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September–October 2013
Vol. 76, No. 1

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Ken Cameron has published three e-books in 2013: The Haunted Martyr, The Backward Boy, and The Past Master. All are historical crime fiction, feature the sleuth Denton, and are published by Orion.


William Hermance ’60M (MD) has published Alice (Xlibris), “the true story of a girl named Alice who had severe developmental problems following a difficult delivery.”


Richard (Dick) Leger writes: “Zane Burday ’61M (MD), ’66M (Res) and his wife, Judie, flew from Rochester to San Francisco in June to visit old friends from the U of R, including my wife, Dianne, and I, and Eric Butler ’61M (MD) and his wife, Suzanne. Eric and Zane were classmates from medical school and spent much of one summer touring the United States, traveling more than 14,000 miles in Eric’s Volkswagen with their pup tents and sleeping bags. Zane and I were brothers in Alpha Delta Phi.”


Dalia Uzemis Woodliff writes that she’s published Threads of the Jade (Smashwords), the second book in her Jade mystery trilogy. The series is inspired by J. R. R. Tolkein as well as her father’s memoir about the family’s exodus from Lithuania.


Jerry Marsh has published The Brotherhood of Battle (Xlibris), in which he profiles more than 300 Civil War soldiers and their families, all from the Tioga County, N.Y., town of Newark Valley. Jerry adds that he played on the Yellowjackets football team and looks forward to attending the Class of 1963 50th reunion this October.


Gary Noyes ’67 (MS) and his wife, Carol, went on a cruise from the French Polynesian island, Papeete, to Lima, Peru. Accompanying the couple on the trip was the University mascot, Rocky. Gary writes: “A highlight was Easter Island. Rocky was duly impressed by all the moai on the island. When in Peru, Rocky had to flap his little wings very hard to get up to the Andes and, unfortunately, had a bit of a problem with the altitude (Cuzco is at 11,000 feet.) Regardless, he found the sights at Machu Picchu to be awe-inspiring. For everyone’s sake, no photos of Rocky being sick!”


Alan Lobel ’69S (MBA) was a finalist for a Jefferson Award for Community Service in Albany, N.Y. The national awards program was founded in 1972 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Sen. Robert Taft Jr., and Sam Beard, to establish “a Nobel Prize for community and public service,” both on the national and local level. Owner of Lobel Food Brokers, Alan retired in 2004. Since then, he’s been an activist and fundraiser in efforts to fight hunger, disease, and addiction, and in organizing donations to food banks as well as charity events.


Kathy Rumrich Gilbert writes that she and Paula (Terre) Deerhake Reed ’69W collaborated on a children’s book, Just Us Chickens (CreateSpace). The text is a poem by Kathy and illustrations consist of paintings by Paula. Kathy earned a master of fine arts degree from San Francisco State University earlier this year, following her retirement as group manager for operations support and review at Bay Area Rapid Transit. Paula lives in Santa Fe and has been painting for 20 years.


Nancy Heller Cohen ’70N has published Warrior Rogue, the second book in her Drift Lords series. “When fashion designer Jennifer Dyhr loses her lead actor for a video-game commercial, a replacement literally drops from the sky,” Nancy writes. She hires the replacement, “but when terrorists attack their flight home, Jen must awaken powers she didn’t know she had.” . . . Annie Weissman, who has written five books for teachers and librarians, has published her first novel. Reinvented Lives (Scottsdale Press) tells the story of 80-year-old Rae, who loses her memory in a car accident, leaving her care in her daughters’ hands.


Richard Eisenberg has been appointed to the board of trustees of the Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts. Usdan is a summer arts day camp on a wooded campus in Suffolk County, Long Island. Richard is of counsel at the Garden City, N.Y., office of the law firm of Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein.


Jeffrey Wisch has been named chief of the division of hematology and medical oncology at Newton-Wellesley Hospital near Boston.


