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Sept|Oct 2015

“In addition to my philosophical writing, I continue to write a monthly column for America magazine; recent topics include Ionesco, attentiveness, preaching, and euthanasia.”—Rev. John J. Conley C’73


James Cacheris W’55, a judge in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, in June received the J. William Fullbright Award for Public Service from George Washington University law school.


Richard Saul Wurman Ar’58 GAr’59, the well-known writer, cartographer, architect, and graphic designer who created the TED conferences, delivered this year’s commencement address to the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College in Wellesley, Mass., and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.


Jerry Perlmutter W’62 is pleased to note that his granddaughter, Abigail R. Koffler C’15, the daughter of Dr. Karen Perlmutter Koffler C’88 and Neil Koffler EAS’88 W’88, is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate.

Sheldon Toll C’62, author of Toll’s Pennsylvania Crimes Code (in continuous publication since 1974), has written, under the pen name Sholem Shmuel, another book, The Uprising: Historical Fiction About Winston Churchill and the Jews in World War II, which was issued last spring by Kindle Publishing.


John Norton G’63 Gr’67 writes, “My third collection of poetry and prose, Air Transmigra, is now available on Kindle; a revised edition, it includes new work. The original print edition, published by Ithuriel’s Spear in San Francisco, is still available from Small Press Distribution.”

Stephen G. Yusem L’63, an independent arbitrator and mediator, in May received the Sir Francis Bacon Alternative Dispute Resolution Award from the Pennsylvania Bar’s ADR committee.


Anne Sceia Klein W’64 ASC’65, Medford, N.J., founder of Anne Klein Communications Group, in April, with her husband, Jerry, received the inaugural Southern New Jersey Go Red for Women-Heart of South Jersey Award from the local branch of the American Heart Association.


Dr. Arnold S. Weisgold GD’65 writes that he will be inducted as an honorary member of the American College of Prosthodontics this October.

Mark G. Yudof C’65 L’69 in June retired as a professor of law from UC Berkeley; he had earlier served as president of the University of California System (2008-13).


Eric R. White GEd’67 GrEd’75, executive director emeritus of the division of undergraduate studies and emeritus associate dean for advising at Pennsylvania State University, was the guest editor of The Foundational Role of Academic Advising in General Education in the 2015 edition of the Journal of General Education: A Curriculum Commons of the Humanities and Science.


Donald Cofsky ChE’68 practices law with Cofsky & Zeidman, LLC, in Haddonfield, N.J. A charter member of the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys and the co-chair of the New Jersey Academy of Adoption Attorneys, he was recently elected to the board of the Family Formation Charitable Trust of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys.


Dr. Richard Keiser C’69 married Thomas McCarron CGS’74 on Jan. 15 at the Church of St. Luke and the Epiphany in Philadelphia; that day was the 32nd anniversary of their relationship.


Timothy J. Carson W’70, a partner in the law firm Dilworth Paxson LLP in Philadelphia, writes that he recently traveled to Beijing and Qingdao, China, where he was interviewed by two local television stations and made presentations to several hundred prospective Chinese investors on “The Use and Benefits of the EB-5 Program in the Financing and Development of Public Infrastructure Projects in the United States.” “The specific project at issue is the construction of the long-sought interchange between I-95 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Bucks County.”

Karen B. Schleimer CW’70 writes that she is a “first-time candidate for the County Board of Legislators in Westchester County (N.Y.), District 2, which includes Bedford, Mt. Kisco, Lewisboro, Pound Ridge, North Salem, and a portion of Somers. Mike Kaplowitz C’81 is also running as an incumbent in District 4, where he has served since 1998.”

Celebrate Your Reunion: May 13-16, 2016


Ian Chomsky W’71 L’74 is a partner in the law firm of Blank Rome LLP who co-chairs its white-collar defense and investigations practice group. In May, he received the ABA’s Jules Ritholz Memorial Merit Award in “recognition of his outstanding dedication, achievement, and integrity in the field of civil- and criminal-tax controversies.”


Arch Getty C’72, , has been promoted to Distinguished Professor of History at UCLA and was named the UCLA Faculty Research Lecturer for 2015-16. A specialist in modern Russian history and the Stalin period, he has written seven books and dozens of articles on the history of the Soviet communist party that have been published internationally. He has been a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow, a senior visiting scholar at the Russian Academy of Sciences, and a visiting scholar at the École des Hautes Études in Paris. He lives in Santa Monica, and is now writing a history of Russian tombstones and cemeteries.

