257 Central Park West
New York, N.Y. 10024
Only a brief
note this time. Enjoyed Homecoming with old friends Steve
Easton, Mark Novick, Danny Link and Larry
Gitten and assorted wives and significant others. We missed
Lou Hemmerdinger, Mike Spett, Lee Seidler and
Ed Villanueva, who couldn't come - maybe next year. After
the game we had drinks at my house and then dinner at Louie's, as
we did last year. All in all, it was a delightful event. Let's
repeat this at Dean's Day.
Cohn is retiring, selling his San Francisco home (during a
housing boom, fortunately) and moving to Pebble Beach.
Spett is trying to get his new house finished. Lisa is spending
time at their Palm Beach place visiting her father; maybe I'll see
them in January when I visit my mother.
Ed Botiwinck and I had a long talk about life, family, the
environment and global warming, Columbia and a multitude of
subjects. He reminded me I didn't visit him in Florida as promised
last year, but maybe this year we can get together.
Love to all.
Keep in touch and think reunion.
7322 Rockford Drive
Falls Church, Va. 22043-2931
note: Due to an error in transmission, the following text submitted
by Edward A. Weinstein was omitted from the November '99 class
Levy, who will take over as class corresondent next issue, is a
writer and legal editor, using skills developed in a long career
with the Federal government, from which he retired in 1991. He also
edits for the American Bar Association section of Public
Contract Law. In August, Herman was recognized for this
editorial work at the annual meeting of the ABA. In his spare time,
Herman, who lives in Falls Church, Va., enjoys photography, travel,
and light opera.
Kinne, a specialist in breast-surgical oncology, was recognized
by New York magazine as among the "Best Doctors" in the New York
metropolitan area. Saul Cohen continues his support of Rudy
Giuliani as a member of his finance committee. I'm sure Saul would
welcome your support on Rudy's behalf.
Barker is vice chairman and principal owner of three
significant U.S flag shipping companies: Interlake Steamship
Company, Moran Transportation Company and Mormac Marine Group. Jim
is a recognized expert in marine transportation who on several
occasions has testified before Congress. He is a director of
several companies, including GTF and The Pittston Company. Jim is
chairman of the board of trustees of Stamford Hospital and resides
in Darien, Conn., with wife, Kaye.
roommate, Tony Barber, lives in Sonoma, Calif., with wife,
Babs. The couple also have an apartment in San Francisco, where
they have lived for 35 years. Tony is an investment counselor, on
his own for about the last five years, after having had a career
with Loomis, Sayles, Belden Associates and Dodge & Cox.
Daughter Cathy lives in Paris and son Tony, in Sacramento, having
made the senior Barbers grandparents three times. Twin sons Pat and
John remain eligible.
Frommer "is starting to take it easier." He and wife, Judy,
spent the month of July in Provence, France, where she taught
French in the Bryn Mawr program. Son Ben '91 is an associate
professor of history at Northwestern University. George
Atkinson is beginning his fourth year as director of the
Houston-Galveston program of Perkins School of Theology at Southern
Methodist University. George, who has collected degrees from both
Teachers College and SMU, reports, "we have paid off our college
debt!" Children Geoff and Jennifer have degrees from SMU and Corpus
Christi State University, respectively.
Olick's a senior partner in the New York law firm Moses &
Singer. He and wife, Alice, celebrated the wedding of daughter
Diane '89 at the University Club on March 27. When not being
brilliant as an attorney, Phil continues his choral singing, which
he began at Columbia, with the University Glee Club of New York.
Phil and Alice's son is an assistant professor of sociology at
Columbia. Also singing in the UGCNY are Arthur Meyerson and
Jerry Finkel, who has returned to N.Y.C. from North
Carolina. Jerry, like Art, a psychiatrist, now lives on the north
shore of Long Island. Other UGCNY singers include Bob
Klipstein and Larry Boes '61, attorneys with Sullivan &
Donovan and Fulbright & Jaworski, respectively. Bob is a
resident of New York and Larry of Westbury, L.I. Rounding out the
'57 singers is Paul Zola, a psychologist in private practice
and resident of New York. Isn't male bonding wonderful?
note: The following was submitted by Herman Levy.]
Alexander, who cut his literary teeth writing for Spectator,
has written a biography, Irving Howe: Socialist, Critic, Jew
(Indiana University Press). Ed has been a professor of English at
the University of Washington since 1960. Ed, who survived a serious
illness in the winter of 1997, also recently published a new
edition of J. S. Mill's On Liberty.
