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September|October 2018

“I am living with myelofibrosis (an incurable blood cancer) and will attempt a trek to Everest Base Camp next March to raise money and awareness for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.” — Shannon Richmond GNu’12

Celebrate Your Reunion: May 17–19, 2019


Dr. Herman D. Rudnick C’39 recently celebrated his 100th birthday in Rydal, Pennsylvania. Joining in the celebration were his wifeLois Kesler Rudnick CW’55, nephew Neil Koffler EAS’88 W’88, niece Karen Perlmutter Koffler C’88, and grandniece Abigail Koffler C’15.

Celebrate Your Reunion: May 17–19, 2019


Aaron Akabas W’49 writes, “I look back at my years with great fondness. I was an Alpha Epsilon Pi finance officer for three years. I was also a pharmacist mate in the navy from 1944 to 1946, and again from 1950 to 1952. Yes, I served in both wars. In 1954, I passed the New York CPA process and became a single proprietor, which is still going strong after 64 years. I am now the happy great-grandfather of three great-grandchildren, nine grandchildren (two of whom are Penn graduates), and three children. In October I will be 92. I attribute my longevity to six mornings a week at the gym. I drink three Diet Cokes a day, never water, and work at home or the office six afternoons a week. I have been blessed. I would love to hear from some of my classmates. My email address is”


Edward D. Weil Ch’50 writes, “I obtained my BS in organic chemistry from Penn’s Towne School and my PhD in 1952 from the University of Illinois. After 34 years in agricultural and polymer chemistry research and supervision at Hooker Chemical Company and Stauffer Chemical Company, I conducted and managed industrial and government-funded polymer research at Polytechnic (now part of NYU) for 28 years. I’m now emeritus but still active in consulting, mostly in flame retardancy. I hold over 220 US patents (one issued in 2018!), wrote two books, many papers, and developed commercialized agricultural and polymer products, including a new commercial flame retardant for polyurethane foams. I live in a retirement community near Akron, Ohio, and would very much like to hear from any other old Penn chemists or chemical engineers from that era, former coworkers, or students. My email address is”


Norman Berger W’53 L’56 writes, “Some of our alumni might be interested in an article that appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer on June 24, involving yours truly and others, entitled ‘Ice Cream Cones and Bayonets in Beirut,’ written by Kevin Riordan. It deals with the first ‘invasion’ of a middle east country by the US, in 1958. I was in the army, assigned to a Judge Advocate Division in Frankfurt, Germany, and also a member of the Pennsylvania Bar when some other attorneys and I were sent to Lebanon, along with 15,000 army and marine personnel to avoid a civil war threatened between Muslims and Christians. Upon my discharge, I practiced law in Philadelphia for approximately 50 years. On June 21, two of my ‘brothers’ and I celebrated our 60th anniversary of that event at a luncheon in Philadelphia, which was covered by the Inquirer.”


Stuart R. Kaplan W’55 has written a new book celebrating the life of Pamela Colman Smith, known primarily for painting the Rider-Waite Tarot deck. She was also a stage and costume designer, folklorist, poet, author, illustrator, suffragette, and publisher of books and broadsheets. Pamela Colman Smith: The Untold Story includes over 400 images of Pamela’s artwork from Stuart’s private collection.

Edward L. Snitzer L’55 writes, “The investment management firm Prudent Management Associates (PMA), which Dr. Marshall E. Blume Hon’70, emeritus chair of the Department of Finance at Wharton, and I cofounded in 1982, celebrated its 35th year of operation on April 25 at the Union League of Philadelphia. PMA has $1B of AUM withDr. Craig MacKinlay Hon’91 of Wharton and Barbara Snitzer Solit C’92 as part of the team. A full video of the luncheon, including an investment debate entitled ‘Is the low-cost Vanguard way the only way?’ between Dr. Blume, Dr. MacKinlay, and Ted Aronson of AJO Partners, is available at; and a short recap of the event is also available at”


Lynn Sandler Hubschman CW’57 SW’64 writes, “My book, Woozie (AKA Grandmother) Wisdom (About Life, Sex, Love), has just received the first runner-up award from the Eric Hoffer Review. It is now at the US Review of Books. Also, my husband, Emil, and I have just established an annual award for the Cardiac Catherization program at HUP, similar to the one established 30 years ago for Pennsylvania Hospital. It is awarded to an individual who displays competence in their work coupled with compassion.”