Richard F. Randolph G’72 writes, “I am running for the open supervisor seat in the Scottsville magisterial district for the Albemarle County (Va.) Board of Supervisors. Alumni might enjoy knowing that my fellow Democratic Party candidate in the district immediately north of mine (I am currently the Scottsville district planning commissioner, so the use of the possessive is indicative of my professional relationship and not of my aspiration or my anticipated election outcome) is Norman Dill C’74. We have been advised to avoid making any references to Ben Franklin’s college down here in the land of Mr. Jefferson.”

David V. Skoblow C’72 W’72 writes, “I retired as general counsel of CLS Bank International in 2012. After three years of formation at Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary in Weston, Mass., I was ordained a Roman Catholic priest for the Diocese of Metuchen (N.J.) on May 23. I celebrated my Mass of Thanksgiving the following day at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York, where I had sung in the choir for 31 years. At Penn, I was president of the Newman Association. I was the last resident of the old Newman Hall on Spruce Street before it moved to its present location on Chestnut Street. I am a charter and a Cornerstone member of the Penn Club of New York, and I served several terms on its board of governors and as secretary of its board of directors.”

Miles Unobsky Theeman W’72 writes, “I have retired after almost 40 years with Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems where, for over two decades, I developed and ran AHS, its entrepreneurial, for-profit subsidiary, and most recently served as the system’s chief sales and marketing officer. My wife of almost 43 years, Sharon Perrone Theeman Nu’72, and I look forward to dividing our time between the family home in Bangor, our cottage Down East, and the occasional foray to new places to drink wine and take in the sights.”


Seth Bergmann GEE’73 writes, “On June 6, I completed the Moorestown [N.J.] Rotary 8K race in 34:35, placing first among men 65 and older.”

Rev. John J. Conley C’73, the Francis J. Knott Professor of Philosophy and Theology at Loyola University Maryland, writes that he “edited Redeeming Philosophy: From Metaphysics to Aesthetics (Catholic University of America Press, 2014), a series of papers on the philosophy of Jacques Maritain; my own chapter focused on semiotic theory and sacramental theology. In addition to my philosophical writing, I continue to write a monthly column for America magazine; recent topics include Ionesco, attentiveness, preaching, and euthanasia. My work as a dramatist continues: my last play, Seven Rules, was presented at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington (Aug. 2014) and at Single Carrot Theatre in Baltimore (Oct. 2014).”


Thomas McCarron CGS’74 see Dr. Richard Keiser C’69.


Randolph C. Read WG’75, president and CEO of Nevada Strategic Credit Investments, LLC, in June was appointed non-executive chair of New York REIT, Inc.

Barbara G. Werther CW’75, a principal in the Washington office of the law firm of Ober|Kaler, has been included in the 2015 edition of Washington, DC Super Lawyers.


David Chanko W’77 recently began teaching mathematics at Madison Highland Prep, a STEM charter high school in Phoenix that opened last year. Previously, he taught economics, mathematics, and science at Foothills Academy and Basis Flagstaff charter schools.


Deborah McColloch GCP’79 will retire in December asdirector of Philadelphia’s Office of Housing and Community Development, where she has promoted affordable housing and community development in the city for over 30 years.

Celebrate Your Reunion: May 13-16, 2016


Diane Shapiro Richer C’81, a principal in the Washington office of the law firm of Ober|Kaler, has been included in the 2015 edition of Washington DC Super Lawyers.


Nicholas G. Paraskevopoulos EE’82 in April was appointed vice president and general manager of engineering, manufacturing, and logistics in the electronic-systems sector of Northrop Grumman Corp. in Baltimore. Previously, he was vice president in charge of advanced-maritime and integrated air-missile systems.


Zoe Weil C’83 G’83, president and co-founder of the Institute for Humane Education (based in Surry, Maine), in May received an honorary doctorate from Valparaiso University in Indiana for her commitment to humane education.


Fredric Eisenberg C’84, a trial lawyer with the Philadelphia law firm of Eisenberg Rothweiler, and Dr. Leslie Goehl, a clinical psychologist, are thrilled to report that their son, Ben Eisenberg W’19, is a freshman at Penn.


Adam Dickstein C’85 was recently named corporate secretary of Crown Holdings, Inc., a Philadelphia-based manufacturer of metal packaging; he also serves as its assistant general counsel. He lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with his wife and two children.