Ayers is chairman and CEO of Scholarship Program
Administrators, Inc. (SPA), which he started in 1985. SPA
specializes in consulting on, establishing and administering
sponsored scholarship programs for business and industry,
associations, unions, foundations, and trusts. Its 100 clients
include the Campbell Soup Company, Shoney's Inc., Wendy's
International, Food Lion, Nissan Motor Manufacturing Corporation
USA, Reliance Electric Company, Alabama Power Foundation,
Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, McDonald's Corporation,
Monsanto, and Boeing.
Diamond is senior counsel with Shaw & Pitman in N.Y.C.,
specializing in mergers, acquisitions, and new financial services
products. Ed Weinstein bumped into Joe on Park Avenue, not
far from Joe's home. Joe's C.V. includes involvement in eight
not-for-profit organizations, most of which are helping children
and disadvantaged young people. Joe is phasing down the active
practice of law and increasing his community service.
Kassoy practices law in Beverly Hills. Last year the Guide
to the World's Leading Real Estate Lawyers (published by the
Financial Times of London) included his name. An avid fly
fisherman, Dave has a place on the Gallatin River in Montana. He
has become a member of the Montana Bar and has earned a pilot's
license, presumably to indulge his fly-fishing passion. Several
classmates have visited Dave there, including Harry Marks,
Arnie Nachmanoff, and Ken Silvers. He notes: "If
there are any other classmates who have contracted the fly fishing
bug and want to visit 'fly fishing heaven' they should get in
touch." Dave also maintains contact with Gene Wagner and
Ken Bodenstein in L.A.
As a result
of our 40th reunion Dave Kinne, Sal Franchino, and
Neil McLellan have "found" each other. Together with their
wives, they periodically dine in Manhattan. Dave remembers the
great time he had at reunion, especially the session Bob
Lipsyte moderated on what we've seen and done in the last 40
years. Dave is a highly respected oncologist at Sloane-Kettering
Hospital in N.Y.C.
Kushner continues as executive director of the Advanced Center
for Psychotherapy in Queens. He and his wife, Pat (St. Joseph's
'64), recently spent a nice weekend with Norm Decker and his
wife, Hannah B'57, in New Orleans. Norm and Hannah live in Houston,
where Norm practices psychiatry. They also spent an interesting day
with Art Gottlieb's widow, Marise B'58, on the same trip.
Ron and his brother, Irving '50, went on a "roots" pilgrimage to
their parents' home cities in June: Vilnius, Lithuania, and
Kremenchuk, Ukraine. Unfortunately Irving could not make it all the
way to Ukraine and had to turn back.
Leibowitz is CFO of Stargas Partners, a New York Stock Exchange
listed company and the largest heating oil distributor in the U.S.
He is working on a reduced schedule, which gives him time for golf,
travel, and visits with his five grandchildren. He and his wife,
Sheila, still live in Oceanside, N.Y., but winter in Boca West,
Levine is in private ophthalmology practice in New York. His
beautiful wife, Jane, assists him in the office. Their two children
are alive and well. Daughter Laura has a master's degree in art
therapy and lives and works in Philadelphia. Son Andy is by day an
assistant v.p. in corporate finance at Toyo Trust in New York; at
night he performs stand-up comedy at New York clubs. Don sends his
regards to all fellow '57s.
1999 issue of New Jersey Monthly Magazine cited Larry
Orloff as a top lawyer. He is senior partner in Orloff,
Lowenbach, Stifelman & Siegel, one of the major firms in the
state, specializing in business, commercial, and probate
litigation. Larry, an avid reader and tennis player, lives in
Mendham, N.J., with his wife, Judge Deanne M. Wilson.
Steve Ronai reflected with Ed Weinstein about his
extraordinarily good fortune in having come to the United States
from Hungary at age 5 in 1941. He also considers it his great
fortune to have gone to the College (and Yale Law) and to have
built up a health-care regulatory law practice in New Haven with
Murtha, Cullinan, Richter & Pinney, where he is a senior
Rousselot dramatically changed directions 30 years ago,
migrating to Taos, N.M., as a ski school director. He is now a
Santa Fe real estate broker, married to Janet, who runs a property
management company. They are parents of children living in Eureka,
Calif., Denver, and Detroit. Pleased that he is "within two pounds
of my rowing weight," Tony has become a confirmed Westerner. He
"thinks about the good times and education" he got at the College;
nevertheless he has been largely out of touch with classmates. He
would welcome those of us passing through Santa Fe to look him
whatever news you may have - family, career, retirement, community
activity, travel, etc. - to Herman D. Levy, telephone &
facsimile (703) 698-5246 or e-mail me at the address
24 Bergen Street
Hackensack, N.J. 07601
Congratulations to Carol and Art
Freeman, whose son Peter '96 married in October. Art is now a
consultant to the State Department. And to Judy and Mike
Lesch, whose daughter, Sara '89, was also married in October.
