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Leon Kaminsky, W’29, writes that this month (January) he will celebrate his “65th wedding anniversary with my dear wife, Beatrice.”


Berthold W. Levy, C’33, L’36, celebrated his 85th birthday in July by, among other things, playing tennis with son, Dr. Robert A. Levy, and his granddaughter, Leslie-Anne Levy. Retired from the law since 1986 and widowed since 1994, he is a guide at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Dr. Edward B. Shils, W’36, Gr’40, L’86, GL’90, GrL’97, the George W. Taylor Professor Emeritus of Entrepreneurial Studies and the emeritus director of the Wharton Entrepreneurial Center, was recognized last year by the University of Pennsylvania Alumni Society for his “dedication to the University of Pennsylvania, [which] has been a source of inspiration and pride for all alumni.”

Nathaniel S. Rosengarten, W’39, moved to Scottsdale, Ariz., in 1993 after living in New Jersey for practically all his life. He worked for Ronson Corp. for 31 years, and was responsible for the marketing success of Ronsonol lighting fuel, Ronson flints, and related items. For the last 19 years of his professional life he headed a marine-supply company that supplied metal nuts, bolts, and screws to the recreational marine industry.


Jerry Caponigro, Ed’41, GEd’42, received the William C. Castetter Alumni Award of Merit last year from the Education Alumni Association for his extraordinary service to the Graduate School of Education, notably his 36-year tenure on the alumni association’s board.

Leonore Manley Towne, Ed’43, GEd’44, writes that she “lives a rather bucolic life on a golf course outside Richmond, Va. — now that my husband [Allen] and I can afford such pleasant surroundings, I cannot use the golf course because of arthritis. I use it for walking in good weather.”

Bob Evans, W’45,writes that “on June 4-6 a Naval Reserve Officers’ Training Corps reunion was held at the Embers Inn, Carlisle, Pa., for members of the February and June 1945 graduating classes. There were 26 class members from the group that started in September 1942 and seven from other classes joined in the festivities. The total in attendance was 56 and all were so pleased with the reunion that they asked the reunion committee to repeat the affair in three years; however there is a possibility it could be in two. Those in attendance were: Joe Anderson, W’47, Cliff Baumbach, C’47, Bill Battersby, ME’48, Dave Black, C’48, Phil Blumenthal, W’45, Frank Bowden, W’45, L’50, Charlie Brown, C’47, WG’57, Hunter Davis, C’45, Gr’61, Joe Etris, W’45, Fred Ernst, C’45, Bob Evans, W’45, Charlie Fischer, W’45, Bob Goetze, W’47, Al Greenlaw, ME’45, Frank Harris, ME’45, Cliff Hines, Ar’47, Lou Kober, C’47, L’50, Frank Loughran, W’45, John Maus, W’45, Paul Myers, C’45, GEd’54, Dave Nelson, ChE’45, Bill Oldach, EE’44, Cal Sandman, C’48, George Sanko, C’45, Hal Shaffer, C’46, G’51, Dean Shull, ME’45, Don Sollenberger, C’45, GEd’49, Dick Soulliere, W’45, Jim Stevens, W’46, Bill Stuempfig, W’45, Irwin Waldman, W’45, Bob Wolcott, EE’45, and Bill Yandell, W’47.

Friday night’s affair lasted until after 11:00 P.M. with each man having a chance to tell about his life, either at Penn, in the Navy, or other experiences. There were lots of laughs and a few tears. A memorial commemorating the deaths of our departed classmates was held, with Rev. Dick Soulliere officiating. On Saturday night Col. Frank Harris (USMCI Ret.) gave an unusual recitation on the American flag and then led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. Guest speakers were Rr. Adm. Joseph Loughran (USNR, Ret.) and Col. Paul Pugh (USMCI), director of naval science at Penn. We had an unexpected speaker, Zack Perry, a young man who was in a wedding party being held at the inn, who wanted to say a few words. He is an Army ROTC student at the University of Notre Dame, and when he saw our NROTC Reunion sign at the dining-room door, he came in. He received a standing ovation after remarks about his appreciation of his forebearers who, like our group, were in ROTC units. In the concluding activities, Capt. Phil Blumenthal (USNR, Ret.) was elected our Penn NROTC Man of the Year. Joe Etris very capably handled the programs as our master of ceremonies, and the final evening ended with Hunter Davis playing his harmonica and leading the group in our hymn, ‘Hail Pennsylvania.’ The reunion committee is Bob Evans, Phil Blumenthal, and Don Sollenberger.

Dr. Arnold Blumberg, Ed’47, GEd’48, Gr’52,who retired in December, after serving as professor of history at Towson University in Baltimore, has published his sixth book; his History of Israel is one of a 20-book series on significant nations, to be published by the Greenwood Press.

Harold S. Rosenbluth, C’47, L’50,was appointed in October to the board of overseers of the University Libraries for a three year term. Co-chair of Rosenbluth International, he is a member of the third generation to be active in the 100-year-old family firm. He is a member of the executive committee of the Central Philadelphia Development Corporation and serves on the board of the American Jewish Historical Society.

Erwin J. Antoni Sr., C’48, GEd’59,was re-elected president of Girard College Alumni Association in Philadelphia; his term will run through June 2000.

Henry Cowan, C’48, G’49,was honored last year by the Blair Academy, in Blairstown, N.J., by its naming a multi-purpose auditorium after him. He had served on the faculty there for 38 years.

Jack M. Slater, W’48, and his wife, Beatrice Ginsberg Slater, last year celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, with a reaffirmation of their vows, in Temple Sha’arey Shalom, Springfield, N.J. A party was given by their children, Diane and Jerry Bedrin, Jeffrey Slater, C’75, ASC’77, Rachel Remez, and Mitchell Slater and Leslie Dickstein. Their six grandchildren and 100 guests attended. In May, Jack and Bea celebrated his 50th Reunion with his classmates.

Dr. Joseph Bender, C’49, writes “as a further response to the Arbittier Challenge in the February 1998 issue of the Gazette, I would offer the Penn dedication of our four children: Dr. Alison Bender Haimes, C’77, M’81, Laura Bender Koropey, W’79, Robin Bender Stevens, C’80, G’84, and Rodd W. Bender, L’96, as well as their respective spouses: Todd Haimes, C’78, Roman J. Koropey, W’76, Edward J. Stevens, W’78, and Cari Feiler Bender, C’90. Eight for eight’s not bad. In addition, our Penn family includes my father-in-law, William W. Swartzman, W’20, brother-in-law, Dr. William I. Roberts III, Gr’58, nephew John B. Roberts, G’82, cousins Joseph Brandschain, W’25, L’28, Esther Brandschain, Ed’24, L’27, Mayer Brandschain, C’30, Herman Brandschain, C’34, L’37, Daniel Brandschain, W’54, L’57, Susan Brandschain Raynor, W’81, David Brandschain, WG’90, and Dr. Leonard Klinghoffer, C’49, GM’58, as well as our extended family, Edwin J. Feiler Jr., W’56, Stanley W. Feiler, W’60, and Andrew B. Feiler, W’84. In all, three generations, 23 alumni awarded 30 degrees from seven University schools. And at the Savannah, Ga., wedding of Cari and Rodd in 1993, some 48 Penn alumni rose to sing ‘The Red and Blue.'”


Bill McDowell, W’50, writes that after retiring from the old Merck, Sharp and Dohme as senior director of engineering, he has “been busy volunteering for RSVP, my country club, my local library, and now as a school director for the Tredyffrin-Easttown school district. Two grandsons in the system make it more interesting.”

Edwin Krawitz, W’50, L’55, was recognized by the trustees of the University in October for his service as a trustee from 1993 to 1998. “His commitment and dedication to both the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the University have contributed to the vitality of this great institution. We look forward to his continued guidance, counsel, and friendship.”

Steven A. Winkelman, W’51, is an attorney practicing in Rockville, Md., and Washington, D.C., who specializes in estate planning. He has also served as an adjunct professor at the Georgetown Law Center for 28 years, and is a former president of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia — having also been included in Who’s Who in American Law and Who’s Who in the East. He lives in Bethesda, Md., married to Anne E. Winkelman for 44 years; they have four children and four grandchildren.