Celebrate Your Reunion: May 13-16, 2016


David Blatte W’86 writes, “Greetings ‘86ers! Hope everyone had a great summer! Our 30th Reunion planning is under way. We hope to see you next year, to catch up with friends and classmates; there are many exciting new things on campus, even since our 25th Reunion. Please mark your calendars and make your travel plans. We need help on all of the various committees and would truly appreciate any time you can give to make our 30th Reunion a huge success—and of course lots of fun. Please contact me ( orSue Dreier Wishnow C’86 ( if interested. Hurrah, Hurrah, Pennsylvania!”

Larry Gasteiger C’86 has been named chief of staff for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in Washington.

Ana Martinez C’86 has been appointed director of development for the Frost Art Museum at Florida International University. Previously, she was chief director of philanthropy and creative strategies at The Women’s Fund Miami-Dade.

Lori Rickles C’86 writes that she and her husband, Cuong Do, launched Identifor to “help parents of autistic teenagers identify their children’s abilities, skills, and interests so that educational/vocational plans can be developed. You can learn more by visiting”


Wendy Freund Metcalf Anderson C’88, graduated last December from Arizona Summit Law School as class valedictorian. She has established Law Office of Wendy Anderson, a solo practice in Scottsdale, focusing on business, employment, and advertising law.


Jen Goldstein WEv’90, , was featured in an article in The Philadelphia Inquirer (May 23) in her new role as “Skatewoman.”

Celebrate Your Reunion: May 13-16, 2016


Ronald Bobroff C’91, associate professor of European history at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, is starting his second year as director of the Center for Global Education there. This comes a year after a personal leave, which included serving as the interim chair of the history department at Wake Forest University.

Brayton Connard C’91, director of human resources for Monroe County (N.Y.), writes that he received the President’s Award from the New York State Civil Service Commission, which is the highest statewide award for excellence in civil-service administration. He is the immediate past president of the New York State Association of Personnel and Civil Service Officers. He and his wife, Laura Connard C’91, have three boys and live in Pittsford.

Julie E. Kass C’91 G’91, a principal in the Baltimore office law firm of Ober|Kaler, has been included in the 2015 edition of Washington, DC Super Lawyers.

Sara Falkinham Maxwell C’91 recently accepted a position in Los Angeles with Banamex USA, a Citibank affiliate, where she has responsibility for retail, credit card, and regulatory matters. “I was formerly retail counsel at MidFirst Bank in Oklahoma City, the second-largest privately held bank in the United States. My son, Jack, is starting medical school at the University of Oklahoma this fall and one daughter, India, will be a senior at OU. Daughter Adair graduated from San Francisco University High School in May and will join the Stanford Women’s Gymnastics team in September on a full-ride scholarship. Youngest daughter, Gracey, will be a sophomore at Marymount High School in Los Angeles.”

Dr. David Perkis EAS’91 completed his PhD in natural-resource and environmental economics at Purdue University in 2014.


Mark A. Saloman L’92 is a partner in the Berkeley Heights, N.J., office of FordHarrison LLP, where he specializes in post-employment restraints, such as non-compete agreements, non-solicitation provisions, and confidentiality agreements.

Daniel E. Tranen C’92 has joined the Edwardsville (Ill.) office of the national law firm Wilson Elser as a partner. Previously with the firm in Boston, he defends pharmaceutical and medical-device manufacturers in mass-tort and class-action litigation.


Jeong Yoon C’94 writes that he “and Nicholas Whitley W’05 summited Mt. McKinley, or Denali, the highest point of North America, on June 1. We spent 17 days on the mountain, summiting on day 12, and took several days to descend due to weather.”


Lisa Maria B. Noudéhou Gr’95 is an editor with the Barranca Press in Taos, N.M. She writes that Black Rock: The Story of an Island, an Exile, and an Emperor, a historical novel about Napoleon that she edited, won the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Gold Medal for best cover design of a work of fiction published in 2014.

Celebrate Your Reunion: May 13-16, 2016


Judith L. O’Grady C’96, an associate in the health-effects litigation practice group of the law firm of Pepper Hamilton LLP, has been included in the Washington, D.C. Rising Stars list for 2015.


Nicole Fisher C’98 GEd’00 and her husband, Jamie Fisher, are thrilled to announce the birth of Charlotte Fiona Fisher, Abigail Lily Fisher, and Zoe Fisher on Jan. 13, 2014. “The ‘FishTrips’ came into the world nine weeks early, weighing between 2 lbs. 10 oz. and 3 lbs. 14 oz., and are now healthy 17-month-olds. We live in Jupiter, Fla., where I am taking a few years off from practicing law to take care of the girls.”

Amy Malerba Hemingway C’98 G’03 and her husband, Ryan, are elated to announce the birth of their first child, Hazel May Hemingway, on March 26. They live in Washington, where Amy is in her 10th year at Edelman Public Relations.