Richard Saul Wurman Ar’58 GAr’59 was awarded the Ladislav Sutnar medal from the Czech Republic’s University of West Bohemia, the Ladislav Sutnar School of Design. The prize is named after Sutnar, born in 1897, who was one of the first designers to work in information design and the clarity of two- and three-dimensional space.

Celebrate Your Reunion: May 17–19, 2019


Dr. William A. Eaton C’59 M’64 Gr’67 has received two honorary degrees: a doctorate from the Free University Berlin, sponsored by the physics department in recognition of his work on the biophysics of protein folding; and a laurea in pharmaceutical chemistry and biotechnology from the University of Parma, Italy, in recognition of his work on the molecular pathogenesis and treatment of sickle cell disease. Later this year there will be a Festschrift dedicated to him in the Journal of Physical Chemistry B.

Samantha Grier CW’59 , founder and president of Caring for Children,received the CBS Jefferson Award for Community Service. Caring for Children is a nonprofit that focuses exclusively on the emotional and psychological needs of traumatized children. She was also recently nominated to be a CNN Hero.

Henry Jaglom C’59 has written, directed, and produced an upcoming film, Train to Zakopané, adapted from his play of the same name. The story is one of love and anti-Semitism in 1928 Poland and is based on the true-life experiences of his father.


Rev. James H. Lupton Jr. GAr’60 writes, “I am pleased to announce the publication of my third novel, Tarboro Tea Party. It is a saga of a southern family dealing with the impact of World War II and its immediate aftermath. The story is based on my own memories of small-town people coming face-to-face with the trauma and upheaval of that momentous era and the great social and cultural changes that came. My earlier historical novel is Pilgrimage of Grace: Turbulent Youth and Perilous Power, based on the life of an ancestor, Dr. Roger Lupton (1456–1540), who was chaplain to Kings Henry VII and VIII, provost of Eton College, canon of St. George’s Chapel, Windsor, and founder of Sedbergh School. I practiced architecture successfully for 25 years before ordination to priesthood of the Episcopal Church in 1986. Though officially retired, at 86 I still serve in parish ministry on a regular basis and continue to write. I hold a master of divinity degree from the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest, and prior to entering Penn, I graduated from Duke University with a bachelor of arts in history.”

Donald Norbury W’60 see Murray Kleimon ChE’61.

Albert M. Tantala C’60 CE’61 was granted the degree, doctor of humane letters, honoris causa, from Holy Family University, on May 15.


Murray Kleimon ChE’61 and Donald Norbury W’60 reunited after 58 years for a round of golf at Southern Hills Golf Course in Brooksville, Florida, on June 25. Murray writes, “We were teammates on the 1959 and 1960 Penn golf teams. Penn won the Ivy League championship in 1960 and Norbury was selected to be a First Team All-American the same year. We both still have low single digit handicaps at our ‘advanced’ ages: Norbury (80) and Kleimon (78). When we were at Penn, I worshiped Norbury as a golfer. His swing was so smooth and so effortless and so consistent that he was the best I had ever seen. Sadly for me, I couldn’t beat him then and I can’t beat him now.” Donald adds, “I certainly enjoyed playing golf with you again, Murray. I believe your game is every bit as good as it used to be—maybe even better. Murray, you are a true gentleman, which I appreciate as much as your excellent golf game! I hope we can play again soon—and considering our ages—real soon!”

Dr. Wes Truitt C’61 has published the novel Ghost Missile: The Clash for Control of the Stealth Weapon. Wes writes, “This is a thrilling story of espionage, murder, and revenge set in contemporary times. It is the third book in the Stealth Trilogy. The first book, Stealth Gambit, was set in the 1970s, and the second book, Spy Brothers, was set in the 1990s. All three spy thrillers include many of the same characters as they face different challenges mounted by Russian intelligence and al-Qaeda terrorists. This is my seventh published work, the first four being nonfiction books.


Pat M. Nugent FA’63 , an associate professor of studio art at Rosemont College, writes, “This is the first time I have sent in alumni news, but I am so thrilled by this event that I wanted to share this honor.” Rosemont College will rename its art gallery the Patricia M. Nugent Gallery in honor of Pat’s 25 years as gallery director. The fall season will open with a retrospective exhibition of her paintings and a dedication celebration. “The opening is Saturday, September 8, from 5 to 8 p.m., with the dedication ceremony taking place at 5:30 p.m. I am hoping that some of my classmates will attend.”