Emily Pritchard Cary, CW’52, has completed The Pritchard Family History (from Thomas of Jamestown) for Heritage Publishers, and currently is working on another mystery, this one based in northern Virginia. Her travel articles on Scotland recently appeared in The Los Angeles Times and Rocky Mountain News. Upcoming articles focus on Buenos Aires, Montevideo, and Patagonia.

Robert P. Levy, C’52, was elected an emeritus trustee of the University in October. He is chair of DRT Industries, Inc., and chair of the Atlantic City Racing Association. He and his family made possible the creation of the Blanche P. Levy Park in the center of campus, the Levy Tennis Pavilion, the Dental School’s Levy Research Building, and the Paley Professorship for the Dean of the Graduate School of Fine Arts. He serves on the board of overseers of the School of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Peter C. Nowell, M’52, professor of pathology and laboratory medicine, was recognized by the trustees of the University: “For over 40 years he has contributed to the well-being of the Medical Center and Health System, the University, and the community, and his constant efforts and extraordinary commitment have enhanced science and medicine with local, national, and international impact. Dr. Nowell has made many significant contributions to science throughout his long and distinguished career, most notably in his discovery of the Philadelphia chromosome, the first human gene linked to cancer. As a result of his distinguished career, Dr. Nowell was selected to receive the 1998 Albert Lasker Award for Clinical Medical Research from the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation. “These awards, chosen by a jury of the world’s top scientists, are the nation’s most prestigious honor for medical research and represent the highest possible recognition for a career of exceptional work — they are, indeed, considered ‘America’s Nobels.'”

Myles H. Tanenbaum, W’52, L’57, was elected an emeritus trustee of the University last October. He is chair of Arbor Enterprises, a closely-held family business. He serves as chair of the board of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Presbyterian Medical Center trustee board, as a member of the board of overseers of the Law School, and is a vice chair of the trustee board and executive committee of the Health System. He was chair of the Law School’s capital campaign and was a major benefactor for the Nicole E. Tanenbaum Hall, dedicated in October 1993. And he serves on the executive committee of the board of the Franklin Institute.

Dr. George S. Claghorn, Gr’53, professor of philosophy at West Chester University, where he has served as department chair for 30 years, received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary last May.

William A. Fritz Jr., CCC’53, lives “with his wife, Doris, in Media, Pa., and Bethany Beach, Del. While at the latter, we walk and play golf.” He writes that his interests include bibliophily, philately, and numismatics.

John G. Harkins Jr., C’53, L’58, was elected an emeritus trustee of the University in October. He was partner and chair of the Philadelphia law firm of Pepper, Hamilton & Scheetz until October 1992, when he founded Harkins Cunningham. A lecturer in the Law School, he has served as a member of its board of overseers, and as chair of the board of advisors of the Institute for Law and Economics. He is chair of the board of overseers of the School of Medicine and a vice chair of the trustee board of the Health System and its executive committee. When a term trustee of the University, he served on the budget, finance, and nominating committees, as well as chair of the legal-affairs committee.

Stan Ross, W’53, Sarasota, Fla., has retired from the retail golf business and started a new business, supplying logo golf balls.

Raymond H. Welsh, W’53, was elected an emeritus trustee of the University in October. He is senior vice president of PaineWebber Inc., a position he held with Kidder Peabody & Co. at the time that firm merged with PaineWebber. He is a trustee and member of the executive committee of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, and co-chair of the Health System’s campaign, “Creating the Future of Medicine.” He also serves on the board of advisors of the Annenberg Center, and is chair of the David J. Mahoney Institute of Neurological Science. He currently is president of the board of council of Episcopal Community Services and is a member of the board of United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania.

Duncan A. Bruce, W’54, received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor last summer for “extraordinary service to a particular heritage group, and for achievement on reinforcing the bonds between a heritage group and its land of origin.” His book, The Mark of the Scots (Birch Lane Press), which details the achievements of people of Scottish ancestry throughout the world, has sold out two hardcovered editions and is now in a soft-covered edition.

Dr. Eugene N. Myers, W’54, professor and chair of otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, was invited to observe the oral certifying examination of the Mexican Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery last February.

Patricia Parker Smith, Ed’54, writes that she has “been retired since 1991 and enjoying my ‘golden years’ in Palos Verdes, Calif., with my husband of 43 years, Ken Smith, W’55.”

John Weichsel, C’54, WG’56, Town Manager of Southington, Conn., was recently elected president of the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, which represents about 95 percent of the state’s population. The conference chiefly lobbies the state legislature, but also has a subsidiary group, the Connecticut Interlocal Risk Management Agency, concerned with insurance for the state’s cities and towns.

Dr. Horace Coburn, Gr’56, writes that eight years ago he and his wife visited Australia. While in Brisbane, they walked around the University of Queensland. “I was quite surprised, and pleased, to see the U. of Penn seal on one the many pillars surrounding one of the buildings. There were maybe 40 or 50 pillars, each with a different seal, and I felt proud the U. of Penn was included. Its stature is worldwide.”

Dr. Michael Eigen, C’57, New York City, wrote The Psychoanalytic Mystic, which was published last year (Esf Publishers, Binghamton, N.Y., and Free Associations Books, London).

Howard Silverman, C’58, was elected president of the Twenty Five Million Dollar International Forum, an organization of life-insurance producers. In the life-insurance and state-planning business since graduation, he is a partner in the insurance-brokerage firm of Posse Walsh Buckman Van Buren, in Blue Bell, Pa. He lives in Villanova with his wife, Marjorie, and their two children, Matthew and Avery.

Dr. Raffaele Bernetti, Gr’59, retired last May as analytical and quality-support director for Corn Products International in Bedford Park, Ill., after almost 38 years with that company. He writes that he plans to stay in active consultancy and with his wife, Paola, will continue living in the Chicago area.

Linda Gureasko Yang, Ar’59, has left The New York Times after 16 years as regular contributor to the Home section. She wrote Plants for Problem Places, her third garden book, published by Houghton Mifflin in their Taylor’s Weekend Garden Guides series. Her two other books on gardening are The City and Town Gardener (Random House, 1995) and The Terrace Gardener’s Handbook (1975.)


Dr. Mark G. P. Saifer, C’60, saifer@, e-mails that last August, less than three years after founding Mountain View Pharmaceuticals, Inc., he and his wife, Dr. Merry R. Sherman, filed their first U.S. patent application and licensed it to Bio-Technology General Corporation (NASDAQ:BTGC). Their firm develops processes for making protein drugs for the treatment of serious diseases safer and longer acting.

Wayne E. Wagner, W’60, was elected for his fourth term as Town Supervisor and chief executive office of the Town of Glenville, a New York state town of 30,000 people.

Walter L. Pepperman II, W’61, L’67, Oquossoc, Maine, has become licensed as a registered Maine guide. He now leads day hikes, wilderness-camping trips by boat, and guides cross-country skiing day tours by dog sled. Walt also has two vacation rental properties.

William Schawbel, W’61, was recognized by the trustees of the University in October for his service as a trustee from 1993 to 1998. “His commitment and dedication to the well-being of the University, through his leadership as chair of the School of Veterinary Medicine board of overseers and co-chair of the James Brister Society, have contributed deeply to the vitality of this great institution. We look forward to his continued guidance, counsel, and friendship.”

Charles Sinkler, C’62, has been living in the U.K. (Marlow, near London), for three years and has been remarried for a year. He works on special biological-wastewater treatment processes for a joint-venture company of ERM (UK) and PMC, Inc., which he co-founded. He is introducing a new process to the U.K. and Ireland which destroys high-strength organic wastes and sludges with a natural, thermophilic biological process; this would replace incineration and eliminate landfilling.

Dr. Andries van Dam, GEE’63, GrE’66, the T. J. Watson Jr. University Professor of Technology and Education and professor of computer science at Brown University, was last year appointed a trustee of the Rhode Island School of Design.

Dr. Robert Aiken, Ed’64, GEd’66, was inducted as a soccer coach into the Delaware County (Pa.) Athletes Hall of Fame last October.

Dr. William E. Jacoby, D’64, has been appointed chair of the Council on Peer Review of the New Jersey Dental Association. He had previously served as chair of the Bergen County Peer Review Committee.

Stuart Resor, C’64, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Calif., writes that he “would be very pleased to be put in touch with Penn graduates helping with ‘tall ships’ or involved in any maritime museum. We hope to replicate a warship or clipper here.”

