Lawyer” for his work in estate planning, probate, business and tax law.

84 | Lorrie Sheppard Holm C’84,, emails that “a lot has happened in the last decade.” She is now married to Nick Holm, and they live in Hatboro, Pa., with their “blended family of six teenagers, ages 12 to 18. All the children are headed for college, whether they like it or not; meanwhile they are enjoying suburban Philadelphia life.” Lorrie notes that the focus of her professional life is now music, particularly folk and Americana. She and Nick write and perform music and host shows by touring musicians in their home ( Most exciting is their new business, Circle Recording Studios, a teaching studio for those who want to learn the art of digital recording. She also formed PhilaCappella, which consists of seven women, and sings around the Philadelphia region (

John D. Humphreville G’84 is a partner in the real-estate practice of the law firm Quarles & Brady LLP, who is based in its Naples office. In July he was selected as a “2009 Florida Super Lawyer” by Law & Politics magazine.

Tsiwen Law L’84 in April received the Community Builders Award from the Pennsylvania Bar Association. One of the founding members of its minority-bar committee, he was recognized for his 20 years of service to the committee and to the communities of color in the state. 


85 | Robin Blumenfeld Switzenbaum L’85, a shareholder of Berger & Montague, P.C., was a panelist, presenting the plaintiffs’ perspective, on securities-fraud litigation arising out of the financial crisis at a seminar at the Newseum in Washington in May. 
86 | Neil Bigioni C’86 L’90, Yardley, Pa., is an attorney in the Office of Regional Counsel of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Philadelphia. In May he was presented with the regional Instructor of the Year Award.

H. Jordan Foster C’86 WG’91 writes, “I recently took the position of head of marketing—North America, with Marshall Wace Asset Management, the London-based hedge-fund manager. I’m working out of the Greenwich, Conn., office. My wife, Sara, and I, along with Andie (four-year-old daughter) and Benjamin (10 months old) live on the Upper East Side, but we’ll be moving to Westchester this fall.” 
87 | Jeffrey S. Brenner C’87, of the international law firm Nixon Peabody LLP, was recognized as a top lawyer in the 2009 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business; he specializes in general commercial litigation, and is based in its Rhode Island office.

Amalfi Ramirez Finnerty CGS’87 received the Outstanding Teacher of Visual Arts Award for 2009 from the Center for Learning Through the Arts at the University of California, Irvine.

Dr. David L. Hildebrand C’87 emails he is ecstatic to report that he has been promoted to associate professor of philosophy with tenure at the University of Colorado Denver. Dave maintains a website,, and can be reached at

Judy Martinez W’87 emails, “I am thrilled to announce the birth of my twin boys on April 20 in West Chester, Pa. They are Brian Robert Martinez, born at 8:01pm and weighing 6 lbs. 13 oz., and David Philip Martinez, born at 8:03pm and weighing 7 lbs. 15 oz. [Their father is] Erik Martinez and maternal grandparents are Arthur and Dorothy Irwin DeStefano CW’56.There are no other siblings. I am in my 14th year working as a financial planner at the Vanguard Group. I welcome hearing from long-lost alumni at” 

88 | NiaLena Caravasos W’88,, is honored to be the only woman attorney in private practice in Philadelphia included as a “Pennsylvania Super Lawyer” (criminal defense) for 2008 and 2009 in Philadelphia magazine.

Abbe Fletman L’88 is a shareholder at Flaster/Greenberg, P.C., in Philadelphia, who specializes in commercial and complex litigation. She was included in the top 50 women attorneys in Pennsylvania published recently in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers.

Karen Rose Karpousis C’88 is a partner of the Law Firm of Charny, Charny & Karpousis, P.A., in Mt. Laurel, N.J., which specializes in divorce and family, business, and real estate law. Other partners there are Judith Schneeberg Charny C’81 and Nancy Gold C’73. 
89 | Howard S. Krooks L’89, a partner of Elder Law Associates PA in south Florida, has been appointed a fellow and the board secretary of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.

Warren Thune C’89 and his wife, Tama, announce the birth of their son, Max Harrison Thune, on Feb. 13 in Washington. “Max joins his very helpful sister, Sydney, who has, so far, completely accepted her baby brother into ‘her’ world.” Warren continues as executive director of the information-technology practice at the Corporate Executive Board. 


