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“Each time I receive Columbia College Today, I look
for news of the Class of ’33. Finding none, I wonder if I am
getting to be a lone figure, lost in the quantum of time.
“My name is John Randolph Phelps ’31. Due to
the famous crash of ’29, my graduation was delayed until
’33. I am a member of the Iota Chapter of Phi Kappa Sigma.
While I was at Columbia, I was active in the Glee Club, playing
piano solos occasionally at some of the concerts. I was active in
the Varsity Show between 1929–33 and composed several of the
songs. If you look in the Columbia College Today Varsity
Show edition (Fall 1994), you will find my picture on page 33. I am
fifth from the left in the picture of the 1929 Pony Ballet!
“In 1928, the Columbia Glee Club spring trip took it to
Buffalo. At that point, I left the club to go to Rochester to pick
up a 1928 Cadillac for my father, who was returning from St.
Petersburg, Fla., by ship to New York, and needed a way to get home
to Newark (New York). So, for about four months, I, a first-year at
the College, had a brand-new Cadillac at my disposal! Frequently,
some of my fraternity brothers and I would jump in the car and make
it to the Metropolitan Opera House in time to pay 50 cents to some
man at a side door to be admitted to the highest balcony to see and
hear the opera. How delightful! Another special occasion was when I
drove up the Hudson River with my fraternity brother, Ronald
Peck ’31, to sit on the shore to watch the winning
Columbia crew come down the river.
“I have lived in a wonderful retirement community in
Florida, Sun City Center, for 30 years as of this month. I directed
the Women’s Chorus, affectionately called Johnny’s
Angels because they made such heavenly music, for 20 years. I had
been the organist for the SCC Methodist Church for 14 years until
they retired me at the age of 90. I now enjoy playing the piano for
a wonderful Country Fiddlers group. We perform for clubs all over
town that receive us most enthusiastically. I also play chess
faithfully every Wednesday afternoon at our local club, being ever
optimistic that I might be able to improve my game.
“I would love to hear from any of my classmates —
Barnard and Columbia — or fraternity brothers who are still
active. They can reach me at email@example.com.”
Murray T. Bloom
40 Hemlock Dr.
Kings Point, NY 11024
Joe Coyle, who went from Columbia to the Long Island
College of Medicine and became a surgeon, has eight children and 13
grandchildren, scattered all over, while he and his wife live alone
in the big family home. His knees are badly arthritic, so he walks
with a cane.
Irving Gold must be the last of us who still commutes
five days a week to run a business. He travels from Scarsdale to
the Manhattan jewelry district to run a fine jewelry plant
inherited from his father. He’s up early, catches a 6:30 a.m.
train, and goes to bed early. Neither his two children nor his
grandchild is interested in taking over the business.
Tom Budington died in Ronkonkoma, N.Y., on February 11,
Dr. A. Leonard Luhby
3333 Henry Hudson
Bronx, NY 10463
Ernest (Ernie) Geiger: We recently learned that Ernie had
not gone to his office, as usual, on the 89th floor of the North
Tower of the World Trade Center on 9/11/01. The initial fireball
resulting from the impact of the plane was on floors above and
below his office. All who were in that area that morning were lost.
Fortunately, Lady Luck must have been with Ernie that day. As a
result, he is alive and well. He was greatly disturbed by the
events of the day, and, until recently, found it difficult to talk
about his reaction. In 1993, Ernie was in his office when the the
World Trade Center was bombed.
Seymour (Sy) Trevas, who lives in Manhasset, NY, reported
the arrival of his first great-grandchild. He is registering
Gabriel Drew Zalot for admission to the Class of 2023. Sy is
retired chairman of the Travers Tool Co. of Flushing, NY He spends
time taking courses and lectures at Hofstra University designed for
seniors. He also loves to visit museums, attend theater, play
bridge and travel. He recently retuned from a vacation on the
Virgin Gorda island.
John Crymble still is the quintessential College alumnus.
He called to tell me about the results of recent athletic events
and to comment on the outcome for Columbia.
James (Jimmy) Zullo, a retired physician, still lives in
Sarasota, Fla. He lost his wife, Helen, four years ago. He has
overcome a four-year battle with bladder cancer and is doing
Weldon Booth also retired to Sarasota and is
Jimmy’s neighbor. They meet frequently for golf and other
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Keeping up the tradition, Jerome Kurshan’s
granddaughter, Ariella, will enter Columbia College this fall with
the Class of 2006.
Irving Schwartz M.D. is dean emeritus of the Mount Sinai
Graduate School of Biological Sciences and president emeritus of
the Life Science Foundation. His wife, Felice, was inducted into
the National Women’s Hall of Fame for founding in 1946 and
leading the National Scholarship Service and Fund for Negro
Students, which was concerned with major initiatives for
integration and improvement of race relations, and for founding and
serving for 31 years as president of Catalyst, an entity that works
with corporate America to help women advance in business and the
professions and to address the problems encountered by two-career
families. Irving’s son, James, was cited as among the 24 best
American science writers in 2001.
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