Hon. Alan D. Lourie, Gr’65, judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, has been awarded the Jefferson Medal by the New Jersey Intellectual Property Law Association for contributions to the American intellectual-property law system.

George A. Weiss, W’65, was recognized by the trustees of the University in October for his service as a trustee from 1993 to 1998. “His insight, vision, and commitment opened the doors to educational opportunity for hundreds of school children in West Philadelphia, and his dedication strengthened the University’s athletics program and contributed greatly to the vitality of this great institution. We look forward to his continued guidance, counsel, and friendship.”

Dr. Marcia Satin Lavipour, CW’66, G’67, Gr’77, is a psychotherapist in private practice in New York City, specializing in couples therapy. She is married to David Lavipour, G’69, WG’75, and they have three children; the oldest, Sara, is in her sophomore year at Penn.

Dr. Arnold J. Levine, Gr’66, Hon’96, a trustee of the University of Pennsylvania, was last year appointed president of Rockefeller University.

Raymond P. Sanford, C’66, Newark, Del., has been selected for the fourth time for inclusion in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.

David M. Silfen, C’66, a limited partner of Goldman Sachs & Company, was elected a term trustee of the University. He was a member of Penn’s President’s Council, and he has served on the board of overseers of the School of Arts and Sciences since 1991.

Dr. Stephen M. Barnett, C’67, has been appointed chair of surgery at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, one of the teaching hospitals for Emory University.

Hon. Ellen M. Coin, CW’69, last May was appointed a judge of the New York City Civil Court, assigned to sit in the New York City Criminal Court. Judge Coin also contributed to the three-volume text, Commercial Litigation in New York State Courts (West Publishing Co., 1995).

William I. Kuhn, W’69, is senior rabbi of Congregation Rodeph Shalom in Philadelphia. He and his wife, Emily Eisenberg Kuhn, CW’69, have two children, Michael and Sarah.

Dr. Stephen R. Leventhal, C’69, M’73, WG’81, [email protected], has become a partner and healthcare-industry analyst at Bank am Bellevue, a Swiss brokerage and asset-management firm in Zurich. He continues to live with his wife and children near Basel. His oldest daughter started as a freshman at Penn in the fall.

Mark Lieberman, W’69, is senior vice president/credit policy coordinator of the Dime Savings Bank of New York. He has been appointed a trustee of the Brooklyn Public Library.

Jerry L. Stander, W’69, married Yehudit Kalfa, a high-school teacher of mathematics, in Jerusalem on March 24.


Charles C. Coyne, W’70, and his wife, Paula Latta Coyne, are pleased to announce that their daughter, Anna E. Coyne, became a freshman in the College in September. Through her grandfather, John Y. Latta II, W’36, she is a direct descendant of the Rev. Dr. James Latta, a member of the original graduating class of the College in 1757. She is the seventh generation of the Latta family and the fourth generation of the Coyne family to attend the University.

Michael A. Kaufman, EE’70, and his wife, Sherryl, announce the adoption of a daughter, Andrea Jamie, in November 1997. Mickey and Sherryl traveled to Chengdu City, Sichuan, China, to complete the adoption. Andrea, now two years old, joins Alex (17) and Amanda (15) in the Kaufman household in East Brunswick, N.J. Mickey is in his 19th year with Johnson & Johnson, where he holds the position of vice president of worldwide licensing and acquisitions, in the consumer and personal-care group.

Stephen D. Chopnick, EE’71, completed his 20th Annual Alumni Run during Alumni Weekend last year, receiving a special race photograph as a lasting memento.

Stephen D. Kramer, W’71, L’74, a partner in charge of the French-practice group at Pavia & Harcourt, a New York City law firm, spoke on American-securities law and American depository-receipt programs at a conference in Paris last year on American financial markets, that was co-sponsored by Le Comité du Second March and Credit Lyonnais Securities. He has also spoken at round-tables organized by Cr�dit Agricole for French attorneys, and has articles on American depository receipts published in French and Italian publications.

Margit Novack, CW’71, GCP’75, writes that her company, Moving Solutions, a firm that specializes in helping older adults move, was recognized for outstanding business practices by the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce.

Cindy O’Hara, CW’71, e-mails that she is happily living in California ever since leaving Penn, and is Mom to Kevin Varela-O’Hara (nine). She is a civil-rights attorney with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld, C’71, [email protected], is regional medical director of American WholeHealth, Inc., a company developing integrative medicine practices around the U.S. He has just published his fifth book, Ginkgo Biloba (Dell Press). With his and his wife Magi’s recent move to Lexington, Mass., and the acquisition of his practice, he is now “a corporate suburbanite after 20 years as an urban cowboy.”

Terrence J. Pranses, W’72, [email protected], president of Pranses Research Services, of Hoboken, N.J., was elected a vice president of the Business Marketing Association, New Jersey. His company’s recent studies have focused on the food, apparel, financial, healthcare, insurance, and home-improvement industries, and his custom-market-research work has led to recent profiles in Senior Marketwatch and Who’s Who in the Media and Communications. Terry was recently selected as a leader for a workshop, “Adding Value to Your Assignments,” for The Consultants Bureau, the national trade association of the consulting profession.

James M. Weiss, WG’72, has been named executive vice president of State Street Research & Management in Boston. He joined the company in 1995 and is deputy head of equities and serves on the management committee. The company manages $51 billion of assets for institutions, mutual funds, and individuals. James lives in Concord with his wife, Kathleen, and they have four children; his oldest daughter, Elizabeth Tyndale, entered the Wharton Graduate program last fall.

Ellen L. Batzel, CW’73, L’77, e-mails that after a stint as the president of a publicly traded environmental company, “which was a work-out nightmare, and may one day be the subject of a major motion picture,” she returned to private law practice and opened her office in western North Carolina. She still has clients in Los Angeles, and taught a course last fall for the UCLA entertainment business-management division on organizing, operating, and financing production companies.

Wendella P. Fox, CW’73, L’76, was appointed director of the Philadelphia Office of Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education in December 1997, which covers the states of Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, and Kentucky; she has a staff of 60 people.

Elizabeth Berryman Minkoff, CW’73, Elizabeth_ [email protected], in April was appointed vice president and assistant general counsel of Quorum Health Group, Inc., in Brentwood, Tenn. She married William T. Minkoff Jr., of Nashville last June.

Dianne Olander, Nu’73, was recently promoted to department coordinator for L&D, PP, and ob/gyn surgery at the Valley Hospital and Medical Center in Las Vegas. Her daughter, Kristen, is a freshman in the College this year.

Mitchell I. Quain, EE’73, was elected a term trustee of the University in October. He is executive vice president of ING Baring Furman Selz in New York City Previously, he had served as a senior vice president in charge of venture capital at Prudential Bache. He has been a member of the board of overseers of the School of Engineering and Applied Science since 1991 and its chair since last June.

James Schiffer, C’73, is the Elliott Professor and chair of English at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia. He edited Shakespeare’s Sonnets: Critical Essays, published last year by the Garland Press. The collection focuses exclusively on contemporary criticism: In addition to reprinting three highly influential essays from the past decade (including essays by Penn faculty members Dr. Peter Stallybrass and Dr. Margreta de Grazia), the volume includes 16 original analyses by leading scholars in the field.

Starr Harris Simpson, CW’73, completed his 20th Annual Alumni Run during Alumni Weekend last year, receiving a special race photograph as a lasting memento.

Richard A. Matasar, C’74, L’77, and Sharon Thal Matasar, CW’74, GEd’74, moved to Gainesville, Fla., last year. Richard is dean and the Levin Mabie & Levin Professor of Law at the University of Florida College of Law. He serves on the executive committee of the Florida Supreme Court’s Commission on Professionalism and is chair of the board of the International Center for Automated Information Retrieval. Sharon teaches Spanish as a visiting instructor at Santa Fe Community College and continues to work in the fitness industry; she is also in the graduate program in linguistics at the University of Florida.

Dr. Mitchell S. Felder, C’75, is the CEO and president of Infectech, Inc. (www.infectech .com), a biotechnology company with offices in Sharon, Pa. He is also the co-author of 10 U.S. patents involving a novel technique for “the rapid identification and rapid antibiotic-sensitivity testing of numerous bacteria which cause disease in people with cystic fibrosis, AIDS, cancer, and tuberculosis.” The company shall merge with the Regal One Corp.