90 | Galit Chinitz-Rich C’90 and David S. Rich C’91 are happy to announce that their twins, Abigail Naomi and Daniel Jacob, celebrated their first birthdays in March. “Daniel has adorable dimples, and Abigail has a beaming smile. Older brother, Jonathan Joseph (five), and older sister, Rebecca Pearl (three), attended the twins’ birthday party. [We have] been happily living in northern New Jersey for three years.”

Mary Ann Siciliano McLaughlin Nu’90 GNu’93 and her husband, James McLaughlin, welcomed their third child, a son, James Joseph McLaughlin IV, on Sept. 29, 2008. He was also welcomed by big sisters Erica (now 13) and Elena (now nine).

Tom Silk C’90 WG’00 has joined PepsiCo in Purchase, N.Y., as vice president of marketing.

91 | Al Meyers W’91,, writes, “Due to the adverse economy, I shut down Past4Ward LLC, but am recalibrating it into a new venture because there has never been a more important time for innovation in our education system. Earlier this year I formed a new consulting company, Saisei Consulting (saisei means rebirth in Japanese), providing strategy and corporate development [consulting] to early-stage digital media and interactive-entertainment companies, [and] I unveiled my vision for 21st-century learning at TED 2009. [Other] activities include a book project, as well as considerable work with the Georgia Department of Economic Development, helping them encourage entertainment companies to our state. I’m also helping to organize the games for education and international tracks for Atlanta’s premier video-game conference ( in October.”

David S. Rich C’91 see Galit Chinitz-Rich C’90.

Darren Rosenblum C’91 L’95,, emails, “I was promoted to full professor and awarded tenure at Pace Law School this past academic year, and am thrilled to report that my partner, Howard May, and I recently had a daughter, Melina Rosenblum May, born on June 16.” 

92 | Rebecca Bratspies L’92 was recently promoted to full professor with tenure at CUNY School of Law. She specializes in environmental and international law. Her recent book, Progress in International Law, was published by Martinus Nijhoff and her most recent article, “Regulatory Trust,” was published by the Arizona Law Review.

Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock C’92,, is thrilled to report that he had been selected as Central Michigan University’s Honors Professor for 2008-09. In addition, the first two of his three edited volumes of the fiction of H. P. Lovecraft, The Call of Cthulhu and Other Dark Tales and At the Mountains of Madness and Other Weird Tales, recently were published as part of Barnes & Noble’s “Essential Reading” series. 

93 | Oren Friedman C’93 and Judith Gold Friedman SW’97 are thrilled to announce the birth of their second son, Micah David, on May 11 in Rochester, Minn. He joined big brother Ben, who is 21 months. 
94 | Gina Bloom C’94 received the award for best book of the  year from the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women for Voice in Motion: Staging Gender, Shaping Sound in Early Modern England (Penn Press, 2007). With the support of a fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies, she will spend this academic year in Washington with her son Max (two) and husband Flagg Miller, a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center.

Alissa Stonehill Butterfass C’94 WG’99
 and her husband, Andy, welcomed their second son, Seth Felix Butterfass, on Jan. 8. He joined big brother Max (three). Both Max and Seth recently enjoyed their first visit to Penn during Alumni Weekend.

Matthew Craner C’94 L’97 
see Katie Greenspan Craner C’98.

Elliott Hornblass C’94
 and his wife, Melissa, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Mia Scarlett, on May 1.

Kimberly Altschul Straker C’94
 and her husband, David Straker, are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter Alexa Brooke on April 28 in New York. She joined proud big sister, Chloe, who turned two in July.


95 | Connie Fang DeBoever W’95 and her husband, Patrick, are very excited to welcome their first child, Emmy Louise DeBoever: she was born on Feb. 18 and weighed 5 lbs. 9 oz. They live just outside Boston on the North Shore. Connie continues to work at the Boston Company as an equity-research analyst covering financials “(never a dull moment these days!) and would love to get in touch with old Penn friends at”

Jeremy Kuris EAS’95 married Rowena Santiago in Washington on Aug. 30, 2008, in two ceremonies, one Roman Catholic and one Jewish; the guests included Asha Bhatiani Scielzo C’95 and Henry Andrew Scielzo W’95.Jeremy is a senior principal software developer with CACI, on a contract with the State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security, and Nina is a litigation associate at Troutman Sanders.