Celebrate Your Reunion: May 17–19, 2019


Anne Sceia Klein W’64 ASC’65 was named the Lifetime Legacy honoree at the Women of Excellence Awards, sponsored by SJ Magazine in June. Anne was cited for her long career of leadership and accomplishment. She is the founder of Anne Klein Communications Group and author of On the Cusp: The Women of Penn ‘64. She writes, “The book chronicles the lives of 19 remarkable women who graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1964 and went on to accomplished careers in an era when opportunities for women were very limited. It is available on”

Edward F. Rossomando D’64 , professor emeritus at the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine, writes, “As the second anniversary of my retirement from my professorship looms, I find myself busier than ever with the nonprofit I founded in 2004, called the Center for Research and Education in Technology, and with the e-journal Dental Hypotheses. In addition, with my wife Nina Rossomando CW’64, I remain active in my community of Westerly, Rhode Island, with the revitalization of the United Theater, as program chair of the Dante Society, and as an active member of Literacy Volunteers. Had I known I would be this busy, I might have remained at UConn. But retirement is great—every day is Sunday.”


Steven Irace C’65 M’66 see Carl A. Irace C’97.


Howard Coonley II C’66 and Carol Shlifer Clapp CW’68 were married on May 6 at All Saints Episcopal Church in Hilton Head, South Carolina. Jacob Wise Clapp C’99 attended. Howard writes, “We met at Carol’s 45th Reunion at Penn and now reside in Hilton Head.”


Evelynn “Lynn” Snyder Caterson CW’67 was reappointed by New Jersey Governor Murphy to her third term as commissioner on the Atlantic County Board of Elections. After her swearing in, the other commissioners re-elected her chair of the board.

Dr. Jeffrey Ram C’67 writes, “As a professor of physiology at Wayne State University, some of my work focuses on running K–12 education programs at Detroit’s public aquarium, the Belle Isle Aquarium. To learn more about how similar institutions around the world do outreach, I studied and participated in education programs at the Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn in Naples, Italy, and at the National Aquarium of New Zealand in Napier, New Zealand. Other stops along this global journey yielded insights into doing outreach events in a shopping mall in Singapore; activating interest in preventing plastic pollution through classical music, art, and cultural studies in Sydney, Australia; and surveying students who were surveying tourists in Kyoto, Japan. I also gave seminars on invasive species and water mites at the University of Tubingen, Germany; the Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, Napoli, Italy; and Waikoto University, Hamilton, New Zealand. And I completed the editing of a book, Conn’s Handbook of Models for the Study of Human Aging, Second Edition .”


Carol Shlifer Clapp CW’68 see Howard Coonley II C’66.

Celebrate Your Reunion: May 17–19, 2019


Dr. Richard Cohen C’69 writes, “My daughter, Julia Cohen, and I defended our title in the USTA National Father and Daughter Hard Court Championship in San Diego, California, in June. We set a family record for only losing five games in the entire tournament.” They are ranked No. 1 in the USTA Father and Daughter Championship in the Hard, Indoor, and Clay Court categories for 2017.


Charles C. Coyne W’70 , secretary and general counsel of George S. Coyne Chemical Company, writes, “I’m pleased to announce that Coyne Chemical is celebrating its 150 th anniversary. An independent distributor of industrial chemicals in North America, it was founded in 1868 by George S. Coyne, a personal friend and colleague of Dr. Edgar Fahs Smith, founder of the chemistry department and subsequently provost. Coyne is wholly owned and operated by the Coyne family, of whom six have attended the University.”


Bob Kosian W’71 WG’76 writes, “My daughter Celine Kosian C’11 has just received an MBA (with honors) from the Booth School at the University of Chicago. After seven years with Constellation Brands, she will be starting with KPMG’s Consulting Group in August based in Chicago. Hopefully she can attend her 10th reunion when I have my 50th!”


William F. Martin W’72 received the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star, from Emperor Akihito in the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on May 8. His wife, Paule Audebert of France, accompanied him. William, who served as a special assistant for national security affairs to former president Ronald Reagan, was honored for his contribution to US-Japan nuclear relations, having negotiated the US-Japan nuclear cooperation agreement 30 years ago as United States deputy secretary of energy in 1987. The Order dates to 1877.


David D. Schein C’73 writes, “I was sorry to miss the class reunion in May. I was touring the Galapagos Islands and then Machu Picchu, a long-scheduled dream trip. This summer and fall, I will be doing presentations and book signings for my new book, The Decline of America: 100 Years of Leadership Failures. I hope to see fellow alumni during my travels.”