Dr. Bijou Yang Lester, G’75, Gr’81, associate professor of economics at Drexel University, wrote with her husband, David Lester, their first book together, The Economy and Suicide: Economic Perspectives on Suicide (Nova Science, 1997). She also contributed a chapter, “Economic Analyses of the Deterrent Effect of the Death Penalty,” to David’s The Death Penalty: Issues and Answers (Charles C. Thomas, 1998).

Nicki Silverberg, SW’75, [email protected], retired at the end of 1997, having spent over 25 years in the field of social work, most recently as a case manager for a large managed-care corporation providing mental-health and substance-abuse services. She has recently set up a business on the Internet as Silco Publishing Group ( with five “dynamite” CD-ROM programs: How to Build Your Own Business, Internet Power Tools, Instant Publisher, Business Success Toolbox, and 500 Greatest Games. As N.H. Silverberg & Associates she is also in the business of buying and selling personally held mortgages and trust deeds. She also retired from sky diving and “is now a demon on the slopes. Did you know that at many ski areas around the country you can ski free after age 70? Who ever said getting older doesn’t have its perks?” She’s been living in the charming village of Skippack, Pa., for 13 years and wishes all her friends and associates best wishes for the New Year.

Barbara A. Uhland-Landan, CW’75, has been practicing law in Ventura County, Calif., for 10 years; her practice is primarily devoted to medical and dental malpractice and family law. She is currently serving a one-year term as president of the Ventura County Trial Lawyers Association, having served on its board during the past five years.

Karen M. Kral, C’76, completed her 20th Annual Alumni Run during Alumni Weekend last year, receiving a special race photograph as a lasting memento.

Robert S. Lavet, C’76, was recently named vice president and general counsel at Sallie Mae, Inc., in Reston, Va. He lives in Vienna with his wife, Lorraine, and daughter, Jennifer (eight).

Rabbi Rachel Esserman, C’77, Glenside, Pa., in June was ordained a rabbi after graduating from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. Last year she also had a book of poetry, I Stand by the River, published (Keshet Press, Binghamton, N.Y.).

Craig A. Glazer, C’77, is in his second term as chair of of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio; as chair, he serves in the cabinet of Ohio Governor Voinovich. He recently was appointed to the electricity committee of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners.

Dr. Mitchell J. Blutt, C’78, M’82, W’87, was elected a term trustee of the University in October. He is executive partner at Chase Capital Partners in New York City, responsible for investments in the health-care industry and for the firm’s venture-capital strategy. As an adjunct professor at Cornell New York Medical Center, he sees patients in his clinical practice of internal medicine one day per week; he also teaches a course at Cornell Medical School on new business development in the health-care industry. Dr. Blutt serves on 10 corporate boards. At Penn, he is a member of the board of overseers of the School of Arts and Sciences, the Agenda for Excellence Council, and the Committee on Undergraduate Financial Aid.

Mark S. Mingelgreen, W’78, has been promoted to partner at the business-management firm of Peyser & Alexander Management in New York City. He lives with his wife, Susan, and three children, Cory and Jason (16-year-old twins), and Lindsey (10 years old) in Cedarhurst, N.Y.

Susan Heidi Wolman Mann, C’78, married Steven Mann on August 23. She is president of SW Software, Inc., a consulting firm that specializes in technology for museums and galleries.

Thomas J. Normile, CE’78, has been named a principal of Keast & Hood, Co., a structural-engineering firm. In addition to numerous structures throughout the Philadelphia-metropolitan region, the firm is providing the structural work for the restoration of the old Furness building (now the Fisher Fine Arts Library) and College Hall, as well as an addition to the Annenberg School, now under construction. Tom and his wife, Dr. Rosemarie Fabien, Gr’94, live in Wynnewood, Pa., with their two children.

Dr. Dennis Barone, G’79, Gr’84, is professor of English at St. Joseph College, in West Hartford, Conn. He has written three books of fiction, Abusing the Telephone (1994), The Returns (1966), and Echoes (1997); a novella, North Arrow, is forthcoming from Sun & Moon Press. He co-edited the anthology The Art of Practice: Forty-Five Contemporary Poets (1994) and was editor of Beyond the Red Notebook: Essays on Paul Auster (1995). His most recent work of poetry is Separate Objects: Selected Poems (Left Hand Books). In 1992 he held the Thomas Jefferson Chair, a Fulbright lecturing award, in The Netherlands.

Dr. Susan Bauman, M’79, Pittstown, N.J., has been named chair of the biomedical-ethics committee of the Medical Society of New Jersey.

Virginia A. Hepner, W’79, writes that she is happy to report that she is still at Wachovia Bank in Atlanta, responsible for foreign exchange and derivatives. She and her husband, Malcolm Barnes, are delighted to be the lucky parents of Alec (six) and Vanessa (two). “Life is hectic, but good.”

Ria A. Levine, C’79, L’85, [email protected], and her husband, Greg Davis, L’86, live in Manhattan. Ria is a vice president and counsel with The Citibank Private Bank in Manhattan, specializing in investment-advisory, structured products and derivatives for the U.S. and Latin American client base.


Jean Mackey Bennett, GNu’80, who was promoted to captain in the Nurse Corps of the U.S. Naval Reserves, is currently enrolled fulltime in the Science of Management program at Tufts University. Her son, David, graduates from Catholic High School this June.

Phill Golden, C’80, and his wife, Sheryl, announce the arrival of Michael on February 15, 1998. They live in Solon, Ohio, near Cleveland, and “welcome friends to contact them [email protected] or 5105 Lansdowne Dr., Solon, OH 44139.”

Randy Robinson Kafka, C’80, Ed’81, wrote Song of the Beech Tree, that was published by Swift River Publishing, Hudson, Mass., early last year. It is a magical story of one child’s visit to an unusual alternative school.

Beth Kaplan, W’80, WG’81, executive vice president of Rite Aid Corporation, has been appointed to serve as chair of the undergraduate executive board of the Wharton School.

Mark D. Miller, W’80, and his wife, Bari Gesten-Miller, are pleased to announce the birth of their second son, Brian Alec, on November 28; he joins brother Mikey, who is almost three years old. The family recently moved to Florham Park, N.J., from Old Bridge, and Mark has joined the law firm of Carella, Byrne & Bain in Roseland, where he specializes in commercial and intellectual-property litigation.

Amy Judith Tanenbaum, C’80, announces the birth of Rebecca Maia Tanenbaum, on June 7; she joins her brother, Noah, who is now five years old. For the past two years, Amy has also been running her own consulting firm, Results By Design, that specializes in organizational-change consulting and training.

Thomas L. Casagrande, C’82, [email protected], and his family — wife, Elizabeth, and daughters, Rebecca (four), and Emma (two) — recently moved from Connecticut to Houston. Tom has joined the intellectual-property law firm of Arnold White & Durkee as Of Counsel, and his practice will continue to focus on trademark, patent, and other IP and business litigation. He would “love to hear from old friends.”

Dr. Debbie Raines, GNu’82, has been promoted to assistant professor and granted tenure at Virginia Commonwealth University. She wrote a chapter on adolescent women’s health for a textbook on primary healthcare for women, and she was appointed to the science team for the Neonatal Care Research Utilization Project, co-sponsored by AWHONN and NANN.

Linda J. Sarazen, L’82, has joined Linda McDonald, Inc., in Charlotte, N.C., as senior vice president; this company represents commercial artists in the worldwide licensing of artistic images and other intellectual property. Linda and her husband, Pat Hickert, make their home in Charlotte with their one-year-old daughter, Kate.

Anil D. Ambani, W’83, was appointed to the board of overseers of the Wharton School for a three-year term, beginning in October. He is managing director of Reliance Industries, Ltd., an integrated textile company based in India, which has expanded its business to include petrochemicals, polymers, oil, gas, power, and telecommunications; it is the largest private-sector company in that country, contributing over 1 percent to its GDP and almost 1.5 percent of the government’s total-revenue receipts.

Geeti Bawa, W’83, will be taking a one year leave of absence from her position as Senior Data Product Manager for IP Services at Sprint. She will be traveling through Africa, camping, going on safari, and hopefully climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Marcy Finkelstein, C’83, has become a partner with Cahn Wishod & Lamb, LLP, a general-practice law firm located in Melville, N.Y.; she concentrates in the area of real estate and finance, having joined the firm in 1992. Previously, she was with Moses & Singer in New York City. She received her J.D. from Vanderbilt University in 1986, where she was an associate editor of the Law Review. She lives in Sayville.

