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September–October 2012
Vol. 75, No. 1

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Wilbur Wright, a retired administrator and professor of education at SUNY Geneseo, was invited by President Joel Seligman to share his poetry at the annual induction ceremony for the Keidaeans, an honor society for seniors, of which Wilbur is an alumni member. Wilbur adds that a sampling of his poetry was published in the spring 2012 issue of Torch Magazine, the magazine of the Torch Club. You can find the magazine online at Wilbur would love to hear from classmates at


Timothy Schum ’60, professor of physical education at Binghamton University, writes that Richard (Dick) Baldwin died in December after a long and distinguished career in athletics at Broome Community College and Binghamton University. Dick founded the Broome basketball program and, Timothy writes, “There, from 1947 to 1987, his teams accumulated a then college record of 876 victories. At the time, his win total surpassed that of Kentucky coaching legend Adolph Rupp. He later came out of retirement to coach five seasons (1991–96) at Binghamton University, where he added 82 more coaching wins to finish his career with a 961–341 (.738) record.” Timothy recounted highlights of Dick’s athletic achievements at Rochester as well. “An English major, Dick was a star athlete, and while he played football and golf, he earned plaudits for his play on the Yellowjacket basketball teams of 1940–41 and 1941–42. The latter group is still celebrated as the school’s only unbeaten (16–0) team. Bestowed with the nickname ‘Biggie,’ he would return from service in World War II to finish his court career with the 1945–46 and 1946–47 basketball teams. He and his teammates, the late Dick Baroody ’44, the late John Baynes ’47, ’48W (Mas), and James Beall ’44, ’49W (Mas), formed the ‘Four B’s’ of the time, and led coach Lou Alexander’s squads to many still celebrated victories over such schools as Colgate, Michigan State, and Yale. All of the foursome are members of the University’s Athletic Hall of Fame, with Dick inducted in 1995.” Dick’s wife, Janet, died just months after Dick. The two are survived by their three daughters, Debbie Bere, Judy Estes, and Sandy Thomas.


Dick Baroody (see ’43). . . James Beall ’49W (Mas) (see ’43).


John Baynes ’48W (Mas) (see ’43).


Peter Lombardo has been elected president of the New York County Medical Society. Peter is a dermatologist practicing in New York City, an associate clinical professor of dermatology at Columbia, an associate attending dermatologist at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, and an attending dermatologist at St. Luke’s Hospital.


Constance Gerhard Brown, who has lived alongside New Hampshire’s Pea Porridge Pond for 50 years, has coauthored The Pond: A History of Big Pea Porridge Pond in Madison, New Hampshire, Ice Age to 1951 (White Birch Books). She adds that in 2003, she published In a Man’s World: Faculty Wives and Daughters at Phillips Exeter Academy, 1781–1981 (iUniverse). . . . Deborah McCone writes that Robert Graves died in September. “We married and had three kids together. He was living in Palm Desert, Calif. He had pulmonary fibrosis. He was an Alpha Delt and still had a number of friends from his fraternity. He is missed.” . . . Timothy Schum (see ’43).


Joel Schwartz, professor emeritus of biology at City University of New York, has published Darwin’s Disciple: George John Romanes, A Life in Letters (Lightning Rod Press).


Ira Schildkraut writes: “I’ve been appointed director of college guidance at Midreshet Shalhever High School for Girls in North Woodmere, Long Island, N.Y. In addition to this new position, I’ll continue to teach economics and Advanced Placement U.S. History at the school.”


Photographer David Freese writes that he has a book of photographs to be released in October, West Coast: Bering to Baja (George F. Thompson Publishing). It’s “a photographic journey along the 5,000-mile West Coast of North America from Alaska across to British Columbia, then south to Washington, Oregon, California, and Baja, Mexico.” . . . Howard Raab writes that he relocated to Taos, N.M., in July. “I’ve been appointed the domestic relations hearing officer for the Eighth Judicial District of New Mexico, headquartered in Taos. I’m a partner in the law firm Raab & Raab in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., a shareholder Raab & Raab in Taos, and a principal of Divorce Without War, a Taos mediation firm.”