Barbara L’Amoreaux G’98, Chalfont, Pa., has joined Simon PR in Philadelphia as vice president in charge of account service; previously, she was director of corporate communications for Holy Redeemer Health System.


Andrew Exum C’00 in May became the deputy assistant secretary of defense for Middle East policy at the Pentagon.

Dawinder (Dave) S. Sidhu C’00, a law professor at the University of New Mexico, was elected as a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Celebrate Your Reunion: May 13-16, 2016


Andrew McLaughlin C’01 married Erin Cockren on May 9 in Summit, N.J. “We celebrated the special day with 170 of our family and friends, and danced long into the night. Groomsmen duties were performed excellently by Josh Pechar C’01, Edward Sherwin C’01, and Thomas Valentin C’01. Other attendees included Ben Geldon C’01, Rick Haggerty C’01, Rachel Tarko Hudson C’04, Ryan Janda C’01, Marisa Kastner Morse EAS’03, Estee Konor Duvshani C’01, Eric Moskowitz C’01, Joanne Palma Pechar GNu’13, Jessica Tuchinsky C’02, and Melissa Wong C’01. The Penn guests represented The Daily Pennsylvanian, the ski team, Hill House, and recent inter-school marriages—and took a wonderfully cheesy keepsake photo with a Penn flag.” Andrew and Erin honeymooned in Bali with a quick stop in Hong Kong. They returned to New York, where he is a senior vice president of risk at Citi and she is a VP management supervisor at Hill Holliday.

Ben Yarbrough C’01 and Lauren Strickler Yarbrough WG’06 happily welcomed the arrival of their daughter, Clare Morgan Yarbrough, on May 18 in Chicago. Clare was well received by her two older brothers, Max (five) and Elliott (two). They live in Winnetka; Ben is a principal with Merit Capital Partners and Lauren is a partner at Marakon Associates.


Yonaton M. Rosenzweig C’02 married Mojdeh Navid on Feb. 15 at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. After Penn, he obtained his JD from Harvard Law School and is a litigation partner at the national law firm Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP. She is a counsel for Fox 21 Television Studios. The wedding and celebration includedLaura Birnbaum C’09 (Mojdeh’s close friend from high school who introduced them), Scott Kend C’02 W’02,andJesse Rubenfeld C’03 W’02, Julie Furst C’01, Joshua D. Klein C’02, Pavel Khazanov C’18, Etty Lewensztain C’04, Halleh Yafeh C’04, and Ashley B. Woodall C’06. Yoni and Mojdeh live in Beverlywood.

Jared Simon W’02 and Dr. Carrie Zaslow Simon C’02 welcomed Isaac Elliott Simon to their family on June 26. Big brother Louis Simon is enjoying the new addition to the family. Jared is currently senior director of marketing, food advocacy and strategy, at Hain Celestial, the natural- and organic-food company. Carrie practices as an ophthalmologist while serving as a clinical and surgical instructor to the medical residents at North Shore-LIJ Hospital.


Benjamin Tamber-Rosenau C’03 and Caryn Tamber-Rosenau C’03 write, “We are excited to announce the birth of our daughter, Aviva Yael Tamber-Rosenau, in May in Nashville, Tenn. We both currently work at Vanderbilt University. Ben is a postdoctoral fellow in psychology; Caryn just finished her PhD in Hebrew Bible (she missed her commencement because she was in labor with Aviva!) and will serve as a lecturer in Vanderbilt’s religious-studies and Jewish-studies departments this academic year.”


Alexander A. High C’04, a post-doctoral research fellow at Harvard University, was the lead author of an article that was published in Nature (11 June), “Visible-frequency hyperbolic metasurface,” about optical meta-material use in a range of applications.

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

Alyssa Cwanger Weissberger C’04 and her husband, Jared Weissberger, are proud to announce the arrival of their son, Ethan Adam Weissberger, at 4:13am on May 23, at HUP; Ethan weighed 8 lbs. 7 oz. at birth. They currently live in the Art Museum area of Philadelphia.


David E. Katz C’05 in May was named counsel in the business and technology group of the Boston law firm of Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP, where he specializes in corporate matters for public and private firms, and private-equity clients and their portfolio companies.

Dr. Danielle Savitsky Strauss C’05 and Dr. Joshua Adam Strauss C’04 are thrilled to announce the birth of their second daughter, Michaela Jo, on June 17. “Big sister Alexa is excited by the new addition to the family. We can’t wait to take the girls on a trip to Penn to show them where their parents met. We are currently living in New Jersey, where Josh is in private practice at Advanced Care Oncology & Hematology Associates and Danielle is a practicing vitreo-retinal surgeon at Omni Eye Services.”