Jeanette Paladino, L’83, Cherry Hill, N.J., has been promoted to associate vice president and counsel at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. Serving with the bank’s legal department since 1990, she is responsible for providing legal support for the supervision, regulation, and credit department.

Rabbi David M. Steinberg, C’83, received his rabbinic ordination from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in June 1997. Last August he started as Hillel director for Haverford, Bryn Mawr, and Swarthmore Colleges. Previously, he had served as the spiritual leader of Congregation Sons of Israel, a Reconstructionist synagogue in Chambersburg, Pa.

Charles G. Amos Jr., ME’84, WG’92, Herndon, Va., in September joined EDS Government Consulting Services as a senior consultant. He is president and contact person for the Penn Club of D.C., and wants alumni in the area to know of his new e-mail address [email protected]; phone number is (301) 651-0455.

Ann Kotlar Collet, W’84, and her husband, Brian, are proud to announce the birth of their third child, Michael Jonathan, on April 15. The Collets, along with Michael’s big brothers, Eric (five), and David (three), live in Woodbury, N.Y.

Jimmy Guterman, C’84, [email protected], has been named president of the Vineyard Group, Inc., an editorial-consulting firm. He and his wife, Jane Kokernak, have two children and live in Massachusetts.

Paul Konigstein, W’84, is chief financial officer of the Tempo Group, a community-based substance-abuse center in Woodmere, N.Y.

Dr. Marla E. Leen-Ravin, C’84, and her husband, Stephen B. Ravin, announce the birth of their son, Jonah Moses Leen Ravin, on April 1, in Summit, N.J. He is named in honor of his maternal great-grandfather, Jack Lasky, and in memory of his paternal great-uncle, Morris Ravin. He joins a brother, Maxwell, and sister Samantha.

Jerold J. Novick, W’84, left his partnership with the law firm of Wolf, Block, Schorr, & Solis Cohen LLP in Philadelphia to become general counsel of Kravco Company, a regional mall developer based in King of Prussia, Pa. He and his wife, Judy, and their two children live in Bala Cynwyd.

Ken Oestreich, EE’84, married Monica Friedman at the Botanical Gardens on May 25, and later honeymooned in Greece. They both still live in Silicon Valley, where Ken continues his work in market development for Sun Microsystems. Notably present at the wedding were a number of Penn classmates, including Liz Frederick, C’84, Arthur Magnus, EAS/W’84, and Ted Marks, EE’84.

Tamar Brooks Stone, C’84, writes that she and her husband, Dr. Aaron Stone, C’81, “contrary to all expectations, have been living in Brooklyn for the last eight years. Aaron (who used to be Alan), is practicing internal medicine at the Beth-Israel Williamsburg Family Health Center. I am putting my vast experience as a family therapist to good use raising our children. Last September [1997] we welcomed Rivka to the clan; she joins her siblings Chana Miriam, Binyamin Eliezer, Shmuel, and Devorah Leah, in making Mommy feel very happy and somewhat disoriented.”

Earl Varney, WG’84, joined the Vanguard Group of Investment Companies, in Malvern, Pa., in June 1997. He coordinates risk management and corporate insurance for all the funds and member companies of the group.

Jennie A. Clarke, C’85, [email protected], an attorney, has recently joined the Minneapolis firm of Henson & Efron, practicing in the area of securities law, mergers and acquisitions, and general business law. Prior to joining Henson & Efron, she was a partner with the law firm of Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly LLP in their corporate-finance group. She married David D. Murray in January 1997 and they live happily in South Minneapolis with their dog and two cats.

Andrew Lorentz, C’85, and his wife, Nancy, want to report the birth of their son, Jonathan David, on November 18, 1997. This is their second child: the other is Eva Berlyn, born on December 26, 1993. Andrew is an attorney with Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering in Washington, D.C., in the corporate and international areas. His wife is a painter in oils and acrylics, who also does a variety of prints.

Thomas Gary Schmidt Jr., EAS’85, [email protected], e-mailed that he “awoke on Sunday, October 18. All is good.”

Pamela Joy Piscatelli Faber, W’86, her husband, John F. Faber Jr., and their almost two-year-old twins, Nathaniel and Jillian, are pleased to announce the arrival of the newest addition to their family: Spencer John, who was born on May 7. Pamela continues to practice law as a partner of the Norfolk-based law firm of Kaufman & Canoles, the largest law firm in southeastern Virginia, where she specializes in commercial real estate and land use.

Barbara Sarnacki Jones, C’86, [email protected], and Stuart E. Jones, L’86, announce the birth of their third child, Woodrow Joseph Jones, on August 5. They live in Adana, Turkey, where Stuart is the consul at the American consulate.

Bruce Kariya, C/W’86, is the CFO for Inacom Oakland, a technology management-services firm ( in Oakland, Calif., where he has lived for the last nine years. He e-mailed (in October) that he and his wife of four years, Valerie Lopes, were expecting their first child in December. This month (January) he took his elected office on the Oakland Board of Education to serve a four-year term.

Dr. Robin Kerner, W’86, received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the City University of New York, City College, in the fall. He is still living in New York City and is in the process of starting a private practice. “In the meantime, I’m continuing to consult in the medical education field, working with drug companies to help them launch new products, and I also teach.”

David I. Robinov, EAS/W’86, and Jackie Tepper, C’86, are the proud parents of another future Quaker: Benjamin Russell Robinov was born October 28. Jackie, David, Benjy, and Greg (now 2), live in Stamford, Conn., where Jackie is a legal and business-affairs consultant to the WTA, the women’s professional-tennis tour. David is a partner with Eastdil, a privately held real-estate investment bank headquartered in Manhattan.

Andrew White, W’86, [email protected], is practicing law as a solo in Hamden, Conn. He eloped with his now-wife, Maria to Dorado, P.R., to be married on the edge of a fairway, overlooking a tropical garden and beach in January 1995, and is now the proud father of one-year-old Joseph.

Frederick W. Gundlach, W’87, an attorney licensed in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, was recently promoted to assistant controller at UST Securities, Princeton Junction, N.J. “I live outside my birthplace of Somerville, Somerset County.”

Mary-Kate Heffern, GNu’87, who was elected chair of the Forum of Nurses in Advanced Practice, NJSNA, also serves as consulting editor of the Journal of American College Health. She writes that she has five granddaughters, ages one to seven years, all living within a five-mile radius of her.

Greg Koslow, W’87, [email protected], and his wife, Amy, are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Danielle Alyssa, on September 4. Greg is a senior manager at Arthur Andersen LLP in New York City. They live in Scotch Plains, N.J.

Francis Mao, C’87, [email protected], San Francisco, is director of editorial and creative services for IDG Games Media Group, publisher of GamePro and PC Games magazines, which focuses on the video-game market from Sega, Nintendo, and PlayStation home systems, to arcades, to online gaming, and to PCs. He has been with GamePro since the second issue in January 1990 — “got the job by entering an art contest advertised in the first premiere issue as a lark” — starting as an art assistant doing designs and layouts, and made his way through the ranks to supervising and guiding the entire editorial, design, and creative process with a staff of 20. He notes that GamePro is the world’s largest multiplatform gaming magazine and one of the top children and teen-oriented publications, with a circulation of over 500,000 a month, Web sites ( and, and a TV show, GamePro TV. “I still get to draw and do all the graphics, cartoons, and caricatures in the magazine, plus review several games an issue as my psuedonym, Dr. Zombie. When my friends hear about what I do — play video games all day, draw monsters, spaceships and aliens, visit with celebrities such as Bruce Willis and Joe Montana (when they endorse games), and play with toys — they say, Geez, you should tell the Gazette. So I did.”

Marjorie Laverty Pollock, Nu’87, GNu’91, coordinator of perinatal assessment for maternal-fetal medicine at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Del., and her husband, Brian, welcomed twins, Miranda and Emily, into their family on December 6, 1997.

Ken Alper, C’88, and his wife, Jill Ramiel, teamed their professional skills of an urban planner and an architect, to buy an historic building in Juneau, Alaska. Their new businesses are helping to rejuvenate a once-thriving downtown center; their primary business is the Silverbow Bagel Bakery, a traditional, New York-style bagel shop — the first in Alaska. Since there are no roads out of Juneau, they rely on small planes and boats to carry their products wholesale to nearby towns. They also run the Silverbow Inn, a six-room guest inn and dinner restaurant. They were married in the fall.