Dr. Marlene Rabinowitz Wolf CW’73 gave her presentation “Targeting the Patient Experience” at the American Association of Physician Specialists’ Annual Scientific Assembly on June 25 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Celebrate Your Reunion: May 17–19, 2019


Lennox E. Montrose W’74 received a third music award for his CD entitled Angel Whispers, which was named Best Pop Rock Album at the Akademia Music Awards. The previous two published albums created by Lennox also received awards recognition: Satin Heartbeat (Best Pop Album); and Intergalactic Tour and Showtime Review (Best Pop/Alternative Rock Album).


Dr. Daniel Baxter M’75 has published a new book, One Life at a Time: An American Doctor’s Memoir of AIDS in Botswana , about his experience setting up the first HIV/AIDS treatment program in Africa. He is currently an internist at the William F. Ryan Community health center in New York.


Avrom Jacobs SW’76 , who completed the two-year Wharton Management Program in 1986, writes, “I’m delighted to report the recent birth of a grandchild, Liev Max, to my son, Gilad, and his wife, Dr. Jamie Jacobs. Liev is my second grandchild, joining Elior Jacobs-Kutnicki, who just turned three, the son of my daughter, Kayla, and her husband, Chaim, of Haifa, Israel. Since semi-retirement from NormaTec, the medical/sports device firm I cofounded with my late wife,Dr. Laura F. Jacobs ChE’77 EE’77 GEng’78 Gr’82, I spent a year studying public health at Hebrew University and traveled extensively. I also serve on the board of Yad Sarah, Israel’s largest volunteer organization, which dispenses medical equipment to all Israeli citizens free of charge. I live in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts.”

Michael P. Malloy L’76 writes, “I participated in a working session of the Real Estate Markets Advisory Group of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), drafting a newly revised version of the UN Policy Framework for Sustainable Real Estate Markets. Based at the UN offices in Geneva, the UNECE, its Committee on Housing and Land Management, and the Committee’s Real Estate Markets Advisory Group have been working on the revision of the Policy Framework since June 2017. I’ve been working with the UNECE since 2009, first as an expert on bank regulatory policy and now as a US representative to the Advisory Group.”


David Chanko W’77 of Scottsdale, Arizona, writes, “I recently accepted a teaching appointment at Chaparral High School in Scottsdale. Most recently I was at American Leadership Academy campuses in Gilbert and Queen Creek.”

Sharon Goldberg W’77 writes, “It has been a while, but I thought I would let you know that I am in Los Angeles. I am a director at RedRidge Diligence Services. The company performs financial due diligence services for funds, banking institutions, and privately held and publicly traded companies. Due diligence offerings include M&A advisory, lender services, and business valuations.”

Lu Anne Tracey Stewart C’77 writes, “I have retired as a senior vice president at the global PR firm Hill + Knowlton Strategies and launched my own freelance writing business, focusing on op-eds, bylined articles, executive speeches, annual reports, and other long-form content. I would be happy to hear from alumni at or via LinkedIn.”


Barbara Thompson Gips C’78 writes, “My husband, James Gips, a professor of computer science at Boston College, died at home on June 10.” James helped develop EagleEyes, a technology that allows severely disabled people to communicate with computers, using their eyes to control cursors.

Dr. Gary V. Gordon GM’78 ,a rheumatologist at Main Line Rheumatology and chief of the rheumatology section at Lankenau Medical Center, has been chosen by Philadelphia Magazine and Main Line Today as a 2018 Top Doctor.

Celebrate Your Reunion: May 17–19, 2019


Stephen Fried C’79 has authored Rush: Revolution, Madness, and the Visionary Doctor Who Became a Founding Father . The book tells the story of Dr. Benjamin Rush, a medical pioneer and one of the youngest and most often overlooked signers of the Declaration of Independence.

Anthony B. Haller GL’79 , partner and member of law firm Blank Rome’s executive committee, has been elected to serve on the executive committee of the American Inns of Court.


Ingeborg Hegemann GRP’80 has been elected chairman of engineering firm BSC Companies’ board of directors. Ingeborg is an environmental scientist, specializing in wetland ecology, and an adjunct professor at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Stephen Houston C’80 has been appointed the inaugural Jay I. Kislak Chair for the Study of the History and Cultures of the Early Americas at the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress. While at the Library, Stephen will work on a project titled “Classic Choreography: The Meaning of Ancient Maya Movement.” Stephen is the Dupee Family Professor of Social Science and a professor in the Department of Anthropology at Brown University.