Nicholas Whitley W’05 see Jeong Yoon C’94.

Celebrate Your Reunion: May 13-16, 2016


Melody Joy Kramer C’06 writes, “I just completed a Visiting Nieman Fellowship up at Harvard, where I researched how the definition of public-media membership could expand to include different kinds of non-financial donations. I’m now launching an open-source software project that will create tools for public-media stations to better collaborate with each other and the audience; visit to learn more or email me at”

Cmdr. Thecly Scott GNu’06 is director for surgical services at the Naval Hospital Bremerton (Wash.), where she leads a team of 167 physicians and other medical personnel. Recently, she received the Kitsap Health Care Heroes-Military Medical Personnel Excellence Award, for her contributions to health and wellness in the local community.

Lauren Strickler Yarbrough WG’06 see Ben Yarbrough C’01.


Dr. Francis M. Hult Gr’07 and Dr. David Cassels Johnson Gr’07 wrote Research Methods in Language Policy and Planning (Wiley, 2015), a “guide to research design from multiple methodological perspectives that also includes tips for scholarly engagement with public policy.”


Brad Schnebel D’08 is proud and excited to announce the opening of his new orthodontic practice, Westchester Family Orthodontics, in Harrison, N.Y.


Jennifer Eppensteiner L’09 writes, “My husband, John Eppensteiner III LPS’15, and I are thrilled to announce the birth of our first child, Evelyn Valentina Eppensteiner, on May 25. We live in Philadelphia, where John is an environmental auditor with American Water and I am an associate with Reed Smith LLP in its life-sciences health-industry group.”

Judith Kim C’09 has joined Boston law firm Krokidas & Bluestein, LLP, where she clerked while studying law at Boston University. She works with non profit and public entities to navigate tax exemption and compliance matters.

Jeremy B. Lefkowitz Gr’09, an assistant professor of classics at Swarthmore College, has been awarded an 11-month postdoctoral Rome Prize in ancient studies from the American Academy in Rome.


Blair Braun C’10 married Frank Weber C’11 on June 27 at Pen Ryn Mansion in Bensalem, Pa. Her father, George Braun L’79, proudly walked her down the aisle. The bridal party included Julie Bown GEd’11 GEd’12, Jennifer Drossner C’10, Brandon Weber C’08 (best man), Joseph McKendry W’11, and Joseph Squadroni C’11. Also attending were many family and friends including Jamie Tomczuk C’10 GEd’11, Lexi Caffrey W’10, Jill Taylor Roth C’10, Todd Roth C’10, Stephanie Ragg C’10, Todd Tewksbury EAS’10, Scott Vernick C’10, Elizabeth Fitzgerald C’11, Meta Rieck C’11, Kelly Burke C’12, Molly Brauer C’12, Selbie Jason C’13, Mike Lane GEd’05, Erica Dressler GEd’11, Eva Sweidel GEd’82 Gr’87, John Stalba EE’86, Hon. Paul S. Diamond L’77, and Jordan Lindekins Nu’19. Blair and Frank live in Philadelphia, where he is an associate at Pepper Hamilton LLP, and she is a coordinator in Penn Athletics’ development office.

Nori Katagiri G’10, Montgomery, Ala., writes, “I teach international relations and security studies for senior military and civilian personnel here at the Air War College. Recently, I received the Meritorious Civilian Service Award (and a nice medal) from the US Department of the Air Force, after five years of teaching; this comes as a great addition to the faculty-research award I received earlier this year.”

Celebrate Your Reunion: May 13-16, 2016


Frank Weber C’11 see Blair Braun C’10.


Matthew C. Sommer C’12 graduated in May from Harvard Law School. He has moved back to New York, where he will begin working this month at the law firm of Latham & Watkins LLP.


Vindhya T. Adapa L’14 has joined the Princeton office of the law firm of Pepper Hamilton LLP as an associate in its corporate and securities practice group.

Mark J. Kieser GCP’14 GLA’14 and Lin Hua GLA’14 announce their engagement. The wedding is set for Oct. 4 on Coronado Island, Calif., and there are plans for another ceremony in China, in the spring.


John Eppensteiner III LPS’15, see Jennifer Eppensteiner L’09.

Michael Shostek C’15 earlier this year received an Order of Arrow Distinguished Service Award from Boy Scouts of America.

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