Kimiko Fukushima Gosney sends a photo and an update. She’s living in Anchorage, Alaska, and working for the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. She has been working with a team from the Indian Health Service to install electronic medical records systems in hospitals and clinics and mentoring staff in some of Alaska’s smallest communities. The photo shows Kimiko and her team in the town of Dillingham last February. “It was cold there, but only about –20˚F, as I recall,” she writes. “My coldest trip was in January to Copper Center (yes, on the Copper River, the same river as those wonderful salmon) where it was –60˚F. So life is really fun!” . . . Arnold Wolfe writes: “I completed my first term teaching journalism at Lake Forest College last May. I also received a $5,500 grant that provided me with a stipend during summer 2012 plus 400 hours of research assistance from one of the college’s most academically talented students.” Arnold adds that his proposal, “A Humanistic Approach to Journalism,” will address U.S. newspaper coverage of the Bosnian War through an analysis of combat reporting in five big-city dailies.


Gail Lione was named 2012 BizTimes Woman Business Executive of the Year. BizTimes Media publishes business news from southeastern Wisconsin. Gail is a University trustee, serves on multiple other boards, and was the executive vice president, general counsel, and secretary of Harley-Davidson from 1997 to 2010, and president of the Harley-Davidson Foundation from 2006 to 2011. . . . Clayton Press has joined the faculty of New York University to teach art market economics and investments. His firm, Linn Press Art Advisory Services, was cited three times in May in Forbes Magazine.


Eric Lestin writes that he’s been named partner and chief operating officer of TGB Crosswell, a real estate brokerage, development, and consulting firm in Houston.


Janet Reizenstein Carpman has coauthored Directional Sense: How to Find Your Way Around (Institute for Human Centered Design) with Myron Grant. The two are partners in Carpman Grant Associates, Wayfinding Consultants, in Ann Arbor, Mich. An architectural sociologist, Janet previously coauthored Design That Cares: Planning Health Facilities for Patients and Visitors (Jossey Bass), also with Grant.


Harvey Spencer has been elected president of the Optical Society of Southern California, among the earliest and most active chapters of the national society, with more than 250 members. He writes that he’s chief optics scientist at Hughes Aircraft and that he’s been designing lenses for the company since his graduation from Rochester and has two patents for his lens designs. He adds: “I’m married to Susan Mount ’90. We have two daughters. The U of R and especially the Institute of Optics gave me the starting point for a wonderful career. I don’t know what else I would have done if I hadn’t gone to Rochester.”


Emily Gruss Perlman (see ’08).


Jane Dubin ’79 (MS) sends an update. The president of Double Play Connections, a production company focused on creating and developing new work, Jane writes: “I’m pleased to report that my career as a producer on Broadway is flourishing.” In 2009, she produced The Norman Conquests, which won a Tony Award for Best Play Revival. This year, she coproduced Peter and the Star Catcher, which won five Tony Awards. “Next up is Ann, starring Holland Taylor, a new play about the ‘Tough as Nails, Funny as Hell’ Governor Ann Richards of Texas. I’d love to hear from any theater fans out there at”


Bob Bly has published his 80th book, Start Your Own Home Business after 50 (Linden Publishing). . . . Joe Kubarek has been named to the board of trustees of Hilbert College, near Buffalo. An attorney, Joe is a partner of the Buffalo firm Jaeckle Fleischmann & Mugel.


Lorrie Walsh Modica writes that in May her daughter, Anne, graduated from the U of R, cum laude, with a degree in political science. “Anne will be following in her parents’ footsteps as she begins the pursuit of a JD this fall.” Lorrie adds that she and her husband, Steve, were active members of the University’s Parents Council when Anne was a student.


Ted Baum has joined the Rochester office of the law firm Goldberg Segalla as a partner. A specialist in construction and surety law, Ted was previously the managing partner of Ernstrom & Dreste, also in Rochester. . . . Mark Beck writes that his first book, Quantum Mechanics: Theory and Experiment, has been published by Oxford University Press. Mark is the Benjamin Brown Professor of Physics and chair of the Division of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash. . . . Michael Brodowski has joined the Boston law firm Burns & Levinson as a partner specializing in intellectual property law. . . . Stephen De Luca is running as an Independent candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives for the Eighth Congressional District of New Jersey. After graduating on an NROTC scholarship and completing his service in the Navy, Stephen earned a JD degree at Pace University as well as a doctor of juridical science at Tulane, and went to work for the U.S. Department of Commerce, investigating foreign trade practices. More recently, Stephen has moved back to New Jersey to practice law and has also become a Christian conciliator, helping Christians and churches use scripture as a guide in resolving conflicts themselves, rather than resorting to the courts.


