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Class of 1956

Alan N. Miller
257 Central Park West
Apt. 9D
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.

Larry Cohn is retiring, selling his San Francisco home (during a housing boom, fortunately) and moving to Pebble Beach.

Mike 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.

Finally, 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.

Class of 1957

Herman Levy
7322 Rockford Drive
Falls Church, Va. 22043-2931

[Editor's note: Due to an error in transmission, the following text submitted by Edward A. Weinstein was omitted from the November '99 class notes.]

Herman 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.

David 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.

Jim 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.

Jim's college 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.

Alan 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.

Phil 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?

[Editor's note: The following was submitted by Herman Levy.]

Edward 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.

Nyles "B" 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.

Joe 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.

David 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.

Ron 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.

George 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, Fla.

Donald 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.

The April 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.

Recently, 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 partner.

Tony 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 up.

Please send 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 above.

Class of 1958

Barry Dickman
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 Education.

Howard Orlin has retired as a partner of the accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche, but he is still keeping busy with special international tax assignments.

In these 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 takeover.

We ran into Bill Morrill at a City Center Encores performance. Bill is assistant principal of the Sun Yat Sen International School in New York.

John Hammond, who was one of the panelists at our last reunion, is editor of That New Magazine, published in New York.

Scott 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

Class of 1959

Ed Mendrzycki
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
425 Lexington Avenue
New York, N.Y. 10017

Ben 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 Carolina.

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.

Class of 1960

J. David Farmer
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.

Michael 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.

Leonard 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.

Herb 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.

Classes of:
| 10-35 | 36-40 | 41-45 | 46-50 | 51-55 |
| 56-60 | 61-65 | 66-70 | 71-75 | 76-80 |
| 81-85 | 86-90 | 91-95 | 96-99 |

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