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Georgetown, S.C. 29440
reunion of the class was held at Arden House, December 3-5, 1999.
Present were the following: Helen Abdoo, Mary Louise and Hugh
Barber, Joe Coffee, Fanny and Ted de Bary,
Suzanne and Bob Dettmer, Ann and Jim Dick, Cynthis
and Arthur Friedman, Steve Fromer, Ruth and Stan
Gotliffe, Lavita and Saul Haskel, Ruth and John
Montgomery, Ross Sayers, Mabel and N.T. Wang,
Betty and Arthur Weinstock, Allyn and Bob Zucker.
Also present were the following guests: Frances Melamed, Janice and
Hank Ozimek '38, Yvonne and Norman Roome '55. Intending to attend,
but having to cancel owing to illness, were Jack Beaudouin
and Harry Mellins (with wife, Judy).
to the usual meals, cocktail parties and tennis matches, weekend
activities included a discussion of health and vitality factors
involved in "Life at 80" led by Steve Fromer, a description
of plans for celebrating Columbia's 250th anniversary (in 2004) by
Ted de Bary, and an exposition by N.T. Wang of the
issues surrounding the application by mainland China to join the
World Trade Organization as a "developing nation." Also, we viewed
videos of "Columbia's New Campus - Biosphere 2" and heard a talk by
Professor James Shenton '49, "Utah Beach to Buchenwald," recounting
his personal experiences as a medic in World War II. During the
annual business meeting Hugh Barber was elected president;
Jim Dick, senior vice president; Bob Zucker, vice
president and recording secretary; Stan Gotliffe, vice
president and corresponding secretary; Harry Mellins, vice
president and treasurer; past president Arthur Weinstock,
reunion chairman; and Helen Abdoo, honorary vice president and
Kaufman's musical career, which began as accompanist for the
Columbia Glee Club (as well as piano soloist at some concerts), was
interrupted by medical school (Cornell) and many years of medical
practice. However, he has now returned to it as a songwriter - both
composer and lyricist - and is enjoying this enormously. He writes
in several genres: pop, gospel/inspirational, country, song for and
about children. He has been published both in New York and
Nashville. On November 17, 1999, Ted de Bary was awarded the
Alexander Hamilton Medal, an annual award of the College Alumni
Association for distinguished service and accomplishment in his
Shanahan informs us of the death of Valentine Diehl.
However, our attempts to contact Bill for further details were not
successful. Bill, please send your current address and telephone
please write with news of yourselves or classmates. Sherwin's was
the only letter that was received lately.
197 Hartsdale Avenue
White Plains, N.Y. 10606
luncheon meetings continue. Most recently, Vic Zaro, Aldo
Daniele, Bill Carey and I met at Faculty House with
Dave Harrison, who has agreed to edit our class newsletter.
We toasted Bill Edge for his success as editor since the
first issue and encouraged Dave. And now, if you have items for
publication, send them on.
Homecoming was a good reason for a reunion, attracting over 50
classmates and family members. Throughout the day, our well-stocked
buffet/bar was crowded with class members and friends from other
classes as well as faculty. Our stalwarts included Jean and Art
Albohn, Jack Arbolino, Bill Carey and six members
of his family, Aldo Daniele, Gay and Nick DeVito with
daughter Joan Cergol, his son-in-law and two grandchildren, Ellen
and Clarence Eich, Florence and Tom Farkas, Elizabeth
and Seymour Halpern, Leslie and Mel Hershkowitz,
George Hyman, Sue and Bob Kaufman, Judy and Jerry
Klingon, Manny Lichtenstein, Avra and Herb Mark,
Bernie Moss, John Rogge and granddaughter, Lynn,
Dorothy and Don Seligman, Ruth and George Smithy,
Dorothy and Jim Sondheim, Lois and Tony Ventriglia,
Ruth and Bob Wolf, Betty and Vic Zaro, and
Garth, a senior judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Third
Circuit, spoke at a memorial ceremony for Judge Almeric
Christian, who died in September. Almeric was the first native
of the U.S. Virgin Islands to be named a judge of the Territorial
District Court, and was later honored when the Federal Building in
St. Croix was named for him.
Daniele has supplied the wine for our reunions for a long time.
I am happy to report that he is still active in his wine importing
business and has assured me that he will remain so as long as he
has a taste for a glass of wine.