Amy Markov C’95 and Ron Wolf announce the birth of their son, Nigel Peter Driesen Wolf, on March 24 in New York.

Robyn Cort Quattrone C’95,, has joined the newly formed Washington law firm of BuckleySandler LLP as a counsel. At Skadden, Arps for 11 years, she is a litigator whose practice focuses on SEC enforcement work and white-collar criminal defense. She lives in McLean, Va., with her husband, David Quattrone EE’96 W’96, and their two boys, Leo (five) and Nathan (three). 

96 | Dr. Kevin J. Chang C’96 W’96 M’00 writes, “My wife, Dr. Rohini Nadgir M’00, and I are elated to announce the birth of our first child, daughter Soniya Hui-Fen Chang, on June 13, weighing 6 lbs. 13 oz. Our family has settled into a new home in Sharon, Mass., splitting a commute between Boston (where she works) and Providence (where I work). I have recently become a radiologist and full partner at Rhode Island Medical Imaging and currently serve as an assistant professor at the Brown University Alpert Medical School. Rohini was also recently promoted to assistant professor at Boston University and practices neuroradiology at Boston Medical Center.”

Erik Marth W’96
 and wife Mary are pleased to announce the birth of their third child, James Elliot, on May 20; he joined big sisters Ashley (15) and Suzanne (two). Erik and his family live in Palo Alto, Calif., where he is an executive director with Morgan Stanley’s technology investment-banking group. 
97 | Gregory F. Angrist W’97 and Sara Landis Angrist C’97 are “excited to announce the addition to [our] clan of Jonah Harris Angrist, born on March 18, weighing 7 lbs. 9 oz. Mommy and baby are doing fantastic! Jonah joins older siblings, Alexandra (now six, going into first grade at the Ramaz school in Manhattan) and Fisher (“big brother,” now three). Alexandra and Fisher are all over Jonah, like it’s nobody’s business! Wishing everyone well. We’d love to hear from all at and”

Rob Faunce C’97 G’98 writes, “I’m delighted to have just finished my English doctorate in New York and to be heading back to Penn [this] fall to teach in the critical-writing program. The current plan is to polish my memoir-cum-dissertation into a book for publication. I’m tremendously excited to be coming back to Penn.”

Judith Gold Friedman SW’97 see Oren Friedman C’93.

Diane Gross Hess C’97
 and David Hess W’97 are delighted to announce the birth of their daughter, Margot Sage, on May 19; she joined brothers Jacob and Ethan at their home in New York.

Sr. Teresita Hinnegan GFA’97
 is executive director of Dawn’s Place, a Philadelphia shelter for “prostitutes and trafficked women who are looking to change their lives.” In May she was awarded an honorary degree by Villanova University. She had taught at Penn Nursing for 22 years until she retired in 2004.

Darlene D. Pedersen GNu’97
 co-wrote a clinical handbook, Pocket Psych Drugs: Point-of-Care Clinical Guide, with Laura G. Leahy Nu’89 GNu’91, a lecturer at Penn Nursing; it is to be published this autumn by F.A. Davis Company, Philadelphia.

Kate Tract Wasserman C’97
 and Adam Wasserman are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Sage Eliza, on March 17 at 9:01 a.m.; she weighed 6 lbs. 14 oz., and measured 19 ½ inches. “We are so excited by this wonderful addition to our family. Sage joins big brother Jack who turned three in January. We continue to live in New York, enjoying life on the Upper West Side.” 

98 | Elizabeth Conboy Bartone Nu’98 and her husband, John Bartone, are proud to announce the birth of their son, Giancarlo Biagio Bartone, on Sept. 17, 2008, at 7:38pm; he weighed 7 lbs. 5 oz., and was 21 inches long. John, Liz, and Giancarlo live in Derby, Conn.: John and Liz both work at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

Katie Greenspan Craner C’98 and Matthew Craner C’94 L’97 are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter, Alexis Marin Craner, on Feb. 4; she weighed 8 lbs. and 4 oz., and was 21 inches long. She joined big brother Jake, who turned three in March. The family lives in New York.