Tracey Chambers, C’88, e-mails that after having spent two-and-a-half years as an associate at Steptoe & Johnson in Washington, D.C., she is now a trial attorney with the antitrust division of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Maria Lepore, C’88, and her husband, Michael Wietrzychowski, are pleased to announce the birth of their twin daughters in October 1997. Last June Maria was named chief counsel to the New Jersey Association of School Administrators, in Trenton, N.J.; her practice there focuses on education law and employment law.

Sarah Bennett Nerenberg, EAS’88, [email protected], received her M.S. in natural-resource policy at the University of Michigan in 1995 and works for The Conservation Fund in their Great Lakes office in Chicago. She married Robert Nerenberg on June 28, and her sister Rachel Bennett Friedland, C’91, was her matron of honor.

Alayne Malkemes Rosner, Nu’88, and her husband, Robert, had their first child, a son, Cole, on November 12, 1996.

Dr. Karen Broder, C’89, celebrated the first birthday of her son, Conner Reinhardt, who was born on June 1, 1997. Karen married Eric Reinhardt in 1994, and works as a pediatrician in the Atlanta area.

Elizabeth A. Campbell, W’89, ecampb@, is a director in the real estate group at Standard & Poor’s in New York City. She has been living in Brooklyn Heights since graduating from Columbia Business School in 1994. “I look forward to hearing from old friends and seeing them at our 10-year Reunion this spring.”

Stewart Fisher, C’89, and Cecilia Aviles were married on September 19 in Sun Valley, Idaho, and enjoyed an excellent honeymoon in Australia. They met while at the Kellogg business school at Northwestern University in 1996; Stu works for Hewlett-Packard in Boise and Cecilia is a management consultant with KPMG.

Dr. Kristin J. Flynn, C’89, flynnkj@, just received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago.

Russell J. Kutell, C/W’89, and Violet Harel Kutell, C’89, announce the birth of their son, Evan Etan, who weighed in at 9.1 lbs, on June 20. Russell is an associate with the law firm of Schottenstein, Zox & Dunn in Columbus, Ohio.

Dr. Aaron G. Margulies, C’89, ImeeAron@, graduated from the University of Illinois medical school in 1993, and spent the last five years at the University of Tennessee Medical Center-Knoxville, training as a general surgeon. He now works as a general surgeon in Knoxville, “but my hope is to move to the California Coast. I married my best friend, Imelda Torregosa Garcia, on August 17, 1996. She is currently completing her M.S.N. studies to become a family nurse practitioner. Please include my e-mail and snail addresses (7308 Willette Court, Knoxville, TN 37909) — as I would also like to know what happened to my classmates.”

Rob Nigro, C’89, e-mails that after five years’ active duty as a U.S. Army Intelligence officer in Arizona, Germany, and Guatemala, he moved to Boston to work for Cummings Properties, “the largest, commercial real estate developer north of Boston.” He is managing trustee of the firm’s charitable foundation and also oversees residential operations for two large, luxury retirement communities. He travels to Europe often and would love to connect with any Penn alumni overseas.

Claudia Estrella Prindiville, Nu’89, and her husband, Mark, write to announce the birth of Monica Quinn Prindiville on October 5, 1997, who joined her sister, Julia.

Peter Simon, C’89, [email protected], and Catherine Simon proudly announce the birth of their second child, Adam Charles, on June 10. Adam joins sister Caroline (two). The family lives in Washington, D.C.

Judd Volk, W’89, last April started his own real-estate conduit company, Celtic Financial Group, in Great Neck, N.Y., where he lives with his wife, Debbie Fishman Volk, W’90, and their son, Ethan Benjamin (two). The company specializes in providing commercial and multifamily mortgages nationally. “We’ve closed a handful of transactions already, and the company has gotten some favorable mentions in various trade publications. Debbie has been instrumental in letting me focus on the business by taking care of all of the administrative duties, including setting up our own Web page ( Life as an entrepreneur is both exciting and terrifying: the volatility in the global economy and the stock market has had a trickle-down effect on a little business like mine. Nonetheless, we are resolved to make this venture work, and would welcome any business from other alumni � I can be reached at (516) 466-0550, or via e-mail at [email protected].”

Sidney Strother Wilson, C’89, married Joshua Cabann� Smith, C’90, on April 4. Friends at Penn, they reunited after eight years and currently live in St. Petersburg, Fla. Sidney is a photographer and real estate developer and Josh is a portfolio manager for Regal Asset Management of Dallas. They can be e-mailed at [email protected] — Juju is the dog.


Jon Belmonte, W’90, [email protected], is living in Chicago and working for The Boston Consulting Group. On October 17, he married Rita Ryu, whom he met while attending the Kellogg Graduate School of Management. Fellow alums in attendance were Reed Slogoff, C’90, Gail Luterman Slogoff, GEd’95, Michael Feuerman, C’90, Brad Meier, W’90, Scott Strauss, C’90, Linda Lewis, C’90, Michael Seeve, C’92, Neil Vogel, W’92, Ed Lhee, C/W’92, Suzanne Novak, W’92, Craig Jacoby, C’90, Ari Horowitz, C’90, and David Allen, C/W’91.

Jose Luis Castro, GPU’90, has joined the World Health Organization’s tuberculosis-control program in India as coordinator of operations for the entire country; he was selected after a highly competitive international search by WHO. Previously, he was director of operations of the New York City Bureau of Tuberculosis Control.

Wendy LaRossa Ciatto, C’90, and her husband, Chris Ciatto, had a son, Andrew James, in April.

Sally Bensinger Fernandez, Nu’90, is nurse practitioner for the chief of gastrointestinal surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She married Ray Fernandez on November 22, 1997.

Gordon Kessler, EAS’90, GKESSLER@ FLHLAW.COM, and his wife, Katie Allen Kessler, proudly announce the birth of their son, Noah Jacob, on February 24, 1998. Gordon is a patent attorney, practicing with the firm of Frommer Lawrence & Haug LLP in New York City.

Heerak C. Kim, C’90, spoke at a jubilee in April on the Boston Common, that celebrated the 50th anniversary of the independence of Israel. He spoke on “Exploring Diversity and Democracy in Israel — A Personal Account,” having spent three academic years at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Gregory J. LaRoche, C’90, San Francisco, is a vice president with NationsBanc Montgomery Securities.

Alexandra Taynton Moore, EAS’90, and her husband, Mark, are proud to announce the birth of a daughter last July. They live in Oklahoma City, where Mark is an Air Force civilian and Alex has “the most challenging job of all — full-time mom.”

Alison Berger Saifer, W’90, and Mitchell Saifer, C’89, announce the birth of their child, Samantha Lauren, on June 2. Alison is a consulting actuary, specializing in healthcare, at the Apex Management Group in Princeton, N.J., and Mitchell is vice president of Building Maintenance Systems in Trenton. They live in Washington Crossing, Pa. E-mail Alison at [email protected] and Mitch at [email protected].

Karen Mace Sartain, C’90, married Paul Sartain on September 13, 1997 in Key Biscayne, Fla. She graduated from the University of Miami School of Law in 1993 and currently works as an assistant public defender in Miami. Paul is vice president of operations for The Box Worldwide, a subsidiary of TCI Music. Their Penn friends at the wedding were: Kelly Adams, W’90, Espy Colon, C’89, Kathy Conner, W’89, Irene Convers Esposito, C’89, Ellen Nussbaum, W’89, Mindy Silverman, W’89, and Diane Wolk, C’90. “My uncle, William Shoemaker, ChE’50, was also there to join in the festivities. We honeymooned in Western Canada and are expecting our first baby in May.”

Dr. Shari Senzon, C’90, M’94, and her husband, Jonathan Clark, proudly announce the birth of their son, Andrew Henry, on April 14. Shari has completed her obstetrics and gynecology residency and is now in practice with MainLine OB/GYN Group, out of Bryn Mawr (Pa.) Hospital.

Dr. Neysa V. Shen, C’90, Houston, was awarded an M.D. degree from Baylor College of Medicine in May. She also had received a Ph.D. in neuroscience from there in 1996.