Cole left Tarrytown for Lake George when he gave up his
orthodontic practice. Now, he has had to move to Scarborough to be
closer to New York City, where specialized medical care is
available for his wife.
have to report the sudden death of our old friend, Bob
Cherneff. Bob, a former public relations executive, became an
antiques dealer when he retired to a quieter way of life in the
7025 Valley Greens Circle
Carmel-By-The-Sea, Calif. 93923
No news from
our classmates, thus we have a tabula rasa, as John Locke
described the newborn mind. Please help me by sending a sketch of
your accomplishments and or opinions.
Here is a
short biography of Harry Ellis Loree, M.D. who quietly faded
away several years ago.
Loree was a Scottish surgeon who emigrated to Mexico City where
Harry was born. Being fluent in Spanish, after surgical residency
Harry elected to go directly into practice as a general surgeon in
Portales, N.M., where his destiny lay. He had met his Dutch wife,
Nella, in Curacao. She was a resistance fighter who harbored Jews
during the Nazi occupation of Amsterdam. One son, Ellis, is now a
head and neck surgeon in Buffalo, N.Y. Another is in engineering
research in Albuquerque. Harry traveled extensively in his beloved
Mexico, especially Cuernavaca, until his demise from colon cancer.
He was an advocate of euthanasia.
200 West 79th Street
New York, N.Y. 10024
The South may
rise again, they say, but the West has already risen to the
challenge of reporting news to this column. First, multi-talented
and handsome Mort Lindsey has snail-mailed word that he
missed our 55th reunion because he was in London conducting at the
Palladium - where else - a tribute to his late associate, Judy
act his age, the merry maestro recently orchestrated and conducted
CD adventures for his chum, Merv Griffiin, and one Michael
Feinstein. The golden tones of his gifted spouse, Judy Johnson,
blessed the nation when her classy and vintage recording (with the
Les Brown band) of "Joltin' Joe DiMaggio" got a ton of exposure and
admiration upon the demise of the Yankee Clipper. Mrs. Lindsey is
concentrating successfully upon her activities in horse shows as a
hunter jumper. Her mate has sold 84 of his fine oil paintings to
Left Coast glitterati.
Phoning in to
advise your modest class correspondent that said correspondent had
been seen on PBS (San Francisco) when a documentary on the early
days of TV in New York aired, prose artist Leonard Koppett
mentioned in passing that he'd enjoyed illuminating a four-hour
ESPN interview cut up for that sports net's series on the top 100
athletes of the recent century. He's contemplating a visit to the
Large Apple for the 60th anniversary of his high school
Francis Rigney has generously donated to the College and
Columbiana Collection - don't dare miss it on Dean's Day - some
vintage sports photos and other unique Columbia memorabilia
including an oval paper "football" with the autographs of the
entire 1942 team. He is advancing with his book. On that subject,
our compulsive class president looks forward to his own new novel
titled Tunnel in April.
Cotler has agreed to serve another term on the board of the
Mystery Writers of America where his valuable insights are
esteemed. Even as your correspondent turns to fax, Gordon joined a
group of fellow TV and movie scribes to head to the Cuban Film
Festival for a professional look.
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Hackettstown, N.J. 07840
Faculty House on October 27, a 55th planning meeting was held for
reunion weekend, Friday-Sunday, June 2-4, 2000.
classmates present were Joseph Lesser, Lester
Rosenthal, Myles Ren, Harold Samelson and myself.
The efficient and charming (a nice combination) staff members
leading the luncheon meeting were Ellen Cohen (assistant director
of the Columbia College Fund) and Tushia Fisher (assistant director
of alumni affairs).
class reunion program focused on a panel discussion about "America
and the International Community." Dr. Ren suggested that the
panel topic relate to the direction our country will be going in
the coming millennium in regard to the values and policies of
government representatives. An appropriate faculty member will be
selected to make the presentation and lead discussion.
commemorate our reunion anniversary, a class goal of $55,000 was
proposed for unrestricted gifts to the College. I think we have
about 120 class members who give to the College, so simple division
will let you know how this goal will be attained. Perhaps some of
our more affluent members can give their share of that
Samelson and I co-chair the reunion committee. We welcome any
advice or suggestions you might have to make this a great reunion.
One place where help is seriously needed is leading a program for
class members to solicit five other classmates for gifts. Please
write to me if you will take on this important job.
this time are Dr. John J. O'Connor of Bethlehem, Pa., and
Harry C. Ogden of Provo, Utah. It would be good to hear from
or about John and Harry. And this goes for all of you.