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March–April 2013
Vol. 75, No. 4

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John Manhold and his wife, Kit, recently traveled from their home in Florida to South America. “We flew to San Francisco and then cruised down the west coast of South America, around the horn, and back up to Buenos Aries, visiting penguins, sea lions, and seals in some sun and rain, wind and cold, and saw whales and huge sea turtles as well as the usual dolphins and a couple of hammerhead sharks,” he writes. “The trip perhaps is not for everyone. However, I long have been intrigued by tales of the rugged seamen who ‘rounded the Horn’ and of the wild Tierra del Fuego, desolate Patagonia, and the wild life of the area.” John adds, “I also have my gold earring, which one traditionally earns the right to wear by ‘Rounding the Horn.’ ”


Chesley Kahmann sings with the Interludes and her son, trumpeter Ames Parsons, on Call Me a Dreamer (Orbiting Clef Productions), the eighth volume in her Kahmann Touch recordings series.


Last October, Bob Mumford visited South Georgia Island. He writes that the island stretches 100 miles long and sits about 1,000 miles east of Argentina. “It is the home of some 20 permanent human residents and millions of penguins, albatrosses, and elephant and fur seals during breeding season. Sir Ernest Shackleton landed here after his historic 800-mile escape in a small boat from Elephant Island in the Antarctic in 1916.” Bob took about 5,000 photos and includes an image of himself pouring the remains of a drink on Shackleton’s grave, after the traditional toast.


David Sutliff writes: “Judy Rector and I cruised our boat, the Puffin, 600 miles this summer to the Hudson River south of Albany. In 2011, we cruised from our home at the southern end of Lake Michigan, up the lake and through the Mackinaw straits, and then meandered along the North Channel to Georgian Bay in Ontario. This year we motored through the Trent-Severn Canal system to Lake Ontario, and then across the lake to Oswego to enter the Erie Canal, and thence to the Hudson. Midway in the trip we were joined by David Linderman and his wife, Jean. We parked the boat on the St. Lawrence and our foursome toured the Maritime Provinces by car for two weeks, including observing the famous Bay of Fundy tides from several vantage points. We all agreed that the best lobster in the world comes from these waters.”


Michael Blumenfield and his wife, Susan, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last July in Woodland Hills, Calif. Michael’s cousin, Rebecca Kanter ’05, ’06 (T5), attended. Michael has a part-time psychiatry practice and Rebecca is living in Guatemala, where she’s working on a postdoc in public health and nutrition. . . . Patricia (Patsy) Runk Sweeney writes: “I’ve been living since April 2011 at the Tacoma Lutheran Retirement Community in Tacoma, Wash. My husband, Harold, and I, although not Lutherans, are enjoying the many activities open to residents of all faiths. A new neighbor turned out to be Evangeline Rimbach ’67E (PhD), who graduated from Eastman in musicology. I continue to write and publish short stories, memoirs, and letters to the editor. I’m also being treated for cancer for the fifth time. I welcome email from old friends at”


Dalia Uzemis Woodliff writes that she’s released an e–book, Lair of the Jade (BookBaby). Set in Rochester and inspired by J. R. R. Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, the story centers around a death in the Rush Rhees library tower. Dalia writes that Lair of the Jade is the first in a “chase-murder-love” trilogy.


Sharon Cornell Rose writes, “Three generations of Rose women gathered at a recent family celebration.” Pictured are granddaughter Jessica Rose ’16, Sharon, and Sharon’s daughter-in-law, Beth Brenner Rose ’95.


Lew Kaplan, a U.S. District Court judge in Manhattan since 1994, was appointed by U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts to the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation. Lew writes: “The principal job of the panel is to determine whether civil actions pending in different federal districts that involve one or more common questions of fact should be transferred to one federal district for coordinated or consolidated pretrial proceedings. It deals primarily with complex litigation such as securities fraud, patent, and product liability cases.”


Wendy Everett has been named by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick to the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission, an 11-member commission charged with leading the statewide effort to control health care costs. Wendy is president of the New England Healthcare Institute, a health policy research organization.