John Butterworth writes that he’s retiring from coaching boys soccer at Penfield High School near Rochester. During John’s years as coach, the team won 11 section V titles, nine western New York crowns, and three New York state championships. “With both our daughters, their husbands, and four grandsons in Boston, my wife, Cindy, and I make the six-hour drive from Rochester monthly and celebrate our 40th anniversary this year,” John writes. He adds that he continues to run his financial services business, John D. Butterworth Associates. . . . William Kern writes: “In 2012 I received the three highest awards for medical student teaching at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine: the Stanton L. Young Master Teacher Award, the Edgar W. Young Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Aesculapian Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Basic Sciences. I was also selected as a founding member of the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine Academy of Teaching Scholars.” . . . Harriette Russell Trevino has been named community liaison for Waveny Care Network in New Canaan, Conn. Harriette has spent more than 30 years in public relations and marketing, and most recently, as a community service representative for a home health organization, developed a referral partner network among health care facilities and professionals spanning 33 towns.


Gail Schwat Liss has coauthored The College Bound Organizer (Sourcebooks), a step-by-step guide to the college application process that includes tips and worksheets for each step. “It includes a foreword by Edward B. Fiske, of Fiske Guide to Colleges, and a Q&A with admissions professionals,” Gail writes.


Randy Otto has coedited the fourth edition of The Handbook of Forensic Psychology (John Wiley & Sons). Randy is an associate professor in the University of South Florida’s department of mental health law and policy.


Bruce Schneier has been awarded a fellowship at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society for the 2013–14 academic year. A noted security expert and author, Bruce studies the intersection of security, technology, and politics.


Alan Ehrlich writes: “Two Rochester alumni from different eras discovered their connection while in Tijuana, Mexico.” Alan and Alex Langley ’08 were both volunteers with One Small House, a nonprofit in Putnam County., N.Y., building homes for needy families. “We posed next to bunk beds we just completed assembling for three of the six children in the family,” Alan writes. “Alex traveled from Brooklyn for the build, while I had a relatively short drive from my home in Pasadena, Calif.”


Jacqueline Lavelle has been named superintendent at Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site in Deer Lodge, Mont. The site, part of the National Park Service, rests on the site of a one-time cattle empire, and is dedicated to exploring the role of cattlemen in American history. Jacqueline has been with the National Park Service for 22 years.


Marianne Seidman Cohen writes that in July, “Phi Sigma Sigma celebrated their centennial in New York City and four Rochester sisters attended.” Pictured from left to right are Marianne, Sarah Jaffe ’15, Catherine Kane ’11, and Jodi Rubtchinsky Smith ’90.


Jodi Rubtchinsky Smith (see ’89).


Chris Fite has been named head men’s basketball coach at Shippensburg University.


Steve Davala ’96 (T5) writes that he’s published a fantasy novel, Soulkind Awakening (CreateSpace). Steve is a middle school science teacher and adds that he writes occasional science articles for parenting magazines.


Rachel Dickler Coker, director of research advancement at Binghamton University, writes that Steve Bradt, director of news at MIT, spoke at a conference she organized. Steve’s talk at the May 2013 annual conference of the University Research Magazine Association concerned the use of digital platforms for promoting university research news. She adds: “Steve and I met at the French placement exam during orientation in 1992 and went on to write and edit for the Campus Times.” . . . Steve Davala (see ’95).


Andre Farhat writes that he and his wife, Sonya, welcomed a son, Owen Thomas Farhat, in May. “All are healthy and living in Marshfield, Mass.” . . . Rob Sudakow writes that he completed the AIDS LifeCycle Ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles last June. The seven-day, 545-mile ride raised $14.2 million in 2013 for HIV/AIDS research. The photo shows Rob on day six in Ventura, Calif.


Daniel Martinez ’07 (PhD), assistant research professor of environmental science at the University of Southern Maine, has coauthored The Path to More Sustainable Energy Systems: How Do We Get There from Here? (Momentum Press), a general text on energy and sustainability. Daniel coauthored the book with Ben Ebenhack, formerly a senior lecturer in chemical engineering at Rochester.


