University of Rochester

Class Notes

River Campus Undergraduate: 1960s

Reunion News

College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering classes celebrating reunions

October 6–8, 2006

Slater Society: All post-50th Reunion Classes
65th Reunion: 1941
60th Reunion: 1946
55th Reunion: 1951
50th Reunion: 1956
45th Reunion: 1961
40th Reunion: 1966
35th Reunion: 1971
30th Reunion: 1976
25th Reunion: 1981
20th Reunion: 1986
15th Reunion: 1991
10th Reunion: 1996
5th Reunion: 2001

More about Meliora Weekend

Norm Simonson writes, “I became a first-time father at 62—possibly a Rochester record. My wife, Stacy, gave birth to Jamie on March 31, 2001. Jamie checked out Rochester last Meliora Weekend.”

Katharine Wilbur Le Mée ’64 (Mas) is the author of The Benedictine Gift to Music, which follows the development of Gregorian chant. . . . Joan Lynaugh W, ’68N (Mas) was named a 2005 Living Legend by the American Academy of Nursing for her work on curriculum at the University of Pennsylvania, where she is a nursing professor emerita. . . . Patricia (Poppy) Roesch writes, “I am the editor of Magic Dragon, a new magazine that publishes writing and art by children up to age 12. It’s published by the nonprofit Association for Encouragement of Children’s Creativity.”

Charles Groat was appointed to the board of directors of Pogo, a Houston-based oil and gas exploration and production company. Charles is director of the Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy at the University of Texas at Austin, where he also is the Jackson Chair in Energy and Mineral Resources and director of the energy and mineral resources graduate program.

Guy Bailey and Drew Mittelman write, “Forty years, by most standards, is a long time for college friendships to endure. Yet on a three-day weekend at the Interlaken Inn in Lakeville, Conn., 15 members of the Class of ’68, who first met and bonded during their freshman year in 1964, gathered to reminisce, reflect, and look to the future. Our ‘Reflection Weekend’ was the brainchild of John Dunnigan S, who noted, ‘We’re sneaking up on our 60th birthdays—wouldn’t it be interesting to get together, review our experiences of the last four decades, and reflect upon a methodology to enhance our future?’” What all determined, say Guy and Drew, was, “Lesson for current undergrads: It ain’t just the job, the toys, and the stuff! What it really comes down to are those close and enduring friendships, those only developed by sharing a common experience, that help to bring meaning to our lives.”

They also include news of what each of their “band of brothers” is doing now. Guy Bailey is dean of studies of St. Luke’s School in New Canaan, Conn. He also had an intriguing side job as bookkeeper for professional wrestler Hulk Hogan from 1984 to 2000. He is married to Kathy King and has a son, Andrew. Steven Bressler ’69 has been married to his Swedish sweetheart, Janet, for 32 years and has two children, Isak and Saga. He has been working as a molecular biologist at the University of Washington in Seattle since 1989 and is presently in its Department of Medical Genetics. Larry Brodney is the owner of a commercial flooring business. He and his wife, Myra Zauderer, live outside of Boston. They have three sons, Victor, Daniel, and Jeremy, and two grandchildren. John Dunnigan worked at Bausch & Lomb and Pharmacia before becoming a LOTS (Swedish for “harbor pilot”) coach, which he utilized for the Reflection Weekend. John is married to Susan Forsyth ’70W, and they have three children, Brooke ’96, Whitney, and Meghan. Wayne Erdelak celebrated 30 years of marriage with his wife, Barbara, in December 2005. He currently is winding down a career as a corporate lawyer with Nestlé in Cleveland. They have two sons, Wesley and Drew. Michael and Joanne James Finberg have been married for 36 years. They have three sons, Max, Owen, and Eli, and one granddaughter. Ron Goldberg, a physician practicing diagnostic radiology at Jordan Hospital in Plymouth, lives in Cohasset, Mass., with Lena, his wife of 33 years. Alan Lobel ’69S (MBA) has owned two food-service sales and marketing agencies and is now retired and working on entrepreneurial concepts. Alan and his wife, Karen, live outside Albany. They have three children, Scott, Deborah, and Brian. Drew Mittelman is a dentist. He and his wife, Maureen Adduci, an anesthetist/event florist/actress live outside of Boston. They have two children, including Dana ’05. Charlie Norris spent 13 years with Nestlé in Switzerland and the United States, then McKesson Water Products, and the past few years with Entrepreneurial Investments. He married Peggy in 1980. They have two children, Emi and Mike. John Norris married Katie Mullen W in 1973, and they have five children, Patricia, Jack, Joe, Mary, and Liberty. John teaches at Harvard and has been the CEO of seven companies, in addition to having served as second-in-command at the FDA for five years. Chris Olson has worked at the Department of Social Services in Suffolk County in New York for 36 years. He has been a supervisor in Child Protective Services since 1985. He has two children, Mark and Saga, and four grandchildren. David Pankenier liked being a student so much he went on to study in Paris, Stockholm, Taipei, and Stanford, where he received a Ph.D. in Asian languages in 1983. He has been professor of Chinese and facilitator of intercultural communications at Lehigh University since 1986. He and his wife, Zoe Zhai, have five daughters. Jack Pernice was part of a group of Rochester alumni who started a clothing business, importing goods from Asia in the early 1970s. He has worked at Rochester for 22 years as a systems analyst. Jack has been married to Joanne Goodrich since 1984, and they have two children and two grandchildren. Dave Ragusa ’76W (Mas) has retired after a 33-year career as a teacher and administrator in Monroe County schools. He has been married to Connie for 34 years, and they have two children, Kate and Kevin. . . . Harriet Siegel Boxer (see ’99). . . . Thomas Cimino is a managing partner of DeltaPoint Capital Management in Rochester.

Steven Bressler (see ’68). . . . Lawrence Lipman was named president of the Jewish Family and Children’s Service of North Jersey. He and his wife, Ronnee Press Lipman ’70, live in Glen Rock, N.J., and celebrated their 35th anniversary last year. . . . Joan Steinman, a distinguished professor of law at the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Chicago-Kent College of Law, received the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers’ 2005 Howard B. Eisenberg Award for her article “Irregulars: The Appellate Rights of Persons Who Are Not Full-Fledged Parties,” published in the winter 2005 issue of the Georgia Law Review.