John Martin sends an update. Since graduation, he’s worked at several vocations, including as a teamster, roofer, printer, and machinist, as well as an editor at McGraw Hill. He established the John Martin Agency in Ithaca, N.Y., offering marketing communications services. He’s published his first novel, Lost Source (iUniverse), an adventure story in which a strike against the outsourcing of American jobs leads to a confrontation between the United States and China.


Paul Henle was elected in November to the New Hampshire House of Representatives. He lives in Concord.


Steve Bloom writes that he’s the editor of Critical Insights: Eugene O’Neill (EBSCO/Sale Press). Steve is a professor of English, dean of undergraduate education, and associate vice president of academic affairs at Lasell College in Newton, Mass. . . . Lester (Les) Ezrati writes that he’s retired from his position as a senior vice president for Hewlett-Packard. “I was with HP for over 32 years. I’ll now spend time with my wife, Carol, our two children and their spouses, and our two grandchildren, Grace and Arthur.”


Sandra Bloch has been named general counsel to the Philadelphia-based law firm Cozen O’Connor. Sandra has been a member of the firm’s corporate practice group since 1995.


Ellen Rosen has been named director of Rochester Institute of Technology’s University News Service. Previously, Ellen was the vice president of marketing, communication, and membership at the Rochester Business Alliance.


Andrew Artenstein, an infectious disease specialist, has been named chair of the Department of Medicine at Baystate Health, which serves western Massachusetts. Previously, Andrew was physician-in-chief of the Department of Medicine at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island and founding director of the Center for Biodefense and Emerging Pathogens. He has also written a new book, In the Blink of an Eye: The Deadly Story of Epidemic Meningitis (Springer).


Rob Friedberg has been named president of Delnor Hospital in Geneva, Ill., a western suburb of Chicago. He’s also been named vice president of Cadence Health, which operates the hospital.


Tom and Christine Joor Mitchell and Kimberly Dio Date Shamah are running the Boston Marathon in April for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Team in Training program. Christine writes: “Tom and I will run the marathon in memory of Nancy Melvin Taylor, who died of breast cancer in 2006, and in honor of Doreen Gostin Massie, who donated stem cells and bone marrow in October 2012.” Kim is running in honor of Dawn Magaletta-FitzGerald, who is undergoing cancer treatment. Christine includes a picture of herself, Tom, and Kim after the Boston Athletic Association’s half marathon last October. She adds that her fundraising page is at . . . Diana Powell has been named senior legal advisor at the Rochester fiduciary advising firm of Westminster Consulting. She’ll be responsible for ensuring that clients comply with the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, or ERISA.


Tony Vengrove sends a photo. “As part of a fundraiser for Special Olympics Virginia,” he writes, “I rappelled down the side of a 400-foot building. The event was a lot of fun and raised over $120,000 for a great cause. I decided to wear a U of R T-shirt knowing I’d get a great picture to share!” . . . Joseph Wyant writes that he was appointed to the Juvenile Court of the Coweta Judicial Circuit, near Atlanta. “I’ve been a magistrate judge since 2001, have served in the Superior Court on a pro tempore basis since 2006, and have been a judge in the Adult Felony Drug Court since 2010.”


Benjamin Anastas, a novelist and essayist, has published his third book, the memoir Too Good to Be True (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012). . . . David Kemp has been promoted to the rank of captain in the U.S. Navy. David is the chief of human resources for the U.S. Africa Command in Stuttgart, Germany.


Janine Jurkowski, associate professor of health policy, management, and behavior at the University of Albany’s School of Public Health, has been recognized by the American Public Health Association’s Community-Based Health Caucus. Janine received the caucus’s Tom Bruce Award for her work with Communities for Healthy Living, a community-based research project in Albany designed to reduce obesity and promote healthy living among children enrolled in Head Start. . . . Beth Brenner Rose (see ’65).


Joe Brown has been named a partner at the Buffalo law firm of Hodgson Russ. Joe is a member of the firm’s business litigation practice group.