In May, President Barack Obama nominated Allison Macfarlane to chair the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. A geologist, Allison is a professor of environmental science and policy at George Mason University. She served previously on Obama’s White House Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future, which studied nuclear waste disposal. . . . Carol Sulcoski has written a book, out in October, called Sock Yarn Studio: Hats, Garments, and Other Projects Designed for Sock Yarn (Lark Crafts). She writes: “It’s my third knitting design book, featuring patterns and technical information for handknitters using sock yarns to knit items other than socks. I’ve begun a second career as a knitting designer and hand-dyer. My designs have been featured in Vogue Knitting and other magazines and books. My two prior books, Knit So Fine and Knitting Socks With Handpainted Yarns, were both published by Interweave Press.”


Brent Wahba ’88, ’01S (MBA) has written a book, The Fluff Cycle (And How to End it by Solving Real Sales & Marketing Problems) (CreateSpace). Brent is the president of Strategy Science, based in Rochester.


Emil Kang was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve on the National Council of the Arts. Emil is the director for the arts at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and teaches in the school’s department of music. The council, consisting of 18 citizen members and six members of Congress serving ex officio, advises the chair of the National Endowment for the Arts. . . . Susan Mount (see ’74). . . . Tony Vengrove writes: “After a 20-plus-year career in corporate innovation and marketing, I’ve left corporate life to start up my own consulting firm in Richmond, Va., called Miles Finch Innovation.”


In June, Navy Commander Michelle Morse helped commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Midway aboard the USS Enterprise, the historic nuclear-powered aircraft carrier commissioned in 1961 and on its final commission. Michelle began her deployment on the Enterprise in March.


Chris Apple writes that he’s published The Complete Soccer Coaching Guide—76 Training Sessions That Develop the Advanced Player (World Class Coaching). Chris is head coach of the Yellowjackets men’s soccer team.


Christy Van Dusen Fennessy writes that she welcomed a son, Jack, in January. Jack joins an older brother, Casey, 2. They live in Decatur, Ga., where Christy is a freelance journalist and founder of Linchpin Media, and her husband, Steve, is the editor of Atlanta Magazine.


Amy Collins Hogan ’09S (MBA) writes that she and her husband, Greg Hogan ’00S (MBA), welcomed their second child, David, in February. David joins a big sister, Audrey. . . . Holly Stevens writes that she graduated from the University of New Hampshire law school with a JD degree as well as a master of laws degree in intellectual property. A member of the school’s Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program, Holly was sworn into the New Hampshire bar in May.


Michael DeMasi writes that he’s published a novel, Under the Darkening (Damnation Books), a mixture of crime and fantasy.


Patrick Freivald has written a science fiction novel, Twice Shy (JournalStone). Sixteen-year-old heroine Ani Romero secretly battles a zombie virus along with the stresses of adolescence. . . . Mark Hippert and his wife, Danielle, welcomed a daughter, Julia, in May. Mark is a program manager at the Harris Corp. in Rochester. . . . Marci Seamples has been named executive director of the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce in North Dakota.


Jerramy Fine has published The Regal Rules for Girls: How to Find Love, a Life—and Maybe Even a Lord—in London (Berkley Books). . . . Tamberla Perry writes that in May 2011, she married Kevin Douglas “on the beautiful island of Jamaica where at least 20 of my closest U of R friends joined us!” A Chicago actress, Tamberla starred this past winter in the Chicago performance of Broadway play Race, by David Mamet, has been cited in Time Out Chicago as “one of the city’s fastest rising talents.”


Awista Ayub appeared in the June 11, 2012, issue of ESPN Magazine in “Beyond IX: Presenting 33 Women Who Will Change the Way Sports Are Played.” In 2003, Awista founded the Afghan Youth Sports Exchange, a soccer clinic for girls that has since helped spawn 15 girls soccer teams in Afghanistan, and the formation of an Afghan women’s Olympic soccer team. She’s now the director of South Asia programs at Seeds of Peace, where she helps introduce basketball, soccer, and tennis to children as means to teach conflict resolution. . . . Lisa Olender writes that she married Seth Newman in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., in May. Among those pictured are Laurie Krantz Chorev ’00, Jonathan Steinberg ’99, Lisa, and Arwyn Dyer Kogut. She adds that she’s a physician assistant and lives in Albany. . . . Jon Strauhull writes that he and his wife, Margot, welcomed their first son, Henry Lyle, in April. Jon is a public interest attorney practicing civil rights, administrative, and employment law at Oregon Law Center in Portland.


Charles and Beth Urbonas Emerson ’06M (MD) welcomed a son, Jacob Michael, in April. He joins big brother William, 3. They live in Hamden, Conn.