Trudi Green Smith, C’90, teaches art full-time at St. Francis Xavier Elementary School, in Vicksburg, Miss. In the summer of 1997, she participated in an exhibition in the Mississippi Museum of Art.

Laura Waters Connard, C’91, and Brayton Connard, C’91, would like to proudly announce the birth of their second son, Douglas Baer Connard, on August 9. The Connards e-mail that their three-year-old son, Brayton Jr. (January 6, 1996), is slowly adjusting to life as a big brother, “but still wonders if and when Douglas will be leaving.” Laura was recently promoted to associate director of curricular affairs at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and Brayton is currently the chief of staff of the Monroe County Legislature.

Tiffany Howell, W’91, married Michael Michalkiewicz in Estes Park, Colo., on April 19. Penn people came from all over the country to witness the event, including both bridesmaids, Tammy Howell, C’94, and Sarah Schuster, C’91, who e-mailed the news of this wedding. Dr. Priya Narasimhan Patel, C’91, and her husband, Dr. Sandeep Patel, GrW’93, ventured west from New York City. Heather Stewart, C’91, GEd’92, managed to make it from McAllen, Tex., “despite rumors of having fled the country.” Dr. Deborah Bass, C’92, also made the trip up from Texas while Alyssa Anderson, C’91, traveled all the way from Florida. A California contingent was also present, consisting of “husband and wife super-lawyers” Virginia Young, C’91, and Michael Kiskinen, C’90, and Paul Herman, W’89, who celebrated his own nuptials in October.

Stephen E. Severn, EAS’91, [email protected], received his master’s in English literature from the University of Maryland, College Park, last May and is now in the Ph.D. program there; he was awarded a teaching assistantship by the English department.

Lt. John Vlattas, C/EAS’91, [email protected], graduated from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., in June with a master’s in astronautical engineering. One week later, he married Nicole Flynn, in Newport, R.I.

Russel Walls, C’91, [email protected], e-mails that he attended the wedding of Rob Anderson, C’91, in Ohiopyle, Pa., on August 29. “It was a lovely ceremony at Buckman’s Overlook. I was there representing Penn, Philly, and Sigma Nu.”

Isvara M. A. Wilson, W’91, [email protected], e-mails that “after a year of living dangerously in the New Orleans bayou, I have moved on to the land of NASCAR thrills. I have joined Kilpatrick Stockton LLP in Charlotte, N.C., where I am an associate in the finance-practice group, doing mostly securitizations.”

Laurence M. Altenburg II, C’92, e-mails that he is excited to announce that he has joined Booz-Allen & Hamilton, as a senior consultant with its defense group in McLean, Va., where he will be focusing on protecting the nation’s critical infrastructures from physical and cyber attacks.

Rick Aronstein, C’92, recently joined Waterhouse Securities in New York City as the manager of electronic marketing. He is also in the second year of his MBA at New York University.

Michelle Hampton Emery, GEd’92, e-mails that she is no longer teaching high-school French in the U.S., but is “teaching French as a foreign language to adult Americans here in Paris.”

Dr. Adam Grasso, C’92, [email protected], and his wife, Ying Zhang Grasso, happily report the birth of their son, Henry Han-Ling Grasso, on July 5. Since 1993, Adam has been in the M.D.-Ph.D. program at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, in Cleveland. He successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis in October, and is now in the last two years of medical school.

Jay Halbert, W’92, married Randi Baer in Cherry Hill, N.J., on September 6. The best man was Dr. Jamie Altman, C’92. Groomsmen included Robert Khedouri, W’92, L’95, Dr. Marc Lazare, C’92, David Perla, C’91, L’94, and brother of the bride Dr. Kenneth Baer, C’94. Also in attendance were Michael Lefkowitz, C’92, Lisa Katz Golod, C’92, Jason Epstein, C’92, Jose Ibietatorremendia, W’90, L’93, Carolann Adamcik, L’94, Glenn Dunoff, EAS/W’91, Amy Katz, L’93, Stacey Rosen Cohen, W’93, and husband Richard Cohen, W’92, Heather Rossman, C’92, Rochelle Hausman Gordon, SW’93, and mother of the groom Carol Baron Halbert, CW’63. The couple lives in New York City: Jay is an investment banker with PricewaterhouseCoopers Securities and Randi is a labor and employment attorney with Phillips, Nizer, Benjamin, Krim & Ballon.

Dr. Heather Hersh, C’92, and Dr. Yale Cohen, GEng’90, Gr’92, [email protected] and [email protected], were recently married in Boca Raton, Fla. Heather has finished her doctorate in psychology and sat for her licensing exam in the fall. Yale is currently a senior postdoctoral fellow at Caltech. Early this year, Heather and Yale will be moving to New Hampshire, where Heather will pursue her career as a clinical psychologist and Yale will be starting a faculty position at Dartmouth College as an assistant professor of psychology in the Cognitive Neuroscience Program.

Dr. Mark Mascia, C’92, recently completed a Ph.D. in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Columbia University. He teaches Spanish and ESL at Ohio Dominican College in Columbus.

Leslie Schneider, C’92, and Dr. Derek Boen, V’98, are pleased to announce their engagement; a spring 2000 wedding is planned. Derek practices veterinary medicine in West Orange, N.J., and Leslie began a new job as a development writer with the American Technion Society in December; they live in Springfield, N.J.

Addison Snell, C’92, [email protected] .com, received an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Business last year. He and his wife, Amy Pezzillo Snell, C’93, relocated to Sunnyvale, Calif. Addison is the product manager for next-generation servers at Silicon Graphics, Inc., in Mountain View; Amy is a marketing associate at Maxspeed Corporation in Palo Alto.

Regan Allan, C’93, and James Fleischer, W’93, welcomed their first child, a son, Brian Thomas Fleischer, on June 7. Jim is a marketing analyst for Showtime Networks, Inc., in Manhattan and is pursuing an M.B.A. part-time at the Stern School of Business at New York University. Regan is taking a maternity leave from teaching kindergarten at a public magnet school for the arts and humanities in New Rochelle, N.Y. They recently moved to Stamford, Conn., and would love to hear from any young families in Fairfield County, [email protected].

Jeffrey D. Cohen, W’93, e-mails that Joshua Meyer was born to him and his wife, Lisa, on September 7. The family lives in River Vale, N.J.

Jacqueline Einstein, C’93, and Joshua Astrof, C/W’93, were married this summer in New York City. The wedding party included: Valerie Broadwin, C’93, Elise Granek, C’93, Janet Miller Stier, C’93, Alain Rothstein, C’93, Jonathan Stock-Mayo, C’93, Dr. Justin Sambol, C’93, and Larry Schoen, C/W’93. Josh recently finished his MBA at Harvard and is now working for The Blackstone Group’s merchant-banking division. Jackie received her MBA at NYU while working, and is now director of business development for the doctors of Cornell Medical College in New York City.

Donna Giarratano, W’93, married Brian McManus on September 5, in Rockland County, N.Y. Many Penn alumni attended the wedding, including bridesmaids Regan Allan, C’93, Tamarah Stegeman, W’93, and Jeanette Tullo, W’93. Donna graduated from Harvard School of Law in June and will be working for Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett in Manhattan; Brian is an accounting manager at Bell Atlantic, and they live in Tuckahoe, N.Y.

Billy Goldstein, EAS’93, bill_goldstein@, and his wife, Rachel Goldstein, were married in New York City on July 5. Billy graduated with an MBA from Harvard Business School last year, and joined Goldman Sachs’ investment-banking division, focusing on communications, media, and entertainment. They live in New York City, where Rachel is a reading specialist for a public school.

Elizabeth Ann Knapp, C’93, completed a Master of Science degree in biomechanics from the University of Kentucky in June 1996. Since then, she has been working for the sport science and technology division of the U.S. Olympics Committee, serving as a biomechanics research assistant at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

Ryan Limaye, EAS/W’93, WG’93, is now a vice president in the investment-banking division at Goldman, Sachs & Co., and focuses on communications, media, and technology M&A work. He also runs the firm’s recruiting efforts at Penn. Ryan recently got engaged to Grace Cornelius; a spring wedding is anticipated.