Haresh Lalvani Gr’81 received the IIT-KGP Distinguished Alumnus Award 2018 on July 20 during the 64th Convocation at his alma mater IIT-KGP (Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, West Bengal), where he completed his undergraduate architecture studies. The chief guest for this event was the president of India, Ram Nath Kovind.

Karen S. Mittelman C’81 Gr’87 writes, “I’m happy to share the news that I am the new executive director of the Vermont Arts Council, a statewide arts agency. After spending 19 years at the National Endowment for the Humanities in Washington, DC, I’m excited to take on the challenges of more grassroots, local work. Vermont has a thriving creative economy and a surprisingly diverse cultural landscape: the Arts Council recently opened an exhibit featuring new American artists from Tibet, Nepal, Burma, Somalia, Burundi, and Bosnia who now call Vermont home. My husband and I relocated to Marshfield, Vermont, in October, and I recently published my first novel, Gone Bolshevik, with the Vermont-based Shires Press.”

Dr. Jay Noricks Gr’81 writes, “I just published my book Healing Amelia, the narrative of a 36-year-old woman’s adventure through the land of deep psychotherapy, much of it in her own words. A fortuitous side-effect of the therapy was the discovery that premenstrual syndrome and its more severe cousin, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, can be brought into remission in just three to five emotion-focused therapy sessions. Essentially, healing the emotional wounds of growing up heals these conditions that affect many millions of women in the US and around the world. For more information about the process email me at”


Mark Kocent C’82 GCP’91 has been named University architect at Penn.


Calvin Bruce Chambers W’83 writes, “After leveraging my Wharton undergraduate degree and Stanford MBA to a career on Wall Street as a portfolio manager and institutional equity sales trader, I’ve found a new passion! I’m now an investment advisor, helping growing companies in San Diego optimize or set up retirement plans. I also advise baby boomers looking for tax-advantaged investments. Married with two children, I’ve become a ‘foodie’ and ‘cruiseaholic.’ When not cruising, you can watch me incite fear in younger players on basketball courts in Carmel Valley and La Jolla, California. I’m also the behind-the-scenes writer of CSquared on the NBA blog. Warning: read this blog at your own risk. CSquared is definitely not for the easily offended. Look me up if you are in San Diego and want to talk NBA over a Sunday brunch:”

Barratt Jaruzelski W’83 is a principal with Strategy&, PwC’s strategy consulting business, in the firm’s Florham Park, New Jersey, office. Barry writes, “I received the 2018 National Gold Award for Outstanding Feature Article, or ‘Azbee,’ from the American Society of Business Publication Editors, for my article titled ‘Will Stronger Borders Weaken Innovation?’ Published in the Winter issue of the management journal strategy+business, the article summarized the influential ‘Global Innovation 1000’ study, which examines the research and development investment trends among the world’s 1,000 largest public corporations in terms of R&D spend.” Now in its 13th year, the study was created and is still led by Barry.

Rena Potok C’83 G’90 Gr’95 , a professor of literature and writing at Villanova University, has edited a new book of plays by her father,Chaim Potok Gr’65 Hon’83, who passed away in 2002. The Collected Plays of Chaim Potok contains five plays that were originally produced and premiered in Philadelphia.

Celebrate Your Reunion: May 17–19, 2019


Nora M. Alter C’84 G’86 Gr’91 recently published two books:The Essay Film After Fact and Fiction and Essays on the Essay Film, which was edited with Penn Professor Timothy Corrigan, who teaches English and cinema studies.

Ken Athaide W’84 writes, “For the 18th year running, a group of friends from King’s Court/English House (1980–81) have gotten together for a weekend of great conversation, good food, and passable golf. This year we met in Hilton Head, South Carolina, and were very happy to have Jerry Musto C’86 join us for the first time. Also attending were Larry Curtis W’82, Eric Marsh C’84 D’88, Steve Wendel C’84, Rich Krieger ChE’83, Joe Lee W’84, Yon Cho W’84, Fran Kelly W’83, Ed Finnegan W’84, and Rich Bilotti W’84.

