University of Rochester

Class Notes

River Campus Undergraduate: 1980s

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

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Russell Faust writes, “After receiving my B.S. in neuroscience in 1983, I obtained my Ph.D. in molecular biology/cell biology from the University of Washington in 1988. I was offered a high-level job in pharmacology but declined in order to pursue an M.D. degree. I attended the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis, where I had a lab, and received my M.D. in 1992. I stayed there for my residency in otolaryngology/ head and neck surgery. From there I completed my training in pediatric otolaryngology at Johns Hopkins, where I was an instructor for a year. After that, I was director of pediatric otolaryngology at the University of Virginia at Charlottesville, then held an endowed chair and was chief of otolaryngology at Children’s Hospital of Michigan, then director of the Carls Foundation’s Hearing Research Laboratory. It has been a long, strange trip indeed! Along the way, I married the love of my life and soulmate, Lori, who’s a neuroradiologist. We have two children. Though I did not appreciate it at the time, the University provided me with an outstanding education and preparation for all that followed.” . . . Douglas Parker writes, “I am now in New Delhi, India, with my wife, Nandita, our son, Kabir, 8, and our daughter, Tara, 5. I am setting up an equity research office for Karma Capital Management, the manager for the Karma Funds—private investment funds focusing on India. Wishing Rochester and everyone good karma!”

Anne Eisenberg writes, “I am now a tenured faculty member at SUNY Geneseo, and I received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. I traveled to Edinburgh, Scotland, last summer to teach a study abroad class and will travel to China to teach a cooperative health care class in 2008. I’m also involved with several major writing projects, including a sociological theory textbook.” . . . Christopher Fox writes, “I’m the executive director of the International Association for Dental Research, and I’ve recently joined the board of directors of the Eastman Dental Center Foundation.” . . . Karin Swanson teaches English at the Iolani School in Honolulu. Last year was her first as advisor for the school newspaper. She and her husband, Jeff Powers, have two children, Rachel and Dillon. . . . Tamara Swartz writes, “After working in publishing for a few years, I decided to change directions. I got an M.A. and then (finally!) a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the New School for Social Research in New York City, finishing in January 2002. I am now a licensed psychologist in Massachusetts. I am doing trauma evaluations and seeing therapy clients at the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, and also seeing therapy clients at a group practice.” . . . Elizabeth Yamashita is vice president of regulatory chemistry manufacturing controls and operations at ImClone Systems in New York City. Previously, Elizabeth was group director of global regulatory sciences at Bristol-Myers Squibb.

Avie Tevanian stepped down from his position as Apple Computer’s chief software technology officer last spring in order to pursue other interests.

Carol Burney Lewis writes, “My husband, Jim, and I are pleased to announce the birth of our twins, Rachel and Ethan, on April 18. Big brother Joshua, age 3, is thrilled. (No, really, he is. He calls the twins his babies.) After an extended maternity leave, I expect to return to work. I am a partner at the California law firm Meserve, Mumper & Hughes, where my practice is focused on business and insurance litigation.” . . . Mike Stein writes, “I have a brand new job. I’m the director of labor relations for the U.S. Government Printing Office. Sorry I missed the 20th reunion. Hope to make it to the 25th. Hi to all my Rochester friends.”

Dan Roeser, manager of development services at Soil and Materials Engineers Inc. in Plymouth, Mich., was named a principal. He has been with the company for 13 years and specializes in large urban redevelopment projects.

Larry Cooperman writes, “I married Adrienne Gordon in Daytona Beach, Fla., on March 19. Adrienne is a social worker with Jewish Family Services in Orlando. I’m a librarian at Seminole High School in Sanford.” . . . Joseph Strubel ’87S (MBA), senior portfolio manager at Millennium Asset Management, is a comanager of the company’s new Millennium Global Natural Resources Fund. . . . Pat Traskiewicz Webb writes, “My husband, Andrew, and I are pleased to announce the birth of our son, Samuel Uladzimir, on January 4.”

Michael Paley is the author of Orthodox Judaism, Liberalism, and Libertarianism.

Mara Shapiro James writes, “I ran my first New York City Marathon in 4:49. I’m married to Kenneth James ’89, who is a practicing obstetrician and gynecologist in New York City. We have three children: Brian, 10, Scottie, 7, and Lexi, 5. We live in Scarsdale.”

Drew Asson writes, “I am still happily in love with Diane Hertz Asson. I am the deputy director for government relations at Citizens for Global Solutions, an advocacy group that promotes a more cooperative U.S. foreign policy to solve problems that no one nation can solve on its own. I coordinate all election-related activities, including Global Solutions PAC, where I research campaigns and manage endorsed candidates. Diane is a principal training and organizational development consultant at Constellation Energy, where she develops training, interventions, and cultural dialogues in order to bring together the three nuclear facilities that are her clients. She’s excited that she gets to travel on business to her hometown of Webster, N.Y., several times a year, and catch up with fellow Rochester alums who still live in the area.” . . . Jim Dass writes, “I was named director of human resources for Lawrenceville, Ga., company Chemtura, in their consumer products division. I live in McDonough, a suburb of Atlanta, with my wife, Dina, and our daughter, Grace.” . . . Sharon Green has been awarded tenure and has been promoted to associate professor of theater at Davidson College in North Carolina. . . . Kenneth James (see ’88).