Mike is a partner in the New York law firm of Leboeuf, Lamb, Greene
and MacRae. Judy is a professor at the Bank Street College of
Orlin has retired as a partner of the accounting firm of
Deloitte & Touche, but he is still keeping busy with special
international tax assignments.
times of downsizing and mega-mergers, Paul Levine has proved
to be a real survivor. He is now senior v.p./northeast media
relations for First Union, one of the largest banks in the U.S.;
his name appears in the newspaper every time it announces another
We ran into
Bill Morrill at a City Center Encores performance. Bill is
assistant principal of the Sun Yat Sen International School in New
Hammond, who was one of the panelists at our last reunion, is
editor of That New Magazine, published in New York.
Shukat hosts a monthly class lunch on the second Tuesday of
every month, in the Grill Room of the Columbia Club, 15 West 43rd
Street. There's no agenda; just a chance to sit around, talk about
our lives and find out what everyone else has been doing since we
left the Quad 41 years ago. Both locals and out-of-towners are
welcome. The cost is $31, and you can contact Scott to let him know
if you plan to attend, right up to the day before, by phone at
(212) 582-7614; by fax at (212) 315-3752; or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
425 Lexington Avenue
New York, N.Y. 10017
Miller enjoyed himself so at the 40th reunion in June that he
organized a mini-reunion at Homecoming on October 16. Attending
were Dr. Irwin "Buddy" Jacobs, a pediatric neurologist in
Cleveland, and his spouse, Mary; Gene Appel, an engineer now
retired and living in Portland, Ore., and his spouse, Linda;
Mike Tannenbaum, a physicist from Chicago whose spouse,
Yona, was unable to attend. Ben, who is an entrepreneur residing in
Maryland and working in San Diego, came too-with his wife, Pat.
After the game, the reunion continued at Cathy and Ed
Mendrzycki's home in Bronxville where we spent a delightful
time reminiscing about our Columbia days. Attending were Liz and
Harvey Brookins '60 from Michigan, Joan and Dr. Bill Host '60 from
New Jersey and Judy and Dr. Myron Lutz '60 from South
Seen at the
Homecoming game were three classmates who are becoming legendary
fans-Tom Bilbao, Ted Graske and George
Spelios; I am told that the three have been attending all home
games and most away games for years.
I am saddened
to report that my former roommate and friend Rudy Pegoraro
passed away suddenly in March 1999.
100 Haven Ave., 12C
New York, N.Y. 10032
As our 40th
reunion approaches, your correspondent notes increasing interest.
Melvin Deutsch writes from Pittsburgh with an update and a
request for reunion information, which should be on its way. He is
a full professor at a medical school (radiation oncology) in
Pittsburgh and mentions two other local classmates, Edward
Curtiss, cardiologist and dean of admission at the med school,
and Jerry Weissman, an ophthalmologist in private practice.
Following med school at N.Y.U., Melvin volunteered for an infantry
battalion in Vietnam, which he describes as "one of the most
exciting and important years" of his life.
Scheck checked in for the first time, pleasing your
correspondent with news of a visit to the Dahesh Museum. Michael is
president of Sweet Paper Sales Corp., a family-owned wholesale
redistribution business in Hialeah, Fla., which involves all the
family, including wife, Raquel, and four children (there are also
six grandchildren and two on the way). He is president of the
Greater Miami Jewish Federation and is on the national board of
United Jewish Communities (the new name for the UJA). All of the
family is active in charitable endeavors "giving back to the
community," says Michael. Two of his children are Columbia
graduates, so there is continuity there as well.
Berkman, who your correspondent sees all too infrequently,
holds an endowed professorship in theater at Smith College but
always seems to be on the scene somewhere else as dramaturge or
consultant - for instance, Los Angeles's Mark Taper Forum, New York
Stage & Film Co., Florida's Sundance offshoot Wordbridge, etc.
He worked with the play Sideman, one of New York's brightest
productions and according to Len, "one of my most deeply meaningful
experiences." He and his wife, Joyce, are on the advisory board for
an important new women's history/issues video-making venture, Clio,
Inc. I continue to bug him to let me know when someone will be
doing one of his own works, including Quits, I Won't Go
to a Play Called "A Parent's Worst Nightmare," and I'm Not
the Star of My Own Life. He will join Terrence McNally
contributing tributes to Maria-Irene Fornes in a new volume to be
published by Smith and Kraus.
London has sent in a reunion questionnaire with a hope that he
can join us in June. Since 1997, he has been president of the
Hudson Institute, a think-tank that is regularly in the news. He
continues to hold the John M. Olin Professorship of Humanities at
N.Y.U. What was his most memorable undergraduate moment? Playing
against West Point. And what he knows now that he didn't know then?
Relax, it isn't that important.