Hilda E. Burgos C’84 writes, “My first book, a middle-grade novel entitled Ana María Reyes Does Not Live in a Castle, will be published on October 2. It was a finalist for Lee & Low Books’ New Visions Award and was selected for the Junior Library Guild. The story features a Dominican American girl growing up in New York City’s neighborhood of Washington Heights. For more information, please check out my website at”


Pete Simonse WG’85 writes, “After having retired from a 30-year career in finance, I am pleased to announce the publication of my new comic novel, The Coyote, a modernization of the tale of Don Quixote. More info can be found on my website,”


Ralph Cathcart C’86 , a managing partner at Ladas & Parry LLP, was named one of the “2018 Most Influential Black Attorneys” by Savoy Magazine. He was also recently recognized by The National Law Journal as an “Intellectual Property Trailblazer” in July 2017 and a 2018/19 IP Global Star by Managing Intellectual Property. He writes, “When not practicing law, I also teach copyrights and trademarks and am an adjunct professor at Fordham University’s Law School.”


Nancy Morris ASC’88 Gr’92 is a professor in Temple University’s Department of Media Studies and Production. She recently translated a book about music, media, and culture by Chilean musicologist Juan Pablo González, titled Thinking About Music from Latin America: Issues and Questions.


Jennifer Higdon G’92 Gr’94 won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Classical Composition for her Viola Concerto; and the CD of her work won another Grammy for Best Classical Compendium. She was also awarded the Michael Ludwig Nemmers Prize in Music Composition from Northwestern University. The $100,000 cash prize includes a performance by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Christine Lundy C’92 V’96 won the Dipsea Trail Race in Stinson Beach, California, for the second year in a row on June 10. The race, founded in 1905, is the second-oldest footrace in the US and involves various obstacles over seven miles, such as a 692-stair climb and a trek up 1,362-foot Cardiac Hill.

Susie Orman Schnall C’92 recently published her third novel. Susie writes, “ The Subway Girls (St. Martin’s Press, July 10, 2018) is historical fiction about the fascinating Miss Subways advertising campaign. My first two novels were On Grace (2014) and The Balance Project (2015), and I’m currently working on a fourth. I’d love to see any Penn classmates at one of my book tour events this summer and fall. Please check my website,, for dates.”

Barbara Snitzer Solit C’92 see Edward L. Snitzer L’55.


Marla Blow W’93 , founder and CEO of FS Card Incorporated, won the EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2018 Mid-Atlantic Award from Ernst & Young.

Ron Cahill L’93 a partner at Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP and chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Department, was recently recognized as a 2018/19 Global IP Star by Managing Intellectual Property. The IP Stars are intellectual property professionals who have been highly recommended by their peers and clients. Ron has been selected for the guide every year since 2013.

James Garver C’93, a personal injury attorney at Edgar Snyder & Associates, was named to the 2018 Super Lawyers list.

Lisa Nass Grabelle C’93 L’96 and Kiera Reilly C’93 write, “Continue the celebration of our 25th Reunion at Homecoming weekend, November 9–10. Join us on Friday night at the Alumni Award of Merit Gala, where our class will be awarded the Class Award of Merit. See our class Facebook group for more details.”

Celebrate Your Reunion: May 17–19, 2019


Stephanie Cuba C’94 recently released her new book, The Warren Buffett Shareholder: Stories from Inside the Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting , which she coedited with her husband, Lawrence Cunningham. She writes, “Attending the Berkshire meeting is a unique and amazing experience, and veterans and newcomers alike are loving the stories in this book. Collectively, the 40 contributors we solicited to share their stories have attended the meeting 750 times.” Stephanie welcomes alumni correspondence at

Sarah Knott G’94 , an associate professor of history at Indiana University Bloomington and research fellow at the Kinsey Institute, writes, “On April 2, 2019, Farrar Straus and Giroux are publishing my book Mother Is a Verb: An Unconventional History. Directed at a wide public audience, and blending memoir and history, the book explores the North American past of pregnancy and birth, postpartum and infancy.”


Stephen Klasko WG’96 , president and CEO of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health, won the EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2018 Greater Philadelphia Award from Ernst & Young.

Dr. Tara Troy C’96 has opened a new medical practice, Comprehensive Gastrointestinal Health, in Northbrook, Illinois. She lives in nearby Wilmette with her husband, Jon, a pediatrician at Sanders Court Pediatrics, and their children, Kyra (13) and Taylor (nine).


Jonathan Brassington GEng’97 , a 2008 Wharton fellow, is CEO and cofounder of LiquidHub, an IT consulting company. Jonathan was awarded the EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2018 Greater Philadelphia Award from Ernst & Young.