Ross Liebman writes that he and his wife, Anh, welcomed a baby girl, Faith Tran Liebman, last December in Irvine, Calif. Faith weighed 6 lb., 8 oz.


Kareen Kreutziger has joined the faculty of Brown University’s school of engineering. She’s a bioengineer specializing in cardiac tissue engineering, muscle mechanics, stem cell biology, and regenerative medicine. . . . Katherine McClung, a labor and employment attorney, has joined the law firm of Bond, Schoeneck & King in Rochester.


Jason Bradburn, a first vice president at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, will receive a humanitarian award from the firm this fall. Having joined the Be the Match Registry, a registry of potential bone marrow donors, in 2009, Jason was identified as a match for a patient with myelodysplastic syndrome (“pre-leukemia”) in 2012. Jason underwent the procedure to donate marrow to the anonymous patient—a procedure known to be complex and painful—earlier this year. . . . David Reiner ’04 (T5) has been named rabbi of Temple Shearith Israel in Ridgefield, Conn. Previously, David was rabbi at Temple Beth-El in Geneva, N.Y., and Hillel rabbi at Rochester.


Morris Collins has written his first novel, Horse Latitudes (M. P. Publishing). It “chronicles a photographer’s feverish quest to save a girl from slave traders in a Central American country on the brink of revolution.” This past spring, he started a blog about books and publishing at . . . David Reiner (T5) (see ’04).


Rachael Gabriel, assistant professor of reading education at the University of Connecticut, has written Reading’s Non-Negotiables: Elements of Effective Reading Instruction (Rowman & Littlefield) and coedited Performances of Research: Critical Issues in K-12 Education (Peter Lang).


Steven Gelb has begun a surgical residency at SUNY Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse. He graduated from the Medical School for International Health, a collaboration of the medical schools of Columbia University and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev with an emphasis on global health. . . . Nate Micklos ’09S (MBA) is brand manager of Pacifico at Crown Imports. He writes that Pacifico was named one of the “Top 30 Momentum Beer Brands” in 2012 by the marketing research firm Symphony IRI Group. . . . Tisha Abrams Seeley writes: “Life has been great since graduating from the River Campus. I earned a second bachelor’s degree, in exercise science, from D'Youville College, and in May I earned a master’s degree in health and human performance from Canisius College. I teach biology at a community college and run a successful jewelry business!” Tisha includes a photo of herself with her husband, Darrick, and their four-year-old twin boys, Conner and Nolan.


Alex Langley (see ’85).


Amy Carvalho and Archit Gulati were married in Dallas in May. Pictured from left to right are Kazuki Sakamoto, Archit, Amy, Jake Nacheman ’10W (MS), Kelsey Reese, and Rachelle Vosburg O’Connell. Also in attendance, but not pictured, was Alvin Lomibao. Also in May, Archit finished medical school at Baylor College of Medicine, and Amy completed a dual master’s degree program, earning a master’s degree in public health from the University of Texas Health Science Center–Houston, and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Houston. . . . Jessica Mueller earned a master’s degree from the University of Indianapolis School of Psychological Sciences in May. She’ll continue in the doctoral program in clinical psychology.


Rebecca Domalski writes that she and Nicholas Farris are engaged and planning a wedding in New York City. “We met in organic chemistry lab and continued dating until graduation and throughout our first two years of medical school.”


Kate Garner ’12 (T5) has been named a Carnegie Junior Fellow. She’ll be among 10 college students and recent graduates selected from around the nation to provide research assistance to scholars working for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Kate will work in the Carnegie Endowment’s energy and climate program, researching policies involving unconventional oils and water usage. . . . Catherine Kane (see ’89). . . . Aika Raimzhanova writes that she and Dulat Shakerov ’13 welcomed a son, Ansar, in April.


Kate Garner (T5) (see ’11).


Dulat Shakerov (see ’11).