Alexandra Larson writes that in May 2011, she graduated from medical school at the University of Illinois at Chicago and married Michael Koepp. Pictured at Alexandra and Michael’s Chicago wedding are: (back row) John Mazzello, Dan Schoenherr, James Winslow ’98, Nate Chambers ’02, ’03 (MS), Amy Chambers’02, ’03W (MS); (front row) Erika Mudrak, Heather Reynolds Schultheisz, Alexandra, Michael, Rachel Rains-Winslow ’98, and Emily Fletcher. Alexandra is now a pathology resident at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.


Aaron ’12 (PhD) and Angela Lee Carpenter ’05E, ’07E (MA) welcomed a son, Benjamin, in April. . . . Pia Micoli (see ’06).


Damian Garcia and Chanel Shaw ’09M (MD) were married in April. Damian writes: “I’m a regional director of admissions at Rochester and Chanel is an emergency physician. We met at Carnival in Toronto in summer 2006. I proposed to Chanel in my native Trinidad in November 2010, and we got married in Sandals Negril, Jamaica. We’re now living in Charlotte, N.C., with our dog, Kingsley. Pictured are (standing, left to right) Jacquia Fenderson ’08M (MD), Anthony Plonczynski ‘08W (MS), Crystal Cusimano ’05, ’09S (MS), Max Johnson, Cecil Hernandez ’07, and Brad Booke ’03; (sitting) Chanel and Damian. . . . Ivana Kalanovic and Andrew Dylag were married in April 2011. Ivana writes: “We met on the second floor of Sue B. our freshman year and the rest is history. U of R will always hold a special place in our hearts. We’ve since graduated from medical school and are doing our residencies in pediatrics in Cleveland.” . . . Annie Podkaminer writes that she married Michael Bastoni in January 2011 in Mexico and celebrated with friends and family in Boston in July 2011. In attendance last July—and pictured spelling out Meliora—are Andrea Pallante ’05, Becca Wolfson ’05, Cassandra Filios ’05, Torrey Podkaminer Peters ’01, Annie, Lindsay Wech ’05, Abigail Hunter ’07, Peter Nabozny ’05, and Scott Peters ’01, ’02 (MS). . . . Lauren Shookhoff ’06E writes that she and Pia Micoli ’05 “were married in a backyard in Brooklyn in May.” In attendance were (left to right) Scott Challener ’02, Amy Beckhusen ’00, Lindsey Reilly ’05, Betsy Cotton Enriquez ’05, Pia, Lauren, Karen Forsythe ’05, Portia Bridges Levasseur ’05, Rob Levasseur ’07 (MS), Cora Bruemmer ’05, and Nick Schmuck ’03.


Karen Gromer ’10M (MPH) and Zack Freed ’10S (MBA) were married in March. Pictured are Alex Wang, Kari Joyce, Danielle Scherry ’08, Becky Fallon ’08, Sam Schrauth ’06, Craig Matt, Ryan White ’09, Jonathan Dennison ’08, ’10S (MBA), Ted Elton ’06, Anthony Furstoss, Leah Peres ’12, and Mike Gossett.


Amanda Gerard writes that she and Niall Begley were married in May. “We actually met during freshman orientation, and we were married by Jeremy Friedman ’11W (MS), whom we also met during freshman year.” . . . Daniel Goldstein and Amanda Perlman ’10, ’11N got married in April at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club in Maryland. They live in Cleveland, where Daniel, a recent graduate from Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, has begun his anesthesiology residency at University Hospitals Case Medical Center. Amanda, a recent graduate of Rochester’s accelerated nursing program, works as a nurse in Cleveland. They were joined by their families, friends, and fellow U of R graduates, including Amanda’s mother, Emily Gruss Perlman ’77, Charles Fountain, Daniel Cochran, Si Zhang, James Cassuto, Amy Weintraub, Avi Sommer, Kyley McClain Sommer ’06E, Laura Wong, Andrew Bruml, Maya Silbert ’10, Michael Fabian ’11, Katie Blundell ’11, Neha Ahuja ’11, Nitasha Dhiman ’11, Justin Chan ’11, and Jenny Mosier ’11.


Amanda Perlman ’11N (see ’08).


Adrienne Walcer writes that she’ll present an original study, “Comparison of Ontologies to Derive Pharmacologic Classes from Medications in Clinical Information Systems,” at the 2012 Annual Symposium of the American Medical Informatics Association in November.


Zachary Nussbaum spent the summer as an intern in the emergency response division of AmeriCares. This year, he begins a postbaccalaureate program at Bryn Mawr College to prepare for medical school.