Carl A. Irace C’97 and his wife, Alice Cooley, are excited to announce the arrival of their second son, Tristan Aidan Irace, on January 14, 2018, born at 9 pounds and 5 ounces. Carl writes, “Tristan was warmly welcomed by his older brother, Jack, to our new home in Sag Harbor, New York. Happy grandparents Steven Irace C’65 M’66, Nancy Irace, Philip Cooley, and Gail Cooley helped celebrate Tristan’s arrival. Tristan has taken an interest in the life and wisdom of Benjamin Franklin and already received several calls from recruiters from top heavyweight rowing programs around the country.”

Dr. Brian Southwell ASC’97 Gr’02 has coedited the book Misinformation and Mass Audiences with Emily Thorson and Laura Sheble, published by the University of Texas Press.

Celebrate Your Reunion: May 17–19, 2019


Jackie Taylor Meier C’99 L’03 started her own law firm in Washington, DC, two years ago. She practices in the areas of insurance coverage, consumer law, business law, and civil litigation, representing both individuals and businesses in DC, Pennsylvania, and New York. Her website is


Edward H. Yang W’00 writes, “I am delighted to announce the birth of my son, Edward J. Yang, on May 31, 2018, in Pomona, California. J. R. arrived in the world with full-throated gusto and measured a healthy 20 inches and was 8 pounds, 4 ounces. He is busy lording over the Yang household in Austin, Texas. His godmother Muna Tuna C’00, recently visited him from the New York metro area to dutifully spoil him.”


Court Creeden C’01 writes, “I was honored to be named one of the top ‘40 Under 40’ business professionals for The Charlotte Business Journal. My nomination was due to the growth of my financial planning firm Parent Financial and the success of my book Blue Goat.”

Ariel S. Glasner C’01 W’01 , an associate in Blank Rome LLP’s White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice Group, has been elected to serve a three-year term on the Attorney/Client Arbitration Board (ACAB) of the DC Bar.


Janine Jjingo C’02 writes, “I was promoted to partner at Skadden in April. I represent investment banks, commercial banks, private equity funds, financial institution investors, and public and private corporations in a wide range of US and cross-border transactions in connection with secured and unsecured financings, acquisition financings, restructuring and debtor-in-possession financings and other types of complex and traditional financings. I work out of the New York office.”


Lee Humphreys ASC’03 Gr’07 , an associate professor of communication at Cornell University, recently published The Qualified Self: Social Media and the Accounting of Everyday Life . Lee writes, “The book explores how sharing the mundane details of daily life did not start with Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube but with pocket diaries, photo albums, and baby books.”

Celebrate Your Reunion: May 17–19, 2019


Melissa Byrne CGS’04 writes, “I attempted to get arrested with Rep. John Lewis Hon’12 as a direct civil disobedience against President Donald Trump W’68’s policy of kidnapping children from their parents at the border. It’s a shame to see alumni of this incredible university leading crimes against humanity at our southern border. I invite all Penn alumni to take bold action to stop the [Trump administration] from harming children and their families.”


Michael N. Fine L’05 has been selected by Louisville Business First for its ‘40 Under 40’ award. Mr. Fine is a partner in Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs LLP’s Health Care Service Team.


David Jon Friedman GAr’06 see Courtney Leigh Russ-Friedman GNu’12.

Ryan J. Nunes C’06 was named executive vice president of the South Florida region for Jones Lang LaSalle, a worldwide commercial real estate leasing firm. Ryan also is proud to announce the birth of his son, Jackson. Morris A. Nunes C’70 W’70 is Ryan’s father.


Patrick Maloney C’07 WEv’12 , founder and CEO of Inspire, a renewable energy company dual-headquartered in Santa Monica, California, and Philadelphia, won the EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2018 in Greater Los Angeles from Ernst & Young in the Cleantech and Renewable Energy category.


Latoya Kamdang GAr’08 GFA’08 writes, “I applied for and received a US Fulbright Core Fellowship and will be in Taipei for 11 months. I’ll be researching and teaching issues on indigenous architecture at the National Taiwan University.”