Adele C. Moore, C’93, [email protected], recently accepted a promotion to creative director at Tg Communications, a new Santa Barbara-based advertising, design, and public relations firm. She is enjoying overseeing the company’s creative endeavors, including graphic design, Web-site development, and the creation of cutting-edge communications materials. “At the same time, I am also pursuing my passion for fine-art and commercial photography. Samples of my photography can be seen on-line at (”

Yash Egami, C’94, [email protected], lives in New York City where he is working at a major publisher. He refutes the claim of Mukund Rao, C’94, that he is suffering from post-college blues. “I was always blue, even while at Penn,” he e-mails. “Would also like to see Mukund brush and floss more regularly.”

Juanita Irving, C’94, is a special education teacher in Prince Georges County, Md.; she received her master’s in education from Texas Wesleyan University in 1996. She is also running an in-home, private tutorial service for many academic subjects.

Dave Iskowich, C’94, received his law degree from Indiana University in May 1997, and now lives in Chicago. He works in the criminal-appeals division of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, representing the state in felony and death-penalty litigation.

Omar A. Khan, C’94, G’94, is working at the Center for Communication Programs (part of Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and a USAID cooperating agency) on a variety of things, notably its STARGuide and SCOPE programs. He has been publishing on HIV/AIDS issues in Pakistan as well. In October he co-chaired the International Health Geographics Conference ( ihgc). He e-mails that he is honored to have been awarded faculty status in the Department of International Health at JHSPH. “I also head a relatively new international project called the South Asia Infectious Disease Network (SAIDNET). Anyone who wants to reach me, [email protected], is the best way to do so.”

Adam Levin, C’94, and Sharon Dunn, W’94, were married on February 7, 1998, in Sharon’s hometown of Las Vegas. Many Penn alumni attended the wedding, including: Jed Cohen, W’94, Ethan Falkove, W’94, Michael Monson, C’94, Adam Rosenbluth, C’94, L’97, Laura Lieberman, C’94, Sonita Midha Bennitt, W’94, Stephanie Shaikun, C’94, Marci Gordon, C’94, Marty Nelson, W’94, and Nancy Epstein, C’95. Adam recently concluded a one-year term as a law clerk for the Hon. Marjorie Osterlund Rendell, CW’69, on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia, while Sharon was employed as a senior consultant with the management-consulting practice of Ernst & Young. The couple will soon move to the Washington, D.C., area, where Sharon will be a senior analyst with US Airways and Adam will be joining the law firm of Hogan & Hartson, L.L.P.

Alicia Lewis, W’94, worked for the old Price Waterhouse as a staff accountant auditing investment companies for two years; last year she became a certified public accountant. Currently, she is a third-year law student at William and Mary School of Law. After graduation in May, she will join the law firm of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart LLP in Washington, D.C., as an associate.

Amy Markowitz, W’94, [email protected], is happy to announce her engagement to Neil Goldstein. Amy is a senior accountant in the audit practice of Ernst & Young LLP, and is currently pursuing her MBA degree at Columbia University. Neil is a senior account manager at Primedia Inc., a New York City magazine-publishing company. A fall 1999 wedding is planned.

Kesia Meredith, C’94, worked for Andersen Consulting for three years after Penn. She will be graduating from the Univerity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s business school in May.

Jennifer Pogue, C’94, obtained a Masters in Public Policy degree from the University of Southern California in 1996. She is currently working as a legislative analyst for the City of Los Angeles.

Victoria K. Schnure, C’94, New York City, graduated from Columbia Law School in 1997, and now practices law at Cahill Gordon & Reindel, a Manhattan law firm. She currently is working on a major litigation for which she spent about six months of last year in France. “In my spare time I’ve been learning how to surf and scuba dive. I would love to hear from former classmates at [email protected].”

Stephanie Solomon, C’94, SW’96, is a social worker with the Department of Human Services in Philadelphia.

Dr. Joe Suyama, EAS’94, is looking for a few words of thanks from fellow alumni to help celebrate the retirement of his father, Dr. Yoshitaka Suyama, from the biology department at Penn. “After spending 37 years teaching, mentoring, and caring for his students, a few words from you, via e-mail, [email protected], or by post, 3423 Whitfield Avenue, Apt. B, Cincinnati, OH 45220, will be collected and then presented to him at the end of the 1998 school year. Thanks for participating in a surprise that would mean a great deal to me, and especially, to my father.”

Jose Luis Rojas Villarreal, C’94, [email protected], e-mails that for the past four years he worked as a consultant in the aluminum industry for CRU International in London, and RSI in Exton, Pa. He has now started studying for a masters in international affairs at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.

Pritam A. Doshi, EAS’95, [email protected], recently left HSBC Securities to start an MBA in finance and general management at the University of Chicago. Last summer he was engaged to Sohini, who is currently studying marketing and finance. They plan to get married sometime this year.

Nancy L. Epstein, C’95, [email protected], graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law in May. After completing the bar exam, she traveled to London, Paris, Nice, Barcelona, Geneva, Amsterdam, Boston, Seattle, Vancouver, Mt. Rainier, and Olympic Peninsula National Parks — and to Charlottesville, Va., and Mobile, Ala., to be a bridesmaid for law-school friends. Nancy has joined the law firm of Brown & Wood, LLP in New York City, and would love to hear from old Penn friends.

Brian Leaf, C/W’95, [email protected], and Deborah Kroch Leaf, C/Nu’96, celebrated their first wedding anniversary last Memorial Day weekend. Brian has just begun his first year at Stanford Law School. He left his job as a senior associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Philadelphia, specializing in auditing and consulting for middle-market, privately-held companies. Meanwhile, Deborah, a staff nurse, has transferred her skills in caring for the kidney- and liver-transplant population from HUP to UCSF Stanford Medical Center.

Kristen Lohr, C’95, and Dave Yucha, C’95, are engaged; the wedding is planned for July. Kristen is in her last year at Penn’s School of Veterinary Medicine; Dave received his master’s in sociology from St. Joseph’s University last year and is currently attending the Temple University School of Medicine.

David Mays, EAS’95, completed two years last August at Merrick & Co., an engineering-consulting firm in Los Alamos, N.M., where he worked as a civil engineer-in-training. He is currently enrolled in the geohydrology M.S./Ph.D. program at the University of California at Berkeley, and welcomes e-mail from friends and classmates at mays@

Thomas A. Modic, Nu’95, is a critical-care nurse in ICU/CCU at Central Florida Regional Hospital; last year he passed Columbia HCA Critical-care coursework. On October 11, 1997, he married Leigh Ann Burrell, in Copley, Ohio.

Whitney Pickering, C’95, is living in Manhattan and commuting to Stamford, Conn., where she works as a product manager for PIMCO Mutual Funds. This month (January) she married Hamilton Bullard, a banker with ABN Amro, a Dutch bank.

Cheryl L. Palsic, Nu’96, writes as the awards chair of the Hillman Alumni Network in New York City to announce that Sarah I. Fried, Nu’96, received the excellence in clinical practice award and Linda D’Andrea, Nu’96, the Spirit of Hillman Award last year. All three are staff nurses at New York Hospital and members of the steering committee for the network.

Matthew Wasowski, C’96, [email protected], is associate editor for listings for Philadelphia’s new The Player magazine; he also writes features there. “The magazine is off to a great start.”

Saikat Chaudhuri, EAS/W’97, completed a master’s degree in a corporate-sponsored joint program between the School of Engineering and Graduate School of Business at Stanford University in June. His concentrations were manufacturing on the engineering side, and strategic technology-management on the business side. He has joined Mannesmann, a DM39-billion German industrial conglomerate, in their six-member corporate-strategy team, responsible for developing worldwide strategies with the executive board in its D�sseldorf headquarters, as well as with the CEOs of the various companies within the Mannesmann group. He also recommends and coordinates acquisitions and divestitures. Noting that “I feel lucky to have found this incredible opportunity, in which I have not just conceptual work but also some implementation responsibility — this job has enabled me to find an alternative to returning to McKinsey,” he adds “Though I have kept in touch with most of my Penn friends, I would love to reconnect with those with whom I’ve lost touch,” at [email protected].

Tai DeSa, W’97, is a U.S. Navy officer, “currently working with SEAL Team 2 in Little Creek, Va., and other undisclosed locations.”

Liz Camp, C’98, [email protected], moved to Los Angeles after graduating early in December 1997, and has been working at Creative Artists Agency in Beverly Hills for a motion-picture literary agent. She has helped the local alumni club organize some extremely successful events, most recently one held in Hollywood, which included young alumni from Penn, Cornell, Brown, Yale, and Columbia.

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