Bethany Rubin Henderson C’98 G’98 founded City Hall Fellows, “a non-partisan, nonprofit national-service corps to introduce America’s future leaders to the inner workings of local government” ( In June she was recognized and funding was committed by Echoing Green, which “assists emerging social entrepreneurs who are launching new high-impact organizations” (

Ron Isaacson EAS’98 see Stacey Feldman Isaacson C’00.

Dr. Daniel Kantor C’98 EAS’98,
 medical director of Neurologique, is principal investigator of multiple clinical trials, mostly for multiple sclerosis and migraine. He has been elected president-elect of the Florida Society of Neurology; he “can be reached at, or in-person in sunny Ponte Vedra Beach.”

Joanna Liebman C’98 married Jared Fishman on May 30 at Chanterelle in New York. Many alumni joined them to celebrate, including Jared’s sister Julie Fishman C’05, and close friends Aaron Abrahms C’98, Lisa Bebchick C’98, Jill Cooper Schulmann C’98, Beth Davis C’98, David Holop W’05, Mark Lubow C’98, Yvette Pasqua C’98, Jaime Singer Kaplan C’02, and Alicia Starkman C’98. Jo and Jared live in Manhattan.

Hilary Schaefer Meyer C’98 obtained her MBA in marketing in June from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, and in August she began full-time as an associate brand manager in Unilever’s office in Englewood Cliffs, N.J. She reverse-commutes from Manhattan and looks forward to catching up with fellow Quakers in the area.

Ryan Sacco EAS’98 W’98 GEng’98 see Clarissa Fesler Sacco C’00.

Tamar Shuldiner EAS’98
 married Keith Levenberg on Dec. 14 at the Marriott City Center in Pittsburgh. Many Penn friends joined them on their special day, including Sarah Peskoe Adler C’99, Dr. Samara Churgin C’97, Meryl Horowitz Cohen C’98, Ross Cohen WG’06, Ashley Collins C’98, Courtney Phillips L’00 and Jonathan Cross L’00, Ariel Fishman C’97, Jodi Kimelstein Gallaer W’98, Alyssa Eisner Henkin C’98 and Evan Henkin WGS’01, Lisa Johnson C’98, Laurel Siegel Landau C’98, Meyer Potashman C’98, Carolyn Silver L’98, and Robyn Guest Yairi W’98. Tamar and Keith live in Manhattan, where he is a litigation associate at Chadbourne and Parke and she is a senior engineer at MWH Global (

Dr. Hilary Tinkel Vernon C’98 and Aaron Vernon EAS’98 are happy to announce the birth of their third child, Ariella Michal, on April 23. She joined her sister Caroline (three) and brother Ethan (seven). Brenna Tinkel Sniderman C’01 is a proud aunt. 

99 | Lindsay Elliman Falvey C’99 and Brendan Falvey are excited to announce the birth of their son, Wyatt Walker Falvey, on May 28; he joined big brother Jackson who recently turned two.

Agatha Lambris C’99 married Brendan J. O’Malley in Crete on June 20. “The wedding was more than I could have asked for, with friends and family travelling miles to share in our special day and break plates in true Big Fat Greek Wedding fashion. Our 180 guests included Edina Ghazarossian Bobelian C’98, Veronica Ip Barnes C’99, Robert Tintner C’89, and Pam Silberman C’89.”

Thomas Pologruto C’99 G’99
 married Dawn Meehan Pologruto on May 16 in Woodbury, N.Y. The groomsmen included Jon Moriarty C’99 and Rob Fuller W’99; Will Holcombe C’99 also attended. Tom received his PhD in 2005 in biophysics from Harvard and now works in finance in New York. He and Dawn live in Huntington, N.Y.

Lee Sheinkopf C’99 and Jeff Siedlik are excited to announce their marriage on May 30 in Los Angeles; they spent their honeymoon in Italy. They live in Los Angeles, where Lee practices pediatric and adult allergy and clinical immunology, and Jeff works as a graphic artist at Variety.

Dr. Heidi Pechter Sichelman C’99 and her husband, Dr. Monte R. Sichelman, joyfully welcomed Jay Parker Sichelman on May 22; he weighed 6 lbs. 9 oz. and measured 18.5 inches. Heidi plans to continue practicing dentistry part-time in Auburndale, Fla.; Monte practices ophthalmology with Lakeland Eye Clinic.