Celebrate Your Reunion: May 17–19, 2019


Jessica M. Dinh C’09 and Timothy Siegmund C’09 were married in Santorini, Greece, on June 18 in front of family and friends, including many from Penn (and Hill College House), such as Sarada Bheemineni EAS’10 WG’17, Dzi-du “Andy” Chen W’11, Austen Helfrich C’09, Anita Sellers Helfrich C’09, Bruce Hogan C’09 W’09, Alexander Lambert W’09, Jessica Levy Kania C’09 W’09, James Kania C’09, Avryl Klich Blum C’09, Katherine Long C’09 G’10 L’13, Susan Garrigle Mallaney C’09, Thomas Martin C’09 L’13, William Murcia W’09, James Riley W’09, Taylor Rycroft EAS’09, Sarah Seligman Rycroft C’09, Sarah Stroh C’10, and Yvonne Wang W’08.

Michael Paolini W’09 see Arielle Lafuente W’12.

Dr. Racquel Skold Stucky C’09 EAS’09 graduated from residency at the University of Kansas School of Medicine—Wichita Family Medicine Residency Program at Via Christi Hospitals.


Stephanie Hayden C’10 writes, “I launched a podcast in September 2017, called High Five Success Stories, where I interview successful women (and men from time to time!) who can offer advice and inspiration to women. We touch on all different topics relevant to surviving the choppy waters of adulthood and careers. I’ve interviewed vice president of finance MaryFrances McCourt, September Rinnier Votta C’09, and Dr. Catherine Foote C’00 D’04 GD’06. And I have so many more awesome Penn alums in my pipeline. Learn more at”

Umer Khan WG’10 has been promoted to vice president of information technology and information security at SpaceX, a company that designs, manufactures, and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft. He writes, “The company was founded by Elon Musk C’97 W’97 to revolutionize space technology, with the ultimate goal of enabling people to live on other planets. I also recently completed two master’s degrees to became qualified as an ‘Islamic Scholar.’ I live with my wife and four children in Orange County, California.”


Celine Kosian C’11 see Bob Kosian W’71 WG’76.


Arielle Lafuente W’12 and Michael Paolini W’09 were married on May 27 at Cap Rocat in Mallorca, Spain, having met 10 years ago as classmates. Alumni in attendance included Seth Dean LPS’09, Katherine Dix C’09, Clara Sanchez C’09, Mitch VanZandt W’09, Rebecca Kitchens VanZandt C’09, Ercole Volonnino W’09, Charlotte Noren C’11, Hannahmae Dela Cruz C’12, Rose Kozar W’13, and Lucy Xu W’13.

Shannon Richmond GNu’12 writes, “I am living with myelofibrosis (an incurable blood cancer) and will attempt a trek to Everest Base Camp next March to raise money and awareness for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. While this initial trip will be to base camp, I plan to summit Everest during the 2019/2020 climbing season.” You can read more of Shannon’s story on her fundraising page:

Courtney Leigh Russ-Friedman GNu’12 and David Jon Friedman GAr’06 announce the birth of their son, Benjamin Lee Friedman, on June 7 in Philadelphia.


Brian Powers W’13 , cofounder and co-CEO of TemperPack, a sustainable packaging company, won the EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2018 Mid-Atlantic Award from Ernst & Young.

Celebrate Your Reunion: May 17–19, 2019


Bethany Edwards GEng’14 is CEO and cofounder of Lia Diagnostics, which created the first flushable pregnancy test. She was awarded the EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2018 Greater Philadelphia Award from Ernst & Young.

Rebecca Margolis C’14 and AJ Rossi C’14 were married on August 5, 2017, at the Pen Ryn Mansion outside of Philadelphia. AJ writes, “We were joined under the chuppah by our four Penn alumni parents, Robin Small Margolis N’84, Tom Margolis C’84, Faith Glickman Rossi C’84, and Fred Rossi C’84 WG’90. Attending were Rebecca Carroll Nu’14 GNu’18, Gabriella Kirk C’14, Ariella Freund W’14, Charlotte Salsgiver C’14, Kevin Seelaus C’14, Tommy Sisson EAS’14 GEng’15, Joel Malissa EAS’15 GEng’18, and Sean Werner EAS’16. We live in Philadelphia, where I am a senior associate at the private equity firm Graham Partners, and Becca is a fourth-year medical student at Jefferson University.”


Dr. Cheryl Logan GrEd’17 has been named superintendent of Omaha Public Schools. She was previously chief academic officer at the School District of Philadelphia.

Dr. Katherine Palozola Gr’17 , a Perelman School of Medicine post-doctoral student, received a two-year Brody Medical Fellowship, awarded through the Philadelphia Foundation for the study of incurable diseases. Katherine is studying the use of gene therapy to treat inherited blindness.

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