Melanie Driver-Milow lives in Denver, where she’s the founder and artistic CEO of the dance production company, M*shaka*fusion. She completed a master of fine arts degree at SUNY Brockport in 2004, and her thesis was titled “The Spirit of a People: The Cultural Identity of the African American Community Through Dance.” She is a traumatic brain injury survivor and is chronicling her journey to healing through holistic methods, including dance.


John Cirella has been named business banking relationship manager at ESL Federal Credit Union in Rochester.


Jeffrey and Alyse Behrman Sabina send a photo and an update. Alyse writes: “We welcomed our son, Zachary Caleb, in March 2011, and this past July we were doubly blessed with twin girls, Abigail Brinn and Isabelle Mirai.” They live in Hamden, Conn., where Jeff is a senior staff scientist at Ion Torrent Systems, a genome sequencing biotech company, and Alyse is a program officer at the Aetna Foundation. . . . Laura Kelley Wagner, who’s been serving as assistant counsel for the Niagara County (N.Y.) Department of Social Services, writes: “After a grueling campaigning season that began in June, I am pleased to announce that on November 6, I was elected as the Town of Royalton’s newest town justice. As a first-time candidate, I secured three party lines in the primary election in September. I faced two opponents in the November election and won my first bid for elected office.” Her four-year term began January 1.


Meghan (Meg) Brown has joined the Buffalo-based law firm of Goldberg Segalla as an associate in the general liability practice group. . . . Kiyoaki (Kiyo) Kojima ’00E has joined the Atlanta law firm of Berman Fink Van Horn as an associate.


Dana Olszewski writes that she and her husband, Brian, welcomed a son, Levi Arslanian, last October. She adds that she’s completing a pediatric orthopaedic surgery fellowship in Dallas this year and joining a practice in Atlanta in September. Brian is a plastic surgery fellow at Emory University.


Dan and Lindsey Bickers Bock welcomed a daughter, Ada Claire, in October. Ada joins big sister, Hazel. Alyse writes that Hazel “is proudly sporting her UR hoodie, which she got during her first visit to Rochester during the 2012 Meliora Weekend.” . . . Michael Stanczyk, an attorney at the Syracuse law firm of Mackenzie Hughes, has been named a winner of the “40 Under 40” award presented yearly by Syracuse’s Whitman School of Management and the Central New York Business Journal.


Daniel Haykin writes that he and Talia Davis plan to marry in March in Denver. Daniel is an investment advisor and Talia is marketing senior manager for the Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado.


Tom Hayes writes that he graduated last June from Stanford’s joint MBA and master of arts in education program. Since graduation, he’s founded Haystack EDU, an online service to match teachers and schools. . . . Rebecca Kanter ’06 (T5) (see ’60).


Rebecca Kanter (T5) (see ’60).


Eric Janosko and Kristen DeCarlo ’09 were married last September in Buffalo. Pictured from left to right are Caitlin Powalski ’08, ’11M (MPH), David Maystrovsky ’10, William Chesebro ’08, ’10W (MS), Anthony Visconti ’09, Lynn Carrier ’08, Brittany Celeste ’09, ’11N, Alix Davidson ’08, Mindy Altemose ’09, Megan Winn Wendell ’09, Lindsay Macaluso ’11, Andrea LaRocque ’08, Kaitlyn Gorczynski ’08, Eric, Kristen, Carly Hoffend ’08, Jonathan Gasior ’08, Sharon Barney ’08, Rachel Skellie ’08, Theodore Chelis ’08, Matthew Majarian ’08, and Nadia Byrnes ’09.


Ed Kahovec has been named head baseball coach at Bard College. For the past three seasons, Ed has been assistant coach of the Yellowjackets baseball team, where he’s coached hitting and infield and developed the team’s offseason strength and conditioning program. After graduating from Rochester, Ed played a season of professional baseball in Germany for the Erbach Grasshoppers. . . . Anne Eshenour married Michael Mack in October. Pictured at the reception (left to right) are Teresa Trout, Ben Primack, Maryalice Wolfe, Evan Bilheimer, Dawn Ryan, Anne, Claudio DiMarco, Brendan O’Brien, Derek Pomento, Adrian Flanders, and Andrew Flack.