Stephanie Sy C’99 has relocated from ABC News’ Beijing bureau to be a correspondent based in New York. She had covered several major stories in China and throughout Asia, including the Sichuan earthquake in May 2008. Her reporting last year on the global food crisis received an Emmy Award for business and financial reporting (see Alumni Profiles, Mar | Apr 2008). 


00 | Autumn Bayles WG’00, Plymouth Meeting, Pa., is senior vice president, strategic operations, for the Tasty Baking Co. She was appointed in July to a one-year term as vice president of the Forum of Executive Women.

Lisa Alpart Firestone WG’00,
 and her husband, Michael, joyfully announce the birth of their son Daniel Ian Firestone on May 14; he joined proud two-year-old big brother David. The family lives in Charlotte, N.C.

Sayuri Ganepola C’00
 and Jeffrey Kaczynski just celebrated the first anniversary of their marriage, which took place on July 19, 2008, at the Metropolitan Club in New York. The wedding party included maid of honor Katrina Borisjuk Cohen W’99, bridesmaids Erika Frankel C’00 and Ruthie Rowbotham C’00, and ushers Brian Konigsberg C’00 and Brett Meringoff C’00; the guests included Caroline Shipps Collier C’00, Karein Donahue Freehill Nu’00, Sara Rose Macconi W’05, Nicole Melchiorre Manion C’00 and Paul Manion C’00, Karen Paneggiante W’00, Jamie Taylor C’00, Julie Turner C’00, Rachel Tanner Van Meter W’00 and Mark Van Meter W’98, and Jen Walsh Nu’00. Following the wedding, Sayuri and Jeff traveled around Sri Lanka with members of their bridal party for a week, which culminated in a homecoming reception at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel in Colombo. Finally, they honeymooned in the Maldives and Mumbai before returning home to Manhattan.

Stacey Feldman Isaacson C’00
 and Ron Isaacson EAS’98 happily announce the birth of their daughter, Sophie Ella Isaacson. She “arrived on June 23, weighing 7 lbs. 6 oz. and measuring 20 inches, with big blue eyes and a full head of dark hair. Stacey teaches 7th-grade humanities at the NYC Lab School in Manhattan, and Ron is an executive director at Morgan Stanley, where he leads a software-development team. [We] live in Forest Hills, N.Y., and would love to hear from friends at”

Tony Keung GAr’00,
 a project architect with the architectural firm Ratcliff in Emeryville, Calif., was promoted to associate in July. He is working on the design of an addition for the law school of University of California, Berkeley.

Janet Duscher Moore EAS’00 and her husband, Tim, are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Caitlin Mary, on Nov. 3.

Dr. Rohini Nadgir M’00 
see Dr. Kevin J. Chang C’96 W’96 M’00.

Dr. Nicole Natoli C’00
 married Albert Naggar on June 6 at the Wauwinet in Nantucket, Mass. They met in 2006 at a promotional party in New York. She is a second year psychiatry resident at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital of Columbia University; she has completed six marathons, including running in the Boston marathon twice. He is managing partner at Buckingham Capital, a private-equity firm.

Clarissa Fesler Sacco C’00 and Ryan Sacco EAS’98 W’98 GEng’98are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Julia Marie, on March 4 in Los Angeles. Ryan continues to work in private equity as a vice president at American Capital, while Clarissa is a study-abroad coordinator at Loyola Marymount University.

Rachel Seligman Nu’00 GNu’01 married Andrew Kenis on Oct. 25 at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. Wedding guests included Joanna Ellis GNu’03Eustacia Muir Nu’00 GNu’01Janice Supena GNu’01, Zoe Robbins Tenney Nu’00 GNu’01, and Andrew’s grandfather, Dr. Robert Melzi G’56 Gr’66. Rachel and Andrew spent their honeymoon in Hawaii. They live in Philadelphia, where she is a nurse practitioner at Thomas Jefferson University and he is an associate in the trial department of Duane Morris LLP. 
01 | Nickolas Delikaris C’01 EAS’01 and Kathren Heide Delikaris are ecstatic to welcome their daughter, Caraline Alexys, into the world: born two weeks early on June 15, she weighed 5 lbs. 4 oz., and measured 17.5 inches. Mom, Dad, and Caraline are doing great living in Summit, N.J.

