University of Rochester

Class Notes

River Campus Undergraduate: 1970s

Reunion News

College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering classes celebrating reunions

October 19–21, 2007

Slater Society: All post-50th Reunion Classes
65th Reunion: 1942
60th Reunion: 1947
55th Reunion: 1952
50th Reunion: 1957
45th Reunion: 1962
40th Reunion: 1967
35th Reunion: 1972
30th Reunion: 1977
25th Reunion: 1982
20th Reunion: 1987
15th Reunion: 1992
10th Reunion: 1997
5th Reunion: 2002

More about Meliora Weekend

Jeanne Tapp Ozols W (Mas) (see ’67). . . .Nancy Heller Cohen (see ’70 Nursing). . . . Karen Noble Hanson, a life trustee of the University, received the honorary degree, doctor of humane letters, from General Theological Seminary in New York. She was recognized for her nonprofit, government, private sector, and church work.

Mark David Gottsegen writes that he has embarked on a new career after 30 years of teaching, drawing, and painting. He is codirector of the Art Materials Information and Education Network, which is part of the nonprofit Intermuseum Conservation Association. Mark, who serves as the association’s materials research director, also published an updated edition of The Painter’s Handbook, his comprehensive reference of information about the safety, quality, and performance of the materials used by painters. . . . Harry Melkonian e-mailed last fall that he was teaching courses in U.S. history called “'America': How It Views Itself in the World” at the College of Continuing Education at the University of Sydney in Australia. He planned to teach a course about the U.S. presidency in the following term, as well as teach American Law at Macquarie University. His wife, Wei Wu, has completed her Ph.D. in immunology at the University of Sydney.

Kenneth Cohn is the author of the new book, Collaborate for Success! Breakthrough Strategies for Engaging Physicians, Nurses and Hospital Executives, published last September by Health Administration Press. He writes, “I am excited about this book because it gives examples of changes in health care that give us hope and help us reconnect with the values that attracted us to health care in the first place; the message is relevant to practicing physicians, health care executives, and physician executives for whom working harder is not a sustainable solution.” . . . . Jon Hunter ’88 W (EdD) has been named superintendent of the Fairport (N.Y.) school district. Jon previously had been the schools chief in Geneseo, N.Y. . . . David Loeser has been named senior vice president of Abt Associates, a private scientific research and technical assistance company.

Laurie Modell Orlov has written her first book, When Your Parents Need Elder Care (AuthorHouse), which argues that planning for the aging of parents should begin while they are healthy and able to discuss their preferences with their children.

Marilynn Patterson Grant ’82W (MS) has been appointed chief of academics and small school development for the Rochester city school district. Previously, she served as principal of Joseph C. Wilson Magnet High School in Rochester, which, she notes, was ranked 24th among “America’s Top High Schools” by Newsweek in 2006. . . . Mark Waldman ’78 (MS) (see ’68).

Christian Boettrich ’92W (MS) has been named assistant professor of office and computer programs at Monroe Community College in Rochester. . . . Jay Fradkin writes that “after doing everything I possibly could to avoid the sciences and anything that was even remotely related to medicine during my years at Rochester, I now find myself specializing in medical malpractice litigation, primarily defending physicians and hospitals who are sued for alleged malpractice. I have had the opportunity to try approximately 50 jury trials, mostly in the medical malpractice area, and I have developed a tremendous respect for the medical profession as a result.” Jay lives in Phoenix with his wife, Patti Kirkpatrick, a television news anchor. He has two children, Nick and Jenna, and a stepdaughter, Bailey.

Patrick Leach writes, “My first book has now been published and is available on The title is Why Can’t You Just Give Me the Number?—An Executive’s Guide to Using Probabilistic Thinking to Manage Risk and to Make Better Decisions.” He wrote the book as a practical guide for nonstatisticians. Patrick adds, “My three daughters are all in college right now, so my wife, Becky, and I are empty nesters (poor, but happy).” . . . Joe White, the director of orchestral studies at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia, reports that he and fellow founding member of the Music Interest Floor Frank Swann had a notable reunion last fall. Swann, a freelance English hornist and oboist, was the featured soloist for the premiere of White’s Concerto for English Horn and Orchestra at Christopher Newport. Shown here in rehearsal, the two first met 30 years ago when the Music Interest Floor began. Joe writes, “Regards to Rochester!”