Stephanie Lemelin C’01
 is an actor/writer/producer with In-Motion Pictures, LLC, in Los Angeles. She wrote in July that “our film Disarmed has been accepted into the Action-On Film Festival, and what’s even more exciting—we received seven nominations.”

Ben Oren W’01
 and his wife, Rebecca, are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter, Nina Caroline, on June 14; she weighed 7 lbs. 7 oz., and measured 20 inches long. They live in Westport, Conn.

Brooke Resh C’01
 married Akshay Sateesh EAS’01 GEng’02 on May 24 in Coronado, Calif. “Many alumni lovingly joined them in celebration, including Erin Pete Devon C’01 [who sent in this note in late June], Josh Devon C’01 W’01, Gabriel Eichler EAS’01, Kate Goldhaber C’01, Jennifer Friel Goldstein EAS’01 WG’06 GEng’06, Niranjan Kameswaran GEE’05 Gr’10, Patrick Lee EAS’01 GEng’01 WG’10, Jeff Levisman EAS’01, Ron Lin EAS’01, Bill Ogrodnick W’01 WG’07, Neel Patel C’01 W’01, Lauren Patrizio W’01, Liza Beaulier Rao C’01, Sabir Rasiwalla EAS’01, Adam Saltman EAS’01, Deepta Sateesh GCP’00, and Joyce Yang EAS’01. Brooke and Akshay will be having a second wedding on Aug. 22 in Bangalore, India, and will then be megamooning around the world before returning to live in San Diego.”

Brenna Tinkel Sniderman C’01
 and Andy Sniderman joyfully welcomed twin boys Henry Eli and Abbott Rhys on May 19. Abbott and Henry arrived less than a month after their new cousin, Ariella Michal, was born to aunt Hilary Tinkel Vernon C’98 and uncle Aaron Vernon EAS’98.

Jessica Miness Whitehill C’01
 and her husband, Scott, are proud to announce the birth of their son, Daniel Bradley, on May 20; he weighed 6 lbs. 11 oz., and was 19 inches long. They live in New York. 
02 | Tom Olsen EE’02 GEE’03 is engaged to Jennifer Heck Nu’04.They are planning a July wedding in Philadelphia, with Andrew Olsen W’05 as the best man and Allison Heck W’07 as the maid of honor. 

03 | Randy Kessler W’03 married Amy Jacobson on May 24 at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in New Orleans. In the wedding party were best man Brian Cooper W’03, Brian Neider W’03, Jeffrey Nestler L’06, Jeremy Schwartz W’03, and Nicholas Stipp C’03 W’03 (who flew in from his new hometown of Beijing); also joining in the celebration were Douglass Calidas W’03, Costas Constantinides W’02, Andrew Domont W’03, Laura Essey W’03, Matthew Glowasky C’03 W’03, Benjamin Katz W’03, Eddie Kelenchuk W’02, Emily Nestler C’00 L’05, Sarah Rifaat C’01 W’01, and Bonnie Schwartz W’03. After a honeymoon in Hawaii, Randy and Amy returned to their home in Manhattan, where she is assistant corporation counsel for the New York City Law Department and he works as a vice president in the GSO Capital division of the Blackstone Group.

John Sobral W’03 
see Laura Ferretti C’04.

Kelley Spencer C’03
 married Frank Olah on May 16 at the Hotel Bel Air. “The beautiful outdoor ceremony took place next to the swan lake, and the reception followed in the grand ballroom.” The wedding party included maids of honor Dina Parise C’03 and Ana Baldioli C’03 (who sent in this note), with bridesmaid Karen Bookatz C’03. Wedding guests also included Jane Jolis C’03 and Meredith Bunche C’03. Kelley and Frank met at the University of Miami law school; they live in Los Angeles, where they both work as attorneys.

Julie Thaler C’03 married Matthew Lilienfeld on May 24 at the Taj Hotel in Boston. Members of the wedding party included Elyssa Koretz Schneider C’03 GEd’04 and Julie Berstein Palley C’03; other alumni attending were Jodie Resnick C’03, Tracy Bloom Lerner C’03, David Lerner W’02, Josh Palley C’04, Liz Slochower C’03, Liane Moneta C’03. Ashley Braden Krauss C’03, Melissa Manne W’03, Jen Valentine C’03, and James Kingham GEd’09. Julie and Matt spent their summer honeymoon in the Greek islands; they live in New York, where she is an MBA student at Columbia University and he is a futures sales trader at Newedge. 

04 | Laura Ferretti C’04 married John Sobral W’03 on July 17 at the Chart House in Weehawken, N.J. They met in a legal-studies class at Penn. In the wedding party were Brooke Dairman C’04, Jessica George C’04, Celia Thorne C’04, Christopher Nicolaou C’03, Jordan Ceresa C’03, Daniel Krup C’03, Sridhar Iyer C’03, and Benjamin Ezrick C’03.Laura and John currently live in Hong Kong, where she teaches at a school for children with severe disabilities and he works for an investment bank.

Jennifer Heck Nu’04 
see Tom Olsen EE’02 GEE’03.

Michelle Layser C’04
 married Nikki Usher on March 28 at the Los Angeles Athletic Club. “The wedding was the spiritual and celebratory complement to [our] pre-Proposition-8 legal marriage in West Hollywood in June 2008.” Shelly earned her JD at the University of Southern California in May and will attend NYU Law’s tax-LLM program this academic year: she has accepted an offer to work at Latham and Watkins after graduating. Nikki is a PhD student at the USC’s Annenberg School for Communication. They met in Philadelphia, where they spent two years before moving to Los Angeles.

Corrie Jae Sorin GEd’04
 is excited to announce her engagement to Mark W. Mercer. She is the “Ambassador of Optimism” at the Life is Good Co., a Boston based-clothing company. He is an independent business owner and a photographer for Life is Good. “Wedding plans are in the works for October 2010 in the Boston area.” 


05 | Nathan Kennedy EAS’05 married Ern Hwei Hannah Fong in a Quaker ceremony on June 13 in Warren Center, Pa. They met in high school in Taiwan 10 years ago, and reconnected when he was at Penn and she at the University of Toronto. Their “homemade Pac-Man-themed wedding cake featured a Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man bride and groom above a maze with flags on each of the four power pellets, each representing a country in which [we] had lived.”

Jessica J. Uitto C’05 is now an associate with Moses & Townsend, PLLC, a family and matrimonial law firm in Nashville, Tenn. Previously she was a pro bono attorney in the family-law division of the local legal-aid society. 

06 | William Danchanko GNu’06 in July was promoted to lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy; he works at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego as an oncology nurse practitioner and clinical specialist.

Jay Hiatt C’06 see Kerith Finegan Nu’08.

Melody Joy Kramer C’06,, emails, “I quit my job directing and producing NPR’s humor show last November and moved back to Cherry Hill, N.J., with my parents. I highly recommend this to all recent alums: if you’re lucky, your parents will still let you lick the spoon when they bake. After four months of unemployment and licking spoons, I decided to go to med school and am now enrolled at Temple University in Philly. I’m also still freelancing occasionally for National Geographic magazine and recently had a piece in the September issue.” 

07 | Francis M. Hult Gr’07 has been appointed to the editorial board of the International Journal of the Sociology of Language.

Joanna A. Johnston C’07 and Jonathan R. Stott C’07 L’10 became engaged in the spring, and will marry in August 2010 in Philadelphia. She is an associate at the Civitas Group, a Washington-based advisory and investment firm that specializes in national security, and he is a third-year law student at Penn.

Stefanie M. Lopacinski SW’07,, received a doctorate of human sexuality and an EdD (doctor of education) from the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco.

08 | Kerith Finegan Nu’08 married Jay Hiatt C’06 on April 25 at Woodland Presbyterian Church in West Philadelphia; the reception took place at a Victorian home in East Oak Lane. Bridesmaids included Janine van Vliet C’08, Camille Hardiman C’07, Amani Hirr C’07, and Stefanie Lenz C’08; the groomsmen included Ryan Strash EAS’06. Several alumni also attended the celebration. “Jay and Kerith met in 2004 at a Bible study through InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, and started dating after he asked her out on the steps of an Engineering building. They honeymooned in Belize and just bought a house in West Philadelphia; she is a registered nurse and he is a high-school teacher.”

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